Keeping Your Home Safe During a Blizzard
While we’re more used to dealing with rainstorms, snowstorms can also cause a lot of damage to your home or property. Blizzards are especially high-risk weather phenomena because, along with high winds and heavy snow, freezing temperatures can cause further damage.
Roof damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your home during a blizzard. Heavy snow and winds can cause roofs to collapse under too much weight. Wet snow can be deceptively heavy, and a collapse leads to structural and water damage, which is very expensive to repair. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this. When the weather subsides, you can climb onto your roof and brush snow off it (having a spotter and taking all safety precautions involved), but this can be dangerous and sometimes a storm will simply not let up.
Gutter damage is another prevalent issue. When water freezes in your gutters, it mixes with debris and can expand inside them, causing them to break and become ineffective. Cleaning your gutters regularly, and especially before expected snowfall, can prevent damage.
The other major, and perhaps most notorious, culprit are burst pipes. The water inside pipes can often freeze and expand. This leads to melted water streaming through the structure of your home, causing severe water damage. In order to protect your property, you can make sure to insulate any exposed pipes. You can also let water drip from your faucets to keep the flow moving and lessen the chance that water freezes.
Of course, if there is damage, you can always call us at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, (847) 498-8889. Our team members are professionally trained and available 24/7 for emergency services.
Taking Care of Hardwood Floors After Water Damage
Hardwood floor damage is a common problem that occurs after flooding. Although
insulation, walls, carpets, and belongings are also at risk, hardwood floors can be especially
difficult because water can warp wood, causing structure damage. Moisture will also create an
environment ideal for mold growth.
After the flood hits, there are a few steps you can take to mitigate water damage. First,
you need to dry the area. First, you should open any windows or doors near the affected area
to allow for faster evaporation. You also need to remove water as quickly as possible. Taking
safety precautions, clear the area with either a wet / dry vacuum, mops, or, if needed, a pump.
Clear any debris or dirt that may have entered. If possible, you can then use dehumidifiers or
heaters to get rid of any more moisture.
Even after taking these steps, however, water damage can still end up harming your
hardwood floors. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe can help you
restore your home no matter the damage. Our equipment is bult to deal with any kind of water
damage, and we will be able to assess and then mitigate any damages that may have occurred
or are at risk. In the end, restoring a hardwood floor quickly and professionally can end up
saving you money in the long run, since letting the damage exacerbate will only end up costing
more in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 847-498-8889.
Safety Tips For Deep Frying a Turkey
Over 900 fires a year, according to some statistics, are caused by deep frying turkeys. Although deep-fried turkey can be a delicious way to celebrate Thanksgiving, the process can be dangerous. However, there are some precautions you can take to avoid disaster. Don’t be a turkey this year and stay safe by following these tips:
1. Keep the fryer away from your property. Frying in your home or garage can easily lead to a fire. Oil can sputter or spill, or it can overheat and cause a ball of fire to burst from the fryer. Stay at least ten feet away from any building or place of potential hazard to minimize risk.
2. Use protective gear. Often, even the handles of fryers can reach extreme temperatures. Make sure you wear protective clothing, such as oven mitts and goggles, to protect yourself from burns and grease that might sputter. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Water will only exacerbate a grease fire, so it’s important to have the right equipment,
3. Thaw your turkey. The excess water from a frozen turkey could cause the grease to bubble and burst from the fryer. Preparing your turkey ahead of time can help prevent this.
Make sure you monitor the frying process carefully. Pay attention to temperatures, and make sure the fryer is on flat and sturdy ground. Also make sure that children, pets, and anyone who isn’t cooking stays away from the fryer.
If disaster occurs, give us a call at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, (847) 498-8889 and we’ll be there to restore, clean, and recovery any kind of fire damage.
Wintertime and Water Damage
A winter wonderland, for some, might be a cause for elation, for excitement, and for an opportunity to sled, ski, and drink hot chocolate. However, when winter brings water damage to your home or property, it’s anything but fun. Freezing pipes, ice dams on roofs, and flooded basements can end up costing a lot of money and be very difficult to clean or fix. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to lower the chances of these seasonal hazards and make the winter a less worrisome time.
- Insulate water pipes in unheated areas. You can also get low-temperature detectors that will tell you when temperatures near your pipes are hazardous.
- Maximize warm air flow.
- Allow cold water to drip from faucets. Running water is less likely to freeze.
- Check water supply lines. If they’re low, they are more likely to freeze.
- Clean and maintain your gutters.
Following these steps can help prevent water damage, but the possibility is always there. If disaster does strike, call us at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, (847) 498-8889. Our team members are professionally trained and available 24/7 for emergency services, so even if the winter does take its toll, we can clean up any mess so that it’s “Like it never even happened.”
Property Damage in Northbrook, Wheeling, or Glencoe? Call SERVPRO!
When disaster strikes, it can be overwhelming. The stress caused from the potential dangers,
property loss, and time commitment is stressful, and while no one wants to experience fire or
water damage, it can happen to anyone and at any time. Of all the decisions you have to make
after a disaster, don’t let finding a restoration company be a difficult one. Call SERVPRO of
Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe and we’ll manage all the difficulties of cleanup and
restoration. Each professional on our team has received IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning,
and Restoration Certification) training and can arrive at your property to assess damage, costs, and provide the best cleanup ability immediately. We’re available 24/7 for emergency services and can arrive at the job at any time. Also, now more than ever, you can rest assured that our entire staff is trained to take the best measures of safety and caution to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. So, if your property, whether it be home or business, suffers from any kind of fire,
water, storm, or mold damage, give us a call at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe,
(847) 498-8889 and you can rest assured that your property is in the best hands.
Preventing Wind Damage
During a storm, heavy winds can end up causing massive damage to your home. Damage to
your roof, windows, or doors can also end up letting water in, which can lead to flooding and
water damage. Although damage from wind is difficult to prevent, there are a few steps you
can take to protect your property and minimize the changes of damage. One option is to
reinforce doors and windows. You can install steel or aluminum storm shutters on glass
windows and doors to protect them from projectiles. Although this can be expensive, it can
save money in the long run. To protect your roof, you can reinforce shingles with additional
nails and stables, and you can install waterproof underlayment underneath them. This can be
difficult, and if you do not have experience working on roofs, it is best to hire roofers to get the
job done. Lastly, removing potential hazards can also help. Removing nearby trees and
fastening objects that might be picked up by the wind can prevent objects from damaging your
If disaster does happen and you do experience storm, water, or fire damage, SERVPRO of
Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe is here to help. Give us a call at (847) 498-8889 if you have
any questions or concerns. We’re available 24/7 for emergency services.
Keep Your Carpets Clean This Winter With SERVPRO
Did you know that in addition to fire and water restoration and mold remediation, we offer a
phenomenal carpet cleaning service? Winter can be tough on carpets. Between wet shoes, salt,
and dirty snow, carpets can end up worse for the wear after the winter season. Thankfully,
SERVPRO is equipped with high-grade cleaning equipment that’s designed to destroy dirt and
restore flooring with heat powered vapors and certified cleaning agents.
Whether home or business, we recommend that you get your carpets professionally cleaned at
least once a year. Old carpeting can not only ruin its usual comfort and appeal, but can also
start to smell. Moreover, getting your carpets cleaned regularly can save money in the long run,
since it extends their longevity –removing and replacing carpeting can be both expensive and
time consuming. So, what better time to get your carpets cleaned than after the winter season
hits. Give us a call at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, (847) 498-8889 to schedule
an appointment today!
What can water do to your home?
When a water damage occurs, it is imperative to act quickly to avoid secondary damage to your home or business. Whether that water is clean, or dirty, it can cause serious damage, if left untreated. If damaged material isn't either dried, removed, and/or treated, it can cause mold, mildew or rot, which can negatively affect the structural integrity of your building.
Not only can a untreated water damage hurt the structural integrity of the building, it can also cost you a lot more money down the line, and insurance companies can deny claims for mold or neglect.
SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe has the equipment and tools to find any hidden water damage. Using moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, we can pinpoint and address any water damage. If you need help with water damage, call SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe day or night at (847)498-8889!
How SERVPRO Keeps Your Stuff Safe
When disaster happens, belongings are often inevitably lost. Whether from fire or water damage,
furniture, appliances, or other possessions tend to get damaged. What’s worse, is that some
things can be saved, but are often either not cleaned fast or well enough or damaged during
restoration. At SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, we take every step to ensure
your belongings have the best chances of survival. Not only do we get to the job as quickly as
possible (we’re on call 24/7 for emergency services!), but we also have the training and know-
how to mitigate damage before it can get out of hand. Getting moisture out of furniture, for
instance, can prevent mold growth and irreparable damage. We can also catch and stop water
from leaking or spreading to areas of the house that have not yet been affected.
We know your belongings mean a lot, so we treat them with the greatest of care in our facility
where they are kept safe and sound. We have a special service called a “pack-out,” where we
move out all a client’s belongings into our warehouse for storage and special cleaning. A “pack-
out” both protects items from damage during the cleaning process while also allowing us to treat
and restore them in the best way possible. For example, fire damage and smoke often give
clothes and other materials a lingering odor that can’t be removed by normal means. We will
send affected items to a specialty cleaner who will treat your belongings with the best remedy
techniques available so that you won’t need to worry about them. We’ll also make sure that any
water damage, such as mold, stains, or wear is remediated. If you have any questions or
concerns, please feel free to give us a call at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe,
Creating a Fire Escape Plan
You should always have a fire evacuation plan for your office or business. It not only maintains a
sense of awareness of fire hazards, but also reassures your team that there is a system in place.
Fires can be incredibly destructive to property, but it is most important that everyone is safe. At
SERVPRO, we want to reassure you that we restore fire damage, so its important to focus first
on the lives of others.
Creating a fire escape plan can involve just a few simple steps:
You should have a minimum of two exits. This allows traffic to be diffused to that injury from
panic does not occur and prepares for the advent that one exit is blocked off. You should make
sure that exits are clearly identified and easy to access.
Identify high-risk areas
This step is more specific to your business. Imagine where fires are most likely to occur.
Cooking equipment and electrical malfunctions are the most likely areas for fires to start, but
there may be other locations depending on your location and layout. This will help identify
where to place equipment and the most effective escape routes.
Implementation and practice
Plan escape routes and procedures so that everyone knows how to exit the building in the safest
and most efficient way possible. Consider areas where people are most likely to be, and who is
closest to each exit. You should also run regular fire drills. Once a month is a good goal to aim
Mark and maintain equipment
Maintain fire alarms, fire doors, emergency lighting, and sprinklers if applicable. Also mark and
clearly identify fire extinguishers. Ideally, equipment should be placed in areas that are higher
risk, such as where there’s cooking equipment or other fire hazards.
Following these steps can help establish a safer work environment. If your home or property
does suffer from fire damage, give us a call at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe,
(847) 498-8889. We’re available 24/7 for emergency services for immediate recovery.