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What to Do if Water Damage Leaves Your Carol Stream Property Heavily Soiled

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Qualified Teams to Manage Water Damages in Carol Stream Properties

Water intrusion precipitates various outcomes in any property. Heavy soiling can happen, especially if the water affects hallways, receptions, and other heavily trafficked areas of your Car Stream premises. As people step on stagnant water, moisture spreads further from the source and mixes with residues like dust, thus heavily soiling surfaces.

Heavy soiling is as inconvenient as many other types of water damage that affect Carol Stream properties. An appropriate response is necessary to manage the situation, and if you call SERVPRO, you can benefit from the best resources that facilitate better outcomes.

An appropriate water restoration approach should offer:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Faster turnaround
  • Minimal inconveniences

Various approaches can help manage soiling from water intrusion. Where possible, expediting water extraction or containing the wet areas can minimize moisture migration or keep people from venturing into the spaces to spread soils. However, these two actions require the right resources. Intervention from SERVPRO can limit the spreading or quickly reverse it. We use fast water extractors such as truck-mounted pumps. We can set up contaminants around the affected areas or place warning signs to limit the number of people venturing in.

Keeping Your Business in Business

Completing water cleanup in good time is essential to minimize the inconvenience and limit costs brought about by material deterioration or extended closure of your operations. Our SERVPRO teams add an aspect of automation for most of the tasks since we have sophisticated equipment like rotating brushes for agitating surfaces, different types of dehumidifiers, and air movers for moisture management, among others.

While soiling from water intrusion is inconvenient, cleanup and other restoration processes can be equally inconveniencing. SERVPRO technicians use approaches that minimize restoration-related inconveniences, such as cleaning agents emitting strong odors, staining, or corroding materials. We use phosphate-free and rapidly bio-degrading cleaning products with zero VOCs for most cleaning tasks.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can respond to any water damage incident at your premises. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for solutions that make it “Like it never even happened.”

Effective Mold Damage Cleanup Solutions for Your Carol Stream Home

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

diagram of fungi body Molds are fungi that can ruin your Carol Stream home and contents. Call SERVPRO for mold remediation, "Like it never even happened."

Methods That Do Not Introduce Moisture into Your Carol Stream Home

Mold contamination necessitates a thorough cleanup of the affected areas or the entire home. The cleanup should remove masses of mold colonies, restore stained surfaces and address the musty odor associated with such contamination. Since there are different possible cleaning approaches, choosing one for your Carol Stream home might challenge you.

Deciding which mold damage cleanup approach your Carol Stream home requires can be easy or challenging, depending on the system you use or the level of experience you have dealing with mold. A good approach should consider the turnaround time, the inconvenience levels for the occupants, and the likelihood of rapid recurrence. SERVPRO is well-versed in different cleaning options and mostly combines several methods to deliver satisfactory outcomes.

Some useful mold cleanup techniques include:

  • HEPA vacuuming
  • Sanding or wire brushing
  • Soda blasting
  • Dry ice blasting

Inspecting the property before starting cleaning is essential to determine the level of contamination. Mold starts as a light residue on surfaces, but its root-like hyphae penetrate below the surface over time, embedding soiling or causing significant deterioration. It is easy to wipe off the contaminated surfaces and leave them clean in the early stages. Deeply embedded infestations, on the other hand, require significant cleaning power.

Another essential step when cleaning mold is opening up concealed areas since cleaning procedures require direct contact with the contaminated surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians help remove drywall, ceiling panels, or carpets to reach the moldy areas.

After preparing the affected areas, various cleaning methods can remove moldy materials. HEPA vacuuming is essential in the early stages to strip away loose debris or settled spores. Sanding and wire brushing help when there is significant contamination on semi-porous surfaces like wood or stone. Blast cleaning with soda or dry ice is a great option for various applications, including cleaning vast areas and finished or unfinished surfaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers reliable mold damage cleanup solutions. Call us at (630) 830-6236. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Complicates Fire Damage Restoration in Bloomingdale Properties?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke detector and timber SERVPRO advises our Bloomingdale neighbors to keep smoke detections functional with battery checks to help prevent house fires

SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Fire Damage in Bloomingdale Homes Professionally

You may expect fire damage restoration to be a straightforward process since once you remove charred materials and remove soot accumulating on surfaces, your property should be clean. Replacing damaged materials and refinishing surfaces should complete the fire restoration process.

However, you might face many challenges once you start fire restoration at your Bloomingdale home. The challenges vary from simple to complicated ones requiring specialist skills to resolve. SERVPRO can help you overcome any difficulty, whether it requires specialized skills or equipment.

Some common fire restoration challenges include:

  • Soils collecting in hard to reach areas
  • Re-soiling of cleaned areas
  • Stubborn soils that prove difficult to remove

Some challenges arise from poor planning on the part of the restorer. Appropriate ordering of restoration tasks helps prevent any unnecessary spreading of soils and other challenges. For instance, although you may expect to start cleaning from the ceiling going downwards, you might encounter problems if the method is wet cleaning. The correct ordering is to start with the walls then progress to the ceilings to prevent cleaning solutions from dripping to soiled areas and causing streaking. Our SERVPRO technicians observe this religiously even when only cleaning walls, starting from the bottom and then moving upwards.

Other steps that ensure orderly fire restoration include:

  • Packing out movable contents from affected areas
  • Using drop cloths to cover immovable or delicate items like pianos
  • Attaching cleaning sponges to extension poles for easier reach of elevated areas

Challenges can also arise when residues like soot prove difficult to remove. Normally, soot is light and powdery, making it easy to wipe off surfaces. However, some fires produce wet, smeary soot which adheres to surfaces. However, with the right cleaning resources, it is easier to clean. Our SERVPRO crews use steel wool pads instead of regular cleaning sponges to agitate surfaces. We can also blast cleaning with a soda blaster, which lifts off residues or even charring from surfaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps shoulder the burden of fire restoration, allowing homeowners to cope. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for assistance that makes it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Fire Restoration of Bloomingdale Properties

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

stainless steel ultrasonic tank SERVPRO can provided advanced ultrasonic cleaning to remove soot from fire damaged valuable possessions for Bloomingdale customers

Why do Bloomingdale homeowners trust SERVPRO with fire restoration?

Restoring the contents of a fire-damaged home is often a less costly option than refinishing or replacing them. Hence, SERVPRO techs utilize several methods to clean a wide range of items during fire restoration of your Bloomingdale home.

The key to the success of SERVPRO technicians during the fire restoration of your Bloomingdale home lies in the care and concern that goes into the cleaning process. The techs pick the cleaning method after carefully considering several factors such as the type and amount of smoke and soot deposit and the type of surface to be cleaned. The goal of the process is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

How do SERVPRO techs clean smoke and soot residues during house fire cleanup in Bloomingdale?

SERVPRO techs use several techniques during the fire and smoke damage cleanup in Bloomingdale homes. Some of the most widely used methods of cleaning include-

  • Dry and wet cleaning
  • Spray and wipe cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning, and
  • Immersion cleaning

Immersion cleaning is one of the best cleaning methods provided the material such as Venetian blinds that can withstand being completely saturated with a cleaning product. SERVPRO techs sometimes use ultrasonic sound waves to aid in the cleaning process during immersion cleaning.

Ultra-Sonic Cleaning

High-frequency ultrasonic waves in the immersion tank create millions of tiny bubbles that implode in a fraction of a second. The creation and bursting of the bubbles produce very high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid that can scrub the deposited soils. There is no need to dislodge the residues with brushes and towels manually, and it is less labor-intensive. This technique is especially useful for removing soot from fragile possessions like ceramic dolls, china, and crystal.

If you need assistance to deal with any fire incident in your home, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Can SERVPRO Help Carol Stream Homes after Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

ice dam edge of gutter on roof SERVPRO says avoid ice damming damage to your Carol Stream home. But, we are here to help with water damage cleanup if needed

Need to get frozen pipes and ice damming damage under control in Carol Stream? Call SERVPRO

Winter months can be brutal in the midwestern regions of the country. Consequently, frozen pipes and ice damming damage are the most common water issues in Carol Stream. Although every homeowner makes efforts to prevent the freezing of pipes or the formation of ice dams, such events can still occur even with the best preventive measures.

It is crucial to hire experienced restorers like SERVPRO if frozen pipes or ice damming damage occurs at your Carol Stream home. SERVPRO’s IICRC certified team of technicians are equipped with the most advanced tools necessary to restore your property to a preloss condition.

How to prevent ceiling leaks due to ice dams in your Carol Stream home?

You can take steps to prevent ice dams from forming in your Carol Stream home. Some of how SERVPRO techs suggest you can do it include-

  • Increasing ventilation to eaves and ridges
  • Sealing air leaks that might heat the roof from the inside
  • Adding more insulation to the attic crawlspace
  • Seal and insulate ducts and exposed plumbing

That said, it might not be possible to prevent ice dams from forming or from your pipes freezing over in the harshest of winters. If you experience water issues due to such events, it is important to act fast and get SERVPRO restorers involved right away. As the water keeps leaking from your roof or burst pipes, it can cause massive structural damage in no time. SERVPRO restorers can help you get the situation under control before the moisture can cause any secondary damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236; we offer 24/7 emergency water damage services. 

Call SERVPRO for Water Removal Before a Mold Infestation Occurs in Your Carol Stream Home

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

a woman on the phone next to a leaking pipe under her sink Quick action needs to happen so that a water damage situation does not turn into a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess the situation.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal, Dehumidification and Drying for Homes in Carol Stream

After work, residents arriving home to find their floors covered in water after a plumbing leak in a Carol Stream home often begin mopping up excess water immediately. Standing water can lead to secondary damage if the water is not immediately removed. Water seeps everywhere to the lowest point in your home. Leaks running for some time can pour hundreds of gallons of water onto the floor, inside walls and ceilings, and into basement rooms below the leak. Water and moisture not properly removed and your contents / structural components dried can lead to mold infestations growing in as little as twenty-four hours.

Residents of Carol Stream can call SERVPRO for water removal services, dehumidification, and drying. Our teams can be onsite within four hours of your call. Once the water source is shut off, our water removal specialists deploy weighted water extractors to remove water from carpeting and underpadding. Hardwood floor drying mats are used to remove water from the joints between hardwood floor planks. We use wand water extractors to remove water from inside walls and cavities. We check ceiling panels for water and moisture and dry the area as required.

Air movers and dehumidifiers remove the remainder of the moisture and reduce humidity levels to normal levels. Fast action and removal of all moisture minimize the opportunity for mold spores to initiate a mold colony. Mold can cause health effects. 

SERVPRO water removal services include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Water damage restoration and repair

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for water removal in Carol Stream and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

How can SERVPRO Help Bloomingdale Businesses After Flood Damage?

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

filtration flow thru HEPA SERVPRO removes flooding and damage from Bloomingdale businesses and also improves IAQ indoor air quality

SERVPRO can save Bloomingdale businesses time and money in flood damage restoration

Restoration of flood damage to your Bloomingdale commercial space involves much more than simply getting rid of the accumulated water from your property. SERVPRO restorers put a lot of effort into drying the structure as quickly as possible to prevent lasting damage.   

It is equally important for the SERVPRO techs to check microbial growth while restoring flood damage to Bloomingdale establishments. While SERVPRO techs use appropriate biocides to control the growth of microbes in flooded environments, it is important to remove contaminants from the air as well. Air movement from drying equipment can cause contaminants to be aerosolized and spread to unaffected areas. SERVPRO techs use air filtration devices (AFDs) to prevent this from happening.

What are air filtration devices (AFDs) that SERVPRO restorers use during water cleanup of Bloomingdale commercial spaces?

An AFD is a device that concurrently moves and filters air from your flood-affected Bloomingdale property. AFDs are fitted with HEPA filters that can remove airborne particles by trapping them in the filter. An AFD allows the restorers to control the amount of aerosolized contaminants.

As AFDs can filter the air efficiently, they also function like air scrubbers. However, the effectiveness of an AFD depends on the proper use of filters installed. SERVPRO tech uses a layering approach to set up the filters. The following three types of filters are commonly employed in an air filtration device-

  • Primary filter: It is the outermost, poly-spun, or pleated filter that acts as a pre-filter. It captures large debris and contaminants.
  • Pleated filter: The second layer is rated with a higher capture rate than the primary filter.
  • HEPA filter: It is the final layer of filtration. HEPA filters remove 99.97 percent of particles/contaminants with a size of 0.3 microns or larger.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for 24/7 assistance.  

Need Mold Remediation After a Leak in Your Carol Stream Home – Call SERVPRO

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling tiles of a room Facing a mold infestation on your property? Team SERVPRO can help by investigating the root cause and starting the mold damage remediation protocol.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation, Dehumidification, and Drying in Carol Stream

Mold spores are everywhere in our environment, waiting for high humidity and moisture in our Carol Stream homes. Our homes are great food sources for mold, and spores floating in the air can turn into a mold infestation in as little as 24 hours after a water leak or high humidity situation. Mold can damage the contents and also structural components of your home if allowed to remain in place. As soon as you notice mold colonies forming or smell a strong, musty odor, call for help to properly remove the source of the moisture and the mold infestation.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation to homeowners and business customers in Carol Stream. Our team can be onsite in less than four hours from your initial call. We assess the situation and identify the source of the moisture. We can help contain the moisture source and the spread of mold spores as we get to work removing the mold colony, dehumidifying, and drying the area.

Mold can cause health effects, and SERVPRO takes the appropriate steps to contain the mold spores and fragments as we clean and sanitize the infestation. Our industry-approved process includes:

  • Setting up negative pressure rooms with HEPA filters
  • We utilize PPE and place clean and sanitized items in cleanrooms
  • Contents and structural components that cannot be cleaned are bagged in place and removed for disposal

We discuss every step of the process with our clients and also work closely with your insurance adjuster to manage the insurance paperwork and process.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for mold remediation in Carol Stream and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

Need Help Cleaning Up Flood Damage to Your Home or Business in Bloomingdale – Call SERVPRO

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

a storm damaged house with a yellow storm damage sign in front of it Flooded? Water removal is key for the flood damage remediation process. Team SERVPRO can help you with technicians and equipment to tackle the job.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration to Homes and Businesses in Bloomingdale

Our clients often express amazement at the damage to their homes or business caused by wind from storms and flooding in Bloomingdale. In a matter of minutes, floodwater pours into your home and basement through broken windows and punctures on the side of your house or roof. Silt containing chemicals, bacteria, biological material, and viruses is ankle-deep in the basement, and all of your contents are coated in mud. Many wonder how they will ever recover after all of the damage caused by the storm and floodwaters?

Our customers are relieved after calling SERVPRO in Bloomingdale for help with flood damage cleanup, restoration, and repairs. Their stress levels and worries significantly reduce after our SERVPRO teams arrive onsite in less than four hours and begin efforts to protect their home from further damage by boarding up broken windows and placing tarps on roofs. Once we have assessed the situation, developed a plan, and reviewed our work plan with the client and their insurance adjuster, we can get to work.

Since floodwaters and silt contain dangerous organisms and provide the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, we take specific precautions to protect your family and our employees. Our employees wear full protective gear, including boots, bodysuits, gloves, and eye protection. We set up containment areas to avoid spreading infectious waste to locations not impacted by the flooding and dispose of all waste and contaminated water following local and state guidelines. We protect your family and return your home to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO, our services include:

  • Emergency biohazard remediation and cleaning
  • Basement flood water, debris, and infectious waste cleanup
  • Flood damage restoration and repair

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for flood damage removal in Bloomingdale and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

How Can Refrigerator Maintenance Prevent The Need For Water Cleanup?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water on kitchen floor SERVPRO works swiftly to provide Fast and Efficient Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in your home.

Carol Stream Residents Want To Avoid Water Cleanup If Possible.

Carol Stream residents know how essential appliances are when it comes to convenience. What would we do without refrigerators to keep our food fresh, washers for our clothes, and dishwashers for those dirty plates?

Unfortunately, appliances sometimes leak. A leaking refrigerator can leave homeowners in Carol Stream needing water cleanup. In such events, SERVPRO is on hand to help. However, if you can prevent the leak from happening, that is even better.

What Can I Do To Prevent My Refrigerator From Leaking?

  • Here are some easy steps to prevent refrigerator leaks:
  • Check the level of your appliance – it should be leaning back slightly to ensure water drains in the right direction
  • Try to use a pipe cleaner to clean out the drainage line in the back of your refrigerator – you can also use a little soapy water
  • Check door seals and make sure they are clean and intact – if there is condensation on the outside of your appliance this could be a sign that the seals need replacing
  • Inspect the drip tray, defrost lines, and any other connections regularly

Should I Do Water Cleanup Myself or Call Someone?

If your refrigerator has leaked a tiny puddle onto your linoleum, you can mop it up with a cloth. However, if:

  • Water has gotten into a carpet
  • You suspect water has seeped into baseboards or walls
  • The leak has spread to other electrical appliances
  • You can see that wallpaper is damp and peeling nearby

It is time to call the experts. SERVPRO trains our teams in swift, efficient water mitigation. It does not make sense to try cleaning it up yourself when professional teams have the right equipment and proper training for the job.

What Can SERVPRO Do If My Refrigerator Leaks?

If it seems that water has made its way into carpets, under linoleum, or into walls or baseboards, we can help. We use a range of moisture meters to assess the situation. No job is too big or too small – we have moisture wands, spot cleaning kits, and even wall cavity drying gear, to deal with any water surrounding your refrigerator.

For help with water cleanup, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.