Recent Water Damage Posts

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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

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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. 

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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 

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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.

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

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.

Emergency water extraction in Lansing, IL

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

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. 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.