Recent Water Damage Posts

Be Ready for the Rain

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

White gutter on a house with water falling down. SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale can help with your water damage emergency.

SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale restores water damage 24-hours a day, and our fast emergency response time prevents secondary damage in many cases. Rainwater intrusion is a common cause of water damage that impacts residential and business owners. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for protecting your home or business from rainwater intrusion:

Maintain Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean gutters and downspouts twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall, to prevent clogs that can cause water damage to your roof
  • Keep trees trimmed and away from the roof to prevent leaves from clogging gutters
  • If there is standing water, adjust the gutters so they gently slope toward the downspout allowing water to drain
  • Ensure downspouts funnel water away from the building to prevent water from accumulating at the foundation or entering the basement

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale is available 24-hours a day to help.  Please contact us at 630-920-9334.

Water Damage Happens Fast - Call SERVPRO

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Green circle with blue water droplets above a orange SERVPRO house logo. You can count on SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale to handle your water damage emergency.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. Here is a water damage timeline that describes the kinds of damage water can do:

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.

When your home or commercial business needs help with water damage, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale is Here to Help. Call us at 630-920-9334.

Water Damage - SERVPRO can Help!

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Green van with an orange SERVPRO logo on a black wet street. SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale is a leader in water damage cleanup.

When a small spill or a large water damage event happens, you can count on SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale to help. Business and property owners will benefit from our highly trained specialists that are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Our ability to immediately respond to a water emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Here are some of the water damage services SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale provide:

  • 24-hour emergency response
  • Water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Building restoration services
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial cleaning
  • Storm damage
  • Biohazards

If you find yourself dealing with water damage from a leaky sink, a broken pipe or a failed appliance, or another kind of water emergency, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale wants to help. We are available 24-hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore your property. Call us today at 630-920-9334.

Tips to Avoid a Soggy Disaster in La Grange

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Turning page of a book with an orange SERVPRO logo. Follow these tips to keep your belongings safe from water damage.

Water damage is one of the most common disasters that your home can experience.  Our homes are filled with many items that range from household items, toys, games, books, and many treasured heirlooms.  It is important to take steps to protect these items in case you experience water damage in your home.

Here are a few tips from the Insurance Information Institute to avoid a soggy disaster:

  • Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins, especially in areas where there are plumbing pipes or that are prone to dampness, such as basements and attics.
  • Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is a risk of destruction from water. Water and dampness also bring with it the threat of mold damage. 
  • Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in basements. In case of water seepage or sewer backup, they're less likely to get damaged.
  • Keep an up-to-date home inventory. Having a comprehensive list of your possessions will save time, trouble, and stress in case of loss from water damage.

SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your water damage emergency 24 hours a day.  Call us today at 630-920-9334.

Small to Large Water Damage - Count on SERVPRO

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Two cardboard moving boxes with an orange and green background. SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale can handle any size water damage emergency.

When a home appliance leaks or a large water damage event happens at your business, you can count on SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale to help.  Water can travel fast, and it can seep into floors and walls without being noticed.

When SERVPRO arrives to help you after a water damage event, our team brings their devices, such as moisture meters, measuring tools, drying equipment, and a lot of experience. These pieces of equipment in the hands of trained staff can help you recover quickly, with no surprises afterward.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home or business requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

When your home or business needs move-out and pack-out services, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 630-920-9334.

Water Damage Cleanup Tips

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Black & orange water droplet with a SERVPRO house logo underneath it. SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale can handle your water damage emergency.

Water damage can occur at any time. SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale wants commercial and residential property owners to know that water damage in commercial buildings and residences can not only be unsanitary, but it can also be dangerous as items that are not thoroughly dried out can cause mold. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to follow in the event of water damage to your business or home:

  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage.
  • Bring all soft items outside if possible – sunlight and wind will help them dry faster
  • Throw out items that have absorbed water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected
  • Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with floodwaters
  • Consider removing vinyl floor coverings and tile to allow the substructures beneath or behind them to dry
  • Keep the windows open and run fans – or keep them shut and run dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of wood floors and subfloors, beams, doors, etc.

If you experience water damage in your home or business, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale wants to help. Our highly trained water restoration technicians are available 24-hours a day. Call us at 630-920-9334 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Grey Water Heater SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale responds to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

Springtime is a great time to check on your water heater.  Water damage can happen quickly, and it is important to make sure that it is in good working condition.

Here are some tips to inspect and maintain your water heater from the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety (IBHS): 

  • Inspect your anode rod every two years, or every year once the warranty has expired, to determine if it needs to be replaced.
  • Flush water heater tanks every six months to remove sediment by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base. For safety, first turn off the power and run hot water until it is cool.
  • Get an annual inspection from a plumbing professional including the shut-off valve and all piping. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a sign that more severe damage is coming.

If you experience water damage, SERVPRO of La Grange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale has a team of highly trained professionals to help 24-hours a day.  Please contact us at 630-920-9334.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Sewage Back Up

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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

Springtime rains can cause flooded basements in Burr Ridge

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

Don't let Frozen Pipes cause damage this winter!

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Ice Dams and Water Leaks

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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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  • Fire Damage
  • Mold Mitigation
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Reconstruction
  • Document Drying
  • Storm Response
  • Water Damage
  • Vandalism and Biohazard clean up
  • Cleaning:
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
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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