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It Pays to Hire Pros for Mold Damage Repair in Downtown Chicago

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage near a window When you discover mold damage in your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO. We are Here to Help.

How Do SERVPRO Experts Handle Mold Damage Remediation in Downtown Chicago?

Discovering mold damage in your Downtown Chicago home is not a pleasant experience. Unmitigated mold can wreak havoc on your property and cause structural damage. Professionals like SERVPRO have the training, skill, and tools to get your home back to preloss condition while maintaining high safety standards.

The primary goal of SERVPRO during the mold damage repair of your Downtown Chicago property is to clean the contamination and remediate the conditions that cause the mold to spread. Microbes, including mold spores, are an integral part of our indoor environment, and no amount of mitigation can guarantee their complete removal. Consequently, Official SERVPRO Downtown Operators implement cleaning strategies and measures that eliminate visible mold and prevent their growth beyond normal levels. We work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Principles of Professional Mold Removal

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) suggests five general principles to remediate mold-contaminated structures and materials. SERVPRO is one of the few restorers in the Downtown Chicago area that implements IICRC recommendations as closely as possible. Applying these principles requires the SERVPRO techs to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that involves collaborating with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP).

The five principles of remediation include:

  • Providing for the safety of Occupants and workers: The safety of our techs and the occupants is a top priority for SERVPRO. Hence, we employ a combination of engineering controls and specialized work practices for activities that disturb mold to limit the risk of exposure.
  • Documenting the conditions and work process: The IICRC asserts that an effective mold remediation plan can’t be developed without determining the extent of the damage. SERVPRO techs often take help from Indoor Environmental Professionals sampling, testing, and subsequent assessment of the scope of mold infestation.
  • Controlling the contamination at its source: Aerosolized mold spores are tough to capture, and hence restorers work hard to maintain the contamination as close to its source as possible. SERVPRO techs often use source containment to prevent the dispersal of mold spores during the mold removal process.
  • Physically removing the contamination: In contrast to some restorers, SERVPRO techs rely on removing the contamination rather than killing or encapsulating to solve the problem. Physical removal is one method that can minimize the chances of recontamination. Some mold remediation methods do include salvaging infested materials.
  • Correct the moisture problem to prevent recontamination: Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled as spores are everywhere at background levels. SERVPRO understands that moisture problems must be identified, corrected, and managed as soon as possible for effective remediation.

Why are Engineering Controls Important?

SERVPRO techs often use meticulous engineering controls to prevent cross-contamination and assure worker safety. According to the IICRC, engineering controls are the first line of defense for ensuring the safety of workers and occupants and should include the following:

  • Isolation of affected areas by erecting physical barriers using polyethylene sheeting material.
  • During remediation, HVAC registers, building openings, and fixtures are often sealed off.
  • Pressure differentials control the airflow between contaminated and uncontaminated building regions. A pressure differential of ≥ 5 Pascals (0.02 inches of water gauge) is usually set up to prevent the migration of spores.

SERVPRO stands out among other restoration companies thanks to our scientific, no-nonsense, transparent approach and excellent customer service.

Call SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale at (630) 830-6236; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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.

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.”

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Why Do Homeowners Benefit from Professional Mold Damage Help?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in 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.

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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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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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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What Everyone Must Know About Fire Damage in Carol Stream

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage hallway of a house Call SERVPRO to quickly remediate fire damage that your home may succumb to.

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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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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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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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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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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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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