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SERVPRO responds to Fire Damage in Kankakee County

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged household in Bourbonnais Fire damaged household in Bourbonnais

After a recent fire in Bourbonnais, SERVPRO of Kankakee County responded to assist the homeowner. SERVPRO’s fire mitigation specialists were on site within minutes of the event. Immediate response time allows the minimization of damage and subsequent cleaning and restorative costs. Working with the homeowner and their insurance company, work has begun to mitigate the physical structure and the contents therein. Soot and smoke damage permeated the structure and contents. Soot and smoke damage is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, consisting of dust, acids and chemicals causing not only health hazards but significant damage to contents. SERVPRO of Kankakee County’s Professionals clean and restore your property using time tested specialized equipment and cleaning techniques which reduces interruptions and gets you back to normalcy. All of us here at SERVPRO of Kankakee County understand that having dedicated and trained technicians and utilizing professional protocols and equipment make a real difference in reducing claims and loss expenses. Our adage “Like it never even happened,” is our goal in returning damaged area to a preloss condition and we are dedicated to both the property and lives of the customers we assist 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year,  We are SERVPRO of Kankakee County 815-935-0077

SERVPRO responds to Commercial Fire Loss in Manteno

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kankakee County at Commercial Fire Loss in Manteno, Illinois SERVPRO of Kankakee County at Commercial Fire Loss in Manteno, Illinois

Recently in Manteno, Illinois a commercial fire loss caused extensive damage.  SERVPRO of Kankakee County was on site within minutes and working with the business owner and their insurance  carrier began the process of mitigation. Damage to a business from fire can be devastating for any business or commercial property with lost revenue, productivity and emotional hardship. As can be seen in the photograph our Professional Response Team inspected the property in order to determine the extent of the fire and resultant smoke and soot damage. The fire damage caused damage and breakage to windows, walls and roof necessitating board up and tarping of missing windows, walls and roof and also protecting the interior from further damage by the elements. Mitigation followed instantaneously with our certified fire mitigation technicians.  Today the commercial property is back up and running and serving their community “Like it never even happened.” We are local, we live, work and worship in your community and we are proud to be SERVPRO of Kankakee County.  We are here 24/7/365 and can be reached at 815-935-0077.

Tornadoes, heavy rain and damaging winds in Central Illinois

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Massive storm approaching Ashkum, Illinois - 15 July 2020 5:31 pm Massive storm approaching Ashkum, Illinois - 15 July 2020 5:31 pm

Recent severe storms coupled with tornadoes and damaging winds occurred in our area one week ago Wednesday. These storms brought record setting rains and associated flooding. In addition to hail, several outbuildings were destroyed, basements were flooded and power lines were down. Within moments after the storm hit SERVPRO of Kankakee County responded.  Our team of dedicated professionals provided emergency tarping, board up and water damage mitigation. Working in conjunction with an array of Insurers and their field adjustors, SERVPRO of Kankakee County responded with the aplomb we are noted for; “Faster to Any Size Disaster”. These five words encapsulate what we do best, assisting the communities we live and work in when storms unleash their fury. You can rely on the Professionals at SERVPRO of Kankakee County to be there. Our technical experts are accredited in water damage and mold remediation.  We have state of the art equipment to determine the water damage and the equipment necessary to mitigate the damage.  We are here for you 24/7/365. We are SERVPRO of Kankakee County. 815-935-0077

Major Water Damage event in Herscher, Illinois

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician mitigating water damage in Herscher SERVPRO technician mitigating water damage at residence in Herscher

Recently there was a major water damage event in the village of Herscher Illinois. According to the weather service 2.8 inches of rain fell in the Herscher area in less than one hour and 15 minutes causing extensive flooding and water damage to over 30 residences including the village hall and police department. The overflow also caused the southeast tank at the sewer plant to move. 

SERVPRO Of Kankakee County began receiving calls as early as 1:45 AM. Our crews responded with professionalism and aplomb.

The Village of Herscher is a dynamic community and SERVPRO was there to assist in the mitigation efforts. 

The community pulled together during this calamity. We salute the Pilot Township Fire Protection District, the Herscher Police Department, Public Works, and the electric, gas and cable utilities.

We also wish to thank a major Insurance Carrier in Herscher who graciously  encouraged us to use their parking area and their offices for our staging and data entry.

We are SERVPRO of Kankakee County and we are here 24/7/365

Fire and Smoke Damaged home in Manteno Illinois

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Man standing in front of big green SERVPRO truck Owner headed to a fire in Manteno

After a fire incident, many homeowners naturally want to do something to fix the situation. Sometimes, the steps you take can worsen the state of affairs, so it is essential to know what to do after such incidents. Immediately calling a professional restorer is the ideal response because the crewmembers are trained to handle such situations. We offer professional restoration services in Manteno, and IICRC certifies our crews in Fire and Smoke Restoration.  

Although you might feel the need to clean up surfaces or items after incidents of fire damage in Manteno, you should avoid doing so. Some cleaning actions can exacerbate the situation or have no impact on general restoration efforts. For example, trying to clean walls can transfer the soot residues from the walls to materials on the floor staining them. Some ash residues might also be present in the areas you want clean, and they can cause problems if inhaled or exposed to your skin. Our SERVPRO technicians handle the process better because they have PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, and we use systemic procedures when cleaning up.  

Movement around the fire-damaged house can cause additional damages by spreading soot, ash and other residues around the house. Touching different contents with soot-covered hands can impregnate upholstery, walls and wooden materials with soot residues causing additional damages. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate damaged materials separating them into salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable categories. We can also pre-clean some of the salvageable materials ensuring the occupant has access to what he or she needs thus eliminating the need to venture into the damaged house.  

Soot residues are acidic so that they can corrode or stain different materials in the house. There is a need to protect materials with chrome or other metallic finishes and stone surfaces such as granite. Our SERVPRO technicians pre-clean these areas then apply a thin coat of lubricant to protect them until it is possible to do thorough restorative cleaning.  

For the right response after fire incidents in Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Kankakee areas, call SERVPRO of Kankakee County to help. You can reach us at (815) 935-0077 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Learn more about Manteno here.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program Category: Cleaning

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Locus Street in Manteno, Convent Street and Court Street in Bourbonnais, and Kennedy Drive in Bradley are full of businesses that are turning to SERVPRO of Kankakee County for disinfecting Services.  With our office based on Boudreau Road in Manteno we frequently service businesses on Route 1 and Route 17 in Grant Park all the way to Station Street in Saint Anne.  Having I-57 so close to our offices allows us to easily service Chebanse, and Gilman to the South or travel North to service our other two franchises.  The three franchises of SERVPRO Team Nichols are SERVPRO of Kankakee County, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher and SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are fully trained, certified, and insured to handle any disaster including pandemic disinfecting.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County today at  815-935-0077 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.


5/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPO technician in full PPE with the words “Here to Help” Before opening your business, call SERVPRO of Kankakee County for COVID-19 disinfecting services.


As businesses are preparing to reopen, it is important to correctly clean and disinfecting.  The type of needed disinfecting is a higher level than your day to day cleaning.  Disinfecting is vital to protect your employees and clients.  Though businesses are reopening, the threat of COVID-19 is still present and in order to reduce the risk of further spread is to take steps to disinfect your buildings.  No building is to small or too large for these services.  The experts at SERVPRO of Kankakee County are trained to handle disasters.  Out Large Loss team specializes in disasters such as the Coronavirus Pandemic.   Our technicians are trained in Biohazard cleanup, Blood-born pathogen and virus trained, and IICRC certified.  Additionally, our technicians are fully trained in proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

What our reopening cleaning includes

SERVPRO reopening cleaning and disinfecting includes a wide range of services dependent on your business needs.  These services all include the use of EPA registered, Hospital Grade disinfectants approved for use in COVID-19 in both electric static fogging and spray and wiping.  Carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning may be required or suggested as well, depending on the facility.  Disinfecting of all touchable areas in your building will include but not be limited to: walls, doors, door handles, light switches, windows, tables, table tops, chairs, sinks, cabinets, filing cabinets, computer key boards and mouse, phones, printers, lunch rooms, bathroom stalls and machinery.  Our technicians follow all OSHA regulations, as well as guidance from the CDC.

What businesses we can help

SERVPRO technicians are capable of helping many different types of businesses with our services.  We can effectively disinfect offices, salons, and small stores as well as large manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and schools.  All businesses in the state of Illinois have at least these things in common:  employees and being effected by COVID-19.

Preventative Vs. Reactive

Preventative disinfecting is a service made for businesses that have not experienced a positive or suspected COVID-19.  Preventive cleaning still disinfects all touchable surfaces to treat any possible viruses that may be in your facility.  Reactive cleaning on the other handle is just that, a disinfectant service after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This disinfecting is a higher level of disinfecting, requiring the use of several types of services.  It is vital that if your business needs a reactive disinfectant cleaning to call us as soon as possible in order to correctly create a plan to reduce further contamination as well as spread of the virus.

What our fogging allows us to do

By using the electrostatic fogging technology, SERVPRO technicians can cover an area is a short period of time.  This process allows for the use liquid disinfectant in a non damaging manner to paper or fabrics.  The fogging turns the liquid disinfectant into a fine mist that lands on all surfaces and then dissipates after a specific dry time.  Because this fine mist allows technicians to disinfect areas faster, this service can be more cost effective then using a pump sprayer technique.  While some areas of your building may require the use of a pump sprayer, where ever possible, our technicians will use fogging to efficiency service our clients.

Towns that we service

SERVPRO of Kankakee County services towns with in Kankakee County including MantenoBradleyBourbonnaisKankakee, MomenceGrant Park,St. Anne, and Chebanse.  We also service CliftonHerscherPiper CityDanforth and every where in between.

Helping Businesses in Kankakee County respond to COVID-19

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals at facility in Kankakee County SERVPRO Professionals at facility in Kankakee County

If you are thinking about your business reopening, or for emergency response and decontamination projects, SERVPRO of Kankakee County can assist for Bioremediation for your business. 

As a leading service provider of biohazard cleanup, our properly insured and OSHA-certified COVID cleanup teams are among the best trained and most reputable in the industry. 

Having a reliable resource to help, plan and disinfect, is critical for your business and those under your employ.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County’s bioremediation staff has the resources, materials and experience to respond to environmental challenges due to COVID-19.

Fully understanding the importance of confidentiality, SERVPRO of Kankakee County also knows that many partners will want others to know that reputable service has been performed by a trusted professional company. 

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is working with companies to develop a cohesive strategy for this purpose, as well as plans on reopening, and contingency for business continuity in case of shutdown.


  • LEVEL 1 - PROACTIVE - No exposure; precautionary.
  • LEVEL 2 - SUSPECTED - Suspected COVID-19 contamination
  • LEVEL 3 - CONFIRMED - Confirmed COVID-19 case

SERVPRO utilizes the understanding of chemical application, dwell-time, and infectious diseases following the directives and protocols of the CDC,EPA, OSHA, IDPH and the FDA.

We sincerely hope that the need for a relationship with SERVPRO of Kankakee County due to concerns or issues due to COVID-19 has never been greater. 

Please allow our Professionals to earn your trust in providing a clean and healthy working environment for your staff and clients to have confidence and piece of mind when coming to work, going home, and visiting your facilities.

Are you and your stakeholders open to learning more of the Bioremediation expertise of SERVPRO of Kankakee County?  If so,  please call our office at 815-935-0077

Kankakee County and Deep Cleaning needs

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

man with a mask standing in front of a SERVPRO green truck Always here to help, SERVPRO owner Bobby Nichols

As Kankakee County officials begin discussing re opening businesses, SERVPRO stands ready to assist local businesses, municipalities, and educational facilities protect the public and employees. Per the CDC recommendations, deep cleaning high touch surfaces of gross filth and then disinfecting with a hospital grade EPA registered disinfectant is key. SERVPRO has OSHA certified technicians and carries the proper liability insurance to perform the work quickly and safely.

During last week's meeting at the County building located at 189 E. COURT ST., KANKAKEE, IL 60901, local leaders reiterated how important it is for the residents to remain diligent in their efforts to "flatten the curve". We have worked closely with multiple businesses and residents directly affected to the COVID19 outbreak and recognize the importance of sharing any information that may help residents be safer and healthier. Questions regarding the latest information in our area can typically be answered by going to the Kankakee County Health Department website. Questions about re opening your business and properly cleaning and sanitizing recommendations can be answered by calling our office (815)935-0077. Our trained project managers have been responding to restaurants, retail, assisted living and other buildings for proactive and reactive COVID19 cleanings. 

Our processes include a thorough fogging prior to a complete cleaning of all touchable surfaces. Our clients from Banks on Main Street in Bourbonnais IL to apartments on Broadway in Bradley IL all recognize that SERVPRO is the community leader in Cleaning and Sanitation

SERVPRO, FEMA, and ISBE Deep Cleaning

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Classroom of students with teacher at the front of class SERVPRO is working with school districts to fight Covid-19

What we know

Due to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic private and public schools have been forced to close to onsite learning.  The decision to closed schools was a hard one, however in the best interest of slowing the spread of this viral infection it was necessary.  In order for schools to prepare for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, schools are scrambling to disinfect the buildings.    The Illinois State Board of Education has recently distributed the information for school districts to apply for FEMA Assistance due to the March 26, 2020 declaration of a major disaster for the state of Illinois by the President.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is and has been on the front lines of servicing schools for years.  Armed with EPA registered hospital grade disinfectants, airborne and blood born pathogen training our technicians are working hand in hand with schools to make sure they are ready to greet children in the coming school year.      Our local franchise has handled flu epidemics in the past at schools and will continue to service our local schools to best protect the children of our communities.

School Boards and Administers

If your school has not had a thorough disinfecting of your building by a professional biohazard remediation company call our offices today.  SERVPRO of Kankakee County will work with an Environmental Hygenist if needed to create a customized plan for your school district.  This plan can be as little or as much as you need to ensure that your building are properly cleaned, while still following the guidelines set forth by the CDC.