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SERVPRO provides Emergency Service 24/7 to the communities of LaGrange, Burr Ridge and Hinsdale

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

2 workers loading dehumidifiers into SERVPRO van You can always count on the crew at SERVPRO of LaGrange, Burr Ridge and Hinsdale to respond...24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There is never a convenient time to experience a flooding or water emergency, that’s why SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When security or maintenance calls in the middle of the night or after hours, you can always count on our SERVPRO representatives to respond. We understand that commercial losses need immediate attention. We have a list of references that would be happy to confirm how quickly we respond to your needs. Contact us for more information.

Waking up or coming home to a flooded home can be stressful. You can always count on your local SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale representative to respond to your call. We understand how important your personal belongings are to you. Getting to you quickly can help minimize the damage to them and your home.

No matter the size, SERVPRO of  has the staff, training, and equipment to quickly help you.

Look for us at local events!

Call us anytime day or night at (630) 920-9334

Keep your family and pets safe during the holidays

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Decorated Christmas tree next to roaring fire in fireplace Holiday decorations and candles can increase the chance of a house fire. Be Safe this season!

December is the peak time of year for home fires caused by candles. Follow the tips below to protect yourself, your family, and your pets. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of home decoration fires are started by candles in December. The top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Below are some safety tips to keep your home from becoming a statistic.

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy & won’t tip over easily
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home

Surprisingly Christmas tree fires are not that common but they are extremely dangerous. 1 out of every 45 reported Christmas tree fires resulted in death according to the NFPA. If you and your family celebrate the holidays with a tree in your home.

  • Be sure to keep your tree watered so it doesn’t dry out, and if it does get rid of it ASAP.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet from any type of heat source (fireplace, space heater, radiator, or candles).
  • Read the instructions on your Christmas tree lights so you are not over the recommended amount to connect for safety.

And, let’s not forget our furry friends. They are part of the family too!

  • Securely anchor your tree so it doesn’t tip over and fall causing harm to your pet
  • Mistletoe and Holly are beautiful to decorate with but they are actually toxic to your four legged friend. You could always opt for artificial plants keeping the season bright and your pet safe
  • Keep lights and ornaments out of paws reach

We want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with happiness, love and joy.

Sincerely,
The team at SERVPRO LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale

Preventing Frozen Pipes

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A cartoon of a man using a blow dryer pointed at a pipe that is frozen Using a blow dryer is an easy and safe way to keep pipes from freezing

During the cold Chicago area winters, pipes often freeze. When temperatures get down around 20 degrees (and sometimes above if the pipes are exposed to cold windy air usually due to cracks in walls) PIPES CAN FREEZE. When water in the pipes freeze it expands into ice putting pressure on the pipe and can cause it to burst leading to a broken pipe and a flood in your home.

Pipes that are metal or water lines to things like pools, sprinklers, and interior pipes can burst no matter what the water is flowing through if it’s frozen.

To prevent pipes from freezing it’s important to take precautions.  Suggestions include:
- keep garage doors closed if water supply is in garage
- open cabinets and doors

- let water drip in facets, and keep it warm in the area where pipes are

If frozen pipes occur, keep the faucet open while warming the pipe; apply heat to the section of pipe, but avoid using open flame devices. An easy way to achieve this is BY USING A BLOW DRYER ON THE WARM SETTING.

In the event that your pipes burst and flooding occurs, call the professionals to extract the water and make it "Like it never even happened" at (708) 482-9334.

Are you worried your home has mold?

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can lurk in areas that are hard to see like underneath sinks

In general, mold is not a problem unless there is moisture in your home. 

Here are a few things you can do inside your home to keep moisture levels under control:

  • Open exterior doors and windows whenever possible to keep air circulating.
  • For closets that are rarely used, keep the door cracked so air can circulate.
  • Use AC units, dehumidifiers, and exhaust fans regularly.
  • Purchase high quality air filters for your HVAC Unit.
  • Watch for mold growth in the soil in your house plants.
  • Fix water leaks.
  • Check for condensation on your windows.
  • Dry Wet surfaces as soon as possible.
  • Don’t leave wet materials lying around.

If you are taking the steps necessary to reduce moisture and there is still a musty odor or if you see signs of mold, there may be a problem that only a remediation company can recognize. Contact SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale, at (708) 482-9334. 

We are professionally trained and are qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals.

How to Restore Damaged documents

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying chamber is located in Gallatin, TN.

When you're faced with how to restore important paperwork or documents that have been destroyed in a fire, or damaged by water, call upon SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale to help. 

Our Technology

Our highly trained, certified SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Our Document Restoration Facility is located in Gallatin, TN.

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPAA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Types of content:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

Document Cleaning and Disinfecting

In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

Digitizing Services

In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

Contact us at (630) 920-9334 to arrange a quote.  We will arrange a pick up of your documents quickly and can begin the restoration process immediately. 

Cleaning Smoke damage from your Burr Ridge home

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Proper Smoke and Soot cleaning after a fire is imperative

Cleaning Smoke and Soot from your home after a fire:

Smoke and soot damage is a serious problem after a fire. Depending on what burned, the combustion can create dangerous and toxic byproducts. Inhaling this noxious mixture sometimes results in health issues, including severe injury or death. More people die during a fire from smoke inhalation than any burns inflicted.

Hidden smoke damage corrodes tarnishes, etches, and deteriorates metals, woods, glass, and other surfaces. It invades and ruins porous materials like insulation and carpeting over time. Its odor lingers, trapped in the tiny bits of combusted plastic, wood, fabric, and a host of other organic and inorganic building materials and contents inside the burned home.

It is critical that our technicians locate and evaluate smoke damage wherever it migrates. A plan to remove the smoke damage or seal it to prevent continuous vaporization is crucial.

After the professional cleaning and remediation of smoke damage, the final task is often odor removal. Airing out of spaces helps somewhat, but the odiferous particles remain suspended and trapped in walls and cavities, furnishings, materials and other places. Advanced technology that replicates the combustion known as thermal fogging shows good results in odor elimination. So does hydroxyl generation and other oxidative processes. These solutions work by sending other particles into the air to seek out odor molecules; They attach to the odor particles and neutralize the smell through a chemical conversion that permanently eliminates the stench.

If your home experiences fire or smoke damage, connect immediately with SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ride/Hinsdale for fast and lasting results. You can count on our team to restore your property to pre-damage condition. Call us today at (630) 920-9334. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is a trusted brand

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale is proud to be a part of the SERVPRO network since 2007!

Serving America Since 1967

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been helping home and business owners recover from water damages across the United States for over 50 years. 

Over 1,700 Franchises Nationwide

More locations means faster response. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.

SERVPRO® National Call Center 

The SERVPRO® National Call Center served over 500 insurance and property management companies and their clients nationwide in the last yar alone.We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of their policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore, the less that needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollars each year, which helps lower your insurance rates!

24-Hour Emergency Service

In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition whenever possible.

References

From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We are happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO® is the best system to service your needs.

Drying out a damp basement

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture levels are monitored frequently during the drying process.

If you have moisture in your basement, it can be a real headache for any homeowner. It is important to treat and dry any wet areas properly to prevent potential contamination and/or mold.  
 
One important aspect of our work is helping restore air quality in your home. We use air scrubbers and negative air machines to clean the air in your house and reduce the presence of spores. Air scrubbers are portable filtration systems that play a vital role in improving air quality. The scrubbers draw air through a series of powerful HEPA filters that trap mold spores as small as 0.3 microns and remove them from the air. The result is cleaner air with less fungal spores in it. 
 
SERVPRO technicians oversee the drying out of your home or contaminated rooms after any mold remediation. Getting your home and belongings dry to their normal level of moisture content is vital. Our experts have dehumidifiers on hand to bring down the humidity in the air, and air movers for drying out specific areas.
 
Do not struggle with trying to deal with a moisture problem or a mold outbreak. Call SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale at (630) 920-9334 today for assistance.

Lightning Safety

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

An article on weather.gov provided some recent statistics on how to stay safe when lightning is your area.  Following these precautions when a storm is nearby, and lightning or thunder is present will help insure your safety:

There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United States.

There is little you can do to substantially reduce your risk if you are outside in a thunderstorm. The only completely safe action is to get inside a safe building or vehicle.

If you absolutely cannot get to safety, you can slightly lessen the threat of being struck with the following tips. 

  • Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top.
  • Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees.
  • If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.
  • If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a valley, ravine or other low area. Remember, a tent offers NO protection from lighting.
  • Stay away from water, wet items, such as ropes, and metal objects, such as fences and poles. Water and metal do not attract lightning but they are excellent conductors of electricity. The current from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances.

Why calling an expert is important after water damage occurs

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call the SERVPRO experts. We're ready to help!

Why is calling a certified professional necessary after water damage? 

Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into a building or home, the response should be the same. Bring in SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a variety of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. A certified water damage restoration service like SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, we have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Our restoration technicians have technology that makes a difference. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While our technicians work on the damaged area, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live in, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We proudly serve our community and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability. Give us a call today! (630) 920-9334.