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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Matteson Property

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall It is also imperative to complete drying and ensure humidity has returned to normal levels to avoid future problems with mold and mildew.

When Can I Reopen After Commercial Flood Damage In Matteson

This question is often one of the first questions many commercial owners ask themselves after a flood. The owners know that every day the business is closed, it means lost revenue and potentially lost customers. Floods can cause a lot of damage, but delays in cleanup and repairs can be equally costly.

SERVPRO understands this dilemma faced by owners who experience commercial flood damage in Matteson. We strive to clean and decontaminate everything as fast as possible. It is also imperative to complete drying and ensure humidity has returned to normal levels to avoid future problems with mold and mildew.

Decontamination and Cleanup
Floods pick up many contaminants that can be harmful to your employees and customers. These contaminants can include chemicals as well as biological microbes that can be a health hazard to anyone coming in contact. SERVPRO evaluates the situation and implements safety controls for the collection and disposal of all contaminated materials in your commercial building. We can clean and disinfect your building to make it safe to finalize repairs and return your commercial space to full operation.

Moisture Removal Avoids Future Issues
There is usually a high humidity level inside buildings after a flood event. Moisture migrates to anything dry and gradually increases the humidity level of wood and other porous materials. SERVPRO uses moisture meters to check the moisture content. We continue applying drying processes until all materials have been returned to standard moisture content levels.

Mold and mildew can infest a commercial building if humidity levels do not return to normal levels. Not only can mold destroy structure elements, creating an unsightly mess, it can also cause health issues for many people. Your employees and customers could be affected.

SERVPRO can evaluate the flood damage to your commercial building, explain all of the steps required to return your structure to pre-flood conditions, and provide an estimate of how much time may be needed before you can resume operations.

Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Country Club Hills, University Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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University Park Commercial Sites Use SERVPRO for Mold Inspection and Remediation

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

MOLD INSPECTION on a Clipboard Commercial Entities Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in the Greater University Park Area

The Threat of Mold in Dorms of GSU in University Park

The presence of active mold colonization on the campus of Governors State University, or any institution here in the University Park area, could cause health effects to anyone exposed. With hundreds of students occupying each dormitory, this threat could quickly become out of control in terms of both the exposure levels and managing the spread and cross-contamination of affected areas. Maintenance departments might have the ability to manage smaller isolated incidents, but widespread mold and fungal colonies should get left to trained and qualified AMRT Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians.

A common culprit for microbial threats in larger commercial structures like this would be a leaking plumbing fixture, but our SERVPRO team can help begin mold damage testing and cleanup in University Park dorms immediately. With college campuses, every situation can escalate quickly, especially ones with ramifications like mold growth and the volatile organic compounds colonies can produce.

Sometimes acting preemptively to get ahead on tasks like remediation can protect students enrolled on campus and the faculty and staff of the school as well. We utilize third-party professionals to conduct and oversee the functions for mold testing and sample collection, and we can determine if water damage our SERVPRO team is working to dry out and restore has become mold damage in areas unseen by our technicians. In most cases, this environmental sampling can occur with minimal controlled demolition. Upon completion of mold remediation at a large commercial site such as this, an industrial hygienist can inspect and validate the results of our work.

Remediation and cleanup can begin quickly upon the physical discovery of mold or confirmation of the environmental testing. We have multiple efficient and direct colony removal approaches. With the installation of containment barriers, our team can remove active colonization through abrasive cleaning, sanding, controlled demolition, and antimicrobial solutions without affecting more space in the dorm than the damage already does. Our efforts to minimize our presence can prevent relocating students unnecessarily and help the job get completed fast.

Because of the public relations and reputation disaster that widespread mold growth in one of the dorms can become, you can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team. We can prevent cross-contamination and migration of the threat while we make mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (708) 747-9925.

Does Your Matteson Home Have Water Damage in the Ceiling?

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling along water pipes Brown spots on ceilings indicate water damage. SERVPRO knows what it takes to locate the source of the leak and dry your home.

Removing Water from Ceiling Cavities in Matteson Homes 

Many of the homes found throughout the communities in Matteson are split-level or two-story residences. Running the utilities through these structures involves the creative placement of plumbing pipes between the ceiling and flooring. After years of wear and pressure fluctuations, joints and connectors can degrade and eventually malfunction. Even when this situation only begins as a small leak, persistent seepage can weigh down insulation, ceiling tile, and other construction materials.  

Water removal for Matteson homes always begins with a thorough assessment of the severity of the damage. For situations where we know the source of the water loss incident, our SERVPRO team can waste little time exposing the damaged portion of plumbing and working to repair these effects. We have a full division of qualified contractors that can work to meet the needs of the property, including replacing portions of damaged pipe and ultimately reinstalling new ceiling materials. Removing water from this cavity might not always be as straightforward as it seems, however.  

Using thermography and infrared imagery, our SERVPRO professionals can identify the concentration of moisture and water damage in the ceiling cavity. The first step to both access the damaged plumbing and to begin reducing the immediate water damage in the area is to remove saturated insulation. There are a few circumstances in which drying insulation is cost-effective compared to removal and replacement. We have specialized vacuums designed to remove these materials without overexposing our technicians. These vacuums also prevent aerosolizing fibers from the insulation.  

Any pooling water can drain out to the floor below once the cavity gets opened. Because of the porous material used for ceiling tiles, even limited exposure can cause irreparable damages that require replacement. We can carefully examine all of the nearby tiles for moisture damage that could lead to further degradation or collapse when the time comes for our licensed contractors to begin the build back of the removed materials.  

Removing water from these damaged areas often falls on the shoulders of our general contractors and some of the premier drying equipment in our inventory. Through direct heating practices and air movers, we can vaporize moisture trapped in ceiling cavities and make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team a call today at (708) 747-9925.  

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Why Experienced Flood Restorers Are Vital to Homewood Properties.

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A home being held up by a life raft in water. Homewood residents don’t fear your flood damage, let SERVPRO throw you a life raft to save your home from the flood.

Flood damage in nothing to play with, let us help you recover your Homewood property.

As much as some Homewood property owners might believe that flood recovery is a straightforward process, there are many pitfalls and unexpected hazards that can exist for the DIY restorer. In many situations, people have leaned on the experience and extensive training of our SERVPRO water restoration team to help manage these emergencies. We have an understanding of these risks and know the appropriate approaches to keep our team, the structure, and any other occupants safe.

Even a process like extraction could have unforeseen risks, making flood damage in Homewood residences more challenging or unsafe for inexperienced individuals to complete. Damage assessment is a vital element to the scoping of projects, as this ensures that the right personnel and equipment are on-site to maximize efficiency and safety. Understanding these potential risks helps us to navigate flood losses, and even contamination concerns, in a way that can best protect your property and its contents.

Extraction in Basements or Crawl Spaces 

Removing several feet of standing water can come with unexpected hazards in the basement or crawlspace of an area residence. Natural flooding can heavily saturate soil against the foundation of your house, which can lead to a collapse or bowing of a wall because of immense hydrostatic pressures. Our technicians monitor this progress throughout the extraction process by stopping at regular intervals for the water to settle.

Lingering Moisture 

Extraction is never the final step of recovery after a flood incident. Drying involves many different machines and devices, most of which are unavailable to the DIY restorer. Without a working knowledge of moisture pockets and the migration of floodwater, you could miss drying out damp areas thoroughly, which can promote microbial threats. Our SERVPRO team utilizes thermography and surface moisture meters to document dampness that must get addressed.

Flooding can significantly damage a home if it is not dealt with quickly. As tempting as it might be to clean and dry out these effects on your own, there are many instances where this can become a costly mistake. Let our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team help however you need by calling (708) 747-9925.

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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Contest

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supports First Responders Fire Fighter Challenge

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a proud supporter of our local first responders. Firefighters, police, EMTs and radio dispatchers sacrifice plenty to serve their communities. We are having a contest where local citizens can nominate a local hero before kick off of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl. At half time, a random winner will be chosen from the nominees and they'll win a tail gate party for their office or station. No purchase is necessary.

Go to our facebook page for details

Are You Making These Types of Water Removal Mistakes in Homewood?

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooded room with tv and cabinet floating The first priority for water damage is effective water removal. Call our SERVPRO team today for service.

Quick Water Removal Helps Save Homewood Property  

Water loss can happen within minutes, depending on how much water a source releases. Removal and restoration of the property to its preloss state, on the other hand, takes time and effort. After receiving the report of a water loss situation in Homewood, SERVPRO moved fast to handle removal minimizing the losses and restoring the home to its normal habitable state.

Fast water removal from affected Homewood properties mostly depends on the equipment used. Our SERVPRO team understands this, having handled water loss incidents in many properties before. We use different sets of equipment to accomplish the intended goal. Equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, high-pressure pumps, and submersible pumps help us remove water fast under different circumstances. For example, instead of using a long hose from the pump to the water source, which can compromise the suction lift, a submersible pump is better.

Apart from the standing water, some also soaked into carpets, upholstery, and other porous materials. Such moisture tends to extend the removal process, especially if evaporation is the chosen method of removal.  Our SERVPRO technicians reduce the timeframe by reducing the amount of moisture to be evaporated. One technique to accomplish this is by the use of weighted extraction tools that squeeze water out of the material before suction lifts it. We have both stationary and self-propelled deep extraction tools. Extraction is 1200 times faster than evaporation.

A walk through the property after the restoration process would hardly reveal where the water reached because we dried all traces of excess moisture. Air movement is crucial during the moisture control stages. Mostly our SERVPRO technicians use centrifugal air movers to provide the necessary air movement because they produce the highest static pressure for a certain air volume. They also have up to three-speed levels giving us better control. The low profile variety of these air movers is especially helpful for processes such as floating carpets for in-place drying.

Speed matters when dealing with water loss. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss Even Minor Flooding Can Cause Major Problems For Your Homewood Property

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 assists local homeowners with the restoration from flood damage.

What Half an Inch of Flood Damage Can Do in Homewood Properties

Flood damage is easily one of the top problems property owners do their best to avoid. But there is only so much that can be done as far as drainage, ensuring the grade around the home slopes away and landscaping assistance for keeping water at bay.

Sometimes, Mother Nature is more powerful than the best-laid plans, and flood damage hits Homewood residences and wallops them. And it does not even take a lot of water, under an inch of water can wreak havoc throughout the structure, destroying both the home and its contents.

The technicians undergo extensive hands-on training to learn the best practices for all types of damage using the standards as taught by IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) considered the gold standard for the restoration services industry. Plus, they engage in on-going education to stay on top of the latest trends for advances in the restoration services industry.

Testing and Extraction
One of the first actions taken by technicians is testing the water to determine the nature of the contaminants. This allows the technicians to choose the correct types of cleaning agents to neutralize any bacteria or toxins present in the water. When substantial amounts of water are present throughout a property, even if the depth is less than an inch, the technicians may choose to use trash pumps for fast, large scale extraction.

Carpet Requires Removal
When groundwater saturates carpet, it requires disposal as a biohazard. Because wet carpet is so heavy, they extract the water then cut it into strips for safe removal.

Controlled Demo Helps with Drying
A half-an-inch of floodwater wicks into sheetrock rapidly. The technicians measure several inches over the waterline and cleanly cut it away using 'flood cuts." This opens up the wall cavity and ensures it dries appropriately, which avoids secondary issues down the road, such as mold or weakening of building materials.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 assists local homeowners with the restoration from flood damage. The trained, certified technicians are local and arrive on-site within an hour after the call because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Phases of Drywall Recovery in Water-Damaged Matteson Homes

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall partially installed in a room with windows. Let SERVPRO help you through all phases of your Matteson water damage.

We will get you past the water, especially when it comes to your Matteson home.

Protecting construction materials in your Matteson home after a water loss incident requires a keen understanding of the migration of damage and how to best protect the majority of exposed materials. Drywall is particularly susceptible to water damage or flooding, as the porosity of the material allows for almost immediate penetration. Despite the fast response of our professional restorers, protecting drywall might not always be feasible or in the best interest of the homeowner.

To best protect structural elements in your house, often the best solution involves both flood cuts and repairing walls in a Matteson property. Once the drywall has become exposed to standing water from flooding or substantial flood loss, it can begin to distort and deteriorate within 24 hours. Our SERVPRO team has a full division of licensed contractors that can work alongside our mitigation efforts to offer real-time protection for your home’s construction materials like sheetrock and paneling.

Controlled demolition is a tactic used by our qualified contractors that can remove only the portions of drywall too severely damaged to restore. Flood cuts, as the case usually becomes with this wallboard, involves removing saturated portions of material from the baseboard up the wall until a dry area gets reached. The use of moisture meters and thermal imagery can determine the precise dryline our SERVPRO team can mark. Once removed, our team can access the structural cavities with drying tools like our low-profile air movers, to prevent further demolition.

Because the drywall gets removed in portions rather than entire sheets, the reinstallation of these materials can happen faster and at a reduced price. Efficiency saves our customers in more than just their wallets and helps them get back to preloss conditions and comfortable living in their house after a flood or water loss incident much more quickly.

Flood cuts are a critical element to reducing more considerable losses throughout your home. No matter what caused the damage, you can count on the expertise of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood restorers to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 747-9925.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Flossmoor Home After A Fire

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A garage filled with soot and smoke damage after a fire During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Call us today!

Thorough Cleaning Of Contents after Fire Damage in Your Flossmoor Home

When a fire breaks out, the main concern is on what the flames consume. However, the incident is likely to leave contents soiled with different types of residues, including ash, soot as well as dry and wet smoke residues. Although it might not seem so, a thorough cleaning exercise can restore your items to their preloss state. Hiring SERVPRO to handle the restoration process helps in many ways because we have the equipment and skills to clean up your property.

Cleaning Upholstery Items

A case of fire damage in your Floorsmoor home can soil upholstery items in different ways. For instance, the fabric material can absorb fine particles from such as ash and soot, requiring deep cleaning. The water or other fire suppressants used are also likely to spill over unaffected areas, soiling items. Cleaning upholstery items is not an easy task. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as using Upholstery Cleaning Machines to ensure deep cleaning and rinsing of the affected items, eliminating all the residues. Adding odor counteractants to the cleaning solutions also helps remove malodors, replacing them with a sweet scent.

Cleaning Wooden Furniture

Although fire readily consumes wood, it also leaves other damages such as scorching and residue deposits. Proper cleaning can help solve these lessor problems restoring your items to their preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate all affected items establishing, which can be saved through cleaning. We use specially formulated cleaning agents such as All Surface Green Clean, which help remove stubborn soot deposits. We can also use soda blasting to clean charred surfaces.

Cleaning the Structure

Fire damage incidents soil different areas of your home, depending on the intensity and materials burnt. Cleaning these areas poses several challenges ranging from simple ones such as difficulty in accessing soiled areas such as the ceiling, to more complicated ones such as handling delicate materials. FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Training, helps our SERVPRO technicians address all cleaning difficulties, including using specialized cleaning techniques such as peroxide active cleaning which removes residues from delicate materials such as acoustic tiles without ruining them.

A thorough cleaning exercise can help save your fire-damaged property. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to assist you in eliminating the effects of a fire, "Like it never even happened."

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Yes, We DO! SERVPRO Offers Matteson Property Owners New Flooring Options, Not Just Restoration Services

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Small Model of a Two Story House with the SERVPRO Banner at an Exhibit SERVPRO Can Restore Your Matteson Home after a Damaging Event -- But Can Also Install New Flooring as a Special Project

Professional Flooring Installation For Matteson Homes

Matteson homeowners are taking advantage of a growing, local economy to upgrade and make improvements to their residences. It is an ideal time for both new and experienced owners to look all around them and determine what they can do to improve their environment for their changing families.

In Matteson, wood flooring, carpet, and tile replacement are often required due to the age of many homes, rather than from a flood or other disaster. Over the last few years, we became aware that the skills taught to each technician to return homes to their pre-disaster condition also enabled them to perform key tasks for improving homes before a disaster happens. While still providing restoration services to area residents, SERVPRO team members do not have to wait for a fire or other disaster to install new flooring, carpet, and tiles in area homes.

Our technicians train to carefully remove and dispose of the existing material without damaging the subflooring, nearby walls, and floor trim. Members of our crews have extensive experience in the building trades and apply their skills to your home. After clearing the furnishings from the work area, they make certain the surfaces are safe for new material, examining for cracks, split supports, and even mold, in case there was flooding or other damage to the floor at any time in the past.

In addition to personnel training, our SERVPRO office also has extensive relationships with major businesses that provide every type of wood flooring, carpet, and tile in the mid-west. Regardless of the color, design, or cost, we can install a product that meets every homeowner’s budget and personal choice.

Once they have a clear surface and a decision from the homeowner, our technicians can install wall-to-wall carpeting in just a few days, even in larger homes. Wood flooring can take several more days, but our teams can lay in beautiful floors very quickly. The same is true for new tile in the bathrooms and kitchens, taking the same or less time than for wood flooring. Of course, it is not a race against time to complete the remodeling project but to exceed the expectations of our customers. Looking good is not enough; we strive to work neatly, with minimal disruption to the household.

If your home here or in Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, and Olympia Fields requires an upgrade, or if you want to make improvements for better living or to increase the resale value, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 today. We are here to help you make your residence a “forever” home.