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Recent storms cause water damage to Kankakee County

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technical Experts mitigating water damage in Kankakee County. SERVPRO Technical Experts mitigating water damage in Kankakee County.

Recent heavy rains caused extensive damage to residences throughout Kankakee County. Apart from the detritus common in these types of occurrences, there are also present associated health risks. With any type of water damage SERVPRO of Kankakee County are your certified water damage professionals. SERVPRO of Kankakee County is trained to deal with a myriad of water damage issues. 

Below are some basic procedures for clean up

  1. Identify ALL safety issues
  2. Determine source of the water and get problem fixed as quickly as possible 
  3. Extract materials and/or remove all standing water
  4. Apply EPA registered disinfectant
  5. Remove and discard all contaminated porous and semi-porous structural materials included carpet and pad
  6. Measure and document all moisture levels in affected areas.
  7. Install barriers to contain damaged areas
  8. Install drying equipment 
  9. Monitor job daily.
  10. Once completely dry. Clean all areas prior to rebuild.

When your Kankakee County home or business has a sewer back up you can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Kankakee County. For a free estimate call (815)935-0077

SERVPRO Mitigating Water Damage in Kankakee County

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technical Experts addressing water damage issues in Kankakee County SERVPRO Technical Experts addressing water damage issues in Kankakee County.

Water damage can happen at any time. When your Kankakee County property is affected the most crucial step to take is to extract any standing water and dry moisture remnants quickly.

One category of equipment that plays a crucial role during 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 of time.  Equipment that extracts 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 of Kankakee County certified and trained technicians have access to a wide range of equipment and accessories to tackle all situations.

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 of Kankakee County technicians have access to a wide range of extraction equipment that ensures balanced drying and the expertise to handle any eventuality arising form water damage.

You can rely on the Professionals at SERVPRO of Kankakee County 24/7/365.  We can be reached at 815-935-0077

SERVPRO assisting our local Fire Departments

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO a of Kankakee County donated a Palmer Dollhouse to a local Fire Department. SERVPRO a of Kankakee County donated a Palmer Dollhouse to a local Fire Department.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County takes an active role in supporting our local Fire Departments.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is a proud supporter of our Fire Departments. Whether it be a Fire Department's Open House, Golf Outing, a pancake breakfast, fish fry or benefit, SERVPRO of Kankakee County is there.

Pictured in this blog we donated a Palmer Doll House which we constructed for the Momence Fire Department.

The Palmer Doll House is an effective tool for the training of firemen in both classroom and hands on. For a Department to be effective as with any business, knowledge and education are paramount.


Using the Palmer Doll House is a superb vehicle to show and demonstrate how ventilation of positive and negative degrees allows backdraft and flashover to occur.  It also can be a tool to demonstrate tactics and results.

We here at SERVPRO of Kankakee County thank our local Fire Departments for the Professionalism, Dedication and Bravery and we are honored to assist them always.

SERVPRO hosting Kankakee Fire Chief’s Association Monthly Meeting

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Executive Board Chiefs of the Kankakee Valley Fire Chief’s Association at SERVPRO of Kankakee County Executive Board Chiefs of the Kankakee Valley Fire Chief’s Association at SERVPRO of Kankakee County

Recently SERVPRO of Kankakee County hosted the MABAS Division 7 / Kankakee Valley Fire Chief’s Association monthly meeting at our Manteno facility.

The Association is made up of 17 fire departments and 20 associate members.  MABAS Division 7 covers Kankakee County, located approximately 50 miles south of Chicago, Illinois.  Division 7 is dispatched by KanCom Dispatch located in Kankakee, Illinois.  The fire departments associated with MABAS Division 7 provide fire suppression, EMS, rescue, and specialized response teams that allow the division to handle and mitigate.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is honored to be an Affiliate Member of MABAS Division 7. These dedicated men and women protect our lives and property twenty-fours a day three hundred and sixty-five days a year. They are our friends and neighbors, they till our soil, work in factories and offices.  When the “call”comes they are there to save our lives our pets and our properties. They educate the residents and business community about fire safety.  

SERVPRO Rapid Response Board Up Team

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician accesses damage to a multi-unit dwelling in Kankakee County. SERVPRO Technician accesses damage to a multi-unit dwelling in Kankakee County.

Recently an apartment fire broke out in the early hours of the morning in Kankakee County.  SERVPRO of Kankakee County was called by the Local Fire Department to provide Emergency Board Up Services to the damage rendered.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County was on site within minutes and working with the property owner and their insurance carrier began the process of mitigation. Damage to a business or dwelling from fire and resultant smoke, soot and water damage 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. 

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 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, and 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.

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