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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Recommended for Your Lake Zurich Retail Store

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Recommended for Your Lake Zurich Retail Store If a water emergency occurs at your business, contact the professionals at SERVPRO for commercial water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO is Here to Help if You Experience Commercial Water Damage

Your Lake Zurich retail location might never have to worry about water emergencies for as long as you have your doors open, but there are considerations to make in this regard. Having a plan in place in case such an emergency threatens your business can be the difference between having your doors closed for an indefinite amount of time, and having these unfortunate occurrences handled by professional restorers who use the latest equipment and techniques to remedy your damages quickly.

When it comes to water damage in your Lake Zurich retail location, many concerns coincide with a disaster like this. Even on the smaller scale of severity, a water emergency threatens several facets of your business model, from the ability to keep your doors open to the customers to the effect that it inevitably has on your bottom line and the staff you employ.

Our SERVPRO team prioritizes an initial inspection to see the full scope of the damage that your building faces, as well as locating the source of the water damage that is present. This process ensures that our IICRC certified technicians have a better understanding of all of the steps to the restoration process, as well as your respective insurance company through which you file a claim. Locating the source of the damage ensures that our professionals can shut down whatever is feeding into the damage and prevent the situation from getting worse while our restoration efforts are underway.

When it comes to appreciating a need for professional restoration services, you want a team like our SERVPRO professionals that can show up when you need the assistance the most and do everything possible to limit the amount of time your business is not available to the public. You also do not want a situation where your employees, who depend on a paycheck from your business, are unable to continue working while you debate the appropriate course of action in resolving your water damages.

Having professional restoration services so readily available can help you to prepare for these unfortunate situations, whether you experience them or not. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich restoration specialists get uniquely trained to handle all facets of water damage situations and effects, so we are ready for any emergency you might face in the future. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Flood Damage Drying Techniques in Buffalo Grove

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Drying Techniques in Buffalo Grove Flooding or other damage after a storm can seem insurmountable. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven Process to Dry Out Your Home After a Storm

The Spring season is the time of year that excessive rains pour onto Buffalo Grove. During a rainstorm flooding sometimes occurs along with high-speed winds. The combination of extreme winds and moisture creates scenarios that can cause damage to your home.
 
During a storm, there are numerous ways that water finds its way into a building. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Buffalo Grove have experience with mitigating storm-related problems. The presence of water can ruin building materials and contents inside the house. If water stays indoors for too long, mold often develops.
 
The first step to restoring moisture-related damage is to repair the problem from its source. Our SERVPRO restoration crews first work to secure the area and figure out how water leaked into your structure. Once we know how the moisture entered the home, we repair the door seal or broken window so that water no longer enters the building.
 
Once water has stopped flowing into your house, we work on extracting any water that did enter during the storm. If there is an excessive amount of standing water, we use a sump pump to pull all of the water out of the home. In other situations, we use a heavy-duty extractor equipped with specialized extraction tools to vacuum water out of carpet and upholstery. When extracting moisture out of furniture, we use specialized lightweight wands that work without damaging the fabric. For carpet, we often use extractors that the operator stands on to compress the carpet and pull out more water.
 
After we vacuum up all of the water out of the building that we can, we begin the structural drying process. When drying out a structure, our goal is to speed up evaporation and reduce moisture levels to preloss conditions so that mold growth does not occur. We accomplish drying by setting up dehumidifiers and air movers inside the house. The air movers push air in a circular motion while the dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and exhaust warm, dry air.
 
In some cases, we use specialty drying equipment to reduce moisture levels within certain materials. Building materials such as hardwood floors require specialized equipment to dry out within a short time period. For help with water inside after a storm, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 any time of the day.

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Understanding Mold Damage and Growth in Your Lake Zurich Residence

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Damage and Growth in Your Lake Zurich Residence Water damage often causes mold and mildew growth in your home, if you experience either, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Call on SERVPRO for Expert Mold Remediation Services

In Lake Zurich, water damage in homes is a primary cause of mold growth. Mold growth can destroy things such as furniture, walls, flooring, carpeting, and other materials, plus, it can also result in reduced quality of indoor air. Inhaling airborne mold spores may cause health effects, so mold colonies are not something you want in your home and around your family.

Even if you cannot see mold and mold damage in your Lake Zurich home, if you notice an earthy or musty smell, you likely have mold growth in hidden places. Mold has a high probability of growing inside walls or other areas that are not visible after your home has suffered a water loss. Our SERVPRO staff has the tools to be able to find this hidden mold for you and also to clean it up.

Mold growth requires moisture, which can come from cooking, washing, condensation, or air humidifiers. However, it can also come from plumbing leaks and other water damage incidents in your home. Lousy ventilation helps create higher levels of humidity, which leads to condensation, allowing mold to grow.

Mold spores are released into the air. When it grows inside your home, the amount of mold fragments and spores is higher than what it would be outside. The spores are quite small, so it is possible that people can inhale them. For this reason, SERVPRO techs take precaution and wear protective equipment while working with mold damage.

We also set up barriers around the affected area before beginning work. Doing so allows us to contain the mold infestation, so it does not spread to other sections of your home that are clean. The contamination can then be removed. If mold is found in porous materials, it can be more difficult to remove, and the material may need to be replaced instead. Other surfaces can be cleaned with damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming. We also make sure to dry your home back out to prevent any further mold growth.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is experienced in mold remediation and take the time to thoroughly clean your home in Kildeer, Mundelein, or Wheeling. Get in touch with us at (847) 279-1940 as soon as you believe you have a problem with mold.

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Ice and Water Can Create Damage in Buffalo Grove

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice and Water Can Create Damage in Buffalo Grove Ice Dams and Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage to Buffalo Grove Homes--Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Buffalo Grove Area Homes Call on SERVPRO for Water Cleanup and Restoration

Water can damage your Buffalo Grove property in many places throughout your home. Just as its presence can appear in various areas, those different sites can also experience varying forms of moisture.

In Buffalo Grove, homes can experience water damage from the formation of ice dams. Inadequate insulation, depressions or bowed in spots in the roof, and fluctuations in the outside temperature work against homeowners by pushing melted snow and ice backward and under shingles. This forces water into attics spaces and further ruins the insulation, creating a cycle that steadily increases in severity.
 
Ice dams are not the only route that water uses to damage a home. Large icicles that form on the edge of a roof can also cause damage to a home's interior, as well as to the exterior. When gutters become misaligned, the water inside them can splash over lower sections. Clogged sections, including downspouts, can lead to water backing up with nowhere to go except over the edge and seep inside the fascia boards wetting the interior framing and walls.
 
When water accumulates in a small area outside your home, it can damage the exterior foundation, causing ice to build up in small cracks. Expanding ice can break these cracks apart even more, and cause water intrusion into your basement. When basement windows, or even windows to living areas, exist below problematic gutter areas, these can quickly become affected by the water, as well.
 
After completing the necessary repairs to the underlying causes of water damage, melted water from ice dams and malfunctioning gutters become a thing of the past. To mitigate the situation in an affected attic space, we roll up and double bag the damaged insulation so new sections can be placed in a clean, dry area. In addition to cleaning, we also perform the steps to dry the area thoroughly. Leaving any dampness behind can permit the area to be primed for microbial growth that can present its own set of problems.
 
Windows that suffered damage from overhanging gutters can allow pests to enter, also, so we help ensure the seals work as they should. The areas under windows can also harbor water damage, which we remove and clear out any affected insulation. Again, we double bag everything to help keep your home clean of materials that can contaminate your home's interior living space.
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich assists homeowners and residents in the Deer Park, Vernon Hills, and Wheeling areas, as well as surrounding towns, whenever water damage affects their properties. Our 24-hour service lie can be contacted by calling (847) 279-1940. We are available every day of the year to provide you with the services you need to clean up and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

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Smoke and Soot Cleanup After Fire Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup After Fire Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home Make sure that you have your chimney seasonally cleaned when using it on a regular basis. Should your home have a fire, contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Expertise When Dealing with the Aftermath of a Fire

With the cold weather still lingering in the Lake Zurich area, you are probably still using your fireplace to keep warm. If you have not considered the condition of your chimney in a while, however, it could turn your relaxing night into a disaster. Dirty chimney can cause fires. An intense, hot smell, loud popping or cracking noises, and lots of dense smoke can indicate a chimney fire.
 
Even if the fire is caught early, the fire damage to your Lake Zurich home that is left behind is best handled by professionals. Fire, smoke, and soot, plus water damage from putting the fire out, all need to be dealt with quickly to avoid additional damage. Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle restoring your home after a fire.
 
When restoring smoke-damaged materials in your home, our goal is to restore them to their preloss condition. We follow simple methods of cleaning to do this. We carefully inspect the affected area to find smoke residues. Our inspection starts out close to the source of the fire, and then we trace the distance the smoke traveled in your home.
 
Different types of smoke residues can be found in the same environment. SERVPRO techs pick a method of cleaning that removes the kind of residues in your home efficiently. The type of surface determines the cleaning methods and products which are safe for us to use. We carefully preserve the material or surface being cleaned, and some materials may not be restorable since they cannot hold up to the cleaning process.
 
Some residues can bond with the surfaces they contact, so we use dry or wet cleaning processes to loosen and carry the particles of residue away from the surface. We dispose of the cleaning debris and waste when we are done.
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich works to clean your home in Deer Park, Mundelein, or Kildeer thoroughly after fire damage from a chimney fire. You can trust your home to us after a fire when you give us a call at (847) 279-1940.
 
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How Do Professionals Deal with the Odor Problem After Flood Damage to Your Lake Zurich Home?

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Do Professionals Deal with the Odor Problem After Flood Damage to Your Lake Zurich Home? Flooding can be overwhelming and take a long time to remediate. Contact SERVPRO right away to start the process and get your home back.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Many Issues that Accompany Flood Damage in Your Home

A flooded house after a storm, heavy rains or any other natural calamity can take months to restore. Not only does the water damage your home and its belongings, but the odor from the flood water can also linger on for a long time.

Thankfully, SERVPRO professionals can help restore your flood-damaged home in Lake Zurich with some of the best deodorizing equipment.

Deodorization after a flood deals with two types of ‘smells’- Real and Imaginary. A real odor arises from a molecule that reacts with your nose to send a signal to your brain. In other words, there is a physical reason for such odors. Imaginary odors, on the other hand, as the name suggests, are imaginary. They do not have a physical source, but they are triggered by the circumstances and strong impressions.

SERVPRO technicians can handle both real and imaginary odors. It can be quite challenging to combat all the different kinds of odors after a flood. As a result, the professionals can use multiple methods approach. Depending on the type of the odor that needs to be eliminated or masked, many deodorants are often used. Following are some of the most common deodorizing agents that are frequently used to combat smells after a flood.

Masking agents  
As their name suggests, they mask or cover up the bad smells with a pleasant smell. The masking agents are suitable for the real and imaginary odors as well. They are often used in the form of time-release beads that keep on giving off a pleasant aroma for long durations of time to mask the odors.

Pairing agents  
The pairing agents combine with the odor-causing molecules in the air. As the odor-causing particles paired with the deodorizing agent becomes heavy, it falls on the floor. Once the molecules fall, they can be cleaned off quite quickly.

Ozone generators
Ozone is the reactive form of oxygen and is often used to eliminate odors arising from flood damage. The ozone molecule reacts with the odor particles and neutralizes them.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/ Lake Zurich today at (847) 279-1940 to know more and discuss your restoration needs.
 
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Fire Damage Needs Not Derail Your Dinner Plans for Long in Buffalo Grove

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Needs Not Derail Your Dinner Plans for Long in Buffalo Grove Restaurants are at greater risk of fire damage due to the hot stoves and ovens constantly burning.

SERVPRO Works Quickly and Efficiently to Restore Your Restaurant

Restaurants in Buffalo Grove are naturally more at risk than other businesses for a fire damage disaster. Anytime commercial stoves, fryers, and ovens operate a momentary lack of attention or other accident can result in a fire. Because of food safety considerations, a restaurant fire requires a professional response. We can help.

Most restaurant kitchens have fire extinguishers or sprinkler systems on site, so the fire damage to your Buffalo Grove pizzeria may seem minimal. Fires that involve protein and grease exude a sticky, hard to remove residue, however, and standard cleaning techniques are not up to the challenge of eradicating it. Also, the odor remaining even after a thorough cleanup is not very appetizing. We have the skills, the products, and the equipment to manage these issues.

When the SERVPRO work crew arrives, the first concern is usually water mitigation. If your sprinkler system engaged or firefighters used water to knock down flames, removing the moisture and drying the area is the most important item of business. Slip and fall worries, as well as the risk of electrical shock, require management of the water issues before moving on to cleanup.

Then our crews tackle the residues coating the kitchen area. SERVPRO technicians study the types of soot and smoke residues resulting from the combustion of different materials and learn to match them with effective cleaning products and solvents. The tenacious film coating that burnt food and cooking oils create can necessitate abrasive cleaners and tools. We are aware of the local rules concerning proper cleaning of food preparation areas and choose products and techniques with that in mind.

Although we initially concentrate on the area of the restaurant where the fire occurred, SERVPRO workers inspect and evaluate damage in other spaces. Smoke and soot drifts and table linens, dishes, tables, and chairs can need thorough washing and surface attention. Condiments might need to be discarded as contamination is likely because soot and smoke are invasive.

Any lingering smells are not good for a restaurant business. SERVPRO deodorization specialists systematically eliminate the sources of the smell. Any burned items need discarding, and then cleaning of surfaces must be thorough. If some surfaces retain an odor despite cleaning, sealing is an option. We also use professional sprays and thermal fogging, which duplicates the combustion environment, allowing neutralizing chemicals to find and change the composition of any odor bearing particles still airborne. Hydroxyl generators also eliminate odors through a dynamic change in the makeup of the minute bits of burned food, plastic, or other materials that contain the smells.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has the skilled crews and innovative tools and products to restore your fire damaged restaurant. Call to schedule an immediate consultation at (847) 279-1940.

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Prevent Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Home No one wants mold in their Lake Zurich home.

Prevent Mold Damage

No one wants mold in their Lake Zurich home. However, sometimes nature sneaks in, leaving a few patches of mold behind. Your carpeting, for instance, is a frequent target for mold, as it can easily trap moisture, attracting mold spores floating in the air.

Controlling your indoor humidity levels can significantly decrease mold damage in your Lake Zurich home. Mold does not need standing water to grow, areas of your home with high humidity and heat are more than enough to present mold with a suitable environment. It should be your goal to keep overall humidity levels in your home under 60%.

You can successfully prevent mold by removing carpeting from high humidity areas of your home, like your basement, bathroom, or laundry rooms. Also, consider having your home inspected by a qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO. We can help you determine which direction to take and make suggestions that help reduce the possibility of contamination throughout your home.

Installing dehumidifiers, ventilation, and choosing antimicrobial carpet padding can also help reduce problems involving mold and other bacteria in your home as well. While this padding may be a bit more expensive, it serves as a quality solution to help keep mold at bay. If you have water problems at any point, take the proper steps to remove excess water immediately by calling SERVPRO for help.

Remember, mold only needs a small amount of water, oxygen, and a food source to begin growing in your home. If you have water damage or a water intrusion of any kind, there could be water hiding underneath any carpeting in the affected area. SERVPRO technicians can help you determine whether your carpeting requires replacement or if in-place extraction and drying procedures can successfully prevent damages, like corrosion, rot, or mold.

Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for full-service mold remediation, cleaning, and restoration 24/7. We cover all of Wheeling, Hawthorn Woods, and Deer Park with quality solutions you can trust to control mold damage found on your property, today (847) 279-1940.

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What Are the Different Types of Restoration Services Available After Fire Damage to Your Lake Zurich

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Are the Different Types of Restoration Services Available After Fire Damage to Your Lake Zurich SERVPRO professionals fully restore your home, offering several services to return your home to its original state "Like it never even happened."

Understanding the Services SERVPRO Offers for Proper Fire Damage Restoration

An incidence of fire damage can be rattling for any homeowner. To see your beloved home ruined by the fire is truly heartbreaking. Thankfully, professional restoration services can help you get your home in order following such damage.

Fire damage restoration to your Lake Zurich home is a multi-step process involving many services to get the damage under control. The restoration services can be classified into the following five categories.

Mitigation Services

The primary goal of these services is to prevent further damage to your home. SERVPRO Professionals can board up the openings, winterize the plumbing and establish a source of electricity temporarily. Drying the wet structures is also a big part of the mitigation services.

Structural Cleaning Services

Cleaning the structures damaged in the fire such as walls and ceilings falls under these services. SERVPRO technicians can talk to you and the adjuster regarding the cleanability of the structures and extent of damages. Various methods are used to eliminate the smoke and soot residue including wet and dry cleaning and scrubbing.

Contents Cleaning Services

Professional restorers also offer contents cleaning services. Contents such as furniture, upholstery, utensils and other objects are cleaned using the appropriate tools and methods. If the technicians cannot clean the items on the job site, they can be shipped off to an off-site location as well.

Specialty Restoration Services

Cleaning electronic items, artwork, furniture finishing and dry cleaning of clothes fall under the specialty restoration services. These services are often outsourced, and a subcontractor is often used.

Reconstruction Services 

If the fire has caused some severe structural damage to your property, you may need reconstruction services. Fire damage restoration experts do not perform reconstruction work. While IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals could clean the damage caused by smoke and soot, licensed general contractors are often needed for reconstruction.

It is essential to understand all the services available to you after the unfortunate incidence of fire damage. Make sure you seek professional help as soon as possible to get your home restored to preloss conditions.

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Remediating and Preventing Flood Damage in Lake Zurich

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating and Preventing Flood Damage in Lake Zurich The drain pipe running down the side of your house needs to be attached to the house and free of debris. Contact SERVPRO if a storm damaged your home.

Repairing Damage After a Storm Can Often Prevent Future Water From Entering the Home

Storms and storm flooding near Lake Zurich have been much more commonplace this last year. The actual weather event ends fairly quickly, but there have been more of them, and that means more water left behind in homes all around our area.
 
Quickly restoring Lake Zurich flood damage is important because each storm works its way into the home a little farther than the last one. SERVPRO knows that if floodwater is allowed to collect where it should not, even the foundation can be at risk.
 
If the foundation integrity is suspect, our response team begins with an inspection of the home. We can check every wall for seeps and leaks, paying particular attention to where the walls meet the concrete floor. If we find any, technicians fill them with a hydraulic cement compound and cover each wall with masonry cement.
 
The next step is to seal the outside of the foundation walls. If the homeowner authorizes it, SERVPRO can dig out and expose the exterior walls down to the foundation pad. We clean the walls and then seal them. We can do this by covering each of them with a thick, liquid rubber.
 
Now that the home is secure, we look at what is possible to prevent this and other types of flood damage from happening again. Much of the damage in our area happens not when lakes or creeks crest, but instead when a particularly violent storm damages the rain gutters and drains. Once that happens, water travels down walls and under roofs.
 
To protect each home, we can reconnect gutter sections and drains that the storm separated. This task usually means replacing missing bolts and reattaching pieces that winds pulled away from the eaves of the home. Technicians can also reconnect and seal drain pipes. They can also examine to see if the drains are secured to the walls and tighten restraining straps to keep them in place.
 
Protecting your home from flooding requires a quick response to seal your home from damage and preventive maintenance to direct stormwater away from it. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has protected homes in our area for almost thirty years and can do the same for you. Call us today to set up a visit at (847) 279-1940.

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