Prevent frozen pipes this winter
Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around piping.
Water damages can be very expensive, not only in terms of cash but also the objects that get damaged and have to be discarded (collectibles, photos, etc.). With winter upon us, here are a few tips to help prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Open cabinet doors around sinks. This allows warm air to circulate around the water pipes. This greatly reduces the chances that those pipes will freeze.
- Leave a trickle of water running, especially on pipes that are on an outside wall inside your home. Moving water cannot freeze, so as long as the water continues to flow, your pipes will not freeze over.
- Check insulation around piping. In areas that tend to get very cold, like crawl spaces, wrap water lines with insulation. There are many types of pipe wrap, and can be found at any hardware store.
- If you are going away for an extended period of time in the winter, do not shut your heat off. Leave the thermostat at a minimum of 55 to provide enough adequate heating to keep indoor pipes from freezing.
- Place a spigot cover over your outdoor spigot. These are generally made of foam, and provide a layer of insulation from the brutal cold winds of winter. You can find these at any hardware store, and they cost a couple of bucks.
If your pipes have frozen, do NOT use a blowtorch or any excessive means to thaw the pipe out. The recommended way to thaw out your pipes is with a hairdryer. The ice in the line has probably expanded the piping. A slow, gentle thawing should not put any more strain on the material. The rapid thawing using a blowtorch may cause the welds to fail, creating yet another problem.
If you discover that a pipe has burst, shut the water off and call a plumber, then call the water cleanup experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. We can dry your structure, contents, etc. 708-430-3600.
A Midway hotel has a pipe break
SERVPRO quickly on the scene of a hotel pipe break.
During a recent cold snap, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank received a call from one of the hotels near Midway Airport due to a burst pipe in a ceiling, causing water damages in several rooms. We received the call because this hotel had the foresight to prepare an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, this past autumn.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank had a crew on site in about an hour, extracting water, moving wet furniture, etc. We understand that it’s imperative for a business like this to be fully operational as quickly as possible; areas and rooms closed do not make money.
Hotel management prioritized the areas that needed to be available first, and we made every effort to accommodate these wishes. Keeping the client in the loop and happy are goals we strive for with each and every job.
If you suffer some sort of damage: water damage, soot or smoke damage, mold, or anything else that needs to be cleaned up, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, who will put your best interests in mind when planning and executing the restoration process.
Call us 24/7/365 at 708-430-3600. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank – your LOCAL source for damage restoration!
Can I paint over mold?
Though it's tempting to simply paint over mold like this, the better way is to remediate it properly.
Everyone looks for the quick, easy solution. So, after you discovered you had a water damage due to a leaky pipe, you fixed the pipe. Unfortunately, mold started to colonize and grow where the leak was. Now you’re wondering if you can simply paint over the mold.
If you are seeing mold on drywall, all you’re seeing is the exterior of the wall. What about the interior wall cavity? The framing?
Painting over the mold hides the mold, but does not eradicate nor remediate the mold. It can trap moisture behind/under the paint, giving the existing mold more moisture to work with.
If you just bought or rented a house, signs that someone has painted over mold in the past are:
- Bubbled, cracked, or chipped paint.
- Water staining has returned.
- Signs of mold coming through the paint. Active mold can actually eat through the paint.
- Musty smell has returned, especially on humid days.
Steps to properly remediate mold are to:
- Correct the water issue.
- Remove all moldy materials (affected drywall, for instance) where mold cannot be removed cost effectively.
- Dry all remaining structure thoroughly.
- Spray an anti-microbial to help prevent mold growth.
- Repair all damaged areas.
Or you can:
- Call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. We are the mold experts!
Water damages ceiling in a commercial building
Water damage caused this drop ceiling to collapse.
A faulty pipe lead to an extensive water damage to a commercial property's ceiling. Several ceiling tiles were too wet to stay up, and fell to the floor. This area was unusable until the water leak was fixed and the area disinfected and cleaned up.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was called in, and with the use of our specialized tools, we determined exactly where the water migrated and which walls, floors, and ceilings were affected. Meeting with the building manager, a plan was put in place where SERVPRO could work AND that portion of the building could remain open and productive.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank knows how important it is to keep commercial properties running at 100%, so we will work with the manager to be able to perform our tasks while staying clear of the day-today operations as much as possible. If an area does have to be closed, we make every consideration to do our work causing the least interruption possible (after hours, weekends, etc). We're here to help, not get in the way.
If your business suffered any type of disaster (fire, smoke, water, mold, etc), call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. We have your best interest in mind!
Moisture found under tiles
Checking for, and finding, moisture where the homeowner was sure there wasn't.
A homeowner had a slow refrigerator leak that went undiscovered for quite some time. He shut the water off, moved the fridge, and mopped up the water sitting on his tile floor. But, he was concerned about moisture inside the walls, so he called SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.
The homeowner's concerns proved true; there was water inside the walls. But, he was amazed to find that we discovered moisture under his tile floor as well. He was also surprised to find out that the water migrated through the wall into a closet on the other side. Left to dry on its own, mold growth was a definite possibility in this case.
Checking for water migration is just one of the protocols that SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank knows to do on all water damages. It only takes a few moments to rule in or rule out certain areas, when using the proper inspection tools.
If your home or business has suffered from a water loss, be it large or small, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. Call 708-430-3600 and you will talk to a live person 24/7/365. Peace of mind is simply a phone call away!
SERVPRO uses the proper tools and equipment
It can be unwise and unsafe to rig up solutions yourself. Call the experts!
You wouldn’t use a hand grenade to kill a mosquito, would you? Sure, it may be fun, but I think you’d do more damage than what it’s worth. How about using a water pistol to put out a house fire? Of course not!
So, if you have suffered a water damage to your home, then why would you use some rigged up solution to just “get by”? SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has all the proper tools and equipment, each one SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED to properly mitigate your water damage.
No more ruining bath towels trying to mop up sewage water. Forget using box fans to try and dry saturated drywall or carpets. The only tool you need is your phone; pick it up and dial: 708-430-3600.
Here at SERVPRO, no matter what time of day you call or even what day of the week, you’ll talk to a live person, never an answering machine. We’ll get the necessary information needed to begin the mitigation process, such as:
- Where did the water originate from?
- When did you discover the damage?
- What rooms were affected?
- What structure or contents were affected?
Once onsite, we will stabilize the situation, then begin to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank helping the community
Bob Wehn Sr delivering a check to Burbank Fire Chief David Gilgenberg, after a recent fundraiser.
Making the community better. That is SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank's mission.
Whether it's ringing the bell for Salvation Army during the holiday season, or helping the Bridgeview Chamber in collecting food and toy donations for their annual Food & Toy Drive, or working with homeowners who have suffered water or smoke damage, we are here to grant aid as best as we can to as many as we can.
Local schools are another facet that SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank supports. We performed a free ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, evaluation to each of the Burbank schools in District #111. We are a part of their Career Day, with marketing rep Rick Gauger as a speaker to the kids. We also support St. Baldricks fundraiser each year. We attended the Argo High School Higher Education Foundation's casino night at Toyota Park.
SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is now involved in two local chambers; we have a director on the Bridgeview Chamber, and is also a member of the Bedford Park Clearing Industrial Association.
Each year, we host Continuing Education classes for the insurance industry, granting them free courses to help them retain their licenses.
If you want a company that believes in YOUR community, then SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is the right choice!
Chicago Midway Hotels complete ERP
The Midway Airport hotels are now better prepared for any disaster.
Recently, the hotel complex near Midway Airport completed an ERP for each hotel. What's an ERP, you ask?
ERP stands for Emergency Ready Profile. It's a free service that SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank provides for all commercial properties. It consists of:
- A brief history of the building (when it was built, year of renovations, etc).
- Pictures and descriptions of where the emergency shut valves are, who has access to them, and if keys or codes are needed.
- Pictures of entrance ways and exits.
- Emergency contact information, complete with after-hours phone numbers.
- Contact information of all vendors you use.
- Pictures of any special equipment used in your company's operation.
- Pictures and descriptions of any fine art or antiques located on the property.
The Emergency Ready Profile can be geared to any type of commercial property: retail, industrial, warehousing, service oriented, etc.
Your company may have a contingency plan, which is good for when a disaster strikes, but does very little to help get you back up and running again. If your company does not have a free ERP, give SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank a call at 708-430-3600 right away, to schedule a walk through your facility.
Discovered water in your Chicago home?
You've worked hard to obtain these possessions, let us work hard to save them!
It's taken years to get the basement looking like you have always wanted. Drywall has been put up. Carpet on the floors. Pictures on the walls. An entertainment center with a large screen TV to relax and get away from it all.
And then you came downstairs, and found that the carpet's wet. And not only by the steps, but just about everywhere. Where did this water come from? Is it still getting into the basement? What can I do?
Call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank! We have the equipment necessary to find exactly where the water migrated, check any walls and/or ceilings to see if they have been affected, and take precautions that furniture is protected from any further damages.
Once we know what all has been affected, a plan is instituted to begin the drying process. We need to dry the area(s) as quickly and efficiently as possible, to inhibit mold growth.
We work with most insurance companies, so the drying process meets their standards as well.
So, whether the water came in from the outside or from a source from inside your home, we are ready to put your life back together again.
Call us today! 708-430-3600.
We can handle any job size!
Whether your home suffered a cracked water line that leads to your refrigerator, or was impacted by a hurricane (like the home shown below, from Hurricane Michael), or anything in between, SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank has the resources to handle it!
Of course, any disaster that befalls your home we can handle, be it fire, smoke, water, or mold. But, if needed, such as in the case of a large commercial property loss where the business needs to be up and running as soon as possible, we can call our network of SERVPRO professionals so that the job can be done right and as quick as possible.
The SERVPRO network is far reaching; that's why we are down in the panhandle of Florida helping out the local SERVPRO franchises there get homes, businesses, and lives back together again after the devastation of Hurricane Michael literally tearing apart the entire region.
If your home or business suffered any type of damage, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank at 708-430-3600 today. Then, you can relax, knowing the industry leader in restoration and remediation is on the case.
SERVPRO. As close as your phone, and available 24/7/365.