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Lake Zurich Property Owners Rely Upon SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lake Zurich Property Owners Rely Upon SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services SERVPRO Announces to Lake Zurich Homeowners in Shock after a Large House Fire--Call Us, We Can Provide Restoration Services

Repairing Structural Concerns after Fires in Lake Zurich Homes

As you might expect, substantial fire loss incidents can take a heavy toll on the structural integrity of Lake Zurich homes. While there are ultimately many effects that must get addressed on the path to a full recovery and restoration following an emergency like this, contending quickly with the structural concerns can help to prevent further damaging effects from occurring while our restoration and mitigation processes get underway within the structure.  

It is not difficult to see how widespread and detrimental fire damage can be in a Lake Zurich home, and as such, these situations require highly trained professionals. Our SERVPRO team has extensive in-house training and certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as both Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT.) In addition to our expertise in recovering these damaging effects for your home, we also must address the structural compromise of the property.

When the disaster first occurs, our contractors on the team must provide temporary construction solutions to allow our restoration professionals to get started on mitigation. While part of our contracting team oversees and aids with controlled demolition to start fire debris removal, another portion works to establish board-up and tarping services when required to cover exposed areas of the property from bad weather and vermin.

In many cases where the fire loss is widespread, firefighters must approach the blaze from various angles to successfully extinguish it. In these situations, holes and openings can get made in the exterior of your house to give an easy access point to these professionals. These areas must also get fully rebuilt and repaired by our SERVPRO contractors during the mitigation phase of restoration to help make this fire loss scenario “Like it never even happened.”

Many effects must get overcome to return your damaged property to preloss condition after a fire incident, and many of these approaches require reconstruction and build back. Let our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich help you through every phase of recovery after a fire loss incident by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Our Professionals Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Buffalo Grove Home

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Professionals Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster In Your Buffalo Grove Home Our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to make the water loss in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

When Water Removal Meets A Hard-To-Move Object In Buffalo Grove Home

Water damage happens in many forms in this area of Illinois from plumbing and appliance failures to flash floods. The less time building materials and possessions are exposed water, the more potential for limiting loss.

When SERVPRO answered a call for water removal in a Buffalo Grove finished basement, we arrived ready to extract and clean. The water spill emanated from a broken supply line to a wet bar, and the sheetrock around the supply line installation showed signs of buckling from prolonged water exposure due to an undetected, long-term leak before finally breaking. After cutting away and discarding the non-restorable sheetrock, we scoped the rest of the area to locate where the water migrated and began extraction. Almost immediately, we found a large problem.

Although we strive to cause as little disruption as possible during the cleanup and often pack out sites for remediation in our local facility, sometimes we have to get creative. In this case, the carpeting needed extraction and drying but had a pool table that was too large to remove from the site. The legs required drying and drying the carpet would prove impossible if it stayed as is, so our experts moved it to the end of the room where we did not detect excessive moisture and placed the pool table up on blocks. Then we were able to use our extractors on the carpet and pull out water to get the carpet ready for drying.

We used a technique known as "floating" the carpet to dry both the padding and carpet from the bottom up to ensure complete removal of moisture. SERVPRO air movers send high-velocity airflow over surfaces, and this action causes even deeply embedded water vapor to rise and captured by our dehumidifying equipment.

After drying, we cleaned and disinfected the pool table legs and other surfaces affected by water to ensure they were sanitary for the inhabitants of the home. The homeowner was elated he did not have to replace the carpeting or deal with moving his pool table out of the basement.

Handling water removal as quickly as possible is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940; our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to make the water loss in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Will Summer Storms Bring Flood Damage to Your Wheeling Home?

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Will Summer Storms Bring Flood Damage to Your Wheeling Home? No matter the size of the storm, SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is equipped and ready to go.

Wheeling Area Weather Extremes Expose Homes the Risks of Flood Damage

When spring and summer storms move across the flat expanses west of Wheeling, high winds and torrential rain can batter your home. Damage to roof, windows, and siding can allow large quantities of water to enter your living and storage spaces, harming both structural components and contents. Recovering from such an event is not something readily accomplished without support. Our team of highly-qualified flooding remediation experts can help.

A significant challenge you and your family face when confronted with flood damage to your Wheeling home is the risk of exposure to hazardous substances. Flood waters are by definition contaminated, heavy rain mixed with road and landscaping chemicals as it flows overland, sewer backups as drainage systems are overwhelmed, decaying organic materials from roofs and gutters, and stored household items like paints, cleaners, and other potentially toxic formulations.

Managing the flooding requires containment of the Category 2 and 3 water, disposing of it according to local regulation. Our SERVPRO team trains for proper protocols during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), gaining familiarity with the safety requirements in the communities northwest of Chicago. Our experienced project managers assess your flooding scenario, devising a step by step plan that rids your property of the flood waters. Next, we remove the soiling from contaminants, sanitize the surfaces, and dry the building materials.

SERVPRO service vehicles stock pumps and water extractors and EPA-registered products for thorough cleaning and disinfection. The equipment is operable even if electricity service is temporarily disconnected because of the storm. Gas and generator-powered water evacuation proceeds immediately; delays would be problematic and fortunately, are unnecessary.

As the flood waters recede, we use thermal scanning and moisture meters to find any migration of the moisture into building cavities. SERVPRO crews sometimes perform limited demolition like flood cuts or hole drilling to release water and permit optimal air flow to wet areas when we begin drying procedures. Crew members clean soiled surfaces and apply appropriate antimicrobials in anticipation of the balance of air movement, heat, and dehumidification needed to bring structural materials back to standard moisture levels.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich delivers successful flood damage remediation, relying on IICRC-trained technicians and commercial quality water removal and drying equipment. Call (847) 279-1940 for a rapid response when storm waters flood inside your home.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Your Buffalo Grove Home

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Your Buffalo Grove Home Contact us at (847) 279-1940 for an evaluation of your water loss.

Hardwood Floor Water Damage Recovery In Buffalo Grove

Your Buffalo Grove home’s floors are especially vulnerable to a water loss. Plumbing breaks, appliance malfunctions, or heavy rains blowing through open windows or a screen door are just a sampling of the events that can lead to water soaking into your floor coverings and the floors themselves. Permanent damage mars their appearance and weakens their structural integrity. Our crews are highly-qualified to respond to the harm a water loss causes to residential hardwood floors.

When your Buffalo Grove home experiences water damage, we strive to be on-site as soon as possible. Speedy removal of the water from the affected areas is the key to a successful outcome. Our crews are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained as Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WDT), familiar with all aspects of ridding your floors of excess water rapidly and safely.

The planks in a hardwood floor install over at least one other layer of subflooring. SERVPRO technicians know that extracting moisture from all the layers is crucial. If a subfloor retains excessive moisture, it continuously saturates the top planks causing the surface of the floor to distort. Cupping, where the edges of each board swell up leaving a depression in the center, and crowning, where the center of each board rises, can both occur when water is absorbed and remains in the fibers of the wood. Buckling happens when the top layer of planks is left wet for extended periods; the top layer completely detaches from the subfloor.

To avoid these severe problems, SERVPRO first uses pumps and wanded extractors to remove as much of the standing water as possible. Then we employ a negative air pressure system to pull out the moisture that drained into sublayers. After using thermal imaging and moisture meters to detect where the water collected, our crews seal floor mats on the surface of the hardwood. The mats connect via hoses to equipment that exerts suctioning action, forcing the excess water out for disposal. We move and reseal the mats as the water exits, regularly checking for moisture levels to return to a normal level for your home.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has the advanced technology and the trained crews to return your water damaged hardwood floors to “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (847) 279-1940 for an evaluation of your water loss.

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We Help You Get Back To Business After Water Damage In Buffalo Grove

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Help You Get Back To Business After Water Damage In Buffalo Grove Carpeting and drywall were soaked in the rooms and hallways of this floor of the building. Our team arrived quickly to restore their business.

Buffalo Grove Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Commercial Water Removal

Even if your Buffalo Grove business has an in-house or contracted crew for everyday cleaning needs dealing with a significant water incursion requires the assistance of our highly skilled and well-equipped crews. Responding to a water loss requires specialized training and specific products and tools. We invest in both the schooling for our employees and commercial-grade water extraction equipment.

Commercial water removal in Buffalo Grove is one of our core services. A business risks its future if water from a plumbing or roof leak, heavy precipitation, appliance breakdown, or other cause does not exit from your property fast. Providing the products or services needed to your customers or clients becomes nearly impossible if your commercial space is awash. Fast extraction followed by structural drying forms the foundation of the next chapter of your company’s story and success.

SERVPRO has scalable resources, able to access additional work crews and equipment from our nationwide network if your situation so requires. Within hours of your first call, we send experienced project management to assess your loss and plan for your recovery. Accompanying the assessment team are crews of our employees holding Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technician certification from the IICRC.

Our service vehicles stock high-efficiency pumps and extractors designed to remove large amounts of water rapidly. SERVPRO technicians master Building Moisture Thermography coursework, preparing them to use thermal imaging to determine the extent of the water damage and apply principles of thermodynamics and psychrometry (the science of drying) to hasten efficient water removal and arrange for normalizing moisture levels in porous building materials.

Our crews also inspect for any microbial infestation or damage as fungi like molds and mildew often show accelerated growth during the water event. If moisture lingers more than 24 to 48 hours, mold remediation might need to be added to the cleanup agenda. SERVPRO offers our commercial clients a full spectrum of water and mold remediation, a truly one-stop shop for all aspects of water removal and secondary damage.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is the area’s water removal expert. Call (847) 279-1940 for fast and reliable help if your business suffers from water loss.

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Water Damage Remediation in Buffalo Grove Explained

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Remediation in Buffalo Grove Explained Don't stress if water damage takes over your home. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Cleaning Carpets in Buffalo Grove Homes after Water Damage

It is no secret that water collects on the floors of Buffalo Grove homes when water loss incidents and emergencies occur. As challenging as these situations can become to manage while they are taking place, restoring and recovering your water-damaged address can be even more problematic without the appropriate tools and devices for efficient extraction and cleaning. Our experienced professionals have a broad inventory of recovery tools that we can bring along with us to ensure that the right steps get taken immediately to remove standing water from flooring and to prevent penetration and oversaturation of exposed materials and contents.

Carpets can often be a magnet for damage when your home requires water cleanup in Buffalo Grove. Often many homeowners determine to handle this themselves, but that is not often the best course of action. To protect this exposed material from requiring removal and replacement, often the wise choice is to trust in the IICRC-Certified cleaning technicians on our SERVPRO team. We have a 24/7 response to water loss incidents in your home, and we can work quickly to begin vital cleaning efforts to help restore the property to its original condition.

While regular maintenance of your carpets can often help to make deep cleaning solutions after an emergency more successful, we have advanced equipment that arrives with our rapid response team to remove soiling, dirt, and other debris from the fibers of this flooring. One of the first steps in recovering damaged carpets, however, is ensuring that the material gets dried. We can pull up the edges of the flooring from its seal against baseboards and allow our air movers to blow heated air between the subflooring and carpet layer to dry both simultaneously.

Once we have dried out the material and it can get properly reinstalled, our team can work to clean up after loosened dirt and debris that could mar the appearance of the upper layers of the carpet. With approaches like dry cleaning and hot water extraction, we can remove sediment and buildup, effectively improving the look and feel of the flooring.

Water loss incidents can affect many areas of your home. If you want to make the effects of this disaster “Like it never even happened,” give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team a call today at (847) 279-1940.

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You Can Count On Our Crew To Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Buffalo Grove

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You Can Count On Our Crew To Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Buffalo Grove Call us at (847) 279-1940 for fast, professional assistance.

Be Prepared For Another Round Of Flood Damage In Buffalo Grove

Weather in recent years has pressed areas of Buffalo Grove nearly to the breaking point when it comes to flooding. Last May was the wettest during modern recordkeeping. The damage done to the greater Chicago area was considerable, and our neighborhoods were no exception. Taking steps to minimize damage to your home if waters rise is a great idea. Having our number on speed dial is another.

In addition to more extremes in rainfall totals, development in Buffalo Grove might also have an impact on flood damage. When more land is paved because of commercial and residential development, there are those who believe a connection exists between new housing, retail spaces, and parking lots and increased flooding risks. Regardless of the cause behind any flood waters finding their way into your home, some practical tips can help avoid severe damage to contents and structures.

Review your storage decisions, considering moving items stored in the basement or lower levels of your home to higher ground. Although SERVPRO has trained production technicians, who can clean and dry items like documents, pictures, and electronics you might fear flood waters would ruin, deciding to move them out of harm's way saves time, expense, and worry. Check out appliances and mechanical systems in your basement and investigate whether they can be raised on supports to deflect water damage.

An option many homeowners follow is the installation of a sump pump system in spaces where heavy rains, seepage, or overland flooding could be a problem. This can reduce the amount of flood damage, but SERVPRO is available if the quantity of water that invades your home overwhelms the system.

If despite your best-laid plans flood damage becomes an issue in your residence, the crews from SERVPRO are ready around the clock to assist. We have the highly-qualified employees and the up to date equipment to manage flooding issues fast and efficiently. Pack-outs of your at-risk possessions is a secure choice when using our Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS), allowing us to remove the water, dry the area, and then clean and disinfect the affected surfaces.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has available a broad range of strategies, and always employs industry best practices when responding to residential flood damage. Call us at (847) 279-1940 for fast, professional assistance.

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Let Us Help You Plan For The Worst In Lake Zurich

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Let Us Help You Plan For The Worst In Lake Zurich When you are faced with a flood disaster it is best to have a plan in place. We are available 24/7 to help you, call us for your consultation.

Planning for the Worst Delivers the Best Lake Zurich Flood Damage Outcome

Commercial property owners can take proactive steps to limit the effects of a flooding disaster in Lake Zurich. In addition to inspecting roofs, drainage systems, and foundations for damage and completing routine maintenance before severe weather occurs, businesses can work with our management team to develop a personalized response to potential flood or other water damage. Minimize downtime and protect your equipment and inventory by considering the risks now.

Flood damage to your Lake Zurich business can be traced to a seasonal rise in the waters of one of the ponds or lakes in the area. Heavy rains can cause flash flooding anywhere. Take advantage of our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) to share with us pertinent information about your commercial property’s layout and your operations before the intrusion of any water. The more details you reveal about your company and physical plant the more likely a fast and efficient response can halt damage and complete restoration.

Call SERVPRO to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced project managers. During an on-site inspection, we evaluate the strengths and vulnerabilities of your building and systems. Expect us to recommend some changes intended to avoid damage to your equipment and contents if flooding occurs. We might suggest adapting the way you store items or protect spaces, machinery, or inventory.

We take pictures, sketch out blueprints, and consult with you about your work schedules, routines, and locations of critical items like utility shut-offs. You personalize the ERP even further by using our mobile app. It leads you digitally through a series of questions that lets you list vendors and contractors plus their contact information so we can reach out to them with questions during restoration efforts. You explain your concerns and priorities during a disaster and make it clear you choose SERVPRO to be your recovery service provider.

In the Profile you designate key employees, management team members, or family to act on your behalf if a disaster occurs when you are out of town or otherwise unavailable. The Emergency Profile and Ready Plan combine into a concise, digital document that guides SERVPRO management and crews as we respond to your commercial flooding damage disaster.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich encourages local businesses to create Emergency Ready Plans and Profiles with our seasoned project leaders. Set up an appointment for a consultation by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Why You Should Choose Our Mitigation Technicians in Buffalo Grove

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why You Should Choose Our Mitigation Technicians in Buffalo Grove We have the equipment that can handle any size water damage. We are available to help 24/7 so call us right away.

Pack Out Your Buffalo Grove Office for the Most Efficient Water Damage Remediation

Arriving for work early Monday morning to inches to feet of water in your Buffalo Grove office can happen if a supply line breaks over the weekend. In the chaos that follows one response that can save contents and the structure more efficiently is a pack out. Moving business documents, furnishings, decor, and inventory to our climate controlled production facility serves a two-fold purpose: the transported items get the specialized attention they need, and office space is more easily cleared of water and dried out.

Your Buffalo Grove office is the hub of your business and water damage can bring things to a halt. Choosing our team of expert water mitigation technicians to help sort out the harm done to structure and contents gives you the tools to turn around this unexpected and unfortunate situation. Our employees, both at your site and in our production facility, are well-trained and highly-qualified to return your commercial building and possessions to preloss condition.

When SERVPRO completes a pack-out, we use our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to ensure all items are accounted for and secure. We create a room by room inventory, using detailed lists, digital photographs, and a barcoding app to memorialize your business belongings. Crews carefully pack up and transport the articles to our productions facility where they are evaluated, cleaned, and dried. Throughout the restoration process, we work closely with your insurance to minimize your out of pocket expenses.

SERVPRO’s climate-controlled space permits IICRC trained technicians to determine the best strategies to restore the packed out property. Innovative techniques like vacuum freeze-drying can return wet papers to functional status. Electronics are dried and checked for operational status in individual enclosures that moderate humidity and temperature. Furnishings receive a cleaning and then accelerated drying in small sections optimized for the purpose with heated air movers and dehumidifiers.

Meanwhile, our on-site crew is removing water, clearing debris, and drying the office areas for the return of the packed out materials. SERVPRO leaves no details to chance, understanding you need to hit the ground running as soon as your office space is ready and your business equipment and files are returned.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is your partner when water damage threatens your business. Call us immediately at (847) 279-1940 and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced assessors.

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Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety SERVPRO Tip--Handle Candles Carefully to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home

Smoke & Fire Issues Need Professional Cleanup and Restoration

A relaxing touch to the atmosphere of your Buffalo Grove home, candles are unfortunately also the cause of thousands of fires each year. However, even with the risk, many people love to use them for ambiance and decoration. They can be used safely by following some simple tips. 
 
Burning candles in your Buffalo Grove home in rooms which are drafty can spell disaster. Fans, vents, and air currents could cause the flames to catch on items nearby and leaving you with lots of fire damage to clean up. SERVPRO understands the importance of safety tips when it comes to burning these scented beauties, and encourages smart use. 
 
Candles should always be kept at least a foot or more away from anything flammable, like fabric, paper, furniture or curtains. Burn them in holders which are stable and put them on a level, sturdy surface which is resistant to heat. 
 
Keep out of reach of pets and children as well. They can knock over a candle easily and spill the hot wax on themselves, ignite themselves, or nearby furniture. Teach children proper safety and how to extinguish flames correctly. Of course, never leave a burning taper unattended. 
 
When you call SERVPRO to handle fire damage remediation after a mishap from one of these lights, we also need to deodorize your home from the smoke smells. It would be an easy process if all odors came from one source. However, that is not always the case. 
 
We remove the odor source and debris first instead of trying to deodorize the source. Thermal fogging is one method we can utilize. Anything charred is removed. Debris which is contaminated by smoke residues continues to give off smoke odors or soils if it is not taken out. We then clean any surfaces which have odor-causing residues on them. 
 
SERVPRO techs use deodorization methods which imitate the nature of the smoke. Doing this is a highly effective process. Sometimes, we may also need to seal surfaces in more severe situations. Sealing can eliminate the odor problem in cases where it is impractical or too expensive to get rid of the odor. Two examples can be sealing inaccessible duct surfaces or painting walls. 
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich can be trusted to clean your home up after a fire. Anyone living in the areas of Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove, or Lake Zurich can get in touch with us anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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