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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.