Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Safely Remove Floodwaters From Bloomingdale Homes

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded room of a house with water covering the floor Water removal and drying services are what we are known for. Call our certified technicians to assess the situation and put together a plan for you.

Flood Water Removal service in line with EPA guidelines for Bloomingdale residents

Draining a property or room of vast quantities of water presents many challenges for a restorer. First and foremost, we need to assess the level of water contamination, which is determinable by visual inspection as well as studying the source of the spill. Floodwaters typically register with high levels of water contamination because they are likely to imbibe various materials en route to your property. These materials may include pesticides, raw sewage, debris, rust, mud, or viruses.

We also need to understand the unique architecture and infrastructure of your property that requires flood water removal in Bloomingdale. Understanding where open sewer points are, as well as the category of sewer, can help to assist SERVPRO when it comes to removing wastewaters safely. Sometimes there may not be a suitable external sewer point in which case water ducts need rerouting back into the property. Other times, sewer backup or the potential for clogging may mean that wastewater storage is necessary as well as the transport to a wastewater facility.

We inform our approach per guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as local councils. SERVPRO technicians dispose of wastewaters responsibly and can mobilize the necessary equipment to do so at a moment's notice. After answering the critical questions on how to dispose of our transport water from the flooded property, we can begin to set up the appropriate equipment.

SERVPRO utilizes three types of water removal pumping equipment, depending on the type of task at hand. Electric submersible pumps are among the most common providing the right balance between lift capacity and volume, which are ideal for upper level or ground level drainage. When water contains solid-waste, we can deploy self-priming trash pumps. For underground garages, high-pressure pumps can help us to transport water from lower to upper levels.

When large quantities of water enter your home, you need to remove it quickly to avoid risking permanent damages. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water everywhere Regardless of the room that flooding affects, team SERVPRO can help. Our certified team offers water removal and effective remediation services 24/7.

SERVPRO Recovery of Carol Stream Homes After Widespread Flooding

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

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

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

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

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

Flood Damage In Your Bloomingdale Home Can Cause Mold

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with a floating couch When flood damage occurs in your home, you can’t handle it alone. Contact your local SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services. Call 24/7.

Bloomingdale Flood Damage Plus Mold In Your Home

Getting away to see family and friends over the holidays is fantastic. Coming home to flood damage in your home is not so awesome, and worse, the extended exposure to water increases the amount of damage.

When a family arrived at their Bloomingdale home, they found flood damage throughout much of the first floor of the property. Unfortunately, the closed-up and darkened environment also created the perfect breeding ground for mold, which spread across much of the water loss area.

Safety Is Priority

When dealing with water of any type more than 48 hours old, SERVPRO techs wear personal protection equipment to inhibit any skin contact or aspiration of the water. This type of water loss is a category three biohazard, also known as black water. During the initial call, the tech taking the call advised the family to avoid coming into contact with the water until the techs arrived on-site to test it and determine the nature of any contaminants or bacteria present.

Extraction of Flood Water

The techs use portable pumps to remove the water quickly and then access the flooring to see if the subfloor received water damage and required drying.

Removal of Unrestorables

Carpet, unfortunately, in this situation, requires removal and disposal. There is no way to return it to a sanitized state for reuse. Any porous items or building materials such as sheetrock that wicked water or mold infestation require removal from the home. The techs set aside things that have the potential for restoration by cleaning; most often used are immersion methods to ensure they thoroughly disinfect items.

Drying and Disinfection? The techs dry and disinfect the property to restore it for habitation by the family again. SERVPRO standardly treats the structure with antimicrobial sealants to ensure mold colonies do not return prior to the necessary reconstruction occurring.

Lessening Stress During Mitigation

Because SERVPRO knows dealing with a water loss situation is stressful enough, the techs dispose of nothing without approval, and they document the items with photos in a detailed report they provide the homeowner and adjuster to assist with expediting insurance claims.

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. Their techs are available 24/7 to clean and restore your property and contents to their pre-damaged condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

At SERVPRO, our services include:

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

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

How Do I Get Flood Water Out of My Bloomingdale Closet?

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water under a doorway. No matter how big or how small the storm damage is, it is important. Please SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale ASAP.

SERVPRO can extract the water out of your Bloomingdale closet and restore it like new

One of the most frequently seen reasons for water in a closet due to flood water comes from a slab leak around the edge of the Bloomingdale property. This is a severe structural issue and will continue to allow water into the damaged area with every rain until fixed. SERVPRO technicians can extract the water and perform temporary measures that can keep additional water from entering the closet until the homeowner can get the needed repairs done.

How Can I Avoid Musty Water Odors From Flood Damage in a Closet?

Flood damage in your Bloomingdale home brings extra things that regular water from a pipe burst or appliance malfunction does not such as:

  • Pungent odor   
  • Potential contaminants  
  • Staining  
  • Formation of an environment conducive to mold growth

In a small space such as a closet, the water cleanup needs to happen quickly, as the longer it remains on-site, the more damage it does. SERVPRO technicians can ascertain in short order if they need to unload the items within the closet to a safe around or if the small space can get extracted and dried with the pieces in place. In cases where a pack-out gets deemed necessary, the techs note the placement of each article, so when the techs complete the restoration services, the items can get brought in and placed where they were taken from.

Suppose the need for any odor control exists after drying. In that case, the techs may use equipment such as a thermal fogger if there are no clothing items in the closet or a hydroxyl generator, which is safe for use around people, pets, plants, and closet contents. We often can place deodorizing pellets to help mask simple odors during the restoration process.

The cleanup of flood damage needs to happen as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236; the certified technicians are available 24/7 to assist local property owners with any size floodwater situation.

Storm Damage can Affect Downtown Chicago Area Home, Leading to Expensive Repairs

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A tree laying on the roof of a home. Damage from a storm is enough, but a tree on your roof exposing your home is scary. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today.

Rapid Water Removal by SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Effects

Storms can bring heavy 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 know that storm damage in Downtown Chicago is sometimes an aspect that comes with the warmer months. A tree falling on your home creates a tremendous noise and 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, that 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 tiny spaces within and around the cells and fibers of many 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. 

Cleaning Up after a Sewer Backup

Water does not always come into a home through the roof or upper walls because a tree has fallen. Stormwater systems can become clogged with debris and mud, particularly if new construction has changed how water drains in a larger area of a city. The building of roads and other structures like homes or shopping malls miles away creates shifts in the terrain that can dramatically affect your home 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.

Are There Ways to Make Flood Damage Restoration Simpler in Carol Stream Properties?

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded garage with water up to the windows Affected by recent flooding? Contact Team SERVPRO for effective water removal and flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Provides Experienced Crews to Help Ease Flood Restoration At Your Home

Storms can cause a multitude of damages in your Carol Stream Home within a short period. For instance, the rising groundwater leaves items soggy and contaminated. Debris from collapsed ceilings or other damaged materials might also litter the property. Restoring normalcy takes considerable work.

With help from an experienced team, flood damage restoration in Carol Stream properties can be easier. The vast experience our SERVPRO crews have ensures that we can transform the messy situation you see into a structured restoration process eliminating repetition of tasks and development of secondary damages. 

With proper organization, restoration can proceed without requiring help from:

  • Hoarder cleaners
  • Biohazard cleaning company
  • Rodent clean up services
  • Disinfecting companies

Our SERVPRO crew chiefs start by inspecting your property to establish the extent of damage and thus the types of resources needed to restore normalcy. For instance, we check the level of deterioration in sections such as walls, ceilings, and floors. If there is significant damage, extensive teardown is necessary. Therefore, we prepare more waste-handling resources, including large wheeled trash cans. 

After organizing the loss site, it is essential to take care of the problems caused by flooding. For instance, removing mud and silt deposited by floodwaters on surfaces and cleaning all solid areas is essential. Moisture management is another significant yet time-consuming task.  Our SERVPRO teams address these issues faster since we have a wide range of equipment.

Helpful equipment for the restoration of a flooded property include:

  • Dry/wet vacuums
  • Refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers
  • High-speed air movers
  • Pressure washers and rotating brushes

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps resolve flood damage issues faster. Call us at (630) 830-6236. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Brings Years of Experience and Expertise in Flood Damage Restoration of Carol Stream Homes

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded room with items floating everywhere When your home is flooded, it can be quite overwhelming. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services. We are available 24/7.

Do Carol Stream Homes Need Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services?

A storm can cause extensive flood damage to your Carol Stream home. If you don't address it as a matter of urgency, the situation can worsen within a matter of hours. SERVPRO's professional flood restoration experts can minimize the loss and ensure that your Carol Stream home is safe to live. 

Decontamination is one of the most important steps of the flood restoration process as floodwater is often contaminated. SERVPRO experts of Carol Stream have years of experience and expertise in mitigating such situations. 

How SERVPRO Techs Accomplish Decontamination During Flood Water Cleanup After a Storm 

SERVPRO technicians use a variety of antimicrobial agents during the water damage mitigation process after a flood. Our experts use chemicals called antimicrobials during the decontamination process. Some of the most commonly used antimicrobials include-

  • Disinfectants- Destroy 99% of microorganisms that they contact. Usually don't affect the bacterial and fungal spores. Examples include Formaldehyde, Chlorines, and Alcohol. 
  • Sanitizers- Decrease the number of microbes to a number deemed acceptable by public health authorities. 
  • Sterilizers- Destroy all microorganisms, including spores of bacteria and fungi. Sterilizing after flood damage is generally not possible.
  • Sporicides- Effective in controlling fungal and bacterial spores. 

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for fast and efficient service. 

The Hidden Dangers of Flood Damage in Carol Stream

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Is your home facing flood damage? Team SERVPRO can help with water removal and expert remediation services.

Carol Stream flooding means dangerous standing waters

Storms can quickly bring flooding into your home. A broken window or roof breach can let in water, and sometimes a rising river or even a violent rainstorm can flood your house.

If you suffer flood damage to your Carol Stream home, it is essential to be aware of the hidden dangers. Our customers want to start cleanup immediately, even while waiting for us to arrive, which we understand. However, standing flood water can contain hidden dangers:

  • Broken glass or sharp pieces of wood or metal could injure someone.
  • Contaminants and microbes that spread diseases. 
  • Electrocution risks if there is damage to power lines or electricity supplies.

Floodwaters can even hide live creatures such as snakes or insects. It is better to wait for SERVPRO to arrive and deal with floodwaters. We train our techs to deal with all kinds of hazardous situations, and we supply them with plenty of protective gear. We can safely remove hazards and standing groundwater from your home. If the floodwaters have receded from the interior, we can then begin the cleanup and disinfection steps.

Do not take risks with flood damage. Instead, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Carol Stream Is A Unique Village With A Unique Namesake

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

flooded living room with brown leather couch floating Don’t panic if flooding affects your home. Contact Team SERVPRO 24/7 for effective water removal services.

Enjoy A Relaxed Way Of Life In This Welcoming Community

Carol Stream is an enchanting Illinois village with a population of just 39,711. It is close enough to Chicago that residents and visitors can enjoy all the big city offers. However, there is no need to go too far afield with so much to enjoy in Carol Stream.

The Carol Stream area has been farmed since around 1840, when a veteran of the War of 1812, Anning S. Ransom, began tilling the land. Vermonter Daniel Kelley came to the area in 1844 and bought 1,400 acres of land, where he and his wife settled to farm Merino sheep. The site was at this time known as Gretna.

The community of Carol Stream was founded in the 1950s. In 2011, Money Magazine named Carol Stream number 49 on its list of 100 best places to live in the United States. It is easy to see why, as the town boasts:

  • An award-winning park district.
  • Plenty of lovely modern homes.
  • A clean and welcoming specially designed downtown area.

Carol Stream Has A Unique Claim To Fame.

Carol Stream is one of just a handful of communities in North America that takes both the first and last name of a living person. Modern-day Carol Stream got started when military veteran Jay W. Stream got tired of red tape. He was stuck in negotiations for a 350 – 400 home development in Naperville, Illinois, and the discussion was going nowhere. A clerk in Naperville told Stream he would be quicker to "build your own town," and so he decided to do precisely that. Stream purchased unincorporated farmland near Wheaton, IL as a potential space for his new town.

In 1957, while her father was in the business of buying land, his daughter Carol was in a frightening accident. Another vehicle hit their car while crossing Route 45 in Kenosha County, killing a young passenger. Carol was flung through the windshield and struck a utility pole, and although she survived, neurosurgeons told her father she might never wake up. They also told her father that good news could help her recovery, and so he decided to name his new town in her honor.

Carol woke up after four months and, thankfully, made a full recovery. She thought having a town named after her was "odd and silly," but she soon grew to love it. Although she never lived in her namesake town, she took part in community celebrations, rode in parades, and was often asked for her autograph when she visited. Carol Stream residents kept her up to date by sending her regular newspaper clippings and messages. Carol was quoted as saying, "I can only say that this town is so lovely because of a lot of hard-working people who have a good sense of pride and respect for their community."

Enjoy The Great Outdoors In Carol Stream

You do not have to go far to enjoy some nature time in Carol Stream. Despite being a small village, Carol Stream is home to a vast network of parks and recreation centers. You can explore 23 miles of trails and paths that connect parks, transportation hubs, and points of interest. Many of the parks also connect to regional trail systems and forest preserves. The trail network makes it easy to access the best of Carol Stream's 40-wide array of parks and playgrounds.

With so many parks to choose from, it is hard to know where to start. Some popular outdoor areas include:

  • McCaslin Park, a multi-use recreational facility with something for everyone. The Park hosts sporting events throughout the season, but there is plenty to do when there are no events scheduled. Kids (and adults!) will love Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. There is a water splash pad, basketball hoops, a volleyball court, and a playground. There is also a picnic shelter with a permanent grill so you can pack some food and spend a few hours.
  • Friendship Park is a small park tucked away in a residential area of Carol Stream. It has plenty of swings suitable for all ages from tots up to teens, and a small picnic shelter. It is an unassuming park but ideal for a quiet afternoon and a picnic with the family.
  • Community Park is located in the Southeast of Carol Stream and offers plenty of amenities for a fun day out. You will find an easy walking path, a fishing pier (license required), peaceful natural areas, several sports areas, and a picnic shelter with a drinking fountain. 
  • Carolshire Park is the newest Park in Carol Stream and was opened in 2019. At the time, local children were playing in an empty parking lot. The new facility boasts ADA-compliant equipment designed to spark children's imaginations and enhance their cognition through play. One top-rated installation is The Twist, an arched ladder apparatus that changes angle with every curve.

Illinois Has Suffered Its Share Of Flood Damage

Unfortunately, communities in Illinois have suffered a hefty amount of flood damage. For example:

  • The 1992 Chicago River flood caused $2 billion of damage.
  • The 1993 Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers flood caused $15 billion of damage.
  • The 2008 Mississippi River flood caused $3.2 million of damage.

When floods hit, SERVPRO is here to help. Our expert team will arrive on site within four hours of your first call and carry out a thorough assessment of the situation. We start by securing your home and dealing with any immediate dangers such as slip and fall or electrical risks.

Once we have established a safe working space, we put our drying plan into action. We thoroughly extract water from your home and remove any unsalvageable belongings or building materials. Then we clean, restore, and dry your home and belongings.

We can also remove your belongings to our secure warehouse if necessary and bring them back when drying and restoration are complete. We can take textiles and clothes to our facility and use the ESPORTA wash system to clean them.

When we are finished drying your home, we will deodorize it to leave it smelling fresh so we can state, “Like it never even happened.”

For flood damage repair you can trust, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Bloomingdale Homeowners Receive Emergency-Response Cleanup and Rebuilding Services 24/7, Including All Holidays

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

a cartoon house in the middle of a thunderstorm Excess water after a storm can quickly affect your home and cause flood damage. Call in the experts for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Professionals Provide Faster To Any Size Disaster Cleanup for Bloomingdale Properties When Owners Call (630) 830-6236

The village of Bloomingdale, Illinois, has a long and storied history in DuPage County. Not only is Bloomingdale one of the oldest settlements in the area, but it is also one of the most crucial to the development of northwest Chicago. The settlement, then known as Meacham’s Grove, featured an oft-used highway and stagecoach stop on modern-day Lake Street in its earliest days. 

Bloomingdale used to be part of Cook County but was annexed by DuPage County in 1839. Today, Bloomingdale’s population is over 22,000, with almost 190 years of history under its belt. This Chicago suburb is considered one of the best places to live in Illinois, and its bicentennial occurs in 2033.

One of the most prominent shopping hubs in Bloomingdale, the Stratford Square Mall, opened in 1981. Even today, it offers the potential for new businesses to thrive. Namdar Realty Group acquired the property in October 2019 from the previous owners, Feldman Mall Properties, and plans to improve the property while maintaining public safety precautions for existing businesses. Other major shopping areas include the bustling Woodfield Mall and Old Town Bloomingdale at Lake Street and Bloomingdale Road.

Other points of interest in Bloomingdale include several options for recreation, dining, and entertainment, such as:

  • Wolfden Brewing
  • Urban Air Adventure Park
  • The Bloomingdale Park District Museum
  • The Oasis Water Park
  • Meacham Grove Nature Preserve

The Founding of Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale’s history as a settlement began over five millennia before its founding by the Meachams. The prairies and marshes were home to valuable natural resources like sandstone, flint, granite, and a groundwater spring. The primary settlement for indigenous peoples is speculated to be near Bloomingdale Road and Schick Road.

The first American colonists moved in from New York and Vermont, with the Meacham family primary among them. Lyman Meacham scouted out the land before inviting his brothers Daniel, Harvey, and Silas to move out to the fertile land. The family spent the first year camping among the local indigenous peoples and sharing resources with them.

The Meacham's laid claim to over 1,200 acres that were rich with lumber and fertile farmland. They eventually leased land to at least a dozen more families who moved into the area. Access to Meacham’s Grove was made even easier by the construction of a state road from there to Galena, as well as the road from the Meacham estate to Chicago. Stagecoach travel from Bloomingdale to Chicago took approximately four hours.

Only six years after the Meacham family’s 1833 settlement, Bloomingdale became a firmly-established village that would soon be part of a land boom. During this period, early settlers grabbed hundreds of acres for as little as $1.50 per acre.

Over the next several decades, Bloomingdale Township would expand westward and focus on crafting infrastructure and establishing local governments. Bloomingdale was officially incorporated in 1889 as part of DuPage County.

Bloomingdale in the 20th Century

The growth and development of infrastructure in Bloomingdale continued steadily into the 1900s. However, many conflicts arose from most projects operating in tandem with the northern settlement of Roselle. New developments for the hamlet in the early 20th century included:

  • Establishing speed limits for automobiles as early as 1904
  • Gas lines were laid in the city in 1916 by The Western United Gas and Electric Company
  • Electricity was implemented in 1924, though most homes would not have it until well into the 1930s

After the Second World War, expansion continued at an accelerated pace, including acquiring the town’s first marked police car, opening the first official fire protection district, and founding subdivisions like Suncrest and Indian Lakes. From 1950 to 1960 alone, the population almost quadrupled from 338 to 1,262 residents.

In the 1960s, Bloomingdale implemented a full-time police department, a new school, and a new post office. In the 1970s, the town’s gradual expansion continued at the expense of a nearby forest packed with centuries-old trees. In the 1980s, the town celebrated its sesquicentennial. While the local government focused on pushing ever forward, Bloomingdale citizens also took care to honor their history and roots.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Flooding Odors in Bloomingdale?

SERVPRO has the tools and techniques necessary to mitigate Bloomingdale flood damage and return homes to a clean, safe, preloss state. Several methods, from the traditional to the technologically sophisticated, are crucial to the successful removal of flood damage odors:

  • One of the initial methods used for odor control is spraying with EPA-registered biocides. This process can be performed with a pump or trigger sprayer to minimize odors and curb microbial growth during the cleanup process
  • Technicians take care to demolish odorous structures that are more cost-effective to replace, like moldy drywall. Technicians perform removal of irreparably flood-damaged odor sources with the informed permission of homeowners and insurance adjusters
  • Thermal fogging is another essential process for addressing flood damage odors in one or more rooms. Water- or solvent-based deodorizers are released as a wet fog that saturates surfaces, much like water damage does, to eliminate odors at the particle level
  • Ventilation box fans can exchange over 3,000 cubic feet of air per minute and fill the home with clean, fresh air before and after deodorization

Odor control is a crucial part of the flood damage mitigation process. This aspect of flooding can indicate mold or other contaminants, such as sewage or chemical runoff. Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited pros like those at SERVPRO can quickly detect and eliminate these odors per restoration industry standards to minimize structural and property losses.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale ensures that homes look and feel, “Like it never even happened.” Call (630) 830-6236 for rapid-response disaster mitigation and restoration services.

How can SERVPRO Help with Inventory after Flood Damage in Bloomingdale?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property If you need help taking stock after flood damage, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Bloomingdale Residents Unsure Where to Begin after Flood Damage?

Bloomingdale is a beautiful semi-rural area and one of the longest settled places in DuPage county. Every resident from the very beginning knows that the area is not immune to devastating storms and even tornadoes.

Thankfully these days, you do not have to struggle alone after flood damage to your Bloomingdale home. SERVPRO is on hand to help you. We clean up the damage and restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Why is inventory necessary?
When you first see your home after a storm, you might feel shocked and unsure of what to do next. Your belongings might be strewn around and soaked with water. You will wonder which you can save and which you must throw away.

Inventory at this stage is vital because:
    •    It will help you with your insurance claim
    •    Your insurance company will want a full list of losses
    •    If you try to rely on memory or guesswork, you could miss something

How can SERVPRO help with inventory?
We understand that it is difficult to tally your losses. That is why we take a systematic approach. We examine each room in turn and divide belongings into those we can save, those we cannot keep, and those we will decide on later. We enter every item into a spreadsheet and take supporting photographs. We can also liaise with your insurer and pass this information to them.

Can you save flood-damaged items?
We always aim to restore items where possible. We can:
    •    Dry wooden furniture
    •    Wash drapes and blinds
    •    Spot-clean some upholstery, depending on the extent of the damage

We can apply anti-microbial treatments if needed. We can also carry out repairs to your home, such as replacing wallpaper or drywall.

Please note that most insurers will ask you to replace like for like if we cannot save an item. In other words, you must replace an item with one of equal value. Some of our customers ask if they can take the opportunity to upgrade items by replacing them with something better – please talk to your insurer about this as in most cases, you will need to bear the extra cost.

If you need help taking stock after flood damage, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

How Do Carol Stream Homes Get Restored After Flash Floods?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen Whenever disasters strike, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help.

Flash floods can develop with little warning and leave many Carol Stream homes and businesses throughout the area damaged by rapidly changing conditions like rising waters in the streams and creeks.

Flash flooding conditions are among the most alarming for Carol Stream neighborhoods as these emergencies can simultaneously impact several properties. Even with preparation and warning, there is little that can be done to entirely prevent the damage that rushing water and rapidly rising natural flooding can do. Most of the actions that homeowners can take in these situations are reactive, meaning that the damage has already occurred. Now, professional flood restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team are responding with efficient mitigation and recovery strategies.

With flood damage in Carol Stream being a common threat through the spring and summer months, it is vital to know whom to call when these disasters strike. Lower-lying properties throughout the city have contended with flood losses multiple times in just the recent years, prompting many of these homeowners to install diversion channels equipment in the basement. Sump pumps and drains can often prevent water pooling in these lower levels, but those without these diversion options often experience the worst damage.

What Areas of a Home Get Damaged During Flash Flooding?
Flash flooding here in Illinois often results from either a slow-moving storm system that is unloading substantial amounts of rainfall or several systems passing through in quick succession. Excessive runoff finds its ways to creek beds, streams, and other water bodies to become an overwhelming force against nearby homes and businesses. When flash flooding moves towards your home, several areas could become damaged almost immediately:

    •    Basement - Lower levels of houses are not uncommon in our neighborhoods, so windows and vents for the subterranean level become points of entry for forceful flooding conditions.
    •    Siding - With no points of your foundation above grade, the veneer and brickwork of your home go right to the ground level. When exposed to devastating flood water with debris and other solids, the siding could become destroyed.
    •    Foundation – Exposed foundations can fall victim to the immense pressure that high volumes of water can produce. Hydrostatic force can push the wall of water through cracks and vulnerabilities in masonry to reach your basement.
    •    First Floor – When your home does not have a basement level and instead is sitting on a concrete slab as a foundation, rising water can quickly surpass your home's thresholds and enter the first floor.
    •    Garage – Garages have little defense for water that overwhelms grating and drains in front of the bay door. Once debris blocks the grating of this drain, water can easily enter your garage area.

What Extraction Options Are Best for Natural Flooding?
Removing standing water is a vital need after your home is a victim of flash flooding. While water outside your home can subside, the several inches or feet of pooling in your basement requires effective extraction solutions to resolve. Because flash floods welcome extensive debris and solids into your home along with the water, electric submersible pumps that would often be ideal for water removal are ineffective. Instead, our SERVPRO team utilizes flood removal tools that can also pass debris and smaller solids, such as:

    •    Trash Pumps
    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Truck-Mount Extractors

With surface water almost entirely addressed, we can begin vital muck-out cleaning for the property. This process removes mud, debris, solids, and other potential contaminants from the house. Extracted water can also help to identify exposed materials that must get discarded and later replaced by our in-house contractors.

Is Controlled Demolition Necessary?
As much as many homeowners might assume that flood recovery involves drying the house and wipe cleaning the surfaces that got dirty, there is often a higher risk of contamination, bacteria, and viral pathogens to consider. The movement of rushing floodwater can encounter multiple damaging substances, chemicals, and other degrading biological debris that creates a health hazard. Our contractors must remove exposed materials and replace them to ensure that these blackwater incidents do not become a threat to occupants of the house or responding technicians. Choices in controlled demolition involve:

    •    Contamination Exposure
    •    Structural Deterioration
    •    Saturation
    •    Mold/Microbial Threats

Multiple threats can result from unexpected flooding in the area. Because flash floods can develop over just a few hours, there is often little that can be done to thwart the damage your home could experience completely. Whenever disasters strike, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help. We are available 24/7 at (630) 830-6236.

High Winds Battered Our House, How Can I Get it Back to Normal?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A home with a tree fallen over in the home. When it comes to storm damage in your Carol Stream home SERVPRO has you covered.

SERVPRO Has Crews to Address Windstorm Damage to Restore Your Home in Carol Stream to Pre-Loss Condition

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes all bring the potential of high winds and rain. Whenever your Carol Stream home suffers such loss, you need to address it quickly so that you can save your interior from taking on secondary damage due to exposure. SERVPRO sends crews out for emergency mitigation and restoration 24/7 so that you have the peace of mind in knowing someone is on your side. 

What Happens Once I Call SERVPRO?

When you contact us for help with wind storm damage in Carol Stream, we send out a team in four hours or less to begin the initial assessment. If your roof has been impacted, we tarp it off to prevent further damage to your interior while everything gets inspected and then repaired. If necessary, we also have board-up services that secure your property and protect your home from illegal entry, animals, and further exposure to the elements.

Hiring SERVPRO means:

  •   24/7 emergency restoration services
  •   We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster
  •   All of our technicians are IICRC-certified--Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  •   If water has saturated your interior due to storm damage and high winds, we also have highly-trained water restoration technicians (WRT)

Calling us, you know that you have a team available fast so that we can lessen the damage, cut back on costs, and prevent further loss from happening. Storms happen without warning, and high winds can be extremely devastating. We can handle any size disaster with the help of our Disaster Recovery Team. We formulate a custom restoration plan and approach each project on a case-by-case basis. 

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is here whenever you need help with wind storm damage. To have a crew deployed to your property fast to get started on an assessment, give us a call at (630) 830-6236. We will make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Professionals in Carol Stream Talk About Floodwater Contaminants

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard warning sign Floodwaters contain contaminants. SERVPRO knows how safely remove the water and dry your home.

After the Storm: Flood Damage Contamination Interventions in Carol Stream 

As warmer weather nears, residents in Carol Stream are always alert for weather patterns that could expose a property to flooding. DuPage County monitors rising river levels during the snowmelt and spring rains. Armstrong Park Reservoirs in our community are called on duty during potential high water as part of an integrated multi-town and city plan. If your home suffers from flooding despite the best proactive program, we can help. 

Torrents Not Showers 

Extreme weather is everywhere in the news, and flood damage in Carol Spring can happen when spring showers become downpours that cause flash flooding. As the water collects curbside and finds no room in overtaxed sanitary sewer systems, roads and streets become rivers, sweeping debris, salts, and landscaping chemicals into homes. The inability of the nearby sewers to drain can push human waste with a broad range of potential pathogens into your home during flooding. The impossibility of precisely determining what the floodwaters carry into your basement or walk-out lower level mean we must treat flooding as Category 3 or highly-contaminated fluid. 

Contain and Release According to Local Regulation

SERVPRO keeps current on hazardous waste disposal regulations, which includes Category 3 water. Partnering with our team means we can assure you that we take all necessary precautions while collecting and then discarding contaminated floodwaters. Our crews extract the tainted waters into tanks and make sure the workspace is partitioned off with six mil polyethylene to reduce the spread of hazards that can become airborne. Operating a negative pressure air scrubber in the partition helps seal the perimeter and forces airborne contaminants through HEPA filter before exhausting outside.    

Detect, Disinfect, and Dry Out 

As we work on pumping and extracting the floodwater, SERVPRO employees use infrared imaging and moisture detectors and meters to locate and measure the water that seeped into cracks or absorbed into building materials. We use strategies to release the trapped water, such as flood cuts or holes drilled in even the mortar joints between cinder blocks. EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants clear pathogens and soiling off surfaces, resulting in a clean and sanitary space. Our technicians then dry using air movers, heater, and dehumidifiers then complete, with our technicians monitoring progress by comparing initial data to subsequent moisture level readings. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale are standing ready to help with this spring’s flooding. Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment. 

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How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Bloomingingdale

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heavy Rains Can Mean Flood Damage in Bloomingdale

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Flashlight

Battery-powered radio

1 Blanket per person

Cash

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. 

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