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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned When Disaster Strikes

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly!

One definition of a disaster is a serious disruption, occurring over a relatively short time, of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental loss. When we talk to people in the commercial setting they think of a disaster as a major weather-related event. 

A disaster in a commercial setting is anything that causes disruption to business or causes damage to services or goods that negatively impact profitability. 

Failed Plumbing: Just like your home, a commercial building is just as susceptible to failed plumbing. Frozen pipe bursts are common in the winter because people may times try to cut cost and may not keep the property from freezing. The strain on plumbing because of everyday harsh use also can weaken the plumbing and make it vulnerable.

Appliances & Equipment: From a simple water heater malfunction to major machinery using high water pressure. Appliances and equipment, even with the best maintenance sometimes fail. Evaluate the equipment in your commercial building. If you are a restaurant or food service provider you may be more at risk.

Sprinkler System Malfunction: Have regular maintenance performed on your sprinkler system annually. This the best way to prevent malfunctions.

Roof Leaks: Okay this one is kind of weather-related. But it doesn’t take a huge thunderstorm to leave water in your building if you have roof issues. A regular shower can do a great amount of damage if the roof allows it to leak inside.

At any point, your commercial property is faced with a disaster call SERVPRO and let our trained professionals take the hassle off your hands. We are faster to any disaster and ready to take our expertise and put it to work for you! 

SERVPRO of Kankakee County's Disaster Recovery Team Is Ready To Help!

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Building Chicago High Rise water damage affecting five floors and 25 units. All residents stayed in the building during drying! SERVPRO got the job done!

High rise buildings in Chicago and NW Indiana have great potential for water damage. Property managers and Condo Associations relay on SERVPRO of Kankakee County's Disaster Recovery Team to have the knowledge and training to respond to these problems. Nationwide Shopping centers, hotels and other large buildings have special issues when it comes to water, fire or other kinds of disaster damage, which includes: 

  • Lift devices malfunctioning. Flooding on levels below then can make elevators and escalators malfunction, cutting off access effectively to levels higher up besides by taking the stairs.
  • Leaking of cold lines. A lot of high-rise buildings use cooling systems which are complicated so they can run all the huge amounts of necessary equipment to keep the building functioning. When these cooling lines encounter problems, it can lead to breakdowns all across the building in systems and even chemical leaks which are dangerous.
  • Fire sprinkler system damage. A great way to keep your building safe in a large-building fire, fire sprinklers can however cause significant damage to the building itself, especially since most of these systems are set to trigger at just a hint of a temperature rise or smoke.
  • Computer and data system damage. A lot of high-rise buildings have delicate and expensive data controls systems for intercoms, cameras, and other devices. These systems can quickly be shorted out by flooding, causing damage that is expensive, plus putting the occupants of the building in danger.

Water Damage and Gravity

No matter what floor the water damage source might be, water flows outward until it finds its way down. Water damage to lower floors is common in High Rise structures and knowing how to locate it is important.

Once its determined where the water went, a plan to mitigate the loss is important. Reconstruction, cut outs and mold remediation could be necessary after the flood water is extracted. This is when you should be calling our professional staff at SERVPRO, as we have all the necessary equipment and knowledge to perform these jobs correctly. Unless you clean the high-rise immediately and correctly, more damage may result and could be costly.

When you discover water damage in your high rise or condo contact us at SERVPRO of Kankakee County's Disaster Recovery Team by dialing (815)935-0077.

After A Fire Disaster - SERVPRO Gets You Back To Business As Usual!

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to washer and dryer Our certified technicians are ready 24/7 to offer their expertise and experience as well as utilize our state of the art equipment after a fire.

Overcoming Smoke Odors in Your Bourbonnais Thrift Store

While you might carry a fair stock of housewares in your Bourbonnais thrift store, the bulk of your secondhand items are clothing. As quickly as you can turn over this apparel, it is also among the most susceptible to the damaging effects of small electrical fire flare-ups. While some of these items might be in the direct path of this spreading blaze, combusting upon exposure, other clothing items outside of this path are more susceptible to effects like smoke odors. 

Instead of considering all exposed apparel as a loss, you should consider what aspects of present fire damage in your Bourbonnais business can get overcome. While you have little investment in the clothing itself, it is the bulk of your profits. Losing the potential money that these items could be worth is not a decision that often must get made. Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple advanced machines capable of addressing harsh lingering odors in your business as we also work to mitigate your loss.

Smoke odors spread quickly throughout an open area and can quickly embed into clothing and other soft materials such as furniture you might have for sale. Small fires do not often require the full shutdown of your building, which makes deodorization equipment like ozone machines unsafe to use. Instead, our professionals can lean towards other capable equipment such as hydroxyl generators and thermal or UV foggers.

Depending on the volume of soft materials that require this focused attention, we can also devote some of the fire damaged items to dry cleaning with our contents department or with a third-party associate. These facilities often implement the use of ozone, which features an added oxygen molecule that can bond with odor compounds and neutralize the entire structure. Once the cleanup of the fire has completed, and the minor cosmetic damages have gotten addressed, we can return removed and newly deodorized clothing items to their original positions in the store.

We strive to provide our customers with real-time solutions that protect their investments and ensure that they can keep their doors open to their customers whenever possible. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Kankakee County team to make all fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (815) 935-0077.

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SERVPRO of Kankakee County Responds With Sense Of Urgency With No Time Wasted!

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Household Fire “Like it never even happened,” is our goal in returning damaged area to a preloss condition! We are SERVPRO of of Kankakee County 815-935-0077.

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

Did You Know? SERVPRO Uses Environmentally Friendly Products

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Green Cleaning Products SERVPRO Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly using environmentally friendly raw materials.

SERVPRO wants you to know that we are doing our part to help our Planet.  That is why we want you to know about our Green Cleaning Products.

SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients. The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products.

With the assistance of larger chemical companies the EPA/DFE has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. From the listing a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials.

So next time you see our Green Vehicles, you'll know we are doing our part to sustain our Environment.

What Is A MABAS? Read Below To Learn More!

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Department in Kankakee Valley The MABAS Division 7 provide fire suppression, EMS, rescue, and specialized response teams that allow the division to handle & mitigate.

The MABAS Division 7 / Kankakee Valley Fire Chief’s 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 honoured to be an Affiliate Member of MABAS Division 7. These dedicated men and women protect out lives and property twenty fours a day three hundred and sixty five days a year. They are our friends and neighbours, 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.  

MABAS-Illinois serves local fire agencies, MABAS Divisions, State of Illinois departments, and Cook County UASI-DHSEM by providing a systems-based resource allocation and distribution network of robust traditional and nontraditional fire-EMS-rescue and special operations teams for emergency and sustained response within and outside of the State of Illinois. Accomplishment of the services requires cooperation, standardization, reliability, partnering, brokering and ongoing communication and compliance with customer specification and expectations. Customer trust and reliance on the MABAS system is built upon personal relationships, credibility, and ongoing customer support.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) provides emergency rapid response and sustained operations when a jurisdiction or region is stricken by an overwhelming event generated by manmade, technological, or environmental threats. In response, MABAS will mobilize and, deploy a sustained fire, emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials, technical rescue, water rescue, urban search & rescue, and incident management assistance team resources to prevent loss of life, human suffering and further damage to property.

Don't Panic If Water Is In Your Home After A Storm - Call SERVPRO (Part 1)

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Floor Damage SERVPRO of Kankakee County has the most experience handling potentially hazardous water cleanup!

Do you have water in your home after a storm?  So many questions will start going through your mind on what you should do.  Let SERVPRO of Kankakee County help!

What we call Category three groundwater is one of the worst types of water loss that can affect your home. The water ruins anything porous it touches.  Water can find a way of getting into areas that you wouldn't think it could, and the longer it remains in the house, the more damage that it does. Fast action is the best action when it comes to "dirty" water in your home. 

What Could Potentially Live In Floodwater?

When groundwater is the cause of the flood in your home, there can be many problems that can present within the water. As the water travels, it picks up everything it comes in contact with and brings it along for the ride. SERVPRO of Kankakee County technicians perform water restoration services on water damages that could contain one or more harmful agents. Additionally, all types of mud and debris may potentially be in the water when it comes into your home.

Can Floodwater Harm Your Flooring?

The potential outcome of your flooring in your home after a floodwater disaster is dependent on how fast the cleanup efforts began making it even more important to call a professional to clean it up. After groundwater enters a home, it travels to any area that offers the least resistance. SERVPRO of Kankakee County techs know from experience some of the most common places affected by floodwater are:

  • Under your tile
  • Behind baseboards and drywall
  • Through your floor joists possibly into your basements or crawlspaces
  • Through carpet and pad 

Extraction of Floodwater is Critical When You Have a Flood Damage

After floodwater enters a home, the timer starts ticking. If the water gets extracted quickly after the water starts to enter your home, there is a greater chance that you will not have as much damage to the structure of your home as well as your possessions inside.

Because of the contaminated nature of this water, SERVPRO of Kankakee County techs often apply treatments that will greatly lessen the possible contagions present before starting the mitigation process. 

It is common for the original amount of water to seem like it is starting to recede.  Be aware that when that happens, most likely the water has started being soaked up by drywall, carpet/pad, and paneling.

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."