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What Factors Impact Cleaning Buffalo Grove Homes After Fire Losses?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When it comes to cleaning up after a fire loss incident, there are several obstacles that professional restorers must face.

There are several potential obstacles to cleaning and restoring fire-damaged Buffalo Grove homes.

Cleaning up after fire damages is a vital process for your Buffalo Grove home, but it can be difficult to achieve without careful considerations and evaluations. Soot and smoke residues are standard with structure fires, but the type of soil and the most appropriate cleaning methods vary based on numerous circumstances. Factors that can impact the efficiency and efficacy of cleaning products and approaches include the type of residue, the affected material, and where these damages exist in the house.

Fire damage in Buffalo Grove can be anything from structural concerns to lingering odors in the house after extinguishment. One of the most substantial obstacles in the restoration of homes and businesses after a fire is smoke residues and soot adhering to materials, contents, and circulating in the environment.

How Does the Material Type Change Cleaning Approaches?
There are multiple factors specific to affected materials or burning materials that can impact the produced residue and make cleaning more difficult. When too many of these factors are working against our SERVPRO team's restoration professionals, it might be more cost-efficient to consider controlled demolition over restoration. Some of these modifying factors include:

    •    Porosity – This is a measure of how readily particles can penetrate a material. The greater a porosity rating, the more particles and odor molecules from combustion can become a restoration challenge.
    •    Age of Material – Aging materials are more sensitive to severe residue damage. Part of this has to do with a change in porosity as a surface degenerates over time.
    •    Softness – The composition of the material can change how readily soot and smoke residues can get removed. Soft materials can be more challenging to clean than hard surfaces like glass and porcelain.
    •    Material Burned – The type of material burned changes the kind of residue generated. Plastics and rubber create coatings that can easily smear, while wood and natural elements leave drier residues that are less stubborn.

Can Temperature Present Cleaning Obstacles?
Changes in the temperature of surfaces or the environment can impact how efficient cleaning approaches are. Our technicians monitor and modify temperatures when applicable for the shortest recovery times. This monitoring process must continue throughout the entire restoration and mitigation phases. Changing temperatures, such as rapid cooling, could cause hot oils in specific residues to leave behind a film.

    •    Heat of the Fire – Regarding cleaning, the higher the fire's heat, the harder surfaces generally are to clean for many reasons. Residues can be thicker, porous materials can become more damaged, and many other reasons.
    •    Charring – High-heat and direct flames can char or blister surfaces, making cleaning and removing residues impossible.
    •    Temperature for Cleaning – Warmer temperatures can be a benefit to chemical processes used in cleaning residues. Excessive heat can damage surfaces, however, requiring a balance for efficient chemical processes.

What Are the Types of Smoke Residues?
The combustion of various materials produces different residues to contend with on exposed surfaces nearby. Identifying the type of residue that must get cleaned is a more efficient approach to removing these soils than sample testing with different products and techniques. Each of these potential coatings presents its own specific obstacles to cleaning, making its determination vital for our team's responding professionals. The likely residues present in your home might include:

    •    Dry Smoke – Fast-paced combustion eliminates many fuels in your home like wood framing, flooring, and supports. High heat fires like these produce a thinner, chalky residue for our team to clean.
    •    Wet Smoke – Higher humidity and other factors can change the pace that combustion occurs and the speed of moving fires. Smoldering produces thicker smoke, which becomes a compromising residue on surfaces and contents.
    •    Furnace Puff-Backs – A small explosion in the oil furnace's combustion chamber can shoot ionized soot throughout the ducts. These residues appear as dark black spider webs in the corners of the room and around the vents.
    •    Protein Residues – Kitchen fires often result from the mismanagement of cooking appliances and surfaces, so when proteins are involved in the burning and combustion, a thick, greasy residue can adhere to exposed nearby surfaces.

When it comes to cleaning up after a fire loss incident, there are several obstacles that professional restorers must face. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team is well versed in various residue types and the hurdles that can make surface cleaning more challenging. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Homes in floodwaters Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

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



Often, flash flooding results from torrential rainfall happening over a prolonged period, or multiple storms moving through the Lake Zurich area in quick succession. 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.

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My Buffalo Grove Gym Has A Sauna – How Can I Prevent Mold?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

mold covering the corner of a room When mold damage affects your business, it needs to be taken care of fast. Contact SERVPRO to deal with the remediation process.

Understanding Mold Growth is the Key to Prevention in Your Buffalo Grove Gym

Buffalo Grove is a beautiful town with over 45,000 residents. And like towns and cities all over the US, many of these people enjoy going to the gym. Once the workout is finished, there is nothing like relaxing in a hot sauna, as long as it is mold-free.

Why Are Gyms  & Saunas Susceptible to Mold?

Saunas are a fabulous way to relax and get rid of toxins in your body. Many gyms have either dry or wet saunas as part of the services they offer clients. A sauna is a perfect environment for mold. It has moisture, high humidity, and a food source. Most saunas have wood that mold loves. As a gym owner, you depend on steady clients for a reliable income. Discovering there is mold in either your equipment area, workout rooms, or steam rooms can impact that revenue if you have to shut down for cleaning and commercial mold remediation in Buffalo Grove.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that develops as a multicellular thread-like structure known as hyphae. It reproduces through microscopic spores. These spores are in the air both inside and outside. There are over 1,000 different types of mold in the United States; many of them are harmless. What they all have in common is the need for a food source and moisture. 

Some mold is beneficial. If it grows in the wild, it can break down dead organic material. Penicillin is a form of mold and conventional medicine. But when mold spores enter a sauna that supplies all its needs, it can cause damage to the sauna. Mold can cause health effects as well. SERVPRO technicians are well-trained in understanding commercial mold damage. They have their Applied Microbial Remediation Certification (AMRT).

How to Prevent Mold in Your Sauna

The water spray, steam, and sweat in a sauna create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If not cleaned suitably, it can lead to mold damage. You want to keep your gym operating and pass any health inspection codes required. Being proactive in the care of the sauna or steam room is a critical part of that. Here are some things you can to prevent mold infestation:

  •   Ensure proper ventilation – A cross-draft needs to flow steadily to make sure humidity is removed from one session to the next. Installing exhaust fans are suitable for this. Opening windows and doors helps too.
  •   Install a drain – When you put a drain into the floor, excess water flows out of the room. Whenever this happens, the area is easier to dry.
  •   Have towels available – Encourage clients to sit on towels and place them under their feet to absorb moisture.
  •   Use the right cleaner – Clean your sauna regularly with the correct sauna detergent. The right cleaning agent kills mold and bacteria before it takes hold and helps prevent future growth.
  •   Sunshine – if possible, place items like the benches in the sun periodically for thorough drying.

What if I have a Mold Problem?

If you see mold or smell it, you have a mold problem. In a sauna, you can not avoid future moisture, but you can prevent mold from coming back. SERVPRO has professional mold remediation technicians that can remediate the mold while maintaining your sauna’s integrity.  Mold is not something you want to handle on your own. As a commercial property, you may also need to work with an Industrial Hygienist.

Mold Remediation with SERVPRO

Our expert technicians know how crucial it is to keep your gym’s door open. The most important thing to do is to get help fast. The longer the predicament goes unattended, the more it spreads. This means damage to walls, floors, and, eventually, the entire gym. When our mitigation team arrives, they take care of:

  • Containment – We use various containment procedures, so the mold does not spread deeper into the gym. The techniques include negative air chambers, physical barriers, and negative air pressure.
  • Air Filtration – Our professionals use specialized filtration equipment to CAPTURE microscopic mold spores in the air. This involves:
    • Air Scrubbers
    • HEPA Vacuums
    • HEPA Filters
  • Mold-Infested Materials – Dependent upon the amount of mold growth and the surface type, the mold remediation process varies. Antifungal and antimicrobial agents eliminate colonies and prevent the return. Porous material may need to be removed. This can include:
    • Drywall
    • Carpeting
    • Wood
  • Cleaning & Restoration – SERVPRO cleans any restorable items affected by mold. Soda and dry ice blasting can remove mold from surfaces and substrate. Different cleaning and disinfecting products are employed depending on the material involved. Fogging equipment aids the removal of odors. 

This is just an example of what our mold remediation teams do when cleaning your sauna. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279 – 1940. Let us help your business keep doing business.

How Does My Buffalo Grove Home Get Clean and Deodorized After a Fire?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Our fire damage experts can have your home back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”

Mitigation and fire restoration are intricate processes for our SERVPRO professionals beginning as soon as our team first arrives. 

There are many elements to fire restoration that must begin as soon as our team arrives at damaged Buffalo Grove homes after a disaster. Emergency services and mitigation alike work to reduce the total property loss and damaged contents within the structure to increase the efficiency of restoration and reduce costs for customers. As a leading fire damage restoration company in the area, we offer a one-stop-shop solution for restoration and reconstruction after these debilitating emergencies.

Because DIY fire damage restoration for Buffalo Grove homes is often ineffective and rejected by home insurance providers approving damage claims, many seek the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO team. We utilize multiple industry-leading tools and products to promote surface cleaning after soot and smoke residues impact construction materials and contents. Likewise, thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators can neutralize smoke and burning odors throughout the property during the final stages of restoration. 

How Likely is the Need for Reconstruction? 

Partially burned construction materials or overly soiled surfaces might require demolition and removal rather than restoration approaches. Cost-efficiency must play a role and how restoration efforts unfold, often dictating where tear-out and reconstruction are more beneficial than lengtheir recovery efforts. Our experienced building trade professionals on our roster can offer multiple layers of aid in returning a property to its original condition after a fire. Some of these services include: 

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Debris Removal
  • Repairs 
  • Temporary Construction Solutions
  • Build Back 

Fire loss incidents can have an immediate, destructive impact on homes. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich crew can help with restoration, repairs, and reconstruction as necessary. Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940. 

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How Does SERVPRO Clean Textiles After Flood Damage In Buffalo Grove?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

House Flooded For help with flood damage, give SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich a call at (847) 279-1940.

Buffalo Grove Residents Want To Know Their Textiles Are Safe After Flood Damage

Sometimes a storm is mostly harmless, but other times a storm can cause water to enter Buffalo Grove homes and wreak havoc.

Flood damage in Buffalo Grove is no laughing matter. If water enters your home, you are likely to be concerned about saving the water-damaged items. Many people are particularly worried about their textiles, such as upholstery and throw pillows. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to clean textiles.

How does SERVPRO define clean?

Clean can be quite hard to define. That is why our teams work to strict guidelines to ensure textiles meet the necessary definition of clean.

We categorize clean into six outcomes:
    •    Looks clean – fibers are as soft and plush as they were before the incident
    •    Smells clean – there are no unpleasant odors present, and we have eradicated damp smells
    •    Feels clean – fibers feel pleasant to the touch with no matting
    •    Stays clean – we remove fiber residues to help the item stay fresh for longer
    •    Dries fast – we can dry the article quickly to prevent further problems
    •    Is sanitized – the textiles not only look clean but are sanitary and healthier

Our technicians discuss cleaning plans and methods with you to help you understand what outcomes to expect and ensure you are happy with our work.

What cleaning methods do we use?

We use several cleaning methods to restore your textiles after flood damage. Some of the choices are:

    •    Dry cleaning
    •    Wet hand cleaning
    •    Wet machine cleaning
    •    Water extraction
    •    Deluxe precondition and rinse

Our choice of cleaning method depends on the type of material, the extent of the flood damage, and the material's pre-existing condition.

For example, if a fabric is sensitive to water-soluble cleaning products, we use a dry cleaning method to fix it. Dry cleaning methods include hand dry, machine dry, and dry-wet-dry.

Wet cleaning methods such as bonnet cleaning or Haitian shampoo are useful for more heavily soiled textiles. However, they are only suited to fabrics where there is no danger of the color bleeding out.

No matter which cleaning method we use, you can rest assured we will not stop until your home is “Like it never even happened.”

For help with flood damage, give SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich a call at (847) 279-1940.

Who Can I Call to Clean Up a Washing Machine Overflow?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

soapy water flooding from a washer Surprise Water Damage in Buffalo Grove? We Cannot Fix the Washing Machine, but We Can Restore Your Home, "Like it never even happened."

Licensed Technicians Perform Water Cleanup to Return Buffalo Grove Homes to Their Pre-Loss States

Whether they are caused by using too much detergent or mechanical failures, washing machine overflows have the potential to create significant amounts of water damage in a short time. Professional mitigation can ensure that the loss does not have long-term effects on the safety and structural integrity of your Buffalo Grove property.

If you need water cleanup services for your Buffalo Grove home, SERVPRO technicians are licensed to provide water damage mitigation and restoration for residential applications. This team undergoes extensive training and education in restoration industry standards per the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to provide a consistently high standard of cleanup that combines tried-and-true techniques with proprietary sanitation solutions and sophisticated technologies.

How Do Washing Machine Overflows Occur?

Whether you are a Buffalo Grove homeowner with a top- or front-loading washing machine, these appliances share many of the same common issues to take into account, such as:

  • Defective water inlet valves. A damaged water inlet valve is easily detected by shutting off power to your machine while the tub is filling with water. If your washer continues to fill with water, the water inlet valve is the most likely culprit.
  • Faulty pressure switches. These switches turn off the inlet valve once sufficient water levels are achieved for cleaning. However, if the switch fails, the tub can continue to fill with water. The air tube connected to the pressure switch may also be clogged.
  • Decreased water pressure. Sometimes low water pressure can create water damage. Most washer inlet valves need a minimum of 20 psi to shut off water correctly. Too little water pressure can make the valve not close fully.

What are the “Dos and Don’ts” of Home Water Cleanup?

While SERVPRO is available day and night to mitigate water damage, there are some steps Buffalo Grove homeowners can take to mitigate damage to their properties:

  • Do call your insurance provider to file a claim as soon as possible. The sooner you file, the more quickly you can be compensated for damages to your home and belongings.
  • Do not remove water-damaged items from your home until an insurance adjuster has had a chance to evaluate them. Moving or removing these items from the location where the damage occurred can affect the compensation you receive from your insurer.
  • Do mop up clean water caused by a leak, spill, or overflow to prevent moisture damage from affecting drywall, flooring, carpet, pad, and subflooring, among other surfaces.
  • Do not operate electronics in water-damaged areas, especially if it seems likely that water has affected outlets, electrical wiring, or circuit breakers. Doing so can increase the risk of both electrical shocks and appliance failure.
  • Do contact your utility provider if you need assistance shutting off your water or finding the water main. This step is essential if the source of the damage is in your plumbing.
  • Do not operate fans and consumer-grade dehumidifiers and expect it to mitigate water damage fully. Structural drying without commercial-grade moisture extraction tools can be quite time-consuming and even create secondary water damages to your structure. Increased air movement in a humid space can also increase the likelihood of spreading microbes and mold spores through the air.

How Does SERVPRO Detect Water Damage on My Property?

SERVPRO crews have access to a wide variety of moisture detection tools that work for an equally diverse array of surfaces. Successful water damage cleanup relies on accurate moisture level measurement to determine a drying plan that restores surfaces to normal humidity levels.

Measurement apparatuses available to technicians include:

  • Moisture sensors designed to detect the moisture content of carpet and pad. This tool can aid in indicating whether water damage has reached the subfloor, but is tailored toward determining the presence of moisture, not measuring the amount of moisture affecting a surface.
  • Moisture meters, on the other hand, determine the moisture content of measured surfaces. Some meters are calibrated to measure specific surfaces, like wood or drywall. General-use moisture meters are typically calibrated for wood by default, with measurements ranging from 5% to 30%.
  • Thermo-hygrometers, which measure the relative humidity and temperature of the air, as well as:
    • Humidity ratios
    • Vapor pressure
    • Dew point

Technicians use hygrometers to compare relative humidity in affected and unaffected areas, as well as outdoor air, air passed through dehumidifiers, and the air emitted by HVAC systems.

  • Thermal imaging cameras are designed to detect moisture in building materials such as wood, drywall, and insulation. Technicians use infrared imaging to quickly ascertain the extent of water damage in a structure by examining temperature differences in surfaces that are likely caused by moisture exposure.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich provides cleanup and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (847) 279-1940.

What Should You Do While Waiting For Fire Damage Restoration Services In Buffalo?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire line in front of a destroyed home For help with fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940.

How Buffalo Grove Homeowners Can Help The Fire Damage Restoration Process

Buffalo Grove homeowners sometimes ask us what they ought to do after a fire breaks out in their home. Of course, the first step is to call the fire services and make sure the blaze is extinguished. But what happens after the fire service leaves?

SERVPRO understands that fire damage is stressful for Buffalo Grove homeowners. It’s only natural that you want to start cleaning your home as quickly as possible. However, there are some tasks that it isn’t safe to carry out by yourself. So what can and can’t you do while waiting for SERVPRO technicians to arrive?

What can I do while waiting for restoration services?

    •    Limit your movements – too much movement around the home spreads soot particles into other areas of the house
    •    Change the HVAC filter if possible
    •    Empty your fridge and freezer and leave the doors open if there is no power to the appliances
    •    Use a light layer of petroleum jelly to protect chrome fixtures and fittings

Please don’t carry out these activities unless it is entirely safe for you to do so.

What shouldn’t I do while waiting for restoration services?

Please refrain from doing any of the following:

    •    Cleaning walls, floors, carpets or drapes
    •    Send damaged garments out for dry cleaning
    •    Clean or repair any electrical appliances that were in the vicinity of the fire
    •    Turn on fans or any other devices in areas that are still wet from firefighting efforts

We train our technicians to clean all kinds of fabrics and surfaces after ablaze. Our fire damage restoration service is fast and efficient, and we know how to restore your furnishing and personal items with the minimum of damage.

We also train our technicians to assess the damage to appliances and fans. Our teams will ensure your devices are safe or dispose of them if they are not.

It’s much safer to wait until our team is on-site and let them deal with restoration and cleanup. We have specialist equipment on hand and robust training in the best techniques.

For help with fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940.

What Repairs Are Typical After Water Intrusion into A Commercial Building?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

produce section at grocery store Water loss at your grocery store? Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

SERVPRO Has the Necessary Resources for Water Damage Repair in Your Buffalo Grove Grocery Store 

Water damage can happen at your Buffalo Grove store instantaneously or over a period if small leaks go unnoticed. Regardless of the circumstances that lead to loss, it would help if you repaired the affected areas fast to resume normal operations or prevent long-term problems. 

What Typical Steps Does Water Damage Repair In Buffalo Grove Grocery Stores Involve? 

  • Drying wet materials
  • Removal of wet materials
  • Refinishing surfaces 

The presence of higher moisture levels in your Buffalo Grove store poses a significant risk of worsening the damage already there. Therefore, drying wet materials is a considerable restoration step. Wetness is likely to accumulate on materials such as: 

  • Wooden shelves or racks
  • Drywall or plaster on the walls
  • Concrete floors 

Drying should not be challenging with the right resources since it requires the circulation of dry, warm air around the wet areas. Our SERVPRO technicians help by using equipment such as air movers to improve air circulation within the store. We also use specialized wall ventilation equipment where necessary.  

What type of water damage necessitates refinishing? 

Various issues caused by a water spill might necessitate refinishing. For instance, the water absorbed by wall materials can cause the paint to bubble or chip. Renovation procedures like removal of materials such as wallpaper or drywall and insulation placed over concrete add a refinishing aspect to the repair process. Our SERVPRO technicians help refinish the affected areas by applying fresh coats of paint or replacing the wall coverings we remove. 

Which materials need removal after water damage? 

For a category 1 or 2 water loss at your store, you do not have to worry about removing many materials since contamination is minimal. However, removal might still be necessary for some situations. For instance, sagging ceiling drywall is unsalvageable, necessitating immediate removal. Our technicians inspect your store to determine what else needs removing.

Water damage should not interfere with your business. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich to help repair any issues at your store. You can reach us at (847) 279-1940. 

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Is There Any Hope of Restoring My Furnishings, Household Goods, and Personal Possessions After Torrential Rains and Flooding in Buffalo Grove?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

guy floating on couch in flooded living room Don't be the person floating on by all your personal belongings in your Buffalo Grove home. Call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

SERVPRO’s Team of Flood Damage Mitigation and Remediation Professionals Have a Broad Range of Solutions for Both Your Buffalo Grove Home’s Structure and Its Contents

The amount of water that can pour into your Buffalo Grove home during and after summer thunder showers, wind storms, or tornadoes can be substantial. Water can intrude through holes created as shingles and roof decking tear off, or trees, branches, or other debris break windows or punch through siding. Furniture, clothing, documents, books, pictures, and a host of other personal property risk ruin if rapid assessment and appropriate interventions do not occur.

How Will My Belongings Fare During Flood Damage Recovery?

After the storm blows over, your home’s structure might feel like the least of your concerns. Drywall and roofs protect you but can be switched out with few regrets. The flood damage to your Buffalo Grove house’s contents, on the other hand, is heartbreaking. After significant overland flooding through the foundation meets the waterfall cascading down walls and stairs from roof, window, and siding leaks, nearly everything inside your home is wet. Do not panic. There is a solution.

Should I Agree to a Pack-Out of Furnishings, Household Goods, and Personal Possessions?

SERVPRO understands it is very hard in the midst of such chaos to hand the bulk of your belongings to any restoration contractor. The feeling of loss of control is inevitable. Still, we have a tightly-structured protocol that not only safely removes your possessions and tracks them during our stewardship, but also permits talented and highly-trained technicians to return many items damaged back to previous function and appearance. Insurance contracts reference repair and restoration of the contents of your home in most instances, rarely willing to cover an entirely new set of furniture, clothing, floor and wall coverings, sports equipment, cooking and eating utensils, and on and on. For optimum recovery and excellent results, moving damaged items to our climate-controlled and specialist-staffed production facility can be your best option.

How Can I Trust that My Possessions Are Safe and Secure When They Are Out of My Sight?

We take the responsibility of managing your personal property seriously, using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) throughout the process.  Once at our facility, or in a dry space on your property, we evaluate the condition of the items, planning for cleaning, disinfecting, drying, and deodorizing. We review the condition of the articles and report honestly on the results of restorative interventions as we work through each box or individual item. This detailed timeline allows you to make informed decisions on select items and provide data to your insurer to support claim or restoration coverage. Our trained technicians document the things we pack and follow each item through its restoration arc by employing:

  • Check off and written lists
  • Digital photography
  • Barcoding technology

Can I Handle Some of the Work Myself?

We are always willing to partner with our customers on cleaning and restoration. It makes some sense for you to retain clothing and accessories needed for the short term for your family, as an example. You can wash and dry items at home if that equipment is safe to use or at a laundromat or dry cleaners. Trying to achieve optimum results when burdened with four seasons worth of clothing, towels and linens, outerwear and specialized outfits, is another matter. Some items are nearly impossible to clean and dry appropriately because of the need for specialized equipment or a short timeframe. These contents may be a better fit for the professionals at our production facility:

  • Upholstered, padded furniture

We use portable moisture extractors and contained, small drying chambers to clean and remove all moisture before wood and textiles warp, delaminate, or fray, or mold growth takes hold.

  • Documents, papers, books, and photos

These fragile items are challenging to save, but we have freeze-drying resources available that can deliver excellent results. Freeze-drying works through the process of sublimation, where frozen water transforms into a vapor without the intervening and damaging liquid state.

  • Electronics

We need to handle electronics very carefully, drying them in a contained, controlled atmosphere, and availing the help of experts in this field before determining they are safe to operate. Our crew is cautious to moderate temperature so that the dried electronics are never subject to conditions that cause condensation on connection points by falling below the ambient dew point.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has the experience, resources, and training to sort out the chaos inside your home after storm-related flood damage. Contact us at (847) 279-1940 as soon as practical after the storm passes to get your property back on track.

How Do I Respond to All the Water in My Fire Damaged Buffalo Grove House?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

House fire being sprayed SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of damage after your home suffers from a water or fire incident.

SERVPRO’s Multi-Certified Workforce Manages All Aspects of Buffalo Grove Fire Damage, Including Property Destruction Related to Firefighting Efforts

After a household fire, Buffalo Grove residents can find the magnitude of water damage shocking. Firefighters use all resources at their disposal to save your property’s structure. Copious quantities of water are distributed throughout your home to extinguish flames and cool down hot spots. Once the fire is out, you are on your own in responding to the damage from this necessary intervention.

Can a Fire Damage Recovery Company Help with Water Loss?

Our team regularly responds to fire damage restoration scenarios in Buffalo Grove that include significant needs for water removal and structural drying. We train our workers in the mastery of both water and fire mitigation and remediation best practices through courses developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Water removal and structural drying go to the top of the list for the following reasons:

Safety Considerations

  • Water increases slip, trip, and fall risks.
  • Water exposes increases the potential for electrical shock.
  • Water collected in building cavities overhead or between walls can collapse building materials.
  • Water remaining after firefighting contains a broad range of toxins.

Ongoing Destruction

  • Lingering water fuels mold growth.
  • Porous material can all lose functionality, weakening, and eventually failing to support expected loads. 

How Does SERVPRO Manage the Water Phase of Fire Damage Restoration?

We contain the affected areas with 1.6 mil polyethylene and air scrubbers to limit airborne drift as we roil the waters during pumping and truck-mounted extraction. Our project manager ensures the lawful disposal of the contaminated water, following local rules and regulations. Structural drying is essential to inhibit mold growth as we move toward the fire residue removal phase of the overall damage restoration project.

Have confidence in SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich when entrusting us with your fire damage restoration project, including required water loss recovery. Call us at (847) 279-1940 as soon as practical to schedule an assessment and implement a best practices-based plan.

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