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Who to call when disaster strikes in Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Given that storms, natural disasters and accidents take place all the time it’s always good to have a skilled, reliable 24 hour restoration company you can count on. SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen has been serving your local community when disaster strikes since 2007. When we say we are available 24 hours, 7 days a week – we mean it. Our team of water and fire damage restoration experts will be at your Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen, IL home or business within moments of your phone call. 

It doesn't matter the size of the damage, we are faster to any size disaster. We take great pride in restoring and serving the Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen, IL community. 

If you find yourself with water or fire damage call us! We will be there when you need us. Call us at 708-301-4200.

Start Preparing Now For Wet Weather Ahead

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

With Cold weather comes the potential for flooding, structural leaks, and wind driven rains.  To help reduce the likelihood of your home or business receiving water damages, take precautionary measures now:

  • Clean out roof gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters allow water to back up onto your roof, increasing the chance of water intrusion into your home or business.
  • Know Your Zone. Determine your flood zoning and prepare appropriately.  If you live in a flood prone zone, preparing sandbags may be necessary to help protect your structure.  
  • Follow guidance of local officials. Just as in a  flash flooding and heavy thunderstorms or snow storm can cause the potential need for evacuation.  Follow the instruction given by local officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

If your home or business experiences a water damage loss, know that SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen is Here to Help.  Our experienced team offers emergency water damage response, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing us to arrive quickly to begin mitigating the damages.  For more information about our services, call 708-301-4200, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire Extinguisher FAQs

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

It is widely known that having an in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative to fire safety, but did you know that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, as well as a proper way in which to use one?  Keeping yourself, your family, and your property protected in the event of a structure fire is paramount, and the below information can help facilitate that process.

Q:  What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?

A:  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

Many fire extinguishers may also be multipurpose, in that they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out a variety of material fires.

Q:  What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?

A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

     P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

     A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

     S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

     S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure, and always follow the guidance of local fire authorities.  SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen offers a full line of fire clean up and restoration services, and we are Here to Help when you need.  Give us a call at 708-301-4200 to learn more.

SERVPRO Specialty Cleaning

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Whether your business is large or small, SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen is here to help.

SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen is known for its expertise in restoration and recovery from disasters but we also provide non-emergency services, such as cleaning services.  When we clean commercial properties, the surfaces are not merely clean; they are “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.”

A New Standard of Clean

We are happy to provide maintenance cleaning services for commercial clients, which include restaurants, automobile dealerships, healthcare providers and others.  We also have extensive experience in cleaning biohazards, vandalism and graffiti, and crime or trauma scenes.

The recent pandemic has increased awareness of the necessity for both proactive and disaster-response cleaning.  

Call us at 708-301-4200 to schedule an appointment.  We will develop a cleaning plan designed for the needs of your business.  Cleanings can be scheduled as little or as much as needed.

We are always available for emergencies

SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen is available any time 24 hours a day to respond to an emergency.  Remember to call 708-301-4200.

SERVPRO Commercial Board Up

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire at a local business, SERVPRO responds with alacrity and expertise working with the commercial property owner, their tenants and their insurance carriers.

Damage to a business from fire and resultant smoke, soot and water damage can be devastating for any business or commercial property with lost revenue, productivity and emotional hardship. The fire damage can cause damage and breakage to windows, walls and roof necessitating board up and tarping of missing windows, walls and roof and also protecting the interior from further damage by the elements. Mitigation will follow instantaneously with our certified fire mitigation technicians. 

With resultant smoke and soot damage there may be recoverable contents on the property. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items will require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes. You want to protect your electronics and other important items. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.You need to keep your contents out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to remedy.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen understand that having dedicated and trained technicians, utilizing professional protocols and equipment make a real difference in down time and in reducing claims and loss expenses. Our adage “Like it never even happened,” is our goal in returning damaged areas to a preloss condition and we are dedicated to both the property and lives of the customers we assist 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Contact us at 708-301-4200. 

What you should know about mold after a storm

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

After a natural disaster such as a storm that causes flooding or standing water, tons of excess moisture can contribute to the growth of mold.  Mold can grow in homes and buildings and can produce allergens and irritants. Mold can develop within a little as 24-48 hours after water exposure and what’s worse is that it will continue to grow until steps are taken to stop it. If your home or building has been flooded, or has been exposed to excessive moisture after the storm you may be at risk for mold, even if you have since dried the area. 

We do not recommend that you dry the area yourself. Water damage mitigation if not done properly can create mold growth after a storm. It can create a constant mold problems if property is not dried out completely and there is a high change it will begin to grow on material such as drywall, studs, carpeting and insulation, which can be extremely costly to replace once it is damaged. We do not recommend you try and remove the mold yourself with bleach or any other disinfectants.  Our SERVPRO professionals use anti-fugal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies to help prevent new colonies from forming. We at SERVPRO midtown do mold testing and safe mold remediation. You can call us at SERVPRO for immediate service 708-301-4200.  

What you should know about mold. Mold can enter though heating and air conditioning systems. It can enter though vents, widows and open doorways. It can also attach itself to shoes and clothing and be carried indoors. When mold spores drop on a place with excessive moisture where leakage might have occurred the mold with then grow. 

Usually mold can be seen or smelled, mold often produced a strong, musty oder. During SERVPRO’s inspection and mold damage assessment various technologies will be used to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

We at SERVPRO are at your service at a moments notice when it comes to water damage or flooding after a storm.  However mold can infest your home in a more subtle, insidious way.  Here are some helpful tips on how to keep mold from entering your home and preventing it from spreading throughout.

  • Make sure your roof gutters and roof are cleaned frequently 
  • Check under potted indoor plants to make sure water does not accumulate
  • Remove or replace wet carpets or rugs that are not drying properly 
  • Increase ventilation and air flow as often as possible especially when showering, cooking, using the dishwasher or clothes dryer
  • Use de-humidifiers and fans to help remove excess moister and condensation 
  • Whenever there is a spill or leak, clean it up immediately 

If you do detect mold in your home or building SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen is here for you. Call us anytime at 708-301-4200. We provide a 24/7 emergency service with highly trained specialists who will come to inspect and assess right away. STAY SAFE! 

Find Mold In Your Home? Here's What You Need To Know

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is not a minor issue, it is a top environmental hazard. Mold begins to grow in warm, damp areas. The perfect place for growth is in basements, attics, and other dimly-lit areas of a property with poor ventilation and high humidity.

No property is immune from a mold outbreak. Common causes include an unattended spill, faulty plumbing, open window during a rain storm, or an appliance that has a leak. Whatever the reason is, it's important to be prepared!

Remember, whether you own or manage a rental property in Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen, mold is an issue that can add up to an expensive bill and a lengthy cleanup. Landlords are also subject to lawsuits from neighbors if the mold spreads to their apartment.

Gather evidence and report it

Mold is found by scent or sight, you should be able to see the off color dots that will line up on surfaces. If you do have mold in your home, you are usually able to locate it on sight so make sure you take a photo of the mold. You'll want the evidence to show to your landlord or property manager.

First, call them to explain the issue immediately. You will need to refer to your lease but most states require owners to remove mold at their own expense as soon as they are notified. After you have a conversation about the problem, send the photos their way so you can start working on a plan to get the mold out of your apartment.

After you get in touch with your property manager/landlord, call a Mold Remediation Expert. A local expert in taking care of mold, SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen works closely with several buildings and property managers to ensure quick and easy removal of mold. All it takes is one call, and we will be able to dispatch technicians to come remediate your mold issue. Give us a call at 708-301-4200 to get rid of your mold NOW!!

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.

CALL SERVPRO of Lockport / Lemont / Homer Glen @ 708-301-4200

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.