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Commercial Water Damage in Buffalo Grove

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Water Damage Assessment

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

Thorough Inspection

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

Drying Water Damage on a Larger Scale

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

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

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

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What Can I Do Until Help Arrives?

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

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

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

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

Is Flood Damage in Buffalo Grove Repairable?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

antiquated boiler/heater  rusted SERVPRO provides cutting-edge mobile furnaces to help dry out flooded homes in Buffalo Grove. Much more advanced than this one!

SERVPRO Emergency Flood Damage Restoration Technicians in Buffalo Grove Strive to Return Your Home to a Pre-loss Condition

Floods can be one of the most devastating natural disasters to affect your property. The root causes of flooding are myriad, with some floods occurring due to abnormally high levels of rainfall or tide levels. For other residents, floods can be a part of the annual cycle, with property damages arising when known flood plains expand and spill over into residential communities. The nearby Des Plaines River can be a source of flooding.The speed and damage caused by these natural disasters can have severe consequences for your personal property. SERVPRO can help you with:

  • Basement flooding
  • Flood restoration
  • Water removal services

Maintaining the ambient temperature in flood damage restoration for your Buffalo Grove home is essential. While most dehumidifiers can operate in a wide range of conditions, they usually run in a defrosting mode when temperatures are below 60 degrees. To maximize the efficiency of this vital drying equipment in environments where power outages are common, such as flooded properties, we can deploy mobile furnaces to maintain the ideal temperatures for drying.

  • Mobile furnaces can raise the ambient temperature of a large indoor space to above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, creating ideal drying conditions.
  • Mobile furnaces can often be run through a truck-mount system or fuel to allow operation within properties without power.
  • Standard furnaces can emit 120,000 BTUs and operate effectively for up to thirty-six hours, speeding up property drying significantly.

To return your home to its preloss condition following a flood emergency, contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for flood damage at (847) 279-1940.

Water Removal Is Needed for Both Large and Small Water Problems in Downtown Chicago

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

chicago river scene with skyscrapers Keep the water from the Chicago River where it belongs, not in your home. Need Help with water damage? Call SERVPRO

Trust SERVPRO to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water to Your Structure

Water removal is not always an extensive undertaking that requires a pump truck sitting outside your office. There might be a time when you need this kind of service for much more minor problems. However, allowing such shallower (no pun intended) issues to remain as they are because they seem too inconsequential is never a good idea because secondary water damage is always possible. When water is permitted to linger where it should not be, many possible but highly preventable problems become much more likely in the future.

Office buildings and homes have many locations where water can become problematic. When a pipe bursts or a toilet overflows, water removal is the only real solution to the predicament. SERVPRO has the equipment needed, no matter how large or small the problem might be, to reverse the situation. If water damage strikes your property in Downtown Chicago, make the call.

We always use the most efficient tools to provide the best results at the lowest cost. We realize that having a disastrous situation involving water can cause workflow interruptions, possible damage to equipment, safety issues, and basic repairs. We alleviate concern by staffing only qualified workers and then train them extensively according to SERVPRO corporate and IICRC standards.

Water Removal Services

Removing all excess water from your office can significantly reduce the chances of the development of mold. Also, water removal can help prevent the increased disintegration of your building's structure while protecting your contents from a large number of potentially tricky and destructive situations.

Our processes and methods include not only the removal of the liquid water but also the water in the air. Not only can even a slight elevation of humidity make breathing uncomfortable, but it can also damage, albeit slowly, computer components, electrical wiring, many types of textiles, fragile documents, and paintings. Increased moisture in the air can even become trapped inside double glass windowpanes. The central HVAC system can also suffer from excess moisture resulting in mold proliferation and reduced healthy indoor air quality.

Having water removal services conducted to extract the traces of water in your Downtown Chicago building is crucial to sound business activities, and we are here to help you fulfill that goal. Calling SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 is the first step toward accomplishing this.

Nip Buffalo Grove Mold Damage to Your Sunroom in The Bud

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by window SERVPRO can inspect, discover, and remediate mold damage in your Buffalo Grove home caused by leaking windows and more

Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation for Your Buffalo Grove Property

Additions to your home like sunrooms and three-season porches often lack the same roof coverings and underpinnings as the rest of your house. As a result, climate control is more difficult within these rooms, causing a potential imbalance of humid air or condensation inside, leading to mold growth. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to help you remediate this problem.

Even trace amounts of moisture feed mold, continuing the damage. For example, if you have a sunroom with a flat roof, no basement, or a porch with a neglected crawlspace and ill-fitting windows, water finds many ways to invade and nurture microbial growth. We are experts in locating, containing, and removing mold damage in Buffalo Grove and help you recognize the changes needed to keep the moisture out.

Mold Inspection

Perhaps the water drained poorly from a flat roof, or a window allowed water to blow inside a porch. Dark staining on the ceiling, crumbling wood, and a musty smell are the clues. SERVPRO staff contains the visible mold and searches above the ceiling or behind walls to see if other structures have microbial colonies. The mold is removed from the surfaces as much as possible, but if it invades within drywall or deep into the wood, the building materials must come out as well. We disinfect the areas, sealing if indicated with proper products, and dispose of the moldy debris. Our team works with other contractors when needed to replace the missing components, restoring the look and function of the rooms.

SERVPRO technicians also search for a way to prevent the water from infiltrating. Roof repair or drainage reconfiguring is a possible set of answers. Windows receiving caulking and proper vapor barriers under, and over uninsulated areas help even out humidity levels and condensation problems. We realize these types of rooms are tricky to maintain in regions where the weather hits both extremes of cold and heat. Heavy precipitation, water, sleet, ice, and snow all contribute and need to be dealt with proactively. Our AMRT crew prides itself on helping with these complex problems in our wide-ranging climate.

Frustrations regarding troubling mold damage have answers when you contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich. Set up an inspection through our office at (847) 279-1940.

Is Professional Fire Damage Restoration for Chimneys Available in Buffalo Grove?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

upward view of tall skyscrapers chicago From skyscrapers in Downtown Chicago to your Buffalo Grove residence, SERVPRO provides fire damage-related cleanups

SERVPRO Helps Buffalo Grove Residents with Fire Damage from Puffbacks, Furnaces, and Fireplaces

Fireplaces can be cozy and warming during the winter months. However, they require regular maintenance of both the flue and grates to ensure that your home does not suffer accidental fire damage. The causes of fireplace-related property damage can be linked to low burning fires that buildup fuel residues (creosite) inside the flue to irregular sweeping of soot or ashes. If a disaster happens, SERVPRO can help with:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Water and fire damage restorations
  • Smoke damage

Enlisting professional fire damage restoration services in Buffalo Grove can speed up the process of returning your home to its preloss condition. Furnace puff backs or chimney blockages can result in smoke damage affecting nearby carpeting and walls and ceilings around the area. The spider-like soot accumulations in corners and cool spots need vacuuming first to prevent smearing of the oily substance.

  • Cleaning and clearing out the chimney using specialist tools can help to guard your home against future damages.
  • Applying a pre-conditioner and rinsing agent to nearby carpets can often see them return to a preloss condition.
  • Masonry or stonework around the fireplace can be cleaned using a solution with ammonia to help break down soot without damaging the surface.

Our professionals can help address furnace fire issues in Downtown Chicago. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for fire damage restoration at (847) 279-1940.

Why Buffalo Grove Flood Damage Needs Immediate Action

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

chicago river downtown If the Chicago River overflows its banks and floods your home in Buffalo Grove--Rely on SERVPRO to mitigate the storm damage

SERVPRO Offers Quick Action After Flood Damage

Torrential rains and the runoff from surrounding areas place some areas of Buffalo Grove squarely in the path of flood damage. Dealing with several inches of floodwater in a basement or walk-out lower level is overwhelming, and added pressure comes from the commonly repeated warning that homeowners must seek help right away. We help explain the need for speed and offer a rapid and professional response.

Cleaning Up after a Sewer Backup

Struggling to manage flood damage in Buffalo Grove is impossible without proper equipment, including industrial strength submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors. The challenge is exacerbated with potential sewer backups into homes and seepage from the saturated ground surrounding residences. We offer highly qualified technicians and powerful equipment to safely remove floodwaters from any source and follow local codes for proper disposal.

Even though you may want to consider your options for a day or two when this much water invades your home, every moment you wait risks ever-escalating danger to the integrity of the foundation and other building materials of your house. The mixture of rain, sewage, and other substances threatens both the structure of your dwelling and the health of your family. Floodwaters range from gray to black, the most polluted because of the potential for human, animal, and chemical waste. SERVPRO has years of experience evacuating flood water and remediating the damage it does to a residence.

Flood Water Removal Services

Our crews spring into action after our seasoned project managers review your particular situation and formulate a plan. Truck-mounted pumps and extractors remove the water fast, and technicians then measure and monitor the moisture in walls, floors, and the air, determining drying goals achieved using air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We locate any additional water found trapped in cinder block foundations or behind walls or paneling using scanning devices. That residual moisture is suctioned out or drained using strategically placed openings in walls or holes drilled in mortar joints.

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

Mold growth starts within 24 to 48 hours of flooding, another reason immediate action is necessary. Removing water and drying out structures significantly reduces the risk of mold proliferation, and SERVPRO crews also apply professional-grade antimicrobials to surfaces to inhibit infestation. Basements often contain stored items, and we pack these out to a dry area on your property or off-site for a thorough review. We have innovative drying technologies available to save items you may fear lost, including freeze-drying for pictures, books, and documents. Best results occur when soaked articles receive treatment as soon as possible.

We know the pressure of dealing with flood damage feels immense, but the management and service crews of SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich want to support you and explain the process thoroughly. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and consultation.

Avoid a Box Office Run on Refunds With an Emergency READY Plan in Buffalo Grove

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

erp app on tablet SERVPRO Keeps the Box Office open in Buffalo Grove following water damage with a fast and efficient water removal service

SERVPRO Delivers Quick Water Damage Remediation So That the Show Can Go On

Entertainment venues must deliver on performances promised to their patrons of the arts. Water damage in the theater needs rapid restoration to ensure honoring of playdates, keeping both performers and the audience comfortable and safe. SERVPRO offers clients in the theater business a chance to plan for disasters with our highly qualified project managers, developing a plan that supports fast and focused restoration.

Shared lodging, dining, and entertainment spaces risk water damage to Buffalo Grove’s popular children’s and musical theater industry. Plumbing failure in the resort’s guest rooms, pools, or restaurants quickly spreads to the stage areas, threatening your play and musical schedule. People plan theater attendance with friends and family far in advance for shared memories. Local businesses, schools, and other groups buy blocks of tickets for special events. Delaying dramatic satisfaction need not be an option when our skilled staff put recovery planning designed especially for your situation in motion.

Emergency READY Profile and Plan ERP

Carpeting, padded upholstered seats, sets, costumes, and the stage itself are on the endangered list when water floods from a burst pipe, an overfilled tub, or pool in a distant area of the resort. SERVPRO works with theater management to pinpoint where water jeopardizes structures and fixtures when you invite us in for an Emergency READY Profile and Plan assessment. No one knows better than you what items need first attention when water damage occurs. You also help us map out a blueprint of your stage, audience, and backstage areas, identifying utility shutoffs and electrical power configurations. We make suggestions to limit damage should water damage occur.

Determine which theater team you authorize to call for and guide our reaction, so response timing and implementation are seamless. Relax knowing you have a plan crafted that restores water damage in a swift and thoroughly professional manner whether you or your hand-picked staff direct our efforts. You and your team gain a clear vision of how SERVPRO remediates water damage, moving from water extraction to a comprehensive drying plan that minimizes the chance of collateral, long-lasting harm like mold growth or the weakening of the main structural supports.

We know how unacceptable missing even one performance is for your business, so we organize our water damage response, so the show goes on. Schedule an assessment with an experienced project manager from SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 and develop your Emergency Ready Profile and Plan.

Complete Fire Restoration from SERVPRO in Buffalo Grove

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

chicago tower No fire damage restoration project is too tall for SERVPRO--count on us for Chicago and Buffalo Grove Help

SERVPRO Restores Fire-Damaged Buffalo Grove Homes Using Time-Tested Procedures.

A house fire is likely one of the greatest dangers your Buffalo Grove home faces. These residential fires can occur at almost any time, with little to no warning, and are often the result of little accidents. When they happen, professional assistance is needed to remediate their damage.

SERVPRO, experts in fire and smoke damage remediation, usually know just what fire restoration work your Buffalo Grove home needs. Over their years of performing house fire cleanups, smoke remediation, and fire damage restoration work, our skilled technicians have developed time-tested procedures for quickly and effectively restoring fire damaged homes. These procedures include, among other things:

  • Rapidly sanitizing interior air with powerful air movers, air scrubbers, and ozone machines
  • Thoroughly inspecting your home for issues associated with fire damage
  • Removing harmful acidic, fire-related residues from surfaces around your home with wet, dry, abrasive, or peroxide active cleaning methods
  • Treating impacted carpeting and upholstery with innovative injection devices
  • Neutralizing or otherwise concealing unpleasant odors with thermal foggers and professional-grade deodorants
  • Employing ultra-low volume foggers to deodorize hard-to-reach parts of your residence

Once all of these measures have been taken, homes are usually back to their pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened."

With all that said, if your residence ever suffers fire damage and needs fire restoration work, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 for assistance.

Torrential Storms Increase the Risk of Flood Damage in the Downtown Chicago Area

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

a storm damaged house with a sign in front that says storm damage Did a recent storm affect your area? Flooding can quickly damage contents and structure. Call SERVPRO today for water removal.

Flooding can Happen Very Quickly as a Result of Changing Weather Patterns

Storms forming around the Downtown Chicago area can produce several inches of water in a brief time. While this may not result in a flooded home when the water travels and congregates elsewhere, this can become very troublesome for homeowners.

When drenched by a storm, homes can have flood damage in Downtown Chicago. It can occur both rapidly and unexpectedly. When flooding is known about and expected, removing anything of value to higher levels in your home can prevent many expensive losses. However, sudden floods can surprise residents, and only a few inches of floodwater entering a home can result in thousands of dollars in damaged furnishings and interior structures.

SERVPRO's technicians are always ready to assist with restoring a home. We have earned IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and related fields and know your home is central to your family's sense of normalcy. Working as quickly as possible without making mistakes ensures the completion of your family home's restoration as soon as possible.

Complete drying out of furniture, carpets, and affected personal belongings must happen soon after the water is pumped out. Dampness permits mold and mildew to flourish in as little as 48 hours. Other problems such as weakened support within a home can become apparent later by sagging floors and cracking walls and ceiling joints. Before applying microbial inhibitors and other cleaning agents that help restore your furnishings, it is important to verify that no abnormal moisture levels may exist.

We can pack up and clean all of the affected belongings at our facility or in the home in an unaffected area, depending on the specific situation and homeowners' preferences. When completed and the home's flooded area shows no signs of damage, returning these items to their original locations happens as quickly as possible.

Understanding your needs during trying situations brought on by Mother Nature, SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich, has caring professionals who are only a phone call away. Regardless of the time of day or night, reaching us is as easy as calling (847) 279-1940. Restoring your home flood damage begins with one phone call.