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?
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
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:
- 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.
- 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
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
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!
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Storm Watches vs Storm Warnings
Stay informed, and take appropriate action!
A THUNDERSTORM WATCH:
Means to “BE ALERT”; severe thunderstorms are possible in/or around the watch area. The watch area can be large, covering numerous counties or even states, and usually encompasses several hours. But that doesn’t mean not to be prepared to act in case of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The best thing you can do when a thunderstorm watch is being issued is to stay informed, try to get multiple ways to get weather info. Don’t just rely in one method of weather info, plan for things like power outages or poor reception. And, always keep an eye to the sky.
A THUNDERSTORM WARNING:
Means to “TAKE ACTION”; severe weather has been reported in the immediate area and requires prompt action. Warnings usually encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or county) and a shorter time frame, usually an hour. Be ready to take protective measures. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life/property, so take appropriate shelter immediately.
Encountering mold in your Chicago home
Mold like this can also be hidden inside the walls!
Winter is finished for another year. As you put the winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves away, you notice a musty smell in your storage area. And those Spring/Summer clothes you are dragging out also smell a bit musty. What you smell is active mold!
Mold spores are floating around everywhere, indoors and out. When they land on something they can digest (wood, drywall, paper), and encounter a bit of moisture, they start to grow and colonize. As they eat that substance, they release toxins in the air; that's the musty smell you detected.
If you simply take away the moisture without removing the mold, the mold will simply go dormant and sit and wait for more moisture to energize again and grow. Mold has to be physically removed to prevent that from happening.
Call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank, and a qualified mold technician will come out, assess the situation, and give you the best course of action. Waiting or postponing the situation will only bring temporary relief, not a permanent solution.
So, if you encounter musty smells in your attic, crawlspace, basement, or storage area, call SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank right away!
Completing a home inventory
Storms arrive quickly, so plan now to help save time, money, and heartaches.
Do you have a Home Inventory Ready?
Spring Season is storm season, and it could be the right time to start one! Being prepared ahead of time could save you thousands of dollars, time and headaches, because you will have something to give your insurance company in the event of a disaster.
In the event you suffer storm damages, SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank specializes in the restoration of contents damaged by water, fire or mold. And, working together with you and your insurance company, we can help make it “Like it never even happened”.
Here a few steps that will help you create your Home/apartment/office inventory:
1- Take pictures. Make sure you take pictures of all your belongings, heirlooms, and prized possessions in every room of your house/apartment/office. Once the pictures are taken, label them with a description, including where you bought each item along with the make, model and serial numbers.
2- Video record it. Video record every room in your house/apartment/office specifying the contents/valuables you record in the video. Narrate the video as to the particulars of each item.
3- Keep and store an electronic file. Use your computer or mobile device to create and store your inventory list and keep your inventory along with receipts in your safe deposit box, on a disk or at a friend or family member’s home. You can also email the file to yourself.
Here is a website that is a great place to start: https://knowyourstuff.org/
You may also utilize this time to purge those items that are no longer needed.