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Water Cleanup of Carpeted Homes in Downtown Chicago

3/3/2023 (Permalink)

removed carpet, showing tack-board SERVPRO restores storm-damaged homes and businesses in Downtown Chicago.

Fast Water Extraction in Downtown Chicago

Water leaks caused by storms passing through Downtown Chicago can damage flooring and contents. Many of our customers are surprised to learn that water damage to carpeted floors can lead to the weakening of the subfloor and replacement of the carpet and underpad if water removal and drying are not undertaken immediately.

SERVPRO responds within four hours of your call for Downtown Chicago water cleanup after a storm or major water line break. Our team can provide emergency board-up services and install weighted water extractors, dehumidifiers, and high-capacity air movers to remove water and moisture from your home or office.

Water from storms leaking into your home or from plumbing leaks can damage carpets in several ways if the water is not immediately removed. Typically, if this is Black Water, contaminated with biohazardous elements, the carpet must be discarded.

  • Separation of the carpet's secondary and primary backing, referred to as delamination
  • Latex glues deteriorate and may cause delamination in high-traffic areas
  • Water can also cause glued-down carpets to separate from the floor leading to bubbling
  • Padding may break apart when wet and need to be replaced
  • Subfloors exposed to moisture for longer periods can lose strength and integrity
  • Dyes in the carpet, colored dyes in objects on the carpet can cause discoloration

Homeowners can help manage the damage and assist with water cleanup immediately after the storm passes:

  • Verify everyone is safe and accounted for
  • Be careful of slips and falls on wet surfaces
  • If possible, turn off all power sources in the affected area
  • Avoid using lamps and other electrical equipment in the affected area
  • Remove all items from the floor that could leak dyes into the wet carpet
  • Support furniture legs with wood blocks under each or place tinfoil under each leg to prevent rust and discoloration

Our fast response, water cleanup, and drying can minimize the total damage.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for water cleanup services. We are

Why So Many in Downtown Chicago Choose SERVPRO's Mold Damage Team

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

hand pulling walllpaper away to reveal mold growth Mold can grow anywhere there is a food and moisture source. Call SERVPRO at the first sign for complete remediation.

We Can Erase Mold Damage & Effects in Your Home

Mold can leave signs of its presence behind, even after remediation. Mold damage involves more than the physical changes seen on surfaces. Many homeowners in Chicago recognize the odor mold causes but don't know how to combat those unwanted aromas beyond using scented aerosols.

As a Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator, SERVPRO goes the extra step to ensure each customer is satisfied with our work, including eliminating odors from mold damage in your Chicago home. We know how to use technology to get to the source of those unpleasant odors for you.

Here are ways our IICRC trained team uses  technology to make your house, post-mold remediation, comfortable for you:

  • Locating where moisture is entering your residence
  • Eradication of excess mold
  • Highly effective odor control methods

Our team relies on equipment that helps us detect excess moisture and extract and get everything dried out. Infrared cameras give us an image that reveals cooler locations, often indicative of elevated moisture. Ensuring these places remain dry after our remediation process can prevent mold from returning.

Using different methods, we eliminate mold from surfaces like walls and floors, from the interior of your HVAC system's ducts and vents, and enclosed interior spaces like behind your tub surround. These techniques range from dry ice pellets blasted at high speed to freeze and remove mold particles to a spray-on application of an encapsulating agent that renders mold inert.

Once the microbial population is controlled, we can begin working on handling mold-related odors. One method we use to remove mold also controls odors, but we can do more than that to eliminate moldy scents. Depending on things in the area, we can use wet or dry fogging, time-release gel packs, aromatic oils, activated charcoal, and industrial strength masking agents that out-power handheld scented aerosols. 

When you need mold and odor control experts, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. Even if we cannot detect an unwanted aroma, your nose is the golden standard in your home.

Handling Commercial Water Damage in Downtown Chicago Calls for Expertise

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment The first step to resolving commercial water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Offers Commercial Water Damage Repair in Downtown Chicago

Water damage in a commercial establishment like a hotel can prevent you from doing business and affect the safety of your employees and patrons. Once you spot water damage signs, you must take action immediately. Commercial water damage repair requires a rigorous approach because of the structure and size of the building, the varying use of spaces, and the number of occupants. 

There is a time constraint when handling commercial water damage in Downtown Chicago since business must continue quickly. Water damage can cause moisture to seep into structures like drywall, wood, and carpet floors, triggering issues like warped wood, damaged drywall, and mold infestation. 

After enduring water damage, you must address multiple separate issues. That’s why SERVPRO’s water remediation services involve several steps. You may not require all services listed, but you can rest assured that we provide every service you need. We offer the following services: 

  • Inspection
  • Water extraction 
  • Dry out 
  • Mold removal  
  • Building repair 


This involves evaluating the affected areas using equipment like thermal imaging cameras to determine how far moisture traveled. 

Water Extraction

Our SERVPRO team can use pumps to remove water from the property. Pump strength is stated in terms of lift and volume capacity. If the stagnant water in your hotel is over two inches deep, our team can use submersible pumps with adequate volume capacity and lift capability to extract it. 

Dry Out

We can use air movers to quickly dry out your property so we can proceed with the remaining restoration process. Our SERVPRO team can also use powerful, large dehumidifiers to draw water from floors and walls to prevent structural issues and bacteria buildup. 

Mold Remediation

Following water damage, experiencing a mold infestation is common. SERVPRO uses effective techniques to remediate mold. 

Building Repair 

This phase of the restoration process involves repairing or rebuilding damaged walls, floors, and ceilings to restore a building to its preloss state. 

Hotel owners can count on SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to offer effective and fast commercial water damage repairs. For professional remediation, call us today at (630) 830-6236.

Fire Restoration Team Can Rebuild Burned Home in Downtown Chicago

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

smoke billowing out of windows SERVPRO provides high-quality fire damage restoration services. We have the manpower and equipment for every size of disaster.

Save Money with Fire Restoration Services

Sirens seem to be everywhere in downtown Chicago. When one of those screaming sirens belongs to your home and comes from the fire department, your next call should be to SERVPRO. Our fire restoration team can get everything back to normal again.

Downtown Chicago homes need fire restoration services from a professional and experienced team. Soot is messy, but fire can damage the structure and make your floors unsafe. Ceilings can become hazards waiting to fall on someone. Such destruction happens because of direct contact with the flames and the weight of the fire department’s water. 

Now weakened, interior structures can hold even less than before. However, burned belongings and the newly introduced water make things extremely heavy. We handle this for you, restoring your home “Like it never even happened.” 

We accomplish this for customers after a house fire by doing the following:

· Extract the water,

· Remove debris,

· Rebuild destroyed areas of the house, and

· Clean and deodorize.

We pump out the water, use extraction wands, set up and run desiccant machines, and use air movers to extract and dry out the house’s interior.

Debris can leave an odor, so we remove things that have no chance of a successful restoration. We list such items for insurance purposes and to make it easier for you to purchase new replacements.

We cut away destroyed materials. Included in this are carpets, drywall, paneling, doors, window frames, cabinets, and countertops. We take measurements, describe the material needed to replace the old, and keep the area clean for the contractor to work more easily.

Getting rid of the soot and smoke residues clinging to surfaces helps reduce the intensity of the bad odors. We also use highly effective deodorizing methods.

Each of these steps, and a few others, help rebuild your home, so it looks and smells like it did before. We know how important home is to a family, and we can help eliminate the stress involved in a disaster like a fire.

Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for a professional fire restoration team. We are a “Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator.”

Water Cleanup and Restoration After a Plumbing Leak in Chicago

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Attached to the Floor With advanced equipment, SERVPRO restores property to pre-damaged conditions, "Like it never even happened."

Does SERVPRO Remove Water from Carpets, Hardwood Floors, and Inside Walls in Chicago?

Leaking plumbing can quickly cover floors with water inside Chicago homes. Water covers hardwood floors and seeps between the hardwood planks to the subfloor, causing cupping, warping, and swelling. Carpets soak up water like a sponge, soaking the carpet, the underpad, and the subfloor. Leaks inside walls fill the spaces between the studs or underneath cupboards made of compressed wood chips. Unless the water can be removed quickly, a great deal of secondary damage may occur.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services in Chicago and the surrounding areas. We respond to your home or business within four hours of your call, assess the situation, and immediately deploy equipment and team members to address the problem.

We use weighted water extractors to remove water from carpets and underpads. In some situations, lifting the carpet to dry the subfloor may be necessary, using air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture.

Hardwood floor drying mats are placed on hardwood floors to remove water between the planks and the subfloor. A vacuum sucks the moisture from the floor, and then dry air and dehumidifiers are used to dry the floor further.

The water behind drywall or inside cavities under cupboards is removed by drilling access holes and inserting vacuum wands to remove water. Dry air is blown into the cavities using specialized drying equipment and dehumidifiers. The fast action by the client making a call to SERVPRO and our response can significantly reduce secondary damage and opportunities for mold colonies to grow.

SERVPRO provides the following services:

  • Water Clean up
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup and Ceiling Repairs

We also follow industry-standard processes to provide our clients with professional services:

  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Water extraction and removal
  • Dehumidification and drying
  • Cleanup and repair
  • Restoration of all areas affected by water damage

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for water cleanup services. We provide service to Chicago and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

What Can SERVPRO Do for Flood Damage Victims in Downtown Chicago?

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

rain pouring in through the roof from a storm Storm damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. We are ready at a moment's notice to help you out.

We Can Offer These Residents a Wide Range of Flood Damage Remediation Services.

When Downtown Chicago homeowners experience flood damage, they often call a reputable biohazard cleaning company like SERVPRO for assistance. We are usually their first choice because of our extensive training, nearly twenty years of experience, cutting-edge equipment, and vast service offerings.

We perform the following work to clean up and restore flood-damaged homes:

  • Flood water removal services employing high-powered water extractors to complete water clean-up efforts rapidly
  • Professional removal of hazardous wastes like toxic chemicals and sewage, as well as thorough home disinfection with state-of-the-art foggers and EPA-approved disinfectants
  • Water damage remediation using advanced air movers, dehumidifiers, and innovative Injectidry systems
  • Water damage repairs ranging from minor fixes to extensive rebuilds
  • Home deodorization with commercial-grade deodorants 

As you can see, regardless of the severity of your case, SERVPRO is your one-stop source for high-quality water damage remediation work.

With all that said, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale if your home ever suffers flood damage. As your helpful neighbors, we want to help return your residence to its pre-flood condition as soon as possible. Call us anytime at (630) 830-6236 for assistance.

You Need an Expert to Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Your Carol Stream Home

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

burned out clothes dryer, scorched We can salvage your Carol Stream home following fire damage.

SERVPRO Performs Fire Restoration in Carol Stream Promptly

Fires are a source of great losses to homeowners, which is why many feel tempted to tackle fire damage by themselves to save some money. However, this is a job that only experienced individuals should carry out.

SERVPRO knows this and has thus brought together a team of experts who can perform fire restoration in your Carol Stream house in the shortest time possible. Some of the reasons why you should not attempt to complete the repairs yourself are:

  • There is a high possibility of being exposed to hidden health hazards.
  • You need special equipment that you might not have, but SERVPRO has it.
  • There is a chance of discarding items and goods that professional restorers can salvage.
  • The process of recovery might take longer than you anticipated.

Our SERVPRO technicians make sure your house is secure before we do anything by boarding up parts that were burnt down and immediately tarping the roof and windows to avoid weather damage. Our electric submersible pumps come in handy when extracting the water left behind by the fire suppression system or the firefighters to prevent the escalation of the disaster.

Our SERVPRO restorers are skilled in removing smoke and soot from the affected surfaces. We also use various professional products to remove the smoky smell associated with smoke residues and create a habitable environment in the process. The products bring about different deodorizing actions. For instance, we can use odor counteracting beads to eliminate the smells. They are made with a specially treated porous material permeated with solvent-based counteractants. These products are masking agents that work by time release. They give off appealing fragrances to freshen up the area restorers are treating.

If odors remain after we have used other deodorization procedures, we can seal the affected surfaces. We apply sealants to the surfaces to encapsulate the remaining odor residues.

Restoring your house after a fire is a task requiring efficiency. You should contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. We aim to make fire damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

Prepare for Possible Water Damage in a West Chicago Food Processing Plant

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

ERP on tablet SERVPRO's ERP Plan can prevent or at least mitigate water damage to your Chicago area warehouse, office, or retail shop.

The ERP Plan Can Help Minimize Chicago Water Damage

West Chicago is home to several large commercial food processing firms. The work in a meat processing plant requires pure, clean water in large quantities. If a leak or break results in water intrusion into the production areas, health and safety concerns demand that the water damage is remediated fast. Our experienced work crews are up to the challenge.

When cracked or corroded plumbing causes water damage in your West Chicago business, you must act immediately or risk a shutdown. Working hand in hand with our recovery and restoration experts even before the water failure event is the wisest course. The more we know about your business beforehand, the swifter and more focused our response.

Effective damage remediation requires first that the main source of the water be shut off. Then our crews get to work removing water with truck-mounted pumps and high-efficiency extractors. We can work even if the electricity is shut down for a time at your plant because we carry power generators with us. If you and our sales rep developed a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) before the water emergency, our team is much better prepared to find and remove all water and then get on with the tasks of drying out your commercial space.

Once the standing water is evacuated, commercial-sized air movers and dehumidifiers aim to reduce air and structural moisture levels to normal readings. During our assessment of your plant for the ERP, we note the type of building materials that will be soaked if flooding or leaking occurs. We are armed with the industry’s recommendations for drying targets given your company’s situation and work ceaselessly to achieve it if the worst happens.

The ERP provides us with floor plans, the location of utility lines and shutoffs, and the names and contacts of your vital contractors. To be sure that no time is lost, you designate trusted employees or executives to approve calling and engaging our services. SERVPRO emphasizes to business owners that speed is of the highest importance when dealing with water damage. If we demonstrate you chose us as your approved restoration contractor, we can get on with the work of remediating the water damage in your factory or other business without losing valuable time. A seamless effort from water removal to reconstruction. 

You are given a chance to communicate with us how your business works and your preferred priorities when restoration of your water-damaged premises begins. We can walk you through every step needed to return your business to its preloss condition, ready to continue production. We can develop options to keep at least part of your business running while we restore the rest.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale prepares every day to be ready for the opportunity to serve you should a water damage disaster occur. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 so we can work together to create a plan that minimizes your business's time while recovering from various emergencies.

Finding and Controlling Mold Damage in Carol Stream Homes

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

various molds growing on wall, many colors Rely on the AMRT specialists from SERVPRO to restore your mold damaged Carol Stream home.

Professional Mold Remediation Mitigates Damage

Numerous species of molds can be found in Carol Stream, including black, green, orange, brown, and white. Outdoors, mold has a significant role in the natural breakdown of plant matter. It often begins as a stringy slime, although it can also appear in the form of a powdery substance, like mildew. Black mold has the reputation, though unjustly, of having the most significant impact on your home but addressing it requires professional restoration services.

SERVPRO has experienced mold damage remediation experts in Carol Stream that can arrive promptly to control the growth. Mold can develop incredibly fast, forming a colony in as little as 2 days after initial contact with a surface. Our products are designed to reverse the damage quickly and efficiently, leaving you with a cleaner living space.

These fungi require a water source to proliferate. Basements, crawl spaces, attics, wall interiors, and chimneys are all areas where water can intrude. Condensation can also occur when the house has excessive humidity, providing favorable conditions for mold growth. Most living things produce organic compounds that the mold uses as food sources. Everything from wood to skin cells can supply the necessary nutrients for mold growth.

Residential buildings have many areas that are conducive for mold to develop. The good news is that there are specific steps you can take to limit their growth. Total eradication is impossible though a professional restoration company like SERVPRO comes close. We have trained AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians ready to grapple with an unwanted infestation.

Basements, in particular, should have a proper ventilation system for pushing water vapor out and bringing in fresh air. A circulation fan or dehumidifier can help eliminate excessive moisture without windows. Foundation cracks also provide an ideal habitat for mold growth. SERVPRO experts can seal your foundation's doors, window frames, and corner locations to prevent rainwater from penetrating inside and causing mold damage.

Mold can be unsightly and can cause structural damage. SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is dedicated to eliminating all signs of mold damage and limiting future growth on your property. For assistance, call us today at (630) 830-6236.

Tips for Preventing Water Damage to Carol Stream Homes

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a broken white pipe that is leaking water from the crack in it When your property is facing a pipe break, team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 with trained personnel and equipment to handle the emergency. Call us now.

Make sure you have a plan when it comes to your Carol Stream home water damage.

Many types of water damage are preventable, including unplanned issues such as pipe breaks and appliance failures. It is also vital to have a plan of action in place if water loss occurs, such as making sure each member of the family knows the location of the main water turn-off for the home. 

SERVPRO technicians handle all sizes of water damage in Carol Stream homes. When they are scoping the property to determine the scale of the loss, they also look for ways to protect both the interior and exterior of the property in the future. Contact our office for information regarding the ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan, a mobile app that can mitigate and also prevent water damaging events.


The technicians bring a combination of extensive continued education in the restoration sciences and compassion to every job site. The goal is always to limit loss through the use of their advanced equipment and methods.

Drainage Around Your Property is Essential

Clogged gutters are a significant component of water damage to a home. When the water cannot leave the gutters properly, it backs up, and when the added element of ice and snow gets added - the gutter can get pushed away from the roof, causing leaks that allow water into the home. Either clean your gutters or have them professionally cleaned once a year to avoid these issues. Downspout water drainage should be five to ten feet away from the property. 

Test Your Sump Pump

When a sump pump gets installed, homeowners rely on it to remove water. It is a good idea to test your sump pump every six months to a year and ensure it is in top working order. SERVPRO techs have submersible pumps that can deal with large amounts of water loss when sump pumps fail. 

Inspect Your Property

Look for leaks once a month. Make a list and check each room in your home, fixture, open cabinets, and look at the pipes under sinks. Look for water spots, a musty odor, and buckled sheetrock to catch leaks before they drench the property. When signs of damage from water get identified, contact SERVPRO to dry and restore the areas.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when you need fast assistance for water damage. The techs arrive quickly and clean up the water loss, so your home is left "Like it never even happened."

Pop Up Pool Floods House in Carol Stream

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a dog standing in an above ground pool with a toy in its mouth Dealing with flooding after an above ground pool splits can often be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO and we will be on the scene quickly to mitigate.

Technicians at SERVPRO Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your House After a Flooding Incident

During hot summer days, it is difficult to deflect the pleas of little ones who want to cool off in a backyard pool. Options are available that set up quickly and hold enough water to ease those afternoon hot waves. When the unexpected happens, and the pool water flows into your living area, SERVPRO has the experience and a plan to abate the backyard flood.

In-ground pools are expensive and used only a few months out of the year in our climate. Your family took advantage of a sale on a large above-ground pool, and the good times were rolling until the pool structure split. The resulting flood damaged your Carol Stream home, sending nearly 3000 gallons of water into your walkout family room and utility areas.

As with any flood, SERVPRO technicians arrive with powerful truck mounted pumps and water extractors. If the force of the water knocks out electrical power in your house temporarily, we are set to go. Our crew assures itself that the circuits in the basement are shut off for safety, and work to extract the flooding. Once the majority of water is gone, rely on our trained technicians to turn to high-efficiency water vacuums, systematically extracting residual moisture from your family room carpet. Care must be taken not to stretch the carpeting, and to gain access top and bottom for air movers, we may lift it after extraction.

Summer can be a high humidity season in Chicago’s Western suburbs, urging our work crew to measure moisture levels carefully once the drying cycle begins. Central air conditioning helps reduce moisture, but we often add dehumidifiers to speed the reduction. The contents of your backyard pool are considered slightly contaminated, gray water which has the potential to accelerate mold growth. The faster SERVPRO reduces the overall moisture content in your family room, the better.

We evaluate the furnishings, toys, books, and electronics in the path of the flood for water damage, staging any that need special attention off the carpet in the utility area or the garage. Non porous items can be towel dried, but documents or books may need evaluation for freeze drying, a procedure that removes water vapor without saturating the paper. This strategy is a somewhat costly procedure, so we work with you to choose the most important papers and books to recover.

Do not let a sunny afternoon at the pool destroy your summer. If pool malfunctions flood your basement, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to help. Call (630) 830-6236 for a speedy restoration.

Large Loss Water Removal for Carol Stream Offices

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

the front of Virgin Hotels building from a street view When your commercial property needs water removal and drying assistance, SERVPRO is the company that you need. We are standing by 24/7.

Special Equipment for Water Removal Services

Commercial properties are a growing part of the Carol Stream community and are as susceptible to water damage as the thousands of residences we serve. With Large Loss recovery, especially with focuses like water removal, there are varying levels of action that must be taken. Water removal services consist of three distinct stages of damage:

  • Surface water
  • Trapped moisture
  • Environmental moisture content

Truck-Mount Pumps

Water removal for Carol Stream offices and commercial structures requires several types of special equipment and tools. Large Loss projects require a higher production value for the equipment used, as the square footage is often much more considerable. With surface water threats, we can utilize our fleet's most powerful extraction device, the truck-mounted, engine-driven pump.

Trailered Generators

Trailered equipment is beneficial to the Large Loss recovery team, as they can hook vehicles up to these industrial-grade units and reach damaged sites quickly. Generators are particularly valuable to recovering water-damaged offices, as they can supply the needed power to many of the smaller tools used for restoration. In water removal terms, this can provide needed electricity for light wands, wet vacuums, and electric sump pumps.

Removing Humidity on a Broad Scale

Water removal also refers to the efforts made to reduce environmental moisture. Damp atmospheres are ideal for mold development, so we lean on trailered equipment like our desiccant dehumidifier with quick connect, lay-flat hoses for a fast roll-out into the building to provide dehumidification on multiple levels and multiple rooms of the facility as needed. 

However water removal is needed in a business, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team has the tools to help. We appreciate the urgency of getting your company running normally again, so we are ready to get mitigation and restoration started 24/7 at the first notice of loss. Call today at (630) 830-6236. 

Getting Professional Restoration Assistance for Fire Damage to Your West Chicago Home

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Close up of water being sprayed onto burning building your home from smoke and fire damage, along with the water damage caused by efforts used to put the fire out.

SERVPRO is Here when Your Home Experiences Fire Damage

When your West Chicago home falls victim to a fire, you might be overwhelmed with all of the damage that it has done. Even without resounding structural impairment, the lingering effects of both the blaze and the extinguishing efforts require immediate attention to continue to live in your house comfortably. A typical complaint about those who have recently endured similar incidents in their own homes is the lingering smoke smell and water damage that resulted from extinguishing efforts.

While the fire damage to your West Chicago home might seem complicated to grasp at first, there is professional restoration help that is only a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team consists of IICRC certified specialists with the tools and expertise to handle even the most significant disasters. When a lasting foul odor and excessive water damage are left behind after a recent fire in your home, our team is well equipped to combat these effects.

Water damage following fire extinguishing can be challenging to live with, especially if there is standing water still left in the affected areas of your home. When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive, we focus on preventing damages from getting any worse. We do this by boarding up or tarping over any windows that have gotten broken out or presenting holes in your walls or roof. This coverage prevents further elemental damage while our restoration process's extraction and drying steps are underway.

Our extraction techniques involve truck-mounted pumps, portable submersible pumps, and wet vacs. The combined efforts of all of this equipment successfully pull up standing water and allow for the drying portion of the process to get started. Drying typically gets accomplished using air movers directed at lasting moisture in the floors and walls of the affected area.

Deodorization is part of our restoration process to handle the lingering smoke smell that can also be hard to manage. We utilize different tools such as foggers and ozone machines to affect the noxious smell at a molecular level. Our odorless chemical compounds react with foul odor molecules and nullify them entirely.

Fire damage does not have to be an overwhelming experience to face alone. Call our experienced SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team whenever disaster strikes. We can be reached anytime at (630) 830-6236.

Protecting Your Lombard Home's Garage from Flood Damage

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Outside view of garage door One of the first areas affected by excess water after a storm is the garage of your Lombard area home.

Protecting Your from Flood Damage

One of the first areas affected by excess water after a storm in the garage of your Lombard area home. Flooding can lead to significant damages that prevent you from performing daily activities. However, you can help prevent flooding in your garage by following a few simple tips.

If you find yourself dealing with flood damage on your Lombard area property, call a professional for help eliminating the problem immediately. Remember, taking swift, decisive action can help prevent additional losses, contamination, and corrosion that take a severe toll on your home over time.

Provide your garage with the proper protection against water intrusion by maintaining weatherstripping or water sealants where necessary. Seals around your garage door, windows, and doors can efficiently prevent minor flooding. However, these seals degrade over time, so maintenance is essential to avoid significant damage to your property.

You can have your home and garage inspected by a qualified professional that understands how water behaves. SERVPRO can help you identify existing problems and suggest steps to take to protect your property. Checking your foundation for cracks or additional damage can prevent water from seeping into your home, making unprotected areas less vulnerable during a flood.

Have the drainage around your home maintained regularly. Broken gutters and downspouts play a significant role in protecting your home, as do drainage, backflow valves, and sump pumps. Having the proper drainage installed along your driveway can help lead excess water away from your structure, serving as a second line of defense against flooding.

When flood barriers or sandbags fail, the installation of flood vents allows flood waters to enter and exit your garage unobstructed, preventing water build-up that allows standing water to damage your property and stored belongings. SERVPRO technicians can help you prepare your garage and home against flood damage that might occur in your area.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has IICRC certified technicians available 24 hours a day, giving you full access to the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to successfully clean and restore your home (630) 830-6236.

Carol Stream Water Damage Repair Happens Fast with SERVPRO

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Two toddlers playing in full bathtub Water Damage happens, and the science behind drying is includes the air temperature and relative humidity.

Drying Carol Stream Homes During Water Damage Repair

One of the critical processes during water damage repair of your Carol Stream home is drying of the wet surfaces. Several thermodynamic properties of the air, such as temperature, humidity, and vapor pressure, can influence the rate of drying.

SERVPRO techs manipulate temperature and humidity levels during water damage repair of your Carol Stream home. Restorative drying aims to create the best possible conditions without causing secondary damage. SERVPRO restorers use dehumidifiers to reduce the air's water vapor content, causing a drop in the vapor pressure. As wet surfaces have higher vapor pressure, the water moves from wet surfaces into the air causing rapid drying.

The Role of Temperature on Water Clean Up

The air temperature also plays a crucial role in the water damage repair of your Carol Stream home. Warm air holds more water vapor than cold air. As evaporation causes cooling, drying a structure after water damage often results in a reduction in temperature.

If the relative humidity reaches 100% and the temperature falls below the dew point, moisture from the air is released back in the form of condensation on cooler surfaces. SERVPRO techs determine the dew point and vapor pressure using psychrometric charts.

While drying the structure, the SERVPRO restorers maintain the inside temperature above the dew point. Some of the most common equipment that they use to make it happen to include:

  • Portable electric heaters
  • Direct expansion units (Mostly for commercial buildings)
  • Air conditioning units

If you need help with water cleanup of your property, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. 

How to Safely Remove Floodwaters From Bloomingdale Homes

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded room of a house with water covering the floor Water removal and drying services are what we are known for. Call our certified technicians to assess the situation and put together a plan for you.

Flood Water Removal service in line with EPA guidelines for Bloomingdale residents

Draining a property or room of vast quantities of water presents many challenges for a restorer. First and foremost, we need to assess the level of water contamination, which is determinable by visual inspection as well as studying the source of the spill. Floodwaters typically register with high levels of water contamination because they are likely to imbibe various materials en route to your property. These materials may include pesticides, raw sewage, debris, rust, mud, or viruses.

We also need to understand the unique architecture and infrastructure of your property that requires flood water removal in Bloomingdale. Understanding where open sewer points are, as well as the category of sewer, can help to assist SERVPRO when it comes to removing wastewaters safely. Sometimes there may not be a suitable external sewer point in which case water ducts need rerouting back into the property. Other times, sewer backup or the potential for clogging may mean that wastewater storage is necessary as well as the transport to a wastewater facility.

We inform our approach per guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as local councils. SERVPRO technicians dispose of wastewaters responsibly and can mobilize the necessary equipment to do so at a moment's notice. After answering the critical questions on how to dispose of our transport water from the flooded property, we can begin to set up the appropriate equipment.

SERVPRO utilizes three types of water removal pumping equipment, depending on the type of task at hand. Electric submersible pumps are among the most common providing the right balance between lift capacity and volume, which are ideal for upper level or ground level drainage. When water contains solid-waste, we can deploy self-priming trash pumps. For underground garages, high-pressure pumps can help us to transport water from lower to upper levels.

When large quantities of water enter your home, you need to remove it quickly to avoid risking permanent damages. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Professionals Help Handle Fire Damage Restoration in Carol Stream Safely

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged top of a home with smoke and fire billowing from the windows Recent fire in your home? Team SERVPRO will quickly assess and formulate a custom fire damage remediation plan that will work for your situation.

A Certified Team of Fire Restoration Experts is Crucial When Carol Stream Homes Suffer Fire Damage

When a fire happens in a Carol Stream home, its residents have to worry about many things. From saving their belongings to making sure the structure is safe, the whole process may appear overwhelming. On top of those concerns, homeowners also wonder whether they should stay in the home or not. To make the best decision and preserve your safety and that of your loved ones, call a reputable team for help.

For fire damage restoration in Carol Stream and to base your next steps on actual facts, SERVPRO is here to help. We are available around the clock to dispatch a team to your home and create an individualized plan to help mitigate your damage. Each fire brings its own set of circumstances which vary based on what caused the flames, how it traveled, and what it ravished in its wake. When our team arrives, we approach your home with safety in mind and make a recommendation on the next steps.

Some aspects of fire and smoke damage restoration to consider when deciding to stay or leave home may include-

  • Air quality- smoke and smell particles linger long before the flames are gone, making it unpleasant to breathe. In our efforts, we address air quality with equipment such as ozone generators and air scrubbers.
  • Staging areas- to clean items and avoid secondary damage, we may set up a staging area in your home. Our team may erect physical barriers to prevent cross-contamination and might discourage human traffic from one section to the other.
  • Ventilation- smoke and soot travel easily through ventilation systems, and we may have to prevent all-home circulation to stop its spread.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is your ally when a fire happens. Call (630) 830-6236 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

We Get You Back In Business In Carol Stream After A Water Damage Disaster

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking through ceiling tiles and damaging them Office water damage can happen very fast and will certainly prevent work. Call SERVPRO 24/7 to assess the damage and formulate a remediation plan.

Twice the Commercial Water Damage in Carol Stream Office

When commercial water damage strikes, it is vital that the extraction and drying process begins as fast as possible to limit loss to the structure and contents. However, sometimes unexpected things happen.

After a pipe burst in a ceiling resulting in commercial water damage in a Carol Stream office building, there were copious amounts of water on the floor. After extraction of the water in the affected areas, intense storms rolled through the area, and a previously damaged portion of the roof resulted in more water entering the property through the drop ceiling.

Actions to Halt Further Loss

SERVPRO technicians tarp over damaged roof areas, so no further water enters the property while restoration services are ongoing. They use portable pumps to pull the moisture out of the carpeting and remove the baseboards so they can extract the water before it wicks into the sheetrock.

Drying Configurations

Part of each SERVPRO technician's extensive training includes devising the best method to dry each property they work on. Glue-down carpet tends to delaminate when exposed to moisture for too long. The techs work quickly to extract as much water as possible with their equipment so they can move on to the drying phase of restoration. They carefully set up air movers to deliver the maximum amount of airflow to the structure and strategically place the dehumidification equipment to ensure the moisture gets ported away as the loss area dries.

Wet Contents and Limiting Disruption

The techs try to create as little disturbance as possible when they perform their water damage restoration services. Any contents moved to another area for cleaning gets documented, photographed, and included in a detailed report. They have specialized equipment for drying essential documents vital to the business. In the case of electronics compromised by water, the techs can bring in a certified expert to determine if the devices are safe for reuse or need repairs.

Commercial water damage needs fast cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236, and the techs arrive on-site quickly to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Rogers Home After A Water Damage Disaster

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water everywhere and laundry baskets floating Washing machines can dump a large amount of water on your washroom floor. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services. Call us 24/7.

What Professional Water Removal Looks Like in Rogers

Do-it-yourself water clean up with a bucket and a mop stands in stark contrast to the high-efficiency equipment operated by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews we send to help at your Rogers home. If a plumbing break, overflow, or appliance mishap leaves a room or level of your dwelling swimming, give our team a chance to show you how fast and thoroughly we can clear the water.

Water Damage Has Many Causes

Whether your kids showered with the door open, the washing machine pump broke, or a supply pipe ruptured in a wall, the prognosis is the same -- damage is around the corner unless you arrange water removal for your Rogers home. Reacting with towels and mops only handles the tip of the iceberg that water damage unfortunately becomes. Call in the experts.

Water and Its Damage Migrates

When water spreads across a floor, it keeps moving. The journey can include detours under flooring, seepage beneath baseboards, rapids down stars, and pooling in building cavities. Carpeting absorbs, insulation deteriorates, and personal possessions at floor level get very wet. With so much going on the crew sent by SERVPRO can divide up the water removal tasks.

Water Destroys Structures and Contents Quickly

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO’s mission has at its foundation the need to rid your home of standing water damage and dry it out completely within 24 to 48 hours. Conventional construction materials and contents like furnishings and carpeting weaken, tear, swell, crumble, and distort as they take on water. Opportunistic molds and mildews fueled by water grow and begin their damage unless moisture levels reduce to normal. 

Water Damage Has One Solution

One of SERVPRO’s core services is fast and comprehensive water removal. Our managers and technicians are trained, skilled, and experienced, and our equipment is state of the art. When we arrive, the pumps and extractors are ready to roll off our service vehicles immediately. The second wave of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers wait for their turn after the visible water is gone. 

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale demonstrates the power of professional water removal with every project successfully completed. Line up our crew to make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (630) 830-6236.

Are You Making These Flood Damage Remediation Mistakes in Carol Stream?

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water everywhere Regardless of the room that flooding affects, team SERVPRO can help. Our certified team offers water removal and effective remediation services 24/7.

SERVPRO Recovery of Carol Stream Homes After Widespread Flooding

Flooding is one of the most hazardous natural disasters that can affect Carol Stream homes, and even with the levels of preparedness that lower-lying properties have, the emergency can still take residents by surprise. Addressing all of the effects of one of these natural disasters requires experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team that can handle both the drying and extraction necessary, but also potential biohazard cleanup and reconstruction requirements.

Many homeowners, unfortunately, do not understand how destructive a flood in Carol Stream homes can be until they witness it firsthand. As a premier restoration company in the area, we have built our reputation on a fast response to these emergencies with the experience and the equipment to help. In flooding situations, where standing water is present in the lowest level of the house, water removal and recovery efforts must begin immediately.

Structural degradation and decomposition can happen within days of severe moisture and water exposure. The absorption of this damage into the materials can cause their eventual failure, and some elements like drywall can experience irreparable effects within as little as 24 hours. The best approach is to begin with the extraction of standing water in all damaged areas, and while drying efforts begin, we can assess potential contaminants, affected materials, and the best approach to get things back to normal for your family.

If contamination is a threat or a presumed presence in the cleanup and recovery of your flooded home, controlled demolition techniques can play a vital role. Our contractors can establish dry lines to identify where installed materials like drywall can still get salvaged. Remaining structural elements can get hit with our potent antimicrobial and disinfection agents to reduce the production of bacteria or mold threats. 

Despite how challenging widespread flooding might initially appear, the acquisition of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can help you to begin overcoming this present situation as the team arrives. We have efficient mitigation solutions, cutting-edge extraction tools, and potent cleaning products to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

Scoping Contents of Carol Stream Shops After Fire Damage

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

a fire ablaze in a shop Commercial fire damage can certainly slow down your business. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to assess and remediate the damage in your shop.

Fire Restoration Requires Efficient Cleanup of Inventory in Carol Stream Stores

Fires can occur from multiple sources, making them highly disruptive and destructive, regardless of their size. Protecting what matters most means employing skilled and experienced SERVPRO professionals to quickly assess the damage and calculate the appropriate restoration response.

Scoping the Damage

Pre-job scoping means more than evaluating the need for fire restoration in Carol Stream shops. While inspections can help to catalog impacted structural elements and the migration of fire loss effects, it is also an avenue to document damage and marring of contents. For a shop, the wares are the foundation of the business, so careful considerations must be made into:

  • Salvageability – this means understanding the likelihood that even advanced restoration and recovery strategies would yield positive results.
  • Physical Damage – this goal is to learn how fire has physically impacted the item's appearance, including soot damage or blistering.
  • Secondary Damages – these effects can ruin contents but can be resolved without often impacting the aesthetics.

On-Site Cleaning and Relocation

After determining the extent of the damage, SERVPRO technicians must determine how restoration is possible. Relocation, for example, protects at-risk contents from soot, odor, and water damages common after a fire. On-site cleaning is reserved for light smoke damage manageable without sophisticated tools or approaches.

Move-Out Service

Advanced cleaning and focused restoration attention for objects and items from your shop are possible. In many cases, any degree of damage is considered a loss for the recognizable franchise stores, but there might be more of an urgency to recover even deeply damaged inventory at our nearby SERVPRO facility rather than suffer the investment loss.

Fire restoration must often include specific steps and strategies to protect the wares and inventory of the damaged shop or boutique. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can determine if contents can be salvaged and what restoration strategy might work. Let us get you open and serving your customers again by calling (630) 830-6236.

Chicago House Fire Damage and the Right Response

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

burned and charred kitchen range Don't let a charred kitchen get you down--Call the Official SERVPRO Downtown Operator for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Fire Damage Restoration for Downtown Chicago Properties

Home fires occur much more frequently in Chicago than one might expect, given that most do not make the news. Many are quickly extinguished, and families are not displaced for long or at all as restoration efforts go forward. Although you are far from alone in recovering from fire damage, you can be among the most satisfied with the process if you choose a reputable recovery firm.

If your dwelling’s fire damage in Downtown Chicago is typical, a blaze first breaks out in your kitchen. A pot boils dry, or a deep fryer overflows, engulfing your kitchen in flames. Quick work with a fire extinguisher may put out the fire itself, but now you confront the aftermath of sticky soot, smoke, and a smell that persists. If the fire strikes while your HVAC system is engaged, you can feel as though you will never move past the lingering malodors.

After the local fire officials give you the go-ahead, invite SERVPRO to partner with you to complete the tasks necessary to return your house to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." We send a seasoned sales rep or project manager to assess the condition of your home and create an efficient recovery plan. Fire damage restoration includes, at a minimum, deep cleaning, debris disposal, and a deodorization evaluation.

If water was used to extinguish the flames, you also have a water damage issue on your hands. It comes as a surprise, but the water damage, if any, must be remediated before the SERVPRO crew focuses its attention on charring, soot, and smoke. Water increases the threat of slipping and falling during fire damage recovery efforts. Plus, water causes significant and permanent deterioration and damage if left waiting for a solution. Mold can grow within just a couple of days, fueled by damp gypsum board, waterlogged floors, and hidden pockets of moisture collecting between walls and over ceilings.

SERVPRO crews are familiar with both water and fire damage restoration, so we do not miss a beat, dealing with the water before the fire issues. We are an Official SERVPRO Downtown Operator. Then we match cleaning products and methods to the fire residues remaining. Light ash and dry soot vacuum and dry sponge up well. Sticker grease fire coatings may need solvents and abrasive tools to dislodge. An inspection of your HVAC system reveals whether it also needs cleaning, although at the least, a complete change of filters is required during and after the fire damage cleanup is completed to prevent depositing residual soot. and pungent odors.

Trust SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to have the technicians and tools to restore fire damage in your home. Call us at (630) 830-6236 day or night, year-round, to schedule a consultation. 

Carol Stream Mold Remediation before Remodeling

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

blueprints for kitchen remodel SERVPRO provides mold remediation before you remodel your Carol Stream kitchen.

SERVPRO Cleans Mold Damaged Homes in Carol Stream

The spring and summer months are often the time homeowners tackle repair and remodeling projects. Whether you tackle a smaller project on your own or work with a contractor on a major job, a significant barrier to completion looms if mold is discovered. Mold remediation specialists from SERVPRO take on the task of managing the mold so your project proceeds.

Mold damage in your Carol Stream home discovered in the wall, and part of the ceiling area required removal for an expansion of your kitchen. Perhaps years or months of slow leaks in the plumbing behind the cabinets and up toward the second story nourished generations of mold colonies. You are wary, or your remodeler refuses to proceed until mold abatement completes. We have the staff, the experience, and the training to take mold management out of the equation.

Our staff first assesses the extent of the infestation, a concern since the mold is in your food preparation area. Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s protocol for mold remediation, a four-stage protocol is followed.

  • We contain the mold, using plastic barriers, at a minimum, to prevent the unintended spread of the tiny spores during mold remediation.
  • Extensive mold problems signal SERVPRO to employ air scrubbers during our treatment, creating negative air pressure and utilizing an air filtration system to limit contamination of other areas. 
  • We remove the visible mold colonies and any porous structures infested. Disposal follows local rules for handling hazardous waste.
  • The affected area receives disinfection with appropriate antimicrobial products to ensure no activated spores remain to rebuild the colony.

SERVPRO does not claim to eliminate mold as new spores constantly waft about in both interior and exterior areas, but we do everything to prevent these spores from feeding on moisture and cellulose or other carbon-based surfaces to create additional outbreaks.

Prevention requires fixing the leaks and reducing the air humidity or structural moisture to about 50 percent. When the structure is dry and the humidity controlled, mold finds it very hard to establish itself. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs can achieve these goals. Once mold remediation, including eliminating the excess moisture, is completed, feel free to take up the remodeling again.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale awaits your request for mold remediation. Give us a call at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a consultation.

Get Professional Water Removal and Cleanup for Your Bloomingdale Property

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

a technician pulling up a water damaged carpet Water removal is a job for professionals. If you need water removal, call SERVPRO 24/7. Our certified technicians have the expertise to help.

The Risks of Inadequate Water Removal in Your Bloomingdale Home

When disasters strike your Bloomingdale home, it can feel overwhelming to get the mess cleaned up and return life to normal. While there are steps you can take to help reduce the impact of water loss incidents, for example, there are risks associated with trying to take care of the full restoration aspect on your own. Understanding what could happen if water emergencies do not get appropriately cleaned up can help you to see the essential need for professional restoration.

Damages can occur quickly with a water damage incident in your Bloomingdale home, stretching far beyond your immediate need for water removal services. Additionally, these widespread concerns are not always readily seen by the naked eye, so many homeowners mistake the absence of damage for the resolution of it. In actuality, materials absorb moisture and retain water, allowing for the destruction of structural components and secondary effects after only a brief period.

SERVPRO Can Help With Water Damage

Our objective at SERVPRO is to be available for our clients when they need us the most, as emergencies rarely happen within the convenient confines of traditional operating hours. We are available 24/7 to help assess the damage to your home and to mitigate the situation beginning as soon as we arrive to limit the out-of-pocket expenses you might incur.

More than this, we strive to do a thorough job to help reduce the risk of unnecessary demolition and reconstruction when the restoration is possible. We have tools that can help our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians determine if the moisture has gotten successfully removed from the affected areas, like infrared thermal imaging technology and other detection equipment. These tools help our professionals isolate lingering effects and effectively remove all of the dampness to prevent worsening conditions for the homeowner.

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that water removal is as basic as using a mop and bucket to clean up pooling water on their floors. More often than not, the situation spreads quickly through materials and is well out of the scope of conventional cleaning tools to become impossible for the homeowner to eliminate on their own successfully. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale professionals can help by contacting us today at (630) 830-6236.

Flood Damage In Your Bloomingdale Home Can Cause Mold

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with a floating couch When flood damage occurs in your home, you can’t handle it alone. Contact your local SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services. Call 24/7.

Bloomingdale Flood Damage Plus Mold In Your Home

Getting away to see family and friends over the holidays is fantastic. Coming home to flood damage in your home is not so awesome, and worse, the extended exposure to water increases the amount of damage.

When a family arrived at their Bloomingdale home, they found flood damage throughout much of the first floor of the property. Unfortunately, the closed-up and darkened environment also created the perfect breeding ground for mold, which spread across much of the water loss area.

Safety Is Priority

When dealing with water of any type more than 48 hours old, SERVPRO techs wear personal protection equipment to inhibit any skin contact or aspiration of the water. This type of water loss is a category three biohazard, also known as black water. During the initial call, the tech taking the call advised the family to avoid coming into contact with the water until the techs arrived on-site to test it and determine the nature of any contaminants or bacteria present.

Extraction of Flood Water

The techs use portable pumps to remove the water quickly and then access the flooring to see if the subfloor received water damage and required drying.

Removal of Unrestorables

Carpet, unfortunately, in this situation, requires removal and disposal. There is no way to return it to a sanitized state for reuse. Any porous items or building materials such as sheetrock that wicked water or mold infestation require removal from the home. The techs set aside things that have the potential for restoration by cleaning; most often used are immersion methods to ensure they thoroughly disinfect items.

Drying and Disinfection? The techs dry and disinfect the property to restore it for habitation by the family again. SERVPRO standardly treats the structure with antimicrobial sealants to ensure mold colonies do not return prior to the necessary reconstruction occurring.

Lessening Stress During Mitigation

Because SERVPRO knows dealing with a water loss situation is stressful enough, the techs dispose of nothing without approval, and they document the items with photos in a detailed report they provide the homeowner and adjuster to assist with expediting insurance claims.

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. Their techs are available 24/7 to clean and restore your property and contents to their pre-damaged condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Mitigation After a Carol Stream House Fire

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with yellow tape over the doorway After a disaster in your home, you need help to get it back in shape. Call SERVPRO for certified technicians to help with remediation and mitigation.

SERVPRO Offers Water Mitigation for Carol Stream Fire-Damaged Homes

Any fire within your Carol Stream home can bring a broad range of damage. Not only will charred debris become an issue, but you also have to think of the impact of any water or chemicals used to extinguish the blaze. SERVPRO mitigates all leftover moisture and the corrosive byproducts of the fire – soot and smoke – to ensure secondary damage does not become an issue. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, but also give local homeowners peace of mind that the job gets done right the first time!

For several reasons, water mitigation in Carol Stream is critical with house fire cleanup. The powerful water from fire hoses causes more damage than a sprinkler system in most instances. This pressure means a lot of hidden moisture behind walls, baseboards, under cabinets, and flooring. SERVPRO acts fast to:

  • Set up drying equipment, such as fans, air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Initiate water removal services to begin pulling up any standing water
  • Utilize moisture detection devices to ensure no moisture gets left behind
  • Use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to pull odorous particles from the air

Whenever there is possible water damage in fire damaged homes, there is always the potential for mold growth. Spores might begin to colonize in as little as 24 hours, eating away at drywall, wood, and floorboards. SERVPRO takes all factors into consideration as we formulate our plan for drying, restoration, and cleanup.

Before fire restoration gets finished, new materials get installed, and all surfaces get cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized to make everything Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

The team at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is available whenever you require water mitigation and restoration after a fire event. You can reach us any time, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, by calling (630) 830-6236.

What to Do if Water Damage Leaves Your Carol Stream Property Heavily Soiled

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Qualified Teams to Manage Water Damages in Carol Stream Properties

Water intrusion precipitates various outcomes in any property. Heavy soiling can happen, especially if the water affects hallways, receptions, and other heavily trafficked areas of your Car Stream premises. As people step on stagnant water, moisture spreads further from the source and mixes with residues like dust, thus heavily soiling surfaces.

Heavy soiling is as inconvenient as many other types of water damage that affect Carol Stream properties. An appropriate response is necessary to manage the situation, and if you call SERVPRO, you can benefit from the best resources that facilitate better outcomes.

An appropriate water restoration approach should offer:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Faster turnaround
  • Minimal inconveniences

Various approaches can help manage soiling from water intrusion. Where possible, expediting water extraction or containing the wet areas can minimize moisture migration or keep people from venturing into the spaces to spread soils. However, these two actions require the right resources. Intervention from SERVPRO can limit the spreading or quickly reverse it. We use fast water extractors such as truck-mounted pumps. We can set up contaminants around the affected areas or place warning signs to limit the number of people venturing in.

Keeping Your Business in Business

Completing water cleanup in good time is essential to minimize the inconvenience and limit costs brought about by material deterioration or extended closure of your operations. Our SERVPRO teams add an aspect of automation for most of the tasks since we have sophisticated equipment like rotating brushes for agitating surfaces, different types of dehumidifiers, and air movers for moisture management, among others.

While soiling from water intrusion is inconvenient, cleanup and other restoration processes can be equally inconveniencing. SERVPRO technicians use approaches that minimize restoration-related inconveniences, such as cleaning agents emitting strong odors, staining, or corroding materials. We use phosphate-free and rapidly bio-degrading cleaning products with zero VOCs for most cleaning tasks.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can respond to any water damage incident at your premises. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for solutions that make it “Like it never even happened.”

Effective Mold Damage Cleanup Solutions for Your Carol Stream Home

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

diagram of fungi body Molds are fungi that can ruin your Carol Stream home and contents. Call SERVPRO for mold remediation, "Like it never even happened."

Methods That Do Not Introduce Moisture into Your Carol Stream Home

Mold contamination necessitates a thorough cleanup of the affected areas or the entire home. The cleanup should remove masses of mold colonies, restore stained surfaces and address the musty odor associated with such contamination. Since there are different possible cleaning approaches, choosing one for your Carol Stream home might challenge you.

Deciding which mold damage cleanup approach your Carol Stream home requires can be easy or challenging, depending on the system you use or the level of experience you have dealing with mold. A good approach should consider the turnaround time, the inconvenience levels for the occupants, and the likelihood of rapid recurrence. SERVPRO is well-versed in different cleaning options and mostly combines several methods to deliver satisfactory outcomes.

Some useful mold cleanup techniques include:

  • HEPA vacuuming
  • Sanding or wire brushing
  • Soda blasting
  • Dry ice blasting

Inspecting the property before starting cleaning is essential to determine the level of contamination. Mold starts as a light residue on surfaces, but its root-like hyphae penetrate below the surface over time, embedding soiling or causing significant deterioration. It is easy to wipe off the contaminated surfaces and leave them clean in the early stages. Deeply embedded infestations, on the other hand, require significant cleaning power.

Another essential step when cleaning mold is opening up concealed areas since cleaning procedures require direct contact with the contaminated surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians help remove drywall, ceiling panels, or carpets to reach the moldy areas.

After preparing the affected areas, various cleaning methods can remove moldy materials. HEPA vacuuming is essential in the early stages to strip away loose debris or settled spores. Sanding and wire brushing help when there is significant contamination on semi-porous surfaces like wood or stone. Blast cleaning with soda or dry ice is a great option for various applications, including cleaning vast areas and finished or unfinished surfaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers reliable mold damage cleanup solutions. Call us at (630) 830-6236. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Complicates Fire Damage Restoration in Bloomingdale Properties?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke detector and timber SERVPRO advises our Bloomingdale neighbors to keep smoke detections functional with battery checks to help prevent house fires

SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Fire Damage in Bloomingdale Homes Professionally

You may expect fire damage restoration to be a straightforward process since once you remove charred materials and remove soot accumulating on surfaces, your property should be clean. Replacing damaged materials and refinishing surfaces should complete the fire restoration process.

However, you might face many challenges once you start fire restoration at your Bloomingdale home. The challenges vary from simple to complicated ones requiring specialist skills to resolve. SERVPRO can help you overcome any difficulty, whether it requires specialized skills or equipment.

Some common fire restoration challenges include:

  • Soils collecting in hard to reach areas
  • Re-soiling of cleaned areas
  • Stubborn soils that prove difficult to remove

Some challenges arise from poor planning on the part of the restorer. Appropriate ordering of restoration tasks helps prevent any unnecessary spreading of soils and other challenges. For instance, although you may expect to start cleaning from the ceiling going downwards, you might encounter problems if the method is wet cleaning. The correct ordering is to start with the walls then progress to the ceilings to prevent cleaning solutions from dripping to soiled areas and causing streaking. Our SERVPRO technicians observe this religiously even when only cleaning walls, starting from the bottom and then moving upwards.

Other steps that ensure orderly fire restoration include:

  • Packing out movable contents from affected areas
  • Using drop cloths to cover immovable or delicate items like pianos
  • Attaching cleaning sponges to extension poles for easier reach of elevated areas

Challenges can also arise when residues like soot prove difficult to remove. Normally, soot is light and powdery, making it easy to wipe off surfaces. However, some fires produce wet, smeary soot which adheres to surfaces. However, with the right cleaning resources, it is easier to clean. Our SERVPRO crews use steel wool pads instead of regular cleaning sponges to agitate surfaces. We can also blast cleaning with a soda blaster, which lifts off residues or even charring from surfaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps shoulder the burden of fire restoration, allowing homeowners to cope. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for assistance that makes it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Fire Restoration of Bloomingdale Properties

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

stainless steel ultrasonic tank SERVPRO can provided advanced ultrasonic cleaning to remove soot from fire damaged valuable possessions for Bloomingdale customers

Why do Bloomingdale homeowners trust SERVPRO with fire restoration?

Restoring the contents of a fire-damaged home is often a less costly option than refinishing or replacing them. Hence, SERVPRO techs utilize several methods to clean a wide range of items during fire restoration of your Bloomingdale home.

The key to the success of SERVPRO technicians during the fire restoration of your Bloomingdale home lies in the care and concern that goes into the cleaning process. The techs pick the cleaning method after carefully considering several factors such as the type and amount of smoke and soot deposit and the type of surface to be cleaned. The goal of the process is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

How do SERVPRO techs clean smoke and soot residues during house fire cleanup in Bloomingdale?

SERVPRO techs use several techniques during the fire and smoke damage cleanup in Bloomingdale homes. Some of the most widely used methods of cleaning include-

  • Dry and wet cleaning
  • Spray and wipe cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning, and
  • Immersion cleaning

Immersion cleaning is one of the best cleaning methods provided the material such as Venetian blinds that can withstand being completely saturated with a cleaning product. SERVPRO techs sometimes use ultrasonic sound waves to aid in the cleaning process during immersion cleaning.

Ultra-Sonic Cleaning

High-frequency ultrasonic waves in the immersion tank create millions of tiny bubbles that implode in a fraction of a second. The creation and bursting of the bubbles produce very high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid that can scrub the deposited soils. There is no need to dislodge the residues with brushes and towels manually, and it is less labor-intensive. This technique is especially useful for removing soot from fragile possessions like ceramic dolls, china, and crystal.

If you need assistance to deal with any fire incident in your home, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Can SERVPRO Help Carol Stream Homes after Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

ice dam edge of gutter on roof SERVPRO says avoid ice damming damage to your Carol Stream home. But, we are here to help with water damage cleanup if needed

Need to get frozen pipes and ice damming damage under control in Carol Stream? Call SERVPRO

Winter months can be brutal in the midwestern regions of the country. Consequently, frozen pipes and ice damming damage are the most common water issues in Carol Stream. Although every homeowner makes efforts to prevent the freezing of pipes or the formation of ice dams, such events can still occur even with the best preventive measures.

It is crucial to hire experienced restorers like SERVPRO if frozen pipes or ice damming damage occurs at your Carol Stream home. SERVPRO’s IICRC certified team of technicians are equipped with the most advanced tools necessary to restore your property to a preloss condition.

How to prevent ceiling leaks due to ice dams in your Carol Stream home?

You can take steps to prevent ice dams from forming in your Carol Stream home. Some of how SERVPRO techs suggest you can do it include-

  • Increasing ventilation to eaves and ridges
  • Sealing air leaks that might heat the roof from the inside
  • Adding more insulation to the attic crawlspace
  • Seal and insulate ducts and exposed plumbing

That said, it might not be possible to prevent ice dams from forming or from your pipes freezing over in the harshest of winters. If you experience water issues due to such events, it is important to act fast and get SERVPRO restorers involved right away. As the water keeps leaking from your roof or burst pipes, it can cause massive structural damage in no time. SERVPRO restorers can help you get the situation under control before the moisture can cause any secondary damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236; we offer 24/7 emergency water damage services. 

Call SERVPRO for Water Removal Before a Mold Infestation Occurs in Your Carol Stream Home

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

a woman on the phone next to a leaking pipe under her sink Quick action needs to happen so that a water damage situation does not turn into a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess the situation.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal, Dehumidification and Drying for Homes in Carol Stream

After work, residents arriving home to find their floors covered in water after a plumbing leak in a Carol Stream home often begin mopping up excess water immediately. Standing water can lead to secondary damage if the water is not immediately removed. Water seeps everywhere to the lowest point in your home. Leaks running for some time can pour hundreds of gallons of water onto the floor, inside walls and ceilings, and into basement rooms below the leak. Water and moisture not properly removed and your contents / structural components dried can lead to mold infestations growing in as little as twenty-four hours.

Residents of Carol Stream can call SERVPRO for water removal services, dehumidification, and drying. Our teams can be onsite within four hours of your call. Once the water source is shut off, our water removal specialists deploy weighted water extractors to remove water from carpeting and underpadding. Hardwood floor drying mats are used to remove water from the joints between hardwood floor planks. We use wand water extractors to remove water from inside walls and cavities. We check ceiling panels for water and moisture and dry the area as required.

Air movers and dehumidifiers remove the remainder of the moisture and reduce humidity levels to normal levels. Fast action and removal of all moisture minimize the opportunity for mold spores to initiate a mold colony. Mold can cause health effects. 

SERVPRO water removal services include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Water damage restoration and repair

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for water removal in Carol Stream and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

How can SERVPRO Help Bloomingdale Businesses After Flood Damage?

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

filtration flow thru HEPA SERVPRO removes flooding and damage from Bloomingdale businesses and also improves IAQ indoor air quality

SERVPRO can save Bloomingdale businesses time and money in flood damage restoration

Restoration of flood damage to your Bloomingdale commercial space involves much more than simply getting rid of the accumulated water from your property. SERVPRO restorers put a lot of effort into drying the structure as quickly as possible to prevent lasting damage.   

It is equally important for the SERVPRO techs to check microbial growth while restoring flood damage to Bloomingdale establishments. While SERVPRO techs use appropriate biocides to control the growth of microbes in flooded environments, it is important to remove contaminants from the air as well. Air movement from drying equipment can cause contaminants to be aerosolized and spread to unaffected areas. SERVPRO techs use air filtration devices (AFDs) to prevent this from happening.

What are air filtration devices (AFDs) that SERVPRO restorers use during water cleanup of Bloomingdale commercial spaces?

An AFD is a device that concurrently moves and filters air from your flood-affected Bloomingdale property. AFDs are fitted with HEPA filters that can remove airborne particles by trapping them in the filter. An AFD allows the restorers to control the amount of aerosolized contaminants.

As AFDs can filter the air efficiently, they also function like air scrubbers. However, the effectiveness of an AFD depends on the proper use of filters installed. SERVPRO tech uses a layering approach to set up the filters. The following three types of filters are commonly employed in an air filtration device-

  • Primary filter: It is the outermost, poly-spun, or pleated filter that acts as a pre-filter. It captures large debris and contaminants.
  • Pleated filter: The second layer is rated with a higher capture rate than the primary filter.
  • HEPA filter: It is the final layer of filtration. HEPA filters remove 99.97 percent of particles/contaminants with a size of 0.3 microns or larger.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for 24/7 assistance.  

Need Mold Remediation After a Leak in Your Carol Stream Home – Call SERVPRO

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling tiles of a room Facing a mold infestation on your property? Team SERVPRO can help by investigating the root cause and starting the mold damage remediation protocol.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation, Dehumidification, and Drying in Carol Stream

Mold spores are everywhere in our environment, waiting for high humidity and moisture in our Carol Stream homes. Our homes are great food sources for mold, and spores floating in the air can turn into a mold infestation in as little as 24 hours after a water leak or high humidity situation. Mold can damage the contents and also structural components of your home if allowed to remain in place. As soon as you notice mold colonies forming or smell a strong, musty odor, call for help to properly remove the source of the moisture and the mold infestation.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation to homeowners and business customers in Carol Stream. Our team can be onsite in less than four hours from your initial call. We assess the situation and identify the source of the moisture. We can help contain the moisture source and the spread of mold spores as we get to work removing the mold colony, dehumidifying, and drying the area.

Mold can cause health effects, and SERVPRO takes the appropriate steps to contain the mold spores and fragments as we clean and sanitize the infestation. Our industry-approved process includes:

  • Setting up negative pressure rooms with HEPA filters
  • We utilize PPE and place clean and sanitized items in cleanrooms
  • Contents and structural components that cannot be cleaned are bagged in place and removed for disposal

We discuss every step of the process with our clients and also work closely with your insurance adjuster to manage the insurance paperwork and process.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for mold remediation in Carol Stream and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

Need Help Cleaning Up Flood Damage to Your Home or Business in Bloomingdale – Call SERVPRO

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

a storm damaged house with a yellow storm damage sign in front of it Flooded? Water removal is key for the flood damage remediation process. Team SERVPRO can help you with technicians and equipment to tackle the job.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration to Homes and Businesses in Bloomingdale

Our clients often express amazement at the damage to their homes or business caused by wind from storms and flooding in Bloomingdale. In a matter of minutes, floodwater pours into your home and basement through broken windows and punctures on the side of your house or roof. Silt containing chemicals, bacteria, biological material, and viruses is ankle-deep in the basement, and all of your contents are coated in mud. Many wonder how they will ever recover after all of the damage caused by the storm and floodwaters?

Our customers are relieved after calling SERVPRO in Bloomingdale for help with flood damage cleanup, restoration, and repairs. Their stress levels and worries significantly reduce after our SERVPRO teams arrive onsite in less than four hours and begin efforts to protect their home from further damage by boarding up broken windows and placing tarps on roofs. Once we have assessed the situation, developed a plan, and reviewed our work plan with the client and their insurance adjuster, we can get to work.

Since floodwaters and silt contain dangerous organisms and provide the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, we take specific precautions to protect your family and our employees. Our employees wear full protective gear, including boots, bodysuits, gloves, and eye protection. We set up containment areas to avoid spreading infectious waste to locations not impacted by the flooding and dispose of all waste and contaminated water following local and state guidelines. We protect your family and return your home to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO, our services include:

  • Emergency biohazard remediation and cleaning
  • Basement flood water, debris, and infectious waste cleanup
  • Flood damage restoration and repair

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for flood damage removal in Bloomingdale and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (630) 830-6236.

How Can Refrigerator Maintenance Prevent The Need For Water Cleanup?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water on kitchen floor SERVPRO works swiftly to provide Fast and Efficient Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in your home.

Carol Stream Residents Want To Avoid Water Cleanup If Possible.

Carol Stream residents know how essential appliances are when it comes to convenience. What would we do without refrigerators to keep our food fresh, washers for our clothes, and dishwashers for those dirty plates?

Unfortunately, appliances sometimes leak. A leaking refrigerator can leave homeowners in Carol Stream needing water cleanup. In such events, SERVPRO is on hand to help. However, if you can prevent the leak from happening, that is even better.

What Can I Do To Prevent My Refrigerator From Leaking?

  • Here are some easy steps to prevent refrigerator leaks:
  • Check the level of your appliance – it should be leaning back slightly to ensure water drains in the right direction
  • Try to use a pipe cleaner to clean out the drainage line in the back of your refrigerator – you can also use a little soapy water
  • Check door seals and make sure they are clean and intact – if there is condensation on the outside of your appliance this could be a sign that the seals need replacing
  • Inspect the drip tray, defrost lines, and any other connections regularly

Should I Do Water Cleanup Myself or Call Someone?

If your refrigerator has leaked a tiny puddle onto your linoleum, you can mop it up with a cloth. However, if:

  • Water has gotten into a carpet
  • You suspect water has seeped into baseboards or walls
  • The leak has spread to other electrical appliances
  • You can see that wallpaper is damp and peeling nearby

It is time to call the experts. SERVPRO trains our teams in swift, efficient water mitigation. It does not make sense to try cleaning it up yourself when professional teams have the right equipment and proper training for the job.

What Can SERVPRO Do If My Refrigerator Leaks?

If it seems that water has made its way into carpets, under linoleum, or into walls or baseboards, we can help. We use a range of moisture meters to assess the situation. No job is too big or too small – we have moisture wands, spot cleaning kits, and even wall cavity drying gear, to deal with any water surrounding your refrigerator.

For help with water cleanup, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

How Long Is Water Removal From My Carol Stream Supplies Warehouse Likely To Take?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction tools Our technicians are prepared with the training and state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident.

SERVPRO Provides Equipment and A Skilled Team to Help Expedite Water Removal From Your Premises

A burst pipe or other plumbing problem in your Carol Stream supplies store that releases significant amounts of water can paralyze operations or even cause widespread damages. Regardless of what other restoration steps you decide to take, you have to remove the intruding water. SERVPRO has the resources to help any Carol Stream facility handle such removal exercises fast. 

Are There Standard Water Extraction Timelines?

When making plans for water removal from your Carol Stream warehouse, you must remember that each situation is unique. Therefore, you should not rely on timelines from other cases you have heard of as your yardstick when trying to establish how long it might take to remove water from your facility. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you get a realistic timeline by considering:

  • The total surface area of affected areas
  • The percentage of porous and semi-porous materials affected
  • Arrangement of fixtures within the structure

The only standard timelines you should worry about are those related to damage to materials in Carol Stream. For instance, mold development, which can affect most organic materials, starts within 24 to 48 hours after such materials are exposed. Dealing with the intruding water before such development becomes permanent damage is crucial. A timely response can prevent many other problems.

In most cases, water removal involves two distinct stages, starting with the extraction of the water pooling on the floor or other surfaces, and after that, drying any wet building materials and contents is essential. The estimated water removal time should factor in how long each stage is likely to take, thus establishing the overall timeline. Normally, the process can take as little as 12 hours to as long as a couple of weeks, depending on the amount of water involved.

Is a Fast Response All it Takes For Efficient Water Removal?

It takes more than a speedy response to remove water from your facility, restoring it to its preloss state. Some of the other important things include:

  • Sophisticated water extraction equipment
  • Structural drying skills
  • An auxiliary resource such as moving equipment
  • Building skills

An early start helps in many ways, including minimizing the absorption of water by materials or other forms of moisture migration, thus improving turnaround time. However, other strategies are necessary to manage additional challenges.

One unique challenge of water removal from warehouses is the large open floors, which are also relatively level. Such floors can collect considerable amounts of water even when there are no noticeable water pools. If a casual observation is the only basis for planning the removal, it is possible to underestimate the resources needed for removal. Our SERVPRO crews on their training and experience when planning how to respond to an incident, so we always have suitable resources, including truck-mounted water extractors, which can facilitate the removal of significant water volumes, fast.

How Do Building Skills Help With Water Removal?

Although it is easy to reach most of the spilled water, some filters into hidden areas, especially wall cavities or subfloors. Removing such water may require disassembly or demolition of the affected area. Fixtures within the facility, such as racks or pallets, can also hinder smooth water extraction, necessitating their removal. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use a combination of methods to open up different assemblies, whether it is ceilings, walls, or floors. Once open, it is easier to remove water within the cavities. We can drill weep holes to release water from an area such as the ceiling. We can also make cuts on wall panels to open up wet areas for extraction purposes and to remove damaged materials. Such tasks require some building skills to prevent unnecessary destruction of materials. We rebuild the demolished areas after finishing the restoration, eliminating any traces of an incident, "Like it never even happened."

Drying properties affected by water spills is necessary since moisture is destructive to the structure as well as the contents stored in the facility. Leaving wet materials can lead to repetitive mold development and bad odor. High humidity can also damage the contents stored in your facility, mainly if you deal with foodstuffs or electronics. We set up air movers around your facility to expedite evaporation. Dehumidifiers also help extract moisture from the air. Our technicians monitor moisture levels and move the equipment around from time to time to ensure maximum efficiency, thus expediting the drying process.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has significant experience dealing with a water spill in commercial establishments. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to help restore operations at your Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, or Addison facility.

Do Fire Restoration Approaches Determine What Is Disposed of in Carol Stream Homes?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire damage You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

SERVPRO Uses Approaches Such as Resurfacing and Refinishing to Help Save More Items

Fire affects items in a property in many ways, including soiling, charring, or depositing strong odors. Any of these effects can be minimal and thus readily reversible or severe to the point of necessitating the disposal of the affected item. The number of items disposed of in your Carol Stream property may depend on the restoration approaches used. Finding ways to save more items can be essential in keeping your insurance claim low or saving several items with sentimental value.

Various fire restoration approaches help Carol Stream property owners restore affected items. They vary from the simple ones such as cleaning to the more advanced ones like resurfacing. With professional assistance from SERVPRO, it is possible to start such restoration without doubts whether the outcomes would be satisfactory. Our technicians conduct evaluations to determine whether any affected item requires advanced cleaning or resurfacing before taking any steps.

Resurfacing Fire-Damaged Items Such as Furniture Might Involve:

  • Repainting surfaces
  • Reupholstering items 
  • Refinishing surfaces such as wood

One of the guiding factors that help our SERVPRO technicians during restoration is relying on the basic principles of cleaning. Relying on established guidelines makes it easier to identify a problem and also choose a response plan correctly. 

The Main Principles Of Cleaning Include:

  • Identifying surfaces
  • Identifying residues
  • Capturing residues

When the intervention is done properly, it can help save items that would otherwise be disposed of immediately. For instance, when our SERVPRO crews use soda blasting to clean charred wooden furniture, we can remove all the traces of the charring and traces of odor, “Like it never even happened.”  Various other approaches help with several other unique problems. 

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale works hard to help you achieve the desired goals during restoration. Call us at (630) 830-6236 when you need assistance.

SERVPRO Extracts Water Damage from a Carol Stream Dining Room

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

standing water in a room with someone standing on the wood flooring If water has damaged your home, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is here to assist you no matter what.

Your Home's Water Damage is in Good Hands With SERVPRO's Experienced Technicians 

Each year, over 2.5 million homeowners experience water damage in the home. Whether it comes from a pipe leak or appliance failure, this can be incredibly stressful for homeowners, who often do not have the tools necessary to remove water damage thoroughly. This can be especially distressing if the damage occurs in an area where you frequently entertain family and friends, such as the dining room.

If your Carol Stream home requires water damage mitigation, you can count on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified SERVPRO technicians to assist you every step of the way. These pros are dedicated to helping clients by making the claims process as streamlined as possible. Wherever damage occurs, extensive documentation is taken to ensure maximum accuracy during filing. These professionals also strive to maximize your home's restoration potential via emergency response to any size disaster.

SERVPRO's Educational Tools

SERVPRO's training program includes a variety of educational opportunities and benchmarks, such as:

  • IICRC training and certification
  • Initial franchise training and employee certification training
  • Self-paced online learning opportunities
  • Continuing education courses

Not only do restoration technicians receive this training, but this firm's staff and franchise owners alike also get top-quality education in IICRC standards for a variety of restoration needs. Courses cover a variety of topics, including fire, water, and mold damage, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning.

SERVPRO also helps real estate professionals and insurance agents expand their knowledge on disaster mitigation by offering credit and noncredit courses and seminars.

How SERVPRO Prevents and Removes Microbial Growth

SERVPRO technicians use a variety of EPA-registered, OSHA-approved antimicrobials to sanitize spaces and prevent the proliferation of bacteria and mold. If a pipe leak has been an issue in your home for an extended period, the exposure to moisture can allow for structures like wood and drywall to become host to bacteria that needs removal to prevent further destruction of property. 

Technicians can wipe down affected surfaces with proprietary cleaners or directly spray or inject areas that are particularly saturated, such as carpeting. The sanitization process also aids in controlling odors from water damage.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale provides a cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. For rapid-response disaster mitigation that you can count on, call (630) 830-6236.

How Do I Get Flood Water Out of My Bloomingdale Closet?

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water under a doorway. No matter how big or how small the storm damage is, it is important. Please SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale ASAP.

SERVPRO can extract the water out of your Bloomingdale closet and restore it like new

One of the most frequently seen reasons for water in a closet due to flood water comes from a slab leak around the edge of the Bloomingdale property. This is a severe structural issue and will continue to allow water into the damaged area with every rain until fixed. SERVPRO technicians can extract the water and perform temporary measures that can keep additional water from entering the closet until the homeowner can get the needed repairs done.

How Can I Avoid Musty Water Odors From Flood Damage in a Closet?

Flood damage in your Bloomingdale home brings extra things that regular water from a pipe burst or appliance malfunction does not such as:

  • Pungent odor   
  • Potential contaminants  
  • Staining  
  • Formation of an environment conducive to mold growth

In a small space such as a closet, the water cleanup needs to happen quickly, as the longer it remains on-site, the more damage it does. SERVPRO technicians can ascertain in short order if they need to unload the items within the closet to a safe around or if the small space can get extracted and dried with the pieces in place. In cases where a pack-out gets deemed necessary, the techs note the placement of each article, so when the techs complete the restoration services, the items can get brought in and placed where they were taken from.

Suppose the need for any odor control exists after drying. In that case, the techs may use equipment such as a thermal fogger if there are no clothing items in the closet or a hydroxyl generator, which is safe for use around people, pets, plants, and closet contents. We often can place deodorizing pellets to help mask simple odors during the restoration process.

The cleanup of flood damage needs to happen as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236; the certified technicians are available 24/7 to assist local property owners with any size floodwater situation.

What Makes SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale One of the Best Mold Removal Services?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Grey bubbles with Green specks on a white background. SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is here for your mold damage issues. Call us right away.

The Specialized Mold Remediation Training of SERVPRO Technicians Makes It So. 

When your Carol Stream home has a mold-related issue, you need help from properly trained professionals fast. If not, you could suffer even more destructive mold problems over time. That is why enlisting the help of an expertly trained, local mold remediation firm like SERVPRO is essential. 

SERVPRO knows it takes certain specialized knowledge and training to provide effective mold removal services to Carol Stream homeowners. This is why we go to substantial lengths to ensure that all of our mold specialists have the most advanced training in, among other things, performing mold inspection, basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, attic mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. Some of the specific training our professionals receive is:

  • In-house employee certification training in such things as water damage restoration and carpet & upholstery cleaning
  • Ongoing online training courses concerning mold-related topics and other issues that have video presentations and knowledge tests
  • Formal credit and non-credit, continuing education courses that cover topics such as water damage remediation, the mold restoration industry, and restorative drying for loss control 
  • Official Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and certification in things like applied structural drying, applied microbial remediation, water damage repair, leather cleaning, color repair, and odor control

After this extensive training, our skilled technicians generally know more about mold and mold damage cleanup/restoration than those of other local services. Ultimately, this means that we can often complete your job swiftly and get it done right the first time.

So, with all this in mind, remember to call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale whenever you need mold removal work done. We are available whenever you need us at (630) 830-6236.

Fire Damage Restoration For Auto Shop Owners In Bloomingdale

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

A man standing in an auto shop Let SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale help save your auto shop from fire damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Keep Your Shop Open During Cleanup from Fires

40% of all US businesses fail after a fire occurs, and 25% of those often go out of business within the following year, while 90% of them never make it longer than 2-years due to the expenses involved in recovery. If these percentages impact your business, it becomes very personal.

Without having employees, managers, and owners prepared to cope with fire damage on your Bloomingdale property, all of the time, effort, and preparations to open a quality auto shop may be for naught. Plans for dealing with recurring disasters can be forgotten, or it may be that you never have the capital to do so. Regardless, not having the right restoration company on your side does not help. Ask us about our ERP Plan, Emergency READY Profile Plan to help prevent or mitigate damages from fire or water. 

Fire Restoration

Auto shop fires are unforgiving. If the flames themselves fail to reach business documents, smoke, ash, and soot can still take their toll. Document drying and restoration provided by SERVPRO can make all the difference in recovering valuable documents. It is important to record everything after a fire; this includes keeping a history of all expenses, phone call logs, and actions anyone takes towards recovery. 

In most cases, you likely lease the space where you run your shop, making it just as important to contact your property owner as it does to let your insurance company know what has happened. You may even need to arrange for security to prevent thieves and vandals from entering the surrounding area. Always avoid leaving until proper security is in place. 

If the building has exterior breaches, board-up and roof tarp assistance may be necessary to prevent exposure to outdoor elements. SERVPRO provides its customers with excellent services that can save what remains until you have a chance to begin restoration and shut down any utilities that may cause further damage.  

A fire occurring in your shop does not necessarily mean that you have to close. If it is at all possible, SERVPRO helps you remain operating, cordoning off sections under repair, and keeping you running while your restoration is underway.  

Be savvy about performing restoration and repairs. Have a trusted partner, like SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale, respond to your call for help. (630) 830-6236

Storm Damage can Affect Downtown Chicago Area Home, Leading to Expensive Repairs

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A tree laying on the roof of a home. Damage from a storm is enough, but a tree on your roof exposing your home is scary. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today.

Rapid Water Removal by SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Effects

Storms can bring heavy rain that benefits a city in many ways, but that same storm can also be destructive in other respects. Many of the worst types of damage are immediately apparent, but not all. Some storms let water into your home, and others cause structural damage.

Residents know that storm damage in Downtown Chicago is sometimes an aspect that comes with the warmer months. A tree falling on your home creates a tremendous noise and physical vibrations that can often be felt by anyone at home when it happens. Other problems a storm can cause are much quieter and can last longer than the storm's duration. 

When water enters your home because of a crushed roof, that water can damage everything between the shingles and the basement. It can become a major headache for any homeowner. Water can be very damaging because it fills tiny spaces within and around the cells and fibers of many materials used within a home. As water evaporates and the material dries, its shape often has been changed. Insulation can compress, and drywall can remain swollen-looking, for two examples. 

Cleaning Up after a Sewer Backup

Water does not always come into a home through the roof or upper walls because a tree has fallen. Stormwater systems can become clogged with debris and mud, particularly if new construction has changed how water drains in a larger area of a city. The building of roads and other structures like homes or shopping malls miles away creates shifts in the terrain that can dramatically affect your home in regards to how nearby water might act. These changes might seem inconsequential until sewage backs up into your home. 

Our technicians are trained in exactly that manner and have IICRC certifications showing their skill sets. Combined with our experience, storm damage has little chance of spreading beyond its initial area in your home. Stopping other areas in your home from becoming damaged is crucial to keeping the repairs from becoming increasingly expensive. Swift water extraction typically mitigates secondary water damage.

Calling SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when your home suffers any storm damage. Because storms can happen at any time of the day or night, we are always available to take your call, and we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Where is the Highest Concentration of Smoke Damage in Carol Stream Homes?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in the hallway of a home. SERVPRO knows how precious your home is. Let us take care of your fire damage.

After a fire, many surfaces and contents in Carol Stream properties can be damaged by smoke. 

With hundreds of possible sources and accelerants to make a fire get out of control quickly, knowing what to do after extinguishment can protect your home and its contents from greater harm or reconstruction. From surface cleaning to removing harsh odors trapped in porous materials and fabrics, our SERVPRO team of professionals is standing by to help. This process begins with job scoping. 

The Movement of Smoke During a Fire 

Before fire and smoke cleanup in Carol Stream homes can begin, our restoration professionals must identify the extent of the damage to the property. We track the movement of aerosolized smoke and soot particles to start treating contents and structural surfaces most heavily impacted by migrating loss effects. As the smoke moves through a house from its ignition source, it encounters obstacles in the form of structural elements and contents, all of which become subject to varying levels of soot and smoke deposits. The farther from the worst of the combustion, the lighter and less frequent this smoke damage becomes. 

Cleaning Up Smoke Residues on Surfaces

Removing these residues is not an easy feat, especially with several types of smoke damage and varying degrees of potential damage possible. Surface restoration after these effects requires multiple cleaning or recovery services/products, such as:

One of the most considerable obstacles that professionals like ours face after fire loss events is the soot and smoke residues impacting building materials and contents. Even with leading approaches and products for removing smoke damage, the effects can often be destructive to the property. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can help at (630) 830-6236.

Where Downtown Chicago Water Removal is Most Needed in Your Home

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

a broken pipe with water spraying from it Water removal is needed wherever the water settles in your home. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective services.

Common Areas Susceptible to Flood Damage in Your Home

Whether a storm causes it, river overflow, water line break, or something else entirely, major flooding can wreak havoc on your property and cause enormous damage if not dealt with appropriately. SERVPRO technicians have seen the aftermath of a wide variety of floods and water damage situations, where heavy and costly damages come quickly and easily. Getting quick and adequate water removal for your Downtown Chicago property is essential if you hope to avoid more severe damage and repairs. If you are worried about flooding on your property, be sure to check these common areas to see if and how severely they have been damaged.

Water Damage in Basements

If your home has a basement, it is highly liable to flood and take on standing water, requiring immediate water removal from your Downtown Chicago home. Basements are the lowest-lying point in most homes and thus naturally collect the most water. Problems can be amplified if the basement has any windows, even if these are waterproofed. Be sure to check your basement carefully and also monitor for excess humidity, as a stray leak may be causing far less visible damage in a dark corner.

Low-Lying Ground

If any area of your yard is on lower ground than the rest, even if only by a fraction of an inch, it may be significantly more likely to hold standing water. When standing water is allowed to cover undeveloped soil, it can smother plant and animal life below, creating large dead patches in your yard and unsuitable soil for growth. It is very common for SERVPRO technicians to have to pump water out from a home and its yard simultaneously due to this factor.

Garages and Sheds Need Water Damage Restoration

Garages, sheds, and other exterior or augmented structures may be at exceptionally high risk for flooding. These buildings typically lack seals and safeguards present in many ordinary homes that protect against excess water. If high volumes of water find their way in, they can destroy flooring materials and any objects contained within the structure.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready around the clock to respond to your water damage calls. If you believe your home may flood, be sure to call us immediately at (630) 830-6236 so we can get there as fast as possible.

Grease Fire Recovery in Carol Stream -- Prompt And Professional

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

a person cooking with fire coming from the stove Fire damage can literally shut down your business. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation when facing such a situation.

SERVPRO Eliminates Lingering Odors After Fire Damage at Your Grill or Restaurant

Happy hour and appetizers are the go-to draws of many local bars and grills. A kitchen fire extinguishes the fun and sends customers looking for another after-work hangout. Avoid disappointing your customers and permanently losing business by engaging an industry-leading restoration company like SERVPRO.

A mistake engulfs your restaurant kitchen in flames. The fire damage to your Carol Stream business needs a fast and professional response to get your popular brewpub and eatery back on track. We have the experience, highly qualified work crews, and equipment to restore the destruction quickly and safely.

Grease fires spread heavy, sticky smoke throughout the kitchen, invading other areas of your restaurant as well. Chemical extinguishers are most effective on this type of fire, water being a dangerous response as the flaming grease floats on liquids used to snuff out the blaze. The combination of thick, greasy soot and chemical residue is a real challenge to clean yet is a common problem in commercial kitchen fires. SERVPRO recognizes that clients reach out frequently for help after this particular disaster, and we prepare accordingly.

Fire Damage Restoration Training

Our IICRC-certified technicians receive advanced training in grease fire restoration, ready to start efficiently cleaning the debris away and assessing for any necessary repairs and deodorization after the cleanup completes. Although the problems overwhelm you and your kitchen staff, we have the answers and plan for a comprehensive restoration that happens swiftly.

Cooktops and cabinets need thorough scrubbing with professional products to remove the almost impervious coating caused by the greasy combustion. Cautious use of solvents and abrasive pads are likely to be necessary, and our workers are familiar with the proper use of these techniques. Unpleasant odors must not linger in your restaurant as your customers associate delicious aromas with your success. Grease fires are notorious for permeating pervasive stenches, but our SERVPRO team has the strategies and equipment to eliminate the acrid burning smell. We may employ air scrubbers during the cleaning phase, machines that use negative pressure to contain and filter out the offending odor.

Odor Removal 

We use one or several methods to eradicate the odor, beginning with removing the sooty debris and finishing, if necessary, with cutting-edge technology. Members of the crew hold certifications in thermal fogging, a method that replicates the way the smell invaded your restaurant. SERVPRO technicians also inspect venting systems for tenacious odors, recommending sealing hard-to-clean areas and replacing all filters.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when a grease fire threatens to close down your restaurant for good. We assess the situation and implement a restoration plan that starts the food and drinks flowing again soon.

Are There Ways to Make Flood Damage Restoration Simpler in Carol Stream Properties?

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded garage with water up to the windows Affected by recent flooding? Contact Team SERVPRO for effective water removal and flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Provides Experienced Crews to Help Ease Flood Restoration At Your Home

Storms can cause a multitude of damages in your Carol Stream Home within a short period. For instance, the rising groundwater leaves items soggy and contaminated. Debris from collapsed ceilings or other damaged materials might also litter the property. Restoring normalcy takes considerable work.

With help from an experienced team, flood damage restoration in Carol Stream properties can be easier. The vast experience our SERVPRO crews have ensures that we can transform the messy situation you see into a structured restoration process eliminating repetition of tasks and development of secondary damages. 

With proper organization, restoration can proceed without requiring help from:

  • Hoarder cleaners
  • Biohazard cleaning company
  • Rodent clean up services
  • Disinfecting companies

Our SERVPRO crew chiefs start by inspecting your property to establish the extent of damage and thus the types of resources needed to restore normalcy. For instance, we check the level of deterioration in sections such as walls, ceilings, and floors. If there is significant damage, extensive teardown is necessary. Therefore, we prepare more waste-handling resources, including large wheeled trash cans. 

After organizing the loss site, it is essential to take care of the problems caused by flooding. For instance, removing mud and silt deposited by floodwaters on surfaces and cleaning all solid areas is essential. Moisture management is another significant yet time-consuming task.  Our SERVPRO teams address these issues faster since we have a wide range of equipment.

Helpful equipment for the restoration of a flooded property include:

  • Dry/wet vacuums
  • Refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers
  • High-speed air movers
  • Pressure washers and rotating brushes

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps resolve flood damage issues faster. Call us at (630) 830-6236. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Caused by Grilling Accidents in Your Downtown Chicago Home

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

charcoal grill on fire Grills account for major fire damage each year. Be sure to practice fire safety while grilling.

Rely on SERVPRO to Properly Cleanup Fire Damage

The end of spring and the beginning of summer provides us with days perfect for grilling out in the backyard. An excellent way to enjoy each other's company is grilling food in Downtown Chicago. Cooking equipment can hold heat for a long time, and it can play a significant role in igniting flammable substances if you place the grill near them.

It is crucial to set a still-hot grill in only safe locations on your patio or property so you avoid the possibility of fire damage in Downtown Chicago. It is easy to get distracted and rush through putting things away.

Fire Damage Restoration

Patios and garages that catch on fire because of a grill can burn quickly, creating much damage. In garages that are attached to a home or in very close proximity can place the house at significant risk, too. Fire damage, just like the fire that caused it, can become worse with time. Mitigation of the area is the only solution that prevents future problems and fixes the current situation. SERVPRO is always ready to help with any size disaster.

We are highly experienced in restoring homes, garages and sheds, and commercial sites, as well, after they suffer from fire damaging events. We are prepared for any complications that arise and can assure you that our trusted and professional employees know the best methods according to the IICRC.

Smoke Damage

Plastics found in your patio furniture melt almost as soon as a fire gets near them, but we remove this type of debris while we engage in other cleaning processes. Soot only feels oily or greasy, while its true composition can grind etch marks into glossy finishes and ruin them or stain furniture cushions, car upholstery, and walls. Removing this soot must happen soon after, and by professionals who understand the properties of soot.

The highly qualified and professional technicians at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale are always ready to take your call at (630) 830-6236, any day of the year, and at any hour. Fire damage can create a series of problematic situations for you and your family, but we can help get everything back to normal again.

Professional Water Damage Restoration Available to Homeowners in Carol Stream

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Back view of SERVPRO van heading out to restore water damage When your see our Green Fleet around town, you will know that we are ready to restore your water damage.

Quality Restoration Services for Any Size Water Damage Job

Water damage can occur on your Carol Stream property through a variety of sources. Plumbing issues, storms, broken appliances, and overflows all have the potential to cause damage. However, with the proper maintenance and preparation, the majority of these circumstances are easy to avoid.

Being concerned about water damage in your Carol Stream home is nothing new. Homeowners everywhere fight this battle daily to ensure that their property remains safe from many problems that develop over time. What you need is access to a quality restoration company. With the right help, you can prevent future damages and even save your home should a disaster strike.

Water Damage Repairs

Whether you currently face water problems in your home or want information that fits your unique circumstances, call SERVPRO. We can inspect your property, locate any existing problems, and provide you with recommendations necessary to keep your home operating at peak efficiency. Make the call today to begin your restoration or get the help you need.

If you have a leaky kitchen faucet, you might experience damage to your wall, cabinets, countertops, and even your floor. SERVPRO technicians make short work of repairs like this, getting your home back to normal quickly and efficiently, ensuring that you get the results you deserve. We take the worry out of repairing your home after emergencies occur.

Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians have several years of experience providing solutions to homeowners just like you. We are fully qualified to restore various items affected by water; this includes important documents, pictures, and electronics. Whether you have an overflowing toilet or 3-foot of water in your basement, we can provide you with the assistance you need.

We have access to industrial-grade water extractors that make removing vast amounts of water easier. We also have hygrometers, air movers, and dehumidifiers that cut drying times in half.

Take advantage of qualified professionals available at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today. We look forward to answering your call. (630) 830-6236

How Does Mold Removal Happen in a Carol Stream Apartment Building?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy mold on ceiling and wall Act quickly when tenants report mold to keep the issue from spreading. SERVPRO is your professional mold remediation provider.

Fast Remediation Actions Protect Carol Stream Residential Structures From Microbial Threats

A property manager for an apartment complex must be mindful of the condition of the grounds at all times. With issues like flooding, high humidity, and powerful wind/rainstorms common to the Greater Chicago area, mold development might not be uncommon to find. Some signals that mold could exist in your apartment building include:

  • Spotting
  • Foul odors
  • Structural degradation
  • Moist areas

How Does Sandblasting Work to Remove Active Colonies? 

Much of the aggressive tactics used for mold removal in Carol Stream commercial properties are most effective and efficient. Because mold organisms can move fast through facilitating environments, it is critical to begin removing active colonization as soon as possible. Dry cleaning and remediation methods like sandblasting can prevent conditions in the damaged area from allowing mold growth while simultaneously eliminating surface organisms and seated roots of the organism on porous surfaces. High-pressured air and sand blast away mold growth often without compromising the underlying substrate.

When apartment buildings become impacted by mold growth, hundreds could be in the path of these destructive organisms. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team has efficient mold removal tactics and can make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (630) 830-6236.

SERVPRO Brings Years of Experience and Expertise in Flood Damage Restoration of Carol Stream Homes

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded room with items floating everywhere When your home is flooded, it can be quite overwhelming. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services. We are available 24/7.

Do Carol Stream Homes Need Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services?

A storm can cause extensive flood damage to your Carol Stream home. If you don't address it as a matter of urgency, the situation can worsen within a matter of hours. SERVPRO's professional flood restoration experts can minimize the loss and ensure that your Carol Stream home is safe to live. 

Decontamination is one of the most important steps of the flood restoration process as floodwater is often contaminated. SERVPRO experts of Carol Stream have years of experience and expertise in mitigating such situations. 

How SERVPRO Techs Accomplish Decontamination During Flood Water Cleanup After a Storm 

SERVPRO technicians use a variety of antimicrobial agents during the water damage mitigation process after a flood. Our experts use chemicals called antimicrobials during the decontamination process. Some of the most commonly used antimicrobials include-

  • Disinfectants- Destroy 99% of microorganisms that they contact. Usually don't affect the bacterial and fungal spores. Examples include Formaldehyde, Chlorines, and Alcohol. 
  • Sanitizers- Decrease the number of microbes to a number deemed acceptable by public health authorities. 
  • Sterilizers- Destroy all microorganisms, including spores of bacteria and fungi. Sterilizing after flood damage is generally not possible.
  • Sporicides- Effective in controlling fungal and bacterial spores. 

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for fast and efficient service. 

Where Can Chicago Loop Businesses Find Top-Notch Fire and Water Damage Remediation Services?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Chicago skyline on a cell phone on a black background Want to hear some big news??? We are proud to announce that we are an Official SERVPRO Downtown Operator!

Official Downtown Licensed Operator SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to respond to major Chicago commercial disaster scenarios 

Whether needing multiple ceiling leak mitigation following burst pipes in a Magnificent Mile high-rise or extensive fire and smoke damage remediation for commercial or governmental office space off Wacker Drive, downtown Chicago building managers and owners appreciate restoration companies that inspire confidence. When an experienced project manager takes your initial call and promptly materializes on-site to take charge of emergency assessment, you know SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale understands the genuine collaboration required for a successful large loss recovery effort.

Can a Single Disaster Recovery Company Manage a Major Downtown Chicago Restoration Effort?

Our association with the SERVPRO Large Loss Response Team prepared us for the demands of complex storm, water, fire, and mold projects on many levels of skyscrapers or spread out over multiple properties. Designation as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator facilitates our ability to create an individualized professional plan to handle all aspects of your commercial property’s damage. Scaling up the response to meet your restoration project’s needs is second nature to our team, and we have the resources to make it happen.

Should My Chicago Business Reach Out to SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for Proactive Disaster Planning?

Our seasoned management has navigated many commercial disaster recoveries, qualifying us to evaluate your potential recovery needs before the storm, burst pipes, mold proliferation, or fire and smoke damage occur. Work with us on an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) in case of worst-case scenarios. We also are members of the Chicagoland business community and know our region profits when your operations continue unimpeded even in the face of a crisis. Creating an ERP with your local SERVPRO is both preventative and anticipatory:

  • A no-obligation assessment engenders recommendations you can follow to avoid and minimize damage where our experts find vulnerabilities.
  • Teaming with you streamlines the emergency response, clarifying SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is your chosen contractor, allowing us to intervene early and most efficiently.
  • Our detailed understanding gained during ERP creation of your property’s physical layout and your business operations eliminates confusion and delays.
  • A digital ERP format allows real-time property owner updates, including designations of agents who can act on your behalf.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is proud to serve downtown Chicago, connecting directly with commercial customers when disaster strikes. Our lines are open 24/7 at (630) 830-6236.

How Can SERVPRO Help Bloomingdale Residents in Fire Damage Restoration of Their Homes?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot and debris everywhere Did your home have a recent fire? SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to remediate the fire damage. Contact us right away.

SERVPRO offers Fast and Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Service to Bloomingdale Home Owners

Fire damage restoration of your Bloomingdale home is a job for professionals. Trying to initiate a restoration process by yourself can turn an already bad situation worse. SERVPRO professionals have years of experience and expertise in dealing with the aftermath of a fire and smoke damage, including soot and odor. 

Combating the odor of a fire-damaged home in Bloomingdale can be difficult, but SERVPRO technicians are up to the task. We use various deodorizing techniques to remedy both real and imaginary odors. 

Equipment SERVPRO Techs Use to Combat Odor During House Fire Cleanup in Bloomingdale

SERVPRO technicians use a variety of state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate odor from your fire-damaged home in Bloomingdale. 

  • Photocatalytic Oxidizer- Works by producing hydroxyl (OH-) radicals using ultraviolet rays. The radicals then combine with odor-causing molecules and oxidize them, eliminating the odor during the fire restoration process. 
  • Air Scrubbers- These contain High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that can capture odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 microns. The activated carbon and potassium permanganate filters in the device can eliminate various odors causing molecules by adsorption. 
  • Ozone Generator- Generates an unstable gas called ozone that oxidizes with odor-causing molecules. It can eliminate a variety of odors, including odors due to protein fires. 

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for 24/7 fire damage restoration of Bloomingdale homes.

Carol Stream Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

5/9/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling Make sure that you are aware of the tell tale signs of water damage. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

How Does SERVPRO Prepare your Carol Stream Home for Water Mitigation?

The quiet village of Carol Stream rose to national limelight in 2011 when CNN's Money Magazine ranked the city 49th best place to live in the United States amongst 100 finalists. Originally a suburb of Chicago, the city was incorporated in 1959 and named after the founder's daughter. 

Besides the fact that the city is just a few miles away from Chicago, there are many activities to do in and around the city. Here is a list of some of the things you can do in Carol Stream.

  • Carol Cove Water Park- A great way to beat the summer heat, the waterpark offers a gigantic walk-in pool. If you love waterslides, Carol Cove has the two tallest tube slides in the entire DuPage county. There is a large patio and an interactive water playground as well. 
  • K1 Speed- A family-friendly indoor entertainment venue, the K1 speed offers an electric go-kart track, an arcade, and an onsite café that offers some of the scrumptious burgers and fries. 
  • Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park- The angled, seamless bouncing surface means you can bounce literally off the walls in this awesome trampoline park. There is also a dodgeball arena that combines the thrill of classic dodgeball with the excitement of trampoline park. There is also a slam-dunk zone for all those hoop lovers out there. 
  • McCaslin Park- For all the baseball fans visiting Carol Stream, McCaslin Park features multiple baseball diamonds with a turf field. Other amenities include Bankshot baseball court and Coyote Crossing mini golf course as well. 
  • Willowbrook Wildlife Center- It is a rehabilitation facility for the orphaned wildlife native to northeastern Illinois. The visitors can get an up-close view of native wildlife. If you are an animal lover, you are sure to enjoy the various interactive activities on offer in the center. 

A great off-leash dog park in the village offers our four-legged friends an opportunity to enjoy themselves. The Carol Stream park district has about 200 recreational programs all year round. If you want to do something different, downtown Chicago is just a few miles away as well. 

Why do Carol Stream Residents Need Professional Water Cleanup Services from SERVPRO?

Ignoring signs of water damage at your Carol Stream home can be costly. Whether due to burst pipes, leaking ceilings, or plumbing problems, water issues must be mitigated fast. SERVPRO technicians can help you assess the situation and form a strategy to mitigate water damage. Acting fast is the key to reduce restoration time and prevent any permanent losses.

SERVPRO's restoration approach to water mitigation relies on the following-

  • Preventing secondary damage, including microbial growth during and after water damage remediation
  • Restoring structures and contents with state-of-the-art equipment for both monitoring and eliminating hidden moisture after water cleanup 
  • Establishing negative pressure in contained areas to expedite water removal 
  • Combating odors using various approaches, including air filtration devices (AFDs) such as HEPA filters that can remove the odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 microns. 

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for 24/7 service regarding water damage and mitigation services.

The Hidden Dangers of Flood Damage in Carol Stream

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Is your home facing flood damage? Team SERVPRO can help with water removal and expert remediation services.

Carol Stream flooding means dangerous standing waters

Storms can quickly bring flooding into your home. A broken window or roof breach can let in water, and sometimes a rising river or even a violent rainstorm can flood your house.

If you suffer flood damage to your Carol Stream home, it is essential to be aware of the hidden dangers. Our customers want to start cleanup immediately, even while waiting for us to arrive, which we understand. However, standing flood water can contain hidden dangers:

  • Broken glass or sharp pieces of wood or metal could injure someone.
  • Contaminants and microbes that spread diseases. 
  • Electrocution risks if there is damage to power lines or electricity supplies.

Floodwaters can even hide live creatures such as snakes or insects. It is better to wait for SERVPRO to arrive and deal with floodwaters. We train our techs to deal with all kinds of hazardous situations, and we supply them with plenty of protective gear. We can safely remove hazards and standing groundwater from your home. If the floodwaters have receded from the interior, we can then begin the cleanup and disinfection steps.

Do not take risks with flood damage. Instead, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Initial Cleaning Protects Bloomingdale Contents During Fire Damage Restoration

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

a house with the top floor on fire Regardless of which room was damaged by the fire, team SERVPRO can help with remediation services and experts know how. Call us right away!

SERVPRO helps Bloomingdale homeowners who need house fire clean up

There are many steps to fire damage cleanup, and the SERVPRO process has been proven over many years. We know the quickest and most efficient way to deal with the mess a fire leaves behind.

Sometimes when we tackle fire damage restoration in Bloomingdale, we carry out initial cleaning to help the process run smoothly. Initial cleaning is essential if, for any reason, we cannot begin restoration immediately. It removes the worst of the fire damage. Initial cleaning often includes:

  • Removing charred items and anything that is fire-damaged beyond repair. 
  • Wiping soot from non-porous items like metal or wood.
  • Pre-cleaning carpets and furniture.

In some cases, we need to deodorize the space to make it safe for our crew to proceed. There are also situations where pests such as cockroaches can, unfortunately, get into a home or come out from their hiding place during restoration. SERVPRO can arrange for pest control before beginning cleaning.

We can also clean your personal items for use in your temporary housing if you cannot move back into your home straight away. Pre-cleaning can help prevent further damage.

If you are worried about fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

What To Do About Drywall Water Damage In Carol Stream?

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling that is peeling Drywall gets damaged very quickly when wet. Contact SERVPRO for technicians and the necessary equipment to get the job done right.

SERVPRO helps Carol Stream stores with water damage restoration

Carol Stream is a small, friendly community in Dupage County, Illinois. The village gets its unusual name from its Founder’s daughter, Carol.

DuPage County is a fascinating place to visit, where you will find plenty to see and do, including:

  • Miles of beautiful Tallgrass Prairie, a native ecosystem where you can see wildlife and many beautiful colored flowers.
  • The site of the second highest-energy particle accelerator in the world.
  • Fascinating architectural gems, including Sears Catalogue kit homes and the grand Byzantine Palace-inspired Medinah Country Club.

The area is also home to woodlands and wetlands and a vast array of public parks. You are never far from the great outdoors when you are near Carol Stream.

Carol Stream is excellent for families

Carol Stream might be small, but it has plenty to do. If you base yourself in this friendly village of under 4000 residents, you will not be bored. Bring the family and explore some of the famous family attractions in the area, including:

  • Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park offers bouncy entertainment whatever the weather. Kids can show off their jumping skills, bounce off the soft sloping surfaces, play dodgeball, or just have fun in the foam pit. You can also hold parties there.
  • Cosley Zoo lets kids get up close with domestic farm animals and native Illinois creatures. See shy deer and graceful foxes, or pet a goat or a soft llama. There are educational activities all year round, and you can even stay overnight at the zoo or become a zookeeper for the day.
  • Funflatables in nearby Bloomingdale is conveniently located near the central shopping district and makes an excellent break for bored kids. Children can play and have fun on the many inflatables or take part in an obstacle course. Even little ones can join in with the toddler-friendly area.
  • Coral Cove Water Park is perfect for slide and splash adventures or just for relaxing in the large family walk-in pool. Adventurous kids will love the tube slides, which are the tallest in DuPage County.

If the kids still have energy to burn, Carol Stream has multiple parks to keep them entertained. The community boasts 36 parks, with facilities for everything from sledding and volleyball, to fishing and roller-blading. Adults will not miss out on the fun, either. Carol Stream has adult leagues for sports, including soccer, flag football, hockey, softball, and basketball.

SERVPRO helps care for drywall in stores after water damage

Drywall is quite literally one of the building blocks of any store. Drywall is a gypsum panel with thick sheets of paper used in the construction of walls and ceilings.

Unfortunately, drywall is susceptible to water damage due to its absorbent properties. That is why you should call SERVPRO after water damage in your store. If the water reaches the drywall, the panels could lose structural integrity.

SERVPRO can help by:

  • Removing wallpaper so water cannot hide behind it.
  • Testing moisture levels in drywall and wall cavities.
  • Drying the area with fans and air movers.
  • Arranging for replacement drywall if needed.

For water damage restoration you can trust, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

How Destructive Can Fire Odors Be to Bloomingdale Homes?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians If your home is damaged by fire, SERVPRO is here to help. We have the equipment your home needs. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Harsh Lingering Odors After a Fire Can Make Ordinary Life a Challenge. 

Often property owners hesitate to call in professionals to mitigate the damage caused by a blaze. After several days, the still lingering malodors shout out to the owners, “You waited too long!”

Restoring your Bloomingdale home or business after fire damage can be a considerable challenge for even experienced fire restoration technicians like ours. There are multiple stages and phases of fire restoration, beginning with the earliest emergency services to reduce loss and protect the home's contents. After a fire loss incident, one of the lingering effects is harsh odors typically left to the final stages of restoration, which can require multiple approaches and products to overcome.

How Can Fire and Smoke Odors Get Eliminated? 

Combustion can leave many areas of your home contending with harsh, noxious odors. Depending on the material burned, these smells can also contain toxins or contaminants to complicate conditions further. Often air scrubbers and HEPA filtration products can remove these contaminants and particles from the environment, leaving the deodorization of lingering odors to:

  • Ozone machines
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Foggers

Fire odors can be an obstacle for your home. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can help when you call (630) 830-6236.

How Prepared Are SERVPRO Professionals for Bloomingdale Water Damages?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with equipment Regardless of the way your home was impacted by water, call our experts for assistance with water cleanup in your home.

Our Team Can Mobilize Quickly in a Water Disaster Emergency. 

Our preparedness for water disasters can be beneficial for Bloomingdale homes. As quickly as water disasters can develop and spread throughout a property, having efficient mitigation solutions available within hours of the first notice of loss is vital. We have many strategies for staying prepared to mobilize quickly from our warehouse to your doorstep when disasters strike.

How Can SERVPRO Get to Water Emergencies Fast? 

When water damage occurs in Bloomingdale, our motto says that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we embody this with every emergency that we help to restore. There are multiple steps in stages to keeping our technicians ready to move at a moment's notice. Often, this involves having pre-stocked trailers with our leading equipment. The Accessibility of these tools can allow water damage mitigation to begin immediately. Some of these instruments are:

Our prompt response to emergencies can save customers time and money. Count on our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help. Call us at (630) 830-6236.

Preserving the Charm of Carol Stream After a Fire Loss

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

Fires can be Devastating, but our Fast Response can make it "Like it never even happened."

In a community estimated to be home to over 39,000, Carol Stream continues to grow as a predominantly residential area. Unlike other bedroom communities for Chicago, multiple commercial properties and businesses have grown footholds in the town. This was always the intention of the developer creating this community in the 1950s and 60s. Carol Stream was meant to be a place that families never had to leave to find what they needed. This was an aspiring goal for the construction being so close to the country's third-largest city.

'A Great Place to Live and Work'

The motto of this substantially sized community is 'A Great Place to Live and Work.' This embodies the original spirit and optimism of developer Jay Stream. From 1959's earliest meetings about the town's development, it was always in the works for corporations to set up shop and thrive within the area to provide stable and gainful employment to residents. By envisioning a town where people did not need to commute to Chicago, they could have a quieter and less bustling life outside of Wheaton, IL, where Stream purchased the land to break ground on this development.

The town would get named after Jay Stream's daughter, Carol, after becoming involved in a devastating car accident. After nearly four months in a coma, Carol would awaken to finally see the village that shared her name.

A Bedroom Community for the Greater Chicago Area

Despite the intentions to be self-sustaining from the magnetism of employment opportunities and business in Chicago, Carol Stream would ultimately partially become a bedroom community within the sprawling metropolitan area. Those that do not mind a reasonable commute of just 29 miles on the roadways can often reach the cities in less than an hour outside of peak travel times. The primary route from Carol Stream to inner-city Chicago follows interstates 355 and 290.  

Can SERVPRO Provide Fire Restoration Services in Carol Stream?

Fire restoration for Carol Stream homes and businesses means much more than just cleaning up after these disasters. True recovery of your home is multi-layered. It encompasses the skills of multiple technicians on our roster. Beyond Fire & Smoke Restoration certifications, our team can also help with accreditations in related niches such as:

  • Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
  • Odor Control (OCT)
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning (UFT)

With a general contractor license, we can also provide a wealth of services such as repairs and reconstruction where your property needs. This license can help with immediate actions like debris removal and controlled demolition as well.

Fire losses can be devastating for your home without immediate action to mitigate loss and begin returning the property to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team a call to help today at (630) 830-6236.

What are Best Practices for Handling Water Remediation?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged laundry room No company can top the services of SERVPRO. Their technicians are IICRC certified and ready for any job.

Calling SERVPRO to your Carol Stream Home for professional water remediation brings fast, efficient results!

Reaching for a mop and bucket when you have a significant water leak in your Carol Stream home will not get you the results you need. At SERVPRO, we arrive with skilled technicians and advanced equipment to pull up all the standing water and address all areas where hidden moisture may be lurking.

Part of our water remediation services in Carol Stream includes measuring the moisture levels in the air or within wet materials. Our Green Fleet comes equipment with moisture detection equipment such as:

  • Moisture Sensors – used for detecting moisture in baseboards, walls, and carpets
  • Moisture Meters – used to determine moisture content in a broad range of materials
  • Thermo-Hygrometers – used to measure relative humidity and air temperature throughout the home

Using one or more of the tools listed above, our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) adjust our cleanup and drying measures based on calculations. This allows us to monitor dew point, vapor pressure, and humidity to better achieve our goals for making it “Like it never even happened.”

There is nothing like the water remediation services we have to offer at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for an emergency response. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Handling Mold Removal in Your Retail Space

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling A small mold infestation can turn into something big fast. Call the SERVPRO team for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO helps Carol Stream business owners with careful, efficient mold removal processes!

As a Carol Stream business owner, you need to ensure your retail location is a pleasant environment for all customers coming through the doors. Should you suspect mold development, you need to act fast before it multiplies. SERVPRO is available for mold remediation services to ensure your commercial space is Certified: SERVPRO Clean!

Mold travels through the air and colonizes rapidly when given the right environment, which is why you need prompt action for mold removal in Carol Stream. These are some things that you need to know about mold and the potential harm it can cause:

  • Mold is microscopic and easily becomes airborne if disturbed
  • Spores settle on surfaces and thrive on organic materials and moist spaces
  • It is not uncommon for mold to fester within HVAC systems and ductwork
  • You must control the relative humidity levels in your retail location to prevent mold growth
  • Mold often puts out potent, musty odors
  • Due to the potential health effects, it is best to seek help from skilled mold remediation technicians

Keep in mind that even a small mold infestation can turn into something significant in a short period. Our team at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is here to help when you need rapid mold removal at your commercial space. Call (630) 830-6236 to have our crew sent to your business for assessment!

What Can Water Restoration Companies Do?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe When water damage appears and you don't know what to do? Call the pros at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services you need.

Bloomingdale residents benefit from proven methods by water restoration companies like SERVPRO!

Located within lovely DuPage County in the state of Illinois, the village of Bloomingdale is just 25 miles to the west of Chicago. When the 2010 United States Census got taken, Bloomingdale had a population of 22,018 people. 

Taking a peek at Bloomingdale's history, this was one of the earliest villages to be settled within the county. In 1833, the Meacham family put down roots here, followed by another dozen families over the next year. The village split later on in 1923, where the town's northern region got incorporated under the name Roselle. Between 1950 to 1980, the population here increased from 338 people up to 12,659.

Exploring Some Great Attractions Local to Bloomingdale, IL

There is a whole lot that you can see and do in the area, including stunning parks and clean playgrounds for families to spend some time. Several of the most notable and must-see attractions in the area include:

  • Cosley Zoo
  • Bloomingdale Park District Museum
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • DuPage Children's Museum

If you plan to make a day out of it, you will also find that Bloomingdale is filled with lovely shops and outlet centers. Don't forget to stop by to have coffee or a bite to eat at one of the local eateries or pubs in the area. 

Some popular options to check out for food or entertainment include:

  • Picture Show Movie Theater
  • Wolfden Brewing
  • Anyway's Restaurant
  • Challenge Accepted Escape Room
  • Jameson's Charhouse
  • Urban Air Adventure Park
  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

Another significant point of interest for Bloomingdale is the Stratford Square Mall. This is the largest shopping center in the area, including five major department stores, beautiful indoor landscaping, and over 150 specialty shops and incredible restaurants.

Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Get the Job Done Right the First Time

A broken pipe, a faulty appliance, a mishap in the bathroom with an overflowing tub – these are all reasons to call on a water restoration team for cleanup. If you suffer from a messy water emergency in your Bloomingdale home, SERVPRO makes sure no stone is left unturned. We act fast to clean up all standing water and use moisture detection measures to find hidden pockets throughout the damaged area.

Water restoration companies in Bloomingdale help to cut back on secondary damage. Call SERVPRO if you have interior flooding issues such as:

  • Faulty washing machine hoses
  • Leaking, broken, or burst pipes
  • Water heater malfunction
  • Overflowing tubs, sinks, or toilets
  • Clogging in your drains or sewer lines

Our crew works carefully and efficiently to clear out the water while limiting exposure to unaffected areas of your home. We utilize powerful pumps, extractors, and fans to restore relative humidity throughout your interior. Everything gets wrapped up with the help of EPA-registered cleaning agents, anti-microbials, and deodorizers to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is the team to call when you need one of the best water restoration companies in your area. For 24-hour emergency response, contact our team at (630) 830-6236, and we will dispatch our fleet as soon as possible. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Enjoy A Day Out To The Zoo Near Carol Stream

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

two giraffes together SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing all of the wildlife at the Cosley Zoo!

Cosley Zoo Offers Education and Inspiration To Nature Lovers Near Carol Stream

If you are looking for an educational and delightful day out with your family, pop over to Cosley Zoo at Wheaton. This conservation-conscious zoo aims to help visitors interact with nature in a safe, engaging, and respectful way.

Cosley Zoo is home to over 200 creatures, representing more than 50 different species. You will love the wide range of animals you can meet at the zoo, including:

  • Macaws, woodpeckers, ducks, and vultures.
  • Turtles, skinks, and snakes.
  • Salamanders and frogs.
  • Coyotes, chipmunks, hedgehogs, armadillos, and deer.
  • And many more!

Children aged 17 and under go free. Adult tickets are $8 plus a processing fee. Please note that zoo visits must be booked at the Cosley Zoo website – there are no tickets available on the door.

Fire is just one of the dangers zookeepers must be aware of, and it is a good idea to deal with fire dangers in your home too. If you need a fire company you can rely on, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Carol Stream Is A Unique Village With A Unique Namesake

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

flooded living room with brown leather couch floating Don’t panic if flooding affects your home. Contact Team SERVPRO 24/7 for effective water removal services.

Enjoy A Relaxed Way Of Life In This Welcoming Community

Carol Stream is an enchanting Illinois village with a population of just 39,711. It is close enough to Chicago that residents and visitors can enjoy all the big city offers. However, there is no need to go too far afield with so much to enjoy in Carol Stream.

The Carol Stream area has been farmed since around 1840, when a veteran of the War of 1812, Anning S. Ransom, began tilling the land. Vermonter Daniel Kelley came to the area in 1844 and bought 1,400 acres of land, where he and his wife settled to farm Merino sheep. The site was at this time known as Gretna.

The community of Carol Stream was founded in the 1950s. In 2011, Money Magazine named Carol Stream number 49 on its list of 100 best places to live in the United States. It is easy to see why, as the town boasts:

  • An award-winning park district.
  • Plenty of lovely modern homes.
  • A clean and welcoming specially designed downtown area.

Carol Stream Has A Unique Claim To Fame.

Carol Stream is one of just a handful of communities in North America that takes both the first and last name of a living person. Modern-day Carol Stream got started when military veteran Jay W. Stream got tired of red tape. He was stuck in negotiations for a 350 – 400 home development in Naperville, Illinois, and the discussion was going nowhere. A clerk in Naperville told Stream he would be quicker to "build your own town," and so he decided to do precisely that. Stream purchased unincorporated farmland near Wheaton, IL as a potential space for his new town.

In 1957, while her father was in the business of buying land, his daughter Carol was in a frightening accident. Another vehicle hit their car while crossing Route 45 in Kenosha County, killing a young passenger. Carol was flung through the windshield and struck a utility pole, and although she survived, neurosurgeons told her father she might never wake up. They also told her father that good news could help her recovery, and so he decided to name his new town in her honor.

Carol woke up after four months and, thankfully, made a full recovery. She thought having a town named after her was "odd and silly," but she soon grew to love it. Although she never lived in her namesake town, she took part in community celebrations, rode in parades, and was often asked for her autograph when she visited. Carol Stream residents kept her up to date by sending her regular newspaper clippings and messages. Carol was quoted as saying, "I can only say that this town is so lovely because of a lot of hard-working people who have a good sense of pride and respect for their community."

Enjoy The Great Outdoors In Carol Stream

You do not have to go far to enjoy some nature time in Carol Stream. Despite being a small village, Carol Stream is home to a vast network of parks and recreation centers. You can explore 23 miles of trails and paths that connect parks, transportation hubs, and points of interest. Many of the parks also connect to regional trail systems and forest preserves. The trail network makes it easy to access the best of Carol Stream's 40-wide array of parks and playgrounds.

With so many parks to choose from, it is hard to know where to start. Some popular outdoor areas include:

  • McCaslin Park, a multi-use recreational facility with something for everyone. The Park hosts sporting events throughout the season, but there is plenty to do when there are no events scheduled. Kids (and adults!) will love Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. There is a water splash pad, basketball hoops, a volleyball court, and a playground. There is also a picnic shelter with a permanent grill so you can pack some food and spend a few hours.
  • Friendship Park is a small park tucked away in a residential area of Carol Stream. It has plenty of swings suitable for all ages from tots up to teens, and a small picnic shelter. It is an unassuming park but ideal for a quiet afternoon and a picnic with the family.
  • Community Park is located in the Southeast of Carol Stream and offers plenty of amenities for a fun day out. You will find an easy walking path, a fishing pier (license required), peaceful natural areas, several sports areas, and a picnic shelter with a drinking fountain. 
  • Carolshire Park is the newest Park in Carol Stream and was opened in 2019. At the time, local children were playing in an empty parking lot. The new facility boasts ADA-compliant equipment designed to spark children's imaginations and enhance their cognition through play. One top-rated installation is The Twist, an arched ladder apparatus that changes angle with every curve.

Illinois Has Suffered Its Share Of Flood Damage

Unfortunately, communities in Illinois have suffered a hefty amount of flood damage. For example:

  • The 1992 Chicago River flood caused $2 billion of damage.
  • The 1993 Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers flood caused $15 billion of damage.
  • The 2008 Mississippi River flood caused $3.2 million of damage.

When floods hit, SERVPRO is here to help. Our expert team will arrive on site within four hours of your first call and carry out a thorough assessment of the situation. We start by securing your home and dealing with any immediate dangers such as slip and fall or electrical risks.

Once we have established a safe working space, we put our drying plan into action. We thoroughly extract water from your home and remove any unsalvageable belongings or building materials. Then we clean, restore, and dry your home and belongings.

We can also remove your belongings to our secure warehouse if necessary and bring them back when drying and restoration are complete. We can take textiles and clothes to our facility and use the ESPORTA wash system to clean them.

When we are finished drying your home, we will deodorize it to leave it smelling fresh so we can state, “Like it never even happened.”

For flood damage repair you can trust, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Start Your New Year With A Difference – Come and Learn Axe Throwing in Bloomingdale!

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

an axe thrown into a target It will be exciting to see the community enjoying themselves at Bull & Bear Axe!

Try Something New In Bloomingdale This Year

If you are looking for something different to do with friends or family, why not come along to Bull & Bear Axe and learn to throw a blade. Bull & Bear is conveniently located inside Stratford Square Mall.

  • Learn from experienced ax throwers.
  • You will be shown how to throw an ax safely and effectively.
  • Your tutor will guide you through several fun ax throwing games.
  • Suitable for all abilities, even if you have never thrown an ax before.

Ax throwing is ideal for birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties with a difference, corporate events, or a memorable night out with friends.

Prices are $24.99 per person for an hour or $34.99 per person for a 90-minute session. Sessions are suitable for up to ten people and must be reserved. Visit the Bull & Bear website for more information.

Of course, we hope your home will be secure while you are out, but should you suffer lousy weather or a broken appliance, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help with water removal. Call us at (630) 830-6236.

Explore a Modernist Architectural Marvel Near Carol Stream

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

a flyer for the museum with a picture of it included It will be exciting to see the community at the Schweikher home for tours!

Carol Stream Locals Invited to Tour a 20th-Century Design Landmark

Carol Stream residents are cordially welcomed to the Schweikher home and studio in nearby Schaumburg. This home was crafted in 1938 as a unique fusion of eastern and western design sentiments for the twentieth century. Carol Stream residents can tour this house on South Meacham Road on Friday, December 18, from 11:00 a.m. to noon or from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Your docent (tour guide) covers the following during the tour, which primarily takes place on one floor of the home:

  • The chronology of the Schweikher home’s construction and inspirations
  • More about the life and Modernist sentiments of architect and owner Paul Schweikher
  • The history of the second owners, the Langsdorfs

Tour participants should arrive at least ten minutes before the tour begins. Visitors are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing protocols during their tour. They can either take off shoes or wear facility-provided shoe coverings to preserve the property. Photography is highly encouraged.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale renders commercial water damage mitigation for Carol Stream facilities when owners call (630) 830-6236.

Watch Carol Stream Live Music Performances

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

a drumset on stage for a performance SERVPRO is looking forward to the live showcase of The Nielsen Trust!

Watch Cheap Trick Alumni Wow Carol Stream Audiences

On December 10, BHouse LIVE is showcasing The Nielsen Trust at Brauer House on Borth Rohlwing Street in Lombard, just 20 minutes from Carol Stream. Two members of Cheap Trick, Rick and Daxx Nielsen, are touring with new band members Miles Nielsen and Kelly Steward. The evening is packed with music that tells stories that span across generations that are personal and unique to the Nielsens.

Ticket options include:

  • General admission tickets are $25 on the day of the show, or $22 if purchased in advance
  • The first two tiers of VIP tickets cover front row barstool seats and side stage seating for $75 and $50, respectively
  • The $160 VIP tier provides a front-row table and a bucket of SweetWater beers for a party of four

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at eight. Brauer House patrons get free parking and a discounted rate at the Comfort Suites Lombard-Addison across the street from the venue.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers rapid-response fire restoration for Carol Stream locals who call (630) 830-6236.

Bloomingdale Homeowners Receive Emergency-Response Cleanup and Rebuilding Services 24/7, Including All Holidays

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

a cartoon house in the middle of a thunderstorm Excess water after a storm can quickly affect your home and cause flood damage. Call in the experts for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Professionals Provide Faster To Any Size Disaster Cleanup for Bloomingdale Properties When Owners Call (630) 830-6236

The village of Bloomingdale, Illinois, has a long and storied history in DuPage County. Not only is Bloomingdale one of the oldest settlements in the area, but it is also one of the most crucial to the development of northwest Chicago. The settlement, then known as Meacham’s Grove, featured an oft-used highway and stagecoach stop on modern-day Lake Street in its earliest days. 

Bloomingdale used to be part of Cook County but was annexed by DuPage County in 1839. Today, Bloomingdale’s population is over 22,000, with almost 190 years of history under its belt. This Chicago suburb is considered one of the best places to live in Illinois, and its bicentennial occurs in 2033.

One of the most prominent shopping hubs in Bloomingdale, the Stratford Square Mall, opened in 1981. Even today, it offers the potential for new businesses to thrive. Namdar Realty Group acquired the property in October 2019 from the previous owners, Feldman Mall Properties, and plans to improve the property while maintaining public safety precautions for existing businesses. Other major shopping areas include the bustling Woodfield Mall and Old Town Bloomingdale at Lake Street and Bloomingdale Road.

Other points of interest in Bloomingdale include several options for recreation, dining, and entertainment, such as:

  • Wolfden Brewing
  • Urban Air Adventure Park
  • The Bloomingdale Park District Museum
  • The Oasis Water Park
  • Meacham Grove Nature Preserve

The Founding of Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale’s history as a settlement began over five millennia before its founding by the Meachams. The prairies and marshes were home to valuable natural resources like sandstone, flint, granite, and a groundwater spring. The primary settlement for indigenous peoples is speculated to be near Bloomingdale Road and Schick Road.

The first American colonists moved in from New York and Vermont, with the Meacham family primary among them. Lyman Meacham scouted out the land before inviting his brothers Daniel, Harvey, and Silas to move out to the fertile land. The family spent the first year camping among the local indigenous peoples and sharing resources with them.

The Meacham's laid claim to over 1,200 acres that were rich with lumber and fertile farmland. They eventually leased land to at least a dozen more families who moved into the area. Access to Meacham’s Grove was made even easier by the construction of a state road from there to Galena, as well as the road from the Meacham estate to Chicago. Stagecoach travel from Bloomingdale to Chicago took approximately four hours.

Only six years after the Meacham family’s 1833 settlement, Bloomingdale became a firmly-established village that would soon be part of a land boom. During this period, early settlers grabbed hundreds of acres for as little as $1.50 per acre.

Over the next several decades, Bloomingdale Township would expand westward and focus on crafting infrastructure and establishing local governments. Bloomingdale was officially incorporated in 1889 as part of DuPage County.

Bloomingdale in the 20th Century

The growth and development of infrastructure in Bloomingdale continued steadily into the 1900s. However, many conflicts arose from most projects operating in tandem with the northern settlement of Roselle. New developments for the hamlet in the early 20th century included:

  • Establishing speed limits for automobiles as early as 1904
  • Gas lines were laid in the city in 1916 by The Western United Gas and Electric Company
  • Electricity was implemented in 1924, though most homes would not have it until well into the 1930s

After the Second World War, expansion continued at an accelerated pace, including acquiring the town’s first marked police car, opening the first official fire protection district, and founding subdivisions like Suncrest and Indian Lakes. From 1950 to 1960 alone, the population almost quadrupled from 338 to 1,262 residents.

In the 1960s, Bloomingdale implemented a full-time police department, a new school, and a new post office. In the 1970s, the town’s gradual expansion continued at the expense of a nearby forest packed with centuries-old trees. In the 1980s, the town celebrated its sesquicentennial. While the local government focused on pushing ever forward, Bloomingdale citizens also took care to honor their history and roots.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Flooding Odors in Bloomingdale?

SERVPRO has the tools and techniques necessary to mitigate Bloomingdale flood damage and return homes to a clean, safe, preloss state. Several methods, from the traditional to the technologically sophisticated, are crucial to the successful removal of flood damage odors:

  • One of the initial methods used for odor control is spraying with EPA-registered biocides. This process can be performed with a pump or trigger sprayer to minimize odors and curb microbial growth during the cleanup process
  • Technicians take care to demolish odorous structures that are more cost-effective to replace, like moldy drywall. Technicians perform removal of irreparably flood-damaged odor sources with the informed permission of homeowners and insurance adjusters
  • Thermal fogging is another essential process for addressing flood damage odors in one or more rooms. Water- or solvent-based deodorizers are released as a wet fog that saturates surfaces, much like water damage does, to eliminate odors at the particle level
  • Ventilation box fans can exchange over 3,000 cubic feet of air per minute and fill the home with clean, fresh air before and after deodorization

Odor control is a crucial part of the flood damage mitigation process. This aspect of flooding can indicate mold or other contaminants, such as sewage or chemical runoff. Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited pros like those at SERVPRO can quickly detect and eliminate these odors per restoration industry standards to minimize structural and property losses.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale ensures that homes look and feel, “Like it never even happened.” Call (630) 830-6236 for rapid-response disaster mitigation and restoration services.

Fans of the Macabre in Carol Stream Unite for a Weekend of Spooky Fun

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Carol Stream/ Arch Sepia We look forward to celebrating with the community at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center.

From Carol Stream to Downtown Chicago, Horror and Sci-Fi Fans Look Forward to the Days of the Dead. 

An annual celebration of the weird, the scary, and the paranormal converges once again on the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center beginning November 20th through the 22nd. Multiple panels introduce the audience to some of the biggest names and presences in the horror genre. This year, you can partake in Q&A sessions for films like Halloween, IT, and classic slasher films like Sleepaway Camp and Friday the 13th.

Those who want to showcase their creativity can get involved with the FX Makeup Challenge, the Chaostume Showdown, and the Scaryokee after-party event. The tickets start at just $25.00 and can be purchased through the official website for the event.

Mold might not be a horror movie villain, but it can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Let our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team help with mold remediation for your Carol Stream home. Give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

What Makes Carol Stream a Steadily Popular Place to Live?

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Jay & Carol Stream Jay Stream and his daughter Carol Stream.

Through its relatively short life, the village of Carol Stream has steadily grown into an attractive destination for those wanting to live outside of the city. 

There are subcommunities and suburbs surrounding Chicago that each presents their unique allures to potential homebuyers and residents. Because many of the restoration companies serving the Greater Chicago area are based in the city, it can often take much longer than it should to get help when you need it following a water, flood, or fire loss emergency. There are many reasons that people are finding Carol Stream a suitable place to call home, and its proximity to top-tier restoration services provided by SERVPRO is only one of these factors. 

Much like many of the other communities making up the Greater Chicago region, our village has grown exponentially along with our nearby anchor city's rapid ascent. We make up one of the third-largest municipal areas in the country, and since our first census in 1960 with a population of just over 800, we have grown steadily over the next 60 years to now provide a permanent home to nearly 40,000. 

A Short History of Carol Stream 

Many property owners living in Carol Stream and its surrounding communities do not know the full story of how it came to be. This was a town that was not originally meant to be, as it was scheduled to be a 400-unit housing development in Naperville, Illinois. Had there been less red tape for Jay Stream, the construction developer, and later founder of the village, the municipality would have never been developed to this extent. The decision to make a town came from the hope that it could one day grow enough so that commuting to Chicago was unnecessary and people could live and work in the same place. 

Despite what many believe, the village does not get its name from a nearby water body, but after the first and last name of the founder's daughter, Carol. During the village development, Carol was involved in an accident that ejected her from the vehicle and left her in a coma, unlikely to recover. Her father, Jay, was led to believe that positive news could help her condition and named the newly forming village after her. She did go on to make a full recovery, even participating in the events of the incorporation for the town in 1959. The city remains one of only a handful of locations in the country using someone's full name as a municipal name. 

All Roads Lead to Carol Stream 

A total of 6 significant roadways converge on the village, making the area heavily traveled by those coming to and from Chicago and its immediate surrounding areas. This connectivity also helps to bolster the allure and attractiveness of the village, as it stays directly connected to Chicago by only a reasonable 45-minute commute. This has allowed Carol Stream to continue to grow with new residents looking for an escape from the noise and bustle of more developed areas. 

Commuters can use North Avenue to travel the thirty miles into Chicago and other routes like Gary Avenue to travel north and south towards other prominent developments like Bloomingdale or the Stratford Square Mall, which has been serving the area for nearly 40 years. Even our experienced SERVPRO team utilizes these roads and routes to reach destinations quickly in a crisis to make it "Like it never even happened."

The Attractive Features 

Among the proximity to the city limits of Chicago, there are many attractive features of the area that have helped to make it a popular destination over the past several decades. Our region experiences all four seasons of the weather, unlike many other portions of the country. While this can lead to unfortunate circumstances in extreme conditions like polar vortexes to freeze pipes and get our SERVPRO team involved, it also offers favorable temperatures and conditions for the majority of the time. 

There are many developments in the Carol Stream area that have helped realize the original dream of Jay Stream to offer a place where residents could find gainful employment without commuting to the city. Many such companies have sprouted up within the municipal limits, offering thousands of jobs between them. Many companies provide positions above minimum wage for those looking to avoid the sometimes-taxing commute to inner-city Chicago. Among the most generous contributors to employment in the area are:

  • Hearthside Food Solutions 
  • American Litho
  • Grunt Style
  • FIC America Corp.
  • Office Depot
  • Federal Ground Package System 
  • Tyndale House 
  • Christianity Today

In addition to these growing manufacturing facilities and commercial structures, Carol Stream houses a sectional hub for the United States Postal Service for multiple zip codes. 

Fast and Reliable Water Restoration Services 

You might ask what water companies are near me in Carol Stream? Though there could be several answers to this question, few have the reliability, experience, and leading equipment as our SERVPRO professionals. With nearly our entire staff educated with a base Water Restoration Technician (WRT) accreditation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), no customer has to wait for the mitigation of their home needs. 

We have reliable strategies for water removal that can begin as soon as our professionals arrive. Through an array of powerful tools, such as submersible pumps and wet vacuums, our technicians can remove surface water to prevent penetration that makes restoration and drying phases more involved or complicated. We even have extraction and drying solutions to release trapped moisture from porous materials, including: 

  • Engineered Wood Flooring
  • Plywood
  • Hardwood
  • Carpet
  • Padding

We appreciate the value of a fast response when every second counts, and that is why our warehouse positioning in Buffalo Grove can help us to reach disasters across our entire region within hours of the first notice of loss (FNOL.) Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale technicians are standing by 24/7 to help at (630) 830-6236. 

Experience Bloomington Like Lincoln Did

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Abraham Lincoln Join us on an adventure, learning about the history of Abraham Lincoln in Bloomington.

See the places in Bloomington and hear the stories that shaped the political future of Abraham Lincoln. 

There is no mistaking the historical significance of the sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. In Bloomington alone, there are multiple tours and events dedicated to his time spent as a representative for the state and the President. Looking for Lincoln is an ongoing tour that runs year-round that is self-guided with CD-audio tracks for multiple sites.

You can record this elaborate adventure with the help of the McLean County Museum of History passport program. This allows visitors to get stamps in their National Park Service passport for each site on the tour, and you can begin this passport process at any of the National Heritage sites on the Looking for Lincoln plan.

Whether it is one of the 13 historical sites on this tour or your personal business, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help with debris removal and fire cleanup in Bloomington after a disaster. Give us a call at (630) 830-6236, anytime you need us.

How can SERVPRO Help with Inventory after Flood Damage in Bloomingdale?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property If you need help taking stock after flood damage, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Bloomingdale Residents Unsure Where to Begin after Flood Damage?

Bloomingdale is a beautiful semi-rural area and one of the longest settled places in DuPage county. Every resident from the very beginning knows that the area is not immune to devastating storms and even tornadoes.

Thankfully these days, you do not have to struggle alone after flood damage to your Bloomingdale home. SERVPRO is on hand to help you. We clean up the damage and restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Why is inventory necessary?
When you first see your home after a storm, you might feel shocked and unsure of what to do next. Your belongings might be strewn around and soaked with water. You will wonder which you can save and which you must throw away.

Inventory at this stage is vital because:
    •    It will help you with your insurance claim
    •    Your insurance company will want a full list of losses
    •    If you try to rely on memory or guesswork, you could miss something

How can SERVPRO help with inventory?
We understand that it is difficult to tally your losses. That is why we take a systematic approach. We examine each room in turn and divide belongings into those we can save, those we cannot keep, and those we will decide on later. We enter every item into a spreadsheet and take supporting photographs. We can also liaise with your insurer and pass this information to them.

Can you save flood-damaged items?
We always aim to restore items where possible. We can:
    •    Dry wooden furniture
    •    Wash drapes and blinds
    •    Spot-clean some upholstery, depending on the extent of the damage

We can apply anti-microbial treatments if needed. We can also carry out repairs to your home, such as replacing wallpaper or drywall.

Please note that most insurers will ask you to replace like for like if we cannot save an item. In other words, you must replace an item with one of equal value. Some of our customers ask if they can take the opportunity to upgrade items by replacing them with something better – please talk to your insurer about this as in most cases, you will need to bear the extra cost.

If you need help taking stock after flood damage, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Why Do Homeowners Benefit from Professional Mold Damage Help?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage under a sink This Photo Calls for Professional Mold Remediation! Call SERVPRO for Fast Arrival to Your Bloomingdale Home

Advanced Training and Practical Experience Is Why SERVPRO Delivers Results for Bloomingdale Residents Needing Mold Removal

Finding or suspecting mold growth in your Bloomingdale home can be upsetting and a little frightening because of all the negative attention mold damage gets in the media. Mold spores are an unseen and usually benign fact of life in all homes. Unfortunately, if your dwelling has unresolved water damage or even high humidity in spaces like kitchens, laundry rooms, or bathrooms, spores absorb moisture and begin a growth cycle that proves challenging to resolve.

Can DIY Solutions Make Mold Damage Worse?

Homeowners in Bloomingdale who try mold removal on their own often experience frustration. The temptation is to stay “hands-off” because of mold’s reputation as a health concern, so spray-on solutions like over the counter mold “removers” or homemade bleach mixtures are often chosen. These products can lighten a mold stain temporarily, but the problem often comes back worse than before. A spray-bottle strategy cannot penetrate to the “root’ of the mold problem, the hyphae invading porous materials like drywall and unsealed grout. This inadequacy is why professionals take a different path.

How Do Professionals Manage Mold Removal?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extensively researched the best ways to remediate mold damage, which is why SERVPRO follows its protocol. Although a broadcast spray of antimicrobials in the moldy space can precede a mold removal intervention to reduce the load of spores in the air, our other efforts include:

  • Containing the workspace with heavy plastic sheeting, frequently adding an air scrubber to force the mold debris-laden air through HEPA filters before exhaustion to the outside
  • Mechanically removing the mold with brushes and scrapers (technicians wearing personal protective equipment (PPE))
  • Using gentle abrasives like soda or dry ice blasting to remove surface mold from porous materials, while the abrasive chemical makeup also incapacitates the unseen hyphae
  • Vacuuming and wiping up residues, bagging them with the moldy materials for disposal as hazardous waste
  • Application of an EPA-registered antimicrobial to inhibit mold rebound

Understanding of the microbial life cycle is why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale chooses the EPA protocol, with excellent results. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for a consultation to devise a personalized mold removal plan.

What is the Timeline of the Fire Restoration Process?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Carol Stream Homeowners Want to Know What to Expect During Fire Restoration

Busy homeowners in Carol Stream know the importance of keeping to a schedule. Whether it is a list of work deadlines, after school activities for the children, or a roster of social events, a program keeps everyone organized. When you know what is supposed to happen, and when, it is much easier to plan for an event.

Homeowners who need fire restoration in Carol Stream want a schedule too. A fire loss is a difficult enough situation as it is, and any uncertainty makes it worse. You are keen to know when you can return to your life.

What happens when you call SERVPRO?

After we receive a notification of a fire loss incident, we get in touch within the hour to arrange a visit to the blaze site. Our customers can rest easy, knowing that help is on the way.

How soon will SERVPRO arrive, and what happens then?

A franchise professional will arrive within four hours from the first call notifying us of a loss situation. There is a reason that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster:

  • Coming quickly means we can start the remediation process faster
  • We know that soot damage can get worse if left for too long
  • There may be leftover water from fire-fighting, which presents a risk of fungal growth if we do not deal with it

The first step after we arrive is a thorough assessment of the situation. This includes examining fire and soot damage and testing individual items to see if they are restorable, or if we must dispose of them. Our technicians work from the source of the fire outwards to determine what we can salvage and clean.

Our technicians will explain each step of the restoration process to you, so you understand:

  • What we are going to do
  • How long it will take
  • What results you can expect

What should homeowners do while waiting for SERVPRO to arrive?

Our customers often ask what they should do while waiting for SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to arrive. The first step is to consider your safety and that of your family. Do not stay in your home if it is not safe to do so. Do not attempt to move any items if you are not confident that it is safe. Please be aware of the potential hazards from electricity, slip and fall risks, or structural damage.

However, there are some actions you can take if you can do so without risk of harm:

  • Place clean towels over carpets, rugs, and high-traffic areas
  • Protect HVAC vents by taping over a double layer of cheesecloth
  • Wipe down the leaves of houseplants
  • Spread a layer of petroleum jelly over chrome fixtures
  • If the electricity is out, you can prop open freeze and fridge doors, and empty the food

Please do not attempt to clean electrical appliances, carpets, drapes, walls, ceilings, or furniture. There is a risk of making the damage worse if these items are improperly cleaned. Do not switch on the ceiling fan, in case the ceiling is wet from fire-fighting efforts.

What happens after the homeowner agrees to the cleaning plan?

We will give verbal notice of the proposed cleaning plan to your insurance adjuster or property manager within eight hours. Following that, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians get to work.

We employ a range of techniques to fix soot damage to your home and belongings, including scrubbing and HEPA vacuuming for floors, walls, and ceilings. We can use baking soda blasting on exposed wood or brick, such as in basements or attics. We also wipe, scrub, and spot-clean furniture and upholstery.

When we have finished cleaning, we deodorize your home to leave it smelling “Like it never even happened.”

Do homeowners have to leave their houses, and when can they come back?

Whether homeowners need to vacate their property depends on the extent of fire damage. In some cases, we may also need to move your furniture and belongings to an off-site facility for cleaning while we restore your home.

We will keep you informed of progress at all times. We will also take careful inventory of your items before removal and bring them back afterward.

What happens after fire restoration?

When we are finished, we will do a final walk-through of your property with you to ensure you are satisfied. We will also follow up with you after a week to answer any questions you may have.

If you need swift and effective fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Can My Hardwood Floors In My Carol Stream Home Be Restored After Water Damage?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Employ Advanced Technology to Restore Flooring in Carol Stream Homes

When any type of water intrusion occurs in a Carol Stream home, damaged flooring is one of the main problems. It is a situation that SERVPRO technicians deal with on a daily basis. If this case, a pipe burst, spilling water into the kitchen and living room and impacting the hardwood floors.

What Can Happen to Hardwood Floors When Wet?
To salvage your floors, you need to get professional help immediately. The longer the water is absorbed, the worse it becomes for the flooring materials. The water needs extracting as quickly as possible. There is an acceptable amount of moisture for hardwood floors, usually around 10%. If the levels go above that, especially for extended times, damage can occur. The planks can distort, and the subflooring can have problems. Buckling, cupping, and crowning are the result of the planks and strips becoming distorted. Water cleanup in Carol Stream is needed to prevent this from happening.

Restoring Hardwood Floors
Our technicians can restore the flooring if swift action is taken. Our truck-mounted extractors can connect to special floor mats that pull moisture from several layers. This ensures that water in the subflooring gets appropriately extracted. The crew also uses air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the floor thoroughly.

Comprehensive Restoration Service
When there is water damage, more than flooring can be affected. SERVPRO can restore the following:
    •    Structural elements
    •    Furniture
    •    Carpet and padding
    •    Household items
    •    Linens and drapes
    •    Books and documents
    •    Wood items

Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” We restore rather than replace whenever possible. If water intrudes on your home, do not let it sit. Prevent permanent floor damage by calling in the experts. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Fire Effects Threaten Multiple Units of Your Carol Stream Apartment Complex?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Restoring units for several tenants is the property manager's responsibility, making professional fire restoration critical to begin immediately after a disaster. 

Any fire loss situation to one of the apartments in a Carol Stream complex that you own can be devastating to the unit. Confined spaces can often mean thicker smoke and soot residues, and greater concentrations of smoke and burning odors. As challenging as this situation might be for an individual apartment when you consider that multiple units adjacent and adjoining through shared walls and floor/ceiling systems could also become impacted, there is a sense of urgency to restore the damage. 

As a leading team for fire restoration in Carol Stream and the Greater Bloomingdale area, we have effective strategies to manage fire effects in communal areas like the lobby and hallways, but also the direct impact to residences that you must address when disasters strike your structure. 

What Threats Are the Most Problematic for Restorers? 

Several loss effects and damaged areas can give our restoration team the most trouble with the property's recovery, including:

  • Soot/Smoke Residues – Partial combustion can leave thick residues on an apartment's walls and contents, which often takes several products and approaches to remove entirely. 
  • Air Quality Control – Circulating soot and debris can be hazardous to those exposed without the appropriate personal protective equipment and can spread quickly through trafficked areas like hallways. 
  • Smoke Odors – Combustion creates harsh and noxious scents that spread in communal areas, but can also penetrate porous building materials to damage neighboring apartments to the source.
  • Structural Weaknesses – Fires can be highly destructive to structural elements like joists, supports, flooring, and ceiling materials. Controlled demolition and build back are almost always needed after structure fires. 

Because so many tenants can become affected by a single loss incident, it is essential to entrust the property to capable fire restorers like our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team at (630) 830-6236.

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How Do Carol Stream Homes Get Restored After Flash Floods?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen Whenever disasters strike, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help.

Flash floods can develop with little warning and leave many Carol Stream homes and businesses throughout the area damaged by rapidly changing conditions like rising waters in the streams and creeks.

Flash flooding conditions are among the most alarming for Carol Stream neighborhoods as these emergencies can simultaneously impact several properties. Even with preparation and warning, there is little that can be done to entirely prevent the damage that rushing water and rapidly rising natural flooding can do. Most of the actions that homeowners can take in these situations are reactive, meaning that the damage has already occurred. Now, professional flood restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team are responding with efficient mitigation and recovery strategies.

With flood damage in Carol Stream being a common threat through the spring and summer months, it is vital to know whom to call when these disasters strike. Lower-lying properties throughout the city have contended with flood losses multiple times in just the recent years, prompting many of these homeowners to install diversion channels equipment in the basement. Sump pumps and drains can often prevent water pooling in these lower levels, but those without these diversion options often experience the worst damage.

What Areas of a Home Get Damaged During Flash Flooding?
Flash flooding here in Illinois often results from either a slow-moving storm system that is unloading substantial amounts of rainfall or several systems passing through in quick succession. Excessive runoff finds its ways to creek beds, streams, and other water bodies to become an overwhelming force against nearby homes and businesses. When flash flooding moves towards your home, several areas could become damaged almost immediately:

    •    Basement - Lower levels of houses are not uncommon in our neighborhoods, so windows and vents for the subterranean level become points of entry for forceful flooding conditions.
    •    Siding - With no points of your foundation above grade, the veneer and brickwork of your home go right to the ground level. When exposed to devastating flood water with debris and other solids, the siding could become destroyed.
    •    Foundation – Exposed foundations can fall victim to the immense pressure that high volumes of water can produce. Hydrostatic force can push the wall of water through cracks and vulnerabilities in masonry to reach your basement.
    •    First Floor – When your home does not have a basement level and instead is sitting on a concrete slab as a foundation, rising water can quickly surpass your home's thresholds and enter the first floor.
    •    Garage – Garages have little defense for water that overwhelms grating and drains in front of the bay door. Once debris blocks the grating of this drain, water can easily enter your garage area.

What Extraction Options Are Best for Natural Flooding?
Removing standing water is a vital need after your home is a victim of flash flooding. While water outside your home can subside, the several inches or feet of pooling in your basement requires effective extraction solutions to resolve. Because flash floods welcome extensive debris and solids into your home along with the water, electric submersible pumps that would often be ideal for water removal are ineffective. Instead, our SERVPRO team utilizes flood removal tools that can also pass debris and smaller solids, such as:

    •    Trash Pumps
    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Truck-Mount Extractors

With surface water almost entirely addressed, we can begin vital muck-out cleaning for the property. This process removes mud, debris, solids, and other potential contaminants from the house. Extracted water can also help to identify exposed materials that must get discarded and later replaced by our in-house contractors.

Is Controlled Demolition Necessary?
As much as many homeowners might assume that flood recovery involves drying the house and wipe cleaning the surfaces that got dirty, there is often a higher risk of contamination, bacteria, and viral pathogens to consider. The movement of rushing floodwater can encounter multiple damaging substances, chemicals, and other degrading biological debris that creates a health hazard. Our contractors must remove exposed materials and replace them to ensure that these blackwater incidents do not become a threat to occupants of the house or responding technicians. Choices in controlled demolition involve:

    •    Contamination Exposure
    •    Structural Deterioration
    •    Saturation
    •    Mold/Microbial Threats

Multiple threats can result from unexpected flooding in the area. Because flash floods can develop over just a few hours, there is often little that can be done to thwart the damage your home could experience completely. Whenever disasters strike, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help. We are available 24/7 at (630) 830-6236.

Should I Try to Get Rid of the Water in My Carol Stream House Before Calling Fire Damage Experts?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

burned picture surrounded by ashes Fire damage in your home can take a long time to fix if not taken care of properly. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services.

SERVPRO Is a Full-Service Disaster Recovery Company, Able to Handle the Entire Spectrum of Fire Damage Tasks in Carol Stream

The quantity and devastating effects of firefighting water can be shocking to Carol Stream residents coping with the aftermath of a household blaze. Hiring a company with highest quality skills in both water and fire damage management and remediation is the smartest decision, streamlining the recovery process with using best practices for both types of disasters.

Do All Fire Scenes Require Water Damage Mitigation as an Initial Phase?

It is rare to assess fire damage in a Carol Stream residence without at least some level of water loss. The firefighters who come to your aid do not stint on water as a deterrent to catastrophic destruction. Many homes today have sprinkler systems that engage in response to heat or smoke. Water must be managed first because of:

  • A wide range of safety issues, including slip, trip, and fall and electric shock
  • Contaminants in the water from the fire residues
  • The potential of eventual and severe secondary damage, including structural collapse from the weight of the water and mold growth

Can Our Crews Handle Both Water and Fire Damage?

SERVPRO’s workforce masters industry standards for water removal and structural drying as well as fire debris and residue cleanup through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) comprehensive training course catalog. We arrive with all the water detection, extraction, and drying equipment in our service vehicles, never missing a beat. We begin the water mitigation and remediation as our project manager assesses and plans for all following phases of the fire damage restoration project.

The broad range of mitigation and remediation services offered by SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale permits comprehensive fire damage relief for our residential customers. Call (630) 830-6236 before the firefighters leave so we can arrive promptly to evaluate and plan for restoration.

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How Do You Recover From Flooding In Carol Stream?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Manage the Restoration of Your Carol Stream School after Flood Damage for a Satisfactory Outcome

Whether a torrential downpour or a storm causes the flooding at your school, you have to make plans for the recovery, which in many cases, requires elaborate procedures to achieve the desired goals. SERVPRO can send a team of qualified technicians to your Carol Stream facility within a few hours to help perform various restoration tasks.

Which steps have a significant impact when addressing flood damage incidents in Carol Stream?

    •    Proper documentation of the loss
    •    Water extraction and moisture management
    •    Removal and renovation of deteriorated materials

A flooding incident in Carol Stream may only last a couple of minutes but still fill the classes, offices, or even the gym with significant amounts of water. In most of the rooms, the water drains out on its own when floodwaters outside the structure recede. However, you need to make plans for extraction in some sections of the property, especially if the floors are set at a lower elevation than the ground level outside the structure. Barriers such as wall panels or floor fittings can also prevent the smooth flow of water from the structure once flooding recedes in other areas.

Our SERVPRO technicians help facilitate faster water removal from the structure in many ways, including:
    •    Making flood cuts to release water from wall cavities
    •    Punching weep holes or vent holes
    •    Extracting it using state of the art water extractors

Why is it necessary to document damage from flooding?

Recording the extent of damages caused by flooding is essential for several reasons, including:
    •    Easing the process of seeking insurance compensation
    •    Establishing ways to flood-proof the property
    •    Helping trace valuable items after the incident

Once the floodwaters start rising inside your school structures, you may decide to take immediate remedial action such as moving file cabinets or other emergency steps, especially in a bid to save paper materials from exposure to water or excess moisture. However, making such moves before an adjuster arrives at your premises can complicate the process of claiming compensation.

Proper documentation can help you save your valuables while providing sufficient evidence to your insurer that the loss occurred. You can also tell exactly which areas the water reaches for other purposes, such as decontamination. Our SERVPRO technicians help with such documentation by taking photos and videos of the entire loss site. We start with photos taken at the entrance of the affected structures before we capture specific areas inside the property.

Which flood proofing steps can help prevent future loss?

Some flooding situations, such as rising groundwater breaching the property, are difficult to prevent since they affect vast areas. However, if the water infiltrates the property because of poor landscaping or problems with gutters, you can make changes that help prevent future loss. Perusing photos showing the buildings submerged in water after the incident is resolved can help you decide where to make changes.

What level of decontamination is necessary?

Floodwaters introduce a wide range of contaminants, including biohazards and chemicals, into the buildings they affect. For a learning institution, such contaminants can pose grave risks considering the learners make contact with the affected surfaces frequently, especially when playing. Sanitizing all the areas affected by the floodwater is necessary to remove all traces of the contaminants.

Decontamination may require several steps depending on the materials you have and the condition of the water that affects the property. Our technicians help clean heavily soiled surfaces such as tiled floors to remove contaminated residues. If drywall and other porous materials are soaked in the floodwaters, we perform controlled demolition of the affected section to remove the contaminated material.

In addition to removing the visible soils, we also take care of invisible contaminants, such as traces of bacteria deposited by the floodwaters around the affected surfaces. We use chemical agents such as antimicrobials, which inhibit the microbial growth, and disinfectants such as phenols or alcohols, which kill 99% of the organisms they contact.

One challenge that you might experience when trying to decontaminate surfaces is the poor distribution of the chemical agent used. Most agents require physical contact with the targeted substance for at least 10 minutes to neutralize it. When dealing with vast areas such as classrooms or halls, it is possible to miss some areas. Our technicians overcome this by using equipment such as pump sprayers or fogging equipment to deliver the product in a mist that spreads evenly in all affected areas.

The road to recovery might be daunting when your institution in Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, or Addison is affected by a flooding incident. SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help ease the burden. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What are Preventable Reasons for a Bathroom Fire in Carol Stream?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO techs have the equipment and knowledge to restore your Carol Stream bathroom from any size fire loss

An overloaded outlet is one of the most common reasons for a residential bathroom fire. The result of this type of fire often leans towards organic materials such as cabinets, vanities, and window treatments burning around the porcelain fixtures. Beginning cleanup as soon as the fire department says it is safe for SERVPRO team members to enter can save Carol Stream homeowners from further loss. Other frequently seen reasons for bathroom blazes include:
    •    Overheating bathroom fans  
    •    Candles   
    •    Smoldering matches tossed into wastebaskets

Is Anything Restorable After Fire Damage in a Bathroom?

When viewing the fire damage for the first time in your Carol Stream bathroom, seeing all the debris and items often piled in the bathtub, you might not see any potential for restoration, but often it is there.

SERVPRO technicians clear out the charred mess and look at items as they do so to determine if they should go to a cleaning station or require disposal as a loss. The area gets contained covering doors, and vents so soot does not cross-contaminate through the ductwork or foot traffic to other areas of the home.

Soot can deteriorate chrome fixtures the longer it stays in contact with them. The techs have solutions formulated for chrome and then protect the handles and spouts by wrapping them to inhibit any potential for damage for airborne soot particles landing on them.

Due to the heat, everything in a bathroom is at risk for damage from a fire. Toilets may contain water, but the heat during a fire can crack the porcelain and the same for bathtubs. SERVPRO techs may need to perform a controlled demo down to the framework and then prep the room for repairs to bring it back to a fully restored state.

Fire damage needs fast action to ensure the best outcome for your home and contents. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236, the trained, certified techs are available 24/7.

Can My Water-Damaged Furnishings Be Saved?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Some Water Damage Restoration Services in Carol Stream, Like SERVPRO, Can Save Your Water-Damaged Furnishings. 

Many times when a water leak impacts your home, your furniture, and other household items are affected. These items are often expensive, irreplaceable, or both. Water-damaged chairs, tables, and other furnishings could be valuable antiques that are nearly impossible to replace. They may also be priceless family heirlooms that have been passed down through generations of your family. It is equally possible that these objects might have little-to-no monetary worth at all and simply possess great sentimental value because they remind you of a deceased loved one. Whatever value your furnishings hold for you, rest assured that there are Carol Stream restoration services that can help you save them.

What Happens to Wooden Furniture Exposed to Water?

SERVPRO, a Carol Stream water damage remediation service, is highly experienced in restoring both wooden and upholstered household contents that have been damaged by water. As a result, our technicians understand the unique challenges water-damaged wooden furniture presents. Furniture made of wood and wood products does not react so well to water and excess moisture. These furnishings are affected by liquids in different ways, depending on what type of wooden materials they are made of and how they are constructed. In general, hardwood products tend to react more favorably to water than those made of engineered woods like particleboard. With that said, here are some common ways water impacts wooden furniture:

Water spotting on finishes

Swelling and cracking of wood

Joint weakening and separation

Dry rot from fungal growths

Warping of particleboard products

How Does Water Damage Upholstered Items?

Water can also harm your upholstered furnishings in numerous ways. It affects the fabric coverings, internal fillings, and wooden structures of these household objects. The damage this excess moisture does can appear over the short-term or develop in the future due to improper or ineffective remediation efforts. Some of the various effects water has on your upholstered possessions are:

Water Staining

Color bleeding and transfers between fabrics

Rusting of cover zippers

The promotion of 

Persistent and difficult to eliminate musty odors

Wooden frame damage, including swelling, cracking, and joint deterioration  

It is, therefore, important to find a water damage remediation service with the right training and experience to effectively handle your particular issue. Otherwise, your furniture could be irreparably harmed or even become a total loss. Also, improperly addressed damage might spread to other materials over time and make future repairs even more costly.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Save My Furnishings?

Trained SERVPRO specialists can do many things to restore your water-damaged furniture. They are knowledgeable in various methods of returning your cherished wooden and upholstered furnishings to their original condition. However, before employing these methods, our workers remove your furniture from water-impacted flooring and put it on blocks. Afterward, they restore these possessions by:

Drying wooden chairs, tables, and other items with wet vacs, air movers, and dehumidifiers

Sanding and refinishing affected wood surfaces

Regluing and reassembling impacted and separated joints

Extracting water from upholstered furnishings with heated extractors and wands that also clean affected materials with detergents

Placing waxed paper between different impacted cover fabrics and metal zippers/buttons to prevent rusting and color bleeding

Leaning couch/sofa cushions upright against each other (tenting) to facilitate drying   

Using injection devices and foggers to treat water-damaged upholstery with antifungals and deodorants

All of the aforementioned measures help SERVPRO mitigate, repair, and prevent future damage from your water leak. In this way, our experienced technicians save you time, money, and unnecessary headaches.

Water damage results from a myriad of different causes and can occur at any time without much warning. It may be caused by a catastrophic pipe failure, an appliance malfunction, a rusted-out water container, or a slow pipe or roof leak. Anyone of these issues could harm wooden and upholstered furnishings in your home. They can affect objects in every part of your home, including basements, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and attics. The time it takes to discover and repair a leak depends on its location and severity. Which is an important consideration because, generally, the faster water damage is located, the easier and cheaper it is to remediate.

While clean, or unused, water is usually easier to clean up than contaminated waters, it also can be quite damaging to your furnishings. The longer clean water is allowed to remain on your furniture, the more microbes can grow, and the more water-related issues it can cause. If it is not quickly and effectively cleaned up, this water can cause unpleasant odors, foster bacterial and fungal growths, and irreparably damage your household possessions. Luckily, water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO know how to best save such impacted wooden and upholstered furnishings.

If you ever need help saving water-damaged furniture, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for professional assistance.

High Winds Battered Our House, How Can I Get it Back to Normal?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A home with a tree fallen over in the home. When it comes to storm damage in your Carol Stream home SERVPRO has you covered.

SERVPRO Has Crews to Address Windstorm Damage to Restore Your Home in Carol Stream to Pre-Loss Condition

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes all bring the potential of high winds and rain. Whenever your Carol Stream home suffers such loss, you need to address it quickly so that you can save your interior from taking on secondary damage due to exposure. SERVPRO sends crews out for emergency mitigation and restoration 24/7 so that you have the peace of mind in knowing someone is on your side. 

What Happens Once I Call SERVPRO?

When you contact us for help with wind storm damage in Carol Stream, we send out a team in four hours or less to begin the initial assessment. If your roof has been impacted, we tarp it off to prevent further damage to your interior while everything gets inspected and then repaired. If necessary, we also have board-up services that secure your property and protect your home from illegal entry, animals, and further exposure to the elements.

Hiring SERVPRO means:

  •   24/7 emergency restoration services
  •   We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster
  •   All of our technicians are IICRC-certified--Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  •   If water has saturated your interior due to storm damage and high winds, we also have highly-trained water restoration technicians (WRT)

Calling us, you know that you have a team available fast so that we can lessen the damage, cut back on costs, and prevent further loss from happening. Storms happen without warning, and high winds can be extremely devastating. We can handle any size disaster with the help of our Disaster Recovery Team. We formulate a custom restoration plan and approach each project on a case-by-case basis. 

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is here whenever you need help with wind storm damage. To have a crew deployed to your property fast to get started on an assessment, give us a call at (630) 830-6236. We will make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Does Fire Permanently Damage Wooden Furniture In Carol Stream?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Dark burnt rural wooden house corridor after fire With professional assistance, many of your contents may be saveable despite sustaining smoke or soot soiling.

SERVPRO Are Experts at Restoring Hardwoods with Fire Damage in Carol Stream

Is wooden furniture flammable?

When homeowners in Carol Stream experience a property fire, they can be anxious over wooden cabinets, tables, and furnishings. While natural materials like wood do combust quickly, modern varnishes and treatments can make them fire-resistant, providing that the fire service can control the blaze promptly. Fire resistance allows these woods to sustain significant smoke or temperature without lighting on fire. Often, a professional restorer can accurately assess whether or not wood furnishings are saveable during the initial inspection. Our technicians operate with a restore over replace mentality that means we make every effort to return your furnishings to their preloss condition before discarding them.

How does smoke damage affect wood?

When fire damage in your Carol Stream home affects wooden furnishings, the most noticeable impact is charring of exterior layers as well as blackening from soots. We pre-test wooden materials to understand the exact extent of smoke damage and tailor our restoration effort to each item. Sometimes, the finish of the wood can be adversely affected, and smokes can enter wood grain. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can use soda blasting or sanding techniques to remove these surface layers of smoke from the furnishing. Once it is clean and dry, our technicians can return to refinish wooden furnishings or use wood butter to even the coloring.

What should I do when a fire affects wood?

    •    Cover the furnishing using a clean and dry towel to prevent any further ashes from affecting the wood
    •    Open windows to ventilate the area and remove any residual odors or smokes
    •    Contact a professional fire technician before introducing any moisture to the affected surface

With professional assistance, many of your contents may be saveable despite sustaining smoke or soot soiling. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Can Appliances Be Cleaned After a Bloomingdale Kitchen Fire?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Employees Master Advanced Training in Kitchen Appliance Remediation to Respond to Bloomingdale Fire Damage

Bloomingdale kitchen is the heart of a dwelling and does not miss a beat because of the hardworking appliances that help nourish your family. When a kitchen fire blackens and coats every surface with tightly adhered protein-based soot, cleaning becomes a challenge. Our team trains for the opportunity to save your appliances, “Like it never even happened.”

Can I Use Appliances Before Cleaning?

Modern kitchens feature appliances that employ sophisticated electronic circuitry, at risk of shorting out and otherwise malfunctioning after Bloomingdale fire damage. We recommend disconnecting the appliance from the power sources until evaluation by an authorized electronic service technician. Refrigerators and freezers should remain tightly closed while disconnected for cleaning to ensure that foods inside remain at appropriate temperatures.

What Steps Do Professionals Take to Get Fire Damage Residues Off Appliances?

The appliances in or near the kitchen that was the site of the fire include ovens, stoves, microwaves, freezers, refrigerators, trash compactors, ice makers, dishwashers, and laundry equipment. Materials used in their construction are most similar to hard-surfaced furniture and include:

    •    Metal
    •    Glass
    •    Composite materials
    •    Plastic
    •    Painted surfaces

What Do SERVPRO Technicians Assess First?

We inspect the appliance surfaces for durability. The tightly adhered residues left by a protein-based kitchen fire often need increased agitation or abrasive tools or cleaning products to break the bond. Great care is needed to clean effectively without scratching or dulling finishes.

How Do We Choose Cleaning Products?

Wet cleaning and polishing are the preferred methods for cleaning appliances. Because of the heavy smoke and greasy residues, we might decide to increase the cleaning solution's alkalinity. Short dwell times and thorough rinsing is essential to ensure the highly-polished surfaces of most appliances are not compromised.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale takes the preparation of our employees seriously, encouraging managers and technicians to obtain high-level training to meet customer needs. See how we can help with fire damage challenges with a call to (630) 830-6236.

How do I Remove Soot and Ash from my Bloomingdale Home?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Burning flame isolated on black Fire restoration is involved with a high-risk of inadvertently causing further harm.

Minor to Moderate Housefires in Bloomingdale can Leave Behind an Excessive Amount of Ash, Smoke Residue, and Soot

What is the best way to remove soot from walls?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to fire damage for Bloomingdale residents. The composition of soiling on your walls depends on the type of materials that burned. Different smoke compositions require different methods of cleaning. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to identify the different types of smoke or soiling that may coat your walls and ceilings.

How can I test what type of smoke residues are on my home?
    •    Identify what materials burned in the fire- are they synthetic (plastic) or natural materials.
    •    Examine the wall and brush it lightly to see if soots fall away or spread around. This method can tell you whether you are dealing with wet or dry soots.
    •    Using a dry sponge lightly wipe a small area to see if soots come away easily. If they do not, you may need to use a solvent.
    •    Choose a small, discrete section of wall and test how well the soiling responds to water. Water-based soiling responds well to water. Oil-based soiling responds negatively.

What are the methods of cleaning useful on wet or bonded smoke deposits?
Hot smokes can bond with surfaces under high temperature and conditions. Bonded-soils are challenging to remove as damages can enter paint-grains or even the drywall underneath. To release bonded soots, SERVPRO technicians employ the use of chemical solvents. Over a few hours, solvents dissolve bonded soots into the solvent solution. They can then be removed easily by rinsing both solvent and soots from the wall. In some cases, repainting the affected area may be necessary.

Fire restoration is involved with a high-risk of inadvertently causing further harm. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Carol Stream, 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 Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today at (630) 830-6236 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.

What is the Best Way to Get a Large Amount Water Out of Carpets in Carol Stream Homes?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Fast Action by SERVPRO can Remove any Amount of Water From Your Residential Carol Stream Home 

An appliance like a washing machine, dishwasher or hot water tank can deliver copious amounts of water onto a floor in short order. The water runs rapidly under flooring and within the structure. That creates one of the most significant issues for cleanup, as it is difficult to extract and dry areas of the home that are difficult to reach with conventional tools such as mops wet/dry vacs. Problems with inadequate water cleanup in Carol Stream can lead to:  

  • Softening of building materials such as sheetrock
  • Warping of hardwood elements
  • Loosened tile
  • Foul odors 

Is There a Better Way to Water Damaged Carpet in Than Fans? 

The step before setting up fans is the most important when it comes to handling water damage in Carol Stream properties? The extraction of the water goes a long way towards lessening the drying time. SERVPRO technicians use special attachments on their extraction equipment to pull up the maximum amount of moisture from any surface, including thick pile carpets.  

A significant difference from DIY and professional remediation gets seen during cleanup is the pulling power of the water removal equipment assists in reducing the amount of moisture left within the carpet, area rugs, and other porous objects. SERVPRO technicians commonly do several "dry" passes with their extractor wands to ensure the maximum amount of water gets removed before moving on to the drying phase of mitigation.  

Specialized Tactics for Drying Carpet  

The restoration of a wet carpet in Carol Stream never gets done precisely the same way. There are numerous factors that weigh-in for the best application of drying methods for the best outcome. The fibers that make up the carpet play a big role in determining the type of drying and cleaning techniques the technicians use. Common determinants are: 

  • Results of testing to ascertain fiber types
  • Whether or not heat or specific solutions have the potential to damage carpet
  • If the fibers have the probability of bleeding 
  • Reactionary factors to cleaning agents  

Different Drying Methods Get Used for Various Loss Situations 

Household fans cannot adequately dry a carpet. At best, the tips of the fibers get dried, and the airflow does nothing regarding moisture at lower levels within the carpet and pad. SERVPRO techs utilize different setups depending on the level of dryness required for the restoration of the carpet.  

When only a small portion of the carpet gets affected, the techs create a plastic tent over the wet area and direct the airflow from the air movers within. Dehumidification equipment also gets connected to capture the moisture as it rises and dries the carpet down within the tented environment.  

Floating a carpet is one of the most frequently seen applications used on carpet. It is thorough and straightforward. The techs detach one side of the carpet and direct air movers underneath. The air forces the carpet to "float" and dries it from the bottom backing upwards. Carpet floating is another way to remove moisture and avoid secondary issues due to the rapid drying. 

The technicians try to leave the carpet in place; however, in cases where the subfloor requires drying, the carpet can get moved to another area for drying and cleaning. While the subfloor gets dried, the carpet gets prepped for reinstallation whenever possible to save the homeowner the cost of replacing it. 

How Do I Get Water Stains Out of My Carpet? 

Unfortunately, water loss to a carpet often leaves behind a calling card in the form of water stains. This situation often happens as a result of water coming through a ceiling and picking up dirt and dust from an attic or floor joist before seeping into the carpet below. As part of their restoration services certification, SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training for handling this scenario.  

One of the easiest methods involves resetting the carpet in the vicinity of the stain and drying it. Specific cleaning agents may be needed to lift out stubborn stains from the fibers. Sometimes, manual cleaning is not enough. Our techs have access to professional-grade steam cleaning equipment that uses hot water extraction. This form of cleaning gets chosen because it leaves behind no residues and can work to revive flattened fibers and refresh the carpet. Staining is more challenging than merely removing soiled materials from the carpet fiber. Discolorations, bleeding, other instances can be too stubborn for restoration.   

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 is available 24/7 to handle large or small water damage restoration services needed in your home. The team arrives quickly and turns around the loss to both the structure and contents through their advanced equipment and cleaning methods. 

How Can I Minimize the Impact of Water Damage to my Carol Stream Business?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Quick Water Removal Services by A Team of Professionals Can Help Save Your Business in Carol Stream

In Business, sometimes, we need to face tough decisions. Marketing, pricing, and inventory are all within our control, but occasionally Mother Nature throws us a curveball and challenges the status quo. When facing problems outside of your area of expertise, it is best to call a professional service.

When you need to address water damage to your commercial establishment in Carol Stream, SERVPRO is the professional crew to call. Not only are we available around the clock to serve your needs, but we also hold certifications verifying our expertise in water damage restoration. Leaving the cleanup process to our team goes hand in hand with minimizing your loss.

How long do I need to close my Business after there is water damage?

There is no set time for water restoration to be complete. Each Business requires a personalized plan to reopen to the public. If you are in the food industry, our SERVPRO team takes into consideration any health department regulations relevant to your business.

Many customers think that water damage is about removing all traces of water and humidity, but we know that success lies in restoring moisture to its normal levels. For us to achieve this goal, we use industry-grade tools, including infra-red moisture sensors to alert us to any water accumulations. By identifying excess liquid in your wall cavities, flooring and furniture, we can choose extraction equipment from the following:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Wand extractors
  • Submersible pumps

Failure to extract all excess moisture can leave a favorable environment for mold to proliferate and pose a biohazard to your Business. By paying close attention to the restoration process now, you can avoid future complications.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale is your partner during an emergency. Call us at (630) 830-6236 and let us be your guide to restore your Business as soon as possible. Like you, we aim to leave your place, "Like it never even happened."

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Residential Water Removal in Carol Stream

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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How Do Professionals Remove Water in Carol Stream?

A minor water spill or tub overflow in a bathroom of your Carol Stream home likely caused you to gather up a bucket and mop or your shop vacuum and get to work. Imagine your dismay when you look up a few days later and see blistering paint and stains spreading on the ceiling because water continued its spread.

Successful Water Loss Remediation
Residential water removal in Carol Stream requires more than cleanup of visible fluids. Building materials are porous, and dozens of crevices, joints, and cracks permit water to migrate into places unseen. A floor that looks dry after mopping hides wet subfloors. Water passing through permeable drywall collects in building cavities, seeping into other parts of your home. Expert water detection and measurement of moisture levels in structural components near the or spill are critical tasks our team provides.

Why Follow the Water?
SERVPRO locates all standing water and soaked materials to ensure our removal efforts are comprehensive. Lingering water destroys building materials and exposes your home to the risk of secondary mold damage. We use adaptations to access the hidden water:

    •    Negative pressure extraction using floor mats
    •    Cutting of holes in walls and punching through ceilings to allow warm, dry air to facility drying

Count on SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to use our years of experience to remove water thoroughly regardless of the size of the loss. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for an evaluation.

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Carol Stream Businesses Need "Peace of Mind" 

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can Provide Preventative Cleaning

The village of Carol Stream lies about 30 miles southwest of Chicago's O'Hare Airport, featuring many hotels and restaurants and that puts us at a greater threat to the Coronavirus infection than many other communities.  But, SERVPRO can help protect our community by providing expert, professional preventative cleaning and disinfecting for businesses that remain open. We can also perform deep cleaning services at locations that are currently closed or operating on a limited hour basis.

The specially trained technicians from SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale have experience following the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the instructions from the EPA. Our core bioremediation services in Carol Stream include sewage spill cleanup, biohazard response, crime scene cleanup, and antimicrobial treatments for molds and viruses. We are fully experienced and well equipped to help local businesses fight this virus.

Our team provides one-time deep cleaning and plans for routine scheduled treatments for locations that are still operating. Let’s talk about your current concerns and challenges as well as EPA standards for cleaning

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is prepared to help local businesses recover from the stress of the pandemic by providing effective professional cleaning and disinfecting services to commercial property owners. Call (630) 830-6236 to discuss a cleaning and disinfection plan customized for you.

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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What are the Signs My Home Needs Professional Water Removal?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Continues to Get Worse Until it is Professionally Mitigated, Call SERVPRO for Complete Restoration Services for Your Carol Stream Home

There are numerous reasons water winds up on the floor. When a small amount of water loss occurs, mopping or blotting it up is often enough. However, the real issues happen when a slow leak does not get repaired or continues unseen behind a wall. The amount of water that a washing machine or water heater can heap within a home can run easily in the tens of gallons. DIY cleanup efforts can leave moisture behind that causes issues such as loose tiles, deteriorate carpet padding, and encourage mold growth.

Do Any of the Following Apply to Your Water Removal Situation?

When deciding to clean up the water in your Carol Stream home or bring in professional water removal, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Is there any chance the water loss seeped under the floor?
  • Does my sheetrock look wet or show signs of buckling?
  • Did the water come out from under kitchen or bathroom cabinets?
  • Is there any possibility of chemicals or sewage in the water?
  • Is the water entering through a damaged roof or window?

If you answered yes to at least one of the above questions, then you need to engage the services of a professional mitigation company like SERVPRO. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to come to your home and handle the restoration from start to finish.

Can You Tell By Looking Where the Water Went?

The biggest problem when water damage occurs is that it migrates rapidly and always goes downward following the path of least resistance. The SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in the handling of water loss, and they know the common areas to find such water. For confirmation, they use an array of moisture detection equipment when they scope a residential property to determine the exact perimeter that needs attention for water extraction. These devices allow the techs to “peer” behind the walls and under floors without the need to remove them.

What are the Signs Hardwood Flooring has Water Damage?

As long as the floorboards are solid hardwood and not composite materials, they may have restoration potential if the water removal and drying process begins rapidly enough. Hardwood boards begin to cup, crown and buckle after they have prolonged exposure to moisture. Unsealed boards tend to fare the worst as they have no protection from the water, while sealed and finished boards have the best potential for restoration as the sealant works to repel moisture for a short time. Some of the typical aspects of restoration services for wood flooring are:

  • Beginning water extraction efforts before the boards buckle or warp
  • The use of specialized drying methods such as drying mats
  • Removal of the boards for in-plant drying; this is sometimes necessary when the subfloor needs water removal and drying.

How Do I Know If Water Seeped Under My Tile Floor?

It depends on whether it is laminate tile or ceramic with grout lines as they have different issues when water damage happens. Laminate or glue-down tiles may lose their grip on the substrate and become loose. Depending on the materials that make up the tiles, they may have the potential for cleaning and reuse. The grout lines around ceramic tile generally have a sealant and often weather water loss incidents better than many other types of flooring. If the seal is old, worn, or nonexistent, because grout is porous, it can create the ideal environment for mold growth. 

How Much Water Damage Will Ruin My Carpet?

In many situations, the loss incurred to a carpet that needs water removal in a Carol Stream home is not from the scale but rather the length of time. Because carpets get made from a host of different fiber-types, the reaction can range from dye bleeding, shrinkage, or disintegration. SERVPRO technicians determine the water type affecting the carpet as well as testing to see what materials the fibers are made of. This attention to detail allows them to choose restoration methods with the best outcome after the water extraction phase of mitigation.

How are SERVPRO Water Removal Methods Different from DIY Efforts?

The standard water damage cleanup scenario in most Carol Stream homes usually means a wet/dry vac and a couple of fans. These tools can work if the water loss involves clean water less than 24-hours old, and it is on the surface only and covers a minimal area. When SERVPRO technicians perform water extraction, they use a variety of resources depending such as: 

  • Portable pumps are the standard equipment seen on most jobs
  • Rovers are ride-on units that use the weight of the tech to push water out of carpet
  • Truck-mounted units get used in cases where there are copious amounts of water or debris is present
  • Submersible pumps allow for water removal when the water is greater than two inches in depth

How Long Can I Wait for Water Removal in My Home?

The moment the water damage happened in your Carol Stream home, it began to age. In the first 24 hours, the water poses no threat as long as it does not contain chemicals or sewage. However, after that, it begins to degrade and, after 48 hours, requires handling and disposal as a biohazard. If the water in the home is from something like a washing machine with soapy water or a toilet overflow, do not clean up these types of water loss on your own as coming into contact with these types of water can have skin irritants or biological agents. SERVPRO techs wear protective clothing that allows them to engage with these types of water loss safely.

Don't wait to start water removal efforts in your home, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. The technicians stand ready to handle water loss of any size for local properties.

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Professionals in Carol Stream Talk About Floodwater Contaminants

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard warning sign Floodwaters contain contaminants. SERVPRO knows how safely remove the water and dry your home.

After the Storm: Flood Damage Contamination Interventions in Carol Stream 

As warmer weather nears, residents in Carol Stream are always alert for weather patterns that could expose a property to flooding. DuPage County monitors rising river levels during the snowmelt and spring rains. Armstrong Park Reservoirs in our community are called on duty during potential high water as part of an integrated multi-town and city plan. If your home suffers from flooding despite the best proactive program, we can help. 

Torrents Not Showers 

Extreme weather is everywhere in the news, and flood damage in Carol Spring can happen when spring showers become downpours that cause flash flooding. As the water collects curbside and finds no room in overtaxed sanitary sewer systems, roads and streets become rivers, sweeping debris, salts, and landscaping chemicals into homes. The inability of the nearby sewers to drain can push human waste with a broad range of potential pathogens into your home during flooding. The impossibility of precisely determining what the floodwaters carry into your basement or walk-out lower level mean we must treat flooding as Category 3 or highly-contaminated fluid. 

Contain and Release According to Local Regulation

SERVPRO keeps current on hazardous waste disposal regulations, which includes Category 3 water. Partnering with our team means we can assure you that we take all necessary precautions while collecting and then discarding contaminated floodwaters. Our crews extract the tainted waters into tanks and make sure the workspace is partitioned off with six mil polyethylene to reduce the spread of hazards that can become airborne. Operating a negative pressure air scrubber in the partition helps seal the perimeter and forces airborne contaminants through HEPA filter before exhausting outside.    

Detect, Disinfect, and Dry Out 

As we work on pumping and extracting the floodwater, SERVPRO employees use infrared imaging and moisture detectors and meters to locate and measure the water that seeped into cracks or absorbed into building materials. We use strategies to release the trapped water, such as flood cuts or holes drilled in even the mortar joints between cinder blocks. EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants clear pathogens and soiling off surfaces, resulting in a clean and sanitary space. Our technicians then dry using air movers, heater, and dehumidifiers then complete, with our technicians monitoring progress by comparing initial data to subsequent moisture level readings. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale are standing ready to help with this spring’s flooding. Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment. 

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We Get You Back In Business In Carol Stream After A Flood

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

One of our drying equipment machines drying this room Our Green Fleet can provide plenty of equipment manned by expert technicians to restore your business after flood damage. Call us right away.

Severe Spring Storms Threaten Carol Stream Businesses with Flood Damage

Winter moves on just in time for the rumble of thunder as rain sweeps from the western prairie towards Carol Stream. Damage to your commercial building from torrential precipitation resulting in overland flash flooding often occurs without much warning during volatile circumstances as the temperature warms and moisture builds in the air. Although the timing of a flooding loss might be unpredictable, business owners can prepare to minimize the effects on contents, equipment, and operations.

Flooding Can Impact Day to Day Business

When flood damages Carol Stream commercial spaces as owner or manager, you might fear a temporary shutdown is inevitable.

Taking your products or services out of the marketplace even briefly can force your customers to look elsewhere, and they might not return. The fast and efficient flooding mitigation and remediation efforts of our trained and certified crews help eliminate the uncertainty your clientele feels, restoring confidence and solidifying their loyalty to your brand.

Commonsense Adaptations

Long before the skies open with several inches of rain in a short period, SERVPRO recommends you rethink storage and equipment placement choices. Moving critical paperwork offsite and availing yourself of digitization are two strategies. Packing records in waterproof containers and stashing them above the potential flood line is another. Raise equipment and HVAC and other systems several inches above the floor to minimize the effects of flooding 

Expert Help for Water Removal and Drying

Even if you took steps to limit flood damage to contents and equipment, the flood water requires active removal to prevent structural damage. Nearly every type of commercial building material is vulnerable to water damage, and the contaminants in Category 3 flood water demand even water-impervious surfaces receive deep cleaning and disinfection to ensure safety when full business operations resume. SERVPRO offers a scalable response, able to bring in enough equipment and technicians to pump and extract flood water fast, keeping in mind the 24 to 48-hour timeframe when mold damage can begin. EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants clear the pathogens that otherwise might linger. Then we use research-based drying methods to normalize moisture levels in materials and stabilize humidity appropriate for your operations.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale stands ready to help commercial customers struggling with flooding after extreme weather. Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment and plan for recovery.

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Why SERVPRO for Flood Damage Assistance? We Are Local and Reliable Experts

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Our teams are available to assist youi day or night. Give us a call any time at (630) 830-6236.

We Have the Experience, Equipment and Knowledgeable Technicians You Can Depend on

Although the calendar might still say it is winter, spring flooding risk in Bloomingdale is just around the corner. If rain or mixed precipitation falls in substantial amounts, even when we still have snow cover, flash flooding can occur. Frozen ground and hard-packed snow can worsen the situation, preventing the absorption of runoff and even directing cold, slushy water into your basement.

You Need Help Fast

During the summer tornado and thunderstorm season, many itinerant contractors offer flood damage relief in Bloomingdale. Going door to door or advertising with flyers, these companies disappear when the work “dries” up. In stark contrast, our team is a steadfast member of our business community, why we are available within hours to help year-round, promptly and professionally. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, committed to providing the highest-caliber response for our valued customers and to making ourselves available for any questions and concerns after the job completes. 

Cold Weather Flooding Challenges

We invest in top-of-the-line water removal and drying equipment, establishing why SERVPRO can get flood damage behind our customers even under difficult conditions. Flood damage water removal and structural drying during sub-freezing conditions require a master-level understanding of psychrometry, the science of drying. Our crews and managers are water damage mitigation and remediation experts, leaders in the Chicagoland, and western suburb region. We adapt our damage control, and remediation plans to overcome barriers posed by low temperatures.

Special Issues We Consider

If ice formed around the foundation of your home during the freeze and thaw cycles common during late winter in our area of the country, we take special note of any cracks in your foundation or disturbed vapor barriers that can be inviting melted water inside on a warmer day. Trust that our inspectors look up to the roofline of your home during the assessment, understanding that ice dams in gutters and under shingles can send meltwater from the top of a dwelling through building cavities into the lowest-lying spaces. Moisture flows on unexpected and wandering paths through building materials on its way to collecting as inches to feet of now-contaminated fluid filling your basement. The whole house can be contributing to flooding, why SERVPRO completes a thorough evaluation, including diligent moisture detection, measuring, and monitoring with sensitive professional tools.

Training, experience, and dedication to be here 24/7 every day of the year for our community is why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is the clear choice for flood damage recovery. Call us at (630) 830-6236 and let our team show you how we make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Why We Are The Leader In Carol Stream Fire Damage Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home and make it safe to live in again after a fire disaster. Call us right away.

SERVPRO’s Cleaning Resources Help Save Valuables After Fire Damage Incidents in Carol Stream

When you inspect your Carol Stream home after fire razes a section of it, you might believe that the only way out is to tear everything down and throw it away. Most of the surfaces are blackened by soot, while others deteriorate from the exposure to the water used to quell the flames. Although your initial reaction might be different, cleaning can fix most of the problems you observe. SERVPRO teams understand different cleaning methods to handle such situations.

Mild Dry Cleaning

When cleaning residues left by fire damage incidents in Carol Stream properties, the idea is to avoid creating a mess or damaging any material further where possible to avoid prolonging the cleaning process. Choosing an approach that does not involve the use of cleaning solutions is one way to do this. Our SERVPRO technicians use light agitation methods such as feather dusting or vacuuming to remove residues from hard surfaces. For mild agitation, we use crumbly cleaners, which work similarly to an eraser on a piece of paper or dry cleaning sponges.

Dealing with Heavy Residues or Charring

Where the fire damage leaves heavy residues on surfaces or contents, there is a need for advanced cleaning approaches. Our SERVPRO technicians use different tools and materials for this. We can use abrasive powders to remove residues from shiny surfaces such as stainless steel or areas with a high gloss finish. We also use different grades of sandpaper and steel wool to clean wood and other materials. To remove stubborn residue or charred materials, we use Roto pads or blasting equipment.

Handling Debris

Various forms of debris pile up at the loss site making the situation seem worse than it is. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize different approaches to handle such debris properly, including the use of wheeled trashcans for collection. Alternatively, we bag debris with plastic bags, especially when demolishing some sections so that it is not strewn all over the loss site.

With the right cleaning resources, it is possible to save valuables after a fire loss. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 to help manage the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Call Our Professionals After A Fire In Your Carol Stream Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged home after a fire Our certified team makes it “Like it never even happened.”

DIY Fire Damage Restoration in Carol Stream is Never Enough

Whenever you suffer loss from a fire, it is best to look to professionals to help with the cleanup and restoration process. However, some homeowners feel as though they can take on the challenge of tackling the cleanup to save time and money. The unfortunate truth is that DIY fire restoration is never enough.

For help with fire damage in Carol Stream, calling the experts helps you get fast, professional results. Trying to handle the cleanup on your own could open up a world of issues, including dangerous structural problems, lingering odors, and dangerous mold growth. The following are just some of the reasons why it is better to call trained technicians at SERVPRO to handle your fire loss restoration:

Lingering Odors
Soot particles range in size, with many being invisible to the naked eye. After these particles are airborne and make their way into your ductwork, they travel throughout your home. What this leaves behind is a lingering foul odor and a sad reminder of the damage that the fire caused. When you call SERVPRO for restoration assistance, we formulate a multilayered approach to put an end to smoke odors. We employ thermal foggers as well as air scrubbers to eradicate odors, or we can work on cleaning the ductwork if any residual odors are still present.

Stopping Mold Before It Starts
The interior of your home is doused with water to extinguish the fire. Because of this, measures must be taken to eliminate moisture so that mold and mildew do not have the chance to grow. We ensure moisture detection and removal are part of the cleanup process using specialized equipment. This ensures that no water is left under flooring or behind walls. As part of our drying techniques, we also apply antimicrobials that work to inhibit mold growth.

Surface Cleaning
Even if your walls look clean, they can still harbor terrible smells. SERVPRO works to clean your walls using solvents and may apply a sealant that is then primed and painted to ensure your walls are restored to like-new quality and free of foul odors.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when you need help with thorough fire damage restoration. Our certified team makes it “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Water Damage Technicians Can Save Your Carol Stream Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage In Carol Stream

The presence of water in any building often comes as a big surprise to homeowners and commercial managers. The first indication that there is a leak is often when stepping into the water on the floor. Imagine getting up in the middle of the night, stepping on a wet carpet and finding the entire floor is soaked from a leak in the bathroom!

SERVPRO provides water removal services in the Carol Stream area for all types of water leaks at any time of the day. We respond on a 24 /7 basis and are usually onsite in less than four hours. If it is the middle of the night, call us. We are available to help.

Leaking water can travel quickly from the source to other rooms, as well as inside walls to other floors in the home or business. Ceilings in rooms below the leak can become filled with water and come crashing down on unsuspecting consumers. Wet drywall and lots of water can leave a huge mess.

SERVPRO can assist clients in dealing with water leaks and associated damage. We can remove wet items, dry each item, and place all contents in a staging area in another part of the home or office. If drywall has become damaged by water, we can remove it, and properly dispose of all damaged wallboard. Liquid water can be vacuumed and removed. If your carpeting and underpad are soaked with water, we can deploy weighted water extractors to remove the water.

Many consumers are concerned about the growth of mold after a water event. Mold spores are present in the air outside as well as inside your home. When a warm damp area is available, a colony of mold may grow and turn into a massive infestation causing odor problems, which can also lead to health issues for some individuals. SERVPRO can find all of the remaining sources of moisture and dry these areas before mold spores can establish a colony.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Carol Stream After A Fire

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged doors in a home We have the advanced training and equipment to handle any size fire disaster in your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Restoration of Fire Damage in Carol Stream Hastened by the Skills of Our SERVPRO Team

Fire damage leads to widespread destruction in the affected property. It can take many weeks to restore the property to its preloss state or at least make it habitable. Choosing a professional restoration team can help speed up the process in many ways, including taking some simple but effective actions in the early stages of the restoration process.

Separation of Items

Unless the structure is entirely consumed in the fire damage incident in Carol Stream, damage to items is unlikely to be uniform. Identifying wholly and partially damaged items early enough can help save some time. Our SERVPRO team scopes the loss site noting the level of damage affecting different contents. We separate them into three distinct groups of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. Unsalvageable items are isolated for immediate disposal, while questionable ones are transported offsite for additional cleaning. Separation also helps during the final stages of returning items to the house after restoration. Since we use an electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Services, it is easier to tell the room or other specific location details for the items we return, saving time.

Advanced Cleaning Products

The time that passes when cleaning soot and other smoke residues from building materials or contents determines the total time taken to finish the process. By using specially formulated cleaning agents, it is possible to reduce the dwell-time required or the level of agitation needed to remove soils. Some of the unique qualities in the products our SERVPRO technicians use include pH buffering, which prevents changes in the pH levels of the cleaning agents, thus maintaining effectiveness. We also use products that work well at different pH levels, so they remain active even when the cleaning solution is soiled.

A Wide Variety of Equipment

Most of the processes needed for successful restoration of fire damage require some equipment. Our SERVPRO crews have access to a wide array of equipment, including hand trucks for moving items, automated surface scrubbers, pressure washers, and specialized agitation equipment such as soda blasters.

Fast resolution of fire damage requires resources. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Glendale Heights

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home covered in soot The trained and certified technicians make the fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

Common Issues After Commercial Fire Damage in Glendale Heights Properties

Whether it's an apartment complex or a brick and mortar business, there are several common issues after fire damage to a commercial property. One thing they all have in common is, they require professional cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO technicians handle commercial fire damage in Glendale Heights properties on both small and large scales. Several aspects commonly occur that technicians encounter.

Water Damage After a Fire
When firefighters use water to extinguish a fire, it leaves behind copious amounts of additional damage. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and move out items too damaged by fire and water for restoration.

Pack Out Stock and Property Contents
In cases where only a portion of the property received the effects of fire damage, containment is vital. Separating the fire loss area from other areas assists in limiting the spread of soot, which carries a foul odor as well as being unhealthy. The technicians may choose to remove stock or contents to another area of the property or perform a pack out to secure storage.

Air Quality During Fire Damage Mitigation
SERVPRO technicians ensure there is adequate ventilation during fire loss cleanup and also deploy air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate matter, particularly odor-causing soot. In some situations, the technicians use negative air chambers to limit the spread of soot.

Cleaning Smoke Residues
No matter if the fire happened in a multi-unit residential complex or a business, smoke damage is commonly an issue on surfaces in the vicinity of the fire. The technicians choose from a vast array of cleaners and solvents to release the grip of the residues on various surfaces. The technicians adjust the alkalinity as needed adding other agents to the cleaning solutions.

Removal of Smoke Odors
That slight smokey odor is not something property owners have to learn to live with and can be bad for business, especially in a high-traffic establishment such as a restaurant. It is actually an indicator that odor-causing soot remains on-site. SERVPRO skilled technicians have a diverse array of equipment to neutralize pungent odors of any size and remove all traces of the fire loss.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 when your property requires commercial fire damage cleanup. The trained and certified technicians make the fire loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Bloomingingdale

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Removing Flood Water from Your Home in Bloomingdale Eliminates Multiple Risks to Your Family and Home  

Flooding happens without warning to many unsuspecting Americans every year. This kind of catastrophe can happen unexpectedly in Bloomingdale, too. Isolated flooding can create just as much damage as city-wide flooding. At SERVPRO, we also understand the additional stress and inconvenience this causes your family. We are skilled at helping your family recover from disasters, including providing information about organizations near you that assist in such situations.  

SERVPRO helps families in Bloomingdale by removing contaminated floodwater from their homes. We always do this as swiftly as possible. However, because basements sit below the house, we continually monitor the foundation walls for new cracks or if any worsening occurs in any of the existing ones. When cracks do appear, it means the pressure from saturated ground outside is too great. Waiting until the water drains away decreases the pressure and the risk associated with it.  

Our pump truck has attachments that allow us to use submersible pumps that steadily and quickly pull water out of your property. We can also use smaller extraction units that we manually use to remove water. Removing as much as possible by pumping it out reduces the amount of time we need to use air movers and box fans.  

Because flooding makes such a huge mess and leaves contamination behind everywhere, we disinfect every surface we come across. Many materials get destroyed during a flood, so we remove and double bag the debris. We also spray the outside of each bag with the disinfectant spray to avoid contamination elsewhere. Again, just like eliminating as much water helps later, so does removing ruined carpeting and other heavy, water-retaining materials.  

When your house's interior dries out, microbes have a much more difficult time surviving. However, just as an extra precaution, we spray things down with clean water, wipe them dry, apply disinfectant again, and then make sure the house has reached dry conditions before giving your family the go-ahead to move back home.  

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale cares about your family's health and comfort. Your Glendale Heights or Addison home is a big part of their security. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to start making progress toward getting things back to normal. We're always here for you. 

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What Everyone Must Know About Fire Damage in Carol Stream

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Exposure to Toxic and Potentially Carcinogenic Residues Are Why SERVPRO Crews Protect Carol Stream Residents from Fire Damage 

When a fire blazes through your Carol Stream home, both airborne and surface residues can present significant hazards. Although individuals rightly fear the heat and the flames of a household fire, over 50 percent of the deaths attributed to fires link to carboxyhemoglobin, or high levels of carbon monoxide in the blood from smoke inhalation. Even when you and your loved ones escape during the fire event, care is also needed during cleanup to avoid severe health consequences.

Proper Equipment and Procedures Avert Airborne Hazards 

After fire damage in Carol Stream, the use of filtering equipment and adherence to industry best practices are why we can manage cleanup safely and effectively. Depending on the materials burned, the airborne contaminants present can contain carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, oxides of nitrogen, hydrogen cyanide, acetaldehyde, acetone, propene, carbon dioxide, alkenes, water vapor, and more. Our technicians employ containment and cleaning protocols using negative pressure air scrubbing technologies to capture and constrain the drift of airborne toxins. 

Settled Residues Are Highly Toxic 

Incompletely combusted materials are part of the smoke, tiny bits of carbonized structural components and contents burned in the fire. The solids in smoke eventually settle and often adhere to surfaces as ash and soot. To loosen the soot, we match products and techniques, and our crew members wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard against contact with the corrosive and acidic residues. Scrupulous observance of research-based procedures ensures that our crew members do not track the hazardous materials common throughout unaffected spaces in your home. Proficiency in these practices is why SERVPRO technicians are confident that we keep you and your loved ones protected from the dangerous debris and coatings during fire damage recovery.

Appropriate Control and Disposal of Fire Damage Waste

Because of the hazardous characteristics of the waste we collect, scrape, and clean off of structural surfaces, our management team works to remain current with any changes in appropriate disposal requirements. With our team on the job, you can be confident that your family and the public avoid the danger inherent in clearing away and cleaning up toxic fire damage. Our commitment to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is why SERVPRO delivers on our promise to make the chaos and destruction post-fire “Like it never even happened.”

Our professionalism and dedication to safe and effective fire damage mitigation and remediation are why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is your trustworthy disaster recovery partner. Call on us day or night at (630) 830-6236 to start the abatement process.

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How Professionals Clean Fire Damage in Carol Stream

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Common Cleaning Challenges in Carol Stream Homes with Fire Damage 

Fire damage in a home is never a "one size fits all" for cleaning. Using the incorrect cleaning method on different types of smoke residues has the potential to result in higher amounts of loss. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize a multilayered process for handling fire damage in Carol Stream residences. Just as there is not a single cleaning method for smoke damage, there are multiple methods for testing fibers to determine the best cleaning methods for the best outcomes.  

Hardwood Furniture and Flooring

Solid hardwood furnishings and flooring with light, dry smoke damage may have restoration potential on a case by case basis. Factors such as time between the fire loss event and cleanup efforts, as well as water exposure, affect restorability. As their goal is to restore rather than have homeowners incur the cost of replacement, when they find recoverable hardwood items, technicians use a combination of wood oil soaps followed up by a furniture polish containing mink oil for luster and protection.  

Painted Walls

Different types of paint react differently to heat exposure. SERVPRO technicians use different types of cleaners to lift away fire damage residues. For dry smoke, a dry cleaning sponge without any liquid cleaners lifts away from the surface. For wet smoke, solvents to release the thick, greasy smoke residue make it simple to wipe away. In cases where the heat was so intense it caused the paint to bubble, the embedding of soot may require a sealant to halt odors before priming and repainting.  

Nonporous Items

Immersion cleaning is one of the most common ways non-porous items receive cleaning. The process involves immersing an item into the chosen cleaning solution.  

Fabrics and Porous Items

Technicians perform fiber tests to determine the cleaning potential for upholstered furnishings and window treatments with smoke damage. If it is suitable for cleaning, they attempt restoration if there is no danger of loss through the restoration method, and the item does not appear to contain uncleanable soot. 

When your home has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. The technicians are certified and trained to assist homeowners in limiting loss and restoring the property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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Hidden Moisture Inside Wall Cavities in a Carol Stream Property Leads to Water Damage--SERVPRO Can Mitigate Losses with Our Skilled Teams

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Magnifying Glass Inspecting Wood House with a Chart Holding a Restoration Word An Inspection, then Water and Moisture Removal Are Crucial to Water Damage Restoration in Carol Stream Homes--SERVPRO

The Worst Water Damage Is the Kind Carol Stream Homeowners Cannot See

According to a study released by the Insurance Information Institute, an average of one in fifty homes suffers the effects of water damage in the Carol Stream area, with a full 98% of basements receiving water at some point in their service life. Water loss occurs in numerous ways, and some of the most common occurrences are when a slow leak has gone unnoticed for some time, and suddenly the seal or supply line breaks inside the wall or ceiling, and water spots leave no doubt about what happened.

The result is particularly detrimental when a leak begins in a room such as a bathroom in a Carol Stream home and leaves water damage in several areas as the coverage area of the leak widens within the wall cavity. When SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, they trace the route of the water using their moisture detection equipment to ensure complete water extraction happens.

Creating Drainage and Airflow
Mitigation of water loss when the leak is within a wall cavity creates numerous challenges for SERVPRO technicians. They initially start with weep holes to allow for drainage, and if they determine the amount of water within the wall cavity or floor joists requires more significant amounts of airflow, they remove damaged sheetrock using a clean-cutting method known as flood cuts. The weep holes are drilled in the area of the removed baseboards, and injectidry equipment can be used to dry the voids. Heated, forced air directed within the cavities via small hoses can often eliminate the need for partial demolition.

Lowering Humidity and Drying Rapidly
After any type of water loss, homeowners commonly use fans to attempt to dry the affected area. This action does little. SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as centrifugal air movers paired with dehumidifiers that circulate warm, dry air while it removes moisture and ports it away. When needed, special attachments such as drying mats force air into floor joists while the Injecti-Dry system is ideal for drying within wall cavities, as previously explained.

Proactive Treatments for Mold
In the cases where a leak has been ongoing, mold in the vicinity is common. SERVPRO technicians look for signs of mold colonies and treat areas most likely to develop mold using antimicrobial cleaning solutions as well as sealers as needed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 assists local property owners with the cleanup of water damage and performing restoration services in their homes to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

Know Your Ally in Protecting Your Bloomingdale Business

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Hair Salon booths. SERVPRO will have you back on your feet in no time after your Bloomingdale water damage.

We will have your best interest especially in the midst of your water damage in Bloomingdale. 

Being a business owner is loaded with responsibility. Aside from the marketing and promotion of your services, you also worry about the physical location housing your product. For example, if you own a beauty salon, your fixtures and equipment need to be in optimal shape, just as you purchase the top quality product for your clientele. What many entrepreneurs fail to anticipate is the need for professional services to restore their shop in case of water damage. Most people only consider making a call to the landlord, but forget to research reputable restoration companies ahead of time. Knowing whom to call in case of an emergency can save precious time and money and protect your financial well-being.

To protect your commercial venture in Bloomingdale from the effects of water damage, you should be ready to contact SERVPRO. Our team is available 24/7 to move quickly into your storefront and protect all aspects of your business, including inventory as well as the actual structure. All you need to do is call so our Green Fleet applies its expertise to your benefit. Together, we can protect your beauty products and fixtures from the effects of the water.

A pressing concern when a water event occurs is the time needed to restore your business. Every moment you close to the public is a loss in unearned income. Our SERVPRO technicians train to drive the restoration process efficiently. Knowing the inner workings of  equipment such as air circulators, drying mats, and dehumidifiers allows for efficiency. By applying a theoretical framework to your job, we can minimize the time needed to dry your shop, hence mitigating your financial loss fully. Aside from our technical understanding of the theory, we also count on advanced industry-grade equipment to probe into wall cavities and under flooring materials to dry them without causing additional damage.

Just like you are a trusted vendor to your patrons, so is SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale a trusted provider. Just call us at (630) 830-6236 so our technicians can guide you in leaving your business “Like it never even happened.”

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Deodorization And Cleaning After A Fire In Your Carol Stream Home

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Charred wall, picture frame, and pot with burned rose covered in black soot No matter how you need us, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale fire restoration experts are always only a phone call away.

Deodorization And Cleaning After A Carol Stream Fire

There are multiple layers of effects that Carol Stream homeowners must address after a fire loss incident, and in many cases, the most pressing of these is the cleanup and deodorization of the house. Soot and smoke residues can provide damaging to the hosting material and contents, primarily when cleaning occurs from inexperienced property owners or untrained restoration teams. Our SERVPRO fire recovery experts have both the experience and the equipment to address all lingering symptoms after a fire, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

As pressing as fire damages in Carol Stream properties can become, many homeowners still become convinced that they have enough skill to address these concerns on their own. Our fire recovery team invests considerable time into developing their skills under the guidance of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification who sets the standards for quality results in the restoration industry. In these two primary areas of deodorization and soot cleaning, we have several approaches that can make a difference quickly.

Soot removal is a considerable challenge for unskilled and untrained property owners, as many do not realize the damage that can occur from improperly cleaning these affected surfaces. Soot and smoke residues can smear and stain, causing a level of damage that even our sophisticated tools and products can rarely recover. The best hope of returning soot-damaged surfaces to their original condition is through a careful removal process by our SERVPRO team. With the use of HEPA vacuums and chemical sponges, we can protect the surface below from the acidity of the soot.

Deodorization is also something that many mistakenly believe that they can handle, not realizing the damage that has occurred to surfaces like drywall. When heated, pores become larger and can trap odor molecules inside when the fire gets extinguished, and the materials cool back down. To combat this embedded smoke odor throughout your property, our SERVPRO professionals utilize multiple deodorization machines, including thermal and UV foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines.

While you might be among those tempted to recover your property alone following fire loss incidents, several areas demand swift and deliberate attention. No matter how you need us, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale fire restoration experts are always only a phone call away. Let us help you by calling (630) 830-6236.

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Heavy Rains Can Mean Flood Damage in Bloomingdale

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO heavy rains can ruin your Bloomingdale home, let us help you through the water.

We know the big points to help when it comes to your Bloomingdale flood damage. 

Residents of Bloomingdale find it hard to forget the torrential rains we received just a few months ago. Totals of three to five inches caused many households to suffer flooding woes. If you avoided disaster the last time,  it is still prudent to consider proactive steps that minimize the possibility of significant floods inside your home the next time extreme weather patterns sweep in from the west. Step one is to have our emergency number on speed dial.

Homeowners in Bloomingdale fearing flood damage can take several practical actions to minimize the effects of extreme weather patterns. Start by inspecting the lower levels of your home. Look for simple adaptations you can make to protect items, furnishings, and equipment.

SERVPRO often sees substantial flood damage to storage areas in basements. Consider moving items to a higher space inside your home. If they must stay in a lower level, replace cardboard boxes with plastic totes or pick up some inexpensive or free wooden pallets to raise the containers several inches above the floor.

Look into installing appropriate risers under appliances like washers and dryers to ensure they do not rust or become an electrocution hazard if floodwaters invade. Clear access to water, gas, and electrical shut-offs so SERVPRO can reach them quickly. Also, remove any items close to your heating and cooling systems installed in a flood-prone area.

Think about installing a sump pump or make sure the one you have is working well and all maintenance is up to date. Even if SERVPRO needs to amplify its effort in catastrophic scenarios, the immediate water removal action of a sump pump makes a real difference.

Check your gutters and downspouts. If they operate as intended, thousands of gallons of water directed away from your foundation. Arrange for repair and replacement if indicated. Look for cracks or other deterioration of the foundation itself and have those issues addressed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale supports any action you can take to avoid flood damage the next time multiple inches of rainfall in a short time. If you have questions or experience flood damage despite your best intentions, call (630) 830-6236.

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Don’t Let Your Outdoor Grill Cause Fire Damage To Your Carol Stream Residence

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Overachieving Outdoor Grill Causes Fire Damage To Your Entire Carol Stream Residence

When you think about fire risks from grilling in Carol Stream, they seem unfortunate but pretty low key. Maybe a stray coal drops and smolders in a pot of flowers or a flare-up singes and oven mitt when flipping a basted brisket. In truth, grilling mishaps can result in much more severe consequences, particularly if the cooking area outdoors is too close to your home. If a home grilling fire catastrophe occurs, call us immediately. We can help.

A perfect day in your backyard oasis ends in terror when fire damage spreads throughout your Carol Stream house. The heat and flames were too close to your home’s exterior. One minute the flames were contained in the grill and the next a blaze started consuming siding and quickly spread to the upper stories.

SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are trained to implement the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices. During coursework, they learn why fire that gets into the cavity between the exterior and interior walls of a house spreads shockingly fast. A ventilated facade is a quick-spreading pathway for fire,  the reason why the upper reaches of a home often receive so much damage regardless of proximity to the origin of the fire.

You might have heard of the “chimney effect.” The same forces causing smoke in a fireplace to rise or coals in a metal “chimney” starter to burn from the bottom up impels the flames to ascend inside the walls of your house. Damage can be extensive, but SERVPRO is ready to help you start the recovery process.

Because we are full-service mitigation and remediation company, we can help you with everything from firefighting water removal to debris and soot cleanup to deodorization to preparation of spaces and surfaces from final rebuilding and restoration. Helping members of our community recover from the devastation of fire damage is a core mission. We have a highly-qualified workforce and the tools, products, and equipment to turn a chaotic crisis into “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale awaits your call at (630) 830-6236. We answer 24/7 and arrange for a fast and accurate assessment of your fire damage needs within hours.

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If Odors Linger After A Fire In Your A Carol Stream Craft Store, Call Our Experts!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

No matter how severe the situation, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Limiting The Spread Of Fire Odor In A Carol Stream Craft Store

Multiple effects can continually threaten your Carol Stream craft store affected by even a smaller-scale fire loss incident. Among the most challenging of these to sufficiently address and eliminate are odors from smoke and combustion. While many have sought the expertise and industry-leading equipment that arrives with our SERVPRO professionals, there are things that you can do to prevent the spread of these harsh and overwhelming threats throughout the store. The more efficiently you can quarantine the symptoms, the less likely it is that your business would need to close its doors throughout the restoration process.

Considering that craft stores are not on every corner, fire damage to Carol Stream businesses in this niche can be devastating to a fanbase accustomed to popping in and out for the small items or accessories needed. Consequences like smoke odors can penetrate materials and objects, which can present a risk to the investments that you have made in your inventory and the effectiveness of these items for your customers.

Fabrics are particularly susceptible to spreading fire odors, as softer materials can absorb these molecular compounds and hold them. With the hundreds of yards you have on stock, this can be a very destructive situation. The only way to recover these items entirely is through the use of sophisticated deodorization equipment like UV and thermal foggers. These are standard tools for our SERVPRO fire loss recovery team, but they can also often get rented for short periods from local hardware and home improvement locations.

Reducing the movement of these damaging effects often involves quarantining the affected areas with plastic sheeting and other physical barriers. Depending on your knowledge of these preventative measures, tactics like this can often be more productive – and help you to keep your doors open throughout restoration – when you seek the professionalism and expertise of our technicians.

Preventing the spread of odors throughout your craft store can be a distinct challenge for unskilled or unprepared business owners. No matter how severe the situation, our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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If your Carol Stream Home Is Damaged By A Fire, Let Our Crew Help!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Immediately after the firefighters leave call (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and consultation.

Pack-Out Carol Stream Home Contents For Efficient Fire Damage Remediation

A fire in your Carol Stream home does not limit its effects to appliances, walls, ceilings, and floors in the vicinity of the blaze. Smoke drifts into other spaces and the odor-bearing particles in the soot eventually deposit on surfaces throughout your entire residence. As firefighters extinguish the fire, vast quantities of water soak into everything nearby, and if your home has more than one level, the water runs down steps and walls into lower storage areas.

Furniture, household goods, clothing, and all manner of personal possessions suffer fire damage in Carol Stream homes. We offer a pack-out option to our customers to give these items the evaluation and restoration treatments they need. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) uses lists, digital photography, and barcoding to track items. We store them in our secure, climate-controlled production facility.

SERVPRO technicians at our headquarters have access to a broad range of specialized cleaning, drying, and rehabilitating strategies for your packed-out property. Industrial washers and dryers and dry cleaning options manage soot soiling on fabrics and other soft items, including window treatments and collectibles or toys. Immersion tubs and ultrasonic treatments loosen and remove fire residues from blinds and intricately detailed decorative or household objects.

In the chaos after a fire, you might believe many of your soot-damaged items are ruined and bag them up for the trash. SERVPRO employees have unique skills you appreciate when the majority of the articles blackened and tarnished are brought back to function and appearance. Treasured photos and vital documents also respond well to techniques like freeze-drying and specialized disinfection treatments.

Throughout the aftermath, SERVPRO works closely with your homeowner’s insurance agents, keeping you informed as we provided documentation for coverage. Whether we restore packed-out items or must recommend disposal, we ensure claims made are likely to succeed, limiting your out of pocket expenses.

With the spaces cleared out in your home, our on-site crew cleans up dirty water and soot and charring damage and also deodorizes using the latest equipment and methods. Clean, dry, sanitized, and odor-free, your home welcomes back the remediated items we moved at the beginning of the project.

Trust SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to handle every aspect of fire damage mitigation and remediation. Immediately after the firefighters leave call (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and consultation.

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Why SERVPRO Is a Great Restoration Choice for Glendale Heights Residents

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

A Glendale Heights Leaky Radiator Causing Water and Mold Damage or More? No Problem--Just Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Glendale Heights, Water, Fire, Mold, Storm Problems?? Simple, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Nothing is simple when a water, fire, mold, or storm disaster strikes your Glendale Heights home. One crisis seems to lead to another, leaving you feeling stressed, helpless, and overwhelmed. Reach out to our team of dedicated and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians when you experience a loss. Replace the stress with confidence that we have the workforce, equipment, and experience to get the job

Water Damage
Regardless of why you need water cleanup in your Glendale Heights house, thorough water removal and comprehensive drying are the keys to returning the wet space to preloss condition. Water can spread across floors and soak walls and ceilings because of plumbing leaks, appliance failures, spills, heavy precipitation, and other causes. Our crews include Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) who are skilled in strategies to remove moisture and use advanced technology to map any migration of the water into building cavities or structural components. Locating and removing hidden water is crucial because any residual wetness continues to deteriorate building materials and can lead to mold growth and damage.
Prevention of progressive harm and secondary damage is why SERVPRO crews waste no time when responding to your request for help. Day or night, we pick up your call. We arrive at your water damaged property driving service vehicles fully stocked with water removal and structural drying equipment. An experienced manager assesses the loss and designs a plan to mitigate the spread of and remediate the harm done by the water incursion. Our technicians begin implementing the plan immediately. If electricity is unavailable our gas-operated pumps and truck-mounted water extractors use alternative power generation onboard.
Once the bulk of the water exits the wet spaces, our graduates of the IICRC Applied Structural Drying (ASD) course determine drying goals using baseline moisture levels measured during the initial assessment. We compare those numbers with levels we establish by using moisture sensors in unaffected spaces of your home. Air movers and heaters create an environment where wet building materials radiate moisture into the warmer, drier air as vapor. Evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers positioned appropriately condense or absorb the water vapor for disposal.
Fire Damage
During the aftermath of fire damage to your Glendale dwelling, many resources are necessary to restore both the structure and contents. We often suggest a pack-out of household goods and personal possessions, tracking each item moved using our detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). Moving furnishings and other articles to our production facility allow our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to work unimpeded on the many tasks needed inside your home to abate a fire loss.
Availability of our temporary warehouse space is one of the reasons why SERVPRO can offer specialized cleaning, drying, disinfecting, and restoring of the packed-out items. Homeowners understandably fear much of their fire-damaged contents are ruined, destined for the trash. Our production technicians employ a broad range of techniques, often using innovative equipment like immersion and ultrasonic tanks for cleaning intricately detailed goods, freeze-drying systems for papers and photos, and industrial washers and dryers for fabrics and other soft items.
Meanwhile, on-site crew members evaluate the characteristics of the toxic soot residues in your house. Matching the types of soot to appropriate cleaning products, tools, and method is crucial to effective fire damage cleanup. We also address any odor concerns using a multi-step protocol. If thorough cleaning and disposal of debris do not eliminate smoky smells our expertise with advanced technologies including thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators is why SERVPRO delivers deodorization success.  
Mold Remediation
Incomplete water removal or drying after a water loss can lead to mold damage in your Glendale home. Other causes of microbial growth can include high interior humidity and unnoticed water incursions into rarely inspected areas of your residence like attics and unfinished basements. Our experienced mold remediation technicians follow the protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove active fungal colonies safely and effectively while limiting future infestation.
Containment of the spaces with mold damage during remediation is crucial. Our experience in using airlock barrier systems is why SERVPRO reliably seals off the work area during mechanical removal of the mold and any structural components heavily infested with the fungi’s hyphae. During the removal phase, we use HEPA-filtered vacuums to suction up any loose debris and negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and exhaust air-borne spores and other particles.
Remediation completes with an application of EPA-registered antimicrobial agents to inhibit fungal rebound. We also use an antimicrobial sealer to prepare the affected surfaces for the final restoration. Expect us to work with you to eliminate the source of moisture that accelerated the mold growth.

Storm Damage
Homes in Glendale endure storm damage during extreme weather patterns ranging from heavy rains to blizzards accompanied by howling winds and even tornadoes. Roofing and gutter systems fail, siding and windows peel and break, and record-breaking precipitation levels pour and seep inside. Overland flash flooding or sanitary sewer backups also force contaminated water into basements and crawl spaces.
Restoring a home after a significant storm and its damage moves through can be a complicated matter. SERVPRO's full-service approach from remediation to preparation provides a successful environment for the general contractor of your choice to complete the rebuilding. After appropriately disposing of flood waters followed by cleaning, disinfecting, and drying out spaces, our IICRC-trained crews are ready for a walk-through to ensure you are satisfied with the results. Our goal is to make you feel, "Like it never even happened."
Residents of the communities served SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale rely on our investment in experienced, trained, and certified work crews and managers and state-of-the-art products and equipment. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment to get the project moving.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Carol Stream After A Fire Emergency

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

The small fire left burned drywall and soot and smoke damage we arrived with the necessary equipment and restored the home.

SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage from Exhaust Fan in Carol Stream Bathroom

When considering types of damage that can occur in a home, the bathroom is probably a place that would bring to mind damage from water, but it is also an area of the house that receives fire damage frequently. One of the most common causes is due to high wattage hair care appliances overheating a plug or the home exhaust fan sparking a fire.

Our SERVPRO emergency response team answered a call from a homeowner in Carol Stream to assist with fire damage. The fire emanated from an exhaust fan that overheated and sparked a fire in the only bathroom in the small home. Because of the small square footage of the property, light smoke permeated most of the house.

The sheetrock around the exhaust fan in the ceiling of the bathroom was charred and required removal using controlled demolition techniques. Our technicians used handheld vacuums to pick up the debris and soot in the bathroom. Since a fire extinguisher instead of water put out the small fire in the ceiling, the only the powdery residue left behind on surfaces needed cleaning.

With the majority of the smoke damage concentrated in the bathroom, our technicians restored the rest of the property, which only received light smoke, using our professional cleaning formulas and proprietary techniques. This enabled the mitigation efforts to disrupt the home as little as possible and keep the contents on-site without the need for pack-out.

To neutralize the remaining odors, we used an air scrubber with HEPA filtration to capture airborne particles. Then followed up with thermal fogging to remove any residual embedded smoke odors in porous items and fabrics as it behaves as smoke does during a fire and when hot air expands and drives soot into cracks and crevices, thermal fogging eradicates those odor-causing particulates.

For large or small fire damage restoration services in your SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale home, call us 24/7 at (630) 830-6236 our certified technicians are locally based and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Do Not Wait To Call For Help After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Bloomingdale Home!

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage impacts your home, always get help immediately.

Water Damage Found In Your Bloomingdale Home Should Always Be Addressed Swiftly

Water damage can be very stressful for any homeowner to find. It can warp floorboards, bubble paint, and cause microbial growth to begin forming inside of your home. For these reasons, it's imperative for you to address any water damage that you find in your home immediately so that these problems can be remedied much easier than they could be if you were to wait.

A leaky water supply line caused the water damage inside of your Bloomingdale home. The supply line connected to the refrigerator, to power the ice-maker built into the door. Water pooled from behind the refrigerator and onto your newly installed hardwood floors.

The water damage went unnoticed for a few hours before you stepped in it. Thankfully, you did the right thing and called for help immediately. SERVPRO understands the stress that any homeowner would feel when a newly renovated section of their home becomes endangered; thus, we always take the extra mile to get to your home swiftly. Our specialists take pride in our swift response times, our excellently trained water restoration technicians (WRT,) and the advanced equipment that we use.

When our SERVPRO WRT get to your home, we can do a brief investigation and then begin. We can move your refrigerator aside to ensure we thoroughly dry all sections of your new floor. Using a wet/dry vacuum, SERVPRO can clean up the initial standing water before we set up our drying equipment.

Because the water damage is primarily impacting your hardwood floors, we can use flood drying mats to remedy a majority of the excess moisture. The flood drying mats work by applying intense suction to the floor and pulling the moisture out from underneath. Furthermore, we can also set up dehumidifiers, heaters, and axial fans to work in conjunction so we can ensure that the best environment for evaporation is created. It is always our goal to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

When water damage impacts your home, always get help immediately. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale by dialing (630) 830-6236. No matter the time, our technicians are always available for you.

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Water Damage Remediation in Your Glendale Heights Home Can Be Easy

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

A leaky ceiling can cause water to sit for a long period of time before anyone notices. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation assistance.

Water Removal Equipment for Property Damages in Glendale Heights

When large amounts of water enter your property, it can be challenging to deal with correctly. Industrial equipment is often needed to remove the water before it migrates into different parts of the home or submerges your subfloor. We offer a quick solution to the minor, medium, and major scale property emergencies involving water. Our technicians are expertly trained and can arrive onsite in as little as four hours of notification of loss. 

The critical variable of water removal in Glendale Heights is time. The longer standing water is allowed to remain, the higher the likelihood of sustaining permanent property damages. By enacting a professional service, you not only deal with the immediate issue but also guard your home against potentially damaging secondary issues.

SERVPRO has the resources at our disposal to mobilize different types of equipment and quickly set to work, restoring your home environment. In medium to major emergencies, our submersible pumps can remove vast amounts of water in a very short time. These gas-powered pieces of equipment pump water into a nearby, open sewer point and can transfer an unlimited amount of water in one go.

Once excess quantities of water are pumped out of the property, SERVPRO use portable extraction units fitted with heating elements to dry floors and furnishings. These industrial water vacuums are very efficient at removing residual moisture that may have been soaked up by carpets or other fabrics. They are also unlikely to damage weaker materials during the drying process.

Water can loosen pre-existing debris, microbial growth, or bacteria that are in the home. This causes an unpleasant odor. We usually find that these odors pass naturally once the drying procedure is complete. Sometimes odors can persist after the offending moisture is dry. To combat smells, SERVPRO can deploy a range of deodorant products to help clear your indoor air quality.

For professional assistance and water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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We Are The Leaders In Bloomingdale Fire Damage Restoration

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

We have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire.

Getting Back to Business after Commercial Fire Damage in Bloomingdale

Your business plan probably does not account for the devastation a fire could bring to your Bloomingdale company. Reviewing your options to recover quickly from a fire loss now goes a long way toward readying your staff and your property in case the worst does happen. Consider consulting with our experienced team to evaluate whether your commercial property has apparent vulnerabilities that can lead to a fire or make the damage hard to remediate.

Commercial fire damage is a common reason for your Bloomingdale shop, restaurant, or hotel to face temporary closure. Even a few days of shuttered doors can encourage your customers to seek out alternatives. The clock is ticking when fire eliminates or hampers your ability to provide the products and services the community relies on from your business.

Schedule an inspection from an experienced SERVPRO project manager to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We review your physical plant, making recommendations that can lower your risk of a devastating fire. Also, we work with you to prepare for an unexpected blaze that can happen even after you make adjustments to reduce your exposure.

SERVPRO’s extensive experience in fire damage remediation helps us identify issues that make an accidental fire more likely. Expect us to make suggestions about how you manage inventory and other storage, updates of electrical systems, eliminating tangles of extension cords and surge protectors, and maintenance of kitchen and food prep areas, whether you operate a restaurant or merely offer cooking space in a breakroom for employees.

Your input is crucial, and we ask business owners to download and use the SERVPRO ERP app. Provide us information about vendors and contractors who set up your spaces and systems, identify utility shuts offs, and list trusted employees or others you designate to act on your behalf if you are on a trip or otherwise unavailable when a fire disaster strikes. We plan with how to respond to the crisis with just a brief downtime, perhaps containing the damaged area so that business can continue as usual in unaffected spaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to work with you at every point in the remediation process. Call us at (630) 830-6236 to set up a consultation today.

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How We Eliminate Signs Of Water Damage In Your Carol Stream Home

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

For an elaborate restoration of your home after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Eliminating Telltale Signs Of Water Damage In Carol Stream Is Easy With Professional Help

Incidents such as broken dishwasher hoses, washing machine overflows, or even weather events such as driving rain, forcing water through openings in windows or door can leave you grappling with water loss. Extracting standing water and drying the property deals with most of the problems associated with such incidents. However, telltale signs of the loss can remain, messing the visual appeal of your Carol Stream home, or making it uncomfortable to stay indoors.

Depending on the starting point of the event that leads to water damage in Carol Stream, it can leave discoloration, staining or other patches on different surfaces. Water originating from a higher level such as a leaking plumbing line in the ceiling or a broken appliance such as a washing machine in upper floor rooms can cause discoloration patches on walls and ceilings. The patches form as the water evaporates and leaves sediments or due to chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents to clean areas with signs of discoloration. We can also repaint or do other refinishing processes to deal with the damage “Like it never even happened.”

It is common for unpleasant smells to develop after water loss incidents. Such smells may not go away unless you take elaborate deodorization steps. Smells can develop due to issues such as mold growth or contaminants aerosolized by the air movements from drying equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to rid your property of any traces of bad smell. We use Air Filtration Devices fitted with HEPA filters to remove airborne particles. We also dry all traces of moisture from your property to prevent mold development. We also use specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators to neutralize bad odors.

If the water runs down the wall cavities, it can affect the insulation. Contact with significant amounts of water affects the "R" value, diminishes the fire resistance and even affects antimicrobial properties of cellulose insulation. You might not notice that your insulation is compromised, but one telltale sign you cannot miss is higher energy bills. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating probes to check for wet insulation. We then force air into the wall cavities using special venting equipment to dry excess moisture.

For an elaborate restoration of your home after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Necessary Equipment to Restore Your Bloomingdale Home After A Flood

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

We set up commercial air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry the damaged flooring and drywall in this home after water damage.

Ensuring a Thorough Drying of Your Flooded Bloomingdale Home

One of the concerns that many Bloomingdale homeowners have when their home becomes flooded is making certain that the bulk of these concerns and moisture damage have gotten addressed adequately. While few homeowners are braving to take on the considerable effects of flooding on their own, those that do can often find themselves at a loss for identifying potential problem areas that could still exist after the immediate areas have gotten dried and cleaned.

The professionals of our restoration team have ready trailers prepared to address flood damage of varying severity in your Bloomingdale home. These trailers have gotten stocked with an assortment of our ever-growing inventory of recovery equipment including the most effective tools for extraction and drying, as well as an array of cleaning and antimicrobial products to keep your home safe from secondary effects that can often follow prolonged flood effects.

Thermal imagery cameras are important to the work that our SERVPRO professionals do because they can immediately determine the presence of moisture pockets out of sight. Unlike the guesswork of removing portions of drywall or only treating the problems and symptoms that can get seen, thermal imagery allows our technicians to understand the best positioning of drying equipment to ensure that all effects from the flooding get addressed as they should.

These same devices can help to ensure that our SERVPRO technicians are reaching the milestones and the successes that we come to expect and deliver to our customers. We can show our clients the effectiveness of our methods and the progress getting made towards fully restoring their property after flooding has occurred. With moisture and saturation being the most challenging obstacles, addressing these concerns fully can help to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from beginning.

Flood damage can spread quickly throughout your property, affecting many areas that you cannot see without special equipment. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale response team has the tools and the expertise to thoroughly dry your property and make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (630) 830-6236.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Carol Stream

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

If you need a practical solution to large scale property damages, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 now.

Large Scale Commercial Flood Damage Solutions For Carol Stream

A period of heavy rainfall during the winter months can be a cause for concern for property managers. Those that run warehouses should always make a check for any potential leaks or roofing problems to avoid full-scale flooding. Unfortunately, these events can be the result of a myriad of reasons so keeping a licensed, qualified and professional restoration service on hand could save you time and hassle.

A warehouse manager in need of restoration for commercial flood damage in Carol Stream should always be aware of the size and scale of the company they use. SERVPRO uses local technicians who are available on call throughout the night. In the case of a flood situation, we can send a team of technicians led by a project manager to remedy the issue. Our access to national scale resources ensure we have the right equipment and can mobilize it quickly enough to minimize any potential loss of revenue.

Warehouse buildings are often more exposed than residents or other commercial builds. Our restorers can perform vital safety checks including restoring power, performing emergency board-ups and generally making the site safe for restoration work to begin. Water issues are particularly time sensitive so by arriving on site swiftly we can mitigate loss and prevent permanent damages.

All moisture carries microbes. A clean water emergency can become more severe when it comes into contact with existing debris or dirt. This is a pertinent issue for warehouses where older buildings can harbor pre-existing mold or soiling. Once water enters, it imbibes these microbes moving from clean water to grey or even black.

SERVPRO technicians can rectify this by removing water using submersible gas pumps. We can also mobilize truck-mounted extraction units which cover a larger surface area and are built for industrial scale water removal. The careful placing of dehumidifiers allows us to control humidity levels in the structure which is essential to maintaining control of microbial growth.

If you need a practical solution to large scale property damages, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 now.

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Our Rapid Response Crew Can Restore Your Home In Bloomingdale To Pre-Damage Condition

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

We provide emergency restoration services that could prevent expensive permanent damages after a storm.

Rapid Response Units For Flood Damage In Bloomingdale

One of the valuable services our crew provides to this community is our emergency services. We understand that flooding does not occur during regular office hours which is why we operate a rapid response unit for residents in need. This unit involves placing technicians on call throughout the night to ensure that, in an emergency, we can arrive on site as quickly as possible and perform vital mitigation tasks to prevent permanent property damages.

Our rapid response team focuses mainly on helping residents with flood damage in Bloomingdale. One of the critical parts a SERVPRO restorer performs is to make an assessment of your home and carry out tasks for mitigation of loss, security, and safety in your home. These can include spotting potential hazards, restoring electricity, testing floors & ceilings for structural weakness and removing debris.

The external parts of your home can suffer damages in a flood scenario. Rushing water as little as two feet high can tear up trees and move vehicles, so it is not uncommon for doors or windows to be broken as water enters the home. If the flooding is a result of extreme weather conditions, falling branches or trees can damage your roofing. The SERVPRO rapid response unit can perform emergency board-ups to prevent water from getting in throughout the night as well as ensuring your home remains secure.

In severe storms, bringing in third-party contractors to remodel or repair structural areas of the home may be a necessity. Our job is to prepare the site and create a safe work space for building work to begin. We can also remove excess quantities of water using gas pumps alongside extraction units to make sure your floors or furnishings do not suffer from prolonged exposure to moisture.

Drying the internal structure and contents is an essential task SERVPRO carry out to limit losses during a rapid response call-out. To achieve an appropriately dry level, we can place air movers and dehumidifiers onsite. Rapid air-movers use hot air to evaporate moisture into the air. Dehumidifiers then draw that moisture from the air and can be useful in pulling absorbed moisture out of wood, concrete or fabrics.

We provide emergency restoration services that could prevent expensive permanent damages after a storm, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Carol Stream Water Damaged Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the size of the damage, SERBPRO is equipped to handle your water loss emergency.

Professional Grade Equipment and IICRC Training is Why SERVPRO is Your Water Removal Partner in Carol Stream

Water remediation is no different than any other restoration services in Carol Stream. The best outcomes rely upon properly trained technicians using well-designed equipment to rid your home of standing water and moisture absorbed into building materials. Our commitment to employee education and cutting edge tools is why we need to be your first call after a water disaster strikes. 

Effective water removal in Carol Stream depends on our crew arriving fast with one of our experienced project managers leading the way. Although each water loss scenario is unique, the familiarity our crew bosses have with common water damage issues is why they design a personalized plan quickly.

One useful option we might offer is a pack-out of furnishings and other portable household good and personal possession. Our climate-controlled production facility with specialized cleaning and drying facilities is why SERVPRO can bring back to life everything from documents and photographs to your little one’s favorite teddy bear. We stress restoration rather than removal and replacements and are committed to returning your water damaged treasures and heirlooms to tip-top shape. We employ our signature Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to develop a detailed inventory and track the restoration process of the items we remove. 

While one set of technicians works on your possessions back at headquarters, your home receives premium attention from our on-site water removal and structural drying technicians. High-efficiency pumps and water extractors and talented operators are why SERVPRO gets the water out at a record pace. We scan for hidden water and choose efficient strategies to release and contain it. Then we use detailed moisture readings to set drying goals.

Air movers, heaters, and humidifiers are always on our trucks, and that foresight is why SERVPRO delivers a clean and dry property to our customers fast. After drying your house to specifications, the goods we transported to our production facility are ready to come home refurbished, functional, and much more comforting than replacements that hold no memories. 

Skilled technicians and the right equipment is why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale makes it “Like it never even happened.” Set up a water removal assessment at (630) 830-6236.

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How Your Air Conditioning Unit can Cause Water Damage to Your Bloomingdale Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Bloomingdale Properties is Common from A/C window units--SERVPRO Tip

Damage to Bloomingdale Properties by Water Occurs in Many Ways

The heat of summer seems only to get worse as summer progresses, but with many different activities to engage our attention and our time, it can often feel as if there is very little of either to spend on maintenance around the house. The inside of an air conditioner can be confusing to many who have them.

Summers in Bloomingdale tend to be hottest in August, and this is when air conditioner units have been running for a few months, making it common for malfunctioning units to cause water damage. The combination of constant, steady use with the need to cool your home, even more, can create problems in late summer, and with all brands of an air conditioner. 
The water damage may not seem to be significant, but what you see on the surface is only part of the story. Water from a clogged or dirty air conditioner unit can seep into the inside of the wall, or under carpets, as well as behind siding on the exterior wall. At SERVPRO, we use a device called a hygrometer that can detect higher than normal levels of moisture in semi-porous materials such as drywall. Infrared imaging devices can also detect areas that may have been affected by infiltrating water. We can probe with a small pointed moisture meter to measure the results of our work, that is to restore standard levels of moisture content. In drywall 8-10% is a good number.
To prevent this problem, checking your air conditioner once a month to make sure that the condensate pipe has not become clogged can save your home from becoming damaged. While you are doing this simple check, taking a look at the evaporator coil can show you any dirt or particulate buildup that may clog the drip pan's drain. Many homeowners prefer to have a certified air conditioner repair technician handle this type of maintenance on a yearly basis for them to ensure compliance with their homeowners' insurance policy. 
If you notice that your air conditioner has been leaking, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you determine how much damage has occurred. If the leak is a new and has not yet harmed your home, we can extract all of the moisture to ensure that no water damage accrues. If the damage is found, we can very quickly restore the area before it can spread to other parts of your home. Call us, 24/7, at (630) 830-6236 for the experienced and highly trained technicians your home deserves.

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Fire Damage Affects More than Homes in Lombard

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore your garage or shed after a fire, along with compiling a list of lost and damaged items.

The Potential Risk of Fire Damage in Garages and Sheds

Fire can easily get out of control when people, especially children, do not take proper precautions. Lombard residents who store gasoline and other combustible liquids in their garages or sheds should make sure that these remain away from younger children who might play in these areas.

The programs about fire safety in Lombard are rarely descriptive of fire damage, although this could help deter children from playing with items that often cause house fires. When children play or merely go into a storage area to get a toy or bike, accidents can happen, also, without any intentions. Fires that start in such areas can remain undetected until the smoke or flames appear outside of the structure, or the noise from an explosion of gas catches your attention.

SERVPRO has the technicians needed for such cleanup jobs. Because storage areas have a hodgepodge often containing items that may pose risks that they did not before the fire. High heat can cause breakage of items to happen, and collapsing shelving can both form its own hazards while causing others.

A list of your lost belongings helps with any insurance claims, and many insurance agents are less likely to dispute third-party compilations. There are always items that fall into the gray area of loss and salvageable, and we can provide our expert opinion on such cases. Our goal is to help families in our area recover from fire damage in as little time as possible. Helping you attain replacements for damaged items is part of that goal.

Garages and sheds both contain interior structures that form their frames. When these beams become damaged by fire, the building's stability is significantly affected. Other structures, like walls and ceilings, also suffer. We pull the belongings that became damaged out for better inspection and cleaning. It is also easier to work on the interior of the building.

The exterior of your outbuilding is just as important as the interior. To prevent theft and other security problems, the exterior needs restoration so it provides the security needed once again. We can ensure that during our work at the end of each day, we secure it so this does not become a problem for your family.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale wants to help families whose properties have sustained fire damage. No job is too minor for us to help you. Call our local number, (630) 830-6236, for our 24-hour service, any day of the year.

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Flood Damage Assistance Available For Lombard Area Residents

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you have damages caused by a storm, water intrusion, or flood damage on your Lombard property, expert restoration technicians can help.

Flood Damage Assistance

With everyone in the area being affected by recent storms in one way or another, you may be thinking about locating professional services for help. Whether you have damages caused by a storm, water intrusion, or flood damage on your Lombard property, expert restoration technicians can help.

What you need is access to a local company, with services designed to fit your unique situation, someone who cares about Lombard residents and specializes in flood damage repairs. Attempting to take on these repairs alone can lead to additional damage or injury. Keep yourselves out of harm’s way and leave your restoration to qualified professionals.

SERVPRO has a variety of IICRC-certified technicians that specialize in environmental issues affecting your home. Making a call to our offices gives you access to all of our resources and equipment 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We take on the responsibility of providing the excellent results you deserve and help communicate your situation to your insurance company, making the entire process as stress-free as possible.

Flood damage technicians address hazards and other health concerns before entering your home. We test flood waters to ensure everyone’s safety and have the training and experience necessary to respond to dangerous situations that may occur. You should avoid coming into contact with anything on your property until a professional has an opportunity to clear the area.

Our technicians have access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes that make removing standing water easier. Our moisture detectors can find water hidden anywhere on your property and when used in combination with hygrometers, air movers, and other drying equipment, makes our drying process quick and efficient. Our entire staff is professional, courteous, and understanding of your situation. We use every resource available to provide you with the support you need during an emergency and work hard to get you back into your home as soon as possible after a flood.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale for full-service flood solutions throughout East Bloomingdale; your safety is our goal, call today. (630) 830-6236.

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We Have The Right Equipment To Handle Restoration In Your Carol Stream Business

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

We respond quickly and set up industry-leading drying equipment to restore your Carol Stream business after a flood.

Limit the Effects of Water Damage in Your Carol Stream Apartments

Owners and property managers in the Carol Stream area need a resource to rely upon if a water loss affects the units or common areas of multi-family residential developments. Because the individual apartments or townhomes share walls, ceilings, and floors as well as plumbing supply and waste lines an issue in one home has the potential to affect many others. Our highly-qualified team of water mitigation experts is ready to halt the harm caused by a water event in all areas affected.

A tub overflow or water heater rupture in one of the upper units can cause water damage throughout a complex of individual Carol Stream apartments. Understanding how water migrates and having a firm grasp on how to remove water and lingering moisture are needed to return building materials, fixtures, and contents to preloss condition. Responding to the needs of more than one resident requires the skills of our professional restoration experts.

SERVPRO is experienced in managing water damage that impacts multiple living units. We work with the insurance carriers involved to minimize out of pocket expenses for both residents and property owners. Our technicians have IICRC training, and our equipment is state of the art. We use thermal scanners and moisture meters to pinpoint the pathways showing where water moved after the first crisis. Any moisture trapped behind walls, between floors and ceilings, or in other building cavities is located and removed.

We pump out standing water and use wanded extractors for water that pools in tight areas or spreads across flat surfaces. SERVPRO uses a broad range of strategies to remediate common types of water damage. Soaked carpet in lobbies and apartments can be dried in place with weighted wands, the option of padding replacement speeding the drying process. Damp areas between living units dry more efficiently if flood cuts allow access to air movement and dehumidification. Our Injectidry system uses negative air pressure to suction moisture out of hardwood floors or wet drywall.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is prepared to manage water damage in your multifamily rental properties. Call (630) 830-6236 for an evaluation by an experienced water mitigation project manager.

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How Our Technicians Control Humidity After A Flood Has Damaged Your Bloomingdale Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Professional help is available 24/7, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

Controlling Humidity In Your Bloomingdale Home After Flood Damage

The type and scale of property damages caused by flooding are limitless. In the US alone, there have been billions of dollars worth of restoration over the past year. Caused by heavy rainfall and other extreme weather conditions the impact of flash flooding requires professional assistance to get your home back to its preloss condition.

There are many different types of flood damage in Bloomingdale properties that means any effective restoration agency needs to adopt a varied approach. Water imbibes almost anything it comes into contact with, meaning that damages to your home could be hazardous or contain pathogens. In the case of extreme weather, there may be significant debris in need of removal.

SERVPRO is here to help assess, repair and restore your home. As part of our service, we can perform emergency board-ups using tarpaulins or wood panels to help mitigate damages during the restoration procedure. If the power has been shut off, we can re-establish it or bring in temporary generators. Loose debris, as well as sewage, can be disposed of properly in line with federal and state law.

Excessive amounts of water in the home can increase the humidity levels. SERVPRO uses Hygrometers to test humidity in both the affected zone and in other areas of the house. High humidity levels can cause mold or mildew growth, so it is vital to ascertain your home's natural humidity and restore that in areas of the home that have fallen victim to flooding.

Where there is an imbalance in humidity levels, we can bring in desiccant dehumidifiers. SERVPRO uses this equipment to help draw moisture out of the air, which may have been evaporated during the drying procedure. Desiccant chemicals releasing into the air draw the evaporated moisture out re-establishing the natural 'dry level' that is found throughout your home. This process can help restore your home to pre-flood conditions and reduce the likelihood of permanent damages after the event.

Professional help is available 24/7, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236.

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Mold Can Be Found Anywhere In Your Glendale Heights Home, Let Our Experts Help!

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (630) 830-6236, so we can help keep your home free of excessive microbial activity.

Mold Damage Can Start Anywhere In Your Glendale Heights Residence

Microbes that cause problems inside a residence in Glendale Heights all require two things in common - water and cellulose material. Without these two things in constant supply, microbes die off, leaving only dormant spores behind. Because homes contain virtually unlimited amounts of plant-based materials, both in their structure and the things within them, we must control the water available so we can control the microbial populations.

When the moisture content inside a house rises, mold damage in Glendale Heights can start to spread. Microbial activity can happen anywhere, so we use special instruments that help us locate concentrations of moisture. Drying these locations back to within normal parameters means they become much less prone to mold damage. We also find the areas where moisture enters your house and get those locations sealed off, preventing further issues.

When we clean up mold, we might cause it to send out spores. To prevent the spread of these within your home, we take measures to contain them. We also do the same with all of the materials we remove. We want to keep your property from having any more problems with mold. Plastic sheeting and bags keep mold and its spores from escaping and spreading. We never carry loose materials around inside your house, as this can let spores enter the air and let mold particles fall to the floor.

We take steps to ensure that your home remains dry, as this makes the environment inhospitable to microbes. We can help you by using a desiccant machine that rapidly dries the air and then follows up with the installation of a dehumidifier or sump pump. Either can help keep the air drier, but each has specific purposes in different situations.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is always ready to answer your call and help you with the prevention and remediation of mold damage in your home. Call us at (630) 830-6236, so we can help keep your home free of excessive microbial activity.

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How Our Team Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Bloomingdale

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Overcoming the hidden challenges of fire damage is manageable with help from a professional.

Tackling Hidden Challenges Of Fire Damage In Bloomingdale

Most times when fire affects a property, the only question in people’s minds is whether it was controlled in time or whether it was catastrophic. However, in the unfortunate event that your property burns down, you realize there is more to fires than being big or small. These hidden aspects affect the restoration process, especially if handled by an inexperienced person. We offer professional restoration services in Bloomingdale.

One aspect that influences the level of fire damage in Bloomingdale is how hot the fire is because it determines the types of residues left, and how hard it is to remove them. Scorching fires produce dry smoke which leaves powdery residues on surfaces. These are easy to wipe off with a sponge or other less aggressive cleaning methods. However, the high temperatures also open up pores on surfaces, so any residues that penetrate the surface are hander to remove. Smoldering fires produce wet smoke with high levels of aerosols, solvents and other liquid components that stain materials easily.

The type of material present in the areas affected by the fire can influence the outcome of the incident. Organic materials like wood burn easily while metals or stone materials have a higher resilience, so the fire might not damage them, but soot and other residues left can leave stains. Synthetics like plastic and rubber are not only affected by flames but also heat. They also create wet, smeary residues that can stain other materials easily. Our SERVPRO technicians remove residues left on metal surfaces fast to reduce chances of staining. We also check the level of damage in organic materials, and if salvageable, we use specialized techniques such as soda blasting to clean charred surfaces.

Most fires are ignited or accelerated by some element such as grease or protein, especially in kitchen fires. Other fires involve fuel oils. Apart from serving as an accelerant, these elements also leave residues which can affect the cleanup process. Protein residues are notably pungent. They also vary in color ranging from yellow, amber to colorless. Our SERVPRO technicians are well-versed with cleaning such residues by applying professional cleaning agents. In most cases, we also clean the entire property to get rid of the bad smell.

Overcoming the hidden challenges of fire damage in Glendale Heights and Addison areas is manageable with help from a professional. Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to assist. You can reach us at (630) 830-6236 any day.

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How Professional Remediation Helps Save the Hardwood Floors in Your Glendale Heights Home From Water Damage

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors are vunrerable to water damage.

Save Your Hardwood Floors With Professional Water Removal In Glendale Heights

Your water damaged Glendale Heights home needs professional assessment and remediation for a successful outcome from a major water loss event. The training and experience of water remediation certified technicians ensure proper moisture monitoring guides each step. Each type of fixture or building material needs a differentiated approach. Let us personalize your restoration agenda so that your residence recovers entirely from a water loss event. 

A burst pipe or appliance breakdown requires fast water removal in your Glendale Heights home. If your house features hardwood floors, they are vulnerable to permanent water damage. The wetness can distort the planks when too much time passes before the moisture levels reduce to normal. Our team uses a variety of strategies to extract water from all layers of your flooring fast. 

When SERVPRO Franchise professionals arrive, one of our experienced crew leaders evaluates the damage, including the condition of your hardwood floors. Standing water deeper than 2 inches responds well to pumping, and then we use truck-mounted wanded extractors to remove the remaining visible water. If the electricity is temporarily disconnected our vehicles carry onboard generators to power the equipment to avoid any delay. 

Crew members measure the moisture content of the two or more layers of wooden flooring. The plank construction of a hardwood floor allows water to flow between and under the individual boards, causing the subfloor to become soaked as well. SERVPRO Franchise professionals train in a broad range of techniques and strategies to remove water fast and completely from every layer. Failure to treat the under flooring risks exposing the hardwood layer to resaturation. As the wood swells, it can cup or crown, destroying the flat, level surface. The wood can also buckle, pulling up from the subfloor. 

To pull moisture from each layer of the flooring, the SERVPRO Franchise System employs the Injectidry system, sealing flat drying mats to the areas on the floor where water collected. A series of hoses attach to the extractors, and negative pressure pulls water out of the wood layers. Periodic measurements of moisture levels inform our crews of whether drying goals are met and if the mats need repositioning to evacuate more water.  

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps to manage difficult water removal issues with trained technicians and innovative equipment. Call for an evaluation at (630) 830-6236. 

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Why Our Skilled Crew Is The Best In The Industry When Dealing With A Water Damage Disaster In Your Siloam Springs Home

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (630) 830-6236, any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

Why SERVPRO Water Removal Specialists Are Such Dedicated Individuals In Siloam Springs

There are many ways that water can invade your home in Siloam Springs. When the snow melts near your home, creeks overflow, or a toilet backs up and sends water over the rim, your home can end up with a severe situation. You need someone solidly dedicated to understanding the gravity of the predicament your home faces, and who also knows how to fix things correctly. We have the skills, training, and experience to perform the work that invasive or lost water requires.

This is why SERVPRO specialists dedicate themselves to staying abreast of the latest developments, which is particularly useful when homes in Siloam Springs need water removal services and other restorative work. As a local business, many of our customers are also neighbors, friends, or relatives. We treat all of our clients in a professional and friendly way, knowing that when we receive a call, it is because something severe has happened to someone's property. We are dedicated to making everything “Like it never even happened.” again, quickly, and as inexpensively as possible.

When we work on someone's home, we treat it like it was our own, always taking care to make a note of any additional problems we observe that might worsen over time. We discuss these with the customer and explain the options available to resolve these problems. With water removal, we might notice weak spots in floors, mildew or mold, odors, problems with padding under carpeting, and many other issues. Restoring a home in such areas early saves time, and reduces the amount of overall damage.

We also understand that the amount of time spent restoring your home can feel like an interruption to your family life, so we work as quickly as we can while still performing all of the work needed.

The specialists at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale want to help you protect your home when water threatens to harm it. Water removal techniques can restore your home as well as protect it – while beginning earlier is always better, it is never too late to start mitigation and restorative work. Contact us at (630) 830-6236, any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

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SERVPRO Will Be Your Lifesaver After A Flood In Bloomingdale

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your hotel suffer after a flood call the experts to restore it in a timely manner.

Hotels Rely On Professional Flood Damage Remediation In Bloomingdale

Just west of Chicago and a few miles away from O’Hare International Airport, Bloomingdale provides lodging and other hospitality services. If a hotel experiences a flooding loss, the impact on the many guests with plans and reservations spreads the misery and negatively impacts the reputation of the facility, regardless of fault. A partnership with a reputable flood damage restoration company is the key to protecting both your hotel and your guests.

Flood damage has the potential to close down your Bloomingdale commercial holdings. A hotel, with its event spaces, restaurants, common areas, pools, health centers, and guest rooms, are real regional assets. Our mission is to assist both our customers and the community at large with disruptive disasters like flooding.

Whether the excess of water stems from an internal source like a major supply line breakage or overland flash flooding fast action is a must. SERVPRO has the scalable capacity to respond swiftly and comprehensible to a disaster of any size. Our experienced management team assesses the need and develops an action plan to remove the water and dry the affected areas with as little disruption to the workings of the business as possible.

SERVPRO crews arrive with the pumps and extractors needed to remove the standing water. We identify any contaminants present, especially if the source is overland flooding or waste backup. Category 2 and 3 water, also known as Gray and Black, require containment and disposal as hazardous waste. Our crew manages that seamlessly. If the water is determined clean enough, we consider in-place drying of carpeting using a specialized protocol.

Once SERVPRO rids the property of the visible water and checks for hidden pockets with thermal scanning, we determine drying goals based on moisture readings taken in various strategic places. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers join forces to dry out the flooded areas.

All affected areas receive sanitization treatments with EPA-registered disinfectants to make sure to inhibit the growth of any contaminants. Periodic monitoring by SERVPRO crew members ensures the goals are met.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale invites customers with large flood damage losses to rely on our trained technicians and leading-edge equipment for quality mitigation services. Call (630) 830-6236 for assistance 24/7.

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Our Highly Skilled Technicians Can Restore Your Home In Glendale Heights After A Flood

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment if winter weather exposes your home to flood damage.

Glendale Heights Residents Need Reliable Flood Damage Remediation In All Seasons

Flooding disasters in Glendale Heights can strike any time of the year. Extreme weather patterns bring heavy precipitation of various forms, including a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice, and rain during the colder months. The weight can cause roofs to collapse, allowing moisture inside. Liquid water also can seep through a foundation when the frozen ground does not absorb the freezing slush. Professional mitigation assistance is necessary to contain and remove the water, and then to restore the damage done.

Flood damage in Glendale Heights is a severe problem, necessitating the completion of a series of recovery procedures. Draining and drying out the water must occur to preserve the integrity of a residence’s structural components. We offer our customers powerful extraction and drying equipment and trained technicians to operate it to halt the destructive flood waters bring.

Job one is identifying the source of the flooding and securing your home from further leaks. SERVPRO provides tarping and boarding up services when exterior damage leads to water incursion. While securing your premises, we unload commercial grade pumps and water extractors to evacuate the water. Each of our service vehicles stocks water removal equipment, powered if necessary with generators to avoid delay in getting the flood water out.

Our technicians measure moisture levels and use thermal scanning devices to locate hidden caches of water. This additional moisture is released and removed. If needed we drill holes in mortar joints or make flood cuts above the water level to give access to the trapped moisture. SERVPRO technicians then calculate drying goals, positioning air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to move moisture out of structural components into the air as water vapor that we then condense or absorb for removal.

Flood waters almost by definition are contaminated. Overland flooding exposes a home to chemicals and debris picked up as the water collects and moves. Water that gathers inside a home can include sewer backup. Even fresh water quickly transforms into gray or black because of molds or other pathogens that multiply when exposed to moisture. Fast removal of the water, structural drying, and treatment of affected surfaces with EPA registered antimicrobials all help to prepare your home for the restoration of flooded areas by your chosen contractor.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers customers fast and efficient flood damage remediation. Call (630) 830-6236 to schedule an assessment if winter weather exposes your home to flood damage.

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This Winter Don't Let Mold Plague Your Carol Stream Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

The winter months seem to be an unlikely time for mold damage to be a significant issue in Carol Stream.

Winter Mold Cleanup Woes In Carol Stream

The winter months seem to be an unlikely time for mold damage to be a significant issue in Carol Stream. Unfortunately, molds and other fungi can thrive in a wide range of temperatures and scenarios. As long as a moisture source is available, mold spores can take hold, multiplying into colonies that damage building materials and cause health concerns in some susceptible individuals. Any time of the year our remediation crews can help homeowners with mold concerns.

During the winter months, families can struggle with mold cleanup in Carol Stream even when the weather is chilly and central heating systems operate. Usually, the warm air inside a winterized home creates a dry environment, hostile to mold growth. Some decisions made by homeowners, however, artificially increase the moisture levels inside dwellings in winter. This can expose spaces inside a home to microbial infestation requiring our mold cleanup services.

For example, parents often buy a warm or cold mist humidifier for a baby or child’s room to add moisture to the air. A little one with the sniffles or a cough can obtain relief from the humidified air. SERVPRO sees the results of excessive indoor humidity when we receive calls for mold cleanup in a nursery or other bedroom.

Mold spores need just a small concentration of moisture to activate their growth cycle. Humidity levels measuring in the 60 to 75 percent range can support mold growth without additional water damage. In a humidified room the water vapor can condense on a wall or behind window coverings or furniture, offering mold spores the opportunity to develop into full-blown colonies. SERVPRO recommends adjusting the humidifier or vaporizer to maintain a humidity of 30 to 50 percent to avoid further mold issues.

If humidified air caused a mold cleanup need in your home SERVPRO mold remediation technicians quickly assess, contain, and remove the offending materials. Our team follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to address mold cleanup effectively and safely for your family. We build a containment area with plastic sheeting or the use of air scrubbing equipment, remove the mold and contaminated structural components, and clean and sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit additional mold growth.

Any damage done by microbial growth during a period of higher humidity is on the SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale mold cleanup agenda. Give us a call at (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and development of a remediation plan.

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Ultimate Solution for Water Damage Scenarios in Your Glendale Heights Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

When your bathroom tub or sink overflows, water can everywhere very fast. Call in the SERVPRO team to start the water removal and remediation process

Professional Equipment and Technicians are Why SERVPRO Excels at Water Drying in Glendale Heights

Excess water on the dishes in the drainer and a minor spill on a floor in your Glendale Heights home are simple and straightforward problems to manage. Both examples need a towel and a little elbow grease and the issues are resolved. When larger quantities of water soak into building materials or fixtures like carpeting or cabinets the towel method does not cut it. Leaks or appliance malfunctions are challenges only a professional can solve.

When a pipe breaks or an untended tub overflows, restoring your dwelling requires expert water drying techniques in Glendale Heights. Our crews use water removal equipment like submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors to suction standing water from floors and out of recesses and cavities. These tools are of limited utility when water soaks into the framing, flooring, or drywall of your home. Other techniques are needed to complete water drying and avoid secondary water damage.

The advanced training mastered by our team members in psychrometry, or the science of drying is why SERVPRO is an industry leader in water damage recovery. Throughout a water damage mitigation project our crews measure and monitor moisture levels. These measurements inform the drying goals determined using industry best practices. Just opening a window or two and hoping the water evaporates risks continued deterioration and the possibility of mold growth if the area is not dried out in 24 to 48 hours.

Our team selects and positions air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to encourage to movement of excess water from structural components into water vapor. Once the water transitions from wood, drywall, and ceiling tiles into the air our evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers condense or absorb the unwanted water for disposal. Maintaining an optimal balance of movement and temperature is crucial in SERVPRO’s water drying efforts.

The typical homeowner does not have access to the proper tools or methods for fast and effective water drying. Our crews are dedicated to delivering professional water drying, evidence of why SERVPRO is a vital partner for residents struggling with water damage issues.

Access to high-quality water drying services is why SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale should be your first call after a water emergency. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 for comprehensive water mitigation including proper drying strategies.

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A Few Mistakes to Avoid During the Holiday Season That Could Cause Fire Damage in Addison

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Be vigilant with open flames and overloading any outlets during the holiday season celebrations. Should you have fire damage, contact SERVPRO.

Holiday Fire Damage a Possibility in Addison

Preparing for and enjoying the holiday season usually involves decorative displays of light. Trees, mantles, and celebratory scenes make use of strings of lights, often connected to extension cords in rooms crowded with other decor and family and friend gatherings. Candles and fireplaces add to the lively vibe. Excited pets or children, a trip or misstep by anyone, or an unattended open flame can transform festive to fiery. We can help with the aftermath.

Creating a cozy and welcoming ambiance during the holidays can expose you and your family to fire damage in Addison if safeguards are ignored bad luck intervenes. Electrical malfunctions in plugs and light cords create smoldering that takes time to discover before they spark into open flames. A candle too near a curtain or knocked over in the confusion of greeting guests or passing dishes on an overburdened dining table flares fast. Within minutes evacuating your loved ones becomes paramount and the firefighters arrive to minimize damage to your home.

After a holiday fire call SERVPRO day or night to start the remediation process immediately. Our IICRC trained crews arrive with fully-stocked service vehicles ready to manage all aspects of an accidental fire. Project managers assess the scenario, helping you decide to find short-term temporary housing during the cleanup, communicating on your behalf with your insurance carrier to make sure your out of pocket costs are covered.

Our team removes the fire-fighting chemicals and water and dry out the premises as a first step. SERVPRO crew members analyze the types of soot and debris left in the affected areas, matching products and tools with their specific characteristics. Electric fires and the smoldering of linens deposit a thick, sticky coating requiring cleaning products with powerful wetting agents and surfactants to loosen it before our technicians wipe it away. If the fire involved foods or grease, we might need solvents and abrasive equipment to clear it away.

Deodorization specialists among our technicians work on the persistent malodors that can linger. The slow-burning releases particles that might respond best to thermal fogging, recreating the conditions that caused the odor to eliminate it. SERVPRO also invests in cutting-edge equipment like hydroxyl generators that use oxidation to neutralize smells at a molecular level.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale responds fast when your holidays take an unexpected turn for the worst. No matter when a fire breaks out a call to (630) 830-6236 gets help on the way 24/7.

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Are Your Fixtures Leaking In Your Bloomingdale Home? Let Our Team At SERVPRO Help!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage may not always be on your mind when you see a slow leak, but it doesn't take long to cause irreparable effects to your home.

Fixture Leaks That Cause Water Damage To Your Bloomingdale Home

Many Bloomingdale homeowners strive to repair things that break within their home to the best of their abilities. While this can certainly be a frugal approach to caring for your property, it often allows for damages to occur without your knowledge until you have the opportunity to address the repair in question. A leaking water fixture could produce very little moisture throughout the day, but throughout several days, could saturate cabinetry, flooring, walls, and other exposed surfaces.

While some saturation might not seem like a significant threat to your residence, water damage in Bloomingdale can affect these materials and the affected environment dramatically throughout a few days. While one of the direct effects of persistently damp areas is the production of mold from present spores in the area, our SERVPRO professionals also must contend with the degradation of the exposed materials with oversaturation.

In as little as a single day, materials exposed to this leak from the fixture could oversaturate and begin to swell and bloat. This occurrence can change the composition of these affected materials, causing a degradation that is impossible to overcome with even our advanced technology and equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals, when called early enough, can work quickly to dry out these materials and preserve them when possible.

With our air mover equipment, high-powered bursts of hot air force moisture out of affected materials and into the air as a vapor. We use these machines in conjunction with industrial-strength dehumidifiers to trap this vapor into a collection tray or discharge hose to remove it from the premises. We can use thermal imagery to detect lingering moisture to prevent mold growth and further degradation by ensuring the job gets completed correctly.

Water damage might not always be on your mind when you see a slow leak from a fixture, but it does not take long to cause irreparable effects to your home. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale water restorations a call at (630) 830-6236. We can put our equipment and experience to use in your home whenever you need us.

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Our Team Is The Best At Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home In Carol Stream

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your Carol Stream home poses many challenges.

Why SERVPRO Is The Best Option For Fire Damage Remediation In Carol Stream

A fire in your Carol Stream home poses many challenges. The situation is stressful, even if you and your family got to safety unharmed and the damage to your home appears minimal. Working with a reputable fire remediation firm is the only way to ensure all aspects of cleanup and recovery from the crisis are addressed, readying the dwelling for rebuilding or restoration by your chosen contractor.

Why SERVPRO is the answer to your Carol Stream fire damage remediation is elementary. Fire mitigation is one of the pillars of our business. We take the training of our technicians in this discipline seriously. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework they master ready them for the tasks needed to clean up and mitigate the damage after the fire in your home.

Choosing SERVPRO means you get a hardworking team of fire damage mitigation professionals who work quickly to clear the soot and other debris using tools and products well-matched to the type of soiling and damage. Fire cleanup is a complex endeavor as the type of smoke and soot damage depends on the fuel the fire consumed. As a fire moves through a home, the fuels can change, and the mitigation strategies must change as well.

The continuous need for expert assessment of the situation in each fire damaged space is why SERVPRO is a critical part of your plan. You can count on us to evaluate the soiling properly and select the correct tools and cleaning products to clear it away. Because the residue from a fire is corrosive, it must be removed completely to halt its deteriorating effects.

Our goal is to leave a clean and sanitized space, ready for any restoration efforts you or your contractor take on to return the damaged spaces to a warm and welcoming ambiance. Lingering smells remind you of the disaster when you deserve to move beyond it. SERVPRO technicians work diligently to create refreshed surfaces and an odor-free atmosphere, using a variety of deodorizing techniques.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to take a fire-damaged home and abate the damage with professional products and techniques. As soon as the house is returned to your control by the fire authorities, call us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule the assessment.

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Glendale Heights Shops Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Reserves the Right to Remediate Mold Growth in Your Glendale Heights Eatery

Remediation for Mold Growth in Your Glendale Heights Restaurant

As a Glendale Heights restaurant owner, you are familiar with the strict health codes and regulations for all business owners within the food and beverage industry. As an establishment that serves food to hungry patrons, a situation like a mold growth could be disastrous. You need professional remediators who can remove these organisms from your restaurant and restore whatever damage they might have caused to materials and contents.

When a Glendale Heights eatery encounters mold damage, they have an obligation to their staff and the customers they serve to cease operations and resolve the situation immediately. Without the appropriate equipment and expertise, business owners cannot take care of mold growth on their own, and so they rely on specially trained technicians like our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians to help.

With time being a sensitive issue for both the effects of the mold on the building itself and the amount of time that your business goes without selling your dishes to your patrons, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to get to work. We have the tools necessary, such as negative air chambers and air scrubbers, to isolate the mold colony growing in the building and prevent the spores from spreading to new locations while the removal is underway.

Removal of the colony varies depending on the severity of the spread and its effect on the materials the colony chooses as a seat. While sanding and soda blasting can prove effective in the right conditions, sometimes controlled demolition is necessary.

While you cannot ignore mold growing in your restaurant, choosing the right professionals to help you overcome this presence within your building can limit the time that your doors remain closed. Under many instances, local food inspectors may be needed to okay the reopening.

You can trust the experience and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale remediation technicians. Our team is always ready to help, give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

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The Main Event: When Water Main Breaks Cause Flooding in Your Glen Ellyn Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet is ready to remove water from your home.

Water Main Breaks Lead to Flooding in Glen Ellyn Homes

The public water supply gets distributed to homes throughout Glen Ellyn via a series of pipes ranging in diameter based on the homes the particular line supplies. Stresses like vehicles, shifts in the ground, and exposure to abrasive rocks and sand can break these supply lines throughout a neighborhood, causing water to rush out of the ground at an alarming rate. Nearby homes caught in the path of the moving water could experience flooding until the appropriate valves can get turned off to stop the flow from the broken pipe.

As unexpected as this flooding could be for your Glen Ellyn residence, overcoming its effects is something that you want to seek to do immediately. The longer that standing water pools against construction materials and the contents of your home, the more damage it can do to these elements. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly in an emergency like this to help you mitigate your loss and make a plan specific to efficiently restoring your home.

Our technicians can begin the process by extracting the water from the affected areas of your home using portable pumps or truck-mounted options from our SERVPRO Green Fleet. Once the excess has gotten removed, we can set our sights on handling the moisture, dampness and saturation concerns for the environment and materials affected by the emergency.

A critical element to the water restoration work that our team does is drying the area thoroughly. Dropping the relative humidity levels throughout an affected area not only aids in the preservation of the affected materials but can also help to prevent secondary effects from occurring. Mold spores can seat and colonize within a couple of days in damp conditions, drying out these areas can limit the possibility of this happening.

While you cannot predict what could happen through municipal water systems throughout your community, you can help to limit the effect that flooding might have on your home over a long-term basis. Trust in our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale emergency response team to help you preserve what matters most and restore the damaged elements of your home. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (630) 830-6236.

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Get Rid Of Bad Odors From Mold In Your Glendale Heights Home Once And For All

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

From the moment that you make the discovery, mold damages have already started adversely affecting your Glendale Heights home.

Deodorization For Mold Effects In Your Glendale Heights Home

Disasters can affect your Glendale Heights home in various ways, causing you to need professional restoration services to return your home to the way it was before. When situations arise that require immediate attention, such as the discovery of mold growth in your home, our technicians can arrive quickly to help you begin the process of removing the presence and restoring the damage it has caused.

From the moment that you make the discovery, mold damages have already started adversely affecting your Glendale Heights home. If caught early enough, this spread of the damage can be isolated and removed much easier than if the situation has gotten out of control. The spread of an active colony can present some concerns for both your property and those living in it, so do not hesitate to call our IICRC certified SERVPRO remediation technicians.

One of the hardest effects for homeowners to deal with when they find microbial growth in their home is the odor that comes along with it. A tell-tale sign of an active mold colony is a strong, musty scent that surrounds the affected area. Contending with this odor might be one of the final steps of the remediation and restoration process for our professionals, but one that we take great care with handling.

There are many pieces of equipment in our arsenal that we can use to overcome harsh odors associated with an active mold colony on your property. One of the first is our hydroxyl generators, which neutralize the scent on a molecular level, negating their ability to produce the musty odor any longer. These are ideal for the contents of your home and softer surfaces affected by the growth. Thermal foggers are also a tool we use, and these machines can remove the smell permanently in open areas and construction materials.

While deodorization might be one of the final steps in remediation and restoration, it is one that requires the right expertise and equipment to complete successfully. Our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale certified remediation specialists can help you overcome the effects of the organism growing in your home quickly. Give our emergency response team a call at (630) 830-6236.

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How Our Experts Remove Odors After A Fire In Your Glendale Heights Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Recovering from the aftermath of a household fire in Glendale Heights can be overwhelming.

Odors After A Fire In Your Glendale Heights Home

Recovering from the aftermath of a household fire in Glendale Heights can be overwhelming. Professional fire restoration manages each necessary task to return your home to preloss condition. From water removal to soot and smoke mitigation to restoration of charred structural components, the response a restoration brings is multifaceted. Our team handles these issues and more.

When responding to fire damage in Glendale Heights, each step in the remediation plan is essential. Our IICRC trained crews follow proven protocols intended to mitigate the damage done by the firefighting efforts and the combustion of various materials inside your home. The care and hard work of our employees bring the interior of your dwelling back to the conditions you remember pre-fire.

SERVPRO can also address the smells that linger even after a comprehensive cleanup. As the fire raced through your home, a broad range of possession and building materials burned, and each sent microscopic particles into the air. The incompletely combusted items soil not only the walls and surfaces with soot, but also fill the air with noxious odors.

Ordinary air fresheners and solutions like candles only mask the smells. SERVPRO crews employ many strategies to eliminate the odors permanently. We start with the obvious -- removal of burned objects and thorough cleaning of sooty residues on every surface. A pack out of movable furnishings and objects to our production facility allows our technicians to use specialized equipment and products to remove odors as other crew members attend to your home’s structure.

If smells persist, recreating the conditions that allowed for odor penetration is the next step. SERVPRO uses thermal fogging to disperse deodorant products through a heated chamber. This process transforms the deodorizing substance into similarly sized particles that seek out and neutralize the odor-bearing particles.

We also consider innovative technologies like hydroxyl generators that cause a chemical reaction in the odor-bearing residues, ridding them of the malodors. SERVPRO is a fire damage restoration leader, always striving to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new and efficient ways to rid a home of fire-related odors. The terrifying memories of a home fire fade much more quickly if lingering smells disappear.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to resolve all aspects of professional fire restoration. Call SERVPRO at (630) 830-6236 as soon as the firefighters leave to begin a comprehensive fire damage recovery.

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Necessary Tasks You Might Not Expect After Fire Damage In Glendale Heights

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you never suffered from the effects of a fire in your home some of the issues a property owner faces post-disaster can surprise you.

Fire Damage In Your Home

If you never suffered from the effects of a fire in your Glendale Heights home some of the issues a property owner faces post-disaster can surprise you. The specific circumstances of each fire vary, but many of the needed tasks are the same regardless of the cause or the extent of the damage. Our highly-qualified crew leads and technicians are familiar with the protocol and are ready to assist you.

After you watch the efforts of the firefighters as they save your Glendale Heights home, you appreciate just how much fire damage restoration involves water removal and damage control, as well as structural drying. It is smart to hire a company that does not limit the core services to one type of disaster. We ensure the crew we send to assist you in the aftermath of a fire is proficient in both water and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO attends first to the water removal issues for safety and practical reasons. Slip and fall injuries can occur and expose both inhabitants and our crew members to risk. Water and electricity do not mix, often causing at least a temporary disruption to your home’s power until the water exits the fire damaged areas. Hidden hazards underwater can injure residents of your home and our technicians.

Our service vehicles contain pumps and water extractors, as well as a full range of professional drying equipment in addition to the products and tools needed for fire damage clean up. Once we remove the water and begin drying your home’s structure, SERVPRO crew members can commence fire residue cleanup and evaluate other fire damage concerns.

Another problem created by fire concerns food you have stored on the shelf and even in refrigerators and freezers. Heat and soot can damage food in your pantry and cabinets, without regard to whether the contents are in sealed jars and boxes. The elevated temperatures during a fire can cause unsafe organisms to grow, and soot is often fine enough to contaminate food by moving around the threads on a jar lid or passing through a cardboard box. A power outage can make chilled and frozen food unsafe to eat, and soot can move into an appliance if the gaskets are not tight. SERVPRO technicians can help you determine what food needs disposal.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale considers all aspects of fire damage, offering assistance and advice on everything from water damage to tainted food. Call to have an experienced project manager assess your fire scene by dialing (630) 830-6236.

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Check Your Attic for Mold Damage Due to Clogged or Damaged Gutters After This Hot Wet Summer in Addison

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Addison Mold Remediation When Needed, Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Addison Home Owners to Help Prevent the Need for Mold Remediation

As autumn approaches, checking for mold growth linked to heavy rains in Addison is a wise move. The last part of summer was hot, wet and humid. If the gutters and downspouts on your home failed to collect and drain rainwater properly chances are good water leaking into your attic created an optimal environment for mold growth. Our experienced mold remediators can assess the situation and offer a solution if we find mold.

Gutters on your Addison home can contribute to mold damage if leaves and other debris clog them, forcing water to move into your home under shingles at the roof edge. If the gutters are already clogged, the leaves due to fall over the next few months can make the situation even worse. Checking the attic just under the eaves can reveal colonies of mold situated inside your house where the roofing materials allowed water to seep. Our remediation crews can pinpoint mold damage and devise a plan to remove it safely.

Mold in the attic is an issue you cannot ignore. The microbes continue to multiply and can move into living areas over time. SERVPRO’s abatement team can contain the outbreak and remove the active growth following the EPA protocol taught during IICRC certification for Applied Microbial Technicians. We take care to use barricades or negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent moldy debris from drifting through your home during removal. The technicians employ mechanical means to remove the mold, scraping, brushing, and using innovations like soda blasting to loosen mold from structures that are porous like wood framing.

Finding the mold is an opportunity for you to make repairs and adjustments in your roof drainage system before the snow flies. SERVPRO advises that moisture sources must be eliminated to ensure that mold damage does not continuously recur. Getting the gutter to flow freely ensures that water in all its forms, including ice dams, stays out of your attic along with mold damage.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is your local resource for high-quality mold remediation services. If you struggle with a mold issue, contact us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a consultation.

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Fast Response When Your Carol Stream Neighbor’s Plumbing Emergency Causes Water Damage to Your Business and Contents

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Loss in Your Carol Stream Retail Shop? Call SERVPRO Anytime--24/7

Unwelcome Water Loss to Your Shop in Carol Stream? Call SERVPRO

Carol Stream has many small shopping centers offering convenience and high-quality services to residents. Concentrating retail establishments near each other permits a quick one-stop shopping experience, each of the stores supporting the others as customers realize how easy it is to check off a long list of items when retailers set up shop together. Individual businesses rent the spaces, giving up control of the entire structure.

Shared walls and plumbing can make one Carol Stream’s store’s bad luck with water damage a crisis for neighboring businesses. An overflowing sink or toilet or break in a water supply line in an adjoining shop can damage your commercial space as the moisture migrates into your unit. Inventory, business records, and customer showrooms can all be harmed even if your portion of the joint plumbing system is in good shape and you have been a  careful tenant. We can help remove water and restore the damage if your issues are secondary to another shop’s trouble.

SERVPRO crew chiefs assess the damage done when water from a spill or flooding from an appliance or pipe break in another company makes its way into your otherwise secure retail space. We work with your insurance company closely as we develop and implement your water damage remediation plan. This is important in cases like this where the insurance carriers for the building owners or other tenants might have a responsibility to cover the costs for some of your content damages as well. Our clear and consistent documentation helps support your claim and limits out of pocket costs.

The SERVPRO team evaluates the damage done to your stored stock, business equipment, furnishings, and paperwork. We might recommend a pack out of at-risk contents to permit your landlord to respond better to the damage done to the building materials. Moving items to our production facility give our trained staff the space to examine the water damage away from your rented business space. We have solutions for water damaged documents, books, and electronics just to name a few of our technicians’ specialties.

When your shopping mall space suffers damage from water losses created by neighboring business tenants, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help. Our team is ready to assist with paperwork and a possible move out of your business contents as we also clean up and dry out your property. Call us for an assessment at (630) 830-6236.

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Overloaded Electrical Systems Can Threaten Your Bloomingdale Home

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damages often occur in Bloomingdale homes on account of mismanaged/overloaded outlets and electrical networks.

Overloaded Electrical Systems Can Cause A Fire

There are many instances in which disasters and emergencies within your Bloomingdale home can get avoided with the right knowledge and preparation. While instances exist outside of your control, many damaging incidents like fires can be prevented with the appropriate precautionary measures and awareness.

Fire damages often occur in Bloomingdale homes on account of mismanaged/overloaded outlets and electrical networks. Over time, the wiring of your electrical system throughout your home can fall victim to the elements, pests, or simple degradation with age. There are ways to keep this situation from developing into a fire that damages your home, however.

One of the first things that owners should consider is routine inspections of their electrical system and a working knowledge of its age and condition. While it might feel like a considerable cost out of pocket initially, it is less devastating than our SERVPRO professionals working to restore areas of your home once damaged wiring combusts and spreads a flame. Understanding more of what your system looks like and how it is protected from wear can provide you some peace of mind or at least an idea of what areas require immediate attention.

Another thing to consider as a homeowner is the load on every outlet in your house. These plugs are rated for a certain voltage, and demanding more power than the outlet can provide can overload your system and overheat the wiring causing ignition. In fortunate cases, the fire damage remains right around the outlet and does not spread far before extinguishment. Even with A limited spread, SERVPRO technicians like ours must still treat soot, smoke damages, and restore damage to drywall.

Fire damages might feel impossible to avoid at times, but with some preparation and precautionary measures, much of these circumstances can get avoided. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not consider this until after a fire has already occurred in their home. If you are currently combating these damage in your home, trust our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale fire damage technicians to help you overcome any obstacles towards returning your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call 24/7 at (630) 830-6236.

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Securing Professional Flood Restoration For Your Bloomingdale Home

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most challenging disasters for Bloomingdale residents to overcome in their houses is a flood.

Professional Flood Restoration

One of the most challenging disasters for Bloomingdale residents to overcome in their houses is a flood. With the speed in which this crisis is upon you to the damage that it can do in such a brief period, it can be overwhelming to contend with all of the effects of a natural disaster like this on your own. Professional restoration services are a good way to get the damage taken care of correctly and far more quickly than you could on your own.

One thing that you should keep in mind about flood damages affecting your Bloomingdale residence is the likelihood that others in the area have suffered the same effects that you have. While our SERVPRO professionals work to help all the community as efficiently as possible, the faster that you can secure this professional restoration work, the sooner that you can return your home to preloss conditions.

Our team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage that the flooding allowed in your house, but also work to lessen the immediate effects of this natural disaster in your home. Mitigation is a significant part of the restoration process, allowing it to be more efficient overall and to help keep your costs to a minimum to get this work done.

SERVPRO technicians lead the industry regarding our extensive training and certifications, allowing us to use the state-of-the-art equipment and practices to thoroughly clean and dry your home once flooding has occurred. Extraction plays one of the biggest roles in the restoration work, as pooling water can negatively affect your residence in several different ways. Drying involves several pieces of our equipment and gets accomplished beyond industry standards to ensure that your house is no longer at risk for compounding damages like mold and microbial growth.

A flood might give you little notice for the damage that it can do, but you can reach out to the professional restoration team of SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale just as quickly. Our experience and rapid response can help you get your home back to the way it should be as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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A Child With a Box of Matches Can Cause Fire Damage in a Glendale Heights Home

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Soot and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration for Glendale Heights Homes? Call SERVPRO

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Residue Cleanup Are a Vital Part of Fire Restoration Services Offered by SERVPRO 

Children are known to get up to mischief, but when that mischief leads to severe issues, such as fire damage, it becomes a problem. Matches, lighters, and candles should always be kept behind a child-proofed door inside of your home at all times. Otherwise, children are likely to find them and then play with them. While kids are known to get into things they are not supposed to touch, it is an entirely different situation when they find matches and then set the drapes inside of your bedroom on fire. Luckily, there is always help available close to your home when they accidents do occur.

We always make it a priority to arrive as swiftly as possible so we may begin the fire damage restoration inside of your Glendale Heights home. While the blaze this child set may not be inside your home nor a severely damaging fire, it could have burnt up your curtains, self-care products, and some of your clothing. As these products burn, they turn to ash and are carried around your bedroom alongside smoke. The quicker we can arrive at your home, the more likely we are to remediate the stains that have been left behind successfully.
SERVPRO uses advanced technology to help combat the fire damage inside of your home. Before we begin to remediate, we can set up air scrubbers with carbon filters. These devices can capture airborne particles and neutralize the foul odors that come hand-in-hand with fire damage.
After we clean up your bedroom by removing any ruined self-care products, clearing out your ruined drapes, and throwing away any destroyed clothing, SERVPRO can begin to address the soot. Our techs must investigate and prescribe the correct cleaning method, as there are ample products and procedures.
Here at SERVPRO, we tend to choose between lubricative, abrasive, and chemical cleaning products. Once we select a method, our technicians can focus on removing the soot from your bedroom. The final service that we can offer to you is our help making a list of the drapes, clothing, and self-care products that you lost in the fire for your insurance provider. This is provided on our CCIS, the Contents Claim Inventory Service.
Never hesitate when a fire breaks out in your home. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale as soon as possible by dialing (630) 830-6236. Night or day, we are always open to receive your call.

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Rainy, Hot, and Humid Summers Increase the Chance for Mold Damage in Bloomingdale

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture Encourages Mold Growth in Bloomingdale Properties--Help Is Close--SERVPRO

Mold Remediation and Information Concerning Bloomingdale Properties Courtesy of SERVPRO

If you and your Bloomingdale home have been lucky enough to avoid mold growth in the past, your good fortune might be coming to an end during this summer’s high heat and sticky dew points. If the extremes in weather we experience open the door to your home for mold growth we can help evict current colonies and make your house inhospitable to mold infestation.
Mold damage can seem like a game of chance in your Bloomingdale dwelling. Mold spores are opportunistic, always on the lookout for a steady source of moisture to jump-start their life cycle. Heavy rains can drive moisture through an open window or in between your exterior and interior walls if your gutter and downspout systems are outdated, damaged, or poorly attached. An AC system sized incorrectly for your house can fail to remove enough water vapor from the air to prevent mold spores from feeding on a condensation-slick wall, window, or drain. Our trained technicians know what to look for when dealing with warm-weather mold and have the remediation skills to abate the outbreak.
Often mold announces itself with an unpleasant musty stench. If you notice a new smell that does not dissipate, give us a call. To manage mold growth and the secondary issues that come with it, you must eliminate the moisture and follow proven procedures to rid the home of the current fungal infestation. SERVPRO employs the Environmental Protection Agency protocol, containing the mold-affected area then using appropriate methods to remove and dispose of the mold growth.
Our crew chief evaluates your home to pinpoint the mold colonies, often found in areas where the spores multiply out of sight. Mold needs oxygen, moisture, and a surface with access to organic residues to thrive. Wood framing, insulation, and drywall saturated with rain or dampened by high indoor humidity provide the perfect environment. SERVPRO contains the area, hidden or in full sight, before beginning removal.
We use physical barriers like heavy plastic or design and erect zones with the assistance of negative pressure air scrubbers. SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment, and you and your family remain outside the zone. The mold is scraped, wiped, or loosened with abrasives like sodium bicarbonate. We bag and dispose of the moldy materials, vacuuming the area with HEPA filter-equipped tools. EPA-registered antimicrobials treat the exposed surfaces to inhibit a quick recurrence of the mold overgrowth. Your home is then ready for any restorative practices you or your contractor use to recover from the mold issues.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is ready to contain and remove mold damage andy season of the year, even during the long, lazy days of summer. A call to (630) 830-6236 sets up a consultation with one of our experienced mold remediation experts.

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Why You Want to Hire Professionals for Water Damage Mitigation in Carol Stream

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Even the most necessary appliance such as the washing machine can malfunction leaving you with water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Water Damaged Scene Quickly to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Water emergencies in Carol Stream often occur without warning. The most common reasons for a water loss include unpredictable events like an appliance breakdown, a cracked pipe, or a few moments of inattention resulting in an overflow. Although the crisis might not come at a convenient time, you cannot put off the cleanup and drying. Our technicians and equipment are always ready to assist.
If a homeowner delays water damage mitigation in Carol Stream, permanent harm can come to a dwelling. Water must be removed and residual moisture reduced to normal levels in a matter of hours or a few days, at the latest. Failure to address the situation promptly can result in progressive deterioration of structural components and belongings, and microbial growth and damage can occur if more than 24 to 48 hours pass. Professionals such as our water damage mitigation teams concentrate on getting the water and moisture out fast, and our scalable work crews ensure this happens.
Homeowners have jobs, families, and other responsibilities that interfere with the need to react to water damage immediately. The hours and intensity of work needed to complete a water remediation job require a team of individuals. The tasks can be quite technical and require professional-grade equipment not readily available to a layperson. SERVPRO service vehicles have multiple pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers onboard. The abundance of proper tools and products, along with the IICRC trained technicians to employ them, make comprehensive water damage mitigation possible on the short deadline required to avoid secondary damage from the water incursion.
The professionals on the SERVPRO team have both the hands-on experience, as well as the training in the mitigation industry’s best practices, that gives us the confidence to preserve both structural components and personal possessions. They are ready for the competent contractors you hire to complete restoration and repairs after we stabilize and ready the premises. We work closely with your insurance during all aspects of the project, documenting information that supports successful claims. This reduces the out of pocket expenses you pay to recover from the water loss.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale commits to deliver a clean, dry, sanitized, and deodorized property after water damage. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 for a consultation.

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Water Damage From Sprinkler System In Addison

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

An automatic sprinkler system can cause water damage to your Addison home due to a number of reasons.

Water Damage From Sprinkler System

An automatic sprinkler system for your Addison home can be a real time saver and also keep your lawn and gardens looking great. Things can go wrong with an in-ground sprinkler system, some of which result in water damage to your home. Our water damage mitigation crew is ready to help you recover from this not-uncommon problem.

An automatic sprinkler system can cause water damage to your Addison home due to a number of reasons. Perhaps an underground leak saturates the ground around your foundation, forcing water to seep into your lower levels. Maybe the pre-set pattern sends water splashing through an open window or repeatedly on the same section of siding until it leaks through. No matter what is behind the problem, the result is the same. You have excess water saturating building materials in your home. We know how to remove moisture and dry out your home’s structural components.

The chances are good that the water damage done by the sprinkler system was not immediately obvious. By the time you call us, the water may have been soaking the walls, floors, or foundations for a while. It is important that as soon as you realize that the water invaded you get SERVPRO in to help.

We arrive ready to assess the scenario and get to work immediately. SERVPRO has the equipment necessary on each service vehicle, avoiding delays. If the water is more than 2 inches deep, we use submersible pumps to remove it. Then our high-efficiency extractors take over, pulling water out of carpeting and hard to reach crevices. If hardwood floors are wet, we might use drying mats to pull water vapor out, heated air passing over the surface to encourage moisture to move out of the flooring.

Throughout the process we measure the moisture content of all surfaces and fixtures, using the baseline levels to determine drying goals. We monitor the dropping levels to inform us when the drying effort completes. As we work through the steps, SERVPRO crew members aim to dry the space out completely. We also use EPA registered disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth and prevent the development of unpleasant odors. Once our crew completes drying out the affected areas, you can investigate the sprinkler issues with the vendor who installed them.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers water damage mitigation services for residents of our served communities. Call (630) 830-6236 immediately after discovering water damage. We answer 24/7, 365 days of the year.

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Awaiting Mold Damage Remediation -- Protecting Your Bloomingdale Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Bloomingdale Mold Remediation Includes Cleanup and Containment -- Count on the Expertise of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips and Information for Commercial Entities Concerned with a Mold Outbreak

If you suspect mold infests your Bloomingdale business, avoid taking matters into your own or your staff’s hands. Cleanup and disinfection of mold damage require close adherence to research-based EPA protocols to ensure safety for you, your employees, and your customers. We provide local businesses with highly trained remediation crews to abate mold damage. Here are some tips to take until we arrive.

Evacuate the Mold Affected Area in Your Bloomingdale Business
Although panic among those in the vicinity of the mold outbreak is unnecessary, some individuals have allergies to or are otherwise sensitive to mold spores or the byproducts of mold growth such as mycotoxins. Simply stated: mold can cause health effects. Your workforce and customers should avoid the area until we have a chance to assess, plan for, and complete the mold remediation. Shut off HVAC systems supplying the mold-infested space. Disturb things as little as possible, with furnishings, fixtures, and other contents staying in the space for evaluation and remediation treatment by our experts.
Resist Any Pressure For Further Mold Testing
If you can see and smell the mold, there is rarely a need for expensive testing. As our SERVPRO crew prepares for and completes your mold remediation, we inspect diligently to determine the extent of the mold damage, including in hidden and unexpected areas. If we feel mold testing is necessary for safety and the protection of your structure, we discuss it with you before arranging for it. This testing would involve a third party.
Leave The Cleanup To Us
Mold spreads easily, even on the uniforms and cleaning equipment of dedicated business maintenance workers. SERVPRO observes proper containment procedures during mold removal and disinfection, using EPA registered antimicrobials and following all applicable disposal regulations. It is unlikely your cleaning team is familiar with or possesses the materials for the level of containment needed, including blocking off the area with heavy plastic sheeting and specialized equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers and ductwork to exhaust the airborne mold and debris.
Your usual cleaning crew is better used elsewhere on your commercial property until we abate the mold damage. Many cleaning products and methods can encourage mold, especially water-based cleaners that saturate porous surfaces. Housekeeping crews unfamiliar with the lifecycle of fungi may use bleach to lighten mold stains and cover up musty smells with air fresheners. Neither of these strategies reliably kill or remove mold but can mask the problem, allowing the microbial growth to rebound and proliferate.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale offers dependable mold remediation services for the businesses in our community. Contact us for an evaluation of your suspected mold problem at (630) 830-6236.

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Appliance Malfunction Requires Water Removal In Addison

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

If one of your homes many surprises is water leaking from a water heater, count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO after an appliance causes water damage

Addison homes contain many labor saving and comfort enhancing appliances that use, manage, or condition water. Dishwashers, water softeners, water heaters, washing machines, ice makers, and even air conditioners can put your residence at risk of a water loss. Some of these scenarios require professional assistance to remove large quantities of water, and our team can help.

A water heater has a typical life expectancy of 8 to 10 years, although it is difficult to predict when its breakdown might flood your Addison home. Water removal of the 50 or more gallons a heater holds is a challenge. If the water main continues to supply the heater after it cracks or otherwise leaks the quantity of water can be even higher. The high-efficiency equipment we carry on our service vehicles is up to the task.

When the SERVPRO team arrives, the first concern is making sure the water supply to the broken heater is shut off. Then we assess for safety as electrical connections near the heater can expose those in the area to the risk of shock. If we determine the power must be shut down temporarily, water removal efforts still move forward as our submersible pumps and water extractors can be truck-mounted, using our portable electricity generating capacity.

The SERVPRO crew members position the pumps to remove the water as quickly as possible. Managing the water while it is still Category One and clean means no containment or hazardous waste removal precautions are needed. Once the majority of the water drains via a pump, our employees use wanded extractors to remove water in hard to reach areas and floor coverings.

We employ moisture meters to give baseline structural saturation information. Infrared scanners also help us find pockets of trapped water in the affected space. It is crucial to detect all the pooled water and use effective strategies to eliminate it. Options include removing sections of drywall or paneling, drilling holes in the mortar joints of cinder block construction, and suctioning it from above, using extenders on our industrial strength extractors.

SERVPRO crew leads determine drying goals using their IICRC training and the data obtained from the meters and scanners. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers remove the remaining water trapped in structural components. A balance of temperature, air movement, and humidity control pulls the moisture into the drier air where it can be condensed, contained, and removed.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed to remove large quantities of water fast. Call (630) 830-6236 when appliances fail, and we respond with a plan that results in a positive outcome fast.

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Mitigation and Restoration of a Home with Flood Damage in Addison

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture readers like this help us pinpoint the areas affected by flood damage

Restoring flood damage to your home

Flooding can remain slight and only a few inches to cause problems for a home in Addison. While a loss of life rarely happens when floodwaters rise only slightly, the amount of damage done to the houses and businesses in the affected area can steadily rise with time. This increase in restoration costs increases because the interiors of buildings steadily but slowly sustain additional damages from the elevated moisture trapped inside them.

Homeowners in Addison can avoid this ongoing increase of flood damage in their property with restorative mitigation services. SERVPRO technicians receive continuing training and education and earn certifications from the IICRC in various fields in restoration science. We carry out the tasks of clearing away debris and ruined materials, help you decide on the care or disposal of personal belongings, and mitigate the odors left behind after we extract the standing water invading your home.

We also perform the drying out procedures needed to restore the home's interior to a reasonable range of humidity. Replacing damaged materials in a still-damp home only invites microbial populations to colonize inside where they can destroy new and existing materials. Water damage can also steadily happen until we remove excess moisture.

SERVPRO also partners with licensed electricians and other contractors to help ensure that your home's interior not only looks perfect again but also that it functions safely for you and your family members. Flooding can severely damage electrical conduits and destroy wiring. While everything may seem intact, system components can contain rust, corrosion, and even small breaks that can lead to fire or electrical shock. Finding these damaged areas requires a skilled and licensed electrician who can perform the necessary testing. After any electrical or other utility services' components function correctly and safely can we then begin the restorative work needed by bringing in new materials to replace the ones we removed from your home.

Cleaning your home's surfaces and ensuring that pathogens do not pose a risk to any occupants helps remove some of the odor-causing material, as does removing the debris left behind. When odors persist, as they often do, we can eliminate these smells with odor control techniques.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help your family move back home faster after a disaster involving flood damage. Getting things back to normal greatly reduces the ongoing stress most families experience after such a disaster. Call us 24/7, any time of the year, at our local number, (630) 830-6236, if you live in the Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, or Wheaton areas.

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Quick And Non-Disruptive Recovery From Commercial Water Damage In Addison

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Expert Tools for Water Damage Prevention and Rapid Recovery in the Addison Area

SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Can Mitigate and Possibly Prevent Water Damaging Events

Businesses in Addison make plans for many contingencies, and recovery from water damage should be one of them. Your commercial activity need not come to a complete halt when a water emergency occurs. We work with many businesses and individuals to craft a plan to help respond swiftly and comprehensively if disaster strikes.
When water damages a company’s property in Addison, part of the concern felt by the owner relates to the fear of significant downtime for the business. A proactive approach business can take is to develop an Emergency READY Plan (ERP) with us for all disasters, including water losses. Limit damage and get the business back to full operation fast with this tool.
The first step is to schedule an assessment with a member of SERVPRO’s experienced management team. This no-obligation inspection of your commercial space permits us to evaluate how a water loss may impact your provision of services, production areas, offices, and storage. We make practical suggestions to ensure water incursions from any source does the least damage.
Examples might be to remove inventory from low lying areas or to make repairs to locations and systems where your building shows water invasion vulnerability. Our SERVPRO representative snaps pictures and sketches diagrams to help us predict the tasks necessary for a potential water damage recovery plan customized to your specific circumstances. Having this information allows us to hit the ground running if we receive a call from your business about water damage.
We also use the information you enter via our Emergency READY Profile app to further personalize your plan. You list SERVPRO as your preferred provider of water damage restoration services and designate one or more trusted employees or family members to authorize the commencement of work if you are unavailable when a water damage scenario occurs. List for us vendors and contractors who can help us restore your equipment and systems to working order quickly.
You and the SERVPRO team prioritize the areas to be remediated first to allow for at least partial business operation during restoration. We concentrate our efforts there upon arrival. Your staff can then continue to meet your customer’s needs while we attend to the water removal and drying in the remaining areas of your physical plant. This scenario depends on the severity of the water intrusion and the damage incurred.
Team up with SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale to protect your business from significant disturbance when water damage is a problem. Contact us at (630) 830-6236 to schedule a free walk-through of your commercial property so we can plan for a problem we both hope never occurs.

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Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in West Chicago

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Place Electronics High Above a Floodline If Storms Threaten West Chicago

SERVPRO Tip--Prepare for Impending Flooding by Protecting Your Possessions

While flood damage in West Chicago can come suddenly and without much time to prepare, there are some things you can do in advance to help mitigate your financial losses in the disaster. Many valuable belongings in the average American home are very susceptible to water and especially flood damage, but some manageable mindfulness can help to protect these objects from all but the worst disasters. Make use of these protective measures to better survive any future disasters in your home.
Make Use of Airtight Bins and High Places
Airtight plastic containers can very effectively protect many smaller objects in your West Chicago home from flood damage. These containers and bins should be cheap and plentiful at nearby grocery stores, as they are commonly used to seal and store food for extended periods of time. Electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other belongings can be organized, stored, and protected with these bins, especially if they are placed in cabinets or shelves high above where floodwaters usually reach. Big-box home improvement centers offer a wide range of waterproof containers, especially for larger items or amounts.
Cover Electronics in Plastic Sheets
If you know a flood may arrive soon, you may be able to protect larger electronics and water-sensitive objects by wrapping them in plastic. While these sheets may offer little protection against physical damage and standing water, they may be able to provide enough resistance to light flooding to save expensive belongings. By keeping the high humidity after water intrusion off these devices can keep chips and microswitches dry. Plastic tarps or sheets are ideal for this purpose, but plastic wrap and tape can also help.
Remove Furniture Cushions
While moving furniture before a flood hits may be impossible, you may be able to mitigate damage to couches, chairs, and other objects by removing cushions and pillows. These should be relatively easy to remove and place high above floodwaters. This removal and elevation help to prevent color bleed in the fabric and reduces the risk of mold damage later on.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale provides expert flood damage mitigation and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us at the first sign of flood damage to your home at (630) 830-6236.

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Common Places Homeowners Find Mold Damage in Their West Chicago Homes

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

When you discover mold during your cleaning process, contacting SERVPRO is the best recourse. Call right away for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Cause of the Current Mold Infestation and Offer Changes to Prevent a Recurrence

Spring cleaning time lurks right around the corner in West Chicago. Many homeowners might find long-lost items while others might find less appealing surprises. During the long winter months, conditions can develop that lead to damaged areas in the home.
Homes in the area can develop mold damage in West Chicago slowly and wholly hidden away, keeping homeowners in the dark about how much microbial activity takes place. Once homeowners begin clearing away accumulated dust and moving things around to clean behind and under furniture, inside cabinetry, and other often neglected areas, the true scope of any damage begins making itself apparent.
Most often, residents find mold damage in damper areas, such as under sinks and behind washers with leaky hoses. Other locations exist, though, and checking for the presence of mold provides the first step in protecting the rest of the home. The locations include entire areas, as well as smaller nooks and crannies.
Both attics and basements accumulate moisture during the winter because they often contain less insulating material while they also receive little or no heat. Constant fluctuations mean condensation continually happens as your home breathes. Heating systems move microbes and spores around your home's interior, but many locations do not provide suitable sustenance to any microbes drifting to them. Attics and basements do, however, provide the moisture as well as the consumable cellulose these microbes require.
Window frames and the walls surrounding them often harbor copious amounts of mold that fed off the wetter air that seeped into your home through tiny cracks. Now that we can enjoy the warmer weather, leaving windows open seems like an excellent idea, but doing so can allow stationary mold to more swiftly enter your home. Mold can grow on screens, also, making it even more likely windier days pushes more microbes inward.
Hot showers in the bathroom, even with the exhaust fan turned on, can introduce microbes into your vent system. Ensuring that duct and vent attachments retain their seals helps keep excessive mold out of your home. The smallest split in a seam or loosened seal at the vent can permit thousands of microbes to enter your attic, significantly adding to any existing microbial populations, and risking contamination of other vents. These other vents might lead to your heating and cooling systems.
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you make Spring Cleaning time more efficient and result in a much safer and healthier home for your family. Contacting us at (630) 830-6236 can help protect your family from the possible health effects of mold, and also restore your home from any mold damage found, so it is "Like it never even happened."

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Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Carol Stream Saves Your Business's Reputation

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes and failed plumbing can cause extensive water damage to your business requiring professional commercial water damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Commercial Water Damage

Carol Stream’s residents rely on local businesses to provide services and goods nearby. Convenience and a sense of community are essential to the success of your company and drive our mission to support your enterprise if water damage threatens its day to day operations. Trained technicians, proven strategies, and efficient equipment are the strength we bring to your disaster.

Retail outlets in Carol Stream can suffer water damage because of aging infrastructure. Small leaks and minor intrusions of moisture progressively damage commercial buildings. Responding immediately and keeping insignificant water leak issues in line is the preferred course, but if water damage goes unnoticed, our crews can still bring your store or shop back to its “Grand Opening” condition.

Sixty years passed since the incorporation of our village, and some of the buildings can show their age with aging plumbing and decades of water intrusion. SERVPRO specializes in inspecting for hidden water issues so that our restoration efforts are complete. Water is very destructive and can lead to secondary issues such as mold infestations and crumbling building materials if not resolved. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians master readies our crews for even tricky water damage restoration projects.

SERVPRO’s goal is to restore rather than demolish and remodel commercial interiors. We also follow protocols that contain the areas affected while you can continue operating your business in unsullied areas of your property. This flexibility ensures that your reputation as a reliable provider of goods and services does not take a hit during a water damage restoration project.

We isolate the source of water causing damage and make arrangements to have plumbing, leaky roofs, or poorly draining gutter systems repaired. Our SERVPRO crew pinpoints areas of standing water or pooled up pockets of moisture behind walls or in recesses. Depending on the depth of the water, we use submersible pumps or extractors to evacuate the moisture. Weighted wands help us pull moisture from saturated carpeting, working toward drying both carpet and padding in place.

Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters assist in achieving drying goals. Our crew members are expert in measuring moisture levels in building materials, monitoring the reduction in dampness throughout the drying cycle to meet the goal set. SERVPRO technicians touch up painting and other finishes as final effort to bring your retail space back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is eager to assist with your commercial water damage needs. We live in and enjoy this area and are proud to offer expert commercial water damage remediation after your call to (630) 830-6236.

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Older Glendale Heights Homes are More Prone to Flood Damage

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

If your home suffers damage after a flash flood, call our SERVPRO technicians to restore your home and prevent further damage.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as Possible if You Experience Flood Damage in Your Home

Your Glendale Heights home might not be as well prepared for flash flooding as you thought. The problem could go all the way back to the home’s initial construction, what sort of drainage had gotten installed to divert water away from the foundation of your home. French drains are now understood to play a critical role in water diversion from this vulnerable area of your house, but if your home does not have one installed, you are just biding your time until the blocks used in the construction of the basement floor of your home weaken enough to allow water penetration.

Modern construction is very heavy-laden with water diversion equipment and waterproofing on the exterior (and even interior) to prevent flood damage to your Glendale Heights residence. Unfortunately, if your home got built even a few decades ago, a lot of what gets deemed critical processes now merely was not that crucial to protecting your home back then to residential contractors. The downside is that your home is inherently weaker and more prone to the damage that excessive water from natural disasters can do.

When water can penetrate vulnerable gaps and crevices in the joints of the blockwork used in the construction of your basement, these points become weaker and broader the more exposure they endure. Soon, water can enter your home unabated, which in a situation like flash flooding, could prove disastrous. Your best solution is reaching out to SERVPRO quickly to help limit the damage to the structural components of your home and help to prevent irreparable damages to the contents of what you store on the lower levels of your house.

Extraction is a large part of the process, but even this is only effective for a short time. The real solution to your problem, coinciding with the restoration process, is to repair the damage present in the foundation of your home. This solution might include installing a sump pump in the basement or could be as simple as repairing vulnerable areas of the block with a patch of hydraulic cement.

Restoration of your home following flood damage is something that should happen as quickly as possible. The longer that you wait, the more that structural elements can weaken and the likelihood increases that they need to get replaced. Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today at (630) 830-6236.

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Why Mold Damage In Your Lombard House Should Be Dealt With Promptly

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a Petri Dish Is Better Than In Your Lombard Home. For Remediation Contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tip: Fix Leaks Fast, Stop Mold Fast

Small leaks underneath sinks and drips from the exposed pipes in your Lombard home might not seem like that pressing of an issue, but they could result in something much worse than a slightly elevated utility bill every month. With the right temperatures combining with naturally occurring spores in the air that we breathe, you could have all of the necessary components to allow fungal growth in the area around this moisture.
The trouble with slight plumbing concerns like what got mentioned earlier is that you often are not checking on these areas to see if they have gotten any worse. You might go weeks or months before you even know that mold has started to sprout on the organic surfaces surrounding this small leak in your piping system. Now, you have mold damage in your Lombard residence that is spreading farther and thriving more every day.
Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO professionals get trained to the high standards of the IICRC. They set the bar for high-quality mold remediation techniques and strategies, and every technician gets upheld to these higher standards to come and work on your home. From the moment that we arrive, our assessment of the affected area offers the information needed to focus our efforts and quarantine the area where the colonies grow and thrive.
Ultimately, one the priorities for the remediation specialists working at your home is to prevent the spread of active spores to new areas of your home. This process gets simplified through the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters as well as negative air chambers, depending on the circumstances. Eliminating the source of the moisture in the area is another critical component to the process, and this typically gets achieved through the use of dehumidification equipment and the repair of the leak

that started the problem in the first place.
Mold damage in your home does not have to be something that you contend with alone. You can trust the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team to help you reclaim your home. Give us a call today at (630) 830-6236.

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Why You Need Cleaning Services When You Face Fire Damage in Lombard

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage seems overwhelming, contact the technicians at SERVPRO to help you deal with the damage including insurance claims.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal With ALL Aspects of Damage After a Fire

Even after that fire has been put off, you need restorative services to address fire damage on your property. Restoration is meant to return your structure to its preloss state, and the level of damage usually determines the procedures to use. If you are a resident in Lombard, you have to take all safety concerns seriously before the restoration process can start.
Our SERVPRO team advises you to limit movement in your home after a fire damage incident in Lombard so that you do not end up embedding soot particles into your carpets and upholstery. After all, you do not know how safe the structure is, and it is advisable to wait until we do an assessment. We check whether there are cracks in the floors and walls, whether the ceiling tiles are intact, and switch off electrical circuits.
If you also need to reduce a fire damage claim's cost, then you have to seek for restoration and cleaning services. By doing that, you can salvage most of your contents and avoid replacing some items and resurfacing specific areas. Our SERVPRO team understands the cleaning elements and principles and chooses the most appropriate procedure, depending on the situation we are addressing.
To successfully clean the smoke-damaged items, we trace the source of the fire and then assess how far the smoke particles have moved. We also look at the type of particles when establishing cleaning methods. Different surfaces need different cleaning methods for them to be restorable. We are careful with the process we choose, and after capturing and removing the residues, we have to do the disposal.
We know that temperature is so crucial when cleaning items since it increases chemical reactions by making molecules in the cleaning solutions to move faster. It also decreases the surface tension of the cleaning solutions and causes them to penetrate into surfaces. After that, we can then dry your items and wet areas and perform deodorization to prevent the possibility of bacterial and fungi growth.
At SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether in commercial or residential premises. Call us at (630) 830-6236 at any time of the day and be served by a trusted industry leader.
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Crawl Space Water Damage In Your Lombard Home

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a crawl space under your Lombard home, water can enter into from various sources.

Water Damage In Your Home

When you have a crawl space under your Lombard home, water can enter into from various sources. These include plumbing leaks, groundwater, and heavy rain. While water itself might not cause problems outside of a wet crawl space, moisture which evaporates from that water can cause problems. Mold, wood rot, high electric bills, and mildew are all possible from humidity in your crawl space.

A small crack in your foundation can be the culprit to your crawl space moisture as well. However, no matter what the situation is, you should get it taken care of a soon as you can to avoid additional water damage to your Lombard home. Our SERVPRO staff is always standing by to assist you with an emergency like this, and we have the equipment to be able to get into tighter spaces as well.

Since working in water-damaged crawl spaces can be a challenge due to small access doors which makes equipment challenging to pass through, we have to work carefully. Even if the door is large enough to pass equipment through, the space itself can lack adequate room for a dehumidifier to stand upright. We may need to remove insulation to help us work.

SERVPRO staff also checks for electrical hazards which may be present and ensure that electrical circuits going under your home are deactivated. The water in crawl spaces is usually black or gray because of dirt floors, so we also wear appropriate safety equipment.

We can then remove the standing water from the crawl space. Finding the lowest point, we use a submersible pump to get rid of the majority of the water. Once it is removed, we then figure out the best way to dry out the structural parts of your floor. We block off foundation vents unless we can use an open drying system.

If possible, we place dehumidifiers and air movers in the crawl space to finish the drying. We might need to remove a section of the floor or other methods if they do not fit. We also tent the area off to create a smaller drying area.

We can use a flex hose as a duct if our equipment does not fit so air can be moved from dehumidifiers into the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the outlet of the dehumidifier to vent dry air into spaces which are small.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale has different methods of drying the crawl space in your home in Addison, Glen Ellyn, or Lombard when space is tight. Call us at (630) 830-6236 as soon as you realize a problem, and we work with you to get your home dry and safe again.

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Why You Need to Respond Quickly to Water Damage in Your Lombard Office

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the training and expertise to handle your important files and equipment damaged during a water emergency.

SERVPRO Restores Your Business Quickly and Gets Your Doors Open Sooner

Your office building might seem like it is always open and operating, but that might also be a testament to the commitment that you have to the clients you serve and the community around you. When you have an emergency that threatens this same commitment that you uphold to your clients, it is a situation that demands resolution quickly and efficiently. To make matters worse, water emergencies can threaten not only the productivity of the office building itself but also threaten to irreparably damage equipment and sensitive files if it does not get dealt with promptly.

When water damage threatens your Lombard facility, you have many concerns that are racing through your mind. Handling each of these concerns for your staff and your clients can keep your hands full enough, so it is easy to hand off the restoration to a qualified professional to oversee getting your building back on its feet.

A water emergency can present itself in several different ways, from the bursting of indoor plumbing to the malfunctions of fire prevention equipment like the sprinkler systems. Both can leave large volumes of water in the affected areas, not to mention requires being physically turned off to prevent water from continuously flowing through the break or separation. By the time that the problem gets noticed, a significant emergency situation could be on your hands.

However, permitting SERVPRO to oversee the restoration needs you have can also easily get attributed to your need to get the office back up and running as quickly as possible. Not only do the clients that you serve depend on your facility being open and accessible to them as they need it, the staff that occupies the building also depends on their weekly hours to support their families and pay the bills that they have.

When a water damage emergency threatens your facility, regardless of the severity of the problem, time is of the essence. With so much riding on the business being open and available, trust the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale team. You can reach us anytime you need us at (630) 830-6236.

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Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Lombard Homes

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread very quickly through your home once the right conditions exist. Contact SERVPRO for advice, remediation and preventative actions.

Defining SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

Every Lombard home has mold spores in the air and on many surfaces. These spores are usually inert, meaning they are no more of a threat to home and health than regular house dust. Only when the spores have the right environment of moisture, a food source, and the right temperature, do they expand and grow into a problem.
To combat Lombard mold damage, SERVPRO has developed a four-step method that is effective in every home. Depending on the amount of mold present, each step in the process may not be necessary, but for most tasks, containment, removal, cleaning and drying are basic requirements.
Establishing containment is our first step if there is even a remote chance our actions could spread the mold to unaffected parts of the home. We seal off all entry points, to include doors, windows, and even the heating and air vents with plastic sheeting. Inside this area, we create negative air pressure. It forces the air inside, along with any loose spores, outside of the home. For large, contaminated areas we also establish a decontamination room so we can leave our tools, coveralls, and protective gear inside to prevent spreading mold.
Now, we remove the mold from the surfaces. How we do this depends if the items are porous or non-porous. Carpets and fabrics like upholstery are porous, which require more effort than simply wiping them down with a sponge or cloth sprayed with an anti-fungal cleaning agent. SERVPRO technicians have to dispose of property with porous surfaces much more often than the non-porous items.
Items with non-porous surfaces include kitchen countertops and non-upholstered furniture. Usually, we can wipe the mold off by hand, but if the layer is very thick, we bring in commercial vacuums with HEPA filters. These are designed specifically to capture mold spores and can lift even a single one off of a surface.
Next, we allow any airborne spores to settle. Removal always stirs up the air and dust in the affected area. Once enough time has passed, we wipe down every surface and repeat until the air inside the area tests at normal levels.
Our last step is to dry the affected area to prevent new mold growth. We install dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and set up air movers to force warm air over any surfaces we previously damped or soaked with cleaning agents.
If you have or suspect there is mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale today at (630) 830-6236. We are here to help, so call today with questions or to schedule a visit.

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There Is Hope After a Water Damage Disaster in West Chicago

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO right away to dry out your property and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO's Quick Response and Remediation Efforts Are Key to a Great Outcome

Water damage can result in significant losses and inconvenience, primarily if you fail to handle when the situation as soon as possible. As a West Chicago resident, you should ensure that you can contact a professional organization that specializes in water removal and restoration activities.
In case you experience any incidence of water damage in the West Chicago area, you can always rely on the services of SERVPRO. Our highly competent technicians can respond swiftly to the situation thus mitigating the damages that you might suffer. We aim to ensure that your home is fully restored to enable you to get back to your daily life.
SERVPRO follows a strict protocol while handling water damage cases. First and foremost, we can safely remove and store all the furniture, electronics, carpet and other items that could be present in your home. We can then identify the type of water since the removal approach depends on the nature of the water. Our company can classify the water as category 1, 2 and 3 which refers to clean, gray and black water respectively. We can then pump out the water, and this exercise is an essential exercise since it enables us to get rid of most of the water.
To ensure that your property is moisture free; our SERVPRO technicians can also employ the use of air movers that facilitate drying and free-flow of air. Excess humidity is another aspect that we are adequately equipped to handle, and we do this by using the dehumidifiers. Most often than not, we encounter situations that require us to dry other household items such as furniture, photos, and paintings. To hasten the drying process, we can use specialized dryers for drying various household items, and this is vital in restoring your house to its original state.
Please contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale on (630) 830-6236 for all your water damage and restoration needs. Call us at any time to learn more about what we offer.

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Sudden Flood Damage Incidents To Your Lombard Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Basement Water-Proofing Can Mitigate Flood Damage in Lombard

Foundations Can Suffer from Broken Water Lines Needing Fast Help from SERVPRO

Main lines are a critical component of a water distribution system. When a line breaks or ruptures near your Lombard home, the highly pressurized water contained in the pipe finds the path of least resistance to the surface and erupt violently. Until utility workers can shut the portion of the line down for repairs, thousands of gallons of water can flow from the ground and onto your neighboring property.
As unfortunate as this occurrence might be, it gets worse when your foundation is not built to prevent water penetration from this sudden flooding event adequately. Even once the water line has been successfully shut down, and the crew is working to repair it, you get left with a substantial amount of water pooling in your lower levels. This flood damage to your Lombard home might seem overwhelming, but you do not have to go about it alone. This is not a simple water removal event, but more like a catastrophic natural weather circumstance.
Our experienced SERVPRO professionals work quickly to ensure that the present water is not allowed to get any worse. If water is still accessing your home, our priority is to first close off the points of entry temporarily with hydraulic cement. The sealing allows our team to resume water extraction efforts and drying to remove potential threats for more extensive damages. We may require partnering with other companies to mitigate on-going water intrusion adequately.
The extraction process in these cases likely involves a pump truck from our fleet, as this is the most efficient means of removing high volumes of water. Given that even with a fast response time to the main line break, valves are not able to be instantaneously shut off, meaning that you are contending with substantial water in your basement level.
Our SERVPRO technicians thoroughly dry the area using air movers and other equipment to prevent the possibility of mold growth. Once the initial damage gets restored in the basement, infrared cameras are used to determine if water damage exists out of the line of sight. The inspection ensures that no damage might have missed our initial inspection, and offers you peace of mind that the issues have gotten resolved completely.
While flood damage to your Lombard home might not always happen as you might expect, there is always someone that can help you to clean up the mess. You can reach us at SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale anytime at (630) 830-6236.

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Understanding Mold Damage in Bloomingdale

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Infestations in Bloomingdale Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPR0 Inspects, Assesses, and Remediates Mold Growth in Homes

Mold is a normal part of the air and on surfaces in virtually every home in Bloomingdale. It is not a result of poor housekeeping, kids tracking mud into the kitchen or failing to change the air filter every month. Also, spores which grow into the mold are completely harmless unless the right factors are in place.
SERVPRO has restored area homes to their pre-mold condition for many years and understood the importance of these factors. Stopping and removing mold damage from Bloomingdale homes requires knowing how and where the mold first started. That is why we examine every home with mold or even just a suspicion of a mold for a source of moisture and where potential food sources show signs of an infestation.
Each spore is microscopic in size. A mass contained hundreds of them is still smaller than the head of a pin. Spores are completely inert and present no threat until a big enough source of moisture causes the first one to expand, become active and start to seek out more moisture. Our technicians often find this source to be something minor like a leaky faucet that runs behind a bathroom sink, a damp basement, or a small amount of rain run-off which finds its way into the home.
Now active, the spores extend hyphae. These extensions resemble roots and are what looks for water and food. When these hyphae find a suitable food, the burrow down just like roots. Since mold can feed on almost any type of building material, it does not take long to dig in. Once this happens, it is much cheaper to remove and replace infested material than for our SERVPRO technicians to attempt to clean and restore it.
There is a third factor, temperature. Most molds grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the normal inside temperature range for nearly every home in Illinois, we have found it more productive to eliminate the source of water to return the spores to an inert state or remove every item of infested building material to halt further growth.
Stopping and removing mold is not an easy process. It takes a professional company to ensure that most active spores are rendered inert. If you suspect there is mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.

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What Can Warrant Water Removal In Carol Stream Homes

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can fix the problem.

What Can Warrant Water Removal

Water removal is a significant procedure that should not be necessary except under the most stressful scenarios. However, disasters do happen, and there are multiple potential causes for severe flooding or water damage in your home. Understanding and preparing for what may warrant professional water removal from your Carol Stream home is important so that you can respond appropriately when things go wrong. In the event of any of these catastrophes, be sure to contact SERVPRO so that we can recommend a treatment and restoration plan.

Water Line Bursts
Whether through an accident, aging materials, or anything else, a rupture in your home's water main is almost certain to require some substantial amount of water removal in Carol Stream. Water mains transfer and process most or all of the water in a home, and when ruptured, their pressurized interiors can flood the entire home to a measurable depth. Call SERVPRO as quickly as possible if a water line bursts so that we can stop the damage and set to work extracting water.

Storm Flooding
Floods that result from storms and excessive rainfall rarely leave light damage in their wake. If a flood hits your home from the outside, it should require some of our most intensive efforts to completely remove water and prevent damage. Otherwise, standing water and excess moisture have the potential to cause even more damage with time.

Overflowing Or Busted Appliances
Dishwashers, sinks, water heaters, bathtubs, and any other water-centric appliances in your home may sometimes overflow or malfunction, flooding or soaking your home with water or water-based mixtures. We certify and train our technicians to repair and handle all sorts of modern home appliances. If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can stop the leak and begin damage mitigation efforts.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale is a qualified, locally-owned provider of home damage restoration and mitigation services. Call us at the first sign of damage at (630) 830-6236.

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Book A Mold Damage Inspection Before Buying A Carol Stream Home

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

There is one major problem with mold damage in Carol Stream homes for sale; it is easy to hide.

Mold Damage Inspection

Looking for a new home in Carol Stream is an exciting process. There are many houses to choose from, and it is thrilling to finally find the one that's perfect for you and your family. Like any savvy house-hunter, you understand the importance of getting a thorough home inspection before purchasing a house. Have you considered getting a mold damage inspection too? A specialized fungal inspection is worth the investment.

There is one major problem with mold damage in Carol Stream homes for sale; it is easy to hide. All a seller has to do is paint over the patches of growth to ensure they hidden until long after you exchange paperwork and the home is yours.

SERVPRO recommends keeping an eye out for evidence of mold growth when you inspect a potential new house. Black or green patches and an unmistakable musty smell are sure signs that there is fungus growing in a house.

However, it is not always possible to see mold with the naked eye, and as we said, it is easy to cover temporarily. Home inspectors and estate agents are not experts on the fungus, which is why some house-hunters choose to have specialist mold damage inspection. A mold inspector knows all the right tricks for searching out mold, so you know before purchase whether there is a fungal issue in the building.

What happens if you move into a new home and discover mold growing in it? It is better to deal with mold damage sooner rather than later. The best course of action is to call SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified mold remediation experts are waiting to assist you.

Our team arrives equipped with moisture probes and meters to assess the extent of the problem. We set up containment to make sure spores cannot spread further into your home and set to work wiping, scraping, and HEPA vacuuming to remove the visible fungal growth. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the moisture level and reduce the risk of regrowth.

For help with fungal growth in Hanover Park, Wheaton, West Chicago, Glendale Heights and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.

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How SERVPRO Protects Carol Stream Salon Carpets During Water Removal

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water removal is a nightmare for any salon owner.

Water Damaged Carpets In Your Salon

Water removal is a nightmare for any salon owner. Unfortunately, due to the presence of sinks and faucets in most salons, a leak or spill is quite likely. A leading cause of concern for beauty parlor owners is damage to the carpet. Carpets are expensive to replace, and a clean, soft carpet is a must for putting forward a professional air in any Carol Stream business.

SERVPRO understands that floor covering is an essential part of any Carol Stream business and needs careful water removal after a spill. That is why we train our IICRC-certified experts to take great care during the water removal process. Our team has the tools and techniques to remove maximum water with minimum damage.

Thorough water extraction is the most efficient way to reduce drying time and get your business up and running again. That is why we focus much of our time on the extracting process. We have many tools at our disposal, including both floor standing and truck, mounted pumps. Which pump we choose depends on the amount of water spilled and the pump strength needed to remove it.

We do not extract water just once – we make multiple passes to ensure we get as much water out as possible. Our staff has many extraction tools to hand, and we find the wand is often the best choice for carpets, as it extracts without risking further damage to delicate floor coverings.

SERVPRO works to dry out your carpets by using a range of air movers to evaporate water from the damaged surface. We also use dehumidifiers to bring down the humidity in the room and hasten the drying process. We also have penetrating moisture probes to hand, so we can assess how deep water has penetrated, and dry under carpets or floorboards if necessary.

Our technicians spot-treat water stained areas and even deodorize so that your carpet is fresh, clean, and comfortable once more. For help drying carpets in Hanover Park, Wheaton, West Chicago and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236 today.

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Fire Damage caused by Electrically-Powered Decorations in Lombard

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

If frayed wires start a fire in your home when decorating for the holidays, call SERVPRO to quickly and efficiently remediate the damage.

SERPVRO Aims to Get Your Home Back to Safe Living Conditions as Quickly as Possible After Fire Damage

Residents in Lombard might find themselves with sparking outlets or frayed wires when setting up the many different types of decorations many homes display in the next few months. These often remain one-time incidences, but other times they can cause significant problems.

Lombard homes with decorations can liven up a neighborhood, but fire damage can take all the fun out of any festive occasion. At SERVPRO, being a part of the community we serve includes taking part in celebrating different holidays, as well, so we understand the importance of the more festive times to area families. When taking part includes decorations that use electricity or battery power, staying safe should never lose its importance.

If a fire ever starts in your home, everything comes second to getting out and to a safe location away from your home's exterior. While pulling the plug might help, splashing water on a fire that started with an electrically-powered decoration only makes matters worse and can even cause death by electrocution.

The Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO earn their certificates from the IICRC. Building on this accomplishment, they quickly gain experience in mitigating all types of fire damage. We match our equipment to each job's size, meaning we always arrive appropriately prepared. Even small areas with fire damage require professional attention to prevent worsening conditions and increased amounts of damage.

SERVPRO also works fast so that your home and family life suffers as little interruption as possible. We know you want to get everything back to normal quickly. To help make the fire and the damage it created a distant memory, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can make sure that the holiday scents you want have no competition from undesired smoky smells. Even smaller fires can bring complicated and diverse types of damage into your home.

Call us, your local SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236. You can call us any day, and at any time. We have a 24-hour service to help ensure your life gets back on track quickly.

For more information about Lombard, visit http://villageoflombard.org/.

Winter Checklist

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

The Winter season is here and the snow has arrived.  It is a good idea to get together a few items in order.  I will go over a few categories of items that it would be a good idea to have prepared.



Communication is necessary during times of harsh weather.  It is important to be able to contact emergency services when needed.  Here are a few items related to communication that would be helpful during a weather related emergency.

Phone, radio, television, internet access, list of family phone numbers, access to storm warnings, list of emergency phone numbers, phone charger



During the winter it is important to stay warm.  During times of emergency, heat becomes a precious commodity.  Here are some items that will help you survive a snow storm while staying warm inside. 

Blankets, sleeping bags, coats, heating source, fire extinguisher, lighting source



Food and water are necessary for any animal’s survival.  Humans are no exception.  Having lasting food and water is of the utmost importance.  Rations are critical when cutoff from the outside world.  The following list contains a few items relating to nutrition. 

Large amounts of drinking water, bottled water, canned non-perishable goods, can opener, other non-perishables, medication



Regardless of the severe weather after a certain point, it will become necessary to go back into the open world.  This could be for food, water, medication, heating fuel, finding someone, etc.  Be prepared for this journey.  This list contains some items that would be helpful when making the journey by personal vehicle. 

Windshield scraper, rope, tire chains, jumper cables, flares, first aid kit, tool kit, maps, compass, shovel, rock salt

Mold Remediation and Insurance

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Homeowners insurance does not always cover mold remediation.  Coverage varies from policy to policy, so it would be a good idea to always check with your provider.  The cause of the mold is important in determining coverage.  More times than not, homeowner’s insurance will cover specific reasons such as pipe bursts, roof leaks, and flooding.  However, if the mold is caused by general neglect of home maintenance, insurance companies are less likely to cover the mold remediation.  

Mold Caused by Flooding

The Illinois Department of Insurance states the following regarding mold caused by flood damage. “Homeowners policies also exclude water damage caused by floods.  Therefore, if one of these water or moisture problems results in mold, it would probably not be covered by your policy.”  Note the word “probably” because policies vary greatly.  Just because the norm may not cover mold from flood damage does not mean all do not.

Mold Caused by Fire

The following is the Illinois Department of Insurance statement regarding fire and mold.  “In Illinois, if mold results from water damage following a covered fire or lightning loss, the mold damage would be covered, and the total of all damages, including the mold, is subject to the full policy limit.”  This means that if your policy covers fire loss, then any mold subsequently due to the fire loss will be covered.

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Insurance companies have taken steps to limit the amount of mold claims. Some companies exclude all coverage of mold-related damage unless it is the result of a fire loss.
  2. Restrictions can be placed on the kinds of homes that are covered. If your home is made out of specified materials related to your policy, it would be a good idea to call your provider to verify coverage.  Materials such as synthetic stucco may not be covered. 
  3. Some companies increase the overall price of the policy in anticipation of mold-related costs.
  4. Limits can be set by insurance companies. For example, the policy could state that it only covers mold-related claims up to $5,000. 
  5. Maintenance issues are generally excluded from coverage. Such as poor landscaping and drainage problems. 

For more information about mold remediation refer to SERVPRO of Carol Stream East Bloomingdale

Selecting a Fire Extinguisher

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Classification Symbols

Selecting a Fire Extinguisher


Interpreting the Label


There are five distinct classes of fire extinguishers. They are A, B, C, D, and K. A implies that the fire extinguisher is viable against wood, paper, and waste fires. B is useful for flammable fluids and gasses, for example, fuel or propane. C is useful against electrical fires since it won't conduct electricity. D is for fires began by burnable metals. These fire extinguishers are generally more for commercial use. Lastly, K is for grease fires. It transforms the fat in the grease into soap to stop the fire. Fire extinguishers come in a wide range of various blends of these groupings. Commonly for a homeowner it is a smart thought to get no less than one that is ABC and a K for the kitchen. Before A and B there will be a number. The higher the number, the more viable it is for that kind of flame.


Here is a rundown of what every class stands for, its assigned color, and its geometric image.


A – Ash – Green – Triangle

B – Barrel – Red – Square

C – Current – Blue – Circle

D – Dynamite – Yellow – Star

K – Kitchen – Black – Hexagon


Rechargeable or Disposable


Fire extinguishers come in both sorts. Note that a refill on a rechargeable fire extinguisher is normally less expensive than purchasing another disposable one. The rechargeable fire extinguishers additionally for usually have metal parts in contrast with the disposable which more often than not has plastic parts. As a rule, the rechargeable ones have better quality parts, longer enduring charge, and the capacity to refill it. Rechargeable fire extinguishers generally are pricier than disposable ones, but have the abilities previously mentioned.




This relies on upon your circumstance. Larger typically means more chemicals, however additionally implies heavier and less mobility. The weight listed, just accounts for the chemical contents. This is NOT the aggregate weight, which means it doesn't calculate the heaviness of the canister. Pick what works best for your circumstance. Consider the muscle of anybody that may utilize the fire extinguisher. Additionally, consider the measurements of the tight spaces the fire extinguisher may be required in for mobility purposes.


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Surge Protectors: How to Select a Winner

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Three-pronged and two-pronged plugs on top. Right angle plug below.

Surge Protectors protect electrical devices from voltage spikes.  If the voltage is above a safe threshold, then the surge protector blocks or shorts the unsafe voltage.  This blog post will provide information on how to go about selecting a surge protector.

Choosing a Surge Protector

First, there is a difference between a power strip and a surge protector.  A power strip merely splits an outlet into multiple ports.  Whereas, a surge protector is designed to protect electronics.  When selecting a surge protector look for key words such as “interrupter switch” or “surge protection.”  If the surge protector is certified by Underwriter’s Laboratories that means it is definitely up to code.

Second, find the joules.  Joules are a standard of unit used to measure energy.  Think of joules as the threshold for the surge protector to trip.  The more joules a surge protector can take, the better.  Over time, this threshold drops and unfortunately there is no real way of knowing.  So it is a good idea to replace your surge protectors every couple of years.

Third, look for a surge protector with the number of ports you want.  It is not possible to connect a surge protector into another surge protector.  The surge protector will detect this and not work.  It is dangerous to connect a power strip into another surge protector.  This is because it is easy to overload the outlet and will trip the surge protector more often.  This wears out the surge protector and once it's worn out, a possible electrical fire could be triggered.  Instead, buy a surge protector right from the get-go with at least the minimum number of ports required for your needs.

The Last thing to consider when purchasing a surge protector is the cord.  There are two things to take into account with the cord.  First is the length of the cord.  You want it to be able to reach as far as you need it.  Second is the plug design.  Decide if you need the three-pronged plug or the two-pronged plug.  Then there are right angle and standard plugs.  Look at the picture to see the difference.  

If the worst happens and an electrical fire does break out.  First, contact your local fire department.  Afterwards, contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale for fire damage restoration.

What is Mold?

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Mold is a fungus that grows in damp, warm, and humid conditions.  It spreads using spores which can survive harsh and dry conditions that mold does not normally grow in.  

What is Black Mold?

You may have heard of “black mold.”  Stachybotrys Chartarum is the type of mold that is often called “black mold.”  It produces allergens and irritants.  Several types of mold create allergens and irritants, but Stachybotrys Chartarum is also known as “toxic mold.”  Regardless of the type of mold, most likely when one type of mold is spotted another type is right around the corner.  It is important to remediate all mold.

Removal of mold

It is important to remove mold once it is sighted.  SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment to spot mold growth.  Mold can thrive in inaccessible areas that are damp, humid, and warm.  The areas that are affected by mold must be contained.  Moisture must be removed immediately to cut off potential mold growth.  Otherwise the mold will use spores to spread.  SERVPRO has advanced equipment including “air scrubbers” to filter out spores in the air.  Furniture and other items that are in the containment zone will need to be cleaned.  SERVPRO does content cleaning which will decontaminate the affected furniture and items.  We have all the necessary equipment to handle mold remediation.  Call SERVPRO today at (847) 279 – 1940

Flood Damage: What You Need to Know

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Microbes cultivate in dirty water.

Homeowners often underestimate flood damage.  Not only can flood damage cause structural damage, but it can leave biological organisms that can cause health effects.  SERVPRO can handle any situation of water damage.  As an example back in February SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale went to Saint Louis in order to help 13 families recover after a severe flood caused extensive water damage to their homes. 

Dirty Water

Dirty water causes the worst damage.  It can possess anything from animal feces to chemical residues.  Fungi, bacteria, and viruses use dirty water to cultivate.  The cultivation of these microbes can cause severe negative health effects.

What to do

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Remove rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What not to do

  • Do not use television or other household appliances.
  • Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet and floors.
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.

For more information, refer to our SERVPRO website.

Preparing an Emergency Storm Kit

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Be prepared for any storm.

A disaster supplies kit such as an emergency storm kit is important to have in advance.  During an emergency you might have to evacuate on a moment’s notice.  Preparation is the key.

What to include:

1 gallon of water per person per day

Water purification kit

Essential medications

First-aid kit

Ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods

Manual can opener

Sanitation Items such as trash bags and rubber gloves


Battery-powered radio

1 Blanket per person


Seasonal clothing

Even with all of these supplies, there are still documents you may want to consider having as well.  I would start with a bright colored bag.  The bright color is important so you can find the bag easily when the time comes for it.  Inside this brightly colored bag, there should be more zip lock bags to hold your documents.

Documents to include:

Driver’s license or other form of photo ID

Emergency contact list

Vital documents such as birth certificates, wills, and passports

Photocopies of credit and debit cards

Extra keys

Insurance policies

Bank account information

Most importantly, be realistic about what you can carry. 

Todd's Tip of the Week: What to do After a Fire

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

  1. Limit foot traffic in the affected areas or rooms to prevent spreading the soot damage.
  2. If electricity is off, remove all items from both refrigerator and freezer and leave doors open.
  3. Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  4. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  5. Do not attempt to clean walls or floors without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  6. Do not use any food products that are located near the source fire, heat or water.4
  7. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged. 
  8. Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

For more tips on what to do and what not to do after a fire occurs in your home or business, refer to the SERVPRO website!

SERVPRO of Carol Stream & East Bloomingdale is Offering a CE Course on Ethics

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Register Today!

Every day we are faced with decisions that could affect others, or ourselves, in a positive or negative way.  We all generally want to motivate others and have positive relationships with others in the work place, but what do we need to do when times get rough or confusing? Ethical lapses can occur when a person is stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged.  To learn how to deal with these distractions and make ethical decisions, register for the SERVPRO of Carol Stream & East Bloomingdale Ethics course today.  Call us now at 847.279.1940

Chicagoland Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Chicagoland basement could flood, including: 

·         A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

·         Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

·         Storm sewer backup

·         Sanitary sewer backup

·         Foundation drainage failure

·         Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

·         And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – (630) 830-6236

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

·         We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

·         We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

·         We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

·         Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

·         We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

·         Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded?  Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (630) 830-6236

Chicagoland Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

·         Stay out of affected areas.

·         Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

·         Contact SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

·         Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

·         Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

·         Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

·         Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (630) 830-6236

For Immediate Service in Chicagoland, Call SERVPRO

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Chicagoland. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

·         24-Hour Emergency Service

·         Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

·         Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

·         A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

·         Locally Owned and Operated

·         Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (630) 830-6236

Residential Services

Whether your [[City or County Name]] home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

·         Water Damage Restoration

·         Fire Damage Restoration

·         Mold Remediation

·         Storm Damage Restoration

·         Cleaning Services

·         Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Chicagoland commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

·         Commercial Water Damage Restoration

·         Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Faster to your Chicagoland Water Damage Event

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lake Zurich/East Bloomingdale arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (630) 830-6236     Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

·         Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

·         Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

·         Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

·         Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

·         Drywall begins to swell and break down.

·         Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

·         Furniture begins to swell and crack.

·         Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

·         A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

·         Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

·         Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

·         Metal begins to rust and corrode.

·         Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

·         Paint begins to blister.

·         Wood flooring swells and warps.

·         Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

·         Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

·         Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Lake Zurich/East Bloomingdale

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

Flooding in Saint Louis, Missouri

2/6/2016 (Permalink)

On December 28th, 2015 SERVPRO of Carol Stream/ East Bloomingdale sent three crews out to Saint Louis to help 13 families recover after a severe flood that caused extensive water damage to their homes. Our crews worked tirelessly for nine days to help these families get back onto their feet.

Lemon Stain Remover?

8/4/2015 (Permalink)

When you're struggling to remove stubborn water stains from metal or other hard surfaces, try using the inside of a lemon! And when the job needs a little more manpower, you know who to call.

Storms in the Chicagoland

6/22/2015 (Permalink)

Staying prepared will help you keep your home or business calm and collected when natural disaters strike. Check out our tips for water damage so your ready for the coming storm. https://www.SERVPRO.com/water-damage-tips

SERVPRO's Dedication to You.

6/5/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's quick response to Algonquin, IL.

Dedication to our customers is HUGE to us here at SERVPRO. On Christmas Eve, our team of water damage specialists were having dinner with their families when an urgent call came in. Our team quickly assembled and in a short period of time had moved from their dinner tables to the work site. When they arrived on site, in Algonquin, IL, they saw that a pipe in the sprinkler system had burst causing water damages of nearly one million dollars. The owner of the commercial facility was thrilled about our quick response and our commitment to seeing the job through during such a busy time.

Building Expansion Glendale Heights

6/3/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO at 544 Windy Point Drive Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Big things are happening here at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale! We are currently finalizing our plans to expand our facility into the building next door. With the extra space we will be able to store more equipment for large loss as well as residential jobs. There is no job to big or too small, so if you find yourself in-need of a SERVPRO specialist don't hesitate to pick up your phone and call us at,

 (630) 830-6236 

Sunshine in Chicagoland

6/2/2015 (Permalink)


It's a beautiful day here at SERVPRO of Carol Stream/East Bloomingdale and our trucks are standing by to offer you quick, professional, and thorough assistance for whatever your project may be!


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