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3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage If there is a leak in your home, you should have it repaired as soon as possible

Protect Your House from Harm

There are many things that can cause water damage to your La Grange, IL, home, from accidents to natural disasters. Luckily, there are also several steps you can take to prevent it. In many cases, using the following tips will allow you to protect your house from harm.

1. Perform Regular Maintenance

While it can sometimes seem bothersome, you should perform maintenance on your home on a regular basis to avoid preventable water damage. This should include inspecting each area of your property and checking your plumbing and appliances for signs of disrepair. Examine the exterior as well to locate any cracks. Maintaining your home can limit future issues and make an insurance claim go more smoothly if a problem occurs.

2. Repair Leaks Right Away

Many people ignore small leaks and assume that they are not a big deal. However, this is not always the case. If there is a leak in your home, even if it does not seem severe, you should have it repaired as soon as possible. These can lead to large areas of damage as well as broken pipes if they are ignored.

3. Prepare Your Home for Storms and Cold Weather

Sometimes the water damage will come from outside the house rather than inside. If you are expecting a severe storm, be sure to prepare your home beforehand. Clean your drains and gutters to prevent roof leaks caused by backed up water, and make sure that all doors and windows are properly sealed. During the colder months of the year, keep the inside sufficiently heated and consider insulating your pipes to stop them from freezing and bursting.

While you can prevent certain problems, some accidents are unavoidable. If your home is impacted by water, you can call an emergency restoration service to repair the damage. They can perform remediation, water cleanup and any necessary repairs to your property.

Mold Damage and Rental Insurance: What’s Covered?

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage and Rental Insurance: What’s Covered? Mold found in a Westchester, IL home

If you have found mold in an apartment or home you are renting in Westchester, IL, it is possible that mold has spread to your personal belongings and caused damage. While the costs of hiring a mold remediation specialist to address the mold issue and making repairs to prevent mold growth is most often your landlord’s obligation, you likely will be responsible for repairing or replacing your affected belongings. If you have a rental insurance policy, there are several situations where you might be covered.

When Will Renters Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

In general, costs associated with mold removal and remediation that you are liable for will be covered by rental insurance if the mold damage is caused by a covered peril. Some common covered perils include:

  • Fire and lightning
  • Falling objects
  • Damage caused by plumbing, heating, or air conditioning freezing or overflow
  • Freezing pipes
  • Damage from the weight of ice, snow, or sleet

Who Is Liable for Mold Problems?

It is important to remember that both tenants and landlords have a part to play in keeping a rental free from mold. As a renter, it is your responsibility to keep the property clean and do what you can to prevent mold from growing. You are required to tell the landlord about issues that can cause mold growth, such as a leak or malfunctioning HVAC system. You also need to alert them of any mold you find in the home immediately. It is the landlord’s responsibility to quickly make repairs and address mold issues right away to prevent damage, but they are not responsible for replacing your damaged belongings.

The damage mold causes can be very costly to address. While finding mold in a home you are renting can be very stressful, it is important to remember that your rental insurance policy will cover any of your affected belongings if they are the result of a covered peril.

Why cleaning your commercial air ducts is important

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why cleaning your commercial air ducts is important Give SERVPRO of La Grange Park/ North Riverside for commercial air duct cleaning.

According to the NACDA—The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance, and Restoration Association, “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” By conducting routine air duct cleanings, you will be able to fully inspect your air ducts for leaks, HVAC effectiveness, and overall indoor air quality.

Cleaning Your Commercial Air Ducts is Important

Air Duct Cleaning Improves the Quality of Indoor Air

By routinely having your air ducts cleaned you can significantly decrease the amount of airborne molecules in your office, all while avoiding weighty fees for other air purifying solutions.  Air ducts, like everything else in our office, collect dirt and debris. While filters may catch a lot of streaming debris, there is still a considerable amount of dust that settles within the ducts.

Air Duct Cleaning Conserves Energy

Air duct cleaning provides a beginning in optimizing your duct function while providing the opportunity for other issues to be assessed. A properly and thoroughly cleaned HVAC system, not just the air ducts, can reduce the costs associated with running your HVAC system and increase the useful life of your air conditioner and furnace. EPA research suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of cooling and heating systems and lower the energy costs of running your heating and cooling system. In administering frequent commercial air duct cleanings, all parts of your HVAC system will be refreshed. This will allow your systems to work better, faster, and more efficiently, all while using less energy!

Air Duct Cleaning Will Save You Money

Having your air ducts regularly serviced lower your energy bill, but it will also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Energy Star estimates indicate that you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more simply by cleaning your ducts.

If you are looking for commercial duct cleaning, please give us a call at (708) 240-4873, and let us help save your company money.

Faster to Your Water Damage Event

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to Your Water Damage Event SERVPRO of La Grange Park/ North Riverside provides a 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 708-240-4873.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside

SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Eliminating Smoke Odor After a Fire

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Eliminating Smoke Odor After a Fire Call a fire restoration specialist in the Maywood, IL, area

Smoke Cleaning Tricks to Remove the Stench From Your Home

While fires can be put out and some even mitigated with little restoration needed, smoke damage can linger. The smells associated with a fire can be challenging to remove, and it will often take a fair bit of elbow grease and possibly professional services to eliminate any residual odors thoroughly. However, there are a couple of smoke cleaning tricks you can use to remove the stench from your home.

1. Vinegar and Water

While the odor is only one aspect of smoke damage, it likely permeates from both hard and soft surfaces. Using a mixture of vinegar and water on all your homes hard surfaces can help. You will want to spray the walls, counters and shelves with this mixture and let it dry. Once dry, you can wipe everything down with a damp rag. Using the vinegar and water mixture should help to reduce the smoke smell.

2. Baking Soda

For porous surfaces, smoke cleaning with vinegar and water may not be the best option. Instead, use baking soda on carpets and other fabrics. The baking soda will absorb some of the odor-causing chemicals. After letting the baking soda sit on the porous materials for a while, you can use a vacuum to discard it. However, be sure to empty the vacuum afterward to avoid transferring any stink.

3. Professional Services

If neither of the above solutions help to remove the smoke odor from your home, or if they didn’t eliminate the odor altogether, then you can call a fire restoration specialist in the Maywood, IL, area. These professionals are experienced in fire damage and will be able to help you with your home’s deodorization.

Depending on the extent of the fire, DIY smoke cleaning may eliminate your home’s odor problems. However, in larger disasters or more significant blazes, a remediation expert may be necessary. In either situation, your home can return to normal with appropriate action.

3 Things You Should Know About Commercial Generators

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Things You Should Know About Commercial Generators A commercial generator can help you continue running your business as usual until power is restored

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Commercial Generator

When you are experiencing severe weather, it is possible that the power might go out in your Lyons, IL, building. While you could decide to just call it a day, your business would lose valuable time and profits, especially if the power outage lasts for a while. Investing in a generator is another option. Here are a few things that you should know before buying one.

1. How Do They Work?

This alternative power source runs on fuel and can be used as a temporary source of electricity in the event of a power outage. Using an engine, it supplies an electrical output that you can connect to your building. It can help you continue running your business as usual until power is restored.

2. How Long Can You Run It?

The length of time that you can run your machine depends on the type that you have and ranges from a few hours to several days. For business purposes, a permanent generator would likely be more appropriate. They can supply additional energy for longer periods of time than the portable variety. If you want to continue operating as normal, this is the option that you would need. However, if you only need power to keep your computers running long enough to save any important files, then a smaller machine would suffice.

3. When Will It Need To Be Replaced?

Over time, your machine will begin to work less efficiently, and components may begin to fail. Many are designed to last for 3,000 to 5,000 hours. While it can vary depending on how often you need to use it, this can usually give you between 20 to 30 years of use. To prevent generator problems and keep it working as long as possible, you should be sure to perform regular maintenance.

Using a generator can help keep your business operating during a storm, but in the case of severe weather, your commercial building may experience some damage. If this happens, an emergency repair service can help to quickly get everything back to its previous condition.

Thunderstorm Safety

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Safety Thunderstorms can be very dangerous if we are not prepared.

All thunderstorms are dangerous, and every thunderstorm produces lightning. "While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. People struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms." According to the researchers at The Weather Channel.

How do you prepare for a thunderstorm?

According to, "To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives."

Finally it is important to familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a thunderstorm hazard:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

Water, and fire damage call both happen during a thunderstorm event.  SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to help. Give us a call at 708-240-4873 for all your restoration needs.

3 Things You Should Know About Flood Zones

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Things You Should Know About Flood Zones Living in a flood zone can make things more difficult for you, depending on the usual severity of flooding.

As a homeowner in La Grange, IL, it is important to have as much information as possible to keep your family and your property safe, but there are some things you may not think to consider. Whether or not your home is located in a flood zone might not usually cross your mind, but this knowledge can be incredibly helpful. Here are a few things that you should know about these areas.

1. What Is It?

As the name suggests, a flood zone is an area that has an increased risk of flooding during severe weather. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, determines the risk in each area and gives them a rating based on the type of floods that occur and the severity of the damage it causes.

2. How Do You Determine if You Are in One?

If you want to see if your home is in one of these zones, the process is simple. FEMA provides resources, such as a Flood Insurance Rate Map, that homeowners can download from their website. This will show you in which type of zone your property is located. Their maps are updated often, so you can check back over time to see if there have been any changes.

3. How Will This Affect You and Your Property?

Living in a flood zone can make things more difficult for you, depending on the usual severity of flooding. In some cases, you may end up with damage to your home that requires an emergency restoration service. You might be required to purchase additional flood insurance for your home as well.

While owning a home in one of these areas might not be ideal, having the necessary information can help you be more prepared in case of an emergency. If you know that there is a storm coming, take steps to keep your family and belongings safe. If there is damage to your home, know that there are services available to help.

2nd Annual Golf Fundraiser

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Please join us for the SERVPRO 2nd Annual Outing to benefit the Tuskegee Next Program on August 2, 2019.

Registration - 10:30-11:30 am 
Shotgun Start - 12:00 pm
Dinner - 5:00 pm
Raffles - 6:00 pm

We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Arlington Lakes Golf Club in Arlington Heights, IL 
( The event will include a Shotgun start, raffles, meet & greet by the students you are helping to support and raffles following golf.

Special Offer: Included with your online registration is a 1-year subscription to Golf Digest (a $10 value). Click here for offer and refund details.

Register now and remember to invite your friends to play. Just click on "Tell a Friend" and you can send them a link to this site automatically.

Thank you for your support of the Tuskegee Next.

Common Plumbing Issues in Commercial Buildings

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Plumbing Issues in Commercial Buildings Only by performing proper inspections and maintenance can a property owner reduce risk and minimize potential issues.

Commercial buildings are often plagued with plumbing issues, such as a blocked sewer. The reason behind these common detriments is the continual usage of the overall system. As a commercial business owner or manager, you are likely aware that your facility is used more frequently than a residential property might be. This added strain creates many common issues for a variety of commercial buildings.

1. Cast Iron Deterioration

While you may have gone to extensive lengths to ensure that all the plumbing in your facility was replaced or in good standing, did you remember to inspect the lines connecting your property to the municipal lines? These connections and pipes are often made of cast iron, which can deteriorate over time. Common signs of this issue are toilet overflow and sewage backup.

2. Sewer Backup

Again, because of the increased usage of your building’s facilities, a blocked sewer is more likely to occur. While this may be symptomatic of deteriorating pipes, it may be simpler than that. It is possible that the blockage is the result of a clog of sanitary and personal products.

3. Copper Pipe Breaks and Leaks

Another common issue is found in copper piping. These pipes have a propensity to develop pinhole leaks or even pipe breaks. While some of these breaks are not a result of neglect, many can be prevented with proper maintenance and inspection.

4. Foundation and Structural Issues

If you have an unknown leak, you may notice some foundation and structural issues. For instance, leaks can lead to wall and ceiling cracks or a loss of structural integrity. A plumbing specialist in the Riverside, IL area can assess your property to help you pinpoint possible solutions and develop maintenance routines.

While a blocked sewer is one common problem shared by most commercial properties, there are many others. Only by performing proper inspections and maintenance can a property owner reduce risk and minimize potential issues.