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Are You Prepared for Severe Storm Flooding in Matteson?

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Tree Damage That Allows Flooding in Your Matteson Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

Tree Damages That Can Flood Your Matteson Residence

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Cleanup In Flossmoor Attic Presents Unique Problem

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Responds to Matteson Property Roof Damage and Flooding

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

Roof Inspections and Repair After Flooding in Your Matteson Home

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

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

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

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

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

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Be Prepared for Winter Storms!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Winter Storms! 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

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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!

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.

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)

Storm Damage Storms Forecasted In Your Area 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

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.

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.

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.”

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!

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!

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.

Avoid Storm Damage with Sump Pump Replacement in Flossmoor

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoid Storm Damage with Sump Pump Replacement in Flossmoor 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.

Cleaning Up Your Country Club Hills Home After Flooding

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning Up Your Country Club Hills Home After Flooding 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.
  

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

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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

Neighborhood Flood Damage Professionals

8/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Neighborhood Flood Damage Professionals 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!