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What Few People Realize About Flooding That Can Start on Your Buffalo Grove Home's Roof

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Few People Realize About Flooding That Can Start on Your Buffalo Grove Home's Roof Fall brings with it the beautifully colored leaves that can clog your gutters if you are not vigilant. Contact SERVPRO to remediate any flood damage.

Flood Damage Can Start On The Roof Of Your Buffalo Grove Home

Fall leaves are beautiful, but also can be hazardous when they clog the gutters and downspouts attached to the roof of your Buffalo Grove home. When a roof and its drainage system fails to do its job correctly, autumn rains threaten to fill the basement of your home rather than drain down and away from your foundation. If seasonal rains create flooding damage contact us for help.

Gutters and downspouts can be out of reach and off your radar until flood damage affects your Buffalo Grove dwelling. A properly functioning gutter and drain system catches and carefully directs the moisture shed from your roof to protect your siding and foundation. When gutters fill with leaves, dirt, granulation from the roof, twigs, and other debris, rainwater does not flow as intended. It instead pours in waterfall-like torrents from the blocked gutters to the ground. As it saturates the area immediately next to the foundation, it seeps inside, flooding your basement.

SERVPRO water removal experts are knowledgeable about this type of flooding scenario and have strategies to remediate the damage. Our familiar green trucks come equipped with powerful submersible pumps and heavy-duty water extractors. The pumps remove water deeper than 2 inches, while the extractors have the flexibility to pull water out of tight spaces. Hidden water pockets often are accessible when we use extenders on the extractors’ wands.

We use moisture meters and infrared scanners to locate all the flood waters. If water remains trapped in the cells of cinder block construction commonly used in basement walls, we might drill holes in mortar joints or at the base of a wall to release it. SERVPRO technicians take great care to make sure as much water as possible is pumped or extracted by other means before beginning structural drying. Drying is an essential final step. Successful structural drying required trained technicians who monitor and adjust the drying process, including moderating the temperature of both the flooded materials and the air, controlling humidity levels, and positioning equipment for the most advantageous air flow.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has the personnel and the equipment to remediate any residential flooding scenarios. One call to  (847) 279-1940 gets the process moving after sub-par gutter systems contribute to foundation flooding. We also recommend an inspection and repair and maintenance of the drains and gutters on your home by a competent contractor to avoid this problem in the future.

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Revealed: What Water Damage in Wheeling can Tell You About How Ready Your Home is to Withstand an Emergency

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Revealed: What Water Damage in Wheeling can Tell You About How Ready Your Home is to Withstand an Emergency Water damage can quickly affect any part of your home. Contact SERVPRO to dry out the area and remediate the damage.

Use Today’s Water Damage Crisis to Prepare the Future in Wheeling

When homeowners find themselves in the middle of a water crisis, the natural inclination is to fix the immediate problem as quickly as possible. The to-do list includes stopping water at the source, removing standing water, and drying out the structure and contents. Our core services provide help with all of these tasks.

Water damage in Wheeling can also provide an opportunity for homeowners to prepare for future catastrophic events. When you work with our trained and experienced team, you gain a better understanding of the reasons your home suffered from water loss this time and the types of damage water can bring. Using the current emergency as a chance to reevaluate a whole range of decisions might avoid another water loss or minimize the damage if one occurs.

SERVPRO frequently answers call for help after water enters either through the top or the lower levels of a home. Attics and basements are traditional storage areas, so when water intrudes through the roof or the foundation, a family faces damage both to structural components and to a varied list of personal possessions and household goods.

Our crews have strategies to mitigate all kinds of water damage. Within your home we employ commercial quality pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to remove water and dry out building materials. Water damaged contents might be packed out to our production facility or a dry area on your property where they receive specialized restoration. The SERVPRO team also assesses the vulnerabilities of your home that led to the level of water damage observed.

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to SERVPRO and our customers that the disaster for which we are ready can result in minimal damage and disturbance. Rethink where and how you store items. Be vigilant about routine maintenance of plumbing, roofing, gutter and downspouts, and appliances. Inspect areas, evident and hidden, of your home regularly for the first signs of water damage.

Consult SERVPRO with any questions you have to ensure your home remains secure and dry. Commit to a plan the includes reaching out to us in case even your best efforts fail when natural disasters or unforeseen emergencies occur.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can help with immediate action when a water disaster strikes, and help you plan to avoid such circumstances in the future. Give a call at (847) 279-1940 to meet your water damage questions and needs.   

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Overcoming Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Basement Or Crawlspace

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Overcoming Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Basement Or Crawlspace Mold damages should not get overlooked and brushed off in your home.

Mold Damage In Your Basement Or Crawlspace

Your basement or crawlspace in your Lake Zurich home is an essential part of its construction. Not only do these areas house the foundation components like blockwork and concrete, but basements also have the added advantage of being livable space or additional storage for the house. When something threatens these areas of your home, you might be dealing with more than just the acute localized effects and more widespread damage to face.

Among the most pressing of concerns for your Lake Zurich basement or crawl space is mold damages. While certain conditions must get met to allow for this colonization to occur, once it has begun it can quickly spread throughout the area and pose significant risks to both the structural integrity of the materials found there and pose potential health risks to those exposed to the active colony. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have the tools and expertise to isolate these active colonies and help to prevent them from spreading farther.

Mold colonies require a food source to grow and thrive, and this gets found through the organic building materials of your home and the contents of the affected area. From the moment that the spores seat into these materials, the structural integrity begins to weaken as the organism feeds on the matter. As the colony continues to grow and spread, these materials degrade to the point of becoming unsalvageable to the restoration techniques and practices of our specialists.

This degradation of materials could lead to costly repairs and reconstruction from a residential contractor after the remediation work completes. Our SERVPRO technicians can assess the integrity of these affected materials throughout our restoration practices such as sanding and soda blasting colonized surfaces.

Mold damages should not get overlooked and brushed off in your home. Not only can these occurrences leave you with substantial damage to the construction materials of your home, but there are well documented potential health risks associated with mold colony exposure as well. Trust our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich remediation technicians to help you through every step of this process. Give SERVPRO a call today at (847) 279-1940.

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An Odor is Often the Lingering Effect of Fire Damage in Lake Zurich

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage An Odor is Often the Lingering Effect of Fire Damage in Lake Zurich SERVPRO Crew's Green Fleet Arrival Means Great Odor Control and Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Expertise in Odor Elimination After a Fire

Fires cause damage that is brash and obvious, coating every surface in your Lake Zurich home with soot and leaving charred and burned through areas. Today’s restoration experts can clear away the soot and even brush and scrub deep charring aside in preparation for recovery efforts. One persistent issue that can remain after earnest efforts, however, is the odor. We have strategies to manage tough to eliminate smoky smells.

Depending upon what types of materials burned in your Lake Zurich home, the fire damage you face can vary. This impacts the techniques our crews choose to clean up the soot. The fine, airborne residues from combustion also spread unpleasant smells throughout your home. Our deodorization specialists have a variety of strategies to employ to eliminate the odors eventually. To complicate smoke odor removal click here to see about phantom smells.

SERVPRO crews make sure that the cleaning done inside your home is thorough to begin attacking smoke-damage related odors. Removing charred items and cleaning every surface with appropriate products goes a long way toward reducing the smell. Our crew members might pack out personal possessions, furnishings, linens, pillows, mattresses, clothing, and window treatments to our production area for specialized cleaning. Inside the home, we use industry best practices following IICRC guidelines and honed on previous projects to clean carpeting, inspect and clear HVAC systems, and seek out hidden sources of odor like windows and screens, favorite toys, and books.

Smells can infiltrate surfaces, so priming and painting previously soot-covered walls can make a difference. Woodwork and floors might benefit from sealing if a detailed cleaning of intricate surfaces does not quite do the trick. Lighting, including shades and chandelier crystals, can retain smells, demanding deep cleaning on-site or at our SERVPRO facility by our talented technicians.

Recreating the method by which the odor spread is the first step in more advanced deodorization techniques. SERVPRO technicians employ thermal fogging, passing odor neutralizing chemicals through a heated chamber to create particles that seek out the odiferous molecules the fire made floating in the air or settled on surfaces. Ozone machines or hydroxyl generators use differently devised gasses and radicals to hunt down and render neutral in smell the lingering bits of soot. These strategies all depend on a chemical reaction to eliminate the odor.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich offers an array of odor eliminating options for residents suffering from persistent fire damage-related smells. Call us at (847) 279-1940 for a consultation that includes resolving this unwelcome reminder of the fire.

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Dangers of DIY Restoration Following a Fire in Your Lake Zurich Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dangers of DIY Restoration Following a Fire in Your Lake Zurich Home When the Fire Is Out in a Lake Zurich Home, Folks Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Lake Zurich Properties Benefit from SERVPRO's Professional Fire & Smoke Loss Cleanup and Restoration Services

While it might be a common occurrence for Lake Zurich residents to work on the maintenance and minor repairs of their homes as the situation arises, there are some circumstances where this approach is not feasible. With more widespread disasters and emergencies in your home, professional restoration services can help you get your home back to the way it used to be more effectively than you can on your own.

However, many Lake Zurich homeowners might still be under the impression that even with fire damages, they can overcome these effects without the need for the expense of professional intervention. There are multiple reasons why you should not attempt DIY restoration on your own following a fire in your residence and why professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can help you get the work done more efficiently than you could on your own.

Among the first things that you need to consider regarding DIY restoration work is the pitfalls and dangers of entering your home once the fire has gotten extinguished. While first responders might be able to identify when the fire is out, they cannot adequately divulge whether areas are safe to enter or if there are structural weaknesses you could encounter. Fires can burn through nearly all of a material, leaving the surface intact, which can provide an illusion of safety.

Professional technicians like our SERVPRO team have certifications, training, and industry-leading equipment to make the restoration process as efficient as possible. Even elements like personal protective equipment is a safety aspect that our team gets uniquely trained to use and identify where it should get used. The atmosphere following a fire might not be safe to breathe or get exposed to until cleansing measures have occurred.

While you might be among the many homeowners that want to save money and repair the damages to your home on your own, this is not the best choice to make. Even if your insurance company has not insisted on the use of professional restoration services, you can still benefit from the expertise and efficient approach of our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich technicians. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Recovering Quickly from Apartment Water Damage in Lake Zurich

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Recovering Quickly from Apartment Water Damage in Lake Zurich FROSTY Says Call SERVPRO for Apartment Building Water Removal and Cleanup in the Lake Zurich Area

SERVPRO Assesses and Acts Swiftly to Mitigate Water Damaging Effects to Commercial Buildings

The challenge of dealing with unexpected water incursions in your Lake Zurich apartment complex becomes more intense when more than one unit is affected. The negligence of one tenant can affect the living conditions of many others, and as the owner or building manager, you have legal and financial reasons to turn the tide. If we are on your team, we can help.
Water damage in a Lake Zurich multi-unit residence can impact neighbors near the original problem, including apartments below or to either side. The water can also flow from floor to floor and space to space, damaging common areas and systems serving the entire building. Our technicians are expert at tracing the migration of water from one area of a multiple room and space building to another. We have experience in responding to significant water losses and are a member of the Commercial Large Loss Division.
SERVPRO sees devastating water losses in apartment buildings with some frequency. All it takes if for one renter to forget a filling bathtub when checking the mail in the lobby or the water heater in a different unit to crack and pour out water over a period when the resident is out of town. Hundreds to thousands of gallons of uncontained water can be the result. Our commercial grade pumps and water extractors are the front line defense, operated by our IICRC certified technicians.
When we arrive, the first task is to check that the water is shut off. Then our project manager assesses the extent of the damage. If necessary, we call for extra equipment and operators from the nationwide network of SERVPROs with which we affiliate. We rapidly pump and extract water, taking baseline moisture measurements to help determine drying goals. Apartment buildings have many cavities and recesses where water settles. We use sophisticated infrared technology to scan for this hidden water. Many strategies exist for the release and removal of this water, necessary before structural drying begins.
Water damage progresses until the affected areas dry to average moisture levels. SERVPRO employs air movement, heat, and dehumidification to accelerate evaporation of trapped moisture in structural components. We work fast because excess moisture leads to secondary damage such as mold infestation within 24 to 48 hours. Throughout the process, we keep your insurance carriers in the loop to document the damage and mitigation efforts to prove your claims.
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has experience with commercial water damage, and maintains a team of trained technicians and equipment needed to restore your rental units “Like it never even happened.” Call (847) 279-1940 day or night to schedule an immediate assessment and commence restoration.

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Seek Professional Advice on What Contents are Safe to Keep After a Lake Zurich Fire

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Seek Professional Advice on What Contents are Safe to Keep After a Lake Zurich Fire Fires and the damage they leave behind can be overwhelming. After your home has suffered fire damage, contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Fire Damage can Affect Different Items in Your Home 

The focus during recovery from a fire in your Lake Zurich home usually concentrates on the big things. First and foremost, you, your loved ones, and pets must get out unscathed, Then, the structural components of your home need evaluation by a reliable and experience fire restoration company, with a plan for cleanup and mitigation of the effects fire residues caused. Our highly-qualified fire damage mitigation team can help you with all of these aspects.
An overwhelming number of household goods, furnishings, clothing, electronics, linens, and more can suffer from fire damage in your Lake Zurich home. Trying to sort through these things without the training and the experience of our contents technicians risks two opposed approaches. On the one hand, you might toss badly soiled or tarnished items our employees can restore. On the other, you might expose your family to hazards if you keep and consume foods perhaps invisibly affected by the fire or use or wear fabrics contaminated with toxins from residues.
SERVPRO production technicians learn many strategies to remove discolorations residues, from practical items to irreplaceable heirlooms. Use our knowledge and skills to restore as many things as practical, limiting replacement costs and saving your precious memories.
Take care when contemplating using food, even in sealed cans and boxes. The heat of the fire can raise the temperature of foods inside containers, exposing your family to the growth of hazardous organisms you might not see, smell, or taste. Soot is often so fine it makes its way up and into jarred foods, following the threads that secure lids. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with these risks, including the chance that foods inside freezers and refrigerators thawed or warmed to unsafe temperatures during the fire.
Although many fabrics can be restored, if clothing or other fabrics have charred areas or retain a strong, smoky smell it is wise to discard because the toxins might remain on your skin. SERVPRO can help you make the decisions, informed by the level of success we assess after attempts to eliminate fire residues after washing fabrics at our site or arranging for dry cleaning from fire damage-experienced contactors.
We have a wealth of information, experience, and skills to guide homeowners in sorting through their possessions after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 immediately after the firefighters leave to access our assistance.

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Water Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home From the System Meant to Save You From Troubles

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home From the System Meant to Save You From Troubles Clogged or broken gutters can offer a quick path for rainwaters into your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Effective Drying Out Methods as Well as Helpful Water Damage Prevention Tips

Your Lake Zurich home has a roofing, gutter, and drainage system intended to move rain off and away from the interior. LIke many configurations in your house, the continued proper function of this assortment of building materials and accessories requires regular inspection and maintenance. If the routine is ignored or interrupted water can flow into your house, damaging everything it touches. We can help.
Clogged or damaged gutters and drains can do more harm than good to your home. Water damage in Lake Zurich from a poorly functioning drainage scheme finds its way into your house at every level. Two significant responses are needed from you when the drains fail. First, you need to arrange for repairs or installation of new components. Then you can count on our trained technicians to remediate the water damage inside.
Water that makes its way in at the gutter and roofline can be unnoticed, unfortunately causing secondary damage like mold growth. During the winter, ice dams can form, pushing moisture under shingles and into your attic. SERVPRO crews investigate the damage, looking for hidden caches of pooled water in cavities as well as evidence of buckling ceiling, stained walls, and warped floors. Our crews use a range of strategies to release the trapped water, including extensions on extractor wands and carefully drilled or punched holes.
When rainwater does not follow the direction originally intended it also finds ways to invade the siding or foundation of your home. Gutters flooding water down the exterior of your home rather than sending it through a downspout expose your living areas to water damage to walls and insulation. Water flows into weak joints or uncaulked windows, surprising you with wet floors or mold behind a drapery. Cinder block basements full with water that should have been directed away from the building line.
SERVPRO employees remove the moisture using applied drying technique and advise about and offer mold remediation if necessary. We use sophisticated moisture meters and scanners to map out the water migration and give us a baseline for drying goals. Drying occurs when we balance air flow, temperature, and humidity levels. Our employees position air movers and add heat and refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers as indicated to remediate the water damage.
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich awaits your call to (847) 279-1940 if your best-laid plans fall apart and water damages your home. Do not delay as water damage is progressive and exposes your home to additional harm.

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SERVPRO Is Ready 24/7 When Flooding Damages Homes In Wheeling

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Is Ready 24/7 When Flooding Damages Homes In Wheeling Flooding needs a swift, competent resolution or a residence can suffer severe and permanent damage.

SERVPRO Is Ready 24/7

Extreme weather patterns in the Wheeling area this summer resulted in overland flooding and a rise in the Des Plaines River. Homes exposed to this excess can struggle with standing water in lower levels and basements. Flooding needs a swift, competent resolution or a residence can suffer severe and permanent damage. Water removal and mitigation are some of our primary services, and we are eager to help.

When flood damage occurs to your Wheeling home, you need a disaster recovery firm that dispatches work crews fast, and 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Water is an incredibly destructive force, and the harm it causes starts immediately and worsens with time. Several inches or more than a foot of flood water in a basement is possible after heavy rainfall, especially if ground saturation has built up over several hours or even days. Waiting for the flooding to dissipate is not an option, and household equipment like shop vacs and sump pumps can be overwhelmed.

SERVPRO outfits each of our service vehicles with a full complement of commercial-grade pumps and heavy-duty water extractors. Often flood conditions are exacerbated by power outages when high winds accompany the rains. It also can be dangerous to work in flooded areas when power is engaged because of the risk of electric shock. Our truck mounted equipment operates with generators located in-vehicle, permitting us to get right to work.

When more than two inches of water intrude, submersible pumps are the workhorses that evacuate large amounts of flooding. Fast action permits flood waters to be drained into the sewer system as the contamination issues are less severe. If too much time passes, the trapped water can deteriorate in condition and require containment and disposal as hazardous waste. Once the majority of the water pumps out of the dwelling, SERVPRO crews use extractors to draw moisture out of carpets and cavities and recesses too confined for pumping.

The flooded areas then need drying, and again the SERVPRO green trucks supply the necessary equipment. Applied structural drying techniques taught through IICRC classes stress the need to balance temperature, air movement, and dehumidification for the best outcome. Our crew members use moisture meters to establish drying goals, and we monitor the moisture levels throughout the flood damage abatement to keep the task on track. We also use EPA-registered disinfectants to treat the flooded structural components to inhibit microbial growth and damage and to ensure the deactivation of any pathogens in the flood waters.

Speed and skill set SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich apart when extraordinary rainfalls place our community’s housing stock at risk of flooding. Call our emergency response teams at (847) 279-1940 for round the clock support.

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Summertime Risks Resulting In Water Damage To Your Lake Zurich Home

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Summertime Risks Resulting In Water Damage To Your Lake Zurich Home Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich immediately after discovering water damage.

Water Damage To Your Home

You take great pride in the landscaping and gardens around your Lake Zurich dwelling. Consistent watering is essential to keeping the lawn green, the foundation plantings lush, and flower plots vibrant and colorful. An in-ground sprinkling system seems like a significant time saver to maintain your yard until the water intended for the vigorous growth and health of your plantings invades your home. If your automatic watering system does not stay in bounds, we can help.

Deferring to a programmable garden and lawn sprinkling routine can cause water damage to your Lake Zurich home. A range of malfunctions can occur, many of these errors sending water into your home through the foundation or siding. The source of the water damage can be puzzling at the onset, but once linked to the sprinkling schedule future incursions are controllable. Remediation of the damage already done is a core function of our disaster response mission.

SERVPRO assesses the water damage from which your home suffers and builds a comprehensive plan to remove the water and dry out the structure. Overzealous auto-watering can saturate the ground, forcing the excess moisture to migrate to a drier environment inside your foundation and draining into your basement. Poorly positioned spray patterns pound one side of your home, eventually forcing water through an exterior wall. An open window or vent provides a portal for water to spray directly inside a room, soaking window treatments and the floor.

We focus on remediating the various manifestations of water damage, leaving the repair of leaky in-ground pipes and clogged or stuck spray heads to the vendor who sold you the sprinkler system. SERVPRO evaluates the extent of the water damage, including scanning for moisture trapped between the exterior and interior walls and in the cells formed by cinder block foundations. We use pumps and extractors to remove the standing water, and then measure residual moisture in the structural components of the affected spaces.

The baseline moisture readings inform SERVPRO’s crew chiefs as they determine drying goals. High-efficiency air movers, heaters, and both or a considered choice of desiccant and refrigerated coil dehumidifiers surround the damp areas, encouraging the natural propensity of water trapped in building materials and fixtures to move into the dry air as vapor. Once airborne, our dehumidifiers absorb or condense the water vapor, containing it for disposal outside your premises.

Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich immediately after discovering water damage. Our phones at (847) 279-1940 pick up 24/7. The sooner we come out and devise a plan, the sooner your home is transformed from damaged to “Like it never even happened.”

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