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Dangers of Space Heaters

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Warns About the Dangers of Space Heaters When Not Used Properly

Fire does not care what season it is or whether or not its cold outside. Winter related fires are extremely common, especially when you are trying hard to keep warm. 
 
Our offices in the Matteson-Homewood area have experience in fire damage from space heaters and can provide you with some tips to help avoid having to deal with these types of destructive events this winter season. 
 
SERVPRO technicians understand that accidents happen. Placing space heaters too close to other objects or using the wrong type of heater in a particular area can cause severe problems. Please take a moment to consider some factors leading to these fires.
 
Oil Heaters - Should be used in areas where there is the possibility of moisture. This eliminates any electrical hazards that may be present due to water conductivity. Always keep a safe distance to avoid contact burns. 
 
Electric Heaters - These heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be useful for many areas in your home. However, they should never be left unattended. Thinking of electric heaters as giant toasters can help you understand how important it is to keep a constant eye on them. Make sure you have sufficient wattage to run the device and never use extension cords.
 
Our SERVPRO staff gets an incredible amount of space heater-related calls every winter. People are trying to stay warm and use space heaters quite often for this purpose. However, using a space heater does not need to cause so many problems during a cold spell. Just use common sense, and always follow the directions of the manufacturer.

The professional technicians at SERVPRO state that you follow a few simple guidelines when operating your space heaters. 
 
1) Always place space heaters on a flat, solid surface for proper stabilization. 
 
2) Purchase heaters with an automatic shut-off feature to prevent dangers from tipping. 
 
3) Maintain proper spacing between heaters and other objects in your home. 
 
4) Never leave children or pets unsupervised around operating heaters. 
 
5) Shut your heaters off properly before leaving your home or going to sleep. 
 
Following these guidelines does not ensure that you will never have to deal with fire damage from space heaters. However, you are less likely to have an unwanted consequence. If this sort of incident still strikes your home this winter season, make the call to our offices immediately. We will respond quickly and provide you with the services you need to get back to normal fast. 
 
Call SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood today at (970) 493-6335

Holiday Safety Tips

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays offer many opportunities for family and friends to gather, but they also come with an increased fire risk. With a little extra attention and care, you can help your family have a happy and safe holiday season.

Cooking

The holidays don’t feel like the holidays without delicious food. While cooking always presents potential fire hazards, home cooking fires always spike up around the holiday season.

When you have lots of cooks in the kitchen, it’s easy for things to get messy and confusing. However, a cluttered, chaotic kitchen is a hazardous kitchen. Make sure to keep flammable objects, like towels, packaging, and potholders, away from the stove. Communicate with everyone in the kitchen so you don’t leave the stovetop or oven on when it’s not in use. Wipe up spills quickly, and don’t let grease pile up around a burner.

If a deep-fried turkey is on the menu, make sure you fry it on a flat surface outside at least 10 feet away from the house.

Holiday Lights

While holiday lights can add a fun ambience to your home, it’s important to decorate safely. When you first open a package of new lights or crack open a box of previously-loved strands, take time to inspect each strand. If you find frayed or cracked wires or any broken sockets, return them or throw them away.

Don’t put more strands of lights on your tree than the packaging recommends. Overloading trees (and outlets) are a common cause of holiday fires. Unplug your holiday lights (and tree, if applicable) before you go to bed or leave the house.

If you want to hang lights outside, don’t use nails or staples as they can damage the wiring. Invest in quality hooks or hangers. Once the holidays are over, take down all outside lights. Small animals, like squirrels, may start chewing on the wires if you leave them up all year.

Menorahs

If your family uses menorahs for Hanukkah, you could consider using an electric one to cut down on fire hazards. If you prefer traditional candles, just be careful.

Keep the menorah at least three feet away from flammable items, and make sure you place a non-flammable surface, like an aluminum foil-lined tray, underneath the menorah to catch the melting wax.

Christmas Trees

Setting up the Christmas tree can mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday for many families. Unfortunately, if they are not properly set up and taken care of, they pose a large fire risk.

Keep the Christmas tree at least three feet away from fireplaces or heating elements in your home.

If you prefer a live Christmas tree, make sure to care for it properly. A dry tree can start to engulf a room in flames within a minute of ignition. Help reduce fire risks with the following guidelines:

  • Buy a fresh tree. When you first choose the tree, the pine needles should be green and not easily broken.
  • Cut off the bottom. When you get the tree home, cut two inches of the bottom to create a raw cut so the tree can soak in water.
  • Water the tree daily. Well-watered trees are less likely to catch fire.
  • Throw it out promptly. No matter how much you water it, your tree will dry out over time. Once the pine needles start to fall off and the tree starts to dry, it’s time to throw it out.

If you choose an artificial tree, consider flame-resistant or flame-retardant options.

Taking steps to prevent holiday fires can help reduce the risk, but there’s always a possibility of a fire. If your home suffers fire damage, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can help.

We have the knowledge and experience to properly treat fire and smoke damage to make your home “Like it never even happened.” We offer 24/7 emergency service; call us anytime at (708) 747-9925.

SERVPRO after fire services

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Extra Services SERVPRO Provides After A Fire

In addition to our fire damage repair and restoration services, SERVPRO also offers a number of accompanying services to help get your home, belongings, and family in order as soon as possible following a fire. Our technicians are trained not only to repair your home, but also to help and work with you, and as such, they can directly take on a number of bonus services or negotiate with licensed contractors for further help.

Inventory Management 
With advanced software and tracking technology, our professionals can help to take inventory of everything in your home following fire damage in Homewood, room-by-room and with your guidance. Not only does this help you to better understand what was and was not lost in the fire, but it also helps when negotiating with insurance providers, so that they can compare inventories and know what was lost in the fire.

Moving Services 
Our technicians will help to move out furniture, equipment, and anything you may need if you need to leave the home while it is being restored. This goes hand-in-hand with our inventory services, and one will typically accompany the other. As always, we do everything under your watch and guidance, so that there are no misunderstandings or issues that arise.

Electronics and Artwork Cleaning 
Electronics and artwork, if not initially destroyed in the fire, can still take on severe damage even after the dust has settled through staining and corrosion. Depending on the damage, a SERVPRO professional may be able to restore it manually, or we can employ a licensed and trained contractor or specialist to handle the items. These professionals understand the delicate tasks associated with the repair of these items and are the best individuals available to handle these restorations.
 
At SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood, we train each and every one of our technicians to always work closely with the homeowner and to provide services to help you to get through your crisis. If you require our cleanup and restoration services, just give us a call 24/7 at (708) 747-9925.

Storm damage in Homewood handled by SERVPRO

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remediate Your Flood Damage Regardless of Cause

Floods are often the result of heavy rain from storms. Water levels begin to rise very rapidly and in Illinois, it is called coastal flooding. This rushing water can flood homes and businesses from the attic to the basement. Floods cause extensive property damage that should be addressed immediately. When water and flooding suddenly happen, people may only have a matter of minutes to grab their valuable items and leave for safety. Saving your property and belongings is very important. SERVPRO is a leader in restoration and recovery, with flood damage restoration professionals who can help residential and commercial property owners return to a preloss condition. We are a locally owned and operated company who is always ready to help their Illinois communities through any structural emergencies. 
 
Water and flood damage problems in Homewood can also be caused by other events. There can be difficulties with a failed water heater, HVAC problems, broken pipes, sewage back-flow, or other unforeseen problems. Whatever caused water and flooding, it is important to act as soon as possible to extract the water to minimize any further damage. We offer water and flood damage clean up and restoration services. Our well-trained and certified professionals have all the innovative equipment, industry knowledge and years of experience to clean and restore any water damage situation. We work quickly so that residential and commercial properties are not at risk for mold, which can grow within 24 to 48 hours. After a majority of the visible standing water has been extracted by using our powerful pumps and vacuums, we are not finished. Flood water can be hidden behind drywalls, baseboards, wallpapers, crawlspaces or in ceilings. We use specialized equipment that can locate water or moisture areas so that mold or mildew will not grow later on. 
 
We will also clean, sanitize, and deodorize all of your rooms and office space areas. We clean all restorable items and other contents using a number of OSHA and IICRC techniques. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enables SERVPRO to properly dry and restore your property. We are a proud member of the Cook and Will County community, therefore when you call us, we can provide an immediate emergency response that helps to prevent secondary damage and mold. To avoid secondary damage, if you call us quickly, we may be able to treat your carpets, dehumidify soggy furniture and restore it. When you don't have to replace a majority of your belongings as a result of a flood, it can save you thousands of dollars. 
 
Our expert technicians from SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can respond to emergency calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. We are a full-service emergency remediation and restoration company. We have all the tools and experience needed to handle the most challenging emergency situations, including water, fire, mold or storm damages. Here is how you can reach us, and in a hurry - (708) 747-9925. We are here waiting to hear from you!

SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage Content Cleaning and Storage

At SERVPRO our team of professionals handle your personal belongings with the utmost of care.  We clean your items by hand and repack them so they are ready when you move back to your home or business. We also use the Esporta Machine and Ultrasonic Cleaning equipment.

SERVPRO's Environmentally Friendly Products

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO's Environmentally Friendly Products SERVPRO's Environmentally Friendly Products

SERVPRO wants you to know that we are doing our part to help our Planet.  That is why we want you to know about our Green Cleaning Products.

SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients. The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. With the assistance of larger chemical companies the EPA/DFE has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. From the listing a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials.

So next time you see our Green Vehicles, you'll know we are doing our part to sustain our Environment

Why you want SERVPRO as your vendor for Medical Facilities

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why you want SERVPRO as your vendor for Medical Facilities Infection Control Risk Assessment Certified

Working in Hospitals or other Medical Grade facilities is not a service you want to leave to just any vendor. A job completed incorrectly can open the door to a whole list of legal liabilities, this is WHY you need SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood.

Certified and accredited by the Linders Health Institute in Infection Control, we will help manage and control the risks that can be associated with this type of work. Protecting your patients, staff, other vendors, and helping your Risk Management Team limit your liability and enhance the Healthcare experience. 

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SERVPRO does more to help you after a fire

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Extra Services SERVPRO Provides After A Fire

In addition to our fire damage repair and restoration services, SERVPRO also offers a number of accompanying services to help get your home, belongings, and family in order as soon as possible following a fire. Our technicians are trained not only to repair your home, but also to help and work with you, and as such, they can directly take on a number of bonus services or negotiate with licensed contractors for further help.

Inventory Management 
With advanced software and tracking technology, our professionals can help to take inventory of everything in your home following fire damage in Homewood, room-by-room and with your guidance. Not only does this help you to better understand what was and was not lost in the fire, but it also helps when negotiating with insurance providers, so that they can compare inventories and know what was lost in the fire.

Moving Services 
Our technicians will help to move out furniture, equipment, and anything you may need if you need to leave the home while it is being restored. This goes hand-in-hand with our inventory services, and one will typically accompany the other. As always, we do everything under your watch and guidance, so that there are no misunderstandings or issues that arise.

Electronics and Artwork Cleaning 
Electronics and artwork, if not initially destroyed in the fire, can still take on severe damage even after the dust has settled through staining and corrosion. Depending on the damage, a SERVPRO professional may be able to restore it manually, or we can employ a licensed and trained contractor or specialist to handle the items. These professionals understand the delicate tasks associated with the repair of these items and are the best individuals available to handle these restorations.
 
At SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood, we train each and every one of our technicians to always work closely with the homeowner and to provide services to help you to get through your crisis. If you require our cleanup and restoration services, just give us a call 24/7 at (708) 747-9925.

SERVPRO Remedies Mold Infestations in a Homewood Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remedies Mold Infestations in a Homewood Home

For most homeowners, mold is something that appears in the corners of the bathroom every now and again, after too many steamy showers. However, the reality is that in Homewood mold damage wreaks havoc with hundreds of properties every year. 

Mold damage repairs can be a costly process, precisely because so many people don’t recognize the signs of a chronic problem. They may use amateur cleaning methods, which deal with the issue briefly, but are ultimately ineffective. For example, lots of homeowners use bleach in an attempt to eradicate mold, but this is not a viable or long term solution. 

The following information provides the important reasons why you should never ignore mold damage, and get the help you may need. 

Mold Damage is Persistent 
The sinister thing about serious mold problems is that they can appear to decrease in intensity and severity, before returning unexpectedly. This is why professional mold damage restoration from a company like SERVPRO is the only viable solution. If the damaged material is not completely removed and the mold eradicated as well, spores may still be released into the air. The fact is that mold spores are present in virtually every home, however, without conducive conditions, they will not begin to grow into mold patches. With an expert mold service, the chances of a serious problem recurring are slight. 

The Costs Stack Up Quickly 
It is vital to tackle even minor mold damage in Matteson because the expenses mount up very quickly if it is allowed to spread to other areas of the home. If mold takes hold in walls and floors, the restoration will need to be extensive. Mold restoration companies always advise property owners to seek recommendations if they are not sure whether they have a serious problem in their home. It is much better to spend a little on the prevention than it is to have to splash a lot of cash on the cure. 

You May Have to Leave 
In the most extreme circumstances – in homes or workplaces where mold has become a health risk – it may be necessary for the occupants to leave temporarily. This is for their own safety, but it doesn’t stop the process from being a blow to the wallet. For families, especially, relocating is emotionally straining and it costs a great deal. Once again, this is why it is always best to get mold damage in Homewood checked out by the experts as early as possible. 

For more information and advice on finding the right mold damage restoration service, call the experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood 24/7 at (708) 747-9925.

Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber

When disaster strikes, it usually hits where its hurts the most. Important documents such as books, medical paperwork, legal writings, etc are not spared. Sometimes despite the disaster you still need to retain these materials for legal or personal reason, that is where SERVPRO's Document Recovery and Restoration come in!

Acting quickly is imperative! Should you have important documents that get wet, damaged by smoke, or even a sewer damage, don't wait! CALL US RIGHT AWAY! 708-747-9925

Our highly trained staff of Restoration and Mitigation Professionals will arrive onsite and quickly take steps to limit damage and preserve as much as possible. 

 Document Restoration Services as follows:

  • Drying - process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  • Cleaning - we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  • Sterilization - Gamma Irridation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • Deodorization - once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost completely eliminate it. 
  • Destruction - we offer destruction onsite.
  • Digitization - digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood..... Like it never even happened!

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