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Flooding Can Lead TO Devastating Results, But SERVPRO Is Here For You

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding can lead to devastating results. Although Homewood does not have the large water bodies that can cause dramatic flooding, it has chronic issues with stormwater drainage, which is a serious matter for locals. Floodwater can get into your home after a torrential downpour.

Flood damage in your Homewood property can leave you stressed and unsure of the right steps to take. It is essential to act fast after a flooding incident to prevent secondary damage from happening in your property. If floodwater remains in your home for too long, it can increase the risk of mold growth and make it more challenging to dry the building. The contaminated water can also cause undesirable health effects to the occupants.

You can rely on flood restoration specialists from SERVPRO to clean up, dry, and disinfect your home. We have a highly experienced and trained team of technicians who have access to advanced equipment to handle the flood damage in your residence. That means you do not have to deal with the inconvenience of organizing different services. We can manage the restoration project from the beginning to the end, minimizing disruptions, downtime, and costs.

Our response team is available to serve our customers 24/7. Immediately we receive an emergency call, our customer care team dispatches the response team to the affected property. We can get to your residence in the shortest time possible since we understand how stressful the situation can get. Our technicians can inspect the affected areas thoroughly to gauge the magnitude of the damage and choose the appropriate mitigation and restoration procedures.

The floodwater may have brought along all kinds of debris like rocks, tree branches, silt, sand, broken glass, and plastic bags, among others. We can remove the waste using rakes and shovels. Removing the debris also helps expose structural surfaces for further evaluation or inspection.

To speed up the drying process, we extract as much water as we can. Our team can use the right pump to remove the water. For instance, we can use full trash pumps to remove floodwater that has solids. As the pumps extract water, they pass the solids along.

When flood damage happens in your property, do not let it disrupt your usual way of life. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for efficient and professional restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Ask The Experts: Humidity From Floodwater And Mold

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Humidity in the air and surfaces can cause mold growth. Our SERVPRO team can use devices like moisture meters and moisture sensors to track moisture in your home. We have state-of-the-art equipment that can remove moisture effectively. We can use centrifugal air movers to increase the rate of evaporation and dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of water vapor in the air.

The floodwater could be contaminated with sewage and decaying organic matter. Our technicians can use disinfectants to clean surfaces that the floodwater contacted. Our team can use antimicrobial products that destroy 99 percent of the organisms they contact on the surfaces applied.

If floodwaters attack your home or business, don't go it alone! Give the professionals at SERVPRO a call and let us come make things "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO? Experience With Water, Ice, & Other Things That Aren't Nice

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

A water loss in your Homewood residence can trace to many causes, including the natural forces that create picturesque icicles on your snow-covered roofline. Water intrusion into your attic or upper levels during the winter months is common if your property is prone to ice dams. Our highly-trained and experienced crews know what to look for when water seeps down into your home, why we can not only respond to the loss but also limit recurrence.

Ice Dams Lead to Interior Water Emergencies

The beauty of a winter snowfall can hide significant water damage in your Homewood dwelling. If the gutters on your roofline are clogged with autumn’s leaves and twigs, water can collect. A freeze and thaw cycle begins, especially if warm interior air leaks out because of inadequate insulation or failed and missing joint sealing. Snow and ice liquefy, seeping under shingles, flashings, and along the seams between the interior space and the growing dams. Because the damage starts small and is often in an inaccessible area, you might not notice it until water saturates drywall and insulation and starts its journey to other spaces. Our familiarity with water movement within a structure is why we can resolve all aspects of the damage.

Water can flow far from a roof ice dam, which is why SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood uses cutting edge moisture detection tools when scoping your water damage project. Call us at (708) 747-9925 when water losses turn up in unexpected places during the cold of winter. 

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Why SERVPRO? We know how to deal with Ice Dams!

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dams are a natural occurrence when the weather is crazy in your area. If snow comes down, then the weather heats up, then it gets chilly again, you may have to deal with water damage caused by ice dams. 

The ice dam moisture spreads eventually toward the lower levels of your home. Sometimes it runs through wall cavities, making itself known only when water damage along baseboards migrates into the hardwood flooring or carpeting several stories below the roof.

Damage to structural components far from a leak does not surprise our technicians, why SERVPRO commits to a thorough inspection and evaluation of all the spaces of your home. Once we determine the extent of the damage, we use state-of-the-art extraction and drying equipment to mitigate and remediate the harm.

We also help pinpoint the water entry location and help arrange for other contractors to properly insulate up to and seal around the roof edge to eliminate future water incursion.

So if an ice dam does affect your home or business, give SERVPRO a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: When Fire Hits Your Flossmoor Home or Business, Where Should I Turn?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage can be disastrous for any homeowner to tackle. Not only can charring and odors affect your fixtures, furniture, and appliances, but it can also affect your food supply, including canned and jarred items. Worse still, exposure to moisture can make soot deposits acidic, which can corrode metals and plastics in your kitchen.

If your Flossmoor home needs fire damage mitigation after a kitchen fire, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to restore your home to a preloss condition. These experts strive to salvage items when it is safe and feasible to do so to help homeowners save time, money, and stress. SERVPRO teams can also assist homeowners in filing claims by taking a thorough, detailed inventory of affected items after a disaster. 

How SERVPRO Removes Fire Damage

SERVPRO technicians can get straight to work on removing debris as contaminated items after your insurance adjuster has evaluated the situation the appropriate paperwork has been signed approving its removal. Once the debris has been extracted from the kitchen, technicians can focus on cleaning using both wet and dry cleaning methods and working from ceiling to floor. 

If the fire was caused by cooking a protein in the oven, chances are there are invisible protein residues present that can impart especially foul odors in your kitchen. Technicians can use enzyme digesters to turn proteins into odorless, water-soluble byproducts that can be cleaned with ease.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a team that serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (708) 747-9925 for cleanup that can begin within hours.

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Ask The Experts: What do I need to know about oven fires?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Most people aren't prepared 100% for a fire in their home or business. Even if you have the right tools on hand, fire and the devastation that it brings can leave you frustrated and confused about what you need to do next. Depending on the kind of fire, there are things you should know that can help you when a fire does occur. Today, we will discuss oven fires. 

If the source of your kitchen fire is in the oven, keep these tips in mind:

  • Leave the oven door closed. The lack of additional oxygen can smother the fire and prevent it from spreading. Turn the oven off and allow it to burn out.
  • If the fire does not extinguish on its own, call 911. If it does, open your windows to improve ventilation.
  • Once the fire is out, and it has had time to cool, open the oven door carefully and remove the burnt baking pan. Let the smoke clear before you do anything else in the kitchen.

If disaster does strike, call the professionals at SERVPRO! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

Local growth in Matteson and Surrounding Areas has SERVPRO busy

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Matteson Village building with the words Matteson written as well The Village of Matteson is a great partner to SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood

2020 has been challenging for many industries and communities. Matteson however and surrounding areas have managed to experience growth in various sectors. With that growth has come more commercial buildings for SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood to provide cleaning and restoration services to. As a locally owned and operated business located on Main Street, Matteson IL just south of Rt. 30 Lincoln Highway, our teams are just minutes away from every building in the village. 

Due to Covid-19 complications, we have ben providing the Matteson Fire Department and other critical infrastructure partners with deep cleaning, fogging, and disinfecting services whenever called upon. We also have been performing cleaning work for the Matteson School Districts. That's what locally owned and operated companies do.

Local businesses are coming to the area like Amazon, Alexi Senior Living, Auction Greater Chicago, and many more. Our hope is these great businesses will add to the already fantastic community. 

Storm Damage To Your Flossmoor Home

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

road with homes flooded Flooding in Flossmoor can cause major damage if not cleaned up properly. Call our office for more information at 708-747-9925

When storms rip through the Chicagoland area, strong winds and heavy rains can cause major damage to your home.  Wind speeds of 50 mile per hour can cause damage to trees near your home or your roof.  Often times, tree limbs broken from strong winds can brake windows on your home causing damage to the inside of your home as well.

Heavy rains are often also associated with storm events.  Storms that dump inches of rain in a short time frame tend to overwhelm city storm drains and home sump pumps causing unwanted water in your basement.  

Our SERVPRO team carefully watches for storm events in the area, planning accordingly to have crews and equipment ready to help services our customers as promptly as possible.  With 24/7 emergency water extraction and board up/ tarp off services we can quickly responded to any amount of damage that a storm can bring.

For more information on our storm services please call our office at 708-747-9925.

Ready For Whatever Happens!

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Disaster Recovery ~ Business Continuity

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes your local #SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens.”

#ERP #BCP #DisasterRecovery #BusinessContinuity

Cleaning carpet & flooring after a water damage

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet & Flooring Cleaning Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically.

SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood's Certified Professionals also offer a range of specialized carpet cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil.

Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 
  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
Call us today at 708-747-9925SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood