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Heading for Texas!

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heading for Texas! Just 1 of 3 trucks loaded for Texas!

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is proud to be a member of the SERVPRO Storm Team, traversing the United States and helping those who have been affected by large, destructive storms.  Now, we are heading to the deep south, helping the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In the past, we have helped those who were hit with Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, as well as large but more localized storms, like the storms that hit the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio) earlier in 2017.  Our goal is to get them cleaned up and dried out, so those home owners can get back to living a normal life as fast as possible.

But, it is not just us; SERVPRO corporate will have hundreds of crews from all areas of the Untied States, working to help those flooding victims in Texas, Louisiana, and elsewhere. 

If you wish to make a donation to help the cause, please make sure that you are donating to a legitimate entity, such as the American Red Cross, to whom SERVPRO is a proud partner!  You may text the word HARVEY to 90999, and you just made a $10 donation!  You can also donate to the American Red Cross at your local Walgreens pharmacy.

Bank's in the Waukegan, IL area extremely affected with water damage.

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Bank's in the Waukegan, IL area extremely affected with water damage. Bank's basement in Waukegan flooded due to recent heavy rains and flash flooding in their area.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results and that’s when SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank comes in and takes care of all the damage (Water, Fire, Mold or Biohazard Clean Up).  We have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Last month, heavy rains and flash flooding impacted the Waukegan, IL area.  A Bank suffered massive water damage in their basement.  The maintenance Manager knew who to call right away, he knew that if he called us, we were going to send our crews to assist them immediately with the problem.  This is who we are, we assist your emergency quickly like if it was ours, whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 708-430-3600 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Differences in fire extinguishers

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Differences in fire extinguishers Not all fire extinguishers are created equal. Knowing the difference can save a life!

There are five different types of fire extinguishers, and each one has a specific purpose.  Let's look at each type:

  • Type A:  This fire extinguisher is for fast burning combustibles, like wood, paper, plastics, and cloth.  This is great to have around your fireplace or in your bedroom.
  • Type B: Best used for flammable liquids, such as gasoline, petroleum, paints, or oils.  You may wish to have this one in your garage.
  • Type C:  For electrical fires.  If you have several motors, appliances, or transformers at your home or business, this fire extinguisher would be best.
  • Type D:  This fire extinguisher works best for combustible metals, such as aluminium, sodium, magnesium, or potassium.  If you have a metal shop, this is one you should have around.
  • Type K or Kitchen:  This is best for cooking oil fires, containing animal or vegetable fats, or grease.  This is ideal for your food preparation areas.

Note:  fire extinguishers must be maintained annually in accordance with local, state, and federal codes and regulations.  Don't take a chance; have your fire extinguisher(s) checked every year by a certified professional.  You can find your local professional in the yellow pages.

In the unlikely event you have to use a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS, which stands for:

Pull the pin.

Aim at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the trigger slowly.

Sweep the spray from side to side.

If the fire is already fully involved, a fire extinguisher should only be used as a last resort.  Otherwise, get out and call 911 immediately!

Once everyone has been accounted for, and the fire is out, remember that SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is ready to clean up the soot, smoke, and/or the fire extinguisher residue left behind.

Shutting off water to limit damages to your home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Shutting off water to limit damages to your home Knowing where your shut off valves are will reduce water damages to your home.

You wake up in the morning, and go down to your basement to get something out of the dryer before taking your shower in preparation for work.  As you reach the last carpeted step, you realize something is amiss.  You can feel the wet carpet beneath your feet, and you hear a hissing sound.  You conclude that you have a split water pipe, and everything in your basement is soaked.

You want to stop the flow of water immediately, so knowing the location of and how to use your water main shut-off valve can help prevent more damages from occurring. If you are able to reach the shut off valves carefully (standing water in any room can be hazardous when mixed with electricity), shut off the supply of water to prevent further damages.  If permissible, also turn the power off to the affected room(s).

Now that it’s safe to move about the affected rooms, where do you start?  The longer it takes to remove excess water, the more likely your home is to develop secondary damages. Many problems like mold, rust, corrosion, and biohazards only occur if given time to develop. Making the call to SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank ensures that you receive a level of excellence that reduces risks associated with water damage to your property and protects your family from harm.  

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank will not only arrive quickly, but has the trained staff to efficiently remove excess water, dry out contents and structure, and return your home to its preloss condition.  Make sure our number is programmed into your phone: 708-430-3600, and you can call us 24/7/365.

Flooded basement in your Chicago home?

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded basement in your Chicago home? SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has equipment ready to handle your water damage!

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is ready to handle whatever Mother Nature has thrown you.  We have plenty of equipment to remove the water and dry out your structure and contents, even if it's more than one room or even more than one floor!

  • Water extraction equipment - to remove the standing water on floors, and pull as much water and sewage from carpet and pad.
  • Moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras - to detect the migration of water under floors and inside wall cavities.
  • Dehumidifiers - to remove as much moisture from the air in affected rooms to speed up the drying process.
  • Air scrubbing machines - to aid in removing mold spores floating in the air of rooms affected by mold.
  • Anti-microbial sprayers - used to help prevent new mold growth on all affected structures.

Being a part of the SERVPRO team means that we work with most insurance companies, with predetermined pricing and protocols, giving you the peace of mind knowing that all our work is approved.

We are available 24/7/365, because we know that storms don't happen only between 8:00 & 5:00 Monday through Fridays.  So stop mopping!  You can reach us at: 708-430-3600.

Home fire aftermath: Do's & Dont's

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home fire aftermath: Do's & Dont's Let the professional assess the situation, and come up with a game plan to battle this fire damage.

If your home has suffered a fire damage, here are some Do's & Dont's to help prevent further damage:

DO:

  • Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles getting embedded into your carpet or rugs.
  • Saving the plants?  Wash both sides of the leaves with milk.  Milk neutralizes the acidic soot particles.
  • Carefully wipe soot from chrome on appliances and faucets.
  • Place cheesecloth over air registers to help keep soot in or out of your HVAC system.

DON'T:

  • Touch drywall with your fingertips.  The oil from your hands can set the stain permanently.
  • Try to wash walls, ceilings or other painted surfaces.  Again, this could actually set the stain.
  • Turn on any ceiling fans if the ceiling is/was wet.  The wiring may be damaged, causing an electrical shock.  And, air movement may create secondary damages.
  • Consume any food or medications that may have been affected by flames or heat. These may be contaminated.

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank has trained personnel dealing with fire / smoke damages.  

From drying structure and contents left behind by the firefighters, to cleaning up fire extinguisher residue, to removing smoke odors, a simple call to 708-430-3600 can get the process started!

Car into building

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Car into building This business wasn't prepared for drive through service.

Accidents can happen anytime and to anybody! And SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank can help you when those situations arise.

What you see in the picture was an unfortunate incident when one of our commercial customers experienced a car crashing directly through the front of their business, taking out a large window and most of the surrounding brick. Thankfully no one was hurt.  SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank responded immediately after the call came in and stabilized the situation, thereby allowing the business to open ASAP.

This is just an example of what we can do, and we board up a lot of businesses as well as homes for many different reasons, no matter the size of the damage. 

Keep in mind we are available for service 24/7/365.  So, if the unexpected has happened to you, call SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank at 708-430-3600.

Cleaning Commercial Vandalism

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Commercial Vandalism From boarding up broken windows to removing graffiti, SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is here to get your commercial property back to normal.

We are aware of how stressing and upsetting vandalism and graffiti can be, but SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank can assist you in the unfortunate event that your home or business has been vandalized. Our highly trained cleaning technicians can clean up your property and remove vandalism or graffiti, plus any potential hazards left behind.

The first thing you want to do if you experience any of these issues is to search for professional help. Trying to do the job yourself may make the situation worse, and it can be potentially dangerous!  But remember, the more time that goes by without it being treated the worse the situation can get!

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."  Simply call us 24/7/365 at 708-430-3600 to start the process right away.

Prepared for the next storm!

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepared for the next storm! Waiting until the last minute usually is NOT the best advice.

Preparation is the key for any task to be efficient and cost effective.  Storm damage restoration is no different.

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is already prepared for the next storm to roll through the area, no matter when it decides to hit.  We have meters and thermal imaging cameras charged, ready to find any hidden moisture in walls, ceilings, or flooring.  Our extraction equipment is at the ready, prepared to pick up any standing water.  Air movers and dehumidifiers are staged on the trucks, ready to dry out any size water damage, residential or commercial.  

We have seen first hand what damages storms can produce.  We were able to help those so inflicted in Louisiana, South Carolina, Virginia, New York, as well as those here in the Chicago area.  Being prepared ahead of time allows us to initiate the battle plan as quickly as possible, thereby keeping secondary damages to a minimum and getting the homeowner or business owner back to normal as soon as possible.

Probably the best preparation you can do today is put our phone number into your phone or mobil device:  SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank  708-430-3600.  If you suffer any kind of storm damage, you can call us 24/7/365, and we will come out, assess the damage, and start the mitigation process.

Commercial water damages in Chicago

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial water damages in Chicago If water damaged one room, an entire warehouse, or several floors in your building, SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is ready to get you back open ASAP.

Ask some business owners to visualize water damage, they will often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down blocks of businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and other weather events. However, many business owners forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. 

Commercial water damages in Chicago are surprisingly common year-round, and they can drastically affect the operation of any business. Here are some of the more typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings:

  1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
    There are many older office and retail buildings that still have outdated sprinkler systems working in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause considerable water damage if they fail or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets, and cause disruption of business.
  2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
    Generally more common in restaurants, this cause of commercial water damage can also affect any business that has appliances or equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
  3. Plumbing failure                                   Just like in a home, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result. And, unlike a storm, you normally won’t see this coming. 
  4. Sewer back ups 
    Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated raw sewage, which not only can cause health effects but ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO has certified AMRT technicians to deal with this type of water damage.

So, if you have suffered a commercial water loss, please call SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank at 708-430-3600 and we will come out ASAP and assess the damage.