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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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Why SERVPRO Is a Great Restoration Choice for Glendale Heights Residents

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

A Glendale Heights Leaky Radiator Causing Water and Mold Damage or More? No Problem--Just Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Glendale Heights, Water, Fire, Mold, Storm Problems?? Simple, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Nothing is simple when a water, fire, mold, or storm disaster strikes your Glendale Heights home. One crisis seems to lead to another, leaving you feeling stressed, helpless, and overwhelmed. Reach out to our team of dedicated and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians when you experience a loss. Replace the stress with confidence that we have the workforce, equipment, and experience to get the job

Water Damage
Regardless of why you need water cleanup in your Glendale Heights house, thorough water removal and comprehensive drying are the keys to returning the wet space to preloss condition. Water can spread across floors and soak walls and ceilings because of plumbing leaks, appliance failures, spills, heavy precipitation, and other causes. Our crews include Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) who are skilled in strategies to remove moisture and use advanced technology to map any migration of the water into building cavities or structural components. Locating and removing hidden water is crucial because any residual wetness continues to deteriorate building materials and can lead to mold growth and damage.
 
Prevention of progressive harm and secondary damage is why SERVPRO crews waste no time when responding to your request for help. Day or night, we pick up your call. We arrive at your water damaged property driving service vehicles fully stocked with water removal and structural drying equipment. An experienced manager assesses the loss and designs a plan to mitigate the spread of and remediate the harm done by the water incursion. Our technicians begin implementing the plan immediately. If electricity is unavailable our gas-operated pumps and truck-mounted water extractors use alternative power generation onboard.
 
Once the bulk of the water exits the wet spaces, our graduates of the IICRC Applied Structural Drying (ASD) course determine drying goals using baseline moisture levels measured during the initial assessment. We compare those numbers with levels we establish by using moisture sensors in unaffected spaces of your home. Air movers and heaters create an environment where wet building materials radiate moisture into the warmer, drier air as vapor. Evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers positioned appropriately condense or absorb the water vapor for disposal.
 
Fire Damage
During the aftermath of fire damage to your Glendale dwelling, many resources are necessary to restore both the structure and contents. We often suggest a pack-out of household goods and personal possessions, tracking each item moved using our detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). Moving furnishings and other articles to our production facility allow our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to work unimpeded on the many tasks needed inside your home to abate a fire loss.
 
Availability of our temporary warehouse space is one of the reasons why SERVPRO can offer specialized cleaning, drying, disinfecting, and restoring of the packed-out items. Homeowners understandably fear much of their fire-damaged contents are ruined, destined for the trash. Our production technicians employ a broad range of techniques, often using innovative equipment like immersion and ultrasonic tanks for cleaning intricately detailed goods, freeze-drying systems for papers and photos, and industrial washers and dryers for fabrics and other soft items.
 
Meanwhile, on-site crew members evaluate the characteristics of the toxic soot residues in your house. Matching the types of soot to appropriate cleaning products, tools, and method is crucial to effective fire damage cleanup. We also address any odor concerns using a multi-step protocol. If thorough cleaning and disposal of debris do not eliminate smoky smells our expertise with advanced technologies including thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators is why SERVPRO delivers deodorization success.  
 
Mold Remediation
Incomplete water removal or drying after a water loss can lead to mold damage in your Glendale home. Other causes of microbial growth can include high interior humidity and unnoticed water incursions into rarely inspected areas of your residence like attics and unfinished basements. Our experienced mold remediation technicians follow the protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove active fungal colonies safely and effectively while limiting future infestation.
 
Containment of the spaces with mold damage during remediation is crucial. Our experience in using airlock barrier systems is why SERVPRO reliably seals off the work area during mechanical removal of the mold and any structural components heavily infested with the fungi’s hyphae. During the removal phase, we use HEPA-filtered vacuums to suction up any loose debris and negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and exhaust air-borne spores and other particles.
 
Remediation completes with an application of EPA-registered antimicrobial agents to inhibit fungal rebound. We also use an antimicrobial sealer to prepare the affected surfaces for the final restoration. Expect us to work with you to eliminate the source of moisture that accelerated the mold growth.

Storm Damage
Homes in Glendale endure storm damage during extreme weather patterns ranging from heavy rains to blizzards accompanied by howling winds and even tornadoes. Roofing and gutter systems fail, siding and windows peel and break, and record-breaking precipitation levels pour and seep inside. Overland flash flooding or sanitary sewer backups also force contaminated water into basements and crawl spaces.
 
Restoring a home after a significant storm and its damage moves through can be a complicated matter. SERVPRO's full-service approach from remediation to preparation provides a successful environment for the general contractor of your choice to complete the rebuilding. After appropriately disposing of flood waters followed by cleaning, disinfecting, and drying out spaces, our IICRC-trained crews are ready for a walk-through to ensure you are satisfied with the results. Our goal is to make you feel, "Like it never even happened."
 
Residents of the communities served SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale rely on our investment in experienced, trained, and certified work crews and managers and state-of-the-art products and equipment. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment to get the project moving.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Carol Stream After A Fire Emergency

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

The small fire left burned drywall and soot and smoke damage we arrived with the necessary equipment and restored the home.

SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage from Exhaust Fan in Carol Stream Bathroom

When considering types of damage that can occur in a home, the bathroom is probably a place that would bring to mind damage from water, but it is also an area of the house that receives fire damage frequently. One of the most common causes is due to high wattage hair care appliances overheating a plug or the home exhaust fan sparking a fire.

Our SERVPRO emergency response team answered a call from a homeowner in Carol Stream to assist with fire damage. The fire emanated from an exhaust fan that overheated and sparked a fire in the only bathroom in the small home. Because of the small square footage of the property, light smoke permeated most of the house.

The sheetrock around the exhaust fan in the ceiling of the bathroom was charred and required removal using controlled demolition techniques. Our technicians used handheld vacuums to pick up the debris and soot in the bathroom. Since a fire extinguisher instead of water put out the small fire in the ceiling, the only the powdery residue left behind on surfaces needed cleaning.

With the majority of the smoke damage concentrated in the bathroom, our technicians restored the rest of the property, which only received light smoke, using our professional cleaning formulas and proprietary techniques. This enabled the mitigation efforts to disrupt the home as little as possible and keep the contents on-site without the need for pack-out.

To neutralize the remaining odors, we used an air scrubber with HEPA filtration to capture airborne particles. Then followed up with thermal fogging to remove any residual embedded smoke odors in porous items and fabrics as it behaves as smoke does during a fire and when hot air expands and drives soot into cracks and crevices, thermal fogging eradicates those odor-causing particulates.

For large or small fire damage restoration services in your SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale home, call us 24/7 at (630) 830-6236 our certified technicians are locally based and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Do Not Wait To Call For Help After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Bloomingdale Home!

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage impacts your home, always get help immediately.

Water Damage Found In Your Bloomingdale Home Should Always Be Addressed Swiftly

Water damage can be very stressful for any homeowner to find. It can warp floorboards, bubble paint, and cause microbial growth to begin forming inside of your home. For these reasons, it's imperative for you to address any water damage that you find in your home immediately so that these problems can be remedied much easier than they could be if you were to wait.

A leaky water supply line caused the water damage inside of your Bloomingdale home. The supply line connected to the refrigerator, to power the ice-maker built into the door. Water pooled from behind the refrigerator and onto your newly installed hardwood floors.

The water damage went unnoticed for a few hours before you stepped in it. Thankfully, you did the right thing and called for help immediately. SERVPRO understands the stress that any homeowner would feel when a newly renovated section of their home becomes endangered; thus, we always take the extra mile to get to your home swiftly. Our specialists take pride in our swift response times, our excellently trained water restoration technicians (WRT,) and the advanced equipment that we use.

When our SERVPRO WRT get to your home, we can do a brief investigation and then begin. We can move your refrigerator aside to ensure we thoroughly dry all sections of your new floor. Using a wet/dry vacuum, SERVPRO can clean up the initial standing water before we set up our drying equipment.

Because the water damage is primarily impacting your hardwood floors, we can use flood drying mats to remedy a majority of the excess moisture. The flood drying mats work by applying intense suction to the floor and pulling the moisture out from underneath. Furthermore, we can also set up dehumidifiers, heaters, and axial fans to work in conjunction so we can ensure that the best environment for evaporation is created. It is always our goal to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

When water damage impacts your home, always get help immediately. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale by dialing (630) 830-6236. No matter the time, our technicians are always available for you.

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Water Damage Remediation in Your Glendale Heights Home Can Be Easy

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

A leaky ceiling can cause water to sit for a long period of time before anyone notices. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation assistance.

Water Removal Equipment for Property Damages in Glendale Heights

When large amounts of water enter your property, it can be challenging to deal with correctly. Industrial equipment is often needed to remove the water before it migrates into different parts of the home or submerges your subfloor. We offer a quick solution to the minor, medium, and major scale property emergencies involving water. Our technicians are expertly trained and can arrive onsite in as little as four hours of notification of loss. 

The critical variable of water removal in Glendale Heights is time. The longer standing water is allowed to remain, the higher the likelihood of sustaining permanent property damages. By enacting a professional service, you not only deal with the immediate issue but also guard your home against potentially damaging secondary issues.

SERVPRO has the resources at our disposal to mobilize different types of equipment and quickly set to work, restoring your home environment. In medium to major emergencies, our submersible pumps can remove vast amounts of water in a very short time. These gas-powered pieces of equipment pump water into a nearby, open sewer point and can transfer an unlimited amount of water in one go.

Once excess quantities of water are pumped out of the property, SERVPRO use portable extraction units fitted with heating elements to dry floors and furnishings. These industrial water vacuums are very efficient at removing residual moisture that may have been soaked up by carpets or other fabrics. They are also unlikely to damage weaker materials during the drying process.

Water can loosen pre-existing debris, microbial growth, or bacteria that are in the home. This causes an unpleasant odor. We usually find that these odors pass naturally once the drying procedure is complete. Sometimes odors can persist after the offending moisture is dry. To combat smells, SERVPRO can deploy a range of deodorant products to help clear your indoor air quality.

For professional assistance and water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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We Are The Leaders In Bloomingdale Fire Damage Restoration

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

We have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire.

Getting Back to Business after Commercial Fire Damage in Bloomingdale

Your business plan probably does not account for the devastation a fire could bring to your Bloomingdale company. Reviewing your options to recover quickly from a fire loss now goes a long way toward readying your staff and your property in case the worst does happen. Consider consulting with our experienced team to evaluate whether your commercial property has apparent vulnerabilities that can lead to a fire or make the damage hard to remediate.

Commercial fire damage is a common reason for your Bloomingdale shop, restaurant, or hotel to face temporary closure. Even a few days of shuttered doors can encourage your customers to seek out alternatives. The clock is ticking when fire eliminates or hampers your ability to provide the products and services the community relies on from your business.

Schedule an inspection from an experienced SERVPRO project manager to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We review your physical plant, making recommendations that can lower your risk of a devastating fire. Also, we work with you to prepare for an unexpected blaze that can happen even after you make adjustments to reduce your exposure.

SERVPRO’s extensive experience in fire damage remediation helps us identify issues that make an accidental fire more likely. Expect us to make suggestions about how you manage inventory and other storage, updates of electrical systems, eliminating tangles of extension cords and surge protectors, and maintenance of kitchen and food prep areas, whether you operate a restaurant or merely offer cooking space in a breakroom for employees.

Your input is crucial, and we ask business owners to download and use the SERVPRO ERP app. Provide us information about vendors and contractors who set up your spaces and systems, identify utility shuts offs, and list trusted employees or others you designate to act on your behalf if you are on a trip or otherwise unavailable when a fire disaster strikes. We plan with how to respond to the crisis with just a brief downtime, perhaps containing the damaged area so that business can continue as usual in unaffected spaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to work with you at every point in the remediation process. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to set up a consultation today.

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How We Eliminate Signs Of Water Damage In Your Carol Stream Home

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

For an elaborate restoration of your home after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Eliminating Telltale Signs Of Water Damage In Carol Stream Is Easy With Professional Help

Incidents such as broken dishwasher hoses, washing machine overflows, or even weather events such as driving rain, forcing water through openings in windows or door can leave you grappling with water loss. Extracting standing water and drying the property deals with most of the problems associated with such incidents. However, telltale signs of the loss can remain, messing the visual appeal of your Carol Stream home, or making it uncomfortable to stay indoors.

Depending on the starting point of the event that leads to water damage in Carol Stream, it can leave discoloration, staining or other patches on different surfaces. Water originating from a higher level such as a leaking plumbing line in the ceiling or a broken appliance such as a washing machine in upper floor rooms can cause discoloration patches on walls and ceilings. The patches form as the water evaporates and leaves sediments or due to chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents to clean areas with signs of discoloration. We can also repaint or do other refinishing processes to deal with the damage “Like it never even happened.”

It is common for unpleasant smells to develop after water loss incidents. Such smells may not go away unless you take elaborate deodorization steps. Smells can develop due to issues such as mold growth or contaminants aerosolized by the air movements from drying equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to rid your property of any traces of bad smell. We use Air Filtration Devices fitted with HEPA filters to remove airborne particles. We also dry all traces of moisture from your property to prevent mold development. We also use specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators to neutralize bad odors.

If the water runs down the wall cavities, it can affect the insulation. Contact with significant amounts of water affects the "R" value, diminishes the fire resistance and even affects antimicrobial properties of cellulose insulation. You might not notice that your insulation is compromised, but one telltale sign you cannot miss is higher energy bills. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating probes to check for wet insulation. We then force air into the wall cavities using special venting equipment to dry excess moisture.

For an elaborate restoration of your home after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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