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Convenient Mold Remediation Services within Buffalo Grove

8/20/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls in the corner of a room Mold damage remediation is something best left to the professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional services and technicians.

SERVPRO® Appropriately Manages Mold Damage Incidents in Buffalo Grove

Mold development at your Buffalo Grove premises can lead to different outcomes. Ideally, you should keep it under control, clean the affected areas, and continue your operations as usual. However, it can also develop fast, overwhelming your standard restoration efforts. SERVPRO manages such problems conveniently, allowing you to continue operating uninterrupted.

Most contaminations fester before the signs become apparent, thus requiring significant mold remediation work before Buffalo Grove premises regain their preloss conditions. Having sufficient resources to clean, remove decayed materials, and control the microbial growth processes is essential to conclude such incidents conveniently.

Resources that make a difference when fighting mold

  • Blast cleaning equipment for soda or dry ice blasting
  • A variety of dehumidifiers, such as LGR and desiccants
  • Vacuums with HEPA filters
  • Various chemical agents 

The challenges mold presents are wide-ranging, including growing in hard-to-reach areas, affecting sensitive materials, and degrading or embedding on surfaces. Therefore, comprehensive removal may require several approaches to ensure you reach all areas and remove all traces of the fungus before refinishing the surfaces. SERVPRO evaluates your premises, determining where we need to wire-brush or blast clean with unique mediums.

Guaranteeing safety during mold remediation

Mold may be hazardous, so exposing your workers or clients to residues and moldy debris is not ideal. Anyone managing mold removal must plan how to guarantee safety for everyone. SERVPRO crews use safeguards to guarantee this throughout the process. Wearing personal protective equipment such as bodysuits, respirators, and protective gloves ensures we can work fast since there is no fear of exposure. We also protect the other people in the buildings by setting up containment barriers to limit the spread of moldy debris.

Necessary supplies for establishing mold containment

  • Heavy-duty plastic sheeting large enough to cover the area
  • Strong tapes, such as masking or duct tape, to secure the sheeting to surfaces
  • Support structures such as PVC pipes or metal rods
  • Air scrubber or negative air pressure machine to control the environment within the barrier

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has advanced resources and maintains the appropriate standards during mold remediation. Call us at (847) 279-1940.

Remediating Mold Damage From Textiles in your Buffalo Grove Residence

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

Mold spots on a white wall Mold only needs oxygen and moisture to grow. Call SERVPRO if you suspect mold in your Chicago home.

Mold Remediation Is Available in Buffalo Grove

Mold is a nuisance that can cause unpleasant odors in your home. It is a living organism that uses enzymes to digest organic matter, converted into energy needed for continued growth. Over time, fungi can deteriorate textiles and organic materials like wood or gypsum board. Professional mold remediation is often necessary to curb microbial growth.

The presence of mold damage in your Buffalo Grove home can creep up unnoticed. Mold is well-known for growing in hidden recesses of a property because it does not require a source of light to grow and reproduce. Signs of microbial growth are often only noticed once the problem has become significant and mold colonies become visible or release malodors. Cleaning the surface of stains does not always address the underlying cause, so you may find that mold returns a few days after cleaning. These situations often require a professional remediation technician to address the source of the problem and use chemicals or equipment to prevent it from returning. Molds attach themselves to surfaces using hyphae, making them tough to remove. They can also spread rapidly through porous materials. Infested materials often have to be destroyed, controlled demolition entirely to remediate microbial organisms. 

Naturally Occurring Causes of Mold in a Home Environment

  • Microorganisms need water to grow, which means a mold problem often indicates a water leak or condensation issue somewhere in the home.
  • Organic, naturally porous materials like drywall allow microbes to penetrate them entirely and often require replacement.
  • Damp, dark areas of the home, such as the underside of carpets, can be ideal for mold damage.
  • It is typical for inexpensive, infested materials to be removed and disposed of altogether. However, some materials may have an inherent value that undermines the cost efficiency of destroying these items. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and equipped with advanced machinery to restore certain high-value items following a mold infestation. Upholstery and drapery machines are built from three core elements. These include a heating element, a vacuum, and a waste tank. Plush carpets or upholstery with surface molds can often be restored to preloss condition by using this equipment in a process known as hot water extraction. A technician can fill the designated solution tank with a registered anti-microbial chemical or cleaning solvent. Hot water extraction helps rinse the affected material with cleaning fluid and then vacuum any debris or soiling into a waste tank to be disposed of safely. 

When deciding on the use-value of mechanical cleaning equipment, which includes both hot water extractors and the suspended cleaning system of Esporta washing machines, technicians must first calculate the cost of replacement versus the cost of restoration. It may often be cheaper and more time-efficient to dispose of mold-infested textiles. However, our technicians can use these advanced techniques and equipment to return precious belongings to a preloss condition in some instances. Understanding how this equipment works on textiles can be essential to calculating their use-value.

Hot Water Extraction Equipment and Their Components

  • The solution tank is fitted with a pumping filter to prevent soiling from entering the solution during the cleaning process.
  • Liquid cleaning solutions can include fabric conditioners, anti-microbial treatments, and carpet shampoos.
  • The waste tank can be removed and taken to a designated wastewater facility for safe disposal.

Mold can lead to extensive damage. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for mold damage cleanup at (847) 279-1940.

Fast Mold Remediation Control of Infestations in Buffalo Grove Homes

2/16/2023 (Permalink)

mold inspection clipboard SERVPRO inspects for mold damage in Buffalo Grove properties. We remediate if found and restore the home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation, Restoration, and Repair in Buffalo Grove Homes

Mold infestations occur in Buffalo Grove homes whenever there is a high humidity or moisture situation, with warm temperatures and organic material available, which are plentiful in residences. Left unchecked, mold colonies spread quickly and often damage porous materials such as fabrics, pillows, carpets, or furniture permanently.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation services to Buffalo Grove residents facing mold infestation in their homes. Significant mold infestations may require third-party Indoor Air Quality and Indoor Environmental Professionals to:

  • Perform initial tests and evaluation of the infestation
  • Provide written protocols for restoration vendors to follow
  • Perform clearance tests and inspections once mold remediation is completed
  • Provide advice to the client, the insurance adjuster, and SERVPRO regarding how to proceed with remediation

Fortunately, most mold infestations found in homes are not severe. Clients noticed a small infestation or musty odor and took action immediately. SERVPRO mold remediation experts can be on-site within four hours of your call and provide recommendations regarding the removal of mold colonies:

  • Identify the mold location and extent of the infestation.
  • Discover the source of the moisture and take action to remove the source.
  • Block off HVAC systems to avoid spreading spores to other areas of the home
  • Construct negative pressure rooms to contain mold spores
  • Bag in place all materials that must be thrown away. They may be damaged beyond cleaning and repair or inexpensive to replace
  • Clean all porous surfaces using HEPA vacuums to remove loose mold fragments
  • Clean all surfaces from top to bottom
  • Dry the structure and contents to prevent further mold growth

SERVPRO can also assist clients with the repair and restoration of damage caused by mold infestations as required, including flooring, drywall, painting, etc.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for mold remediation services. We provide service to Buffalo Grove and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (847) 279-1940.

Why Should You Choose a Safety Conscious Mold Removal Company?

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

a person peeling back the wallpaper on the wall and revealing a layer of mold behind it Make sure to be on alert and check for mold often. If found, contact our experienced technicians at SERVPRO for remediation services.

Which Safety Measures does Your Lake Zurich Mold Removal Company Take?

A fungus is something you do not want in your Lake Zurich home, but unfortunately, almost any house can fall foul of it. Because mold spores are naturally occurring, they can enter your house through the doors and windows or on your shoes and clothes. Once inside, they can start growing mold mycelium if they find the right conditions. 

It is better to look for a mold removal company in Lake Zurich rather than deal with the mold yourself. DIY mold remediation is not a good idea because:  

  • Mold can cause health effects.
  • Some commercially available cleaners, and bleach, can make the problem worse.
  • It is not enough to wipe away surface mold – you need to dry out any moisture too. 

There may be a risk of structural damage from mold eating into wood or plaster in more extreme situations. If there is a lot of moisture present, such as from a leak, and it reaches the electrical outlets, there is an electrical risk. 

What health and safety measures does SERVPRO take?  

We train our techs to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) safety standards. We also ensure our teams:  

  • Carry out a risk assessment before starting work
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment, including gloves, bodysuits, and respirators
  • Apply antimicrobial products if needed to kill spores
  • Set up containment around the affected area 

How does containment aid health and safety? 

Containment means using thick plastic sheeting (typically 6-mil), wooden frames, tension-loaded pipes, and tape to seal off the affected area, which reduces the treatment area and expedites the mold remediation process in Lake Zurich. We also seal off vents, doors, and windows. Containment stops spores from escaping and reduces the risk of them settling elsewhere in your home. We can also set up negative air machines or air scrubbers inside containment to capture mold spores and prevent them from re-entering the air. 

What about decontamination areas? 

Decontamination areas give our technicians a place to remove personal protective equipment (PPE) and dispose of contaminated items, to protect the rest of your home. 

Can you do anything to stay safe while waiting for us?  

The best thing you can do is stay away from moldy areas and not risk disturbing the mold. Please wait for us to arrive and let the professionals deal with it safely and efficiently. 

For effective mold removal, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940.

Controlling Microbial Growth Minimizes Mold Damage in Your Zurich Home's Attic and Basement

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

woman in medical mask asking 'how is the air quality in your home Mold Remediation by SERVPRO in Lake Zurich Improves Indoor Air Quality

Moisture and Temperature Control Help Prevent Reinfestations of Mold

Storing things in areas of your Zurich residence keeps the clutter down and can help reduce the amount of housework done to keep everything nice and clean. Attics and basements are prime areas for storage – conveniently close but generally still out of sight. 

Keeping your home clutter-free while still hanging onto memorabilia from the past can lead to mold damage in Zurich. Microbial activity can damage the very items you place in storage, as well as your home. SERVPRO restores houses, condos, and businesses, as also personal belongings and other contents kept inside, from all kinds of damage. 

When mold causes damage, high humidity levels are generally the cause, possibly from water leaks. Our skilled technicians work with customers on many different services to make everything "Like it never even happened," no matter what kind or combination of damage or causes exist. We have the skills, tools, and equipment needed to restore your personal belongings and home after damaging mold attacks. 

Before we begin to clean the area of any mold using IICRC-approved procedures, we enclose the area with protective sheeting and turn off the heating and air conditioning systems. In large remediation projects, containment is crucial. Preventing the spread of microbes minimizes their chances of re-establishing future colonies. Structures that become exposed to microbial growth lose their strength, making them weaker. We clean hard, non-porous items of mold but softer; porous items need more thorough restoration work. Overall, we remove, restore, and replace possessions wherever mold grows. 

To prevent mold from growing again, we check moisture levels within your home to discover the path humidity travels before finding its way into your storage areas. Basements might become wet when water heaters develop leaks, the ground is saturated, or sump pumps begin to falter. Attics can create moisture problems whenever snowmelt produces ice dams over loose shingles or if exhaust venting leaks moist air into the attic before it reaches the outside vent. Perhaps, new attic insulation can control temperature fluctuations. We discuss these situations with you and offer options to solve each one. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich wants your family to live in a healthy home, free of microbial growth that can create mold damage. Call us at (847) 279-1940, so we can discuss your options.

Are Mold Colonies Colonizing Your Lake Zurich Home?

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall near a cabinet and door Finding mold in your house can cause you and your family a lot of stress. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for expert advice and effective remediation services.

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.

Mold Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

orange colored mold on walls by window SERVPRO suggests maintaining humidity in your Lake Zurich home at below 60% to help prevent mold growth.

Prevent Mold Damage Prevention in Lake Zurich—How?

No one wants mold in their Lake Zurich home. However, sometimes nature sneaks in, leaving a few patches of mold behind. Your carpeting, for instance, is a frequent target for mold, as it can easily trap moisture, attracting mold spores floating in the air.

Controlling your indoor humidity levels can significantly decrease mold damage in your Lake Zurich home. Mold does not need standing water to grow, areas of your home with high humidity and heat are more than enough to present mold with a suitable environment. It should be your goal to keep overall humidity levels in your home under 60%.

You can successfully prevent mold by removing carpeting from high humidity areas of your home, like your basement, bathroom, or laundry rooms. Also, consider having your home inspected by a qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO. We can help you determine which direction to take and make suggestions that help reduce the possibility of contamination throughout your home.

Installing dehumidifiers, ventilation, and choosing antimicrobial carpet padding can also help reduce problems involving mold and other bacteria in your home as well. While this padding may be a bit more expensive, it serves as a quality solution to help keep mold at bay. If you have water problems at any point, take the proper steps to remove excess water immediately by calling SERVPRO for help.

Remember, mold only needs a small amount of water, oxygen, and a food source to begin growing in your home. If you have water damage or a water intrusion of any kind, there could be water hiding underneath any carpeting in the affected area. SERVPRO technicians can help you determine whether your carpeting requires replacement or if in-place extraction and drying procedures can successfully prevent damages, like corrosion, rot, or mold.

Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for full-service mold remediation, cleaning, and restoration 24/7. We cover all of Wheeling, Hawthorn Woods, and Deer Park with quality solutions you can trust to control mold damage found on your property, today (847) 279-1940.

Choosing Among Reputable Mold Removal Companies in Buffalo Grove

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

picture of mold life-cycle SERVPRO, by understanding the mold life-cycle, can execute an effective mold remediation project in Buffalo Grove

Best Practice Adherence -- Why SERVPRO Tops the Buffalo Grove Mold Remediator List

When comparing mold removal companies in Buffalo Grove, the key is finding the firm that can offer both clean up of current fungal colony growth and inhibition of rebound infestation. If the remediation plan lacks specific action steps for moisture management, the chance of a long-term favorable outcome fades.

How Do Persistent Moisture Problems Affect Mold Abatement?

Ranking Buffalo Grove mold removal companies require knowledge of how fungal growth occurs. Tiny spores are everywhere in your home, benign when dry. Each has the potential to explode into an infestation upon exposure to a water source. Removing all spores from your house is impossible, but moisture management is achievable. Our water removal and drying reputation are without peer, why SERVPRO is a leader, experienced in planning and delivering the conditions crucial for reliable mold remediation:

  • Professional proficiency in emergency services that eliminate ongoing water incursions
  • A proven track record in successful drying of wet structural components, building cavities, and fixtures
  • Coaching for customers on proven strategies to avoid microbial growth through moisture management, including advising on appropriate relative humidity levels

What Is the Mold Remediation Industry Standard Protocol?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authored a research-based procedure adaptable for residential mold removal and prevention circumstances. Over time our results have been outstanding using this protocol, why SERVPRO follows its steps:

  • Identification and elimination of the fungal-feeding moisture
  • Location of the mold damage, including its spread inside building cavities
  • Containment of the affected area by closing off with heavy-duty plastic barriers, the seal enhanced through the action of negative pressure air scrubbing technology
  • Mechanical removal of the colonies with brushes, scrapers, and sometimes controlled blasting of media such as soda or dry ice
  • Vacuuming and spray and wipe off of residues
  • Collection and double bagging of moldy debris for lawful disposal
  • Application of EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit mold regrowth

Diligence and dedication to research-based mold remediation protocols are why SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich delivers sustainable results. Call (847) 279-1940 to discuss your options.

Unexpected Places at Risk of Mold Damage in Your Lake Zurich Home

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

mold on a white wall Mold can be sneaky and unexpected. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for assistance today.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Investigate a Home From Top to Bottom When Called in for Mold Issues

Mold occurs naturally in the environment, which means that most homes are in danger of mold growing at some point. All the fungi need is a food source and dampness. Houses provide plenty of food sources such as carpets, drapes, furniture, and drywall, or even wood, which is why SERVPRO recommends householders be vigilant about checking for colonies in their homes.

Often when people talk about mold damage, they speak about obvious areas where it might grow. Rooms that are usually damp or humid, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, or even kitchens, are clear risks for mold growth. However, mold can sneak into many other areas of your Lake Zurich home too. You can reduce the risk of fungal growth in your house by keeping an eye on the following unexpected places.

Where else Could Mold Issues be in My Lake Zurich Property?

Window sills. Check the tops and bottoms of window sills regularly and wipe them down as soon as you see condensation forming. Condensation provides the wet environment mold needs to grow.

Wallpaper. The mold that grows behind wallpaper is hard to see. Wallpaper that peels or looks damp or discolored is a giveaway sign. SERVPRO helps you assess the situation by using moisture meters and probes that penetrate the surface and show any damp patches.

Air conditioning units. Your AC system provides a breeding ground for mold when it is left unused. We recommend running your AC unit for ten minutes every day to clear out any condensation. If the mold problem is extensive, call our IICRC-certified technicians. We clean the mold from AC units and establish containment so the spores cannot spread further into your home.

Carpets. A wet carpet provides an ideal place for mold growth. Carpet mold is not easy to spot at first, but if you notice that your carpet is damp to the touch or smells musty, that is an indication of a problem. Our technicians can advise you on whether the carpet is beyond repair. We have air movers and dehumidifiers on hand to dry out salvageable carpets.

Chimneys. Rain and snow falling into chimneys make them damp and give mold a blooming place. It is a good idea to call in a chimney sweep once a year to keep your chimney clean and dry.

Attics. Attics are often underused and, as such, may become cold and damp. It is a good idea to call SERVPRO at the first sign of fungus in your attic. We assess the situation and devise the ideal drying plan to restore your attic and discourage regrowth.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is on hand to deal with hidden spores. Call us at (847) 279-1940 today for help.

What Are the Steps Mold Remediation Companies Take in Buffalo Grove Properties?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold spots on wall with written word mold Looks like MOLD on a wall in this Buffalo Grove home! Call SERVPRO for remediation

SERVPRO Technicians Can Find and Handle Mold Damage in Buffalo Grover Residential Properties

There is a huge amount of misinformation that Buffalo Grove homeowners may run across online. The problem will not get better on its own, and some DIY methods can make the issue worse. Mold infestations should always have professional mitigation for the best outcome.

SERVPRO is the professional mold remediation choice that Buffalo Grove residents trust. The technicians have comprehensive training for handling all types of molds and the advanced equipment to locate areas of microorganisms growing behind walls or under floors. Preventing cross-contamination from airborne mold spores is critical during a service. SERVPRO techs use containment methods such as negative pressure porting contaminated and dusty air to the exterior, or simply covering vents, common entrance, and exit points to other areas of the residence with heavy gauge plastic sheeting, usually 6-mil.

As the techs scope the property, they determine the scale of the mold remediation needed. Often mold growth can extend far beyond the origination point where a slow leak or poor ventilation has been the issue. Along with inspecting the structure, the techs also check out the ductwork to determine if it needs mitigation as well.

Controlled Demolition and Antifungal Agents

The sheetrock in the house with mold damage will need safe removal and disposal if the hyphae (root-like structures) have penetrated too deeply into the substrate. Homeowners can expect to see some of the following actions:

  • Removal of portions of walls and ceilings with mold damage
  • Disposal of carpet with a mold infestation
  • Cleaning with professional EPA-approved antimicrobials and the use of sealants on studs and areas left intact.

The use of abatement is common for the removal of dried residues left behind. The techs carefully scrape and use hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to manually remove the residual matter left after drying. When the remaining mold is stuck to surfaces, the techs rely on applications such as soda, sponge, or ice blasting to remove the stuck-on matter without marring surfaces.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 assists local Buffalo Grove property owners as a top-tier mold remediation company. The trained, certified technicians have the knowledge and experience to mitigate any size of mold infestation.

Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

several candles lit. on table Candles are the cause of several thousand house fires each year. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your fire damaged 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 rooms that are drafty can spell disaster. Fans, vents, and air currents could cause the flames to catch on items nearby and leave you with lots of fire damage to clean up in your Buffalo Grove home. 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 that 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.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

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 that 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 that imitate the nature of the smoke. Doing this is a highly effective process. Sometimes, we may also need to seal surfaces in serious 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.

What Makes SERVPRO One of the Best Mold Removal Companies in Buffalo Grove?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Hand pulling back wallpaper, revealing mold Is mold hiding in your house? SERVPRO is trained and equipped for complete remediation.

Homeowners in Buffalo Grove Can Save Their Properties from Long-Term Damage by Hiring Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO

The Indoor air quality (IAQ) can significantly decline if you have mold damage in your home. As mold spores are airborne, they can easily contaminate your indoor air and can cause health effects. Hiring SERVPRO, one of the most trusted mold removal companies in Buffalo Grove, can help you remedy this problem.

Being one of the premier mold removal companies in Buffalo Grove, SERVPRO has the experience and tools to tackle any size mold damage. As soon as our mold specialists arrive at your property, we conduct a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the mold damage. The next step is to develop an effective remediation strategy and can safely address the mold situation. It is often necessary for the SERVPRO techs to establish strict containment zones to limit the spread of the airborne spores to unaffected parts of the building.

What is the Role of Air Scrubbers That SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use in Your Des Moines Home? 

The air scrubber is one of the most common equipment you might see SERVPRO mold experts use in your Buffalo Grove home. It is a unique air purification system that improves indoor air quality by eliminating particles, including mold spores, from the air.

An air scrubber unit consists of filters that can remove particulate matter, including mold spores, from the air and improve its quality. There are usually three types of filters present:

  • Primary filter:A primary filter usually removes any larger debris and contaminants before the air can reach the inner, finer filters. 
  • Pleated filter:It has a higher capture rate (smaller pore size) than the primary filter. 
  • Specialty filters:Although not always present, these filters can adsorb small molecules such as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs).
  • HEPA filter:At the heart of an air scrubber unit is a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. These filtration units can trap particles bigger than 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97% 

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 with any mold-related query.

I Just Had Fire Damage in Buffalo Grove, What Do I Do Now?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

black patch of soot Let SERVPRO use professional grade cleaners and equipment to remove the smoke odors and soot stains from your Buffalo Grove fire-damaged home

Address Fire Damage Promptly by Calling SERVPRO to Your Buffalo Grove Home

Stress and worry are two common feelings a homeowner has after a fire. You must know the next steps to take after the fire gets safely and thoroughly extinguished. SERVPRO is available to ensure your interior is free of any trace of fire with our advanced technology and specialized techniques. With a phone call to our team, we deploy the Green Fleet to get started in as little as four hours.

What Can I Do Until Help Arrives?

After your home gets deemed safe to enter, SERVPRO begins the assessment of your fire damage in Buffalo Grove. In the meantime, your main goal should be safety. These tips are best to keep in mind until our team arrives:

  • Reduce movement throughout your home to prevent residue from soot and smoke from traveling
  • If the electricity is off in your home, empty your refrigerator and freezer, making sure that the doors are propped open (this advice is for extended period of time without SERVPRO to help)
  • Keep your hands clean and try to limit touching anything so that your walls, woodwork, and upholstery are not soiled any further
  • If possible, place old linens or towels on traffic areas to cut back on further soiling

Our skilled technicians formulate a plan to remove all charred debris and non-salvageable belongings from your home. Carpeting and other saturated materials from the water extinguishing the fire are treated or entirely removed to be replaced. Specialized dry or wet cleaning methods are used depending on the type of smoke and soot residue present on various surfaces. We also have equipment like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators that help us to pull particles from the air, thus improving air quality while removing tough smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is available when you need professional fire damage restoration services. Call us at (847) 279-1940 so that we can send a team out as quickly as possible.

Nip Buffalo Grove Mold Damage to Your Sunroom in The Bud

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by window SERVPRO can inspect, discover, and remediate mold damage in your Buffalo Grove home caused by leaking windows and more

Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation for Your Buffalo Grove Property

Additions to your home like sunrooms and three-season porches often lack the same roof coverings and underpinnings as the rest of your house. As a result, climate control is more difficult within these rooms, causing a potential imbalance of humid air or condensation inside, leading to mold growth. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to help you remediate this problem.

Even trace amounts of moisture feed mold, continuing the damage. For example, if you have a sunroom with a flat roof, no basement, or a porch with a neglected crawlspace and ill-fitting windows, water finds many ways to invade and nurture microbial growth. We are experts in locating, containing, and removing mold damage in Buffalo Grove and help you recognize the changes needed to keep the moisture out.

Mold Inspection

Perhaps the water drained poorly from a flat roof, or a window allowed water to blow inside a porch. Dark staining on the ceiling, crumbling wood, and a musty smell are the clues. SERVPRO staff contains the visible mold and searches above the ceiling or behind walls to see if other structures have microbial colonies. The mold is removed from the surfaces as much as possible, but if it invades within drywall or deep into the wood, the building materials must come out as well. We disinfect the areas, sealing if indicated with proper products, and dispose of the moldy debris. Our team works with other contractors when needed to replace the missing components, restoring the look and function of the rooms.

SERVPRO technicians also search for a way to prevent the water from infiltrating. Roof repair or drainage reconfiguring is a possible set of answers. Windows receiving caulking and proper vapor barriers under, and over uninsulated areas help even out humidity levels and condensation problems. We realize these types of rooms are tricky to maintain in regions where the weather hits both extremes of cold and heat. Heavy precipitation, water, sleet, ice, and snow all contribute and need to be dealt with proactively. Our AMRT crew prides itself on helping with these complex problems in our wide-ranging climate.

Frustrations regarding troubling mold damage have answers when you contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich. Set up an inspection through our office at (847) 279-1940.

Why Work with Local Restoration Firms During Recovery from Commercial Water or Fire Damage in Downtown Chicago?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Chicago skyline with services listed in a black box Big announcement!! Our office is excited to announce that we will be serving the downtown Chicago area as an official SERVPRO Downtown Operator!

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is qualified and motivated to assist Chicago Loop businesses as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator

The aftermath of an urban disaster affecting a multistory residential or office building, sprawling production campus, museums, restaurants, hotels, museums, or other attractions in the densely populated business districts and neighborhoods in the heart of Chicago requires urgent interventions. Commercial property owners and managers seek experienced and immediately available restoration partners.  

Does SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich Stand Out Among Other Commercial Restoration Options?

We serve the Chicago Loop as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator, ready 24/7 to offer the scalable resources needed to manage significant damage suffered by businesses and multi-family residential buildings. Burst pipes, storm-related disasters, fire and smoke damage, or mold remediation needs create massive challenges in Chicago’s skyscrapers, lodgings, event venues, and retail centers. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained workforce and extensive inventory of state-of-the-art mitigation and remediation equipment allows our team to take charge of the most complicated disaster circumstances. Because we headquarter in Chicagoland, promptly dispatching the needed crews and fully stocked service vehicles results in quick assessment and immediate post-evaluation response, providing downtown Chicago commercial disaster victims the following services expeditiously:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Emergency Services for Water Damage
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Biohazard or Mold Remediation

Does Location of a Commercial Restoration Firm Matter to Damaged Businesses?

When given a choice after a commercial water, fire and smoke, mold, or storm damage emergencies in downtown Chicago, business owners naturally prefer aligning with local mitigation and remediation professionals. Rapid response time and a shared sense of community are a dynamic combination when grappling with the simultaneous challenges of providing myriad combinations of storm, mold, water, and fire damage restorations while implementing these interventions mindfully, permitting business operations to continue during recovery. We are a member of the nationwide SERVPRO Large Loss Response Team, looking forward to leveraging that experience to local businesses when serving downtown Chicago. 

As an official downtown licensed operator, SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich reacts swiftly to disasters in the urban center. Call (847) 279-1940 for immediate consultation and dispatch of emergency crews.

What is the First Step to Restoring a Lake Zurich Home After a Flood?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Cloud to ground lightning in night sky Spring storms are coming. When it floods, SERVPRO is ready!

Lake Zurich Homeowners Should Reach out to SERVPRO for Professional Restoration Services

Even when a homeowner acknowledges the risk of flooding, it isn’t until the event happens that one understands the magnitude of its consequences. Your carpets, walls, furniture, and belongings are all at risk, not to mention electrical issues that bubble up. When natural disasters happen, savvy homeowners immediately reach out to professional water restoration technicians.

Flood damage in Lake Zurich is no match for our SERVPRO technicians. As we assess your property, we focus on safety and efficiency. With this goal in mind, we match your needs to the best equipment and techniques available in the industry and coordinate with other contractors as necessary. If you wonder why a call to SERVPRO is essential, consider the following:

  • Our SERVPRO team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
  • Our flood damage restoration equipment is industrial-grade, as is our application of best practices.
  • We focus on using EPA-approved cleaning solutions, including anti-microbial cleaning agents.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich is at your service around the clock. Call us at (847) 279-1940 and let the experts take over.

Buffalo Grove Residents Deserve Trusted Mold Remediation

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

mold covered furniture Mold is no DIY project. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC trained and certified for all mold issues.

SERVPRO handles mold remediation using proven methods for Buffalo Grove homeowners 

While mold spores are present just about everywhere, you never want them to fester and colonize within your home. If you suspect you have mold and mildew growth, it is in the best interest of you and your family that you contact skilled technicians to handle remediation efforts.

Your Buffalo Grove home deserves prompt mold remediation, and our team at SERVPRO is ready for the task. You can reach us 24/7 for emergency service - we show up as soon as possible to get to work. If you are unsure whether or not you need IICRC-certified technicians for the job, consider these facts about mold:

  • Before remediation, all sources of moisture or water must get addressed. Failure to do so will allow the mold to return.
  • Microscopic mold spores easily travel through the air, meaning it can get in through your doors, windows, heating systems, and more.
  • Mold thrives on moisture and colonizes fast when exposed to water and increased moisture levels.
  • Because mold may not always be visible, one tell-tale sign is a strong, musty odor.

To ensure your home is Certified: SERVPRO Clean, call on us for your mold remediation needs. You can reach SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich by calling (847) 279-1940 for 24-hour service.

Four Week Data Analytics Course Begins on December 7th for Buffalo Grove Residents.

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

computers and analysts at work SERVPRO says go to the data analytical classes close by to Buffalo Grove in Mundelein. We can take care of your mold problems while you learn

Retrain this December with a Crash Course in Data Analytics Taking Place Near Buffalo Grove.

This four-week course covers an introduction to the world of data analytics. Take the opportunity to learn how to prepare and perform analysis of data and statistics with tutor-led classes. The course teaches using software such as Python and Pandas to provide a framework of reference through practical experience. Buffalo Grove residents can take this opportunity by heading to nearby Mundelein, where courses are taking place in the IT Training Center. All classes are run and endorsed by Tech Training Solutions. Across four weeks, candidates can take in 8 sessions of detailed instruction geared toward the current career market. Hands-on experience is included to build confidence in real-world analytics.

  • Explore real-life problem-solving systems that rely on Data Analytics.
  • Evening classes run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.30 pm, which is flexible to your schedule
  • No background or qualifications required, although basic computer literacy is necessary.

The presence of microbial fungi in your home could cause permanent damage to the structure or contents. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940.

Free Meditation & Dharma Sharing Meetings in the Buffalo Grove Area.

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing you at the Meditation & Dharma sharing meetings.

Expand Your Knowledge of Buddhism While in Buffalo Grove Through the Chicago Meditation Group’s Convenient Weekly Meetings.

Developing more as a Buddhist takes time and effort. It also helps to have a knowledgeable community to support you in your pursuit of greater understanding.  Unfortunately, having the time to find teachers and like-minded people in Buffalo Grove is often a major obstacle to advancing your Buddhist knowledge. Luckily, the Chicago Meditation Group is a dedicated local community that is here to help.  On Saturday, November 7th, the group is hosting an online gathering.  Key details about this gathering and other weekly meetings are as follows:

Sessions begin every Saturday at 3:45 PM.

The November 7th online session can be joined via Zoom.

There is no cost to attend, and beginners are welcome.

Dharma topic sharing and discussion the 1st Saturday of every month

Find out more about these meetings at the Chicago Meditation Group's website.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich celebrates the remarkable diversity of our community and is always here to help its residents.  Whenever you need water damage mitigation, we have the right training and equipment to do the job right.  Call us at (847) 279-1940 for assistance.

What is Necessary for Water Mitigation to Deliver the Right Outcome in Buffalo Grove?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating couch and tipped over lamp Water damage in your home can ruin many of your valued possessions. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and mitigation services for your property.

Buffalo Grove Homeowners Doing Water Mitigation can Let SERVPRO Handle the Process for Convenience

Although water plays a crucial role as a utility in your home, it can be destructive when it flows into unwanted areas. When an incident happens, you should consider taking immediate mitigation steps. If you do it properly, you can minimize the chances of a severe outcome. SERVPRO helps Buffalo Grove homeowners when such incidents happen.

What is essential during water mitigation in Buffalo Grove properties?

The leading aspect that influences the outcome of water mitigation exercises is the understanding the people involved have on how the approach differs from other restoration solutions. Since mitigation helps stop further deterioration, some of the essential requirements during the process include:

  • Speedy execution of the process
  • Ability to identify all problem areas
  • Having the correct resources to handle cleanup

Our SERVPRO crews have handled mitigation processes for many years, giving us invaluable insight into how water affects properties. For instance, shortly after the incident happens, only the highly porous materials such as fabrics, upholstery, and carpets are affected. However, the longer it takes to remove the water, the more other materials are affected. Therefore, our technicians look for the fastest ways to respond to the incident, including:

  • Moving items to limit exposure to water
  • Increasing efficiency levels in the extraction of standing water
  • Using advanced moisture detection equipment

How much effectiveness does speed add to the mitigation process?

A quick response can save you the hassle of fixing advanced problems such as mold, deep staining, and other significant forms of deterioration in materials.  The use of sophisticated equipment can help make noticeable differences. For instance, when our technicians use extractors with sufficient vacuum lift, we can cut down the drying time by several hours or days. 

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can help you handle water mitigation conveniently. Call us at (847) 279-1940 whenever a problem arises. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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.,_Illinois

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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