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SERVPRO cleans it all!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A living room with beer cans and garbage strewn all over SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has seen it all! Call the experts in cleaning situations such as this.

While it's true that SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank cleans up after fire and water damages, remediates mold, and can disinfect your home or business to help protect against COVID, we clean after other situations too.

For instance, we have cleaned up hoarding instances.  Sometimes, people feel the need to collect everything and not throw anything away.  After a while, all those items begin to overwhelm the house, and it becomes rather unsafe to be in there.  We get calls from concerned family members and, working together, we clean up the house and discard the unnecessary items.

We get asked if the TV show and real life are the same or different, and the best answer is that the TV show doesn't give you the same aromas that are present in a hoarding home.

SERVPRO can also clean after biohazard situations, when someone gets injured (or worse) inside a home or business.  We have worked with several local municipalities for crime scene cleanings, as the aftermath can leave very hazardous materials behind.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has trained crews to handle the clean up after any situation.  We have the equipment, protocols, and experience to ensure that the job is done efficiently and completely.

If you have a cleaning issue, and unsure of what to do, a call to SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is your next step!  708-430-3600.

Chicago snow records

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A huge snow drift on a country road When snow melts, it has to go somewhere. If it ends up in your home, call us to help!

This winter, there has been a bit of a snow drought in this area.  In fact, areas in the deep south have had more snow than we experienced.

Chicago has had six days in January that had a foot or more of snow fall on a single day:

  • Jan 2, 1999     18.6"
  • Jan 6, 1918     14.4"
  • Jan 13, 1979   16.5"
  • Jan 26, 1967   16.4"
  • Jan 30, 1939   14.9"

But, has Chicago EVER (since records started in 1889) had a January day when NO snow has ever fallen?

The answer is:  NO.  Not even close.  The record for the least heaviest snowfall on a specific day in January is on the 28th, and the most fell in 2003, where a meager 2.4" of snow fell.  And that's the record for the most snow to fall on that day!

In fact, the very first day in the calendar year in which no snow in Chicago has fallen is May 5th.

When winter begins to wind down, and warmer temperatures occur more frequently, whatever snow that has fallen begins to melt, mixing in with rain, and causing water damages to homes and businesses.  The good news is that we are here to help!

Call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We know how to extract standing water, dry contents and structure, and how to prevent mold from occurring.

Local Bank suffers water damage

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked outside of a bank This bank stayed open and functioning as SERVPRO extracted water and set up drying equipment.

It's in the middle of the night.  A drinking fountain on the second floor has a ruptured line.  When employees come in first thing in the morning, they are greeted by water pouring through the ceiling and onto the floor below.

That's what happened to a local bank.  They called SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, and we were on site with a crew in less than an hour.

Our production manager met with the manager on site, walked through the building assessing the damage, expectations were agreed upon, and the crew was called in to begin the work.

All this, while the bank remained open, and would remain open during our remediation process.

The crew extracted the standing water, took down affected ceiling tiles, sprayed an antimicrobial (to help prevent mold growth), and set up the drying equipment.  Our crews took great care not to interfere with the bank employees as they performed their tasks.

Any time a commercial property is down, it's not making money.  That's why, at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, we make every effort to avoid or keep to a minimum business interruptions.

PROPERTY MANAGERS:  If your property has suffered a loss (fire, smoke, water, vandalism) and need a professional company to come in and clean, all the while staying open for business, call 708-430-3600 right away!

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank helps the Food/Toy Drive

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

A table filled with food donations. Just a fraction of food collected for this year's Food and Toy drive for the Bridgeview Chamber.

2020 has really moved along, and it's hard to believe it's already the end of the year.  With that, the holidays are approaching.

This year especially, the need for assistance has been greater than ever before.  More people have had reduced hours at work, or have been completely let go.  

That's why, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank takes great pride in helping the Bridgeview Chamber's Food and Toy Drive.  This annual event helps those less fortunate in the community, giving them daily essential food as well as toys for the kids.

In helping spread the word throughout the community about the drive, helping collect, sort, and distribute donations, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank does what it can to help create a better local community.

If your home or business is in need of cleaning and restoration after a disaster (fire, water damage, vandalism) or needs COVID disinfecting or mold remediation, trust the company that looks out for the welfare of YOUR community; SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank! 

We are available 24/7/365, and are willing to work within your budget if you choose not to use your insurance.  Call us today at: 708-430-3600 to begin the cleaning process!

If you wish to make a contribution, please call the Bridgeview Chamber at: 708-598-1700.

Why should you call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowner putting a cover over an outdoor spigot. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank gives tips and hints to help readers prevent disasters from happening!

Whether you read our blogs on this website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see that we are consistently describing ways to PREVENT damages from occurring.  And, if a disaster should strike, the proper do’s and don’ts of what to do immediately afterwards.

These are just a few of the questions we have answered:

  • I had a small kitchen fire. How do I control and remove soot particles and the odors?
  • I discovered mold in a closet. How do I eradicate it?
  • Which grade fire extinguisher is right for the kitchen? The garage?  Are there any differences?­­­­­
  • How do I keep pipes from freezing in the winter?
  • How fast can water travel inside walls and wall cavities?
  • Can I use a box fan to dry water damaged structure, like walls, ceilings?
  • Can I paint over mold?

We are here to help the community.  That’s why we broadcast these tips to help educate the readers, and thereby lessen the risk of disasters happening, or reduce further damage if a disaster should occur.  We don’t want disasters to disrupt home owner’s and property manager’s livelihoods.

So, let’s ask the question again: Why should you call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank?  Because we care!

Clean and disinfect your commercial property

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Crew member in a hazmat suit spraying disinfectant in a warehouse A SERVPRO crew member spraying disinfectant in a warehouse. Notice the protections taken: respirator and hazmat suit.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank does cleaning, whether after a fire or water damage, as well as mold mitigation.  But did you know that we also clean after hoarding issues?  Or vandalism?  And lately, we have been busy doing disinfecting cleanings due to the pandemic.

Question:  Do you need to have a positive test before you can request a disinfecting cleaning?  The answer is: No.  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a protocol to do a preventative cleaning for instances without a positive test, and a more detailed and thorough cleaning for incidents of positive tests. 

Offices, warehouses, churches, municipal buildings, and others have called SERVPRO for proactive and reactive cleanings.  Large buildings or small rooms, didn’t matter, because we have the capability to handle any size job quickly and efficiently.

We use EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting products, and follow the latest protocols to make your commercial space safe for employees, visitors, and staff.  And we take the necessary precautions to keep our crews safe as they work to clean your property.

We hope that you and your employees stay safe during this pandemic.  If you want to have peace of mind and would like to schedule a cleaning, or simply need more information, please call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.

Trick or Treat hours 2020

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Will there or won't there be trick or treating this year?  Many locales have been fairly quiet in announcing Trick or Treat hours because of the pandemic.  Check with your local municipal hall to get the most up to date information.

City of Chicago will have trick or treating from 3:00- 7:00 on Sat, Oct 31st.

If you are a homeowner here's what you are advised to do:

  • Keep your lights on, and place  sign on your door that it is safe for trick and treating.  Otherwise, keep lights off and place a door sign saying "No trick or treating".
  • If you are passing out goodies, remember to wear a mask, wash your hands before and after, and have hand sanitizer available, just in case.
  • Remember to keep to a safe distance from others.
  • Do not let the ghosts and goblins reach in and grab a handful of candy - pass it out safely.

If you are escorting little ones through the neighborhood:

  • Stay in a neighborhood you know and trust.
  • Respect homes that are dark or have signs restricting trick or treating.
  • Wear a mask; one under the costume mask if necessary.
  • Keep to groups of 6 or less.
  • Keep moving.  Don't stop and congregate in groups.
  • Wash hands immediately after returning home.

Everyone is advised to avoid house parties and indoor haunted houses.

2020 has been an unusual year to say the least.  Let's get through this as safely as possible, so that everyone is around next year to enjoy Halloween 2021!

Home fires can be dangerously hot

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

A person walking over hot coals It takes a brave soul to walk over these hot coals, knowing the temperatures contained within.

It’s a cool autumn evening, and you are sitting in front of a fireplace fire.  The temperature of the fire in the fireplace is greater than 500 degrees Fahrenheit.  Or perhaps you are standing next to the grate where the output of the furnace is.  That temperature is about 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  But, what temperatures are we talking about when there’s a house fire?

Once a room catches on fire, temperatures inside that room rise dramatically fast.  A minute or so after the room is ablaze, the temperature at floor level reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 600 degrees at head level, and over 1100 degrees at ceiling level.  For comparison:

  • Tin melts at 232 degrees
  • Lead melts at 327 degrees
  • Wood and paper products catch fire at 450 degrees
  • Gasoline catches fire at 480 degrees
  • Aluminum melts at 660 degrees
  • Glass becomes malleable at 1020 degrees
  • And charcoal burns at 2000 degrees.

If you are caught in a home fire, you should:

  • Try and stay calm
  • Crawl low on the floor, where the temperatures will not scorch your lungs
  • Feel doors before opening. If they are hot, there could be flames on the other side
  • If your clothes catch on fire, cover your face and roll around, trying to smother the flames.
  • If your escape routes are all cut off, go back to a room, close the doors, block the vents and around the door with towels, linen, etc, and signal for help

Once the flames are out, and everyone is safe, there’s a mess to clean up.  SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank is here to help!  Call the experts in cleaning at: 708-430-3600.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank in Louisiana

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Vast destruction from Hurricane Laura A scene from Lake Charles, Louisiana, showing some of the vast devastation Hurricane Laura brought to the area.

Towards the end of August, Hurricane Laura struck the US gulf coast, coming ashore near Lake Charles, Louisiana.  As you would expect, much damage and destruction from not only the high winds, but heavy rainfall and strong storm surge affected the area.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is part of the SERVPRO Storm Team network, ready to go out and help those with storm damages such as this.  Not long after the storm exited the area, we got the call to go down to Louisiana, and help as many as we can.

As with Hurricane Michael (hitting the Florida panhandle in October, 2018), our franchise was one of a few chosen to go right where the action happened, this time in Lake Charles.

With two truckloads of equipment and crews, we descended into the area of destruction.  During the drive down there, inspections are scheduled so we can "hit the ground running" the very next day.

Sometimes, both crews work together to work on a commercial property, while other times smaller homes are scheduled, where the crews can work separately and complete two homes in a single day.

Our experience with these types of storms is a big plus, because homeowners have never dealt with anything close to what they have in front of them.

How far can smoke travel?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Satellite image of smoke from California reaching the midwest Smoke from the California wildfires has dampened our sunshine the last couple of weeks.

Unfortunately, you had a fire in your home.  It could have been a kitchen fire, with its sticky residues because of the animal fats that were burning.  Perhaps it was a dryer fire.  Or maybe it was a fireplace fire that got a bit out of control, with light soot and ash that seems to get everywhere.  Even though the flames were contained to one or two rooms, how far did the smoke travel?

Smoke and soot use the hot air escaping the flames to travel about.  Because hot air is much lighter than cool air, it travels up towards the ceiling quickly.  Then the air currents will move the smoke anywhere throughout the home as the air currents allow.

Because smoke and soot follow these air currents, they will get into very tiny cracks and crevices; into drawers, closets, rooms, and wall cavities, even though doors are closed and drawers are shut.  These areas are not airtight, so it doesn’t take much to push smoke and soot particles into the tiniest of places.

As the air currents get further from the actual fire, they lose some punch and don’t flow as quickly.  The soot particles then become too heavy for the air to keep them up, so they land on the closest flat surfaces.  Counters, desks, sills, etc are the most common areas for these particles to land.

As to the original question: How far will smoke travel?  The answer is quite evident this month, as several days in a row we saw smoke from the California wildfires mask some of our sunshine.  That milky haze in the sky was actually smoke that has travelled hundreds of miles on the jet stream.  Smoke has even made it to the east coast, where New York City had some smoke from California in their skies.

Smoke damage in your home?  Call the cleaning experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.  We have the proper tools to check for smoke, and know how to clean it once it’s been identified.