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Electrical Safety Tips for the Homeowner

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

General Electrical Safety Tips for the Homeowner ELECTRICAL SAFETY FOR THE CONSUMER

Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind. 

Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffee maker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. 

Here are some safety tips from our friends at The National Fire Protection Association.

A) Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

B) When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements. 

C) Only use one heat producing appliances such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc. plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.

D) Extension cords and plug strips should not be used for major appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air-conditioners, microwave ovens, etc. These should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. 

E) Arc-fault circuit interrupters otherwise known as AFCI’s shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.

F) Consider having ground–fault circuit interrupters installed - GCFI.  These reduce the risk of shock they shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be ground-fault circuit interrupter protected. 

G) Test your ACFIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturers recommendations.  You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fire can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot light bulb is near things that burn.  Things such as cloth or paper, or a cord that has been placed under a carpet. 

H) Consider using ground – fault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of shock.  These items shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home and bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected. 

I) Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.

J) When installing light bulbs be sure to make sure the number of watts is applicable for the product. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts. 

Here are some additional thoughts:

Call a qualified electrician or if you rent your landlord if you have: 

A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance. 

Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.

Flickering or dimming lights.

Discolored or warm wall outlets. 

A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.

Sparks from an outlet. 

Simple safety precautions save lives and property.

When Your Flossmoor Home Experiences A Water Damage Issue, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Flossmoor Home Experiences A Water Damage Issue, Our Crew Is Here To Help! Protect your investment and these materials by reaching out to our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood rapid response team quickly.

The Degradation Of Saturated Drywall In Flossmoor Homes

Water loss incidents can have a disastrous effect on certain materials in your Flossmoor home over others. While there are many construction elements and structural components that can fall victim to saturation, none are as absorbent and easily destroyed as drywall. With the common use of this material in the construction of walls, it is imperative to respond to water loss incidents quickly to protect this porous material when possible. With the right response from our certified Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians, we can work to protect affected drywall and prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction.

Our professionals have extensive training in the effects of water damage in Flossmoor on many materials common to home construction. We know how long materials take on average to erode beyond repair and what must get done quickly to protect these structural components from costlier tear out and build back later. Our SERVPRO team can begin the assessment and inspection of your property from our initial arrival, which can isolate areas of your home that have gotten more substantially affected by spreading water loss effects.

To determine the condition and saturation of materials like drywall, our SERVPRO team arrives with devices and machines that can identify moisture pockets and dampness both in and behind damaged materials. Once these symptoms have gotten addressed, we can install and run high-velocity air movers and our InjectiDry System to dry out these areas and materials before too much degradation has occurred.

With constant exposure to standing water or excessive moisture, drywall can degrade and distort irreparably in as little as one day. When these materials become affected by a water loss incident, it is important to get the right professionals at your home quickly to begin work on preserving its construction.

Drywall is a common staple in the construction of homes throughout our area, and one of the first affected components of your house when water loss incidents occur. Protect your investment and these materials by reaching out to our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood rapid response team quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (708) 747-9925.

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Your Flood Damaged Commercial Property In Matteson Will Be Restored By Our Experts!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Flood Damaged Commercial Property In Matteson Will Be Restored By Our Experts! Night or day, whatever the time, we're always available for you.

Severe Spring Thunderstorms Can Usher Flood Damage Into Your Matteson Consultancy Firm

Alongside the change into spring comes thunderstorms but, unfortunately, a particularly nasty storm can also bring flood damage onto your property. When the storm hit your village, it brought intense winds with it, which forced your office window open. For hours the rain beat against the side of your building and subsequently forced its way through the open window. Soon enough, your filing cabinets, desk, and carpets all became sopping wet, as they were exposed to an entire evening's worth of rain.

Neglecting to immediately call a professional cleanup and restoration company, to address the flood damage inside of your Matteson consultancy office, can only result in more problems developing. The carpeted floor inside of your office can soak up the water like a sponge, and hold it there, exposing the base of the floor to moisture. The longer that the rainwater sits inside of your office, the more of a chance it has to feed mold spores and encourage microbial growth.

SERVPRO understands how essential it is for your office to be open for business, as every day closed is a day of business lost. For this reason, SERVPRO always works around your schedule. We can send excellently trained technicians to your office no matter the day or the time. Remediating the flood damage as soon as possible, and returning your business to its preloss state, is always our goal.

SERVPRO can move all of the paperwork out of your filing cabinets, looking for any that have sustained water damage. Afterward, we can clean out your desk similarly. Once finished, we can begin to extract the water from your office, starting with your carpet. We can use a rover-mounted extractor to pull the moisture from your carpet while also simultaneously drying it, due to the heating element inside. After, SERVPRO can set up ventilation fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers to ensure that fresh and dry air is circulating inside of your office and drying out your desk. Once finished, SERVPRO can return your offices to you, “Like it never even happened.”

When flood damage impacts your office building, always get help immediately to prevent further damage. Phone (708) 747-9925 to speak with SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood. Night or day, whatever the time, we're always available for you.

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Find Out How SERVPRO Will Get Rid Of Burnt Aromas In Matteson Retail Stores

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Find Out How SERVPRO Will Get Rid Of Burnt Aromas In Matteson Retail Stores We have the necessary equipment to restore the aroma in your business after a fire. We are available 24/7 to offer our experience and expertise.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts In Matteson Talk About Deodorization Procedures

Many of the retail stores in Matteson are located close to each other. This means that if something burns in a unit next to your furniture store, your store could also suffer from commercial fire damage. Flames can quickly jump from one store to another if there is plenty of heat, oxygen, and fuel during the blaze. Smoke can also make its way into your store and leave soot residues behind on your building materials and contents. Any time you notice flames or smoke coming into your building from another unit, it is wise to call in a professional commercial fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Smoke coming from an inferno can seep through walls into your furniture store or find its way into your unit from HVAC vents. During any commercial fire damage project in Matteson, our SERVPRO technicians start by figuring out what items inside your store got affected. We go throughout your building and look for the presence of soot residues using a swipe test. Once we figure out where the affected area is, we test clean affected surfaces to see whether items can be saved or not. During the test cleaning process, we also determine what chemicals and methods work best for each type of soot residues and each specific kind of surface.

When soot starts to spread into your furniture store, it brings foul, burnt aromas along with it. During the soot removal and cleaning phase caused by fire damage, our SERVPRO team often uses chemicals that contain masking agents. The masking chemicals cover up unpleasant smells by applying more appealing ones. However, if the smoke penetrated deeply into your building materials or contents, other deodorization procedures must be taken once all soot residues are removed.

In some cases, we utilize a thermal fogging machine that breaks deodorants down into tiny particles that can mimic the way smoke travels through a building. In other scenarios, we can use an ozone machine that charges the atmosphere with O3 molecules that chemically react with malodor particles and neutralizes them. If you ever smell smoke inside your furniture store, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 seven days a week.

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Home Escape Plan

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

General Home Escape Plan Make a Plan!

Plan Ahead!

If a fire breaks out in your home you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

SAFETY TIPS

1.  Make a Home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

2. No at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

3. Have an outside meeting place like a tree, light pole, or mailbox. Make sure it is a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home at least twice a year.

5. Practice using different ways out.

6. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

7.  Close doors behind you as you leave. 

IF THE ALARM SOUNDS...

1. If the smoke alarm sounds get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.

2. If you have to escape through spoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

3. Call the fire department from outside your home.

FACTS

! A closed door may show with the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each sleeps area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

! According to an NFPA survey, Only one of three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

! While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

! 1/3 of American households call made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their own home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% set their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Are You Prepared for Severe Storm Flooding in Matteson?

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Prepared for Severe Storm Flooding in Matteson? Storms can damage the roof and siding of your home, causing water to enter.

Tree Damage That Allows Flooding in Your Matteson Home

Severe weather systems that move through the Matteson area can come with high-force winds capable of dropping trees, breaking tree limbs, and directly damaging your home. With fallen trees or large limbs that break away from the trunk, elements like your roof and siding can rarely withstand the blunt force of these situations and can become substantially damaged. This vulnerability in your exterior can allow flooding to occur as the storm continues to move through the region. Our professionals have a fast response to flooding and water loss emergencies, arriving with the ability to perform repairs and mitigation to protect your home from further loss.

While flooding in Matteson from external damage can occur with little warning, your home might not be the only one in the area with similar damages and flooding effects. As a large loss recovery team, we have the personnel and resources to address many loss events simultaneously, ensuring that no customer goes without the necessary mitigation and recovery efforts their property needs. With the large roster of IICRC-certified technicians on our team, we stay available to all customers 24/7 to be ready for any disaster that threatens their home.

Our SERVPRO team relies on our leading equipment for effective mitigation for your home. From high-powered extractors and pumps to rapid drying solutions with air movers and dehumidifiers, we can help to stop the spread of damage and begin recovering saturated materials and structural elements right away.

Proper mitigation cannot happen without repairing the damage temporarily to your home. We arrive with our SERVPRO contractors that can offer emergency boarding and tarping services to prevent further floodwater from penetrating these vulnerabilities. Once the storm has passed, and mitigation completes, our reconstruction team can completely address the structural concerns of your home, and even remove the tree to make it “Like it never even happened.”

While you might not get prepared for the damage a fallen tree can do, our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood rapid response team has the expertise and equipment to help at a moment’s notice. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (708) 747-9925.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Matteson Flood Damage Restoration

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Are Available 24/7 For Your Matteson Flood Damage Restoration When you have flood damage call our experts right away. We have the equipment and experience to handle all your reconstruction needs.

Tree Damages That Can Flood Your Matteson Residence

Severe weather systems often provide a slew of potentially damaging conditions for your Matteson residence from the torrential rainfall to gale-force winds. While you cannot predict the damage that a storm can do to your home, trees on your property are even more of an unknown variable because you cannot tell when root systems or individual branches have weakened or become compromised in some way. The combination of powerful winds and a vulnerable tree can often equal storm damage to your home that can provide the path for flooding to occur.

From holes in the roof of your Matteson home to more substantial storm damage from a fallen tree, a generated path for runoff water and direct rainfall can lead to widespread flood damage. Our SERVPRO professionals understand the importance of a timely response to an emergency like this, and that is why our team remains available 24/7 to address these concerns as they develop.

A prompt response from our dedicated professionals can provide your property with mitigation solutions to protect it from further damage. Our team can work quickly to board up and tarp over exposed vulnerabilities in the exterior of your home allowing for water penetration. Once these points have gotten sealed over, the professionals inside can begin extraction and drying efforts to help reduce necessary tear out and reconstruction.

As is the case with all tree damage incidents, removing the threat is vital to keeping the property safe from further structural compromise. Our contractors can work to remove the tree entirely, and preparing the area for the reconstruction to follow. Once the area has gotten prepared, our SERVPRO contractors can get to work on repairing and reconstructing the roof, siding, or other damaged areas of your house.

You cannot predict when storm damages can lead to severe conditions like flooding in your home, but you can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (708) 747-9925.

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SERVPRO In The Community

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO In The Community Marketing representative Angela Kuelper with future SERVPRO employee, her son Vincent.

This past weekend SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood had the chance to take part in an event for area fire fighters and police!  Peotone Fire Department held their 7th annual Fire & Police Swap Meet at the Will County Fair Gounds in Peotone.  This swap meet has been a great success over the years attracting people from as far away as California!  We were very proud to be able to support such a great event and our local Police and Fire departments.  SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood marketing representative Angela Kuelper was onsite to answer questions and get to know more about the community that we serve.  

“I meet people from St. Luis, Chicago, Pennsylvania and California while at the event.  It was so nice to see the turn out of both vendors and attendees.  The Peotone Fire Department did a great job putting on the event!  I was told by one person that the event just Kees growing ever year, a sure sign of success!” -Angela Kuelper

At SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood we love to do these local events.  Community involvement is one of the biggest things that sets us apart from out competitors.  

To see where we will be next or other past events visit us and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SERVPROMatteson.  Also be sure to check back to the page for more news, tips, and events or call our friendly office staff at (708) 747-9925.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  

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Why You Need Our Team After A Matteson Home Fire

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Need Our Team After A Matteson Home Fire We are here for your fire damage restoration services 24/7. We have the experience and the equipment for any job big or small.

Why Insurance Recommends Fire Restoration for Matteson Homes

Whenever you get posed with a disaster like a fire in your Matteson home, you might consider several different options in getting the damage restored. For many homeowners, this is a decision that gets made by their insurance company footing the bill to return the property to its original condition. Once your insurance provider has approved a damage claim, they want to ensure that your home is in the most competent hands so that there are no delays or concerns about restoring the property fully.

You might wonder why your insurance company wants professional technicians to clean up and restore the fire damage in your Matteson residence. Our SERVPRO professionals have often worked closely with many of the major and local insurance providers throughout the region to bring our mutual customers the quality result that they have come to expect. It is this commitment to exceeding your expectations with our restoration work that makes us a respected consideration for insurance companies serving our area.

One of the reasons why DIY restoration and cleanup is a poor decision for homeowners to make is that many do not realize the full extent of what a home needs to return it to preloss condition. Our team can assess the full extent of the damage and what your property needs. We have the industry-leading equipment and expertise to handle any facet of fire restoration in your home.

Another reason why your insurance company wants the job done professionally is the experience that our technicians bring to your home. We can get the job done quickly and thoroughly, ensuring that every potential concern following the fire has gotten cleaned, deodorized, reconstructed, or restored. We have the means to restore your home at a much faster rate than you could do on your own.

Fire damage is nothing that a homeowner should attempt to resolve on their own, and their insurance provider is often going to push for professional restoration as well. Our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood technicians have the experience and equipment to make fire damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 747-9925.

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Don't Panic When Your Flossmoor Attic Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster, Call Our Experts!

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Panic When Your Flossmoor Attic Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster, Call Our Experts! If flood damage threatens your home, contact SERVPRO at (708) 747-9925 for an immediate response to your water damage situation.

Flood Damage Cleanup In Flossmoor Attic Presents Unique Problem

When water enters an attic, the flood damage from a storm presents several issues. The longer the water remains, the more potential for loss, so expedited removal of all water and moisture is crucial. There is often not enough room to bring in multiple pumps to remove the water, set up air movers and use a dehumidifier, so our technicians have to get creative to pump the water and dry the affected area.

An attic in Flossmoor with flood damage has the potential to cause loss through ceiling and wall damage, mold and other secondary issues caused by the entrance of water. The necessary roof repairs should be completed as quickly as possible to eliminate further water intrusion. When space is an issue, we have special long hose attachments on truck-mounted pumps or small portable units to remove standing water. Wet fiberglass can be saved if remediation begins quick enough; your certified SERVPRO technicians have the training to determine if it can be dried or needs replacement. Soggy drywall or areas that are causing ceilings to sag are removed for safety and allowing for complete drying of the restorable regions affected by the water.

Our technicians often set up plastic vapor barriers in the attic during the drying process. This action focuses the air movement on the wet areas and limits the spread of any dust or particles to other areas of the home. We can also utilize a flex hose as a duct to move air from dehumidifiers to the attic to further eliminate moisture when there is not sufficient room to bring in a machine.

Once dry, SERVPRO technicians who are certified in odor control get to work to eliminate any foul odors left by the water. They have several resources and choose the best fit for each situation to leave the attic space clean, healthy and offensive odors neutralized.

If flood damage threatens your home, contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for an immediate response to your water damage situation. Because your health and safety are essential, our emergency services are available 24/7.

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