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Farm Fire Safety

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Farm Fire Safety Farm Fire Safety Electrical Safety Checklist

Barn fires are the farm owner’s worst nightmare. Most have tragic results whether it’s the loss of human life, an animal, valuable equipment or the building structure itself. The majority of all barn fires are the result of carelessness and lack of fire safety knowledge.  Insurance statistics show that the two most common times of the year for barn fires are winter and summer .  Winter fires are caused by appliances, rodents chewing through wires or the accumulation of dust or cobwebs on electrical surfaces.  Summer fires are often the result of electrical storms or spontaneous combustion of hot hay.  Farm owners and managers should take the following precautions to help reduce the incidence of fires.

1. Are all farmstead electrical systems free of corrosion?

2.  Are all electrical panels readily accessible and clearly labeled? 

3. Do all electrical cables and conduit’s enter boxes from the side or bottom?

4.  Is all electrical equipment equipped with a separate grounding conductor? 

5.  Are all lighting fixtures of an enclosed, gasketed, watertight and non-corrosive design?

6.  Is a UL approved Lightning protection system in place in all buildings, silos, etc?

7.  Are all buildings free of damaged or chewed wiring and conduit?

8.  Is the use of extension cords kept to a minimum? When an extension cord is needed, either a heavy duty (Type S), grounded cord or equivalent should be used.

9. Are all motors equipped with a properly sized fused disconnect or circuit breaker located within sight of and within ten (10) feet of the motor?

10.  Are all motors are they totally enclosed, farm service duty design rated for continuous operation?

11.  To all heat lamps have cords short enough to prevent contact between the heat lamp and floor without first becoming unplugged, are installed in porcelain sockets and are supported by chains?

When a fire breaks out in a house or a farm building, everyone must be evacuated from the building. Normal exits may be blocked; therefore, it is compulsory that emergency exits exist. Once everyone is out of the building, call the fire department.  Give your name, address, and the exact location of the fire.  I have the person you were talking to repeat your information. Never allow anyone to re-enter a burning building.

We Provide Kankakee Area Mold Inspections and Air Sampling

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Provide Kankakee Area Mold Inspections and Air Sampling Kankakee Area Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Inspections, Air Sampling, and Remediation

Testing to Identify Mold in Your Kankakee County Homeor Business

Many situations can lead to the production and spread of mold and microbial threats throughout your Kankakee County residence or business. While these circumstances can produce hazards for those exposed to active colonization, a more alarming situation exists where property owners contend with mold growth and never realize it. With risks to both the health of those around mold and the effect that it can have on structural integrity and stability, it is important to address the situation as promptly as possible with trained professionals able to help.

Testing is vital for situations where mold damage in Kankakee County homes is visible, and structures where conditions for colonization have gotten met, such as persistent moisture and dampness. We have the experience to provide mold inspections and air sampling for our residential and commercial customers.

Along with our effective containment of mold spores and present odors, we can begin our inspection and sampling of the affected property right away. Our SERVPRO remediation team specializes in indoor air quality and mold assessments and consultations. This sampling of the environment gets sent to a lab for analysis, determining the concentration of mold spores present to identify the severity of the situation on the property.

Hygrometers and moisture readers are valuable tools to the mold inspectors we dispatch to your address. These tools can determine the level of relative humidity, and when combined with tools like thermal and infrared imagery, can approximate the location of moisture pockets and dampness out of sight. As part of a thorough inspection, our professionals check foundations, attics, air ducts, windows, and other areas throughout the property for moisture and leaks that could ultimately facilitate mold growth.

We have a full-service team of reconstruction and general contracting specialists that can help with controlled demolition and build back scenarios as well. Often widespread mold damage can compromise construction materials hosting the colonies, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with full reconstruction, repair, and renovation.

We rely on advanced equipment and our teams training to inspect and test your property for the possibility of mold and microbial growth. From Bourbonnais to Bradley, you can count on us to help.
For an assessment of your commercial or residential property, reach out to our SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals today at (815) 935-0077.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Bradley After A Flood Damage Disaster

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Help You Get Back To Business In Bradley After A Flood Damage Disaster A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. We are here to help 24/7.

Shop Carefully for Bradley Retail Flood Damage Remediation

Summertime can bring torrential rain, strong winds, and even tornadoes to the Bradley region. Fierce storms can damage commercial buildings, including malls and shopping centers that are home to multiple retail outlets. Even if your store does not receive a direct hit from severe summer weather, water can intrude into your shop from neighboring businesses and common areas damaged by the event. Working with a reliable remediation company ensures no flood waters go unmitigated in your retail space.

When flood damage occurs to a Bradley commercial building housing several businesses, mapping out the migration of the water is crucial. You might feel fortunate that your business seems untouched immediately after the storm drenched the interiors of other shops, only to realize the extended reach flood water has hours or days later. Our flood damage technicians receive comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC), mastering methods to locate hidden water and measure the moisture content of structural components.

SERVPRO evaluates the flood damage suffered by your shop with an on-site assessment. We know where to look for potential water losses, including above the ceiling and in cavities between the interior walls within your space and the common walls you share with neighboring businesses. Clogged drains on flat roofs typical in shopping centers result in water moving in unexpected directions. Damage to the exterior of the main building also can divert the rainwater in ways not planned by the architects, with the possibility of significant damage to your business.

Thermal imaging and moisture meters help SERVPRO’s crew locate where the flooding might be lurking in your space. If we do not find and release the moisture, you risk ongoing destruction to drywall, framing, metal supports and fasteners, insulation, and more. Mold growth and malodors follow within just 24 to 48 hours of a flooding event that goes without remediation.

If SERVPRO finds hidden flood damage in your retail space, we take all steps needed to remove the water and dry out the wet materials. Our crew arrives with all the equipment needed onboard our service vehicles -- pumps, water extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. No delay in our services means you are back in business in no time.

Contact SERVPRO of Kankakee County if your business is located in a commercial building flooded after summer storms. Call (815) 935-0077 round the clock for our expert assessment and assistance.

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We Can Handle Any Size Flood Disaster In Your Bradley Home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Can Handle Any Size Flood Disaster In Your Bradley Home With the fast response of our professionals, let us show you how our experience and equipment can make this loss “Like it never even happened.”

Stopping The Spread Of Flood Damage In Your Bradley Home

Once flooding has occurred in your Bradley home, the effects can spread quickly from room to room, even affecting multiple levels of a two or three-story house. The farther that these damaging effects can spread throughout your property, the more costly and time-consuming that professional restoration ultimately becomes. It is imperative to thwart the spread of these determinantal effects to save your property costlier repairs and restoration and also to reduce the irreparable damage that could result.

We know how imperative a fast response is for storm and flood damage emergencies that can affect Bradley homes, and that is why our SERVPRO team has a 24/7 response window for disasters. We have a full crew of qualified professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in all water restoration facets of the industry, including Applied Structural Drying, to give our customers the best possible technicians to address the flood effects.

Flooding can happen from several points in your home, and knowing where the source of this damage exists can help our responding technicians to provide a temporary solution to prevent further penetration. Removing the flow of floodwater into the property is the first logical step in stopping the spread of these damaging effects. We have multiple solutions to address structural compromise in a temporary sense so that mitigation, extraction, and drying can get underway.

Stopping the movement of floodwater in your home begins with a fast and effective response to the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals must set up extraction equipment quickly, and there are varying degrees of these machines based on the severity and volume of the standing water. Once the excess has gotten removed, our team can utilize moisture readers to determine the scope of the spread of the damage and work to set up multiple air movers and dehumidification units quickly to address saturation and moisture concerns.

You cannot expect to protect any home damaged by flooding fully, but you can help the situation from getting out of control. With the fast response of our SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals, let us show you how our experience and equipment can make this loss “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (815) 935-0077.

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Air Quality Threats After a Fire in a Manteno Bakery

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Air Quality Threats After a Fire in a Manteno Bakery With our state-of-the-art equipment, we'll restore your bakery "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration & Deodorization in Manteno 

When a fire affects your Manteno bakery, it can quickly put a stop to the production of baked goods and require immediate attention from trained restoration specialists. Even without structurally compromising disasters, effects from a fire can still prove impossible for an unskilled business owner to address on their own. By reaching out to our professionals quickly, we can get mitigation work started to overcome hazardous and damaging effects like indoor air quality threats that can linger after extinguishment.

We understand how vital it is to get the doors to your Manteno bakery back open again after fire damage has occurred, and to do this, our SERVPRO team must address multiple effects. Smoke and soot damages are a common occurrence, and residues and odors from these carcinogens can present a health hazard for those exposed without the appropriate personal protective equipment. Addressing these concerns requires sophisticated equipment.

Our SERVPRO professionals arrive at every fire loss incident with deodorization and air purification equipment both to begin containment protocols for lingering effects and to begin removing harmful presences in the bakery. With indoor air quality concerns, air purification is a vital component to returning your business to its preloss condition, but also in helping to keep your equipment like ovens and food preparation tools from becoming irreparably damaged by excessive soot and smoke residues.

Addressing the threats in the environment falls to sophisticated equipment like our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators. Both of these machines feature onboard HEPA filters and can pull contaminated air through the unit and trap particulates, soot, smoke, and other debris in the filter to improve overall air quality in the business. This process can also help to begin deodorization efforts necessary to get customers back in your bakery.

We understand that for every day that your business has its doors closed that you are losing money, so our SERVPRO of Kankakee County team works quickly and efficiently to limit this span. You can count on our fast response and experience to get this job done as fast as possible. Give us a call anytime at (815) 935-0077.

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How Water Damages Hardwood Floors in Kankakee

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damages Hardwood Floors in Kankakee Water can quickly damage hardwood flooring. Call SERVPRO to restore your water damaged flooring today!

Addressing Saturation of Hardwood Floors in Kankakee Homes

Hardwood flooring is an everyday staple of construction in many Kankakee homes, but caring for this material can often be a challenge. Moisture and saturation can distort the shape and weaken the integrity of these materials, which can ultimately cause homeowners to need to replace them. To avoid this costly repair and reinstallation of hardwood, seek the experience and industry-leading equipment of restoration professionals that can address this saturation effectively. 

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that addressing flooring damage in their home after a water loss incident in Kankakee is only involved as removing surface moisture and standing water. In truth, these situations can often move far beyond the surface and affect into subflooring material. The only way to know the full extent of the spread of water damage is to utilize the advanced detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras available to our SERVPRO team. 

We understand how vital it is to address water damaged flooring as quickly as possible because, within a few days, hardwood flooring and vinyl alternatives can begin to swell and distort. Bloating can cause the tongue and groove connections of the individual planks to disconnect, separating entire portions of flooring. Once this degradation begins, it is no longer possible for professionals to reverse this damage and controlled demolition techniques become necessary instead. 

Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to set up our Injecti-Dry System with drying mats to begin a slow and steady draw of moisture from these affected materials. By tenting over these mats, our team can better regulate the loss of moisture from the planks, helping to keep constant monitoring of moisture content to ensure that the flooring does not get overly dry which can be equally destructive. 

We understand how critical a fast response is to protecting hardwood flooring in your house, and so our SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals stay available 24/7 to help. You can trust our experienced and equipped professionals to make flooring damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at (815) 935-0077.

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Electrical Home Safety

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

General Electrical Home Safety Electrical Safety

Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffee maker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind. 

Here are some safety tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection  Association.

1. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

2. When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements. 

3. Only use one heat producing appliances such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc. plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.

4.   Major appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air-conditioners, microwave ovens, etc. should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used. 

5. Arc – fault circuit interrupters (AFCI’s).  These shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home. 

6. Use ground – fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).  These reduce the risk of shock they shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected. 

7. Testing ACFIs and GFCIs: Once a month according to the manufacturers recommendations.  You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fire is can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot lightbulb is near things that burn.  Things such as cloth or paper, or a cord that has been placed under a carpet. 

8. Use ground – fault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of shock.  These items shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home and bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected. 

9. Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.

10. Use a lightbulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have: 

Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.

A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.

Discolored or warm wall outlets. 

A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance. 

Flickering or dimming lights.

Sparks from an outlet. 

SERVPRO Assesses the Category of Fire Damage in Manteno Properties to Maximize Recovery

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Assesses the Category of Fire Damage in Manteno Properties to Maximize Recovery From New York to Manteno, This Brave Firefighter Puts It Out, Then SERVPRO Cleans It Up!

What the Category of Fire Damage in Manteno Means to the Restoration Effort

When a fire razes property, it damages the contents and structure in many ways. Combustion may consume materials fully or partially, while smoke residues pile up on surfaces. Heat action may also blister surfaces untouched by the flames. In addition to these central aspects of the fire, other damages can happen as water or other chemicals are pumped in to extinguish the fire. A fire incident can, therefore, have very different implications from what you expect. Working with a professional Manteno restorer can help manage your expectations.
 
You might expect the restoration processes after fire damage in Manteno to be same in every incident if you believe all fires are similar. To a professional, there are different types of fires based on the damages they cause. Minor fires leave light smoke residues in a few rooms or limited areas in the property. Medium fires leave moderate smoke residues spread out over more areas. More items are damaged to a level that requires replacement and floors may require refinishing. Major fires leave severe damage especially near the source of the blaze, and they also affect structural framing. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss when we arrive at your property to determine the required response plan.
 
Establishing the category of fire damage ensures the response plan meets the requirements. It also helps limit the chances of resource wastage. Structures affected my major fires require emergency services such as boarding up, winterizing and establishing electricity sources. Such steps would be a waste of resources if taken after medium or minor fires. Contents affected by major fires mostly require pack outs for restoration in an offsite facility, but in medium and minor fires, it is possible to clean them on the job site.
 
The number of steps involved in restoring each fire damage category differs. For minor fires, the bulk of the work is done through dry and wet cleaning. A few areas may require repainting to finish the job. For medium fires, the bulk of the work involves wet cleaning, repainting surfaces and refinishing materials. Odor problems might also develop necessitating deodorization. For major fires, all restoration steps including tearing down scorched areas, repainting as well as extraction of water used to fight the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified meaning we have sufficient skills to deal with every fire category.
 
For proper management of fire loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Kankakee to assist. You can reach us at (815) 935-0077 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Manteno Possessions Are Cleaned of Soot from a House Fire by SERVPRO

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Manteno Possessions Are Cleaned of Soot from a House Fire by SERVPRO SERVPRO Provides Advanced Equipment for Cleaning Fired Damaged Possessions for Manteno Homeowners

Different Types of Fire Damage Require Different Clean Up Methods to Restore Property in Manteno

The restoration and mitigation specialists at SERVPRO take pride in the results of their IICRC training. We learn new techniques that help us restore your Manteno property and clean your possessions. We want to make everything like it was before the disaster, “Like it never even happened.”
 
To do this, SERVPRO employees use specific methods to clean different items in your Manteno house of the effects of fire damage. We use both dry and wet methods, depending on what we are in the process of cleaning and restoring. Our teams can do some of the work at your home, without needing to remove the items to our facility. We place these belongings in a secure area of your house where they do not impose on our other team members who are performing other restoration work.
 
Just like we use brushes, vacuums, and dry sponges to remove a large amount of soot from interior structures like walls and cabinet doors, we can use similar methods for many items that require attention to detail. Portrait frames with deep grooves can suffer corrosion and discoloration when soot remains embedded for too long. While we clean, we also take note of any bubbling or other effects caused by heat.
 
Sometimes, we need to apply cleansers in a wet or damp cleaning method to rid items of the blackened mess that mars their finish. Ceramic-coated tubs and windows are two examples. When we restore things that we can safely wash while submerging the item in water, we can use ultrasonic cleaning machinery.
 
The tiny waves produced inside an ultrasonic machine form bubbles in the water. These act much like the bubbles in hydrogen peroxide at lifting foreign substances from the surfaces of the item placed in the machine. Ultrasonic cleaning does not require any soap or detergent and does not bleach anything like hydrogen peroxide might.
 
Because it uses no foaming agents, rinsing is never required. We need to dry the items cleaned this way and return them to you. We can clean jewelry, stuffed toys, ceramic and porcelain pieces, and many other things. The results often surprise our customers with how well it works, even in tiny grooves and other areas that brushes barely reach.
 
SERVPRO of Kankakee County can help you restore not only your Bonfield, Aroma Park, or Momence house after fire damage happens, but also your personal belongings. Call us at (815) 935-0077, so we can help your family recover faster.

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Snowmelt, Spring Storms, and Flooding in Bourbonnais

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snowmelt, Spring Storms, and Flooding in Bourbonnais Snowmelt can cause flooding.

Flood Removal Experts In Bourbonnais Talk About Problems Associated With Spring Storms

Whenever a spring storm strikes the Bourbonnais area, heavy rain or snow is possible. If high amounts of precipitation occur, you may find yourself needing to call in a professional flood removal company such as SERVPRO. During the spring, it is possible to see snow storms that bring in significant amounts of wet, heavy snow. Once the snow melts when the sun comes back out, moisture melting off of it can find its way into your home. Sometimes the snow melt can work its way slowly into your Bourbonnais home without you noticing it right away.  

Even if no standing water is visible, your building materials and contents could have still retained moisture. Many times when our SERVPRO team shows up at your flood removal project in Bourbonnais, all of the liquid water that was once present has soaked into your building materials and structural components. Once melted snow leaks into your house, it elevates the humidity level inside the structure which can cause issues throughout the building. The moisture can also saturate building materials such as your drywall or carpet and cause them to lose their structural integrity. Wet organic substances can become prime spots for future mold growth.  

In situations where there is little or no liquid water present, our SERVPRO technicians begin the structural drying process immediately. We set up dehumidifiers and air movers to create an environment conducive for rapid evaporation and drying. When several of your building materials got saturated, we utilize more dehumidification to help pull moisture out of your structural components.  

Refrigerant or LGR dehumidifiers work best for removing moisture from porous materials. Desiccant dehumidifiers are more forceful and used in more severe situations where moisture has soaked into solid, non-porous substances like concrete. Desiccant systems work by pulling wet air across a silica gel that attracts water molecules. The machine then heats the gel so that the moisture evaporates into a separate air stream which vents outside of the building.  

If you ever notice wet building materials after a spring storm, call SERVPRO of (815) 935-0077 Kankakee County at any day of the week.

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