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Vandalism, Emergency Board Ups- SERVPRO has you covered

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council, the nation’s center of excellence for preventing crime, designated October as Crime Prevention Month. The month-long commemoration reflects the adage that prevention pays off.

Did you know that most cases of criminal damage are not reported to the police, which makes it difficult to statistically identify the actual scope of vandalism?  However vandalism is one of the top 3 reasons for insurance claims for home and commercial property owners.  

Crime and vandalism happen in every community, and SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to help.  We offer board up services for windows, doorways, and clean up after all sorts of vandalism.  

During the month of October, for Crime Prevention Month, we will be working with the local police departments and fire departments in spreading the word that SERVPRO of LaGrange park/North Riverside is here to help make it "Like it never even happened". 

Call us at 708-240-4873 if you have found your home or commercial property has been vandalized.   We will help you return back to your normally scheduled life.  

Is your company ready for whatever happens?

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your company ready for whatever happens? Creating an Emergency Readiness Plan minimizes the amount of time your company is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a water or fire emergency.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency also did a survey in 2015 of businesses across the US, and found that near 75% of businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place.  

SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside can help you with that.  We offer a no cost assessment of your facility.  We come into your company and give a very detailed guide on how to get your back into your business after a disaster occurs.  

The other great thing about SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside assessing your commercial property is that our assessment will take very little time away from you and your current project, but in the event of a fire or water damage it will get your back to production much faster and efficiently.  

The best part about our emergency readiness planning is that we establish a working relationship.  We know your building, and you as a customer.  You also get to know us, and build a working relationship that you can be certain we have your companies best interest at heart. 

Don't wait, call SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside today at 708-240-4873, and let us come assess your property and create an emergency readiness plan for you. 

Getting Outdoor Furniture Ready for Winter Storage

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

With summer wrapping up soon, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up and storing your outdoor furniture.  Better Homes & Gardens has some wonderful tips on how to get our outdoor furniture ready for end of summer. 

Wood items (includes teak and wicker)

Use a mild oil-base soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap, mixed with warm water.

For a do-it-yourself cleaning solution, mix 1⁄4 cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water.

Commercial wood cleaners are often the most effective, but be sure to read directions carefully. Wicker and painted woods might require diluting the solution.

For hard woods, consider annually sanding and applying a fresh coat of protective finish, such as oil, stain, or a polyurethane coating.

Hose down wicker every few weeks to prevent dirt buildup in crevices.

Regularly wiping down wood to remove dirt, debris, and excess water is the best way to protect it.

Metal (includes wrought iron, cast iron, and aluminum)

Oxidation is the most common problem with aluminum furniture. Before cleaning, remove as much of the imperfection as possible using a metal polishing paste or a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water.

Avoid chemicals such as ammonia and trisodium phosphate (TSP); alkaline cleaners cause oxidation.

Wash aluminum frequently to preserve its natural luster.

Remove scuff marks from aluminum with a soft cloth dampened with a nonabrasive product, such as Soft Scrub.

Combat rust by sanding it off along with damaged paint. Wipe off metal residue with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits or naphtha. Use a rust-resistant primer before painting with a rust-resistant paint.

Consider having your wrought-iron furniture sandblasted or powder-coated for added protection.

To protect after cleanings, apply a coat (two for iron) of automotive wax.

Glass

Dish detergent and home cleaning solutions are the most effective cleaners.

Remove any stuck-on debris with a glass-safe, nonabrasive material. Many scrub brushes will scratch glass, so opt for one designed to tackle tough cleanup jobs without marking your furniture.

After an initial cleaning, spray on white vinegar or glass cleaner and wipe away with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

Clean the underside of a glass table at least once a month to prevent irreversible grime.

Cover a glass table when it's not in use. Commercial window cleaners can't always keep your glass tables clean.

Fix small scratches and chips in glass with a glass-repair kit from an automotive retailer.

Clean frames of glass tables according to their material type.

Plastic (includes hard-resin materials)

Cleaning Solutions:

1/2 cup washing soda mixed with 1 gallon warm water

3 tablespoons automatic dishwasher detergent (contains mild bleaching agent) mixed with 1 gallon warm water

For colored plastic: 1⁄4 cup vinegar mixed with 1 quart warm water

For white plastic, avoid chlorine and bleach because they eat away at the material.

For stubborn stains, dampen a clean rag with white distilled vinegar and wipe down the piece.

Sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge to create a mild abrasive that will peel away stains but won't scratch surfaces. (Don't use abrasive cleaners; they will scratch plastic.)

Use WD-40 to restore shine; spray onto plastic and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

After washing your plastic furniture, protect it with a coat of automotive paste wax.

Though it is sad to see summer end, it’s always great to get things cleaned and ready for the next year of fun in the sun. For any of your cleaning needs, please keep SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside in mind.    

Flood Safety Tips

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Flood can happen anywhere, and without much of a notice.  According to ready.gov “Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.” Flood Watches and Flood Warnings are available to let you know what the weather is doing in your area.  On average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other severe weather related hazard.

First of all flood watches and flood warnings are two separate alerts to warn about the weather in your area.  A flood watch is to make you aware that conditions are possible for flooding.  A flood warning means you need to take action to keep yourself and your family safe. 

Ready.gov has some safety tips in case you are in an area where there is a flood warning. 

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.

The water from a flood is only one of the risks.  Water and electricity do not mix.  In the event of a flood, downed power lines are also possible.  Stay away from all power lines.  Calling your local utility company is the only thing you should do in the event you see downed lines.  Your appliances, if they get wet, should also not be used until they have been inspected by a licenses electrician.  The fuse box in the house should be avoided as well as long as there is water in the home.

We may not be able to control weather conditions, but we can take all possible precautions to ensure our personal safety and protect our homes from severe damage. According to ready.gov the following tips can help prepare you for a flood:

  • Find out how vulnerable your home is to flooding by determining the elevation of your property.
  • Evaluate your insurance coverage once a year to make sure your home is fully covered. As new construction grows in certain areas, more flood-plains are sometimes created.
  • If your home is in a flood-prone area, contact the National Flood Insurance program to learn what mitigation measures you can take in advance.
  • Contact your local emergency management agency to learn how to construct proper protective measures around your home.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, keep these materials on hand: sandbags, plywood, lumber, plastic sheeting, trash bags, shovels, work boots and gloves.
  • Purchase a weather radio. These special, battery-operated radios cost as little as $20 and are available at many hardware and appliance stores and other retail outlets.
  • Put together a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near at hand and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, battery-powered radio and weather radio, first aid kit, medicines, eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important papers.
  • Plan two evacuation routes in advance. Don’t wait until threatening weather conditions occur before trying to determine your route to safety. Be aware of streams, drainage channels and low areas in your region that are prone to flooding, so that your evacuation routes are not cut off.
  • Do not park your vehicle near streams or rivers, especially during threatening weather conditions.

As always, SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside wants you to stay safe first and foremost.  However, flooding happens, and we are here to help.  If you have flood damage in your home, call us at 708-240-4873 for all your water damage needs. 

Firework Safety Tips For Your Fourth of July

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fireworks go with the Fourth of July like picnics, parades, and watermelon.  However, you must use caution while lighting your fireworks. The National Fireworks Safety Council offers of some great safety tips when it comes to firework safety this Fourth of July. 

  • Parents should not allow young children to handle fireworks.   
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Do not hold a firework in your hand unless specifically stated in the caution label.
  •  Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready, both in a bucket and in a charged hose, if you are using fireworks.
  •  Wear eye protection (safety glasses) whenever using fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.

According to the Product Safety Commission, in 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.

Safety is an important key to having a fun holiday with your friends and family.  Remember these safety tips, and have a very Happy Fourth of July. 

Commercial Services SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/ North Riverside Can Offer You.

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. 

SERVPRO of La Grange Park/North Riverside offers professional cleaning and preventative maintenance for your carpet and upholstery that keeps your property looking its best. Our cleaning system offers a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside, and we have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened."  Call us today at 708-240-4873 for all your restoration and cleaning needs at your commercial property.  

Understanding Mold Remediation

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your  business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. 

Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. Then once the source is stopped we want to utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. The antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. We will also remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.  

If you have concerns to mold in your commercial property, call SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside at 708-240-4873.  We are always here to help! 

What is a Sump Pump, & What Do They Do?

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is a Sump Pump, & What Do They Do? It doesn’t take a huge flood to cause thousands of dollars in damage.

What is a sump pump?  A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. The majority of residential sump pumps will turn on automatically from a pressure sensor or float activator. The pressure sensor activates as water builds up and creates more pressure than air which prompts the pump to turn on. The float activator has a ball that floats on top of the water, moving the arm as the water level rises.  Once the motor activates, the fan will begin to turn moving the water outside the basement. 

The American Society of Home Inspectors actually did a study that showed more than 60% of American homes suffer from underground wetness or water damage. It doesn’t take a huge flood to cause thousands of dollars in damage. It takes very little standing water and very little time for mold and mildew to take over and create problems.

If you have water damage to your home due to a failure with your sump pump, give SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/ North Riverside a call at 708-240-4873.  We are always here to help! 

How To Prevent Mold In Your Bathroom

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

The bathroom is a very common place in your home that can have mold growth.  This is the one room that has the most moisture content at any given time.  Without proper ventilation, and clean up after a shower, it is very easy for mold to grow.  

According to the website family handyman, the following are the best tips to prevent mold growth in your bathroom.  

  1. First, after a bath or a shower, squeegee water off the shower walls. ...
  2. Second, run your bath fans during your bath or shower and for a half hour after to flush out moisture. ...
  3. Third, if you have tile, seal the grout lines annually with a standard grout sealer to waterproof them.

If you are having issues with mold growth in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to help. Give us a call at 708-240-4873.  

What Causes A Sewer Back Up?

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage back ups are very unfortunate events that can happen in any home or commercial property. What causes this type of water damage anyway?  Well, typically there are three main categories that a sewer back up happens: damaged sewer pipes, clogs, and tree roots in the sewer system.  Let's look at these three areas a bit closer. 

  • Clogging: Typically if you only have one area of your home that experiences a backup, like a tub or a sink, then there is typically a clog and can be fixed with cleaning the drain.  However, if you have the backup in several areas of your home, then there is a blockage at the main or the private that is causing the issue.   Unless the blockage is removed, the overflow will continue and will damage your entire home or business area.
  • Tree Roots:  The roots of large trees in the proximity of a sewer line can often cause severe problems. They can literally grow into the pipes and cause holes and blockages or they may wrap around the sewer line and crush it.
  • Damaged Sewer Lines: Older properties with older sewer lines that have not been upgraded can have broken or collapsed lines.  All the pipes and sewers in older homes were built using cast iron and clay which can wear off with time, get rusty, and easily break down. Present day plastic sewer lines cannot cause such problems simply because they don’t rust.

Sewage backups are not only hazardous to your health, but they can cause a great amount of structural damage to your home.  If you experience a sewage back up do not attempt to flush the toilet. Do not use harsh chemicals to attempt to clean out the drain.  This can actually cause more damage and make things worse.  Open your windows to let fresh air in.  It is also very important to keep pets and children away from the affected area.  However, the most important thing to do, is to call for professional help.  

SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7/365 to help.  Call us at 708-240-4873.