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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! 

Mold Presentation for Burbank SD #111

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

CSR Rick Gauger presenting to a large group of people Rick Gauger, CSR for SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank recently presented a mold seminar for the maintenance staff of a school district.

In early January, 2020, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank CSR Rick Gauger had an opportunity to perform an one hour presentation on Mold for School District #111; What is mold, how to identify, it, how to handle it, and also how to prevent it.  The entire maintenance staff for the Burbank School District was in attendance.  The subject of mold can be less than thrilling, but we made it enjoyable and had some fun along the way.

Mold can be very visible, literally right under your nose.  But, most times, it's hidden in wall cavities or under flooring that makes it very difficult to detect.  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a trained staff to not only know where to look, but also what to do if/when mold is discovered.

If you suffered some water damage and suspect that mold may be lurking behind a wall, ceiling, or floor, don't hesitate to call the mold experts at 708-430-3600.  We'll come out, assess the situation, and come up with a plan to not only combat the existing mold issue, but also take preventative measures to address any possible return. 

Put that number in your phone right now: 708-430-3600.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank available 24/7/365

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A picture of a 24 hour clock face After hours, weekend, holidays, or just before the big game, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is ready for your call!

Disasters don't adhere to a Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 5:00 schedule.  Fires or water damages can happen at any time or any day; weekends, evenings, or holidays.  Perhaps the damage was caused by you hurrying to get things done before a deadline, or your attention was diverted elsewhere.  Or perhaps it was just meant to be.

Either way, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is ready to take your call and ready to help you get back to normal.

You came home from working a couple hours of overtime, only to find that a pipe behind a wall is leaking badly, and you have a couple of inches of water in your lower level.  The last thing you want is to call a restoration company to help extract the water and dry the structure and contents, only to hear a recording saying that they won't be available until Tuesday next week due to the holiday.

By calling 708-430-3600, you'll talk to a live person.  That person will ask a few general questions to help understand what happened and what needs to be done.  In emergency situations, a manager is contacted and that manager will contact you ASAP and set up an inspection to determine how much crew/equipment will be needed.  Plans will then be discussed with you, with possible options.

There have been cases where we have completed the work BEFORE the other company would have even listened to the initial phone call!

Plug the number into your phone right now: 708-430-3600.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank again helps the community

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Bridgeview Chamber President and SERVPRO CSR pose in a van with donations. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank CSR Rick Gauger and Bridgeview Chamber President Vic Portillo take a break from unloading another van load of donations.

We're getting close to the time of year where we all make "new Years' Resolutions", where we plan to get healthier, contribute more, and generally be a better person.  And in many cases, it's a good intention that doesn't always come to fruition.

Here at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, we aim to help the community every day, whether it's helping a homeowner with a water or fire loss, working with the local chambers in collecting donations that will aid a segment of the area, or donating time and efforts to help out a local cause.

Recently, SERVPRO CSR Rick Gauger (also a Vice President of the Bridgeview Chamber) helped collect donations for the Chamber's annual Food & Toy Drive.  Several van loads of non-perishable food and unwrapped toys were collected and distributed to local churches, missions, and other sites to then in turn be dispersed to the needy.  It's Rick's third year performing such a feat, and each year it gets better and better.

If you are looking for a company that constantly give back to the community, then look no further than SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.  Available 24/7/365 simply by calling 708-430-3600.

Bridgeview salon completes Emergency Ready Profile

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

The front of a newly opened beauty salon. This beauty salon, recently opened, completed an ERP to safeguard patrons, employees, and the business.

Most commercial properties have a contingency plan: If the power goes out, everyone reach inside their desks and pull out a candle or a flashlight.  That may be a quick and easy solution, but it does nothing to get the power back up and running again.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has an app for your mobile device, called an Emergency Ready Profile.  This app encompasses photos showing shut off locations for utilities, exits for employees and patrons to escape, plus any special equipment the property may utilize.

This app also lists the most important contacts along with their emergency numbers.  Need to call the property manager?  The number is listed.  How about the security company?  That number is listed as well.  Each property will have different types of contacts, so the profiles are adapted for that specific commercial property.

The goal of this profile is, in case of any type of disaster, is to limit any downtime, as well as start the protocols in getting the business back to 100% as quickly as possible.  A business that is shuttered makes no money whatsoever.

How much would you pay for a service like this?  How about FREE!  That's right, no cost to walk through and take pictures, no cost to compile all the information, and no cost to download the app.

If you wish to take advantage of this program, call Rick Gauger at 708-430-3600 to schedule a brief meeting and start the ball rolling.

Top causes of home fires

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damaged garage Fires can happen quickly in any part of your home, including this garage.

Now that we're in the fall season, and the holidays fast approaching, chances increase that you may suffer a fire damage inside your home.  Kitchen fires are more prevalent because of more cooking for the holidays.  Heating issues also further chances of fires.

Let's take a look at some of the major causes of fires inside homes:

  • Cooking.  Cooking is far and away the most common cause of home fires in the US.  It accounts for 48%* of all fires, and averages about 172,000* fires each year.  Unattended cooking, having flammable materials too close to stoves or ovens are just a sample of why fires get started in the kitchen.
  • Heating.  Space heaters or fireplaces account for about 52,000* home fires each year.  Having items too close to the heat source is just one way this may happen.
  • Electrical.  Accounting for an average of 35,100* home fires per year.  Overloaded outlets or frayed extension cords are just two of the main culprits.
  • Smoking.  Falling asleep while smoking is the main cause of the 18,100* home fires in an average year.
  • Candles.  8,200* yearly fires is a comparatively small number compared to the others in this list, but it can be the most easily preventable as well.  Candles being knocked over, or items too close to the flame are major causes of this type of fire.

Also, 58%* of all fire injuries are caused by people either fighting the fire outright, or trying to enter/exit a fire for a rescue.  Have a plan, and practice it with children, to know what to do if there is a fire in your home.

* = NFPA statistics.

Trick or Treat hours 2019

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in front of a scary house Be safe when taking the little ghosts and goblins around.

Here is the list of Trick or Treat hours for some of the local communities.

  • Berwyn - 4:00-6:30
  • Bridgeview - 3:00 - 7:00
  • Burbank - 2:00 - 6:00
  • Burr Ridge - 3:00 - 8:00
  • Chicago Ridge - 3:00 - 7:00
  • Cicero - 3:00 - 7:00
  • Evergreen Park - After school - 8:00
  • Hickory Hills - 3:00 - 7:00
  • Hometown - 2:00 - 7:00
  • Justice - 3:00 - 7:00
  • LaGrange - 3:00 - 7:00
  • Oak Lawn - 3:00 - 8:00
  • Summit - 6:00 - 8:00

Commercial damage? We can handle it!

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked outside of large commercial properties Large or small, we have the resources to handle it all!

Are you a Property Manager or Facilities Director at a commercial property?  And, did you suffer a water loss, fire and smoke damage, or any other situation where clean up is necessary and too large for your current staff?  If so, give us a call!

At SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, we have the resources and equipment to not only stabilize the situation, but also get your operation back to normal ASAP.  We understand that any commercial property that is closed for even a minute ceases to be profitable.

Whether your business is a retail shop, a large warehouse, a small mom-and-pop store, a hotel, or in the service industry, we know that any interruption in the daily flow can be harmful to the bottom line.

Also, we are available 24/7/365, so no matter when disaster strikes, we're as close as your phone.  And, when you call, you'll never get a machine; a live person will be on the line, and will ask a few questions to help streamline the initial process and get the crew(s) ready.

So, Facilities Director or Property Manager, put our number into your mobile device now: 708-430-3600.

Space heater safety tips

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

A power strip that briefly caught on fire. A burnt out power strip, caused by having a space heater plugged into it.

Now that the cold weather is upon us again, it may be time to bring out that portable space heater.  As a refresher, here's a few safety tips:

  • Check the wiring and connections.  If you see any damage or fraying, do not use the space heater.
  • Plug space heaters directly into the wall socket.  Do not use extension cords or power strips, which can overheat over time and cause a fire.
  • Place space heaters on a flat and level surface.  Do not place on desks, tables, or other furniture.  Also, avoid carpeting as well.
  • Keep rugs, drapes, bedding, etc a minimum of three feet away from the front of a space heater.
  • Do not place in a high traffic area or doorway, where it can be accidentally tipped over.
  • Keep children and pets away from the space heater.
  • When leaving a room or sleeping, always shut it off; never leave it unattended.
  • When leaving the building to go to work, school, shopping, etc, always unplug the machine for safety.
  • When storing a space heater, always make sure it cools completely before putting it in a box, closet, etc.

Supplemental heat like this can take the nip out of the air, but then again, so could a fire.  Plan accordingly, so you can enjoy the former without suffering the latter.

Rain. Rain. Go away!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Large puddles of water next to a house's foundation Should any of this water invade your home, call us 24/7/365 at 708-430-3600.

What a year it's been so far.  Let's recap it:

  • Remember when the polar vortex hit, and we never thought it was ever going to get warm again?
  • Then, in the spring, it rained and rained and rained.  We never thought it would be dry again.
  • The summer heat dried everything very well, but we doubted it would never get cool again.
  • Once the kids went back to school, it started raining again.  Will it ever stop?

Chicago had its 6th wettest September on record, with 7.61", which is 3.21" above normal.

We are currently the second wettest year on record (going back to the 1800's) with 41.69" of precipitation through October 3rd.  If it doesn't rain another drop, we would still qualify for the 25th wettest year on record.  But, somehow I think we will have more rain in the next 13 weeks.

All that water has to go somewhere.  If any ended up inside your home or business, you need to call SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank right away at 708-430-3600.  We have the tools, equipment, and crews to bring your property back to its dry state as soon as possible!