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Prepared for the next storm?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepared for the next storm? Equipment at the ready, awaiting your call!

It seems lately that we are having “Once-in-a-lifetime” storms just about every year.  Hurricane Harvey is a prime example.

Now, no one can prepare for 50” of rain in just a few days.  But, are you ready for 10” of rain?  5” of rain?  Even 1” of rain? 

These are just a few of the things you can do now to prepare for the next storm:

  • Are your gutters clean and free of debris?
  • Do you have downspouts to direct water away from your foundation?
  • Did you remove any low spots along the sides of your home, so water will not pool there?
  • If your home is susceptible to flooding, are your appliances and furniture in lower levels raised up on blocks?
  • Did you remove all cardboard boxes from your lowest level?
  • Are all your irreplaceable items stored in a safe, dry place?

If you said yes to all these questions, then you are prepared for the next storm event.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is also prepared for the next storm event, and the one after that, and the one after that.  We have machines at the ready to extract standing water, dry structure, and dehumidify inside air.  We have meters and cameras to check for hidden moisture, behind walls and under floors.

If Mother Nature was an uninvited guest inside your home, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We’re ready for that call!

SERVPRO Bedford park/Burbank helps Bridgeview Chamber

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Bedford park/Burbank helps Bridgeview Chamber Part of the Bridgeview Chamber Executive Board along with volunteers pose at the golf outing.

Recently, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank helped the Bridgeview Chamber during their biggest fundraiser of the year, their annual golf outing.  Our Marketing Rep Rick Gauger ran the closest to the pin contest.  There were other contests as well, such as longest drive and lowest score.

Monies raised for this fundraiser went to the Chamber's Scholarship Fund, which aids local kids pay for their college tuition.  Besides the golf, there were many raffle prizes.  This year's golf outing was the best fundraiser the Chamber has had in many years.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is always willing to help the community!  Whether it is volunteering at a church, helping local Chambers, or cleaning up after storms, you can count on SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank to lend a helping hand.

SERVPRO has guaranteed pricing and protocols

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO has guaranteed pricing and protocols Can you pick out the commercial building that was prepared for the storm?

SERVPRO Corporate has sat down and struck a deal to certain commercial accounts, setting up specific pricing and protocols established and agreed to by both parties.  This ensures that the same consistent and even service is given to those commercial properties, whether it was called into the local SERVPRO franchise (like SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank) or to the SERVPRO National call center.  Water, fire or smoke damages, or any restoration or mitigation services needed, are included.

So, whether you own, manage, or insure a commercial property, you can rest assured that your commercial property will be given the best quality service, the quickest response times, and fair pricing.  There won’t be any wasted time haggling about procedures or pricing.  Just let SERVPRO do its thing to get you back to normal ASAP.

If you’re interested in checking to see if your commercial property is already on the list, call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.

How to clean cigarette smoke

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to clean cigarette smoke Cigarette smoke has turned this white cover gold.

What can you find in cigarette smoke?  There are some toxic compounds, and some compounds that are carcinogenic.  The most abundant compounds found in cigarette smoke are: tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide.  You will also find traces of acetone, ammonia, benzine, and formaldehyde.

A person who smokes will not leave a great deal of smoke damage to walls, furniture, drapes, etc, from just ONE cigarette.  But, over time, the smoke accumulates on these objects, and will continue to stain until it is cleaned.

Tobacco smoke will adhere to all surfaces it touches, leaving a sticky, yellowish-brown substance where the smoking has taken place.  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can clean years of accumulated smoke residues.  Also, along with the cleaning, SERVPRO will also deodorize the affected areas.  In the end, it will feel clean, smell clean, and be clean!

If you know someone who needs smoking residue removed, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.

Who's hungry, for food and knowledge?

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

General Who's hungry, for food and knowledge? FREE lunch and FREE knowledge; who could ask for anything more?

Would you and your coworkers like to know more about mold?  Or like to know the best practices when it comes to a sewage backup?  Or what to do after a fire loss?

Now, no one PLANS to have a disaster of any magnitude strike their place of business, but wouldn't you feel better knowing what to do in case something DOES happen?  Or, perhaps ways to prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank would love to come out to your facility and discuss any of these topics (and more), and we'll even bring lunch for those in attendance.  And it's all FREE!

Simply call today at 708-430-3600, and we can schedule a date and time convenient for everyone.  These presentations could be as short as 15 minutes, or we could present for an hour if needed.

Removing water to speed up drying process

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removing water to speed up drying process The carpet looks wet. Padding? Walls? Insulation? They ALL could be wet too.

Water.  It could be pleasant to look at, such as fountains or waterfalls.  It’s also necessary, like to bathe, wash clothes or dishes, and used as a power source.  Water also is needed to help us survive, as in consuming water and cooking.

But, unnecessary water, such as flooding, seepage, plumbing malfunctions, and sink overflows are not only a nuisance, but can also be dangerous.  Tackling unwanted water in your home or business should be addressed as soon as possible, to help cut down the possibility of secondary damages.

Standing water is much easier to remove than simply waiting for evaporation.  Scientists say it’s 1200 times easier.  Imagine taking two identical washcloths.  Soak both in water, and lay them both flat to dry.  But, wring as much moisture from one washcloth before laying it down.  Which washcloth will be dry first?

If you suffer a water damage in your home, do you know where all the water goes?  Is the carpet wet?  If so, then perhaps the padding underneath is soaked.  Is the carpet next to a wall wet?  Then, your wall structure could be wet as well.  Water can wick up drywall as fast as an inch per hour.  Now the insulation inside that wall cavity might be wet as well.  And the wood studs might have captured some moisture too.

If you have water damages in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.  We have meters and thermal imaging cameras to find water and moisture hidden in ceilings, floors, and behind walls as well.  Peace of mind starts by calling 708-430-3600.

Machine used to get rid of odors

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Machine used to get rid of odors Another machine to help eliminate odors.

Mother Nature cleans the outside air by using a process called hydroxyl.  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can replicate that process indoors by using a hydroxyl generator.

A hydroxyl generator would be used to combat odors from: fire and smoke damages, deceased body situations, sewage losses, skunk or pet odors, etc.  Any time you need aggressive odor removal, this machine will do the trick.

A hydroxyl generator creates radicals (molecules) that temporarily changes the molecular property of nearby air for less than two seconds.  These radicals attack the odor causing particles and help cleanse the air.  Because these radicals only exist for less than two seconds, they need a constant stream of air passing through the generator to completely eradicate the offending odors.

Also, because the radicals last less than two seconds, it’s safe to have people, plants, and pets in the work area.  Insurance companies and homeowners both like this aspect; there is no need to shelter elsewhere when using the hydroxyl generator.  Another machine used in restoration purposes, ozone, has radicals that last much longer, and is thereby unsafe to use in areas where people, plants, or pets are around.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has all the latest techniques and equipment to mitigate fire or water damages, remediate mold, or handle any type of cleaning necessary to get you back to normal living again, as soon as possible.  A call to: 708-430-3600 will get the process started.

Local Youth Center has sewage damages

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Youth Center has sewage damages Raw sewage causes business disruption to a local youth center.

When storms cause raw sewage to flow back into a youth center, that youth center calls the mitigation experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.

Recently, heavy rains overwhelmed a south-side sewer system, and raw sewage came up through the drains, toilets, and sinks of a neighborhood youth center.  A couple of inches of this foul-smelling water and muck threatened to close the facility for several days.

Fortunately for this youth center, they had the foresight to have a SERVPRO ERP, or Emergency Ready Program, in place.  They knew the protocols necessary and the people to call, to get the center up and running as soon as possible.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank received the call mid-morning, and just after noon we were on site doing all what was necessary to mitigate the sewage.  Even though two hallways and several rooms were affected, we were able to finish the job in the same day!

If your business does not have an ERP in place, the next disaster could cause your business to be closed longer than necessary.  To start the process of protecting your business, call 708-430-3600 and set up a meeting.  Most businesses take less than an hour to get the information needed to complete the ERP.

Will my air purifier prevent mold?

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Will my air purifier prevent mold? Air purifiers can help eliminate single mold spores, but will not prevent mold growth.

Air purifiers have improved in many details over the years.  They can reduce/eliminate dust particles, pollen, bacteria, as well as mold spores.

There are two types of air purifiers: Active and Passive types.  Active air purifiers use ionization to clean the air.  Passive air purifiers use filters to capture particulates traveling through the air.  There are some newer models that perform a combination of both.

Ionization occurs when the purifier creates negative ions, allowing the airborne particles to be attracted to a plate or grid, similar to static electricity.  These particulates can be cleaned off at a desired time.

Most purifiers that use filters use HEPA filters, or High Efficiency Particulate Air filters.  These filters, first designed in the 1940’s for use on the Manhattan Project, collect very tiny particles moving through the air.  How tiny?  Particles as small as .3 microns are captured by the series of filters.  To put that size in perspective:

  • A human hair is approximately 60 microns wide.
  • Mold spores range from 3-10 microns wide.
  • Red blood cells are about 5 microns wide.

Remember, mold spores are everywhere; they are on the trees, bushes, and plants outdoors, and get carried indoors each time a door or window is opened.  This also means that mold spores are trapped behind paneling, drywall, under carpets, etc inside your home.  Once excess moisture triggers those mold spores, colonies will begin to develop.

So, even though air purifiers have improved indoor air quality, it doesn’t mean it sterilizes the air completely.  If you have suffered a water damage, or have excess condensation in a particular area, mold will continue to be an issue.

If you suspect you have mold in your home or business (a musty smell could mean you have mold actively growing), call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600 and schedule an inspection.

Using a box fan to dry structure?

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Using a box fan to dry structure? Box fans will not dry this carpet and walls quick enough to prevent mold.

Eventually, it will happen to almost all of us.  A storm rips through the area, causing heavy rains and power outages.  Since the sump pump has no power, the rain fills the pit and then overflows into your lower level.

Years ago, the lower level was the basement, where there was a cement floor, water heater and furnace, the old refrigerator, and a sanitary tub for the washing machine.  But today, lower levels are now completely finished, with carpeting, drywall, electronics, furniture, exercise equipment, and etc.

Because of the storm, the carpeting got wet, and the water transferred over to the walls, getting them wet as well.  You hope that putting a box fan down there to dry the carpeting and the walls will be good enough.

To prevent mold, all wet items (contents and structure) MUST be dried so mold will not grow/prosper.  One or two box fans just aren’t enough to do the job properly.

At SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, we use fans specifically designed to dry the structure with enough speed and power to help prevent mold growth.  These fans, in conjunction with dehumidifiers, remove moisture from the structure and the air in the room to keep mold in check.  Also, we have to get air movement inside wall cavities to prevent mold growing there.

When it comes to water damages in your castle, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We’ll set up an inspection, assess the damaged areas, and give you an estimate of the cost and time needed to make it "Like it never even happened.”