Recent Storm Damage Posts

Ice Dams Are Brutal, But SERVPRO Can Help!

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

When you live in the Chicagoland area, you are used to extreme temperatures! It can be cold, really cold, hot, or even polar (sometimes it can seem like all of these in 1 day!), and with this comes the real danger of ice dams. When snow falls, then melts, then freezes rapidly, it can create a scenario where water from the outside, leaks into your living space and can create a very annoying, but potentially pricey, water damage event. Check out this link to the Building Science for more info about these pesky ice problems and then give us a call should disaster strike! 

https://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-046-dam-ice-dam

The difference between mitigation and restoration

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

When massive quantities of water enter your Chicago home, there are two primary objectives that restoration services aim to achieve. Mitigation of losses and restoration of the property. Mitigating losses means preventing further harm to the property through water exposure, absorption, trespass, and theft. Restoration is the recovery of contents and structure to return your home to its preloss condition. Flooding events can be extremely volatile and very stressful for any homeowner. SERVPRO can organize these two objectives on your behalf to ensure a smooth, transitionary experience from flood loss to preloss.

What residential floods have category three contamination?

  • Raw sewage or backups from the waste-line beyond the trap that is category three regardless of appearance
  • Overflow floodwaters from rising seawater, rivers, and streams which enter the property
  • Contamination in water intrusion that comes from wind-driven rain, including cyclones and hurricanes

How are category three water emergencies brought under control?

An initial inspection during the flooding cleanup of your Chicago home is when a qualified technician determines the extent of water contamination. Our crew chiefs can communicate directly with you about potential hazards and avoid all contact with these potentially toxic waters. SERVPRO can often arrange, under extreme conditions, for an indoor environmental professional (IEP) to assess your home for any lasting dangers that could occur from category three contamination. Generally, water must be extracted, while many building materials or assembly must be removed and replaced with clean materials. Affected structural areas that remain can often benefit from thorough disinfection and decontamination.

What factors affect restoration or replacement?

  • Material porosity which can affect how quickly absorption of contamination occurs. Once absorbed, most materials need demolition and replacement.
  • Water absorption through the building assembly which is often dictated by the time of exposure to contamination
  • The expense of replacing materials versus restoration possibility. Some hardwoods, metals, or plastics can recover from even category three contamination.

Category three water emergencies can pose a severe threat to your health and home.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

Things Not To Do After A Storm

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

It’s one of many homeowner’s worst nightmares: a large storm or local disaster has flooded your neighborhood. Many who experience flooding for the first time are unprepared and uninformed, not knowing what to do after the floodwater has covered the streets or entered their home. To help you prepare, whether you’re facing a flooded home now or foresee its possibility in the future, here are three things not to do after a flood:

1. Remain in your home. For you and your family’s safety, if water has entered your home, it’s important to leave and not reenter until the flooding has subsided. In a flood’s immediate aftermath, the risk of rising water is still imminent due to the possibility of more rain, a compromised levy or busted dam. Find refuge outside the flood area, whether it be in a hotel, a loved one's home or a public shelter.

2. Touch the water. Flood water can be contaminated with any number of bacteria, sewage and/or chemicals that can be harmful to your skin and health. It’s also imperative to avoid standing water to minimize the risk of electric shock from electrical lines and equipment touching the water. If you must enter or be around the water for any reason, protective clothing such as rubber boots should be worn.

3. Fix it yourself. Repairing flood damage in a home can require a large number of construction materials, professional knowledge and skill to ensure the damage is fully repaired and any mold is removed. Instead of trying to take on the job yourself, it’s best to save time and additional headaches by contacting a water damage repair and restoration company.

For any homeowner, flood water is certainly an unwelcome sight. Knowing what to do, or not do, in this type of disaster is imperative to keep you and your family safe and to begin the restoration process successfully.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to use our expertise, equipment, and experience to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

When storms strike, SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale is here for you!

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

When Storms Strike, We Are Here for You!

Severe storms occur with relative frequency, but it is important to remember how much damage they are still capable of causing. Homeowners experience billions in storm-related losses each year, making storm damages one of the most common reasons for household insurance claims.

The best thing you can do to mitigate storm damage is to plan ahead. Knowing your recovery plan and what restoration company to use will help you take action immediately and prevent further damages from occurring—which is why we are here 247 to respond.

All Your Damages Will Be Handled
The damage that storms cause is generally not a straightforward issue—structural damage and water damage often go hand in hand and must be repaired in tandem for a full restoration. This is why we make sure our technicians can handle whatever storm damages occur and are fully trained and certified in both structural and water restoration.

You Will Receive a Highly Trained Crew
Because of how important restoration technicians are to the quality of work delivered, we invest heavily in our training and education programs to be sure everyone is up to speed. We adhere to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification industry guidelines, and we offer many seminars, classes and online learning tools so we can offer you the utmost expertise.

Any Size of Disaster Is Doable for Us
We are fortunate to be a locally owned, community-focused business, but we also have the backing of a nation of SERVPRO® locations that we can call upon for help. In the event of highly destructive storms, we can enlist other locations to help us with restoration, ensuring that everyone in the community gets the quick and quality service they deserve.

A Reputation You Can Count On
In our many years of restoration in the community, we have seen many unscrupulous business practices pop up after severe storms. That is why we are proud of our reputation for quality and dependable service and will do everything we can to work with you and complete your restoration without hassle.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Lightning Is Dangerous! You Need To Stay Safe!

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the most dramatic aspects of a thunderstorm—and also one of the most dangerous. Lightning strikes can start fires, ruin electronics and cause structural damage, in addition to all the safety hazards they pose to those who are outside during a storm.

Being aware of what lightning is and how it causes damage are important components of staying safe.

Thunderstorms all form an electrical charge, which is what causes thunder and lightning. In technical terms, a lightning bolt is a storm dispelling some of this energy, either into another cloud or to the ground.

When lightning does strike toward the ground, it will usually select an object to pass through, as the atmosphere is a poor conductor. Because of the power and charge behind lightning, this is what can lead to damages.

As lightning travels through a home, it will mainly fuel its energy into the electrical wiring and water pipes, as those make for the best conductors. That is why there are three main types of damages associated with lightning:

1. Fires can break out. Lightning, at around 500,000 degrees, is hot enough to ignite most buildings on impact. Additionally, the damage it causes to wires within the home can lead to electrical fires either right away or later on. If your home has been struck, an electrician or the fire department will typically be able to assess the damage and make you aware of any risks.

2. Electronics may get overloaded. As lightning transfers its charge to the home’s electrical grid, it also channels that energy up any cables connected. This intense burst of power can cause a surge, ruining some electronics. Using surge protectors can prevent this from happening.

3. Shock waves can damage foundations. A shock wave in the clouds is heard as thunder, but a shock wave when lightning strikes the ground can cause serious damage. The force of these waves is strong enough to compromise masonry and shatter windows, so after the storm passes, a thorough home inspection is recommended.