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Commercial Carpet Cleaning in LaGrange, IL

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Carpet Cleaning in LaGrange, IL Commercial Cleaning and Services

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – 630-920-9334!

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

Need Commercial Cleaning Services?
Call Us 24/7 – 
(630)-920-9334

School Services

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial School Services Helping Schools in Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, LaGrange and the surrounding areas

Public schools, private schools, and college facilities can depend on SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale in the case of fire, water, or mold damage.  We're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  SERVPRO offers mitigation, clean up, and restoration so students, teachers and staff can get back to the classroom.

SERVPRO offers commercial cleaning services that can work in parallel with what your janitorial staff is in charge of.  Sanitizing and deodorizing walls, carpets and hard surfaces can be done on a large scale basis and  is a specialty of ours.  We can even do stain removal and graffiti clean up.  Your job is hard enough: let SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale make it easier!

When the schools need damage or clean up services beyond what your custodial staff can provide, we are trained and ready to help! 

Small business fire safety tips

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Small business fire safety tips Businesses of all sizes should have an Emergency Response Plan

SAFETY TIPS for your business

  • Install smoke alarms in every room. They should also be outside each area and on every level of the building. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large commercial facilities may need extra smoke alarms in large, open rooms.
  • Ideally interconnected smoke alarms should be used....so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Different types of alarms are available  including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • Accommodate employees and/or customers who are hard-of-hearing or deaf.  These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 5 years old.

SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale provides a free Emergency Ready Profile, which includes a telephone application. This powerful resource is available to property managers, building owners, and company safety representatives.

Fireworks Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireworks Safety We are professionally trained to clean up your home following a fire.

Happy 4th of July! 
Are you planning to celebrate with fireworks? 

Please be safe!  There are plenty of visits to the emergency room during the holiday. In 2017, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Even “safe” devices such as small firecrackers and sparklers can be dangerous, so be careful! 

According to the National Safety Council, follow these practices:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding

If you've experienced a fire in your home, we are trained professionals and can help.
Call SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SERVPROhinsdale

Sewage Back Up

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage Back Up Toilet overflowing due to sewage back up in Willowbrook.

Sewage Back Up should be handled with care.... unlike fresh water, when a sewage line or extractor pump leaves contaminated water in your home or business, bacteria and other harmful contaminants could be present that can lead to health problems.
For homes the actual damage may not be so bad, and it can leave behind some not so pleasant smells....but for larger buildings that may be located in a city or downtown area, damage can come in all sizes, particularly when you are dealing with a main city sewage line! 

These can cause not only terrible odors, but huge cleanups as well.  Whether a small or large scale backup, SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale is ready to dive in to get the waste out! 

Extracting whatever kind of waste is present is the first priority, followed by extreme power washing to make sure no residue is left behind.  Finally, after everything is washed and wiped down its time to get rid of that smell.  Using special chemicals that are made to rid the area of the smell and keep it that way are the specialty of SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale, so let us do the dirty work!

Helpful Tips - What to do when you have water damage

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helpful Tips - What to do when you have water damage Be careful when you experience standing water in your home or business!

SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today: (630) 920-9334

Water Damage Emergency Tips

After water damage, safety should be your primary focus:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical hazards should be considered - beware
  • “Slip and Fall” injuries can take place- take caution
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove rugs from wet carpeting and hardwood floors
  • Remove art objects and wall hangings to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Kitchen fire in Hinsdale Townhome

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen fire in Hinsdale Townhome The entire kitchen of this townhome was subject to a fire that started in the garbage can

Every 65 seconds a fire at a structure is reported, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When the alarm goes off, fire departments plus emergency responders will answer the call for help with action that is decisive and fast. 

When the smoke clears, SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale's fire restoration team will stand ready to help with the same kind of quick response, any time of day or night.

**The golden hours of recovery are within the first day or two after fire damage has occurred.

The smoke and acidic soot damage which is often produced when fires are extinguished will accelerate the corrosion and deterioration of the components of the building and its vital assets. To make matters worse, fires are most often extinguished with water or dry chemicals. The toxic smoke odor left behind must also be neutralized and deodorized.

The process of fire damage restoration will include mitigating damage, cleaning up smoke damage and water restoration as fast as possible once the damage has occurred. Besides the visual damage to the structure, the contents inside the structure have to be looked at for recovery based upon several factors which include: 

- Cost of replacement vs. cost of restoration

- Effect of heat and smoke

- Loss of value

- Loss of use

- Lowered life expectancy

- Sentimental value

SERVPRO’s fire restoration services can include demolition, emergency board up, thermal deodorization to mitigate damage from smoke, soot removal film application, and total reconstruction.

Fire Department Support Services We’ll also work closely with the fire department and many times will be called into help with fire damage efforts once the fire is extinguished. Support services include the following: 

- Emergency site containment and board up services. This includes securing the property and preserving the scene from any more smoke and fire damage.

- Arson investigators work with us to help us to safely secure evidence, storage and transport and debris manipulation.

- Moving of materials to assist in the secure safe entry of the fire department and authorized personnel in the entire process of restoration.

- Provide dumpsters, lighting, emergency power and more.

Fire damage needs to be taken care of right away, so give us a call at SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale at (708) 482-9334 or (630) 920-9334 .

We will come to your property to evaluate damage and begin the process of fire restoration.

We're a proud member of the Willowbrook - Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Community We're a proud member of the Willowbrook - Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce Willowbrook - Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce

We've joined the Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce

We're officially members of the Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce! Thanks to all of the wonderful local businesses that have welcomed us, along with Cheryl and Cindy at the Chamber office for their help in getting us started.  

Check out the chamber website for our new member introduction.

https://www.wbbrchamber.org/

The Chamber is a very active and we are excited to be a part of it. We're looking forward to a long and prosperous partnership and already feel at home with so many of the local businesses that are a part of the Chamber.

The Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Industry strives to enhance the business environment and increase the economic growth of its members. It provides community leadership, facilitates communication, promotes education, supports local causes, and continually represents the interest and advancement of its members.

Springtime rains can cause flooded basements in Burr Ridge

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Springtime rains can cause flooded basements in Burr Ridge Flooded basements can be hazardous. Call SERVPRO for help!

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 Burr Ridge 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 - 630-920-9334

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 LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale 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 often 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 630-920-9334

SERVPRO brings additional resources for Chicago Cold Freeze

2/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO brings additional resources for Chicago Cold Freeze Storm Team Response

The SERVPRO Storm Response Team has been deployed to help Burr Ridge, Hinsdale and LaGrange area customers clean-up from the recent deep freeze. 

Additional crews have been brought in from less affected areas of the country to help with the massive volume of calls we're receiving for water damage as a result of FROZEN PIPES and FLOODING that's occurring due to the upcoming thaw.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Call SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale to talk with us about getting your property restored.

Call (630) 920-9334 or (630) 460-4747.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Even short delays can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (630) 920-9334

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of LaGrange/ Burr Ridge/Hinsdale

SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale 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.

Don't let Frozen Pipes cause damage this winter!

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't let Frozen Pipes cause damage this winter! Frozen pipes can burst and can pump out over 250 gallons of water per day

Almost 250,000 families have damage in their homes every winter, all because of water damage that results from frozen pipes.  

Recovering from the damage is not as simple as calling a plumber.  Extreme damage can take place as rapidly from even a small crack in a pipe (which can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day!)  Consequently, damages can occur throughout a house and can affect ceilings, walls, and floors.  

By taking a few precautions, you can avoid the mess, money and frustration that this process can cause.  

Before the cold hits:

Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic. These areas are most susceptible to freezing. Don't forget that the more insulation you use, the less chance your pipes will freeze. 

Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for any air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Properly use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in.

Disconnect water and garden hoses.

If your pipes freeze:

Call SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale to help!  We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (630) 920-9334.  We are experts and are prepared to help in your time of need. 

Furnace Safety and Fire Prevention

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Furnace Safety and Fire Prevention Keep areas around your furnace free of clutter!

October is home fire prevention month so SERVPRO® of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale wants you to be safe as we enter into the cooler weather and start using our furnaces.  Follow these tips provided by The American Red Cross to insure you're ready and safe before you turn on your furnace.

1.  Place a clean air filter in your furnace.  
2.  Avoiding cluttering areas around furnaces or heaters with debris or junk as they can catch fire and spread.

For more tips on home fire safety and prevention contact SERVPRO® of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale at 630-920-9334. 

We can help with cleaning your air ducts too!  We are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Frequently Asked Questions about Mold

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Frequently Asked Questions about Mold Mold in the laundry room of a home in Western Springs.

Mold can be difficult to detect, and most homeowners don't even know it's growing until significant damage has already occurred. Answers to these questions might help to prevent mold from growing in your home in the future.
 
When Does Mold Grow Most Commonly? 

Mold damage is most common in the spring and autumn months when rainfall is still common, but temperatures are more desirable for the mold. Mold grows when it's warmest and wettest, but mold can grow at any time of year.
 
Can Mold Grow Without Water Damage?
 
Although much of the mold we deal with comes as a side effect of water damage, standing water can certainly create an environment for mold growth. Mold can find sufficient amounts of water from mild spills, heightened levels of humidity, or even just the regular moisture in your home.
 
What Can I Do to Prevent Future Mold Damage?
 
Making sure that your water systems are secure and leaks are sealed is the most important step in stopping future mold damage. Past that, talk to a SERVPRO representative to learn about mold-resistant paints and finishes that we can apply to help ward off mold even if conditions do go awry.

Why Do I Need a Professional Remediation Service?
 
Some homeowners may assume that mold cleanup is a simple job, and choose to forgo hiring professionals for it. However, if you don't hire a certified company, you may end up doing more harm than good, spreading mold damage to other surfaces and perhaps giving it a fresh food and water source to feed on. Also, mold may be hazardous to your health and necessitates some advanced safety measures.

Document Restoration

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Document Restoration Over 7 tons of documents were salvaged and restored at the SERVPRO Tennessee facility after a fire swept thru this business.

In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our Document Restoration Facility:

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA 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

Our Technology

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).

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.

Why Choose SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale? 

SERVPRO of Burr Ridge/Hinsdale will get the job done right. For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards.

Call us today! - (630) 920-9334 -

We've joined the Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

We're officially members of the Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce! Thanks to Deb Jackson, Board President, along with Cheryl and Mary at the Chamber office for such a warm welcome.  Check out the chamber website for our new member introduction. https://www.wbbrchamber.org/ We're looking forward to a long and prosperous partnership and already feel at home with so many of the local businesses that are a part of the Chamber.

Flooded Basement in Hinsdale

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded Basement in Hinsdale Basements can flood due to heavy rains and storms

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 Hinsdale 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

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - (630) 920-9334

We can be onsite within a few short hours, to inspect the damage and to begin the Water extraction process.  We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry.

If Water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

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 Here To Help - (630) 920-9334

SERVPRO at the Burr Ridge/Willowbrook Business Expo June 6th

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO at the Burr Ridge/Willowbrook Business Expo June 6th SERVPRO at the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber Business Expo on June 6th

The Willowbrook-Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce hosted the 20th Annual Business Expo on June 6th. This annual event was open to the public and many local businesses and area residents attended.  

- A culinary demonstration took place by area Chef Jason from Posto 31.
- Representatives from I-Cash and the Secretary of State Mobile unit were also there. 
- The Tri-State Fire Dept provided safety checklists for businesses and residents
- There were over 10 raffles and split the pot winners
- SERVPRO provided information on what to do in case of a water or fire disaster and gave a lucky winner a free lunch for their office.

The event was free and open to the public.  It was great spending time with so many other active members!  What a great afternoon.

Hoarding clean up is available by SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding clean up is available by SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale Call us to safely clean and restore your home

'Hoarding' is an actual condition when a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions and can cause distress and health concerns. A significant amount of possessions overwhelm the home preventing normal use of the space or even making it unusable and dangerous. 

Mold build-up can occur when trash or moisture builds up and air flow is compromised. 

In addition, hoarding can increase fire risk in many ways:

  • Electrical wiring may be old, worn, or exposed from the weight of piles.  Rodents could chew on wiring.  Damage wires pose a fire threat.
  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to items or on unstable surfaces that could cause the unit to tip onto a pile which could cause a fire. 
  • Open flames from smoking or candles with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Obstructed pathways and exits may prevent escape from a fire.

Additionally, hoarding could not only impact the homeowner, but, also the first responders to a house fire.

  • A cluttered home would obstruct firefighters movement throughout the home.
  • Firefighters could injure themselves from falling piles or even be trapped by blocked exits.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to extinguish the fire, could cause collapse.
  • Clutter could impede the search and rescue of people and pets and make it difficult to provide medical care.

SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale has experience with cleaning hoarding homes. Hoarding is a specialty situation and in some cases involves some sort of biohazard situation. Personal protection equipment is a must in these situations and should not be completed by a family member or friend.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (708) 482-9334.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home safe and clean.

What Causes Mold inside a home?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold inside a home? Mold inside the walls of a home

Mold needs saturation or water to prosper. Mold spores will start spreading as soon as they find a wet surface. Some spots mold can cover include:

  • Bathrooms. Showers, sinks, and toilets are perfect areas for mold. These spots tend to be soggy and, without powerful ventilation, will grow mold.
  • Air conditioning and vents.
  • Fireplaces. When not frequently in use, a chimney or fireplace is dark and cool—a productive ground for mold spore growth.
  • Attics. On the off chance that your roof cracks, mold can reproduce and spread through the ventilation space in the regularly disregarded room. It will flourish in ventilation or soffit vents.
  • Cellars. That obvious basement smell is confirmation of moisture and—more than likely—mold. Mold will be found encompassing the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.

In the event that there is mold proliferation in your home it is fundamental to stop it quickly. In the wrong conditions mold can spread quickly—in as meager as 24–48 hours.

If you are uncertain if your home or business has mold it is fundamental that you call a pro as fast as possible. The process begins by dissecting and testing the territory. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge Hinsdale are knowledgeable about water and mold removal.

Our team of specialists will survey the damage and, if required by law, get a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor so we can start to devise a strategy. We will then spotlight the issue and get to work. Utilizing blockades and a negative air pressure chamber, SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale production team will stop the mold and begin cleaning and restoring your home or business to a safe, dry and clean environment.

Spring Cleaning at LaGrange Fire Dept

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning at LaGrange Fire Dept Commercial Cleaning Services are offered by SERVPRO

Keeping it "CLEAN & GREEN" at the LaGrange Fire Station. Our crew was cleaning carpets today...call it "Spring Cleaning", even though it's still cold and winter-like outside.!

The professional crew at SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Call for a free on-site inspection and quote. 

SERVPRO receives BBB 2017 Complaint Free Award

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO receives BBB 2017 Complaint Free Award BBB 2017 Complaint Free Award

SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale is proud to receive the Better Business Bureau's 2017 Complaint Free Award. 

We continue to maintain a high level of integrity and trust with our customers and we're proud of the positive reputation we have in our community. "Customer satisfaction is a top priority for SERVPRO, and receiving the Complaint Free Award yet again is an affirmation of the hard work and energy our team of experts puts into our services and products.  It shows that our employees continue to deliver and achieve the high standards we are known for", stated Joe Scaglione, SERVPRO LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale franchise owner. 

This award has been awarded to our franchise for several years in a row and we have an A+ rating with the BBB.

Ice Dams and Water Leaks

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams and Water Leaks Illustration of an Ice Dam

Tips for Removing Ice Dams

Residents in northern Illinois have been dealing with record–setting snow and even though wintertime icicles may look charming, they usually signal a serious and costly problem. Hidden behind the ice is water that can work its way under roof shingles and leak into your home or business. If left untreated, ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof, gutters, paint, insulation, drywall, structure and even contribute to mold. There are several things you can do to avoid getting an ice dam or to reduce the risk of damage after one has formed.

How do ice dams form?

Ice dams can form whenever water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roof-line. Without room snow removal, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This water can then back up underneath roof shingles and make its way into your home or business.

Preventing Ice Dams

  • If possible, have snow removed from your roof after every storm

  • Use a roof rake to clear snow from the edge of your roof upwards of three to four feet immediately after each storm. In addition to helping prevent an ice dam from forming, this will lessen the stress on your home’s roof. The amount of snow and ice your roof can support will depend on a number of factors, including the roof type and the age and condition of the structure. Keep in mind - if more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice has accumulated on your roof, you should have it removed by a professional.
  • Clear downspouts

Dealing With Existing Ice Dams

  • An easy way to help snow and ice drain off of your roof is to make sure the area around your downspouts is clear. This can help prevent standing water from collecting near the gutter downspout.
  • Melt the ice dam

    (Fill a nylon stocking with calcium chloride ice melt, and place it vertically across the ice dam so that it melts a channel through the dam. If you try this, make sure you can safely position the ice melt on your roof, and make sure to use calcium chloride, not rock salt. Rock salt will damage your roof. Also, be aware that shrubbery and plants near the gutters or downspouts may be damaged.)
  • Seek a trained professional's help removing ice

Checklist before SERVPRO arrives:

  • If you cannot safely reach the roof, avoid using a ladder in snowy and icy conditions. Consider hiring a contractor to remove the ice dam.
  • Disconnect the electrical and remove electronics from the affected area

  • Call your insurance company! Many insurance companies will cover the damage caused by ice dams.

  • Before any professional cleanup, photograph and document the damage.

  • Remove standing water

  • Remove mold-prone items if possible

  • If possible, open the windows to circulate air or use a fan.

  • Once the ice damn is removed from your roof, contact SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale to professionally clean, dry, and disinfect the area. Water damage in your home due to ice dams is an unfortunate situation, but SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale will happily clean up any damage. Protect your roof and home from the hazards of ice dams and call us today at 630-920-9334.

Dryer Vents Can Cause Fires!

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vents Can Cause Fires! Clean your dryer vent to avoid fire danger

Follow these simple safety tips to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your home!

• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.

• Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.

• Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.

• Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.

PREVENT FROZEN PIPES!

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes can burst and wreak havoc to your home...following these steps can help minimize the likelihood of a disaster from happening:

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions:

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney. Caulk gaps that are near pipes 

If a Pipe Freezes:

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out 

 If a Pipe Bursts:

  • Shut off water at the main valve
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed
  • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.

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TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT THE FLU!

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

According to the CDC, Flu activity is currently widespread in most of the U.S. The peak of flu season occurs anywhere from late November through March.

Things you can do to avoid the flu at work and home:

Keep your hands clean

Viruses often live on surfaces we put our hands on: countertops, tables, laptops and office desks, etc. We need to keep our hands clean if we’re going to stay healthy. The CDC says, “Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.”

Inoculate: Get a flu shot

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. One of the biggest things that discourage people from getting vaccinated is the misconception that flu shots cause people to get sick. The CDC says that while illness from a flu shot is rare, it most likely is caused by other culprits: You may have another respiratory virus such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Also, it’s possible that you may have been exposed to a virus that is another strain of the flu and not the one used in the vaccine. In any event, the flu shot does not cause the flu.

Stay at home if you are sick

If you happen to be employed, there is no shame in staying home from work if you’re not feeling well. That’s why employees have an allotment of sick days. Of course, there are times when you feel that your absence would delay certain tasks or projects that need to be completed. If you can’t take a vacation day, see if it’s possible for you to work remotely. In any event, if you’re sick from the flu or a cold, it’s a good idea to stay home so as not to spread it at work.

Steer clear of close contact

While you may not have a water cooler at your job, there may still be times when you congregate to discuss a project or have a meeting. While face-to-face may be ideal, many companies now have inter-office messaging systems that allow for the same conversations to take place remotely. If you you’re a boss or supervisor, encourage online communications rather than close contact by initiating messages via computer.

Bonus: Cover your nose and mouth

One of the primary ways that the virus travels is in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If you are sick, it’s important to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. To limit the spread of germs, it’s best to put a handkerchief or tissue between your hand and mouth.

24hr Emergency Water Damage - Helpful Hints

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today: (630) 920-9334 or (708) 482-9334

Water Damage Emergency Tips

After water damage, safety should be your primary focus:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical hazards should be considered - beware
  • “Slip and Fall” injuries can take place- take caution
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove rugs from wet carpeting and hardwood floors
  • Remove art objects and wall hangings to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding:

  • 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 household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Fire Damage Restoration Services

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Every 65 seconds a fire at a structure is reported, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When the alarm goes off, fire departments plus emergency responders will answer the call for help with action that is decisive and fast.

When the smoke clears, SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale's fire restoration team will stand ready to help with the same kind of quick response, any time of day or night.

**The golden hours of recovery are within the first day or two after fire damage has occurred. An effective emergency response will quickly stabilize your structure and make sure to recover as much of your property as is possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is often produced when fires are extinguished will accelerate the corrosion and deterioration of the components of the building and its vital assets. To make matters worse, fires are most often extinguished with water or dry chemicals. The toxic smoke odor left behind must also be neutralized and deodorized.

The process of fire damage restoration will include mitigating damage, cleaning up smoke damage and water restoration as fast as possible once the damage has occurred. Besides the visual damage to the structure, the contents inside the structure have to be looked at for recovery based upon several factors which include: 

- Cost of replacement vs. cost of restoration

- Effect of heat and smoke

- Loss of value

- Loss of use

- Lowered life expectancy

- Sentimental value

SERVPRO’s fire restoration services may include demolition, emergency board up, thermal deodorization to mitigate damage from smoke, soot removal film application, and total reconstruction.

Fire Department Support Services We’ll also work closely with the fire department and many times will be called into help with fire damage efforts once the fire is extinguished. Support services include the following: 

- Emergency site containment and board up services. This includes securing the property and preserving the scene from any more smoke and fire damage.

- Arson investigators will work with us to help us to safely secure evidence, storage and transport and debris manipulation.

- Supply cranes and other heavy equipment for clearing paths, letting aerial photos to be taken, expediting hauling and other needs for fire damage restoration.

- Moving of materials to assist in the secure safe entry of the fire department and authorized personnel in the entire process of restoration.

- Provide dumpsters, lighting, emergency power and more.

- If needed, application of board up decals to the burned structure’s visual eyesore.

Fire damage needs to be taken care of right away, so give us a call at SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale by dialing (708) 482-9334 or (630) 920-9334 .

We will come to your property to evaluate damage and begin the process of fire restoration.

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