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Where Do I Start When There Is Flood Damage In My Buffalo Grove Daycare?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

room inside view include chairs and table SERVPRO can help you reopen your daycare fast after a flooding incident allowing you to continue your service to the community.

Action from SERVPRO Helps Create Order and Quickens the Restoration of Flood-Damaged Facilities in Buffalo Grove

A flooding incident in Buffalo Grove can shatter the routines you have established at your daycare facility within minutes. Even worse, the incident can disorganize the lives of many working families that rely on the facility to take care of their kids as they conduct their daily routines. Therefore, you must have an action plan for the sake of your clients, staff, and even the kids already used to your services.

What should I do first after flooding?

Although you can expect considerable flood damage after your Buffalo Grove daycare facility is affected, it is hard to tell in advance what to expect since all incidents have some level of uniqueness. Thoroughly evaluating the damage is, therefore, crucial immediately after learning of a flooding situation. Enlisting the assistance of a professional team such as SERVPRO when performing such evaluation helps in many ways, including:

    •    Ensuring the correct evaluation procedures
    •    Identifying potential hazards
    •    Preempting secondary damage

Even though you are the first one on-site, evaluating the loss on your own is a tall order since it requires more than casual observations. For instance, you cannot tell the level of wetness on all materials by merely looking at them. Some forms of damage, such as contamination, might also be challenging to point out. Calling us immediately helps in dealing with these obstacles since we have the skills and equipment to handle the task. For instance, a simple tool such as a luminometer can help us identify whether surfaces are contaminated even when there is no physical soiling.

How do I manage the chaotic site after flooding?

Chaos in a daycare facility may not be a foreign concept. However, the mayhem from a flooding incident outweighs the overturned chairs or spilled food that you deal with daily. Some of the guidelines our technicians follow when performing the restoration tasks help create order.

    •    Setting up a staging area for restoration equipment
    •    Grouping contents as salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable
    •    Using large waste receptacles

We position the staging area close to a bathroom or laundry area where there is access to clean water, and the floor or wall materials favor activities such as mixing cleaning products for cleaning. Having all the equipment in one readily accessible location helps improve turnaround time. Classifying contents and construction materials are salvageable or unsalvageable, and grouping them, helps create order. Moving the unsalvageable ones outside the structure creates more space to perform other restoration processes. We use different waste receptacles, including large trashcans and plastic bags, to hold the waste materials outside the structure to ensure they do not spread.

Are contents safe for kids after exposure to floodwater?

The flooding incident that hits your daycare facility can affect a wide range of contents, including playthings, cots, furniture, utensils, and floor coverings. Since floodwaters are heavily laden with contaminants, you have a reason to worry about the safety of the kids who use the items.

The safety of items after exposure to floodwaters depends on several factors, including their component materials. The advantage is that most of the contents in your facility are easy to decontaminate. Those brightly colored plastic chairs, nap cots, and toys that kids enjoy using have an added advantage in case of flooding since they are non-porous. A thorough wash with professional cleaning agents and disinfectants should remove all traces of contamination, “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO technicians remove porous materials such as carpets and rugs for disposal since they retain traces of contaminants even after a thorough cleaning. For surfaces such as wood or concrete floors, we treat them twice with biocides to deal with the contamination. We apply the product the first time after arrival at the loss site. We apply the second treatment after finishing regular cleaning procedures.

Apart from contamination, some items can also pose other risks to the kids. Any electronic item within the flooded areas can malfunction if plugged in after the incident. Even items that are not exposed to the floodwater can be damaged through condensation or other forms of moisture accumulation. We ensure that an expert inspects such items and confirms they are safe for use. We can also take steps such as ensuring the items do not cool to the dew point to limit the damage before the specialist checks them.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can help you reopen your daycare fast after a flooding incident allowing you to continue your service to the community. Call us any time at (847) 279-1940.

Commercial Water Damage In Buffalo Grove

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water loss 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 loss incident, we have the technicians you need to assess the situation and put a plan of action into place for cleanup and restoration.

Water Loss 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 loss. 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 open. If necessary, they can be sent to an electronics specialty company to further check.

Drying on a Larger Scale
Our skilled technicians at SERVPRO have been trained extensively in the study of air, which is known as psychometry. 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.

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

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Discover Secrets For Commercial Water Cleanup in Buffalo Grove

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office area Don't delay when it comes to water damage in your office space. Contact Team SERVPRO for efficient water removal and remediation efforts.

Call on Professionals for Safe Water Cleanup in Your Buffalo Grove Business

Your human resources department, insurers, and customers all appreciate the professional touch for your Buffalo Grove business water loss. The safety issues presented when water intrudes into your commercial building are not merely boxes to tick. Your staff, customers, tenants, and the premises itself all are at heightened risk of injury, health issues, and damage if a detailed safety assessment and plan to manage the hazards are not completed and put in place by experts in the restoration business.

Overview of Safety Issues During Water Damage Restoration

Your multi-use commercial building in Buffalo Grove needs water cleanup after a toilet overflowed all weekend. There was little sewage backup, but the fill lever stuck and supply water spread. Although you shut off the water, thousands of gallons poured through the building from the upper floors to storage and systems in the basement and every level in between. Expected safety concerns include:

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Water pooled in confined spaces
  • Electrical hazards
  • Structural hazards
  • Fixture hazards
  • Hazardous materials from structural breakdown (asbestos and lead)
  • Biohazards including infectious waste and molds (increasing risk as hours pass)
  • Chemical contamination from stored supplies

Ways We Mitigate Safety Concerns

SERVPRO has many safety management strategies reliant on our trained workforce’s experience and high-efficiency equipment:

Slip, trip, and fall--we post signs and begin water extraction as soon as practical. If electricity initially is unavailable (see hazards below), our gas-fueled pumps and truck-mounted extractors use onboard power alternatives to avoid delays.

Water pooled in confined spaces--we use submersible pumps and extensions on extractors to minimize placing technicians in dangerously tight areas.

Electrical hazards--we make sure power is shut down until it can operate safely, typically when the bulk of the liquid water evacuates. We drain water from light fixtures and electrical boxes. When we resume using site power, we move power cords out of pathways in work areas--taping or zip tying multiple cords to manage. We always use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Structural hazards--SERVPRO technicians look for sagging ceilings and bulging walls which obscure collected water. We carefully punch weep holes to release fluid before a collapse.

Fixture hazards--we cover hazards like carpet tack strips.

Hazardous materials from structural breakdown (asbestos and lead)--we alert SERVPRO management if the water loss exposes asbestos or lead-bearing structures to arrange for lawful abatement.

Biohazards including infectious waste and molds--even if the water started as Category 1 or clean, SERVPRO assume that microbes multiply as hours pass. Our crews wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and consider installing air scrubbers in work areas. If technicians observe mold growth, we add mold remediation to the project agenda.

Chemical contamination from stored supplies--another signal to add PPE and containment strategies to the plan. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich managers and technicians are experts in identifying and managing safety issues during commercial water removal. Call (847) 279-1940 to ensure the individuals and entities to whom you owe a duty of care are protected.

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What Can You Do About Commercial Water Damage in Buffalo Grove Right Now

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged wood flooring You cannot control water damage. BUT you can contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation efforts right away.

Prepare for Commercial Water Damage in Buffalo Grove with an Emergency Ready Plan

One thing you do not have when a water loss strikes your Buffalo Grove business is time. Recovery from a water emergency depends on a rapid response, and delays as restorers unfamiliar with your space and operations scramble to plan from scratch can adversely affect a successful outcome. We offer a unique, digitally available solution to this challenge when we partner with you ahead of the crisis.

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

Water damage strikes Buffalo Grove businesses without warning, but we have a tool to permit our crews to hit the ground running when you alert us of the problem. Our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) creates an opportunity for our experienced project managers to assess your operations and layout in anticipation of a water disaster.

Assess and Recommend

Although SERVPRO cannot pinpoint the date or time of a potential water event in your commercial building, we can predict a wide range of possible damage based on our training and experience once we evaluate your site. As we assess, we make a list of suggestions you can review now to minimize the damage to your building’s structural components if water damage occurs. Equally important, we can share practical tips about the placement of equipment and storage of business contents, starting immediately to maximize the probability that your company can continue operation during and after a disaster.

Blueprint and Plan

During the assessment, SERVPRO employees create a digital plan easily accessed on a computer or mobile device. We include a detailed layout of your space, including the location of utility shut-offs and vulnerable areas where water could pool or seep, threatening to cause long-term deterioration or foster secondary damage. We note where we project the damage might prove most profound and plan for fast strategies to mitigate water spread and remediate harm without delay. A listing of equipment, products, and tools likely to be productive helps prepare for your unique needs. 

Emergency Ready Profile

You take charge as well, completing a Profile ERP with details and contacts on an easy to use mobile app. Designate SERVPRO as your preferred service provider, and note the identity of and ways to connect with vendors and contractors who set up your equipment and systems. An added safeguard is your ability to nominate trusted employees or other individuals to act on your behalf if you are out of town or otherwise unavailable during the crisis.

Help SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich prepare to assist your business with potential water damage with our innovative ERP. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an assessment today.

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Our Fast Response Will Save Your Buffalo Grove Bar

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

bar counter in restaurant “Like it never even happened.”

Why Buffalo Grove Bar Managers use SERVPRO for Out-of-hours Commercial Flood Damage Repair

Out of hours, flooding caused by faulty appliances in your bar can cause severe damage if left unchecked. Water may quickly migrate from its source into cavities between floors or the seating area. From there, microbial bacteria in the water can easily cause an initial clean water emergency to become a grey or black water issue. We operate out-of-hours flood restoration for commercial properties throughout the year. Our skilled experts are trained in the latest techniques for quickly removing and rapidly drying your business.

Bar managers that discover commercial flood damage in Buffalo Grove can reach out to us on our twenty four hour line. SERVPRO uses local water restoration technicians (WRT) that are available on-call throughout the night. We run this service to allow our commercial centers the best opportunity to get back to a preloss condition without missing out on daytime revenue. Depending on the size of your commercial property, we can dispatch a single technician or a team to your location and begin mitigating losses.

Flooding can cause several secondary issues. These may include loosening of pre-existing dirt or mold growth that can then contaminate the leaking water. Equally, water that migrates to a seating area can cause furniture fabrics to bleed, shrink, or suffer discoloration. To mitigate against further losses, SERVPRO can shut off the water supply, block furniture, or use plastic sheeting and tarpaulins to reduce the risk of further damage. These small steps can pay big dividends by keeping your claim expenses low and protecting your contents from water damage.

Once the immediate damage-causing factors are mitigated, we can set to work reversing the existing damage. Using pumps alongside water extraction units can help to remove the vast majority of standing water. We can then thoroughly clean, disinfect, and treat surfaces with Biocides to prevent mold growth from occurring. By deploying rapid air-movers and dehumidifiers, SERVPRO can effectively dry both contents and structure. You can then re-open for business, “Like it never even happened.”

For experienced and resourceful commercial services, contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (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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Prevent Pizza Panic with Professional Water Damage Remediation in Your Buffalo Grove Restaurant

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

We will get your restaurant back to its deliciousness.

Don't Panic, call SERVPRO today.

Chicagoland is known for its premium pizza, and the last thing you want is to disappoint Buffalo Grove diners pining for some deep dish deliciousness. Water emergencies happen in restaurant kitchens and other areas, but with a quick response, the pizza ovens have little chance to go cold. Avoid the temptation to hand your dishwashers and busing staff mops and buckets and instead summon professional assistance for your water loss.

A broken industrial dishwasher hose or overflowing sink can create a Buffalo Grove water damage dilemma as folks line up for your award-winning pizza and pasta. Knowing whom to call for rapid water removal and thorough drying of the saturated spaces is vital to your business and its reputation. We have crews awaiting the call to help businesses get back on track after a water emergency.

As soon as possible after you contact usl, SERVPRO sends fully stocked service vehicles, an experienced crew chief, and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained employees to your pizza place. An assessment of the damage and determination of the best industry practices needed to mitigate and remediate the situation occurs swiftly. Because all needed equipment travels with the crew, they implement the project plan immediately.

Our employees might suggest containing the water damaged area, using barriers to sequester the workers, tools, and products used to resolve the problem. In many cases, you can continue with limited customer service for your customers, meeting their needs for a tasty treat at the same time as our team remediates the water damage. Our high-capacity pumps and water extractors remove the standing water rapidly, setting the table for efficient structural drying.

SERVPRO crew members establish drying goals using data from moisture probes and meters for baseline levels. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers create a balanced environment devised to move absorbed water from structural components and into the air as vapor. The vapor then condenses or absorbs depending on the type of dehumidifier used, and we dispose of the resulting captured water.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is ready to help you get your restaurant back up to speed after water damage. Call our team at (847) 279-1940. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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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Let Us Help You Plan For The Worst In Lake Zurich

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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How Mold Damage Can Effect Your Lake Zurich Child Care Center

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO when you find mold, they are the experts trained to handle anything.

Handle Mold Damage In Your Lake Zurich Child Care Center Confidently When You Partner With SERVPRO’s Expert Remediation Technicians

When you opened a daycare business in Lake Zurich, you committed to providing a safe and secure haven for the little ones. Their parents also need to be sure you have the ability and resources to respond to unexpected challenges that might affect their children. Exposing youngsters to mold infestation within the rooms they play, eat, and sleep causes great concern. We offer professional, EPA-developed procedures to abate the damage caused by microbial overgrowth. 

Mold damage is a “hot button” issue for any Lake Zurich business. Adding worries about how proximity to molds might affect young children elevates the issue to a catastrophe. Although mold spores are always present, when moisture causes the spores to multiply into ever-expanding colonies there is a fear of adverse health effects. Some individuals, including a subset of any child care center’s enrollment, can exhibit sensitivity to molds because of allergies or other susceptibilities. In addition, microbes can damage the structural components and contents of any business. Our technicians master solutions to all these concerns through IICRC training in Applied Microbial Remediation. 

The principles of mold damage abatement include containment, removal, and prevention. SERVPRO technicians achieve containment in a sensitive environment like that of a child care center through the use of physical barriers and negative pressure air-scrubbing technology. We take precautions to prevent the drift of mold spores and debris into unaffected areas of the center, permitting us to continue providing care to your charges even during remediation. 

Within the sealed-off remediation zones SERVPRO technicians, clad in personal protective equipment (PPE), brush and scrape away the mold colonies. We also use innovations like soda blasting to remove all traces of mold damage from even porous structural materials. If we have any question about the contamination of objects the children might contact we dispose of the articles along with the moldy debris.

Final cleanup includes vacuuming with HEPA-filtered equipment and treatment with EPA registered antimicrobials. The SERVPRO team also helps arrange for the elimination of the sources of water or moisture that caused the mold growth initially. If this step is neglected, the mold returns. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich offers research-based mold remediation protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If your business shows any signs of mold damage call us at (847) 279-1940 for an immediate consultation. 

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Revealing the Lake Zurich Fire Damage Remediation Mystery in Your Store

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage includes the water that was used to put out the fire as well. Contact SERVPRO to discuss remediation services.

Restoring Fire Damages in Your Lake Zurich Clothing Store

Emergencies that occur to your Lake Zurich clothing store can have a dramatic effect not only on the profits that you stand to make but the investment in the stock that you carry as well. Something as potentially catastrophic as a fire can usually get quelled by the fire suppression system throughout your building, but this also comes with its own set of potential problems.

Recovering from fire damages to your Lake Zurich retail store might seem impossible when you get your first look at the scene, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to remain insurmountable. Our SERVPRO technicians get trained in every facet of fire restoration, giving us a distinct advantage in these situations to know what to do (and when to do it) to preserve the contents of your store and the building that houses it.

One of the troublesome aspects of a fire in your shop is the effect that it has on the garments and fabrics stocked on shelves and hanging from the racks. While deodorization techniques that we employ can remove these smoke damages, it is often more prudent and efficient for your business for our technicians to dry clean them, which effectively removes both the smoke and soot damages that impact these items.

Secondary effects in your shop are also potential hazards to the materials like your flooring and electronics like the registers. When the sprinkler system engaged, it sought to extinguish the fire exclusively. What also happened, is saturation and pooling of water which requires the same immediate attention as the pressing fire damages. Our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment to extract the water and dry out the materials and contents of your building to prevent worsening conditions like mold growth.

While you cannot prepare for the possibility of a fire to your business, you can prepare to call the right team of professional restorers to help you clean up the mess. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich emergency response team is standing by any time that you need us by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Recovering Quickly from Apartment Water Damage in Lake Zurich

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

FROSTY Says Call SERVPRO for Apartment Building Water Removal and Cleanup in the Lake Zurich Area

SERVPRO Assesses and Acts Swiftly to Mitigate Water Damaging Effects to Commercial Buildings

The challenge of dealing with unexpected water incursions in your Lake Zurich apartment complex becomes more intense when more than one unit is affected. The negligence of one tenant can affect the living conditions of many others, and as the owner or building manager, you have legal and financial reasons to turn the tide. If we are on your team, we can help.
 
Water damage in a Lake Zurich multi-unit residence can impact neighbors near the original problem, including apartments below or to either side. The water can also flow from floor to floor and space to space, damaging common areas and systems serving the entire building. Our technicians are expert at tracing the migration of water from one area of a multiple room and space building to another. We have experience in responding to significant water losses and are a member of the Commercial Large Loss Division.
 
SERVPRO sees devastating water losses in apartment buildings with some frequency. All it takes if for one renter to forget a filling bathtub when checking the mail in the lobby or the water heater in a different unit to crack and pour out water over a period when the resident is out of town. Hundreds to thousands of gallons of uncontained water can be the result. Our commercial grade pumps and water extractors are the front line defense, operated by our IICRC certified technicians.
 
When we arrive, the first task is to check that the water is shut off. Then our project manager assesses the extent of the damage. If necessary, we call for extra equipment and operators from the nationwide network of SERVPROs with which we affiliate. We rapidly pump and extract water, taking baseline moisture measurements to help determine drying goals. Apartment buildings have many cavities and recesses where water settles. We use sophisticated infrared technology to scan for this hidden water. Many strategies exist for the release and removal of this water, necessary before structural drying begins.
 
Water damage progresses until the affected areas dry to average moisture levels. SERVPRO employs air movement, heat, and dehumidification to accelerate evaporation of trapped moisture in structural components. We work fast because excess moisture leads to secondary damage such as mold infestation within 24 to 48 hours. Throughout the process, we keep your insurance carriers in the loop to document the damage and mitigation efforts to prove your claims.
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has experience with commercial water damage, and maintains a team of trained technicians and equipment needed to restore your rental units “Like it never even happened.” Call (847) 279-1940 day or night to schedule an immediate assessment and commence restoration.

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Commercial Water Removal Technicians In Lake Zurich Discuss Sewage Backups

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If a sewage line ever gets clogged and backs up inside your coffee shop, the contaminated, "black water" can cause much damage to the building.

Commercial Water Removal Technicians

If a sewage line ever gets clogged and backs up inside your coffee shop in Lake Zurich, the contaminated, "black water" can cause much damage to the building. Since sewer water has the highest level of contamination, specific procedures must get taken to ensure the health of your employees and customers. Blackwater can also cause foul odors to exist inside your home making deodorization a vital step in the restoration process.

During a sewage backup, many procedures get implemented to reduce the number of items the contaminated water ruins. During every commercial water removal job in Lake Zurich, all safety hazards get eliminated from the site before any work begins. The affected areas get blocked off, and danger signs get put up to keep people out of the affected region.

After our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians deem the work area safe, they inspect the building and get a scope of the work involved. Our specialists will come up with a plan of attack that will accomplish the project with as little strain on your business as possible. We often take measures that will reduce the number of items replaced saving your business time and money.

When the source of a water damage problem is a sewage line, the project is considered a category three water damage. The first step is to fix the source of the problem. When dealing with sewer lines, a professional plumber usually gets called out to repair the broken pipes.

Once the initial problem is fixed so that no more moisture is entering the building, a containment chamber gets built to reduce the spread of harmful contaminants. The goal of a containment chamber is to prevent the contaminated water and any harmful bacteria from spreading to unaffected regions and causing more issues. An air scrubber then gets attached to help clean harmful bacteria and other substances from the air.

Any debris or silt from the sewage water gets removed with a shovel. Our SERVPRO technicians then test materials in the area and see if they are wet. If porous materials such as carpet wet saturated with black water, they might have to be removed due to contamination.

The final stage of restoring a sewage backup in your coffee shop is deodorization. We always make an extra effort to remove, and sewage type smells from the area before we leave the project. If you ever have a sewer backup in your place of business, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 any day of the week.

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Treating Water Damage in Your Lake Zurich Movie Theater

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Families love to experience a movie on the big screen. Keep them coming to your theater by handling any damage that occurs with a call to SERVPRO.

Quick SERVPRO Response to Your Commercial Water Damage Emergency Offers the Best Results

Entertainment venues like arcades and movie theaters around Lake Zurich thrive on being available for their customers all the time. With a broad range of operating hours and showtimes for screenings, your business cannot afford to wait a long time to get a water emergency mess cleaned up, and the area dried out, even if the incident was seemingly minor.

One of the things that you might notice about your venue is the electronics and machines that help you make money from those bringing their business to you. Even a seemingly small water incident in your business in Lake Zurich could threaten these essential machines and cause them to break down or malfunction. Fortunately, when you are facing a hazard like this in your venue, you can count on our experienced SERVPRO restoration team to help you through it.

One thing that you might not realize about water damage to your business is the lingering effects that it can have if it does not get cleaned up and dried appropriately. One of the immediate risks to a situation like this is the possibility of one of your customers or employees getting injured by some persistent issue from the incident, such as saturated flooring that stays wet on the surface.

Another concern that you should have as a business owner facing this situation is the effect that the damage could have on structural components over time from never getting adequately dried. Our SERVPRO professionals can ensure that the moisture gets pulled from the affected area and that the area is sufficiently dried to ensure that these lingering issues do not occur.

With sensitive contents in your facility, such as leased copies of new films to screen, you should think about professional restoration right away. Moisture in the environment can affect these files or physical reels in a disastrous way.

Running a theater or entertainment venue can be a challenge at times, even without the threat of water damages. When you have a disaster occur in your venue, you can trust the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich technicians. Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940.

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Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Recommended for Your Lake Zurich Retail Store

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

If a water emergency occurs at your business, contact the professionals at SERVPRO for commercial water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO is Here to Help if You Experience Commercial Water Damage

Your Lake Zurich retail location might never have to worry about water emergencies for as long as you have your doors open, but there are considerations to make in this regard. Having a plan in place in case such an emergency threatens your business can be the difference between having your doors closed for an indefinite amount of time, and having these unfortunate occurrences handled by professional restorers who use the latest equipment and techniques to remedy your damages quickly.

When it comes to water damage in your Lake Zurich retail location, many concerns coincide with a disaster like this. Even on the smaller scale of severity, a water emergency threatens several facets of your business model, from the ability to keep your doors open to the customers to the effect that it inevitably has on your bottom line and the staff you employ.

Our SERVPRO team prioritizes an initial inspection to see the full scope of the damage that your building faces, as well as locating the source of the water damage that is present. This process ensures that our IICRC certified technicians have a better understanding of all of the steps to the restoration process, as well as your respective insurance company through which you file a claim. Locating the source of the damage ensures that our professionals can shut down whatever is feeding into the damage and prevent the situation from getting worse while our restoration efforts are underway.

When it comes to appreciating a need for professional restoration services, you want a team like our SERVPRO professionals that can show up when you need the assistance the most and do everything possible to limit the amount of time your business is not available to the public. You also do not want a situation where your employees, who depend on a paycheck from your business, are unable to continue working while you debate the appropriate course of action in resolving your water damages.

Having professional restoration services so readily available can help you to prepare for these unfortunate situations, whether you experience them or not. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich restoration specialists get uniquely trained to handle all facets of water damage situations and effects, so we are ready for any emergency you might face in the future. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Fire Damage Needs Not Derail Your Dinner Plans for Long in Buffalo Grove

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Restaurants are at greater risk of fire damage due to the hot stoves and ovens constantly burning.

SERVPRO Works Quickly and Efficiently to Restore Your Restaurant

Restaurants in Buffalo Grove are naturally more at risk than other businesses for a fire damage disaster. Anytime commercial stoves, fryers, and ovens operate a momentary lack of attention or other accident can result in a fire. Because of food safety considerations, a restaurant fire requires a professional response. We can help.

Most restaurant kitchens have fire extinguishers or sprinkler systems on site, so the fire damage to your Buffalo Grove pizzeria may seem minimal. Fires that involve protein and grease exude a sticky, hard to remove residue, however, and standard cleaning techniques are not up to the challenge of eradicating it. Also, the odor remaining even after a thorough cleanup is not very appetizing. We have the skills, the products, and the equipment to manage these issues.

When the SERVPRO work crew arrives, the first concern is usually water mitigation. If your sprinkler system engaged or firefighters used water to knock down flames, removing the moisture and drying the area is the most important item of business. Slip and fall worries, as well as the risk of electrical shock, require management of the water issues before moving on to cleanup.

Then our crews tackle the residues coating the kitchen area. SERVPRO technicians study the types of soot and smoke residues resulting from the combustion of different materials and learn to match them with effective cleaning products and solvents. The tenacious film coating that burnt food and cooking oils create can necessitate abrasive cleaners and tools. We are aware of the local rules concerning proper cleaning of food preparation areas and choose products and techniques with that in mind.

Although we initially concentrate on the area of the restaurant where the fire occurred, SERVPRO workers inspect and evaluate damage in other spaces. Smoke and soot drifts and table linens, dishes, tables, and chairs can need thorough washing and surface attention. Condiments might need to be discarded as contamination is likely because soot and smoke are invasive.

Any lingering smells are not good for a restaurant business. SERVPRO deodorization specialists systematically eliminate the sources of the smell. Any burned items need discarding, and then cleaning of surfaces must be thorough. If some surfaces retain an odor despite cleaning, sealing is an option. We also use professional sprays and thermal fogging, which duplicates the combustion environment, allowing neutralizing chemicals to find and change the composition of any odor bearing particles still airborne. Hydroxyl generators also eliminate odors through a dynamic change in the makeup of the minute bits of burned food, plastic, or other materials that contain the smells.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has the skilled crews and innovative tools and products to restore your fire damaged restaurant. Call to schedule an immediate consultation at (847) 279-1940.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Lake Zurich

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Lake Zurich Water Damage and Soaked Insulation Get Relief with SERVPRO's Help

Soaked Insulation Can Result in Damages to Older Structures

Many small businesses in Lake Zurich convert and operate out of homes where the zoning laws allow for it. For photographers and decorators, this is an opportunity to save money and have a variety of rooms to use as studios and display their expertise. It can also increase their risk for water damage to their structure.
 
Older homes usually do not have the upgraded pipes and other plumbing needed to prevent commercial water damage in a Lake Zurich business. They leak, and since there is no one in the converted home 24 hours, seven days a week, minor leaks go unnoticed until the problem becomes a major issue. SERVPRO knows that one of the problems, especially in the winter months, is the insulation in the attic and walls becomes compromised. It no longer protects the business owner or the customers and results in higher heating bills.
 
Cellulose and Rockwool insulation are particularly vulnerable to leaks. They quickly become matted and more compact, leaving space near the top of the walls. The compressed insulation also no longer holds heat in, so it is no more effective than spreading a wet blanket inside the walls or across the attic. Drying out either type of insulation is rarely possible, and it is cheaper to place it.
 
Fiberglass insulation does not compact as densely as the other two and retains more of its capability to hold in heat. If it is not too wet, there is a chance SERVPRO technicians can dry it out. In most cases, though, we remove it as well.
 
Regardless of which type, after we remove it, we repair the cause of the leak if it is within our normal scope of services, and check for mold. If our air content meter shows a high level, we spray every exposed wall or area of the attic with an anti-fungal agent. Technicians then dry every exposed surface using dehumidifiers and air movers. Once finished, we can negotiate to replace the insulation and any drywall panels we had to tear down to remove the insulation.
 
Remediating water damage in businesses requires experience, training, and the right equipment. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has almost three decades of experience in putting area businesses back together after a disaster. If you need our services, call us today at (847) 279-1940.

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Water Damage Abatement In Your Buffalo Grove Organic Grocery

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Overnight a commercial enterprise can go from thriving to waterlogged.

Water Damage Abatement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Flood Damage that Soaks the Inventory in Your Buffalo Grove Warehouse

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Parking and Warehouses Use SERVPRO for Rapid Water Extraction in Buffalo Grove

SERVPRO Mitigates Inventory Loss from Flood Damage

Warehouses are typically safe locations that protect their contents from the elements outside, theft, and other sources of damage. When goods become damaged, they also become losses, unable to be sold at their intended prices. When the cause of damaging effects come from within the warehouse, the result can be catastrophic to any sized business.
 
Buffalo Grove area warehouses contain products intended for many different companies, waiting to be shipped out, making commercial flood damage a horrendous problem for every business involved. When products must be re-manufactured to make up for the losses, this can result in downtime with all its related consequences.
 
SERVPRO can help decrease the effects of broken water lines that have caused flooding by refurbishing any inventory adversely affected. Invading water inside a warehouse is almost always clean at its source (Category 1). However, contact with various substances, with fertilizers in permeable containers and boxed detergents being some of the most harmful, this classification changes to Categories 2 or 3.
 
Whenever category changes happen, decontamination must also be part of the remediation process. Decontamination prevents possible ill effects later, brought on by contact with other, more salvageable items inside the warehouse.
 
In effect, remediation of your flooded warehouse comes about by the following processes: removal of all standing water, followed by extraction and drying out of all surfaces, structures, and contents. Then the application of inhibitors (microbial growth and rust/corrosion) to appropriate surfaces, use of air scrubbers to remove microbes, pathogens, and other airborne particles, use of dehumidifiers to re-establish a normal moisture level, deodorization methods, as needed, to fulfill our customer's request.
 
The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich know the importance of your warehouse to the companies and businesses depending on you. Calling us at (847) 279-1940 as soon as you are aware that flood damage exists can keep inventory losses low, and speed up the process, so we finish faster.

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Avoid a Box Office Run On Refunds With an Emergency Ready Plan in Buffalo Grove

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage behind the scenes cancel the show. Call SERVPRO and be ready for any type of damage.

SERVPRO Delivers Quick Water Damage Remedation 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 play dates, 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 commercial water damage to Buffalo Grove’s popular children’s and musical theater industry. A plumbing fail 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.

Carpeting, padded upholstered seats, sets, costumes, and the stage itself are on the endangered list when water floods in from a burst pipe or a 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 a water or other emergency occur.
 
Determine which of the theater team you authorize to call for and guide our reaction, so response timing and implementation is seamless. Relax knowing you have an agenda 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.

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Restoring Your Chicagoland Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Chicagoland commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. In fact, the team at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich is a proud member of the Commercial Large Loss and Disaster Recovery Team Divisions. This coupled with over a million dollars of specialty drying equipment has afforded us numerous prestigious awards like “Elite 100” for three consecutive years.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.