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Supporting locally owned businesses is vital to our community

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

large group of SERVPRO staff in front of a tan building Locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Kankakee County staff

You may often see and hear local community members talking about hire local or buy local. In our area, the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce has a slogan "shop small, shop local, shop Kankakee County. Well that's not just a tag line. It's a necessity in order for small businesses to survive and thrive. Every job completed locally helps employees via pay checks. Using local companies also helps the local tax base via sales tax and income tax for those working at these locally owned businesses. 

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is locally owned and operated by the Nichols family. Bobby Nichols has spent over 25 years in the restoration and construction industry. His wife, Kata is a veterinarian by trade and has worked in the business since 2010. Their SERVPRO franchise consistently ranks in the Top 100 franchises in the United States and Canada. They also own 3 other SERVPRO franchises to the north.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County employs over 50 locals and nearly 100 local subcontractors. Our reputation locally is unmatched. Our green trucks can be seen buzzing around town every single day helping our friends, neighbors and local businesses clean up all kinds of messes.

We are members of the following chambers of commerce

In addition, we are members of the following local associations. 

SERVPRO provides cleaning support for nearly every large company in town. From our schools and hospitals to our houses of worship and warehouses. From our smallest towns like Grant Park, Bonfield, Herscher, Limestone, St. Anne, and Aroma Park to our larger cities like Bradley, Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Manteno, and Momence. You can usually find one of our trucks at a Friday Night High School Football game in nearly every one of these towns. You will find our trucks in the parades and at the local diners every Sunday. That's because we don't just service this area, we are from Kankakee County. We invite you to call our office with any of your cleaning needs. Rest assured, we will be there quickly because we won't have to get on the highway to get to you!

SERVPRO Responding to Major Storms in Kankakee County

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

 Flooding in Kankakee Area Municipality after a major storm. Flooding in Kankakee Area Municipality after a major storm.

Whenever a storm strikes Kankakee County area, heavy rain or snow is possible. When high amounts of precipitation occur, you may find yourself needing to call a professional.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County are the Professionals. 

Our team of dedicated professionals provides emergency tarping, board up and water damage mitigation. While water damage might happen from a variety of sources, clean up and drying efforts need to begin promptly to prevent excessive structural concerns. Working in conjunction with an array of Insurers and their field adjustors, SERVPRO of Kankakee County responds 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

Commercial Water Damage in Kankakee County

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kankakee County responding to Commercial Water Loss SERVPRO of Kankakee County responding to Commercial Water Loss

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

SERVPRO responds to recent Structure Fire in Kankakee County

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen ceiling tiles and insulation at a recent residential structure fire in Kankakee County. Fallen ceiling tiles and insulation at a recent residential structure fire in Kankakee County.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County recently responded to a fire damaged residence. As you can see from the photograph fallen ceiling tiles and insulation as the result of fire, smoke and water can cause extensive damage. Mitigating and restoring your Kankakee County home to its original condition requires a professional service trained to handle physical damage, smoke residues, and odors.

Smoke residues present a unique hazard that can be challenging to clean making it a situation many Kankakee County homeowners leave up to the expertise and skills of our SERVPRO professionals. From the risks present in the spread of these residues, from surface to surface throughout a fire-damaged address, to the staining that could result from improper removal, fire loss effects can permanently mar your property without the right approach.

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

SERVPRO of Kankakee County responds to Storm Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO rapid response to Storm Damage - image of green SERVPRO fleet parked on street SERVPRO a rapid response to Storm Damage

When storms hit damage can be extensive that is why you can rely on the expertise and professionalism of SERVPRO of Kankakee County for emergency response to your commercial business or residence.

Our team of dedicated professionals provides 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

SERVPRO Commercial Board Up

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technical Expert securing property after occurrence. SERVPRO Technical Expert securing property after occurrence.

Recently after a fire at a Kankakee County business, SERVPRO of Kankakee County responded with alacrity and expertise working with the commercial property owner, their tenants and their insurance carriers.

Damage to a business 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. 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. 

With resultant smoke and soot damage there may be recoverable contents on the property. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items will require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes. You want to protect your electronics and other important items. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.You need to keep your contents out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to remedy.

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 

Manteno Fire Loss mitigated by SERVPRO of Kankakee County

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kankakee County on site at a commercial fire loss in Manteno, Illinois SERVPRO of Kankakee County on site at a commercial fire loss in Manteno, Illinois

When a recent fire damage occurred at a Manteno business you need help on many fronts. This is why the technical expertise and rapid response of SERVPRO of Kankakee County is invaluable.  Exterior damage receives needed tarping and boarding up to protect from the elements. Our on-site fire mitigation and remediation crews arrive with the workforce, products, and equipment needed to start the turnaround from chaos to calm inside your home. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training mastered by our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) is crucial to mitigating further damage and remediating the harm already done.

We pledge transparency in our communications with you during the project and also collaborate with you as we work with you and your insurer. Meticulous documentation is needed for you to receive appropriate payment, and we have employees dedicated to ensuring that we have the evidence to back up your claims. Both at your business and our production facility located in Manteno we follow the restoration industry’s best practices to clean up the water and soot damage, disinfect and dry building materials and contents, and eliminate the odors that can linger.

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

Air Movers an Essential Mitigation Resource

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Air Movers at SERVPRO Air Movers at SERVPRO

Air movers (also known as “floor drying fans”, “commercial blower fans” and “industrial air blowers”) are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. This type of equipment introduces airflow at the surface level and replaces the highly saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. Your SERVPRO of Kankakee County technical experts have been specifically trained on the science of drying to know how many air movers they will need and how to position them to create airflow across all wet surfaces. In some cases, when the lower portion of multiple walls are wet, involving wet drywall behind baseboards, enough air movers are positioned to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. Our SERVPRO technicians operate the air movers in several different positions, offering flexibility in how to direct the airflow with the best possible outcome.

Air movers are an essential tool when mitigation services are needed due to water damage or restoring flood or disaster damage. Some advantages of drying a building with the use of air movers are as follows:

  • Low power draw
  • High velocity, making them ideal for cooling and ventilation purposes
  • Reduces water damage dry out time to carpets and floors, as well as wall cavities behind drywall
  • Dries concrete and paint
  • Removing fumes or gases from a workspace

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

Water Damage at Your Bourbonnais Business or Residence

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage at Bourbonnais local Business Water damage at Bourbonnais local business

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

SERVPRO Responds to Fire Damage in Kankakee County

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

First Responders at recent occurrence in Kankakee County First Responders at recent occurrence in Kankakee County

SERVPRO of Kankakee County recently responded to a fire damaged residence. Mitigating and restoring your Kankakee County home to its original condition requires a professional service trained to handle physical damage, smoke residues, and odors.

Smoke residues present a unique hazard that can be challenging to clean making it a situation many Kankakee County homeowners leave up to the expertise and skills of our SERVPRO professionals. From the risks present in the spread of these residues, from surface to surface throughout a fire-damaged address, to the staining that could result from improper removal, fire loss effects can permanently mar your property without the right approach. 

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