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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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We Have The Necessary Equipment to Restore Your Bloomingdale Home After A Flood

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

We set up commercial air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry the damaged flooring and drywall in this home after water damage.

Ensuring a Thorough Drying of Your Flooded Bloomingdale Home

One of the concerns that many Bloomingdale homeowners have when their home becomes flooded is making certain that the bulk of these concerns and moisture damage have gotten addressed adequately. While few homeowners are braving to take on the considerable effects of flooding on their own, those that do can often find themselves at a loss for identifying potential problem areas that could still exist after the immediate areas have gotten dried and cleaned.

The professionals of our restoration team have ready trailers prepared to address flood damage of varying severity in your Bloomingdale home. These trailers have gotten stocked with an assortment of our ever-growing inventory of recovery equipment including the most effective tools for extraction and drying, as well as an array of cleaning and antimicrobial products to keep your home safe from secondary effects that can often follow prolonged flood effects.

Thermal imagery cameras are important to the work that our SERVPRO professionals do because they can immediately determine the presence of moisture pockets out of sight. Unlike the guesswork of removing portions of drywall or only treating the problems and symptoms that can get seen, thermal imagery allows our technicians to understand the best positioning of drying equipment to ensure that all effects from the flooding get addressed as they should.

These same devices can help to ensure that our SERVPRO technicians are reaching the milestones and the successes that we come to expect and deliver to our customers. We can show our clients the effectiveness of our methods and the progress getting made towards fully restoring their property after flooding has occurred. With moisture and saturation being the most challenging obstacles, addressing these concerns fully can help to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from beginning.

Flood damage can spread quickly throughout your property, affecting many areas that you cannot see without special equipment. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale response team has the tools and the expertise to thoroughly dry your property and make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (630) 830-6236.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Carol Stream

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

If you need a practical solution to large scale property damages, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 now.

Large Scale Commercial Flood Damage Solutions For Carol Stream

A period of heavy rainfall during the winter months can be a cause for concern for property managers. Those that run warehouses should always make a check for any potential leaks or roofing problems to avoid full-scale flooding. Unfortunately, these events can be the result of a myriad of reasons so keeping a licensed, qualified and professional restoration service on hand could save you time and hassle.

A warehouse manager in need of restoration for commercial flood damage in Carol Stream should always be aware of the size and scale of the company they use. SERVPRO uses local technicians who are available on call throughout the night. In the case of a flood situation, we can send a team of technicians led by a project manager to remedy the issue. Our access to national scale resources ensure we have the right equipment and can mobilize it quickly enough to minimize any potential loss of revenue.

Warehouse buildings are often more exposed than residents or other commercial builds. Our restorers can perform vital safety checks including restoring power, performing emergency board-ups and generally making the site safe for restoration work to begin. Water issues are particularly time sensitive so by arriving on site swiftly we can mitigate loss and prevent permanent damages.

All moisture carries microbes. A clean water emergency can become more severe when it comes into contact with existing debris or dirt. This is a pertinent issue for warehouses where older buildings can harbor pre-existing mold or soiling. Once water enters, it imbibes these microbes moving from clean water to grey or even black.

SERVPRO technicians can rectify this by removing water using submersible gas pumps. We can also mobilize truck-mounted extraction units which cover a larger surface area and are built for industrial scale water removal. The careful placing of dehumidifiers allows us to control humidity levels in the structure which is essential to maintaining control of microbial growth.

If you need a practical solution to large scale property damages, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 now.

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Our Rapid Response Crew Can Restore Your Home In Bloomingdale To Pre-Damage Condition

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

We provide emergency restoration services that could prevent expensive permanent damages after a storm.

Rapid Response Units For Flood Damage In Bloomingdale

One of the valuable services our crew provides to this community is our emergency services. We understand that flooding does not occur during regular office hours which is why we operate a rapid response unit for residents in need. This unit involves placing technicians on call throughout the night to ensure that, in an emergency, we can arrive on site as quickly as possible and perform vital mitigation tasks to prevent permanent property damages.

Our rapid response team focuses mainly on helping residents with flood damage in Bloomingdale. One of the critical parts a SERVPRO restorer performs is to make an assessment of your home and carry out tasks for mitigation of loss, security, and safety in your home. These can include spotting potential hazards, restoring electricity, testing floors & ceilings for structural weakness and removing debris.

The external parts of your home can suffer damages in a flood scenario. Rushing water as little as two feet high can tear up trees and move vehicles, so it is not uncommon for doors or windows to be broken as water enters the home. If the flooding is a result of extreme weather conditions, falling branches or trees can damage your roofing. The SERVPRO rapid response unit can perform emergency board-ups to prevent water from getting in throughout the night as well as ensuring your home remains secure.

In severe storms, bringing in third-party contractors to remodel or repair structural areas of the home may be a necessity. Our job is to prepare the site and create a safe work space for building work to begin. We can also remove excess quantities of water using gas pumps alongside extraction units to make sure your floors or furnishings do not suffer from prolonged exposure to moisture.

Drying the internal structure and contents is an essential task SERVPRO carry out to limit losses during a rapid response call-out. To achieve an appropriately dry level, we can place air movers and dehumidifiers onsite. Rapid air-movers use hot air to evaporate moisture into the air. Dehumidifiers then draw that moisture from the air and can be useful in pulling absorbed moisture out of wood, concrete or fabrics.

We provide emergency restoration services that could prevent expensive permanent damages after a storm, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Carol Stream Water Damaged Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the size of the damage, SERBPRO is equipped to handle your water loss emergency.

Professional Grade Equipment and IICRC Training is Why SERVPRO is Your Water Removal Partner in Carol Stream

Water remediation is no different than any other restoration services in Carol Stream. The best outcomes rely upon properly trained technicians using well-designed equipment to rid your home of standing water and moisture absorbed into building materials. Our commitment to employee education and cutting edge tools is why we need to be your first call after a water disaster strikes. 

Effective water removal in Carol Stream depends on our crew arriving fast with one of our experienced project managers leading the way. Although each water loss scenario is unique, the familiarity our crew bosses have with common water damage issues is why they design a personalized plan quickly.

One useful option we might offer is a pack-out of furnishings and other portable household good and personal possession. Our climate-controlled production facility with specialized cleaning and drying facilities is why SERVPRO can bring back to life everything from documents and photographs to your little one’s favorite teddy bear. We stress restoration rather than removal and replacements and are committed to returning your water damaged treasures and heirlooms to tip-top shape. We employ our signature Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to develop a detailed inventory and track the restoration process of the items we remove. 

While one set of technicians works on your possessions back at headquarters, your home receives premium attention from our on-site water removal and structural drying technicians. High-efficiency pumps and water extractors and talented operators are why SERVPRO gets the water out at a record pace. We scan for hidden water and choose efficient strategies to release and contain it. Then we use detailed moisture readings to set drying goals.

Air movers, heaters, and humidifiers are always on our trucks, and that foresight is why SERVPRO delivers a clean and dry property to our customers fast. After drying your house to specifications, the goods we transported to our production facility are ready to come home refurbished, functional, and much more comforting than replacements that hold no memories. 

Skilled technicians and the right equipment is why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale makes it “Like it never even happened.” Set up a water removal assessment at (630) 830-6236.

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

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Bloomingdale Properties is Common from A/C window units--SERVPRO Tip

Damage to Bloomingdale Properties by Water Occurs in Many Ways

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

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

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Fire Damage Affects More than Homes in Lombard

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore your garage or shed after a fire, along with compiling a list of lost and damaged items.

The Potential Risk of Fire Damage in Garages and Sheds

Fire can easily get out of control when people, especially children, do not take proper precautions. Lombard residents who store gasoline and other combustible liquids in their garages or sheds should make sure that these remain away from younger children who might play in these areas.

The programs about fire safety in Lombard are rarely descriptive of fire damage, although this could help deter children from playing with items that often cause house fires. When children play or merely go into a storage area to get a toy or bike, accidents can happen, also, without any intentions. Fires that start in such areas can remain undetected until the smoke or flames appear outside of the structure, or the noise from an explosion of gas catches your attention.

SERVPRO has the technicians needed for such cleanup jobs. Because storage areas have a hodgepodge often containing items that may pose risks that they did not before the fire. High heat can cause breakage of items to happen, and collapsing shelving can both form its own hazards while causing others.

A list of your lost belongings helps with any insurance claims, and many insurance agents are less likely to dispute third-party compilations. There are always items that fall into the gray area of loss and salvageable, and we can provide our expert opinion on such cases. Our goal is to help families in our area recover from fire damage in as little time as possible. Helping you attain replacements for damaged items is part of that goal.

Garages and sheds both contain interior structures that form their frames. When these beams become damaged by fire, the building's stability is significantly affected. Other structures, like walls and ceilings, also suffer. We pull the belongings that became damaged out for better inspection and cleaning. It is also easier to work on the interior of the building.

The exterior of your outbuilding is just as important as the interior. To prevent theft and other security problems, the exterior needs restoration so it provides the security needed once again. We can ensure that during our work at the end of each day, we secure it so this does not become a problem for your family.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale wants to help families whose properties have sustained fire damage. No job is too minor for us to help you. Call our local number, (630) 830-6236, for our 24-hour service, any day of the year.

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Flood Damage Assistance Available For Lombard Area Residents

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you have damages caused by a storm, water intrusion, or flood damage on your Lombard property, expert restoration technicians can help.

Flood Damage Assistance

With everyone in the area being affected by recent storms in one way or another, you may be thinking about locating professional services for help. Whether you have damages caused by a storm, water intrusion, or flood damage on your Lombard property, expert restoration technicians can help.

What you need is access to a local company, with services designed to fit your unique situation, someone who cares about Lombard residents and specializes in flood damage repairs. Attempting to take on these repairs alone can lead to additional damage or injury. Keep yourselves out of harm’s way and leave your restoration to qualified professionals.

SERVPRO has a variety of IICRC-certified technicians that specialize in environmental issues affecting your home. Making a call to our offices gives you access to all of our resources and equipment 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We take on the responsibility of providing the excellent results you deserve and help communicate your situation to your insurance company, making the entire process as stress-free as possible.

Flood damage technicians address hazards and other health concerns before entering your home. We test flood waters to ensure everyone’s safety and have the training and experience necessary to respond to dangerous situations that may occur. You should avoid coming into contact with anything on your property until a professional has an opportunity to clear the area.

Our technicians have access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes that make removing standing water easier. Our moisture detectors can find water hidden anywhere on your property and when used in combination with hygrometers, air movers, and other drying equipment, makes our drying process quick and efficient. Our entire staff is professional, courteous, and understanding of your situation. We use every resource available to provide you with the support you need during an emergency and work hard to get you back into your home as soon as possible after a flood.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for full-service flood solutions throughout East Bloomingdale; your safety is our goal, call today. (630) 830-6236.

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We Have The Right Equipment To Handle Restoration In Your Carol Stream Business

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

We respond quickly and set up industry-leading drying equipment to restore your Carol Stream business after a flood.

Limit the Effects of Water Damage in Your Carol Stream Apartments

Owners and property managers in the Carol Stream area need a resource to rely upon if a water loss affects the units or common areas of multi-family residential developments. Because the individual apartments or townhomes share walls, ceilings, and floors as well as plumbing supply and waste lines an issue in one home has the potential to affect many others. Our highly-qualified team of water mitigation experts is ready to halt the harm caused by a water event in all areas affected.

A tub overflow or water heater rupture in one of the upper units can cause water damage throughout a complex of individual Carol Stream apartments. Understanding how water migrates and having a firm grasp on how to remove water and lingering moisture are needed to return building materials, fixtures, and contents to preloss condition. Responding to the needs of more than one resident requires the skills of our professional restoration experts.

SERVPRO is experienced in managing water damage that impacts multiple living units. We work with the insurance carriers involved to minimize out of pocket expenses for both residents and property owners. Our technicians have IICRC training, and our equipment is state of the art. We use thermal scanners and moisture meters to pinpoint the pathways showing where water moved after the first crisis. Any moisture trapped behind walls, between floors and ceilings, or in other building cavities is located and removed.

We pump out standing water and use wanded extractors for water that pools in tight areas or spreads across flat surfaces. SERVPRO uses a broad range of strategies to remediate common types of water damage. Soaked carpet in lobbies and apartments can be dried in place with weighted wands, the option of padding replacement speeding the drying process. Damp areas between living units dry more efficiently if flood cuts allow access to air movement and dehumidification. Our Injectidry system uses negative air pressure to suction moisture out of hardwood floors or wet drywall.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is prepared to manage water damage in your multifamily rental properties. Call (630) 830-6236 for an evaluation by an experienced water mitigation project manager.

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How Our Technicians Control Humidity After A Flood Has Damaged Your Bloomingdale Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Professional help is available 24/7, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Controlling Humidity In Your Bloomingdale Home After Flood Damage

The type and scale of property damages caused by flooding are limitless. In the US alone, there have been billions of dollars worth of restoration over the past year. Caused by heavy rainfall and other extreme weather conditions the impact of flash flooding requires professional assistance to get your home back to its preloss condition.

There are many different types of flood damage in Bloomingdale properties that means any effective restoration agency needs to adopt a varied approach. Water imbibes almost anything it comes into contact with, meaning that damages to your home could be hazardous or contain pathogens. In the case of extreme weather, there may be significant debris in need of removal.

SERVPRO is here to help assess, repair and restore your home. As part of our service, we can perform emergency board-ups using tarpaulins or wood panels to help mitigate damages during the restoration procedure. If the power has been shut off, we can re-establish it or bring in temporary generators. Loose debris, as well as sewage, can be disposed of properly in line with federal and state law.

Excessive amounts of water in the home can increase the humidity levels. SERVPRO uses Hygrometers to test humidity in both the affected zone and in other areas of the house. High humidity levels can cause mold or mildew growth, so it is vital to ascertain your home's natural humidity and restore that in areas of the home that have fallen victim to flooding.

Where there is an imbalance in humidity levels, we can bring in desiccant dehumidifiers. SERVPRO uses this equipment to help draw moisture out of the air, which may have been evaporated during the drying procedure. Desiccant chemicals releasing into the air draw the evaporated moisture out re-establishing the natural 'dry level' that is found throughout your home. This process can help restore your home to pre-flood conditions and reduce the likelihood of permanent damages after the event.

Professional help is available 24/7, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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Mold Can Be Found Anywhere In Your Glendale Heights Home, Let Our Experts Help!

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (630) 830-6236, so we can help keep your home free of excessive microbial activity.

Mold Damage Can Start Anywhere In Your Glendale Heights Residence

Microbes that cause problems inside a residence in Glendale Heights all require two things in common - water and cellulose material. Without these two things in constant supply, microbes die off, leaving only dormant spores behind. Because homes contain virtually unlimited amounts of plant-based materials, both in their structure and the things within them, we must control the water available so we can control the microbial populations.

When the moisture content inside a house rises, mold damage in Glendale Heights can start to spread. Microbial activity can happen anywhere, so we use special instruments that help us locate concentrations of moisture. Drying these locations back to within normal parameters means they become much less prone to mold damage. We also find the areas where moisture enters your house and get those locations sealed off, preventing further issues.

When we clean up mold, we might cause it to send out spores. To prevent the spread of these within your home, we take measures to contain them. We also do the same with all of the materials we remove. We want to keep your property from having any more problems with mold. Plastic sheeting and bags keep mold and its spores from escaping and spreading. We never carry loose materials around inside your house, as this can let spores enter the air and let mold particles fall to the floor.

We take steps to ensure that your home remains dry, as this makes the environment inhospitable to microbes. We can help you by using a desiccant machine that rapidly dries the air and then follows up with the installation of a dehumidifier or sump pump. Either can help keep the air drier, but each has specific purposes in different situations.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is always ready to answer your call and help you with the prevention and remediation of mold damage in your home. Call us at (630) 830-6236, so we can help keep your home free of excessive microbial activity.

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How Our Team Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Bloomingdale

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Overcoming the hidden challenges of fire damage is manageable with help from a professional.

Tackling Hidden Challenges Of Fire Damage In Bloomingdale

Most times when fire affects a property, the only question in people’s minds is whether it was controlled in time or whether it was catastrophic. However, in the unfortunate event that your property burns down, you realize there is more to fires than being big or small. These hidden aspects affect the restoration process, especially if handled by an inexperienced person. We offer professional restoration services in Bloomingdale.

One aspect that influences the level of fire damage in Bloomingdale is how hot the fire is because it determines the types of residues left, and how hard it is to remove them. Scorching fires produce dry smoke which leaves powdery residues on surfaces. These are easy to wipe off with a sponge or other less aggressive cleaning methods. However, the high temperatures also open up pores on surfaces, so any residues that penetrate the surface are hander to remove. Smoldering fires produce wet smoke with high levels of aerosols, solvents and other liquid components that stain materials easily.

The type of material present in the areas affected by the fire can influence the outcome of the incident. Organic materials like wood burn easily while metals or stone materials have a higher resilience, so the fire might not damage them, but soot and other residues left can leave stains. Synthetics like plastic and rubber are not only affected by flames but also heat. They also create wet, smeary residues that can stain other materials easily. Our SERVPRO technicians remove residues left on metal surfaces fast to reduce chances of staining. We also check the level of damage in organic materials, and if salvageable, we use specialized techniques such as soda blasting to clean charred surfaces.

Most fires are ignited or accelerated by some element such as grease or protein, especially in kitchen fires. Other fires involve fuel oils. Apart from serving as an accelerant, these elements also leave residues which can affect the cleanup process. Protein residues are notably pungent. They also vary in color ranging from yellow, amber to colorless. Our SERVPRO technicians are well-versed with cleaning such residues by applying professional cleaning agents. In most cases, we also clean the entire property to get rid of the bad smell.

Overcoming the hidden challenges of fire damage in Glendale Heights and Addison areas is manageable with help from a professional. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to assist. You can reach us at (630) 830-6236 any day.

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How Professional Remediation Helps Save the Hardwood Floors in Your Glendale Heights Home From Water Damage

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors are vunrerable to water damage.

Save Your Hardwood Floors With Professional Water Removal In Glendale Heights

Your water damaged Glendale Heights home needs professional assessment and remediation for a successful outcome from a major water loss event. The training and experience of water remediation certified technicians ensure proper moisture monitoring guides each step. Each type of fixture or building material needs a differentiated approach. Let us personalize your restoration agenda so that your residence recovers entirely from a water loss event. 

A burst pipe or appliance breakdown requires fast water removal in your Glendale Heights home. If your house features hardwood floors, they are vulnerable to permanent water damage. The wetness can distort the planks when too much time passes before the moisture levels reduce to normal. Our team uses a variety of strategies to extract water from all layers of your flooring fast. 

When SERVPRO Franchise professionals arrive, one of our experienced crew leaders evaluates the damage, including the condition of your hardwood floors. Standing water deeper than 2 inches responds well to pumping, and then we use truck-mounted wanded extractors to remove the remaining visible water. If the electricity is temporarily disconnected our vehicles carry onboard generators to power the equipment to avoid any delay. 

Crew members measure the moisture content of the two or more layers of wooden flooring. The plank construction of a hardwood floor allows water to flow between and under the individual boards, causing the subfloor to become soaked as well. SERVPRO Franchise professionals train in a broad range of techniques and strategies to remove water fast and completely from every layer. Failure to treat the under flooring risks exposing the hardwood layer to resaturation. As the wood swells, it can cup or crown, destroying the flat, level surface. The wood can also buckle, pulling up from the subfloor. 

To pull moisture from each layer of the flooring, the SERVPRO Franchise System employs the Injectidry system, sealing flat drying mats to the areas on the floor where water collected. A series of hoses attach to the extractors, and negative pressure pulls water out of the wood layers. Periodic measurements of moisture levels inform our crews of whether drying goals are met and if the mats need repositioning to evacuate more water.  

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps to manage difficult water removal issues with trained technicians and innovative equipment. Call for an evaluation at (630) 830-6236. 

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Why Our Skilled Crew Is The Best In The Industry When Dealing With A Water Damage Disaster In Your Siloam Springs Home

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (630) 830-6236, any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

Why SERVPRO Water Removal Specialists Are Such Dedicated Individuals In Siloam Springs

There are many ways that water can invade your home in Siloam Springs. When the snow melts near your home, creeks overflow, or a toilet backs up and sends water over the rim, your home can end up with a severe situation. You need someone solidly dedicated to understanding the gravity of the predicament your home faces, and who also knows how to fix things correctly. We have the skills, training, and experience to perform the work that invasive or lost water requires.

This is why SERVPRO specialists dedicate themselves to staying abreast of the latest developments, which is particularly useful when homes in Siloam Springs need water removal services and other restorative work. As a local business, many of our customers are also neighbors, friends, or relatives. We treat all of our clients in a professional and friendly way, knowing that when we receive a call, it is because something severe has happened to someone's property. We are dedicated to making everything “Like it never even happened.” again, quickly, and as inexpensively as possible.

When we work on someone's home, we treat it like it was our own, always taking care to make a note of any additional problems we observe that might worsen over time. We discuss these with the customer and explain the options available to resolve these problems. With water removal, we might notice weak spots in floors, mildew or mold, odors, problems with padding under carpeting, and many other issues. Restoring a home in such areas early saves time, and reduces the amount of overall damage.

We also understand that the amount of time spent restoring your home can feel like an interruption to your family life, so we work as quickly as we can while still performing all of the work needed.

The specialists at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale want to help you protect your home when water threatens to harm it. Water removal techniques can restore your home as well as protect it – while beginning earlier is always better, it is never too late to start mitigation and restorative work. Contact us at (630) 830-6236, any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

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SERVPRO Will Be Your Lifesaver After A Flood In Bloomingdale

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your hotel suffer after a flood call the experts to restore it in a timely manner.

Hotels Rely On Professional Flood Damage Remediation In Bloomingdale

Just west of Chicago and a few miles away from O’Hare International Airport, Bloomingdale provides lodging and other hospitality services. If a hotel experiences a flooding loss, the impact on the many guests with plans and reservations spreads the misery and negatively impacts the reputation of the facility, regardless of fault. A partnership with a reputable flood damage restoration company is the key to protecting both your hotel and your guests.

Flood damage has the potential to close down your Bloomingdale commercial holdings. A hotel, with its event spaces, restaurants, common areas, pools, health centers, and guest rooms, are real regional assets. Our mission is to assist both our customers and the community at large with disruptive disasters like flooding.

Whether the excess of water stems from an internal source like a major supply line breakage or overland flash flooding fast action is a must. SERVPRO has the scalable capacity to respond swiftly and comprehensible to a disaster of any size. Our experienced management team assesses the need and develops an action plan to remove the water and dry the affected areas with as little disruption to the workings of the business as possible.

SERVPRO crews arrive with the pumps and extractors needed to remove the standing water. We identify any contaminants present, especially if the source is overland flooding or waste backup. Category 2 and 3 water, also known as Gray and Black, require containment and disposal as hazardous waste. Our crew manages that seamlessly. If the water is determined clean enough, we consider in-place drying of carpeting using a specialized protocol.

Once SERVPRO rids the property of the visible water and checks for hidden pockets with thermal scanning, we determine drying goals based on moisture readings taken in various strategic places. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers join forces to dry out the flooded areas.

All affected areas receive sanitization treatments with EPA-registered disinfectants to make sure to inhibit the growth of any contaminants. Periodic monitoring by SERVPRO crew members ensures the goals are met.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale invites customers with large flood damage losses to rely on our trained technicians and leading-edge equipment for quality mitigation services. Call (630) 830-6236 for assistance 24/7.

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Our Highly Skilled Technicians Can Restore Your Home In Glendale Heights After A Flood

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment if winter weather exposes your home to flood damage.

Glendale Heights Residents Need Reliable Flood Damage Remediation In All Seasons

Flooding disasters in Glendale Heights can strike any time of the year. Extreme weather patterns bring heavy precipitation of various forms, including a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice, and rain during the colder months. The weight can cause roofs to collapse, allowing moisture inside. Liquid water also can seep through a foundation when the frozen ground does not absorb the freezing slush. Professional mitigation assistance is necessary to contain and remove the water, and then to restore the damage done.

Flood damage in Glendale Heights is a severe problem, necessitating the completion of a series of recovery procedures. Draining and drying out the water must occur to preserve the integrity of a residence’s structural components. We offer our customers powerful extraction and drying equipment and trained technicians to operate it to halt the destructive flood waters bring.

Job one is identifying the source of the flooding and securing your home from further leaks. SERVPRO provides tarping and boarding up services when exterior damage leads to water incursion. While securing your premises, we unload commercial grade pumps and water extractors to evacuate the water. Each of our service vehicles stocks water removal equipment, powered if necessary with generators to avoid delay in getting the flood water out.

Our technicians measure moisture levels and use thermal scanning devices to locate hidden caches of water. This additional moisture is released and removed. If needed we drill holes in mortar joints or make flood cuts above the water level to give access to the trapped moisture. SERVPRO technicians then calculate drying goals, positioning air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to move moisture out of structural components into the air as water vapor that we then condense or absorb for removal.

Flood waters almost by definition are contaminated. Overland flooding exposes a home to chemicals and debris picked up as the water collects and moves. Water that gathers inside a home can include sewer backup. Even fresh water quickly transforms into gray or black because of molds or other pathogens that multiply when exposed to moisture. Fast removal of the water, structural drying, and treatment of affected surfaces with EPA registered antimicrobials all help to prepare your home for the restoration of flooded areas by your chosen contractor.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers customers fast and efficient flood damage remediation. Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment if winter weather exposes your home to flood damage.

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This Winter Don't Let Mold Plague Your Carol Stream Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

The winter months seem to be an unlikely time for mold damage to be a significant issue in Carol Stream.

Winter Mold Cleanup Woes In Carol Stream

The winter months seem to be an unlikely time for mold damage to be a significant issue in Carol Stream. Unfortunately, molds and other fungi can thrive in a wide range of temperatures and scenarios. As long as a moisture source is available, mold spores can take hold, multiplying into colonies that damage building materials and cause health concerns in some susceptible individuals. Any time of the year our remediation crews can help homeowners with mold concerns.

During the winter months, families can struggle with mold cleanup in Carol Stream even when the weather is chilly and central heating systems operate. Usually, the warm air inside a winterized home creates a dry environment, hostile to mold growth. Some decisions made by homeowners, however, artificially increase the moisture levels inside dwellings in winter. This can expose spaces inside a home to microbial infestation requiring our mold cleanup services.

For example, parents often buy a warm or cold mist humidifier for a baby or child’s room to add moisture to the air. A little one with the sniffles or a cough can obtain relief from the humidified air. SERVPRO sees the results of excessive indoor humidity when we receive calls for mold cleanup in a nursery or other bedroom.

Mold spores need just a small concentration of moisture to activate their growth cycle. Humidity levels measuring in the 60 to 75 percent range can support mold growth without additional water damage. In a humidified room the water vapor can condense on a wall or behind window coverings or furniture, offering mold spores the opportunity to develop into full-blown colonies. SERVPRO recommends adjusting the humidifier or vaporizer to maintain a humidity of 30 to 50 percent to avoid further mold issues.

If humidified air caused a mold cleanup need in your home SERVPRO mold remediation technicians quickly assess, contain, and remove the offending materials. Our team follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to address mold cleanup effectively and safely for your family. We build a containment area with plastic sheeting or the use of air scrubbing equipment, remove the mold and contaminated structural components, and clean and sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit additional mold growth.

Any damage done by microbial growth during a period of higher humidity is on the SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale mold cleanup agenda. Give us a call at (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and development of a remediation plan.

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Ultimate Solution for Water Damage Scenarios in Your Glendale Heights Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

When your bathroom tub or sink overflows, water can everywhere very fast. Call in the SERVPRO team to start the water removal and remediation process

Professional Equipment and Technicians are Why SERVPRO Excels at Water Drying in Glendale Heights

Excess water on the dishes in the drainer and a minor spill on a floor in your Glendale Heights home are simple and straightforward problems to manage. Both examples need a towel and a little elbow grease and the issues are resolved. When larger quantities of water soak into building materials or fixtures like carpeting or cabinets the towel method does not cut it. Leaks or appliance malfunctions are challenges only a professional can solve.

When a pipe breaks or an untended tub overflows, restoring your dwelling requires expert water drying techniques in Glendale Heights. Our crews use water removal equipment like submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors to suction standing water from floors and out of recesses and cavities. These tools are of limited utility when water soaks into the framing, flooring, or drywall of your home. Other techniques are needed to complete water drying and avoid secondary water damage.

The advanced training mastered by our team members in psychrometry, or the science of drying is why SERVPRO is an industry leader in water damage recovery. Throughout a water damage mitigation project our crews measure and monitor moisture levels. These measurements inform the drying goals determined using industry best practices. Just opening a window or two and hoping the water evaporates risks continued deterioration and the possibility of mold growth if the area is not dried out in 24 to 48 hours.

Our team selects and positions air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to encourage to movement of excess water from structural components into water vapor. Once the water transitions from wood, drywall, and ceiling tiles into the air our evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers condense or absorb the unwanted water for disposal. Maintaining an optimal balance of movement and temperature is crucial in SERVPRO’s water drying efforts.

The typical homeowner does not have access to the proper tools or methods for fast and effective water drying. Our crews are dedicated to delivering professional water drying, evidence of why SERVPRO is a vital partner for residents struggling with water damage issues.

Access to high-quality water drying services is why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale should be your first call after a water emergency. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 for comprehensive water mitigation including proper drying strategies.

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A Few Mistakes to Avoid During the Holiday Season That Could Cause Fire Damage in Addison

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Be vigilant with open flames and overloading any outlets during the holiday season celebrations. Should you have fire damage, contact SERVPRO.

Holiday Fire Damage a Possibility in Addison

Preparing for and enjoying the holiday season usually involves decorative displays of light. Trees, mantles, and celebratory scenes make use of strings of lights, often connected to extension cords in rooms crowded with other decor and family and friend gatherings. Candles and fireplaces add to the lively vibe. Excited pets or children, a trip or misstep by anyone, or an unattended open flame can transform festive to fiery. We can help with the aftermath.

Creating a cozy and welcoming ambiance during the holidays can expose you and your family to fire damage in Addison if safeguards are ignored bad luck intervenes. Electrical malfunctions in plugs and light cords create smoldering that takes time to discover before they spark into open flames. A candle too near a curtain or knocked over in the confusion of greeting guests or passing dishes on an overburdened dining table flares fast. Within minutes evacuating your loved ones becomes paramount and the firefighters arrive to minimize damage to your home.

After a holiday fire call SERVPRO day or night to start the remediation process immediately. Our IICRC trained crews arrive with fully-stocked service vehicles ready to manage all aspects of an accidental fire. Project managers assess the scenario, helping you decide to find short-term temporary housing during the cleanup, communicating on your behalf with your insurance carrier to make sure your out of pocket costs are covered.

Our team removes the fire-fighting chemicals and water and dry out the premises as a first step. SERVPRO crew members analyze the types of soot and debris left in the affected areas, matching products and tools with their specific characteristics. Electric fires and the smoldering of linens deposit a thick, sticky coating requiring cleaning products with powerful wetting agents and surfactants to loosen it before our technicians wipe it away. If the fire involved foods or grease, we might need solvents and abrasive equipment to clear it away.

Deodorization specialists among our technicians work on the persistent malodors that can linger. The slow-burning releases particles that might respond best to thermal fogging, recreating the conditions that caused the odor to eliminate it. SERVPRO also invests in cutting-edge equipment like hydroxyl generators that use oxidation to neutralize smells at a molecular level.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale responds fast when your holidays take an unexpected turn for the worst. No matter when a fire breaks out a call to (630) 830-6236 gets help on the way 24/7.

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Are Your Fixtures Leaking In Your Bloomingdale Home? Let Our Team At SERVPRO Help!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage may not always be on your mind when you see a slow leak, but it doesn't take long to cause irreparable effects to your home.

Fixture Leaks That Cause Water Damage To Your Bloomingdale Home

Many Bloomingdale homeowners strive to repair things that break within their home to the best of their abilities. While this can certainly be a frugal approach to caring for your property, it often allows for damages to occur without your knowledge until you have the opportunity to address the repair in question. A leaking water fixture could produce very little moisture throughout the day, but throughout several days, could saturate cabinetry, flooring, walls, and other exposed surfaces.

While some saturation might not seem like a significant threat to your residence, water damage in Bloomingdale can affect these materials and the affected environment dramatically throughout a few days. While one of the direct effects of persistently damp areas is the production of mold from present spores in the area, our SERVPRO professionals also must contend with the degradation of the exposed materials with oversaturation.

In as little as a single day, materials exposed to this leak from the fixture could oversaturate and begin to swell and bloat. This occurrence can change the composition of these affected materials, causing a degradation that is impossible to overcome with even our advanced technology and equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals, when called early enough, can work quickly to dry out these materials and preserve them when possible.

With our air mover equipment, high-powered bursts of hot air force moisture out of affected materials and into the air as a vapor. We use these machines in conjunction with industrial-strength dehumidifiers to trap this vapor into a collection tray or discharge hose to remove it from the premises. We can use thermal imagery to detect lingering moisture to prevent mold growth and further degradation by ensuring the job gets completed correctly.

Water damage might not always be on your mind when you see a slow leak from a fixture, but it does not take long to cause irreparable effects to your home. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale water restorations a call at (630) 830-6236. We can put our equipment and experience to use in your home whenever you need us.

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Our Team Is The Best At Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home In Carol Stream

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your Carol Stream home poses many challenges.

Why SERVPRO Is The Best Option For Fire Damage Remediation In Carol Stream

A fire in your Carol Stream home poses many challenges. The situation is stressful, even if you and your family got to safety unharmed and the damage to your home appears minimal. Working with a reputable fire remediation firm is the only way to ensure all aspects of cleanup and recovery from the crisis are addressed, readying the dwelling for rebuilding or restoration by your chosen contractor.

Why SERVPRO is the answer to your Carol Stream fire damage remediation is elementary. Fire mitigation is one of the pillars of our business. We take the training of our technicians in this discipline seriously. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework they master ready them for the tasks needed to clean up and mitigate the damage after the fire in your home.

Choosing SERVPRO means you get a hardworking team of fire damage mitigation professionals who work quickly to clear the soot and other debris using tools and products well-matched to the type of soiling and damage. Fire cleanup is a complex endeavor as the type of smoke and soot damage depends on the fuel the fire consumed. As a fire moves through a home, the fuels can change, and the mitigation strategies must change as well.

The continuous need for expert assessment of the situation in each fire damaged space is why SERVPRO is a critical part of your plan. You can count on us to evaluate the soiling properly and select the correct tools and cleaning products to clear it away. Because the residue from a fire is corrosive, it must be removed completely to halt its deteriorating effects.

Our goal is to leave a clean and sanitized space, ready for any restoration efforts you or your contractor take on to return the damaged spaces to a warm and welcoming ambiance. Lingering smells remind you of the disaster when you deserve to move beyond it. SERVPRO technicians work diligently to create refreshed surfaces and an odor-free atmosphere, using a variety of deodorizing techniques.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to take a fire-damaged home and abate the damage with professional products and techniques. As soon as the house is returned to your control by the fire authorities, call us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule the assessment.

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Glendale Heights Shops Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Reserves the Right to Remediate Mold Growth in Your Glendale Heights Eatery

Remediation for Mold Growth in Your Glendale Heights Restaurant

As a Glendale Heights restaurant owner, you are familiar with the strict health codes and regulations for all business owners within the food and beverage industry. As an establishment that serves food to hungry patrons, a situation like a mold growth could be disastrous. You need professional remediators who can remove these organisms from your restaurant and restore whatever damage they might have caused to materials and contents.

When a Glendale Heights eatery encounters mold damage, they have an obligation to their staff and the customers they serve to cease operations and resolve the situation immediately. Without the appropriate equipment and expertise, business owners cannot take care of mold growth on their own, and so they rely on specially trained technicians like our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians to help.

With time being a sensitive issue for both the effects of the mold on the building itself and the amount of time that your business goes without selling your dishes to your patrons, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to get to work. We have the tools necessary, such as negative air chambers and air scrubbers, to isolate the mold colony growing in the building and prevent the spores from spreading to new locations while the removal is underway.

Removal of the colony varies depending on the severity of the spread and its effect on the materials the colony chooses as a seat. While sanding and soda blasting can prove effective in the right conditions, sometimes controlled demolition is necessary.

While you cannot ignore mold growing in your restaurant, choosing the right professionals to help you overcome this presence within your building can limit the time that your doors remain closed. Under many instances, local food inspectors may be needed to okay the reopening.

You can trust the experience and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale remediation technicians. Our team is always ready to help, give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

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The Main Event: When Water Main Breaks Cause Flooding in Your Glen Ellyn Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet is ready to remove water from your home.

Water Main Breaks Lead to Flooding in Glen Ellyn Homes

The public water supply gets distributed to homes throughout Glen Ellyn via a series of pipes ranging in diameter based on the homes the particular line supplies. Stresses like vehicles, shifts in the ground, and exposure to abrasive rocks and sand can break these supply lines throughout a neighborhood, causing water to rush out of the ground at an alarming rate. Nearby homes caught in the path of the moving water could experience flooding until the appropriate valves can get turned off to stop the flow from the broken pipe.

As unexpected as this flooding could be for your Glen Ellyn residence, overcoming its effects is something that you want to seek to do immediately. The longer that standing water pools against construction materials and the contents of your home, the more damage it can do to these elements. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly in an emergency like this to help you mitigate your loss and make a plan specific to efficiently restoring your home.

Our technicians can begin the process by extracting the water from the affected areas of your home using portable pumps or truck-mounted options from our SERVPRO Green Fleet. Once the excess has gotten removed, we can set our sights on handling the moisture, dampness and saturation concerns for the environment and materials affected by the emergency.

A critical element to the water restoration work that our team does is drying the area thoroughly. Dropping the relative humidity levels throughout an affected area not only aids in the preservation of the affected materials but can also help to prevent secondary effects from occurring. Mold spores can seat and colonize within a couple of days in damp conditions, drying out these areas can limit the possibility of this happening.

While you cannot predict what could happen through municipal water systems throughout your community, you can help to limit the effect that flooding might have on your home over a long-term basis. Trust in our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale emergency response team to help you preserve what matters most and restore the damaged elements of your home. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (630) 830-6236.

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Get Rid Of Bad Odors From Mold In Your Glendale Heights Home Once And For All

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

From the moment that you make the discovery, mold damages have already started adversely affecting your Glendale Heights home.

Deodorization For Mold Effects In Your Glendale Heights Home

Disasters can affect your Glendale Heights home in various ways, causing you to need professional restoration services to return your home to the way it was before. When situations arise that require immediate attention, such as the discovery of mold growth in your home, our technicians can arrive quickly to help you begin the process of removing the presence and restoring the damage it has caused.

From the moment that you make the discovery, mold damages have already started adversely affecting your Glendale Heights home. If caught early enough, this spread of the damage can be isolated and removed much easier than if the situation has gotten out of control. The spread of an active colony can present some concerns for both your property and those living in it, so do not hesitate to call our IICRC certified SERVPRO remediation technicians.

One of the hardest effects for homeowners to deal with when they find microbial growth in their home is the odor that comes along with it. A tell-tale sign of an active mold colony is a strong, musty scent that surrounds the affected area. Contending with this odor might be one of the final steps of the remediation and restoration process for our professionals, but one that we take great care with handling.

There are many pieces of equipment in our arsenal that we can use to overcome harsh odors associated with an active mold colony on your property. One of the first is our hydroxyl generators, which neutralize the scent on a molecular level, negating their ability to produce the musty odor any longer. These are ideal for the contents of your home and softer surfaces affected by the growth. Thermal foggers are also a tool we use, and these machines can remove the smell permanently in open areas and construction materials.

While deodorization might be one of the final steps in remediation and restoration, it is one that requires the right expertise and equipment to complete successfully. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale certified remediation specialists can help you overcome the effects of the organism growing in your home quickly. Give our emergency response team a call at (630) 830-6236.

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How Our Experts Remove Odors After A Fire In Your Glendale Heights Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Recovering from the aftermath of a household fire in Glendale Heights can be overwhelming.

Odors After A Fire In Your Glendale Heights Home

Recovering from the aftermath of a household fire in Glendale Heights can be overwhelming. Professional fire restoration manages each necessary task to return your home to preloss condition. From water removal to soot and smoke mitigation to restoration of charred structural components, the response a restoration brings is multifaceted. Our team handles these issues and more.

When responding to fire damage in Glendale Heights, each step in the remediation plan is essential. Our IICRC trained crews follow proven protocols intended to mitigate the damage done by the firefighting efforts and the combustion of various materials inside your home. The care and hard work of our employees bring the interior of your dwelling back to the conditions you remember pre-fire.

SERVPRO can also address the smells that linger even after a comprehensive cleanup. As the fire raced through your home, a broad range of possession and building materials burned, and each sent microscopic particles into the air. The incompletely combusted items soil not only the walls and surfaces with soot, but also fill the air with noxious odors.

Ordinary air fresheners and solutions like candles only mask the smells. SERVPRO crews employ many strategies to eliminate the odors permanently. We start with the obvious -- removal of burned objects and thorough cleaning of sooty residues on every surface. A pack out of movable furnishings and objects to our production facility allows our technicians to use specialized equipment and products to remove odors as other crew members attend to your home’s structure.

If smells persist, recreating the conditions that allowed for odor penetration is the next step. SERVPRO uses thermal fogging to disperse deodorant products through a heated chamber. This process transforms the deodorizing substance into similarly sized particles that seek out and neutralize the odor-bearing particles.

We also consider innovative technologies like hydroxyl generators that cause a chemical reaction in the odor-bearing residues, ridding them of the malodors. SERVPRO is a fire damage restoration leader, always striving to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new and efficient ways to rid a home of fire-related odors. The terrifying memories of a home fire fade much more quickly if lingering smells disappear.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to resolve all aspects of professional fire restoration. Call SERVPRO at (630) 830-6236 as soon as the firefighters leave to begin a comprehensive fire damage recovery.

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"I Told You So!" Get Professional Water Removal and Cleanup for Your Addison Property--Call SERVPRO

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Addison Homes Cannot Hide Moisture and Water Damage from SERVPRO

The Risks of Inadequate Water Removal in Your Addison Home

When disasters strike your Addison home, it can feel overwhelming to get the mess cleaned up and return life to normal. While there are steps that you can take to help reduce the impact of water loss incidents, for example, there are risks associated with trying to take care of the full restoration aspect on your own. Understanding what could happen if water emergencies do not get appropriately cleaned up can help you to see the essential need for professional restoration.

Damages can occur quickly with a water loss incident in your Addison home, stretching far beyond your immediate need for water removal services. Additionally, these widespread concerns are not always readily seen by the naked eye, so many homeowners mistake the absence of damage for the resolution of it. In actuality, materials absorb moisture and retain water, allowing for the destruction of structural components and secondary effects after only a brief period.

Our objective at SERVPRO is to be available for our clients when they need us the most, as emergencies rarely happen within the convenient confines of traditional operating hours. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 to help you assess the damage to your home and to mitigate the situation beginning as soon as we arrive to limit the out of pocket expenses you might incur.

More than this, we strive to do a thorough job to help reduce the risk of unnecessary demolition and reconstruction when restoration is possible. We have tools that can help our SERVPRO technicians determine if the moisture has gotten successfully removed from the affected areas, like infrared thermal imaging technology and other detection equipment. These tools help our professionals isolate lingering effects and effectively remove all of the dampness to prevent worsening conditions for the homeowner.

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that water removal is as basic as using a mop and bucket to clean up pooling water on their floors. More often than not, the situation spreads quickly through materials and well out of the scope of conventional cleaning tools to become impossible for the homeowner to eliminate on their own successfully. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale professionals can help by contacting us today at (630) 830-6236.

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Necessary Tasks You Might Not Expect After Fire Damage In Glendale Heights

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you never suffered from the effects of a fire in your home some of the issues a property owner faces post-disaster can surprise you.

Fire Damage In Your Home

If you never suffered from the effects of a fire in your Glendale Heights home some of the issues a property owner faces post-disaster can surprise you. The specific circumstances of each fire vary, but many of the needed tasks are the same regardless of the cause or the extent of the damage. Our highly-qualified crew leads and technicians are familiar with the protocol and are ready to assist you.

After you watch the efforts of the firefighters as they save your Glendale Heights home, you appreciate just how much fire damage restoration involves water removal and damage control, as well as structural drying. It is smart to hire a company that does not limit the core services to one type of disaster. We ensure the crew we send to assist you in the aftermath of a fire is proficient in both water and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO attends first to the water removal issues for safety and practical reasons. Slip and fall injuries can occur and expose both inhabitants and our crew members to risk. Water and electricity do not mix, often causing at least a temporary disruption to your home’s power until the water exits the fire damaged areas. Hidden hazards underwater can injure residents of your home and our technicians.

Our service vehicles contain pumps and water extractors, as well as a full range of professional drying equipment in addition to the products and tools needed for fire damage clean up. Once we remove the water and begin drying your home’s structure, SERVPRO crew members can commence fire residue cleanup and evaluate other fire damage concerns.

Another problem created by fire concerns food you have stored on the shelf and even in refrigerators and freezers. Heat and soot can damage food in your pantry and cabinets, without regard to whether the contents are in sealed jars and boxes. The elevated temperatures during a fire can cause unsafe organisms to grow, and soot is often fine enough to contaminate food by moving around the threads on a jar lid or passing through a cardboard box. A power outage can make chilled and frozen food unsafe to eat, and soot can move into an appliance if the gaskets are not tight. SERVPRO technicians can help you determine what food needs disposal.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale considers all aspects of fire damage, offering assistance and advice on everything from water damage to tainted food. Call to have an experienced project manager assess your fire scene by dialing (630) 830-6236.

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Check Your Attic for Mold Damage Due to Clogged or Damaged Gutters After This Hot Wet Summer in Addison

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Addison Mold Remediation When Needed, Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Addison Home Owners to Help Prevent the Need for Mold Remediation

As autumn approaches, checking for mold growth linked to heavy rains in Addison is a wise move. The last part of summer was hot, wet and humid. If the gutters and downspouts on your home failed to collect and drain rainwater properly chances are good water leaking into your attic created an optimal environment for mold growth. Our experienced mold remediators can assess the situation and offer a solution if we find mold.

Gutters on your Addison home can contribute to mold damage if leaves and other debris clog them, forcing water to move into your home under shingles at the roof edge. If the gutters are already clogged, the leaves due to fall over the next few months can make the situation even worse. Checking the attic just under the eaves can reveal colonies of mold situated inside your house where the roofing materials allowed water to seep. Our remediation crews can pinpoint mold damage and devise a plan to remove it safely.

Mold in the attic is an issue you cannot ignore. The microbes continue to multiply and can move into living areas over time. SERVPRO’s abatement team can contain the outbreak and remove the active growth following the EPA protocol taught during IICRC certification for Applied Microbial Technicians. We take care to use barricades or negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent moldy debris from drifting through your home during removal. The technicians employ mechanical means to remove the mold, scraping, brushing, and using innovations like soda blasting to loosen mold from structures that are porous like wood framing.

Finding the mold is an opportunity for you to make repairs and adjustments in your roof drainage system before the snow flies. SERVPRO advises that moisture sources must be eliminated to ensure that mold damage does not continuously recur. Getting the gutter to flow freely ensures that water in all its forms, including ice dams, stays out of your attic along with mold damage.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is your local resource for high-quality mold remediation services. If you struggle with a mold issue, contact us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a consultation.

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Fast Response When Your Carol Stream Neighbor’s Plumbing Emergency Causes Water Damage to Your Business and Contents

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Loss in Your Carol Stream Retail Shop? Call SERVPRO Anytime--24/7

Unwelcome Water Loss to Your Shop in Carol Stream? Call SERVPRO

Carol Stream has many small shopping centers offering convenience and high-quality services to residents. Concentrating retail establishments near each other permits a quick one-stop shopping experience, each of the stores supporting the others as customers realize how easy it is to check off a long list of items when retailers set up shop together. Individual businesses rent the spaces, giving up control of the entire structure.

Shared walls and plumbing can make one Carol Stream’s store’s bad luck with water damage a crisis for neighboring businesses. An overflowing sink or toilet or break in a water supply line in an adjoining shop can damage your commercial space as the moisture migrates into your unit. Inventory, business records, and customer showrooms can all be harmed even if your portion of the joint plumbing system is in good shape and you have been a  careful tenant. We can help remove water and restore the damage if your issues are secondary to another shop’s trouble.

SERVPRO crew chiefs assess the damage done when water from a spill or flooding from an appliance or pipe break in another company makes its way into your otherwise secure retail space. We work with your insurance company closely as we develop and implement your water damage remediation plan. This is important in cases like this where the insurance carriers for the building owners or other tenants might have a responsibility to cover the costs for some of your content damages as well. Our clear and consistent documentation helps support your claim and limits out of pocket costs.

The SERVPRO team evaluates the damage done to your stored stock, business equipment, furnishings, and paperwork. We might recommend a pack out of at-risk contents to permit your landlord to respond better to the damage done to the building materials. Moving items to our production facility give our trained staff the space to examine the water damage away from your rented business space. We have solutions for water damaged documents, books, and electronics just to name a few of our technicians’ specialties.

When your shopping mall space suffers damage from water losses created by neighboring business tenants, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help. Our team is ready to assist with paperwork and a possible move out of your business contents as we also clean up and dry out your property. Call us for an assessment at (630) 830-6236.

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Overloaded Electrical Systems Can Threaten Your Bloomingdale Home

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damages often occur in Bloomingdale homes on account of mismanaged/overloaded outlets and electrical networks.

Overloaded Electrical Systems Can Cause A Fire

There are many instances in which disasters and emergencies within your Bloomingdale home can get avoided with the right knowledge and preparation. While instances exist outside of your control, many damaging incidents like fires can be prevented with the appropriate precautionary measures and awareness.

Fire damages often occur in Bloomingdale homes on account of mismanaged/overloaded outlets and electrical networks. Over time, the wiring of your electrical system throughout your home can fall victim to the elements, pests, or simple degradation with age. There are ways to keep this situation from developing into a fire that damages your home, however.

One of the first things that owners should consider is routine inspections of their electrical system and a working knowledge of its age and condition. While it might feel like a considerable cost out of pocket initially, it is less devastating than our SERVPRO professionals working to restore areas of your home once damaged wiring combusts and spreads a flame. Understanding more of what your system looks like and how it is protected from wear can provide you some peace of mind or at least an idea of what areas require immediate attention.

Another thing to consider as a homeowner is the load on every outlet in your house. These plugs are rated for a certain voltage, and demanding more power than the outlet can provide can overload your system and overheat the wiring causing ignition. In fortunate cases, the fire damage remains right around the outlet and does not spread far before extinguishment. Even with A limited spread, SERVPRO technicians like ours must still treat soot, smoke damages, and restore damage to drywall.

Fire damages might feel impossible to avoid at times, but with some preparation and precautionary measures, much of these circumstances can get avoided. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not consider this until after a fire has already occurred in their home. If you are currently combating these damage in your home, trust our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale fire damage technicians to help you overcome any obstacles towards returning your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call 24/7 at (630) 830-6236.

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Securing Professional Flood Restoration For Your Bloomingdale Home

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most challenging disasters for Bloomingdale residents to overcome in their houses is a flood.

Professional Flood Restoration

One of the most challenging disasters for Bloomingdale residents to overcome in their houses is a flood. With the speed in which this crisis is upon you to the damage that it can do in such a brief period, it can be overwhelming to contend with all of the effects of a natural disaster like this on your own. Professional restoration services are a good way to get the damage taken care of correctly and far more quickly than you could on your own.

One thing that you should keep in mind about flood damages affecting your Bloomingdale residence is the likelihood that others in the area have suffered the same effects that you have. While our SERVPRO professionals work to help all the community as efficiently as possible, the faster that you can secure this professional restoration work, the sooner that you can return your home to preloss conditions.

Our team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage that the flooding allowed in your house, but also work to lessen the immediate effects of this natural disaster in your home. Mitigation is a significant part of the restoration process, allowing it to be more efficient overall and to help keep your costs to a minimum to get this work done.

SERVPRO technicians lead the industry regarding our extensive training and certifications, allowing us to use the state-of-the-art equipment and practices to thoroughly clean and dry your home once flooding has occurred. Extraction plays one of the biggest roles in the restoration work, as pooling water can negatively affect your residence in several different ways. Drying involves several pieces of our equipment and gets accomplished beyond industry standards to ensure that your house is no longer at risk for compounding damages like mold and microbial growth.

A flood might give you little notice for the damage that it can do, but you can reach out to the professional restoration team of SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale just as quickly. Our experience and rapid response can help you get your home back to the way it should be as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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A Child With a Box of Matches Can Cause Fire Damage in a Glendale Heights Home

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Soot and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration for Glendale Heights Homes? Call SERVPRO

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Residue Cleanup Are a Vital Part of Fire Restoration Services Offered by SERVPRO 

Children are known to get up to mischief, but when that mischief leads to severe issues, such as fire damage, it becomes a problem. Matches, lighters, and candles should always be kept behind a child-proofed door inside of your home at all times. Otherwise, children are likely to find them and then play with them. While kids are known to get into things they are not supposed to touch, it is an entirely different situation when they find matches and then set the drapes inside of your bedroom on fire. Luckily, there is always help available close to your home when they accidents do occur.

We always make it a priority to arrive as swiftly as possible so we may begin the fire damage restoration inside of your Glendale Heights home. While the blaze this child set may not be inside your home nor a severely damaging fire, it could have burnt up your curtains, self-care products, and some of your clothing. As these products burn, they turn to ash and are carried around your bedroom alongside smoke. The quicker we can arrive at your home, the more likely we are to remediate the stains that have been left behind successfully.
SERVPRO uses advanced technology to help combat the fire damage inside of your home. Before we begin to remediate, we can set up air scrubbers with carbon filters. These devices can capture airborne particles and neutralize the foul odors that come hand-in-hand with fire damage.
After we clean up your bedroom by removing any ruined self-care products, clearing out your ruined drapes, and throwing away any destroyed clothing, SERVPRO can begin to address the soot. Our techs must investigate and prescribe the correct cleaning method, as there are ample products and procedures.
Here at SERVPRO, we tend to choose between lubricative, abrasive, and chemical cleaning products. Once we select a method, our technicians can focus on removing the soot from your bedroom. The final service that we can offer to you is our help making a list of the drapes, clothing, and self-care products that you lost in the fire for your insurance provider. This is provided on our CCIS, the Contents Claim Inventory Service.
Never hesitate when a fire breaks out in your home. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale as soon as possible by dialing (630) 830-6236. Night or day, we are always open to receive your call.

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Rainy, Hot, and Humid Summers Increase the Chance for Mold Damage in Bloomingdale

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture Encourages Mold Growth in Bloomingdale Properties--Help Is Close--SERVPRO

Mold Remediation and Information Concerning Bloomingdale Properties Courtesy of SERVPRO

If you and your Bloomingdale home have been lucky enough to avoid mold growth in the past, your good fortune might be coming to an end during this summer’s high heat and sticky dew points. If the extremes in weather we experience open the door to your home for mold growth we can help evict current colonies and make your house inhospitable to mold infestation.
Mold damage can seem like a game of chance in your Bloomingdale dwelling. Mold spores are opportunistic, always on the lookout for a steady source of moisture to jump-start their life cycle. Heavy rains can drive moisture through an open window or in between your exterior and interior walls if your gutter and downspout systems are outdated, damaged, or poorly attached. An AC system sized incorrectly for your house can fail to remove enough water vapor from the air to prevent mold spores from feeding on a condensation-slick wall, window, or drain. Our trained technicians know what to look for when dealing with warm-weather mold and have the remediation skills to abate the outbreak.
Often mold announces itself with an unpleasant musty stench. If you notice a new smell that does not dissipate, give us a call. To manage mold growth and the secondary issues that come with it, you must eliminate the moisture and follow proven procedures to rid the home of the current fungal infestation. SERVPRO employs the Environmental Protection Agency protocol, containing the mold-affected area then using appropriate methods to remove and dispose of the mold growth.
Our crew chief evaluates your home to pinpoint the mold colonies, often found in areas where the spores multiply out of sight. Mold needs oxygen, moisture, and a surface with access to organic residues to thrive. Wood framing, insulation, and drywall saturated with rain or dampened by high indoor humidity provide the perfect environment. SERVPRO contains the area, hidden or in full sight, before beginning removal.
We use physical barriers like heavy plastic or design and erect zones with the assistance of negative pressure air scrubbers. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment, and you and your family remain outside the zone. The mold is scraped, wiped, or loosened with abrasives like sodium bicarbonate. We bag and dispose of the moldy materials, vacuuming the area with HEPA filter-equipped tools. EPA-registered antimicrobials treat the exposed surfaces to inhibit a quick recurrence of the mold overgrowth. Your home is then ready for any restorative practices you or your contractor use to recover from the mold issues.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to contain and remove mold damage andy season of the year, even during the long, lazy days of summer. A call to (630) 830-6236 sets up a consultation with one of our experienced mold remediation experts.

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Why You Want to Hire Professionals for Water Damage Mitigation in Carol Stream

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Even the most necessary appliance such as the washing machine can malfunction leaving you with water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Water Damaged Scene Quickly to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Water emergencies in Carol Stream often occur without warning. The most common reasons for a water loss include unpredictable events like an appliance breakdown, a cracked pipe, or a few moments of inattention resulting in an overflow. Although the crisis might not come at a convenient time, you cannot put off the cleanup and drying. Our technicians and equipment are always ready to assist.
If a homeowner delays water damage mitigation in Carol Stream, permanent harm can come to a dwelling. Water must be removed and residual moisture reduced to normal levels in a matter of hours or a few days, at the latest. Failure to address the situation promptly can result in progressive deterioration of structural components and belongings, and microbial growth and damage can occur if more than 24 to 48 hours pass. Professionals such as our water damage mitigation teams concentrate on getting the water and moisture out fast, and our scalable work crews ensure this happens.
Homeowners have jobs, families, and other responsibilities that interfere with the need to react to water damage immediately. The hours and intensity of work needed to complete a water remediation job require a team of individuals. The tasks can be quite technical and require professional-grade equipment not readily available to a layperson. SERVPRO service vehicles have multiple pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers onboard. The abundance of proper tools and products, along with the IICRC trained technicians to employ them, make comprehensive water damage mitigation possible on the short deadline required to avoid secondary damage from the water incursion.
The professionals on the SERVPRO team have both the hands-on experience, as well as the training in the mitigation industry’s best practices, that gives us the confidence to preserve both structural components and personal possessions. They are ready for the competent contractors you hire to complete restoration and repairs after we stabilize and ready the premises. We work closely with your insurance during all aspects of the project, documenting information that supports successful claims. This reduces the out of pocket expenses you pay to recover from the water loss.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale commits to deliver a clean, dry, sanitized, and deodorized property after water damage. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 for a consultation.

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Water Damage From Sprinkler System In Addison

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

An automatic sprinkler system can cause water damage to your Addison home due to a number of reasons.

Water Damage From Sprinkler System

An automatic sprinkler system for your Addison home can be a real time saver and also keep your lawn and gardens looking great. Things can go wrong with an in-ground sprinkler system, some of which result in water damage to your home. Our water damage mitigation crew is ready to help you recover from this not-uncommon problem.

An automatic sprinkler system can cause water damage to your Addison home due to a number of reasons. Perhaps an underground leak saturates the ground around your foundation, forcing water to seep into your lower levels. Maybe the pre-set pattern sends water splashing through an open window or repeatedly on the same section of siding until it leaks through. No matter what is behind the problem, the result is the same. You have excess water saturating building materials in your home. We know how to remove moisture and dry out your home’s structural components.

The chances are good that the water damage done by the sprinkler system was not immediately obvious. By the time you call us, the water may have been soaking the walls, floors, or foundations for a while. It is important that as soon as you realize that the water invaded you get SERVPRO in to help.

We arrive ready to assess the scenario and get to work immediately. SERVPRO has the equipment necessary on each service vehicle, avoiding delays. If the water is more than 2 inches deep, we use submersible pumps to remove it. Then our high-efficiency extractors take over, pulling water out of carpeting and hard to reach crevices. If hardwood floors are wet, we might use drying mats to pull water vapor out, heated air passing over the surface to encourage moisture to move out of the flooring.

Throughout the process we measure the moisture content of all surfaces and fixtures, using the baseline levels to determine drying goals. We monitor the dropping levels to inform us when the drying effort completes. As we work through the steps, SERVPRO crew members aim to dry the space out completely. We also use EPA registered disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth and prevent the development of unpleasant odors. Once our crew completes drying out the affected areas, you can investigate the sprinkler issues with the vendor who installed them.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers water damage mitigation services for residents of our served communities. Call (630) 830-6236 immediately after discovering water damage. We answer 24/7, 365 days of the year.

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Awaiting Mold Damage Remediation -- Protecting Your Bloomingdale Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Bloomingdale Mold Remediation Includes Cleanup and Containment -- Count on the Expertise of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips and Information for Commercial Entities Concerned with a Mold Outbreak

If you suspect mold infests your Bloomingdale business, avoid taking matters into your own or your staff’s hands. Cleanup and disinfection of mold damage require close adherence to research-based EPA protocols to ensure safety for you, your employees, and your customers. We provide local businesses with highly trained remediation crews to abate mold damage. Here are some tips to take until we arrive.

Evacuate the Mold Affected Area in Your Bloomingdale Business
Although panic among those in the vicinity of the mold outbreak is unnecessary, some individuals have allergies to or are otherwise sensitive to mold spores or the byproducts of mold growth such as mycotoxins. Simply stated: mold can cause health effects. Your workforce and customers should avoid the area until we have a chance to assess, plan for, and complete the mold remediation. Shut off HVAC systems supplying the mold-infested space. Disturb things as little as possible, with furnishings, fixtures, and other contents staying in the space for evaluation and remediation treatment by our experts.
Resist Any Pressure For Further Mold Testing
If you can see and smell the mold, there is rarely a need for expensive testing. As our SERVPRO crew prepares for and completes your mold remediation, we inspect diligently to determine the extent of the mold damage, including in hidden and unexpected areas. If we feel mold testing is necessary for safety and the protection of your structure, we discuss it with you before arranging for it. This testing would involve a third party.
Leave The Cleanup To Us
Mold spreads easily, even on the uniforms and cleaning equipment of dedicated business maintenance workers. SERVPRO observes proper containment procedures during mold removal and disinfection, using EPA registered antimicrobials and following all applicable disposal regulations. It is unlikely your cleaning team is familiar with or possesses the materials for the level of containment needed, including blocking off the area with heavy plastic sheeting and specialized equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers and ductwork to exhaust the airborne mold and debris.
Your usual cleaning crew is better used elsewhere on your commercial property until we abate the mold damage. Many cleaning products and methods can encourage mold, especially water-based cleaners that saturate porous surfaces. Housekeeping crews unfamiliar with the lifecycle of fungi may use bleach to lighten mold stains and cover up musty smells with air fresheners. Neither of these strategies reliably kill or remove mold but can mask the problem, allowing the microbial growth to rebound and proliferate.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers dependable mold remediation services for the businesses in our community. Contact us for an evaluation of your suspected mold problem at (630) 830-6236.

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Appliance Malfunction Requires Water Removal In Addison

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

If one of your homes many surprises is water leaking from a water heater, count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO after an appliance causes water damage

Addison homes contain many labor saving and comfort enhancing appliances that use, manage, or condition water. Dishwashers, water softeners, water heaters, washing machines, ice makers, and even air conditioners can put your residence at risk of a water loss. Some of these scenarios require professional assistance to remove large quantities of water, and our team can help.

A water heater has a typical life expectancy of 8 to 10 years, although it is difficult to predict when its breakdown might flood your Addison home. Water removal of the 50 or more gallons a heater holds is a challenge. If the water main continues to supply the heater after it cracks or otherwise leaks the quantity of water can be even higher. The high-efficiency equipment we carry on our service vehicles is up to the task.

When the SERVPRO team arrives, the first concern is making sure the water supply to the broken heater is shut off. Then we assess for safety as electrical connections near the heater can expose those in the area to the risk of shock. If we determine the power must be shut down temporarily, water removal efforts still move forward as our submersible pumps and water extractors can be truck-mounted, using our portable electricity generating capacity.

The SERVPRO crew members position the pumps to remove the water as quickly as possible. Managing the water while it is still Category One and clean means no containment or hazardous waste removal precautions are needed. Once the majority of the water drains via a pump, our employees use wanded extractors to remove water in hard to reach areas and floor coverings.

We employ moisture meters to give baseline structural saturation information. Infrared scanners also help us find pockets of trapped water in the affected space. It is crucial to detect all the pooled water and use effective strategies to eliminate it. Options include removing sections of drywall or paneling, drilling holes in the mortar joints of cinder block construction, and suctioning it from above, using extenders on our industrial strength extractors.

SERVPRO crew leads determine drying goals using their IICRC training and the data obtained from the meters and scanners. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers remove the remaining water trapped in structural components. A balance of temperature, air movement, and humidity control pulls the moisture into the drier air where it can be condensed, contained, and removed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed to remove large quantities of water fast. Call (630) 830-6236 when appliances fail, and we respond with a plan that results in a positive outcome fast.

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Mitigation and Restoration of a Home with Flood Damage in Addison

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture readers like this help us pinpoint the areas affected by flood damage

Restoring flood damage to your home

Flooding can remain slight and only a few inches to cause problems for a home in Addison. While a loss of life rarely happens when floodwaters rise only slightly, the amount of damage done to the houses and businesses in the affected area can steadily rise with time. This increase in restoration costs increases because the interiors of buildings steadily but slowly sustain additional damages from the elevated moisture trapped inside them.

Homeowners in Addison can avoid this ongoing increase of flood damage in their property with restorative mitigation services. SERVPRO technicians receive continuing training and education and earn certifications from the IICRC in various fields in restoration science. We carry out the tasks of clearing away debris and ruined materials, help you decide on the care or disposal of personal belongings, and mitigate the odors left behind after we extract the standing water invading your home.

We also perform the drying out procedures needed to restore the home's interior to a reasonable range of humidity. Replacing damaged materials in a still-damp home only invites microbial populations to colonize inside where they can destroy new and existing materials. Water damage can also steadily happen until we remove excess moisture.

SERVPRO also partners with licensed electricians and other contractors to help ensure that your home's interior not only looks perfect again but also that it functions safely for you and your family members. Flooding can severely damage electrical conduits and destroy wiring. While everything may seem intact, system components can contain rust, corrosion, and even small breaks that can lead to fire or electrical shock. Finding these damaged areas requires a skilled and licensed electrician who can perform the necessary testing. After any electrical or other utility services' components function correctly and safely can we then begin the restorative work needed by bringing in new materials to replace the ones we removed from your home.

Cleaning your home's surfaces and ensuring that pathogens do not pose a risk to any occupants helps remove some of the odor-causing material, as does removing the debris left behind. When odors persist, as they often do, we can eliminate these smells with odor control techniques.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help your family move back home faster after a disaster involving flood damage. Getting things back to normal greatly reduces the ongoing stress most families experience after such a disaster. Call us 24/7, any time of the year, at our local number, (630) 830-6236, if you live in the Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, or Wheaton areas.

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Quick And Non-Disruptive Recovery From Commercial Water Damage In Addison

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Expert Tools for Water Damage Prevention and Rapid Recovery in the Addison Area

SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Can Mitigate and Possibly Prevent Water Damaging Events

Businesses in Addison make plans for many contingencies, and recovery from water damage should be one of them. Your commercial activity need not come to a complete halt when a water emergency occurs. We work with many businesses and individuals to craft a plan to help respond swiftly and comprehensively if disaster strikes.
When water damages a company’s property in Addison, part of the concern felt by the owner relates to the fear of significant downtime for the business. A proactive approach business can take is to develop an Emergency READY Plan (ERP) with us for all disasters, including water losses. Limit damage and get the business back to full operation fast with this tool.
The first step is to schedule an assessment with a member of SERVPRO’s experienced management team. This no-obligation inspection of your commercial space permits us to evaluate how a water loss may impact your provision of services, production areas, offices, and storage. We make practical suggestions to ensure water incursions from any source does the least damage.
Examples might be to remove inventory from low lying areas or to make repairs to locations and systems where your building shows water invasion vulnerability. Our SERVPRO representative snaps pictures and sketches diagrams to help us predict the tasks necessary for a potential water damage recovery plan customized to your specific circumstances. Having this information allows us to hit the ground running if we receive a call from your business about water damage.
We also use the information you enter via our Emergency READY Profile app to further personalize your plan. You list SERVPRO as your preferred provider of water damage restoration services and designate one or more trusted employees or family members to authorize the commencement of work if you are unavailable when a water damage scenario occurs. List for us vendors and contractors who can help us restore your equipment and systems to working order quickly.
You and the SERVPRO team prioritize the areas to be remediated first to allow for at least partial business operation during restoration. We concentrate our efforts there upon arrival. Your staff can then continue to meet your customer’s needs while we attend to the water removal and drying in the remaining areas of your physical plant. This scenario depends on the severity of the water intrusion and the damage incurred.
Team up with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to protect your business from significant disturbance when water damage is a problem. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a free walk-through of your commercial property so we can plan for a problem we both hope never occurs.

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Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in West Chicago

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Place Electronics High Above a Floodline If Storms Threaten West Chicago

SERVPRO Tip--Prepare for Impending Flooding by Protecting Your Possessions

While flood damage in West Chicago can come suddenly and without much time to prepare, there are some things you can do in advance to help mitigate your financial losses in the disaster. Many valuable belongings in the average American home are very susceptible to water and especially flood damage, but some manageable mindfulness can help to protect these objects from all but the worst disasters. Make use of these protective measures to better survive any future disasters in your home.
Make Use of Airtight Bins and High Places
Airtight plastic containers can very effectively protect many smaller objects in your West Chicago home from flood damage. These containers and bins should be cheap and plentiful at nearby grocery stores, as they are commonly used to seal and store food for extended periods of time. Electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other belongings can be organized, stored, and protected with these bins, especially if they are placed in cabinets or shelves high above where floodwaters usually reach. Big-box home improvement centers offer a wide range of waterproof containers, especially for larger items or amounts.
Cover Electronics in Plastic Sheets
If you know a flood may arrive soon, you may be able to protect larger electronics and water-sensitive objects by wrapping them in plastic. While these sheets may offer little protection against physical damage and standing water, they may be able to provide enough resistance to light flooding to save expensive belongings. By keeping the high humidity after water intrusion off these devices can keep chips and microswitches dry. Plastic tarps or sheets are ideal for this purpose, but plastic wrap and tape can also help.
Remove Furniture Cushions
While moving furniture before a flood hits may be impossible, you may be able to mitigate damage to couches, chairs, and other objects by removing cushions and pillows. These should be relatively easy to remove and place high above floodwaters. This removal and elevation help to prevent color bleed in the fabric and reduces the risk of mold damage later on.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale provides expert flood damage mitigation and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us at the first sign of flood damage to your home at (630) 830-6236.

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Common Places Homeowners Find Mold Damage in Their West Chicago Homes

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

When you discover mold during your cleaning process, contacting SERVPRO is the best recourse. Call right away for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Cause of the Current Mold Infestation and Offer Changes to Prevent a Recurrence

Spring cleaning time lurks right around the corner in West Chicago. Many homeowners might find long-lost items while others might find less appealing surprises. During the long winter months, conditions can develop that lead to damaged areas in the home.
Homes in the area can develop mold damage in West Chicago slowly and wholly hidden away, keeping homeowners in the dark about how much microbial activity takes place. Once homeowners begin clearing away accumulated dust and moving things around to clean behind and under furniture, inside cabinetry, and other often neglected areas, the true scope of any damage begins making itself apparent.
Most often, residents find mold damage in damper areas, such as under sinks and behind washers with leaky hoses. Other locations exist, though, and checking for the presence of mold provides the first step in protecting the rest of the home. The locations include entire areas, as well as smaller nooks and crannies.
Both attics and basements accumulate moisture during the winter because they often contain less insulating material while they also receive little or no heat. Constant fluctuations mean condensation continually happens as your home breathes. Heating systems move microbes and spores around your home's interior, but many locations do not provide suitable sustenance to any microbes drifting to them. Attics and basements do, however, provide the moisture as well as the consumable cellulose these microbes require.
Window frames and the walls surrounding them often harbor copious amounts of mold that fed off the wetter air that seeped into your home through tiny cracks. Now that we can enjoy the warmer weather, leaving windows open seems like an excellent idea, but doing so can allow stationary mold to more swiftly enter your home. Mold can grow on screens, also, making it even more likely windier days pushes more microbes inward.
Hot showers in the bathroom, even with the exhaust fan turned on, can introduce microbes into your vent system. Ensuring that duct and vent attachments retain their seals helps keep excessive mold out of your home. The smallest split in a seam or loosened seal at the vent can permit thousands of microbes to enter your attic, significantly adding to any existing microbial populations, and risking contamination of other vents. These other vents might lead to your heating and cooling systems.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you make Spring Cleaning time more efficient and result in a much safer and healthier home for your family. Contacting us at (630) 830-6236 can help protect your family from the possible health effects of mold, and also restore your home from any mold damage found, so it is "Like it never even happened."

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Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Carol Stream Saves Your Business's Reputation

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes and failed plumbing can cause extensive water damage to your business requiring professional commercial water damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Commercial Water Damage

Carol Stream’s residents rely on local businesses to provide services and goods nearby. Convenience and a sense of community are essential to the success of your company and drive our mission to support your enterprise if water damage threatens its day to day operations. Trained technicians, proven strategies, and efficient equipment are the strength we bring to your disaster.

Retail outlets in Carol Stream can suffer water damage because of aging infrastructure. Small leaks and minor intrusions of moisture progressively damage commercial buildings. Responding immediately and keeping insignificant water leak issues in line is the preferred course, but if water damage goes unnoticed, our crews can still bring your store or shop back to its “Grand Opening” condition.

Sixty years passed since the incorporation of our village, and some of the buildings can show their age with aging plumbing and decades of water intrusion. SERVPRO specializes in inspecting for hidden water issues so that our restoration efforts are complete. Water is very destructive and can lead to secondary issues such as mold infestations and crumbling building materials if not resolved. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians master readies our crews for even tricky water damage restoration projects.

SERVPRO’s goal is to restore rather than demolish and remodel commercial interiors. We also follow protocols that contain the areas affected while you can continue operating your business in unsullied areas of your property. This flexibility ensures that your reputation as a reliable provider of goods and services does not take a hit during a water damage restoration project.

We isolate the source of water causing damage and make arrangements to have plumbing, leaky roofs, or poorly draining gutter systems repaired. Our SERVPRO crew pinpoints areas of standing water or pooled up pockets of moisture behind walls or in recesses. Depending on the depth of the water, we use submersible pumps or extractors to evacuate the moisture. Weighted wands help us pull moisture from saturated carpeting, working toward drying both carpet and padding in place.

Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters assist in achieving drying goals. Our crew members are expert in measuring moisture levels in building materials, monitoring the reduction in dampness throughout the drying cycle to meet the goal set. SERVPRO technicians touch up painting and other finishes as final effort to bring your retail space back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is eager to assist with your commercial water damage needs. We live in and enjoy this area and are proud to offer expert commercial water damage remediation after your call to (630) 830-6236.

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Older Glendale Heights Homes are More Prone to Flood Damage

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

If your home suffers damage after a flash flood, call our SERVPRO technicians to restore your home and prevent further damage.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as Possible if You Experience Flood Damage in Your Home

Your Glendale Heights home might not be as well prepared for flash flooding as you thought. The problem could go all the way back to the home’s initial construction, what sort of drainage had gotten installed to divert water away from the foundation of your home. French drains are now understood to play a critical role in water diversion from this vulnerable area of your house, but if your home does not have one installed, you are just biding your time until the blocks used in the construction of the basement floor of your home weaken enough to allow water penetration.

Modern construction is very heavy-laden with water diversion equipment and waterproofing on the exterior (and even interior) to prevent flood damage to your Glendale Heights residence. Unfortunately, if your home got built even a few decades ago, a lot of what gets deemed critical processes now merely was not that crucial to protecting your home back then to residential contractors. The downside is that your home is inherently weaker and more prone to the damage that excessive water from natural disasters can do.

When water can penetrate vulnerable gaps and crevices in the joints of the blockwork used in the construction of your basement, these points become weaker and broader the more exposure they endure. Soon, water can enter your home unabated, which in a situation like flash flooding, could prove disastrous. Your best solution is reaching out to SERVPRO quickly to help limit the damage to the structural components of your home and help to prevent irreparable damages to the contents of what you store on the lower levels of your house.

Extraction is a large part of the process, but even this is only effective for a short time. The real solution to your problem, coinciding with the restoration process, is to repair the damage present in the foundation of your home. This solution might include installing a sump pump in the basement or could be as simple as repairing vulnerable areas of the block with a patch of hydraulic cement.

Restoration of your home following flood damage is something that should happen as quickly as possible. The longer that you wait, the more that structural elements can weaken and the likelihood increases that they need to get replaced. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today at (630) 830-6236.

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Why Mold Damage In Your Lombard House Should Be Dealt With Promptly

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a Petri Dish Is Better Than In Your Lombard Home. For Remediation Contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tip: Fix Leaks Fast, Stop Mold Fast

Small leaks underneath sinks and drips from the exposed pipes in your Lombard home might not seem like that pressing of an issue, but they could result in something much worse than a slightly elevated utility bill every month. With the right temperatures combining with naturally occurring spores in the air that we breathe, you could have all of the necessary components to allow fungal growth in the area around this moisture.
The trouble with slight plumbing concerns like what got mentioned earlier is that you often are not checking on these areas to see if they have gotten any worse. You might go weeks or months before you even know that mold has started to sprout on the organic surfaces surrounding this small leak in your piping system. Now, you have mold damage in your Lombard residence that is spreading farther and thriving more every day.
Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO professionals get trained to the high standards of the IICRC. They set the bar for high-quality mold remediation techniques and strategies, and every technician gets upheld to these higher standards to come and work on your home. From the moment that we arrive, our assessment of the affected area offers the information needed to focus our efforts and quarantine the area where the colonies grow and thrive.
Ultimately, one the priorities for the remediation specialists working at your home is to prevent the spread of active spores to new areas of your home. This process gets simplified through the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters as well as negative air chambers, depending on the circumstances. Eliminating the source of the moisture in the area is another critical component to the process, and this typically gets achieved through the use of dehumidification equipment and the repair of the leak

that started the problem in the first place.
Mold damage in your home does not have to be something that you contend with alone. You can trust the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help you reclaim your home. Give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

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Why You Need Cleaning Services When You Face Fire Damage in Lombard

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage seems overwhelming, contact the technicians at SERVPRO to help you deal with the damage including insurance claims.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal With ALL Aspects of Damage After a Fire

Even after that fire has been put off, you need restorative services to address fire damage on your property. Restoration is meant to return your structure to its preloss state, and the level of damage usually determines the procedures to use. If you are a resident in Lombard, you have to take all safety concerns seriously before the restoration process can start.
Our SERVPRO team advises you to limit movement in your home after a fire damage incident in Lombard so that you do not end up embedding soot particles into your carpets and upholstery. After all, you do not know how safe the structure is, and it is advisable to wait until we do an assessment. We check whether there are cracks in the floors and walls, whether the ceiling tiles are intact, and switch off electrical circuits.
If you also need to reduce a fire damage claim's cost, then you have to seek for restoration and cleaning services. By doing that, you can salvage most of your contents and avoid replacing some items and resurfacing specific areas. Our SERVPRO team understands the cleaning elements and principles and chooses the most appropriate procedure, depending on the situation we are addressing.
To successfully clean the smoke-damaged items, we trace the source of the fire and then assess how far the smoke particles have moved. We also look at the type of particles when establishing cleaning methods. Different surfaces need different cleaning methods for them to be restorable. We are careful with the process we choose, and after capturing and removing the residues, we have to do the disposal.
We know that temperature is so crucial when cleaning items since it increases chemical reactions by making molecules in the cleaning solutions to move faster. It also decreases the surface tension of the cleaning solutions and causes them to penetrate into surfaces. After that, we can then dry your items and wet areas and perform deodorization to prevent the possibility of bacterial and fungi growth.
At SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether in commercial or residential premises. Call us at (630) 830-6236 at any time of the day and be served by a trusted industry leader.
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Crawl Space Water Damage In Your Lombard Home

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a crawl space under your Lombard home, water can enter into from various sources.

Water Damage In Your Home

When you have a crawl space under your Lombard home, water can enter into from various sources. These include plumbing leaks, groundwater, and heavy rain. While water itself might not cause problems outside of a wet crawl space, moisture which evaporates from that water can cause problems. Mold, wood rot, high electric bills, and mildew are all possible from humidity in your crawl space.

A small crack in your foundation can be the culprit to your crawl space moisture as well. However, no matter what the situation is, you should get it taken care of a soon as you can to avoid additional water damage to your Lombard home. Our SERVPRO staff is always standing by to assist you with an emergency like this, and we have the equipment to be able to get into tighter spaces as well.

Since working in water-damaged crawl spaces can be a challenge due to small access doors which makes equipment challenging to pass through, we have to work carefully. Even if the door is large enough to pass equipment through, the space itself can lack adequate room for a dehumidifier to stand upright. We may need to remove insulation to help us work.

SERVPRO staff also checks for electrical hazards which may be present and ensure that electrical circuits going under your home are deactivated. The water in crawl spaces is usually black or gray because of dirt floors, so we also wear appropriate safety equipment.

We can then remove the standing water from the crawl space. Finding the lowest point, we use a submersible pump to get rid of the majority of the water. Once it is removed, we then figure out the best way to dry out the structural parts of your floor. We block off foundation vents unless we can use an open drying system.

If possible, we place dehumidifiers and air movers in the crawl space to finish the drying. We might need to remove a section of the floor or other methods if they do not fit. We also tent the area off to create a smaller drying area.

We can use a flex hose as a duct if our equipment does not fit so air can be moved from dehumidifiers into the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the outlet of the dehumidifier to vent dry air into spaces which are small.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has different methods of drying the crawl space in your home in Addison, Glen Ellyn, or Lombard when space is tight. Call us at (630) 830-6236 as soon as you realize a problem, and we work with you to get your home dry and safe again.

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Why You Need to Respond Quickly to Water Damage in Your Lombard Office

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the training and expertise to handle your important files and equipment damaged during a water emergency.

SERVPRO Restores Your Business Quickly and Gets Your Doors Open Sooner

Your office building might seem like it is always open and operating, but that might also be a testament to the commitment that you have to the clients you serve and the community around you. When you have an emergency that threatens this same commitment that you uphold to your clients, it is a situation that demands resolution quickly and efficiently. To make matters worse, water emergencies can threaten not only the productivity of the office building itself but also threaten to irreparably damage equipment and sensitive files if it does not get dealt with promptly.

When water damage threatens your Lombard facility, you have many concerns that are racing through your mind. Handling each of these concerns for your staff and your clients can keep your hands full enough, so it is easy to hand off the restoration to a qualified professional to oversee getting your building back on its feet.

A water emergency can present itself in several different ways, from the bursting of indoor plumbing to the malfunctions of fire prevention equipment like the sprinkler systems. Both can leave large volumes of water in the affected areas, not to mention requires being physically turned off to prevent water from continuously flowing through the break or separation. By the time that the problem gets noticed, a significant emergency situation could be on your hands.

However, permitting SERVPRO to oversee the restoration needs you have can also easily get attributed to your need to get the office back up and running as quickly as possible. Not only do the clients that you serve depend on your facility being open and accessible to them as they need it, the staff that occupies the building also depends on their weekly hours to support their families and pay the bills that they have.

When a water damage emergency threatens your facility, regardless of the severity of the problem, time is of the essence. With so much riding on the business being open and available, trust the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team. You can reach us anytime you need us at (630) 830-6236.

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Protecting Your Lombard Home's Garage From Flood Damage

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first areas affected by excess water after a storm is the garage of your Lombard area home.

Protecting Your From Flood Damage

One of the first areas affected by excess water after a storm is the garage of your Lombard area home. Flooding here can lead to significant damages that also prevent you from performing daily activities. However, you can help prevent flooding in your garage by following a few simple tips.

If you find yourself dealing with flood damage of any kind on your Lombard area property, call a professional for help eliminating the problem immediately. Remember, taking swift; decisive action can help prevent additional damages, contamination, and corrosion that takes a severe toll on your home over time.

Provide your garage with the proper protection against water intrusion by maintaining weatherstripping or water sealants where necessary. Seals around your garage door, windows, and doors can efficiently prevent minor flooding. However, these seals degrade over time, so maintenance is essential to prevent significant damage to your property.

You can have your home and garage inspected by a qualified professional that understands how water behaves. SERVPRO can help you identify existing problems and give you suggestions about which steps to take to protect your property. Things such as checking your foundation for cracks or additional damage can prevent water from seeping into your home, making unprotected areas less vulnerable during a flood.

Have the drainage around your home maintained regularly. Broken gutters and downspouts play a significant role in protecting your home, as does drainage, backflow valves, and sump pumps. Having the proper drainage installed along your driveway can help lead excess water away from your structure, serving as a second line of defense against flooding.

When flood barriers or sandbags fail, the installation of flood vents allows flood waters to enter and exit your garage unobstructed, preventing water build-up that allows standing water to damage your property and stored belongings. SERVPRO technicians can help you prepare your garage and home against flood damage that might occur in your area.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, giving you full access to the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to clean and restore your home successfully, today (630) 830-6236.

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Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Lombard Homes

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread very quickly through your home once the right conditions exist. Contact SERVPRO for advice, remediation and preventative actions.

Defining SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

Every Lombard home has mold spores in the air and on many surfaces. These spores are usually inert, meaning they are no more of a threat to home and health than regular house dust. Only when the spores have the right environment of moisture, a food source, and the right temperature, do they expand and grow into a problem.
To combat Lombard mold damage, SERVPRO has developed a four-step method that is effective in every home. Depending on the amount of mold present, each step in the process may not be necessary, but for most tasks, containment, removal, cleaning and drying are basic requirements.
Establishing containment is our first step if there is even a remote chance our actions could spread the mold to unaffected parts of the home. We seal off all entry points, to include doors, windows, and even the heating and air vents with plastic sheeting. Inside this area, we create negative air pressure. It forces the air inside, along with any loose spores, outside of the home. For large, contaminated areas we also establish a decontamination room so we can leave our tools, coveralls, and protective gear inside to prevent spreading mold.
Now, we remove the mold from the surfaces. How we do this depends if the items are porous or non-porous. Carpets and fabrics like upholstery are porous, which require more effort than simply wiping them down with a sponge or cloth sprayed with an anti-fungal cleaning agent. SERVPRO technicians have to dispose of property with porous surfaces much more often than the non-porous items.
Items with non-porous surfaces include kitchen countertops and non-upholstered furniture. Usually, we can wipe the mold off by hand, but if the layer is very thick, we bring in commercial vacuums with HEPA filters. These are designed specifically to capture mold spores and can lift even a single one off of a surface.
Next, we allow any airborne spores to settle. Removal always stirs up the air and dust in the affected area. Once enough time has passed, we wipe down every surface and repeat until the air inside the area tests at normal levels.
Our last step is to dry the affected area to prevent new mold growth. We install dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and set up air movers to force warm air over any surfaces we previously damped or soaked with cleaning agents.
If you have or suspect there is mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today at (630) 830-6236. We are here to help, so call today with questions or to schedule a visit.

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Getting Professional Restoration Assistance for Fire Damage to Your West Chicago Home

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO works quickly to restore your home from smoke and fire damage, along with the water damage caused by efforts used to put the fire out.

SERVPRO is Here when Your Home Experiences Fire Damage

When your West Chicago home falls victim to a fire, you might be overwhelmed with all of the damage that it has done. Even without resounding structural impairment, the lingering effects of both the blaze and the extinguishing efforts require immediate attention to continue to live in your house comfortably. A typical complaint for those that have recently endured similar incidents like this in their own homes is the lingering smoke smell and water damage that resulted from extinguishing efforts.

While the fire damage to your West Chicago home might seem hard to grasp at first, there is professional restoration help that is only a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team consists of IICRC certified specialists with the tools and expertise to handle even the most serious of disasters. When a lasting foul odor and excessive water damage are left behind after a recent fire in your home, our team is well equipped to combat these effects.

Water damage following fire extinguishing can be challenging to live with, especially if there is standing water still left in the affected areas of your home. When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive, our focus is preventing damages from getting any worse. We do this by boarding up or tarping over any windows that have gotten broken out or present holes in your walls or roof. This coverage prevents further elemental damage while the extraction and drying parts of our restoration process are underway.

Our extraction techniques involve using truck mounted pumps, portable submersible pumps, and wet vacs. The combined efforts of all of this equipment successfully pull up standing water and allow for the drying portion of the process to get started. Drying typically gets accomplished using air movers directed at lasting moisture in the floors and walls of the affected area.

Deodorization is part of our restoration process to handle the lingering smoke smell that can also be hard to manage. We utilize some different tools such as foggers and ozone machines to affect the noxious smell at a molecular level. Our odorless chemical compounds react with foul odor molecules and nullify them entirely.

Fire damage does not have to be an overwhelming experience for you to face alone. Call our experienced SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team whenever disaster strikes. We can be reached anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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There Is Hope After a Water Damage Disaster in West Chicago

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO right away to dry out your property and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO's Quick Response and Remediation Efforts Are Key to a Great Outcome

Water damage can result in significant losses and inconvenience, primarily if you fail to handle when the situation as soon as possible. As a West Chicago resident, you should ensure that you can contact a professional organization that specializes in water removal and restoration activities.
In case you experience any incidence of water damage in the West Chicago area, you can always rely on the services of SERVPRO. Our highly competent technicians can respond swiftly to the situation thus mitigating the damages that you might suffer. We aim to ensure that your home is fully restored to enable you to get back to your daily life.
SERVPRO follows a strict protocol while handling water damage cases. First and foremost, we can safely remove and store all the furniture, electronics, carpet and other items that could be present in your home. We can then identify the type of water since the removal approach depends on the nature of the water. Our company can classify the water as category 1, 2 and 3 which refers to clean, gray and black water respectively. We can then pump out the water, and this exercise is an essential exercise since it enables us to get rid of most of the water.
To ensure that your property is moisture free; our SERVPRO technicians can also employ the use of air movers that facilitate drying and free-flow of air. Excess humidity is another aspect that we are adequately equipped to handle, and we do this by using the dehumidifiers. Most often than not, we encounter situations that require us to dry other household items such as furniture, photos, and paintings. To hasten the drying process, we can use specialized dryers for drying various household items, and this is vital in restoring your house to its original state.
Please contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale on (630) 830-6236 for all your water damage and restoration needs. Call us at any time to learn more about what we offer.

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Prepare for Possible Water Damage in West Chicago Food Processing Plant

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile Plan so that we can get to work faster during a water damage emergency at your business.

Planning Ahead for Water Damage Can Help Minimize Your Losses

West Chicago is home to several large commercial food processing firms. The work in a meat processing plant requires pure, clean water in large quantities. If a leak or break results in water incursion into the production areas health and safety concerns demand that the water damage is remediated fast. Our experienced work crews are up to the challenge.

When cracked or corroded plumbing causes water damage throughout meat preparation areas in your West Chicago business you must act immediately or risk a shutdown. Working hand in hand with our recovery and restoration experts even before the water loss event is the wisest course. The more we know about your business beforehand, the swifter and more focused our response.

Effective damage remediation requires first that the main source of the water be shut off. Then our crews get to work removing water with truck mounted pumps and high-efficiency extractors. We can work even if the electricity is shut down for a time at your plant because we carry power generators with us. If you and our managers developed a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) before the water emergency, our team is much better prepared to find and remove all water and then get on with the tasks of drying out your commercial space.

Once the standing water is evacuated, commercial-sized air movers and dehumidifiers take on the goal of reducing air and structural moisture levels to normal readings. During our assessment of your plant for the ERP, we note the type of building materials that will be soaked if flooding or leaking occurs. We are armed with the industry’s recommendations for drying targets given your company’s situation and work ceaselessly to achieve it if the worst happens.

The ERP provides us with floor plans, the location of utility lines and shutoffs, and the names and contacts of your vital contractors. To be sure that no time is lost, you designate trusted employees or executives to approve calling and engaging our services. SERVPRO stresses with business owners that speed is of the highest importance when dealing with water damage. If we demonstrate you chose us as your approved restoration contractor, we can get on with the work of remediating the water damage in your factory or other business without losing valuable time.

You are given a chance to communicate with us how your business works and what your preferred priorities are when the restoration of your water damaged premises begins. We can walk you through every step needed to return your business to its preloss condition, ready to continue production. We can develop options to keep at least part of your business running while we restore the rest.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale prepares every day to be ready for the opportunity to serve you should a water damage disaster occur. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 so we can work together to create a plan that minimizes your business's time down while recovering from a variety of emergencies.

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Sudden Flood Damage Incidents To Your Lombard Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Basement Water-Proofing Can Mitigate Flood Damage in Lombard

Foundations Can Suffer from Broken Water Lines Needing Fast Help from SERVPRO

Main lines are a critical component of a water distribution system. When a line breaks or ruptures near your Lombard home, the highly pressurized water contained in the pipe finds the path of least resistance to the surface and erupt violently. Until utility workers can shut the portion of the line down for repairs, thousands of gallons of water can flow from the ground and onto your neighboring property.
As unfortunate as this occurrence might be, it gets worse when your foundation is not built to prevent water penetration from this sudden flooding event adequately. Even once the water line has been successfully shut down, and the crew is working to repair it, you get left with a substantial amount of water pooling in your lower levels. This flood damage to your Lombard home might seem overwhelming, but you do not have to go about it alone. This is not a simple water removal event, but more like a catastrophic natural weather circumstance.
Our experienced SERVPRO professionals work quickly to ensure that the present water is not allowed to get any worse. If water is still accessing your home, our priority is to first close off the points of entry temporarily with hydraulic cement. The sealing allows our team to resume water extraction efforts and drying to remove potential threats for more extensive damages. We may require partnering with other companies to mitigate on-going water intrusion adequately.
The extraction process in these cases likely involves a pump truck from our fleet, as this is the most efficient means of removing high volumes of water. Given that even with a fast response time to the main line break, valves are not able to be instantaneously shut off, meaning that you are contending with substantial water in your basement level.
Our SERVPRO technicians thoroughly dry the area using air movers and other equipment to prevent the possibility of mold growth. Once the initial damage gets restored in the basement, infrared cameras are used to determine if water damage exists out of the line of sight. The inspection ensures that no damage might have missed our initial inspection, and offers you peace of mind that the issues have gotten resolved completely.
While flood damage to your Lombard home might not always happen as you might expect, there is always someone that can help you to clean up the mess. You can reach us at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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Understanding Mold Damage in Bloomingdale

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Infestations in Bloomingdale Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPR0 Inspects, Assesses, and Remediates Mold Growth in Homes

Mold is a normal part of the air and on surfaces in virtually every home in Bloomingdale. It is not a result of poor housekeeping, kids tracking mud into the kitchen or failing to change the air filter every month. Also, spores which grow into the mold are completely harmless unless the right factors are in place.
SERVPRO has restored area homes to their pre-mold condition for many years and understood the importance of these factors. Stopping and removing mold damage from Bloomingdale homes requires knowing how and where the mold first started. That is why we examine every home with mold or even just a suspicion of a mold for a source of moisture and where potential food sources show signs of an infestation.
Each spore is microscopic in size. A mass contained hundreds of them is still smaller than the head of a pin. Spores are completely inert and present no threat until a big enough source of moisture causes the first one to expand, become active and start to seek out more moisture. Our technicians often find this source to be something minor like a leaky faucet that runs behind a bathroom sink, a damp basement, or a small amount of rain run-off which finds its way into the home.
Now active, the spores extend hyphae. These extensions resemble roots and are what looks for water and food. When these hyphae find a suitable food, the burrow down just like roots. Since mold can feed on almost any type of building material, it does not take long to dig in. Once this happens, it is much cheaper to remove and replace infested material than for our SERVPRO technicians to attempt to clean and restore it.
There is a third factor, temperature. Most molds grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the normal inside temperature range for nearly every home in Illinois, we have found it more productive to eliminate the source of water to return the spores to an inert state or remove every item of infested building material to halt further growth.
Stopping and removing mold is not an easy process. It takes a professional company to ensure that most active spores are rendered inert. If you suspect there is mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.

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West Chicago Fire Damage Crisis Recovery

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fires can quickly engulf your living space. Contact SERVPRO after fire damage for a quick assessment and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus On Remediation and Restoration After a Fire in Your Home

Home fires occur much more frequently in West Chicago than one might expect given that most do not make the news. Many are quickly extinguished, and families are not displaced for long or at all as restoration efforts go forward. Although you are far from alone in recovering from a home fire, you can be among the most satisfied with the process if you choose a reputable recovery firm.
If your dwelling’s fire damage in West Chicago is typical, a blaze first breaks out in your kitchen. A pot boils dry, or a deep fryer overflows, engulfing your kitchen in flames. Quick work with a fire extinguisher may put out the fire itself, but now you confront the aftermath of sticky soot, smoke, and a smell that persists. If the fire strikes while your HVAC system is engaged, you can feel as though you will never move past the lingering effects unless you engage our comprehensive fire damage restoration services.
After the local fire officials give you the go-ahead, invite SERVPRO to partner with you to complete the tasks necessary to return your house to preloss condition. We send a seasoned project manager to assess the condition of your home and create an efficient recovery plan. Fire damage restoration includes, at a minimum, deep cleaning, debris disposal, and a deodorization evaluation.
If water was used to extinguish the flames, you also have a water damage issue on your hands. It comes as a surprise, but the water damage, if any, must be remediated before the SERVPRO crew focuses its attention on charring, soot, and smoke. Water increases the threat of slipping and falling during fire damage recovery efforts. Plus, water causes significant and permanent deterioration and damage if left waiting for a solution. Mold can grow within just a couple of days, fueled by damp gypsum board, waterlogged floors, and hidden pockets of moisture collecting between walls and over ceilings.
SERVPRO crews are familiar with both water and fire damage restoration, so we do not miss a beat, dealing with the water before the fire issues. Then we match cleaning products and methods to the fire residues remaining. Light ash and dry soot vacuum and dry sponge up well. Sticker grease fire coatings may need solvents and abrasive tools to dislodge. An inspection of your HVAC system reveals whether it also needs a cleaning, although at the least a complete change of filters is wise after the fire damage cleanup is completed to prevent depositing residual soot.
Trust SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to have the technicians and tools to restore fire damage in your home. Call us at (630) 830-6236 day or night, year-round, to schedule a consultation.

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What Can Warrant Water Removal In Carol Stream Homes

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can fix the problem.

What Can Warrant Water Removal

Water removal is a significant procedure that should not be necessary except under the most stressful scenarios. However, disasters do happen, and there are multiple potential causes for severe flooding or water damage in your home. Understanding and preparing for what may warrant professional water removal from your Carol Stream home is important so that you can respond appropriately when things go wrong. In the event of any of these catastrophes, be sure to contact SERVPRO so that we can recommend a treatment and restoration plan.

Water Line Bursts
Whether through an accident, aging materials, or anything else, a rupture in your home's water main is almost certain to require some substantial amount of water removal in Carol Stream. Water mains transfer and process most or all of the water in a home, and when ruptured, their pressurized interiors can flood the entire home to a measurable depth. Call SERVPRO as quickly as possible if a water line bursts so that we can stop the damage and set to work extracting water.

Storm Flooding
Floods that result from storms and excessive rainfall rarely leave light damage in their wake. If a flood hits your home from the outside, it should require some of our most intensive efforts to completely remove water and prevent damage. Otherwise, standing water and excess moisture have the potential to cause even more damage with time.

Overflowing Or Busted Appliances
Dishwashers, sinks, water heaters, bathtubs, and any other water-centric appliances in your home may sometimes overflow or malfunction, flooding or soaking your home with water or water-based mixtures. We certify and train our technicians to repair and handle all sorts of modern home appliances. If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can stop the leak and begin damage mitigation efforts.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is a qualified, locally-owned provider of home damage restoration and mitigation services. Call us at the first sign of damage at (630) 830-6236.

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Book A Mold Damage Inspection Before Buying A Carol Stream Home

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

There is one major problem with mold damage in Carol Stream homes for sale; it is easy to hide.

Mold Damage Inspection

Looking for a new home in Carol Stream is an exciting process. There are many houses to choose from, and it is thrilling to finally find the one that's perfect for you and your family. Like any savvy house-hunter, you understand the importance of getting a thorough home inspection before purchasing a house. Have you considered getting a mold damage inspection too? A specialized fungal inspection is worth the investment.

There is one major problem with mold damage in Carol Stream homes for sale; it is easy to hide. All a seller has to do is paint over the patches of growth to ensure they hidden until long after you exchange paperwork and the home is yours.

SERVPRO recommends keeping an eye out for evidence of mold growth when you inspect a potential new house. Black or green patches and an unmistakable musty smell are sure signs that there is fungus growing in a house.

However, it is not always possible to see mold with the naked eye, and as we said, it is easy to cover temporarily. Home inspectors and estate agents are not experts on the fungus, which is why some house-hunters choose to have specialist mold damage inspection. A mold inspector knows all the right tricks for searching out mold, so you know before purchase whether there is a fungal issue in the building.

What happens if you move into a new home and discover mold growing in it? It is better to deal with mold damage sooner rather than later. The best course of action is to call SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified mold remediation experts are waiting to assist you.

Our team arrives equipped with moisture probes and meters to assess the extent of the problem. We set up containment to make sure spores cannot spread further into your home and set to work wiping, scraping, and HEPA vacuuming to remove the visible fungal growth. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the moisture level and reduce the risk of regrowth.

For help with fungal growth in Hanover Park, Wheaton, West Chicago, Glendale Heights and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.

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How SERVPRO Protects Carol Stream Salon Carpets During Water Removal

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water removal is a nightmare for any salon owner.

Water Damaged Carpets In Your Salon

Water removal is a nightmare for any salon owner. Unfortunately, due to the presence of sinks and faucets in most salons, a leak or spill is quite likely. A leading cause of concern for beauty parlor owners is damage to the carpet. Carpets are expensive to replace, and a clean, soft carpet is a must for putting forward a professional air in any Carol Stream business.

SERVPRO understands that floor covering is an essential part of any Carol Stream business and needs careful water removal after a spill. That is why we train our IICRC-certified experts to take great care during the water removal process. Our team has the tools and techniques to remove maximum water with minimum damage.

Thorough water extraction is the most efficient way to reduce drying time and get your business up and running again. That is why we focus much of our time on the extracting process. We have many tools at our disposal, including both floor standing and truck, mounted pumps. Which pump we choose depends on the amount of water spilled and the pump strength needed to remove it.

We do not extract water just once – we make multiple passes to ensure we get as much water out as possible. Our staff has many extraction tools to hand, and we find the wand is often the best choice for carpets, as it extracts without risking further damage to delicate floor coverings.

SERVPRO works to dry out your carpets by using a range of air movers to evaporate water from the damaged surface. We also use dehumidifiers to bring down the humidity in the room and hasten the drying process. We also have penetrating moisture probes to hand, so we can assess how deep water has penetrated, and dry under carpets or floorboards if necessary.

Our technicians spot-treat water stained areas and even deodorize so that your carpet is fresh, clean, and comfortable once more. For help drying carpets in Hanover Park, Wheaton, West Chicago and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.

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Fire Damage caused by Electrically-Powered Decorations in Lombard

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

If frayed wires start a fire in your home when decorating for the holidays, call SERVPRO to quickly and efficiently remediate the damage.

SERPVRO Aims to Get Your Home Back to Safe Living Conditions as Quickly as Possible After Fire Damage

Residents in Lombard might find themselves with sparking outlets or frayed wires when setting up the many different types of decorations many homes display in the next few months. These often remain one-time incidences, but other times they can cause significant problems.

Lombard homes with decorations can liven up a neighborhood, but fire damage can take all the fun out of any festive occasion. At SERVPRO, being a part of the community we serve includes taking part in celebrating different holidays, as well, so we understand the importance of the more festive times to area families. When taking part includes decorations that use electricity or battery power, staying safe should never lose its importance.

If a fire ever starts in your home, everything comes second to getting out and to a safe location away from your home's exterior. While pulling the plug might help, splashing water on a fire that started with an electrically-powered decoration only makes matters worse and can even cause death by electrocution.

The Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO earn their certificates from the IICRC. Building on this accomplishment, they quickly gain experience in mitigating all types of fire damage. We match our equipment to each job's size, meaning we always arrive appropriately prepared. Even small areas with fire damage require professional attention to prevent worsening conditions and increased amounts of damage.

SERVPRO also works fast so that your home and family life suffers as little interruption as possible. We know you want to get everything back to normal quickly. To help make the fire and the damage it created a distant memory, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can make sure that the holiday scents you want have no competition from undesired smoky smells. Even smaller fires can bring complicated and diverse types of damage into your home.

Call us, your local SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. You can call us any day, and at any time. We have a 24-hour service to help ensure your life gets back on track quickly.

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Fire Damage Caused by Grilling Accidents in Your Lombard Home

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to keep flammable objects away from your grill while using it to prevent fire damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Properly Cleanup Fire Damage

The end of summer and the beginning of fall provides us with days that are perfect for holding a small party in the backyard. A nice way to enjoy each other's company is grilling food and entertaining friends and their families in Lombard. Cooking equipment can hold heat for a long time, and it can play a significant role in igniting flammable substances if you place the grill near them.

It is crucial to set a still-hot grill in only safe locations in your Lombard patio or garage, so you avoid the possibility of fire damage. When people entertain using outdoor areas of their homes, it is easy to get distracted and rush through putting things away so you can spend as much time as possible with guests before they leave your party.

Patios and garages that catch on fire because of a grill can burn quickly, creating much damage. In garages that are attached to a home or in very close proximity can place the house a great risk, too. Fire damage, just like the fire that caused it, can become worse with time. Mitigation of the area is the only solution that prevents future problems and fixes the current situation. SERVPRO is always ready to help with any size disaster.

We are highly experienced in restoring homes, garages and sheds, and commercial sites, as well, after they suffer from damaging events. We are prepared for any complications that arise and can assure you that our trusted and professional employees know the best methods according to the IICRC.

Plastics found in your patio furniture melt almost as soon as a fire gets near them, but we remove this type of debris while we engage in other cleaning processes. Soot only feels oily or greasy, while its true composition can grind etch marks into glossy finishes and ruin them, or stain furniture cushions, car upholstery, and walls. Removing this soot must happen soon after, and by professionals who understand the properties of soot.

The highly qualified and professional technicians at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale are always ready to take your call at (630) 830-6236, any day of the year, and at any hour. Fire damage can create a series of problematic situations for you and your family, but we can help get everything back to normal again.

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Finding And Controlling Mold Damage in Carol Stream Homes

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Carol Stream Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Disinfecting

Mold Remediation Helps Protect Property and Health

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

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

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Where Bloomingdale Water Removal is Most Needed in Your Home

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Basements are one of the most likely areas in your home to flood requiring professional water removal services.

Common areas susceptible to flood damage in your home

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


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

Low-Lying Ground

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

Garages and Sheds

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

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

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Available to Homeowners in Carol Stream

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO certified technicians can help whether you have damage from a simple leaky faucet or come home to a entirely flooded basement.

Quality restoration services for any size water damage job

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fire Damage Restoration For Auto Shop Owners In Bloomingdale

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Bloomingdale Auto Shops and Fires Are Common. Call on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pop Up Pool Floods House in Carol Stream

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Above ground pools can break leaving a large amount of water that needs somewhere to go. If your house has been flooded, call SERVPRO.

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

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

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Grease Fire Recovery in Carol Stream -- Prompt And Professional

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a kitchen fire leave odors and damage that can put your eatery out of business. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration to begin.

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

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

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Hidden Mold Discovered During Remodeling in Carol Stream Needs Professional Attention

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let mold damage stop your remodeling. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage so that you can move on with your home improvements.

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

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

For more information regarding Carol Stream, click here

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

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Water and Tree Removal in Wheaton? Call SERVPRO

Rapid Water Removal by SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Effects

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

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

Visit Wheaton at: https://www.wheaton.il.us

Winter Checklist

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

Mold Remediation and Insurance

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Homeowners insurance does not always cover mold remediation.  Coverage varies from policy to policy, so it would be a good idea to always check with your provider.  The cause of the mold is important in determining coverage.  More times than not, homeowner’s insurance will cover specific reasons such as pipe bursts, roof leaks, and flooding.  However, if the mold is caused by general neglect of home maintenance, insurance companies are less likely to cover the mold remediation.  

Mold Caused by Flooding

The Illinois Department of Insurance states the following regarding mold caused by flood damage. “Homeowners policies also exclude water damage caused by floods.  Therefore, if one of these water or moisture problems results in mold, it would probably not be covered by your policy.”  Note the word “probably” because policies vary greatly.  Just because the norm may not cover mold from flood damage does not mean all do not.

Mold Caused by Fire

The following is the Illinois Department of Insurance statement regarding fire and mold.  “In Illinois, if mold results from water damage following a covered fire or lightning loss, the mold damage would be covered, and the total of all damages, including the mold, is subject to the full policy limit.”  This means that if your policy covers fire loss, then any mold subsequently due to the fire loss will be covered.

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Insurance companies have taken steps to limit the amount of mold claims. Some companies exclude all coverage of mold-related damage unless it is the result of a fire loss.
  2. Restrictions can be placed on the kinds of homes that are covered. If your home is made out of specified materials related to your policy, it would be a good idea to call your provider to verify coverage.  Materials such as synthetic stucco may not be covered. 
  3. Some companies increase the overall price of the policy in anticipation of mold-related costs.
  4. Limits can be set by insurance companies. For example, the policy could state that it only covers mold-related claims up to $5,000. 
  5. Maintenance issues are generally excluded from coverage. Such as poor landscaping and drainage problems. 

For more information about mold remediation refer to SERVPRO of Carol Stream East Bloomingdale

Selecting a Fire Extinguisher

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Classification Symbols

Selecting a Fire Extinguisher


Interpreting the Label


There are five distinct classes of fire extinguishers. They are A, B, C, D, and K. A implies that the fire extinguisher is viable against wood, paper, and waste fires. B is useful for flammable fluids and gasses, for example, fuel or propane. C is useful against electrical fires since it won't conduct electricity. D is for fires began by burnable metals. These fire extinguishers are generally more for commercial use. Lastly, K is for grease fires. It transforms the fat in the grease into soap to stop the fire. Fire extinguishers come in a wide range of various blends of these groupings. Commonly for a homeowner it is a smart thought to get no less than one that is ABC and a K for the kitchen. Before A and B there will be a number. The higher the number, the more viable it is for that kind of flame.


Here is a rundown of what every class stands for, its assigned color, and its geometric image.


A – Ash – Green – Triangle

B – Barrel – Red – Square

C – Current – Blue – Circle

D – Dynamite – Yellow – Star

K – Kitchen – Black – Hexagon


Rechargeable or Disposable


Fire extinguishers come in both sorts. Note that a refill on a rechargeable fire extinguisher is normally less expensive than purchasing another disposable one. The rechargeable fire extinguishers additionally for usually have metal parts in contrast with the disposable which more often than not has plastic parts. As a rule, the rechargeable ones have better quality parts, longer enduring charge, and the capacity to refill it. Rechargeable fire extinguishers generally are pricier than disposable ones, but have the abilities previously mentioned.




This relies on upon your circumstance. Larger typically means more chemicals, however additionally implies heavier and less mobility. The weight listed, just accounts for the chemical contents. This is NOT the aggregate weight, which means it doesn't calculate the heaviness of the canister. Pick what works best for your circumstance. Consider the muscle of anybody that may utilize the fire extinguisher. Additionally, consider the measurements of the tight spaces the fire extinguisher may be required in for mobility purposes.


For data on what to do after a fire allude to our SERVPRO site


Surge Protectors: How to Select a Winner

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Three-pronged and two-pronged plugs on top. Right angle plug below.

Surge Protectors protect electrical devices from voltage spikes.  If the voltage is above a safe threshold, then the surge protector blocks or shorts the unsafe voltage.  This blog post will provide information on how to go about selecting a surge protector.

Choosing a Surge Protector

First, there is a difference between a power strip and a surge protector.  A power strip merely splits an outlet into multiple ports.  Whereas, a surge protector is designed to protect electronics.  When selecting a surge protector look for key words such as “interrupter switch” or “surge protection.”  If the surge protector is certified by Underwriter’s Laboratories that means it is definitely up to code.

Second, find the joules.  Joules are a standard of unit used to measure energy.  Think of joules as the threshold for the surge protector to trip.  The more joules a surge protector can take, the better.  Over time, this threshold drops and unfortunately there is no real way of knowing.  So it is a good idea to replace your surge protectors every couple of years.

Third, look for a surge protector with the number of ports you want.  It is not possible to connect a surge protector into another surge protector.  The surge protector will detect this and not work.  It is dangerous to connect a power strip into another surge protector.  This is because it is easy to overload the outlet and will trip the surge protector more often.  This wears out the surge protector and once it's worn out, a possible electrical fire could be triggered.  Instead, buy a surge protector right from the get-go with at least the minimum number of ports required for your needs.

The Last thing to consider when purchasing a surge protector is the cord.  There are two things to take into account with the cord.  First is the length of the cord.  You want it to be able to reach as far as you need it.  Second is the plug design.  Decide if you need the three-pronged plug or the two-pronged plug.  Then there are right angle and standard plugs.  Look at the picture to see the difference.  

If the worst happens and an electrical fire does break out.  First, contact your local fire department.  Afterwards, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale for fire damage restoration.

What is Mold?

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Mold is a fungus that grows in damp, warm, and humid conditions.  It spreads using spores which can survive harsh and dry conditions that mold does not normally grow in.  

What is Black Mold?

You may have heard of “black mold.”  Stachybotrys Chartarum is the type of mold that is often called “black mold.”  It produces allergens and irritants.  Several types of mold create allergens and irritants, but Stachybotrys Chartarum is also known as “toxic mold.”  Regardless of the type of mold, most likely when one type of mold is spotted another type is right around the corner.  It is important to remediate all mold.

Removal of mold

It is important to remove mold once it is sighted.  SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment to spot mold growth.  Mold can thrive in inaccessible areas that are damp, humid, and warm.  The areas that are affected by mold must be contained.  Moisture must be removed immediately to cut off potential mold growth.  Otherwise the mold will use spores to spread.  SERVPRO has advanced equipment including “air scrubbers” to filter out spores in the air.  Furniture and other items that are in the containment zone will need to be cleaned.  SERVPRO does content cleaning which will decontaminate the affected furniture and items.  We have all the necessary equipment to handle mold remediation.  Call SERVPRO today at (847) 279 – 1940

Flood Damage: What You Need to Know

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Microbes cultivate in dirty water.

Homeowners often underestimate flood damage.  Not only can flood damage cause structural damage, but it can leave biological organisms that can cause health effects.  SERVPRO can handle any situation of water damage.  As an example back in February SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale went to Saint Louis in order to help 13 families recover after a severe flood caused extensive water damage to their homes. 

Dirty Water

Dirty water causes the worst damage.  It can possess anything from animal feces to chemical residues.  Fungi, bacteria, and viruses use dirty water to cultivate.  The cultivation of these microbes can cause severe negative health effects.

What to do

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Remove rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What not to do

  • Do not use television or other household appliances.
  • Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet and floors.
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.

For more information, refer to our SERVPRO website.

Preparing an Emergency Storm Kit

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Be prepared for any storm.

A disaster supplies kit such as an emergency storm kit is important to have in advance.  During an emergency you might have to evacuate on a moment’s notice.  Preparation is the key.

What to include:

1 gallon of water per person per day

Water purification kit

Essential medications

First-aid kit

Ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods

Manual can opener

Sanitation Items such as trash bags and rubber gloves


Battery-powered radio

1 Blanket per person


Seasonal clothing

Even with all of these supplies, there are still documents you may want to consider having as well.  I would start with a bright colored bag.  The bright color is important so you can find the bag easily when the time comes for it.  Inside this brightly colored bag, there should be more zip lock bags to hold your documents.

Documents to include:

Driver’s license or other form of photo ID

Emergency contact list

Vital documents such as birth certificates, wills, and passports

Photocopies of credit and debit cards

Extra keys

Insurance policies

Bank account information

Most importantly, be realistic about what you can carry. 

Todd's Tip of the Week: What to do After a Fire

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

  1. Limit foot traffic in the affected areas or rooms to prevent spreading the soot damage.
  2. If electricity is off, remove all items from both refrigerator and freezer and leave doors open.
  3. Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  4. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  5. Do not attempt to clean walls or floors without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  6. Do not use any food products that are located near the source fire, heat or water.4
  7. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged. 
  8. Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

For more tips on what to do and what not to do after a fire occurs in your home or business, refer to the SERVPRO website!

SERVPRO of Carol Stream & East Bloomingdale is Offering a CE Course on Ethics

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Register Today!

Every day we are faced with decisions that could affect others, or ourselves, in a positive or negative way.  We all generally want to motivate others and have positive relationships with others in the work place, but what do we need to do when times get rough or confusing? Ethical lapses can occur when a person is stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged.  To learn how to deal with these distractions and make ethical decisions, register for the SERVPRO of Carol Stream & East Bloomingdale Ethics course today.  Call us now at 847.279.1940

Chicagoland Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Chicagoland basement could flood, including: 

·         A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

·         Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

·         Storm sewer backup

·         Sanitary sewer backup

·         Foundation drainage failure

·         Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

·         And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – (630) 830-6236

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

·         We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

·         We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

·         We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

·         Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

·         We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

·         Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded?  Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (630) 830-6236

Chicagoland Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

·         Stay out of affected areas.

·         Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

·         Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

·         Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

·         Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

·         Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

·         Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (630) 830-6236

For Immediate Service in Chicagoland, Call SERVPRO

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Chicagoland. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

·         24-Hour Emergency Service

·         Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

·         Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

·         A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

·         Locally Owned and Operated

·         Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (630) 830-6236

Residential Services

Whether your [[City or County Name]] home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

·         Water Damage Restoration

·         Fire Damage Restoration

·         Mold Remediation

·         Storm Damage Restoration

·         Cleaning Services

·         Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Chicagoland commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

·         Commercial Water Damage Restoration

·         Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Faster to your Chicagoland Water Damage Event

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lake Zurich/East Bloomingdale arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (630) 830-6236     Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

·         Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

·         Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

·         Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

·         Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

·         Drywall begins to swell and break down.

·         Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

·         Furniture begins to swell and crack.

·         Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

·         A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

·         Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

·         Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

·         Metal begins to rust and corrode.

·         Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

·         Paint begins to blister.

·         Wood flooring swells and warps.

·         Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

·         Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

·         Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Lake Zurich/East Bloomingdale

SERVPRO of Lake Zurich/East Bloomingdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flooding in Saint Louis, Missouri

2/6/2016 (Permalink)

An arial photo taken by BBC News of some of the flooded areas.

On December 28th, 2015 SERVPRO of Carol Stream/ East Bloomingdale sent three crews out to Saint Louis to help 13 families recover after a severe flood that caused extensive water damage to their homes. Our crews worked tirelessly for nine days to help these families get back onto their feet.

Lemon Stain Remover?

8/4/2015 (Permalink)

When you're struggling to remove stubborn water stains from metal or other hard surfaces, try using the inside of a lemon! And when the job needs a little more manpower, you know who to call.

Storms in the Chicagoland

6/22/2015 (Permalink)

Staying prepared will help you keep your home or business calm and collected when natural disaters strike. Check out our tips for water damage so your ready for the coming storm. https://www.SERVPRO.com/water-damage-tips

SERVPRO's Dedication to You.

6/5/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's quick response to Algonquin, IL.

Dedication to our customers is HUGE to us here at SERVPRO. On Christmas Eve, our team of water damage specialists were having dinner with their families when an urgent call came in. Our team quickly assembled and in a short period of time had moved from their dinner tables to the work site. When they arrived on site, in Algonquin, IL, they saw that a pipe in the sprinkler system had burst causing water damages of nearly one million dollars. The owner of the commercial facility was thrilled about our quick response and our commitment to seeing the job through during such a busy time.

Building Expansion Glendale Heights

6/3/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO at 544 Windy Point Drive Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Big things are happening here at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale! We are currently finalizing our plans to expand our facility into the building next door. With the extra space we will be able to store more equipment for large loss as well as residential jobs. There is no job to big or too small, so if you find yourself in-need of a SERVPRO specialist don't hesitate to pick up your phone and call us at,

 (630) 830-6236 

Sunshine in Chicagoland

6/2/2015 (Permalink)


It's a beautiful day here at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale and our trucks are standing by to offer you quick, professional, and thorough assistance for whatever your project may be!


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