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Cleaning Soot In Your Buffalo Grove House

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Burned Out Bed Room covered in soot Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940.

Cleaning Soot Exposed Surfaces After Buffalo Grove Housefires

Soot can be a dangerous and under appreciated threat throughout Buffalo Grove homes following a fire. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that because a fire gets extinguished that its main threats have also gotten quelled, but this is not the case. Particulates like microscopic soot created from partially burned fuels like wood, oil, and other sources can be a health risk to those exposed without the appropriate protective equipment.

Addressing these and other effects of fire damage in Buffalo Grove residences comes down to a fast and confident response. We have a full roster of dedicated professionals with training and expertise as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Because of the acidic composition of soot residues, they become a danger to surfaces, countertops, construction materials, and the contents of your home right away. The longer that these residues sit on the affected areas, the more damage they can do. Marring and staining of surfaces can happen while you debate on the best restoration company to handle the fire loss effects in your home. The prompt response of our SERVPRO team can help to limit these irreparable effects by clearing soot and smoke residues from exposed surfaces quickly.

It is unwise for homeowners to attempt to remove soot residues on their own, primarily because of the risks involved with airborne soot particulates. These microscopic hazards can be a considerable health risk with the right level of exposure, and any DIY restorer should proceed with caution. Also, improper cleaning techniques for settled soot can lead to smearing. Once smearing occurs, then staining follows. Even with the advanced equipment and products available to our SERVPRO team, stained construction materials and contents are almost impossible to clean.

We strive to provide every customer with a tailored experience that suits the specific needs of their home, and that begins with identifying the presence of soot and the best approach to remove it safely. You can count on the swift response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team after a fire. Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940.

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Here Is What You Should Do For Your Flood Damage Situation in Buffalo Grove

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

flooded area with a home Whether flooding is from a river, a storm or internal pipe break, team SERVPRO has you covered. Contact us right away.

Buffalo Grove Flood Damage Resolves Successfully with Professional Response

Our community was under a tornado warning recently, with Buffalo Grove residents readying for the personal harm and property devastation that can follow such storms. High winds and pounding precipitation is something our region increasingly copes with regardless of the date on the calendar. As flooding and exterior damage from year-round storm activity becomes commonplace, it is more important than ever to line up an experienced and professional response. Our team prepares for crises like this.

Do-It-Yourself Equipment Is Not up to the Task

Significant flood damage develops inside Buffalo Grove homes during storm activity. If roofs and siding are compromised, water can flood in from top to bottom, saturating every level of your house before collecting in your basement. Overland flash flooding or seepage from the saturated ground surrounding your home tends to enter lower levels, rising by inches or feet. Consumer water removal equipment such as wet-dry vacuums cannot handle the quantity of floodwater adequately.

A Team Approach

Even our heavy-duty commercial equipment is only half of the equation. When SERVPRO arrives to assess your flooding scenario, we assign trained and experienced team members to the tasks indicated, scaling our response to the intensity of the damage. Our service vehicles stock multiple pumps, extractors, and drying equipment, permitting us to double or triple down on the job if your flooding is substantial. Water removal completes much faster with adequate equipment and sufficient numbers of trained operators. This approach increases the odds that most building materials can be restored, avoiding tear out and replacement.

Safe Contaminated Water Assessment and Management

The SERVPRO team confidently categorizes the water flooding your home, creating a safe and legal plan to contain and dispose of significantly contaminated fluids. Our crew wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and takes appropriate precautions to shield the rest of your home from the affected areas. Floodwaters are typically considered Category 3, containing human and animal waste, including blood and fecal-borne pathogens. We contain the fluids and dispose of them according to local regulations. Negative pressure air scrubbers help us seal off the contaminated spaces and filter any airborne viruses, bacteria, or other hazards in our workspaces. EPA-registered antimicrobials and cleaners applied to the soiled surfaces inhibit the spread of pathogens, readying the space for applied structural drying.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is poised to help our community’s residents recover from storm and flood damage. Call us at (847) 279-1940 to arrange for an assessment and recovery plan and its implementation.

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Water Damage Experts In Buffalo Grove Explain Things That Make Restoration Efforts Successful

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom with the flooring missing. SERVPRO knows that Buffalo Grove water damage in your home needs special skills.

Let us show you why we can take over your Buffalo Grove water damage.

Even if it has never happened to you before, it is possible that your Buffalo Grove home could suffer from a plumbing or appliance failure. Water pipes breaking and appliances malfunctioning can both cause water damage to your contents and building materials. Once items inside your house get wet, problems associated with moisture can quickly get worse. If these issues are not treated promptly by a restoration company like SERVPRO, secondary problems can arise.

Secondary water damage in your Buffalo Grove residence can come in the form of problems related to raised humidity or mold growth. High relative humidity levels can cause your drywall to retain moisture and get damaged. The presence of moisture in the air, your building materials and contents can create an environment that makes fungal growth possible. Seeking out help from our SERVPRO team can save you money and headaches in the future.

Whenever excessive moisture negatively affects your home, it is vital that the proper mitigation methods get used so that secondary damage does not occur. When mitigating moisture-related issues, our SERVPRO technicians do whatever it takes to succeed and return your house to preloss conditions "Like it never even happened." In the restoration industry, there are four main factors that help a professional restoration company be successful.

  1. Availability

Our crews our ready to help you with your problems anytime you need us. We answer our phones 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We know that mishaps do not have normal 8 to 5 business hours.

  1. Prompt Service

When dealing with issues created by water, we know that time is vital to successful remediation. We are located in the area and we can arrive shortly after you call us. Once we arrive we can get started with your restoration project as soon as we receive your official approval.

  1. Experience And Training

In any industry, having the proper training and knowledge can prove to be the difference between succeeding and failing. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. We also have vast amounts of experience in dealing with both large and small projects.

  1. Advanced Technology

Having the right tools for the job can also help a restoration company succeed. We have at our disposal the industry's best equipment to aid us in completing your mitigation project.

If you ever notice an appliance or plumbing failure in your house in Wheeling, Mundelein, Kildeer, or Vernon Hills, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940. Choose us because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Keep Your Belongings Safe In Buffalo Grove

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

PVC plumbing connection that failed Water damage in this home was due to a failed PVC plumbing connection within the walls.

Water Removal Buffalo Grove – Storing Your Contents

When water inundates a home, many people wonder how to recover from an event like this? Can the water be removed successfully? Do I need to replace all of my belongings? Where can I store everything while restoring my home and the contents are being cleaned and dried?

SERVPRO from Buffalo Grove has dealt with hundreds of water removal challenges. We can answer all of these questions and more. Once our team is on-site and has assessed the condition of your home and contents, we develop a plan. It includes water removal, cleaning and drying your home, removing contents for cleaning and drying. Sometimes items cannot be restored and are thrown out. We can look after these items as well after cataloging everything that must be removed.

Staging Areas and Protection of Your Contents

In many situations, we remove the contents of a home for cleaning and drying. It must be a safe, dry place while restoring the home. Ideally, SERVPRO, with your permission, would like to use another area of the home that is dry. For example, a second floor or a garage.

SERVPRO also can transport items to our facility for additional cleaning, drying, and storage. Our facility is safe, dry. We have state of the art cleaning materials and equipment to restore your items after water removal.

Keeping Track of Your Contents

A record of your contents is kept so we know where everything is and the condition it is in when it arrives at our facility. Occasionally a client requires an item that is in the staging area. The client may need it for insurance purposes or personal reasons.

Our records can quickly identify the item, its location, and condition. We can remove the item from storage and deliver to our clients when needed. Not only do we want to restore your home or business fully, "Like it never even happened." We also offer assistance in managing the insurance processes and paperwork as well.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 for 24/7 serve. We serve the towns of Wheeling, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Certified Experts Respond Quickly To Wheeling Home Fire Damage

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A bedroom in a house completely burnt down Our advanced cleaning techniques and state-of-the-art equipment will restore your home after a fire right away.

How Fire Assessment Helps Clean Damaged Wheeling Homes

When you hear terms like assessment and inspection after fire damage in your Wheeling home, many tasks might come to mind. In truth, assessment is both one of the most thorough actions that our professionals take once we arrive at a home and also one that must be among the fastest of our functions. The inspection of fire damage is multi-purpose and goes far beyond determining the inevitable cost of restoration and recovery.

We cannot always expect customers to think calmly amid a crisis, and that is why it is ideal to trust in the experience of our team to determine the extent of fire damage to Wheeling properties. We have a full spectrum of qualified personnel devoted to every facet of fire recovery, including cleaning technicians and odor control specialists. The determination of which team members are necessary for the restoration of a house after a fire is a critical element of this assessment.

Also, our SERVPRO management can look to identify potential problems by beginning at the ignition point and working out. Starting our inspection at this point helps our team to gain an understanding of the spread of effects like smoke residues, soot, and odors. Because different materials and substances can combust and burn during a fire damage incident, the type of smoke damage might differ from one part of the home to another. These varying circumstances require unique strategies and products to remove and clean successfully.

Another important aspect of our inspection is working with an insurance provider to meet their specific demands. While many have a uniform approach to documentation and photographic evidence, our standing relationships with all insurance companies in the area have helped our SERVPRO team get to work more quickly when time is of the essence.

Fire loss incidents can occur with no warning and be a devastating force in area homes. You can always count on the fast response and expertise of our certified SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich fire restorers to help however you need. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Our Skilled Mold Damage Professionals Can Save Your Lake Zurich Business

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold damage can be very difficult to remediate. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Don’t Panic! Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Lake Zurich is Just a Call Away

Although no one looks forward to dealing with mold growth at their Lake Zurich business, relax if you have engaged our mold remediation experts. Following the protocols the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed for use in schools and commercial buildings offers a high success rate. It also clarifies that mold spores are always in the environment, but cause concern for the majority of individuals only when they absorb water and begin growth.

Mold Often Signals Its Presence with a Smell

Although it needs moisture, mold damage in Lake Zurich does not need light. Because of this characteristic, a large infestation can hide behind walls or over ceilings. What you may notice is a distinctive musty odor and perhaps some staining on surfaces. Because molds need water pay particular attention to that unpleasant smell if it lingers near a place where you know building materials became wet in the past.

Let the Experts Handle Mold Remediation

If you try to save time, bother, or a few dollars to eradicate mold damage on your own, you are likely to make the situation worse instead of better. DIY remedies often include a diluted bleach solution that does not penetrate deeply enough to kill the organism at the roots. You might notice a short-term lightening of a dark stain, but the water in the bleach solution ironically might be feeding the mold.

Disturbing Mold Colonies Help Them Spread

Without following the EPA protocol, a business owner can unwittingly spread mold by trying to knock off mold colonies. When SERVPRO starts mold remediation, we contain the area with plastic sheeting, sealing the edges of the partition with the action of an air scrubber. Its negative air pressure retains even small particles as we scrape and use soda blasting to remove the colonies, forcing them through HEPA filters that capture debris and then vent the air to the outdoors. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and as another way to prevent tracking debris into unaffected areas.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can help put your mind at ease as we remediate mold damage in your business. Call us at (847) 279-1940 to arrrange a consultation if you suspect mold damage lurks in your business.

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Lake Zurich Pop-Up Storm-Related Flood Damage

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help with those Pop-up rain storms that damage Lake Zurich.

We know how serious flood damage in Lake Zurich is.

“Micro-burst” showers catch residents of Lake Zurich unprepared. Hot, steamy late summer days can generate highly-localized torrential rainstorms that deposit a significant amount of water in a short period. If a downspout comes loose or a basement window is left open, the wet areas in your lower levels can go from a minor inconvenience to a crisis. We count flood recovery as one of our core services. We would be honored to help.

Supersaturated Ground Equals Basement Floods

Sometimes the Lake Zurich area suffers flood damage when “trains” of rainstorms following one after another. Any one storm is unremarkable, but the cumulative effect of several in quick succession can saturate the ground so thoroughly that the water has nowhere to drain except into your home. Cracks in the foundation can make it more susceptible as can a failure to grade the ground around the perimeter of your home away from the foundation.

Submersible Pumps and Extractors Step Up First

Every SERVPRO service vehicle carries pumps for removing water more than two inches deep and truck-mounted extractors for the remaining standing water. Once the crew lead assesses the damage and designs a plan our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians roll out the equipment. The more liquid water we remove that more efficient our drying configurations can be. If your electricity is out, no worries. Our trucks carry onboard power generators.

Research-Based Drying Configurations

When SERVPRO determines drying goals, we use moisture data collected by probes and sensors. Our technicians take courses intended to make this data collection standardized and easy to insert into a more comprehensive drying plan. As we add air movers and heaters to the flooded area, we aim to create a balance that moves water out of structural components and into the air as vapor. The vapor condenses or absorbs into a fluid depending on the humidifiers positioned in the flooded space. Liquid water collected is discarded outside the home.

EPA-Registered Cleaners and Disinfectants

The flooded surfaces are cleaned and treated with appropriate products. SERVPRO aims to inhibit the growth of molds or pathogens. We can also seal spaces with products intended to act as antimicrobial base coats for further restoration efforts.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich prepares for the rainy times each summer, ready to help if your home floods. Call us at (847) 279-1940 any day or time to set up a professional assessment.

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How Our Professionals Can Help After A Fire In Your Wheeling Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (847) 279-1940 to arrange an assessment and mitigation and remediation plan.

What To Expect From Professional Fire Damage Recovery In Wheeling

After the firefighters leave your Wheeling home, it is clear that professional assistance is needed to cope with the aftermath. Until you experience a household fire, it is difficult to understand how pervasive and disruptive the harm from flames, heat, and smoke can be. One of the core components of our business mission is to assist members of our community as they navigate the challenges presented after fire harms the structure and contents of their homes.

Prompt assessment followed by swift mitigation and remediation of Wheeling fire damage is vital for a successful resolution. Fire residues are toxic and corrosive, requiring special handling for safety and efficiency. Our managers and technicians receive extensive and advanced training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). On the job experience and the mentoring of newer employees by our seasoned experts deepens and enhances the knowledge provided by IICRC coursework.

Water containment and removal is usually the first task, often unexpected but understandable as you wade through dirty fluids left by firefighting. Safety concerns drive water cleanup. Avoiding slips and falls and electric shock risk is crucial for SERVPRO technicians and occupants. The Category 3 water can carry significant contamination, and our crews are familiar with and follow local hazardous waste handling requirements.

Evaluation of the residues left by combustion is next, guiding SERVPRO employees as we choose cleaning products, tools, and techniques. Wet, dry, and protein-based soot can all exist in different spaces of your home. Our training helps us use the most effective cleaning approaches to protect surfaces that otherwise would discolor and deteriorate because of the corrosive substances in fire residues.

Charring of building materials can be remediated in many circumstances. Our team uses brushes and other stripping methods to reach undamaged layers for refinishing. If materials are extensively damaged, we help you arrange for repair and rebuilding, documenting our efforts and results for insurance purposes.

Deodorization is a SERVPRO specialty. If debris removal and deep cleaning leave lingering smells, we utilize advanced equipment like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to neutralize tiny odor-bearing particles at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich offers trained managers and crews and up-to-date products and equipment to manage fire damage in your home. Call us at (847) 279-1940 to arrange an assessment and mitigation and remediation plan.

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Take The Stress Out of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Lake Zurich Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can leave many linger odors and residues. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

How to Navigate Insurance after Fire Damage in Lake Zurich 

While addressing the damaging effects to your Lake Zurich home might be overwhelming and traumatic enough, there are many hoops to jump through and red tape to navigate when dealing with your insurance provider after a disaster. Understanding some practices that you can employ immediately can help to soften the blow of this fire loss incident while you await the professional restoration that your insurance provider is likely to encourage. 

Fire damage to Lake Zurich properties can be a challenge to overcome, even with the advanced equipment and products available to our SERVPRO team. While there are specific steps and stages to filing a claim and getting restoration and mitigation work started in your home, here are some things that you can do right away to make things easier for your displaced family: 

    • File a Claim – As basic as this might seem, many homeowners attempt to handle hundreds of other things before they get around to notifying their insurance company of a problem. They need to know about the situation immediately. 
    • Protect Your Property – While you might not have the skillset to perform full mitigation, you can board up some windows and other breaches in your home to prevent others from entering or worsening conditions like animal infestations. 
    • Get the Immediate Items You Need – Instead of paying out of pocket for the essentials you and your family need to survive, try reaching out to your insurance company directly. Often you can get an advance on the claim to replace these items you’ve lost to the disaster. 
    • Ask Your Insurance Adjuster What They Need – You might not even know what your coverage provider needs after a fire, because they are not likely to come right out and tell you. For damage assessments, photographic evidence, and other documentation to expedite claims approval, you can count on our SERVPRO estimation team. 

These are a few practices that can help you to navigate the challenging period after a fire loss incident, and what can happen immediately to help your family. You can count on our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team to perform the damage assessment, mitigation, and any restoration necessary after this loss. We can make fire effects “Like it never even happened.” by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Possessions In Lake Zurich

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is eager to help you regain your equilibrium after a significant water loss.

Say Hello Again To Refreshed Water Damaged Possessions After A Lake Zurich Pack-Out

Moving wet articles might be the last thing you feel is needed during the chaos after a water loss in your Lake Zurich home. The stress and uncertainty you experience can only increase if you take the time to box up items and transport furniture. Our experienced managers and technicians often try to convince you otherwise. The benefits of a pack-out are many, including speeding up the time it takes for your home to dry after the emergency.

Bracing for the bad news after water damage to your Lake Zurich home includes an expectation of major disruptions to your day to day life. When we recommend a pack-out, your worst fears seem to come true. We urge you to consider the myriad of reasons why moving possessions to our production facility makes sense and is likely to make mitigation and remediation at your home complete faster and more smoothly.

The equipment SERVPRO uses to prevent further water migration and to remove moisture is commercial quality, capable of getting the affected spaces ready for the final drying phase fast. If we clear out furniture, household goods, and personal possessions, the process moves even faster.

Our technicians take on the task of wrapping, protecting, and transporting your property during a pack-out. We employ a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document and track every article using lists, photographs, and barcodes. Once your possessions arrive, specially trained SERVPRO technicians evaluate their conditions and plan for cleaning and drying. Innovative equipment and techniques halt ongoing damage and return items, both treasured and practical, back to functionality and appearance.

Inside your house, our crews use pumps and extractors to remove water, and air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to bring moisture to normal levels. At the SERVPRO production facility, we modify the space and methods to dry furniture and electronics, while accessing advanced technology like freeze-drying for papers and pictures. Dry cleaning and industrial washers and dryers bring clothing, linens, and window covering back to pre-water damaged condition. When work completes at both venues, we transport the packed-out items back, ready for the reunion that gives you and your family back the feelings of security and comfort of “home sweet home.”

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is eager to help you regain your equilibrium after a significant water loss. Explore your options by calling us at (847) 279-1940.

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