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Our Water Damage Technicians Can Save Your Carol Stream Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage In Carol Stream

The presence of water in any building often comes as a big surprise to homeowners and commercial managers. The first indication that there is a leak is often when stepping into the water on the floor. Imagine getting up in the middle of the night, stepping on a wet carpet and finding the entire floor is soaked from a leak in the bathroom!

SERVPRO provides water removal services in the Carol Stream area for all types of water leaks at any time of the day. We respond on a 24 /7 basis and are usually onsite in less than four hours. If it is the middle of the night, call us. We are available to help.

Leaking water can travel quickly from the source to other rooms, as well as inside walls to other floors in the home or business. Ceilings in rooms below the leak can become filled with water and come crashing down on unsuspecting consumers. Wet drywall and lots of water can leave a huge mess.

SERVPRO can assist clients in dealing with water leaks and associated damage. We can remove wet items, dry each item, and place all contents in a staging area in another part of the home or office. If drywall has become damaged by water, we can remove it, and properly dispose of all damaged wallboard. Liquid water can be vacuumed and removed. If your carpeting and underpad are soaked with water, we can deploy weighted water extractors to remove the water.

Many consumers are concerned about the growth of mold after a water event. Mold spores are present in the air outside as well as inside your home. When a warm damp area is available, a colony of mold may grow and turn into a massive infestation causing odor problems, which can also lead to health issues for some individuals. SERVPRO can find all of the remaining sources of moisture and dry these areas before mold spores can establish a colony.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Carol Stream After A Fire

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged doors in a home We have the advanced training and equipment to handle any size fire disaster in your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Restoration of Fire Damage in Carol Stream Hastened by the Skills of Our SERVPRO Team

Fire damage leads to widespread destruction in the affected property. It can take many weeks to restore the property to its preloss state or at least make it habitable. Choosing a professional restoration team can help speed up the process in many ways, including taking some simple but effective actions in the early stages of the restoration process.

Separation of Items

Unless the structure is entirely consumed in the fire damage incident in Carol Stream, damage to items is unlikely to be uniform. Identifying wholly and partially damaged items early enough can help save some time. Our SERVPRO team scopes the loss site noting the level of damage affecting different contents. We separate them into three distinct groups of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. Unsalvageable items are isolated for immediate disposal, while questionable ones are transported offsite for additional cleaning. Separation also helps during the final stages of returning items to the house after restoration. Since we use an electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Services, it is easier to tell the room or other specific location details for the items we return, saving time.

Advanced Cleaning Products

The time that passes when cleaning soot and other smoke residues from building materials or contents determines the total time taken to finish the process. By using specially formulated cleaning agents, it is possible to reduce the dwell-time required or the level of agitation needed to remove soils. Some of the unique qualities in the products our SERVPRO technicians use include pH buffering, which prevents changes in the pH levels of the cleaning agents, thus maintaining effectiveness. We also use products that work well at different pH levels, so they remain active even when the cleaning solution is soiled.

A Wide Variety of Equipment

Most of the processes needed for successful restoration of fire damage require some equipment. Our SERVPRO crews have access to a wide array of equipment, including hand trucks for moving items, automated surface scrubbers, pressure washers, and specialized agitation equipment such as soda blasters.

Fast resolution of fire damage requires resources. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Glendale Heights

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home covered in soot The trained and certified technicians make the fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

Common Issues After Commercial Fire Damage in Glendale Heights Properties

Whether it's an apartment complex or a brick and mortar business, there are several common issues after fire damage to a commercial property. One thing they all have in common is, they require professional cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO technicians handle commercial fire damage in Glendale Heights properties on both small and large scales. Several aspects commonly occur that technicians encounter.

Water Damage After a Fire
When firefighters use water to extinguish a fire, it leaves behind copious amounts of additional damage. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and move out items too damaged by fire and water for restoration.

Pack Out Stock and Property Contents
In cases where only a portion of the property received the effects of fire damage, containment is vital. Separating the fire loss area from other areas assists in limiting the spread of soot, which carries a foul odor as well as being unhealthy. The technicians may choose to remove stock or contents to another area of the property or perform a pack out to secure storage.

Air Quality During Fire Damage Mitigation
SERVPRO technicians ensure there is adequate ventilation during fire loss cleanup and also deploy air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate matter, particularly odor-causing soot. In some situations, the technicians use negative air chambers to limit the spread of soot.

Cleaning Smoke Residues
No matter if the fire happened in a multi-unit residential complex or a business, smoke damage is commonly an issue on surfaces in the vicinity of the fire. The technicians choose from a vast array of cleaners and solvents to release the grip of the residues on various surfaces. The technicians adjust the alkalinity as needed adding other agents to the cleaning solutions.

Removal of Smoke Odors
That slight smokey odor is not something property owners have to learn to live with and can be bad for business, especially in a high-traffic establishment such as a restaurant. It is actually an indicator that odor-causing soot remains on-site. SERVPRO skilled technicians have a diverse array of equipment to neutralize pungent odors of any size and remove all traces of the fire loss.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when your property requires commercial fire damage cleanup. The trained and certified technicians make the fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Bloomingingdale

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment inside storage facility Here's just some of the equipment at our disposal to dry and restore your flood damaged home. Call us today!

Removing Flood Water from Your Home in Bloomingdale Eliminates Multiple Risks to Your Family and Home  

Flooding happens without warning to many unsuspecting Americans every year. This kind of catastrophe can happen unexpectedly in Bloomingdale, too. Isolated flooding can create just as much damage as city-wide flooding. At SERVPRO, we also understand the additional stress and inconvenience this causes your family. We are skilled at helping your family recover from disasters, including providing information about organizations near you that assist in such situations.  

SERVPRO helps families in Bloomingdale by removing contaminated floodwater from their homes. We always do this as swiftly as possible. However, because basements sit below the house, we continually monitor the foundation walls for new cracks or if any worsening occurs in any of the existing ones. When cracks do appear, it means the pressure from saturated ground outside is too great. Waiting until the water drains away decreases the pressure and the risk associated with it.  

Our pump truck has attachments that allow us to use submersible pumps that steadily and quickly pull water out of your property. We can also use smaller extraction units that we manually use to remove water. Removing as much as possible by pumping it out reduces the amount of time we need to use air movers and box fans.  

Because flooding makes such a huge mess and leaves contamination behind everywhere, we disinfect every surface we come across. Many materials get destroyed during a flood, so we remove and double bag the debris. We also spray the outside of each bag with the disinfectant spray to avoid contamination elsewhere. Again, just like eliminating as much water helps later, so does removing ruined carpeting and other heavy, water-retaining materials.  

When your house's interior dries out, microbes have a much more difficult time surviving. However, just as an extra precaution, we spray things down with clean water, wipe them dry, apply disinfectant again, and then make sure the house has reached dry conditions before giving your family the go-ahead to move back home.  

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale cares about your family's health and comfort. Your Glendale Heights or Addison home is a big part of their security. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to start making progress toward getting things back to normal. We're always here for you. 

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What Everyone Must Know About Fire Damage in Carol Stream

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Exposure to Toxic and Potentially Carcinogenic Residues Are Why SERVPRO Crews Protect Carol Stream Residents from Fire Damage 

When a fire blazes through your Carol Stream home, both airborne and surface residues can present significant hazards. Although individuals rightly fear the heat and the flames of a household fire, over 50 percent of the deaths attributed to fires link to carboxyhemoglobin, or high levels of carbon monoxide in the blood from smoke inhalation. Even when you and your loved ones escape during the fire event, care is also needed during cleanup to avoid severe health consequences.

Proper Equipment and Procedures Avert Airborne Hazards 

After fire damage in Carol Stream, the use of filtering equipment and adherence to industry best practices are why we can manage cleanup safely and effectively. Depending on the materials burned, the airborne contaminants present can contain carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, oxides of nitrogen, hydrogen cyanide, acetaldehyde, acetone, propene, carbon dioxide, alkenes, water vapor, and more. Our technicians employ containment and cleaning protocols using negative pressure air scrubbing technologies to capture and constrain the drift of airborne toxins. 

Settled Residues Are Highly Toxic 

Incompletely combusted materials are part of the smoke, tiny bits of carbonized structural components and contents burned in the fire. The solids in smoke eventually settle and often adhere to surfaces as ash and soot. To loosen the soot, we match products and techniques, and our crew members wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard against contact with the corrosive and acidic residues. Scrupulous observance of research-based procedures ensures that our crew members do not track the hazardous materials common throughout unaffected spaces in your home. Proficiency in these practices is why SERVPRO technicians are confident that we keep you and your loved ones protected from the dangerous debris and coatings during fire damage recovery.

Appropriate Control and Disposal of Fire Damage Waste

Because of the hazardous characteristics of the waste we collect, scrape, and clean off of structural surfaces, our management team works to remain current with any changes in appropriate disposal requirements. With our team on the job, you can be confident that your family and the public avoid the danger inherent in clearing away and cleaning up toxic fire damage. Our commitment to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is why SERVPRO delivers on our promise to make the chaos and destruction post-fire “Like it never even happened.”

Our professionalism and dedication to safe and effective fire damage mitigation and remediation are why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is your trustworthy disaster recovery partner. Call on us day or night at (630) 830-6236 to start the abatement process.

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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)

Flooded neighborhood Don't let your neighborhood turn into this. Call SERVPRO today for flood damage remediation help

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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