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Disinfecting equipment for further use

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank technician disinfecting an air mover. Each piece of equipment is disinfected before going to a new job site.

Here technician Luis is disinfecting equipment that just came back from a job site.  Each piece of equipment, air movers (fans), dehumidifiers, etc, are disinfected before going back out to another job.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is doing its part to limit exposures to COVID-19 to homeowners and businesses by cleaning equipment used to mitigate water, fire, or smoke damages in structures as they come back to our shop from previous jobs.  Assuring that each piece of machinery brought into your home or business has been thoroughly cleaned with hospital grade cleaners puts one less thing a homeowner or property manager has to worry about after a disaster.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank not only cleans its own equipment for COVID-19, but we’ve also deep cleaned and disinfected several businesses to help prevent the spread.  From airport control towers, to large manufacturing plants, and local insurance offices, or municipal buildings, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has been attuned to the latest procedures and protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus.

If your business had an employee (or employees) test positive for COVID-19, and would like areas of your business disinfected, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600 and set up a walk through of your facility.

Lightning Data

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Bolt of lightning hitting a tree from a distant storm Lightning can strike quickly and "out of the blue". Here, a bolt originates from a distant storm.

When you think of lightning, you think of summer storms, but lightning can happen even in a snowstorm.  On average, there are approximately 1800 thunderstorms at any time throughout the world.  Further, there are about 44 lightning bolts every second worldwide.

In a previous blog, “Lightning facts and myths”, we discussed some of the fallacies people fall into when thinking about lightning.  In this blog, we will go over more facts and statistics.

An actual lightning bolt is about the size of a nickel, wrapped in intense light as it speeds through the sky.  A bolt may reach 53,540 degrees, which is five times hotter than the sun’s surface of 10,340 degrees.  Also, a bolt can reach speeds approaching 220,000,000 mph, which is one third of the speed of light.  The ensuing thunder travels at about 750 mph.

On average, 60 US citizens die each year due to lightning.  Most of those are associated with sporting events (golf, fishing, stadium events).

Lightning causes, on average, about 22,600 house fires each year in the US.  That may not sound like a lot, but that is 2.58 fires each hour.

Some lightning don’ts:

  • Don’t stay outside. Inside a structure will provide you the best protection from getting hit by a bolt.  The saying goes: “When thunder roars, go indoors!”
  • Don’t use water during a storm. Whether showering, washing dishes, or bathing, if lightning should strike your house, it could travel through the water pipes and cause injury.
  • Don’t use electronics that are plugged in. Again, if your house is hit, it could travel through the wiring and shock you.  Phones and video games are the best suspects here, particularly if they have wires.
  • Don’t huddle under trees. Trees may offer some protection from the rain, but little to no protection from a lightning strike.
  • Don’t press your luck when it comes to sports. Thinking you have time to finish one more hole in golf, or this half inning in baseball, can be disastrous.  See the first point above.

Here we grow again!

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank's newest box truck You'll see this box truck in the community, en route to helping yet another customer!

Great news!  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has recently added a new truck to its fleet, so it can better serve the community! 

This box truck will be outfitted with a mounted extraction machine, powerful enough to extract water from carpets in the basement, even when the truck is parked on the street!  Its shelves will be loaded with all types of equipment, from fans and dehumidifiers to dry contents and structure inside your home or business, to machines used to remove odors and "clean" the air.  It will also carry tools for demolition, if any is needed, such as to cut and remove parts of walls or flooring.

All the trucks at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank are staged, ready to go as soon as possible when disaster strikes.  These trucks, and crews, are ready to roll, available 24/7/365, so if something happens and you need a disaster cleaned up immediately, a call to 708-430-3600 will get the ball rolling.  You don't have to wait until 8:00 the next weekday morning to call.

Being able to assist the community with cleanup concerns quickly and efficiently is what SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is all about.  So, don't delay.  Call today!

Can smoke from a fire be dangerous?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire being fought by firemen Where there's fire, there's smoke. Is there anything dangerous inside the smoke?

It’s a chilly evening, and you have a roaring fire going in the fireplace.  There is a little bit of smoke that doesn’t quite make it up the chimney.   The room smells pretty good.  Are there any dangerous chemicals or particulates inside the smoke?

Now, that roaring fireplace fire gets out of hand, and the room catches on fire.  There is a lot of smoke.  Are there any differences in the composition of the two smokes?

Both smoke and ash are the byproduct of materials that do not completely burn in a fire.  One reason the material does not burn completely is that the oxygen source may have been cut off; fires need oxygen to burn.  Another possible reason materials did not burn is that the fuel source may have been hindered (like firemen throwing water on a fire).

There are many items and chemicals in smoke.  Just a few of them are:

  • Carbon (from the physical burning of materials)
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Acidic Gases
  • Benzene
  • Stryrene
  • Ash
  • Water Vapors

All materials, whether natural or man-made, have some water content in them.  As the fire consumes that material, water vapor is released.  The chemicals that are also released in fires, attach themselves to the water vapors and are carried away with the wind currents.

Fighting a house fire should be left to the professionals, the firefighters.  You should exit a building that is burning as quickly and safely as possible.  But, sitting downwind of a fireplace or fire pit fire and breathing in the smoke, can also be dangerous.  This is true, especially if you have heart, lung, or breathing issues.  Wearing a dust mask, or even a surgical mask, will not offer much protection. 

If your home suffered some smoke damage, whether from a fireplace fire that got a bit out of hand, or a room or house fire, call the experts at fire cleanup, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.  We have the knowledge and protocols to save all items that can be restored, safely and quickly.

April showers bring May .... RAIN?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

A woman walking through a flooded basement Walking through a flooded basement with the power still on can be dangerous!

The rain in May should go away!

Once again, the Chicago area is being pounded by heavy rain in May.  In 2018, 8.21" of rain fell, setting a new record for rainfall in May.  That record lasted a grand total of 12 months, as in 2019, 8.25" of rain fell.  As of May 17, 2020, already 7.75" of rainfall has deluged our area.

A few safety reminders:

  • Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters.  You may not know the exact depth of the water.  As little as a foot of water can make a car float.
  • Do not go into flooded basements.  If the water has reached the power outlets on the walls, there is the possibility that electricity is flowing through the water.  Make sure the power is off when trying to venture into a basement full of water.  When in doubt, call an electrician to come and cut the power so you can safely enter.
  • Wet floors and walls, left untreated, can be a harbor for mold growth.  If mold does begin to colonize, you may be able to see some, but mold also grows in wall cavities that you cannot see. 

Call the experts at water damage, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  After assessing the damage, we can extract standing water, remove wet contents, dry structure, and spray an antimicrobial to inhibit mold growth.

Do's and Dont's DURING a fire

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

A crowd of firefighters in front of a burning home Fire happens quickly and gives you precious few moments to escape. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can help with the cleanup and deodorization.

Stay low!  Stop, drop, and roll!

We teach our kids these principles early on, for what to do if involved in a fire.  But, do you know WHY you should stay low in a fire?

As the fire rages, extremely hot temperatures and toxic gases flow up towards the ceilings.  These temperatures can reach several hundred degrees very quickly and burn your lungs, making it impossible to breathe.  And toxic gases, coming from the combustion of burning materials and structure, can damage your lungs in a matter of a few breaths.  Further, the fire is also consuming oxygen, an element you cannot live without.

In preparation of the possibility of fire, you should know at least 2 ways of of the building, in case one exit is blocked due to fire.  Know where fire extinguishers are located, as they may be your lifeline out.  And check smoke detectors regularly.

Here are a few of the do's and don'ts for a fire:

  • Evacuate the building as quickly and calmly as possible.
  • Meet at the rally point outside that has already been predetermined to be safe.
  • Use the fire extinguisher only to help you evacuate.  Do NOT try to be a hero and fight the fire.
  • Do not go for personal items, such as collectibles or keepsakes, as it wastes time and you may lose your escape route.  If you are dependent on medications daily, have a bag ready to grab in cases such as this.
  • Wait until you are safe outside before calling the fire department.

If you were unfortunately involved with a fire, call the fire cleanup experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We can salvage structure and contents that can be salvaged, deodorize and clean smoke and soot damage, and get you back to living as normal a life as possible quickly.

I have water in my basement!

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

An unfinished basement with standing water on the floor. Finished or unfinished, your basement water damage is right up our alley!

Water.  We all need it to survive, but too much of a good thing can be disastrous.  

If the recent storm caused water to enter your home (sump pump failure, flooding, roof leak, etc), and now you have standing water in your basement, you need expert help in a hurry.  

Water needs to be pumped out/extracted, contents (furniture, boxes, totes, etc) need to be examined and determined if they can be salvaged or not.  Are the walls wet, and if they are, is there wet insulation behind that wall?  Plus, the structure and framing will need to be dried quickly to help prevent mold.

One call to SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can cover all that needs to be done.  We're available 24/7/365, so we can get out there and begin the process of getting your life and home back to normal again.  We have the tools to check everywhere water may have migrated, the equipment to extract and dry everything quickly, and the know how to do it within your budget and time constraints.

Call us today at 708-430-3600.  In fact, plug that number into your mobile device right now, because you never know when you may need us in a hurry!

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank + commercial business = success!

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Are you a commercial property owner, a facilities manager, or a property manager?  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank would like to be your partner in keeping your properties running smoothly.

We are on hand to help out if your facility happens to suffer from any of the following:

  • Smoke damage, caused by a fire in your lunchroom when cooking got out of hand, or an overheated piece of machinery in your warehouse.  We can clean and deodorize quickly, thereby keeping business interruption to a minimum.
  • Water damage, when raw sewage backs up through your drains, or a pipe break in one of the offices.  We can extract excess water, dry structure and contents quickly.
  • Graffiti damage to the exterior of your building.
  • Mold damage, when an office was closed for an extended period of time, and you noticed a "musty smell" when you entered the room.  Simply airing out the room will accomplish very little if anything at all.
  • One person (or several people working in close quarters) has flu-like symptoms and the area needs to be disinfected.  We can perform a general disinfecting to a more thorough deep disinfecting of the areas presumed affected.

If you haven't already, plug our phone number into your mobile device today: 708-430-3600.  We are available 24/7/365 with live operators, to get your information quickly and get help dispatched right away.

Don't let business interruption close your business!

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

A store window with a "Going out of business" sign in the window. Don't let this happen to you! Call today to schedule an Emergency Ready Profile walk through.

Most businesses took a hit when the pandemic hit, with many having to close due to business interruption.  After all, if your business is closed, you aren't making money.

Let's hope another pandemic doesn't hit us again.  But, there are many other ways business can come to a halt: storm damage, fire, flooding, etc.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a program to help minimize business disruptions, called the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP.  This program helps initiate the protocols necessary to get a business up and running if the unfortunate happens.

The completed ERP is securely downloaded to an app on your mobile device, putting important and necessary contacts, phone numbers, account numbers, etc right at your fingertips.  So, if you were on vacation when your business has to close for whatever reason, there's no need to rush back to get the binder in your office to make the proper phone calls.

And what would you pay for this program and peace of mind?  Nothing!  It's FREE!  There is no charge whatsoever.  It's a service SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is glad to do.

Call 708-430-3600 to schedule a walk through as soon as possible.  Any size business can take advantage of this program, from a small grocery store to a large warehouse, and everything in between.  

Can I use my outdoor grill indoors?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

An outdoor gas grill filled with cooking food. There's nothing like the taste of grilled foods. But, grills need to remain outside.

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, it's time to think about the great outdoors, and that will include grilling.  But, it's raining today.  Can I use my outdoor grill inside, like in my garage?

The answer is no.  Outdoor grills are only meant for use outside, and that also rules out using your grill inside a garage.

  • Grilling indoors can cause a build up of carbon monoxide gasses, due to the lack of ventilation inside (if you're grilling inside because it's raining outside, you'll probably have all the windows closed anyway).
  • Grills tend to put out much more heat than ovens, so there's also a fire hazard to consider.  Curious children or pets may injure themselves due to the close proximity of the grill.
  • If your grill has a slow gas leak, dangerous gasses can build up, and may not be detectable by your carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Not as serious of an issue, but smoke staining on walls, ceilings, and contents may occur if you grill indoors.  using household cleaners to try and remove the staining can actually set the stain.

So, please keep outdoor grilling outside.  And, if you have an issue with smoke staining, call the fire exerts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We can clean, deodorize all your fire and smoke mishaps.