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Responding to Water Damage in Your Elk Grove Woodwork Shop

5/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Responding to Water Damage in Your Elk Grove Woodwork Shop Contact SERVPRO after water damage in you woodwork shop to get back to making beautiful wood creations for your customers.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experienced When It Comes to Handling Commercial Water Damage Disasters


For water repair companies like SERVPRO, it is surprisingly common to deal with burst hot water tanks. Many of these units serve small commercial complexes, so they tend to be monitored less closely than the boilers and water systems in residential properties. The problem with this is that, without the right maintenance, water tanks are prone to leaks.

The average size (forty gallons) tank can cause significant commercial water damage in Elk Grove businesses. In a small woodwork shop, for example, you could expect around 200 gallons of liquid to spill out in the event of a rupture. The good news is that, in a steel frame and low porosity concrete building, the water absorbs at a very slow rate or not at all.

Responding to the Damage

The majority of woodwork shops have a drain in the center of the floor which can be used to hose the workspace down. It is very useful because it means that a lot of the water gets directed out of the building. Around 1/3 of the liquid is likely to remain, and much of this is soaked up if you have sawdust covered floors.

Surface Water Mopping

So, for SERVPRO, it is a matter of removing the wet sawdust and taking as much water with it as possible. Broadhead mops and squeegees are used to push the material into the center of the shop, where it gets collected and extracted. After this, we use weighted compression tools and hard floor squeegees to soak up the rest of the liquid. The use of pump extractors is unlikely in this scenario because the volume of standing water is minimal.

Applied Structural Drying

Usually, woodwork shops are uniform in shape. They can be quite large, but they do not have many deep cavities or crevices. It makes it easier for SERVPRO to regulate the humidity using air movers and dehumidifiers. For a 1,000 square foot shop, two air movers are set up for rapid surface drying. They get combined with a small dehumidifier (working at around 14 pints per day). As the shop is only moderately wet at this point, a medium powered unit should be sufficient.

Water Tank Replacement

The SERVPRO team can arrange for a replacement water tank to arrive on site. We have links to a broad range of vendors, suppliers, and contractors, so this is something that we can do on your behalf. All installers are fully vetted and qualified.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E. Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle serves business owners in the Elk Grove area. If your property has a problem with water damage, caused by a burst tank or pipe, our team can help you resolve it quickly. Call us 24/7 at (847) 593-3055.

Are You Experiencing Flood Damage Or A Main Water Line Break In Your Itasca Area Home?

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Experiencing Flood Damage Or A Main Water Line Break In Your Itasca Area Home? Itasca Floods from Old Copper Pipes? Call SERVPRO!

Itasca Flooding Benefits from SERVPRO Water Extraction and Drying


A copper water main lasts an excess of 60-years, making it highly unlikely for you to experience a water main break during your lifetime, especially if you purchased your home new. For those of you who purchased an older home, the age, corrosion, temperature fluctuation, and whether your piping experiences electrolysis or not plays a major role in its survival.
 
While it is unlikely, flood damage can occur in your Itasca home because of a broken water main. Therefore, it is important to understand what to look for and avoid panic, should this become a problem for you. First and foremost, never attempt to repair a broken main on your own, without the proper experience and resources, you are likely to cause more damage and waste quality time. You could also jeopardize your safety.
 
Learn where your main water shutoff is and how to operate it successfully during an emergency. If a constant stream of water forms on your property or in the roadway, it could mean that you, or a neighbor, has a leaky water main. You need to contact a qualified company, like SERVPRO, that can help you get things under control quickly and limit the damage you experience after contacting your municipal water department.
 
If no one is using water in your house and you still hear a rumbling, or hissing noise where the pipe enters your house, this could be an indication that water is exiting somewhere between the house and the water main. SERVPRO technicians have access to the equipment and personnel necessary to locate and repair the damaged piping, fix the grading in your yard after repairs have been made and install additional drainage, sump pumps, or backflow valves where appropriate.
 
If you are experiencing pressure loss, standing water, or develop sinkholes in your yard, a main water line break is likely the culprit. Keep in mind that just because the life expectancy of the water main is 60-years, it does not mean that it cannot break earlier. 


Using a company, like SERVPRO, with IICRC certified technicians helps you keep a close eye on these issues and get the help you need during an emergency. We have many services designed to address both exterior and interior issues caused by plumbing problems that occur in your home.
 
Give SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg /  Itasca /  Roselle a call today for assistance with your water main, or issues concerning fire, water, mold, or storm damage that develop on your property. We are here to help. (847) 593-3055

Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In Schaumburg

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In Schaumburg Mold Infestations Need Remediation When Green Fuzzy Stuff Appears on Your Walls in Schaumburg

SERVPRO Provides Expert Remediation to Cleanup Your Home in Schaumburg After a Mold Infestation

Discovering mold on your property means that you need professional remediation services to get things under control safely. Attempting to save a few bucks by performing the repairs yourself, often leads to additional damages or spreading contamination even further.

Take advantage of mold damage remediation services available in the Schaumburg area. It does not matter how big or small the problem is, or what type of mold is growing in your home; professional remediation services are your best chance of controlling the problem correctly.
 
Do not hesitate to call for help, waiting makes the problem worse, escalating damages and causing you to lose more than you should. A company with professional remediation services, like SERVPRO, gives you access to industrial-grade water extraction equipment, fast drying services, as well as cleaning and deodorization services you can count on to restore your home to a safe, clean condition.
 
SERVPRO technicians inspect the surrounding area for damage, contain the space to limit exposure to other clean areas of your home and use Negative-Airflow Machines, Air Movers and other equipment to prevent spreading contamination. Our expertly trained technicians utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) to maintain a near-sterile work environment and protect everyone involved throughout your remediation process.
 
SERVPRO locates and repairs the source of moisture allowing mold growth to occur in your home. Then technicians use a variety of hand-held or truck mounted water extractors to remove existing water quickly and efficiently. Each of the different extractors provides technicians with the ability to tackle areas of varying size, making even hidden moisture removable.
 
Fast-drying procedures and EPA-registered disinfectants help prevent secondary damages from developing and make conditions safer for workers to perform their functions. Safe rooms allow workers to enter and exit contaminated areas, while also giving us the proper amount of space to handle and dispose of materials properly.
 
With the contaminated materials removed and water extracted, cleaning and deodorization specialists perform their functions restoring your property to a safe, clean, healthy environment that you and your family can enjoy.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle today to request the help you need, or find out more about the services available in your area. We are available 24-7, call now. (847) 593-3055

Why Air Movers are Great for Repairing Water Damage in Elk Grove Village Homes

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Air Movers are Great for Repairing Water Damage in Elk Grove Village Homes Call SERVPRO to discuss how an air mover can help with your water damaged flooring.

Professional Tools Used in Water Damage Remediation


Water damage is always a possibility in residential properties because domestic plumbing is not infallible. Pipes can crack, gutters can clog, and toilets can overflow. Even with careful maintenance, there are dangers from things like torrential rains and malfunctioning water supplies.

The good news is that water damage in Elk Grove Village can be restored and repaired. It requires the use of specialist equipment, but companies like SERVPRO are always on hand to provide it. With support from high-powered fans, dehumidifiers, deodorizers, and air movers, the effects of water damage get permanently reversed.

Keep reading to learn more about air movers and why they are an important part of water damage repairs.

What Does an Air Mover Do?

Often, these clever machines get paired with dehumidifiers. They direct clean, dry air through a water damaged space as a way to boost the rate of evaporation. The dry air displaces the heavy, water-saturated air and pushes it towards dehumidifiers, which are great at capturing it and removing the moisture.

Once removed, the air is dry and returned to the room so that it can be directed through the space by the air mover again. These machines are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The greater the humidity, the bigger the air mover. The slimmer, portable devices are useful when it comes to drying out narrow and enclosed areas like crawlspaces.

What Are Air Movers Used to Restore?

Air movers are particularly good at supporting the drying out of carpets, walls, cupboards, cavities, and attics. They enhance the performance of dehumidifiers, especially in tight spaces, because the circulation of clean air is essential for fast, effective repairs.

If a carpet has been saturated with water and requires drying, the SERVPRO team can lift it off the ground. Just a few inches is needed to create a drying chamber, and an air mover sits underneath. It blows clean, dry air beneath the fabric and ensures that subflooring gets restored too.

Do Air Movers Work Fast?

The speed of all restorations is dependent on a variety of factors. The most important is the severity of the water damage and, specifically, how many porous items have become saturated. While non-porous materials can be wet vacuumed and wiped clean, fabrics absorb water and require extensive dehumidification.

Consequently, the rate at which air movers operate is related to how fast dehumidifiers are working. For the best possible result, the SERVPRO team carefully controls and monitors the drying process. If things move too fast, there is a risk of secondary water damage, so a measured, cautious approach is vital in most cases.

At SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E. Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle, water damage repairs are carried out with the utmost care. We understand that your possessions are precious, so we make their safety a top priority. Call us 24/7 at (847) 593-3055 today to arrange a home visit.

Is Thermal Fogging a Solution for Fire Damage in Elk Grove Village Homes?

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Is Thermal Fogging a Solution for Fire Damage in Elk Grove Village Homes? Smoke can sometimes do more damage than an actual fire. Call SERVPRO to discuss and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Specialize in Removing Lingering Odors After a Fire

There is more to fire than heat and flames. In fact, smoke is far more dangerous than fire and soot is a lot harder to repair. So, the important question is, what type of damage can soot and smoke do to your home? The answer is a substantial amount if you do not bring in a qualified restoration team soon after the incident.

Fire damage in Elk Grove Village is always a stressful situation, much of it may not be permanent. While badly burned items may be declared lost, it is possible to remove soot stains, lingering odors, and ash residues on surfaces with the right equipment. SERVPRO is a local company based in your area. When fire strikes, we are on hand to fight its effects.

Keep reading to find out how thermal fogging is used to rid fire damaged homes of acrid, lingering smoke odors.

Thermal Fogging 101

Thermal fogging (also called dry fogging) is a simple process. Repair teams use a special device to disperse powerful deodorizers into the air. These deodorizing chemicals are capable of several different things (depending on the specific agent used), but the aim is to neutralize unpleasant odor causing particles.

The technique works because the chemicals are not just applied all at once, in large amounts. They are literally ‘fogged’ into the smoky space, in the form of a fine mist. It is crucial because the key to successful deodorizing after a fire is to chase the bad particles into the surfaces where they are hiding.

The Importance of Penetration

If we do not do this, the smells start to reappear after a few days, because they were never really eliminated. Porous items are the biggest culprit for hiding nasty smoke smells. Fabrics like carpets, curtains, seat covers, rugs, and clothes all absorb odor. Wood is also porous to some extent, but plastics and metals are impervious.

The mist technique creates neutralizing particles which are small enough to follow the odors into the materials and change their structure. It makes thermal fogging a highly effective way to get rid of smoke odors under floorboards, in crawlspaces, crevices, cracks, and cavities. The chemicals used are safe, but the SERVPRO technicians do ask that occupants vacate the building while fogging is ongoing.

The team at SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle uses highly sophisticated techniques to repair and restore fire damage. If your property is in the Elk Grove area and you need help, our experts are always ready to respond. Call us 24/7 at (847) 593-3055.

Obtain The Water Damage Restoration Services That Your Elk Grove Business Deserves

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Obtain The Water Damage Restoration Services That Your Elk Grove Business Deserves Natural disasters, leaky windows, roofing and plumbing issues, all allow water to intrude into places that endanger your business.

Water Damage Restoration


Natural disasters, leaky windows, roofing and plumbing issues, all allow water to intrude into places that endanger your business. Your hotel could have many hidden dangers that you are not even aware of yet.

Work together with a restoration company that understands how important it is to keep the doors of your Elk Grove hotel open when dealing with water damage. We can provide our services in most cases while limiting any interruptions to your guests or the services you offer them. Contacting SERVPRO at the first signs of water damage on your property allows us an opportunity to erase the physical damage done by water. Our technicians thrive on their ability to make damage appear, "Like it never even happened."

Let's say you have a leak on the third floor of your property caused by a faulty fire suppression system. SERVPRO technicians use the proper signs to alert your guests of any risks and cordon off the affected area, allowing movement through the area if necessary. We use years of experience, in-depth training, and specialized equipment to extract any remaining moisture, oversee the drying process and remove excess water from the affected atmosphere quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO's extraction equipment consists of both hand-held and truck mounted extractors that allow our technicians to handle any size area affected by water. Our moisture detection devices enable us to determine the extent of exposure in a particular location and the ability to test different drying procedure effectiveness. Our teams work diligently to clean and restore damaged items and materials whenever possible, often saving vulnerable items during the process. While having the ability to sanitize the areas of your business with EPA approved antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to eliminate potential health risks that may exist.

We have technicians that specialize in odor removal using air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove even the worst persistent odors. While having the experience and knowledge to dispose of materials or contents that are beyond restoration. Our fast response times allow us to return your facility to its preloss condition, pushing for restoration over replacement whenever possible to help reduce the costs and time associated with your restoration process.

Contact SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle today for the high-quality water damage restoration services your company deserves (847) 593-3055.

Preventing Mold Damage In Itasca Properties: The First 48 Hours

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold Damage In Itasca Properties: The First 48 Hours If the emergency is addressed more than 48 hours after the intrusion, there is a greater risk of mold development.

Preventing Mold


All skilled mold remediation specialists know that speed is of the essence after a flood or leak. Any moisture intrusion in the home, whether caused by a storm or an overflowing toilet, requires immediate attention.

It is because mold flourishes in the presence of moisture and it can become a destructive force very quickly. SERVPRO responds to mold damage in Itasca properties with a comprehensive 48-hour plan. What happens during this period is critical and determines the success of efforts to prevent mold from developing. This guide can show you what to expect from the first two days of a mold prevention plan.

Find The Moisture
The most important task is finding out where moisture is entering the property. Often, it is an easy one, because the leak is obviously from a burst pipe, damaged roof, broken appliance, or broken window. In some cases, pipes burst inside the walls, and it is harder to pinpoint the break. However, the SERVPRO team have access to pinhole readers and other moisture detecting tools.

Eliminate The Leak
The extent of the damage determines what happens next. If there is a broken pipe or damaged component, the technicians can arrange to have it repaired. Then, they check for signs of mold development. If spores are discovered or suspected (due to unpleasant odors), we may consult an independent mold specialist for advice on how to clean affected surfaces.

Dry The Environment
The only way to stop mold from spreading is to take away the things it needs to survive. They are water and warmth. SERVPRO can do this by establishing a drying chamber around the affected area. Cabinets, carpets, furnishings, and all other items require thorough drying with dehumidifiers. Containment chambers make it easier to control the level of humidity so that the air remains at an optimal temperature for targeted water extraction.

What Happens After 48 Hours?
If the emergency is addressed more than 48 hours after the intrusion, there is a greater risk of mold development. We might need to use biocides and strong cleaning chemicals in severe cases. It is an extreme measure, though because it usually requires a temporary evacuation. If it is not possible to physically remove or replace mold damaged components (drywall or ceilings) for cleaning or replacement, it is sometimes necessary.

At SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle, we are committed to helping you beat mold problems. If we can prevent spores from multiplying and spreading, we can stop mold in its tracks. So, call us 24/7 on (847) 593-3055.

How SERVPRO Gets Customers Back Into Flooded Retail Stores Faster

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Gets Customers Back Into Flooded Retail Stores Faster Almost all retail stores rely on a steady stream of customers to stay in business, and as a result, events like floods can spell doom.

Commercial Flood Damage


Almost all retail stores rely on a steady stream of customers to stay in business, and as a result, events like floods can spell doom if the store cannot recover fast enough. 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, helping to get doors open sooner and keeping the flow of customers as uninterrupted as possible. These techniques and more contribute to our fast, thorough treatments that help to keep businesses alive after a flood.

Our Mitigation Strategy
The most prominent characteristic of our strategy towards retail flood damage in Itasca is our policy of mitigation. We are accessible 24/7 to make sure that our response times to disasters are as low as possible, and our crews are able to arrive on-site with proper equipment within four hours of your first call. These fast responses are especially impactful in retail locations, as many store floods are caused by sprinklers or busted water mains. By responding quickly, we help to prevent damage from spreading far and wide and keep water from soaking deep into materials and creating more problems. Fast response times can end up saving days or even weeks of time in the restoration process, which is why businesses around the country have come to appreciate our mitigation approach.

Fast And Heavy Equipment
We equip our crews with industrial grade drying and restoration equipment to ensure that they can do their jobs at the fastest pace possible. New and efficient water extractors pump out standing water at high speeds, and powerful air movers remove any extra moisture from surfaces. For water removal, when speed and thoroughness trump all else, 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 friendly and helpful staff. Technicians are happy to explain what they're doing to you, and our representatives can help you with interactions and dealings with insurance companies and other relevant parties. Our staff works with you to get the job done as smoothly and quickly as possible, so don't be intimidated to ask questions or make requests.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is ready around the clock to respond to flood damage in your business, in order to get doors back open faster and to keep damage from spreading. Call us at (847) 593-3055.

Mold Damage can Quickly Spread if Cleaned Incorrectly in Schaumburg Homes

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can Quickly Spread if Cleaned Incorrectly in Schaumburg Homes When you think you have mold, call SERVPRO to investigate.

SERVPRO Cleans Mold in Any Part of Your Property

There are often many ways to do something - a few correct ways and several incorrect ones. The incorrect ones often seem easier, less time-consuming, and also less-expensive, at least at the beginning. Later, the 'better' solution can start to show its shortcomings. Ridding a home of mold damage should be conducted correctly. Doing otherwise can create a diverse set of additional problems in the near and not-so-near future in the home.
 
Schaumburg homeowners who have detected mold damage in their home will benefit from expert and professional mold remediation. Small items that have mold can be safely cleaned without posing much of a risk. A larger area, such as a library of books in the home, even a smaller one, should be cleaned by technicians. They will not only clean the mold from the books, preserving them, but also contain the mold and the spores that would spread the problem throughout the house.
 
While mold requires moisture to grow, and at times, while mold can be damp, it can also be extremely dry and dusty. This dustiness is actually mold spores. If these are cleaned as if it was actual dust, it can be spread from one area of a home to another area that may, until then, have normal levels of mold.
 
SERVPRO technicians often will wear protective clothing, similar to hazmat suits, when performing mold remediation work to protect themselves. This is part of the containment process. Other aspects used include placement of air scrubbers that remove airborne mold spores and other pathogens from the air, thick plastic sheeting strips (similar to those found around meat departments in your local grocery stores), and vacuums that use HEPA filters. These will be set up prior to beginning the removal of excess mold and repairing any mold damage.
 
When areas of a home are damaged by mold, they can not only be a point of contamination that can potentially affect the remainder of the home, but they can also deteriorate and become hazardous in other ways. Mold can affect almost any material in a home, including wood. Support beams can rot and become unable to bear the weight they were originally designed to. Preventing mold damage from spreading can prevent situations like that from becoming a reality.
 
If you have discovered mold, smell an ongoing and musty odor but cannot find the source, or have other concerns about mold and the damage it can cause, call SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle at (847) 593-3055. We are always available to assist you in protecting your home.

Appliance Malfunction Results in Flood Damage To Your Roselle Home

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Appliance Malfunction Results in Flood Damage To Your Roselle Home Appliances can flood your home. Call SERVPRO quickly to prevent any secondary damages!

SERVPRO's Quick Response Lessens the Possibility of Secondary Damage

When you first purchased your front loading washer, you were pleasantly surprised by the water savings this type of machine offers the homeowner. As time went by, you noted the machine sometimes struggled with discharging the water and spinning the clothes dry. One day the water just stopped draining from the tub and an error code flashed on the washer’s instruction screen. After reviewing some articles on the internet, you discover that the problem may be a clogged drain trap. Without thinking it through you open the drain access door and unscrew the drain trap. The next thing you know, you have your phone dialed, and a call put into SERVPRO.
 
Although unfastening the drain or “coin” trap to clean it may clear up the issues with your washer for the future, it poured a couple of gallons of water out onto your laundry room floor. Flood damage to your Roselle home is now your biggest concern no matter how satisfying it is that your washing machine is now working properly. Carpeting and padding near the laundry area are soaked through with wash water, and you have no idea how to repair this mistake. A quick call to our dispatcher will have a technician on the way with the equipment necessary to extract the water from the carpeting and perhaps the padding.
 
It may seem that the water gushing out of your washing machine is harmless. However, SERVPRO protocols, based on the best practices used in the water damage restoration industry, consider wash water to be contaminated. Your clothing can contain all manner of potentially hazardous debris including bacteria, viruses, and pathogens like E. coli. If you were to simply suck up the water with a wet vac, it is possible pathogens would remain in the carpet, and if the carpeting and padding are not thoroughly dried, any mold spores in the air and on surfaces can grow in and under the floor covering. If we respond right away, we have a chance to dry the carpeting in place with our professional grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers. Our staff will consult with EPA trained supervisors who will help decide if the padding needs to be removed, a relatively inexpensive fix that will minimize the possibility of further microbial growth.
 
When a mistake is made that spreads water across a carpeted area, SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle can help you remove the water fast with little harm done. Call us at (847) 593-3055 for any flooding. No disaster is too small or too large for our trained food control team.