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Winter Snow Storms In Oak Lawn, IL

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Anyone who lives in Chicago knows the weather here can be unpredictable to say the least. Weather forecasters are speculating we will get anywhere between 5-10 inches this coming weekend and this forecast changes pretty much daily. Then after the snow into next week we are supposed to have below freezing temperatures. 

When we get a large amount of snow and then it freezes, this could cause issues for your gutters if they haven't been cleared of the fall leaves. It could also be a problem if you do not have the proper insulation in your attic. When the water starts to melt, it could try to find a way into your home and down your walls. This could lead to structural problems and mold and mildew if not cleaned up properly. 

If you start to notice water spots on your ceiling or walls, call us today to come out to inspect it for you. (708) 239-1444

Drive safely and stay warm! 

You’ve Found Water Damage, Now What?

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage You’ve Found Water Damage, Now What? Water damage caused by broken pipe in bathroom above.

If you are reading this because you have just gotten home from a long day at work or even worse - a vacation and water has met you at your front door we’re sorry and we’re here to help! Knowing what to do when your house is flooding can save you money and emotional trauma.

In these situations, always try to remember safety first. Locate the source of the damage and shut off the water line. It may be best to turn off electricity as well. If the source consists of a plumbing issue, contact a plumber. Your next call should be to SERVPRO of Oak Lawn, we specialize in extraction and water damage restoration. With our state-of-the-art drying equipment and well-trained staff, we can get your home or business back to preloss condition.

Improper mitigation can cause bigger problems. If the water damage isn’t dealt with within the first 24-48 hours it can cause further damage to walls, ceilings and floors also, mold and mildew can begin to grow which can cause breathing problems or allergic reactions.

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn always strives to offer the best service and we are available 24/7. No matter how big or small your water damage may be we will answer questions, provide an estimate and walk you through the next steps needed to be taken.

Don’t let Water Damage destroy your property!

Call Us Today (708) 239-1444

Create a Home Inventory List

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

If your belongings were lost in a fire would you know how to begin putting your life back together? Would you remember exactly how many pieces of China you own or the model number of your expensive vacuum cleaner? Compiling a list of your belongings now can help you immediately know what needs to be replace during a disaster, when it hard to remember. Typically, after a disaster, insurance companies will ask for a list of everything lost. Having a created list can save time and energy during a very emotional time.

Creating an inventory list can be as simple as taking pictures with your phone or camera then uploading them to a cloud-based storage or to your email. This method assures the list will be accessible when needed. The list should also include the date purchased and the purchased price. Sometimes these things can be easier said than done so there are computer software and apps available on IOS and Android that can assist with the process.

Should a disaster arise, and you have not created an inventory list SERVPRO of Oak Lawn can assist with compiling a list of the damaged items and submit it to your insurance company on your behalf. Our production teams not only document all pertinent information on the items (brand, model and serial numbers) they take pictures of the items as well.

Remember that compiling an inventory list should be revised at least once a year and should you experience the unfortunate circumstances of a fire or smoke damage in Oak Lawn, SERVPRO is ready to help 24/7!

Call us today (708) 239-1444

Knowledge Is Power! Educate Employees About Fire Safety

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting your business from a fire should begin with training your employees on how to prevent them.  Some fires can be prevented in the office kitchen just by setting some simple rules. 

It is also important to train staff on how to properly use fire extinguishers in an instance where the fire is small enough to put out without calling 911. If the fire is uncontrollable, employees should know the emergency protocols and established evacuation routes. 

Office equipment should be checked regularly. Kitchen appliances should be clean and in good working condition. This means no frayed electrical cords that can start a fire.  Proper maintenance and inspections should also be conducted on heating equipment and lighting systems to make sure they are cleaned and functioning properly. 

If you do experience a fire in your business, you can call SERVPRO of Oak Lawn to help you through every step of the process. We will help get you back up and running as quickly as possible. 

For more information on our commercial fire services:

Commercial Services or you can call us (708) 239-1444.

Winter Weather Is Here!

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

More often than not, as homeowners, the last thing we want to do is home repairs.  Not only do they take time (and many of us don't have a lot to spare), but they can also be costly and sometimes tedious.  Small repairs such as changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky faucet can be put off until it is absolutely necessary to fix, but there are some repairs that should never be put off.  Unfortunately, many of these involve major things (and can come with an even more major price tag), but avoiding the two repairs listed below could actually cause bigger problems down the road when the cold freezing temperatures and snow hit us shortly.  

Roof Issues

Every home has a roof.  This is one of the most important parts of any building because it protects what is inside.  The roof is a major player when it comes to keeping up on repairs.  If you notice any leaks, missing or damaged shingles/tiles or any kind of sagging this should be fixed as soon as possible.  Leaks mean water will get into your home and then may lead to mold, structure damage and even possibly fire if it comes in contact with anything electrical.  Missing or damaged shingles can lead to a number of issues if not fixed and create weak spots in a roof  A sagging roof could signify moisture in the attic and could be a sign of poor ventilation, broken or cracked joists, rafters or the ridge line itself.  

Foundation Issues

The foundation of your home is extremely important-it holds up your home's entire structure.  Cracks in the foundation are definitely something not to overlook when it comes to repairs. The last thing you want as a homeowner is for a crack to spread.  Checking your home's foundation in the fall will help prevent water from thawing snow or ice getting into your home in the spring.  

Plumbing Issues

Water anywhere other than in a pipe or sink basin is bad, especially for your home.  Plumbing issues and leaks anywhere in your property should be addressed as soon as possible.  Winter in the Chicago area is known for its below freezing temperatures.  This can sometimes take a toll on the plumbing and pipes in your home.  Checking them now will be a great step towards prevention. 

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn Mold Experience

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your Oak Lawn home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Oak Lawn can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

In these before and after pictures, mold was found behind the walls and kitchen cabinets due to a water leak in the bathroom above.  We were able to safely remove the mold from the home and also completed the restoration process.  

Flooded Basement In Oak Lawn IL

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

 

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Oak Lawn basement could flood, including: 

  • A sewer pipe that is blocked or cracked
  • Surface water from heavy rains that can pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. 

If you have questions call us 24/7 (708) 239-1444.

Why You Should Have A Fire Extinguisher

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Office buildings need specific fire safety equipment to keep both employees and clients safe. This includes smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire alarms, and extinguishers.  

The first step in fire damage restoration is to put out the fire using the proper tools.  A first responder may use an approved portable fire extinguisher to prevent a small fire from growing and causing further damage.  

The National Fire Protection Agency publishes a series of standards and requirements for portable fire extinguishers called NFPA 10, available here.

No matter what the size of the fire, your first priority should be to get everyone out safely and call 911.  Once the fire has been put out, you can call SERVPRO of Oak Lawn (708) 239-1444 to assist with the fire damage restoration.  

Here is a link for another great resource on why you should buy a fire extinguisher for your home. 

Mold Removal In Oak Lawn IL

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Information on Mold Remediation in Oak Lawn

Mold growth can begin anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage.  The mold is a harmful issue, and it can negatively affect your health, house, and the contents within your home.  As the length of exposure to storm water damage increases, the chance for air spores that spread mold also escalates. Mold remediation becomes more challenging as the signs of mold growth that include musty odors, and discolored surfaces, become more apparent.

Act Fast

Our highly trained mold removal technicians use the latest technology and tools to quickly address your mold problem in a manner that effectively removes mold colonies. Unlike DIY techniques, our SERVPRO professional service does not carry the risk of improperly removing mold, in this way, expediting a more rapid return to a healthy home environment.  We are also trained and licensed to handle lead, asbestos and other dangerous materials that may show up during the mold removal process.

We are available 24 per day. Before your appointment, be sure to:

  • Inventory damaged and missing goods for your insurance claim.
  • Throw away all sealed and unsealed food and beverage contacted by storm flood waters. 
  • Open windows and doors.
  • Refrain from using electrical devices until it is safe.
  • Remove standing water when possible.
  • Use dehumidifiers and fans to ventilate your home; SERVPRO can perform this task upon arrival.

Our mold remediation technician will also determine if any contents in your home are salvageable.  Porous items that are wet for over 48 hours and cannot be completely dried and cleaned must be disposed of.

This list includes carpet, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, clothing, drywall, floor tiles, insulation, leather goods, paper, upholstery, wallpaper and wood items.

When our mold remediation expert arrives, he will:

  • Apply biocides.
  • Decide whether or not you can stay in your house during the mold remediation process.
  • Determine if additional ventilation and containment is needed.
  • Look for mold in the HVAC system and biological hazards in the home.
  • Test for any additional mold after the mold remediation process.
  • Use quick structural drying techniques.

If you suspect you have mold in your home or business call us today (708) 239-1444

Mold Prevention Tips

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

If you have seen mold in your bathroom, this may cause you to worry.  Showers and baths can create lingering moisture. Without the proper ventilation, excess moisture can cause mold to grow. Also, if you have a leak in your pipes behind the walls that you can't see, this can contribute to mold growth.  

A few simple steps to prevent mold in your bathroom: 

  1. Properly ventilate your bathroom. If you have a fan, make sure it is on or open a window while you shower or take a bath. 
  2. After you are finished, allow the fan to run for at least 30 minutes to allow air to circulate. 
  3. Use mildew-resistant shower and window curtains. 
  4. Wipe down your shower after use to remove any lingering moisture. 
  5. Once a month, wash your shower curtain.
  6. Damp laundry should not be left on the floor. 
  7. If you notice any leaks, try to get them repaired ASAP.

If you suspect mold, we can come inspect it for you. Call us today 708-239-1444