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How Can My Lake Zurich Home Get Damaged by a Flash Flood?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

flooded basement, appliances stairway When your Lake Zurick basement suffers flash flooding damage like this Photo, call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flash flooding happens with little warning and can catch many properties off-guard with substantial damages.

Often, flash flooding results from torrential rainfall over a prolonged period or multiple storms moving through the Lake Zurich area quickly. With the immense power of these natural disasters, homes within this moving water pathway can become severely damaged by its force. Understanding how your home could become affected by this natural disaster is essential to protecting your residence and occupants.

Flood damage for Lake Zurich from these disasters can take a toll on several areas of the house almost immediately. Houses with basements are often the hardest hit by flash flooding because these lower levels can welcome these powerful rushes of water. Homes with window wells leading to this lower level provide a direct path for both flooding and debris to reach the basement.

Homes without a basement are often constructed with crawl spaces, and these areas can also become damaged by standing water. Our SERVPRO team has multiple solutions for drying and cleaning out these areas of your home to minimize the need to remove and repair supports for the house in this crawlspace. Long-term solutions like encapsulation protect from future flooding by redirecting water elsewhere and preventing moisture damage to supports, joists, subflooring, and other materials with poly sheeting coverings.

How Does Standing Water Get Removed from the Basement?

Basements can quickly collect water when flash flooding occurs, as the force of these disasters can bypass the weakest defenses of your property. Standing water is a threat to structural elements, but also can allow for the spread of bacterial or viral pathogens collected through the path of the moving water. With solids and debris present in this basement water, extraction tools must be able to pass solids. Several of these options include:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps

Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team is standing by to help with efficient extraction and cleaning solutions at (847) 279-1940.

What Are the Steps Mold Remediation Companies Take in Buffalo Grove Properties?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold spots on wall with written word mold Looks like MOLD on a wall in this Buffalo Grove home! Call SERVPRO for remediation

SERVPRO Technicians Can Find and Handle Mold Damage in Buffalo Grover Residential Properties

There is a huge amount of misinformation that Buffalo Grove homeowners may run across online. The problem will not get better on its own, and some DIY methods can make the issue worse. Mold infestations should always have professional mitigation for the best outcome.

SERVPRO is the professional mold remediation choice that Buffalo Grove residents trust. The technicians have comprehensive training for handling all types of molds and the advanced equipment to locate areas of microorganisms growing behind walls or under floors. Preventing cross-contamination from airborne mold spores is critical during a service. SERVPRO techs use containment methods such as negative pressure porting contaminated and dusty air to the exterior, or simply covering vents, common entrance, and exit points to other areas of the residence with heavy gauge plastic sheeting, usually 6-mil.

As the techs scope the property, they determine the scale of the mold remediation needed. Often mold growth can extend far beyond the origination point where a slow leak or poor ventilation has been the issue. Along with inspecting the structure, the techs also check out the ductwork to determine if it needs mitigation as well.

Controlled Demolition and Antifungal Agents

The sheetrock in the house with mold damage will need safe removal and disposal if the hyphae (root-like structures) have penetrated too deeply into the substrate. Homeowners can expect to see some of the following actions:

  • Removal of portions of walls and ceilings with mold damage
  • Disposal of carpet with a mold infestation
  • Cleaning with professional EPA-approved antimicrobials and the use of sealants on studs and areas left intact.

The use of abatement is common for the removal of dried residues left behind. The techs carefully scrape and use hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to manually remove the residual matter left after drying. When the remaining mold is stuck to surfaces, the techs rely on applications such as soda, sponge, or ice blasting to remove the stuck-on matter without marring surfaces.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 assists local Buffalo Grove property owners as a top-tier mold remediation company. The trained, certified technicians have the knowledge and experience to mitigate any size of mold infestation.

Need Help with Water Damage Restoration in Buffalo Grove – Call SERVPRO

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

A man sitting on a tube floating in water. Don't hesitate with your water-damaged business. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for immediate assistance.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Commercial Building in Buffalo Grove to Full Functionality

When water damage in commercial buildings in Buffalo Grove occurs, building managers worry about the direct damage from the water, the impact on operations, and how long it will take to return everything to normal. Their clients may lose customers and thousands of dollars in unfinished goods and finished goods. Employees are laid off until they can return after all of the damage caused by the water has been repaired. There are many activities and schedules to coordinate. SERVPRO can help!

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services for commercial buildings in Buffalo Grove and the surrounding area. We understand how urgent it is to return to normal operations quickly and its impact on customers, employees, suppliers, clients, and the building owners. That’s why we offer fast response and a range of restoration and reconstruction services to return your operation to normal quickly.

Our team aims to be onsite in less than four hours from your call to begin water removal and remediation to limit additional damage from standing water. We deploy truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to maximize the dehumidification and drying. We also deploy room-located dehumidifiers and air movers to dry every room. We have reconstruction crews and contractors available to expeditiously complete repairs so your team can return to normal as soon as possible. We work with your management team to coordinate all of these activities.

SERVPRO offers:

  • Water removal services
  • Emergency services water damage restoration
  • Floor, wall, and ceiling water damage reconstruction

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for water damage restoration in Buffalo Grove and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (847) 279-1940.

Need Flood Damage Cleanup in Lake Zurich – Call SERVPRO

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A stairwell with standing water. Storm damage will come right into your Lake Zurich property, and it will not stop. Call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Restoration and Reconstruction in Lake Zurich

Whether your Lake Zurich home is inundated by floodwaters from overflowing streams, backed-up storm sewers, or water leaking through damaged exterior walls or your roof, taking quick action to limit the damage and remove the water can mitigate the total damage to your home. Flooded basements may be contaminated with chemicals, biological material, bacteria, and viruses absorbed by the floodwaters. Broken windows and holes in roofs let in hundreds of gallons of water, often finding their way to the lowest point in your home – the basement.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage calls from residents of Lake Zurich within four hours of your call. We can deploy truck-mounted pumps to remove standing water from basements, board up broken windows and install tarps on your roof to prevent further moisture from entering your home. Our emergency flood damage services do not stop there.

Cleaning, disinfection, sanitization, and drying follow to begin the process of restoring your home. We clean and sanitize everything possible; however, some items may be damaged beyond repair and must be removed. Structural items such as drywall and particle board used in flooring and cupboards may need to be demolished. These materials absorb water, swell, and cannot be recovered.

SERVPRO also provides reconstruction services to assist with returning your home or business to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” We also work closely with adjusters from your insurance company and coordinate insurance claims with them.

Our services in Lake Zurich and surrounding areas include:

  • Floodwater damage restoration and reconstruction
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Building reconstruction and repairs

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for flood damage restoration in Lake Zurich and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (847) 279-1940.

Need Water Removal and Restoration in Lake Zurich – Call SERVPRO

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged wood flooring SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich knows water damage knows no bounds. Call us today for assistance.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal and Restoration Services in Lake Zurich

Water leaking for hours can do a lot of damage to homes in Lake Zurich if not attended to immediately. Water always moves to the lowest point in your home and is absorbed quickly by porous materials, e.g., fabrics and processed wood products such as particleboard commonly found in cabinets and flooring subfloors. Once these wood products begin to swell, they cannot be repaired and must be replaced. Even hardwood floors can start to cup and buckle if exposed to moisture long enough. 

SERVPRO provides water removal services to residents and homeowners in Lake Zurich. We are on-site in less than four hours from your initial call and focus on removing standing water and drying immediately. Once wood products absorb moisture, they lose integrity and strength and become deformed from the swelling and absorption of water. If we can remove the water and dry the area quickly, we can save your cupboards and even hardwood flooring. We use drying mats on hardwood floors to remove moisture and dry the floor before the hardwood begins to buckle.

Our water removal services include the following:

  • Basement flooding water removal
  • Water removal and cleanup
  • Water damage repairs and restoration

Our building services include contractors coordinated by SERVPRO to make repairs and restore your home after being damaged by excess water and humidity. Water leaks can damage drywall and insulation, cause delamination of carpets, damage flooring materials, including subfloors as well as kitchen and bathroom cupboards. We can help with all of these repairs, provide coordination and minimize the time your home is in disarray while repairs are underway.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for water removal in Lake Zurich and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (847) 279-1940.

Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

several candles lit. on table Candles are the cause of several thousand house fires each year. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your fire damaged 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 rooms that are drafty can spell disaster. Fans, vents, and air currents could cause the flames to catch on items nearby and leave you with lots of fire damage to clean up in your Buffalo Grove home. 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 that 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.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

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 that 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 that imitate the nature of the smoke. Doing this is a highly effective process. Sometimes, we may also need to seal surfaces in serious 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.

Why You Should Choose Our Mitigation Technicians in Buffalo Grove

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Inside SERVPRO facility; storage area for customer's belonging Take a peek inside our facility. This is where we carefully store customer's belongings.

Pack Out Your Buffalo Grove Office for the Most Efficient Water Damage Remediation

Arriving for work early Monday morning to inches to feet of water in your Buffalo Grove office can happen if a supply line breaks over the weekend. In the chaos that follows, one response that can save contents and the structure more efficiently is a pack out. Moving business documents, furnishings, decor, and inventory to our climate-controlled production facility serves a two-fold purpose: the transported items get the specialized attention they need, and office space is more easily cleared of water and dried out.

Your Buffalo Grove office is the hub of your business, and water damage can bring things to a halt. Choosing our team of expert water mitigation technicians to help sort out the harm done to structure and contents gives you the tools to turn around this unexpected and unfortunate situation. Our employees, both at your site and in our production facility, are well-trained and highly qualified to return your commercial building and possessions to preloss condition.

Water Removal Services

When SERVPRO completes a pack-out, we use our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to ensure all items are accounted for and secure. We create a room-by-room inventory using detailed lists, digital photographs, and a barcoding app to memorialize your business belongings. Crews carefully pack up and transport the articles to our production’s facility, where they are evaluated, cleaned, and dried. Throughout the restoration process, we work closely with your insurance to minimize yours out of pocket expenses.

SERVPRO’s climate-controlled space permits IICRC trained technicians to determine the best strategies to restore the packed-out property. Innovative techniques like vacuum freeze-drying can return wet papers to functional status. Electronics are dried and checked for operational status in individual enclosures that moderate humidity and temperature. Furnishings receive a cleaning and then accelerated drying in small sections optimized for the purpose with heated air movers and dehumidifiers.

Meanwhile, our on-site crew is removing water, clearing debris, and drying the office areas for the return of the packed-out materials. SERVPRO leaves no details to chance, understanding you need to hit the ground running as soon as your office space is ready, and your business equipment and files are returned.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is your partner when water damage threatens your business. Call us immediately at (847) 279-1940 and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced assessors.

What Makes SERVPRO One of the Best Mold Removal Companies in Buffalo Grove?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Hand pulling back wallpaper, revealing mold Is mold hiding in your house? SERVPRO is trained and equipped for complete remediation.

Homeowners in Buffalo Grove Can Save Their Properties from Long-Term Damage by Hiring Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO

The Indoor air quality (IAQ) can significantly decline if you have mold damage in your home. As mold spores are airborne, they can easily contaminate your indoor air and can cause health effects. Hiring SERVPRO, one of the most trusted mold removal companies in Buffalo Grove, can help you remedy this problem.

Being one of the premier mold removal companies in Buffalo Grove, SERVPRO has the experience and tools to tackle any size mold damage. As soon as our mold specialists arrive at your property, we conduct a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the mold damage. The next step is to develop an effective remediation strategy and can safely address the mold situation. It is often necessary for the SERVPRO techs to establish strict containment zones to limit the spread of the airborne spores to unaffected parts of the building.

What is the Role of Air Scrubbers That SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use in Your Des Moines Home? 

The air scrubber is one of the most common equipment you might see SERVPRO mold experts use in your Buffalo Grove home. It is a unique air purification system that improves indoor air quality by eliminating particles, including mold spores, from the air.

An air scrubber unit consists of filters that can remove particulate matter, including mold spores, from the air and improve its quality. There are usually three types of filters present:

  • Primary filter:A primary filter usually removes any larger debris and contaminants before the air can reach the inner, finer filters. 
  • Pleated filter:It has a higher capture rate (smaller pore size) than the primary filter. 
  • Specialty filters:Although not always present, these filters can adsorb small molecules such as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs).
  • HEPA filter:At the heart of an air scrubber unit is a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. These filtration units can trap particles bigger than 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97% 

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 with any mold-related query.

Commercial Water Damage in Buffalo Grove

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

large lgr dehu Top-of-the-line equipment like this LGR low-grain refrigerant dehumidifier are why SERVPRO provides superior water removal in Buffalo Grove

Be Ready in Buffalo Grove – Never Let Your Business Suffer from Water Damage

Water damage incidents can wreak havoc in your business, even if there is as little as half an inch of standing water present. Even the smallest amount of water travels to drier locations, making it imperative that trained technicians are on the job. The longer that you wait to have the water cleaned up, the more the damage multiplies from overexposure.

If you are a property owner dealing with an emergency from commercial water damage in Buffalo Grove, calling SERVPRO gets you the prompt response you need. Whether you had a pipe that burst overnight or there was another reason for a significant water damage incident, we have the technicians you need to assess the situation and put a plan of action into place for cleanup and restoration.

Water Damage Assessment

After our team arrives, skilled technicians scope out the path of water migration to determine the proper steps to take. The water extraction is either addressed using portable pumps or truck-mounted pumps to pull water up as quickly as possible. This is followed up with other equipment, such as pumps that have weighted extractor heads that help push water from carpeting and padding.

Thorough Inspection

It is crucial that SERVPRO technicians come in and inspect your commercial space room by room to determine the impact of the water damage. Items are removed from the floors or placed on blocks to facilitate efficient drying. Any electronics or appliances in your commercial space must be inspected when exposed to moisture to ensure safety and function before use. We can wipe down and clean the exterior of electronic devices, but we do not open them. If necessary, they can be sent to an electronics specialty company to further check.

Drying Water Damage on a Larger Scale

Our skilled technicians at SERVPRO have been trained extensively in the study of air and moisture, which is known as psychrometry. For any large-scale commercial drying situation, we can formulate precisely how many dehumidifiers and air movers are required to be used in tandem to achieve the proper humidity levels throughout the building. Every room impacted by water damage in your commercial space receives the same intricate setup with carefully planned air quality goals and drying times.

You can trust our technicians at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich to get the job done for all your commercial water damage and restoration needs. A team will be deployed to your location as quickly as possible after you call us at (847) 279-1940.

I Just Had Fire Damage in Buffalo Grove, What Do I Do Now?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

black patch of soot Let SERVPRO use professional grade cleaners and equipment to remove the smoke odors and soot stains from your Buffalo Grove fire-damaged home

Address Fire Damage Promptly by Calling SERVPRO to Your Buffalo Grove Home

Stress and worry are two common feelings a homeowner has after a fire. You must know the next steps to take after the fire gets safely and thoroughly extinguished. SERVPRO is available to ensure your interior is free of any trace of fire with our advanced technology and specialized techniques. With a phone call to our team, we deploy the Green Fleet to get started in as little as four hours.

What Can I Do Until Help Arrives?

After your home gets deemed safe to enter, SERVPRO begins the assessment of your fire damage in Buffalo Grove. In the meantime, your main goal should be safety. These tips are best to keep in mind until our team arrives:

  • Reduce movement throughout your home to prevent residue from soot and smoke from traveling
  • If the electricity is off in your home, empty your refrigerator and freezer, making sure that the doors are propped open (this advice is for extended period of time without SERVPRO to help)
  • Keep your hands clean and try to limit touching anything so that your walls, woodwork, and upholstery are not soiled any further
  • If possible, place old linens or towels on traffic areas to cut back on further soiling

Our skilled technicians formulate a plan to remove all charred debris and non-salvageable belongings from your home. Carpeting and other saturated materials from the water extinguishing the fire are treated or entirely removed to be replaced. Specialized dry or wet cleaning methods are used depending on the type of smoke and soot residue present on various surfaces. We also have equipment like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators that help us to pull particles from the air, thus improving air quality while removing tough smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is available when you need professional fire damage restoration services. Call us at (847) 279-1940 so that we can send a team out as quickly as possible.