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Cleaning Soot In Your Buffalo Grove House

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Soot Exposed Surfaces After Buffalo Grove Housefires

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Certified Experts Respond Quickly To Wheeling Home Fire Damage

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

How Fire Assessment Helps Clean Damaged Wheeling Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

What To Expect From Professional Fire Damage Recovery In Wheeling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

How to Navigate Insurance after Fire Damage in Lake Zurich 

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

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

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

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

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

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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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Call Our Licensed Contractors To Handle Your Wheeling Home Restoration Needs

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's professional team will restore your kitchen after a fire and make the process easy. Call us today, we are available 24/7.

Restoring Cabinets and Counters in Fire-Damaged Wheeling Kitchens

Kitchen fires can vary in both size and severity, but all require professional damage assessment and recovery solutions for your Wheeling home. As widespread as fire effects can be in your home, even localized incidents that do not leave the kitchen can spread out smoke residue and soot throughout the entire property. Even more pressing than these effects is the immediate structural damage and need for mitigation in your kitchen area where the problem originated.

While fire damage can take many forms in your Wheeling home, the immediate effect on the cabinetry and counters of your kitchen requires professional assistance to overcome. Our SERVPRO team can accurately assess the damage to your property, in any location, and work to preserve these structural elements if possible. When it is not possible to restore these fixtures and décor with advanced techniques, our team must resort to controlled demolition.

The determination of the condition of cabinets and countertops in your fire-damaged kitchen comes down to the estimator dispatched to your address along with our rapid response team. While their job is to identify the full scope of the damage to the property and to provide an accurate estimation of the cost for this repair for both the homeowner and the insurance company involved, they can also be instrumental in determining if cabinets, countertops, shelving, ceilings, flooring, and other available elements in the kitchen require removal and reconstruction.

Our SERVPRO team features licensed contractors that can oversee controlled demolition of ruined structural items throughout this area of your house. Once the demolition completes, these same professionals can transition into the necessary reconstruction and build back services. Having competent and reputable contractors on our team ensures that our customers do not have to wait between mitigation and reconstruction to see efficient results with their fire-damaged property.

As traumatic as a fire could be for your property, understanding what to expect from professional restoration teams can help make the process easier to manage. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can arrive quickly with the resources and expertise to restore fire damages fully. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Your Best Guide to How Fire Damage Affects Your Mundelein Home's HVAC System

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

When your heating and cooling system is affected by fire and subsequent soot, contact SERVPRO for remediation and cleaning services.

Soot Damage in Your Mundelein HVAC System

When even a smaller scale situation occurs in your Mundelein home that leaves smoke and soot damages behind, these effects can spread readily throughout the home through the HVAC system. No matter the time of the year, most homes throughout the area condition the indoor air to match a specific desired temperature which steadily circulates air throughout the house. With soot and smoke, these effects can move quickly through all of the connected rooms even when the fire itself remained localized to one area of the home.

Overcoming this situation, and other fire damage effects in your Mundelein residence, you need experienced professionals that can arrive quickly to mitigate your losses. Our SERVPRO team can begin our assessment of the spread of the damage from the moment that we arrive at your address, and this process doubles as an estimation for the work to get done. Those who determine that filing an insurance claim is cost-effective for them can benefit from this initial inspection, as it provides the insurance adjuster with all of the pertinent details required to file a claim.

Our professionals have unique tools and methods for cleaning the HVAC system and the portions of each room affected by the spread of soot through this ductwork. With high-powered vacuums and bristled brushes, we can clear out the ducts from any settled residue and debris left behind after the fire. We can also provide premier cleaning approaches with industrial-strength cleaners and solvents to restore the look and functionality of affected surfaces like walls and ceilings.

Deodorizing the area is another concern when these effects spread throughout the ductwork from room to room. The SERVPRO team at your house can use our thermal foggers to eliminate the harsh odors left behind by wet smoke both in open areas and what seeps into the contents and materials throughout the property.

Fire damages present themselves in several ways. When you go to overcome these effects in your home, trust in our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team to arrive quickly with the tools and trained technicians to make a difference fast. Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940.
 
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The Most Efficient Way to Fire Damage Restoration in Wheeling

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your home, some items will need replacement but many simply need to be restored. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Restoring Your Wheeling Home’s Contents Following a Fire

While preserving your Wheeling home’s structural integrity during a disaster might be a priority for every homeowner when possible, protecting the contents of the property often is more important still. These collected items, furniture, heirlooms, and keepsakes define the life you have lived and built in the house that you own. When a fire breaks out, you want to know that someone can protect these items and restore them to their original conditions if need be.

Fire damages can affect your Wheeling property in multiple ways. For preserving and restoring the contents of your home, the most common contributors to the damage of these items is soot and smoke. These effects are among the most widespread from fire and require specialized equipment and focused cleaning efforts to overcome. Preserving the at-risk items begins with the pack-out process from our SERVPRO Contents Department.

Pack-outs involve a specific team of our SERVPRO technicians that remove at-risk or damaged items from your home and take them to a safe and clean location. Often, this location is our local warehouse. We can focus our efforts on each item individually to catalog damages and work to restore each item to its original condition. This process can also serve to provide your insurance company the necessary information they need regarding a loss record and complete the estimation figures.

Once the steps have been taken to restore the home, including reconstruction or remodeling in areas substantially affected by the blaze, these items can get returned to where they once were. During their time with our professionals, you can have an accurate inventory available for where your contents are and what is happening to them while the home gets restored.

While many effects can result from a fire in your home, the damage to the contents of your property is a focal point for homeowners. Knowing that our mitigation efforts not only work to preserve what can get salvaged from the structure of your house, but also the contents therein, you can appreciate the need for professional restoration that our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team can provide. Give us a call today at (847) 279-1940.

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An Odor is Often the Lingering Effect of Fire Damage in Lake Zurich

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew's Green Fleet Arrival Means Great Odor Control and Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Expertise in Odor Elimination After a Fire

Fires cause damage that is brash and obvious, coating every surface in your Lake Zurich home with soot and leaving charred and burned through areas. Today’s restoration experts can clear away the soot and even brush and scrub deep charring aside in preparation for recovery efforts. One persistent issue that can remain after earnest efforts, however, is the odor. We have strategies to manage tough to eliminate smoky smells.

Depending upon what types of materials burned in your Lake Zurich home, the fire damage you face can vary. This impacts the techniques our crews choose to clean up the soot. The fine, airborne residues from combustion also spread unpleasant smells throughout your home. Our deodorization specialists have a variety of strategies to employ to eliminate the odors eventually. To complicate smoke odor removal click here to see about phantom smells.

SERVPRO crews make sure that the cleaning done inside your home is thorough to begin attacking smoke-damage related odors. Removing charred items and cleaning every surface with appropriate products goes a long way toward reducing the smell. Our crew members might pack out personal possessions, furnishings, linens, pillows, mattresses, clothing, and window treatments to our production area for specialized cleaning. Inside the home, we use industry best practices following IICRC guidelines and honed on previous projects to clean carpeting, inspect and clear HVAC systems, and seek out hidden sources of odor like windows and screens, favorite toys, and books.

Smells can infiltrate surfaces, so priming and painting previously soot-covered walls can make a difference. Woodwork and floors might benefit from sealing if a detailed cleaning of intricate surfaces does not quite do the trick. Lighting, including shades and chandelier crystals, can retain smells, demanding deep cleaning on-site or at our SERVPRO facility by our talented technicians.

Recreating the method by which the odor spread is the first step in more advanced deodorization techniques. SERVPRO technicians employ thermal fogging, passing odor neutralizing chemicals through a heated chamber to create particles that seek out the odiferous molecules the fire made floating in the air or settled on surfaces. Ozone machines or hydroxyl generators use differently devised gasses and radicals to hunt down and render neutral in smell the lingering bits of soot. These strategies all depend on a chemical reaction to eliminate the odor.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich offers an array of odor eliminating options for residents suffering from persistent fire damage-related smells. Call us at (847) 279-1940 for a consultation that includes resolving this unwelcome reminder of the fire.

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Dangers of DIY Restoration Following a Fire in Your Lake Zurich Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

When the Fire Is Out in a Lake Zurich Home, Folks Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Lake Zurich Properties Benefit from SERVPRO's Professional Fire & Smoke Loss Cleanup and Restoration Services

While it might be a common occurrence for Lake Zurich residents to work on the maintenance and minor repairs of their homes as the situation arises, there are some circumstances where this approach is not feasible. With more widespread disasters and emergencies in your home, professional restoration services can help you get your home back to the way it used to be more effectively than you can on your own.

However, many Lake Zurich homeowners might still be under the impression that even with fire damages, they can overcome these effects without the need for the expense of professional intervention. There are multiple reasons why you should not attempt DIY restoration on your own following a fire in your residence and why professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can help you get the work done more efficiently than you could on your own.

Among the first things that you need to consider regarding DIY restoration work is the pitfalls and dangers of entering your home once the fire has gotten extinguished. While first responders might be able to identify when the fire is out, they cannot adequately divulge whether areas are safe to enter or if there are structural weaknesses you could encounter. Fires can burn through nearly all of a material, leaving the surface intact, which can provide an illusion of safety.

Professional technicians like our SERVPRO team have certifications, training, and industry-leading equipment to make the restoration process as efficient as possible. Even elements like personal protective equipment is a safety aspect that our team gets uniquely trained to use and identify where it should get used. The atmosphere following a fire might not be safe to breathe or get exposed to until cleansing measures have occurred.

While you might be among the many homeowners that want to save money and repair the damages to your home on your own, this is not the best choice to make. Even if your insurance company has not insisted on the use of professional restoration services, you can still benefit from the expertise and efficient approach of our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich technicians. Give us a call anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Seek Professional Advice on What Contents are Safe to Keep After a Lake Zurich Fire

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fires and the damage they leave behind can be overwhelming. After your home has suffered fire damage, contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Fire Damage can Affect Different Items in Your Home 

The focus during recovery from a fire in your Lake Zurich home usually concentrates on the big things. First and foremost, you, your loved ones, and pets must get out unscathed, Then, the structural components of your home need evaluation by a reliable and experience fire restoration company, with a plan for cleanup and mitigation of the effects fire residues caused. Our highly-qualified fire damage mitigation team can help you with all of these aspects.
 
An overwhelming number of household goods, furnishings, clothing, electronics, linens, and more can suffer from fire damage in your Lake Zurich home. Trying to sort through these things without the training and the experience of our contents technicians risks two opposed approaches. On the one hand, you might toss badly soiled or tarnished items our employees can restore. On the other, you might expose your family to hazards if you keep and consume foods perhaps invisibly affected by the fire or use or wear fabrics contaminated with toxins from residues.
 
SERVPRO production technicians learn many strategies to remove discolorations residues, from practical items to irreplaceable heirlooms. Use our knowledge and skills to restore as many things as practical, limiting replacement costs and saving your precious memories.
 
Take care when contemplating using food, even in sealed cans and boxes. The heat of the fire can raise the temperature of foods inside containers, exposing your family to the growth of hazardous organisms you might not see, smell, or taste. Soot is often so fine it makes its way up and into jarred foods, following the threads that secure lids. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with these risks, including the chance that foods inside freezers and refrigerators thawed or warmed to unsafe temperatures during the fire.
 
Although many fabrics can be restored, if clothing or other fabrics have charred areas or retain a strong, smoky smell it is wise to discard because the toxins might remain on your skin. SERVPRO can help you make the decisions, informed by the level of success we assess after attempts to eliminate fire residues after washing fabrics at our site or arranging for dry cleaning from fire damage-experienced contactors.
 
We have a wealth of information, experience, and skills to guide homeowners in sorting through their possessions after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 immediately after the firefighters leave to access our assistance.

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Smoke and Soot Cleanup After Fire Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure that you have your chimney seasonally cleaned when using it on a regular basis. Should your home have a fire, contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Expertise When Dealing with the Aftermath of a Fire

With the cold weather still lingering in the Lake Zurich area, you are probably still using your fireplace to keep warm. If you have not considered the condition of your chimney in a while, however, it could turn your relaxing night into a disaster. Dirty chimney can cause fires. An intense, hot smell, loud popping or cracking noises, and lots of dense smoke can indicate a chimney fire.
 
Even if the fire is caught early, the fire damage to your Lake Zurich home that is left behind is best handled by professionals. Fire, smoke, and soot, plus water damage from putting the fire out, all need to be dealt with quickly to avoid additional damage. Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle restoring your home after a fire.
 
When restoring smoke-damaged materials in your home, our goal is to restore them to their preloss condition. We follow simple methods of cleaning to do this. We carefully inspect the affected area to find smoke residues. Our inspection starts out close to the source of the fire, and then we trace the distance the smoke traveled in your home.
 
Different types of smoke residues can be found in the same environment. SERVPRO techs pick a method of cleaning that removes the kind of residues in your home efficiently. The type of surface determines the cleaning methods and products which are safe for us to use. We carefully preserve the material or surface being cleaned, and some materials may not be restorable since they cannot hold up to the cleaning process.
 
Some residues can bond with the surfaces they contact, so we use dry or wet cleaning processes to loosen and carry the particles of residue away from the surface. We dispose of the cleaning debris and waste when we are done.
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich works to clean your home in Deer Park, Mundelein, or Kildeer thoroughly after fire damage from a chimney fire. You can trust your home to us after a fire when you give us a call at (847) 279-1940.
 
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What Are the Different Types of Restoration Services Available After Fire Damage to Your Lake Zurich

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals fully restore your home, offering several services to return your home to its original state "Like it never even happened."

Understanding the Services SERVPRO Offers for Proper Fire Damage Restoration

An incidence of fire damage can be rattling for any homeowner. To see your beloved home ruined by the fire is truly heartbreaking. Thankfully, professional restoration services can help you get your home in order following such damage.

Fire damage restoration to your Lake Zurich home is a multi-step process involving many services to get the damage under control. The restoration services can be classified into the following five categories.

Mitigation Services

The primary goal of these services is to prevent further damage to your home. SERVPRO Professionals can board up the openings, winterize the plumbing and establish a source of electricity temporarily. Drying the wet structures is also a big part of the mitigation services.

Structural Cleaning Services

Cleaning the structures damaged in the fire such as walls and ceilings falls under these services. SERVPRO technicians can talk to you and the adjuster regarding the cleanability of the structures and extent of damages. Various methods are used to eliminate the smoke and soot residue including wet and dry cleaning and scrubbing.

Contents Cleaning Services

Professional restorers also offer contents cleaning services. Contents such as furniture, upholstery, utensils and other objects are cleaned using the appropriate tools and methods. If the technicians cannot clean the items on the job site, they can be shipped off to an off-site location as well.

Specialty Restoration Services

Cleaning electronic items, artwork, furniture finishing and dry cleaning of clothes fall under the specialty restoration services. These services are often outsourced, and a subcontractor is often used.

Reconstruction Services 

If the fire has caused some severe structural damage to your property, you may need reconstruction services. Fire damage restoration experts do not perform reconstruction work. While IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals could clean the damage caused by smoke and soot, licensed general contractors are often needed for reconstruction.

It is essential to understand all the services available to you after the unfortunate incidence of fire damage. Make sure you seek professional help as soon as possible to get your home restored to preloss conditions.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 today to schedule an appointment.

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Fire Damage To Your Lake Zurich Residence

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and flames cause a significant amount of damage without needing to consume your entire home.

Fire Damage To Your Residence

Smoke and flames cause a significant amount of damage without needing to consume your entire home. Heat alone can make a home in Lake Zurich unsafe to live in, even if the fire remained in only one room.

Lake Zurich residents should only occupy their homes after proper remediation of all smoke and fire damage. While smoke and soot may seem non-dangerous and more along the lines of a nuisance, these substances can aggravate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and researchers have discovered that soot contains carcinogens. SERVPRO professionals hold IICRC certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and carry the proper equipment needed to remove these substances from your home.

When a house fire spreads, we have the equipment to handle any aspect that a home might need to become livable again. Our experience includes large government complexes, but we still view mitigating small amounts of damage as crucial to a family's well-being. More massive fires can mean weak spots in floors and framing structures that might collapse unless we rebuild them.

Elimination of odors can help in both large and small fires. If a fire occurs in a non-living area, such as the garage or basement, odors can still permeate into living areas. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can discuss with you the measures available to control such invasive smells.

Tarping areas of your home that firefighters opened up during the blaze help prevent rain and snow from entering and causing water damage. However, since fighting a fire often requires the use of water, we are ready to remove the water and elevated humidity from your home, so it stays protected from water damage and mold growth. There are many different aspects to mitigating after fire damage, and we understand all of them.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can be contacted by calling our 24-hour service line at (847) 279-1940. We can help make fire damage a thing of the past, and help your family recover quickly.

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Fire Damage During Your Buffalo Grove Remodel

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fires can be caused by many things including damaged wiring. Prevent fires by checking wires and contact SERVPRO should you have a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Many Different Types of Fire Damage Residues That are Left Behind

Electrical fires occur for a range of reasons. Cords can be frayed, water can act as a conductor, tools can malfunction, or operators can damage wiring inside walls, among other things. If there are construction materials nearby, the blaze can get out of control fast. We pride ourselves on our equally swift response to your request for fire damage help in Buffalo Grove.
 
A contractor cut through the electric wiring during demolition for your new kitchen remodel. The shorted wires started a smoldering fire that slowly burned through some of the original drywall before it was put out by your kitchen’s fire extinguisher. The fire department carefully evaluated your home’s wiring during their visit, ensuring that no further risk of fire in the walls existed. Our team arrives as the firefighters leave, ready to assess the situation.
 
Thankfully the fire did not spread, but a thick, acrid coating of smoke moved throughout your home. SERVPRO’s highly-qualified technicians, skills mastered through Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, immediately devise a comprehensive plan to clean the kitchen area and also inspect the rest of the house to ensure all smoke and soot residues are eliminated.
 
The soot produced by a slow burning, low oxygen electrical fire is thick and wet. Wet soot is likely to smear, so techniques to remove it require a systematic approach of spraying cleaning solutions and then wiping up the loosened substances. Even though your kitchen is in the middle of a renovation, it is essential to clean up the soot thoroughly. Allowing any soot to remain risks deterioration of both existing and new building materials used in the kitchen rehab, and also allows the oppressive smell to remain.
 
The smell of this type of low-oxygen fire is pungent and persistent, requiring the expertise of SERVPRO’s deodorization specialists to remove. If removing the burned wiring and the wet soot in all areas does not dissipate the odor, our experienced deodorization crew moves on to sprays or thermal fogging in hopes of eradicating the stench. These airborne methods work by applying like-sized neutralizing agents to the odor-bearing particles.
 
Fogging adds a combustion step to replicate the way odor was created. Research shows this to be a more efficient method to match the neutralizer to the smelly bits in the air and even deep within materials. Another option for strong smells is a hydroxyl generator that creates negatively or neutrally charged particles that naturally “seek and destroy” odor molecules.
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich features specialized equipment and work crews to remediate the sticky residues and strong smells after an electrical fire. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and start the recovery process.

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Bonfire Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage in Lake Zurich

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

A bonfire can easily get out of control and cause fire damage to your yard and home, follow SERVPRO's safety tips to prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO is Available to Help if Your Bonfire Gets Out of Control and Causes Damage

Fall is upon us and for many people that means bonfires. It is the perfect season to get a bonfire going in the yard of your Lake Zurich home and invite friends over for s’mores, hot beverages, and potatoes baked in the embers. Unfortunately, many people do not realize how dangerous bonfires can be. A bonfire that gets out of control can spark a blaze in your outbuildings or even your home. That is why SERVPRO recommends the following safety tips to avoid fire damage this fall season.

Choosing the right location is essential in order to avoid fire damage in Lake Zurich. If you have a huge yard, you can build your fire in a secluded area. However, for most people, a fire pit is a much safer option. Build or place your pit in a clear well-ventilated area, at least ten feet away from any structures. Make sure there is room to sit beside it without getting too close to the flames.

Start and finish your bonfire safely. Start with crumpled paper and small sticks, and progress to larger pieces of wood as the flames take hold. Do not use lighter fluid or gasoline as these can accelerate the blaze out of control. When it is time to wind down for the evening, let the fire burn down, and then carefully spread the ashes out and pour water on them slowly. Check for any remaining embers before going back indoors.

Check the weather – do not host your fall get together on an evening when the breeze is high. The wind quickly blows sparks onto surrounding buildings, trees, or even people. If necessary, move your gathering to another night.

Always be mindful of children and pets. Teach kids the safest route to walk to and from the seating area, and keep an eye on them at all times. Put pets indoors if you can; if any pets are going to be out, fit them with glow in the dark collars, and supervise them at all times.

Having a bonfire is terrific fun, and if you follow SERVPRO’s tips, it is very safe.

If you run into any problems with fire damage in Wheeling, Vernon Hills, Long Grove and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 for assistance.

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Which Fire Extinguisher is Right for You

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

The Five Classes

 

Reading the Label

In the United States there are five classes of fire extinguishers.  They are A, B, C, D, and K.  A means that the fire extinguisher is effective against wood, paper, and trash fires.  B is good for combustible liquids and gasses such as gasoline or propane.  C is good for use against electrical fires because it will not conduct electricity.  D is for fires started by combustible metals.  These fire extinguishers are usually more for commercial use.  Lastly, K is for grease fires.  It effectively turns the fat in the grease into soap to stop the fire.  Fire extinguishers come in all sorts of different combinations of these classifications.  Typically for a homeowner, it is a good idea to get at least one that is ABC and a K for the kitchen.  In front of A and B there will be a number.  The higher the number, the more effective it is for that type of fire.   

 

Here is a list of what each classification stands for, its designated color, and its geometric symbol.

A – Ash – Green – Triangle

B – Barrel – Red – Square

C – Current – Blue – Circle   

D – Dynamite – Yellow – Star

K – Kitchen – Black – Hexagon

 

Disposable or Rechargeable

Fire extinguishers come in both types.  It is important to note that a refill on a rechargeable fire extinguisher is usually cheaper than buying a new disposable one.  The rechargeable fire extinguishers also usually have metal parts in comparison to the disposable which usually has plastic parts.  Generally speaking, the rechargeable ones have better quality parts, longer lasting charge, and the ability to refill it.  The initial cost is higher for a rechargeable one, but usually worth it in the end.

 

Size

This completely depends on your situation.  Bigger normally equals more chemicals, but also means heavier and less maneuverability.  The weight listed, just accounts for the chemical contents.  This is NOT the total weight, meaning it does not factor in the weight of the canister.  Pick what works best for your situation.  Consider the strength of anyone that might be using the fire extinguisher.  Also take into account the dimensions of the tight spaces the fire extinguisher might be needed in for maneuverability purposes. 

 

For information on what to do after a fire refer to our SERVPRO website

Smoke Detectors: An Important Necessity

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors are an important safety feature that should be in every building and may help reduce/prevent fire damage.  They can warn of possible smoke using two different types of methods.  The first method is optically.  If smoke particles inside the detector chamber scatter enough light for the sensor to notice, the alarm will sound.  The second method is through ionization.  This method uses positively and negatively charged surfaces along with a small radioactive element to detect particles like smoke.  The second method is more commonly used in the United States, mainly due to cost. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends testing smoke detectors once per month and changing their batteries twice a year.  A smoke alarm is useless if it malfunctions.  That is why it is important to test an alarm regularly and often. 

Unfortunately, many people fall victim to nuisance tripping.  This is when there is somewhat of a false alarm.  This includes situations such as minor smoke from burning a piece of toast or steam from a hot shower or bath.   This in turn causes many people to deactivate their alarms.  Most people do not realize that the nuisance tripping can be significantly cut down by switching types of alarms.  The ionization alarms tend to be triggered more frequently.  Photoelectric alarms react more effectively around the board than ionization alarms.  However, one of the many tests performed by Underwriters Laboratories did favor ionization alarms.  This was the “burnt toast” test also known as nuisance tripping.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends having both types of smoke detectors.  Smoke and fire damage should be taken seriously.  For information on the fire damage restoration process please refer to our SERVPRO website.

Chicagoland Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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    (847) 279-1940