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Responding Rapidly Minimizes Flood Damage in Schaumburg

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Responding Rapidly Minimizes Flood Damage in Schaumburg Warmer winter temperatures can result in snow melting and unable to seep into the ground, enter into homes causing damage.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Restoration Services for Any Size Damage

Living in Schaumburg gives us a full four seasons yearly, but with changing weather patterns, we now often experience warmer days during the winter. These warmer temperatures can lead to significant amounts of snow turning into water, resulting in substantial amounts covering the still-frozen ground. Unable to seep into the ground, this water can only flow horizontally, at times entering homes.

If melted snow travels where your Schaumburg residence is situated, your home's chances of flood damage considerably increase. Before a flood, sandbagging around your home helps minimize the amount of water that enters. However, smaller, slower amounts of water rarely provide forewarning, allowing them to creep up on homeowners. As flooding enters a home, it spreads out across the first floor and can also travel downstairs to the basement.

SERVPRO's professional team has gained extensive experience in all sizes and types of flood mitigation. No damage is too small nor too large for us to handle. Because water continually damages as long as it is present, we are Always Faster To Any Size Disaster, reducing the amount of time your home stays submerged before we finish restoring your home.

Certified in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), our technicians know which steps to take and when. Using the latest in technology and equipment, we can take a saturated home and dry it out at the pace needed to gain the results your family deserves.

The rate at which we dry out your home can affect the final results both personal belongings and materials inside your home experience. If drying progresses too slowly, microbial growth can begin. If it progresses too rapidly, uneven results can skew electronic readings, allowing some areas to remain damp. Another aspect of flooding inside a home deals with the level of contamination. Cleaning a home post-flood needs to include steps that ensure achievement of sanitary levels. We understand how contamination acts inside a home, and how to counteract it wherever it might exist.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle can help your family recover quickly from any amount of flood damage that your home experiences, making everything clean and safe again, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (847) 593-3055 to contact our 24-hour service. We never close and are always ready to help you, no matter what emergency your home endures.

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Quality Mold Damage Mitigation Services For Your Home In Elk Grove

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quality Mold Damage Mitigation Services For Your Home In Elk Grove Finding mold damage in your Elk Grove home can be stressful.

Mold Damage Mitigation Services

Finding mold damage in your Elk Grove home can be stressful. You may wonder what you could have done differently, kept your home cleaner, or caught things earlier to avoid the circumstances you are currently facing.

However, discovering that you have mold damage to your Elk Grove property is quite common. Mold only needs three ingredients to exist to flourish, and only one needs to exist for it to survive up to two weeks, depending on the species present. It takes its time, waiting for the right conditions to exist.

Mold enters your home various ways throughout the day, every day. It is typical for mold spores to catch a ride on household pets, your shoes, or fly into your home through a window. Since it exists as a significant part of our environment, it would be detrimental to eliminate it entirely. Therefore, there are those of us at SERVPRO who train to learn how to control it, keeping it out of our indoor living environments.

Mold only needs a food source, oxygen, and water to begin spreading anywhere in your home. When you think about all of the possible locations that mold might exist, it can be quite scary. With enough exposure, any species of mold can cause health problems. It is our job at SERVPRO to help homeowners keep mold growth under control, making it safer for you to enjoy your home.

If you find yourself facing mold problems, give us a call. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. We take pride in providing quality mitigation services you can count on and help limit any losses you might experience resulting from mold contamination found in your home.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle provides quality mold remediation services throughout the area. We have an entire staff of highly-trained professionals ready and willing to assist you with returning your home to a clean, safe, and secure place for you and your family to enjoy for years to come (847) 593-3055.

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Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Firm In Schaumburg Today

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Firm In Schaumburg Today There are a variety of water issues that can affect how your Schaumburg firm operates.

Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Firm

There are a variety of water issues that can affect how your Schaumburg firm operates, some of which may leave you wondering whether you can recover at all. Plumbing problems, fire suppression system malfunctions, or even faulty equipment all take their toll, causing water damage where you would least expect.

If you are currently experiencing water damage in your Schaumburg area firm, make the call to our office for professional assistance, today. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians can provide you with a variety of services to help restore damage to your property while also assisting with the recovery of many business assets.

As a law or accounting firm, you likely have a variety of electronic equipment, printers, photocopiers, computers, phones or even advanced technology, such as tablets, projectors, and more, all of which respond poorly to water intrusions. SERVPRO takes all of this into account, spending the time needed to retrieve and address these items carefully.

By paying close attention to each workstation affected by the event, we can save many items you may consider lost. SERVPRO technicians do a lot more than remove water and repair damage to your walls. We perform precision work that ensures your firm recovers as quickly and efficiently as possible while limiting any losses your company might experience.

SERVPRO technicians perform restoration services on your property as safely as possible, cordoning off damaged areas, eliminating possible hazards that could affect your employees. We make it entirely possible to maintain operations while your restoration is still underway.

With expertly trained technicians available anytime, day or night, we help limit any interruptions to the productivity of your staff and keep you moving forward after an emergency occurs. You can rest assured having qualified professionals addressing the water damage to your property.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle assists with water emergencies of all shapes and sizes throughout Itasca and Roselle as well, ensuring you have the help you need available when it is needed the most. Call for fast, efficient restoration services, today (847) 593-3055.

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Is Fire Damage in Your Schaumburg Townhome Possible if You Have a Firewall?

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Is Fire Damage in Your Schaumburg Townhome Possible if You Have a Firewall? Your neighbor's tragedy can cause odor and structural damage to your townhome. Be vigilant and contact SERVPRO after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Including Smoke and Soot in Your Attached Home

Multiple unit dwellings in Schaumburg often use specially reinforced building materials with a high fire-resistance rating extending from the foundation to above the roof, separating one home from the next. The purpose is to prevent the immediate spread of fire. Can these firewalls completely protect your living area from a fire next door? We are available to help you assess that situation.
Passive fire protection has been included in building codes for years. The fire damage protection your Schaumburg townhome features is a two to four-hour window before a blaze breaks through, depending on the strength and construction of the firewalls in your complex. Fire damage, however, is not limited to flames and charring. If damage from soot, smoke, water, or chemical extinguishers affects your townhouse, we can help.
Firewalls can deliver amazing results concerning shielding surrounding structures from burning, but as the fire department responds, neighboring homes are at risk of collateral damage. The substances used to extinguish the fire, water, and chemicals, may both make their way into your townhome. Smoke and soot also may filter inside and need to be cleaned. SERVPRO crews are trained to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, well prepared to remediate the damage done to your home by your neighbor’s tragedy.
We arrive to assess the damage, starting with issues from the water used to extinguish the fire. High power fire hoses can force water into your unit, and our crews work to remove the water and dry out your structure. SERVPRO’s powerful extractors pull water from floors and carpeting, and air movers and dehumidifiers reduce moisture from structural components. A baseline moisture measurement of each area is then compared to periodic retakes to ensure we are moving toward our drying targets.
Residues from chemical extinguishers, smoke, and soot are next for elimination, wiped or scrubbed away depending on their consistency. The SERVPRO crews are well-versed in the proper combinations of cleaners and tools that will remove smoke and soot coatings. One final issue is lingering smoke odors. Our deodorization experts start by clearing your home of smoky debris and then move on to airborne sprays or thermal fogging to eliminate the smell. Another option is the use of hydroxyl generators to neutralize odor-carrying particles.
Contact SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle at (847) 593-3055 if you have concerns about damage after a neighboring townhome burns. Our experienced team assesses your risk and provide fire damage restoration services.

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Repairing Flood Damage in Schaumburg

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Repairing Flood Damage in Schaumburg SERVPRO has the expertise and experience to dry out and repair your hardwood floors after a flood "Like it never even happened."

Hardwood Flooring Damaged by Flooding

A strong storm can push large amounts of water through a Schaumburg home in just a few hours. What is left behind can contain contamination from dirt and other soils to sewage when the floodwater overwhelms local sewer lines. Most of the damage though usually depends on how many hours or days the water remained in a home.

Saving a Schaumburg home with flood damage starts at the ground level. Once we remove the water, SERVPRO works to prevent or repair the buckling, cupping, and warping of hardwood floors which are common after a flood disaster.

Although the effects are quick to start, we can often prevent them from being permanent. Buckling is evident by the boards swelling higher than the ones next to them. With cupping and warping, floorboards twist in place, and if enough water has gotten into the boards, they pop up from the sub-floor.

Before we start any work, we first have to test and lower the moisture content to twelve percent or lower if possible. If the wood is too damp, any efforts to remove damage will only cause more. Depending on how high the number is, it could take as long as four or five weeks to bring it down to a safe level.

We begin with dehumidifiers to lower the humidity of the affected rooms to under forty-five percent. At that point, SERVPRO technicians set up air movers to blow warm air over and under the floorboards. This increased airflow and the higher temperature slowly draws out the moisture from the wood where the dehumidifiers absorb it.

When the humidity gets down to sixteen percent, we can safely install space heaters to quickly raise the temperature without causing secondary damage to the wood. It also increases evaporation which increases the effectiveness of the dehumidifiers.

With the moisture content now at a safe level, we can safely sand off the bulges and twist associated with the three types of damage. Not only can we eliminate most of the visual loss, but our team members also disguise our efforts by carefully refinishing the repaired wood. In the cases where the damage is too severe, we also sand down a replacement to fit precisely.

The goal of SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is to provide you with a floor indistinguishable from the original. It is not a quick or straightforward task, but it is one we have provided our neighbors for almost twenty years. Call us at (847) 593-3055 today to get started.

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Water Removal in Schaumburg May Require Professional Assistance

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Schaumburg May Require Professional Assistance Schaumburg Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Hardwood Floors and Other Building Elements

Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Drying in Your Schaumburg Property

For all your water removal in Schaumburg area, you may require a reputable water removal and restoration company. A professional service ensures that the final quality of the work done is superb and that all your furniture, belongings, and building elements are restored to their preloss condition.

Throughout our entire duration of operations, SERVPRO has identified two primary water removal techniques in Schaumburg from the business and residential premises. These are the pump and the vacuum water removal methods.

Vacuum removal entails the use of vacuum cleaners such as wet-dry vacuums to get rid of excess water from the home. To do this, SERVPRO suggests that you apply a cleaning solution in the water and then use the machine to ‘suck up’ excess moisture. For large volumes of water or fear of contaminated water, it is advisable to call us for the water extraction. With an array of wands, we can lift moisture from a carpet without damaging the fibers or laminated layers.

The use of pumps, on the other hand, involves the removal of excess water by use of the conventional water pumps. Place the pipe inside the excess moisture, place the other end of the pipe in a tank and then switch on the pump. This way, all the excess moisture shall be ‘sucked up’ and disposed of in a tank. This sump pump action is applicable in a small percentage of water extraction services. Professional equipment for this type of water removal is inventoried on our service vehicles. Air movers and dehumidifiers are typically equipment employed to eliminate the vestiges of moisture and dampness. Odor control and disinfecting are also key elements to a thorough cleanup in the case of gray or black water.

To take the guesswork out of your water removal exercise, you may require the intervention of a qualified water removal and cleanup company. SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E. Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle offers top-notch service. Why not consider giving us a try? Simply give us a call today via (847) 593-3055. We are always ready and willing to be of help!

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Condensation in the Basement is a Major Cause of Mold Damage in Elk Grove

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Condensation in the Basement is a Major Cause of Mold Damage in Elk Grove Condensation in your basement can be the cause for mold growth.

Hidden Mold in Low Traffic Areas of Your Home

The winter months are full of constant fluctuations in temperature. In Elk Grove, these fluctuations can affect the indoor temperatures in areas with little or no insulation, and the basement is one of these spaces of your home.

For homeowners and residents in Elk Grove, mold damage remains one of the leading causes of the loss of personal belongings. When temperatures change drastically, condensation can form on walls and other hard surfaces in your basement. As long as their other needs remain stable, mold and many other microbes can proliferate in colder temperatures when moisture accumulates in the form of condensation.

Many people equate musty odors with the warming of the soil around a home when cold snaps end, but this can deceive many into a false sense of security. The reason this scent appears is because of the increase in microbial activity during these warmer, but temporary, periods. Mold damage is much more likely to begin, or increase, during warmer periods of weather.

Experienced SERVPRO professionals work in every part of the home, from living areas to attics to basements and crawlspaces. Mold can grow anywhere. Finding it, though, is easier when an area receives more traffic from those living in the home. Basements, typically used for storage space, can harbor microbial growth for extended periods of time before homeowners discover its presence.

Using meters that detect biological contaminants, our technicians can determine which areas suffer from microbial infestation and then treat them. Restoring a home after mold damage happens does not always mean the removal of materials. Rather, cleaning and preventative treatment to stave off further problems can suffice. In basements, preventing future issues with microbial growth can include the installation of dehumidifiers and sump pumps. Wherever mold might grow, we spray with a fast-drying and very safe anti-microbial agent.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle's technicians would like to help you protect your home from the basement up. Mold damage can create a multitude of problems if not remediated quickly. Contacting us at (847) 593-3055 can resolve this issue for you and protect your home.  

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Stopping Flood Damage In Schaumburg

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stopping Flood Damage In Schaumburg Flood damage to Schaumburg homes usually comes from stormwater finding a way in through a roof or behind a wall.

Stop Flood Damage

You can already feel the weather turning around Schaumburg. The highs next week are dropping into the 70s and will probably stay there before going lower next month. It is a good time to start thinking about what storm damage can mean to your home with cooler weather.

Despite proximity to the Busse Woods Forest Preserve, we do not have to worry much about rising creeks or other nearby bodies of water. Flood damage to Schaumburg homes usually comes from stormwater finding a way in through a roof or behind a wall. In extreme weather, an excess amount of rain overpowers the storm drains and then it backs up into basements and other parts of a home. SERVPRO has decades of experience getting this water out and getting our neighbors back into a dry, safe home.

Our inspector arrives on site and determines what we need to do and what we need to get the job done. If a potential customer sends us pictures of what has happened in their home with the initial phone call, we can send the equipment and personnel to get started immediately upon arrival, lowering the level of standing water.

Since there was a storm involved, a SERVPRO inspector continues to check the home while technicians work. We are looking for damage that allows more water to enter the structure. Often, this means the roof has lost some tiles, or the rain gutters have become blocked or pulled away from the eaves. We use plastic sheeting and plywood to seal off the damaged areas initially. Our personnel can clear and repair most drainage systems in less than a day.

Once we finish removing the standing water, the next step is to extract the water trapped in carpets and wood floors. We use specially designed wands that draw it out but do not damage the fibers or wood surface. If we can access the sub-floor, technicians examine it to determine if there is water. If there is, we use air movers to force warm, dry air inside.

After the water is gone and technicians finish drying the floors, other team members examine walls for damage. Drywall is an excellent material for interior walls, but it quickly disintegrates after it becomes wet. If panels are not too soaked, we use more air movers and fans to blow air across them in an attempt to dry the panels in place. The material is too fragile to try to remove and dry elsewhere.

If you have damage from the recent storm, contact us here at SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle. The weather looks good for now, but we expect more rain next week. To stop your current problems and perhaps prevent more storm damage, call today at (847) 593-3055.

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Make the Most of Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the Elk Grove Area

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Make the Most of Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the Elk Grove Area Our technicians create an action plan to tackle your fire damage disaster. Contact us right away to start the process.

SERVPRO's Certified Technicians Quickly Assess the Damage and Commence the Remediation Process

Regardless of the type of fire you experience in your Elk Grove home, it often accompanies water, carpet, upholstery, and content damages that make it impossible to tackle repairs on your own. You need access to a professional that can provide you a wide variety of services.

Experiencing fire damage in your Elk Grove area home can be devastating, leaving you displaced, wondering what to do next. However, with qualified professionals on your side, things become much easier. You learn how to respond and what to do during specific situations, helping you ensure that you get the help you need to recover quickly.

SERVPRO is a preferred restoration provider for most major insurance companies. We have several years of experience returning hundreds of homes to a quality preloss condition and providing customers with stress-free disaster recovery services. It is our job to provide you with fast, efficient restoration services that exceed your expectations.  

After you have a fire in your home, you want to recover as quickly as possible. We respond to your call immediately and begin providing you with the restoration services required to make your house a home again. All of SERVPRO’s technicians are IICRC-certified, taking advanced in-house training and following specific guidelines set by the EPA to ensure proper cleaning and restoration of your home.  

SERVPRO also specializes in a wide variety of restoration services, making it possible for us to tackle any situation that may occur. We have restoration methods designed to address smoke damage and odor removal after a fire, as well as services that target specific areas of your home including structural, content, and personal belongings.

We can help restore your area rugs, carpet, and other upholstery items. All of our services provide you with fast, effective results, working towards reducing your losses, and returning your home’s atmosphere to normal.  

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle has an entire Green Fleet stocked and ready to deploy. Everyone living in Itasca, Roselle, and even E. Schaumburg has access to qualified professionals who stand ready to address emergency situations effectively, call today. (847) 593-3055

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Specialized Equipment for Elk Grove Water Removal

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Specialized Equipment for Elk Grove Water Removal No matter what has caused water damage in your home, you can trust SERVPRO to leave your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s water removal process

SERVPRO locations around the country have had decades of experience and millions of unique cases to develop cost-effective and time-optimized mitigation and restoration strategies for residential water removal, and Elk Grove homes receive that same thoroughly-planned treatment no matter how large or small the issue. Our technology is specifically engineered to allow machines, sensory equipment, and our trained personnel to work in perfect sync. As an example of our specialization and efficiency, take a look at our standard water removal procedure.

The First Step: Mitigation

First and foremost in any Elk Grove water removal job is to identify and neutralize the source of damage. If the damage has been caused by a storm or other natural causes, the issue most likely solves itself by the time our technicians arrive. Otherwise, our personnel helps to identify the source of the issue and shut it down. Once the environment is safe to work in, we immediately begin pumping out water and performing preliminary mitigation efforts aimed at preventing further damage.

Air Movers

Once we have pumped out all water possible, we still must take care of the thin layers of water that stick to surface and subsurface layers around your home. For this task, we use air movers - powerful machines designed to create directed air currents in a specific region or pattern. These quickly and mercilessly pick up water droplets from any surface in their path, putting them into the air for dehumidifiers to handle.


Once the water is airborne, we cannot simply leave it to settle once more in your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians use thermal and chemical dehumidifiers to suck the water into manageable, movable containers, the final step in our water removal process. After this process, we can begin work on deodorization and restorations. At SERVPRO, our ultimate goal is complete livability in the home, not just a quick water removal job!

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is there when you need us most to help you mitigate and recover from water damage of any variety. Just give us a call at (847) 593-3055.  

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