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A thermal image of the wood flooring underneath a refrigerator

Refrigerator leak causes wood floor damage

A water supply line leading to a refrigerator leaked, causing water damage to the wood floor underneath.  The homeowner dried the floor with a towel, and deemed it dry.  The blue areas on the thermal imaging camera shows the excess moisture still present.

We use sophisticated tools to get the complete picture.

Garbage, mail, and animal feces in a hoarding house

Hoarding situation in an unoccupied home

This tenant was a hoarder, having garbage, mail, and animal feces throughout the house.  She had medical issues, and had to leave the house.  Relatives checked on the house and found this situation. 

Several inches of storm water in a basement

Storm causes flooding in basements

When a storm rolls through the area, sometimes the rain falls at a rate where the sump pumps cannot keep up, causing water damages to infiltrate your lower level.  Rain water or raw sewage, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has handled it!

Heavy fire damage inside a kitchen

Kitchen fires cause special cleaning efforts

Kitchen fires - Cooking fires cause some special cleaning, because the oils and fats inside the food cause a sticky residue that make it difficult to clean.  It also smells very badly.  We can clean all affected areas, as well as deodorize all rooms and contents.

Dark lines on the ceiling and wall in this home.

What caused these lines on the ceiling?

Here are a couple of rooms that have black lines on the ceiling.  There was no fire in these rooms, nor anywhere in the house.  Can these lines be mold?  Something else?

These lines are caused by soot left over from heavy cigarette and candle use.  The warm air carries the soot particles up to the ceiling, where it collects near the rafters there.  Through repeated use and lack of ventilation, enough soot collected on the ceiling to show these black lines.

Homeowners inexperienced in cleaning this type of smoke and soot may set the stain permanently into the walls and ceiling, where paint is the only option.  Call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600, where we will come out, assess, and give you a plan on how to get your home back to normal again.

A fireplace heavily damaged by fire

When a fire in a fireplace gets too much

Fireplace fire - Throwing some wood into a fireplace can keep you warm on a cold winter's night, until the fire gets too intense and causes a fire.  Fires also start when the person stoking the fire accidentally pulls a burning log or hot ashes out of the fireplace and onto a rug, couch, drapes, etc. 

Raw sewage inside a child day care center

Raw sewage invades buildings after storms

Sewage - Raw sewage coming into your home or business can be the byproduct of storms rolling through the area.  This is a "black" category of water, and special care in removing and treating the damages must take place.

Water flowing up through a toilet

Overflows cause damage inside your home

Water overflows - If you have a sink or bathtub overflow, the water that damages your floor can be treated differently than water that comes up through your toilet or sump pump (clean water without contaminates versus grey water with contaminates).

Sunset over a flooded road

Flooding can cause major damages

Flooding - When storms roll through, dropping heavy precipitation in a short period of time, or for an extended period, it causes roads, yards, and eventually basements to flood.  This type of water is classified as "black" water.

Using the proper tools to ensure accuracy

The manager of this business had water issues that started next door.  He called us out to check to make sure the walls and carpet were dry.  He said he knew the carpet was dry, "because it feels dry."

We only had to turn on the thermal camera to determine that he was wrong.  Notice the blue/purple areas; that's where moisture is hiding in the carpet and pad.  If gone unchecked, mold growth would have been a high probability.

Not sure about wet walls or carpet after a water damage?  Call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. 708-430-3600.

A special sponge showing a positive result when testing for smoke

Checking where smoke has migrated

Contents deodorization - During and after a fire, smoke and soot are carried on air currents and they can get into the tiniest of areas; drawers, closets, cabinets, duct work will all have to be checked for smoke damages.  We use a treated sponge to check to see if any smoke or soot worked its way into any area.

Mushrooms growing in carpet

Mold spores float around, waiting for moisture and something to eat.  When not treated quickly and properly, mold can colonize and grow.

In this case, mushrooms spores were floating around when the basement received some water.  Since no one was home at the time, mold and mushrooms grew and flourished.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is trained to handle all types of mold, including mushrooms.

Basement full of smoke damaged contents

Smoke can affect clothing and contents

Contents cleaning - One of the byproducts of a fire is smoke/soot, and it reaches just about anywhere.  After a fire, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is not only looking for structural damages, but also contents that may have been affected (clothing, furniture, draperies, etc).  many times, these items may be cleaned and deodorized, so belongings that hold sentimental value can be saved.

A split pipe spraying water onto a wall

Frozen pipes can cause hidden disasters

Frozen pipes - When water in a pipe freezes, the water expands, causing the pipe to stretch and can cause it to split, having water drip or spray inside a wall cavity.  Many times, split pipes are not found for quite some time.

A SERVPRO truck parked outside an apartment building

Commercial buildings suffer fires too

Commercial fires - Most businesses do not have the same potential threats as residential buildings; no fireplaces, clothes dryers, etc.  But, they DO have many other possible scenarios that can cause fires: machinery, chemicals, larger heating units.  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has the resources to handle even large commercial fires and smoke damages.

Icicles hanging from a roof and gutters

Ice damming can cause water problems inside your home

Ice damming - Icicles may look pretty hanging from your roof, but it can also be a symptom of possible water damages inside your home.  Water can work its way UP your roof, under the shingles, and cause water to enter your upper level. 

Mold visible on your walls

Whether you're gone on a two week vacation, or winter down in Arizona, the last thing you want to see when you return home is mold on your walls.

Mold flourishes when there is an abundance of moisture present in the air.  The first thing to determine is how the moisture got there.  Is there a pipe leak?  Condensation?  Another cause?

The moisture issue must be fixed before any mold remediation can occur.  Once that has been accomplished, then a check of where the moisture migrated, such as under a floor, inside a wall, etc.  Then structure drying can then begin.

Containment must be set up to help prevent cross contamination to unaffected areas once the mold remediation starts.  Finally, an anti-microbial spray is used to help prevent further mold issues.

if you suspect mold in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.

What to do AFTER a water damage

Heavy rains hit the area, and you had a sewer backup into your lower level.  Are you prepared to deal with it properly?

  • Remove standing water?
  • Remove affected carpet/flooring?
  • Cut affected drywall?
  • Remove wet insulation?
  • Dry the remaining structure?
  • Spray an anti-microbial, to help prevent mold growth?

We are!  A simple call to SERVPRO Bedford Park at 708-430-3600, and we can get the process started! 

A partial ceiling collapse due to extensive water damage

Roof leak causes ceiling collapse

Roof leaks - Rain or melting snow coming in through the roof can cause major water damages, as it did in this home.  Water pooling in the attic eventually caused this partial ceiling collapse, with water spreading into the hallway and adjoining rooms.

Fire damaged dryer sits in the yard of a home

Dryer fires can cause extensive damage

Dryer fire - Dryer fires, whether caused by manufacturing defect of lack of proper maintenance, can cause fire, smoke, and soot damages not only in the room where the appliance was located, by the smoke can travel to just about anywhere in the structure.  Our experts can pinpoint where the smoke migrated.

Ensuring all water damages are discovered/treated

This homeowner had a small waterline leak leading to his refrigerator.  It had probably been leaking for some time before being discovered and fixed.

There was obvious water damage in the kitchen, but, as a precaution, we check other areas to where water MIGHT travel, like the adjoining rooms and areas below.

This floor "looked" dry, but there were some subtle clues that the floor might be wet.  The baseboard is pulled slightly away from the wall (on the left), and the floor is beginning to "cup", meaning the edges of the planks are starting to curl upwards.  

Readings with the thermal imaging camera and the non-obtrusive meter (shown) shows above average moisture present.

Call 708-430-3600 for the same quality inspection.

Are you prepared for the next storm?

Everyone is prepared for a fire.  Smoke alarms alert you that a fire has started.  Some homes are equipped with sprinkler systems, while others have fire extinguishers to battle a small fire.

You have your furnace or AC checked in preparation for the winter or summer season.  Can’t have a breakdown when the weather turns extreme.

But are you prepared for the next storm?  Have you checked your sump pump?  Do you have a battery backup?  Do you have cardboard boxes or other loose contents in your lower level, where they could get wet or damaged?

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is already prepared for the next storm.  We have equipment staged and ready, so if a call comes in late at night or on the weekend, time won’t be wasted loading a truck.  We’ll get to your home ASAP to help mitigate your damage!

Small garage has fire damages

Garages are also subject to fires

Garage fires - No part of your home is immune to having fires, including your garage.  Attached or unattached, there are plenty of ways a garage can catch fire.  And, many times, the contents damaged inside a garage can be saved, cleaned, and deodorized, so there's no need for replacement.

Water damage inside a commercial boiler room

Commercial buildings can have water damages

Commercial buildings - Water damages do not only happen in the home.  The same type of losses that a homeowner could suffer, a commercial property can have as well.  Down time due to water losses can cause loss of revenue to the commercial property.

A SERVPRO crew member extracting a wet carpet

Begin by getting rid of standing water

Extraction - After the water problem has been fixed, the first mitigation project is to eliminate the standing water.  Pump out pools of water.  Extract wet carpet and pad.  Mop up puddles left behind.  Discard items affected by black water.

Mold in a car.

This vehicle was involved in an accident upon returning from a supermarket.  A couple gallons of milk was in the back, and the containers leaked milk all over the back carpet and into crevasses down deep.  The vehicle was stored in an impound lot for months.  Mold grew, and flourished, inside the closed up vehicle. 

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank was called in, and we not only performed the mold remediation, but also deodorized the inside so well, there wasn't even a trace of moldy milk left.

Heavy smoke and soot damage throughout this room

Major smoke damage after a fire

Heavy smoke damages - This particular fire caused more smoke and soot damages than the flames itself could.  The experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank know what can be salvaged and what cannot.  Using the incorrect method of cleaning can set the stains in materials that otherwise could have been saved.

Sewage loss at a local Youth Center

Heavy rains caused rain water and raw sewage to back up through the drains and toilets in a local Youth Center.  Five rooms and a couple of hallways were affected.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank swooped in, extracted the water, cleaned and sanitized, and made this disaster "Like it never even happened."

A door and window are boarded up

Securing an area after a fire

Board up - Once the fire is out, many times a door, window, or other area is blown out and subject to not only the elements but also to people or animals that can wander in.  We secure the property by boarding up all exposed areas.

Local Police station has water damage

Recently, a local Police station had a small water damage; sewage water came up through the drains briefly, and almost immediately went back down.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was called to sanitize the areas affected; a couple of cells and the gun range.

Local Police departments trust SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, and you should too!  708-430-3600.

Water damage at a commercial property

This commercial warehouse in Chicago had water damages from a leaking pipe.  The maintenance crew extracted the water from the floor, but, using the thermal imaging camera, SERVPRO discovered the water had migrated to the walls as well. 

Notice the blue areas towards the bottom of the walls on the camera screen.  That's where the moisture is.

Large or small, we make it "Like it never even happened."

Removing mold from an empty apartment

Recently, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was called out to remediate mold from a local apartment complex.  The property manager used SERVPRO many times in the past, and knew the job would be done completely and quickly.  This was no different.

Wall stained by cigarette smoke and grease

Heavy cigarette smoke stains walls and ceilings

Cigarette smoke damage - Homeowners at this house were heavy smokers, and the smoke and soot that the cigarette puts out as it burns eventually stained this kitchen wall and ceiling.  Experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can clean this area without the need to paint.

Taking precautions when working with mold.

Mold can be very dangerous.  That's why we have our crews wear the Tyvek suits and respirators.  

The suits serve another purpose as well; it helps to prevent cross contamination from unaffected areas in the house.  The suits are removed prior to leaving the affected areas (where we are working), and it keeps as many mold spores as possible away from the areas not affected.

Graffiti Removal at a Skatepark.

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting, it can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property.

Here Our highly trained cleaning technicians are performing graffiti removal at a Skatepark.

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank can handle any size job!

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank recently assisted a Bank when their basement flooded. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 708-430-3600 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Local motel has a room fire

This is the aftermath of a fire in a room at a local motel.  The adjacent rooms had some smoke and water damages as well.  The owner was happy we were able to clean and dry the adjacent rooms for use that weekend, as we tackled the cleanup in this room.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank attends ribbon cutting

On August 22, 2018, the ribbon was cut, officially opening the new Luther Burbank School.  SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was in attendance and took the tour, but also performed the FREE Emergency Ready Profile for this school.  The other schools in this district, as well as the district office, were completed previously.

Thank you for all those at Burbank School, as well as SD #111, for entrusting SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank with any disaster concerns.  Best of luck in the new school year!

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank supports Bridgeview Chamber

Recently, the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf outing at Old Oak CC.  This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chamber, with a large portion of the money going towards local scholarships.

Once again, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was there, lending a hand in raising money for this worthy cause.  Our Marketing Rep, Rick Gauger, ran the "Closest to the pin" contest.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank takes commercial refresher course

In August, 2018, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank attended a 2 - day regional corporate course on handling commercial clients' losses.

Keeping current and up-to-date, especially large commercial accounts, helps keep SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank ahead of the rest.  You cane be certain that every effort possible will be taken to get that commercial property 100% operational again!

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank attends BPCIA meeting

In October, Rick Gauger from SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank attended the quarterly meeting of the Bedford Park Clearing Industrial Association.  The speakers were: Ryan Ruehle from Pace Suburban Bus, and Curtis Witek (pictured) from the Antero Group.  They both discussed how to improve traffic flow, transit safety throughout the community, as well as more efficient public transit.

Crew member getting ready for a Biohazard Job

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank assisted a customer with decontamination of their home! Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank helped transform an unhealthy environment back into a clean/safe home.

A backyard porch and deck that suffered fire damages.

Porch caught on fire!

Porch fire - This home’s porch caught on fire, due to an electric issue, thankfully no one was injured! But there was smoke damage throughout the house and, extensive water damage inside the house from firefighter’s efforts.

Mold in Attic.

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank recently performed Mold Remediation in an Attic! 

Attic mold growth is mostly caused by these four basic causes:

  1. Lack of adequate attic ventilation/Improper ventilation.
  2. Improperly exhausted bathroom fans or dryer vents.
  3. Failure to install enough roofing (Ice Shield Membrane).
  4. Existing or past roof leaks.

 

 

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank can help you re-mediate the mold in your attic.  Please give us a call at 708-430-3600 to schedule an inspection. 

Water Damage in a commercial building in Burr Ridge, IL

NO JOB IS TOO LARGE! 

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Here is SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank assisting a large water loss in a commercial building in Burr Ridge, IL. 

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies.

Mold starts growing rapidly after unattended water damage.

Once water damage has happened, the clock is ticking before it gets worse. You don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to take care of the water damage. Mold starts growing rapidly if water damage is not handled immediately! 

Smoke and soot damages inside a garage, where the ceiling has collapsed onto a car

Car caught on fire inside a garage in Cicero, IL.

Carport/Garage fire - SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank assisted a customer after their car caught on fire inside their garage.  We worked together with the insurance adjuster and customer to evaluate affected contents to determine whether cleanable or total loss.

Homeowner Discovers Mold After Vacation

A local homeowner was enjoying her vacation in the islands, while at home, a pipe was leaking behind a wall.  When the homeowner returned home, mold greeted her.

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank came out, discovered the source of the leak, and remediated the mold, getting her back to normal living ASAP!

Post Construction Cleaning at a Commercial Property.

Work does not end once a commercial construction project is completed. After construction workers have packed up their supplies and equipment, the area requires a thorough cleaning. 

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank recently performed a post construction cleaning to a famous Burger Restaurant in the Chicago area.

Insurance agents take a mandatory class at SERVPRO

Recently, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank held an Ethics class, for the insurance agents in the area.  The agents are required to take this class once every two years, and we here at SERVPRO are happy to help fulfill that obligation.

Approximately 40 insurance agents were in attendance.  

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank holds this class at least once a year, so as many agents as possible can attend.

Rick Gauger attends SERVPRO CSR Forum

SERVPRO holds a quarterly CSR Forum for Customer Service Reps in the region, to update everyone on new services, share ideas among each other, and energize the group to better serve public.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank helps Harvey flooding victims

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank spent the entire month of September helping those in the Houston, TX area recover from the historic flooding of Hurricane Harvey.  While many people lost everything, some only lost items on the first floor, such as: cabinets, drywall, furniture, appliances, etc.  We cleaned out the mess, dried the remaining structure, and sprayed an anti-microbial to help prevent mold growth.

It's the first step in getting those people back living a normal life again, and we are happy to help!

Flooding due to Heavy Rains in the Columbus, OH area.

Back in July/2017 we traveled to Columbus, OH.  Heavy rains affected the Columbus area and we were there to do what we do best, helping customer getting their homes “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Bedford Park helping with Hurricane Matthew aftermath in Virginia

One of our trucks parked outside of a condominium building while our Crew Chief performs a Water Damage Inspection in one of the Condominiums in Virginia Beach, VA!

Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rain and strong winds caused severe flooding and power outages in the Virginia Beach area, thousands of resident's homes were affected with water damage.

Flooding in South Carolina

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank has participated not in one, but many storms around the country.  This time we traveled to South Carolina back in Oct/2015, where catastrophic flooding occurred, it produced heavy rain in multiple states (North and South Carolina) causing numerous rivers burst their banks, washing away roads, bridges, vehicles, and homes. 

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank helping out residents of Louisiana

As many of you know in August/2016 the residents of Louisiana experienced a catastrophic flooding due to prolonged rain affecting thousands of houses and business. SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank was able to participate in this event by helping customers save what was left of their homes, sadly most of the residents lost all their belongings and were dumped on the side of the street (please refer to the picture above)

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank in action

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank working at an apartment building after the recent storms.  We helped by extracting the water and drying out the structure.  You can see some of the drying equipment behind the truck. We not only act fast to every call we get but we also are always prepared for any emergency.

SERVPRO Fire Department Fundraiser

Recently, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank held a golf fundraiser, benefiting the fire departments of Bridgeview and Burbank.  The Bridgeview Fire Department also brought a fire truck and ambulance, to allow kids of all ages to climb on and explore.

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank supports Argo Fundraiser

SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank recently participated in the Argo Higher Education Foundation's Casino Night at Toyota Park.

We strive to help the community any way we can. Whether it's extracting water from a basement, getting rid of mold in a crawlspace, or supporting local causes, we are here to help!

SERVPRO of Bedford Park volunteers at CYC

SERVPRO of Bedford Park supporting our South Shore Shake & Stir event on March 18, 2016. Shake & Stir event netted more than $56,000. The funds raised will allow CYC to continue offering year-round programming, assuring that children have access to the educational, social, and emotional resources needed to succeed and persist in school, in their daily lives, and ultimately the workforce

Our new truck!

One more vehicle to get to you faster than any other restoration company. We can help you with your Fire/Water damage needs, Mold Remediation, Biohazard Cleanup and Emergency Board Ups.

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank present at ASNOA Conference

SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank recently had the opportunity to present at the ASNOA (Agent Support Network of America) Conference.  We showed examples of what we can do to clean up disasters big and small.

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank offered a free CE Ethics Class

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank recently offered a free Continuing Education Ethics Class to about 60 licensed insurance producers.  We do what we can to help those in the insurance industry!

SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank hosting a hole in one contest

SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was proud to host a hole in one contest at the Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association golf outing on 8/4 at Cog Hill. No one won the cash, but a great time was had by all!