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Archived Water Damage Blog Posts

Flooded Basements are SERVPRO's Speciality

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

It happens to everyone. Sump pumps fail, pipes burst, sewer lines back up. There are a myriad of reasons basements may flood, and we at SERVPRO have seen it all. Luckily, we are IICRC certified professionals, meaning we utilize industry-standard practices and procedures to make sure your flooded basement is properly taken care of.

After the initial assessment, a crew chief will discuss with you and (if going through insurance) your adjuster regarding the work to be performed, ensuring everything we do is pre-approved and signed off on. When done properly, your basement can be dried out within three days by following standard procedures and utilizing the most effective drying equipment available. 

24/7 Response

At SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E. Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle and SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows, we understand time is of the essence when it comes to saving your flooded basement. That is why we make ourselves available 24/7, with an on call crew ready to respond to your emergency situation and be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call us today at (847) 593-3055 to begin the restoration process!

Fast Extraction Techniques For Water Damaged Roselle Apartments

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fast Extraction Techniques For Damaged Roselle Apartments

Apartment buildings in Roselle dealing with the devastating effects of any loss incident can see these symptoms penetrate wall cavities and permeate shared construction elements to affect multiple units simultaneously. This situation is true when it comes to water loss incidents, as substantial events can allow for heavy pooling and standing water to remain in the apartment, which can move between units to cause more damage. We have experienced and dedicated professionals who can help.

When these damages occur, water removal is a vital service that your Roselle apartment needs right away. The worse the conditions are in your property, the more that one can assume the incident and its symptoms have spread to the other residences that share walls and floors. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with the full measure of our cleaning, drying, and extraction equipment, helping our entire roster on-site to begin vital mitigation and recovery work right away.

The objective of our professionals when we first reach a damaged apartment is to work to keep the situation from getting worse. Often mitigation can address the spread of effects, but our specialists do not fully understand the extent of the damage until we employ our advanced hygrometers, moisture content readers, and thermal imagery devices to note specifically the path that the water damage has taken throughout the building.

Standing water presents threats to not only the flooring and the structural integrity of specific areas of your apartment, but penetration of this flooring can lead to water damage in the level below you as well. We have an array of extraction tools capable of reaching inaccessible areas and powerful enough to remove standing water at a rate of 300 psi. We always have the right tool for the job.

Extraction is a vital component of recovery when water loss incidents affect apartment buildings. Our team can respond quickly to these emergencies with the experience and tools to help. Give our technicians a call anytime that you need us at (847) 593-3055.

6 Steps to Avoid a Flooded Basement

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

When the weather warms up, your basement may be at risk for severe flooding and water damage.

After the deep freeze of "Chiberia," the weather is going to see a massive spike in temperature. This means there is potential for excessive snowmelt, which can cause floods in your Itasca property. On top of frozen pipes bursting, your basement may be at risk for severe flooding and water damage.

To Avoid Flood Damage to Your Basement:

  1. Confirm your sump pump is in working order. Also consider buying a generator in case of power failure, as well as having a backup battery sump pump installed.
  2. Once the weather warms up and the snow begins to melt, check for any cracks in the exterior of your foundation and basement floors and walls, and use epoxy for a quick repair.
  3. Clean any debris from gutters to ensure proper waterflow, and check to make sure your downspouts are properly positioned away from your house.
  4. Remove any valuable and/or fragile items away from potential flood sources. 
  5. Ensure window well covers for below grade basement windows are properly installed and in good condition. 
  6. Have your sewer wells inspected and your septic tanks cleaned. A clogged sewer or septic tank could further increase the risk of flooding.

In the unfortunate event a flood in your basement occurs, call SERVPRO to begin the restoration process. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage, so don't wait! Call us anytime, 24/7 at (847) 593-3055!

Our Water Damage Restoration Process - From the First Call to the Final Rebuild

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

From the first call to the final rebuild, we will see the project through in order to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Repairing water damage in your Medinah home is a more intensive and involved process than simply removing standing water and letting the room dry on its own. There may be hidden moisture within the walls and flooring that standard dehumidifiers and fans will not be able to remove, and complete drying may require tearing out wet materials. It is vital to have a professional team that is trained and equipped to ensure every step of the storm damage restoration process is carried out precisely.

1. Water Extraction

Before doing anything else, all standing water needs to be removed. This involves the use of industrial-grade extractors to thoroughly vacuum any standing water. Our technicians can also relocate and pack away any furniture or other items so that the proper equipment can be moved in. 

2. Removal of Wet Materials

Once all standing water is gone, our technicians will determine what is salvageable. We follow the mentality of “restore vs replace”; we will save whatever we can to help save money for you and your insurance. If the material is not salvageable, we will tear out and dispose of it for you. Materials that are typically unsalvageable are drywall, insulation, and carpet pad.

3. Drying

We utilize industrial-grade fans and dehumidifiers to ensure quick drying. Our technicians will create a drying plan and a layout of equipment in order to maximize efficiency in drying and reduce risk of further damage. We will also look at all items affected by the flood to see what can be salvaged, documenting any damage with photos to include with your claim.

4. Restoration

SERVPRO not only oversees the drying process, but we also oversee reconstruction to put your home back together. From the first call to the final rebuild, we will see the project through in order to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Don’t wait to address water damage to your property! SERVPRO of Elk Grove/E. Schaumburg/Itasca/Roselle and SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows are ready and available 24/7 to respond to your needs. Call us today!

What To Do When Winter Weather Water Damage in Elk Grove Occurs

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

With winter weather rearing its ugly head in the Chicagoland area, it is vital to make sure your home or property is protected from the elements, whether that be ice, snow, or wind. SERVPRO provides services in Elk Grove, E. Schaumburg, Itasca, Roselle, Wood Dale, Medinah and beyond to remediate water damage from frozen pipes, ice dams, roof damage, etc.

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

What to Do

In the unfortunate event you experience a water damage event, SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to take care of your needs.  Until we arrive, here are some steps you can take:

  1. If there is water over the electrical sockets on the floor or walls, stay clear of the area!
  2. Identify the source of water: sanitary water (i.e. broken pipe) / contaminated water (i.e. washing machine overflow) / grossly contaminated water (i.e. sewage damage).
  3. Stop the source of the water and secure any broken or loose pieces (i.e. broken pipe, valve, etc).
  4. If you are filing a claim, take photos of each affected area (especially damaged contents like computers or electronics). SERVPRO technicians will also take additional photos of affected areas and items.
  5. Watch for any slippery floor conditions.

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster

For your winter weather water damage needs, SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is ready and available 24/7 to provide you with quality restoration services. Call us at (847) 593-3055 for immediate assistance!

Expert Water Damage Restoration Services Available Through SERVPRO

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you are experiencing water damage of any type in your home, contact our emergency service line 24/7, 365-days a year. We are here to quickly take care of water damage situations for you. Water leakage can cause significant damage to your home and belongings, which is why it is vital to respond to this situation immediately. Our highly trained staff makes your restoration process as stress-free as possible by keeping you informed and communicating with your insurance company to get the most out of your claim.

SERVPRO has IICRC-certified professionals who follow strict safety and health guidelines throughout the restoration process. Rest assured, our team has the equipment, resources, and expertise to perform any repairs, replacements, or reconstruction projects necessary for the restoration.

SERVPRO always strives to be Faster To Any Disaster. With an entire Green Fleet of vehicles, stocked and ready to deploy, our technicians are ready to provide you with professional restoration done right. Contact SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle for full-service solutions throughout the Chicago suburbs. (847) 593-3055

Our Extensive Residential Water Removal Process

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

No matter what has caused water damage in your home, you can trust SERVPRO to leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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. We pride ourselves on bringing that same thoroughly-planned treatment to our local clients 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.

Mitigation

First and foremost in any 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 effectively pick up water droplets from any surface in their path, putting them into the air for dehumidifiers to handle.

Dehumidifiers

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.

Thorough Water Removal and Drying Techniques to Prevent Problems in the Future

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Having an accident or flood can be a devastating experience. Even a little water can lead to significant damage if given enough time. It can affect your belongings, furniture, and even the structural stability of your home. 


When facing water removal issues in your Elk Grove area home, it is important to have a trained professional on your side. You want to locate the source of the problem, get excess water out of your home, and have someone available to deal with unsuspected damages. 
  
SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency service, IICRC certified technicians, industrial-grade equipment, and years of experience providing extraction, drying, cleaning, and repair services for customers just like you. We understand how water works, making its way into cracks and crevices, leading to expensive damages. 
  
Our technicians use infrared moisture detectors to locate even the smallest amounts of water, water extractors of all shapes and sizes, along with drying and dehumidification equipment to get water out of your home in a quick, efficient manner that limits any losses you may experience.  
  
We can perform wet carpet removals, content and structural decontamination, humid or flooded basement cleanup services, as well as complete structural drying. We even make sure that the inside of your walls remain entirely moisture-free and perform mold remediation services when necessary to help you maintain a clean, healthy home.  
  
Attempting to perform your water removal services alone leaves you with hidden pockets of water throughout your home that can cause excessive damages in the future. Without the right tools and experience, everything can get out of hand quite fast, leaving you with a huge mess and significant problems that you simply do not understand. 
  
We can provide you and your family with the services you deserve. By assigning qualified technicians, we help return everything to normal in a quick, efficient manner, after an emergency occurs.  
  
Get the help you need by calling SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle, today! (847) 593-3055 

Protect Your Home From Water Damage By Calling SERVPRO

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help prevent excessive water in basements, where groundwater makes its way into your home through cracks in the floor.

Water is smart, giving way to paths that provide resistance to locate more intrusive ways to enter your home. Seeking these paths of least resistance means that as water finds its way into your home, there are often multiple areas to focus on that may contain water.

There are a variety of ways that water can enter your home, making professional water removal services your best option for preventing damages that can develop over time. Having a pre-existing relationship with a local restoration company gives an expertly trained technician the opportunity to inspect your property and eliminate problems that already exist.

SERVPRO can help prevent excessive water in basements. Pressure buildup beneath your basement floor creates cracks that allow groundwater to break through, causing mold damage and corrosion over time. Untreated materials found in your basement also cause severe problems with structural stabilization if left untreated for too long.

Even if you take all of the necessary precautions to avoid damage during a flood, common construction methods tend to leave small spaces between the footer and your basement floor. SERVPRO technicians have experienced jobs where window wells hold excessive moisture and allow it to seep into your basement, walls, or flooring, while other types of walls sweat, causing water to pool inside.

SERVPRO’s expertly trained water removal technicians have an answer to all of these problems and more. Our IICRC-certified technicians use industrial-grade water removal equipment, including infrared moisture detection devices to locate and remove pockets of moisture hidden throughout your home.

Whether water gains access to your home through cracks in your floor, under the footer, from bleeding or sweating through walls, natural disasters, or plumbing accidents, one thing is certain. You want to get the water out of your home as soon as possible to prevent additional damages or health problems that could affect your family.

Contact SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle for all of your water removal needs. We are available throughout the area 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, providing quality solutions that our customers can trust. (847) 593-3055

Can My Water Damaged Documents Be Saved?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

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!

What Are Air Movers?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

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.