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Finding And Controlling Mold Damage in Carol Stream Homes

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding And Controlling Mold Damage in Carol Stream Homes Carol Stream Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Disinfecting

Mold Remediation Helps Protect Property and Health

Numerous species of molds can be found in Carol Stream, including black, green, orange, brown, and white. Outdoors, mold has a major role to play in the natural breakdown of plant matter. The problem begins when it travels indoors, where it can cause health effects to you and your family. It often begins as a stringy slime, although it can also appear in the form of a powdery substance, like a mildew. Black mold has the reputation, though unjustly, of having the most significant impact on your home but addressing it requires professional restoration services.

If you find any type of mold in your home, SERVPRO has experienced mold damage remediation experts in Carol Stream that can arrive promptly to control the growth. Mold can develop at an incredibly fast pace, forming a colony in as little as 2 days after initial contact with a surface. Our products are designed to reverse the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible, leaving you with a cleaner living space.
These fungi require a water source to proliferate. Basements, crawl spaces, attics, wall interiors, and around chimneys are all areas where water can intrude. Condensation can also occur when the house has an excessive amount of humidity, providing favorable conditions for mold growth. Most living things produce carbon atoms that the mold uses as a source of food. Everything from wood to skin cells can supply the necessary nutrients for mold growth.
Even the cleanest of homes are at risk of mold damage. Residential buildings have many areas that are conducive for mold to develop. The good news is that there are certain steps you can take to limit their growth. Total eradication is not possible though a professional restoration company like SERVPRO comes close.
Basements, in particular, should have a proper ventilation system in place for pushing water vapor out and bringing in the fresh air. A circulation fan or dehumidifier can help eliminate excessive moisture where there are no windows. Foundation cracks also provide an ideal habitat for mold growth. SERVPRO experts can seal doors, window frames, and corner locations of your foundation to prevent rainwater from penetrating inside causing mold damage.
Finding mold in your home can be frightening - it is unsightly and may be hazardous to your health. SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is dedicated to eliminating all signs of mold damage and limiting future growth on your property. For any assistance, call us today at (630) 830-6236.

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Where Bloomingdale Water Removal is Most Needed in Your Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Where Bloomingdale Water Removal is Most Needed in Your Home Basements are one of the most likely areas in your home to flood requiring professional water removal services.

Common areas susceptible to flood damage in your home

Whether it is caused by a storm, river overflow, water line break, or something else entirely, major flooding can wreak havoc on your property and cause enormous damage if not dealt with appropriately. SERVPRO technicians have seen the aftermath of a broad variety of floods and water damage situations, where heavy and costly damages come quickly and easily. Getting quick and adequate water removal for your Bloomingdale property is essential if you hope to avoid more serious damage and repairs. If you are worried about flooding on your property, be sure to check these common areas to see if and how severely they have been damaged.


If your home has a basement, it is highly liable to flood and take on standing water, requiring immediate water removal from your Bloomingdale home. Basements are the lowest-lying point in most homes, and thus naturally collect the most water. Problems can be amplified if the basement has any windows, even if these are waterproofed. Be sure to check your basement carefully, and also monitor for excess humidity, as a stray leak may be causing far less visible damage in a dark corner.

Low-Lying Ground

If any area of your yard is on lower ground than the rest, even if only by a fraction of an inch, it may be significantly more likely to hold standing water. When standing water is allowed to cover undeveloped soil, it can smother plant and animal life below, creating large dead patches in your yard and unsuitable soil for growth. It is very common for SERVPRO technicians to have to pump water out from a home and its yard simultaneously due to this factor.

Garages and Sheds

Garages, sheds, and other exterior or augmented structures may be at especially high risk for flooding. These buildings typically lack the kind of seals and safeguards present in many ordinary homes that protect against excess water. If high volumes of water find their way in, they can destroy flooring materials and any objects contained within the structure.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready around-the-clock to respond to your water damage calls. If you believe your home may flood, be sure to call us immediately at (630) 830-6236 so we can get there as fast as possible.

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Available to Homeowners in Carol Stream

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Damage Restoration Available to Homeowners in Carol Stream SERVPRO certified technicians can help whether you have damage from a simple leaky faucet or come home to a entirely flooded basement.

Quality restoration services for any size water damage job

Water damage can occur on your Carol Stream property through a variety of sources. Plumbing issues, storms, broken appliances, and overflows all have the potential to cause damage. However, with the proper maintenance and preparation, the majority of these circumstances are easy to avoid.

Being concerned about water damage in your home is nothing new, even in Carol Stream. Homeowners everywhere fight this battle on a daily basis, in an attempt to ensure that their property remains safe from many problems that develop over time. What you need is access to a quality restoration company. With the right help, you can prevent future losses and even save your home should disaster strike.

Whether you currently face water problems in your home or simply want information that fits your unique circumstances, call SERVPRO. We can inspect your property, locate any existing problems, and provide you with recommendations necessary to keep your home operating at peak efficiency. Make the call today to begin your restoration or get the help you need.

If you have a leaky kitchen faucet, you might experience damage to your wall, cabinets, countertops, and even your floor. SERVPRO technicians make short work of repairs like this, getting your home back to normal quickly and efficiently, ensuring that you get the results you deserve. We take the worry out of repairing your home after emergency situations occur.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians have several years experience providing solutions to homeowners just like you. We are fully qualified to restore a variety of items affected by water; this includes important documents, pictures, and electronics. Whether you have an overflowing toilet or 3-foot of water in your basement, we can provide you with the assistance you need.

We have access to industrial-grade water extractors that make removing vast amounts of water easier, as well as hygrometers, air movers, and dehumidifiers that cut drying times in half.

Take advantage of qualified professionals available at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale, today. We look forward to answering your call. (630) 830-6236

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Fire Damage Restoration For Auto Shop Owners In Bloomingdale

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Auto Shop Owners In Bloomingdale Bloomingdale Auto Shops and Fires Are Common. Call on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration.

Rely on SERVPRO to Keep Your Shop Open During Cleanup from Fires

40% of all US businesses fail after a fire occurs, and 25% of those often go out of business within the following year, while 90% of them never make it longer than 2-years, due to the expenses involved in recovery. If these percentages impact your business, it becomes very personal.

Without having employees, managers, and owners prepared to cope with fire damage on your Bloomingdale property, all of the time, effort, and preparations to open a quality auto shop may be for naught. Plans for dealing with reoccurring disasters can be forgotten, or it may be that you simply never have the capital to do so. Regardless, not having the right restoration company on your side does not help. Ask us about our ERP Plan, Emergency READY Profile Plan to help prevent, or at least mitigate losses from fire or water.

Auto shop fires are unforgiving. If the flames themselves fail to reach business documents, smoke, ash, and soot can still take their toll. Document drying and restoration provided by SERVPRO can make all the difference in recovering valuable documents. It is important to record everything after a fire; this includes keeping a history of all expenses, phone call logs, and actions anyone takes towards recovery.

In most cases, you likely lease the space where you run your shop, which makes it just as important to contact your property owner as it does to let your insurance company know what has happened. You may even need to arrange for security to prevent thieves and vandals from entering the surrounding area, always avoid leaving until proper security is in place. Tools are very expensive.

If the building has exterior breaches, board-up and roof tarp assistance may be necessary to prevent exposure to outdoor elements. SERVPRO provides its customers with excellent services that can save what remains until you have a chance to begin restoration and also shut down any utilities that may cause further damage.  

A fire occurring in your shop does not necessarily mean that you have to close. If it is at all possible, SERVPRO helps you remain operating, cordoning off sections under repair, and keeping you running while your restoration is underway.  

Be smart about performing restoration and repairs. Have a trusted partner, like SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale, respond to your call for help. (630) 830-6236

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How Your Air Conditioning Unit can Cause Water Damage to Your Bloomingdale Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Your Air Conditioning Unit can Cause Water Damage to Your Bloomingdale Home Water Damage to Bloomingdale Properties is Common from A/C window units--SERVPRO Tip

Damage to Bloomingdale Properties by Water Occurs in Many Ways

The heat of summer seems only to get worse as summer progresses, but with many different activities to engage our attention and our time, it can often feel as if there is very little of either to spend on maintenance around the house. The inside of an air conditioner can be confusing to many who have them.

Summers in Bloomingdale tend to be hottest in August, and this is when air conditioner units have been running for a few months, making it common for malfunctioning units to cause water damage. The combination of constant, steady use with the need to cool your home, even more, can create problems in late summer, and with all brands of an air conditioner.
The water damage may not seem to be significant, but what you see on the surface is only part of the story. Water from a clogged or dirty air conditioner unit can seep into the inside of the wall, or under carpets, as well as behind siding on the exterior wall. At SERVPRO, we use a device called a hygrometer that can detect higher than normal levels of moisture in semi-porous materials such as drywall. Infrared imaging devices can also detect areas that may have been affected by infiltrating water. We can probe with a small pointed moisture meter to measure the results of our work, that is to restore standard levels of moisture content. In drywall 8-10% is a good number.
To prevent this problem, checking your air conditioner once a month to make sure that the condensate pipe has not become clogged can save your home from becoming damaged. While you are doing this simple check, taking a look at the evaporator coil can show you any dirt or particulate buildup that may clog the drip pan's drain. Many homeowners prefer to have a certified air conditioner repair technician handle this type of maintenance on a yearly basis for them to ensure compliance with their homeowners' insurance policy.
If you notice that your air conditioner has been leaking, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you determine how much damage has occurred. If the leak is a new and has not yet harmed your home, we can extract all of the moisture to ensure that no water damage accrues. If the damage is found, we can very quickly restore the area before it can spread to other parts of your home. Call us, 24/7, at (630) 830-6236 for the experienced and highly trained technicians your home deserves.

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Pop Up Pool Floods House in Carol Stream

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pop Up Pool Floods House in Carol Stream Above ground pools can break leaving a large amount of water that needs somewhere to go. If your house has been flooded, call SERVPRO.

Technicians at SERVPRO Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your House After a Flooding Incident

During hot summer days, it is difficult to deflect the pleas of little ones who want to cool off in a backyard pool. Options are available that set up quickly and hold enough water to ease those afternoon hot waves. When the unexpected happens, and the pool water flows into your living area, SERVPRO has the experience and a plan to abate the backyard flood.
In-ground pools are expensive and used only a few months out of the year in our climate. Your family took advantage of a sale on a large above-ground pool, and the good times were rolling until the pool structure split. The resulting flood damaged your Carol Stream home, sending nearly 3000 gallons of water into your walkout family room and utility areas.
As with any flood, SERVPRO technicians arrive with powerful truck mounted pumps and water extractors. If the force of the water knocks out electrical power in your house temporarily, we are set to go. Our crew assures itself that the circuits in the basement are shut off for safety, and work to extract the flooding. Once the majority of water is gone, rely on our trained technicians to turn to high-efficiency water vacuums, systematically extracting residual moisture from your family room carpet. Care must be taken not to stretch the carpeting, and to gain access top and bottom for air movers, we may lift it after extraction.
Summer can be a high humidity season in Chicago’s Western suburbs, urging our work crew to measure moisture levels carefully once the drying cycle begins. Central air conditioning helps reduce moisture, but we often add dehumidifiers to speed the reduction. The contents of your backyard pool are considered slightly contaminated, gray water which has the potential to accelerate mold growth. The faster SERVPRO reduces the overall moisture content in your family room, the better.
We evaluate the furnishings, toys, books, and electronics in the path of the flood for water damage, staging any that need special attention off the carpet in the utility area or the garage. Nonporous items can be towel dried, but documents or books may need evaluation for freeze drying, a procedure that removes water vapor without saturating the paper. This strategy is a somewhat costly procedure, so we work with you to choose the most important papers and books to recover.
Do not let a sunny afternoon at the pool destroy your summer. If pool malfunctions flood your basement, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to help. Call (630) 830-6236 for a speedy restoration.

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Grease Fire Recovery in Carol Stream -- Prompt And Professional

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Grease Fire Recovery in Carol Stream -- Prompt And Professional Don't let a kitchen fire leave odors and damage that can put your eatery out of business. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration to begin.

SERVPRO Eliminates Lingering Odors After a Fire at Your Grill or Restaurant

Happy hour and appetizers are the go-to draws of many a local bar and grill. A kitchen fire extinguishes the fun and sends customers looking for another after work hangout. Avoid disappointing your customers and permanently losing business by engaging an industry leading restoration company like SERVPRO.
A rookie fry cook makes a mistake engulfing your restaurant kitchen in flames. The commercial fire damage to your Carol Stream business needs a fast and professional response to get your popular brew pub and eatery back on track. We have the experience, highly-qualified work crews, and equipment to restore the destruction quickly and safely.
Grease fires spread a heavy, sticky smoke throughout the kitchen, invading other areas of your restaurant as well. Chemical extinguishers are most effective on this type of fire, water being a dangerous response as the flaming grease floats on liquids used to try to snuff out the blaze. The combination of thick, greasy soot and chemical residue is a real challenge to clean, yet is a common problem in commercial kitchen fires. SERVPRO recognizes that clients reach out frequently for help after this particular disaster and we prepare accordingly.
Our technicians receive advanced training in grease fire restoration, ready to start efficiently cleaning the debris away and assessing for any necessary repairs and deodorization after the cleanup completes. Although the problems overwhelm you and your kitchen staff, we have the answers and plan for a comprehensive restoration that happens swiftly.
Cooktops and cabinets need thorough scrubbing with professional products to remove the almost impervious coating caused by the greasy combustion. Cautious use of solvents and abrasive pads are likely to be necessary, and our workers are familiar with the proper use of these techniques. Unpleasant odors must not linger in your restaurant as your customers associate delicious aromas with your success. Grease fires are notorious for permeating pervasive stenches, but our SERVPRO team has the strategies and equipment to eliminate the acrid burning smell. During the cleaning phase, we may employ air scrubbers, machines that use negative pressure to contain and filter out the offending odor.
We use one or several methods to eradicate the odor, beginning with removing the sooty debris and finishing, if necessary with cutting edge technology. Members of the crew hold certifications in thermal fogging, a method that replicates the way the smell invaded your restaurant. SERVPRO technicians also inspect venting systems for tenacious odors, recommending sealing hard to clean areas and replacing all filters.
Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when a grease fire threatens to close down your restaurant for good. We assess the situation and implement a restoration plan that starts the food and drink flowing again soon.

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Hidden Mold Discovered During Remodeling in Carol Stream Needs Professional Attention

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Mold Discovered During Remodeling in Carol Stream Needs Professional Attention Don't let mold damage stop your remodeling. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage so that you can move on with your home improvements.

Technicians at SERVPRO Deal With Mold Issues on a Daily Basis in Homes Like Yours

The spring and summer months are often the time homeowners tackle repair and remodeling projects. Whether you tackle a smaller project on your own or work with a contractor on a major job, a significant barrier to completion looms if mold is discovered. Mold remediation specialists from SERVPRO take on the task of managing the mold so your project proceeds.
Mold damage presents unexpectedly in your Carol Stream home as a wall, and part of the ceiling area is removed for an expansion of your kitchen. Perhaps decades of slow leaks in the plumbing behind the cabinets and up toward the second story nourish generations of mold colonies. You are wary or your remodeler refuses to proceed until mold abatement completes. We have the staff, the experience, and the training to take mold management out of the equation.
Our staff first assesses the extent of the infestation, a concern since the mold is in your food preparation area. Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s protocol for mold remediation is a four stage process. First, we contain the mold, using plastic barriers, at a minimum, to prevent unintended spread of the tiny spores during remediation. Extensive mold problems signal SERVPRO to employ air scrubbers during our treatment, creating negative air pressure and utilizing an air filtration system to limit contamination of other areas.
Next, we remove the mold, and any porous structure it invaded. Disposal follows local rules for handling hazardous waste. The affected area receives disinfection with appropriate antimicrobial products to ensure no activated spores remain to rebuild the colony. SERVPRO does not claim to eliminate mold as new spores constantly waft about in both interior and exterior areas, but we do everything to prevent these spores from feeding on moisture and cellulose or other carbon-based surfaces to create additional outbreaks.
Prevention requires fixing the leaks or reducing the air humidity or structural moisture to well below 50 percent. When the structure is dry and the humidity controlled, mold finds it very hard to establish itself. SERVPRO staff assists you to reach those goals. Once remediation, including eliminating the excess moisture, is completed, feel free to take up the remodeling again.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale awaits your request for mold remediation. Give us a call at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a consultation.

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Storm Damage can Affect Wheaton Area Home, Leading to Expensive Repairs

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage can Affect Wheaton Area Home, Leading to Expensive Repairs Storm Water and Tree Removal in Wheaton? Call SERVPRO

Rapid Water Removal by SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Effects

Storms can bring a good strong rain that benefits a city in many ways, but that same storm can also be destructive in other respects. Many of the worst types of damage are immediately apparent, but not all. Some storms let water into your home, and others cause structural damage.

Residents who enjoy the renewal of the area in the Spring also know that storm damage in Wheaton is sometimes an aspect that comes with the warmer months. A tree falling on your home creates not only a tremendous noise but also physical vibrations that can often be felt by anyone at home when it happens. Other problems a storm can cause are much quieter and can last longer than the storm's duration.
When water enters your home because of a crushed roof, this water can damage everything between the shingles and the basement. It can become a major headache for any homeowner. Water can be very damaging because it fills microscopic spaces within and around the cells and fibers of many of the materials used within a home. As water evaporates and the material dries, its shape often has been changed. Insulation can compress, and drywall can remain swollen-looking, for two examples.
Water does not always come into a home through the roof or upper walls because a tree has fallen. Storm water systems can become clogged with debris and mud, particularly if new construction has changed the way water drains in a larger area of a city. The building of roads and other structures like homes or shopping malls miles away create shifts in the terrain that can affect your home dramatically in regards to how nearby water might act. These changes might seem inconsequential until sewage backs up into your home.
Our technicians are trained in exactly that manner and have IICRC certifications showing their skill sets. Combined with our experience, storm damage has little chance of spreading beyond its initial area in your home. Stopping other areas in your home from becoming damaged is crucial to keeping the repairs from becoming increasingly expensive. Swift water extraction typically mitigates secondary water damage.
Calling SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236, when your home suffers any storm damage. Because storms can happen at any time of the day or night, we are always available to take your call, and we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Winter Checklist

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

The Winter season is here and the snow has arrived.  It is a good idea to get together a few items in order.  I will go over a few categories of items that it would be a good idea to have prepared.



Communication is necessary during times of harsh weather.  It is important to be able to contact emergency services when needed.  Here are a few items related to communication that would be helpful during a weather related emergency.

Phone, radio, television, internet access, list of family phone numbers, access to storm warnings, list of emergency phone numbers, phone charger



During the winter it is important to stay warm.  During times of emergency, heat becomes a precious commodity.  Here are some items that will help you survive a snow storm while staying warm inside. 

Blankets, sleeping bags, coats, heating source, fire extinguisher, lighting source



Food and water are necessary for any animal’s survival.  Humans are no exception.  Having lasting food and water is of the utmost importance.  Rations are critical when cutoff from the outside world.  The following list contains a few items relating to nutrition. 

Large amounts of drinking water, bottled water, canned non-perishable goods, can opener, other non-perishables, medication



Regardless of the severe weather after a certain point, it will become necessary to go back into the open world.  This could be for food, water, medication, heating fuel, finding someone, etc.  Be prepared for this journey.  This list contains some items that would be helpful when making the journey by personal vehicle. 

Windshield scraper, rope, tire chains, jumper cables, flares, first aid kit, tool kit, maps, compass, shovel, rock salt