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Tips on Professional Water Damage Remediation

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage Mitigation approach

  • Initial inspection 

The primary consideration is assessing the entire pipe break or supply line break systems and understanding the requirements for the work. The water cleanup experts must, therefore, be able to conduct a comprehensive inspection process regarding the water in home or water in business premises. This helps the restoration company to understand the cost caused by the flood damages, the time frame of the mitigation process as well as materials and machines required in the process.

During inspection, the professionals evaluate the cause of the pipe break or supply line break and try to stop excessive water from entering the building. Some components inspected by a restoration company include the pipes supplying water on business premises, the source of the water and supply lines. If the flood damages contain some sewerage components in the supply line break the professionals will precede with the necessary precautions.

  • Water removal 

After a restoration company has inspected the entire project, they'll proceed to the water cleanup process to evacuate water in business or residential areas. This is where the water is extracted from the inside and outside the premises, including moisture removal. Good technology and efficient water extraction machines, thousands of gallons of water in a home can be removed from the affected premises quickly. 

  • The Drying process 

After extraction of water, the restoration company uses dehumidifiers and air movers to ensure that space is completely dried. During the drying process, windows are opened to allow air circulation. During drying, the restoration companies are required to monitor the affected areas and make adjustments on their water cleanup equipment if necessary.

The primary objective is to provide the most effective services, save the client money, time and restore the building to its normal conditions within the agreed period.

  • Actual Remodeling 

This is the final step in any water damage removal process. The process entails re-tilling of the house, painting, reconstruction of the walls and the floor or even renovating the roof. Every remodeling process in each premise is done differently. This mostly depends on the extensiveness of the damage and the desires of the homeowner.

The remodeling process reflects the kind of design a homeowner shall have after the entire damage renovation process. The homeowner should define and declare the kind of designs they want to be restored to their flooded homes before the actual work is done. This helps in ensuring that the remodeling fits the desires and anticipations of the homeowner. It also helps the expert in knowing the materials in restoring the flooded home, pipe breaks and necessary supply line break.

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Five Ways to Prevent Kitchen Fires

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

1. Keep Your Vents Clean

It’s important to keep the vent screens above your stove clean. Otherwise grease can build up on the screen and inhibit the ventilation becoming a contributing factor in a kitchen fire. The grease build-up could even make a fire worse. 

2. Don’t Leave Pans Unattended

Most cooks know never to lean a pan unattended on the stove. The pan could be knocked over, grease can splatter, or the food can be allowed to cook too long. Each of these things can be a fire hazard.

3. Don’t Put Grease Down the Drain

When you're done cooking it may be tempting to pour the hot grease down the drain. Built up grease in drain can lead to a drain clog and sink overflow. Instead the grease can be poured into a container, allowed to cool and then placed in the trash.

4. Wipe Out Greasy Pans Before Washing

Wipe out any remaining grease and food particles before washing your pans. This can help prevent buildup that may lead to a sink clog.

5. Call a Professional to Service Appliances

If you’re having problems with your stove or drain it may be time to call a professional. They will know how to fix the problem without causing a potential electrical fire. These can come from attempting to fix a broken stove or clogged dish disposal without the correct tools. If fire or flooding does occur, then a fire and water damage restoration service may be able to help.

Following these tips can help you prevent problems like a drain clog or grease fire. Never leave your stove unattended when it’s on, don’t put grease down the drain, and call a professional if your kitchen appliances need maintenance. In the event a fire or flooding does happen in your kitchen, then a restoration professional may be able to help.

Common Water Issues for Businesses

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

For a commercial property owner in Joliet unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Emergency Readiness Plan

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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The SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen's Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage, which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens." 

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Appliance Leaks Can Cause Major Damage

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Washer & Dryer Appliances are a major cause of residential water loses

Think about the last time your appliances were moved or inspected

Many of us don’t think about the household appliances that we use every single day. For most, they probably become a passing thought about how much wear and tear they are receiving. Most of the appliances we use to make our everyday lives easier to utilize water. This means they are prone to leaks at some point if they are not caught early on.  Water damage can sit for ages before you as a homeowner realize. This is why regular inspections are important for prevention.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

  • Hot Water Heater
    • The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.
  • Refrigerator
    • The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.
  • Dishwasher
    • A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.
  • Washing Machine
    • Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.
  • Air Conditioner
    • The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

Fall Fire Pits

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Illinois its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips from Allstate to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Document Drying Important Documents

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Document Drying Chamber SERVPRO's Freeze Drying Chmaber

When you experience a flood at your home or place of business, you can't afford to lose important documents or paper goods to water damage. Using state of the art technology, SERVPRO is well equipped to properly dry and recover paper goods ranging from paper files to books to x-rays and photos.

Why use SERVPRO for document restoration?

The SERVPRO document restoration facility uses the latest vacuum free-drying method in addition to gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing. The facility is under 24-hour surveillance and is managed by HIPAA Master-certified technicians to ensure proper safety and privacy of your documents. The SERVPRO document restoration team has the capacity to handle large scale commercial losses and smaller residential jobs.

Are there other services than just document drying?

Yes, there are! In addition to drying your documents, SERVPRO also offers cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization. No matter your document restoration needs, SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen is "Here to Help"!

There's no time to waste! Call SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont Homer Glen today at (708) 301-4200

Protect Your Home From a Flood

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Breaker box with the word CUT THE POWER! Use the circuit breaker panel to swiftly shut off all electricity

Flood Safety Preparation Tips

In order to protect your home from the damage that can be caused by a flood, you should research the flood risk in your area and be aware the flood level of your property. Follow flood safety preparation steps to protect your home in Lemont, IL.

1. Protect the Electrical System in Your Home
Ensure that all electrical sockets, wiring, and circuit breakers are above the flood level. Water and electricity are a potent combination. Furnaces and water heaters should be elevated inside the home. Air conditioners and generators are also essential for the home but often reside outside of it. Elevate important outdoor equipment to safeguard it against rising water.

2. Update Your Sewer and Drainage Systems
Consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve to prevent a flooded sewer system from backing up into your home. If the foundation of your home is below the water table, consider installing a sump pump with battery to maintain flood safety.

3. Know What to Do When a Flood Occurs
When a storm occurs and water levels begin to rise, have a plan to protect your property. Keep gutters and drains clear of debris. Use the circuit breaker panel to swiftly shut off all electricity. Move any electronics, carpet, and furniture that you are able to maneuver to a higher point in your home.

4. Deal With Frequent Flooding
There are costly measures available to help stop frequent flooding. Consider raising your home on columns so that it sits above flood level. Investing in foundation vents would allow water to flow through the building instead of rising inside and causing further damage. Check with your insurance to see if your coverage provides for any of these extreme measures to attempt to flood proof your home.
Flood safety is a serious issue that should be addressed in every home. If you have done your best to follow these safety tips and still experience damage from a flood, you may want to call a storm damage restoration specialist to help you recover.

Trapping Mold Before It Takes Hold

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Close up shot of mold. The right kind of air cleaner is one of the best ways to prevent mold from growing in your home.

Most homeowners in Lockport, IL, live in fear of discovering they are sharing their beloved refuge with that family of fungus known as mold. The potential damage caused by mold to a house’s structure and value can feel like an insurmountable problem. Fortunately, with good air filtration, you can prevent the fungus from ever gaining a foothold.

If you do end up with mold, there are ways to deal with it. However, it is best to start with the proverbial ounce of prevention, and for that, it is important to use the right kind of air purifier.

How Air Cleaners Prevent Mold
Tiny spores of mold travel through the air looking for a warm and wet place to land and spread. Good air cleaners can trap spores and dispose of them before they take up residence, but not all systems on the market are equal. A few features are key:

The best kind of air cleaner to prevent mold is one that uses a HEPA filter, which has a fine enough mesh to catch particles the size of typical mold spores.

It should also have filters that are easy to change or clean; if the filter gets full or clogged the machine will not work optimally.

A low-noise, energy-efficient air filtration system ensures that it is low-stress to operate as often as possible.

What To Do If You Suspect You Have Mold
If you do get that unmistakable whiff of musty odor or see that some part of your house has mold damage, it is time to contact a company that specializes in mold remediation so the pros can conduct an inspection. They can advise you on the most effective and economical ways to clear your home of the fungus.

The right kind of air cleaner is one of the best ways to prevent mold from growing in your home. If you do find yourself with this fungus, getting rid of it quickly prevents it from spreading, and effective air filtration can keep it from coming back.

Get Professional, Certified Help to Reduce Water Losses

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo. When it comes to pipe burst cleanup or other water issues, the size of the problem shouldn’t be the only consideration when calling for help.

Unwanted water in your Lemont, IL, a business can create many challenges. Even a relatively small amount can lead to mold growth or damaged property. If the cause is a broken pipe, there will be potentially 100s of gallons within minutes saturating the structure and everything within that area. While a pipe burst cleanup may seem like a time-consuming yet straightforward task, there are actually many considerations.

Signs of Trouble
Any amount of water that isn’t quickly dried can begin to create damage. When porous materials are involved, it will absorb quickly and spread. If the water infiltration results in the following, getting the help of certified water damage and restoration expert can provide peace of mind.

Mold begins to form under carpets, inside cabinets, carpets, or on ceilings and walls.
Paint is beginning to peel.
Drywall is sagging or beginning to disintegrate.
Wood flooring or panels swells or buckles.
Tiles are loose.
Corrosion is visible on electric wiring.

Mitigating Damage
The source of the water also should be considered. While pipe burst cleanup is clean, safe water, a sewage issue, or flooding is a different story. That water will have potentially hazardous contaminants, which is better and safer to leave to a certified sewer cleanup company to clean up. Even a small amount of clean water can eventually become potentially unsafe if left unchecked. Using a professional will ensure that damage doesn’t spread and repairs will be properly done. They are also trained to clean an array of items that many people may have considered unsalvageable, such as artwork, furniture, documents, and more.

When it comes to pipe burst cleanup or other water issues, the size of the problem shouldn’t be the only consideration when calling for help. Ensuring your property remains a safe environment and avoiding problems down the road may mean eventual cost savings worth getting help now.