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24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Imagine that it is 2 a.m. and you wake up to the sound of running water. After further investigation, you discover that a pipe behind your bathroom wall has burst and water is pouring out everywhere. What do you do?

First, shut off your water at the main in an effort to minimize damage in your home. Second, you should contact a plumber to repair the broken pipe. Once the pipe is fixed, call SERVPRO of Oak Lawn so we can assist you with getting your home dried out.  

When you call our franchise, your call will be answered by one of our staff and not an answering service.  You can rest assured that you will get an immediate response during the day or at 2 in the morning. 

If you find yourself in this situation call us immediately (708) 239-1444.

Ice Dams: The Nightmare

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams: The Nightmare Ice formed on roof of home causing damage to ceiling and walls.

There is nothing worse than thinking you made it through months of continuous snow storms and frigid temperatures without a problem, then looking up at your ceiling and noticing dripping water or water marks and bubbling paint. This could be a sure sign of an...

*cue dramatic music* ICE DAM.

Ice Dams are caused by water that has pooled behind the snow and ice on your roof. The water will then seep under the shingles, drip through the roof into the soffits, walls and the ceiling leaving an ugly mess.

Many people are not aware of the damage ice dams can cause until it affects their home. Knowing and understanding the potential issues that can occur in and around your home during horrible winter weather can keep your home safe.

Keeping your attic cold by adding roof and soffit vents, properly insulating your home and attic to prevent heat from escaping and/or purchasing a roof rake to remove the snow while standing on the ground can possibly prevent ice dams. Please note CLIMBING ON YOUR ROOF CAN BE DANGEROUS so if you are unable to remove the snow safely please contact a professional.

If you have questions about ice dams or water damage, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to help and can send a certified technician to your home to assess the problem, answer questions regarding contacting your insurance company, if needed and provide an estimate for mitigation.

We can turn your weather related DAMage into a thing of the past!

We are available 24/7 @ (708) 239-1444

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.