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Water Removal is Needed for Both Large and Small Water Problems in Lake Zurich Office Buildings and Homes

7/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal is Needed for Both Large and Small Water Problems in Lake Zurich Office Buildings and Homes Drips and Deluges Can Both Result in Water Damage to Your Lake Zurich Property

Trust SERVPRO to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water to Your Structure

Water removal is not always an extensive undertaking that requires a pump truck sitting outside your office. There might be a time when you need this kind of service for much smaller problems. However, to allow such shallower (no pun intended) problems to remain as they are because they seem too inconsequential is never a good idea because secondary water damage is always a possibility. When water is permitted to linger where it should not be many possible, but highly preventable, problems become much more likely in the future.

Office buildings and homes have many locations throughout where water can become problematic and when a pipe bursts or a toilet overflows, water removal is the only real solution to the predicament. SERVPRO has the equipment needed, no matter how large or small the problem might be, that can reverse the situation. If water damage strikes your property in Lake Zurich, make the call.
 
We always use the most efficient tools so that we provide the best results at the lowest cost to our customer. We realize that having a disastrous situation involving water is bad enough – workflow interruptions, possible damage to equipment, safety issues, and basic repairs – and having an overly expensive and inefficient team can result in not only shoddy work, but also additional problems. We avoid all of this by staffing only qualified workers and then train them extensively according to SERVPRO corporate and IICRC standards.
 
Removing all excess water from your office can significantly reduce the chances of the development of mold. Also, water removal can help prevent the increased disintegration of your building's structure while protecting your contents from a large number of potentially difficult and destructive situations.
 
Our processes and methods include not only the removal of the liquid water but also the water that has evaporated into the air. Not only can even a slight elevation of humidity make breathing uncomfortable, but it can also damage, albeit slowly, computer components, electrical wiring, many types of textiles, fragile documents, and paintings Increased moisture in the air can even become trapped inside of double glass window panes. The central HVAC system can also suffer from excess moisture resulting in mold proliferation and a reduction in healthy indoor air quality.
 
Having water removal services conducted to extract every trace of water in your building is crucial to sound business activities, and we are here to help you fulfill that goal. Calling SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 is the first step toward accomplishing this.

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Flood Damage from Bathtub Overflow in your Buffalo Grove Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage from Bathtub Overflow in your Buffalo Grove Home Don't let a simple bathtub overflow cause more problems in the home. Call SERVPRO if that happens and we will remediate quickly to try and avoid mold.

Restoration Companies like SERVPRO Take the Guesswork Out of Figuring Out Whether Your Home is Dry after Flooding with Tools Made Especially for the Job

When you forget to turn off the water in your tub to take a phone call, a child starts the water and leaves it without telling anyone, or your overflow drain was not working correctly, you have an accidental water loss. They can cause serious damage to your home that you need to address quickly.
 
Extreme flood damage can be done to your carpeting, subfloor, drywall, the ceiling and walls underneath the tub and more. Depending on how quickly you call in a remediation company such as SERVPRO to repair the damage in your Buffalo Grove home, many of these can be saved. When you let the issue sit for several days, you are dealing with things such as a strong odor and microbial growth behind the drywall. Plus, since the water had time to soak into the subfloor, the moisture content of the floor is very high, creating the need to remove the subfloor to ensure that it dries thoroughly.
 
When water goes down through the ceiling, you have damage to ceiling tiles or sections of your ceiling. We need to take these down so we can properly dry the area above them and may need to replace the sections of ceiling. A setup of ducting can be inserted into the ceiling area that was affected so we can pump warm, dry, dehumidified air into the cavity to speed up drying and guard against the growth of mold.
 
With SERVPRO, moisture content is checked daily with moisture meters, hygrometers, and hydro sensors. Snake cameras may also be employed to give visual confirmation that confined areas such as under cabinets or in the wall cavities are thoroughly dry.
 
Other areas that were hit by the water below the bathroom are dried using containment, air movers, and dehumidifiers. The containment minimizes the volume of air to be dried and speeds up the drying of the ceiling because of water moving from an area of high water concentration to an area of low concentration.
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich greatly understands the stress of such a disaster, and moves quickly to have your home back to its condition before the damage. We can always be reached at (847) 279-1940, so do not hesitate when your home floods due to a bathtub overflow.

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Avoid a Box Office Run On Refunds With an Emergency Ready Plan in Buffalo Grove

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Avoid a Box Office Run On Refunds With an Emergency Ready Plan in Buffalo Grove Don't let water damage behind the scenes cancel the show. Call SERVPRO and be ready for any type of damage.

SERVPRO Delivers Quick Water Damage Remedation So That the Show Can Go On

Entertainment venues must deliver on performances promised to their patrons of the arts. Water damage in the theater needs rapid restoration to ensure honoring of play dates, keeping both performers and the audience comfortable and safe. SERVPRO offers clients in the theater business a chance to plan for disasters with our highly qualified project managers, developing a plan that supports fast and focused restoration.
 
Shared lodging, dining, and entertainment spaces risk commercial water damage to Buffalo Grove’s popular children’s and musical theater industry. A plumbing fail in the resort’s guest rooms, pools or restaurants quickly spreads to the stage areas, threatening your play and musical schedule. People plan theater attendance with friends and family far in advance for shared memories. Local businesses, schools, and other groups buy blocks of tickets for special events. Delaying dramatic satisfaction need not be an option when our skilled staff put recovery planning designed especially for your situation in motion.

Carpeting, padded upholstered seats, sets, costumes, and the stage itself are on the endangered list when water floods in from a burst pipe or a overfilled tub or pool in a distant area of the resort. SERVPRO works with theater management to pinpoint where water jeopardizes structures and fixtures when you invite us in for an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan assessment. No one knows better than you what items need first attention when water damage occurs. You also help us map out a blueprint of your stage, audience, and backstage areas, identifying utility shutoffs and electrical power configurations. We make suggestions to limit damage should a water or other emergency occur.
 
Determine which of the theater team you authorize to call for and guide our reaction, so response timing and implementation is seamless. Relax knowing you have an agenda crafted that restores water damage in a swift and thoroughly professional manner whether you or your hand-picked staff direct our efforts. You and your team gain a clear vision of how SERVPRO remediates water damage, moving from water extraction to a comprehensive drying plan that minimizes the chance of collateral, long lasting harm like mold growth or the weakening of the main structural supports.
 
We know how unacceptable missing even one performance is for your business, so we organize our water damage response, so the show goes on. Schedule an assessment with an experienced project manager from SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 and develop your Emergency Ready Profile and Plan.

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Nip Buffalo Grove Sunroom Mold In The Bud

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Nip Buffalo Grove Sunroom Mold In The Bud Prevent Moisture and Mold in Your Buffalo Grove Sun Room

Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Your Buffalo Grove Property

Additions to your home like sunrooms and three season porches often lack the same roof coverings and underpinnings as the rest of your house. Climate control is more difficult within these rooms, causing a potential imbalance of humid air or condensation inside leading to mold growth. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to help you remediate this problem.

Even trace amounts of moisture feed mold continuing the damage in your Buffalo Grove home. If you have a sunroom that has a flat roof and no basement or a porch with a neglected crawlspace and ill-fitting windows water finds many ways to invade and nurture microbial growth. We are experts in locating, containing and removing mold colonies, and also help you recognize the changes needed to keep the moisture out.
 
Perhaps the water drained poorly from a flat roof, or an ice dam built up and made its way into your sunroom via cracks and rafters. A loose window allowed water to blow inside a porch, rotting sills. Dark staining on the ceiling, crumbling wood, and a musty smell are the clues. SERVPRO staff contains the visible mold and also searches above the ceiling or behind walls to see if other structures have microbial colonies of their own. As much as possible the mold is removed from the surfaces, but if it invades within drywall or deep into the wood the building materials must come out as well. We disinfect the areas, sealing if indicated with proper products and dispose of the moldy debris. Our team works with other contractors when needed to replace the missing components, restoring the look and function of the rooms.
 
SERVPRO technicians also search for a way to prevent the water from infiltrating. Roof repair or drainage reconfiguring is a possible set of answers. Windows receiving caulking and proper vapor barriers under and over uninsulated areas help even out humidity levels and condensation problems. We realize these types of rooms are tricky to maintain in areas of the country where the weather hits both extremes of cold and heat. Heavy precipitation, water, sleet, ice, and snow, all contribute and need to be dealt with proactively. Our AMRT crew prides itself on helping with these difficult problems in our wide-ranging climate.
 
Frustrations regarding troubling mold damage have answers when you contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich. Set up an inspection through our home office at (847) 279-1940. For info on Buffalo Grove click here.

Storm Preparation

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Preparation Kit

There are a few items you are going to want to have in case of a snowstorm.  The governmental Ready Campaign’s Public Service Announcement lists the items recommended to add to your emergency kit.  The Public Service Announcement list contains rock salt, sand, snow shovels, heating fuel, and sufficient clothing.  It may not be a bad idea to keep these items in your vehicle if you drive.  The full list specifically regarding vehicles also includes a flashlight, windshield scraper, battery powered radio, batteries, water, snack food, matches, First aid kit, pocket knife, necessary medications, rope, booster cables, flares, and a fluorescent distress flag.  The distress flag may come at a shock, but if you are trapped with your vehicle as your only shelter it might come in handy.

 

Be Informed

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross have created phone applications that give alerts and warnings.  These applications also provide information on first aid and finding shelters.  There are also two terms you may want to familiarize yourself with regarding alerts.  They are “watch” and “warning.”  The difference is a winter storm watch means that the storm is possible in your area.  Watches are generally issues 12 to 36 hours in advance of the storm.  However, a winter storm warning means that there will be a storm in your area, or it is already present.

 

House Preparation

There are a several different steps you can take to prepare your home for a snowstorm.  Common knowledge suggests increasing insulation.  This includes walls, attics, windows, doors, and pipes.  Insulating the items suggested will help keep heat in the home throughout the winter season.  If you have a chimney it would be a good idea to have it cleaned and inspected annually.  Having a fire extinguisher available would not hurt either.  However, what I believe to be the most important part of house preparation is learning how to shut off each of your water valves.  This is in case a pipe bursts.  The faster you can turn off that valve related to the specific pipe burst, the less damage will be inflicted on the house.  If it takes you an additional five minutes to learn how to turn off that valve, that is five more additional minutes of water flooding from the broken pipe. 

 

Which Fire Extinguisher is Right for You

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Which Fire Extinguisher is Right for You The Five Classes

 

Reading the Label

In the United States there are five classes of fire extinguishers.  They are A, B, C, D, and K.  A means that the fire extinguisher is effective against wood, paper, and trash fires.  B is good for combustible liquids and gasses such as gasoline or propane.  C is good for use against electrical fires because it will not conduct electricity.  D is for fires started by combustible metals.  These fire extinguishers are usually more for commercial use.  Lastly, K is for grease fires.  It effectively turns the fat in the grease into soap to stop the fire.  Fire extinguishers come in all sorts of different combinations of these classifications.  Typically for a homeowner, it is a good idea to get at least one that is ABC and a K for the kitchen.  In front of A and B there will be a number.  The higher the number, the more effective it is for that type of fire.   

 

Here is a list of what each classification stands for, its designated color, and its geometric symbol.

A – Ash – Green – Triangle

B – Barrel – Red – Square

C – Current – Blue – Circle   

D – Dynamite – Yellow – Star

K – Kitchen – Black – Hexagon

 

Disposable or Rechargeable

Fire extinguishers come in both types.  It is important to note that a refill on a rechargeable fire extinguisher is usually cheaper than buying a new disposable one.  The rechargeable fire extinguishers also usually have metal parts in comparison to the disposable which usually has plastic parts.  Generally speaking, the rechargeable ones have better quality parts, longer lasting charge, and the ability to refill it.  The initial cost is higher for a rechargeable one, but usually worth it in the end.

 

Size

This completely depends on your situation.  Bigger normally equals more chemicals, but also means heavier and less maneuverability.  The weight listed, just accounts for the chemical contents.  This is NOT the total weight, meaning it does not factor in the weight of the canister.  Pick what works best for your situation.  Consider the strength of anyone that might be using the fire extinguisher.  Also take into account the dimensions of the tight spaces the fire extinguisher might be needed in for maneuverability purposes. 

 

For information on what to do after a fire refer to our SERVPRO website

Smoke Detectors: An Important Necessity

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors are an important safety feature that should be in every building and may help reduce/prevent fire damage.  They can warn of possible smoke using two different types of methods.  The first method is optically.  If smoke particles inside the detector chamber scatter enough light for the sensor to notice, the alarm will sound.  The second method is through ionization.  This method uses positively and negatively charged surfaces along with a small radioactive element to detect particles like smoke.  The second method is more commonly used in the United States, mainly due to cost. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends testing smoke detectors once per month and changing their batteries twice a year.  A smoke alarm is useless if it malfunctions.  That is why it is important to test an alarm regularly and often. 

Unfortunately, many people fall victim to nuisance tripping.  This is when there is somewhat of a false alarm.  This includes situations such as minor smoke from burning a piece of toast or steam from a hot shower or bath.   This in turn causes many people to deactivate their alarms.  Most people do not realize that the nuisance tripping can be significantly cut down by switching types of alarms.  The ionization alarms tend to be triggered more frequently.  Photoelectric alarms react more effectively around the board than ionization alarms.  However, one of the many tests performed by Underwriters Laboratories did favor ionization alarms.  This was the “burnt toast” test also known as nuisance tripping.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends having both types of smoke detectors.  Smoke and fire damage should be taken seriously.  For information on the fire damage restoration process please refer to our SERVPRO website.

Flood Damage: What You Have to Know

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Damage:  What You Have to Know Microbials can cause health effects.

Property holders regularly underestimate flood damage.  Not only can flood damage cause structural damage, but it can leave biological organisms that can bring about wellbeing impacts.  SERVPRO can deal with any circumstance of water damage.  For Instance, back in February SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich went to Saint Louis so as 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.  Microbes use dirty water to cultivate.  The development of these microorganisms can bring about health effects.

What to do

  • Remove abundance of water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pads.
  • Remove mats 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 set up. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet and floors.
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.

For more information, refer to our SERVPRO website.

Extending the Life of Your Carpet

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Extending the Life of Your Carpet Regular maintenance will extend the carpet's life.

Carpet makes a statement in any room it is in.  Investing in carpet can be costly.  Which is why it is important to maintain carpet quality and extend its life.  Here are some tips on how to do that.

  1. Remove pollutants

Indoor pollutants such as allergens, insects, and dirt can easily find their way inside a home.  If undisturbed some pollutants can even become toxic.  Help eliminate these pollutants by performing regular carpet cleaning.

  1. Prevent mold

Carpet gets wet.  Whether the reason is a rainy coat or a broken pipe your carpet will get wet.  Mold grows in dark, warm, and damp areas.  Carpet that is contaminated with particulates provides a food source for mold to develop. In addition to the potential health effects it presents, it can also significantly impact the life of your carpet.  This means that the overall quality goes down.  Try to keep your carpet dry.  However, if you do find mold, the professional services SERVPRO offers in addition to carpet cleaning performed by SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich can make a big difference to the indoor air quality of your home.  

  1. Revive Carpet fibers

High-traffic areas wear down and weaken the carpet fibers.  You can help reduce this effect and revive fibers by regularly vacuuming.  Professional carpet cleaning can also help revive carpet fibers.

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

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

  1. Remove excess water the best you can using a mop or towel.
  2. Remove or prop up furniture from wet floors and wipe off moisture from the legs.
  3. Remove any clutter that might be on the affected wet floors.
  4. Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  5. Do not use a normal vacuum to remove water.
  6. Do not use appliances or electrical outlets where water could have affected their internal components.
  7. Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  8. Do not leave wet magazines, books, or other colored materials on the floor to avoid stains.
  9. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

For more tips on what to do and what not to do when a flood occurs in your home or business, refer to our SERVPRO website!