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Why You Want to Hire Professionals for Water Damage Mitigation in Carol Stream

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Want to Hire Professionals for Water Damage Mitigation in Carol Stream Even the most necessary appliance such as the washing machine can malfunction leaving you with water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Water Damaged Scene Quickly to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Water emergencies in Carol Stream often occur without warning. The most common reasons for a water loss include unpredictable events like an appliance breakdown, a cracked pipe, or a few moments of inattention resulting in an overflow. Although the crisis might not come at a convenient time, you cannot put off the cleanup and drying. Our technicians and equipment are always ready to assist.
If a homeowner delays water damage mitigation in Carol Stream, permanent harm can come to a dwelling. Water must be removed and residual moisture reduced to normal levels in a matter of hours or a few days, at the latest. Failure to address the situation promptly can result in progressive deterioration of structural components and belongings, and microbial growth and damage can occur if more than 24 to 48 hours pass. Professionals such as our water damage mitigation teams concentrate on getting the water and moisture out fast, and our scalable work crews ensure this happens.
Homeowners have jobs, families, and other responsibilities that interfere with the need to react to water damage immediately. The hours and intensity of work needed to complete a water remediation job require a team of individuals. The tasks can be quite technical and require professional-grade equipment not readily available to a layperson. SERVPRO service vehicles have multiple pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers onboard. The abundance of proper tools and products, along with the IICRC trained technicians to employ them, make comprehensive water damage mitigation possible on the short deadline required to avoid secondary damage from the water incursion.
The professionals on the SERVPRO team have both the hands-on experience, as well as the training in the mitigation industry’s best practices, that gives us the confidence to preserve both structural components and personal possessions. They are ready for the competent contractors you hire to complete restoration and repairs after we stabilize and ready the premises. We work closely with your insurance during all aspects of the project, documenting information that supports successful claims. This reduces the out of pocket expenses you pay to recover from the water loss.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale commits to deliver a clean, dry, sanitized, and deodorized property after water damage. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 for a consultation.

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Water Damage From Sprinkler System In Addison

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From Sprinkler System In Addison An automatic sprinkler system can cause water damage to your Addison home due to a number of reasons.

Water Damage From Sprinkler System

An automatic sprinkler system for your Addison home can be a real time saver and also keep your lawn and gardens looking great. Things can go wrong with an in-ground sprinkler system, some of which result in water damage to your home. Our water damage mitigation crew is ready to help you recover from this not-uncommon problem.

An automatic sprinkler system can cause water damage to your Addison home due to a number of reasons. Perhaps an underground leak saturates the ground around your foundation, forcing water to seep into your lower levels. Maybe the pre-set pattern sends water splashing through an open window or repeatedly on the same section of siding until it leaks through. No matter what is behind the problem, the result is the same. You have excess water saturating building materials in your home. We know how to remove moisture and dry out your home’s structural components.

The chances are good that the water damage done by the sprinkler system was not immediately obvious. By the time you call us, the water may have been soaking the walls, floors, or foundations for a while. It is important that as soon as you realize that the water invaded you get SERVPRO in to help.

We arrive ready to assess the scenario and get to work immediately. SERVPRO has the equipment necessary on each service vehicle, avoiding delays. If the water is more than 2 inches deep, we use submersible pumps to remove it. Then our high-efficiency extractors take over, pulling water out of carpeting and hard to reach crevices. If hardwood floors are wet, we might use drying mats to pull water vapor out, heated air passing over the surface to encourage moisture to move out of the flooring.

Throughout the process we measure the moisture content of all surfaces and fixtures, using the baseline levels to determine drying goals. We monitor the dropping levels to inform us when the drying effort completes. As we work through the steps, SERVPRO crew members aim to dry the space out completely. We also use EPA registered disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth and prevent the development of unpleasant odors. Once our crew completes drying out the affected areas, you can investigate the sprinkler issues with the vendor who installed them.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers water damage mitigation services for residents of our served communities. Call (630) 830-6236 immediately after discovering water damage. We answer 24/7, 365 days of the year.

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Awaiting Mold Damage Remediation -- Protecting Your Bloomingdale Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Awaiting Mold Damage Remediation -- Protecting Your Bloomingdale Business Bloomingdale Mold Remediation Includes Cleanup and Containment -- Count on the Expertise of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips and Information for Commercial Entities Concerned with a Mold Outbreak

If you suspect mold infests your Bloomingdale business, avoid taking matters into your own or your staff’s hands. Cleanup and disinfection of mold damage require close adherence to research-based EPA protocols to ensure safety for you, your employees, and your customers. We provide local businesses with highly trained remediation crews to abate mold damage. Here are some tips to take until we arrive.

Evacuate the Mold Affected Area in Your Bloomingdale Business
Although panic among those in the vicinity of the mold outbreak is unnecessary, some individuals have allergies to or are otherwise sensitive to mold spores or the byproducts of mold growth such as mycotoxins. Simply stated: mold can cause health effects. Your workforce and customers should avoid the area until we have a chance to assess, plan for, and complete the mold remediation. Shut off HVAC systems supplying the mold-infested space. Disturb things as little as possible, with furnishings, fixtures, and other contents staying in the space for evaluation and remediation treatment by our experts.
Resist Any Pressure For Further Mold Testing
If you can see and smell the mold, there is rarely a need for expensive testing. As our SERVPRO crew prepares for and completes your mold remediation, we inspect diligently to determine the extent of the mold damage, including in hidden and unexpected areas. If we feel mold testing is necessary for safety and the protection of your structure, we discuss it with you before arranging for it. This testing would involve a third party.
Leave The Cleanup To Us
Mold spreads easily, even on the uniforms and cleaning equipment of dedicated business maintenance workers. SERVPRO observes proper containment procedures during mold removal and disinfection, using EPA registered antimicrobials and following all applicable disposal regulations. It is unlikely your cleaning team is familiar with or possesses the materials for the level of containment needed, including blocking off the area with heavy plastic sheeting and specialized equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers and ductwork to exhaust the airborne mold and debris.
Your usual cleaning crew is better used elsewhere on your commercial property until we abate the mold damage. Many cleaning products and methods can encourage mold, especially water-based cleaners that saturate porous surfaces. Housekeeping crews unfamiliar with the lifecycle of fungi may use bleach to lighten mold stains and cover up musty smells with air fresheners. Neither of these strategies reliably kill or remove mold but can mask the problem, allowing the microbial growth to rebound and proliferate.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers dependable mold remediation services for the businesses in our community. Contact us for an evaluation of your suspected mold problem at (630) 830-6236.

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Appliance Malfunction Requires Water Removal In Addison

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Malfunction Requires Water Removal In Addison If one of your homes many surprises is water leaking from a water heater, count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO after an appliance causes water damage

Addison homes contain many labor saving and comfort enhancing appliances that use, manage, or condition water. Dishwashers, water softeners, water heaters, washing machines, ice makers, and even air conditioners can put your residence at risk of a water loss. Some of these scenarios require professional assistance to remove large quantities of water, and our team can help.

A water heater has a typical life expectancy of 8 to 10 years, although it is difficult to predict when its breakdown might flood your Addison home. Water removal of the 50 or more gallons a heater holds is a challenge. If the water main continues to supply the heater after it cracks or otherwise leaks the quantity of water can be even higher. The high-efficiency equipment we carry on our service vehicles is up to the task.

When the SERVPRO team arrives, the first concern is making sure the water supply to the broken heater is shut off. Then we assess for safety as electrical connections near the heater can expose those in the area to the risk of shock. If we determine the power must be shut down temporarily, water removal efforts still move forward as our submersible pumps and water extractors can be truck-mounted, using our portable electricity generating capacity.

The SERVPRO crew members position the pumps to remove the water as quickly as possible. Managing the water while it is still Category One and clean means no containment or hazardous waste removal precautions are needed. Once the majority of the water drains via a pump, our employees use wanded extractors to remove water in hard to reach areas and floor coverings.

We employ moisture meters to give baseline structural saturation information. Infrared scanners also help us find pockets of trapped water in the affected space. It is crucial to detect all the pooled water and use effective strategies to eliminate it. Options include removing sections of drywall or paneling, drilling holes in the mortar joints of cinder block construction, and suctioning it from above, using extenders on our industrial strength extractors.

SERVPRO crew leads determine drying goals using their IICRC training and the data obtained from the meters and scanners. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers remove the remaining water trapped in structural components. A balance of temperature, air movement, and humidity control pulls the moisture into the drier air where it can be condensed, contained, and removed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed to remove large quantities of water fast. Call (630) 830-6236 when appliances fail, and we respond with a plan that results in a positive outcome fast.

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Mitigation and Restoration of a Home with Flood Damage in Addison

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mitigation and Restoration of a Home with Flood Damage in Addison Moisture readers like this help us pinpoint the areas affected by flood damage

Restoring flood damage to your home

Flooding can remain slight and only a few inches to cause problems for a home in Addison. While a loss of life rarely happens when floodwaters rise only slightly, the amount of damage done to the houses and businesses in the affected area can steadily rise with time. This increase in restoration costs increases because the interiors of buildings steadily but slowly sustain additional damages from the elevated moisture trapped inside them.

Homeowners in Addison can avoid this ongoing increase of flood damage in their property with restorative mitigation services. SERVPRO technicians receive continuing training and education and earn certifications from the IICRC in various fields in restoration science. We carry out the tasks of clearing away debris and ruined materials, help you decide on the care or disposal of personal belongings, and mitigate the odors left behind after we extract the standing water invading your home.

We also perform the drying out procedures needed to restore the home's interior to a reasonable range of humidity. Replacing damaged materials in a still-damp home only invites microbial populations to colonize inside where they can destroy new and existing materials. Water damage can also steadily happen until we remove excess moisture.

SERVPRO also partners with licensed electricians and other contractors to help ensure that your home's interior not only looks perfect again but also that it functions safely for you and your family members. Flooding can severely damage electrical conduits and destroy wiring. While everything may seem intact, system components can contain rust, corrosion, and even small breaks that can lead to fire or electrical shock. Finding these damaged areas requires a skilled and licensed electrician who can perform the necessary testing. After any electrical or other utility services' components function correctly and safely can we then begin the restorative work needed by bringing in new materials to replace the ones we removed from your home.

Cleaning your home's surfaces and ensuring that pathogens do not pose a risk to any occupants helps remove some of the odor-causing material, as does removing the debris left behind. When odors persist, as they often do, we can eliminate these smells with odor control techniques.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help your family move back home faster after a disaster involving flood damage. Getting things back to normal greatly reduces the ongoing stress most families experience after such a disaster. Call us 24/7, any time of the year, at our local number, (630) 830-6236, if you live in the Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, or Wheaton areas.

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Quick And Non-Disruptive Recovery From Commercial Water Damage In Addison

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quick And Non-Disruptive Recovery From Commercial Water Damage In Addison SERVPRO Provides Expert Tools for Water Damage Prevention and Rapid Recovery in the Addison Area

SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Can Mitigate and Possibly Prevent Water Damaging Events

Businesses in Addison make plans for many contingencies, and recovery from water damage should be one of them. Your commercial activity need not come to a complete halt when a water emergency occurs. We work with many businesses and individuals to craft a plan to help respond swiftly and comprehensively if disaster strikes.
When water damages a company’s property in Addison, part of the concern felt by the owner relates to the fear of significant downtime for the business. A proactive approach business can take is to develop an Emergency READY Plan (ERP) with us for all disasters, including water losses. Limit damage and get the business back to full operation fast with this tool.
The first step is to schedule an assessment with a member of SERVPRO’s experienced management team. This no-obligation inspection of your commercial space permits us to evaluate how a water loss may impact your provision of services, production areas, offices, and storage. We make practical suggestions to ensure water incursions from any source does the least damage.
Examples might be to remove inventory from low lying areas or to make repairs to locations and systems where your building shows water invasion vulnerability. Our SERVPRO representative snaps pictures and sketches diagrams to help us predict the tasks necessary for a potential water damage recovery plan customized to your specific circumstances. Having this information allows us to hit the ground running if we receive a call from your business about water damage.
We also use the information you enter via our Emergency READY Profile app to further personalize your plan. You list SERVPRO as your preferred provider of water damage restoration services and designate one or more trusted employees or family members to authorize the commencement of work if you are unavailable when a water damage scenario occurs. List for us vendors and contractors who can help us restore your equipment and systems to working order quickly.
You and the SERVPRO team prioritize the areas to be remediated first to allow for at least partial business operation during restoration. We concentrate our efforts there upon arrival. Your staff can then continue to meet your customer’s needs while we attend to the water removal and drying in the remaining areas of your physical plant. This scenario depends on the severity of the water intrusion and the damage incurred.
Team up with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to protect your business from significant disturbance when water damage is a problem. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a free walk-through of your commercial property so we can plan for a problem we both hope never occurs.

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Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in West Chicago

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in West Chicago SERVPRO Says Place Electronics High Above a Floodline If Storms Threaten West Chicago

SERVPRO Tip--Prepare for Impending Flooding by Protecting Your Possessions

While flood damage in West Chicago can come suddenly and without much time to prepare, there are some things you can do in advance to help mitigate your financial losses in the disaster. Many valuable belongings in the average American home are very susceptible to water and especially flood damage, but some manageable mindfulness can help to protect these objects from all but the worst disasters. Make use of these protective measures to better survive any future disasters in your home.
Make Use of Airtight Bins and High Places
Airtight plastic containers can very effectively protect many smaller objects in your West Chicago home from flood damage. These containers and bins should be cheap and plentiful at nearby grocery stores, as they are commonly used to seal and store food for extended periods of time. Electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other belongings can be organized, stored, and protected with these bins, especially if they are placed in cabinets or shelves high above where floodwaters usually reach. Big-box home improvement centers offer a wide range of waterproof containers, especially for larger items or amounts.
Cover Electronics in Plastic Sheets
If you know a flood may arrive soon, you may be able to protect larger electronics and water-sensitive objects by wrapping them in plastic. While these sheets may offer little protection against physical damage and standing water, they may be able to provide enough resistance to light flooding to save expensive belongings. By keeping the high humidity after water intrusion off these devices can keep chips and microswitches dry. Plastic tarps or sheets are ideal for this purpose, but plastic wrap and tape can also help.
Remove Furniture Cushions
While moving furniture before a flood hits may be impossible, you may be able to mitigate damage to couches, chairs, and other objects by removing cushions and pillows. These should be relatively easy to remove and place high above floodwaters. This removal and elevation help to prevent color bleed in the fabric and reduces the risk of mold damage later on.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale provides expert flood damage mitigation and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us at the first sign of flood damage to your home at (630) 830-6236.

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Common Places Homeowners Find Mold Damage in Their West Chicago Homes

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Common Places Homeowners Find Mold Damage in Their West Chicago Homes When you discover mold during your cleaning process, contacting SERVPRO is the best recourse. Call right away for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Cause of the Current Mold Infestation and Offer Changes to Prevent a Recurrence

Spring cleaning time lurks right around the corner in West Chicago. Many homeowners might find long-lost items while others might find less appealing surprises. During the long winter months, conditions can develop that lead to damaged areas in the home.
Homes in the area can develop mold damage in West Chicago slowly and wholly hidden away, keeping homeowners in the dark about how much microbial activity takes place. Once homeowners begin clearing away accumulated dust and moving things around to clean behind and under furniture, inside cabinetry, and other often neglected areas, the true scope of any damage begins making itself apparent.
Most often, residents find mold damage in damper areas, such as under sinks and behind washers with leaky hoses. Other locations exist, though, and checking for the presence of mold provides the first step in protecting the rest of the home. The locations include entire areas, as well as smaller nooks and crannies.
Both attics and basements accumulate moisture during the winter because they often contain less insulating material while they also receive little or no heat. Constant fluctuations mean condensation continually happens as your home breathes. Heating systems move microbes and spores around your home's interior, but many locations do not provide suitable sustenance to any microbes drifting to them. Attics and basements do, however, provide the moisture as well as the consumable cellulose these microbes require.
Window frames and the walls surrounding them often harbor copious amounts of mold that fed off the wetter air that seeped into your home through tiny cracks. Now that we can enjoy the warmer weather, leaving windows open seems like an excellent idea, but doing so can allow stationary mold to more swiftly enter your home. Mold can grow on screens, also, making it even more likely windier days pushes more microbes inward.
Hot showers in the bathroom, even with the exhaust fan turned on, can introduce microbes into your vent system. Ensuring that duct and vent attachments retain their seals helps keep excessive mold out of your home. The smallest split in a seam or loosened seal at the vent can permit thousands of microbes to enter your attic, significantly adding to any existing microbial populations, and risking contamination of other vents. These other vents might lead to your heating and cooling systems.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you make Spring Cleaning time more efficient and result in a much safer and healthier home for your family. Contacting us at (630) 830-6236 can help protect your family from the possible health effects of mold, and also restore your home from any mold damage found, so it is "Like it never even happened."

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Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Carol Stream Saves Your Business's Reputation

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Carol Stream Saves Your Business's Reputation Leaking pipes and failed plumbing can cause extensive water damage to your business requiring professional commercial water damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Commercial Water Damage

Carol Stream’s residents rely on local businesses to provide services and goods nearby. Convenience and a sense of community are essential to the success of your company and drive our mission to support your enterprise if water damage threatens its day to day operations. Trained technicians, proven strategies, and efficient equipment are the strength we bring to your disaster.

Retail outlets in Carol Stream can suffer water damage because of aging infrastructure. Small leaks and minor intrusions of moisture progressively damage commercial buildings. Responding immediately and keeping insignificant water leak issues in line is the preferred course, but if water damage goes unnoticed, our crews can still bring your store or shop back to its “Grand Opening” condition.

Sixty years passed since the incorporation of our village, and some of the buildings can show their age with aging plumbing and decades of water intrusion. SERVPRO specializes in inspecting for hidden water issues so that our restoration efforts are complete. Water is very destructive and can lead to secondary issues such as mold infestations and crumbling building materials if not resolved. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians master readies our crews for even tricky water damage restoration projects.

SERVPRO’s goal is to restore rather than demolish and remodel commercial interiors. We also follow protocols that contain the areas affected while you can continue operating your business in unsullied areas of your property. This flexibility ensures that your reputation as a reliable provider of goods and services does not take a hit during a water damage restoration project.

We isolate the source of water causing damage and make arrangements to have plumbing, leaky roofs, or poorly draining gutter systems repaired. Our SERVPRO crew pinpoints areas of standing water or pooled up pockets of moisture behind walls or in recesses. Depending on the depth of the water, we use submersible pumps or extractors to evacuate the moisture. Weighted wands help us pull moisture from saturated carpeting, working toward drying both carpet and padding in place.

Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters assist in achieving drying goals. Our crew members are expert in measuring moisture levels in building materials, monitoring the reduction in dampness throughout the drying cycle to meet the goal set. SERVPRO technicians touch up painting and other finishes as final effort to bring your retail space back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is eager to assist with your commercial water damage needs. We live in and enjoy this area and are proud to offer expert commercial water damage remediation after your call to (630) 830-6236.

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Older Glendale Heights Homes are More Prone to Flood Damage

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Older Glendale Heights Homes are More Prone to Flood Damage If your home suffers damage after a flash flood, call our SERVPRO technicians to restore your home and prevent further damage.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as Possible if You Experience Flood Damage in Your Home

Your Glendale Heights home might not be as well prepared for flash flooding as you thought. The problem could go all the way back to the home’s initial construction, what sort of drainage had gotten installed to divert water away from the foundation of your home. French drains are now understood to play a critical role in water diversion from this vulnerable area of your house, but if your home does not have one installed, you are just biding your time until the blocks used in the construction of the basement floor of your home weaken enough to allow water penetration.

Modern construction is very heavy-laden with water diversion equipment and waterproofing on the exterior (and even interior) to prevent flood damage to your Glendale Heights residence. Unfortunately, if your home got built even a few decades ago, a lot of what gets deemed critical processes now merely was not that crucial to protecting your home back then to residential contractors. The downside is that your home is inherently weaker and more prone to the damage that excessive water from natural disasters can do.

When water can penetrate vulnerable gaps and crevices in the joints of the blockwork used in the construction of your basement, these points become weaker and broader the more exposure they endure. Soon, water can enter your home unabated, which in a situation like flash flooding, could prove disastrous. Your best solution is reaching out to SERVPRO quickly to help limit the damage to the structural components of your home and help to prevent irreparable damages to the contents of what you store on the lower levels of your house.

Extraction is a large part of the process, but even this is only effective for a short time. The real solution to your problem, coinciding with the restoration process, is to repair the damage present in the foundation of your home. This solution might include installing a sump pump in the basement or could be as simple as repairing vulnerable areas of the block with a patch of hydraulic cement.

Restoration of your home following flood damage is something that should happen as quickly as possible. The longer that you wait, the more that structural elements can weaken and the likelihood increases that they need to get replaced. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today at (630) 830-6236.

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