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Do You Know The Warning Signs Of Tornadoes?

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Wind Knowledge is key during a storm
Tornadoes are one of the most feared because their strong winds can cause devastating damage to entire towns.  Tornado winds can exceed speeds of 100 miles per hour and this can easily damage homes and businesses as well as uproot trees and toss cars around like they are a toy.  Since it is possible for a tornado to form anywhere in the U.S., it is important to look for the warning signs of the impending storm so you can get to a safe location. 

The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Tornado Warning

Your local news will usually put out a tornado watch or warning.  If your area is under watch, this means that your area is experiencing conditions that make it possible for a tornado to form.  You should be on alert if a tornado watch has been having been issued in the event the situation becomes more dangerous. When a tornado warning has been issued, this means there has been a tornado sighted and you need to take shelter immediately.  

Tornado Warning Signs

There are several things you can look for when you know there is a threat of a tornado.  Early warning signs are increasing winds, clouds moving rapidly, and the sky and clouds look green.  Hail is another early warning sign of a tornado and what causes the sky to look the greenish color.

Tornado Preparedness

Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness.  Make sure everyone in your family knows the signs of an approaching tornado and they know what to do.  

During a storm listen to your local news or a weather radio station for updates.  You can also install a weather app on your smart phone that will send you updates.  

Also, you should consider confining pets to a carrier or placing dogs on a leash during a tornado watch so that you can transfer them to a safe room in case the warning is issued.  

Even the most extensive preparation cannot prevent a tornado from causing significant damage to your home.  If this happens it is important to call a storm damage restoration professional immediately to assist you in recovering.  

A Note To The Team From Pat Zubricki

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

To All Of The Valued Members of Team Zubricki,

When we began this journey with SERVPRO, I had hoped for amazing people to work with, dream with, and grow with along the way. I could not have dreamed of having a more incredible team of people to succeed with though,  than what we have right now.

Frank and I could not be happier to see all of the people on our team working together as one unit, moving towards a single goal. Each of you bring unique gifts and abilities that has enabled us to be greater than some of our parts. The synergy seen on Team Zubricki is rare, it is humbling, and it has yet again led us to another milestone. This year, at the annual SERVPRO Convention, we were given an award for being in the top 15 franchises in the entire company. To say this took my breath away is an understatement, and we have all of you to thank for your hard work and dedication. You all deserve to share these accolades as much as, or more than we do! Together, we are Team Zubricki, and there is nothing big enough to slow us down or stop us if we continue to join hands and push forward together!

Pat Zubricki

Sump Pump Fail? Water Damage Can Happen So Don't Delay Calling SERVPRO!

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Sump Pump If your sump pump fails, your basement could begin to fill with water.

If you have a basement, your sump pump is often your last line of defense against flooding.  It works by safely diverting water away from your house and is especially important during times of heavy rain when it puts your home at risk of water damage.  If your sump pump fails, you could find your basement under water.  When this happens, it is important to act fast! Water damage can be a progressive issue and if not dealt with in a timely manner, this could lead to structural damage, mold and much more.

Is My Sump Pump Working? Tips to Avoid Water Damage

  1. It is important to make sure your sump pump is in working order.  Otherwise you risk the chance that It could fail when you need it most.
  2. After heavy rains, check the sump pump inlet screen for any blockages, one of the leading causes of sump pump failure.
  3.  Occasionally, test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. You can do this by filling the pit with water and watch to see if it is pumped away.  If not, you may have a problem.
  4.  Check the float control to make sure it is free and not restricted or hung up.
  5.  Replace the battery backup every 2-3 years.  The last thing you need is to find out your batter backup is dead in the middle of a power outage during a big storm. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Oak Lawn community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Ask The Experts: How Can I Keep My Commercial Building Free From Mold?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your office or commercial building, the results on your bottom line can be devastating. What can be worse though, is not having the water cleaned up effectively, which can lead to mold.

So what are some great ways to keep mold from happening in your office or commercial building? Today we will look at 2 things you can do!

1. Thoroughness is Key!

Mold spores can travel quickly through your HVAC system, so a great place to start is here! Getting it cleaned, changing or cleaning the filters, and keeping it in the great form will help stop the spread of mold spores. It is also vital to clean and maintain the vents as well to make sure you are doing all you can to keep the mold from spreading.

2. Humidity <3 Mold!

Commercial buildings tend to usually have a LOT of people, and people cause condensation, so it is important that you dehumidify.

Having a dehumidifier in areas where you have high concentrations of people for long periods of time and in other areas where moisture is prevalent can make a huge difference in reducing the moisture in a building, which will also make the environment less conducive for mold to thrive.

If you find mold in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oak Lawn! We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Is Your #1 Water Removal And Cleanup Specialists Ready To Serve

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Broken Pipes SERVPRO leads in the water restoration industry, and can be trusted to help remediate your water loss.

Hickory Hills water damage can be a real problem if there is a leak or flood in your home. Water can easily destroy the walls, floors and structure of your house. It can cause dangerous mold to grow. It can ruin personal possessions and appliances. You should know what to do when faced with a water leak or flood.

Try To Stop the Leak

The first step is to try to stop the leak. Find the source of the water. If there are shutoff valves nearby, then turn them off to stop the flow of water. Alternately, you could turn off the water mains to the entire house. If neither of these steps is an option, then you might be able to seal off the source of the leak with duct tape, rags or other materials. Attempt to do this only if you can walk safely through the water.

Stop the Water from Spreading

If your home is flooding, then try to stop the water from spreading. You can use sandbags, towels or other items to create a barrier that the water cannot pass through. This will help even if you can just slow the water down a little from flowing freely into your home. You could also attempt to put down towels if the water is very shallow. This will help to limit the amount of water damage.

Get Your Possessions off The Ground

If you have possessions on the ground where the water is leaking, then pick them up. Pick up rugs, furniture and anything else. You do not want the water to destroy those items. Additionally, porous items like paper, fabrics or wood can become sources of mold after the water stops leaking. Put your items somewhere high up so that they are not in danger. Hang up any wet or soaked items to dry if possible.

Contact a Restoration Service

You should contact a restoration service like SERVPRO as soon as you realize that there is a leak and have stabilized the situation. These professionals will come into your home, remove the water and start dealing with the damage. They can dry out you floors, walls, and some personal possessions. They can also remove damaged parts of the home that are not salvageable. Restoration services are critical for recovering from water, leaks or floods..

Take Preventative Action

You want to take some preventative action after the restoration company has finished. You want to inspect your plumbing regularly. Check and maintain your appliances. Have your roof checked for damage on an annual basis. Keep the number for the restoration company handy just in case. These steps will reduce the chance that you will have to deal with serious water damage again in the future.

The Trusted Leader in Water Restoration - SERVPRO

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Truck in Water SERVPRO provideS immediate emergency water damage restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is available at any time, day or night, to assist you with your water damage. Beginning with your call, our office staff will aid you every step of the way, helping you assess the best course of action and all of your mitigation needs. You can rest assured when you call our office that you are getting an actual person and not an answering service. From there, our technicians will will restore your home with professionalism and dedication, focusing on accomplishing their goals and doing the best they can to make the lives of those affected a little less hectic.  Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. 

If you have experienced water or flood damage call us today (708) 239-1444

The Beginning Of The Recovery Process After A Fire Can be Tough - SERVPRO Is Here

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Fire damage can be very overwhelming whether it is your home or business that is affected.

When a fire quickly rips through your business or home, there are many factors to consider. The numerous steps are overwhelming on a practical, mental, and emotional level. Once you’ve made sure that everyone is safe, that 911 has been called, and that the fire has been put out, it’s time to let SERVPRO of Oak Lawn take some of the burden off your shoulders. By calling us as soon as possible is what can help save your belongings from the devastating effects of smoke and mold in Oak Lawn, IL. 

Some of your belongings can certainly be saved from the after–effects of a fire and it’s important to responsibly start the process right away. Once you’ve been given the “go ahead” from your local fire department, you should begin an inventory in your property. Soot and smoke from the fire can immediately begin to rust, discolor, and stain your walls, floors, textiles, porous surfaces, and metal objects. The oils and acid in the soot will begin to erode materials quickly and the oils will make it stick to surfaces. 

There’s one aspect of damage after a fire that isn’t necessarily due to the fire itself. Mold and water damage are also huge factors in the restoration process. When the fire department is working hard to put out the flames, water from the hoses can get into everything, leading to water damage and mold. It’s important to note that attempting to restore your belongings on your own can lead to permanent damage. You do not need to spend your time and energy trying to clean everything on your own.

Large, unexpected disasters don’t always destroy all of your belongings. Give the responsibility of restoration and repair to professionals who will do it right. Call SERVPRO of Oak Lawn today (708) 239-1444 to assist you with getting your home put back together. 

Commercial Emergency Restoration In Chicago Ridge

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water in break room When flooding or fires happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? SERVPRO!


Commercial Building Restoration Services

When flooding or fires happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Being prepared is the first step and may score you brownie points with your boss if you know the right company to call in an emergency. 

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is available 24 hours a day to restore your Oak Lawn commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Make A List & Check It Twice!

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Home Fire with Firemen Should you experience the unfortunate circumstances of a fire or smoke damage in Oak Lawn, SERVPRO is ready to help 24/7!
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

Do You Know The Difference Between Fire Damage Restoration VS Replacement?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Home Fire in Kitchen Fire damage can be devastating. But there is good news in knowing that experts are available to restore your home to original condition.

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Oak Lawn can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

A back draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Oak Lawn help you restore it.  

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call us today (708) 239-1444.