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SERVPRO Offers Flossmoor Properties Unique Fire Cleanup Solutions

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Offers Flossmoor Properties Unique Fire Cleanup Solutions A Flossmoor Brick Warehouse or Firehouse Gets Special Fire Damage Cleanup from SERVPRO

Restoring Brickwork on Fire-Damaged Flossmoor Warehouses

Your Flossmoor warehouse has stood for decades in spite of severe weather systems and other natural disasters that have affected the surrounding area. Part of this longevity can get attributed to the craftsmanship of the bricklayers and masons responsible for the brickwork that makes up both the interior and exterior walls of the facility. When fire damages the inside of your business, there are few better materials than a brick to withstand potential structural damages, though they are not entirely impervious to the effects of the blaze.

Even with a resistant material like brickwork, fire damages to your Flossmoor warehouse cannot get avoided entirely. While your primary concern after a fire in your facility is the stock and materials within the building to get to a safe location before they get ruined by the lingering effects of the blaze, both this mitigation work and the restoration of the interior and exterior brickwork requires trained professionals like our SERVPRO technicians.

With a higher threshold to extreme temperatures, bricks can often stay in place and uncompromised by even a widespread structure fire. Provided that the mortar joints did not suffer damages throughout the incident, often brickwork needs focused cleaning on removing smoke and soot residues from the surface.

Our SERVPRO team has equipment designed to effectively break up sediment and staining on the surface of brickwork and other materials to allow our high-powered vacuums and conventional cleaning methods to work. Exterior brick cleaning can often require the application of high strength solvents like muriatic acid, which can not only remove soot and smoke damage but renew the look of the bricks themselves.

The contents department of our team can help to protect your stock and stored goods within the warehouse by moving them to our facility nearby. There they can get attentive cleaning, deodorization, and disinfection to prepare for their return once restoration work in the warehouse completes.

As conventional as brick construction might be for commercial properties throughout the area, these units still require professional attention when faced with a fire. Let our SERVPRO of Matteson – Homewood rapid response team help to make this disaster “Like it never even happened” by calling (708) 747-9925.

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The Most Important Elements of Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Matteson

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Most Important Elements of Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Matteson Don't let a water damage incident and closed offices be the reason that your patients find a new dentist. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Effective Cleanup for Water Damage to Your Matteson Dental Clinic

As a dental facility, you see many Matteson residents every day. With the office staying as busy as it does, you do not have the time for something like a water loss incident to slow you down or keep you from the patients that require your services. If you can reach out to professional restoration technicians like ours quickly, you might not have to close your doors at all because of the incident.

While you cannot predict when plumbing fixtures or other water utensils used at your practice might decide to malfunction, you can choose professional water cleanup for your Matteson dental clinic. Fortunately, most of your facility likely has tilework and linoleum flooring which are much slower at absorbing water and moisture than other flooring materials used in modern construction. Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage and work to provide a fast and efficient cleanup and drying to prevent further concerns.

While you might attribute water cleanup to the use of a mop and bucket and other drying tools, that is only part of the process that you can expect from even minor water incident restoration in your facility. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in water damage recovery, and we arrive with industry-leading drying equipment that can ensure that all of the moisture gets removed to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring.

Best of all, our team works around your schedule to provide you with the quality results that you expect. We can bring in our team of professionals after your normal operating hours to take care of minor water loss incidents to ensure that the area is thoroughly dried, cleaned, and ready for your patients and staff.

You cannot predict when your business might become affected by a water loss incident, but you can depend on the fast response and quality result of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood water restoration technicians. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (708) 747-9925.

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Matteson Property Owners, Frozen Water Pipes, and SERVPRO to the Rescue!

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Matteson Property Owners, Frozen Water Pipes, and SERVPRO to the Rescue! Matteson Frozen Pipe Woes Got You? SERVPRO Can Help

Burst Pipes During Extended Cold Snap Require Water Removal In Matteson

Desperately cold weather in Matteson can result in frozen and broken pipes. The water then floods into your home at a most inconvenient time. A homeowner at this point needs a reliable water remediation company committed to responding 24 days a day, year-round to emergencies. Our highly-qualified team of trained technicians has the experience and the equipment to resolve the problem.

Winter weather patterns can be extreme, and when sustained below zero temperatures rupture plumbing lines in Matteson professional water removal is a necessity. Handling water losses even under the most challenging of situations is one of the cornerstones of our business. Once our crew arrives ready to turn off the water if necessary and to get directly on the job to remediate the damaged area to preloss condition eventually, and whenever possible.

Our SERVPRO team is made up of highly-qualified II certified individuals who work together not only to remove water and dry out saturated structural components but also take all steps necessary to restore your home to preloss condition. An assessment by an experienced crew chief or project manager after a frozen pipe event leads to a thorough project plan. Fully stocked service vehicles and crew stand ready to start the job immediately.

We begin water removal using pumps and extractors, using the generators we bring if the power is off. If the water damaged area holds furnishings or stored items we often pack them out to our production facility using the SERVPRO Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) for evaluation and specialized cleaning and drying. Removing the contents permits our crew to concentrate efforts in your home to evacuate the standing water and begin the structural drying.

Performing moisture measurement is a skill SERVPRO technicians learn during in-house training. This process helps identify wet areas needing special attention or even partial demolition. Drying goals are established so that after the job, you know your home is back to where you want it, "Like it never even happened." We take careful readings and also use thermal scanning to discover any hidden caches of water. None of the water that flooded after the pipes froze can remain, or progressive structural damage and the risk of mold damage might become a reality.

Once we are sure the standing water is removed entirely, the crew creates a drying perimeter with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Drying goals are set with the moisture readings as data, and SERVPRO employees adjust the equipment throughout the process to achieve the goals. We carefully monitor the drying levels.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a highly regarded full-service water removal and restoration company. When the temperature plunges and pipes freeze and crack, call us immediately at (708) 747-9925.

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SERVPRO Explains to Matteson Property Owners the Need for Professional Mold Remediation

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Explains to Matteson Property Owners the Need for Professional Mold Remediation SERVPRO Says Call Us for Mold Remediation for Your Matteson Home

How Mold Damage Spreads Through Your Matteson Home

Moisture and dampness throughout certain areas of your Matteson home can facilitate the growth of fungus or mold. While these situations often get disregarded by being less damaging or traumatic as other disasters that could affect your property, it requires the same fast response and quick action to keep from becoming a situation that is out of control.

Remediating mold damage in your Matteson home is something that you should leave to professionals with the equipment and expertise to do the job thoroughly and correctly the first time. Part of understanding the urgency for this action by our SERVPRO team is better appreciating how quickly the organisms can spread and move throughout your property, affecting multiple materials and surfaces over a brief period.

Mold spores naturally occur in almost every environment that you encounter throughout your day. They exist on a microscopic level, making them impossible to see with the naked eye, but a persistent threat when conditions throughout your home change. To colonize, spores only require a damp environment that persists for a few days and organic material suitable to house the organism as it seats, spreads, and grows. This organism feeds on the organic material that hosts the colony, allowing it to spread farther, but also consequently damaging the material itself considerably in the process.

Without containment strategies in place by our SERVPRO remediation specialists, spores from the active colony can spread quickly throughout this affected area. They can also travel through HVAC systems to colonize in areas far away from the initial location. Our team of IICRC certified AMRT technicians can arrive quickly to not only set up this containment field to prevent the spread of the organism, but also to assess the full scope of the damage, and ultimately remove the colonies from your property.

Mold can be a destructive force for your home that can affect the house itself as well as those living inside of it. Give our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood applied microbial remediation technicians a call anytime that you need us at (708) 747-9925.

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Frozen and Busted Pipes in Olympia Fields?

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen and Busted Pipes in Olympia Fields? Frozen and busted pipes in Olympia Fields? Cook and Will County?

Have frozen and busted pipes affected your Olympia Fields area home or business? Cook County is experiencing extreme cold weather like we haven't experienced, since the two Polar Vortexs 5 years ago. 

Temperatures are plummeting to dangerous levels, where even having exposed skin for a mere matter of minutes can be dangerous. 

Subzero temperatures like this will be testing the limitations of not only the plumbing in your commercial home or business, but the insulation as well. Pushing piping and HVAC systems to their limits.

If your plumbing system fails, your first call is to your plumber. Your second call is to SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood!  Available 24/7/365 for any of your mitigation and restoration needs. Our trained technicians are up to the task of getting your business or home back to preloss condition, making it "Like it never even happened."

Here are some tips to help you during this extreme weather:

  1. Protect your plumbing pipes from freezing

When winter temperatures plummet, water can easily freeze inside, causing them to burst. If you are out of the house or unaware of a burst pipe, the results can be disastrous, including massive home floods and damage to your beloved furniture, rugs and home structure. 

To reduce the possibility of frozen pipes, wrap each of your un-insulated pipes in a blanket of foam. You can purchase foam tubes with a slit on the side at most hardware stores. Cut the tube to the length you need, pull it open and push it over and around your pipe. Use duct tape to secure if the foam does not have self-adhesive edges. 

  1. Fix home plumbing leaks now

The best time to get leaks repaired is the present. Check all of the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and utility room for drips and puddles. If you have a leaky faucet, contact your trusted plumber immediately to get your pipes back in tip-top shape.

  1. Drain your water heater

If you live in a location with hard water, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. This rust can then find its way into your drinking, cooking and bathing water. If your hot water heater already is rusted or is too old, consider purchasing a new one before cold weather sets in.

  1. Lose the outdoor hose to avoid frozen pipes

Until warm weather returns, your best home plumbing practice is to disconnect, wrap up and pack away your garden hose. Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucets and connecting pipes as well. Just say no to hefty repair bills and yes to a hose and fixtures you can use next year. 

  1. Close and drain shut-off valves leading outdoors

If you have interior shut off valves leading to outdoor faucets, close them and drain the water from outside lines. Any water that remains in the lines and freezes could cause major damage.

  1. Clean your home's sump pump pit

Before cold weather hits, you will need to inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit in which it rests. When exposed to extreme cold, your pump can freeze, causing it to stop working. 

If your sump pump malfunctions, water can enter your basement and cause flooding, especially when winter rains are in full swing. Do yourself a favor and inspect your pump and pit now to avoid massive flood damage and cleanup bills later.

Your winter should be full of cheer and warm family get-togethers, not exploded pipes and leaks that take days to fix. Prepare and repair your plumbing in advance to avoid a costly disaster.

Hopefully some of these will help you! Other wise SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is ready to help you.


FREE CE Classes this March 2019!!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO FREE CE Classes this March 2019!! !!FREE CE Classes for Insurance Agents Spring 2019!!

Attention Insurance Agents!!! Are you in need of CE credits for your licence? We are offering FREE CE classes March 6th & 7th, in two separate locations for your convenience. March 6th in Homewood, IL and March 7th in Bourbonnais, IL. Both days will have the same line up, Ethics (3 Credits) from 9am-12pm & Bio Clean Up and Hoarding Claims (4 Credits) from 1pm-5pm.  

**Please see the attached flier for location addresses**

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for those in attendance. 

So come partake in our educational and lively classes. Hope to see you there. 

For further questions please contact us at 708-747-9925 

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SERVPRO Responds to Matteson Property Roof Damage and Flooding

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Responds to Matteson Property Roof Damage and Flooding Matteson Storms, Roofs, and SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Roof Inspections and Repair After Flooding in Your Matteson Home

Throughout nearly every season, your Matteson home’s exterior must endure severe weather systems. From heavy torrential rainfall to the harsh winter weather that can leave accumulated snow on your roof for many days, this area of your property can eventually succumb to the damage and allow water to pass through unabated. Once vulnerabilities exist in your roof, flooding through the attic space can occur quickly under the right conditions.

The trouble with the flood damage that can result from a compromised roof of your Matteson home is that many homeowners do not know they have a roof problem until the damage has already occurred. While we have teams of qualified and highly-trained professionals available with a single call any time of the day to address emergencies that threaten your home, our contracting division can also help you to identify problems with your roof so that you can get these situations taken care of before they allow flooding to exacerbate an already wet condition.

With a roof inspection by our competent and licensed SERVPRO contractors, you can get alerted to potential problems with structural integrity before failures that result in flooding. We have all of the resources available to quickly assess any damage and to rebuild or repair these compromised portions of your roof before severe weather can take them beyond a point where they can keep water out.

If flooding damage has already occurred, we can respond quickly in these situations as well with effective mitigation solutions to prevent greater loss. Our contractors can offer emergency board up services for roof vulnerabilities to prevent further penetration while our team works to extract floodwater and begin drying out affected areas.

While you might not always know how vulnerable your roof is to water penetration, you can count on our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood professionals to help asses this risk or to clean up and dry your home once damage has already occurred. Give us a call anytime you need us at (708) 747-9925.

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Cleaning At A Higher Level With Esporta System

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning At A Higher Level With Esporta System The Esporta System

What would you say if we stated that a significant amount of the items that you thought lost during a fire, smoke, water, or storm disaster situation were fully restorable to a quality pre-damage condition? What if you could give your child back their precious stuffed animal that unfortunately got left behind? Or restore your grandmother's porcelain dolls to near perfection? How about moldy clothing stuck in the corner of your closet?
Take this opportunity to contact our offices in Bourbonnais for mold remediation to your soft fabrics and put the Esporta Wash System to the test. Take a few minutes to get the information you need to know about the quality of the wash system and see what it can do for you to recover the items you thought lost forever. There is finally a service available to you to assist with restoring your family heirlooms and personal items that you cherish. 
SERVPRO technicians have been through the training and go the extra mile to put Esporta's unique patented technology to work for you. Setting a new standard in the restoration of textiles and other soft contents; the Esporta Wash System is far more efficient than any traditional laundry services, and it shows in the results that you get from the process. 
By using this system, SERVPRO provides you with an industrial strength cleaning method that removes 99.9997% of all harmful bacteria, mold or fungus found in your hard and soft goods. Things such as plastic, leather, camping gear, foam, rubber, and reflective tape are finally restorable. 
Our expertly trained SERVPRO technicians have used the wash system to clean, disinfect and restore items such as; hockey and football equipment, personal protective equipment such as a Firefighters Bunker Gear or a SWAT Teams protective gear and is even useful for Military Protective clothing and regular household and business related items. Now hidden mold growths on expensive drapes can have an excellent chance of being restored.
The restoration process is simple, it removes soil, suspends the soils and discharges any contaminants from the machine through a drain. A more detailed explanation is that it uses hydraulic action to remove any organic or inorganic materials found on fabrics by holding the articles in place and forcing water and detergents through them. These washing cycles also destroy mold spores or any organisms embedded in the soft materials. Esporta's four-stage detergent process produces results that affect the color, wear, strength and brightness retention of your items. 
Give the Esporta Wash System a try today by contacting our professional staff at SERVPRO of Matteson/ Homewood. For mold remediation to your property or your home's structure, we have the solutions. We're available to you 24/7 and eagerly await your call. (708) 747-9925.

Caring for Victims

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Caring for Victims Victim bags ready to help when disaster happens.

When your home is struck by fire or a major storm you may have only a few minutes to gather belongings and move to safety.  For many of us, gathering a few clothes, and the family photo album take priority over a toothbrush or comb.  

At SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood we care about the community, that is why many of our staff carry these emergency bags in our vehicles.  Each bag contains a few of the essential personal care items that many people need after a fire or storm disaster.  Our hope is that each bag can bring a bit of comfort to the community after a tragedy. 

Having your own preparedness bag is very important especially if you live in an area where natural disaster such as tornado can strike.  It is also important to remember, only gather personal effects when it is safe to do so: material belongs can be replaced, but a life can not be.  

Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands Knowing what causes fires can help you to prevent them!

Knowledge is power! The Threat of Winter Fires is Real and according to FEMA:

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.