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Water Damage Experts In Oak Lawn

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

When a water leak takes place inside your Oak Lawn home or business, excessive moisture can negatively affect your contents and building materials. The longer things stay wet, the more likely they will get ruined and need to be replaced. Over time water saturates materials and causes them to lose their structural integrity and fall apart. The organic materials inside your home carry a risk of mold contamination if they stay wet for more than 48 hours.

If moisture stays inside contents and materials, the severity of the problems increase. Our SERVPRO technician's goal is to prevent secondary issues. When water directly affects an object the problems that occur are considered primary. Secondary damage results when water vapor penetrates items and negatively affects them. Therefore, prompt mitigation can greatly reduce the amount of water vapor present in the air, reducing the chance of suffering secondary issues.

The first step to moisture removal is to extract as much water as possible using specialized equipment. Once the extractors get to the point where they are no longer pulling up water, the rapid drying phase begins. The goal of drying is to speed up the natural evaporation process and return moisture levels to normal as quickly as possible.

Since things in nature always seek equilibrium, we know that water from wet materials will evaporate into dry air sitting next to it. This is why we set up air movers to push air across surfaces so that the air next to wet materials stays dry allowing it to collect moisture. However, once all of the air in the room gets saturated, the moisture must be removed from the air. To lower a building’s relative humidity, we set up dehumidifiers that pull vapor out of the air and dispense it in liquid form.

To accomplish speedy drying, our SERVPRO crew uses principles of psychrometry. Psychrometry is the study of the humidity, air, and temperature, and their effect on various materials. Since air can hold more water at higher temperatures, humidity, airflow, and temperature all play major roles in determining how fast materials dry. High relative humidity numbers can slow down drying because the air must have less moisture than the affected materials for water to evaporate. Higher temperatures lower a room’s relative humidity thus speeding up drying.

Structures dry out best when they have constant airflow, high temperatures, and low relative humidity percentages. This is why we use air movers to create circulation, dehumidifiers to keep humidity low, and heaters to raise the temperature. 

If you need help drying out moisture before more problems arise, call SERVPRO of Oak Lawn today (708) 239-1444 24/7. 

Storm And Flooding In Chicago Ridge, IL

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

While flooding represents one of the most catastrophic events that can happen to a home, it can also make for some very peculiar situations. We deal with dozens of flood damage cases in Chicago Ridge every year, and every once in awhile, something happens that truly surprises our seasoned technicians.  

Storm floods can bring in all sorts of items and debris from the outside, and while this makes storm flooding extremely hazardous, it also allows for a fascinating insight into what goes into the neighborhood around us. Here are some of the strangest things we have seen in flooded homes.

Entire Trees

More than once, we have seen an entire tree or bush make its way inside a client's home in Chicago Ridge thanks to flood damage.  While large and well-rooted trees usually stand fast in the face of overwhelming deluges, smaller trees and large bushes can become uprooted as floodwaters inundate the soil around them. Eventually, when the flood hits home, it may send the plant crashing through the front door, making for a messy but thankfully easy-to-fix situation.


Auto Parts
 
What happens when a vehicle gets picked up by floodwaters, or something gets knocked off? Tires and mirrors have to end up somewhere, and sometimes that somewhere in the interior of a home. Seeing auto parts strewn about the area can be jarring at first, but should make for a good story later on. 

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn provides professional flood damage mitigation and restoration services to locals whenever disaster strikes.  Call us for more information on our services (708) 239-1444.

Fire Damage In Oak Lawn IL-What Should I Do After A Fire?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A fire of any kind can be devastating.  This can be a difficult and trying time for you and your family. 

Here are some steps to follow after a fire:

1. Call your insurance company right away.

2. Call a fire damage restoration company. 

3. Try to ventilate the building as much as possible.

4. Remain outside of the building or at a safe location if possible.

5. Develop a plan of action for moving forward.

6. Stay in contact with the company you hired.

Quick Response Is Essential 

Whether the fire is small or large, call a highly trained professional company that responds day or night quickly.  From small fires to major blazes, a fire damage restoration company can remediate all of your fire damage problems and restore your home or business safely and efficiently.

Can Smoke Odors Be Removed?

You can become sickened by smoke and soot odors if they are left untreated. Only commercial treatment products by trained experts should be used to treat and remove smoke and smoke odor damage. Don't try to remove it with a home method. These methods could make the damage worse. It may cost you additional later to pay for a professional to undo the damage you caused by trying to clean it up. 

Locally Owned Company with National 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 cleaning or restoration needs. We are proud to be an active member of the Oak Lawn, IL community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

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Water Removal Services In Oak Lawn

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we receive many flooding emergencies involving dishwashers that have overflowed and caused damage to floors and other nearby areas. Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors. In fact, it's one of the most frequent causes of moisture damage in the house.

One of the most frequent mistakes property owners make in this situation is assuming that only the floors require water removal. After moping out the water with some towels, they sit back satisfied that the job is done. Unfortunately, when water overflows from the dishwasher, it tends to spread to other parts of the home. It can soak the kitchen cabinets or even permeate the floors and make its way to the crawlspace below. In some cases, it can penetrate the walls and soak up your insulation or even cause damage to electrical sockets in the walls.

The secret to effective water removal when a dishwasher overflows or malfunctions is acting fast. SERVPRO of Oak Lawn offers 24/7 quick water removal services. For emergency services call us today (708) 239-1444. 

Biohazard Cleaning In Your Chicago Ridge Business

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience are key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Oak Lawn has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the business?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Oak Lawn has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

Call us today 708-239-1444

SERVPRO Is Here to Help

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

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 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 provide validation and documentation that your property is dry. 

We are pleased and honored to have such great customers around us, and we will only operate a business in these communities, but we live here, we go to school here, we participate in the chambers, and we shop here. Oak Lawn is home to us and it is a pleasure to continue to serve you. 

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

SERVPRO Cleaning Services

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

spray bottle with cleaner SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is here for all of your cleaning needs. Call us today (708) 239-1444

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn is your 24-hour emergency services professional providing fire and water restoration, mold remediation and move-outs, but in addition to those services we also provide general cleaning services such as:

  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard floors
  • Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism
  • Deodorization
  • Deep Cleaning and Sanitization of Homes and Businesses

With our many types of cleaning products, we are sure to have a solution that works best for your situation. Many of our products are environmentally friendly and are safe to use around children and pets. Our technicians are trained to properly use these products to treat even the most stubborn of situations.

Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and expertise, from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification and can make your property look its best.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Oak Lawn to take care of you, your home, business, carpets, furniture, etc.  We are available 24/7 so give us a call today for whatever cleaning needs you may have encountered. 708-239-1444

Disinfecting Your Oak Lawn Home or Business

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

With the recent pandemic of COVID-19 spreading across the United States, residents are looking at their living and work conditions more closely.  

SERVPRO of Oak Lawn can help with disinfecting and cleaning both after contact with the disease or as a preventative measure. With our present experience with other harmful microorganisms and bacteria present in sewage backups and other biohazardous threats to structures, our technicians already possess much of the training, equipment, and disinfection processes necessary to protect your home. 

The techs make safety for all a priority and wear complete physical protection as well as set up containment whenever necessary to halt the potential for cross-contamination during cleanup since the CDC theorizes that the coronavirus may spread via airborne transmission. 

You can depend on SERVPRO of Oak Lawn to take care of you, your home, business, carpets, furniture, etc.  We are available 24/7 so give us a call today for whatever cleaning needs you may have encountered. 708-239-1444

Water Damage In Your Hickory Hills Home

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Chances are you take great pride in your property, whether you own a business, apartment complex, small business, or home.  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 happens 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 all of the 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

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Oak Lawn (708) 239-1444

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html