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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.

Our Fire Damage Professionals Can Save Your Flossmoor Home

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flames shooting out of a small window in a burning home Restoration of fire-damaged properties requires considerable effort.

Why Abundant Resources at SERVPRO Help in Restoration of Fire Damage Cases in Flossmoor

Once the embers die down or smoke plumes clear from your property, you realize you have to take action to restore the affected areas. Several steps can help you attain your goal, but they have to be taken correctly and on time. You can involve SERVPRO to offer professional restoration of fire damage since we have skills, equipment, and other resources to handle an incident, “Like it never even happened.”

Fires differ in many ways, so the resulting fire damage in your Flossmoor home depends on the specifics of the incident. The main variation is the severity of the blaze, which determines the types and number of materials affected or the area covered. The source of the fire and the presence of accelerants also affect the restoration processes. Our SERVPRO crews can deal with outcomes from all types of fires, including:

    •    Grease Fires
    •    Fires from Electric Faults
    •    Arson Incidents
    •    Fuel Oil Fires


Fire is a hazard, but even after putting it out, some risks remain. Such risks can complicate the restoration process or cause bodily harm. Some common hazards include partially burnt ceilings, which might collapse, damaged electrical systems that might shock you, inadequate lighting, and slippery surfaces due to the water spilled when fighting the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians prepare to deal with such risks in different ways. We have PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, like rubber boots, hard hats, and rubber gloves, among others. We also use engineering solutions such as erecting barriers to eliminate the risks.

The flames, smoke, and heat from the fire affect a wide range of materials causing partial or complete damage. The remnants of such materials are wastes that must be removed as part of the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians tear down wall panels, ceilings, and floors to remove all debris from the fire safely. We also ensure correct disposal in compliance with safety regulations.

Restoration of fire-damaged properties requires considerable effort. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to assist if there is a fire incident in your Matteson, Homewood, or Country Club Hills residence.

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Removing the Flood Damage, What About the Odor in Matteson Homes?

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Female with her finger up to her nose with a stinky look on her face. Let SERVPRO handle that odor lingering in your Matteson home from water damage.

Worried about odor in your Matteson home from water damage, no worries we deal with that as well.

Flood damage hits homes hard in various ways. Through flash floods, microburst storms, and hydrostatic pressure all bring water into the house. When storm damage happens, it must be removed as fast as possible to avoid permanent damage, mold and foul odors.

Groundwater may contain contaminants, and before coming into contact with it during flood damage cleanup in Matteson properties, SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine what they are dealing with so they choose the best methods for mitigation.

Why SERVPRO?

When a severe water loss occurs in your home, it is crucial to utilize a professional restoration service with local, certified technicians. SERVPRO team members are residents of the local community, and they work hard using their extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment to assist our friends and neighbors in limiting loss from floodwater. 

Complete Drying Limits Odor

Controlled demolition is a standard action during cleanup of flood damage. This type of building materials removal is exacting and only takes out the damage and leaves sheetrock and flooring unaffected by water loss. The removal of buckled and warped sheetrock allows for more airflow during drying, which not only inhibits mold growth but also diminishes odors in the home.  

Musty Odors May Indicate Mold

Because it requires warmth over 70F-degrees and high humidity levels to flourish, mold also has a tell-tale musty odor that gives away its presence. Technicians monitor water loss areas during and after the drying process to ensure that the air quality is well below sustainable levels for mold. Areas where they find mold growing are abated and treated with antimicrobial sealants to inhibit any return. 

Removal of Residual Water Odors

After flooding in a home and complete drying, sometimes there are residual odors left behind. When antibacterial solutions do not eliminate it, SERVPRO technicians have a diverse array of odor neutralizing applications to use until they eradicate the scent from the property.

You do not have to live with continual reminders of the flood damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 and our team of certified professionals can make the water loss and odor in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Yes, SERVPRO Offers Re-Roofing in the Matteson Area

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck, scaffolding on three story building water removal and roof work SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood Does It All! Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration and Even Re-Roofing!

Professional Roof Repair For Matteson Homes After A Storm

Matteson homeowners know that storms, including some extreme weather, can tear through a home quickly. The results can run from a few shingles being pulled off the eaves of a roof, to the complete loss of everything from the tiles down to leaving the beams and trusses exposed to the sky.

When it happens, Matteson roof repair needs accomplishing as quickly as possible. SERVPRO technicians can perform every task needed to protect the home from the initial storm damage to reducing the risks from exposure to further weather issues and other problems like animal and insect intrusions.

Installing a new roof begins with its infrastructure, and that means new roof sheathing on every section affected by the storm. The sheathing is also sometimes referred to as decking. Regardless of the term, these are the large, flat pieces that block the roof support structure from exposure. The material used is nearly always wood. Among the more popular sheathing, we use for area homes are Oriented Strand Board or OSB and plywood.

OSB sheets are thinner and more cost-efficient than plywood, but still tough enough to resist breakage. They function equally well as plywood when used on steeper roofs that use light roofing tiles and generally have less foot traffic due to the high slope of the roof.

SERVPRO roofers use plywood on roofs with a low slope that usually draws more traffic or when there are heavier tiles in use such as clay, slate, or even concrete. Plywood is more expensive than OSB, but the thicker panels are needed for these tiles and can last for decades when not exposed to the weather.

Before laying down new sheathing, our project manager checks to make certain that the materials we use meet city building codes and any HOA requirements. In some cases, those rules can mean everything from using only plywood in a particular neighborhood to a restriction on certain kinds of tile.

After a storm, SERVPRO of Matteson – Homewood moves quickly to install a new roof so that homeowners here and in Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, and Olympia Fields can feel safe and secure once more. To get the process started with your residence, call us today at (708) 747-9925.

The SERVPRO Team Can Work Hard to Clean and Rebuild Your Flood Damaged Home in Matteson

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Box Truck Stocked with Drying Equipment and Products This Stocked SERVPRO Green Fleet Vehicle Says It All--Ready for Flood Damage Restoration in Matteson--24/7

Cleaning Debris from Flooded Matteson Properties

Debris is a common damaging effect that professionals must immediately address when combating flooding in Matteson homes. No matter how severe these circumstances might be, natural flooding scenarios can bring in mud, foliage, rubbish, and other potential contaminants that can heap on flooring along with standing water threats. Our SERVPRO professionals have a quick response that can help to get these hazardous debris handled with efficiency and care.

As potentially perilous as flood damage in Matteson homes can be, especially with unknown contaminant levels and risks, it is often best to leave the cleaning and recovery of these situations to our certified professionals. When black water is present in your home, which is the highest possible contaminant level that could exist with natural flooding situations, you need a team certified in water restoration, applied structural drying, biohazard recovery, and who can also offer reconstruction services as needed.

We offer a comprehensive solution to flooding, knowing how vital addressing standing contaminated water is to preserving elements of your home currently unaffected by exposure. In situations where contamination is unavoidable, debris removal and containment become vital tasks to keep the customer and our technicians safe. Exposed materials become part of this removal process, and we can oversee the tear out of contaminated construction materials, ensuring that only the affected portions get removed.

Before we can realistically remove damaged flooring and walls, we must remove the debris, mud, and other sediments from the house. Shoveling out most of these threats is a practical approach, and with many of our technicians working together on these tasks, we can quickly reach the point of accessing exposed materials to remove them. Our skilled SERVPRO general contractors have the experience to perform full-scale remodeling as well should you want to change up the aesthetics of your property while many of its structural elements have become visible.

We want to be the choice that area homeowners make when flooding occurs because we can show our customers that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. No matter what a home needs from reconstruction to extraction, we have a full roster of professionals on our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team to help. Give us a call anytime at (708) 747-9925.

Our Quick Response Is Vital After A Fire In Your Homewood Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Home destroyed by a fire with caution tape “Like it never even happened.”

The Best Response To Factors That Complicate Minor Fire Damage Incidents In Homewood

Controlling a fire incident before it consumes the entire structure is a great achievement because it only takes a few seconds for a minor fire to turn to a raging inferno. However, even the minor fire is likely to damage property, especially through soot and other smoke residues. During combustion, the way various factors such as heat, moisture, oxygen, and other gases interact can leave stubborn residues. You can address such fire damage better with help from a professional team.

Pretesting To Establish Residue Distribution
Residues spreading all over the property can complicate minor fire damage incidents in Homewood because you need to remove all of them to restore your home to its preloss state. The residues have different properties, including visibility and adherence to surfaces. Finding and identifying the residues helps determine the best response. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect and pretest particular items establishing the distribution and types of materials affected.

Using TACT to Deal With Porous or Old Surfaces
Soot and other smoke residues can penetrate materials. Older materials and surfaces made from naturally porous materials are therefore hard to clean because residues penetrate beyond the surface. Temperature, Agitation, Chemical Action and Time, or TACT, in short, are the four elements of cleaning. Varying any of these aspects can help improve the outcome of the process, especially on porous surfaces. For example, increasing heat when using cleaning agents helps quicken the chemical reaction because of faster molecule movements. Agitation, on the other hand, breaks bonds between soils and materials. Our SERVPRO crews use different approaches to agitate surfaces, including:

    •    Water Pressure
    •    Air Pressure
    •    Rotating Brushes
    •    Blasting Equipment

Understanding Residues
Soils react differently when exposed to cleaning agents. The basic principle is that like dissolves like so understanding the properties of a residue can help in choosing the right cleaning solution. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate residues based on whether they are hydrophilic, hydrophobic, lipophobic, or lipophilic. It is easy to clean smoke residue from the combustion of natural materials using water, unlike smoke residues from fuel oil, which are hydrophobic.

Even when a fire incident is minor, it can be difficult to address. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to assist. We have the resources to deal with any issue “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood Requires a Marketing Support Coordinator

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

'now hiring' sign showing a man shaking another man's hand We are growing and are looking for a Marketing Support Coordinator!

If you are a highly-motivated communications specialist looking for a challenging and rewarding position in the property restoration field, SERVPRO wants to hear from you. 

A desire to make a difference for area residential and commercial property owners struggling with property damage is the catalyst driving your search for a meaningful career with SERVPRO. Information about our services, delivered with clarity and compassion, is a much-needed resource for members of our community facing the worry, stress, and expense that follow a fire, water, storm, or other disasters. 

Finalists for this position possess the flexibility and reliability to manage a variety of different tasks at a high level of skill and efficiency. A sense of pride in taking on ever-increasing responsibility as you gain knowledge and build skills set you apart. If you constantly challenge yourself to reach beyond your comfort zone and look for ways to serve the company and our customers more successfully, we know your skills and efforts match well with our goal of making property disasters “Like it never even happened.” 

Expect our salary scale and benefits to compare with the best in the industry. Our investment in our employees means we support your every endeavor to become more familiar and experienced with our operations so you can help us perform even better.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company in Homewood Talks 'After the Fire'

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Firefighter readying to climb ladder to 2nd story of home. As the firefighters rolled out, SERVPRO rolled in and began the restoration process of this home.

What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Recovery in Homewood

The chances are good that the fire at your Homewood residence is the first you must manage in your experience. Because the scenario is likely new to you, the protocols followed over the days to weeks until your home returns to its preloss condition are unfamiliar. Here is a synopsis of how our managers and technicians approach household fire mitigation and remediation.

Water Damage Mitigation and Remediation 

Surprising until you think about how we fight fires, a Homewood fire damage recovery plan nearly always starts with water removal and applied structural drying. Our technicians are multi-certified, avoiding any delays as we take care of this initial step.

Soot Evaluation and Selection of Appropriate Interventions 

One fire can produce several different types of soot as it moves through a dwelling. It all depends on the temperature, oxygen level, and materials burned. SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) classify the soot residues as dry, wet, or protein-based. The cleaning products, tools, and methods used for each type vary, and our experts report success if time is taken to coordinate the approaches.

Charring Evaluation and Selection of Appropriate Interventions

The depth and intensity of charring determine the choices SERVPRO recommends among restoration, repair, and demolition and rebuilding options. Safety and structural integrity are paramount considerations, but appearance and odor issues also weigh in. 

Contents Evaluation and Selection of Appropriate Interventions 

Contents inside your home also suffer from heat, flames, smoke, and soot. An option is to pack-up and remove items to a safe place on your property or our production facility for review and appropriate restoration efforts. The toxic, corrosive characteristics of fire residues can etch, tarnish, and discolor items. However, our Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) have many resources available to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Deodorization 

Fire residues smell strong and unpleasant, and the malodor can linger for months or more if unaddressed. If debris disposal and deep residue cleaning do not eradicate the smells, we have access to advanced technologies such as thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators that neutralize odors through chemical reactions. 

When the firefighters authorize post-blaze assessment, contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925. We respond swiftly, 24/7, ready to help you get your life back on track and your home back to pre-fire condition.

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