Recent Why SERVPRO Posts
Keeping Your Home Healthy with SERVPRO’s Air Duct Cleaning Services
Even though Chicago weather can change on a dime, it can safely be said that it will get hot and humid this summer. When people turn on the air conditioner, they usually don’t think about the air duct system involved, but without proper maintenance, they can cause problems under the radar. Although SERVPRO is known for water and fire restoration, we also offer HVAC cleaning services that can help create a safe environment for you and your family.
When dust and dirt build up, it can end up damaging your air conditioning unit, which can end up being an expensive hassle to fix. It can also collect pollen, mold, pet dander or other substances that could cause issues with allergies and odor.
Thankfully, SERVPRO offers an efficient and healthy inspection and cleaning service that can identify and eliminate any problems going on in the air ducts of your HVAC system. Our negative air pressure vacuums can clean out debris and build up while we also use a safe, chemical vapor that eliminates odors. While we don’t repair HVAC systems, this does prevent possible damage. On top of increasing the lifespan of your HVAC system, this also keeps your home fresh, healthy, and cool. If odors persist, there could be water damage or a mold infestation that we will be happy to clean up. While we don’t repair any mechanical failures with HVAC systems, we do help maintain and prevent possible problems with them.
To schedule an HVAC inspection, call SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe today at (847) 498-8889!
Understanding "Black Mold".
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help.
How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (847)498-8889
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent
If you need help identifying and removing black mold, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe at (847)498-8889 today!
What makes SERVPRO the best?
Like it never even happened!
As an employee of SERVPRO for the past three years, I have seen first hand, what makes this company the best restoration contractors in the business. Over the past thirteen years, I have worked for a few different restoration companies, and each one, did something better or worse than the other. The difference with SERVPRO is that we have been in business longer than most restoration companies, and we have learned over the years, what works, and what does not.
SERVPRO employees must undergo a background check as well as an extensive training on fire, water, mold, and bio-hazard cleanups. We have a 1,4,8 policy that sets a strict guideline as to how quickly each franchise must respond to emergencies. One hour to contact the customer, Four hours to be onsite, and Eight hours to notify the appropriate parties. This insures a smooth process during a stressful time.
Above all else, SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe always puts the customers needs and wants before all else. If you need help with your cleanup, call the professionals at (847)498-8889!
When faced with a home disaster like flooding or mold it can be overwhelming figuring out what the next step should be or who to contact. SERVPRO is just one of many companies that deal with cleanup and restoration, so why pick us over our competitors? Well, because we have the resources, we have the professionalism, and we care.
Just a few weeks ago, we rode out to the area in and around Madison, Wisconsin to clean-up and restore places that suffered from record-breaking flooding. Some basements, like the Black Earth Children Museum’s, had around ten feet of flood water and needed emergency assistance in dealing with the crisis. Without enough personnel in the area, SERVPRO immediately called in the storm team, an emergency protocol whereby SERVPRO employees travel, sometimes from out of state, to decimated areas to aid in disaster relief. These teams work tirelessly to help people get back into their homes and businesses as quickly as possible. We are proud to be one of the many branches that went out to clean up the wreckage left behind by the flooding in Wisconsin.
When we got to the Black Earth Children’s Museum it was in really bad shape. Water was still in the building, ruining the carpet and endangering the walls and threatening the integrity of the building. Prolonged exposure to water can trigger mold growth, which can be deadly if not dealt with immediately. This is why we pulled up the carpets, replaced saturated drywall, and used machines to air out the facility so that it was completely dry and free from the dangers of mold.
By the time we left, the Children’s Museum was back to how it had been before the flooding, just as our motto states, like it never even happened.
Flash Flooding in Madison WI
This was the scene of a library in the basement of a childrens museum which flooded.
What makes SERVPRO so great? It is our network of individually owned and operated franchises that have the capability to travel when times get rough in other communities. SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe recently traveled to Madison Wisconsin after the recent floods to help the community out. The devastation was enormous, it seemed as though everyone had flood damage to some extent. Driving down the road, you would see debris and building materials in the front yards.
The people of Madison were incredibly hard working and optimistic. Nobody had ever seen rain like they had this past August. Everyone felt great helping these people in their time of need, and the local community was grateful to receive the support they needed.
We saw crews from all over the country, from California, to Texas. We are one of the few restoration companies that have the capabilities to pull resources from all over the country to get the job done quickly, and efficiently.
For all your restoration needs, call us day or night at (847)498-8889. SERVPRO Of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe is always ready at the drop of a dime!
Its Hurricane Season!
Here in Illinois, we do not have to worry about the hurricane season. We have our own problems with the weather! But for those living in coastal areas, hurricane season brings discomfort and anxiety. Coastal flooding and wind damage can have devastating effects on communities causing damage to residential and commercial buildings.
Each SERVPRO franchise is locally owned and operated and many have the capacity to travel to these communities that have been hit after a hurricane to provide assistance. SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe is one of the many franchises opting to travel after a storm hits to help communities in need. Last year, SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe traveled to Florida and provided assistance after the hurricanes rolled through. It is tough work, but we are always here to help not only locally, but also nationally. We are hoping for a calm hurricane season this year, but know that if it gets bad, we are always here to help!
Why choose SERVPRO?
Here at SERVPRO of Northbrook/Wheeling/Glencoe, we realize you have many options when selecting a restoration and emergency service provider. So what makes us the best?
-We are a "one stop shop", meaning that we can handle any job from start to finish.
-We are one of 1700 individually owned and operated franchises which means we have more support during harsh weather.
-We are the fastest to any size disaster.
-SERVPRO is a trusted name in the industry.
-We work with all major insurance carriers.
-Our personal franchise has over 20 years of experience in any situation.
-We pride ourselves on customer service.
-We have all the necessary equipment to get any job completed.
-We handle both commercial and residential properties.
-We love what we do!
If you ever need any assistance or would like a free estimate. Give us a call today at (847)498-8889 day or night!