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DIY Storm Damage?

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

A person welding with a paper mask instead of the proper equipment Doing the bare minimum to just "get by" isn't recommended for storm related water damages.

Heavy thunderstorms roll through the area, and now your lower level has 6" of water caused by your sump pump just couldn't keep up with the rain rates.  The carpets are soaked, the walls are wet, and furniture has been hit as well.

The task ahead is very daunting.  Thinking about cleaning up the mess by yourself?  You're probably going to try and salvage everything that got wet; carpet, pad, furniture, walls, boxes of contents, etc.  

But, should you try and save everything?  Do you have the proper equipment to dry the floors and walls before mold begins to colonize?  Do you have enough time to do the job, with all the other things going on in your life?

Why don't you relax, and call the water damage experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank?  Here, we have the knowledge to know what items can be saved and what cannot.  We have enough crews and equipment to handle even the largest flooding issues.  And we can see the job through to its completion.

Put this number into your mobile device: 708-430-3600.  You'll talk to a live person, even if you call in the middle of the night or on the weekend.  

Returning to work after social distancing

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

An office desk with a computer, phone, stapler, and piles of papers Now that the pandemic is over, are you confident that the items on your desk are OK to touch?

In the Spring of 2020, most workers had to "shelter in place" and practice "social distancing", and work from home and not go into the office unless it was absolutely necessary.  This was done for a very good reason; the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now you're getting ready to return to the office after this long hiatus.  Nobody has been into the office for at least a couple of weeks.  Does it need to be disinfected?  If someone from your office contracted the virus, are you safe to touch the items on your desk?  In the lunchroom?  Or in the conference room?  Any of the common areas?

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has performed proactive cleanings/disinfecting in commercial buildings, municipal buildings, and in residential homes.  We know what to disinfect and just how to disinfect it.  We have cleaned areas where people had a positive test of the virus, and performed a more preventative cleaning/disinfecting in areas where there was no known cases.

If you want peace of mind that your office is disinfected and safe, call us at 708-430-3600 to schedule a walk through, and we can help you assess what should be disinfected by our expert staff.  Call today and set up an appointment.

We are the cleaning experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A bottle of an antimicrobial cleaner This is a hospital-grade antimicrobial cleaner, and safe for the environment.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is here to help during this time of need!

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Some interesting snow facts

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

A car covered inside and out with snow I asked for a snowmobile. This wasn't what I expected.

Now that Spring is almost here, and thus far the snowfall amounts have been fairly close to normal, we thought it was time to give you a few interesting snow facts:

  • The earliest LAST snowfall of the Chicago winter season was on March 9th, in 1946.
  • The latest LAST snowfall of the season was on June 2, 1910.
  • The greatest snowfall season was in 78-79, where 89.7" of snow fell.  The season before, 77-78, had 82.3" of snow.
  • The least snowfall in a season was in 1930-31, where only 5.7" of snow fell.
  • Chicago's largest snowfall was in 1967, where 23.0" fell.
  • Snow is comprised mostly of air, trapped between crystals so they can't pack tightly.
  • Generally, 10" of snow = 1" of rainfall, but that can vary with the temperature and amount of moisture in the air.
  • Snow is actually colorless, but appears white as it reflects back all visible light.  If you have a larger snowbank with deep snow, then the color may appear blue, because the deep snow is now filtering out the light.
  • It has never snowed in Chicago in July or August.
  • The largest snowball fight ever recorded happened in Seattle Washington in January, 2013, where 5834 people participated.
  • There's a myth that states whatever the date of the first snow, you'll get that many days of snowfall in the season.  This year, for instance, it snowed on October 31st, which means we should have had 31 days of snow during the season (rain does not count).

Different classes of water damage

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water coming up through a toilet All water damages are not the same. You would need to treat this water damage differently than you would a leaking pipe.

The different classifications of water damage will determine what items can be salvaged and what items cannot be saved, as well as the drying protocols.  The three classes of water damage are:

  • Clean water - Water that has virtually no contaminates, such as a supply line going to a washing machine.
  • Grey water - Water that has been used, contains some contaminates, but does not have any animals waste in it.  An example would be that same washing machine that overflowed, and soapy water is discharged onto the floor.
  • Black water - This water is the nastiest of them all, a sewage back up or storm flooding.  This water will be highly contaminated.

Water that is undiscovered and is not mitigated properly and quickly can deteriorate and go from one class to another.  Your clean water damage left standing 3-5 days will now be classified as grey water, since it had a chance to pick up microbes, bacteria, etc.  Grey water not properly mitigated will transform to a black water loss in just 2-3 days, again due to deteriorating conditions.

If you have suffered a water loss in your home or business, call the water clean up experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600 right away.  We'll come out, assess the situation, and set up a plan to get you back to normal ASAP. 

Soot particles can be hazardous, and tough to clean

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

A basement with heavy smoke damage due to a fire. Though tempting to do the work yourself, you may cause more damages if you don't know exactly what to do.

Once the fire is extinguished, there will be smoke and soot residues left over that will need to be dealt with.  But, precautions will have to be taken when dealing with smoke and soot.

Soot is the product of incomplete combustion of materials during a fire.  Soot is very acidic, and could be hazardous to breathe in great quantities.  A mask (or better yet, a respirator) should be worn anytime you plan to spend extended time in and around these areas.

If you see soot or smoke damage on walls or ceilings, do not touch it.  The oils in your fingers touching the soot could possibly set the stain in drywall, thereby making it almost impossible to clean – these walls will have to be painted.

Tracking soot from a room that has soot and contaminating a room that did not already have soot is a common issue.  Homeowners in a haste to move personal belongings from a smoke damaged room to a clean room can bring soot particles with them, creating a larger area to clean and disinfect.

If you have suffered smoke damage from a fire, it’s best to call the cleaning experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.  They have the knowledge and expertise to contain the spread of soot, from the evaluation of the damage through to the final touch ups of cleaning.  Call 708-430-3600 to set up an appointment right away.

Storms and severe weather can cause damages

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

A shelf cloud approaching the city Extreme weather can pop up in a hurry at any time in Chicago.

They say in Chicago: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change!”

Yes, the weather does change quite a bit in this city.  Think about it: we go from blazing summer heat to bitter cold, from blizzards to flooding rains, calm conditions turn into hurricane force winds, and from clear, blue skies to heavy fog.  Yes, Chicago has just about any type of weather there is.

And that means lots of potential storm damages to your property.  Heavy rains or melting snow packs can cause water damages inside your home.  High winds can cause objects blow into and thereby damage your property.  Lightning strikes may cause fire and smoke damages.  And with Lake Michigan and surrounding waterway levels so high, any strong wind or rain may cause flooding.

Here at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, we have to be prepared for any kind of disaster, weather related or not.  When we get a call from someone who needs emergency disaster clean up, we are ready with crews and machines to get the job done quickly.  At the ready we have: extraction equipment, drying machines, deodorizers, demolition tools, whatever is necessary to complete the process to bring that household back to “preloss” conditions.

So, if you were unfortunate to get hit with some weather related disaster, know that we are here to help!  Call us: 708-430-3600 any time, day or night.

Spring water damage preparations

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A furnished basement saturated by water damages Spring's floodwaters can happen with little or no warning. Take precautions now!

With Spring around the corner, with its melting snow and storms, probably holds the best chances for water damages in your home.  Approximately 2% of all households will suffer water damages each year; it’s the second most common type of insurance claim, trailing only wind/hail claims.

Are you prepared?  Have you made any precautions so it doesn’t happen to you?  And if it does happen to strike you, do you know what to do?

Do you know what your insurance covers, and what it doesn’t?  The average water damage claim is $7000-$7500, but it can be MUCH higher with the right circumstances:  flood waters, amount of structure and contents affected, length of time water was present, etc.

Water can damage/destroy personal property, such as: photo albums, collections, family heirlooms, etc.  Water can also disrupt lives; even when mitigated properly, the homeowner may not have access to certain areas of their own home once drying equipment has been set.

A few words of advice:

Once flood waters begin to rise, they can rise quickly and with little warning.  Prepare all areas of your home for the possibility of flood waters entering your home.

Document everything.  Take pictures (or video) of anything of value and have it ready just in case those items are damaged.  And be sure to take pictures and document anything that must be discarded for safety reasons before an insurance adjuster can be there.

Be proactive and check water pipes in your house for leaks, splits, or any damage.  Replace any questionable sections.

If you happen to suffer from a water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. 708-430-3600.

How long are these fans going to run?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Large fans placed strategically inside a room. Fans work in concert with dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air and help speed up the drying process.

You suffered a water damage.  You called SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank out, and we extracted all standing water, moved furniture on to blocks, and set up some drying equipment.  The fans and dehumidifiers are not quiet, and you're wondering how long they are going to run.

Typically, the fans run for three days.  Same for the dehumidifiers.  In rare cases they may need more or less time to dry.  But why do they need to run for so long?

The fans move the air to help get the moisture that's trapped in the walls, structure, floors, etc.  The moisture gets thrown up in the air, where the dehumidifiers catch the moisture and remove it.  Bringing the overall moisture content down in the room will quicken the overall drying progress.

Thinking of using a box fan?  Box fans do move some air; it'll keep you cool on a summer's night, but isn't powerful enough to help pull moisture out of structure.  You need professional grade air movement, and used properly, otherwise you may end up with a mold problem.

If you suffered a water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We have the knowledge and equipment to get the job done correctly.

Supporting your local community

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Large group of people attending a grand opening Supporting new businesses at grand openings are just part of what we do to help the community.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is a local business, located in Bridgeview.  We hire local people to work here.  And we do what we can do to help support the local community.

When we look at this locale, we see people who are in need; homeowners and businesses that have suffered some sort of loss and could use our expertise.  We don't look at these people as merely numbers or dollar signs, but as individuals who require our help to return their lives and homes back to normal.

Also, we see the community as a whole.  Groups, like churches and civic organizations, who are trying to help grow the area in which they live in.  We try and support them as much as possible.  That's why we are part of TWO Chambers of Commerce: The Bedford Park/Clearing Industrial Organization, and the Bridgeview Chamber.  Both these groups have service projects that help aid the local community to grow and prosper.

But there's more.  We also support local youth programs in the schools, such as Career Day for School District #111, St Baldrick's Foundation to find a cure for childhood cancer, and many, many more.

So, if you are looking for a company that cares about your community, then look no further than SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank!