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Commercial restoration is so important!

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a damaged commercial property, then you need to look for a company offering commercial restoration services as quickly as possible.

As with any type of property damage, leaving your damage unattended could potentially cause it to get worse. Rainwater can get into your property if you have an exposed roof for instance and this can then cause mold and water damage. Likewise, if you have broken window, this can leave your commercial business vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

At the same time, though, commercial restoration is also urgent for another reason – which is that for every working day that you are closed due to damage, you will be losing money. Commercial businesses pay a lot of overheads such as salaries, rent, bills and more on the good faith that they will be able to earn their expenses back. Unfortunately, when commercial damage strikes, these companies are then left unable to make their money back and unable to make a profit. Thus, they will continuously lose money until they are able to reopen their doors. This makes a commercial restoration company that is able to work quickly even more valuable to these organizations in their time of need.

Moldy clothes, we have an answer!

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

The reason clothing is so susceptible to mold growth is not just because of the mold-inviting circumstances within the laundry room. Generally, when it is worn, clothing collects sweat and skin cells, as well as dirt and other forms of moisture and organic material that mold loves to feast on. Then, it is placed in the laundry hamper and usually sits for days before it it is finally washed. This scenario is typical and may not result in a noticeable mold infestation, but should the soiled laundry be allowed to fester long enough, a mildew smell may be present, as well as visible signs of green, blue, gray, black, or sometimes even white mold on clothes.

Another scenario is becoming more common due to busy lifestyles and poor habits. The quick development of mold on clothes after washing may be surprising to some, but it is quite an ordinary occurrence for those with overwhelmed schedules or those who are vulnerable to procrastination because they often forget to remove clothing from the washing machine once the cycle is finished. As time passes, this leads to the rapid proliferation of mildew and mold on clothes after washing, due to the remaining moisture. Neglecting to put the wet clothes in the dryer for a few hours is not what makes mold grow. Neglecting the clothes in the washer for 6 hours or longer–sometimes a day or even a few days–is the problem. Before too long, a mildew smell will be detected in the washer and clothing. Some assume this is the residue of soap, and while that may be true to some extent, the fact of the matter is that most soaps contains lard and other organic (even synthetic) materials that mold can thrive off of. The smell is not necessarily the residue of soap, but an indication that mold is producing a secondary metabolite–the mildew smell–from consuming that soap.

What is a natural detergent to kill mold?  Here is what you will need.

  • Two 5 oz. organic castile soap bars (naturally-scented with lavender or peppermint is great but non-scented works just the same)
  • 3 cups of washing soda (no, it’s not the same as baking soda)
  • 2 cups of borax
  • 30 drops of  certified-pure lavender essential oil (optional but highly advisable for a mold killing laundry detergent)

Once you have all the materials, this is what to do. 

  1. Cut the castile soap bars into small pieces or chunks. (This is crucial to avoid damaging the food processor.)
  2. Place the cut castile soap pieces or chunks in the food processor bowl. Pulse the soap on high until what remains are large crumbs.
  3. Add the washing soda to the food processor and pulse for 1 minute. (After pulsing, all the ingredients should be in powder form and well-combined. If not, try running the food processor again and then mixing with a spoon.)
  4. Empty the washing soda and castile soap into the storage container. Add the borax and blend well with a spoon.
  5. Add the essential oils of choice (optional but beneficial) and be sure to mix well.

Do not place this mixture into the drawer or dispenser, place it directly in with the laundry.

Health risks posed by standing flood waters

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

After a storm hits, and the area is flooded, there are a number of risks that you need to keep in mind before wading through the water.  The health risks associated with dirty water are well known.  This type of water has an abundant amount of germs, bacteria, viruses and other contaminates.  It is crucial to protect yourself when dealing with flood waters.  

Not only do you have to worry about illness caused by contaminated water, but because the water is not clear, you have to worry about what is underneath the water.  Flood waters are known to carry insects, and other critters that you really dont want to come in contact with.  Depending on where you live, alligators are known to relocate after a flood and can easily hide unnoticed.  

Another issue with flood waters is that they can sweep glass, metal and other objects that can cause injury.  

Before dealing with flood waters, be sure to protect yourself!!

Understanding your coverage for Mold in IL

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding your coverage for Mold in IL Mold growing behind a bookcase.

Before purchasing a homeowners insurance policy, you might want to read it thoroughly.  Most insurance policies do not cover mold, but why?  

General maintenance is a big issue when discussing mold coverage.  In the eyes of the insurance company, small leaks and keeping the humidity down can prevent many mold scenarios.  It is the responsibility of the homeowner to make these repairs, to avoid any mold growth and prevent claims.  

Floods are typically not covered by your homeowners policy as well, and generally speaking, if the water is not cleaned up in a timely manner, mold can develop, which can worsen the issue.  Unless you have additional coverage for flooding, you are responsible for the repairs. 

Accidental water losses are typically covered by your policy, however, if left untreated, mold can develop which can cause issues with your claim.  It is crucial that you respond to accidental water damages quickly, to avoid having the mold discussion with your insurance company.

If you have any questions about mold and the process of treating it, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe a call day or night at (847)498-8889.

Commercial Restoration Services

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a loss happens at your place of business, it is important to work with an experienced restoration contractor who specializes in commercial losses. Most Restoration companies focus on residential restoration business and rarely do commercial fire, water or other losses.

 Commercial restoration jobs are much more complex and often ran in a completely different type of billing method then regular residential claims. Do not hire a company who’s inexperience could cost your company it's business and livelihood. 

 SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe have been around for years, and have the support from corporate, as well as other local franchises.  We are a 24/7 emergency response company, which means if you call us at 3 AM, we will be there ready to help!  Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe a call day or night!  (847)498-8889.

SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe is ready when the storm hits!

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently 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 Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – (847) 498-8889

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. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded?  Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (847) 498-8889

Fire Safety Tips!

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

In the United States, there is a house fire reported every 90 seconds in 2016!  That is a lot of fires!  85% of all fire related deaths occur in homes, so you should always be prepared!  You may have seconds to minutes to escape a burning building because these fires can start and spread very rapidly. 

First thing every homeowner should do, is install smoke alarms.  They should be on every level and should be inside, or just outside every sleeping quarters.  Make sure that they are interconnected, and tested every month.  While smoke alarms are a great way to identify the danger, the best thing that can be done is to put a sprinkler system in your home.  This may be a costly prevention method, but it can save your life and your property. 

The next important piece of advice is to make an evacuation plan!  Sit down with your family about twice a year and make sure everyone knows the quickest way out of your home.  Make sure that there are two separate ways out of the building and that everyone is aware of what to do in case of a fire.    

The unsettling affects of leaving fire/smoke damage

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can absolutely wreak havoc on your home or business.  The most important thing to do when you experience a fire is to get help immediately.  If left untreated, the cost and scope can change drastically in the following ways. 

The cost to restore increases.

When fire and smoke damage go untreated for a prolonged period of time, the odor becomes worse, and it becomes more difficult to remove it.  This ultimately keeps a restoration company on the site longer, which increases the bill drastically.  The quicker you clean, the less time it will saturate your home or business. 

Deposits of soot.

Neutralizing of soot residual and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Extensive damages.

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.

Important steps to follow when you discover mold in your home

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation

throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores

which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

-Stay out of affected areas.

- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

- Contact SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in

fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals

that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly

and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 847-498- 8889

Faster than anyone to a water damage!

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (847) 498-8889

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe

SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.