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Remediating Mold Damage From Textiles in your Buffalo Grove Residence

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold spots on a white wall Mold only needs oxygen and moisture to grow. Call SERVPRO if you suspect mold in your Chicago home.

Mold Remediation Is Available in Buffalo Grove

Mold is a nuisance that can cause unpleasant odors in your home. It is a living organism that uses enzymes to digest organic matter, converted into energy needed for continued growth. Over time, fungi can deteriorate textiles and organic materials like wood or gypsum board. Professional mold remediation is often necessary to curb microbial growth.

The presence of mold damage in your Buffalo Grove home can creep up unnoticed. Mold is well-known for growing in hidden recesses of a property because it does not require a source of light to grow and reproduce. Signs of microbial growth are often only noticed once the problem has become significant and mold colonies become visible or release malodors. Cleaning the surface of stains does not always address the underlying cause, so you may find that mold returns a few days after cleaning. These situations often require a professional remediation technician to address the source of the problem and use chemicals or equipment to prevent it from returning. Molds attach themselves to surfaces using hyphae, making them tough to remove. They can also spread rapidly through porous materials. Infested materials often have to be destroyed, controlled demolition entirely to remediate microbial organisms. 

Naturally Occurring Causes of Mold in a Home Environment

  • Microorganisms need water to grow, which means a mold problem often indicates a water leak or condensation issue somewhere in the home.
  • Organic, naturally porous materials like drywall allow microbes to penetrate them entirely and often require replacement.
  • Damp, dark areas of the home, such as the underside of carpets, can be ideal for mold damage.
  • It is typical for inexpensive, infested materials to be removed and disposed of altogether. However, some materials may have an inherent value that undermines the cost efficiency of destroying these items. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and equipped with advanced machinery to restore certain high-value items following a mold infestation. Upholstery and drapery machines are built from three core elements. These include a heating element, a vacuum, and a waste tank. Plush carpets or upholstery with surface molds can often be restored to preloss condition by using this equipment in a process known as hot water extraction. A technician can fill the designated solution tank with a registered anti-microbial chemical or cleaning solvent. Hot water extraction helps rinse the affected material with cleaning fluid and then vacuum any debris or soiling into a waste tank to be disposed of safely. 

When deciding on the use-value of mechanical cleaning equipment, which includes both hot water extractors and the suspended cleaning system of Esporta washing machines, technicians must first calculate the cost of replacement versus the cost of restoration. It may often be cheaper and more time-efficient to dispose of mold-infested textiles. However, our technicians can use these advanced techniques and equipment to return precious belongings to a preloss condition in some instances. Understanding how this equipment works on textiles can be essential to calculating their use-value.

Hot Water Extraction Equipment and Their Components

  • The solution tank is fitted with a pumping filter to prevent soiling from entering the solution during the cleaning process.
  • Liquid cleaning solutions can include fabric conditioners, anti-microbial treatments, and carpet shampoos.
  • The waste tank can be removed and taken to a designated wastewater facility for safe disposal.

Mold can lead to extensive damage. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for mold damage cleanup at (847) 279-1940.

How Extraction and Pumping Equipment Helps Buffalo Grove Residents with Water Damage

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a crack in the ceiling SERVPRO technicians can detect hidden moisture from water damage in Chicago and properly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO is an Expert Water Removal Service in Buffalo Grove

A burst pipe can release hundreds of gallons of water into your home in a matter of hours. Small amounts of water can stagnate quickly, leading to secondary damage. Standing water can exert excessive pound-for-pound pressure onto wall jointing and floors. We are available twenty-four hours a day to help with your home emergency.

A water damage site in Buffalo Grove can occur at any time. One of the most powerful responses to a water intrusion issue is to enlist professional water restoration technicians (WRT). SERVPRO is a local service that employs qualified technicians and equips them with advanced equipment. We can help mitigate losses in your home by correctly deploying water extraction equipment. Suppose a burst pipe has released large amounts of water into your home, rising above two inches in water level. In that case, our team can bring submersible water pumps to reduce standing water levels and relieve pressure on the structure of your property. Pumps are usually driven by portable generators powerful enough to transport liquid water as far as twenty-five feet away from home and deposit it into a nearby sewer point. No water intrusion events are the same, so pumping equipment comes in various styles with different usage requirements. 

Pumping Standing Water Out of a Residential Property Mitigates Water Damage

  • Waste (trash) pumps are capable of passing solid matter and water. We use these pumps when water comes from a contaminated source or has significant debris.
  • High-pressure pumps are helpful for underground areas of the home, such as basements, because they generate enough force to move water uphill. 
  • Electric submersible pumps are among the most commonly used and can efficiently reduce standing water from home.

Reducing standing water levels ensures that the structure of your home is safe from damage. Pumping can also help to minimize water migration. Water migration begins immediately when water intrudes in a property and can pool inside wall or floor cavities. However, simply reducing the standing water level is not enough to mitigate water damage. Small amounts of moisture can weaken carpets by up to 50%, while wet surfaces significantly increase the likelihood of secondary damages such as mold growth. To mitigate against these potential damages, our technicians use water extractors. Extraction equipment comes in both portable and truck-mounted varieties. Truck-mounts can remove up to 100 gallons of water at a time, while portable extractors are helpful for upper floors and can hold 30 to 40 gallons before emptying. Extraction is much more efficient at reducing water residues than air-moving or dehumidification. Therefore, the equipment of choice when dealing with large amounts of moisture in a home. 

Water Extractors and Their Usage Lessen Water Damage in Buffalo Grove

  • Weighted water extractors help to compress thicker carpets or textiles. Moisture is squeezed from the material to be extracted into a storage tank.
  • Light wand extractors can be used in tough to reach areas such as subfloors or in the home's upper levels. 
  • Hot water extraction is a process that we use to remove contaminants from salvageable textiles such as carpets and is an effective cleaning tool. 

Emergency mitigation can save thousands of dollars in restoration costs. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for water damage restoration at (847) 279-1940.

Helping Hundreds of Buffalo Grove Homeowners Overcome Fire Damage

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged and soot-covered items in a home Fires and the damage they leave behind can be overwhelming. After your home in Chicago has suffered fire damage, contact SERVPRO.

We Use Professional Technicians for Fire Damaged Buffalo Grove Homes

There are 358,500 house fires in the US every year, according to data from 2022. Over 50% of these fires occur in the kitchen. Other common areas include bedrooms and chimneys. Emergencies like this can be hard to plan for because of their unexpected nature. SERVPRO is here to help return your fire damaged Buffalo Grove home to its preloss condition after a sudden disaster. 

Technicians specializing in restoring fire damage in Buffalo Grove often act as the crucial contact between homeowner and insurance adjuster. Adjusters assess the necessary claims for your insurance while technicians perform the restoration. One task for technicians in the early stages of restoration is to consult and test the damages in your home. By physically testing soot deposits on your home's contents and structure, we can pass on accurate advice to an insurance adjuster. A pre-testing toolkit usually includes dry sponges, detergents, scraping tools, and measuring equipment. The toolkit is vital to allowing technicians to organize restoration, assess equipment needs, and sort salvageable versus non-salvageable materials. A home may appear irreparably damaged after a fire, but careful testing can prove that this is not the case. 

Technicians Use Fire Pre-testing to Assess:

  • What parts of the structure and contents are cleanable. Cleanable items can reduce claims expense by restoration instead of replacement.
  • Color comparisons can provide definitive information on which parts of the home are unaffected and do not require additional work.
  • Testing allows us to present an accurate data set to your insurance adjuster, which can help to speed up the process and estimate the overall work.

Efficient pre-testing can help SERVPRO to coordinate production. Coordination can include putting together a roster of technicians with the right skill set to perform the restoration. These may consist of carpet cleaning specialists (CCT), odor control technicians (OCT), or even general construction experts (OSHA). We can also organize subcontractors such as electrical repair to ensure the production process runs smoothly. A job file is created with photographic evidence of damages caused by fire, forms such as the authorization to perform service, briefing notes, and documenting damages. Job files help us communicate with you about works done and pass notation onto your insurer for a stress-free claim. 

Common tasks that result from pre-testing and coordinating production involve cleaning stubborn smoke residues and tackling odor problems. Smoke residues move into clean pockets of air during a fire. This movement can result in deposits building up in crevices and cracks. Sometimes, smoke can be stubborn to remove or greasy and wet. Using the results of our pre-test, we can use dry solvents to help dissolve soots into a solution. Applying a rinsing agent allows us to simultaneously remove both the soot and the solvent, leaving surfaces clean and smoke-free. Odor control often occurs once a property is clean and dry. If odors persist, advanced equipment such as misters are deployed to disperse deodorants into the environment. 

Restoration Equipment That Tackles Smoke and Odor

  • Ultra low-volume thermal foggers (ULV) vaporize deodorants and allow technicians to fumigate large areas of the home quickly. 
  • Chemical pairing agents in the ULV mist find odors and bond with them. This bonding process causes the particles to sink to the floor, where they can easily be cleaned. 
  • Solvents for use on metal, wood, or textiles can be highly effective at cleaning, provided the material has been carefully pre-tested to avoid accidental damage. 

A home can often be restored from smoke or odor without replacing all belongings. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for fire damage restoration at (847) 279-1940.

What Hazards Should Buffalo Grove Property Owners Be Aware of After Flood Damage?

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room and kitchen with furniture floating around If flood damage occurs in your home, call SERVPRO immediately. Our professional technicians will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Buffalo Grove Homeowners Get Prompt Service and Safe Floodwater Remediation From SERVPRO

Contaminants of all types are a common part of floodwater entering a Buffalo Grove property. Some of the most frequently encountered are: 

  • Pesticides
  • Sewage
  • Biohazards including bacteria and pathogenic elements

SERVPRO arrives quickly, usually within four hours, to remediate flood damage in Buffalo Grove properties; that is why the technicians are available 24/7.  The technicians' safety equipment onto the job site makes a difference in handling this type of water cleanup job safely. The setup includes aprons, gloves, respirators, and professional biocides, and antifungal cleaning agents.

There are multiple dangers within a structure with flood and storm damage. Damaged roofing can lead to leaks that cause sagging ceilings or hanging sheetrock from walls. Either of these scenarios has the potential to cause injury. SERVPRO technicians know how to remove and work around these situations through both their experience and training. If a damaged roof or window allows further water into the property, the techs will make temporary repairs to halt any other water damage. Less than an inch of floodwater within a structure has the potential to cause thousands of dollars in damages to a home as the water migrates under flooring, soaks into carpeting, and wicks into walls. In most cases, anything the floodwater saturates needs to be removed and disposed of as a biohazard.

Some contaminants can be suspended in airborne water vapor. To stop the potential for any spread, SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians cover vents and can also set up a negative air machine to create negative air pressure inside the contained area. This application makes it difficult for contaminated air to escape except through the tubing porting air outside the structure. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 stands ready to help Jacksonville homeowners with all sizes and types of flood damage to their homes.

Why Should You Choose a Safety Conscious Mold Removal Company?

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a person peeling back the wallpaper on the wall and revealing a layer of mold behind it Make sure to be on alert and check for mold often. If found, contact our experienced technicians at SERVPRO for remediation services.

Which Safety Measures does Your Lake Zurich Mold Removal Company Take?

A fungus is something you do not want in your Lake Zurich home, but unfortunately, almost any house can fall foul of it. Because mold spores are naturally occurring, they can enter your house through the doors and windows or on your shoes and clothes. Once inside, they can start growing mold mycelium if they find the right conditions. 

It is better to look for a mold removal company in Lake Zurich rather than deal with the mold yourself. DIY mold remediation is not a good idea because:  

  • Mold can cause health effects.
  • Some commercially available cleaners, and bleach, can make the problem worse.
  • It is not enough to wipe away surface mold – you need to dry out any moisture too. 

There may be a risk of structural damage from mold eating into wood or plaster in more extreme situations. If there is a lot of moisture present, such as from a leak, and it reaches the electrical outlets, there is an electrical risk. 

What health and safety measures does SERVPRO take?  

We train our techs to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) safety standards. We also ensure our teams:  

  • Carry out a risk assessment before starting work
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment, including gloves, bodysuits, and respirators
  • Apply antimicrobial products if needed to kill spores
  • Set up containment around the affected area 

How does containment aid health and safety? 

Containment means using thick plastic sheeting (typically 6-mil), wooden frames, tension-loaded pipes, and tape to seal off the affected area, which reduces the treatment area and expedites the mold remediation process in Lake Zurich. We also seal off vents, doors, and windows. Containment stops spores from escaping and reduces the risk of them settling elsewhere in your home. We can also set up negative air machines or air scrubbers inside containment to capture mold spores and prevent them from re-entering the air. 

What about decontamination areas? 

Decontamination areas give our technicians a place to remove personal protective equipment (PPE) and dispose of contaminated items, to protect the rest of your home. 

Can you do anything to stay safe while waiting for us?  

The best thing you can do is stay away from moldy areas and not risk disturbing the mold. Please wait for us to arrive and let the professionals deal with it safely and efficiently. 

For effective mold removal, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940.

What Are the Threats of Surface Water on Flooring Materials in Lake Zurich?

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the wood floor of a bedroom Thoroughly drying excess water on different floor types is our specialty. Call SERVPRO should your home face a water damage emergency.

When water disasters impact your Lake Zurich home, our professionals can help with efficient extraction to protect installed construction materials.

Understanding the destructive and devastating nature of standing water in your Lake Zurich home can express the urgency that homeowners should have when facing these circumstances. While different flooring materials can become impacted by these situations, each of these structural elements requires varying tools and techniques to resolve.

Because water cleanup in Lake Zurich homes means so many different tasks, it helps to have a versatile and well-trained staff like our SERVPRO team to help. Our inventory of recovery tools that arrives at the site with us can address standing water on the surface and any of the moisture that has gotten absorbed into the exposed material. Some of the approaches for popular flooring types include:

  • Carpeting – Soft flooring materials are an everyday staple of area homes, and these coverings can be highly absorbent and easily damaged by standing water and saturation. Carpet wands, weighted extractors, and other tools can remove trapped moisture in these materials. 
  • Wood Flooring – Wood plank flooring can begin absorbing surface material quickly after exposure. With floor mat drying systems and other efficient evaporative techniques, we can prevent the need for tear-out. 
  • Tile – While porcelain and other tile materials are low porosity flooring options, grouted joints and seams along the walls can allow moisture and water under the tiles to break them loose. 

What Extraction Tools Are Best for Unexpected Water Disasters?

Removing the water from surfaces can be one of the most efficient methods to prevent more significant property damage through absorption and deterioration. We can use multiple tools for this, including wet vacuums and submersible pumps.

Water restoration often cannot wait, so trust in the team that can get there right away. Give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team a call today at (847) 279-1940.

Tree Damage to Roof Can Cause Flooding in Buffalo Grove Homes

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a fallen tree on top of the roof of a house Dealing with the aftermath of a storm can certainly make you feel on edge. Call SERVPRO to assess the situation and then remediate the damage.

Dealing with Flooding in Your Home After an Event can be Stressful

Surprisingly, there are many ways that trees can damage the roof of your Buffalo Grove home than many property owners realize. Flood damage can often result from structural breaches to this area of the house, making it even more critical to resolve these situations as soon as they occur. Understanding how trees can cause flooding in your home is the first step in providing the preventative maintenance or the fast response that the property needs in an emergency.

As aesthetically pleasing as trees can be, flood damage and roof repair to Buffalo Grove homes can both be costly and time-consuming scenarios when things go wrong. Understanding how these trees that have been staples of your yard for decades can damage your house can keep you paying attention to changing conditions and often staying ahead of costly restoration needs whenever possible.

Falling Trees

These situations are unpredictable and highly destructive. When limbs break off trees and fall onto the roof, or an entire tree uproots, it can collapse entire portions of your roof and attic area. Our in-house SERVPRO contractors can get to work on tree removal and tarping while flood mitigation work gets underway in the house. Once the property is dry, we can rebuild the damaged portions of your roof.

Clogged Gutters

Leaves and needles from trees can clog up downspouts on your gutter system, which can lead to water overflowing when rains hit and even ice damming during the winter months. Damming can dislodge shingles and allow water penetration through the roof.

When the water has penetrated the outer layers of roofing materials, you must address this moisture and flow into your property immediately. We have evaporative drying techniques like air movers and dehumidifiers to help address saturated materials, but also, our contractors can oversee controlled demolition and build back inside the house when necessary as well.

Trees can be a beautiful fixture to your yard, but with the high winds of the area and severe weather we can expect year-round, they can also damage the roof to allow flooding. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team a call today at (847) 279-1940.

Water Damage Abatement in Your Buffalo Grove Organic Grocery

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

shopping buggy in grocery store Overnight a commercial enterprise can go from thriving to waterlogged.

Water Damage Abatement

Overnight a commercial enterprise can go from thriving to waterlogged. There are so many ways water damage might interfere with the operations of Buffalo Grove entrepreneurs, from leaks spouting from broken plumbing to malfunctioning appliances or other unexpected events. Get back in business with help from our trained and experienced water damage remediation teams.

Condensation and melted ice and food products leaked onto the floors creating a chaos of contaminated water damage in your upscale Buffalo Grove organic grocery store. A short in the electrical system unexpectedly shut down banks of coolers and freezers after closing time. The response required is beyond your standard housekeeping service, but we offer years of experience in complex cleaning situations and will be up to the task.

Water damage in a food store is concerning, and local health and safety codes require swift action, or your business may be shut down. Even a brief stint of closure damages your reputation. Our SERVPRO team prides itself on being faster to any size disaster, including offering round-the-clock availability. We arrive ready to assess the problem and then begin immediate remediation. Every service vehicle comes equipped with pumps, extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers prepared to be pressed into action.

We also stock a broad range of cleaning and antimicrobial products to prevent water damage from transitioning to a hazardous waste challenge. The SERVPRO crew ensures water does not remain in hidden areas like under or behind your equipment. The possibility of water saturating the subfloors is evaluated so that secondary or recurring water damage does not occur.

SERVPRO relies upon our experts, the project managers who combine IICRC training with personal experience to achieve positive client results. The unique nature of the mix of water and melted food creates the potential for accelerated microbial growth, threatening your ability to restock and reopen if remediation is delayed. Our crews extract water and food debris, containing and disposing of it according to local regulations, and sanitization follows, permitting the freezers and coolers to be placed back on duty.

Our reputation in the restoration industry makes us a recommended resource for many insurers. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich works with your insurance company and local authorities to ensure that the cleanup proceeds appropriately and successfully. (847) 279-1940

When Buffalo Grove Shops Need Fire Restoration After Disasters

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

$50 dollar bill burning from both ends Fire damaged businesses cannot survive long without production, especially retail locations.

Severe Damage Requires Prompt Fire Restoration

Businesses cannot often survive long without production, especially retail locations. It is essential to quickly act when disasters threaten your shop to ensure that the correct emergency services get started as soon as possible to help. Severe damage often requires the doors to be temporarily closed, making these mitigative steps critical to preventing that closure from becoming permanent. 

Emergency Procedure After Severe Damage

Fire restoration for Buffalo Grove shops cannot be successful without managing the pressing needs of the structure first. Early restoration and recovery solutions hinge on our emergency response, which includes: 

  • Secure the Building - Through repairs and board-up, we can prevent external influences from making cleanup more challenging.
  • Restore Power - We work to return power to the structure or, at minimum, get lights and equipment running on our generators.
  • Structural Inspection - We assess the impact of the fire on the structure and work to remove compromised or hazardous conditions as soon as possible with controlled demolition.
  • Water Mitigation - We must remove water used for extinguishment with drying tools and extractors. 
  • Protect Wares and Furniture - We relocate items to safer areas and cover equipment or furniture to prevent corrosion damage from soot exposure.

Full-Service Contractors to Help

Among the main advantages of choosing SERVPRO to help with the emergency services your shop needs are our ability to continue with the restoration and recovery steps. The wishes of your insurance company greatly steer fire recovery, and we are a preferred vendor in this area because of our certifications and general contractor license. 

The emergency services conducted by our professionals for your business are instrumental in protecting the property and its wares from more significant harm. As trusted fire restoration professionals, we are ready to help however you need. Give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team a call today at (847) 279-1940.

Controlling Microbial Growth Minimizes Mold Damage in Your Zurich Home's Attic and Basement

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

woman in medical mask asking 'how is the air quality in your home Mold Remediation by SERVPRO in Lake Zurich Improves Indoor Air Quality

Moisture and Temperature Control Help Prevent Reinfestations of Mold

Storing things in areas of your Zurich residence keeps the clutter down and can help reduce the amount of housework done to keep everything nice and clean. Attics and basements are prime areas for storage – conveniently close but generally still out of sight. 

Keeping your home clutter-free while still hanging onto memorabilia from the past can lead to mold damage in Zurich. Microbial activity can damage the very items you place in storage, as well as your home. SERVPRO restores houses, condos, and businesses, as also personal belongings and other contents kept inside, from all kinds of damage. 

When mold causes damage, high humidity levels are generally the cause, possibly from water leaks. Our skilled technicians work with customers on many different services to make everything "Like it never even happened," no matter what kind or combination of damage or causes exist. We have the skills, tools, and equipment needed to restore your personal belongings and home after damaging mold attacks. 

Before we begin to clean the area of any mold using IICRC-approved procedures, we enclose the area with protective sheeting and turn off the heating and air conditioning systems. In large remediation projects, containment is crucial. Preventing the spread of microbes minimizes their chances of re-establishing future colonies. Structures that become exposed to microbial growth lose their strength, making them weaker. We clean hard, non-porous items of mold but softer; porous items need more thorough restoration work. Overall, we remove, restore, and replace possessions wherever mold grows. 

To prevent mold from growing again, we check moisture levels within your home to discover the path humidity travels before finding its way into your storage areas. Basements might become wet when water heaters develop leaks, the ground is saturated, or sump pumps begin to falter. Attics can create moisture problems whenever snowmelt produces ice dams over loose shingles or if exhaust venting leaks moist air into the attic before it reaches the outside vent. Perhaps, new attic insulation can control temperature fluctuations. We discuss these situations with you and offer options to solve each one. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich wants your family to live in a healthy home, free of microbial growth that can create mold damage. Call us at (847) 279-1940, so we can discuss your options.