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Water Damage Restoration By SERVPRO

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

 The winds of springtime can often be the reason shingles are lost on a home's roof, and sometimes, the damage may not be known right away. Shingles can become loose, and not be torn away until later, making it difficult to determine which ones are at fault for ceilings becoming wet during rainfall at later times. High-speed winds can later reveal this, but these are often accompanied by heavy rains that can pour water directly into the hole the missing shingles have left behind. This can lead to water infiltration if the underlaying tar paper is torn or worn.

A Leaky Roof can Cause Multiple Problems 
If your home in Momence has a roof that is allowing water damage to become an ever-present problem in your life, you should know that there is a company, SERVPRO, which has the trained professionals you need. We can fix your roof so that no more additional water from rainfall can enter and then repair any interior damage. From water damage that has caused deterioration of the roof's support beams and sheathing to interior walls and horizontal structures such as your floors, ceilings, and stairways, we have the training to mitigate professionally any damages that exist in your home. 

We can also check for and eliminate any other roofing shingles that have been loosened and may pose a future problem for you and your home. We can check your rain gutters for clogs to help prevent ice dams from causing seepage into the attic or framing. We have the tools and equipment to clean-up any deteriorating interior structures, and then reduce the humidity to acceptable levels inside your home. Additionally, we are trained in mold remediation according to IICRC standards, providing additional protection to you, your family, and your home. 

Not All Roof Damage is Caused by High-Speed Winds 
If your roof has been damaged by tree limbs or other debris, we can also clear that away and provide further care that will eliminate the problem, as well. Sometimes, animals will find a small opening in between shingles and use that as a means to enter into your home's attic space to find shelter. If the interior of dead spaces such as those found over porches has been affected, we will also treat these so that mold will not grow, and so that you will have the same beautiful look you've come to love and appreciate in your home's exterior. 

Call SERVPRO to protect your home's interior from further damage. When faced with damage to your home from a leaky roof, or any other access point, you need to contact SERVPRO of Kankakee County at (815) 935-0077. We are available 24/7, and ready to take your call. We will respond with our highly trained technicians and repair experts who will restore and protect your home's interior and exterior.

Water Damage To Your Home or Business Is Not Your Job To Fix - It's SERVPRO's

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Water loss incidents can occur from many different sources at your Bourbonnais business or residence. Weather related events contribute to many occurrences but also aging plumbing plays a contributing factor. Some older homes and businesses in the area may have metal piping throughout the property, which can begin to degrade and erode over time, especially when exposed to higher mineral elements in the public water system such as iron and manganese. These minerals can have a damaging effect on older pipes when sediment builds up around connections, bends, and fixtures.

Once this situation has manifested itself, water damage can proliferate through leaks in the weakest portions of the plumbing. These can be challenging to ascertain as moisture and dampness can affect a broad area. To prevent excessive tear out and replacement once you have encountered water damage, you can reach out to the SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals for fast and effective restoration and repair.

Our Professional team that arrives promptly at your home or business is equipped with detection technology to identify leaks in the plumbing behind the walls and identify the full scope of the water damage that your home or business has sustained throughout the time that the pipe has been leaking water. Our auditory equipment can help us to hear behind drywall to determine the location of the problem only to remove portions of wall required for us to repair the damaged plumbing and begin drying efforts effectively.

To better allocate our drying equipment, we utilize thermal imagery cameras which non-invasively identify moisture pockets behind walls of your home or business to determine where focused drying efforts occur to remove the dampness present. If the damage is severe enough, SERVPRO of Kankakee County technicians might also implement our injectidry system to introduce heated air through wall cavities to dry them efficiently before secondary effects like mold growth can occur.

While water damage might happen from a variety of sources, clean up and drying efforts need to begin promptly to prevent excessive structural concerns.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Kankakee County understand that having dedicated and trained technicians, utilizing professional protocols and equipment make a real difference in down time and in reducing claims and loss expenses. Our adage “Like it never even happened,” is our goal in returning damaged areas 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

Does Your Warehouse Need Help Cleaning Up?

6/5/2022 (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.

Have You Ever Heard About Asbestos Testing and Abatement?

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Asbestos Testing and Abatement

What is asbestos? “Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: Chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.”

For many years asbestos fibers were used in several different commercial, residential and industrial capacities. Asbestos is heat resistance and became the material of choice. For example it can be found in roof shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, and automotive parts.

Asbestos is regulated due to the fact of how hazardous this mineral is. It is scientifically linked to many health effects. Not only workers are affected but many families.

We offer:

  • Asbestos Inspections
  • Asbestos Disposal
  • Asbestos Abatement

Did you know? Asbestos test should be done on any house built prior to 1980. However, we feel like inspections should be completed on every house.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to call our office at (815) 935-0077

Ever Thought About Becoming A Storm Spotter?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

 

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.

Cleaner Air Makes For Healtheir Employees & SERVPRO Is Ready To Help!

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

If you think the air you breathe indoors is cleaner than what’s outside, think again. The EPA estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. All that bad air translates into everything from frequent colds and sore throats to headaches, asthma, allergies and chronic fatigue, which in turn causes employee downtime.

When dust, debris and other contaminants build up in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, they can trigger allergies and other health issues. But they also reduce energy efficiency, which increases your energy costs. Now you have two compelling reasons to make sure the air ducts and HVAC system in your workplace are running efficiently.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

Dust

Pollen

Odors

Dirt and debris

Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Kankakee County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

May help to eliminate offensive odors.

Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (815) 935-0077

Let SERVPRO Get Back To Business In Bradley After A Flood Damage Disaster

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Assessing Contamination for Flood Demolition

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

 

Many homeowners believe that when their Bourbonnais residence becomes affected by any manner of flooding that there is no other solution but tear-out and reconstruction. Truthfully, there are many times where reconstruction and controlled demolition are inevitable, but they are not a guarantee for any damaged home after a storm event. Our SERVPRO crew can help with an accurate and thorough assessment of your property to determine potential contaminants and excessive damage.

Categories get used to determine the potential contaminant levels that exist after flooding, which coincidentally can indicate a need for flood damage demolition in Bourbonnais homes. In instances where floodwater could have encountered chemicals, sewage, bacteria, and other substances, it is often best to consider the situation hazardous. Contaminants require a specific approach to overcome and continue to pose a risk to those directly exposed until resolved.

For contaminated surfaces and materials, the most frugal and efficient path to clearing out these threats is to remove the material altogether when possible. For elements like drywall, it is possible to remove only the portions of the wall or ceiling that have been affected by the spreading water so far and allow the rest to remain if no threat for further water migration exists. We have a crew of licensed general contractors that can begin this controlled demolition as soon as possible to limit additional exposure and to aid in drying out lightly damaged areas like structural cavities.

In some circumstances, wood framing and other similar structural elements can remain installed with the right treatment from our powerful line of antibacterial agents and biocides. Eliminating both bacteria and mold spores can prevent secondary damages and harmful effects to those directly exposed. This step can occur while our SERVPRO team works to dry out the moisture in the house after the controlled demolition.

No two flooding circumstances are alike, but our SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals have the right expertise to address both the restoration and reconstruction needs of the house. Avoiding contaminants might not always be possible, but our technicians can help to make these losses “Like it never even happened,” by calling (815) 935-0077.

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Did You Know - Roofing Services Offered by SERVPRO Following a Storm

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

Tree fallen on home SERVPRO of Kankakee County understands that when a storm hurts your home, you have little patience for a lengthy and unclear restoration project.
 

Roofing Services Offered by SERVPRO Following a Storm

When a big storm hits, the first place in a home to take damage is often the roof. Roofs are flat, brittle surfaces with relatively little avenues for a homeowner to prevent damage. In many cases, whether or not a roof will be damaged in a storm simply comes down to the construction quality of it. Once a roof has sustained damage from an impact or otherwise been opened up to the elements, it often quickly takes on water damage and may even flood. SERVPRO helps to respond fast and deal with pressing damages to your roof and attic before a contractor can arrive to patch it up.

Initial Response and Services 
When we first arrive on-scene, our technicians will get to work first emptying out floodwater and eliminating further sources of damage, then tarping over the roofing in Bourbonnais. This covering helps to stop further damage from occurring and avoid a more costly and time-consuming restoration job. Also, we emphasize sealing up openings and avenues for any water inside or outside of the roof. 
 
Damage Restoration 
Following these initial steps, our crews will get to traditional restoration measures if they are necessary, helping to repair water and fire damages in the roof and attic. We also check the basement for any water intrusion. In many cases, attic insulation will be water-logged, and can be discarded and replaced by our teams. Depending on the attic and what it contains, we may also remove some of the items inside it temporarily for drying and cleaning purposes. 
 
Preventing Future Damage 
We offer a number of services designed to prevent future damage to your attic and roof, including small structural improvements, recommendations on materials and safety steps, and treatments to prevent mold proliferation. We can also help to identify any potential damage hazards present in the attic, such as old papers that may combust, exposed electrical wiring, or a small leak. 
 
SERVPRO of Kankakee County understands that when a storm hurts your home, you have little patience for a lengthy and unclear restoration project. That's why we send out our teams rapidly and at all hours, to help reduce secondary water or fire damage to your property and get things in order as quickly as possible. Call us 24/7 at (815) 935-0077.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County Responds To Commercial Water Damage

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage in Kankakee County

When flood damage hits a 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.

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 areas 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