Recent Water Damage Posts

Hidden Moisture Inside Wall Cavities in a Carol Stream Property Leads to Water Damage--SERVPRO Can Mitigate Losses with Our Skilled Teams

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Magnifying Glass Inspecting Wood House with a Chart Holding a Restoration Word An Inspection, then Water and Moisture Removal Are Crucial to Water Damage Restoration in Carol Stream Homes--SERVPRO

The Worst Water Damage Is the Kind Carol Stream Homeowners Cannot See

According to a study released by the Insurance Information Institute, an average of one in fifty homes suffers the effects of water damage in the Carol Stream area, with a full 98% of basements receiving water at some point in their service life. Water loss occurs in numerous ways, and some of the most common occurrences are when a slow leak has gone unnoticed for some time, and suddenly the seal or supply line breaks inside the wall or ceiling, and water spots leave no doubt about what happened.

The result is particularly detrimental when a leak begins in a room such as a bathroom in a Carol Stream home and leaves water damage in several areas as the coverage area of the leak widens within the wall cavity. When SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, they trace the route of the water using their moisture detection equipment to ensure complete water extraction happens.

Creating Drainage and Airflow
Mitigation of water loss when the leak is within a wall cavity creates numerous challenges for SERVPRO technicians. They initially start with weep holes to allow for drainage, and if they determine the amount of water within the wall cavity or floor joists requires more significant amounts of airflow, they remove damaged sheetrock using a clean-cutting method known as flood cuts. The weep holes are drilled in the area of the removed baseboards, and injectidry equipment can be used to dry the voids. Heated, forced air directed within the cavities via small hoses can often eliminate the need for partial demolition.

Lowering Humidity and Drying Rapidly
After any type of water loss, homeowners commonly use fans to attempt to dry the affected area. This action does little. SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as centrifugal air movers paired with dehumidifiers that circulate warm, dry air while it removes moisture and ports it away. When needed, special attachments such as drying mats force air into floor joists while the Injecti-Dry system is ideal for drying within wall cavities, as previously explained.

Proactive Treatments for Mold
In the cases where a leak has been ongoing, mold in the vicinity is common. SERVPRO technicians look for signs of mold colonies and treat areas most likely to develop mold using antimicrobial cleaning solutions as well as sealers as needed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 assists local property owners with the cleanup of water damage and performing restoration services in their homes to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Rogers Home After A Water Damage Disaster

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

A technician outside a home holding an air dryer Our technicians responded quickly to a water damage emergency at a residential property with our state of the art equipment.

What Professional Water Removal Looks Like in Rogers

Do it yourself water clean up with a bucket and a mop stands in stark contrast to the high-efficiency equipment operated by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews we send to help at your Rogers home. If a plumbing break, overflow, or appliance mishap leaves a room or level of your dwelling swimming, give our team a chance to show you how fast and thoroughly we can clear the water.

Water Damage Has Many Causes

Whether your kids showered with the door open, the washing machine pump broke, or a supply pipe ruptured in a wall, the prognosis is the same -- damage is around the corner unless you arrange water removal for your Rogers home. Reacting with towels and mops only handles the tip of the iceberg that water damage unfortunately becomes. Call in the experts.

Water and Its Damage Migrates

When water spreads across a floor, it keeps moving. The journey can include detours under flooring, seepage beneath baseboards, rapids down stars, and pooling in building cavities. Carpeting absorbs, insulation deteriorates, and personal possessions at floor level get very wet. With so much going on the crew sent by SERVPRO can divide up the water removal tasks.

Water Destroys Structures and Contents Quickly

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO’s mission has at its foundation the need to rid your home of standing water damage and dry it out completely within 24 to 48 hours. Conventional construction materials and contents like furnishings and carpeting weaken, tear, swell, crumble, and distort as they take on water. Opportunistic molds and mildews fueled by water grow and begin their damage unless moisture levels reduce to normal. 

Water Damage Has One Solution

One of SERVPRO’s core services is fast and comprehensive water removal. Our managers and technicians are trained, skilled, and experienced, and our equipment is state of the art. When we arrive, the pumps and extractors are ready to roll off our service vehicles immediately. The second wave of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers wait for their turn after the visible water is gone. 

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale demonstrates the power of professional water removal with every project successfully completed. Line up our crew to make it “Like it never even happened” by calling (630) 830-6236.

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

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.