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Summer Grilling Safety

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Now that summer is in full swing, so is grilling season! In order to prevent a trip to the emergency room or a visit from SERVPRO of Oak Lawn for fire damage, please follow these helpful tips.

- All grills should be used outdoors away from the house, eaves, railings and overhanging branches.
- Keep the grill free of grease buildup and never leave it unattended.
- Kids and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.
- For gas grills check for leaks before it is used for the first time every year.
- If you smell gas when using a gas grill, immediately get away from the grill and call fire department.
- Use only charcoal starter fluid to start a charcoal grill.
- Let charcoal cool completely before disposing in a metal container.  When disposing make sure the area is inaccessible for children and pets.

Make sure all grilling memories are great memories, use caution when grilling!

Fire Safety

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

In order for a fire to start it needs three things - Oxygen, Heat & Fuel.  If one is missing a fire cannot start!  In order to protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire.
• Fire is FAST. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
• Fire is DARK. Fire produces gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three- to- one ratio.
• Fire is HOT. Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the hot air can sear your lungs.

How do you protect yourself from fire?
• Plan 2 minute escape plan and practice it!
• Make sure smoke detectors work!!
• Avoid overloading extension cords.
• Have open and clearly marked exits.

The HIdden Dangers of Flood Water

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

When more than a couple inches of rain falls, sometimes the sewers cannot keep up. The result is large areas of water building up. A lot of times you will see people walking/wading through this deep water. There are many dangerous reasons why you should not walk through the water.

One reason flood water is dangerous is because it is a mixture of sewage water and chemicals. The water picks up everything and anything a long the way. This can include human or animal fecal matter, gasoline, oil, and other substances that can cause serious illness, rashes, or chemical burns on your skin.

Another hidden damage can be the contents in the water. The water can easily pick up small items like rusty nails, broken glass, or sharp branches. Since the water is typically dark and dirty looking, you cannot see what is lurking under the surface. By walking through the water, you are more likely to have a sharp object cut you and then the dirty water can enter the wound which can result in serious illness or infection.

Water Damage To Your Appliances

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Any of your appliances connected to a water line could potentially cause water damage. One of the most frequent problems that we see is water damage from a leaky refrigerator. Unlike other types of water damage, this can happen over a long period of time without the homeowner noticing it, since the damage is hidden under and behind the refrigerator. 

If you have the ice maker connected to the water line, make sure the line fittings are secured. Check water valves and defrost drains for leaks or cracks.  If the fridge has a clogged defrost drain, the water may leak into the lower compartment of your fridge and could then run onto the floor. Condensation may be another reason why water is collecting around the fridge, since it can run down the walls and into the floor. The best way to avoid dealing with water damage cause by your fridge is to regularly check and maintain the appliance.

If you have had water damage caused by one of your appliances, call us today (708) 239-1444

Water Damage In Your Chicago Ridge Business

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage In Your Chicago Ridge Business From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your business, we work to determine the source of the water damage and get the area repaired.

The last thing any business owner needs is a water emergency that forces them to close temporarily for business.  One of the benefits of choosing a professional water restoration company is that the job will get done more efficiently.  This helps ensure your business will not be closed for long. 

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your business, we work to determine the source of the water damage and get this area repaired. This repair is the first step in restoration, as it prevents further damage to the area while drying and cleanup are underway. While more significant circumstances could warrant replacement of materials and extraction equipment, often water damage incidents only require basic cleanup techniques and high-powered drying tools.

Drying the area is a critical step of restoration.  This process implements air movers and dehumidifiers, but could also require more specialized equipment for specific areas and materials. Once the area is dried out, our SERVPRO professionals can work on deodorization before completing the project. 

If you have had water damage in your business, call us today (708) 239-1444.

Flood Damage Contamination in Oak Lawn

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Contamination in Oak Lawn Flood damage can bring contaminated water into your home, SERVPRO works quickly to remove the water and restore your home.

These last few months the Oak Lawn area has seen a significant amount of rainfall. This has caused flooding in some low lying areas.  

Flood damage in Oak Lawn from storms also brings the threat of contaminated water. The soil is the most common contaminant, but other sources include something as simple as the water a flood pushes back through a washing machine. The additional risk to a home increases the cost of cleanup and makes the remediation and restoration services SERVPRO provides more critical than if the water was clean.

The first step we take is to lift property off the floor. When contaminated water is in the carpets, sofas and other furniture have to be placed on blocks or taken out of the home. It helps water to drain from the property items, increase airflow around them and also prevents furniture from leaving stains on floors and carpets.

We start to clean Items with surface contamination immediately, and then we inspect all property again to determine the right method. We prefer to use brushes to remove as much of the contaminants as possible if it does not spread it or damage the surface. It is effective on hard surfaces but less effective on upholstered furniture or delicate fabrics like heavy drapes or curtains.

Remediating the effects of a flood can be difficult but SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is here to help! We have the equipment, training, and experience to help you through the procedures.  

Call us today (708) 239-1444

Rain Rain Go Away!

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Has your business suffered water damage from all the recent rain in the Chicago area? We have taken a pounding from the recent weather, but you do not have to worry about the repairs. 

Calling your local SERVPRO is like calling a neighbor for help. Our staff assesses the situation by asking a series of pertinent questions to determine the proper amount of equipment and personnel necessary for the job. Next, we set an appointment that fits your schedule to have our technicians begin your restoration. 

Once SERVPRO technicians arrive, an onsite manager will walk you through an initial inspection, discuss the options that are available to restore your business and give you an approximate time frame for completion. They will also answer any questions that pop up throughout the restoration process and address any concerns you may have. 

We look forward to building a solid, stable history with our clients that keeps them coming back to us, should they ever need future repairs to get their businesses back on track after a natural disaster, fire, mold, or vandalism incident strikes. You can count on us to perform the services you need and get things back to normal as fast as possible. 

Restoring Your Oak Lawn Home After A Fire

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Oak Lawn Home After A Fire SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is here to help you restore your home after fire damage.

According to the U.S Fire Administration, there was an estimated average of 188,800 cooking fires in residential buildings each year from 2014 to 2016.  Even though the majority of these fires may have been contained to the kitchen, smoke damage can spread throughout the entire residence.  

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn has the specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.  We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire.  We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition.  We are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. 

To learn more about our fire repair process, click here. 

If you have had the unfortunate occurrence of a fire in your home or business, call us today to help (708) 239-1444

Hickory Hills Emergency Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Hickory Hills Emergency Commercial Water Damage Cleanup SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is here to help 24/7 with your commercial water damage.

As most of us know, April weather can be very unpredictable in our area. Today it is 72 degrees and sunny and the forecast is calling for rain and snow on Wednesday along with 40 degree temperatures! Bring on the warm weather already! 

Sometimes, with this type of weather we can end up with rain for days on end which can cause flooding. Being prepared is the key. Some commercial business owners treat property issues as part of doing business, but dealing with flood damage can be problematic.  

Flood damage can destroy inventory, stock, supplies, office furniture, documents and electronic equipment as well as cause structural damage.  This can lead to a loss of business and closed doors means lost commercial cash flow and loss of customer traffic. 

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is here to help. We are ready 24/7 to assist with your small or large commercial water damage situation. 

Call us today (708) 239-1444

Emergency Water Damage Cleanup In Worth

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Cleanup In Worth Emergency Water Damage Cleanup In Worth, IL

Whether you own a large business, apartment complex, small business, or home, chances are you take great pride in your property.  Suppose you arrive home one evening after work and come across a burst pipe, sewer backup, or leaky water heater in your home. Whichever the case may be, a continuous trickle or a large amount of water damage can lead to a disaster and requires immediate cleanup.  SERVPRO of Oak Lawn specializes in extraction and water damage restoration.

In these situations, always try to remember safety first.  When water damage occurs, it can be very stressful and sometimes even dangerous.  If not acted upon quickly, any amount of water accumulation can lead to larger problems such as mold and mildew.  Further damage to walls, ceilings and floors, or even the outer structure of your home or property.  

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn strives to provide the best possible service every time. No matter how big or small your water damage may be, we have the proper training, equipment, and products to restore your home or business to preloss state.  

Call us today (708) 239-1444