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Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

According to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover after a disaster. Of the ones that do survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Wondering how you can develop a preparedness plan? SERVPRO can help you with a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. With this plan in place, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan in place.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (or ERP) is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s ERP, your business with receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. Call us today to prepare for tomorrow.

Are All Your Ducts In A Row?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

If your business property is experiencing poor indoor air quality, the ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit. SERVPRO is equipped to clean your HVAC system to not only improve air quality, but also help your business save money on energy.

If your HVAC has been operating without attention for sometime, it could be circulating odors, dust, and other contaminates. To remove these, it is vital to have the ducts thoroughly cleaned.

In addition, a clean HVAC will improve airflow, thereby allowing it to run more efficiently and reduce the risk of fire, which is especially important when combustable dust is present. Potential mold growth can also be reduced when your HVAC is properly taken care of.

Our professionals are available to make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. Our goal is to provide peace of mind on the health of your system while also saving you money.

For more information on duct cleaning, contact us at (847)593-3055!

We Can Deodorize Your Apartment "Like It Never Even Happened"

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

After the devastation of fire damage, SERVPRO aims to make it “Like it never even happened.” This involves demolition and reconstruction, as well as water damage mitigation from fire fighting efforts. However, we specifically pride ourselves on our deodorization process.

Our clients are often surprised and delighted by our ability to completely remove any trace of smell. Property managers who have dealt with multiple fires in the past will tell us that we are the only ones who can actually make the property completely odor-free.

The trick is that we do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them completely. In addition to our quick response time and state-of-the-art equipment and resources, our thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile truly sets us apart from the rest.

The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming and stressful, but SERVPRO is always available to help you in your time of need. Call today!

What Happens to Your Belongings after a Fire?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

As if the stress of dealing with fire damage to your property wasn’t enough, there is also the question of what happens to your belongings. You may lose hope and believe that everything needs to be tossed and replaced. Well, not necessarily. SERVPRO’s mitigation and restoration services also extend to your belongings. Our extensive and thorough content cleaning process will ensure that your belongings are treated with the utmost care.

  • We will complete an accurate room-by-room inventory and ensure everything is property accounted for. This includes photo documentation and bar coding items, suitable for filing insurance claims forms, alleviating you of this often stressful and time consuming process.
  • If needed, your contents can be relocated for cleaning, deodorization, and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew will carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office.
  • Any contents which are deemed restorable will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, area rugs, draperies, upholstery, and more. For any fabric material, our professionals will carefully inspect and test all fabrics to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.

If your property has been devastated by fire damage, rely on SERVPRO to properly take care of your needs. Call today!

The Document Drying Process

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Document Drying Process Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber

Dealing with the aftermath of water damage in your property can be a stressful process, all the more exacerbated if any documents and records were affected. Water-damaged paper can deteriorate rapidly, and without proper handling, valuable files and irreplaceable documents could be lost forever.

SERVPRO is well-equipped to handle any damaged paper goods.

  • Vacuum Freeze Drying - The item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (direct conversion of a solid into a gas, skipping the liquid state).
  • Digitizing - In the digital age, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. If your file room was damaged by water and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, this may be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.
  • Gamma Irradiation - When dealing with water damage from a storm situation, flooding or sewage, most of the affected documents will be contaminated. Gamma irradiation will clean/disinfect and decontaminate paper goods by emitting high-energy photos from an isotope scope (cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout the items. This will leave the paper clean and decontaminated without leaving behind any residual radiation.
  • Certified destruction - If, for any reason, materials need to be disposed of, we will certify with all entities that their products and materials are destroyed. We aim to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information, and to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

You can trust SERVPRO to take care of all your water damage needs. Call us today!

Faster to Any Size Disaster

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Faster to Any Size Disaster Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

We take that phrase seriously, and not just with local jobs. With a network of 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is ready to respond to any large scale disasters that come our way in any part of the country.

2017 saw a myriad of large storms in various states. From microbursts to tornadoes to hurricanes, there was extensive property damage across the country, with local restoration companies scrambling to help out. With SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, there are more than 1,000 crews ready to mobilize at any given time. This past year, some of our technicians had the opportunities to travel to Kansas, Michigan, and Georgia for Hurricane Irma. We are happy to be available to those who are in need.

No matter where you are, SERVPRO is nationwide and ready to be faster to any size disaster.

AMRT Certification

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation AMRT Certification Alex and Campbell, newly AMRT certified

With mold season fast approaching, it is imperative our technicians possess the skills and training necessary to properly take care of any mold job that comes our way. Two of our technicians, Alex and Campbell, recently took a week-long trip to SERVPRO headquarters in Tennessee to take classes and go through hands-on training. After passing their exams, they are now officially certified as Anti Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT).

As an approved IICRC Training School, SERVPRO offers extensive programs for franchise employees at its state-of-the-art facilities. With year-around class offerings, SERVPRO employees are given access to a wealth of education and resources to ensure they are thoroughly equipped and well-prepared in the field.

With Alex and Campbell’s new up-to-date AMRT certifications, you can trust our team to take care of your mold issues properly and efficiently.

Click to see more information about SERVPRO's training programs.

Rainy Season Means Mold Season

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

“April showers bring May flowers…” as well as a variety of issues for homeowners. Most of these problems can be easily prevented or immediately taken care of. However, mold growth is often overlooked or forgotten about until it is too late. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to prevent or look out for potential mold growth.

There are always mold spores floating through the air, which in small amounts are usually harmless. However, once these spores find a moist, damp spot to land on, they begin to multiply over time to potentially harmful levels. After several days of rain and/or humidity, your property may be a prime target for mold growth.

Mold often grows on walls due to wet air sticking to the surface or hidden leaky pipes located behind. The attic and the ceiling below it would also be prime spots for mold growth, especially after a heavy rainstorm. Dark places such as crawlspaces, closets, inside ceilings, etc. are easy spots for mold to grow because of a lack of both ventilation and sunlight keeping in humid air. Be sure to keep these areas in mind when looking out for mold.

The basement is an especially perfect spot for mold to grow. It is dark, usually not well-ventilated, and any water leakage from above will travel down into or around the basement. In addition, any cold surfaces within the basement such as metal pipes or concrete floors are susceptible to condensation, again creating more spots for mold to grow. If nothing else, keep an especially close eye on your basement.

If your property is suffering from mold or water damage, don’t wait to address it! SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is available 24/7 and has the equipment and training to take care of your mold issues. Call us at (847)593-3055 right away!

What Are Air Movers?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Are Air Movers? Our air movers, ready to service you at any time.

Domestic plumbing is not invulnerable. Pipes can crack, gutters can clog, and toilets can overflow. Even with careful maintenance, all it takes is a torrential rainfall or malfunctioning water equipment to cause significant water damage to your property.

The good news is that SERVPRO is prepared. With industry-approved equipment and tools, such as our air movers, the effects of water damage can be mitigated properly.

High volume air movers can direct clean, dry air at a high velocity through water damaged spaces in order to increase the rate of evaporation. These come in handy for ventilating entire rooms and drying items such as carpet, pads, walls, and furniture. Air movers can even help to rapidly remove gases and fumes.

Paired with a dehumidifier, which removes moisture from air, air movers prove to be invaluable in high-humidity environments. The dry air pumped through our air movers will help move moisture-soaked air toward our dehumidifiers, which promotes faster drying time.

At SERVPRO of Elk Grove /E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle, water damage repairs are carried out with the utmost care. We understand that your property and possessions are precious, and we will be sure to do our job safely and quickly and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (847) 593-3055 today to arrange a home visit.

Commercial Flood Damage

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage

The disruption that flooding and water damage can bring to a commercial property can be costly. Insurance companies may help to pay for the actual damages, but they rarely cover lost revenue. SERVPRO emphasizes speed and timeliness in our commercial restoration projects to help get businesses back up and running.

Response Time

We are on hand 24/7 and our crews are able to arrive on-site with the proper equipment within four hours of your first call. By responding quickly, we help to prevent further damage and materials soaking, saving days or even weeks of restoration time.

Fast And Heavy Equipment

We equip our crews with industrial-grade drying and restoration equipment to ensure they perform as quickly and effectively as possible. Our water extractors pump out standing water at high speeds, and our air movers remove any extra moisture from surfaces. For water removal, when speed and thoroughness are key, our tools and machinery pack a solid punch.

Trained, Certified, And Helpful Staff

Be it our technicians, inspectors, or office representatives, SERVPRO is renowned for our friendly and helpful staff. Technicians are happy to explain what they're doing to you, and our representatives can help communicate on your behalf with insurance companies and other relevant parties. Our staff will work with you to get the job done as smoothly and quickly as possible, and we are open and welcome to any questions or requests.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is ready around the clock to respond to commercial flood damage to get you back in business. Call us at (847) 593-3055.