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We Provide Kankakee Area Mold Inspections and Air Sampling

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Provide Kankakee Area Mold Inspections and Air Sampling Kankakee Area Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Inspections, Air Sampling, and Remediation

Testing to Identify Mold in Your Kankakee County Homeor Business

Many situations can lead to the production and spread of mold and microbial threats throughout your Kankakee County residence or business. While these circumstances can produce hazards for those exposed to active colonization, a more alarming situation exists where property owners contend with mold growth and never realize it. With risks to both the health of those around mold and the effect that it can have on structural integrity and stability, it is important to address the situation as promptly as possible with trained professionals able to help.

Testing is vital for situations where mold damage in Kankakee County homes is visible, and structures where conditions for colonization have gotten met, such as persistent moisture and dampness. We have the experience to provide mold inspections and air sampling for our residential and commercial customers.

Along with our effective containment of mold spores and present odors, we can begin our inspection and sampling of the affected property right away. Our SERVPRO remediation team specializes in indoor air quality and mold assessments and consultations. This sampling of the environment gets sent to a lab for analysis, determining the concentration of mold spores present to identify the severity of the situation on the property.

Hygrometers and moisture readers are valuable tools to the mold inspectors we dispatch to your address. These tools can determine the level of relative humidity, and when combined with tools like thermal and infrared imagery, can approximate the location of moisture pockets and dampness out of sight. As part of a thorough inspection, our professionals check foundations, attics, air ducts, windows, and other areas throughout the property for moisture and leaks that could ultimately facilitate mold growth.

We have a full-service team of reconstruction and general contracting specialists that can help with controlled demolition and build back scenarios as well. Often widespread mold damage can compromise construction materials hosting the colonies, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with full reconstruction, repair, and renovation.

We rely on advanced equipment and our teams training to inspect and test your property for the possibility of mold and microbial growth. From Bourbonnais to Bradley, you can count on us to help.
For an assessment of your commercial or residential property, reach out to our SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals today at (815) 935-0077.

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MABAS 7 & MABAS Illinois

3/4/2019 (Permalink)


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.

Kankakee Property Flooding Requires Skilled, Equipped Help--Call SERVPRO

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Kankakee Property Flooding Requires Skilled, Equipped Help--Call SERVPRO Muddy Floodwater in Your Kankakee Home? Make the Call to SERVPRO--"Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO Uses Advanced Technologies to Fix Flood Damage in Kankakee

Fixing the damages caused by flooding incidents is a tedious process. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone to help, the process can be tiring, especially if it takes too long before the home reverts to its preloss state. One way to beat the odds is to engage a professional restorer that invests in advanced technologies in the restoration industry.

It is only natural to start by extracting water first when dealing with flood damage in Kankakee since it is water that ruins the property. The ease of doing this depends on the volume of water involved, the number of sections affected in the house, and whether concealed or hard-to-reach areas like crawl spaces are involved. SERVPRO invests in many extraction technologies. Using truck-mounted water extractors, our technicians can remove thousands of gallons of water per day. We also have portable extractors, which can reach concealed areas conveniently.
In many cases, there is a high presence of silt, mud and other soils in floodwaters depending on how widespread the incident is, so there is a need to clean all the affected areas. The soils may also include traces of biohazards such as raw sewage and harmful chemicals, so direct contact with the skin is not advisable. SERVPRO invests in different PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including chemical resistant gloves, splash goggles, and rubber boots, so our technicians can work at full speed without fearing for their safety. We also use power washers to speed up the removal of soils. Yes, there are shovels in our equipment inventory.
Flood situations can involve electrical hazards if there are downed power lines. Within the home, the water might reach electrical outlets or severed wires creating electrical hazards. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with electrical circuit testers to confirm that no hazards exist after turning off power mains. We also have GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, which help protect our air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, air movers, and other power equipment from shorting.
You can avoid the inconveniences of mitigating flood damage by choosing a restorer that uses state-of-the-art equipment. Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County. You can reach us at (815) 935-0077 any time.

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Fast Response Necessary To Damaged Flooring In Bourbonnais

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fast Response Necessary To Damaged Flooring In Bourbonnais A SERVPRO Mat Suction Device to Extract Water from a Wood Floor in Bourbonnais

Damaged Floors in Bourbonnais Can Be Salvaged with SERVPRO's Fast Action

When water enters your home through the bottom, from a flood or sewer backup, or from the top, due to storm damage, plumbing or appliance failure, it is a given that your flooring is likely to suffer some damage. All types of flooring can be affected, including cement or concrete, laminate, hardwood, tile or carpeting. The steps necessary to restore the flooring in your home after water damage will vary depending on the type and amount of time the water remained on the floor and its covering. SERVPRO technicians are highly qualified to investigate your water damaged flooring and to develop a comprehensive plan to restore your floors and attachments to the condition they were in before the water invaded.

Flooring in Bourbonnais is vulnerable not only to water damage but also to secondary problems if the problem is not managed quickly and microbial growth occurs. The sooner our crew can consult with you the faster we will be able to respond by drying out the flooring and determining what type of repair replacement or refinishing will be necessary. Hardwood floors can react well, but only if we are able swiftly to extract the water and direct airflow and add heat as needed both above and below the flooring.  Ceramic and asphalt-tiled floors also bounce back in most cases as long as there has been little or no water infiltration to the sub-flooring, again mandating that standing water is removed fast and airflow established. 
Vinyl and laminate flooring may not survive water damage, but SERVPRO will evaluate each situation and suggest a replacement if restoration is not possible. Carpeting frequently can be dried in place or removed to dry and reinstalled. Area rugs are almost always dry-able, and we will make every effort to restore their appearance and function. The padding may need to be replaced but often can be dried as well. Our technicians will pay particular attention to the condition of the subfloors in all cases. If the surface under carpeting, hardwood, tile or laminate is wet, we must solve that issue as well. Our specialized equipment, IICRC best practice methodology, and experience ensure that once we have completed our treatment, restoration or replacement of your water damaged flooring you will be able to enjoy your home again in preloss condition faster than you thought possible. "Like it never even happened."
When water soaks your flooring, the fast response of SERVPRO of Kankakee County is critical to a successful restoration. Operators are on alert 24/7 at (815) 597-5315 waiting for your call to set up an inspection and plan of action today.

Floor Coverings made easy in Manteno

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Floor Coverings made easy in Manteno From Carpet to Tile, we have your floors covered

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is well known for helping clients recover following fire, mold, and water damage in the Bradley Bourbonnais area. What many local people don't recognize is that our SERVPRO also provides professional flooring sales and installation.

Our Manteno facility is home to thousands of flooring samples including carpet, vinyl, wood, and ceramic tile to name just a few. In fact, with our preferred status with most flooring distributors, there's not much we can't get for a discounted price.

Why pay retail prices when SERVPRO of Kankakee County can get the same flooring for wholesale pricing? Our Flooring Sales Representatives are the same individuals that do your installation. That takes the guess work out of what product is best for you commercial or residential flooring needs.

We are certified distributors for Mohawk, Tarkett, and Dream Weavers. We also use our buying power with the big box stores to get our clients the best prices possible from retailers like Menards, Lowe's and Home Depot. Locally, you won't find a better flooring company to assist you.

Wood Flooring replacement and refinishing when needed is also a service SERVPRO can assist you with. Before replacing wood floors, our trained professionals will come out to determine if that's the most cost effective solution to your problem. Working with one of the best Floor Refinishers in Manteno Illinois, we are always watching out for our clients' bottom lines.

Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County for all you residential and commercial flooring needs. Appointments are by appointment only and we also can bring flooring samples to your home.

FREE CE Classes this March

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO FREE CE Classes this March March 2019 FREE CE Classes for Insurance Agents

Attention Insurance Agents!!! Are you in need of Continued Education (CE) credits for your license? We are offering FREE CE classes March 6th & 7th, in two separate locations for your convenience. March 6th in Homewood, IL and March 7th in Bourbonnais, IL. Both days will have the same line up, Ethics and Professional Standards (3 Credits) from 9am-12pm & Water, Bio Clean Up, Trauma and Hoarding Claims (4 Credits) from 1pm-5pm.  

**Please see the attached flier for location addresses**

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for those in attendance. 

So come partake in our educational and lively classes. Hope to see you there. 

For further questions please contact us at 815-935-0077 

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Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands Knowing what causes fires can help you to prevent them!

Knowledge is power! The Threat of Winter Fires is Real and according to FEMA:

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Caring for Victims

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Caring for Victims Victim bags ready to help when disaster happens.

When your home is struck by fire or a major storm you may have only a few minutes to gather belongings and move to safety.  For many of us, gathering a few clothes, and the family photo album take priority over a toothbrush or comb.  

At SERVPRO of Matteson- Homewood we care about the community, that is why many of our staff carry these emergency bags in our vehicles.  Each bag contains a few of the essential personal care items that many people need after a fire or storm disaster.  Our hope is that each bag can bring a bit of comfort to the community after a tragedy. 

Having your own preparedness bag is very important especially if you live in an area where natural disaster such as tornado can strike.  It is also important to remember, only gather personal effects when it is safe to do so: material belongs can be replaced, but a life can not be.  

Renters Insurance

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Renters Insurance Do you know how important renters insurance is?

We see disasters everyday... and one of the saddest things is when people don't have rental insurance and loose everything.  If you have questions about rental insurance you should speak to an agent for more information.

Top myths and the facts—about renters insurance from State Farm:

  1. The landlord's insurance covers your possessions. Don't count on it. Most landlords' insurance covers only the building and damages due to negligence. 
  2. Renters insurance is expensive. In this case, the numbers speak for themselves. The average renters policy costs just $12 a month for up to $30,000 in personal property coverage. That's solid coverage for less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week.
  3. Still concerned about price? Your insurer will work with you to find the combination of coverage and costs that suits your needs. You might even qualify for a discount by taking some simple home safety precautions or purchasing another policy, such as auto insurance, with the same insurer.
  4. You don't need insurance if your stuff isn't expensive. Most renters' belongings cost more than they think. 
  5. Think that number is too high? Take a moment to add up the approximate cost of your computer, television, stereo, furniture, jewelry, and clothing. If a fire gutted your apartment tomorrow, would you have the cash to replace it all?
  6. Renters insurance covers only your possessions. In fact, renters insurance covers much more than just your personal property: The average policy also includes up to $100,000 in liability coverage. That means in the event of a covered loss your insurer will help cover the costs if you're held responsible for injuring another person or damaging another person's property, including your landlord's. 
  7. Renters insurance is hard to get. You can research providers, compare quotes, and even find an agent online.

A community partnership

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO A community partnership Breakfast with Santa at Matt Waite's State Farm Office, located in Bradley, IL.

At SERVPRO of Kankakee County we strive to be as actively involved in our local communities as possible. We strongly believe that to be successful you need to do more than just offer a great service to your communities, you need to buy into what is happening and what is important locally.

Over the years we have worked very hard to not only help sponsor events and charity fundraisers but also actively participate in them. If we aren’t trying to help those around us succeed then our success will also be limited, in being a valued community business leader and participant.

The best way to lead is always by example.


Content Cleaning and Storage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage SERVPRO Content Storage

If your home or business suffers water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO are the premier choice for content restoration and pack-out.

Content Pack-Out

There are scenarios that require business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a business suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County provides complete pack-out services. We will carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to an off-site facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists.

  • Artwork
  • Documents
  • Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (televisions, computers, stereos, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Retail Inventory


Meanwhile at a SERVPRO restoration location, your items are stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. They remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Content Pack Back

After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to your business using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack-out process. Your items are loaded, transported and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack-out inventories.

Content cleaning and restoration is offered at SERVPRO locations and on select jobs and services performed. The availability and scope of content cleaning and restoration varies by location, job, insurance provider (if applicable) and other factors.

SERVPRO'S Environmentally Friendly Products

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO'S Environmentally Friendly Products SERVPRO Environmentally Friendly Products

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

Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber

When disaster strikes, it usually hits where its hurts the most. Important documents such as books, medical paperwork, legal writings, etc are not spared. Sometimes despite the disaster you still need to retain these materials for legal or personal reason, that is where SERVPRO's Document Recovery and Restoration come in!

Acting quickly is imperative! Should you have important documents that get wet, damaged by smoke, or even a sewer damage, don't wait! CALL US RIGHT AWAY! 815-935-0077

Our highly trained staff of Restoration and Mitigation Professionals will arrive onsite and quickly take steps to limit damage and preserve as much as possible. 

 Document Restoration Services as follows:

  • Drying - process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  • Cleaning - we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  • Sterilization - Gamma Irridation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • Deodorization - once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost completely eliminate it. 
  • Destruction - we offer destruction onsite.
  • Digitization - digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County..... Like it never even happened!




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