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Fire Prevention Tools

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fire background with SERVPRO logo and the words "We fix fire DAMAGE" End Home Fires

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood takes an active role in supporting our local Fire Departments.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a proud supporter of our Fire Departments.

Whether it be a Fire Department's Blood drive, Open House, Golf Outing, a pancake breakfast, fish fry or benefit, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is there.

Pictured in this blog we are donating a Palmer Doll House which we constructed to the local #Fire Department.

The Palmer Doll House is an effective tool for the training of firemen in both classroom and hands on.

For a Department to be effective as with any business knowledge and education are paramount.

Using the Palmer Doll House is a superb vehicle to show and demonstrate how ventilation of positive and negative degrees allows to see how backdraft and flashover occurs.

It also can be a tool to demonstrate tactics and results therefrom.

For more information please call our office at 708-747-9925.

WATER DAMAGE CLEAN UP & RESTORATION

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Floor drying system set up on hardwood floor. #Water #Mold #Air Quality

Recent heavy rains caused extensive damage to residences throughout Matteson-Homewood.

Apart from the detritus common in these types of occurrences, there are also present associated health risks.

With any type of water damage SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are your certified water damage professionals.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is trained to deal with a myriad of water damage issues. 

Below are some basic procedures for clean up

  1. Identify ALL safety issues
  2. Determine source of the water and get problem fixed as quickly as possible 
  3. Extract materials and/or remove all standing water
  4. Apply EPA registered disinfectant
  5. Remove and discard all contaminated porous and semi-porous structural materials included carpet and pad
  6. Measure and document all moisture levels in affected areas.
  7. Install barriers to contain damaged areas
  8. Install drying equipment 
  9. Monitor job daily.
  10. Once completely dry. Clean all areas prior to rebuild.

When your home or business has a sewer back up you can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood. For a free estimate call (708)747-9925

 SERVPRO Technical Experts mitigating water damage in Will County. 

Water Damage Extraction & Drying

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo with the words "For a FREE Quote servpro.com" Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Water damage can happen at any time. When your Matteson-Homewood residential or commercial property is affected, the most crucial step to take is to extract any standing water and dry moisture remnants quickly.

One category of equipment that plays a crucial role during properties is lift-equipment. Pumps and water extractors fall under this category. When used properly, they can help remove significant amounts of water from your property within a short period of time.  Equipment that extracts water from your property is the lift capacity and CFM, Cubic Feet per Minute, rating. Apart from that, the kind of wand attached to the extractor also matters. You should choose carpet wands for carpeted surfaces, and squeegee wands for wood and other hard surfaces. Our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood certified and trained technicians have access to a wide range of equipment and accessories to tackle all situations.

Drying helps remove the final moisture remnants in affected areas. Drying relies on evaporation which incidentally removes moisture from materials but leaves it in the air. Condensation can reverse this process. Combining equipment that improves evaporation and those that extracts moisture from the air, such as dehumidifiers, guarantees a good outcome. Our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood technicians have access to a wide range of extraction equipment that ensures balanced drying, including:

    •    LGR Dehumidifiers
    •    Desiccant Dehumidifiers
    •    Box Fan Extractors
    •    Centrifugal Air Movers

FULL SERVICE PROPERTY RESTORATION PROVIDER

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician disinfecting tables and chairs with an electrostatic fogger Disinfecting & Cleanliness

Did you know that SERVPRO is A full service property restoration provider?

Your facilities, campus, venues, and commercial property’s appearance of cleanliness and safety speaks volumes to your clients.

So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, #SERVPRO Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened."

With more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO professional nearby and ready to serve you.

Our commercial services include the following:

Commercial Water Damage Restoration,
Commercial Fire Damage Restoration,
Commercial Mold Remediation,
Commercial Cleaning Services,
Commercial Storm and Major Events

We are proud to be able to services not only homeowners but also business owners from the smallest mom and pop businesses to large commercial businesses.  Locally owned and operated, we care about your business and its impact on the community.

For more information on our commercial services please call our office today at 708-747-9925.

Cleaning Disinfecting Sanitizing

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

door knob with germs on it and "Sanitization is only one call away" CLEANING DISINFECTING SANITIZING

Remember that you should disinfect – not sanitize – because disinfectants are the only products approved by the EPA to kill viruses on hard surfaces.

The main difference is that EPA-approved sanitizers only have claims for bacteria, while disinfectants have claims against both bacteria and viruses.

Are you sanitizing, or disinfecting your facilities?

Are you achieving both processes with the same surfactants?

To achieve either at a high log kill, or logarithmic reduction, you must CLEAN the space for the surfactants to be effective.

SERVPROXIDE is a proprietary solution available for residential and commercial spaces.

We Respond to Hurricanes

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Home and car under water after hurricane Hurricane waters destroy everything in their path.

Locally, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is part of the SERVPRO Disaster Team Nichols. What exactly does that mean? Disaster Team Nichols is proud to be specially trained to respond to large disasters across the country when we are called on. When hurricane Laura hit in late August of 2020, our team was already on site ready and able to help. When a disaster strikes, our team begins the process of loading up vehicles to travel to the area that they are needed most bringing generators and specialized drying equipment to begin the process of restoring communities. Our crews can deploy to the hardest hit areas for weeks or even months, leaving their families and friends behind to help those who need us most.

Why do we do what we do? If you ask any of our technicians why they work for SERVPRO the answer is always the same, we love to help people. At SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood we are dedicated to serving communities, whether that is here in our home territory or across the country during a disaster

Saving Hardwood Flooring After a Water Damage

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water soaked hardwood flooring SERVPRO can help when your hardwood floors are damaged by a water damage

Hardwood flooring is an everyday staple of construction in many Homewood homes, but caring for this material can often be a challenge. Moisture and saturation can distort the shape and weaken the integrity of these materials, which can ultimately cause homeowners to need to replace them. To avoid this costly repair and reinstallation of hardwood, seek the experience and industry-leading equipment of restoration professionals that can address this saturation effectively. 

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that addressing flooring damage in their home after a water loss incident in Homewood is only involved as removing surface moisture and standing water. In truth, these situations can often move far beyond the surface and affect into subflooring material. The only way to know the full extent of the spread of water damage is to utilize the advanced detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras available to our SERVPRO team. 

We understand how vital it is to address water damaged flooring as quickly as possible because, within a few days, hardwood flooring and vinyl alternatives can begin to swell and distort. Bloating can cause the tongue and groove connections of the individual planks to disconnect, separating entire portions of flooring. Once this degradation begins, it is no longer possible for professionals to reverse this damage and controlled demolition techniques become necessary instead. 

Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to set up our Injecti-Dry System with drying mats to begin a slow and steady draw of moisture from these affected materials. By tenting over these mats, our team can better regulate the loss of moisture from the planks, helping to keep constant monitoring of moisture content to ensure that the flooring does not get overly dry which can be equally destructive. 

We understand how critical a fast response is to protecting hardwood flooring in your house, and so our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood professionals stay available 24/7 to help. You can trust our experienced and equipped professionals to make flooring damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at 708-747-9925.

Don’t let sewer water coming up, get you down

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Technicians cleaning a floor in a basement Sewer damage is no problem for Team Nichols!

When sewer water backs up in your home, the damage can be extensive.  Sewer water often has a very foul smell and can be quite dirty with fecal matter.  The experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are well trained for situations such as this.  Our 24/7/365 call center will quickly dispatch your call to a team of technicians ready to serve you.  Technicians will walk you through the process of determining what belongings will need to be cleaned and sanitized as well as what belongings can not be saved due to the loss. 
The mitigation process can take several days however during that time you are likely to see many of our green machines working to deodorize your home.  Typically in a sewer loss type job, drywall will be flood cut and some flooring may need to be removed, this is done to fully remove all biohazard waste from your home.  Additionally, our technicians will use an anti-microbial solution to be sure that your home is clean.  
One of the most important steps in the mitigation process for a job like this is time.  It is essential that homeowners call our office as soon as they become aware of any type of water loss.  

For more information or to set up service in your home call us today!

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood 798-747-9925

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program Category: Cleaning

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

As you take a drive up and down Lincoln Highway Matteson, Kedzie in Country Club Hills, Vollmer in Olympia Fields, Governors Highway in Richton Park or Route 1 / Dixie Highway in Homewood there are many businesses that are currently using SERVPRO services.  Currently SERVPRO technicians are servicing the following zip codes: 60461, 60443, 60478, 60429, 60430, 60422, 60466, and 60471.  The three franchises of SERVPRO Team Nichols are SERVPRO of Kankakee County, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher and SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are fully trained, certified, and insured to handle any disaster including pandemic disinfecting.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood today at  708-747-9925 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS- COVID-19 RESPONSE

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in full PPE with the words “Here to Help” Before opening your business, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood for more information on our COVID-19 response.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS

As businesses are preparing to reopen, it is important to correctly clean and disinfecting.  The type of needed disinfecting is a higher level than your day to day cleaning.  Disinfecting is vital to protect your employees and clients.  Though businesses are reopening, the threat of COVID-19 is still present and in order to reduce the risk of further spread is to take steps to disinfect your buildings.  No building is to small or too large for these services.  The experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are trained to handle disasters.  Out Large Loss team specializes in disasters such as the Coronavirus Pandemic.   Our technicians are trained in Biohazard cleanup, Blood-born pathogen and virus trained, and IICRC certified.  Additionally, our technicians are fully trained in proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

What our reopening cleaning includes

SERVPRO reopening cleaning and disinfecting includes a wide range of services dependent on your business needs.  These services all include the use of EPA registered, Hospital Grade disinfectants approved for use in COVID-19 in both electric static fogging and spray and wiping.  Carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning may be required or suggested as well, depending on the facility.  Disinfecting of all touchable areas in your building will include but not be limited to: walls, doors, door handles, light switches, windows, tables, table tops, chairs, sinks, cabinets, filing cabinets, computer key boards and mouse, phones, printers, lunch rooms, bathroom stalls and machinery.  Our technicians follow all OSHA regulations, as well as guidance from the CDC.

What businesses we can help

SERVPRO technicians are capable of helping many different types of businesses with our services.  We can effectively disinfect offices, salons, and small stores as well as large manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and schools.  All businesses in the state of Illinois have at least these things in common:  employees and being effected by COVID-19.

Preventative Vs. Reactive

Preventative disinfecting is a service made for businesses that have not experienced a positive or suspected COVID-19.  Preventive cleaning still disinfects all touchable surfaces to treat any possible viruses that may be in your facility.  Reactive cleaning on the other handle is just that, a disinfectant service after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This disinfecting is a higher level of disinfecting, requiring the use of several types of services.  It is vital that if your business needs a reactive disinfectant cleaning to call us as soon as possible in order to correctly create a plan to reduce further contamination as well as spread of the virus.

What our fogging allows us to do

By using the electrostatic fogging technology, SERVPRO technicians can cover an area is a short period of time.  This process allows for the use liquid disinfectant in a non damaging manner to paper or fabrics.  The fogging turns the liquid disinfectant into a fine mist that lands on all surfaces and then dissipates after a specific dry time.  Because this fine mist allows technicians to disinfect areas faster, this service can be more cost effective then using a pump sprayer technique.  While some areas of your building may require the use of a pump sprayer, where ever possible, our technicians will use fogging to efficiency service our clients.

Towns that we service

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood services MattesonHomewoodOlympia Fields, And Country Club Hills.  We also service Hazel CrestFlossmoor, and Richton Park.

Prepare to Reopen Your Business After COVID-19 In Olympia Fields, Illinois By Having Disinfectant Cleaning

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with Covid-19 virus floating around CALL TODAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES IN OLYMPIA FIELDS

Is your business ready to reopen after COVID-19?

Many businesses in Olympia Fields and all over Illinois are preparing to reopen after being closed as part of the Stay at Home order put in place for the state of Illinois.  The order was put in place to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of the Coronavirus.  As an extreme measure to protect human lives, government officials made the decision to essentially closed the state to all non essential work or travel.  As the date nears to the reopening of the state, it important for businesses to prepare.  Employees and customers are going to want to know that businesses have been cleaned and sanitized.

Preventive and Proactive Cleaning and Disinfecting 

With many businesses still closed NOW is the time to do a thorough cleaning.  Your local SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can preform proactive and preventive cleaning and disinfecting.   Our technicians will create a plan for your business based on CDC and OSHA Guidelines and recommendations.  Theses recommendations include using a hospital grade EPA approved disinfectant with claims against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2.

The CDC and OSHA recommends the disinfecting of all touchable surfaces such as counters, door knobs, light switches, tables, chairs, keyboards, telephones and much more.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is prepared to help your business

Armed with the knowledge, training, experience, and proper PPE and equipment our crews can help your business.  We will create the personalized plan based on your business to protect your employees and customers.  

CALL US TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19 SERVICES 708-747-9925

Deep Cleaning and re opening businesses in Matteson Homewood IL

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

man wearing a mast in front of a large green semi trailer Wearing an N95 mask, Bobby Nichols shows our community a positive gesture

Recently the Cook County Health Department and other local officials have been in discussions on how best to re open Illinois businesses safely in response to the Covid19 pandemic. Locally, both the Village of Matteson located at 4900 Village Commons Matteson, IL 60443 and the Village of Homewood located at 2020 Chestnut Rd. Homewood IL, 60430 have been providing aid to local residents including handing our masks and food. For business owners they have directed us to look to both OSHA and the CDC for recommendations on re opening businesses. You can find great information for your business by visiting those websites. You can also give us a call at (78)747-9925. Our Main Street address makes getting information easy.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has been open during the Illinois shelter in place order because we are considered essential to the communities. We have been providing proactive and reactive cleaning and disinfecting for nursing homes, fire departments, police stations and other critical infrastructure partners in the area. Our trained technicians use hospital grade EPA registered disinfectants to provide safe and healthy work spaces for fellow essential workers. As residents look to reenter our local businesses, SERVPRO will be providing piece of mind by deep cleaning throughout the area. As a member of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce we are partnered with some of the best companies in the area.

Timely Mitigation of Water Damage in Your Richton Park Home

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with water damage and the words “water damage?  We know what to do” Let the experts in water damage explain types of water damages that could occur in your Richton Park home.

Did You Know…

Water damages are categorized into three different types based on the SOURCE where the water loss came from?  Let SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood explain!

Common sources of water losses are broken water pipes, defective appliances, natural disasters, and structural failures.  These losses can happen to ANY home or business owner and understanding the different types can help you as a homeowner or business owner.

Clean Water = Category One

Clean Water is treated water that does not contain any waste, and has not been used. Examples of clean water damages are broken pipes, overflowing sinks, and defective appliances. This type of damage presents few health risks to humans during removal.

Gray Water = Category Two

Gray Water is water that has been used and carries waste products, but does not contain human waste. Examples of Gray water damages are overflowing washing machines, toilet overflow with no solid matter. Generally this type of damage does present the hazard of spreading diseases but could cause sickness if exposed through touching or drinking.

Black Water = Category Three

Black Water is unsanitary water. Examples of Black Water are sewage backups, flood water.  This type of damage can contain disease-causing organisms as well as possible chemical contaminates.

The names of water types-clean, gray or black are not based on actual water color, but what it contains also, clean water becomes Gray water, and Gray water becomes Black water, the longer water sits.

TIMELY mitigation is KEY in preventing secondary damage to contents and structure. Secondary damage can be mold growth, warped flooring, carpet delimitation, musty odors, etc. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? The faster water is removed the less damage that will occur. This will ultimately save the property owner and insurance company money and prevent costly repairs to the property.

SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood’s goal is to RESTORE rather than replace a damaged structure or contents in order to save time and money for our customers.  However when REPLACEMENT is NEEDED, our in house construction crew can help.

For more information on water damage repairs, construction services, or any of our other services- CALL US at 708-747-9925.

SERVPRO, FEMA, AND ISBE

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Classroom with children and teach at the front of class Disinfecting schools in the fight against Covid-19/ Coronavirus.

What we know


Due to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic private and public schools have been forced to close to onsite learning.  The decision to closed schools was a hard one, however in the best interest of slowing the spread of this viral infection it was necessary.  In order for schools to prepare for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, schools are scrambling to disinfect the buildings.    The Illinois State Board of Education has recently distributed the information for school districts to apply for FEMA Assistance due to the March 26, 2020 declaration of a major disaster for the state of Illinois by the President.

SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood is and has been on the front lines of servicing schools for years.  Armed with EPA registered hospital grade disinfectants, airborne and blood born pathogen training our technicians are working hand in hand with schools to make sure they are ready to greet children in the coming school year.      Our local franchise has handled flu epidemics in the past at schools and will continue to service our local schools to best protect the children of our communities.

School Boards and Administers

If your school has not had a thorough disinfecting of your building by a professional biohazard remediation company call our offices today.  SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood will work with an Environmental Hygenist if needed to create a customized plan for your school district.  This plan can be as little or as much as you need to ensure that your building are properly cleaned, while still following the guidelines set forth by the CDC.

Wet Floors Are No Fun

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

“Wet Floor” sign If you have water damage call our team today!

When water damage puts a damper in your day, call SERVPRO.  The water restoration experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher are here for you.  From the beginning of the water damage process to the end our technicians will walk you through everything.

The first step of a water damage process is to call us.  Our friendly office staff will ask you a series of questions regarding the type of water damage and insurance information.  Once the water source has been stopped our crews will be happy to respond.  Typically a water damage requires extraction of standing water, removal of wet carpet, and flood cutting.    Depending on the type of water damage you have encountered, determines how much of your homes building materials that must be removed.  Heavily soiled water such and human waste water requires a high level of precaution to prevent future odor and bacterial issues.  
For more information on the water damage process please call our offices today at 798-747-9925  

Perfect Time to Practice a Fire Drill!

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

In these times of uncertainty and endless questions, it is important to focus on things that we can control.  One of those things is fire safety!  Being at home together with your family is a perfect time to practice a fire drill.  Remember the days when fire drills happened in school? Most of us loved them because it was a time to get out of our classrooms and get some fresh air! Well did you know that fire drills are not just for schools? They should be practiced by businesses and even with your families in case of an emergency happening! There is nothing better than being prepared ahead of an emergency. It is very important to the safety of everyone at home that you know more than one way to exit. An important thing to cover is a designated meeting spot.  This will be extremely important when first responders arrive because you will already know if anyone is still inside.  Here at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood, we suggest that you regularly perform a “fire drill” so that the plan is understood to each member of your family. If disaster should strike your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is ready 24/7, 365. Call us at (708) 747-9925 to help walk with you through the cleanup and repairs if an emergency happens in your home!

Helping Businesses Respond to COVID-19

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians disinfecting commercial space. C all our office to schedule your Covid-19 services TODAY 708-747-9925

Responsibilities of Businesses

As a business owner or manager it is your responsibility to ensure the safety and health of your employees.  In order to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses are urged to take steps to prevent the spread.  Additionally, it is imperative to create a response plan, should your employees encounter an exposure in the workplace. 

How SERVPRO is helping businesses 

Local SERVPRO technicians are working 7 days a week to clean, disinfect, and sanitize businesses all over the area.  Our technicians can come in after hours to disinfect prior to the next shift or we can disinfect while you are part of the mandatory closure.  There are many different types of services that we are currently providing to both businesses and residents.

Precaution 

As a precaution, cleaning and disinfecting can be done.  This means that there had been no confirmed or suspected case in the building.  Technicians are trained in pathogen safety and maintain all CDC recommendations. The use of electrostatic fogging of EPA registered hospital grade disinfecting of touchable surfaces below 8 feet.

Suspected Exposure

When there is a suspected case of exposure in your building, a higher standard of disinfecting is recommended.  To mention, disinfecting and cleaning of the area 10 feet and below using a mixture of fogging and spray/wiping using hospital grade disinfectants.  

Confirmed Case

If the event that your business is exposed to a confirmed case, it is important to create a plan of action. Our team will create an appropriate plan for your business to protect all your employees. It is important to call our specialist immediately to begin the planning process if you experience a confirmation of Covid -19 in your business. 

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Community Cleaning & Disinfecting

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Woman's hand touching a hand rail with the words to the highest cleaning standards Seniors are our most vulnerable in the United States, we need to keep areas cleaned and disinfected

With our most vulnerable citizens at risk, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood and Disaster Recovery Team Nichols have been sending cleaning crews to assisted living and senior nursing homes throughout the Southland area. As members of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, we are partnering with local businesses to fight this pandemic.

With the IEPA and CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting buildings requiring trained professionals, our team is trained and equipped to handle any sized facility. We have responded to State of Illinois facilities and privately owned businesses alike. We bring hospital grade EPA registered disinfectants, PPE, and fogging equipment to handle our work. 

Occupied spaces, isolation units, and confirmed COVID19 cases are handled with extreme care and thoughtful planning. Protecting residents and staff while we provide our cleaning and disinfecting. Executive directors and facilities directors rely on SERVPRO Team Nichols to provide the very best service and response.

Call our office today at (708)747-9925 for immediate mobilization to your positive tested facility and we will help you navigate the path ahead.

Covid-19 Disinfecting For Your Business

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians disinfecting an office in full ppe gear Call our offices TODAY for more information on our commercial COVID-19 services.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood continues the COVID-19 fight!

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is proud to be servicing our local community with disinfecting services.  The year 2020 has brought new challenges for businesses.  The announcement of the closure of all non essential businesses in the state of Illinois is just one of those challenges.  Another challenge is knowing how to best protect your employees and customers if you are an essential business.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is proud to be an essential business.  We are the company that you know that is “Here to help” and we truly are.  Our technicians are working seven days a week to fight the COVID-19 virus. We have added to our commercial and biohazard services to respond to the COVID-9 pandemic.  Our technicians also, continue to service homes and businesses experience it water, fire and, mold emergencies as well.

When the state reopens and life goes back to normal we will still be there for you.  Until then we are all in this together and will continue to fight the good fight to restore businesses and communities through this tough time.

Dispatcher Appreciation

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

“Thank you to all our 911 dispatchers” “from your local SERVPRO” on black wood background Thank you to all our hard working 911 operators.

In honor of Dispatcher Appreciation Week, we at SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood would like to say thank you!

From a young age, we teach children to call 911 in the case of an emergency.  It is common knowledge that the police, fireman, or paramedics will come to your home in response.  The 911 operator that answers your call is likely someone you will never meet.  Similarly, the dispatcher may never know how your emergency was resolved.  That man or woman will walk you through your emergency sometime until emergency personal arrives at your location, and then their job is done.  

For many 911 operators just because their job is over when your call disconnects, they wonder about your situation and feel your pain and stress just the same.  Every year we get the opportunity to say THANK YOU to the unseen hero’s on the front line.  

We at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood would like to say thank you to the dispatch centers in our areas, Laraway 911 Center and SouthCom Dispatch Center.

Never Too Big!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Two large buildings in grayscale. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood’s Large Loss team has the experience to handle the biggest buildings.

Commercial buildings can be overwhelming for some, but not us.

When large commercial buildings have an emergency it is considered a large loss.  Large Loss water or fire damages require a different level of experience and knowledge.  While many companies believe Large Loss is just the same as residential just on a big scale, we know otherwise.  Large Loss requires strict planning in order to assist the client to reopening the doors.

Large Loss requires large equipment and large crews.  When you call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood, our team will bring in the big team.  If power is an issue we will bring that as well.  We have the proven experience to serve our large Loss clients with ease.

FREE ERP

As an added service, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood offers our commercial clients a free ERP (Emergency Ready Profile).  Our team does a wonderful job of viewing your building and planning for some of emergencies that may occur.  In mapping out the building and creating a plan, we can save time if and when an emergency happens.  If you would like more information on our FREE ERP contact our office today at 708-747-9925.

School Cleaning and Disinfection

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

3 bright green trucks pulling out from the warehouse on a bright day Disaster Recovery Team Nichols departing the warehouse to clean and disinfect a building

SERVPRO has been cleaning and disinfecting schools and other commercial buildings for quite some time. Proactively cleaning touchable surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant and wet fogging areas is proven to reduce germs, viruses, and other bacteria from becoming a problem.

Our trained technicians use hospital grade disinfectants and the latest equipment when providing cleaning services for school districts, municipal buildings, and other vital facilities. We concentrate on door handles, light switches, desk phones and other commonly touched items throughout buildings. If you need proactive cleaning and disinfecting services, please reach out to our office for a free estimate.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can be reached by calling (708)747-9925.

Centers for Disease Control Provides Guidance to Reduce Flu/Viruses in Matteson and Homewood Area Schools and Public Buildings

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

3D virus cells attacking a DNA strand on a blue background Advice on limiting the spread of viruses from the CDC

Every influenza season is a challenge for the Matteson and Homewood communities' school administrators and the owners and managers of public and commercial spaces. Limiting the incidence and spread of the viruses that cause influenza and other diseases is essential for individual and public health and wellbeing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publish a trio of practical procedures to minimize exposure to influenza and other viruses, implementable immediately. 

Get a Flu Vaccine

Matteson and Homewood school officials and employers should share information with students, staff, and families to help them find and obtain this year's influenza vaccine. Even if an individual received vaccination in previous years, it is vital to get a flu shot every year. Experts worldwide gather data and consult twice yearly to make the most informed decision on which viruses should be in this flu season's vaccine.

Children, pregnant women, adults 65 and over, and individuals with various pre-existing conditions are particularly at risk of complications and intense symptoms if influenza develops. Health practitioners can ensure that each person seeking immunization receives the appropriate type of shot considering their age and other factors. Babies younger than six months usually cannot receive a flu shot, so those in contact with infants must be vaccinated. As immunizations for evolving diseases become available consult with a medical provider for recommendations. 

Limit Contact with Infectious Agents

To stop spreading the viruses that cause influenza and other viral illnesses, encourage students, families, employees, and the general public to follow these tips:

  • When ill, stay home until fever-free for more than 24 hours without using a temperature-reducing medication
  • Sneezes and coughing should be covered by tissues, thrown away afterward
  • Keep a distance from others who show signs of illness 
  • Be vigilant about not touching eyes, mouth, and nose as viruses spread through those membranes
  • Wash hands with water and soap, many times during the day -- substitute alcohol wipes or rubs if there is no access to soap and water
  • Clean potentially contaminated and frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Be aware of the potential to spread the infections and provide social distancing interventions in schools, workplaces, and at events

Visit Health Care Practitioners Early

Anit-viral medications are available, but work best if administered during the first few days of infection with pathogens. They also are not obtainable over-the-counter. Getting in early to see a doctor or other health-care provider who can prescribe the proper drug is critical.

Consult with the experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood for an infectious disease cleaning and disinfection plan for your school or commercial building during the influenza season. Call (708) 747-9925 to schedule an evaluation.

Commercial Water Removal Matteson – Multiple Rooms Damaged

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water Let us help you get your Matteson Commercial Property back in order after a devastation.

You Need SERVPRO for Your Commercial Water Removal and Remediation 

Many guests are easily distracted while traveling. Many are excited about their trip and spend much time on the phone. A few have forgotten that the bathtub is filling while a guest recounts the day's events to one of their friends or perhaps talks to their family. Water can quickly spread onto the floor, and across the rest of the room. Water may leak into the ceilings of the rooms below.

SERVPRO provides commercial water removal services in Matteson and surrounding areas. We can remove wet and damaged materials and then dry the structure in preparation for restoration. We respond in less than 4 hours on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week basis. Our team and the equipment needed is ready to go at a moment's notice.

Commercial owners are interested in recovering as quickly as possible from events such as these. Often this means that wet carpeting and underpad are removed. Sheetrock may need to be removed or, at the very least flood cuts, to provide access to areas that water has penetrated. Wet insulation is removed, and furniture is packed up and moved to a storage area on the premises. Installing brand new carpets, new sheetrock on the walls along with repainting the room is often faster, while at the same time giving the room a facelift.

If water has passed through the floor into the ceiling of the rooms below, the ceiling must be removed. Before removing the ceiling, all furniture is packed up and removed. Carpeted floors can be protected as well if the floors are not wet.

SERVPRO aims to remove all potential sources of microbial growth that can be caused by warm damp conditions. Once the structure is dry, and humidity levels have returned to normal levels, contractors can begin reconstruction activities.

Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Olympia Fields, Country Club Hills, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flooding In Your Homewood Property

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Falling Tree Limbs Increase Flooding Chance for Homewood Houses

Torrential rainfall, combined with high winds, can be a dangerous combination for dying trees on your Homewood property. While many of the storms that pass through the area can be destructive enough to uproot entire trees and allow them to fall into nearby structures, often the removal of a full limb can also be a catastrophe for a close residence. The weight of a large tree limb can collapse a portion of a roof or puncture it to allow runoff and direct rainfall inside.

While you cannot do much to prevent the destructive forces of nature and their effect on the trees on your property, you can reach out to the right professionals to address the storm and flood damage in your Homewood house. With structural breaches, runoff and wind-driven rain can immediately enter the property, allowing it first to affect the attic space and then spread quickly down into the living areas of your home. A combination of strategies is necessary when addressing these circumstances.

Emergency Roof Repair
Removing the tree limb is one of the first ways to combat the damage that has occurred in your residence. The hole left must get covered over with a reinforced tarp framed on the outside with wood planks by our SERVPRO contractors. This coverage prevents further floodwater penetration to allow drying to be effective.

Extraction Services
Removing surface water still on the unfinished flooring and surfaces in the attic space can reduce the migration of this moisture elsewhere. For these situations, the ideal tool is the electric submersible pump or wet vacuum, as both are mobile and versatile.

Cavity Drying
The faster that our SERVPRO team can dry out the structural cavity between the attic and the floor beneath it, the better in restoration terms. Keeping the moisture damage contained in the structural assembly between the floor and ceiling between levels can allow our team to utilize tools like the positive pressure systems to dry out saturated materials on-site.

Tree limbs can be a destructive force against your house, but our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood restorers and contractors can arrive quickly to help. Give us a call at (708) 747-9925.

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JOB OPENING - CONTROLLER

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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CONTROLLER Job Discription 

*****Email resume to: BNichols@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com

Position Summary / Purpose 

Provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning, debt financing, and budget management functions. Ensure that company accounting procedures confirm to generally-accepted accounting principles. 

Assist in managing the profitability and cash flow of the business that will assure the continued liquidity and growth of the company and the financial well-being of its stakeholders. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Direct and coordinate the company financial planning and budget management functions
  • Manage the preparation of financial reports and forecasts
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget
  • Oversee daily operations of the Finance department
  • Design the organization structure for the Finance department, staff positions with qualified employees, and continually train and develop employees in order to effectively accomplish the department’s goals and objectives
  • Ensure compliance with local, state/provincial, and federal reporting requirements
  • Work with other department managers, executives, and owners to develop and execute the strategic plan
  • Direct and coordinate debt financing and debt service payments with external agencies
  • Direct financial planning, procurement, and investment of funds
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance of departments and divisions
  • Direct financial audits and provide recommendations for process and procedure improvements
  • Determination of depreciation rates to apply to company capital assets
  • Establish and implement short and long-range departmental objectives, policies, and operating procedures
  • Advise owners / management regarding property and liability insurance coverage needs
  • Accurately prepare and file required tax forms

Additional Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist in collecting overdue receivables
  • Represent the company to external media, funding agencies, government agencies, and the general public
  • Provide accounting policy orientation for new staff

Decision Rights and Authority 

  • Hiring, development, and termination decisions for finance department employees
  • Creation of financial forecast and budget portion of strategic plan based on input from owners and department managers
  • Determine when borrowing from existing line of credit is required

Working Relationships and Scope 

  • Regular communication with owner(s) and CEO regarding company performance and strategic issues
  • Maintain communications and relationship with banking and lending organizations.
  • Coordination with all department managers regarding budgets, operating performance, and strategic direction.

Performance Competencies 

  • Integrity–Ironclad. Does not cut corners. Puts the interests of the business above self. Earns trust of co-workers. Intellectually honest, doesn’t play games.
  • Oral Communication–The individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Effective in one-on-one, small groups, and in public speaking contexts. Adaptable and able to think on his / her feet. Demonstrates a command of the language. Easily articulates ideas and standards.
  • Written Communication–Writes clear, precise, well organized letters, proposals, and emails. Uses proper grammar and punctuation. Demonstrates appropriate vocabulary and correct word usage.
  • Team Building–Achieves cohesion and effective team spirit with subordinates. Ability to motivate teams to produce quality output within tight timeframes and to simultaneously manage multiple projects. Sustains a climate characterized by open, honest relationships where differences are constructively addressed rather than ignored, suppressed, or denied. Treats subordinates fairly and shares credit.
  • Sound Judgment and Decision Making–Demonstrates consistent logic, rationality, and objectivity in decision making. Driven by the financial well-being of the business and its stakeholders
  • Planning and Organizing–Plans, organizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient, productive manner. Effectively contributes to the long-range planning activities. Focuses on key priorities. Pays attention to details. Manages personal time well.
  • Money Management–Demonstrates sound fiscal habits. Employs a disciplined approach to spending. Tracks expenditures. Works from a budget.
  • Excellence–Sets high, ‘stretch’, standards of performance for him / her self and their organization. Demonstrates low tolerance for mediocrity. Encourages individual initiative. Maintains a level of intensity sufficient to achieve long-range goals.
  • Technology–the individual uses typical communication devices to effectively speed communication and appropriately utilizes company-approved estimating, customer contact management, and standard word processing and spreadsheet software tools to enhance efficiency and accuracy of work performed.

Qualifications-Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or related field plus CPA certification. (MBA or Master’s degree in finance or accounting is preferred but not required). Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in senior-level accounting or finance positions with similar sized and larger organizations. 

  • Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, and Cost Control

Extensive knowledge of the principles and concepts and significant experience in these areas – including generally accepted accounting principles. Knowledge of federal and state/provincial financial regulations. Ability to analyze financial data, prepare financial reports, statements, and projections. Working knowledge of short and long-term budgeting and forecasting. 

  • Strategic Skills

Proven ability to identify clear opportunities and threats. Accurately assesses the company’s strengths and vulnerabilities. Comprehends the big picture. 

  • Mathematical Skills

Possesses strong mathematical skills. Able to quickly compute rate, ratio, and percentages and to interpret financial reports, analyze performance changes and trends. Recognizes inconsistencies across multiple reports and sets of data. 

  • Constructive Confrontation

Has the ability to solicit, process, and integrate inputs and ideas from subordinates, peers, and executives. Recognizes areas of conflict or disagreement and deals with them through open and honest dialogue. Effectively provides feedback. Willing to stand their ground based on sound principles and experience, in the face of opposition by owners and other executives. 

  • Software

Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems. Effectively operates accounting software (e.g. QuickBooks, Peachtree) and understands how to make changes to ledgers, accounts, and reports to reflect the needs of the business. 

  • Computers and Electronic Technology

Demonstrates intermediate to advanced skill in the use of computers, the internet, PDAs, and other digital technology specific to the job as well as MS Word, Excel, and other industry-specific software. 

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds. 

Working Conditions 

  • Controller’s work is typically carried out in an office environment. Occasionally traveling to and meeting with customers and clients at their facilities is required.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

***Email resume to: BNichols@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com

We Act Fast In Homewood After A Flood

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

One of our fleet trucks stocked with our restoration equipment We have the training, state-of-the-art equipment, and expertise to handle any size flood disaster. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Planning Restoration of Flood Damage in Homewood Helps Improve the Outcome

Torrential rain can flood vast areas within a short while, leaving extensive damages in and around homes in the affected area. Although several steps are necessary to restore normalcy, flood damage cleanup, and removal of debris take up the most time. SERVPRO helps provide the necessary resources to speed up and improve efficiency when performing those tasks.

For effective clean up after flood damage incidents in Homewood, one of the best approaches is to split up the process into groups of tasks to simplify the process. In most cases, our SERVPRO crews split up restoration into these stages:

  • Water extraction
  • Controlled demolition to open up cavities
  • Separation of salvageable and unsalvageable items
  • Collection and consolidation of waste
  • Cleanup and drying


If flooding leaves inches of standing water inside the home, there is a need for quick extraction to limit secondary flood damages. The challenge is that sometimes the water contains silt, mud, or even solid wastes, which can slow down the removal. Our SERVPRO technicians have the right equipment to handle any challenges during extraction. We can use submersible pumps for water deeper than 2 inches. We also have self-priming trash pumps that can handle water with solids allowing free movements around the house.

Before cleanup can happen, there is a need to establish which contents or buildings damaged by the water intrusion or contamination. The removal of such materials before cleaning eliminates the repetition of tasks. Our SERVPRO technicians use different techniques to identify damaged materials, including physical observation, testing wetness with moisture meters, and using thermal cameras to find wetness in hidden areas. Depending on what we find out, we can determine whether demolition is necessary or not. When doing controlled demolition, we use plastic bags and trashcans to consolidate the waste easing the removal process.

The recovery process after a flood damage incident is rarely easy. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to help clean up all areas affected by an incident, "Like it never even happened."

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Flossmoor Fire Damage Restoration

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

A garage covered in fire damage We have the expertise, equipment and experience to restore your home after a fire. We are available 24/7 for any size disaster big or small.

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Damage in a Flossmoor Kitchen

Kitchen fire damage can be disastrous for any homeowner to tackle. Not only can charring and odors affect your fixtures, furniture, and appliances, but it can also affect your food supply, including canned and jarred items. Worse still, exposure to moisture can make soot deposits acidic, which can corrode metals and plastics in your kitchen.

If your Flossmoor home needs fire damage mitigation after a kitchen fire, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to restore your home to a preloss condition. These experts strive to salvage items when it is safe and feasible to do so to help homeowners save time, money, and stress. SERVPRO teams can also assist homeowners in filing claims by taking a thorough, detailed inventory of affected items after a disaster. 

When Oven Fires Occur

If the source of your kitchen fire is in the oven, keep these tips in mind:

  • Leave the oven door closed. The lack of additional oxygen can smother the fire and prevent it from spreading. Turn the oven off and allow it to burn out.
  • If the fire does not extinguish on its own, call 911. If it does, open your windows to improve ventilation.
  • Once the fire is out, and it has had time to cool, open the oven door carefully and remove the burnt baking pan. Let the smoke clear before you do anything else in the kitchen. 

How SERVPRO Removes Fire Damage

SERVPRO technicians can get straight to work on removing debris as contaminated items after your insurance adjuster has evaluated the situation the appropriate paperwork has been signed approving its removal. Once the debris has been extracted from the kitchen, technicians can focus on cleaning using both wet and dry cleaning methods and working from ceiling to floor. 

If the fire was caused by cooking a protein in the oven, chances are there are invisible protein residues present that can impart especially foul odors in your kitchen. Technicians can use enzyme digesters to turn proteins into odorless, water-soluble byproducts that can be cleaned with ease.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a team that serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (708) 747-9925 for cleanup that can begin within hours.

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Restoring Your Flood Damaged Home In Homewood

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by flooding Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for efficient and professional restoration.

Invite Professionals to Restore Your Flood Damaged Homewood Property

Flooding can lead to devastating results. Although Homewood does not have the large water bodies that can cause dramatic flooding, it has chronic issues with stormwater drainage, which is a serious matter for locals. Floodwater can get into your home after a torrential downpour.

Flood damage in your Homewood property can leave you stressed and unsure of the right steps to take. It is essential to act fast after a flooding incident to prevent secondary damage from happening in your property. If floodwater remains in your home for too long, it can increase the risk of mold growth and make it more challenging to dry the building. The contaminated water can also cause an undesirable health risk to the occupants.

You can rely on flood restoration specialists from SERVPRO to clean up, dry, and disinfect your home. We have a highly experienced and trained team of technicians who have access to advanced equipment to handle the flood damage in your residence. That means you do not have to deal with the inconvenience of organizing different services. We can manage the restoration project from the beginning to the end, minimizing disruptions, downtime, and costs.

Our response team is available to serve our customers 24/7. Immediately we receive an emergency call, our customer care team dispatches the response team to the affected property. We can get to your residence in the shortest time possible since we understand how stressful the situation can get. Our technicians can inspect the affected areas thoroughly to gauge the magnitude of the damage and choose the appropriate mitigation and restoration procedures.

The floodwater may have brought along all kinds of debris like rocks, tree branches, silt, sand, broken glass, and plastic bags, among others. We can remove the waste using rakes and shovels. Removing the debris also helps expose structural surfaces for further evaluation or inspection.

To speed up the drying process, we extract as much water as we can. Our team can use the right pump to remove the water. For instance, we can use full trash pumps to remove floodwater that has solids. As the pumps extract water, they pass the solids along.

Humidity in the air and surfaces can cause mold growth. Our SERVPRO team can use devices like moisture meters and moisture sensors to track moisture in your home. We have state-of-the-art equipment that can remove the moisture effectively. We can use centrifugal air movers to increase the rate of evaporation and dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of water vapor in the air.

The floodwater could be contaminated with sewage and decaying organic matter. Our technicians can use disinfectants to clean surfaces that the floodwater contacted. Our team can use antimicrobial products that destroy 99 percent of the organisms they contact on the surfaces applied.

When flood damage happens in your property, do not let it disrupt your usual way of life. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for efficient and professional restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Don't Just Sit There! Contact SERVPRO for Water Damage Remediation in Homewood Today

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

ice dam on a house The influx of water that an ice dam creates can cause water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO to assess, remediate and help prevent a recurrence.

Why SERVPRO’s Professional Management of Water Damage Due to Ice Dams in Homewood is Crucial

A water loss in your Homewood residence can trace to many causes, including the natural forces that create picturesque icicles on your snow-covered roofline. Water intrusion into your attic or upper levels during the winter months is common if your property is prone to ice dams. Our highly-trained and experienced crews know what to look for when water seeps down into your home, why we can not only respond to the loss but also limit recurrence.

Ice Dams Lead to Interior Water Emergencies

The beauty of a winter snowfall can hide significant water damage in your Homewood dwelling. If the gutters on your roofline are clogged with autumn’s leaves and twigs, water can collect. A freeze and thaw cycle begins, especially if warm interior air leaks out because of inadequate insulation or failed and missing joint sealing. Snow and ice liquefy, seeping under shingles, flashings, and along the seams between the interior space and the growing dams. Because the damage starts small and is often in an inaccessible area, you might not notice it until water saturates drywall and insulation and starts its journey to other spaces. Our familiarity with water movement within a structure is why we can resolve all aspects of the damage.

Ice Dams Damage Unexpected Structures

The ice dam moisture spreads eventually toward the lower levels of your home. Sometimes it runs through wall cavities, making itself known only when water damage along baseboards migrates into the hardwood flooring or carpeting several stories below the roof. Damage to structural components far from a leak does not surprise our technicians, why SERVPRO commits to a thorough inspection and evaluation of all the spaces of your home. Once we determine the extent of the damage, we use state of the art extraction and drying equipment to mitigate and remediate the harm. We also help pinpoint the water entry location and help arrange for other contractors to properly insulate up to and seal around the roof edge to eliminate future water incursion.

Water can flow far from a roof ice dam, which is why SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood uses cutting edge moisture detection tools when scoping your water damage project. Call us at (708) 747-9925 when water losses turn up in unexpected places during the cold of winter. 

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Matteson Property

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall It is also imperative to complete drying and ensure humidity has returned to normal levels to avoid future problems with mold and mildew.

When Can I Reopen After Commercial Flood Damage In Matteson

This question is often one of the first questions many commercial owners ask themselves after a flood. The owners know that every day the business is closed, it means lost revenue and potentially lost customers. Floods can cause a lot of damage, but delays in cleanup and repairs can be equally costly.

SERVPRO understands this dilemma faced by owners who experience commercial flood damage in Matteson. We strive to clean and decontaminate everything as fast as possible. It is also imperative to complete drying and ensure humidity has returned to normal levels to avoid future problems with mold and mildew.

Decontamination and Cleanup
Floods pick up many contaminants that can be harmful to your employees and customers. These contaminants can include chemicals as well as biological microbes that can be a health hazard to anyone coming in contact. SERVPRO evaluates the situation and implements safety controls for the collection and disposal of all contaminated materials in your commercial building. We can clean and disinfect your building to make it safe to finalize repairs and return your commercial space to full operation.

Moisture Removal Avoids Future Issues
There is usually a high humidity level inside buildings after a flood event. Moisture migrates to anything dry and gradually increases the humidity level of wood and other porous materials. SERVPRO uses moisture meters to check the moisture content. We continue applying drying processes until all materials have been returned to standard moisture content levels.

Mold and mildew can infest a commercial building if humidity levels do not return to normal levels. Not only can mold destroy structure elements, creating an unsightly mess, it can also cause health issues for many people. Your employees and customers could be affected.

SERVPRO can evaluate the flood damage to your commercial building, explain all of the steps required to return your structure to pre-flood conditions, and provide an estimate of how much time may be needed before you can resume operations.

Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Country Club Hills, University Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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University Park Commercial Sites Use SERVPRO for Mold Inspection and Remediation

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

MOLD INSPECTION on a Clipboard Commercial Entities Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in the Greater University Park Area

The Threat of Mold in Dorms of GSU in University Park

The presence of active mold colonization on the campus of Governors State University, or any institution here in the University Park area, could cause health effects to anyone exposed. With hundreds of students occupying each dormitory, this threat could quickly become out of control in terms of both the exposure levels and managing the spread and cross-contamination of affected areas. Maintenance departments might have the ability to manage smaller isolated incidents, but widespread mold and fungal colonies should get left to trained and qualified AMRT Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians.

A common culprit for microbial threats in larger commercial structures like this would be a leaking plumbing fixture, but our SERVPRO team can help begin mold damage testing and cleanup in University Park dorms immediately. With college campuses, every situation can escalate quickly, especially ones with ramifications like mold growth and the volatile organic compounds colonies can produce.

Sometimes acting preemptively to get ahead on tasks like remediation can protect students enrolled on campus and the faculty and staff of the school as well. We utilize third-party professionals to conduct and oversee the functions for mold testing and sample collection, and we can determine if water damage our SERVPRO team is working to dry out and restore has become mold damage in areas unseen by our technicians. In most cases, this environmental sampling can occur with minimal controlled demolition. Upon completion of mold remediation at a large commercial site such as this, an industrial hygienist can inspect and validate the results of our work.

Remediation and cleanup can begin quickly upon the physical discovery of mold or confirmation of the environmental testing. We have multiple efficient and direct colony removal approaches. With the installation of containment barriers, our team can remove active colonization through abrasive cleaning, sanding, controlled demolition, and antimicrobial solutions without affecting more space in the dorm than the damage already does. Our efforts to minimize our presence can prevent relocating students unnecessarily and help the job get completed fast.

Because of the public relations and reputation disaster that widespread mold growth in one of the dorms can become, you can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team. We can prevent cross-contamination and migration of the threat while we make mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (708) 747-9925.

Does Your Matteson Home Have Water Damage in the Ceiling?

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling along water pipes Brown spots on ceilings indicate water damage. SERVPRO knows what it takes to locate the source of the leak and dry your home.

Removing Water from Ceiling Cavities in Matteson Homes 

Many of the homes found throughout the communities in Matteson are split-level or two-story residences. Running the utilities through these structures involves the creative placement of plumbing pipes between the ceiling and flooring. After years of wear and pressure fluctuations, joints and connectors can degrade and eventually malfunction. Even when this situation only begins as a small leak, persistent seepage can weigh down insulation, ceiling tile, and other construction materials.  

Water removal for Matteson homes always begins with a thorough assessment of the severity of the damage. For situations where we know the source of the water loss incident, our SERVPRO team can waste little time exposing the damaged portion of plumbing and working to repair these effects. We have a full division of qualified contractors that can work to meet the needs of the property, including replacing portions of damaged pipe and ultimately reinstalling new ceiling materials. Removing water from this cavity might not always be as straightforward as it seems, however.  

Using thermography and infrared imagery, our SERVPRO professionals can identify the concentration of moisture and water damage in the ceiling cavity. The first step to both access the damaged plumbing and to begin reducing the immediate water damage in the area is to remove saturated insulation. There are a few circumstances in which drying insulation is cost-effective compared to removal and replacement. We have specialized vacuums designed to remove these materials without overexposing our technicians. These vacuums also prevent aerosolizing fibers from the insulation.  

Any pooling water can drain out to the floor below once the cavity gets opened. Because of the porous material used for ceiling tiles, even limited exposure can cause irreparable damages that require replacement. We can carefully examine all of the nearby tiles for moisture damage that could lead to further degradation or collapse when the time comes for our licensed contractors to begin the build back of the removed materials.  

Removing water from these damaged areas often falls on the shoulders of our general contractors and some of the premier drying equipment in our inventory. Through direct heating practices and air movers, we can vaporize moisture trapped in ceiling cavities and make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team a call today at (708) 747-9925.  

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Why Experienced Flood Restorers Are Vital to Homewood Properties.

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A home being held up by a life raft in water. Homewood residents don’t fear your flood damage, let SERVPRO throw you a life raft to save your home from the flood.

Flood damage in nothing to play with, let us help you recover your Homewood property.

As much as some Homewood property owners might believe that flood recovery is a straightforward process, there are many pitfalls and unexpected hazards that can exist for the DIY restorer. In many situations, people have leaned on the experience and extensive training of our SERVPRO water restoration team to help manage these emergencies. We have an understanding of these risks and know the appropriate approaches to keep our team, the structure, and any other occupants safe.

Even a process like extraction could have unforeseen risks, making flood damage in Homewood residences more challenging or unsafe for inexperienced individuals to complete. Damage assessment is a vital element to the scoping of projects, as this ensures that the right personnel and equipment are on-site to maximize efficiency and safety. Understanding these potential risks helps us to navigate flood losses, and even contamination concerns, in a way that can best protect your property and its contents.

Extraction in Basements or Crawl Spaces 

Removing several feet of standing water can come with unexpected hazards in the basement or crawlspace of an area residence. Natural flooding can heavily saturate soil against the foundation of your house, which can lead to a collapse or bowing of a wall because of immense hydrostatic pressures. Our technicians monitor this progress throughout the extraction process by stopping at regular intervals for the water to settle.

Lingering Moisture 

Extraction is never the final step of recovery after a flood incident. Drying involves many different machines and devices, most of which are unavailable to the DIY restorer. Without a working knowledge of moisture pockets and the migration of floodwater, you could miss drying out damp areas thoroughly, which can promote microbial threats. Our SERVPRO team utilizes thermography and surface moisture meters to document dampness that must get addressed.

Flooding can significantly damage a home if it is not dealt with quickly. As tempting as it might be to clean and dry out these effects on your own, there are many instances where this can become a costly mistake. Let our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team help however you need by calling (708) 747-9925.

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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Contest

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supports First Responders Fire Fighter Challenge

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a proud supporter of our local first responders. Firefighters, police, EMTs and radio dispatchers sacrifice plenty to serve their communities. We are having a contest where local citizens can nominate a local hero before kick off of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl. At half time, a random winner will be chosen from the nominees and they'll win a tail gate party for their office or station. No purchase is necessary.

Go to our facebook page for details 

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROmatteson/

Are You Making These Types of Water Removal Mistakes in Homewood?

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooded room with tv and cabinet floating The first priority for water damage is effective water removal. Call our SERVPRO team today for service.

Quick Water Removal Helps Save Homewood Property  

Water loss can happen within minutes, depending on how much water a source releases. Removal and restoration of the property to its preloss state, on the other hand, takes time and effort. After receiving the report of a water loss situation in Homewood, SERVPRO moved fast to handle removal minimizing the losses and restoring the home to its normal habitable state.

Fast water removal from affected Homewood properties mostly depends on the equipment used. Our SERVPRO team understands this, having handled water loss incidents in many properties before. We use different sets of equipment to accomplish the intended goal. Equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, high-pressure pumps, and submersible pumps help us remove water fast under different circumstances. For example, instead of using a long hose from the pump to the water source, which can compromise the suction lift, a submersible pump is better.

Apart from the standing water, some also soaked into carpets, upholstery, and other porous materials. Such moisture tends to extend the removal process, especially if evaporation is the chosen method of removal.  Our SERVPRO technicians reduce the timeframe by reducing the amount of moisture to be evaporated. One technique to accomplish this is by the use of weighted extraction tools that squeeze water out of the material before suction lifts it. We have both stationary and self-propelled deep extraction tools. Extraction is 1200 times faster than evaporation.

A walk through the property after the restoration process would hardly reveal where the water reached because we dried all traces of excess moisture. Air movement is crucial during the moisture control stages. Mostly our SERVPRO technicians use centrifugal air movers to provide the necessary air movement because they produce the highest static pressure for a certain air volume. They also have up to three-speed levels giving us better control. The low profile variety of these air movers is especially helpful for processes such as floating carpets for in-place drying.

Speed matters when dealing with water loss. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss Even Minor Flooding Can Cause Major Problems For Your Homewood Property

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 assists local homeowners with the restoration from flood damage.

What Half an Inch of Flood Damage Can Do in Homewood Properties

Flood damage is easily one of the top problems property owners do their best to avoid. But there is only so much that can be done as far as drainage, ensuring the grade around the home slopes away and landscaping assistance for keeping water at bay.

Sometimes, Mother Nature is more powerful than the best-laid plans, and flood damage hits Homewood residences and wallops them. And it does not even take a lot of water, under an inch of water can wreak havoc throughout the structure, destroying both the home and its contents.

Why SERVPRO?
The technicians undergo extensive hands-on training to learn the best practices for all types of damage using the standards as taught by IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) considered the gold standard for the restoration services industry. Plus, they engage in on-going education to stay on top of the latest trends for advances in the restoration services industry.

Testing and Extraction
One of the first actions taken by technicians is testing the water to determine the nature of the contaminants. This allows the technicians to choose the correct types of cleaning agents to neutralize any bacteria or toxins present in the water. When substantial amounts of water are present throughout a property, even if the depth is less than an inch, the technicians may choose to use trash pumps for fast, large scale extraction.

Carpet Requires Removal
When groundwater saturates carpet, it requires disposal as a biohazard. Because wet carpet is so heavy, they extract the water then cut it into strips for safe removal.

Controlled Demo Helps with Drying
A half-an-inch of floodwater wicks into sheetrock rapidly. The technicians measure several inches over the waterline and cleanly cut it away using 'flood cuts." This opens up the wall cavity and ensures it dries appropriately, which avoids secondary issues down the road, such as mold or weakening of building materials.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 assists local homeowners with the restoration from flood damage. The trained, certified technicians are local and arrive on-site within an hour after the call because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Phases of Drywall Recovery in Water-Damaged Matteson Homes

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall partially installed in a room with windows. Let SERVPRO help you through all phases of your Matteson water damage.

We will get you past the water, especially when it comes to your Matteson home.

Protecting construction materials in your Matteson home after a water loss incident requires a keen understanding of the migration of damage and how to best protect the majority of exposed materials. Drywall is particularly susceptible to water damage or flooding, as the porosity of the material allows for almost immediate penetration. Despite the fast response of our professional restorers, protecting drywall might not always be feasible or in the best interest of the homeowner.

To best protect structural elements in your house, often the best solution involves both flood cuts and repairing walls in a Matteson property. Once the drywall has become exposed to standing water from flooding or substantial flood loss, it can begin to distort and deteriorate within 24 hours. Our SERVPRO team has a full division of licensed contractors that can work alongside our mitigation efforts to offer real-time protection for your home’s construction materials like sheetrock and paneling.

Controlled demolition is a tactic used by our qualified contractors that can remove only the portions of drywall too severely damaged to restore. Flood cuts, as the case usually becomes with this wallboard, involves removing saturated portions of material from the baseboard up the wall until a dry area gets reached. The use of moisture meters and thermal imagery can determine the precise dryline our SERVPRO team can mark. Once removed, our team can access the structural cavities with drying tools like our low-profile air movers, to prevent further demolition.

Because the drywall gets removed in portions rather than entire sheets, the reinstallation of these materials can happen faster and at a reduced price. Efficiency saves our customers in more than just their wallets and helps them get back to preloss conditions and comfortable living in their house after a flood or water loss incident much more quickly.

Flood cuts are a critical element to reducing more considerable losses throughout your home. No matter what caused the damage, you can count on the expertise of our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood restorers to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 747-9925.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Flossmoor Home After A Fire

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A garage filled with soot and smoke damage after a fire During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Call us today!

Thorough Cleaning Of Contents after Fire Damage in Your Flossmoor Home

When a fire breaks out, the main concern is on what the flames consume. However, the incident is likely to leave contents soiled with different types of residues, including ash, soot as well as dry and wet smoke residues. Although it might not seem so, a thorough cleaning exercise can restore your items to their preloss state. Hiring SERVPRO to handle the restoration process helps in many ways because we have the equipment and skills to clean up your property.

Cleaning Upholstery Items

A case of fire damage in your Floorsmoor home can soil upholstery items in different ways. For instance, the fabric material can absorb fine particles from such as ash and soot, requiring deep cleaning. The water or other fire suppressants used are also likely to spill over unaffected areas, soiling items. Cleaning upholstery items is not an easy task. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as using Upholstery Cleaning Machines to ensure deep cleaning and rinsing of the affected items, eliminating all the residues. Adding odor counteractants to the cleaning solutions also helps remove malodors, replacing them with a sweet scent.

Cleaning Wooden Furniture

Although fire readily consumes wood, it also leaves other damages such as scorching and residue deposits. Proper cleaning can help solve these lessor problems restoring your items to their preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate all affected items establishing, which can be saved through cleaning. We use specially formulated cleaning agents such as All Surface Green Clean, which help remove stubborn soot deposits. We can also use soda blasting to clean charred surfaces.

Cleaning the Structure

Fire damage incidents soil different areas of your home, depending on the intensity and materials burnt. Cleaning these areas poses several challenges ranging from simple ones such as difficulty in accessing soiled areas such as the ceiling, to more complicated ones such as handling delicate materials. FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Training, helps our SERVPRO technicians address all cleaning difficulties, including using specialized cleaning techniques such as peroxide active cleaning which removes residues from delicate materials such as acoustic tiles without ruining them.

A thorough cleaning exercise can help save your fire-damaged property. Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to assist you in eliminating the effects of a fire, "Like it never even happened."

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Yes, We DO! SERVPRO Offers Matteson Property Owners New Flooring Options, Not Just Restoration Services

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Small Model of a Two Story House with the SERVPRO Banner at an Exhibit SERVPRO Can Restore Your Matteson Home after a Damaging Event -- But Can Also Install New Flooring as a Special Project

Professional Flooring Installation For Matteson Homes

Matteson homeowners are taking advantage of a growing, local economy to upgrade and make improvements to their residences. It is an ideal time for both new and experienced owners to look all around them and determine what they can do to improve their environment for their changing families.

In Matteson, wood flooring, carpet, and tile replacement are often required due to the age of many homes, rather than from a flood or other disaster. Over the last few years, we became aware that the skills taught to each technician to return homes to their pre-disaster condition also enabled them to perform key tasks for improving homes before a disaster happens. While still providing restoration services to area residents, SERVPRO team members do not have to wait for a fire or other disaster to install new flooring, carpet, and tiles in area homes.

Our technicians train to carefully remove and dispose of the existing material without damaging the subflooring, nearby walls, and floor trim. Members of our crews have extensive experience in the building trades and apply their skills to your home. After clearing the furnishings from the work area, they make certain the surfaces are safe for new material, examining for cracks, split supports, and even mold, in case there was flooding or other damage to the floor at any time in the past.

In addition to personnel training, our SERVPRO office also has extensive relationships with major businesses that provide every type of wood flooring, carpet, and tile in the mid-west. Regardless of the color, design, or cost, we can install a product that meets every homeowner’s budget and personal choice.

Once they have a clear surface and a decision from the homeowner, our technicians can install wall-to-wall carpeting in just a few days, even in larger homes. Wood flooring can take several more days, but our teams can lay in beautiful floors very quickly. The same is true for new tile in the bathrooms and kitchens, taking the same or less time than for wood flooring. Of course, it is not a race against time to complete the remodeling project but to exceed the expectations of our customers. Looking good is not enough; we strive to work neatly, with minimal disruption to the household.

If your home here or in Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, and Olympia Fields requires an upgrade, or if you want to make improvements for better living or to increase the resale value, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 today. We are here to help you make your residence a “forever” home.

Our Fire Damage Professionals Can Save Your Flossmoor Home

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

Complete Drying Limits Odor

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

Musty Odors May Indicate Mold

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

Removal of Residual Water Odors

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

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

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Yes, SERVPRO Offers Re-Roofing in the Matteson Area

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

Professional Roof Repair For Matteson Homes After A Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

Cleaning Debris from Flooded Matteson Properties

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood Requires a Marketing Support Coordinator

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Recovery in Homewood

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

Water Damage Mitigation and Remediation 

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

Soot Evaluation and Selection of Appropriate Interventions 

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

Charring Evaluation and Selection of Appropriate Interventions

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

Contents Evaluation and Selection of Appropriate Interventions 

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

Deodorization 

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

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

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We Are The Right Choice For Your Fire Damage Restoration Services In Homewood

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Home fire damage After a fire disaster you can rest easy knowing help is on its way. We are a call away and are ready 24/7.

Fire Damage Removal And Cleaning In Homewood 

Being just off I-80/295, Homewood is a great community to live in, with access to not only a certain big city to the north but also Lake Michigan and nearby forests for recreation. Flooding is not usually a problem in our neighborhoods, but a fire can be just as damaging. 

Treating fire damage in Homewood neighborhoods means dealing with not only the physical damage from heat and flames but also the residues and odors they leave behind. Dealing with such a wide variety of damage and repair requirements takes a full-service operation with trained, and experienced personnel. Every SERVPRO team meets those requirements.

Our certified FSRTs (Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians) can perform every task needed to clear a home of debris, clean the restorable surfaces and items, eliminate odors, and make the home look new again.

SERVPRO team members begin clearing each home as soon as the fire department, and sometimes the insurance company gives the Okay to enter. They sweep out the entryways and hallways first to prevent grinding cinders and residues into carpets and floors. Where needed, specialists also carefully demolish burned structural property still attach to the wall framing and other support structures.

After completing debris removal, technicians clean the home. In a bedroom fire, the items there are usually destroyed, but everything else in the home has various layers of smoke residues. Close to the flames, some items often strong cleaning agents and even some level of scrubbing to remove the residues completely. Farther away from the origin of the fire, the residue layers require milder cleaners. Technicians can often remove them with a sponge and simply wiping down each surface.

The same is true for removing odors from home. Close to the fire damage origin point, odors are very pungent. Depending on the value of an affected item, the insurance company may prefer the replacement cost instead of attempting removal using expensive methods like neutralizing them with an ozone machine. In rooms on the other end of the home, away from the fire, odor removal can be as simple as wiping away the smoke residues that cause them before they can penetrate the surface of walls, ceilings, and furniture.

For SERVPRO of Matteson – Homewood customers, our goal is to put each homeowner and resident into a clean, safe structure as quickly as possible. Call us at (708) 747-9925 today when you need us here or in the nearby communities of Flossmoor, Country Club Hills, and Olympia Fields.  

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How SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damaged Matteson Homes

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has the equipment and is ready-to-go to handle your water damage restoration needs.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Flood Damage to Furnishings in Matteson Homes? 

Flood damage often happens with little to no warning. It may occur as a result of Butterfield Creek breaching its banks or merely heavy storms which are not unusual for this area of Illinois. 

There are two main types of flood damage we see in Matteson homes. Floods from groundwater and rainwater. There are different outcomes for each kind of water damage in the house. When water enters the residence as rainwater, it carries a rating as clean water, and there is little danger of contamination. 

Fabrics, furnishings, carpeting and other porous items have restoration potential as long as the cleanup starts within 24-hours. Groundwater is a category three biohazard and causes substantially more loss as porous items generally do not return to sanitary standards for reuse after cleaning. Common issues and actions with water damaged furnishing include:

  • Excessive moisture is the cause of swelling of wood furniture frames and may result in cracking or warping unless dried soon enough. 
  • Rewetting or dry cleaning are methods for removing water spots on upholstery.
  • Furniture with wooden legs gets placed on blocks, so the stain does not stain carpeting or rugs. 
  • Furniture constructed from particleboard is usually a loss as it reacts poorly to exposure to excessive moisture. 

We deploy both air movers and dehumidifiers to dry upholstered furnishings quickly. SERVPRO technicians take particular care to handle the fine details regarding furniture restoration services. For example, We halt the possibility of rust transfer from a zipper on a cushion to another area on the furniture by keeping it from touching through the use of waxed paper. Once dry, if any residual water odors remain, our certified Odor Control Technicians have numerous applications to eradicate odors, which leaves the furniture with no signs (or smells) of water damage. 

At the first sign of flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925. Our certified emergency response team is available 24/7 and arrive soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Homewood Home After A Fire Disaster

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Extensive damage was done to this bedroom after a fire struck this home. We showed up as soon as they called and started restoration.

How We Clean the Four Floor Types to Mitigate Smoke Damage in a Homewood Residence

Restoring your Homewood residence to normal after a fire of any size means taking care of the floors in each part of the house. Soot is a highly tricky substance to remove from a large number of surface types, and the individual particles can adhere to minute depressions or within the pores of natural materials. One area that needs skilled professionals is your floors.

Our specialists know how to restore the floors in your Homewood location using fire damage mitigation methods. Flooring falls into four main types – resilient, non-resilient, concrete, and wood. Our building services handles a large portion of the restoration process regarding floors.

After our cleaning process finishes removing the soot and other debris, we re-assess the floor's condition. Some flooring needs nothing else for us to consider it clean and restored to preloss condition. However, many situations call for additional restorative measures.

Resilient floors include those made from vinyl. Slight buffing and several coats of sealer quickly restore such flooring. When needed, drying the floor from underneath, if possible can help preserve the floor.
If your home contains non-resilient floors, including marble, the natural pores and minute depressions that make these substances so beautiful can become clogged with the by-products of smoke and fire damage. An alkaline cleaning agent works well in most cases, but we must wait until the floor completely dries after a thorough rinsing to see how well the floor responded. If residues remain, we can discuss an acid-based cleaning method suitable only for non-polished surfaces.

We check concrete floors for sealants that can make cleaning after a fire much more manageable. Non-sealed floors remain porous, leading to stains from smoke residues that flowed deeper into the concrete with the liquid cleaning agents. Because of the possibility of causing permanent staining, we dry clean such surfaces as thoroughly as possible before applying any liquids.
Hardwood flooring absorbs water from firefighting efforts. Some wood floors made from small-sized pieces, called parquet, suffer significantly during a fire. The heat, humidity, and the soiling tear these types of floors apart at their very base, making replacement a much better option than restoration. Strips of wood often fare much better than their pieced-together counterparts. They can retain water underneath them, and soot can also find its way around to the underside of wooden boards during and after a fire. We use gentle cleaning agents that contain no solvents to pull soot out of the wood's grain.

Homes in Flossmoor and Olympia Fields, as well as those in Country Club Hills with fire damage need the skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood. Contact us at (708) 747-9925 to see how our mitigation, restoration, and building professionals can help you and your family.

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Matteson Restoration and Rebuild Options Needed after Structural or Cosmetic Damage? SERVPRO Does It All!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores and Even Rebuilds Damaged Homes in Matteson

Our Committed and Skilled Team is Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Disaster Recovery in Matteson

We count the development of our high-quality team of disaster recovery experts in Matteson as our most notable achievement. Recruiting and retaining intelligent, skilled, and motivated individuals to our team mean we are sure to meet your residential disaster recovery needs faster and more efficiently. Using our training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to employ the restoration industry's best practices, we commit to mitigating and remediating your water, fire, mold, or storm damage.

Water Damage
Our speedy response to your Matteson water damage serves two important purposes. First, we know that coping with water incursion is challenging and brings normal life to a halt in your home until the problem resolves. Second, water is incredibly corrosive, harming nearly every kind of building material used in conventional construction. Drywall crumbles, insulation soaks through and becomes useless for climate moderation and also poses a mold risk, metals rust, and wood swells and distorts.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) use their IICRC training to assess and plan for rapid water removal immediately upon entering your home. Our signature green service vehicles contain powerful pumps and extractors for water evacuation, gas powered or truck-mounted so that we can use alternatives to the grid if your electricity is temporarily disabled for safety reasons. We assess the quality of the water, containing and disposing of it per local regulations if it is contaminated with sewage, chemicals, or other hazardous substances. Our thorough preparation for any circumstance is why SERVPRO customers express satisfaction in our work and outcomes.

Once we accomplish water removal, structural drying proceeds, crew members use principles of psychrometry, the science of drying, to achieve the best results. Warm, dry moving air causes evaporation at high rates, requiring the use of dehumidification techniques to capture the water vapor by condensation or absorption. Our employees position a perimeter of heated air movers and dehumidifiers to facilitate drying and adapt the set up until the process reaches targeted moisture levels in structural components.   

Fire Damage
Not much can prepare a Matteson homeowner for fire damage. The danger of the blaze makes your priority getting your family and pets out and to a safe space. Returning to your house after the firefighting efforts often reveal a sodden, soot-filled expanse of rooms and contents that are hard to imagine ever reverting to the comfortable and welcoming abode you and your loved ones treasured. Grief and depression are understandable reactions, but we are eager to work on restoring not only your happy home but also your peace of mind.

Consider a pack-out if we suggest it as a strategy for putting the pieces back together. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) keep all furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions organized and secure at our production facility while our on-site crews remove water, clean soot, and assess charred areas for demolition, replacement, and rebuilding. The wide range of strategies we bring to a fire damage restoration is why SERVPRO rates highly among members of our community who experienced both fire loss and our professional response.

Our production facility technicians master specialized training in cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and renewing the look and function of packed-out items. Your insurance representatives and our office team work closely together to ensure your cleaned, repaired, and fresh-smelling house welcomes your furniture and other possessions when both types of property are ready for the reunion, inviting you back not just to your residence but to your home.

Mold Remediation
The chance of mold damage in your Matteson home is more likely than you think when you understand the life cycle of this fungal organism. Mold spores are everywhere, floating on currents in the air and settled on surfaces throughout your home. They are also found in large quantities outdoors where they provide the needed services of breaking down organic waste. They also hitch rides inside on footwear and pet paws, so even if you were able to reduce their numbers, new spores would arrive every day.

If kept dry mold spores cause little trouble, and they are so small, they are unnoticed. When they absorb moisture, however, they begin to grow within 48 hours and produce more spores, creating more extensive groups of mold called colonies. The bit of water and an organic food source fuels the multiplication. Soap scum, or even household dust, which is primarily dead skin cells, feed the mold.

Trying to manage a mold infestation yourself is risky as scrubbing can spread the spores. Our training in the restoration industry's mold remediation standards devised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is why SERVPRO is a good fit when mold abatement is needed. Our mold remediation crews contain the moldy area using plastic sheeting barriers sealed with a negative pressure air scrubbing system during the mold removal, prevent drift of the spores. We scrape, brush, or use gentle abrasion like soda blasting to rid surfaces of the mold, bagging up the debris for appropriate disposal. An EPA-registered disinfectant application follows to inhibit a recurrence of the damage.
 
Storm Damage
Snow, sleet, ice, and rain all pose a threat to the integrity of your residence, but when fierce straight-line winds or tornadoes join in to increase the extremity of the weather, severe storm damage in Matteson is a likely consequence. Exteriors can take a beating with roofs sheared off, windows broken, and siding bent and torn. Responding to significant harm, including the water damage that is inevitable when structures are severely compromised, is a job for professionals.

Our team arrives as soon as possible, ready to board up and tarp holes to prevent further water damage. Overland flooding might also be an issue when several inches of rain falls in a short period or when sustained precipitation over several hours or days saturates the ground and seepage occurs. The multiple certifications our technicians hold from the IICRC is why SERVPRO takes on a storm damage scenario with confidence. We assess the damage, including categorizing the flood water and creating a mitigation and remediation plan that safely cleans up and sanitizes the premises.

If rebuilding is indicated, we have skilled technicians to complete demolition and restore your house, "Like it never even happened." It is a great relief to our customers that a revolving door of contractors does not need to be engaged to take a storm-damaged residence through the many tasks needed to secure, recover, and rehabilitate it back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is ready to help the property owners in the communities we serve to find highly-qualified technicians and a reliable and experienced management team to assist with disaster strikes. Whether water, fire, mold, or storm damage is the crisis, call (708) 747-9925 day or night, and we are on our way.

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Water Damage to Your Homewood Vinyl Floors? Call SERVPRO

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water can damage the subfloor and cause your vinyl flooring to peel. SERVPRO has the know how to remediate the damage.

Drying Vinyl Plank Flooring in Homewood Properties  

Vinyl flooring does not have a limited look that it used to for Homewood properties. These days, this material is a much cheaper and more easily installed option to compete with authentic hardwood flooring. In many cases, the installed vinyl can produce an authentic appearance and feel of legitimate hardwood, and these flooring varieties are at a lesser risk of water loss impacts. Protecting your property can begin with ensuring that you have the right approach to dry this flooring as soon as moisture and dampness pose a threat. 

While many homeowners might mistakenly believe that avoiding the substantial water damage in Homewood properties begins with just conventional drying and cleaning processes, this is rarely as effective as your house requires to remove the damage present altogether. Our SERVPRO team encounters many homes that have inadequately managed moisture and dampness after a water loss, and within a few days, distortion and warping of exposed materials like the flooring occur.    

One of the most critical aspects of water loss recovery is understanding the extent of the damage that the house faces. Our SERVPRO professionals have a deep inventory of discovery devices like infrared imagery, moisture sensors, and thermal tools that can help us to see beyond the surface of flooring to determine the full measure of damage to vinyl plank flooring installed in the property.  Often the underlying beams and supports must be dried to prevent structural weakening or mold growth. 

With the use of specialized equipment like the injecti-dry system and drying mats, our professionals can set up a consistent drying system that slowly draws moisture from the plank joints and subflooring if present. With the fast installation of these mats to address saturation and exposure, vinyl flooring options can often get preserved and restored fully.    

While vinyl flooring can be a less expensive alternative to hardwood options, water saturation can cause the same damage without the appropriate mitigation and rapid drying approaches. Our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can make all water loss outcomes “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (708) 747-9925. 

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Fire Damage to Your Matteson Business Can Be Dealt With Easily

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your Matteson restaurant get completely destroyed by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Cleaning Up Air Ducts After a Matteson Restaurant Kitchen Fire 

Anyone who has run a restaurant long enough can appreciate how quickly and effortlessly fire flare-ups can occur in the kitchens of their Matteson establishments. While you train your entire staff on how to respond to these situations, even the best approach to extinguishment, smaller fires do not occur and get snuffed out without any consequence. Often, there are still issues like soot particulates and smoke residues to face, and with a running HVAC system at the time of the incident, these conditions can be more spread out than you might realize. 

Finding the right professionals to help you overcome these issues means finding a team qualified to address fire damage plus duct cleaning in Matteson commercial properties. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome all of the potential damages that your business faces, and can work to keep your doors open despite what could be a widespread situation. The first step that our technicians must take when we arrive is a thorough inspection of the property to determine the full spread and extent of these effects and what must get done to remove them from the property. 

When an HVAC system was running when soot and smoke residue particulates entered the environment, the intake to the system likely pulled them into circulation. These particles can also reach into the vents and ducts through the registers and other openings when the system is not directly circulating air. Either way, this network connects the point of ignition to every other area of your restaurant, so you need cleaning to happen quickly. 

The SERVPRO technicians we send out to address situations that have damaged your HVAC system have accreditations from the National Duct Cleaning Association (NDCA) and have extensive experience and training in the use of the most modern equipment for this job. 

The damage to your air ducts is only one step to a full recovery of your restaurant after a small kitchen flare-up, but we can work to keep your doors open with effective containment and round-the-clock work to get the business restored. Give our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood professionals a call anytime at (708) 747-9925.

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Fire Extinguishers

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguishers

First of all in case of a fire stay calm and alert everyone and get out of the building. Used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. 

First of all in case of a fire stay calm and alert everyone and get out of the building.

1. Call the fire department. 

2. Then, if the fire is small, use the appropriate extinguisher.

ONLY FIGHT THE FIRE IF:

1.  Everyone is out.

2.  The fire is small and confined. 

3.  You can fight the fire with your back to a safe escape route.

4.  You effectively know how to use a fire extinguisher. 

5.  The extinguisher is rated for the type of fire. 

DO NOT FIGHT THE FIRE IF:

1.  The fire is spreading beyond immediate area. 

2.  The fire could block your escape route.

3.  You do not know how to use the fire extinguisher.

WHERE TO LOCATE FIRE EXTINGUISHER:

1.   A home portable extinguisher is recommended for each level of your home. 

2.   A fire extinguisher should also be located in your garage, shop or work area, and each personal vehicle. 

3.  The extinguisher should be placed near an exit and in full view so they can be reached quickly and easily.  If you make the decision to use it, you will be near an exit to escape if necessary.

4.  For maximum protection in kitchen and garage fires, a portable fire extinguisher that will extinguish a class A, B and C fire is recommended.

THE THREE CLASSES OF FIRE:

Class A -  ordinary combustibles, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubbish, rubber and plastics. 

Class B - Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, grease , oil based paint, lacquer and flammable gas.

Class C -  energized electrical equipment, including wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances. 

HOW TO USE EXTINGUISHER:

Read the instructions, but in case of emergency, always remember this 

P A S S 

P.  Pull the pin to unlock the handle. 

A. Aim low at the base of the fire.

S. Squeeze the handle. 

S.  Sweep the unit from side to side. 

PROPER MAINTENANCE:

1.  Read the owners manual for proper instructions on maintenance. 

2.  Check gauge monthly for pressure drops. 

3. Check for dents, punctures and corrosion along the body.

4. Check for chipping or cracking on the head and nozzle.

Always be sure to notify the Fire Dept. of the fire no matter how small so they can inspect the site and be sure the fire is extinguished. 

Our Professionals Are Ready To Remove Water Damage In Your Matteson Home

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage started in the bonus room of this home. We were able to arrive right away and begin restoration to prevent further damage to the home.

Contending with Water-Damaged Drywall in Matteson Homes

Saturation can be a damaging situation for many of the exposed materials in your Matteson home during a water loss incident. Drywall is a common selection for the property, and with its sheetrock composition, can prove very susceptible to even modest exposure to standing water, pooling, or spreading moisture effects. Depending on how long these materials maintain this damaging condition, it can be challenging for even our professional restoration technicians to prevent demolition and reconstruction.

While there are multiple layers of water damage in your Matteson home to contend with after a water loss incident sweeps through the floors of your home, drywall can quickly wick this standing water and wall cavity moisture. Beginning at the base of the installed sheets, moisture can move slowly up the surface, penetrating the full depth of the sheetrock. Our SERVPRO professionals must assess the severity of this saturation when we arrive and begin a thorough inspection of the affected areas of the property.

Much of the worst damage that can occur in your house from a water loss incident happens within the first 72 hours. During this time, water effects continue to spread unabated through the property without the appropriate containment protocols beginning or effective drying and extraction efforts getting underway. Identifying the severity of these conditions is the most important step for our arriving professionals, and we use sophisticated moisture readers, infrared imagery, and hygrometers to deduce the dampness and saturation of affected materials and areas.

These tools can identify the line of saturation that exists with the continued wicking of moisture from the ground into the drywall material. With bloating and distortion beginning in as little as a day, our SERVPRO team often must remove all of the exposed areas of drywall using a flood cut approach. This controlled demolition technique only removes the water damaged portions of sheetrock to make reinstallation faster and more cost-effective.

Drywall is a common staple to the construction of homes throughout our area, but these materials are also among the most susceptible to water damages. Let our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood protect your property and its materials with our fast response and expertise. Give us a call anytime you need us at (708) 747-9925.

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SERVPRO Offers for Chicago Property Owners Mold Inspections and Air Sampling

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Our Fire Damage Professionals Will Restore Your Home In Flossmoor To Pre-Damage Condition

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

We invite you to experience the difference our skilled and dedicated team provides by calling (708) 747-9925.

Why SERVPRO Is The Obvious Choice To Restore Flossmoor Fire Damage

You get only one chance to make sure your Flossmoor dwelling recovers from the harm a household fire can do. The toxic and corrosive residues created as flames consume building materials, grease, food, or other fuel in your home rapidly discolor, warp, and tarnish structural components and contents. Water and chemical extinguishers used to knock down the fire must be abated as well. Our employees hold multiple certifications from the IICRC, proving why engaging our services is a wise choice.

The beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods in Flossmoor make reliable fire damage restoration essential to both our community at large and to the families who live here. Our well-qualified technicians, supported by our investment in cutting-edge fire remediation products, tools, and equipment, are why relying on our expertise and resources pay dividends at a time when you as a homeowner are seeking the most effective solution to a tough problem.

When our service vehicles arrive their comprehensive stocking of equipment and supplies needed make it clear why SERVPRO needs to be your first call after the firefighters depart. The airborne toxins released during the fire begin to damage wood, drywall, fabrics, and plastics immediately. Metals tarnish, and glass etches quickly. Since we arrive ready to begin cleaning and restoring your home and its contents we can halt these destructive processes fast.

Fire damage scenarios put every item and fixture in your home at risk of ruin or permanent damage. Packing up these articles and moving them to our production facility is often recommended. The specialized cleaning and deodorizing skills our production technicians possess are why SERVPRO can say with confidence that we can make even severe fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Pack-outs are a secure option, and our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) creates a detailed inventory using lists, digital pictures, and barcoding. We can document the condition and restoration achieved of your treasures, providing substantial evidence for insurance claims.

Reliable fire damage restoration is one of the core reasons why SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood exists. We invite you to experience the difference our skilled and dedicated team provides by calling (708) 747-9925.

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SERVPRO Offers Flossmoor Properties Unique Fire Cleanup Solutions

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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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Frozen Pipe in Homewood

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes

The extreme temperatures can cause frozen pipes.  When water freezes inside of pipes it expands and the pipe breaks causing damage that can be catastrophic to a home or business owner. Let SERVPRO of Matteson/ Homewood help you get it back to "Like it never even happened."

From residential to commercial, we are Ready To Any Size Disaster!  We can help you through the process of water damage from start to finish in a number of ways including:

Emergency 24/7/365 mitigation services,

Minimize additional property damages,

Use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water,

Review restoration vs. replacement,

Office staff that is highly trained in working with your insurance company,

Construction division to help rebuild what where to have to tear out,  

Use advanced drying techniques to monitor and ensure your property is properly dried!

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

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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.

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FREE CE Classes this March 2019!!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

!!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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Importance of Rental Insurance for your Peotone Home

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know how important renters insurance is?

We see disasters everyday... and one of the saddest things is when people don't have rental insurance and loose everything.  If you have questions about rental insurance you should speak to an agent for more information.

Top myths and the facts—about renters insurance from State Farm:

  1. The landlord's insurance covers your possessions. Don't count on it. Most landlords' insurance covers only the building and damages due to negligence. 
  2. Renters insurance is expensive. In this case, the numbers speak for themselves. The average renters policy costs just $12 a month for up to $30,000 in personal property coverage. That's solid coverage for less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week.
  3. Still concerned about price? Your insurer will work with you to find the combination of coverage and costs that suits your needs. You might even qualify for a discount by taking some simple home safety precautions or purchasing another policy, such as auto insurance, with the same insurer.
  4. You don't need insurance if your stuff isn't expensive. Most renters' belongings cost more than they think. 
  5. Think that number is too high? Take a moment to add up the approximate cost of your computer, television, stereo, furniture, jewelry, and clothing. If a fire gutted your apartment tomorrow, would you have the cash to replace it all?
  6. Renters insurance covers only your possessions. In fact, renters insurance covers much more than just your personal property: The average policy also includes up to $100,000 in liability coverage. That means in the event of a covered loss your insurer will help cover the costs if you're held responsible for injuring another person or damaging another person's property, including your landlord's. 
  7. Renters insurance is hard to get. You can research providers, compare quotes, and even find an agent online

A community partnership

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Out and about.

At SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood we strive to be as actively involved in our local communities as possible. We strongly believe that to be successful you need to do more than just offer a great service to your communities, you need to buy into what is happening and what is important locally.

Over the years we have worked very hard to not only help sponsor events and charity fundraisers but also actively participate in them. If we aren’t trying to help those around us succeed then our success will also be limited, in being a valued community business leader and participant.

The best way to lead is always by example.

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Be Prepared for Winter Storms!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes

Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Winter storms are here and it won't be the last.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Hazel Crest, we can see any of this type of precipitation throughout the winter months. When the temperature is below the freezing point and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

A water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

If your pipes still freeze and you have a water damage, give us a call immediately and follow the following steps:

  1. Don’t delay.  Call us as soon as you notice your water damage.  The longer water stands in a structure, the more damage it will cause.  As soon as you call, we will schedule a crew of technicians to travel to your home and begin remediation.  
  2. Cut off the water source, if possible.
  3. Get textiles off the floor.  Many homeowners rush to put down towels to stop the water flow, and that’s okay.  Towels can easily be cleaned at our textile cleaning facility if need be.  What you want to look out for are small fragile textiles or objects on the floor that can be damaged by water.
  4. Begin documentation.  Start with the point of origin and all affected areas.  While our technicians will also take the document, it's important to start documenting as soon as possible to prove your loss to your insurance company.

Be Aware of the Weather

Keep your eye on the weather forecast.  Not only will you be prepared to travel safely, it’ll also give you to valuable time to prepare your home and keep it, and everyone living inside it, safe.  

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood

We can be reached 24/7/365 at (708) 747-9925

“Like it never even happened.”

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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Senior Living Facility Bad Sprinkler Flossmoor

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

A faulty sprinkler head can cause major water damage when it goes off unexpectedly. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can come out to clean up water damage from a faulty sprinkler head that affects your Senior Living Facility.

A sprinkler system houses pressurized water and can dump as much as 150 gallons of water per minute. Over a two hour period, the sprinkler system dumped in excess of 18,000 gallons of water that flooded 4 units. 

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood will dispatch crews to immediately begin the extraction, cleanup, restoration and drying processes in each unit. Carpet, drywall, insulation, and furniture can all be affected from the water. Crews are available day and night to help minimize the damage and begin the drying process. Our fully trained staff along with dehumidifiers and turbo high velocity air movers will have you dried up quickly. Owners of Senior Living Facilities all over the Matteson area have been please with our work for many years.

If you have trouble with your senior living facility in Flossmoor, Homewwod, Olympia Fields or any of the surounding areas, be sure to call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925

Water damage to your business in Homewood-Floosmoor

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage presents double trouble to you as an owner and employer. Not only do you need to recover your premises, equipment, and inventory from the effects of leaks or flooding, you also have employees and customers who rely on you to keep your business running even while restoration efforts are in process. SERVPRO works closely with our commercial clients to avoid closure or a shut down even after a significant water crisis to your warehouse or other storage facility affects your business. We highly encourage business owners to consult with us before any warehouse water disaster. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you can pinpoint all critical information about your operation into a plan. Once finished with that plan, the information can be shared with, and will be easily accessible to our local water damage restoration experts.

Preventing commercial water damage in your workplace may not be possible. For instance, if heavy storms or flooding affect your warehouse, some damage might be unpreventable, but that is where SERVPRO will help! A systematic review of your preparedness can limit the effects of inevitable leaking, moving, or standing water to your bottom line. Take advantage of our training and expertise by scheduling a thorough assessment of your warehouse and other operations. There is no charge for our review of your facilities, and we will use the information gathered to ready our team should the worst happen. You can identify your business’s key personnel, so we know who to consult when a commercial water damage disaster strikes even if you are not always available. Details such as warehouse layout and the location of utilities, important documents, and priority areas within your building clarify and order the restoration and mitigation tasks needed to be completed, ensuring our team of water damage restoration technicians are “Ready for whatever happens.” Our staff will take photos and scope out the dimensions of your warehouse to assist with our post water damage work.If your warehouse has water damage of any type, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925

Water Damage - Country Club Hills - Frozen Pipe

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

This home's lower floor plan was flooded by a frozen and busted water pipe.

Water damages can be caused by many different sources. Frozen pipes are a huge culprit during the winter months. This home sustained a water damage after the homeowner was away for a few days, the pip burst, and flooded the entire lower level.

It doesn't take long for a busted pipe to affect the surrounding area. Continued pressure from the plumbing system, no impermeable barriers to contain the water, and no one to shut off the water at the source after the break took place. 

If a restoration company is able to respond quickly there is a chance that the drywall and many of the contents can be saved. But the longer the water sits, the more secondary damage will take place and even the most experienced and well trained crews will be unable to save contents and building materials.  

Don't just trust your home or business to anyone, call the company that the Insurance industry has been trusting since 1967. Call SERVPRO

               708-747-9925

www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com

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ACTHA Homeowner Association / Condominium Association / Townhome Association Seminar at Georgio's in Orland Park, Il.

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

ACTHA Seminar at Georgio's in Orland Park, IL.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood - Bill Wilczynski and Valerie Graniczny attended ACTHA Seminar at Georgios in Orland Park last night.  Guest speakers discussed Legal and Insurance problems and solutions to Homeowner Associations, Condominium Associations and Townhome associations board members and guests.  

These groups all have the same problems as business and homeowners do.  Their properties suffer from fire and smoke damage, sewer backup, water damages, require board up services, and occasionally require Bio cleanup services.  SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has been assisting property managers with these issues to help protect, restore and make their properties "Like it Never even Happened".  

If your condominium, townhome, homeowner association is in need of a quality restoration and mitigation vendor ... CALL THE BEST!

CALL SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood!

                        708-747-9925

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SSACOP - 47th Annual Golf Outing - Historic Silver Lake Golf Club

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

SSACOP 47th Annual Golf Outing 2018

SERVPRO attended the 47th Annual SSACOP Golf Outing at Silver Lake Golf Club in Orland Park, Illinois. Pictured with Chiefs is Bill Wilczynski of SERVPRO.

SSACOP is made up of many Police Departments from across the greater Chicagoland area.

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Board Up - Park Forest - Fire Damage

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Board up of a Property in Park Forest, IL

Fires are one of the most devastating forces in nature, so when one of them happens to your home or commercial business, they are a life changer.

That is why its important to prepare for such events ahead of time so you can at least put yourself or your business in the best position to recover and recover quickly. That is where the Restoration Experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can help. Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smart phone. This simple preparation cannot be overstated.

Acting quickly after a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire is already out.

Securing your property with a Board Up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained crews to leading edge cleaning technology, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has you covered.

SERVPRO has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for almost 60 years and has been the #1 Restoration Company in the Nation for the last 16 years. Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood

                        708-747-9925

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Water damage to your business in Country Club Hills

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores A Commercial Water Damaged Building Quickly

Any business, home, office, warehouse, or any other type of building structure, can be damaged by water. While we need this resource, it is when it is uncontained and in the wrong area that damage becomes highly likely. When it happens in your business, you need to act quickly to eliminate the water at its source, if at all possible, and begin removing it. After this is completed and there is no more water being deposited, cleaning up of your equipment, inventories, and interiors can begin. 

Water Damage in Commercial Sites 
Any location can have emergencies of many different kinds and types, as well as in different and varying degrees of severity, and commercial water damage in Matteson is one of them. Our technicians at SERVPRO can help rectify any problems from broken water lines to bio-hazard clean-up of flood waters. We understand the dangers of the different classes of water, and how clean water can become easily and quickly contaminated, changing contamination categories and hazardous level, in the interior of your business. This knowledge, along with additional training and certifications, can help in avoiding further problems during and after the cleaning up and repairing processes. 

Other situations caused by water present in a commercial setting can be a loss of functionality of equipment, destruction of electronic devices, and interior furnishings, business supplies, and loss of revenue among others. Our technicians are not only experienced and skilled in large and small site clean-ups and water damage restoration, but also in the latest IICRC procedures. This ensures that the work done on your site will get your business back to normal operations quickly. We understand that you, your employees, and your customers and clients all depend on the building and its interior contents to be in habitable condition again quickly. 

Call us at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to get the fastest response available. We can take your call anytime, day or night, every day of the year. We will work on your commercial property until it's “Like it never even happened."

Certified Cleaning of Fire Fighter Turn Out Gear - MABAS

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Certified Turn Out Gear Cleaning

Cleaning things may seem like it would be a low-tech task, but the reality is that cleaning items after a disaster are very high-tech. The Esporta Wash System is an excellent tool for getting materials clean and free of contamination, including items that look too far beyond hope. If you've had fire damage or flooding in your home or business, you might be very interested to find out what this new system can do for you.

Fire damage resulting in soot or water damage causing potentially hazardous pathogens on fabric calls for a sanitizing and powerful cleaning at your Homewood Flossmoor home. The contamination level found on any particular item can be extremely high. Contamination is measured in RLU's or Relative Light Units. High numbers may seem benign because it's 'light' but what is reflecting the light back to the measuring device is what we are concerned with – the higher the number of contaminants on an item, the more light will be reflected back into the device. When items are removed from the Esporta, they don't just look clean, they are clean, deodorized, and sanitized, as well. The much lower number of RLU's will indicate how clean an item is after being removed. 

The Esporta Wash System is designed to eliminate the soot from fires and the bacterial deposits from floods and other disasters, such as storm damage, from a variety of items. These can include children's toys, leather items such as shoes, purses, belts, boots, and headgear, clothing, draperies, among others. It's design and means of functioning is extremely effective, but it is still gentle enough to be used on stuffed toys and clothing.

The effectiveness of the Esporta is substantial enough to handle even firefighters' Turnout Gear, leaving them looking like new again. The SERVPRO Esporta Wash System saves many municipalities from constantly purchasing firefighter Turnout Gear. When it comes to businesses in the retail clothing industry, when your inventory has suffered smoke damage or has become moldy, the Esporta might be exactly what you need to save your business financially. Large amounts can be cleaned at one time, saving you time, and money, simultaneously. 

Families who have been through a traumatic incident can often find that what might have otherwise needed to be thrown away such as their children's playthings, can be restored and in a condition clean and safe enough to be handled by their children again. This can greatly decrease stress experienced by children when a traumatic situation has happened. 

To find out more about the Esporta Wash System and what it can do for you in your particular situation, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708)747-9925. We can answer any questions you may have and also schedule an appointment during which we can begin to restore your items to a pre-damaged state "Like it never even happened."

Broken Pipe - Vacation Water Damage

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

A broken pipe on the 2nd floor caused this massive water damage in the kitchen.

The amount of untold damage that a broken pipe can do is breath taking and that can be if you are there when it happens. How much initial damage and secondary damage will occur if you aren't there? What will happen and how long will it go on if you are gone on a summer Vacation or out of town over the weekend?

Turning your water off before you leave for vacation or the weekend can seem like such a small and unlikely preparation and yet that act alone can be the difference between avoiding disaster entirely or thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business.

Unfortunately very few business and home owners actually take the time to learn where their emergency shut offs are, and only when the barbarians are at the gate does it become a necessity. 

Take the time to educate yourself where these shut offs are and don't forget to shut the water off before you leave for prolonged periods of time. Should disaster strike, call The Professionals... Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood. 

                        708-672-0077

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Esporta iS4000 Wash System - Restore...Don't Replace

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Esporta Wash System iS4000 - The latest in cutting edge cleaning technology

When it comes to cleaning your soft contents after a FIRE, SEWER, or MOLD Damage, why would you let just any restoration company handle your family's belongings? Your family deserves the best, that's why you want SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood!

With the latest in cutting edge technology in the RESTORATION industry, we are ready and able to handle the very worst. The iS4000 Wash System is able to restore over 90% of the soft contents in a house, and over 85% of the soft contents that were previously considered nonrestorable. 

We can restore items that were damaged and contaminated in the following categories:

  • Category 1,2 and 3 Water Damages
  • Heavy Smoke and Soot
  • Mold
  • Bio Waste Contaminated goods

Third party testing has verified the ESPORTA Wash System restores items to FOOD GRADE CLEAN, removing 99% of contaminants.

Leather goods (Shoes, Purses, Jackets), Laundry of all kinds (Wash and fold or press and hang), Household goods (Sleeping bags, pillows, comforters, stuffed animals), Sporting equipment (Helmets, shoulder pad, hockey gear) are just a few of the items it can handle.

So whether your family is recovering from a fire damage or your High School Athletic Department is looking to clean its equipment, we have you covered. Call and ask us today how we can help you.           

                         708-747-9925

        www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com 

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Water Damage in County Club Hills

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let this put a stop to you life or business.

A water damage in your home or commercial business can set you back for months both financially and personally, if you either aren't prepared or don't have a plan ready before disaster strikes. Ask us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for your home or business.

Do you know what to do when your sump pump fails, sewer backs up, or sprinkler line breaks? The value of having a trained and certified restoration company to mitigate your disaster can not be overstated. 

Proper mitigation of a water damage could mean the difference in savings thousands of dollars in insurance claims and potentially even more in business interruption and down time. Call who the professionals call, call SERVPRO. #PlanetSERVPRO 

708-747-9925   #PlanetSERVPRO

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Has your business or home sustained a water damage?

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Not what you want to see in your home or business.

This time of year storms can pop up with little notice and often be severe in nature, causing wide spread power outages, localized flooding, and heavy wind damage. Often times sump pumps can become overwhelmed or fail due to overuse, causing basement flooding or other parts of your structure to be inundated with water of sewage backup. Being prepared ahead of time can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience or thousands of dollars in mitigation, restoration, and repairs. 

Having your sump pump inspected by a licensed professional, installing a battery back up system, a portable generator, moisture detection systems and check valves can also play a major role in the survivability of your commercial structure or home.

Even with some of those precautions being taken, disaster can still strike. That is when having a response team already in mind comes into play. Whether already having someone programmed into your phone or having a qualified SERVPRO Representative complete a Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in advance, these can be the most important steps you take.

Don't just let anyone help you on your next mitigation and restoration disaster, call the best, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homwood. With our wide service area and trained and certified teams, we will make it "Like it never even happened".

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Servicing many but not limited to many of the following locations: Peotone, Monee, University Park, Matteson, Homewood, Country Club Hills, Richton Park, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, East Hazel Crest, Kankakee County.  

Tips for your home in Olympia Fields after a flood

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House After A Flood

A few years back, homes, business properties and personal items devastated by flood water were considered lost. With innovations in technology, however, the losses due to flood damage can now be restored to their former state. The process is not easy though for it requires extensive mopping up and drying of the property after severe water damage.

Flood water in home or business can damage your walls, floors, carpets and other personal belongings too. Extracting the water is impossible without proper equipment while sun drying does not guarantee your assets’ restoration to their former state before the incident. There is also an additional risk that the water in home might have damaged electrical equipment or wires. Anyone tampering with either could be in for a horrible electrocution during the water cleanup and restoration.

For these reasons, water cleanup and restoration is best handled by professionals. They have the requisite experience, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to do the job properly and offer mitigation against further damage. If the renovation job requires extensive work, promptness in beginning the works is paramount. The less the time-frame between flood damage and refurbishment, the greater the ease of reinstating a property or item to its preloss state. There are four fundamental steps to follow with any renovation job after water damage:

1. Removal of the flood water
The first important step to restoring a property after damaging from water in home or business premise is removing the stagnant water. Often, a submersible pump is used to remove the water accumulation in various structures around the premises. The pump is highly efficient at its job and makes drying of entire submerged sections easier. As a result, it helps in mitigation by preventing further flood damage in the premises.

2. Moisture Mapping
It is crucial to get an idea of the extent of water damage and take the first mitigation steps against mold growth. The step uses detection equipment to obtain and appropriately map the moisture values on the property. Properly trained technicians use infrared and digital imaging to determine the damage extent.

3. Mold Inspection and Removal
After moisture mapping, the house will need to be prepared to repel mold and mildew. Any residual stagnant water in business or homestead leads to a favorable habitat for the fungi to thrive thus mitigation against it is essential. Water cleanup professionals make use of special detergents to sterilize the area and make the surroundings unfavorable for mold growth. Some renovation firms take advantage of deodorization and ventilation during this step to remove any airborne contaminants and lingering, unpleasant odors.

4. Water Drying
This last step ensures the property is completely dry and humidity is brought back to its normal state after flood damage. There are various water drying techniques and the one used will depend on the situation’s severity. These techniques include:

• Air Movers – They help dry the establishment by controlling humidity and promoting air circulation. Working in sections, the air movers remove liquids from all porous materials including carpets and wood. Any remaining water in home or business premises is left for more sophisticated machines.

• Dehumidifiers – dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and help extract any remaining water in business or home environment. Broadly, professionals use either desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers use raw materials that naturally absorb moisture from the environment. Conversely, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air to make it reduce its ability to retain water. As a result, condensation occurs around the equipment’s cooling coils. Applying these machines on a large scale promptly extracts excess humidity from the air leaving no more water in business or household and thus no further water damage. The particular type of equipment, however, depends on the hired company and the how extensive the restoration job is.

With the right professionals, a successful water cleanup is possible, and any damage from water in business or home establishment can be fixed. Each job, however, is unique and requires prompt, proper investigation. This helps come up with a plan based on the steps above to restore the property after water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com for more information on water damage

Water extraction from your Crete home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

Fire Safety for your Homewood business

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

he fire services recommend this checklist to assist your small business in preventing damage that could be caused by fire:

  • Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials such as packaging materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public, including areas immediately outside your business premises.
  • Make sure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean. If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended.
  • Secure all doors, windows or other access points when the business is unattended, and make sure your business has adequate lighting to deter trespassers.
  • Ensure your business has an adequately serviced and functional fire alarm system that is suitable to your small business eg: Remote serviced alarm systems, sprinkler systems, thermal or smoke alarms etc.
  • If your business stores dangerous goods, ensure their storage and use adheres to legislative requirements.
  • Make sure your business has a written and practiced fire escape plan that includes full staff lists and designated meeting points.

Make sure that your School or Church in Matteson is prepared

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call today to get started! (708) 747-9925 or visit www.SERVPRO.com/Ready 

SERVPRO - We are the pros you need for mold problems in Olympia Fields

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remedies Safely Mold Infestations in a Matteson 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 Matteson 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 Matteson 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.

Mold in your school is something SERVPRO is here for

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget. 

Storm damage to your Richton Park warehouse

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Promptly Restores Your Matteson Storm Damaged Property

When you have suffered any flood damage, whether it was from backups in the basement sewer or from a large-scale disaster from a major storm, you’ll need certified technicians who know how to handle best flood damage, especially storm related. The last thing you want to have to do is search for a flood cleanup company that is reliable after you are dealing with a flood. Knowing who to call beforehand is important and will make things move much faster in the event of a problem. 

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does. It will penetrate into structural cavities, making pockets of trapped saturation. Finding water in these areas can many times only be discovered with moisture meters. Moisture which goes undetected will keep causing damage, and this damage at a minimum will result in unpleasant odors. Even more, the damage will surface when materials shrink, delaminate and split, further deteriorating to where you will need very costly repairs. Plus, dangerous bacteria and mold can grow, causing very serious health problems for you and the members of your family. 

What You Can Expect 
Once you call a professional water damage cleanup service like SERVPRO, we will first come and remove all the water in your residence with tools such as vacuums. The professional equipment that we use will allow the company to get all of the water out of your home without creating a larger mess while doing so. Large air movers can also be used to finish getting rid of the water and dry out the rooms in your home. The primary goal is to dry your home out as fast as possible to prevent further secondary water damage. 

Once the water is visibly dried up, our company should also go through with water meters so we can assess the damage. This will make spotting the source of any other water or moisture much easier, and once we’ve conducted any work which needs to be performed, we’ll take another reading to make sure your home is completely dry and back to its normal state. We will also use thermal foggers, ozone machines, and air scrubbers as needed to ensure that all odors have eliminated and all debris as well. Sanitizing the affected areas after a groundwater flooding is critical to remove any pathogens or other harmful agents

Not all companies are the same however, so that is why if you do have any water damage, you will want to contact the professional services of SERVPRO of Mateson - Homewood right away. We can be reached anytime of the day or night and any day of the week by calling (708) 747-9925, and we arrive at your residence promptly since we are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Be sure to keep your dryer vents clean in Flossmoor home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. You will want to make sure that your home or commercial property is completely safe. Whether by flooding, fire or some other mishap, there are plenty of ways that your property can be threatened. One of the best ways to ensure that you are prepared for a catastrophic emergency is always to have a local residential and commercial property cleanup and restoration service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires 

Keep your property from sustaining irreversible fire damage. Making sure your dryer vents are clean and free from obstruction will help keep your property safe from the possibility of a fire. It's also an excellent precaution to take to keep the air in the building from getting choked up with dust, lint and other health hazards that can accumulate in a dryer vent. 

Get Help from a Local Cleanup and Restoration Service 

It's up to you to contact an expert local cleaning and fire restoration service to ensure that your vents get cleaned in a correct and timely fashion. When you are in doubt as to whether the vents or other areas in your home are functioning correctly, a good, thorough cleaning is never a bad idea. 

Even if it turns out that your property is not quite yet due for a full cleaning, a reputable local cleanup service can help such as removing any excess pollen or debris that has accumulated in the vents. This way, you can save a great deal of time, money and worry by taking timely preventative measures. Keeping the proper level of air quality in your home or commercial building will go a long way toward keeping the structure safe for your family or employees to inhabit. An expert local service will ultimately save you a great deal of time and stress.

Expert Help for Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Available 

At SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood, we know that dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. This is only one of the many services that we can provide for you to make sure that your home or commercial property will be safe against the event of an unforeseen mishap or emergency. If an emergency should befall your property, you'll want to call a service that can get to you in a prompt and timely manner. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you are in need of quick and efficient dryer vent cleaning, we're here to assist you. 

After storm tips for Matteson

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House After A Flood

A few years back, homes, business properties and personal items devastated by flood water were considered lost. With innovations in technology, however, the losses due to flood damage can now be restored to their former state. The process is not easy though for it requires extensive mopping up and drying of the property after severe water damage.

Flood water in home or business can damage your walls, floors, carpets and other personal belongings too. Extracting the water is impossible without proper equipment while sun drying does not guarantee your assets’ restoration to their former state before the incident. There is also an additional risk that the water in home might have damaged electrical equipment or wires. Anyone tampering with either could be in for a horrible electrocution during the water cleanup and restoration.

For these reasons, water cleanup and restoration is best handled by professionals. They have the requisite experience, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to do the job properly and offer mitigation against further damage. If the renovation job requires extensive work, promptness in beginning the works is paramount. The less the time-frame between flood damage and refurbishment, the greater the ease of reinstating a property or item to its preloss state. There are four fundamental steps to follow with any renovation job after water damage:

1. Removal of the flood water
The first important step to restoring a property after damaging from water in home or business premise is removing the stagnant water. Often, a submersible pump is used to remove the water accumulation in various structures around the premises. The pump is highly efficient at its job and makes drying of entire submerged sections easier. As a result, it helps in mitigation by preventing further flood damage in the premises.

2. Moisture Mapping
It is crucial to get an idea of the extent of water damage and take the first mitigation steps against mold growth. The step uses detection equipment to obtain and appropriately map the moisture values on the property. Properly trained technicians use infrared and digital imaging to determine the damage extent.

3. Mold Inspection and Removal
After moisture mapping, the house will need to be prepared to repel mold and mildew. Any residual stagnant water in business or homestead leads to a favorable habitat for the fungi to thrive thus mitigation against it is essential. Water cleanup professionals make use of special detergents to sterilize the area and make the surroundings unfavorable for mold growth. Some renovation firms take advantage of deodorization and ventilation during this step to remove any airborne contaminants and lingering, unpleasant odors.

4. Water Drying
This last step ensures the property is completely dry and humidity is brought back to its normal state after flood damage. There are various water drying techniques and the one used will depend on the situation’s severity. These techniques include:

• Air Movers – They help dry the establishment by controlling humidity and promoting air circulation. Working in sections, the air movers remove liquids from all porous materials including carpets and wood. Any remaining water in home or business premises is left for more sophisticated machines.

• Dehumidifiers – dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and help extract any remaining water in business or home environment. Broadly, professionals use either desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers use raw materials that naturally absorb moisture from the environment. Conversely, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air to make it reduce its ability to retain water. As a result, condensation occurs around the equipment’s cooling coils. Applying these machines on a large scale promptly extracts excess humidity from the air leaving no more water in business or household and thus no further water damage. The particular type of equipment, however, depends on the hired company and the how extensive the restoration job is.

With the right professionals, a successful water cleanup is possible, and any damage from water in business or home establishment can be fixed. Each job, however, is unique and requires prompt, proper investigation. This helps come up with a plan based on the steps above to restore the property after water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com for more information on water damage

Storms Forecasted In Your Area

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Pending Storms

Is your family prepared for possible flooding, sump pump failure, sewer back up, or the need for board up and tarp off services after severe storms? A unstable weather pattern is forecasted for our area and could lead to the any of the previously listed claims. When your commercial business is on the line we aim to keep you in business or your families residential home, make sure you are calling The Best to help you mitagate your restoration claim. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster is our tagline and that is our business. We already service many of the following areas.... Oak Forest, Frankfort, Midlothian, Country Club Hills, Matteson, Richton Park, Flossmoor, East Hazel Crest, Homewood, Tinley Park, Mokena and many more. Call us today to help mitagate your disaster. 708-747-9925

Water Damage to Flooded Office Warehouse in Olympia Fields

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Removal of wet drywall and wet carpet in a basement where the sump pump failed. It also flooded the elevator shaft.

Following heavy rains in Olympia Fields and Hazel Crest IL, many office buildings and warehouse facilities were flooded and sustained water damage that needed emergency response. Our crews are trained and equipped to respond to any sized water damage situation. 

With the latest drying equipment and air filtration devices, our crews can dry most structure in less than three days. IF demolition is required, after we extract or pump standing water, we being removing wet materials and dry out the main structure.

Insurance agents and adjusters in the area recommend SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood to handle most water damage claims here locally. Our crews are based in Park Forest and Richton Park and respond to all surrounding areas.

If your home or commercial building needs dry out, call our office at (708)747-9925

Sump pumps can really save you.

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.If your sump pump does fail Call (708) 747-9925 and a crew from SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  We also do sump pump replacement.

Dishwasher Leaking

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

For some people, dishwasher leaks start as a slow drip that may not be immediately noticed. Others discover dishwasher leaks as soap suds bubble their way across the kitchen floor.

Dishwasher leaks and floor damage repair often go hand in hand. Stopping leaks before they cause damage is ideal, but depending on the situation, is not always possible.

Dishwasher Leaks and Floor Damage Repair

My dishwasher is leaking! What do I do now?

Time is critical when it comes to a water leak of any type. The faster you respond and take action to stop water from spilling onto your kitchen floor, the less damage that will be done – and that means less costly repairs!

What to do When Your Dishwasher Leaks

  1. If your dishwasher is leaking a significant amount of water, first turn off the dish washing cycle. For small leaks, it may be possible to capture the water with a towel or bowl and let the cycle finish first, but this is generally not recommended.
  2. Try to keep water from pooling on the floor. It’s easy for water to travel downwards and cause damage to your home’s structure out of sight. Use bowls, plates, and towels to capture and control the water flow.
  3. Clean up as much water as you can to minimize damage. If your water damage is severe, call Tidal Wave Response to assess the damage and begin the cleanup and restoration process.
  4. Determine the cause of the leak. Every leak has its own particular cause, and your course of action may take a bit of detective work. There are many possible causes of dishwasher leaks, and not all of them require a technician to repair. Depending on the cause of the leak, you may have to adjust the door, replace the gasket (seal) on the dishwasher, or even replace the dishwasher altogether.
  5. Repair your dishwasher leak before it ruins your kitchen floor. Some flooring is more susceptible to water damage than others, such as wood or bamboo. However, leaks need to be addressed for even the most water-resistant flooring, as water travels downwards and can damage substrate, ceilings, and lead to mold and mildew problems.

Common Causes of Dishwasher Leaks

Some dishwasher leaks can be repaired by your home handyman. Others may need to be repaired by a professional technician. The cause and severity of the leak will determine whether you need professional repairs.

  • Dishwasher installed unevenly: A dishwasher that is not level will leak water onto the floor instead of draining properly. Leveling the dishwasher usually solves this problem.
  • Loose connections (AKA clamps): One of the easiest problems to fix, loose connections or clamps usually require a tightening. In other cases, you may need to replace a clamp that is too large or faulty.
  • Wrong dish washing soap: While it might seem like soap is just soap, this is not the case with dishwashers. Dish washing soap is specifically formulated for your dishwasher’s cycle. Hand dish washing soap will cause excessive suds, which then leak onto your kitchen floor!
  • Faulty door: One of the most common causes of dishwasher leaks, faulty doors may be installed improperly so that they are too loose and do not create a proper seal, or misaligned and allow water out during the wash cycle.
  • Worn gasket: The gasket, or door seal, is critical in keeping water inside your dishwasher! It’s common for gaskets to simply wear out in older dishwashers, and a replacement gasket is an effective solution.
  • Defective Tub: The bowl-like bottom area of your dishwasher is called the ‘tub’, which gathers both water and food particles. In some cases, the tub is defective, allowing water out or not draining properly.

Floor Damage Repair

The type of repairs for your floor will depend on the severity and location of the damage. Some of the most common types of floor damage repairs include:

  • Wood floors can warp and buckle if not properly dried, which may lead to replacing not just the wood panels, but the substrate below as well.
  • While stone and tile can look nearly indestructible, water damage can stain, discolor, and damage these types of flooring. Water damage on these types of surfaces often do not appear immediately, but show up months after the initial damage.
  • Linoleum and other synthetic flooring may require being pulled up and replaced, especially if the substrate below becomes damaged.
  • Water damage which seeps into the ceiling of the floor below may lead to the need for ceiling repairs and replacement, including the insulation and wiring between floors.

If your dishwasher has leaked a significant amount of water into your home – especially if it’s bled into a downstairs ceiling – then call SERVPRO of Matteson Homewood at (708) 747-9925. We are experienced in assessing, cleaning, and repairing all types of water damage in the home.

Mold Testing...we do that

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

We have your Mold Solutions

Mold Testing

When to have an indoor air quality test done, and how the test is done. The word mold is not as bad as everyone thinks it is. The only time it becomes a problem is when there is too much of it. Too much mold can cause health problems or damage to your property. Not every home needs testing and not all testing is the same.

What sort of things should you be on the look for to decide if you need any mold testing.

Any general concerns about the house where something just does not seem right and you cannot put your finger on it.

When a home has been empty with no occupants for an extended period of time

Past water damage that was not cleaned up by a professional or you suspect was not done properly

No home inspections have been done in a while you see or suspect there is mold somewhere

A musty smell that is notice upon entering the home

Anyone in the home that has repertory problems

Mold Remediation was done and you want to ensure it was effective.

Visually seeing anything that looks like mold

If mold removal or clean up was done

When a 3rd party is effecting repairs and you need to make sure they are done correctly

There are 3 main options for testing

Surface Testing

This is done to look for evidence of actual current or past mold growth. The tester will use either a swab or a tape lift to obtain their sample. These tests can tell if the growth is from actual water damage and intrusion or if it is excessively humid in the home. Dark and discolored growth is not always microbial and would mean it is not from a water damage situation. When you see visual growth it is always important to get a sample of it as well as an air quality sample to ensure spores have not been released into the air.

Indoor air quality testing

This is done by taking numerous samples from within the inside of the home as well as a base line sample of the air quality on the outside of the home. These samples will be able to tell if you have hidden moisture leaks.

Indoor Air Quality with Comprehensive moisture evaluation.

This testing is done to provide a full scope picture of what is really going on in the home. It is able to locate sources of moisture that overtime could damage the property or become a health concern. Mold and moisture damage can drastically affect the value of a home over time. So it is important to stay on top of things and help prevent any major damage. Identifying the damage early can save you in the long run.

Remember when you have any doubts or questions about mold in your home talk to a professional get your results and get it right the first time. Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County for all of your mold testing and mold inspection needs.

Cleaner air makes for healthier employees

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you think the air you breathe indoors is cleaner than what’s outside, think again. The EPA estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. All that bad air translates into everything from frequent colds and sore throats to headaches, asthma, allergies and chronic fatigue, which in turn causes employee downtime.

When dust, debris and other contaminants build up in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, they can trigger allergies and other health issues. But they also reduce energy efficiency, which increases your energy costs. Now you have two compelling reasons to make sure the air ducts and HVAC system in your workplace are running efficiently.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

Dust

Pollen

Odors

Dirt and debris

Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Kankakee County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

May help to eliminate offensive odors.

Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (708) 747-9925.

SERVPRO building relationships with businesess

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Involvement by our SERVPRO at all levels in the community can not be understated. One of these levels is at the city and county economic level. Every town and city has a vested interest in trying to help their local business survive and thrive, providing much needed jobs to the members of their communities and also providing economic stimulus and tax revenue generation. 

These needs get interrupted when disaster strikes a business and it is vital to get their operations back up and running, as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened." This is where the relationships you form with SERVPRO prior to the disaster striking are so important. Does your business already have a SERVPRO Representative (SMR) assigned to you? If not, complete a internet search for your local SERVPRO franchise and ask for one to be assigned to you. This SMR will go through the process of educating your business about all that they can do in advance of the coming disaster, to help you prepare so that when it happens, it is not as costly to you in downtime and lost production.       

There are many different ways to get involved with your community business members. Building relationships with our local businesses is key for when large events happen at this level, those leaders run in small circles and great relationships are needed here, so those business leaders can get their business's back up and running and restore their communities to like it was before the disaster.... "Like it never even happened." 

Yes you can get mold in the Winter months

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Olympia Fields Homes With Mold Remediation

A mistake many homeowners make is to believe mold damage is only a warm weather issue. In fact, many types of mold grow easily in your home even when temperatures dip below freezing. At SERVPRO we train our mold specialists to inspect for mold 365 days a year when you call to complain of a musty odor or a visible fungal colony.

Mold damages your Olympia Fields home dependent upon three things. The first is the presence of mold spores. They are always present inside every home. The second is a source of water to feed the spores. Spills, leaks, and drain pans are some of the ways water is present in any home.The third is a surface or item upon or within which the mold colony takes hold. Wood, upholstery drywall, and carpeting are some options; Common home molds grow in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Most areas inside your home are at or above that temperature even during the dead of winter. Because mold growth happens only when moisture is present expect to find issues where plumbing leaks or water makes its way inside, including ice dams and condensation on the surface of poorly caulked windows. Our staff looks everywhere in your home for areas where the conditions are right for mold growth and then develops an appropriate plan for abatement. 
 
Hoping that mold damage disappears during the colder season is disastrous for your home and allows it to take a more serious toll on its structure and your belongings. Experts identify over 100,000 types of mold your home may be supporting. Fear of the health consequences of mold growth is just one reason to seek remediation. Consult your healthcare professional to discuss whether you are members of your family need to worry about mold in your home. Mold outbreaks that pose no risk to health are still unpleasant, malodorous, and sometimes capable of damaging structures, fixtures, and contents of your home. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists systematically contain and remove all kinds of mold, leaving your home fresher and intact. 
 
SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has you covered with information about and techniques to remediate mold in your home 12 months a year. Call us at (708) 747-9925 when areas smell musty and count on a successful mold reduction plan from our staff.

Snow Storm damage in Matteson

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood service area has been hit with snow this week.  The question we get is can snow storms be a possible hazard to my home? The answer is yes, it can!

Typically, we don’t get enough snow that hangs around long enough top worry much about this in our area. Folks in the north are a little more concerned about this than we are because of the greater amount of snowfall and generally colder sustained temperatures. But with snow covering roofs in our area and record low temperatures forecasted the conditions are right for a problem commonly referred to as ice damming.

An ice dam forms when ice builds up on the eaves of the roof and any water behind it has nowhere to go and may end up in your home. This happens because heat gathers in your attic and slightly warms the roof above. The eaves however do not warm like the rest of the roof because they do not have the warm air of your attic under them, they have the cold outside air underneath. As the snow melts from the warmer portion of the roof and runs down it can freeze over the eaves forming an ice dam. As thawing continues above the water running down is trapped behind the dam.

Water will always follow the path of least resistance. In this case it can back up under shingles. Once under the shingle it will makes its way down under the roof inside your attic. From there it can settle on the ceiling or make its way down wall cavities. If snow melts makes its way into your home don’t panic. Stay calm and call SERVPRO.

Inspection and Remediation Partner to Kill Mold

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Inspection and Remediation Partner to Kill Mold

The rainy weather combined with high humidity throughout the surrounding area that we are experiencing these days serves to create the perfect environment for mold growth in our homes. Do you take the proper precautions to mediate the existence of mold in your home? Mold doesn't just exist in basements, walls, or other hidden spaces in your home. The truth is, when the right conditions are present, mold spores can grow out of control anywhere. These microscopic spores are a consistent part of our ecological system; they assist within our environment in many different ways, and we do not have the power to eliminate them entirely, nor should we.

When you experience mold damage in your Country Club Hills home, you should contact a professional mold remediation service to correct the situation properly. Our staff can provide you with a fast, efficient mediation service that you'll need; anytime you need us. We can help you fight back against mold spores that exist in your home environment. You are not alone in dealing with these types of situations. 
 
SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained and follow FEMA guidelines regarding the handling and disposal of materials exposed to microscopic mold spores. If your home has recently experienced flooding, sewage back-ups, plumbing or roof leaks, constant overflows from sinks or tubs. Or, you have a consistently damp basement and higher than normal humidity in your living area; you are at risk of developing mold colonies in your walls that can spread throughout your home, that may eventually cause health effects to particular members of your family. 
 
At SERVPRO, we approach each situation differently, providing you with only the services you need to tackle your unique issues. However, a standard mold damage remediation service involves certain steps. We begin by locating the source of the water, whether that entails fixing leaky pipes, preventing seepage from outside sources or covering dirt in crawl spaces with plastic to prevent additional moisture from getting in. 
 
Excessive moisture on the inside of ventilation ducts, combined with small particles produce mold spores on the inside surface and spread these spores throughout your home each time you use your air conditioning or central heating. Properly cleaning the vents and filters helps prevent this from happening. You should change your filters every six months on your own. 
 
SERVPRO technicians can teach you how to reduce the moisture inside of your home with dehumidifiers, fans, and air conditioners, especially during hot weather months. However, using fans after discovering that mold apparently exists will cause you to spread the spores to other unaffected areas of your home. Keeping moist areas dry, a constant humidity below 40% and reducing the possibility of condensation growing on cold surfaces in your home, all assist with maintaining a clean environment. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood today, (708) 747-9925

Winter Storm Preparedness for Hazel Crest

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Winter storms are here and it won't be the last.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Hazel Crest, we can see any of this type of precipitation throughout the winter months. When the temperature is below the freezing point and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

A water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

If your pipes still freeze and you have a water damage, give us a call immediately and follow the following steps:

  1. Don’t delay.  Call us as soon as you notice your water damage.  The longer water stands in a structure, the more damage it will cause.  As soon as you call, we will schedule a crew of technicians to travel to your home and begin remediation.  
  2. Cut off the water source, if possible.
  3. Get textiles off the floor.  Many homeowners rush to put down towels to stop the water flow, and that’s okay.  Towels can easily be cleaned at our textile cleaning facility if need be.  What you want to look out for are small fragile textiles or objects on the floor that can be damaged by water.
  4. Begin documentation.  Start with the point of origin and all affected areas.  While our technicians will also take the document, it's important to start documenting as soon as possible to prove your loss to your insurance company.

Be Aware of the Weather

Keep your eye on the weather forecast.  Not only will you be prepared to travel safely, it’ll also give you to valuable time to prepare your home and keep it, and everyone living inside it, safe.  

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood

We can be reached 24/7/365 at (708) 747-9925

“Like it never even happened.”

Space Heater safety

12/6/2017 (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 Fire Tips for Matteson

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/20/2017 (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 there for any flood damage in Homewood

11/15/2017 (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 Restores A Commercial Water Damaged Building Quickly

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores A Commercial Water Damaged Building Quickly

Any business, home, office, warehouse, or any other type of building structure, can be damaged by water. While we need this resource, it is when it is uncontained and in the wrong area that damage becomes highly likely. When it happens in your business, you need to act quickly to eliminate the water at its source, if at all possible, and begin removing it. After this is completed and there is no more water being deposited, cleaning up of your equipment, inventories, and interiors can begin. 

Water Damage in Commercial Sites 
Any location can have emergencies of many different kinds and types, as well as in different and varying degrees of severity, and commercial water damage in Lynwood is one of them. Our technicians at SERVPRO can help rectify any problems from broken water lines to bio-hazard clean-up of flood waters. We understand the dangers of the different classes of water, and how clean water can become easily and quickly contaminated, changing contamination categories and hazardous level, in the interior of your business. This knowledge, along with additional training and certifications, can help in avoiding further problems during and after the cleaning up and repairing processes. 

Other situations caused by water present in a commercial setting can be a loss of functionality of equipment, destruction of electronic devices, and interior furnishings, business supplies, and loss of revenue among others. Our technicians are not only experienced and skilled in large and small site clean-ups and water damage restoration, but also in the latest IICRC procedures. This ensures that the work done on your site will get your business back to normal operations quickly. We understand that you, your employees, and your customers and clients all depend on the building and its interior contents to be in habitable condition again quickly. 

Call us at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to get the fastest response available. We can take your call anytime, day or night, every day of the year. We will work on your commercial property until it's “Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO goes above and beyond with extra services after a fire.

11/3/2017 (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 Lynwood Home

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remedies Mold Infestations in a Lynwood 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 Lynwood 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 Lynwood 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.

Emergency water extraction in Lansing, IL

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When it rains heavily, the risk for this kind of damage rises. Water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that affect electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment and household appliances. Water damage will also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be quite an expensive problem to treat. Hiring a company for water damage restoration, such as SERVPRO, can make the process of cleanup a lot easier to handle, since we employ experienced workers who know the right ways to repair and replace any items which have damaged and how to help you with water damage cleanup. 

SERVPRO is your one stop shop near Lansing, IL for water removal and water extraction. Removing water and drying structures properly prevents mold growth. Doing the job right the first time ensures there’s no need for costly mold solutions down the road. 

Lansing, IL Asbestos Testing and Abatement

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Lansing, IL Asbestos Testing and Abatement

What is asbestos? “Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: Chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.”

For many years asbestos fibers were used in several different commercial, residential and industrial capacities. Asbestos is heat resistance and became the material of choice. For example it can be found in roof shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, and automotive parts.

Asbestos is regulated due to the fact of how hazardous this mineral is. It’s scientifically linked to many lung and respiratory conditions. Not only workers are effected but many families.

We offer:

  • Asbestos Inspections
  • Asbestos Disposal
  • Asbestos Abatement

Did you know? Asbestos test should be done on any house built prior to 1980. However, we feel like inspections should be completed on every house.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to call our office at (708) 747-9925

Flood Damage of any type in University Park

8/14/2017 (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 University Park 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!

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage in Glenwood

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage in Glenwood

What is your preference if disaster strikes -- prepared or panicked? When fire or water damage threatens your property, knowing you have a detailed action plan solidly in place gives you confidence that your home or business is on the road to a speedy and sure restoration. We partner with you to get a complete recovery blueprint crafted and in place. 
 
Developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan safeguards your investment by streamlining our response to your troubles. Select us as your SERVPRO Franchise Representative, and start by scheduling a free, no-obligation walk-through of either your home or your business with one of our professional assessors. A review of your physical plant sharpens our focus on how to best respond to your property’s unique needs in the event of a catastrophic fire event in Glenwood. We also recommend adjustments for you to better prepare for loss based on our experience. 
 
The next step is to create your account online. Complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your property, following the template provided. Owning or operating more than one property simply means you fill out a Profile for each. The Profile app directs the procedure, including prompts to take and archive pictures and layouts of all areas. Utility locations and shutoffs are pinpointed, and sprinkler and alarm systems are delineated. Key managers or employees to whom you delegate decision-making authority are determined. Identify the owner of the building if you lease space. 
 
We suggest the use of a tablet or phone to record the data requested in the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application, including taking pictures. A Field Form downloaded, printed, and completed as you tour the property also is acceptable for you to use as a preliminary source of information. Once you finish the walk-through, log into your account and load the details online, adding the pictures taken per the prompts. 
 
Once your Emergency Ready Profiles and Plan (ERPs) are saved our SERVPRO will hit the ground running when you or your representative contact us after a disaster or mishap. Use the mobile app to log into your account and alert us about the specific situation. The app speedily leads you through the process, using the information you previously inputted. We have a clear and concise plan at our fingertips, permitting our technicians to get to work immediately to restore the damage. The established plan is vastly preferable to our crew familiarizing themselves with the building under stress and needing many questions answered. 
 
Being "Ready for whatever happens" inspires faith in your customers, employees, and family. It is clear your business recovers and thrives, or your home again provides comfort and shelter. Work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood to devise an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan to protect your business, home, or other property from fire damage by calling (708) 747-9925 before a disaster occurs.

Water Damage to your Business in Lansing

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores A Commercial Water Damaged Building Quickly

Any business, home, office, warehouse, or any other type of building structure, can be damaged by water. While we need this resource, it is when it is uncontained and in the wrong area that damage becomes highly likely. When it happens in your business, you need to act quickly to eliminate the water at its source, if at all possible, and begin removing it. After this is completed and there is no more water being deposited, cleaning up of your equipment, inventories, and interiors can begin. 

Water Damage in Commercial Sites 
Any location can have emergencies of many different kinds and types, as well as in different and varying degrees of severity, and commercial water damage in Matteson is one of them. Our technicians at SERVPRO can help rectify any problems from broken water lines to bio-hazard clean-up of flood waters. We understand the dangers of the different classes of water, and how clean water can become easily and quickly contaminated, changing contamination categories and hazardous level, in the interior of your business. This knowledge, along with additional training and certifications, can help in avoiding further problems during and after the cleaning up and repairing processes. 

Other situations caused by water present in a commercial setting can be a loss of functionality of equipment, destruction of electronic devices, and interior furnishings, business supplies, and loss of revenue among others. Our technicians are not only experienced and skilled in large and small site clean-ups and water damage restoration, but also in the latest IICRC procedures. This ensures that the work done on your site will get your business back to normal operations quickly. We understand that you, your employees, and your customers and clients all depend on the building and its interior contents to be in habitable condition again quickly. 

Call us at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to get the fastest response available. We can take your call anytime, day or night, every day of the year. We will work on your commercial property until it's “Like it never even happened."

Sump Pump Failure - Country Club Hills

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Commercial Building - Lansing IL

When the power goes out in Homewood Flossmoor and surrounding areas like Country Club Hills Illinois, homeowners with basements begin to worry about the opportunity for water damage in basements. Often a battery back up will only last for so long and once its exhausted, the water starts coming in around the perimeter if not right from the hole.

SERVPRO of of Matteson-Homewood keeps a number of sump pumps on hand for replacement and/or temporary use until a plumber can make it out to replace the failed unit. We work with just about every plumber in the area from Olympia Fields to Glenwood, so if we happen to be swamped or out of pumps, we can quickly get you in touch with a reputable plumber to assist. 

Our main purpose to help mitigate damages from failed sump pumps. We sometimes bring generators with us to get help get the water out and then begin extraction and drying operations immediately. We also have hundreds of drying fans and dehumidifiers available for direct rental. Don't wait to call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood as normally we can save most wet materials if we get to it fast enough. From carpet and pad to trim and drywall, we have the tools and training to make your water damaged or Flooded basement whole again. And if you are worried about mold in your basement, we use an EPA registered disinfectant on ALL water and sewer back up projects.

For additional tips on how to avoid further damage until help arrives, go to our website http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com or call our office directly at (708)747-9925.

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House After A Flood

A few years back, homes, business properties and personal items devastated by flood water were considered lost. With innovations in technology, however, the losses due to flood damage can now be restored to their former state. The process is not easy though for it requires extensive mopping up and drying of the property after severe water damage.

Flood water in home or business can damage your walls, floors, carpets and other personal belongings too. Extracting the water is impossible without proper equipment while sun drying does not guarantee your assets’ restoration to their former state before the incident. There is also an additional risk that the water in home might have damaged electrical equipment or wires. Anyone tampering with either could be in for a horrible electrocution during the water cleanup and restoration.

For these reasons, water cleanup and restoration is best handled by professionals. They have the requisite experience, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to do the job properly and offer mitigation against further damage. If the renovation job requires extensive work, promptness in beginning the works is paramount. The less the time-frame between flood damage and refurbishment, the greater the ease of reinstating a property or item to its preloss state. There are four fundamental steps to follow with any renovation job after water damage:

1. Removal of the flood water
The first important step to restoring a property after damaging from water in home or business premise is removing the stagnant water. Often, a submersible pump is used to remove the water accumulation in various structures around the premises. The pump is highly efficient at its job and makes drying of entire submerged sections easier. As a result, it helps in mitigation by preventing further flood damage in the premises.

2. Moisture Mapping
It is crucial to get an idea of the extent of water damage and take the first mitigation steps against mold growth. The step uses detection equipment to obtain and appropriately map the moisture values on the property. Properly trained technicians use infrared and digital imaging to determine the damage extent.

3. Mold Inspection and Removal
After moisture mapping, the house will need to be prepared to repel mold and mildew. Any residual stagnant water in business or homestead leads to a favorable habitat for the fungi to thrive thus mitigation against it is essential. Water cleanup professionals make use of special detergents to sterilize the area and make the surroundings unfavorable for mold growth. Some renovation firms take advantage of deodorization and ventilation during this step to remove any airborne contaminants and lingering, unpleasant odors.

4. Water Drying
This last step ensures the property is completely dry and humidity is brought back to its normal state after flood damage. There are various water drying techniques and the one used will depend on the situation’s severity. These techniques include:

• Air Movers – They help dry the establishment by controlling humidity and promoting air circulation. Working in sections, the air movers remove liquids from all porous materials including carpets and wood. Any remaining water in home or business premises is left for more sophisticated machines.

• Dehumidifiers – dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and help extract any remaining water in business or home environment. Broadly, professionals use either desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers use raw materials that naturally absorb moisture from the environment. Conversely, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air to make it reduce its ability to retain water. As a result, condensation occurs around the equipment’s cooling coils. Applying these machines on a large scale promptly extracts excess humidity from the air leaving no more water in business or household and thus no further water damage. The particular type of equipment, however, depends on the hired company and the how extensive the restoration job is.

With the right professionals, a successful water cleanup is possible, and any damage from water in business or home establishment can be fixed. Each job, however, is unique and requires prompt, proper investigation. This helps come up with a plan based on the steps above to restore the property after water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com for more information on water damage

Damage from water Flossmoor

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

Fire safety for you business in Country Club Hills, IL

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

The fire services recommend this checklist to assist your small business in preventing damage that could be caused by fire:

  • Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials such as packaging materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public, including areas immediately outside your business premises.
  • Make sure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean. If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended.
  • Secure all doors, windows or other access points when the business is unattended, and make sure your business has adequate lighting to deter trespassers.
  • Ensure your business has an adequately serviced and functional fire alarm system that is suitable to your small business eg: Remote serviced alarm systems, sprinkler systems, thermal or smoke alarms etc.
  • If your business stores dangerous goods, ensure their storage and use adheres to legislative requirements.
  • Make sure your business has a written and practiced fire escape plan that includes full staff lists and designated meeting points.

Is your Matteson business prepared?

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As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call today to get started! (708) 747-9925 or visit www.SERVPRO.com/Ready 

The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning in Homewood

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. You will want to make sure that your home or commercial property is completely safe. Whether by flooding, fire or some other mishap, there are plenty of ways that your property can be threatened. One of the best ways to ensure that you are prepared for a catastrophic emergency is always to have a local residential and commercial property cleanup and restoration service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires 

Keep your property from sustaining irreversible fire damage. Making sure your dryer vents are clean and free from obstruction will help keep your property safe from the possibility of a fire. It's also an excellent precaution to take to keep the air in the building from getting choked up with dust, lint and other health hazards that can accumulate in a dryer vent. 

Get Help from a Local Cleanup and Restoration Service 

It's up to you to contact an expert local cleaning and fire restoration service to ensure that your vents get cleaned in a correct and timely fashion. When you are in doubt as to whether the vents or other areas in your home are functioning correctly, a good, thorough cleaning is never a bad idea. 

Even if it turns out that your property is not quite yet due for a full cleaning, a reputable local cleanup service can help such as removing any excess pollen or debris that has accumulated in the vents. This way, you can save a great deal of time, money and worry by taking timely preventative measures. Keeping the proper level of air quality in your home or commercial building will go a long way toward keeping the structure safe for your family or employees to inhabit. An expert local service will ultimately save you a great deal of time and stress.

Expert Help for Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Available 

At SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood, we know that dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. This is only one of the many services that we can provide for you to make sure that your home or commercial property will be safe against the event of an unforeseen mishap or emergency. If an emergency should befall your property, you'll want to call a service that can get to you in a prompt and timely manner. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you are in need of quick and efficient dryer vent cleaning, we're here to assist you. 

Mold in schools is a problem

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget. 

Mold - Why hire professionals?

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remedies Safely Mold Infestations in a Matteson 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 Matteson 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 Matteson 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.

Property damage from a storm in Matteson

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Promptly Restores Your Matteson Storm Damaged Property

When you have suffered any flood damage, whether it was from backups in the basement sewer or from a large-scale disaster from a major storm, you’ll need certified technicians who know how to handle best flood damage, especially storm related. The last thing you want to have to do is search for a flood cleanup company that is reliable after you are dealing with a flood. Knowing who to call beforehand is important and will make things move much faster in the event of a problem. 

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does. It will penetrate into structural cavities, making pockets of trapped saturation. Finding water in these areas can many times only be discovered with moisture meters. Moisture which goes undetected will keep causing damage, and this damage at a minimum will result in unpleasant odors. Even more, the damage will surface when materials shrink, delaminate and split, further deteriorating to where you will need very costly repairs. Plus, dangerous bacteria and mold can grow, causing very serious health problems for you and the members of your family. 

What You Can Expect 
Once you call a professional water damage cleanup service like SERVPRO, we will first come and remove all the water in your residence with tools such as vacuums. The professional equipment that we use will allow the company to get all of the water out of your home without creating a larger mess while doing so. Large air movers can also be used to finish getting rid of the water and dry out the rooms in your home. The primary goal is to dry your home out as fast as possible to prevent further secondary water damage. 

Once the water is visibly dried up, our company should also go through with water meters so we can assess the damage. This will make spotting the source of any other water or moisture much easier, and once we’ve conducted any work which needs to be performed, we’ll take another reading to make sure your home is completely dry and back to its normal state. We will also use thermal foggers, ozone machines, and air scrubbers as needed to ensure that all odors have eliminated and all debris as well. Sanitizing the affected areas after a groundwater flooding is critical to remove any pathogens or other harmful agents

Not all companies are the same however, so that is why if you do have any water damage, you will want to contact the professional services of SERVPRO of Mateson - Homewood right away. We can be reached anytime of the day or night and any day of the week by calling (708) 747-9925, and we arrive at your residence promptly since we are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Be Sure Your Business Is Prepared For a Disaster

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call us today and make sure your business is ready (708)747-9925

Fire Causes for Homewood

6/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Causes of Homewood 

Every 20 seconds in the United States, a fire department is responding to a fire somewhere. While your home is where you should always feel safe, it can also be a dangerous place if a Homewood fire occurs. In fact, four out of five fire-related fatalities occur in the home. However, if you are aware what causes a potential fire that could lead to severe Flossmoor fire damage in your home, you may be able to prevent the fire from occurring in the first place. Below are some of the main factors that can cause a residential fire. 

One of the major causes of Homewood fire-related deaths is smoking materials such as cigarettes and other tobacco products. About 800 people die annually in the U.S. because of careless handling of cigarettes in the home. Typically, smoking material that is forgotten or carelessly discarded ignites trash, furniture or bedding. Most of the deadly smoking-related fires occur in a family room or living room, not the bedroom because bed upholstery and mattresses are manufactured with excellent fire-resistant qualities. 

A cooking fire is another leading cause of house fires which can cause catastrophic fire damage in your home. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fire-related injuries and the fourth leading cause of residential fire-related fatalities. Cooking fires usually take place whenever foods cooking on the stove are left unattended. Cooking oils are most susceptible to catching fire. These types of fires begin within the first 15 minutes of cooking. 

The third leading cause of residential fire-related fatalities and the second leading cause of home fires is improperly used heating equipment, such as portable space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys. Space heaters can cause a fire when they are placed too close to drapes, furniture or other combustible materials. A fire can start in a fireplace or chimney that is clogged with creosote buildup as well. 

Candles can also cause residential fires. From 2009 to 2013, candles were to blame for 3 percent of residential fires, 3 percent of residential fire-related fatalities, 5 percent of property damage and 6 percent of residential fire-related injuries. Nearly all candle-related fires are started whenever something too close to the candle catches on fire. 

Also, electrical failures within the home lead to about 45,000 residential fires during 2013, which resulted in 410 fatalities and $1.3 billion in property damages. Electrical failures or malfunctions happen when there is a problem with the home's lighting, cords, wiring or another type of equipment using electricity. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Severe Flossmoor fire damage to your home calls for fast and professional help and SERVPRO of Matteson/Homewood is your solution. Using advanced technology, our highly trained technicians can get your home back to normal in a short amount of time. We're locally owned and operated to serve Homewood and the surrounding areas. For more information, call us at (708) 747-9925.

Hire professionals for Mold remediadtion in Flossmoor

6/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remedies Mold Infestations in a Flossmoor Home Safely

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 Floosmoor 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 Flossmoor 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.

Water Damage Matteson

6/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (708) 747-9925

Avoid Storm Damage with Sump Pump Replacement in Flossmoor

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Replacement by SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.If your sump pump does fail Call (708) 747-9925 and a crew from SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  We also do sump pump replacement.

Sewer Cleanup in Matteson

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage Cleanup

A sewer spill is one of the most unforgettable events to happen to a homeowner or renter. Depending on the amount and source (septic tanks usually being worse), the smell can not only drive a person from their home but empty out an entire neighborhood if the spill is outside the home.


Cleaning up sewage after a ruptured sewer line or septic tank is much more important than just getting rid of a bad smell. Even when there is only contaminated or ‘gray’ water, the health threat to your family makes your home unlivable because of the bacteria and fungi that reside in every sewer line. SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience needed to remove this threat.

First, we identify the source of the contamination. If it is a backed-up or ruptured sewer line pushing waste back into your home, our technicians cap it to prevent further contamination. In the case of a cracked septic tank, our personnel can seal it off within a few hours. As this happens, other team members begin removing contaminated water and waste. We have a series of pumps designed for use in a home that draws out standing water in a few hours. Even a large home can be pumped out in less than a day.

Disinfecting your home is now the priority. Any spill involving human waste is a biohazard. This type of contamination cannot be washed away with a bucket of warm water and bleach. Carpets contaminated with 'gray' water must be removed and thrown out. It is simply not safe to try to clean and dry them for continued use in your home. Furniture can be cleaned and returned to the home. We use a variety of disinfectant sprays to kill any bacteria on wood, metal, or glass. It might be necessary to remove the veneer from wood furniture to ensure removal of all the bacteria.

An outside spill is simpler to clean-up but can be very labor intensive. Contaminated soil cannot safely remain in the ground. We use backhoes and other earth moving equipment to remove the dirt and haul it away to break down the contamination. Once the soil tests are clean, we return it to your home and fill in the excavation.

Cleaning up after a sewer spill is an event no one soon forgets. While the cost is usually less than in other disasters, failing to do it correctly means a continuing health threat and further damage that can render your home unlivable. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is here to help you. Call us today at (708) 747-9925.

HOMEWOOD, IS SPRING THE BEST TIME TO CLEAN?

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Spring seems to be the perfect time of the year for a deep cleaning home due to the change of the seasons. The weather is perfect to start open windows and let the air flow through your home.

The truth of the matter is that spring cleaning could be the most boring task that needs to be done at home or could be the easiest, all depends of the way you arrange this tasks and the actions you take every day in order to have a clean and a cozy home.

Every Homewood new home or old home has its own unique characteristics and needs when it comes to straightening things up, there are a few basics that anyone can fall back on when it comes to spring cleaning.

Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, for washing, replacing, dusting, sorting…not sure where to start? Don’t feel overwhelmed, here are a few handy tips that you can also use as a check list to make your spring cleaning easier and fun than a summer breeze. We also recommend you to have all the cleaning supplies you need beforehand so you won’t be tempted to put it off.

Kitchen

We recommend to start cleaning something you like to see shiny so this task will be more appealing as you will see the results immediately.

  • Start cleaning inside and outside of refrigerator, and take the opportunity to throw out expired food products, since you will be emptying the shelves to clean them.
  • Clean stove and oven and wipe down microwave
  • Wipe down shelves in cupboards and inside drawers
  • Clean garbage disposal blades by grinding ice and freshen it with baking soda and/or citrus rinds
  • Clean or replace if needed it your range hood filters
  • Finally Sweep and mop floors with a nice clean fragrance…Your done!

Bathrooms

This task could be one of those you would like to leave it to the last, but think of the idea of enter to your fresh and clean bathroom, having a nice bath or listening to your family saying…This is great and smells fantastic!!!

  • Wipe down shower and tub and re-caulk if your caulking has cracks or is moldy
  • Clean toilet, countertops, and mirrors
  • Sweep and mop the floor
  • Wipe down shelves in cupboards and inside drawers
  • Clean/wash bath mats, shower curtain, rugs, etc.

Bedrooms

In case you have many Bedrooms at home you can start with one per day so the task will be easy and you won’t get tired and overwhelm with the rest of the house cleaning.

  • Wash all bedding including your mattress cover
  • Wash pillows (or replace if needed it)
  • Rotate and flip mattress
  • Organize and clean out closet ( take the opportunity to storage in bags clothing you don’t use and keep them in a place you can see it ready to take it for dotation’s)

Living Areas

This kind of areas are the most used at home so we recommend to leave it to the last so you can clean it and organize it properly.

  • Vacuum/sweep and mop floor
  • Polish furniture (You can start weekly with a piece so you don’t get tired doing it at once)
  • Dust electronics/media centers other.
  • Organize DVDs, remote controls, magazines, etc.
  • Clean sofas and pillows

Throughout the House

This tasks can be done one per day and depending of the amount of work needed it

  • Dust furniture surfaces and ceiling fans
  • Vacuum, wash or dry clean all carpets, rugs, and draperies
  • Wipe down walls, baseboards, and light switches
  • Wash windows (inside and out) and windowsills
  • Wipe down blinds
  • Change air filters
  • Apply a light coat of wax to wood cabinets and furniture 

Seasonal Maintenance:

The following tasks are more for maintenance but its essentials you take the time to do it as they will reflect the good conditions of your house and the safety of your family.

  • Test all smoke detectors (this should be done monthly)
  • Check caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors, inside and out
  • Check for cracks on the exterior of your home and seal them up with proper caulking
  • Clean sliding door track and apply silicone lubricant if necessary
  • Oil moving parts of garage door
  • Visually inspect roof for broken shingles and clean rain gutters
  • Check your attic for evidence of roof leaks, and ensure your attic soffit vents are not blocked with insulation – if they are, move the insulation back to its original location on the attic floor
  • Pressure wash soffits, walkways, and roofing to rid of mildew

We also recommend to contact us, SERVPRO have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! SERVPRO of Homewood & Mattseson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage. 

Don’t wait more, and be ready to enjoy your fresh and clean home organizing the activities during the coming months with this useful checklist or by contacting us, don’t rush for spring or summer time we are here to bring you a hand!

NEW WAREHOUSE MOVING DAY!!!!

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Unpacking in the new offices of our brand new warehouse in Manteno, IL.

Friday, March 24th was moving day for SERVPRO.   We relocated to our new warehouse in Manteno, IL which will let us work harder and respond faster for any size disaster including fire/water/storm damages in Matteson, Homewood, Flossmoor, Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, South Holland, Lansing, Dolton, Harvey, Calumet City and surrounding areas.

Cleaning Up Your Country Club Hills Home After Flooding

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Rain and Snow Cause Storm Flooding in Country Club Hills--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Storm Damage Cleaned Up & Restored by SERVPRO

When a bad storm rolls through your area, the risk of damage to your property greatly increases, as severe rains can create heavy water damage plus flooding in your home. Flooding caused by storms is a big problem which requires a combination of methods to treat it correctly and protect you and your family’s health. Unlike some water damage from a burst pipe or roof leak, ground water many times includes raw sewage which can complicate the process of remediation. As soon as flooding happens in your home, make sure to get in touch with SERVPRO to mitigate the damage and remove the flood water safely.
 
Flood Repair
Our expert flood damage repair techs have the necessary equipment and training to remove the flood water and sewage properly in your Country Club Hills home and repair any flood damage. This water may contain harmful bacteria and fecal matter. It is important that the right methods and tools are used to clean up the flood waters. We react quickly to any flood emergencies because we are available 24 hours a day, any day of the week. We help mitigate the damage before starting the restoration process. This hastens a return to normalcy while reducing costs to you.
 
Our range of services for flood damage restoration includes water extraction, initial inspections, cleaning of structural elements and furnishings, deodorization, drying by dehumidification or air moment, and mold remediation. Under dire conditions, we can also secure the property with fencing, tarps, and plywood.
 
Our repair services for flood damage include the replacement or repair of structural elements like ruined drywall and rotted wood, plus the cleaning and protection of decorative or personal items.
 
Other Flood Damage Problems
Flooding in your home can lead to additional problems other than water damage and health issues. It can also create mold growth and rusted pipes. Our staff uses moisture sensors and probes for water detection to find any flood damage problems which hide so we can repair them during the process of restoration. You can be confident that our trained experts are thorough, and if you need to make an insurance claim, we help you coordinate theprocess with your insurance provider.
 
If your home has flooding damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood right away. The water damage keeps spreading the longer you do not take action, and there is a high chance that the water contains sewage which contributes to health problems. Give us a call at (708) 747-9925 so we can come out to your home to help you right away.
  

Attic Water Damage In Country Club Hills

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Since the attic is under the roof but above the ceiling, it is a target for any water damage from the elements.

Water Damage In Your Attic


Much like the basement in that, it's a space in your home that can be largely overlooked for an extended period; the attic may have problems which you are unaware of until they get quite significant. Since the attic is under the roof but above the ceiling, it is a target for any water damage from the elements. When you take the right steps, you may not completely prevent water damage, but you can cut down on the severity of it a good deal.

When you are dealing with water damage in your attic, you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO immediately. Your Country Club Hills home can suffer a lot more damage throughout it if you do not take care of the problem in your attic quickly.

Attic Vents
Proper ventilation is always needed to keep levels of moisture down. Attic vents can be installed to keep air circulating correctly and keep humidity levels under fifty percent. Vents can be installed along the roof’s peak and should occasionally be checked to get rid of leaves or other debris from blocking them.

Proper Insulation
Sound insulation does its job and keeps your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. If it gets damaged by water, the effectiveness it has diminishes. Check the insulation frequently, especially during rainy seasons. If you find moisture in the insulation, locate the source of the problem and get it fixed right away. Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you do this. The wet insulation may need to replacement with new material.

Top To Bottom
Inspect skylight wells, chimneys, and plumbing for possible leaks. Mold growth or rotting are big signs that something is wrong. Roof sheathing and rafters should likewise not have any water stains or rot. If you see daylight penetrating through your roof at all, this means water can also penetrate. Make sure to have it repaired right away before a storm hits. Ensure the floor is dry and there are no signs that water has present. If the floor is water damaged, your ceiling below is its next stop. Look for any leaks, holes, or any area where the structure’s integrity has been compromised.

Attic Appliances
Check any piping or units in your attic for leaking or malfunction. Replaced damaged hoses and tighten loose connections up. Water can accumulate right below appliances and stay unseen unless you are actively looking for it.

Recessed Lights
Look for any corrosion or rust. Besides moisture problems, you might be looking at serious electrical risk. If the recessed lighting in your home is several years old, you might want to replace them with models that are more up to date and include built-in insulation.

If you are worried about water damage in your attic at all, contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood right away. We are delighted to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced techs when you reach out to us at (708) 747-9925.

Commercial ties in the community

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

people sitting at desks in a circle looking at a projection screen Bill Wilczynski ingest the topics of conversation at the meeting.

SERVPRO's involvement at all levels in the community can not be understated. One of these levels is at the city and county economic level. Every town and city has a vested interest in trying to help their local business survive and thrive, providing much needed jobs to the members of their communities and also providing economic stimulus and tax revenue generation. 

The needs of business get interrupted when disaster strikes and it is vital to get their operations back up and running,  as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened." This is where the relationships you form with SERVPRO prior to the disaster striking are so important. Does your business already have a SERVPRO Representative (SMR) assigned to you? If not, complete a internet search for your local SERVPRO franchise and ask for one to be assigned to you. This SMR will go through the process of educating your business about all that they can do in advance of the coming disaster, to help you prepare so that when it happens, it is not as costly to you in downtime and lost production.       

There are many different ways to get involved with your community business members. Recently two of our SMR's attended the Kankakee County Economic Alliance meeting that was hosted at Olivet Nazarene University. Local and County business members and community leaders participated, where current happenings and futures plans were discussed. Building relationships at this level is key for when large events happen at this level, those leaders run in small circles and great relationships are needed here, so those business leaders can get their business's back up and running and restore their communities to like it was before the disaster.... "Like it never even happened." 

Wintertime Mold Damage Remediation In Country Club Hills

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Grow into Remediation Issues in Country Club Hills

SERVPRO Helps Country Club Hills Homes With Mold Remediation

A mistake many homeowners make is to believe mold damage is only a warm weather issue. In fact, many types of mold grow easily in your home even when temperatures dip below freezing. At SERVPRO we train our mold specialists to inspect for mold 365 days a year when you call to complain of a musty odor or a visible fungal colony.

Mold damages your Country Club Hills home dependent upon three things. The first is the presence of mold spores. They are always present inside every home. The second is a source of water to feed the spores. Spills, leaks, and drain pans are some of the ways water is present in any home.The third is a surface or item upon or within which the mold colony takes hold. Wood, upholstery drywall, and carpeting are some options; Common home molds grow in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Most areas inside your home are at or above that temperature even during the dead of winter. Because mold growth happens only when moisture is present expect to find issues where plumbing leaks or water makes its way inside, including ice dams and condensation on the surface of poorly caulked windows. Our staff looks everywhere in your home for areas where the conditions are right for mold growth and then develops an appropriate plan for abatement.
 
Hoping that mold damage disappears during the colder season is disastrous for your home and allows it to take a more serious toll on its structure and your belongings. Experts identify over 100,000 types of mold your home may be supporting. Fear of the health consequences of mold growth is just one reason to seek remediation. Consult your healthcare professional to discuss whether you are members of your family need to worry about mold in your home. Mold outbreaks that pose no risk to health are still unpleasant, malodorous, and sometimes capable of damaging structures, fixtures, and contents of your home. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists systematically contain and remove all kinds of mold, leaving your home fresher and intact.
 
SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has you covered with information about and techniques to remediate mold in your home 12 months a year. Call us at (708) 747-9925 when areas smell musty and count on a successful mold reduction plan from our staff.

FREE Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Industry Professionals!!

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Ethics and Fire Restoration CE Classes - March 8 in Matteson, and March 9 in Bourbonnais

We are offering two free CE Classes on two separate days - Day 1 will be in Matteson, and Day 2 will be in Bourbonnais.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided, and all of this is free of charge to Insurance Agents and Adjusters!  

All we need to process your renewal is your NPN#, your email address, your phone number and fax number.  Please follow the link below to print the application form.  After filling in the information scan and email it to Marketing@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com, or fax it to 815-935-1301.

Link to Application Form

 

DAY 1 CLASSES

Date: March 8 

Class 1: Ethics - 3 Credit Hours

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Class 2: Where There is Smoke There is Fire - 4 Credit Hours

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: Matteson Community Center

               20462 Matteson Avenue

               Matteson, IL

              (708) 441-4500

              Directions

 

DAY 2 CLASSES

Date: March 9 

Class 1: Ethics - 3 Credit Hours

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Class 2: Where There is Smoke There is Fire - 4 Credit Hours

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

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               62 Ken Hayes Drive

               Bourbonnais, IL 60914

               (815) 932-4411

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Emergency Board Up in Matteson Homewood IL

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board up Matteson Homewood IL

Board Ups from Fire or Storm Damage

It is not unheard of for a severe storm, fire, or accident to cause major structural damage to a home that may include holes or openings in the siding and roof.  If the home is left exposed, it is vulnerable to further damage by the elements or even vandalism.  Our technicians are dedicated to boarding up your home quickly to secure it and prevent further damage.  We have the materials and experience to board up your home and we respond within 2 to 4 hours of your call to provide emergency board ups.

Our staff includes professional carpenters who can effectively board up your home and secure it temporarily until it is fully restored. We are proud associate members of the MABAS 27 Division

You can expect the following from our board up services:

  • Closing up of all holes and openings in the structure
  • Full temporary enclosure of severely damaged buildings
  • Barricades in key areas
  • Tarping services for damage roofs

If a disaster or accident has left your home in Matteson or Homewood Flossmoor exposed do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Matteson Homewood for board up services.  Our technicians can effectively board up your home or building to keep it secured and protected until it can be rebuilt.  We are available 24 hours a day at (708)747-9925 for emergency board ups in Matteson and surrounding areas

Effectively Addressing Mold Damage Situations In Country Club Hills

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Grapple with Mold Damage in Your Country Club Hills Condo

Inspection and Remediation Partner to Kill Mold

The rainy weather combined with high humidity throughout the surrounding area that we are experiencing these days serves to create the perfect environment for mold growth in our homes. Do you take the proper precautions to mediate the existence of mold in your home? Mold doesn't just exist in basements, walls, or other hidden spaces in your home. The truth is, when the right conditions are present, mold spores can grow out of control anywhere. These microscopic spores are a consistent part of our ecological system; they assist within our environment in many different ways, and we do not have the power to eliminate them entirely, nor should we.

When you experience mold damage in your Country Club Hills home, you should contact a professional mold remediation service to correct the situation properly. Our staff can provide you with a fast, efficient mediation service that you'll need; anytime you need us. We can help you fight back against mold spores that exist in your home environment. You are not alone in dealing with these types of situations.
 
SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained and follow FEMA guidelines regarding the handling and disposal of materials exposed to microscopic mold spores. If your home has recently experienced flooding, sewage back-ups, plumbing or roof leaks, constant overflows from sinks or tubs. Or, you have a consistently damp basement and higher than normal humidity in your living area; you are at risk of developing mold colonies in your walls that can spread throughout your home, that may eventually cause health effects to particular members of your family.
 
At SERVPRO, we approach each situation differently, providing you with only the services you need to tackle your unique issues. However, a standard mold damage remediation service involves certain steps. We begin by locating the source of the water, whether that entails fixing leaky pipes, preventing seepage from outside sources or covering dirt in crawl spaces with plastic to prevent additional moisture from getting in.
 
Excessive moisture on the inside of ventilation ducts, combined with small particles produce mold spores on the inside surface and spread these spores throughout your home each time you use your air conditioning or central heating. Properly cleaning the vents and filters helps prevent this from happening. You should change your filters every six months on your own.
 
SERVPRO technicians can teach you how to reduce the moisture inside of your home with dehumidifiers, fans, and air conditioners, especially during hot weather months. However, using fans after discovering that mold apparently exists will cause you to spread the spores to other unaffected areas of your home. Keeping moist areas dry, a constant humidity below 40% and reducing the possibility of condensation growing on cold surfaces in your home, all assist with maintaining a clean environment.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood today, (708) 747-9925

Winter’s Winds And Cold Make Furnace Malfunctions A Serious Issue in Matteson

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Furnace Maintenance Keeps You Warm As It Saves You Money: SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Cleans "Puff Backs" and Your HVAC System to Keep You Warm

Even if you have the best intentions to avoid a crisis, chances are good that you will need to react to a furnace malfunction during the dead of winter at some point while you are a homeowner. Perhaps you will need to cope with an oil burner that does not ignite smoothly, causing a “backfire” called a “puff back” that sends soot throughout your home. Maybe your ductwork is in need of a cleaning to warm your home more efficiently. Whatever the cause of your missing warmth or”dirty” heating situations, SERVPRO can help you get back on track for a cozy and clean winter season.

Winter related furnace malfunctions in Matteson Illinois might have been avoided if you had taken the time to schedule regular HVAC inspections and cleanings during warmer weather. Being prepared is always preferable to being caught by an emergency situation. We all have a tendency to relay and not stick to necessary maintenance schedules. When we receive a call about a furnace or boiler issue during the cold months, our dispatch staff will make sure to send a qualified and certified HVAC technician your way as soon as is practically possible. Our well-trained staff will thoroughly investigate the situation and then design a plan to get your home back to toasty and warm pronto. If necessary we will team with an appropriate heating contractor to urge that stubborn furnace to get back online again. Any soot and smoke remediation needed because of a “puff back” will also be planned and completed, critical as soot and ash can be very harmful to your electronics, plastics, and other possessions. At times, fast action at containment can mitigate the adverse consequences of unwanted soot.
 
Once SERVPRO works to get your heat back on and your furnace is purring like a kitten, we will work with you to develop a proactive plan to avoid unpleasant surprises in the future. Our duct inspection services are second to none, and we will be able to give you advice on what maintenance steps are needed to ensure both heating and cooling are seamlessly available as the weather requires.
 
When winter tries to chill you out contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood. We can guide you through a speedy resolution of a furnace malfunction beginning with one call to (708) 747-9925.

Fire Damage From Space Heaters In The Matteson - Homewood Area

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Warns: Major Culprits of Home Fires in Matteson Are Space Heaters

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

Winterize your Homewood Flossmoor home

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Avoid frozen pipes and water damage

Realtors and Insurance Agents trust SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood to winterize vacant and damaged homes. Our trained technicians provide water evacuation from the plumbing systems to avoid frozen pipes and water damage. To winterize a structure, the following steps need to be taken.

  • turn off or disconnect water main
  • drain water heater
  • extract water from toilet tank and pour RV antifreeze in tank
  • disconnect washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator water line if applicable
  • extract or blow out water lines thoroughly
  • pour RV antifreeze in all drains

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood uses the latest tools and equipment to winterize homes. Pricing varies by the size and difficulty of each project. Call our office to schedule service (708)747-9925.

 

Why It Is Important to Eliminate the Soot from Fire Damage in Homewood Properties

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Rids Your Homewood Property of Smoke and Soot

Odor and Cleaning After a Fire Takes Skill and Equipment

You might think that the biggest danger a domestic fire can pose is burning flames. After all, it is the most obvious, immediate indication that a major problem is developing. Yet, we know that this isn’t always the case because soot and smoke are far more insidious.

They move faster than flames and produce toxic debris that can enter the lungs and cause respiratory difficulties. For this reason, you’re advised to steer well clear of a house fire and let the professionals safely neutralize it. Fire damage in Homewood properties is a stressful experience, but with help from the SERVPRO team, you can turn things around quickly.

This guide to dealing with fire damage will tell you a little bit about why soot residue is such a challenge and how it can be eliminated.

What Is Soot?
Soot is a by-product of incomplete combustion between a form of fuel (vinyl or plastic for example) and the oxygen in the air. It is a fine, black and greasy substance which clings to walls and ceilings after a fire. Soot can be tough to clean because it stains and smears surfaces. It usually produces a pretty unpleasant smell too.

How Is Soot Removed from Fire Damaged Properties?
SERVPRO has access to a range of cutting-edge tools and equipment. We have also developed a number of highly effective techniques for soot removal and restoration. The team will use a combination of brushes, cleaning detergents, and ozone deodorizers to lift the oily substance from furniture and prevent it from leaving stains.

This is a delicate process, but it is important that high standards are adhered to, and the right methods are used. We follow the best practices of the IICRC. Just wiping at soot patches isn’t usually effective, especially when it comes to soft furnishings like sofas, mattresses, curtains, and carpets. Porous items will need the most attention and some objects may have to be removed from the site and sent to our Esporta Washers or one of our specialist cleaning facilities.

Can You Get Rid of the Smell Too?
As soot and smoke produce an acrid, lingering odor, deodorizing machines will be brought into the property to boost the circulation of fresh air and push denser, toxic particles towards special odor killing ‘ozone’ molecules. These molecules eliminate the unwanted smell on contact and then revert back to oxygen. This process requires vacating the premises until the ozone gas has dissipated or converted.

Once complete, the deodorizing process leaves the home smelling fresh and clean. However, this is the final stage of the remediation project. First, a full inspection is carried out and then the home is cleaned as thoroughly as possible.

If your home or business suffers fire damage, you need the best help and advice around. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a locally based franchise so that we can respond to emergencies in this region at any time. Call us 24/7 at (708) 747-9925.

Esporta Wash System Is A Useful Tool After a Storm Or Fire

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Esporta Washed and Cleaned Turnout Gear.

Storm Damaged Soft Materials Get Cleaned by SERVPRO


The absolute best thing about the services that we offer is that you don't need to call anyone else in to get the job done completely. When we've finished restoring your property damage, we have some valuable services available to you that can tackle a broad variety of restoration services and assist you in recovering your precious belongings.
 
Our offices located near your home or commercial property uses the Esporta Wash System, equipment that helps us with restoring many different types of soft contents. By offering this service to you, we continue along the path in Matteson total storm damage restoration to your property and belongings.
 
We have trained SERVPRO technicians that receive expert training in using the equipment necessary to clean standard garments and textiles that traditional washing machines are unable to restore, some items deemed non-restorable have the chance of being brought back to life with this wash system.
 
SERVPRO uses a wash system that is unlike any traditional washing machine. The device itself holds items in place and pushes detergents and disinfectants through the object being cleaned to help provide you with higher quality results than you would ever expect to receive. We have developed special industry grade cleansers for this apparatus.
 
Take advantage of this service available at SERVPRO today and recover those precious items lost in a fire, flood, or storm that hit you when you were last expecting it to and let us provide you with a better opportunity to recover your valuables.
 
We have used this wash system to successfully retrieve a large variety of items for customers just like you, just remember that it's impossible to guarantee that all of your items will get restored by this process, but it does give your items a better chance.
 
Our IICRC technicians use this service to restore our personal protective equipment(PPE), providing us with an opportunity to extend the use of valuable life-saving equipment, saving it from being destroyed otherwise. We pass this service on to other professional institutions such as civil service and fire departments to assist them in cutting costs and safely saving lives. Many municipal fire departments get much more service from their Breakout Gear when the first responders enter burning buildings.
 
You are welcome to give the professionals at SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood a call and put this service to the test yourselves. Make the call today, (708) 747-9925

Commercial Buildings and Property Manager's Choice

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Services

Commercial Property owners and Property Managers are entrusted with keeping their businesses operational. When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO of Matteson Homewood is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We've assisted some of the largest properties in the area following disasters. Lincoln Mall, McDonald's, Carsons, Flossmoor Library, Houses of Worship and many others have utilized our Commercial and Industrial Services. Facilities Managers rely on us to be Ready for Whatever Happens.

General Adjusters and Consulting firms from around the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region trust SERVPRO of Kankakee County with their must complex claims. Some of our specialties include

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial Disaster Recovery Services 
  • Commercial Reconstruction

We are available around the clock to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services by calling Matteson Homewood at (708)747-9925.

We have your Floors Covered

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flooring Covering done right for the right price

SERVPRO of Matteson Homewood is well known for helping clients recover following fire, mold, and water damage in the Homewood Flossmoor area. What many local people don't realize is that SERVPRO can take care of your floor covering replacement as well.

If you are looking for choices. We have thousands of flooring samples including carpet, vinyl, wood, and ceramic tile to name just a few. In fact, with our preferred status with most flooring distributors, there's not much we can't get for a discounted price.

SERVPRO of Matteson Homewood can purchase flooring for wholesale pricing and save your hundreds in materials costs. Our Flooring Sales Representatives are the same individuals that do your installations. Who better to sell flooring than the people who actually do the Flooring Installations?

We are certified distributors for Mohawk, Tarkett, and Dream Weavers. We also use our buying power with the big box stores to get our clients the best prices possible from retailers like Menards, Lowe's and Home Depot. Locally, you won't find a better flooring company to assist you.

Ceramic Tile is resilient and beautiful in kitchens and bathrooms. Having the proper base materials means the difference in how the warranty is interpreted. Our knowledgeable installers make sure you have the proper installation for a long lasting ceramic tile floor. We also provide maintenance to Floors we install including grout cleaning and grout sealing.

Call SERVPRO of Matteson Homewood for all you residential and commercial flooring needs. Appointments are by appointment only and we also can bring flooring samples to your home.

Board Up in Homewood Flossmoor area

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fore Damaged home needing Board Up Services

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is quick to respond to fire damage and securing property losses once the fire department has cleared the scene. Because most of our team members live in Homewood Flossmoor and the surrounding areas, our response time is typically less than one hour from the dispatch call.

Police and Fire Departments recommend SERVPRO because we show up on time and prepared for anything. Our board up trucks are state of the art. Lighting, power, extraction capabilities are just a few necessities we bring to fire scenes. 

Our board up teams start by removing all broken glass from the work areas to avoid liability issues and injuries. They then measure and cut all boards to fit securely into place. Doors are usually removed and then covered with plywood. A pad lock and hasp is then installed. The client is given a key as is the fire department for investigation purposes. 

Fire Board Up can also include winterizing pipes in the winter time, putting up caution tape or temporary fencing to keep the scene secure. If there are roof penetrations, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood also provides roof tarping services

Fire Board Up and property securing is the very first mitigating service your insurance company recommends. By securing homes professionally, home owners reduce the risk for more damage from weather, vandals, or other unexpected issues. Following a fire damage, rely on SERVPRO for all your Board Up needs.

SERVPRO Provides Top Quality Water Damage Restoration In Homewood!

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

When the water stops flowing, and whatever caused the leak or flooding is out of the way, it's time to let skilled technicians take over.

Water Damage Restoration

When the water stops flowing, and whatever caused the leak or flooding is out of the way, it's time to let our skilled technicians take over. Our technicians go right to work restoring your property so that you don't have to worry about replacing everything you think you've lost. We can help you avoid costly replacements by fulfilling your restoration needs, why would you replace something that you can quickly restore?

Consider using the best water damage restoration service in Homewood! We can provide you with the services you need to return your property to its original condition. Let our staff at SERVPRO give you some much-needed advice on how to deal with the water damage you've received from a water leak.

First and foremost, is it safe to enter your property? Have you made certain to turn off your electricity? Are there any immediate dangers or slip and fall hazards?

Your wood furniture, lighting fixtures, and other tabletop items can be blotted down with a clean, dry towel to remove excess water and move to a safe location to start their drying process. Cushions and other upholstery items can also be relocated to a safe location and should be propped up to assist in drying. If your water damage situation happens during the summer months, you can turn your air conditioning on to help with the drying process.

You should remove any colored tapestry, rugs or carpeting to prevent color bleeding and place your art objects somewhere that they can dry safely and gather any other loose items you find lying around. Don't leave soaked fabrics lying around and pick up any books, magazines or colored paper products like newspapers to prevent them from staining your carpet or flooring.

Refrain from using any of your electrical items, such as a television or household appliances until they have had a chance to dry. These items include lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, clocks, coffee makers and microwaves, just to name a few! Rooms with wet saggy ceilings are a hazard! Make sure that you avoid these areas until they have a chance to be inspected!

These few tips can make a difference in restoring your items and property to its original condition. Don't take a chance or consider something lost until our expert technicians at SERVPRO have had the opportunity to inspect everything that has taken damage.

The experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are here to help you recover from any water damage you have received. Seize this opportunity to benefit from our 24-hour emergency services and our highly trained professional staff. Don't hesitate to contact us to assist with your water damage situation! - (708) 747-9925.

Why Mold Takes to Basements Easily

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Basement Mold Growth in Country Club Hills Gets Remediation from SERVPRO

Basements are the Playgrounds for Mold and Mildew

Mold damage can happen anywhere in a home, but there are a few parts of the average house that it seems to be most prevalent. One of these regions is the basement of the home, where mold can be found lurking on furniture, in storage spaces, or simply on the walls and floors. If your basement has incurred mold damage, worry not, as it's far from the first such case our technicians have had to tackle. But why do fungi appear so commonly in basements? There are a few reasons.

Darkness
Most basements are dark most of the time, creating ideal conditions for many types of mold damage in Country Club Hills. Mold clings to dark basements like mud clings to brand new shoes; that is to say, many types of mold grow best in dark but warm conditions. Your basement likely meets those requirements most of the time, as even unheated basements tend to be warmer than the outside air due to subterranean heat retention and the bleed of heating from your home into its confines.
 
Dampness
Many basements are damp for a variety of reasons, ranging from unnoticed water leaks to openings to the outdoors to simple high measures of relative humidity. All types mold require water to grow into a full-blown colony, and the more water available, the better. Keeping water leaks out of your basement is vital for this reason, and if you've found one there, be sure to call us for repair services quickly to prevent any further damage.
 
Lack of Disturbances
Many basements simply never see a disruption in airflow, heating, lighting, or physical interaction. Mold thrives where conditions are predictable and consistent, and in a sparsely-used room, colonies can grow out of control without the homeowner ever noticing. In the future, try to regularly inspect your basement for signs of damage such as an unusual white patch on the walls or a musty odor as these indicators can help to signal that mold may start growing before the problem gets out of hand.
 
SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood deals with mold damage in all parts of the home on a regular basis and has access to a wide variety of resources to help ferret the fungus out before you know it. Call us at the first sign of damage at (708) 747-9925.

Extra Services SERVPRO Performs After Fire Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Electronics and artwork, if not initially destroyed, can still take on severe damage even after the dust has settled through staining and corrosion.

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.

Neighborhood Flood Damage Professionals

8/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Heaters Can Flood Your Living Space - Call SERVPRO to Remediate!

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 pre-loss 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 Flossmoor 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!

The Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Agents Registration is Now Available

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

The C.E. Classes Open Registration Form from SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood.

SERVPRO Is Once Again Hosting  the C. E. Classes

By offering free continuing education classes (C.E.) to our local insurance agents, we can give back to our communities goodwill and the mutual understanding of helping each other. Because we are a group of three locally owned SERVPRO franchises, we can reach out and assistance a large number of insurance agents with their required on-going Ethics Class. We believe that knowledge is power, and just as we are educated, equipped, and well trained in our field of restoration, we can assist others to maximize their abilities to perform at a high level.

As shown in the photo to the right, these Two Continuing Education Classes will be held on consecutive days towards the end of September 2016. Click this link to download a PDF registration form. Todd Davis, who has traveled to Matteson to offer mold remediation, and other courses, in the past, will once again be the SERVPRO Corporate instructor for these two classes for the Fall session. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood will be one of the local franchises to provide free breakfast and lunch to all the participants. Like us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? After the Ethics Class, he will instruct a refresher class on "Understand Mold in the Restoration Industry.” Mold remediation can be a complicated topic for homeowners, insurance agents, and our highly trained AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. Knowing how to grapple with mold infestations can mitigate liabilities and costs while ensuring better protection from any health effects.

Consider SERVPRO as a source for keeping our communities safe following any fire, water, or mold problems. Please call us for registration for the C.E. Classes or help with your home or business. (708) 747-9925

Commercial Water Damage can Ruin Your Business

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Business in Matteson

SERVPRO Restores A Commercial Water Damaged Building Quickly

Any business, home, office, warehouse, or any other type of building structure, can be damaged by water. While we need this resource, it is when it is uncontained and in the wrong area that damage becomes highly likely. When it happens in your business, you need to act quickly to eliminate the water at its source, if at all possible, and begin removing it. After this is completed and there is no more water being deposited, cleaning up of your equipment, inventories, and interiors can begin.

Water Damage in Commercial Sites
Any location can have emergencies of many different kinds and types, as well as in different and varying degrees of severity, and commercial water damage in Matteson is one of them. Our technicians at SERVPRO can help rectify any problems from broken water lines to bio-hazard clean-up of flood waters. We understand the dangers of the different classes of water, and how clean water can become easily and quickly contaminated, changing contamination categories and hazardous level, in the interior of your business. This knowledge, along with additional training and certifications, can help in avoiding further problems during and after the cleaning up and repairing processes.

Other situations caused by water present in a commercial setting can be a loss of functionality of equipment, destruction of electronic devices, and interior furnishings, business supplies, and loss of revenue among others. Our technicians are not only experienced and skilled in large and small site clean-ups and water damage restoration, but also in the latest IICRC procedures. This ensures that the work done on your site will get your business back to normal operations quickly. We understand that you, your employees, and your customers and clients all depend on the building and its interior contents to be in habitable condition again quickly.

Call us at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to get the fastest response available. We can take your call anytime, day or night, every day of the year. We will work on your commercial property until it's “Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Results to a Greater Extent Without Fast Extraction

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO If Your Country Club Hills Home Suffers From Watr Damage or Flooding

Quick Removal of Standing Water Lessens the Water Damage

One of the most destructive forces which can invade your home, water can cause lots of damage, costing you thousands of dollars in water damage in Country Club Hills. If your business or home has gone through this type of damage, you’ll need a professional water restoration company, such as SERVPRO, right away. From basic extraction of water to clean up of major flood damage, our professionals are here to service you with procedures and equipment that are state of the art whenever you need us.

Water Restoration Done Right
You should always promptly deal with water damage in your business or home. If it is left untreated, it could cause harm to your property that is quite serious, plus provides a breeding ground for mold or other toxins. Mold can start to grow over time if the water restoration or extraction isn’t done correctly, so that is why you need an experienced and professionally trained team like SERVPRO to do the water removal work for you.

Some services that we can provide include: 

Flood cleanup and restoration services
Water damage extraction and drying services
Sewage damage cleanup and sanitation
Commercial and residential damage restoration

Our water damage restoration technicians can solve your problems related to flood damage. Whether you are experiencing problems with something simple such as a leaky roof or pipe, or something a lot more serious like sewage backup, burst pipes, or damage from a flash flood, SERVPRO staff will provide you with the water extraction services you need.

Besides water restoration, we also specialize in repair of flood damage and water cleanup.
Flood Damage is No Problem for Us
The most common natural disaster in the United States, floods cost Americans billions of dollars in damages each year. SERVPRO is experienced in flood cleanup procedures, like mold removal, water extraction, and water restoration.

We understand your need to keep the cost of water damage restoration in your Country Club Hills home as low as possible. Therefore, we ensure that we work promptly to extract the water in your structure. This will help to minimize the costs and lower your chances of developing an additional problem of mold growth. It is imperative that carpeting and furniture are treated right away to lower the opportunity for microbial growth to happen. Your personal property has a greater chance as well of surviving the flood if it’s taken care of right away. However, most importantly, any electrical components which could have been soaked by water have to be looked at immediately to avoid the potential of dangerous electrical short circuiting and electrocution.

Experiencing  water damage of any kind in your business or home can be very inconvenient and disruptive, but the professionals at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can take care of your water damage problem for you. Just call us anytime at (708) 747-9925 so we can come out to your property and assess damages.

Flossmoor Fire Damage Causes

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your Flossmoor property, SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood can clean and restore it "Like it never even happened."

Causes of Flossmoor Fire Damage 

Every 20 seconds in the United States, a fire department is responding to a fire somewhere. While your home is where you should always feel safe, it can also be a dangerous place if a Flossmoor fire occurs. In fact, four out of five fire-related fatalities occur in the home. However, if you are aware what causes a potential fire that could lead to severe Flossmoor fire damage in your home, you may be able to prevent the fire from occurring in the first place. Below are some of the main factors that can cause a residential fire. 

One of the major causes of Flossmoor residential fire-related deaths is smoking materials such as cigarettes and other tobacco products. About 800 people die annually in the U.S. because of careless handling of cigarettes in the home. Typically, smoking material that is forgotten or carelessly discarded ignites trash, furniture or bedding. Most of the deadly smoking-related fires occur in a family room or living room, not the bedroom because bed upholstery and mattresses are manufactured with excellent fire-resistant qualities. 

A cooking fire is another leading cause of Flossmoor house fires, which can cause catastrophic Flossmoor fire damage in your home. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fire-related injuries and the fourth leading cause of residential fire-related fatalities. Cooking fires usually take place whenever foods cooking on the stove are left unattended. Cooking oils are most susceptible to catching fire. These types of fires begin within the first 15 minutes of cooking. 

The third leading cause of residential fire-related fatalities and the second leading cause of home fires is improperly used heating equipment, such as portable space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys. Space heaters can cause a fire when they are placed too close to drapes, furniture or other combustible materials. A fire can start in a fireplace or chimney that is clogged with creosote buildup as well. 

Candles can also cause residential fires. From 2009 to 2013, candles were to blame for 3 percent of residential fires, 3 percent of residential fire-related fatalities, 5 percent of property damage and 6 percent of residential fire-related injuries. Nearly all candle-related fires are started whenever something too close to the candle catches on fire. 

Also, electrical failures within the home lead to about 45,000 residential fires during 2013, which resulted in 410 fatalities and $1.3 billion in property damages. Electrical failures or malfunctions happen when there is a problem with the home's lighting, cords, wiring or another type of equipment using electricity. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Severe Flossmoor fire damage to your home calls for fast and professional help and SERVPRO of Matteson/Homewood is your solution. Using advanced technology, our highly trained technicians can get your home back to normal in a short amount of time. We're locally owned and operated to serve Flossmoor and the surrounding areas. For more information, call us at (708) 747-9925.

Water Damage in Lansing--Flooding and Leaks Need a Fix

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says: Water Left Running from a Tap Can Flood Your Lansing Bathroom

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home in Lansing to Pre-Loss Condition

Even though fire is a more common concern for homeowners, you could be ten times more likely to experience water damage in Lansing to your home than fire. This can be caused by numerous situations such as flash floods, levee and dam failures, mudflows, and severe storms.

How to Protect Your Property Before, During and After a Flood or Lots of Water Intrusion. There are several things you can do to lower or stop water damage to your home. Follow the tips below to help you prepare and recover from flood damage.

Beforehand: 
Learn if your property sits in a flood zone so you can evaluate your chance of flooding. If necessary or desired, purchase a stand-alone homeowner flood insurance policy.
Elevate your water heater, furnace and other permanent equipment above expected flood levels.
Regularly check out your drains and sump pumps to make sure they are clear and are working properly.
If you have a generator, have a transfer switch put on your sump pump by a licensed electrician so you can use it if you experience flooding.
Have a licensed plumber install an exterior or interior backflow prevention valve to stop the chance of sewage backup.
Keep sandbags on hand to divert high water away from your foundation.
Learn what your community uses for flood alert signals.
Plan and practice a route for evacuation and assign a place for family members to meet up if you become separated.
Make sure everyone in the family knows how to shut off utilities.
Make a survival kit with essential insurance documents, critical items and medications in case you need to leave your home.

During 
Have a battery-operated television or radio so you can hear the latest information on the storm. If you are advised to evacuate, turn off all utilities and leave immediately.
Go to higher ground, and stay away from rising waters. Do not drive or walk through floodwaters.
Keep away from electrical wires and downed power lines.

Afterwards 
Keep listening to updated reports on the radio or smartphone and don’t go back home until authorities say it’s safe to do.
After you are allowed to go home, inspect your property for any Lansing water damage. Report the loss right away if your property has sustained damage.
Keep an eye out for snakes and other animals which might have gotten into your home.
Throw away any food that came into contact with floodwaters.
Take the standing water out as quickly as you can. Remove or dry soaked carpeting, upholstery and padding within 24-48 hours to prevent the growth of mold. Throw anything out that can’t be dried properly.
Do not try to disinfect and wash every area which has been flooded from groundwater. This is contaminated "category 3" water and requires the removal and sanitizing by a profession water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. This includes floors, walls, shelving, and closets, plus air-conditioning and heating systems. Have an electrician look at all your electronic equipment before powering it back up.

If floodwaters have penetrated your structure or basement, it is strongly suggested that you hire a company like SERVPRO to assess the damage, extract contaminated Black Water, and commence with the cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and final inspection process. Special gear and safety approved OSHA clothing are required for a safe cleanup by the technicians. Please do not attempt to clean sewage or high floodwater intrusion on your own. Safety first.

If the flooding of your home is extensive, but due to a failed infrastructure like a frozen pipe, or broken appliance, then this water is less of a danger to you and your family. Still, any amount of standing water, larger than a bucket-full, should get the attention of a professional company for extraction.

Experiencing water damage from a flood or pooling water for any reason can be very stressful to come back from, so you should contact SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood so they can help you to clean up properly and get back to normal. They can be reached at any time by calling (708) 747-9925.

Matteson Mold Remediation--Why Hire Professionals

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Mold on a Wall in a Matteson Home Can Be Remedied by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remedies Safely Mold Infestations in a Matteson 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 Matteson 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 Matteson 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.

Water Damage Homewood Flossmoor

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage drying equipment Country Club Hills, IL

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

March 2016 CE Classes - Free - Ethics & Homeowner and Auto Policy Exclusions

12/31/2015 (Permalink)

March 2016 CE Class Schedule

We are offering 2 FREE CE classes this Spring.

March 2nd, at the Holiday Inn Express in Bourbonnais, IL we have our Ethics Class from 9AM-12PM. Followed by our Homeowners & Auto Policy Exclusions Class from 1PM-4PM.

March 3rd, at the Calumet County Club in Homewood, IL we have our Ethics Class from 9AM-12PM. Followed by our Homeowners & Auto Policy Exclusions Class from 1PM-4PM.

Please see the flier for more details.

Earn up to 7 credits in one day for your license renewal.

Flooding in Watseka

7/15/2015 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Team

Our crews are preparing to assist the SERVPRO of Kankakee County in response to the Iroquois River flooding in WATSEKA IL. Evacuations started early this week and weather will determine when the recovery efforts can begin.

Flooding in Watseka

7/15/2015 (Permalink)

Coverage areas and locations for SERVPRO franchises assisting in WATSEKA IL

Our crews are preparing to assist the SERVPRO of Kankakee County in response to the Iroquois River flooding in WATSEKA IL. Evacuations started early this week and weather will determine when the recovery efforts can begin.

2015 Bourbonnais Friendship Festival

5/1/2015 (Permalink)

2015 Theme - Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Salutes our Troops, Past and Present

2015 Bourbonnais Friendship Festival - follow this link for Festival information

Children’s Parade – follow this link for Children's Parade information

When:          Friday June 26, 2015, Line-up begins at 5:00 PM, Judging will begin promptly at 5:45 PM and steps off at 6:30 PM

Where:         Line-up at Robert Frost School, behind Dairy Queen.

Grand Parade – follow this link for Grand Parade information

When:          Sunday 06/28/2015, Check in starts at 9:00 AM and depending on how you are participating continues until 11:00 / 11:30 AM, step off is at 12:45 PM.

Where:         Line-up is at the Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School’s East Parking lot.

The Bourbonnais Friendship Festival is our community's largest family event. SERVPRO of Kankakee County is a proud partner. Looking forward to the Grand Parade!!

CCFM Conference for 2015

1/20/2015 (Permalink)

The annual Conference for Catholic Facility Management, CCFM for 2015 will be in Savannah, Georgia.  Meetings will be held May 11, 12, and 13, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency, in Savannah on Bay Street.

SERVPRO is a CCFM Platinum Level Sponsor.

FREE CE Courses for Insurance Agents!

1/8/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood Will be hosting a FREE continuing education course for insurance agents on the dates:

March 4th 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm @ Holiday Inn Express Boubronnais IL

March 5th 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm @ Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL

Providing Ethics, Forgotten Lines, and FREE Meal.

Class Instructor: Todd Davis

Please contact us at 708-747-9925 if interested!

New Facebook page for SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood

1/6/2015 (Permalink)

Like us on Facebook

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has a new facebook page. Please like our page and follow us. We will be having fun contests and giveaways here in the area.

You can also find helpful tips on avoiding freezong pipes and water damage.

Helping Sell Homes Faster in Olympia Fields, IL

12/8/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood providing MOLD remediation in Olympia Fields, IL at a home for sale.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a proud partner with numerous Realtors in the Olympia Fields IL area to helping get homes off the market. General house cleaning, carpet cleaning, mold remediation and duct cleaning services are just a few services our agent partners have requested. Olympia Fields Illinois is a wonderful area to raise a family and the homes for sale are priced to sell. 

WINTERIZE HOMES & COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

10/31/2014 (Permalink)

As winter temps drop, many vacant homes will suffer WATER DAMAGE from FROXEN PIPES if they are not winterized properly. Let the experienced professionals at SERVPRO WINTERIZE your home or business. We drain water heaters, blow out water pipes, and disconnect water mains. Most homes and businesses can be winterized for under $250.

Realtors and banking professionals trust SERVPRO OF MATTESON-HOMEWOOD to winterize vacant homes and avoid unnecessary damages. 

Fire Damage assist from MATTESON, IL

2/16/2014 (Permalink)

Assisting SERVPRO of Kankakee County from MATTESON, IL with the Large Loss Trailer

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood assisted SERVPRO of Kankakee County cleaning a restaurant fire damage in Bradley, IL. Commercial losses are one of our many specialties.

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – (708) 747-9925

MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 24 - Night at the Races

1/15/2014 (Permalink)

The WILCO Fire Chiefs’ Association Benefit was attended by:

1/14/2014 - Community

MABAS Division 24 Web Site

Represents the Fire Departments in South Suburban Cook County, Illinois and Munster, Indiana:

Burnham, Country Club Hills, Calumet City, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Flossmoor, Glenwood, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Lansing, Lynwood, Markham, Munster, Oak Forest, Phoenix, Riverdale Fire Rescue, South Holland, Thornton, Tinley Park

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MABAS Division 27 – WILCO Fire Chiefs’ Association Web Site

Represents the Fire Departments / Fire Protection Districts of the following communities:

Beecher, Chicago Heights, Crete, Crete Township, Ford Heights, Frankfort, Matteson, Monee, Park Forest, Peotone, Richton Park, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Steger Estates, University Park

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SERVPRO of Kankakee County

M.A.B.A.S. Division 7 Web Site

Represents the Fire Departments / Fire Protection Districts of the following communities:

Aroma, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Cabery, Essex, Grant Park, Herscher, Iroquois County, Kankakee County, Kankakee Twp., Limestone, Manteno, Momence, Otto Twp., Pembroke, Reddick, Salina, St. Anne

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