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Broken Pipes in Kankakee

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Broken Pipes in Kankakee Broken Pipe

The extreme temperatures can cause frozen pipes.  When water freezes inside of pipes it expands and the pipe breaks causing damage that can be catastrophic to a home or business owner. Let SERVPRO of Kankakee County help you get it back to "Like it never even happened."

From residential to commercial, we are Ready To Any Size Disaster!  We can help you through the process of water damage from start to finish in a number of ways including:

Emergency 24/7/365 mitigation services,

Minimize additional property damages,

Use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water,

Review restoration vs. replacement,

Office staff that is highly trained in working with your insurance company,

Construction division to help rebuild what where to have to tear out,  

Use advanced drying techniques to monitor and ensure your property is properly dried!

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What to Do if There's Water Damage to Flooring in Your Home

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do if There's Water Damage to Flooring in Your Home Water can be a very destructive force and adversely affect just about every part of your home's structure, including flooring.

Steps To Take After Water Damage to Flooring in Your Home


Water can be a very destructive force and adversely affect just about every part of your home's structure, including flooring. Whether the issue is severe weather, a malfunctioning appliance, burst pipes, or a leaking roof, handling water damage to flooring as early as possible is the key to avoiding huge hassles down the line.

Homeowners who suspect water damage to flooring in Bradley should take immediate action before the problem gets worse. If your home's floors have been affected by an influx of water, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Have any excess water removed before refinishing wood floors.
Professional removal of excess water is essential before refinishing wood flooring. Otherwise, it may end up warping and cause structural damage. It can take weeks for wood floors to dry out on their own, and by then mold will likely become a problem. SERVPRO technicians will quickly remove the water from your floors and ensure the area is dry and ready to be refinished.

2. Prevent mold and mildew growth by calling an expert.
Some homeowners attempt to remove water damage to flooring on their own. However, they're typically unable to get the water out of each floor layer. The excess moisture then leads to mold and mildew, which are more challenging to eliminate. SERVPRO has industrial grade equipment that we use to ensure no moisture remains, which is vital to stopping the growth of harmful mold and mildew.

3. Don't automatically assume your carpets will be a lost cause.
If you look at the water damage to flooring in your home and think there's no way your carpet can be salvaged, call us first. We're experts at restoring water damaged areas, and we may be able to extract the water from your carpets and sub floors and save you the expense of completely replacing it.

If your home's flooring has been affected by water damage, count on the team at SERVPRO of Kankakee County to get it back in excellent condition. For a quote or to learn more about our water damage restoration services, call us at (815) 935-0077.

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Bourbonnais Water Damage?? SERVPRO Has the Crew and the Devices for Mitigation

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bourbonnais Water Damage?? SERVPRO Has the Crew and the Devices for Mitigation SERVPRO Says Call Us at the First Sign of a Water Leak in Your Bourbonnais Home

Effective Removal of Moisture Behind Walls in Bourbonnais Homes

Water loss incidents can occur from many different sources in your Bourbonnais home, but aging plumbing often plays a contributing factor. Many of the older homes in the area still 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 such as iron and manganese. These minerals are not harmful to consume, yet, can have a damaging effect on older pipes when sediment builds up around connections, bends, and fixtures.

Once a problem has started, water damage can soon develop in your Bourbonnais home through leaks in the weakest portions of the plumbing. These can be challenging to chase down, as the 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 our SERVPRO professionals for fast and effective restoration and repair.

Our team that arrives at your home comes equipped with detection technology to help them both identify leaks in the plumbing behind the walls, and identify the full scope of the water damage that your home 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 exact point of the leak only to remove portions of wall required for us to repair the damaged plumbing and begin drying efforts effectively.

To better place our drying equipment, our thermal imagery cameras can identify moisture pockets behind walls of your home to determine where focused drying efforts must occur to remove the dampness present. If the damage is severe enough, our SERVPRO technicians might also implement our injectidry system to force 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. Give our SERVPRO of Kankakee County rapid response team a call 24/7 at (815) 935-0077.

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Frozen and Busted Pipes in Bourbonnais?

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen and Busted Pipes in Bourbonnais? Frozen and busted water pipes in Kankakee County?

Have frozen and busted pipes affected your Bourbonnais area home or business? Kankakee County is experiencing extreme cold weather like we haven't experienced, since the two Polar Vortexs 5 years ago. 

Temperatures are plummeting to dangerous levels, where even having exposed skin for a mere matter of minutes can be dangerous. 

Subzero temperatures like this will be testing the limitations of not only the plumbing in your commercial home or business, but the insulation as well. Pushing piping and HVAC systems to their limits.

If your plumbing system fails, your first call is to your plumber. Your second call is to SERVPRO of Kankakee County!  Available 24/7/365 for any of your mitigation and restoration needs. Our trained technicians are up to the task of getting your business or home back to preloss condition, making it "Like it never even happened."

Here are some tips to help you during this extreme weather:

1. Protect your plumbing pipes from freezing

When winter temperatures plummet, water can easily freeze inside, causing them to burst. If you are out of the house or unaware of a burst pipe, the results can be disastrous, including massive home floods and damage to your beloved furniture, rugs and home structure. 

To reduce the possibility of frozen pipes, wrap each of your un-insulated pipes in a blanket of foam. You can purchase foam tubes with a slit on the side at most hardware stores. Cut the tube to the length you need, pull it open and push it over and around your pipe. Use duct tape to secure if the foam does not have self-adhesive edges. 

2. Fix home plumbing leaks now

The best time to get leaks repaired is the present. Check all of the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and utility room for drips and puddles. If you have a leaky faucet, contact your trusted plumber immediately to get your pipes back in tip-top shape.

3. Drain your water heater

If you live in a location with hard water, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. This rust can then find its way into your drinking, cooking and bathing water. If your hot water heater already is rusted or is too old, consider purchasing a new one before cold weather sets in.

4. Lose the outdoor hose to avoid frozen pipes

Until warm weather returns, your best home plumbing practice is to disconnect, wrap up and pack away your garden hose. Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucets and connecting pipes as well. Just say no to hefty repair bills and yes to a hose and fixtures you can use next year. 

5. Close and drain shut-off valves leading outdoors

If you have interior shut off valves leading to outdoor faucets, close them and drain the water from outside lines. Any water that remains in the lines and freezes could cause major damage.

6. Clean your home's sump pump pit

Before cold weather hits, you will need to inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit in which it rests. When exposed to extreme cold, your pump can freeze, causing it to stop working. 

If your sump pump malfunctions, water can enter your basement and cause flooding, especially when winter rains are in full swing. Do yourself a favor and inspect your pump and pit now to avoid massive flood damage and cleanup bills later.

Your winter should be full of cheer and warm family get-togethers, not exploded pipes and leaks that take days to fix. Prepare and repair your plumbing in advance to avoid a costly disaster.

Hopefully some of these will help you! Other wise SERVPRO of Kankakee County is ready to help you.

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Water Damage in your Gilman home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County for Gilman Water Damage Cleanup

If your home has recently been damaged in a major flooding or plumbing disaster, it's time to call for expert Gilman water damage cleanup services. There's no time to lose, especially if your home has been flooded. The damage that can follow in the wake of a flood can prove to be catastrophic, both regarding property depreciation and the amount of money you will need to spend to address it. Even if the water only came up to your first floor, you'll need to get the entire property checked out and cleaned up. 

Dealing With the Aftermath of Bourbonnais Residential Water Damage
If your home has suffered severe damage due to a broken or frozen pipe, sewage system backup or flood, much work needs to be done as quickly as possible to ensure that your home returns to a safe and healthy condition for you and your family. The sooner you contact professionals to begin these vital operations, the sooner you can reclaim your home. 

What Happens When You Contact a Water Damage Service?
When you contact professionals to address your Bourbonnais residential water damage, they will immediately begin a full inspection of your property to deliver a prompt and accurate assessment of the damage that has been done. Once the initial analysis of the damage has been concluded, the restoration experts from SERVPRO will proceed immediately to remove the water from your property. After the water has been fully extracted, the professionals will dehumidify the area and remove all remaining debris.

Once the property has been properly dried, all lingering traces of odor will be removed using thermal foggers and air scrubbers. The technician will then inspect the area once more to make sure that it hasn't sustained any significant structural damage that could cause problems in the future. The last step in Bourbonnais residential water damage cleanup is to perform any restoration work that needs to be done. This will ensure that your property is fully ready for you and your family to inhabit once more. Water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO, all IICRC certified, will use modern, high-tech equipment that has been specially designed and engineered to evacuate quickly water, debris and mold from your property without leaving any damage to your structure or its design features.

Contact Water Damage Experts Today
SERVPRO of Kankakee County is a premier company for Gilman residential water damage restoration. We are a locally owned and operated franchise that can respond to your emergency within a few short hours of your initial call. We are also fully authorized to respond to water damage emergencies in Manteno, Momence, Bourbonnais, Beecher and the rest of the surrounding area. When your home in Gilman is threatened by water damage, we can help get your property back into shape. Contact us today for twenty-four/seven service at 815-935-0077 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Water Extraction from your home in Peotone

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

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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Roof damage caused by water to your home in Bourbonnais

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration By SERVPRO

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.

Sump pump failure in Momence

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

When the power goes out in Kankakee County Illinois, homeowners with basements begin to worry about the opportunity for water damage in basements. Often a battery back up will only last for so long and once its exhausted, the water starts coming in around the perimeter if not right from the hole.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County keeps a number of sump pumps on hand for replacement and/or temporary use until a plumber can make it out to replace the failed unit. We work with just about every plumber in the area from Kankakee to Manteno, so if we happen to be swamped or out of pumps, we can quickly get you in touch with a reputable plumber to assist. 

Our main purpose to help mitigate damages from failed sump pumps. We sometimes bring generators with us to get help get the water out and then begin extraction and drying operations immediately. We also have hundreds of drying fans and dehumidifiers available for direct rental. Don't wait to call SERVPRO of Kankakee County as normally we can save most wet materials if we get to it fast enough. From carpet and pad to trim and drywall, we have the tools and training to make your water damaged or Flooded basement whole again. And if you are worried about mold in your basement, we use an EPA registered disinfectant on ALL water and sewer back up projects.

For additional tips on how to avoid further damage until help arrives, go to our website http://www.SERVPROkankakeecounty.com or call our office directly at (815)935-0077.

Sewer back up in Bradley

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer Damage and Drain Back Up can cause serious damage to Kankakee homes. They also present health risks and should only be cleaned by certified water damage professionals. SERVPRO of Kankakee County is trained to deal with sewer damage issues.

Some examples include, but are not limited to: sewage, toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap regardless of visible content or color.

Below are some basic procedures for clean up


  1. Identify ALL safety issues
  2. Determine source or Sewer back up 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 Bradley home or business has a sewer back up, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Kankakee County. For a free estimate call (815)935-0077

Frozen pipes are a preventable winter problem

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

A few more steps to prevent frozen pipes from SERVPRO of Kankakee County.

The freezing temps and snow are upon us in Kankakee County again. SERVPRO has been very busy cleaning homes with water damage due to frozen pipes. Did you know that an 1/8 inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day? This can cause flooding, serious structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

Here are a few tips you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:

· Insulate pipes in your homes crawlspace and attic.

· Heat tape can be used to wrap pipes.

· Disconnect garden hoses and use and indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.

· Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night.

· A trickle of hot water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.


By taking these safety steps, you can help save yourself the mess, money and aggravation frozen pipes cause.

Gilman Water Damage - What should you do?

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County for Gilman Water Damage Cleanup

If your home has recently been damaged in a major flooding or plumbing disaster, it's time to call for expert Gilman water damage cleanup services. There's no time to lose, especially if your home has been flooded. The damage that can follow in the wake of a flood can prove to be catastrophic, both regarding property depreciation and the amount of money you will need to spend to address it. Even if the water only came up to your first floor, you'll need to get the entire property checked out and cleaned up. 

Dealing With the Aftermath of Bourbonnais Residential Water Damage
If your home has suffered severe damage due to a broken or frozen pipe, sewage system backup or flood, much work needs to be done as quickly as possible to ensure that your home returns to a safe and healthy condition for you and your family. The sooner you contact professionals to begin these vital operations, the sooner you can reclaim your home. 

What Happens When You Contact a Water Damage Service?
When you contact professionals to address your Bourbonnais residential water damage, they will immediately begin a full inspection of your property to deliver a prompt and accurate assessment of the damage that has been done. Once the initial analysis of the damage has been concluded, the restoration experts from SERVPRO will proceed immediately to remove the water from your property. After the water has been fully extracted, the professionals will dehumidify the area and remove all remaining debris.

Once the property has been properly dried, all lingering traces of odor will be removed using thermal foggers and air scrubbers. The technician will then inspect the area once more to make sure that it hasn't sustained any significant structural damage that could cause problems in the future. The last step in Bourbonnais residential water damage cleanup is to perform any restoration work that needs to be done. This will ensure that your property is fully ready for you and your family to inhabit once more. Water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO, all IICRC certified, will use modern, high-tech equipment that has been specially designed and engineered to evacuate quickly water, debris and mold from your property without leaving any damage to your structure or its design features.

Contact Water Damage Experts Today
SERVPRO of Kankakee County is a premier company for Gilman residential water damage restoration. We are a locally owned and operated franchise that can respond to your emergency within a few short hours of your initial call. We are also fully authorized to respond to water damage emergencies in Manteno, Momence, Bourbonnais, Beecher and the rest of the surrounding area. When your home in Gilman is threatened by water damage, we can help get your property back into shape. Contact us today for twenty-four/seven service at 815-935-0077 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Water Damage in Peotone

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Water damage to your roof in Momence

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration By SERVPRO

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.

Sump Pump Failure - Bradley Bourbonnais

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure - Bradley Bourbonnais Water damage Equipment for Rent

When the power goes out in Kankakee County Illinois, homeowners with basements begin to worry about the opportunity for water damage in basements. Often a battery back up will only last for so long and once its exhausted, the water starts coming in around the perimeter if not right from the hole.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County keeps a number of sump pumps on hand for replacement and/or temporary use until a plumber can make it out to replace the failed unit. We work with just about every plumber in the area from Kankakee to Manteno, so if we happen to be swamped or out of pumps, we can quickly get you in touch with a reputable plumber to assist. 

Our main purpose to help mitigate damages from failed sump pumps. We sometimes bring generators with us to get help get the water out and then begin extraction and drying operations immediately. We also have hundreds of drying fans and dehumidifiers available for direct rental. Don't wait to call SERVPRO of Kankakee County as normally we can save most wet materials if we get to it fast enough. From carpet and pad to trim and drywall, we have the tools and training to make your water damaged or Flooded basement whole again. And if you are worried about mold in your basement, we use an EPA registered disinfectant on ALL water and sewer back up projects.

For additional tips on how to avoid further damage until help arrives, go to our website http://www.SERVPROkankakeecounty.com or call our office directly at (815)935-0077.

Tips for Spring Flooding

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Spring Flooding Residential Flooding Damage

Chicago is famous for heavy snows and bitter cold temperatures during the winter.  Melting snow and thawing pipes in the spring, on top of heavy spring rains often leads to floods and water damage.   These safety tips can help reduce damage and avoid dangerous situations before, during and after the spring thaw. 


Before a Flood:


*Prepare in advance by ask your SERVPRO Rep about completing an FREE Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP) for your business.  It will help you respond quickly to an emergency and minimize downtime due to water damage.  The ERP is available on a mobile app on your smartphone, tablet or computer and will allow you to access your utility and emergency contacts at any time from any location. 


*Check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly before water begins to rise.   Having a back-up generator will help ensure you’re your pump is working when you may need it.  Double check with your insurance agent to make sure your sump pump is covered.


*Protect important items/papers by putting them in plastic totes and raising them off the floor of your home/business.  In most cases, ensuring that boxes are at least a few inches off the floor with keep them above the water line from a flood.


During a Flood:


*Watch for water collecting by monitoring areas where water might collect and attempt to direct it away from buildings.


*Monitor power sources and outlets as water levels rise, so you don’t risk a shock from a live current flowing through water.   If you can cut the power to endangered outlets and power sources without standing in water, flip the switch.  If not, contact an electrician immediately and evacuate the area.  DO NOT ENTER STANDING WATER!


*Clearing storm drains prior to a thaw will help water flow away from your property and reduce water backing into the building.


*Flood insurance should be considered, especially in high-risk flooding or low lying areas near rivers and streams.  Most insurance policies do not cover flooding, and require a separate policy. 


*Watch the road during spring storms, especially during flash flood warnings.  NEVER drive on roadways that are submerged under water. 


After a Flood:


*Fast action will reduce danger risks and lessen damage to your property.  When a flood happens, you need to dry out wet items including walls and flooring to lessen damage. Contact SERVPRO® of Matteson-Homewood, Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher, and Kankakee County at 815-935-0077 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”


Contact us 24 hours a day at 815-935-0077!

Frozen Pipe Tips to avoid water damage

2/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipe Tips to avoid water damage water damage caused by frozen pipe in New Lenox

A few more steps to prevent frozen pipes from SERVPRO of Kankakee County.

February has snuck up on us and we have been experiencing crazy weather! SERVPRO has been very busy cleaning homes with water damage due to frozen pipes. Did you know that an 1/8 inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day? This can cause flooding, serious structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

Here are a few tips you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:

· Insulate pipes in your homes crawlspace and attic.

· Heat tape can be used to wrap pipes.

· Disconnect garden hoses and use and indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.

· Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night.

· A trickle of hot water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.


By taking these safety steps, you can help save yourself the mess, money and aggravation frozen pipes cause.

Warped and Buckled Flooring Can Result from Water Intrusion

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Warped and Buckled Flooring Can Result from Water Intrusion 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 pre-loss 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."

Daily-journal.com talks storm damage with SERVPRO owner, Bobby Nichols

10/27/2015 (Permalink)

Finally, the most common headache for most homeowners comes with a leaky basement. SERVPRO of Kankakee County Disaster Recovery Team crews have appointments in just about every town in Kankakee and Iroquois counties.

"We had somewhere around 300 calls in 12 hours when that storm hit [Monday night]," said local SERVPRO franchisee owner and operator Bobby Nichols. "We have a lot of new customers and we have some folks, like down in Ashkum, who re-flooded."

He added that as part of a national response team, the local office was able to call in regional assistance.

"They were in last night and working today," he said. "We have 15 teams out in the field. That's 90 crew members, and don't even ask how long our days are. I went out at 10:30 last night and I'm still at it [around 4 p.m. Tuesday]."

Nichols added that he expects another 200 calls before this event is over.

Many thanks to the Daily Journal for taking time to hear our story.

Ford and Iroquois County Health Department

3/3/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ford and Iroquois County Health Department Moldy drywall following water damage in Watseka IL

There is a FLOOD ADVISORY for the Iroquois River at Watseka, IL and the potential for WATER DAMAGE is serious in the coming weeks. Preparations are on going and your homes and businesses can be protected. You can find out more information by visiting the Ford and Iroquois County Health Department website http://www.fiphd.org/ 

SERVPRO of Kankakee County did a great deal of water damage and mold remediation work in Watseka, IL following the 2008 floods. Look for our flood tips in upcoming news articles and radio ads.

Ice jams threaten communities again this year

3/2/2014 (Permalink)

Ice jams may lead to severe flooding of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers this year. Towns like Watseka, Momence, Aroma Park, Kankakee, Bradley and Bradley can all expect some flooding due to rapid snow melt and heavy rains. Be prepared and if you experience water damage, call SERVPRO of Kankakee County.