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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Buffalo Grove, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich today at (847) 279-1940 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Should You Use a Local Buffalo Grove Disinfection Company or Self-Clean? 

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

pink gloved hands wiping a grey counter top with a blue rag When wiping the counter is not enough, SERVPRO is here to help.

SERVPRO Can Help Protect Your Business 

The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich have years of experience handling all types of biohazard cleaning and disinfection.

One of the most significant benefits of using a professional Buffalo Grove disinfection company is that DIY efforts to clean your Buffalo Grove area commercial property may fall short of true cleaning and disinfection. One of the critical elements of using cleaning agents formulated against viral pathogens is knowing the length of time the solution needs to remain on the surface to eradicate any present bacteria or pathogens. The (dwell) time frame may range from a few seconds to a few minutes.

How does SERVPRO handle pandemic-level cleaning needs?

When the highly trained techs perform cleaning and disinfection to local commercial properties, they bring knowledge from their training to meet both IICRC and CDC standards for sanitization.

  • The use of swab testing to determine the presence of bacteria or pathogens
  • Our SERVPRO team wears full protective gear to avoid any cross-contamination during or after cleaning
  • The use of EPA-registered solutions for a professional-level sanitization of floors, surfaces, including common and high touch areas.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich today 847-279-1940 with any questions. We stand ready to deliver professional-level cleaning and disinfection for local business properties and public spaces.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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Professional Tips to Prepare for Storm Damage in Buffalo Grove

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Tarp covering roof Did you know that SERVPRO has emergency tarping services? We can tarp your roof to prevent further damage.

How Buffalo Grove Residents Can Prep for Storm/Flood Damage 

When you see bad weather is heading your way and the potential for storm/flood damage exists, you can avoid a severe loss to your home by taking some preventive actions.  

One of the critical elements in limiting loss to your Buffalo Grover home from storm/flood damage is to be aware of coming weather threats. If your schedule does not allow you to view the weather, download an app on your phone or device that allows for alerts and updates on the latest conditions.  

Before the Storm

Simple actions such as removing items that can get blown into windows such as patio furniture or cutting back tree limbs can inhibit the chance you will be dealing with rainwater coming into your home through a broken window. Adding extensions to gutters, so the water gets routed away from low-grade areas avoids pooling and helps the water from seeping in around doorways during heavy rains. Hanging planters should be moved indoors or to a safe space.  

When Damage Happens, What to Do First

In the event, high winds cause window or roof damage, or flash floods leave water that requires removal, go to a safe area and contact SERVPRO and your insurance adjuster. The techs strive to arrive within four hours of your initial call and begin the work of extracting the moisture and drying the property to limit the loss.  

The more expedited the cleanup efforts begin, the more potential for saving both the structure and contents from loss, which is particularly true for the flooring of all types. Carpets delaminate quickly after prolonged exposure, and hardwood floorboards begin to warp and cup as they absorb moisture, requiring specialized methods such as drying mats to restore them for reuse. 

Preemptive Actions by SERVPRO

To inhibit any further damage to the property, the technicians tarp over damaged roofing or board up windows as needed. If any new storms arrive during mitigation, the rain and wind will not be harming the residence.  

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 stands ready to help local homeowners with storm/flood damage to their properties. With advanced equipment and specialized restoration methods, the techs make the loss to the home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Flood Damage Incident in Buffalo Grove

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage in home The challenges sparked by flooding incidents are easier to manage with the right resources.

Access to Resources That Ensures Resolution of Any Flood Damage Incident in Buffalo Grove

Flooding incidents can be devastating. Apart from striking when you are least prepared, the magnitude of the damage left can be overwhelming. Even calling a team of professional restorers may not reassure you of a positive outcome, unless you are confident they have access to unlimited resources. We are part of SERVPRO's nationwide franchise, meaning we have access to a larger pool of resources such as equipment and technicians.

Joint Participation Agreements
Severe flood damage incidents in Buffalo Grove may involve tasks that require advanced resources. For example, when a storm uproots trees or destroys structures in any other way, restoration processes take more than just cleaning up the mess and drying the affected areas. There is a provision of joint participation agreements, which allows us to get any technician or any other resource from another franchise, allowing us to complete your job without any hiccups.

Specialized Technicians
Specialized technicians help deal with unusual challenges that come up after flooding incidents. For example, handling hazardous materials such as asbestos requires special skills. Since only a few properties such as those constructed in the 60 have such materials, some restoration crews may have problems handling them. We can beef up our SERVPRO crew with any specialized technician, from other franchises, in the rare case that we do not have one in our team.

Advanced Equipment
The dynamics in a flooding situation can leave unexpected kinds of damages. Strong winds can blow off parts of the roof or drive large debris such as trees into the property. Removing such debris requires the right equipment. We have a wide variety of equipment, including cherry pickers and other elevated work platforms, to ease access to affected sections of a property. Being part of a nationwide franchise also helps because we can access any equipment necessary for the job.

The challenges sparked by flooding incidents are easier to manage with the right resources. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 to help manage the situation, “Like it never even happened.”

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Why We Are The Leader In Lake Zurich Fire Damage Restoration

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A garage in a home covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster Our advanced cleaning techniques and state-of-the-art equipment will restore your property to pre-damage condition after a fire.

SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage in a Lake Zurich Home

Fire damage is daunting for any homeowner to clean. Not only is this type of damage frustrating to remove, but it can leave behind odors and residues that can potentially corrode other items in your home, particularly when they occur in the kitchen. When exposed to moisture, soot can become acidic and affect metals and plastics, which makes it especially important to choose professionals for your cleanup needs.

If your Lake Zurich residence has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO professionals are always ready to restore your home to a preloss condition. Whether you have suffered a kitchen fire, a fireplace accident, or other types of fire in your home, this team uses advanced technologies as well as an extensive knowledge of the scientific theory behind fire damage to remove issues. The goal is not just to remove debris, but also to prevent further corrosion from soot residues, creosote deposits, burnt proteins, and odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO's Extensive Training Programs

SERVPRO's extensive training and education includes a variety of learning sources to benefit franchise owners, technicians, and staff, including:

  • Employee certification, IICRC training, and initial franchise training modules
  • Crew training in fire and water damage restoration, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Continuous, voluntary e-learning opportunities
  • Specialized training for franchise owners
  • Credit and noncredit courses and seminars for franchise staff as well as professionals in other industries

SERVPRO strives to offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to help professionals and crew members alike receive training that is beneficial to homeowners in restoring their properties.

How SERVPRO Can Help

After you contact your local SERVPRO, this team can come directly to your home and use a variety of cleaning methods to address fire damage. These methods can include both wet and dry cleaning, disinfecting with EPA registered antimicrobials, and specialized tools for removing soot and odor deposits from HVAC systems. 

SERVPRO also uses a broad selection of deodorizing tools to handle the foul odors that come from fires. These tools can include thermal fogging, odor counteractant beads, and OSHA-approved spray cleaners. Mechanical devices that alter the chemical composition of malodorous molecules like hydroxyl and ozone machines can also be deployed. For areas more directly affected by fire damage, including charred carpet, deodorizing materials may be sprayed or injected directly. Blast media used to remove char from surfaces, such as baking soda, can also have a deodorizing effect.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (847) 279-1940 for disaster cleanup that you can count on any time.

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Our Flood Damage Experts Can Save Your Buffalo Grove Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by storm SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Handles Flood Damage in a Buffalo Grove Home

The April 2013 Des Planes and Illinois Rivers flood caused $375 million worth of damage. Several northern Illinois counties were affected and reported record rainfall levels that devastated homes and infrastructure. Worse still, snowmelt in a wet early spring had already saturated the soil, bringing rain speeds as high as two inches an hour. Without proper mitigation after these types of disasters, residents can be left with extensive amounts of damage to their homes.

If your Buffalo Grove home requires fast flood damage cleanup, certified SERVPRO technicians can be at your residence within hours of your call to address the disaster. Whether standing water in your home is an inch or less, or you have several inches of water in your home, SERVPRO teams have the equipment you need to enjoy a pre-flood residence once more.

SERVPRO Has the Tools for the Job
Technicians are outfitted with a wide variety of tools, as well as scientific theory and calculations for using them accurately. Moisture detection and measurement must be precise, comprehensive, and rely on several types of measures. Evaluation tools can include penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters as well as advanced infrared Imaging to view moisture-affected areas in and behind structures.

SERVPRO's extraction equipment is also top-of-the-line. It features tools like truck-mounted and portable extraction pumps with heating, pumping, and vacuuming qualities. If high amounts of water need to be pumped, this crew also has access to submersible and gas-powered pumps. Extraction is thorough to ensure successful drying with industrial-grade centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers.

How SERVPRO Can Save Your Home
Whenever a flood affects your home, extraction is key to minimizing disaster and preserving your structures. Proper water removal means technicians are better able to address silt, debris, and other contaminants in floodwater with commercial-grade deodorizers and EPA-registered antimicrobials. In a typical water damage situation, disinfection can be done after drying, but with flooding, this must be done beforehand to minimize the risk of spreading airborne contaminants through the home.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened.” Call (847) 279-1940 today for fast Disaster Cleanup.

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What It Takes for Timely Resolution of Flood Damage Incidents in Buffalo Grove

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in a neighborhood. SERVPRO can show you exactly what it takes to get your Buffalo Grove home back to normal in no time.

We have what it takes to get your Buffalo Grove home back after a flood.

Flooding incidents can happen any time, including late at night, or even in the middle of a cold winter. Although flooding is naturally destructive, an incident happening at less opportune times worsens the situation by delaying the response time. Choosing a professional restoration company like SERVPRO that is reachable 24 hours a day helps minimize delays. Apart from responding to calls faster, we also take other steps to ensure timely resolution of flood damage incidents.

Understanding the Situation

Sometimes seeking to fix flood damage incidents in Buffalo Grove fast inadvertently leads to delays by prioritizing the wrong actions. With so many steps involved in the restoration process, including moving items, tearing down walls, and extracting water, it might be tricky to determine what should get top priority. From the vast experience, our SERVPRO crews have, handling such situations, it is easier to make the right plans. For example, when floodwater is yet to recede outside the structure, we can start with other steps instead of focusing on water extraction inside the house.

Ready Storm Trucks

The instantaneous nature of flooding means there might be limited time to make proper response plans after the incident, which can limit the effectiveness of actions taken. Preparing before flooding occurs, therefore, helps. Our SERVPRO teams have access to storm trucks fully packed with water removal equipment and other resources to handle any flooding situation.

Variety of Equipment

Having the right tool can move things along faster, whether dealing with mundane tasks such as cleaning the floors or complicated ones such as removing and refitting paneling. The unique thing about tools is that none is sophisticated enough to handle all jobs. Our SERVPRO crews are well-equipped with everything from water removal equipment, deodorizing equipment, and tools for building tasks.

Flooding incidents cause a wide range of problems, but a fast-tracked restoration process can reduce the long-term impact. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 to help resolve the effects of flooding, "Like it never even happened."

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

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Availability

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

  1. Prompt Service

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

  1. Experience And Training

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

  1. Advanced Technology

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

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

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When Calamity Strikes Your Buffalo Grove Home--Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores Your Buffalo Grove Home After a Mold, Water, Fire, or Storm Damaging Incident--"Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO? Buffalo Grove Residents Need Fast Disaster Relief

“Time is of the essence” is not merely a cliche when Buffalo Grove homeowners face water, fire, mold, or storm damage events. These severe emergencies expose the structure and contents of your house to progressive damage and lead to secondary effects often worse than the original emergency. Disaster response must be reliable and immediate, which is why our team rates highly. We arrive ready to assess, plan, and work within the first hours after a crisis.

Water Damage
Buffalo Grove residents need water removal fast to prevent the added expense and complications like microbial growth. Mold damage is possible within 24 to 48 hours after a water crisis. Rapid extraction of water and application of appropriate structural drying techniques greatly minimize the probability that spores already present inside your home can absorb moisture and begin their life cycle.

It is one thing for a water removal company to commit to ridding the spaces in your home of water. It is quite another for them to consider the issues presented when contents in your home also suffer from significant water saturation. Our pack-out option for household goods, furnishings, and personal items is why SERVPRO covers all the bases when it comes to comprehensive water cleanup. Using our secure Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) allows us to track your possessions moved to our production facility as we clean, dry, disinfect, and restore them to function and appearance.

When the wet spaces in your home are clear of furniture that could stain floor coverings and boxes of soaked belongings that need shifting our on-site crew of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained employees can work more efficiently as best practices demand. After we pump and extract the water using our commercial grade equipment, the drying proceeds more quickly as well. The added moisture from the damp items packed-out is no longer a factor, and our air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers dry affected areas more rapidly.

Fire Damage

During the aftermath of fire damage in your Buffalo Grove home, it is natural to try to take time to process both your emotions and the shocking effects of the heat and flames. The clock is ticking, however, and for optimal remediation outcomes work needs to commence fast. The speedy services we offer are why SERVPRO must get our team on site as soon as possible to provide both mitigation of further damage and remediation of harm already present.

Fire residues are corrosive to nearly every building material used in conventional construction and start their destructive cycle immediately upon deposit on surfaces. Smoke and soot are the agents of damage, representing the carbonized particles of incompletely combusted materials used as fuel by the fire. Our
Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) receive advanced training on industry best practices to halt the damage cycle and clean up debris and sooty coatings.

Airborne soot negatively impacts air quality, so we set up containment areas equipped with negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and exhaust the contaminated atmosphere inside your home. Our technicians match cleaning products and methods to the different types of soot residues encountered. Loose, ashy debris vacuums and brushes away. Thick soot from slow smoldering fires using fabrics or padding as fuel or electrical blazes need cleaners with surfactants and wetting agents to loosen the coating and agitation to clear it from surfaces. Protein-based soot from food and grease fires might require solvents and abrasive cleaning tools and techniques. The soot clean up expertise developed by our crews is why SERVPRO fire remediation is successful.

Mold Remediation
Waiting is not the appropriate approach to suspected mold damage in Buffalo Grove. Once mold spores find a source of moisture, it generally takes professional assessment and implementation of the protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remediate an outbreak. The earlier our team of mold remediation specialists gets involved, the more likely we can halt and remove mold damage and take steps to minimize another microbial infestation.

Mold spores cannot be eradicated in a household setting, which is why SERVPRO emphasizes that we provide mold remediation, not elimination. Over 100,000 species of mold have been identified currently, and many are present inside and outside of your home at this very moment. Outdoors molds help break down organic matter which would become unmanageable otherwise. When spores hitch a ride inside on clothing, paws, or shoes the potential for growth and subsequent damage arises.

Fortunately, spores are benign until they absorb moisture and begin their growth cycles. Cleaning up spills and attending to more severe water losses immediately usually is enough to keep their growth in check. Remediation by our professionals is the answer if mold does become an issue. Our employees contain the affected area and then remove, bag, and dispose of moldy materials. Treatment with EPA-registered disinfectants and sealing with antimicrobial paint-like coatings inhibit a rebound of the problem. Care to keep moisture under control is the key to avoid future issues.

Storm Damage
Snow, slush, ice, rain, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and more -- Buffalo Grove residents and their restoration partners have their recovery work cut out for them year-round. Our services are accessible 24/7 because extreme weather does not make an appointment before inflicting severe storm damage on single family homes, townhouses, condominiums, or apartments. When precipitation pours through shingle-less roofs, broken windows, or holes left in ripped off siding you need help fast.

Highly-qualified crews of storm damage specialists are why SERVPRO gets your call. We arrive as soon as possible with IICRC-certified technicians and all necessary equipment packed in our green service vehicles. Tarping of roofs and boarding up of other exterior damage keeps the elements outside as we assess the interior damage which can include flooding, water damage to walls and ceilings, and even fire if lightning struck your dwelling.

Our crew members hold multiple certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), Water Damage Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), and other remediation specialties. We are ready to manage all scenarios, straightforward or complex, and pledge to get the water out, clear away the debris and residues, and dry out all spaces. If odors persist our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have a broad range of resources available to eliminate malodors in our quest to make the chaos of storm damage “Like it never even happened.”
 
Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich with confidence for all your disaster mitigation and remediation needs. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an evaluation of your emergency as soon as possible.

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Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Handle Candles Carefully to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home

Smoke & Fire Issues Need Professional Cleanup and Restoration

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

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Lake Zurich Water Damage Recovery

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers are crucial to water removal in Lake Zurich

SERVPRO Offers Restoration Services Post Water Intrusion

The word flood right now means millions of gallons of water and a city underneath it all. Most damage to homes comes from smaller, more mundane sources. Split pipes and rusted out water heaters usually result in higher repair costs than the type of disaster we see in the news now.

Stopping water damage in a Lake Zurich home requires more than just pumping out standing water. A restoration team needs a wide inventory of skills and tools to stop water from destroying carpets, furniture, and the structure. Every SERVPRO office has access to a nationwide network of equipment and training that meets the standards of the restoration industry. 

Water quickly absorbs into everything except brick and stone. If we can draw it out fast enough, then it is not necessary to replace floors, furniture, or even walls. The way we do this is to raise the temperature and lower the humidity while drawing water from the air. 

We start by installing portable space heaters. The range to dry a home is 70 to 90 degrees. The closer to 90 we can raise the temperature, the better. Our technicians are careful not to raise the temperature too high, too quickly though. If they do, then the moisture content in the air increases. Technicians set-up dehumidifiers to bring down the air moisture content (humidity) as the temperature rises. Our initial goal is to lower the humidity to under 60 percent which decreases the drying time. Depending on the number of dehumidifiers and the size of the room, we can draw enough water from the air to lower the humidity by 20 percent in a single day. 

To increase the efficiency of these devices, we also deploy fans and air movers at key points in the home. The fans draw out the cooler, moist air as the air movers generate warmer, dry air to replace it. We also use air movers along walls to dry out sheetrock, wood paneling, and ceiling tiles before they become compromised by the water. 

Returning a home to its original condition is difficult regardless of the source of water. Reducing and preventing further damage requires a trained team of restoration experts. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is here to help you put your home and life back together. Call us today at (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and learn more about what we can do for you.

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Don't Panic Our Team Is Ready To Restore Your Mold Infestation In Wheeling

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold will not go away on its own. Our trained technicians are available 24/7 so don't hesitate and call us right away.

The Role of Air Scrubbers in Mold Remediation for Wheeling Homes

Once mold growth has gotten discovered in damp areas of your Wheeling residence, you want to get this situation resolved and restored as quickly as possible. Apart from some of the mold removal solutions that you might have heard about, removing spores entirely from your home is impossible to do. Mold spores exist on a microscopic level in almost every environment we enter throughout the day, but without the necessary conditions for colonization, they pose little to no threat to your home or its occupants.

When you have reached the point where colonization has begun in your Wheeling home, mold damage can spread quickly throughout the exposed area to affect as many surfaces and organic materials as it can. It is critical to reach out to professional mold remediation technicians like our IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO to work quickly to get this situation under control and to remove the active colonization occurring on the property.

A significant reason that our team is so effective at colony removal and restoration of the damages that this organism can cause is the equipment that we use in these situations. Our technicians arrive with the full measure of our drying and remediation equipment that can set up effective containment to keep the situation from getting worse while our technicians get to work on removing active colonization. A critical component to this arsenal of remediation equipment is our air scrubbers.

Air scrubbers are very mobile pieces of equipment that typically get set up inside of physical plastic sheeting containment of mold-damaged areas. Our SERVPRO team utilizes these machines to pull air in the exposed areas of your home through the onboard HEPA filter to capture dust, debris, contaminants, and mold spores as small as 0.3 microns. These machines play an intricate role in keeping the situation contained while continually working to improve indoor air quality.

You should not waste any time in getting our professional remediators working in your home when you discover mold growth. Give our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team a call 24/7 at (847) 279-1940.

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Why It Is Important To Contact A Professional Restoration Company After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Wheeling Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team is available 24/7!

Water Damage Timeline For Your Damaged Wheeling Home

While you might not get prepared for water loss incidents in your Wheeling home, fast response to the situation can help to protect structural elements and the contents of your property from irreparable damage. Acquiring professional restoration assistance is vital in these situations as promptly as possible, as homes have a set timeline for water damage that only gets worse the longer these symptoms and conditions persist.

Many owners might simply believe that they need nothing more than basic water removal services in their Wheeling home to recover from a widespread water loss incident, but this is never the case. Understanding how pooling water can affect materials in your home and its contents is critical to ensuring every potential disaster gets handled quickly. Our SERVPRO professionals remain available for all of our customers 24/7 so that no disaster waits for the effective and money saving mitigation efforts.

From the moment that materials become exposed to the water, they begin immediately absorbing moisture. While it can take several days for hardwoods to begin to warp and distort as a result of oversaturation, drywall can become unsalvageable in as little as one full day. It becomes critical to secure the efforts of our technicians so that you can benefit from industry-leading equipment and advanced water restoration training and certification we provide from our team.

Within a few days, moisture ridden areas can become habitable for mold spores that occur naturally in your home. Once these spores can seat on organic materials throughout the affected areas, they colonize and spread quickly to become a devastating force for structural integrity and potential health effects for occupants of the house. This secondary effect is what makes thorough drying so vital to our restoration process.

Understanding how quickly that water damage can affect your home can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration as soon as disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (847) 279-1940.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Preferred Partner for Water Removal Services In Buffalo Grove

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water invading your home? Call SERVPRO. We have the experience and equipment for all of your water removal needs.

Why SERVPRO Meets the Need For Water Removal Services In Buffalo Grove

Water damage restoration companies serving Buffalo Grove are not all the same. When you face the need for water removal, be sure you engage a company that has a full-spectrum capacity to help you through all the steps in the water loss mitigation process. Highly-trained technicians, sophisticated and evolving technology, and speed and capacity set our abilities apart from other options. 

It is important to remove water from your Buffalo Grove home as quickly as possible. If a water heater cracked or a dishwasher supply line broke, a significant area of your dwelling can feature standing water. The damage easily spreads as water soaks into fixtures and structural components. Houses also have numerous spaces between walls, over ceilings, and in a wide variety of other cavities where water collects unseen. 

All trapped and visible water needs removal fast. The reasons why SERVPRO is your preferred partner in water extraction are many. We answer calls 24/7, and our signature green service vehicles carry a full array of submersible pumps, wanded water extractors, and drying equipment. Once our crew chief assesses the damage, our employees are on the job without any delays. 

Our crew members are trained in moisture monitoring and scanning for hidden caches of water. High-tech moisture meters and infrared thermal imaging and data logging tasks completed by our employees gives us a comprehensive grasp of the extent of water removal needs. SERVPRO crews then work to release and remove quantities of water before moving toward structural drying to normalize moisture levels. 

One subcategory of water removal we excel at managing is water trapped in and under flooring systems. The expense and disruption of tearing out hardwood or tile floors because of progressive water damage are why SERVPRO seeks new technologies. We employ a negative pressure water extraction system using mats flush on the floor attached to hoses connected to the Injectidry machinery. Water is pulled from several layers without a tear out. 

The Injectidry system also helps to dry out cavities. Our trained technicians drill holes to allow for either a negative or positive blower pattern to dry out hard to access areas. Our investment in these innovation shows why SERVPRO offers a higher level of water removal service. 

Give us the chance to show why SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is a water removal industry leader. Call (847) 279-1940 as soon as you realize you have a water extraction need. 

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Are Mold Colonies Colonizing Your Lake Zurich Home?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold loves crawlspaces! Call SERVPRO to inspect your home for mold colonies.

Locating Mold Damage in Your Lake Zurich Residence

There are many situations which threaten your Lake Zurich home throughout your time living there. While many homeowners must contend with natural disasters and the devastation they can cause, it is equally as problematic when homeowners face situations like mold and microbial growth. This presence in your home can threaten not only the structural integrity but also your family and pets living on the property. 

Learning how to identify mold damages or the presence of a colony in your Lake Zurich home is essential to making remediation and restoration simpler and more effective. If a homeowner can spot a problem as it begins, or identify a mold colony without seeing one, remediation technicians from our SERVPRO team can help to resolve the situation before it gets out of control. 

A leading identifier to mold growth in your home is the odor that active colonies emit. This symptom is a strong, musty scent that can indicate that a colony is actively growing nearby. This information can prove invaluable, as many colonies can grow and thrive inside of wall cavities, crawl spaces, and in areas challenging to see. The musty symptom here can help you to identify a colony, even if you cannot necessarily see one. 

Another symptom of early colonization is spotting, a situation where you can visually identify the beginning phase of mold integration into the organic materials of the affected area. Often the easiest material to see spotting on is drywalled surfaces. You are looking for an irregular pattern of spots, splotches, and dots in various hues. Surprisingly, not all residential mold is green or black, so if something appears to fit this description, it is worth reaching out to our SERVPRO inspection services. 

Routine inspections of your property can help you to identify situations like mold and microbial growth before they get out of control. If you do encounter the symptoms listed here, you should trust our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich certified remediation specialists to help you take care of removal and restoration. Call us anytime at (847) 279-1940.

Lake Zurich was founded by Charles Paine in the 1830’s.  Click here for more information about Lake Zurich’s history.