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Goal Setting From Our SERVPRO Owner

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo. So, next year before you go and set goals think about the bar. Have you set the bar high or have you thrown it on the ground?

Every year we set goals for ourselves that are just maybe too unrealistic. It is not that we don't want to achieve them but it is that "life gets in the way."

Is setting goals something we should all do or is it that we need to set higher expectations? Goals help us to gauge our place in life, but if we are on the correct path, don't they hold us back? People say without them we are just going to do what we need to get by. I think goal setting has brought us to where we are now, a country that just works enough to get by.

I set my goals as I have been taught and then stop and said: "what the heck am I doing?"

The goals I listed out were:

Work out with my kids!

Growth of the company!

Spend more time with my wife!

Organize the garage!

Landscape the yard!

All of these are goals that you can achieve but one directly affects the other. If I reach my goal of working out with my kids, it means that I have to be home in time to work out with them prior to them having to eat dinner, shower, and study. This means that I might have less time Monday - Friday at work to reach my second goal which is to grow the company. Then, in turn, it means that I might have to work weekends making the third goal a total disaster. I don't need that to happen, so this better work.

So, why do I do this every year?

Oh, yeah! To make sure I stay on task and grow myself, or at least that is what I have been taught over the past 45 years of my life.

Think about it, has no one ever challenged goal setting? 45 years is a long time and I think of all of the thought processes that have been changed. So, I say stop setting goals and start raising the bar on how you should live your life. If you have kids, work out with them. Show them that taking care of your body is a good thing, we only have one! Grow your business each and every year by doing what you need to do! Be present and make sure that you hire the A players. Spend time with the ones you love and dammit keep up with your yard work and housekeeping. Make a schedule and follow it. Set the bar high and keep it there. Quite looking to give yourself a way out.

I know this might be a waste of your time but I think this is an area of business/ life that we don't spend enough time on. Look at other countries and they spend a month of each year and the company they work for is still in business, grows each year, has a lower divorce rate, well-organized homes, and minimal and healthy landscaping. Believe it or not, that is a goal every year for them without calling it a goal. Since it is expected it just happens. I fully understand that we are not other countries but wouldn't it be nice to have more vacation time, family time and less stuff to take care of? I think they do that by making sure they communicate better, set higher standards and keep the want clutter down to a minimum. Raise your expectations and you will never have to set another goal again. You could be more tomorrow then you are today if you really think about what I am saying.

So, next year before you go and set goals think about the bar. Have you set the bar high or have you thrown it on the ground? A bar on the ground is quite easy to get over and it really does not involve any skill.

Keeping Your Rental Home Mold-Free

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

black mold damage to home Black mold damage in a North Riverside, IL home

Prevent Mold Growth in Your Buildings

Whether you own one rental property or several, it's important to stay on top of routine home maintenance, including mold prevention, for all residences. Stopping mold from growing in a rental home is tasked to both the tenant and the landlord, though as a landlord, you carry the responsibility of ensuring that your properties are habitable. To help prevent mold growth in your buildings, take these tips and share them with your tenants.

  • Fix water leaks
  • Control humidity levels
  • Clean and dry thoroughly after water damage

Home Maintenance

Regular maintenance and cleaning are important aspects of keeping your North Riverside, IL, home mold-free. You should routinely inspect roofs, walls, and plumbing for leaks. If you find any issues, fix them as soon as possible. Mold thrives in moisture, so removing the water source is crucial for stopping mold. If possible, have all carpets and upholstery in the home sanitized on a regular schedule.

Air Quality

Controlling air quality is crucial in mold prevention. Mold spores live in the air and are found everywhere. When spores are trapped in areas with high humidity levels and land on organic materials, they will likely grow into problematic colonies. Keeping your air well-circulated and controlling humidity can help prevent mold growth.

Mold Remediation

If your property suffers water damage of any kind, you should immediately contact experts in water and mold damage restoration. While you can take some steps yourself to lessen the damage, you will need professionals with the correct training and equipment to fully clean and restore your property.
Take mold prevention steps early to best avoid any issues in your North Riverside, IL, rental building. As a landlord, you are responsible in the long run for ensuring safe and clean residences for your renters. Share this information with your tenants so that they can take steps to prevent mold while they reside in your property, as well.

Commercial Fire_4_Business Tips for Fire Preparedness

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Contingency Plan A contingency plan needs to be clearly communicated

Commercial Fire_4_Business Tips for Fire Preparedness

As a successful business owner in Broadview, IL, you strive to be prepared for anything. When it comes to a fire breaking out, just having alarms and extinguishers is not enough. A fire contingency plan is a well-thought plan catered specifically to your business to ensure the safety of everyone on-site. Establishing a plan may also reduce the damage to a structure, speeding up the fire damage restoration process.

Establish Specific Roles

Along with establishing and mapping an evacuation plan, which should be posted throughout the building, it’s important that people completely understand what to do in case of an emergency. As part of the plan, assign key roles to specific people to help guide a smooth evacuation. These roles may include:

Assign one person to be the overall point person for planning, preparing and instigating the plan. This person should also be responsible for conducting a headcount at a determined safe location.
Since no one knows when a fire may break out, the main fire chief should have an assistant. They work closely with the main person to understand protocols. If both are on-site, the assistant can take responsibility for alerting employees and calling 911.
Depending on the size of the business, route guides should be available to ensure that set evacuation paths are clear and people can calmly exit the premises.
For businesses with multiple floors, assign a monitor to each floor to verify the area has been cleared.

Cover all the Bases

A contingency plan needs to be clearly communicated. Along with taking the time to ensure each employee knows how to use emergency equipment, it is also important to test the plan. Just like a school drill, businesses should conduct a fake emergency evacuation to ensure it works and see areas that may need improvement.
A contingency plan provides peace of mind that your most valuable assets, your people, will know exactly what to do in case of an emergency. Take the time to prepare and communicate to ensure your plan works.

Key Differences Between Storm Damage and Flooding

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A fallen tree between two building Wind gusts can even knock over trees onto the building

It's a scenario that no business owner wants to encounter: You come to work one day and find water on the floor or dripping from the ceiling. Not only do you worry about the cost and inconvenience of cleaning it up and making repairs, but there's a chance it'll interrupt your operations. Flood damage can be severe, but incoming water doesn't necessarily have to cause widespread problems. It's important to make a distinction between a flood and damage from a storm.

Prevention Tips

There are ways you can minimize the risk of flooding in your Hillside, IL, office. Keeping water out of the building will help safeguard building materials, electronic equipment, documents and more. Look at the following safety measures:

  • Install a backflow system in the plumbing.
  • Have a sump pump in the lower levels of the facility.
  • Check pipes and the roof for leaks.
  • Make sure water is draining away from the building.

Storm Damage
Heavy rains and other severe weather such as thunderstorms or hurricanes can cause significant storm damage. High winds can damage the roof and tear off the siding. Wind gusts can even knock over trees onto the building. Rain can come into the office through cracks in the foundation or gaps in windows. All of these factors can destroy drywall, flooring and other building materials. Without the help of a professional disaster cleanup team, you face a lengthy recovery process.

Floods
Flood damage can come from both storms and from other causes. While incoming rain and overflowing waterways certainly pose dangers. Your office may be prone to floods from other sources such as a sewer backup, the main water line break or bursting pipes. Floods from these culprits can sometimes be more severe because you may not immediately detect them.
Whether your building has suffered flood damage from a storm or a malfunctioning system in the office, you need to act fast. Call a reliable water removal expert to make your office safe once more.

Important Clean-up Steps After a Flood

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Important Clean-up Steps After a Flood

If you discover water in home, it's important to respond quickly to mitigate the damage. With the right help, you can salvage many of the items in your Riverside, IL, house. There are steps you can take to minimize problems, but you should also contact a professional to handle the more significant damage.

Immediate Aftermath

Your first job once you discover flooding in your home is to try to stop the source, if it's safe to do so. You should also contact your insurance company to file a claim and get a hold of a professional flood remediation team to assess the extent of the damage. In the meantime, you can do the following:

  • Unplug all electronics.
  • Remove items out of the water or away from the wet areas.
  • Lay clothes, documents or other materials out to dry.

Cleaning Carpets and Furniture

A professional water cleanup company may be able to salvage wet carpet and furniture. The team will use a thorough dry cleaning process to extract water from the floor and from sofas or chairs. It is also important to dry out the materials to discourage the growth of mold. Crews will use high-powered fans and dehumidifiers to accomplish this. Lastly, a technician will sanitize the area to kill any fungal growth.

Cleaning Documents

Whether it's a broken pipe or a massive storm that brings water inside your house, paper can suffer damage from the flood. Specialists can use freeze-drying methods to save items such as books, photographs, maps and documents.

Cleaning Electronics

It's no secret that moisture and products such as computers, televisions and stereos don't mix. When you have water in home, electronics can suffer. Luckily, the professionals have effective methods to carefully treat the items. The team will start by drying the outside and then will move to the interior of the electronics. You shouldn't try to handle wet electronics by yourself.
For water in home, make sure you get a professional water removal company on the job. You can rest assured knowing you can still use many of your belongings.

Will Insurance Pay For Mold Remediation?

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

A drywall covered with black mold Does your insurance company cover mold damage?

Will Insurance Pay For Mold Remediation?

If you notice fungus growth, it's best to eliminate it quickly, using the professional services of a mold remediation company in Lyons, IL. These specialists have equipment and knowledge to assist in the cleanup process. Restoration costs can add up quickly, though, and you're probably wondering whether your homeowners insurance can help pay the bill. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it won't. You'll want to review your policy and speak with your insurance adjuster. Here are three things to know before having that conversation.

1. Was It Accidental?

Is mold coverage not in your policy? Owners usually have to add it separately. That doesn't mean that you can't get aid. Did your roof cave in from a snow or ice? Did a pipe suddenly freeze and burst? Insurance companies may payout if the spores spread as a result of something out of the homeowner's control. If the initiating incident is included then the subsequent events get bundled with it.

2. Was the Issue Remedied Quickly?

Before a check is cut, the company could ask for evidence proving your home was under proper care. Take the broken pipe for example. Can you prove that you called for help as soon as possible? Did you let it sit and fester for a while? If the latter is the case, you may have encouraged the fungus growth, giving grounds for denial. It's best to care for water damage as quickly as possible. Prove your efforts by saving receipts. Show efforts to have repairs made and dry up the premises.

3. Is a Different Policy Available?

Speak openly about concerns. As you meet about policy updates including mold insurance limits. For instance, some companies only pay up to a certain amount, capping the remediation and leaving the rest of the cost to the residents. Consider supplementing coverage. While you may have to pay a bit more each year, that annual amount could offset large numbers during.
Eliminate fungus growth as soon as possible. When you notice an issue, locate experts and then contact your insurance company.

How To Prevent a Candle Fire

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fairy lights Fairy lights a candle substitute you can use

How To Prevent a Candle Fire

You might be comforted by the scent of a candle burning in your living room, but this object poses a serious risk to your home in La Grange Park, IL. Candle fires unfortunately happen often and usually because of negligence on the part of building occupants. If you wish to keep a candle in your home, there are ways to do so safely. These guidelines can help you enjoy the scent and warmth of a candle in your home while reducing the risk of a candle fire.

Use Alternatives

Fortunately, there are many candle alternatives that you can place in your home. These options let you enjoy the same effects of a regular candle but aren’t hazardous in any way. Below are some examples of candle substitutes that you can use:

  • Battery-powered/flameless candles
  • LED string lights
  • Lava lamps
  • Fairy lights

If you prefer to fill your home with the scent of a regular candle, there are also options that are designed to mimic the smell you love. Wax warmers, air fresheners and potpourri can give off a similarly pleasant scent with no fire hazard.

Practice Basic Candle Safety

If you must burn a candle for any reason and candle alternatives won't suffice, it’s your responsibility to be cautious and use common sense. Always blow out candles before you go to bed and never leave a flame unattended. If you have small children, never leave them alone with a burning candle. Additionally, when you light a candle, always ensure that there are no objects located within a twelve-inch radius of the candle. Taking these steps can protect you against harm and significantly reduce the risk of fire.
A candle fire cannot be prevented in some cases, even when you do everything you can to keep your home protected from danger and use reliable candle alternatives. No matter what kind of fire damage you’re facing, calling emergency restoration services for a fire cleanup can help your home recover immediately.

COOKING FIRES

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flames in grill. If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at SERVPRO of La Grange Park/North Riverside a call.

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?

As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.

A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future

of the property and their livelihood can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

After the first wave of heroes has rescued the property, let your the SERVPRO of La Grange Park/North Riverside professionals help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure but the customer’s peace of mind as well.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires.

*482,030 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2018.

*These fires caused $9.9 billion in property damages.

*One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at SERVPRO of La Grange Park/North Riverside a call. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Causes Sewage Backup During a Storm?

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Sewer water back up in a laundry room Sewer water backup in a laundry room

What Causes Sewage Backup During a Storm?

A flooded basement can be devastating, especially if you use that space to store valuable heirlooms or photos. Unfortunately, this is a common problem with several causes, including:

  • Sewer water backing up into your home
  • Surface water flowing near the foundation
  • Groundwater being pushed into the basement

Surface water often comes into the basement via clogged gutters or sloped pavements and landscapes. These problems are relatively easy to fix.
Preventing groundwater flooding is a bit more complicated. Groundwater can seep into the basement when hydrostatic pressure pushes the fluid through holes or cracks in the floor. Still, there are ways to prevent this issue, namely installing a drain system to reduce the hydrostatic pressure.

Sewage Backup

Major storms can also lead to a flooded basement in your Forest Park, IL, home. This is particularly a problem in houses built before 1980. Many of these homes contain an exterior drain at the basement level that attaches via a pipe to the city's sewage system. If the rain level in that system gets too high during a storm, the water can flow back toward your house. You may be able to solve this issue by installing an interior drain system with a sump pump.
Even newer homes may have to deal with sewage problems during storms, however. The local sewage system is often overwhelmed during major rainstorms, causing sewer water to back up into homes. Keeping your pipes clear of tree roots and installing backflow valves can help protect your home from sewage backup. However, you cannot completely prevent it from occurring.

Dealing With Basement Flooding

No matter what the cause, a flooded basement can cause plenty of damage. The water can destroy the walls and floors. It can also contaminate any belongings you are storing in that room.
Thankfully, your home and your possessions can be saved with the help of an emergency restoration company. Cleanup professionals do more than just drain the water from your property. They can also disinfect your house, remove any odors and excess mold, and take care of your personal items.

Signs of Wind Damage to Your Commercial Roof

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Old composite roof with damage Damaged shingles on roof

Common Signs of Wind Damage That You Might Find on Your Commercial Building

After a storm hits your business in La Grange Park, IL, you may notice various forms of damage on your property. The high winds can lead to roof damage, structural problems and other complications. No matter what kinds of issues you are experiencing, the key to addressing them properly is to know how to identify them. Here are some common signs of wind damage that you may find on your commercial building.

Curling Shingles

One potential issue that may result from high winds is curling shingles. When looking for signs of these damaged materials, be sure to check the following areas:

  • Edges and corners of roof
  • Area surrounding chimney
  • Roof ridge

If you locate damaged shingles on your roof, make sure that you call a professional as soon as possible. Shingles that have begun to curl don’t function as effectively, which means they pose the risk of allowing water to leak through the roof. This can lead to severe water damage in your business if you don’t take care of the issue promptly.

Roof Leaks

A leaking roof is another form of roof damage that you should address right away. Leaks can appear in many places on your roof. To identify a problem, check the top floor of your building for any wet spots on the ceiling. Because leaks can lead to more serious water damage if left unaddressed, be sure to have them repaired immediately.

Chimney Damage

If you come across any forms of damage to your chimney, this could be a sign that you need to schedule a roof rebuild. When inspecting your chimney, check to see if there are any issues with the flashing. If it is split or missing, this is a major indicator that your roof has been hit by wind damage.
Any kind of roof damage to your La Grange Park, IL, business should be taken seriously. Contact emergency restoration services immediately to help your building recover from the effects of a storm.