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Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety SERVPRO Tip--Handle Candles Carefully to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home

Smoke & Fire Issues Need Professional Cleanup and Restoration

A relaxing touch to the atmosphere of your Buffalo Grove home, candles are unfortunately also the cause of thousands of fires each year. However, even with the risk, many people love to use them for ambiance and decoration. They can be used safely by following some simple tips. 
 
Burning candles in your Buffalo Grove home in rooms which are drafty can spell disaster. Fans, vents, and air currents could cause the flames to catch on items nearby and leaving you with lots of fire damage to clean up. SERVPRO understands the importance of safety tips when it comes to burning these scented beauties, and encourages smart use. 
 
Candles should always be kept at least a foot or more away from anything flammable, like fabric, paper, furniture or curtains. Burn them in holders which are stable and put them on a level, sturdy surface which is resistant to heat. 
 
Keep out of reach of pets and children as well. They can knock over a candle easily and spill the hot wax on themselves, ignite themselves, or nearby furniture. Teach children proper safety and how to extinguish flames correctly. Of course, never leave a burning taper unattended. 
 
When you call SERVPRO to handle fire damage remediation after a mishap from one of these lights, we also need to deodorize your home from the smoke smells. It would be an easy process if all odors came from one source. However, that is not always the case. 
 
We remove the odor source and debris first instead of trying to deodorize the source. Thermal fogging is one method we can utilize. Anything charred is removed. Debris which is contaminated by smoke residues continues to give off smoke odors or soils if it is not taken out. We then clean any surfaces which have odor-causing residues on them. 
 
SERVPRO techs use deodorization methods which imitate the nature of the smoke. Doing this is a highly effective process. Sometimes, we may also need to seal surfaces in more severe situations. Sealing can eliminate the odor problem in cases where it is impractical or too expensive to get rid of the odor. Two examples can be sealing inaccessible duct surfaces or painting walls. 
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich can be trusted to clean your home up after a fire. Anyone living in the areas of Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove, or Lake Zurich can get in touch with us anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Lake Zurich Water Damage Recovery

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Lake Zurich Water Damage Recovery Dehumidifiers are crucial to water removal in Lake Zurich

SERVPRO Offers Restoration Services Post Water Intrusion

The word flood right now means millions of gallons of water and a city underneath it all. Most damage to homes comes from smaller, more mundane sources. Split pipes and rusted out water heaters usually result in higher repair costs than the type of disaster we see in the news now.

Stopping water damage in a Lake Zurich home requires more than just pumping out standing water. A restoration team needs a wide inventory of skills and tools to stop water from destroying carpets, furniture, and the structure. Every SERVPRO office has access to a nationwide network of equipment and training that meets the standards of the restoration industry. 

Water quickly absorbs into everything except brick and stone. If we can draw it out fast enough, then it is not necessary to replace floors, furniture, or even walls. The way we do this is to raise the temperature and lower the humidity while drawing water from the air. 

We start by installing portable space heaters. The range to dry a home is 70 to 90 degrees. The closer to 90 we can raise the temperature, the better. Our technicians are careful not to raise the temperature too high, too quickly though. If they do, then the moisture content in the air increases. Technicians set-up dehumidifiers to bring down the air moisture content (humidity) as the temperature rises. Our initial goal is to lower the humidity to under 60 percent which decreases the drying time. Depending on the number of dehumidifiers and the size of the room, we can draw enough water from the air to lower the humidity by 20 percent in a single day. 

To increase the efficiency of these devices, we also deploy fans and air movers at key points in the home. The fans draw out the cooler, moist air as the air movers generate warmer, dry air to replace it. We also use air movers along walls to dry out sheetrock, wood paneling, and ceiling tiles before they become compromised by the water. 

Returning a home to its original condition is difficult regardless of the source of water. Reducing and preventing further damage requires a trained team of restoration experts. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is here to help you put your home and life back together. Call us today at (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and learn more about what we can do for you.

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Don't Panic Our Team Is Ready To Restore Your Mold Infestation In Wheeling

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don't Panic Our Team Is Ready To Restore Your Mold Infestation In Wheeling Mold will not go away on its own. Our trained technicians are available 24/7 so don't hesitate and call us right away.

The Role of Air Scrubbers in Mold Remediation for Wheeling Homes

Once mold growth has gotten discovered in damp areas of your Wheeling residence, you want to get this situation resolved and restored as quickly as possible. Apart from some of the mold removal solutions that you might have heard about, removing spores entirely from your home is impossible to do. Mold spores exist on a microscopic level in almost every environment we enter throughout the day, but without the necessary conditions for colonization, they pose little to no threat to your home or its occupants.

When you have reached the point where colonization has begun in your Wheeling home, mold damage can spread quickly throughout the exposed area to affect as many surfaces and organic materials as it can. It is critical to reach out to professional mold remediation technicians like our IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO to work quickly to get this situation under control and to remove the active colonization occurring on the property.

A significant reason that our team is so effective at colony removal and restoration of the damages that this organism can cause is the equipment that we use in these situations. Our technicians arrive with the full measure of our drying and remediation equipment that can set up effective containment to keep the situation from getting worse while our technicians get to work on removing active colonization. A critical component to this arsenal of remediation equipment is our air scrubbers.

Air scrubbers are very mobile pieces of equipment that typically get set up inside of physical plastic sheeting containment of mold-damaged areas. Our SERVPRO team utilizes these machines to pull air in the exposed areas of your home through the onboard HEPA filter to capture dust, debris, contaminants, and mold spores as small as 0.3 microns. These machines play an intricate role in keeping the situation contained while continually working to improve indoor air quality.

You should not waste any time in getting our professional remediators working in your home when you discover mold growth. Give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team a call 24/7 at (847) 279-1940.

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Flood Damage Remediation in Your Buffalo Grove Home Can be Overwhelming

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation in Your Buffalo Grove Home Can be Overwhelming Seasonal flooding can cause serious damage. Don't let it get that far, call SERVPRO and take action against floods.

Managing Flood Damage as Winter Welcomes Spring in Buffalo Grove

Extremes of weather seem common everywhere these days, and the Buffalo Grove area is no exception. Heavy snows followed by mixed precipitation of sleet, ice, and rain can expose foundations to seepage. Flash flooding can get out of hand when the ground cannot absorb more moisture because of freezing temperatures or sanitary sewers have more runoff than they can handle. When water enters the lower levels of your home in significant amounts you need help from our professional team.

The need for speedy removal of water makes flood damage in Buffalo Grove an overwhelming issue for most homeowners. High-efficiency equipment and trained technicians make all the difference when inches to feet of water invade. Flooding remediation is always a challenge, but variable temperatures and remnants of snowpack and ice surrounding your home increase the difficulty as winter trends toward spring.

We are unfazed by the constraints imposed during cold weather flooding. SERVPRO technicians are highly qualified, trained in industry best practices through IICRC coursework. Our team arrives in well-stocked vehicles, ready to begin flood water removal as soon as our assessment informs a work plan. Submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors make short work of standing water. Our technicians measure moisture levels and scan with thermal imaging devices to locate hidden caches of water to ensure the removal of the majority of water before we commence structural drying.

The SERVPRO team assesses for water contamination levels, containing and properly disposing of Category 2 and 3 (Gray or Black) water according to local regulations. Once we succeed in clearing the majority of visible flooding our team determines drying goals based on our baseline moisture measurements and normal moisture levels for the structural components involved. We set up a drying configuration of air movers and heaters to move moisture from wet building materials to the drier air as vapor.

Dehumidifiers either condense (evaporative) or absorb (desiccant) the water vapor for removal. We use cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants to clear the affected area of soiling and inhibit mold and other pathogen growth. SERVPRO is proud to return your home to you “Like it never even happened.”

Contact the team at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich when seasonal flooding put your home at risk of permanent damage. One call to (847) 279-1940 schedules an assessment and ensures needed action that halts the harm and starts the recovery.

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This Winter Don't Let Water Damage Cause Problems In Your Buffalo Grove Home

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage This Winter Don't Let Water Damage Cause Problems In Your Buffalo Grove Home Arrange for fast water removal 24/7 by calling us at (847) 279-1940.

Water Removal Winter Woes In Buffalo Grove

Sitting snugly inside your Buffalo Grove home can feel cozy until one of your hardworking appliances gives up. A cracked water heater tank, broken pump in a washing machine, or a burst supply pipe to a dishwasher or ice maker sends large quantities of water into your home. Getting rid of that moisture fast is essential no matter what the weather or temperature outside. Our well-equipped team can help.

Water removal in Buffalo Grove is a year-round challenge given how much the modern house relies on water for tasks and comfort. The average homeowner possesses neither the skills nor the equipment to respond when a 50-gallon water heater fails, or another appliance allows water to pour through a cracked line or loose connection. If the problem occurs when you are asleep or at work, hundreds of gallons can be involved. We have seen it all and have proven strategies to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO service vehicles stock pumps and water extractors at all times. When we arrive and assess the scene technicians can begin removing the water within minutes. If safety considerations require electricity to be shut off temporarily to the affected area our equipment can be powered from generators on our trucks. Gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors rapidly reduce the standing water.

Throughout the project, our IICRC-trained workers measure moisture levels in structural components. We also use advanced thermal scanning to locate water that migrated behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings. Effective techniques, including flood cuts, drilling holes into mortar joints, and carefully punching through or removing ceiling tiles release the water for extraction. SERVPRO technicians determine drying goals after all visible water exits.

Structural drying requires a balance of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification. SERVPRO has high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers available on our trucks. We create a perimeter in the affected space, moving and adding equipment as necessary. Drying continues until normal moisture levels, as measured by our meters and probes, return.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich sends our technicians and equipment to you 365 days a year. Arrange for fast water removal 24/7 by calling us at (847) 279-1940.

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Call Our Licensed Contractors To Handle Your Wheeling Home Restoration Needs

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call Our Licensed Contractors To Handle Your Wheeling Home Restoration Needs SERVPRO's professional team will restore your kitchen after a fire and make the process easy. Call us today, we are available 24/7.

Restoring Cabinets and Counters in Fire-Damaged Wheeling Kitchens

Kitchen fires can vary in both size and severity, but all require professional damage assessment and recovery solutions for your Wheeling home. As widespread as fire effects can be in your home, even localized incidents that do not leave the kitchen can spread out smoke residue and soot throughout the entire property. Even more pressing than these effects is the immediate structural damage and need for mitigation in your kitchen area where the problem originated.

While fire damage can take many forms in your Wheeling home, the immediate effect on the cabinetry and counters of your kitchen requires professional assistance to overcome. Our SERVPRO team can accurately assess the damage to your property, in any location, and work to preserve these structural elements if possible. When it is not possible to restore these fixtures and décor with advanced techniques, our team must resort to controlled demolition.

The determination of the condition of cabinets and countertops in your fire-damaged kitchen comes down to the estimator dispatched to your address along with our rapid response team. While their job is to identify the full scope of the damage to the property and to provide an accurate estimation of the cost for this repair for both the homeowner and the insurance company involved, they can also be instrumental in determining if cabinets, countertops, shelving, ceilings, flooring, and other available elements in the kitchen require removal and reconstruction.

Our SERVPRO team features licensed contractors that can oversee controlled demolition of ruined structural items throughout this area of your house. Once the demolition completes, these same professionals can transition into the necessary reconstruction and build back services. Having competent and reputable contractors on our team ensures that our customers do not have to wait between mitigation and reconstruction to see efficient results with their fire-damaged property.

As traumatic as a fire could be for your property, understanding what to expect from professional restoration teams can help make the process easier to manage. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can arrive quickly with the resources and expertise to restore fire damages fully. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Don't Fall Victim To Scammers After A Flood Emergency In Your Buffalo Grove Home, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO!

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Fall Victim To Scammers After A Flood Emergency In Your Buffalo Grove Home, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO! Unfortunately, many of these “great deals” are scams designed to prey on those already contending with an overwhelming situation.

Avoiding Scams After Extensive Flooding In The Buffalo Grove Area

When widespread disasters affect the Buffalo Grove area, you might see a lot of contractors and startups that you have never heard of before. It is becoming a common practice for unskilled and unlicensed individuals to seek out victims of disasters like flooding, offering them an incredible price to help clean up and restore the property. Unfortunately, many of these “great deals” are scams designed to prey on those already contending with an overwhelming situation.

Restoration work is a near certainty for homeowners affected by flood damage in Buffalo Grove, but getting the right experts to do this work is vital to ensure it gets done correctly and thoroughly. While there might be several people capable of extracting water from a property, ensuring that the area gets dried completely is essential to prevent secondary effects from starting like mold growth. Without the right tools and expertise, you may end up paying for restoration to occur twice.

Our SERVPRO professionals work efficiently in situations like widespread flooding throughout the area to offer the full measure of our resources to the entire community. We have extensive training in disaster relief and flood restoration practices, beginning with effective mitigation that helps to protect the belongings and items within your home that matter the most to you and remain at risk for further damages.

You should be mindful of restorers that might offer their services at extremely low prices comparatively. Another red flag that you can encounter is when restoring companies during a traumatic time offer their services to you by you paying half or more of the restoration cost up front to “secure their services.”

During even widespread disaster, our experienced professionals work to provide the same level of care and consideration to every property we work to restore. Give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team a call whenever disaster strikes for real and honest restoration and recovery. You can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Why It Is Important To Contact A Professional Restoration Company After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Wheeling Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why It Is Important To Contact A Professional Restoration Company After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Wheeling Home Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team is available 24/7!

Water Damage Timeline For Your Damaged Wheeling Home

While you might not get prepared for water loss incidents in your Wheeling home, fast response to the situation can help to protect structural elements and the contents of your property from irreparable damage. Acquiring professional restoration assistance is vital in these situations as promptly as possible, as homes have a set timeline for water damage that only gets worse the longer these symptoms and conditions persist.

Many owners might simply believe that they need nothing more than basic water removal services in their Wheeling home to recover from a widespread water loss incident, but this is never the case. Understanding how pooling water can affect materials in your home and its contents is critical to ensuring every potential disaster gets handled quickly. Our SERVPRO professionals remain available for all of our customers 24/7 so that no disaster waits for the effective and money saving mitigation efforts.

From the moment that materials become exposed to the water, they begin immediately absorbing moisture. While it can take several days for hardwoods to begin to warp and distort as a result of oversaturation, drywall can become unsalvageable in as little as one full day. It becomes critical to secure the efforts of our technicians so that you can benefit from industry-leading equipment and advanced water restoration training and certification we provide from our team.

Within a few days, moisture ridden areas can become habitable for mold spores that occur naturally in your home. Once these spores can seat on organic materials throughout the affected areas, they colonize and spread quickly to become a devastating force for structural integrity and potential health effects for occupants of the house. This secondary effect is what makes thorough drying so vital to our restoration process.

Understanding how quickly that water damage can affect your home can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration as soon as disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Is Mold in Your Buffalo Grove Home a Side Effect of Winter Colds and Flu?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold in Your Buffalo Grove Home a Side Effect of Winter Colds and Flu? Added humidity in your home increases the chance of mold growth.

Winter Flu And Colds And Their Connection to Lake Zurich Mold Damage

In the Lake Zurich region, we close up our homes against the wintry blasts, keeping things warm and cozy inside. This practice, plus the occasional influx of cold, dry outdoor air, can reduce indoor humidity to desert-like levels. Adding moisture to the air through humidifiers, free-standing or built into the HVAC system, is a common practice. A balance should be struck to make sure the increase in water vapor does not promote mold growth.

Health care practitioners sometimes unwittingly spur mold damage in Lake Zurich when they suggest a vaporizer in your home. Young children or the elderly struggling with a cold or influenza can gain relief from symptoms when the humidity increases. Unfortunately, a spike in humidity levels might be enough to cause the invisible mold spores always on surfaces or in the air to grow and multiply. If the balance tips, our mold remediation crew can respond and help restore the equilibrium.

SERVPRO IICRC-trained technicians know what can stun a loving caregiver. The moist air from a vaporizer or humidifier eases a cough or sniffle as it feeds a microbial outbreak. We can remediate the mold outbreak and share with you the humidity readings that allow for comfort while avoiding mold growth -- experts advise a range from 30 to no more than 45 to 50 percent.

Our experienced remediation crew realizes you need fast and reliable help for this unintended consequence. We work with you, so you understand our EPA-developed methods. First, we contain the mold-afflicted area, using physical barriers or an air scrubber that seals the space with negative pressure and vents the contaminated air through filters outside. SERVPRO technicians ensure the safety of your family and themselves by wearing personal protective gear, preventing the tracking of moldy debris through other rooms of your home.

We use proven techniques to remove the mold entirely by scraping and brushing off nonporous surfaces. Methods such as soda blasting immobilize the mold growth and clear the residue from porous materials. SERVPRO crews bag up the debris and discard according to local hazardous waste regulations. Then we move on to disinfection with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit rebound mold growth.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is familiar with the stress of mold damage in a home, made even more troubling when the homeowner might feel personal error might be the cause. Give us a call at (847) 279-1940 for an evaluation and remediation plan.

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How Mold Damage Can Effect Your Lake Zurich Child Care Center

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How Mold Damage Can Effect Your Lake Zurich Child Care Center Call SERVPRO when you find mold, they are the experts trained to handle anything.

Handle Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Child Care Center Confidently When You Partner With SERVPRO’s Expert Remediation Technicians

When you opened a daycare business in Lake Zurich, you committed to providing a safe and secure haven for the little ones. Their parents also need to be sure you have the ability and resources to respond to unexpected challenges that might affect their children. Exposing youngsters to mold infestation within the rooms they play, eat, and sleep causes great concern. We offer professional, EPA-developed procedures to abate the damage caused by microbial overgrowth. 

Mold damage is a “hot button” issue for any Lake Zurich business. Adding worries about how proximity to molds might affect young children elevates the issue to a catastrophe. Although mold spores are always present, when moisture causes the spores to multiply into ever-expanding colonies there is a fear of adverse health effects. Some individuals, including a subset of any child care center’s enrollment, can exhibit sensitivity to molds because of allergies or other susceptibilities. In addition, microbes can damage the structural components and contents of any business. Our technicians master solutions to all these concerns through IICRC training in Applied Microbial Remediation. 

The principles of mold damage abatement include containment, removal, and prevention. SERVPRO technicians achieve containment in a sensitive environment like that of a child care center through the use of physical barriers and negative pressure air-scrubbing technology. We take precautions to prevent the drift of mold spores and debris into unaffected areas of the center, permitting us to continue providing care to your charges even during remediation. 

Within the sealed-off remediation zones SERVPRO technicians, clad in personal protective equipment (PPE), brush and scrape away the mold colonies. We also use innovations like soda blasting to remove all traces of mold damage from even porous structural materials. If we have any question about the contamination of objects the children might contact we dispose of the articles along with the moldy debris.

Final cleanup includes vacuuming with HEPA-filtered equipment and treatment with EPA registered antimicrobials. The SERVPRO team also helps arrange for the elimination of the sources of water or moisture that caused the mold growth initially. If this step is neglected, the mold returns. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich offers research-based mold remediation protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If your business shows any signs of mold damage call us at (847) 279-1940 for an immediate consultation. 

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