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SERVPRO Offers for Chicago Property Owners Mold Inspections and Air Sampling

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Offers for Chicago Property Owners Mold Inspections and Air Sampling See the Mold--Call SERVPRO in the Matteson Area--Don't See the Mold Call Us for Air Sampling

Air Sampling to Labs and Mold Inspections in Chicago Area Properties

Mold can become a fast-moving danger to your Greater Matteson home or business, affecting many materials, contents, structural elements, and even those exposed. With how quickly the situation can get out of control, it is essential to work to address the colonization and remediate as promptly as possible. To accomplish this, home and business owners put their trust in the experience, and industry-leading equipment of our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Severe weather, high humidity levels, and other sources make mold damage for the Greater Chicago homes and businesses a perpetual threat. While many property owners can appreciate how damaging this situation can be, without seeing the problem, it can be challenging to know for sure that colonization exists. We have always encouraged our customers with the statement: “If you see it or smell it, you have it.” We have the expertise to offer mold inspections and air sampling to determine the presence of this threat and its severity.

We strive to find the relative humidity level from the time that we arrive, along with inspecting susceptive areas of the property for moisture vulnerabilities. This assessment has our remediators using moisture meters and sensors alone with thermal imagery to discover possible penetration points in attics, roofs, foundations, basements, and other areas of a home or business.  

Additionally, our SERVPRO team performs mold assessment sampling, including after remediation work completes. The sample we take of the affected environment can get sent to a lab nearby for analysis, and under the care of trained specialists, can determine the concentration of active mold growth based on the elevated presence of spores and fungus.

We can also help to keep your property and its occupants safe with fast controlled demolition and build back services. We have a full-service team of general contractors that can help to repair, reconstruct, and renovate damaged areas of your home during the mitigation and cleaning processes of remediation.  

You can count on the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood mold remediation specialists in the Chicago area. For an evaluation of your residential or commercial property, call us today at (708) 747-9925

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We Have The Experience Necessary To Handle Your Flossmoor Home Fire Damage Restoration

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Have The Experience Necessary To Handle Your Flossmoor Home Fire Damage Restoration Our technicians were called in after a fire in a home, extensive damage was done to this bedroom. We restored it back to normal.

Fire Damage Restoration from a Candle Fire in Your Flossmoor Home

It has become increasingly popular to use candles in Flossmoor homes for decoration and relaxation. Candles are used to mark special occasions and create a unique atmosphere. However, they also bring fire into your home, so they need to be treated with care. Candles result in home fires each year, and most of these can be avoided if you are using the candles properly and taking the right precautions.

When your home in Flossmoor has experienced fire damage from a candle, it can be quite unsettling. The fire damage needs to be taken care of right away, however, to prevent further damage to your home. To help you, reaching out to a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO is the best course of action. With our experience and training, we can restore your home and make it look as if nothing happened.

An easy step to start with to protect your home and family while using candles is first putting candles on a surface that is heat resistant and in a proper holder. Candles have to be held upright by the holder, so they do not tip over. The holder should also be stable, so it does not fall over, either.

Set candles away from curtains or other flammable fabrics and furniture. Keep them out of drafty areas, and do not place them underneath a shelf. It is easy to forget how hot it can get above a burning candle. Putting it under a shelf or other surface can allow the candle to burn that surface. There should be three feet or more between a candle and any surface above it.

Depending on how bad the fire damage is, SERVPRO techs use various mechanical actions to make friction and agitate and loosen smoke residues. When medium agitation is needed, there are a few options for us. Dry rubber sponges can remove loose soils. Dusting clothes which are treated with alight mineral oil attract light dust and soot. Crumbly cleaner works like an eraser. It self-destructs as it is rubbed over a surface, and the pieces of the cleaner absorb soils from the surface. A white, clean towel can also be used to apply wet cleaning solutions.

Of course, keep pets and kids away from any burning candles, and make sure not to lean over a candle while it's burning to prevent hair or clothing from catching on fire. There should also be at least four inches between each burning candle, and do not move candles while they are lit.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood understands that any fire damage in your home in Hazel Crest, Richton Park, or Olympia Fields can be traumatic for you and your family. Let us help you restore your home – give us a call at (708) 747-9925 as soon as the flames are extinguished.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Are Your Best Option To Save Your Homewood Property

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Water Damage Professionals Are Your Best Option To Save Your Homewood Property Call our emergency staff at (708) 747-9925 and return your business to its successful moments.

Tested Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services In Homewood

Any business out there can experience commercial water damage and knowing the right steps to take can be of great help. Working with professionals who understand such situations can assist you in assessing the resulting challenges and put in place the correct mitigation and recovery procedures. Every second counts when such events take place, so we are here to highlight some of the options that residents of Homewood have during such experiences.

More than mopping is needed when a church or any social building in Homewood suffer commercial water damage. Water usually moves around the structure, and it quickly finds its way into hidden sections of the structure. Within no time, problems such as damaged wood and mold growth are likely to develop. Our SERVPRO technicians offer specialized services that prevent continued deterioration and return your property to its preloss state.

Once we have identified the source of the water and stopped it, turning off the supply of gas and electricity to the building is equally important. We can remove your furniture and other items from the damp environment and prepare the site for restoration. If necessary, we can use submersible pumps and other appropriate water extraction methods to remove any standing water from the site. By using space heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO technicians can dry the building as part of the restoration process.

Our SERVPRO technicians make sure ceilings and walls are completely dry before any repair work can begin. If it is necessary to repair the plaster, we start by removing all the peeling paint, crumbling plaster coats and bubbling paint. We have the right equipment to remove that flaking paint from the structure when we are working for you. Application of disinfectants is also necessary when we need to prevent the possibility of future mold growth.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood works around the clock to prevent you from losing money every second your business is not in operation. Call our emergency staff at (708) 747-9925 and return your business to its successful moments.

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Water Damage Remediation Strategies for Your Homewood Residence

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Remediation Strategies for Your Homewood Residence Don't try and tackle the water damage remediation alone in your Homewood basement. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Contending with a Wet Basement in Your Homewood Residence

Basements and cellars are common construction staples for Homewood properties, and with their proximity to the moist ground and with potential vulnerabilities at the surface level for the foundation, water loss incidents can often originate and persist here. We strive to offer properties a comprehensive approach to loss recovery, showcasing the full measure of our advanced equipment and expertise with mitigation solutions when time is of the essence.

With so many Homewood property owners that use their basement for storage and safekeeping of treasures and belongings, water damage can become a costly and destructive situation. Our SERVPRO professionals have a rapid response to these emergencies, helping to get effective mitigation work started for your property quickly. These practices can not only protect the affected materials but also those stored items that you have in your basement as well.

Our Contents Department can walk through the property with our estimator to determine which possessions in this lower level of your home requires removal and protection. Even without substantial loss incidents that leave standing water on the floor of this basement area, excessive moisture can still prove equally destructive to specific items. Mitigation involves preventing this moisture and dampness from spreading further through the main floor of your house and causing even more structural damage than you already have to face.

The SERVPRO team members that get dispatched to your address can quickly work to remedy excessive moisture and saturation with air movers and dehumidifiers. For excessive moisture situations, our professionals often choose the Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers as they can cover a large area of your property and can quickly reduce moisture content below acceptable parameters to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring.

We can appreciate how quickly basement moisture can become a destructive situation for your stored belongings or when other damages result such as microbial growth. You can depend on the fast response and equipment of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood specialists to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (708) 747-9925.

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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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