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Commercial Water Damage In Buffalo Grove

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water loss 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 loss incident, we have the technicians you need to assess the situation and put a plan of action into place for cleanup and restoration.

Water Loss 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 loss. 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 open. If necessary, they can be sent to an electronics specialty company to further check.

Drying on a Larger Scale
Our skilled technicians at SERVPRO have been trained extensively in the study of air, which is known as psychometry. 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.

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

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Water Extraction By SERVPRO Is the Answer for Buffalo Grove Flooded Basements

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement steps with fish, and sporting equipment nearby cartoonish SERVPRO Removes the Fish along with the Water from Your Flooded Buffalo Grove Basement

Flood Damage in Buffalo Grove Basement Gets Fast Help

Waterproofing a basement in Buffalo Grove does not make it completely unable to have water damage. A finished basement is a smart addition to a home. It is a way to create a game room, home theater, additional bedroom, or much-needed storage. But statistics show 98% of basements have a water loss event during their service life.

Cleaning up flood damage in a Buffalo Grove basement comes with several challenges for SERVPRO techs. First and foremost is the extraction of the water and removing items from the floor space.

Methods of Extraction
There are a few main pieces of equipment the techs rely on for fast extraction, particularly in basements. The portable pumps allow the techs to move quickly and can deploy in numbers, so each section of the loss area gets rapidly addressed. When the water is more than two inches deep, the techs rely on submersible pumps or truck-mounted units to pull the water out fast. In cases of finished basements with glue-down tile or carpet, it is typical for this type of floorcovering to delaminate and require disposal as a loss.

Removal and Move Out of Contents
Homeowners that store items in plastic containers with lids are already ahead when it comes to storage. These types of containers fare the best in almost any kind of water loss situation because they lock out moisture intrusion from any direction. Cardboard boxes wick the moisture and begin to soften and fall apart quickly, allowing whatever is inside also to become wet. SERVPRO techs remove items to a dry area of the home or their facility for secure storage, dependent on the preferences of the homeowner.

Drying in Place Whenever Possible
When a furnishing such as a dining table or pool table, SERVPRO techs can place the item up on blocks during the drying phase. We have a supply of wood and high-density foam blocks to elevate the legs above the wet or damp floor. This limits the disruption to the home during cleanup and restoration services.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 to get fast action against the flood damage in your home. The certified techs arrive on-site quickly and make the water loss to your home, "Like it never even happened."

Why We Are The Best Choice In Buffalo Grove After A Water Loss

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Our high-speed air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers working to dry this room We use our high-speed air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to prevent secondary water damage and create airflow.

We Can Save Your Personal Belongings in Your Buffalo Grove Home from Water Damage

Something that our SERVPRO team often addresses with clients who have suffered from a water loss is what we can do to save their belongings from water damage. While there is no cookie-cutter answer, we do have the skills and techniques to address water loss events on all levels. Each event is unique, and our team treats each project on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best results.

If you are dealing with water damage in Buffalo Grove, we will come in to perform a detailed assessment to determine the best course of action. When it comes to water damage, the type that your home is subjected to will set the stage for the cleanup and restoration steps moving forward. 

Water Damage Types

Whether or not the water that your personal belongings is deemed clean or contaminated plays a significant role in determining solvability. With clean water, the probability is much higher that technicians can salvage some or most of your belongings. If there is contaminated water, the potential health hazards can outweigh anything else. 


Something else that SERVPRO technicians consider is the length of time, and the materials have been saturated. The longer that any materials sit in water, the deeper the water can penetrate. For example, it can take longer for water to penetrate solid wood furniture, but belongings made of pressboard could become ruined in a much shorter time. 

Porous materials like fabrics and paper are known for water retention, which increases the chances of mold growth. If handled quickly, these items might be able to be restored. Non-porous materials like metal, porcelain, and marble have a much higher probability of full restoration after drying and disinfecting with our industrial-strength cleaners.

SERVPRO’s skilled technicians follow the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. This means that we put the health and safety of all workers and occupants first, we document all of the conditions and our work procedures, and set processes in place for proper mitigation, drying, cleaning, and repair.

If you need SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich for water damage restoration, please give us a call at (847) 279-1940. We can send a team out as quickly as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Professional Tips to Prepare for Storm Damage in Buffalo Grove

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Tarp covering roof Did you know that SERVPRO has emergency tarping services? We can tarp your roof to prevent further damage.

How Buffalo Grove Residents Can Prep for Storm/Flood Damage 

When you see bad weather is heading your way and the potential for storm/flood damage exists, you can avoid a severe loss to your home by taking some preventive actions.  

One of the critical elements in limiting loss to your Buffalo Grover home from storm/flood damage is to be aware of coming weather threats. If your schedule does not allow you to view the weather, download an app on your phone or device that allows for alerts and updates on the latest conditions.  

Before the Storm

Simple actions such as removing items that can get blown into windows such as patio furniture or cutting back tree limbs can inhibit the chance you will be dealing with rainwater coming into your home through a broken window. Adding extensions to gutters, so the water gets routed away from low-grade areas avoids pooling and helps the water from seeping in around doorways during heavy rains. Hanging planters should be moved indoors or to a safe space.  

When Damage Happens, What to Do First

In the event, high winds cause window or roof damage, or flash floods leave water that requires removal, go to a safe area and contact SERVPRO and your insurance adjuster. The techs strive to arrive within four hours of your initial call and begin the work of extracting the moisture and drying the property to limit the loss.  

The more expedited the cleanup efforts begin, the more potential for saving both the structure and contents from loss, which is particularly true for the flooring of all types. Carpets delaminate quickly after prolonged exposure, and hardwood floorboards begin to warp and cup as they absorb moisture, requiring specialized methods such as drying mats to restore them for reuse. 

Preemptive Actions by SERVPRO

To inhibit any further damage to the property, the technicians tarp over damaged roofing or board up windows as needed. If any new storms arrive during mitigation, the rain and wind will not be harming the residence.  

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 stands ready to help local homeowners with storm/flood damage to their properties. With advanced equipment and specialized restoration methods, the techs make the loss to the home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Discover Secrets For Commercial Water Cleanup in Buffalo Grove

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office area Don't delay when it comes to water damage in your office space. Contact Team SERVPRO for efficient water removal and remediation efforts.

Call on Professionals for Safe Water Cleanup in Your Buffalo Grove Business

Your human resources department, insurers, and customers all appreciate the professional touch for your Buffalo Grove business water loss. The safety issues presented when water intrudes into your commercial building are not merely boxes to tick. Your staff, customers, tenants, and the premises itself all are at heightened risk of injury, health issues, and damage if a detailed safety assessment and plan to manage the hazards are not completed and put in place by experts in the restoration business.

Overview of Safety Issues During Water Damage Restoration

Your multi-use commercial building in Buffalo Grove needs water cleanup after a toilet overflowed all weekend. There was little sewage backup, but the fill lever stuck and supply water spread. Although you shut off the water, thousands of gallons poured through the building from the upper floors to storage and systems in the basement and every level in between. Expected safety concerns include:

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Water pooled in confined spaces
  • Electrical hazards
  • Structural hazards
  • Fixture hazards
  • Hazardous materials from structural breakdown (asbestos and lead)
  • Biohazards including infectious waste and molds (increasing risk as hours pass)
  • Chemical contamination from stored supplies

Ways We Mitigate Safety Concerns

SERVPRO has many safety management strategies reliant on our trained workforce’s experience and high-efficiency equipment:

Slip, trip, and fall--we post signs and begin water extraction as soon as practical. If electricity initially is unavailable (see hazards below), our gas-fueled pumps and truck-mounted extractors use onboard power alternatives to avoid delays.

Water pooled in confined spaces--we use submersible pumps and extensions on extractors to minimize placing technicians in dangerously tight areas.

Electrical hazards--we make sure power is shut down until it can operate safely, typically when the bulk of the liquid water evacuates. We drain water from light fixtures and electrical boxes. When we resume using site power, we move power cords out of pathways in work areas--taping or zip tying multiple cords to manage. We always use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Structural hazards--SERVPRO technicians look for sagging ceilings and bulging walls which obscure collected water. We carefully punch weep holes to release fluid before a collapse.

Fixture hazards--we cover hazards like carpet tack strips.

Hazardous materials from structural breakdown (asbestos and lead)--we alert SERVPRO management if the water loss exposes asbestos or lead-bearing structures to arrange for lawful abatement.

Biohazards including infectious waste and molds--even if the water started as Category 1 or clean, SERVPRO assume that microbes multiply as hours pass. Our crews wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and consider installing air scrubbers in work areas. If technicians observe mold growth, we add mold remediation to the project agenda.

Chemical contamination from stored supplies--another signal to add PPE and containment strategies to the plan. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich managers and technicians are experts in identifying and managing safety issues during commercial water removal. Call (847) 279-1940 to ensure the individuals and entities to whom you owe a duty of care are protected.

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What Can You Do About Commercial Water Damage in Buffalo Grove Right Now

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged wood flooring You cannot control water damage. BUT you can contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation efforts right away.

Prepare for Commercial Water Damage in Buffalo Grove with an Emergency Ready Plan

One thing you do not have when a water loss strikes your Buffalo Grove business is time. Recovery from a water emergency depends on a rapid response, and delays as restorers unfamiliar with your space and operations scramble to plan from scratch can adversely affect a successful outcome. We offer a unique, digitally available solution to this challenge when we partner with you ahead of the crisis.

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

Water damage strikes Buffalo Grove businesses without warning, but we have a tool to permit our crews to hit the ground running when you alert us of the problem. Our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) creates an opportunity for our experienced project managers to assess your operations and layout in anticipation of a water disaster.

Assess and Recommend

Although SERVPRO cannot pinpoint the date or time of a potential water event in your commercial building, we can predict a wide range of possible damage based on our training and experience once we evaluate your site. As we assess, we make a list of suggestions you can review now to minimize the damage to your building’s structural components if water damage occurs. Equally important, we can share practical tips about the placement of equipment and storage of business contents, starting immediately to maximize the probability that your company can continue operation during and after a disaster.

Blueprint and Plan

During the assessment, SERVPRO employees create a digital plan easily accessed on a computer or mobile device. We include a detailed layout of your space, including the location of utility shut-offs and vulnerable areas where water could pool or seep, threatening to cause long-term deterioration or foster secondary damage. We note where we project the damage might prove most profound and plan for fast strategies to mitigate water spread and remediate harm without delay. A listing of equipment, products, and tools likely to be productive helps prepare for your unique needs. 

Emergency Ready Profile

You take charge as well, completing a Profile ERP with details and contacts on an easy to use mobile app. Designate SERVPRO as your preferred service provider, and note the identity of and ways to connect with vendors and contractors who set up your equipment and systems. An added safeguard is your ability to nominate trusted employees or other individuals to act on your behalf if you are out of town or otherwise unavailable during the crisis.

Help SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich prepare to assist your business with potential water damage with our innovative ERP. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an assessment today.

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Flood Damage Incident in Buffalo Grove

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage in home The challenges sparked by flooding incidents are easier to manage with the right resources.

Access to Resources That Ensures Resolution of Any Flood Damage Incident in Buffalo Grove

Flooding incidents can be devastating. Apart from striking when you are least prepared, the magnitude of the damage left can be overwhelming. Even calling a team of professional restorers may not reassure you of a positive outcome, unless you are confident they have access to unlimited resources. We are part of SERVPRO's nationwide franchise, meaning we have access to a larger pool of resources such as equipment and technicians.

Joint Participation Agreements
Severe flood damage incidents in Buffalo Grove may involve tasks that require advanced resources. For example, when a storm uproots trees or destroys structures in any other way, restoration processes take more than just cleaning up the mess and drying the affected areas. There is a provision of joint participation agreements, which allows us to get any technician or any other resource from another franchise, allowing us to complete your job without any hiccups.

Specialized Technicians
Specialized technicians help deal with unusual challenges that come up after flooding incidents. For example, handling hazardous materials such as asbestos requires special skills. Since only a few properties such as those constructed in the 60 have such materials, some restoration crews may have problems handling them. We can beef up our SERVPRO crew with any specialized technician, from other franchises, in the rare case that we do not have one in our team.

Advanced Equipment
The dynamics in a flooding situation can leave unexpected kinds of damages. Strong winds can blow off parts of the roof or drive large debris such as trees into the property. Removing such debris requires the right equipment. We have a wide variety of equipment, including cherry pickers and other elevated work platforms, to ease access to affected sections of a property. Being part of a nationwide franchise also helps because we can access any equipment necessary for the job.

The challenges sparked by flooding incidents are easier to manage with the right resources. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 to help manage the situation, “Like it never even happened.”

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Why We Are The Leader In Lake Zurich Fire Damage Restoration

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A garage in a home covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster Our advanced cleaning techniques and state-of-the-art equipment will restore your property to pre-damage condition after a fire.

SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage in a Lake Zurich Home

Fire damage is daunting for any homeowner to clean. Not only is this type of damage frustrating to remove, but it can leave behind odors and residues that can potentially corrode other items in your home, particularly when they occur in the kitchen. When exposed to moisture, soot can become acidic and affect metals and plastics, which makes it especially important to choose professionals for your cleanup needs.

If your Lake Zurich residence has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO professionals are always ready to restore your home to a preloss condition. Whether you have suffered a kitchen fire, a fireplace accident, or other types of fire in your home, this team uses advanced technologies as well as an extensive knowledge of the scientific theory behind fire damage to remove issues. The goal is not just to remove debris, but also to prevent further corrosion from soot residues, creosote deposits, burnt proteins, and odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO's Extensive Training Programs

SERVPRO's extensive training and education includes a variety of learning sources to benefit franchise owners, technicians, and staff, including:

  • Employee certification, IICRC training, and initial franchise training modules
  • Crew training in fire and water damage restoration, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Continuous, voluntary e-learning opportunities
  • Specialized training for franchise owners
  • Credit and noncredit courses and seminars for franchise staff as well as professionals in other industries

SERVPRO strives to offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to help professionals and crew members alike receive training that is beneficial to homeowners in restoring their properties.

How SERVPRO Can Help

After you contact your local SERVPRO, this team can come directly to your home and use a variety of cleaning methods to address fire damage. These methods can include both wet and dry cleaning, disinfecting with EPA registered antimicrobials, and specialized tools for removing soot and odor deposits from HVAC systems. 

SERVPRO also uses a broad selection of deodorizing tools to handle the foul odors that come from fires. These tools can include thermal fogging, odor counteractant beads, and OSHA-approved spray cleaners. Mechanical devices that alter the chemical composition of malodorous molecules like hydroxyl and ozone machines can also be deployed. For areas more directly affected by fire damage, including charred carpet, deodorizing materials may be sprayed or injected directly. Blast media used to remove char from surfaces, such as baking soda, can also have a deodorizing effect.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (847) 279-1940 for disaster cleanup that you can count on any time.

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We Follow Proper Steps In Buffalo Grove After A Flood

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

A flood damaged ceiling with water spots and mold covering the area Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and scientific drying techniques during the restoration process after a flood.

Flooding from Above and Trapped Ceiling Water in Buffalo Grove

Storm damages can lead to substantial structural breaches in Buffalo Grove, including direct flooding from runoff or wind-driven rain through missing or collapsed portions of the roof. When flooding penetrates the house from above the primary living spaces, the likelihood of excess water becoming trapped in the ceiling cavity is high. Our SERVPRO team works to alleviate this threat and reduce the present structural risks that accompany this type of flooding.

Flood damage to Buffalo Grove homes can affect the property from different angles and penetration points, but migration between flooring can lead to substantial structural concerns. While our professionals must first perform emergency repairs to the property to prevent further flood damage or penetration, this is the preliminary step before beginning extraction and drying efforts. Because many attic spaces are unfinished, penetration into this area can directly affect the living space in your home beneath the ceiling drywall.

Drywall can withstand an onslaught of pressing water damages when the flood migration leaves ceiling cavities saturated. Once this water can begin to absorb into the drywall, the composition changes, and the material gets heavier. With excessive saturation, drywall can become too heavy to remain installed and collapse under its growing weight. This situation can pose a threat to our customers and our SERVPRO team, so we must reduce the trapped water as efficiently as possible.

In many cases, our licensed contractors must utilize controlled demolition techniques to remove any section of drywall too severely damaged to restore. In many ways, this can eliminate the pressing threat of collapse, but areas that might get subjected to trapped water but restorable can benefit from drilled holes that can allow water to drain out of the cavity and also serve as available points for the hoses of our positive pressure machines to work on drying out the cavity.

There are many steps involved in keeping our customers and technicians safe from the hazards present after flood damage. From complete build back and reconstruction to efficient extraction and drying, our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team can help. Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940.

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Wheeling Water Loss Problem? Let SERVPRO Mitigate the Damage!

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

flooded baby bedroom, crib, toys floating SERVPRO Works Hard to Extract Water from a Carpet in Baby's Room in Wheeling. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Light Wands Help with Water Extraction from Carpets in Wheeling Homes

Carpeting is a common element to most Wheeling homes. When water damage occurs in any capacity, one of the most susceptible materials is a carpeted floor. It is always the focus of our SERVPRO professionals to restore before replacing. As such, we have adequate moisture and water removal tools to help later drying efforts to be more productive.

 Extractors come in many shapes and sizes, but for overcoming water damage to Wheeling homes, it usually is either a submersible pump style or a variation of a wet vacuum. Attachments for these vacuums help them to be a versatile tool in the arsenal of our water restoration team. Much like the squeegee extraction tool we use to prepare hardwood flooring for focused drying efforts, light wands can help to remove moisture from both the upper carpet level and the padding beneath it.

Light wands are nearly exclusively used for removing water and moisture from carpets and padding. These tools are not practical however when water exceeds an inch in-depth. More powerful pump extractors would need to get utilized to bring the water levels down to a manageable amount for attachments of extractor tools like carpet wands or the squeegee wand previously mentioned for wood flooring.

Apart from the effectiveness of these wands with glue-down carpeting, there are other ways that these tools can help with moisture removal of carpeting. In many situations, stationary equipment gets placed in carpeted areas to force moisture to the surface from the padding. These weighted extractors can do an adequate job of removing most of the moisture, while vacuum attachments like the light wands can finish this task to begin drying.

Carpet wands arrive with our technicians to every water recovery task because of their versatility and ability to penetrate flooring for an easier drying task. If you want to make water losses, “Like it never even happened” in your home, give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team a call today at (847) 279-1940.