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Don't Panic If Water Is In Your Home After A Storm - Call SERVPRO (Part 2)

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Controlled Demolition is Part of the Restoration Process

As scary as it may seem, part of the mitigation process may entail demolition.  Our technicians may have to cut into the wall to remove all wet drywall and insulation that is behind it.  Leaving wet drywall or insulation can lead to mold.

When contaminated water soaks into your carpet, it is almost always a loss. It is almost impossible to return the carpet to a sanitized state for reuse. 

If any of your possessions are contaminated from the flood water that require disposal get documented, including photos to assist the homeowner in the filing of insurance claims.

How Do Wet Items in a Home Get Restored After Flood Damage?

Unfortunately, It depends on the material. Porous items after exposure to contaminated water rarely have restoration possibilities. Non-porous items can respond well to methods of cleaning. Immersion cleaning tend to have the most potential for a positive outcome. SERVPRO of Kankakee County techs have access to a wide range of cleaning products, including powerful biocides and antimicrobial solutions.

You can call SERVPRO of Kankakee County at (815) 935-0077  24/7 to handle any size flood damage. 

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Flood Disaster In Your Bradley Home

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water in Bedroom 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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Water Damage Can Warped and Buckled Flooring

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flooring Damage SERVPRO Says Hardwood Floors Can Easily Be Damaged by Water in Your Bourbonnais home.

 

Water Damage to Wood and Laminate Flooring is Very Common

When your bathroom fixture or dishwasher leaks, the basement floods or a window is left open during a torrential downpour, your flooring can get quite wet. When these things happen, your flooring can sustain enough water damage that it has to be cleaned, repaired or even replaced. The guide below to flooring water damage costs can help you understand what steps will have to be taken to bring your floor back to a preloss state, if possible.

Water Damage to Hardwood Flooring
In humid or wet locations like the laundry area, bathrooms or the basement, flooring contractors try to discourage homeowners from installing hardwood flooring. When there is high humidity or a significant amount of water present, moisture gets into the wood, causing it to expand and producing separating, warping and cracking.

Flooring which is engineered handles humidity a lot better since the underlayment attached is made to expand and contract with normal humidity changes without damaging the solid wood layer on the top. It is however still not a good choice in locations that are humid and wet. In rooms with high RH, avoid wood. Concrete, tile or vinyl is preferred in these areas.

Water Damage to Laminate Flooring 
Laminate flooring is composed of layers of material which will absorb water readily and swell, making the layers separate. This happens when water penetrates past the water-resistant barrier of the laminate top. This is often the result when a flood causing standing water to collect for an extended length of time. In this case, laminate flooring needs to be replaced, as there is no cost-effective way to repair the loss. Therefore, this flooring isn’t recommended for areas that are often humid or wet, either.

Tile Water Damage
Grout and tile are quite water resistant, and this is one of the reasons it’s such a good choice for pool areas, showers, entryways, and bathrooms. Your primary concern is the subfloor, as water can get through cracks in the grout, or around the tile field edges. The subfloor will swell if damaged, and the tile and grout can crack or the tile field in this area will be raised.

Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring Water Damage
These both can stand up to water quite well. It can be dried by using a wet vacuum to get rid of the standing water and fans can be placed in the area to dry up water which could have seeped into the subflooring while increasing the evaporation rate.

Hiring the Professionals
Professional water restoration companies, such as SERVPRO, specialize in drying out flooring of all kinds with pumps, fans, wet vacuums and desiccants. We have the right equipment and knowledge to dry out each kind of flooring properly if it is possible to salvage it, and we also know when it needs replacing. We can also sanitize and deodorize your flooring to stop mold and mildew from growing and to eliminate any potential odors.

When water damage in your Bourbonnais home affects your flooring, call SERVPRO of Kankakee County right away at (815) 935-0077 so we can come out to your property and perform the water removal and remediation services that you need. We can restore your beautiful home "Like it never even happened."

 

SERVPRO Has The Best Restoration Equipment For Water Damage

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Wind Damage To house Call us any time any day! We are faster to any size disaster!

Understanding Equipment Helps During Water Damage Restoration In Bourbonnais

Water spills can happen at any time. When your Bourbonnais property is affected, the most crucial step to take is to extract any standing water and dry moisture remnants quickly. With the right equipment, this task can be easy to handle. However, failure to understand how different equipment types work can interfere with the outcome. You can learn how to use the equipment effectively or hire a water damage mitigation company such as SERVPRO.

One category of equipment that plays a crucial role during water damage restoration in affected Bourbonnais properties is lift-equipment. Pumps and water extractors fall under this category. When used properly, they can help remove significant amounts of water from your property within a short period. Among the factors you can consider when choosing the equipment to help you extract water from your property is the lift capacity and CFM, Cubic Feet per Minute, rating. Apart from that, the kind of wand attached to the extractor also matters. You should choose carpet wands for carpeted surfaces, and squeegee wands for wood and other hard surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a wide range of equipment and accessories to tackle all situations.

Scoping is part of an effective restoration of water damage. While most of the water might pool on floors and other visible areas, a small percentage can reach subfloors and other hidden cavities. Equipment such as moisture meters, sensors, and thermal cameras help when scoping for moisture. Understanding how each type of equipment works can help improve their efficiency. For example, when using a thermal camera, you should realize it detects temperature and not moisture. However, since moisture alters temperature, the camera identifies wet areas.

Drying helps remove the final moisture remnants in affected areas. Drying relies on evaporation which incidentally removes moisture from materials but leaves it in the air. Condensation can reverse this process. Combining equipment that improves evaporation and those that extracts moisture from the air, such as dehumidifiers, guarantees a good outcome. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a wide range of extraction equipment that ensures balanced drying, including:

    •    LGR Dehumidifiers
    •    Desiccant Dehumidifiers
    •    Box Fan Extractors
    •    Centrifugal Air Movers

You don’t have to worry about choosing restoration equipment when you hire SERVPRO of Kankakee County. Call us at (815) 935-0077 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage Can Have Its Challenges - Not For SERVPRO Though!

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

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SERVPRO of Kankakee County & COVID Readiness

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO in front of van SERVPRO Team ready to get to work!

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.

SERVPRO CLEANING PROTOCOLS

  • 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

SERVPRO Is Here For Your Commercial Carpet Cleaning!

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning SERVPRO technician cleaning stained carpet in Bradley
 

SERVPRO provides heavy duty carpet cleaning at your Bradley commercial property for those tough stains.

Keeping your carpets clean enhances the appearance of your offices.

Need The Best Clean Up At Your Warehouse? SERVPRO Is Here To Help!

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

 

SERVPRO of Kankakee County provides cleaning services for your warehouses. Our technical experts are pictured here at a 1 million square foot warehouse in Manteno, Illinois. SERVPRO in this case cleaned beams, ceilings, pipes, lighting, T-Bar, etc. We removed dust, grime, grease, webs, etc.  SERVPRO utilized specialty equipment and hand. Ceilings and rafters over time accumulate many varieties of particulate matter and simple vibration or air movement can cause the matter to fall and contaminate the areas below.

Certain types of particulate dust can pose a fire hazard if they adhere to a large area, not to mention bacteria, etc.  It can also create odors and affect the heating, cooling and ventilation.

We here at SERVPRO of Kankakee County are here to help you and make your Manteno Warehouse or Industrial facility maintain a clean environment for you, your workers, visitors and products.

You Could Be A Storm Spotter!

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Thunderstorm in field

It’s that time of year when weather conditions can become hazardous in a matter of minutes, why not consider becoming a Storm Spotter.

Q. What is a storm spotter?

A. The National Weather Service's (NWS) primary mission is to save lives and protect property through the issuance of warnings for hazardous weather. The WSR-88D Doppler Weather Radar is a great tool for detecting and tracking potentially severe storms and essentially all strong and violent tornadoes. However, NWS meteorologists also depend on real-time reports from trained spotters to know exactly what is occurring on the ground under a storm. The NWS trains people to identify severe storms and tornadoes and report them via organized communications networks (primarily local and county emergency management, law enforcement and amateur radio).

Q. What is the difference between a storm spotter and a storm chaser?

A. A storm spotter is volunteer or paid county or municipal employee who is spotting as a community service. Most spotters work as part of an organized network and are in communication with their community or organization, which is in turn in communication with the NWS. Some spotters are "mobile" spotters in vehicles, but most spot from fixed, strategic locations around the community or county. The purpose of spotting is to alert community officials and the NWS and assist them in warning the public. Schools, hospitals, and other facilities are encouraged to have spotters to alert people in their care of impending severe weather.

Storm chasing involves following a developing thunderstorm to view or photograph severe weather phenomena. Chasing may be done for educational purposes or scientific research but is mostly done for personal fulfillment.

Q. I want to be a storm chaser. What should I do?

A. College of DuPage in Glen Ellen offers storm chasing field trips that are open to students and the public. The Valparaiso University Meteorology Department offers storm chasing as an educational tool to 3rd and 4th year meteorology students. There are private firms, mostly in the Great Plains, that offer storm chase tours/vacations. Many can be found through an internet search.

Q. How do I become a spotter?

A. Attend a basic tornado and severe weather spotter class. Classes are held throughout the area, they are free and open to the public. The class takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Most classes are held weekday evenings, but there are a few daytime and Saturday classes. The training is generally done in late winter and early spring - before severe weather season. The training consists of a slide and video program which teaches potential spotters about severe storm structure, and how to identify cloud features and other environmental clues to identify severe storms and tornadoes. Communications systems and spotter networks are explained so the spotter knows where to report, and how that information is used by the NWS and local officials. A complete schedule of classes can be found on our website from about late January through April.

Q. Is there a minimum age requirement to become a spotter?

A. Because of the complexity of severe thunderstorm structure and development, and the potential danger involved, spotting is recommended for adults. People of all ages attend spotter training classes. Those ages 10 and up are likely to get the most from the class. Youth who are interested inattending a spotter training class are welcome to attend with a parent or other adult.

Q. I have already taken a spotter class. Where can I learn more?

A. The National Weather Service encourages spotters to be retrained every 2 years. In addition, spotters can attend the Advanced Severe Weather Spotter Workshop at Lisle . The Advanced Spotter class is usually held on a Saturday in early March. It is an all-day class. There is a registration fee that covers the cost of the speakers, lunch and refreshments. More information will be given when the date is set.

Q. Does the NWS issue a certificate or spotter ID number?

A. The NWS does not issue spotter ID numbers. Certificates are available on request. Some county emergency management agencies issue IDs and/or certificates. Please check with your local officials.

Q. Does the NWS have any training material?

A. In the past, the NWS has been able to hand out copies of the Basic Spotters' Field Guide. However, due to limited printing this year, the NWS has made the Field Guide available online. You can find it at: https://www.weather.gov/media/lot/spotter/basicspotterguide.pdf. There is also a version of the Weather Spotter's Field Guide in Spanish too.

Damage May Come To Your Commercial Flooring, But SERVPRO Is #HeretoHelp

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Wood flooring is a common choice for cafes throughout Bourbonnais because they add a charming aesthetic to the business but remain one of the most natural floor types to clean. In a place that serves a product that can easily get spilled, having carpets can quickly become a poor decision. Even the engineered wood flooring is not impervious to water damages, however.

We have an entire division of restoration professionals equipped to handle water removal and drying of flooring in Bourbonnais businesses. Engineered flooring might initially resist water penetration; in time, standing water can penetrate beyond the surface of the individual installed planks through vulnerabilities in the seams and creases. When we respond quickly enough, our SERVPRO professionals can often use drying mats and tenting practices to draw moisture from these planks before irregularities, and physical damage exists. Experience in enveloping only affected areas of the flooring can greatly decrease service time while preserving the floorboards.

Once warping and distortion have started, our professionals have no choice but to remove the water damaged planks of the flooring. Controlled demolition is always ideal here, as it is much less expensive than the costs of full floor replacement and can often happen much faster. We strive to dry and reinstall these removed slats by sanding and refinishing them whenever possible. It is our priority to get you back to business as usual as promptly as possible.

While we have moisture detection tools that can determine if moisture and dampness exist in the subflooring beneath the planks, a visual inspection can often be beneficial once the OSB board or plywood gets exposed. If these materials also show signs of warping and malformation, they must get removed and replaced. We have a full division of in-house general contractors that can oversee demolition and flooring replacement while our water restoration technicians dry out salvageable contents and materials throughout the café.

There is little that you can do to predict when widespread water losses might occur, but who responds to these emergencies can help you to get back to serving customers quickly. Our SERVPRO of Kankakee County team has a full-service approach to handle both mitigations of water damaging incidents and reconstruction as necessary. Give us a call today at (815) 935-0077.