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How Professionals Clean Fire Damage in Carol Stream

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen on ladder extinguishing a 2nd story fire Fire damage restoration needs to start quickly. Call us and we will begin restoring your property as quickly as possible.

Common Cleaning Challenges in Carol Stream Homes with Fire Damage 

Fire damage in a home is never a "one size fits all" for cleaning. Using the incorrect cleaning method on different types of smoke residues has the potential to result in higher amounts of loss. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize a multilayered process for handling fire damage in Carol Stream residences. Just as there is not a single cleaning method for smoke damage, there are multiple methods for testing fibers to determine the best cleaning methods for the best outcomes.  

Hardwood Furniture and Flooring

Solid hardwood furnishings and flooring with light, dry smoke damage may have restoration potential on a case by case basis. Factors such as time between the fire loss event and cleanup efforts, as well as water exposure, affect restorability. As their goal is to restore rather than have homeowners incur the cost of replacement, when they find recoverable hardwood items, technicians use a combination of wood oil soaps followed up by a furniture polish containing mink oil for luster and protection.  

Painted Walls

Different types of paint react differently to heat exposure. SERVPRO technicians use different types of cleaners to lift away fire damage residues. For dry smoke, a dry cleaning sponge without any liquid cleaners lifts away from the surface. For wet smoke, solvents to release the thick, greasy smoke residue make it simple to wipe away. In cases where the heat was so intense it caused the paint to bubble, the embedding of soot may require a sealant to halt odors before priming and repainting.  

Nonporous Items

Immersion cleaning is one of the most common ways non-porous items receive cleaning. The process involves immersing an item into the chosen cleaning solution.  

Fabrics and Porous Items

Technicians perform fiber tests to determine the cleaning potential for upholstered furnishings and window treatments with smoke damage. If it is suitable for cleaning, they attempt restoration if there is no danger of loss through the restoration method, and the item does not appear to contain uncleanable soot. 

When your home has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. The technicians are certified and trained to assist homeowners in limiting loss and restoring the property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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Hidden Moisture Inside Wall Cavities in a Carol Stream Property Leads to Water Damage--SERVPRO Can Mitigate Losses with Our Skilled Teams

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Magnifying Glass Inspecting Wood House with a Chart Holding a Restoration Word An Inspection, then Water and Moisture Removal Are Crucial to Water Damage Restoration in Carol Stream Homes--SERVPRO

The Worst Water Damage Is the Kind Carol Stream Homeowners Cannot See

According to a study released by the Insurance Information Institute, an average of one in fifty homes suffers the effects of water damage in the Carol Stream area, with a full 98% of basements receiving water at some point in their service life. Water loss occurs in numerous ways, and some of the most common occurrences are when a slow leak has gone unnoticed for some time, and suddenly the seal or supply line breaks inside the wall or ceiling, and water spots leave no doubt about what happened.

The result is particularly detrimental when a leak begins in a room such as a bathroom in a Carol Stream home and leaves water damage in several areas as the coverage area of the leak widens within the wall cavity. When SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, they trace the route of the water using their moisture detection equipment to ensure complete water extraction happens.

Creating Drainage and Airflow
Mitigation of water loss when the leak is within a wall cavity creates numerous challenges for SERVPRO technicians. They initially start with weep holes to allow for drainage, and if they determine the amount of water within the wall cavity or floor joists requires more significant amounts of airflow, they remove damaged sheetrock using a clean-cutting method known as flood cuts. The weep holes are drilled in the area of the removed baseboards, and injectidry equipment can be used to dry the voids. Heated, forced air directed within the cavities via small hoses can often eliminate the need for partial demolition.

Lowering Humidity and Drying Rapidly
After any type of water loss, homeowners commonly use fans to attempt to dry the affected area. This action does little. SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as centrifugal air movers paired with dehumidifiers that circulate warm, dry air while it removes moisture and ports it away. When needed, special attachments such as drying mats force air into floor joists while the Injecti-Dry system is ideal for drying within wall cavities, as previously explained.

Proactive Treatments for Mold
In the cases where a leak has been ongoing, mold in the vicinity is common. SERVPRO technicians look for signs of mold colonies and treat areas most likely to develop mold using antimicrobial cleaning solutions as well as sealers as needed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 assists local property owners with the cleanup of water damage and performing restoration services in their homes to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

Know Your Ally in Protecting Your Bloomingdale Business

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Hair Salon booths. SERVPRO will have you back on your feet in no time after your Bloomingdale water damage.

We will have your best interest especially in the midst of your water damage in Bloomingdale. 

Being a business owner is loaded with responsibility. Aside from the marketing and promotion of your services, you also worry about the physical location housing your product. For example, if you own a beauty salon, your fixtures and equipment need to be in optimal shape, just as you purchase the top quality product for your clientele. What many entrepreneurs fail to anticipate is the need for professional services to restore their shop in case of water damage. Most people only consider making a call to the landlord, but forget to research reputable restoration companies ahead of time. Knowing whom to call in case of an emergency can save precious time and money and protect your financial well-being.

To protect your commercial venture in Bloomingdale from the effects of water damage, you should be ready to contact SERVPRO. Our team is available 24/7 to move quickly into your storefront and protect all aspects of your business, including inventory as well as the actual structure. All you need to do is call so our Green Fleet applies its expertise to your benefit. Together, we can protect your beauty products and fixtures from the effects of the water.

A pressing concern when a water event occurs is the time needed to restore your business. Every moment you close to the public is a loss in unearned income. Our SERVPRO technicians train to drive the restoration process efficiently. Knowing the inner workings of  equipment such as air circulators, drying mats, and dehumidifiers allows for efficiency. By applying a theoretical framework to your job, we can minimize the time needed to dry your shop, hence mitigating your financial loss fully. Aside from our technical understanding of the theory, we also count on advanced industry-grade equipment to probe into wall cavities and under flooring materials to dry them without causing additional damage.

Just like you are a trusted vendor to your patrons, so is SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale a trusted provider. Just call us at (630) 830-6236 so our technicians can guide you in leaving your business “Like it never even happened.”

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Are You Making These Flood Damage Remediation Mistakes in Carol Stream?

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Recovery of Carol Stream Homes After Widespread Flooding

Flooding is one of the most hazardous natural disasters that can affect Carol Stream homes, and even with the levels of preparedness that lower-lying properties have, the emergency can still take residents by surprise. Addressing all of the effects of one of these natural disasters requires experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team that can handle both the drying and extraction necessary, but also potential biohazard cleanup and reconstruction requirements.

Many homeowners, unfortunately, do not understand how destructive a flood in Carol Stream homes can be until they witness it firsthand. As a premier restoration company in the area, we have built our reputation on a fast response to these emergencies with the experience and the equipment to help. In flooding situations, where standing water is present in the lowest level of the house, water removal and recovery efforts must begin immediately.

Structural degradation and decomposition can happen within days of severe moisture and water exposure. The absorption of this damage into the materials can cause their eventual failure, and some elements like drywall can experience irreparable effects within as little as 24 hours. The best approach is to begin with the extraction of standing water in all damaged areas, and while drying efforts begin, we can assess potential contaminants, affected materials, and the best approach to get things back to normal for your family.

If contamination is a threat or a presumed presence in the cleanup and recovery of your flooded home, controlled demolition techniques can play a vital role. Our contractors can establish dry lines to identify where installed materials like drywall can still get salvaged. Remaining structural elements can get hit with our potent antimicrobial and disinfection agents to reduce the production of bacteria or mold threats. 

Despite how challenging widespread flooding might initially appear, the acquisition of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can help you to begin overcoming this present situation as the team arrives. We have efficient mitigation solutions, cutting-edge extraction tools, and potent cleaning products to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

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Deodorization And Cleaning After A Fire In Your Carol Stream Home

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Charred wall, picture frame, and pot with burned rose covered in black soot No matter how you need us, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale fire restoration experts are always only a phone call away.

Deodorization And Cleaning After A Carol Stream Fire

There are multiple layers of effects that Carol Stream homeowners must address after a fire loss incident, and in many cases, the most pressing of these is the cleanup and deodorization of the house. Soot and smoke residues can provide damaging to the hosting material and contents, primarily when cleaning occurs from inexperienced property owners or untrained restoration teams. Our SERVPRO fire recovery experts have both the experience and the equipment to address all lingering symptoms after a fire, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

As pressing as fire damages in Carol Stream properties can become, many homeowners still become convinced that they have enough skill to address these concerns on their own. Our fire recovery team invests considerable time into developing their skills under the guidance of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification who sets the standards for quality results in the restoration industry. In these two primary areas of deodorization and soot cleaning, we have several approaches that can make a difference quickly.

Soot removal is a considerable challenge for unskilled and untrained property owners, as many do not realize the damage that can occur from improperly cleaning these affected surfaces. Soot and smoke residues can smear and stain, causing a level of damage that even our sophisticated tools and products can rarely recover. The best hope of returning soot-damaged surfaces to their original condition is through a careful removal process by our SERVPRO team. With the use of HEPA vacuums and chemical sponges, we can protect the surface below from the acidity of the soot.

Deodorization is also something that many mistakenly believe that they can handle, not realizing the damage that has occurred to surfaces like drywall. When heated, pores become larger and can trap odor molecules inside when the fire gets extinguished, and the materials cool back down. To combat this embedded smoke odor throughout your property, our SERVPRO professionals utilize multiple deodorization machines, including thermal and UV foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines.

While you might be among those tempted to recover your property alone following fire loss incidents, several areas demand swift and deliberate attention. No matter how you need us, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale fire restoration experts are always only a phone call away. Let us help you by calling (630) 830-6236.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Rogers Home After A Water Damage Disaster

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

A technician outside a home holding an air dryer Our technicians responded quickly to a water damage emergency at a residential property with our state of the art equipment.

What Professional Water Removal Looks Like in Rogers

Do it yourself water clean up with a bucket and a mop stands in stark contrast to the high-efficiency equipment operated by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews we send to help at your Rogers home. If a plumbing break, overflow, or appliance mishap leaves a room or level of your dwelling swimming, give our team a chance to show you how fast and thoroughly we can clear the water.

Water Damage Has Many Causes

Whether your kids showered with the door open, the washing machine pump broke, or a supply pipe ruptured in a wall, the prognosis is the same -- damage is around the corner unless you arrange water removal for your Rogers home. Reacting with towels and mops only handles the tip of the iceberg that water damage unfortunately becomes. Call in the experts.

Water and Its Damage Migrates

When water spreads across a floor, it keeps moving. The journey can include detours under flooring, seepage beneath baseboards, rapids down stars, and pooling in building cavities. Carpeting absorbs, insulation deteriorates, and personal possessions at floor level get very wet. With so much going on the crew sent by SERVPRO can divide up the water removal tasks.

Water Destroys Structures and Contents Quickly

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO’s mission has at its foundation the need to rid your home of standing water damage and dry it out completely within 24 to 48 hours. Conventional construction materials and contents like furnishings and carpeting weaken, tear, swell, crumble, and distort as they take on water. Opportunistic molds and mildews fueled by water grow and begin their damage unless moisture levels reduce to normal. 

Water Damage Has One Solution

One of SERVPRO’s core services is fast and comprehensive water removal. Our managers and technicians are trained, skilled, and experienced, and our equipment is state of the art. When we arrive, the pumps and extractors are ready to roll off our service vehicles immediately. The second wave of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers wait for their turn after the visible water is gone. 

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale demonstrates the power of professional water removal with every project successfully completed. Line up our crew to make it “Like it never even happened” by calling (630) 830-6236.

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Heavy Rains Can Mean Flood Damage in Bloomingdale

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO heavy rains can ruin your Bloomingdale home, let us help you through the water.

We know the big points to help when it comes to your Bloomingdale flood damage. 

Residents of Bloomingdale find it hard to forget the torrential rains we received just a few months ago. Totals of three to five inches caused many households to suffer flooding woes. If you avoided disaster the last time,  it is still prudent to consider proactive steps that minimize the possibility of significant floods inside your home the next time extreme weather patterns sweep in from the west. Step one is to have our emergency number on speed dial.

Homeowners in Bloomingdale fearing flood damage can take several practical actions to minimize the effects of extreme weather patterns. Start by inspecting the lower levels of your home. Look for simple adaptations you can make to protect items, furnishings, and equipment.

SERVPRO often sees substantial flood damage to storage areas in basements. Consider moving items to a higher space inside your home. If they must stay in a lower level, replace cardboard boxes with plastic totes or pick up some inexpensive or free wooden pallets to raise the containers several inches above the floor.

Look into installing appropriate risers under appliances like washers and dryers to ensure they do not rust or become an electrocution hazard if floodwaters invade. Clear access to water, gas, and electrical shut-offs so SERVPRO can reach them quickly. Also, remove any items close to your heating and cooling systems installed in a flood-prone area.

Think about installing a sump pump or make sure the one you have is working well and all maintenance is up to date. Even if SERVPRO needs to amplify its effort in catastrophic scenarios, the immediate water removal action of a sump pump makes a real difference.

Check your gutters and downspouts. If they operate as intended, thousands of gallons of water directed away from your foundation. Arrange for repair and replacement if indicated. Look for cracks or other deterioration of the foundation itself and have those issues addressed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale supports any action you can take to avoid flood damage the next time multiple inches of rainfall in a short time. If you have questions or experience flood damage despite your best intentions, call (630) 830-6236.

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Don’t Let Your Outdoor Grill Cause Fire Damage To Your Carol Stream Residence

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Overachieving Outdoor Grill Causes Fire Damage To Your Entire Carol Stream Residence

When you think about fire risks from grilling in Carol Stream, they seem unfortunate but pretty low key. Maybe a stray coal drops and smolders in a pot of flowers or a flare-up singes and oven mitt when flipping a basted brisket. In truth, grilling mishaps can result in much more severe consequences, particularly if the cooking area outdoors is too close to your home. If a home grilling fire catastrophe occurs, call us immediately. We can help.

A perfect day in your backyard oasis ends in terror when fire damage spreads throughout your Carol Stream house. The heat and flames were too close to your home’s exterior. One minute the flames were contained in the grill and the next a blaze started consuming siding and quickly spread to the upper stories.

SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are trained to implement the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices. During coursework, they learn why fire that gets into the cavity between the exterior and interior walls of a house spreads shockingly fast. A ventilated facade is a quick-spreading pathway for fire,  the reason why the upper reaches of a home often receive so much damage regardless of proximity to the origin of the fire.

You might have heard of the “chimney effect.” The same forces causing smoke in a fireplace to rise or coals in a metal “chimney” starter to burn from the bottom up impels the flames to ascend inside the walls of your house. Damage can be extensive, but SERVPRO is ready to help you start the recovery process.

Because we are full-service mitigation and remediation company, we can help you with everything from firefighting water removal to debris and soot cleanup to deodorization to preparation of spaces and surfaces from final rebuilding and restoration. Helping members of our community recover from the devastation of fire damage is a core mission. We have a highly-qualified workforce and the tools, products, and equipment to turn a chaotic crisis into “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale awaits your call at (630) 830-6236. We answer 24/7 and arrange for a fast and accurate assessment of your fire damage needs within hours.

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If Odors Linger After A Fire In Your A Carol Stream Craft Store, Call Our Experts!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

No matter how severe the situation, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Limiting The Spread Of Fire Odor In A Carol Stream Craft Store

Multiple effects can continually threaten your Carol Stream craft store affected by even a smaller-scale fire loss incident. Among the most challenging of these to sufficiently address and eliminate are odors from smoke and combustion. While many have sought the expertise and industry-leading equipment that arrives with our SERVPRO professionals, there are things that you can do to prevent the spread of these harsh and overwhelming threats throughout the store. The more efficiently you can quarantine the symptoms, the less likely it is that your business would need to close its doors throughout the restoration process.

Considering that craft stores are not on every corner, fire damage to Carol Stream businesses in this niche can be devastating to a fanbase accustomed to popping in and out for the small items or accessories needed. Consequences like smoke odors can penetrate materials and objects, which can present a risk to the investments that you have made in your inventory and the effectiveness of these items for your customers.

Fabrics are particularly susceptible to spreading fire odors, as softer materials can absorb these molecular compounds and hold them. With the hundreds of yards you have on stock, this can be a very destructive situation. The only way to recover these items entirely is through the use of sophisticated deodorization equipment like UV and thermal foggers. These are standard tools for our SERVPRO fire loss recovery team, but they can also often get rented for short periods from local hardware and home improvement locations.

Reducing the movement of these damaging effects often involves quarantining the affected areas with plastic sheeting and other physical barriers. Depending on your knowledge of these preventative measures, tactics like this can often be more productive – and help you to keep your doors open throughout restoration – when you seek the professionalism and expertise of our technicians.

Preventing the spread of odors throughout your craft store can be a distinct challenge for unskilled or unprepared business owners. No matter how severe the situation, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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If your Carol Stream Home Is Damaged By A Fire, Let Our Crew Help!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Immediately after the firefighters leave call (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and consultation.

Pack-Out Carol Stream Home Contents For Efficient Fire Damage Remediation

A fire in your Carol Stream home does not limit its effects to appliances, walls, ceilings, and floors in the vicinity of the blaze. Smoke drifts into other spaces and the odor-bearing particles in the soot eventually deposit on surfaces throughout your entire residence. As firefighters extinguish the fire, vast quantities of water soak into everything nearby, and if your home has more than one level, the water runs down steps and walls into lower storage areas.

Furniture, household goods, clothing, and all manner of personal possessions suffer fire damage in Carol Stream homes. We offer a pack-out option to our customers to give these items the evaluation and restoration treatments they need. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) uses lists, digital photography, and barcoding to track items. We store them in our secure, climate-controlled production facility.

SERVPRO technicians at our headquarters have access to a broad range of specialized cleaning, drying, and rehabilitating strategies for your packed-out property. Industrial washers and dryers and dry cleaning options manage soot soiling on fabrics and other soft items, including window treatments and collectibles or toys. Immersion tubs and ultrasonic treatments loosen and remove fire residues from blinds and intricately detailed decorative or household objects.

In the chaos after a fire, you might believe many of your soot-damaged items are ruined and bag them up for the trash. SERVPRO employees have unique skills you appreciate when the majority of the articles blackened and tarnished are brought back to function and appearance. Treasured photos and vital documents also respond well to techniques like freeze-drying and specialized disinfection treatments.

Throughout the aftermath, SERVPRO works closely with your homeowner’s insurance agents, keeping you informed as we provided documentation for coverage. Whether we restore packed-out items or must recommend disposal, we ensure claims made are likely to succeed, limiting your out of pocket expenses.

With the spaces cleared out in your home, our on-site crew cleans up dirty water and soot and charring damage and also deodorizes using the latest equipment and methods. Clean, dry, sanitized, and odor-free, your home welcomes back the remediated items we moved at the beginning of the project.

Trust SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to handle every aspect of fire damage mitigation and remediation. Immediately after the firefighters leave call (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and consultation.

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