Recent Water Damage Posts

When Water Damage Becomes Your Reality, Call SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage can close the doors of a business enterprise.  It may be a retail store, a doctor's office, an apartment complex, or even a big-box store. Disruptions to normal business patterns lead to loss of goodwill and revenue.  Consider calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to limit your losses. 

It is important to stay calm when water damage happens and to not try and go it alone. SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale has the experience, expertise, and the equipment to get you back to "Like it never even happened." We have been doing this a long time and have seen many situations that most business owners will never face, and it is those experiences that we can draw from to help limit your downtime and get you back to your preloss condition. Give us a call today!

Don't Let Your Commercial Enterprise Be Closed Up Because of Water Damage

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

When a commercial property suffers from a flooding issue, the business loss isn't just measured in how much water is standing in a manager's office or covering a showroom floor. Every minute that the doors aren't open for customers is lost income and opportunity to grow that business.

Today, as the economy still recovers at one of the slowest paces ever, a business that closes its doors for even just a few days risks closing them permanently. Businesses with water damage rely on SERVPRO to get their doors back open as quickly as possible.

Consider this; flooding on a commercial property usually happens (and isn't noticed) overnight. When your manager or employees arrive to open up, that's when they find the problem. This day and its profits are already lost. To even have a chance to reopen the next day or the one after that, you need to get a professional from SERVPRO in your workplace immediately to find and close off the source of the damage.  If you have done so, that will mitigate secondary water damage and increase the speed of drying out the business.
Our team of trained, IICRC certified technicians begins clean-up within the quickest time possible, often within the hour.

Many state and local laws require that walking areas affected be completely dried off before allowing employees and customers to return. It's a matter of both health and safety issues. If your business can show that there is no other damage that puts either group at risk, then an inspector will gladly allow you to start serving and supporting customers again.

Getting the doors quickly reopened, even if the water damage is minor, can mean the difference between life and death for a business today. If a disaster or a broken pipe has closed your shop or offices down, call our technicians here at SERVPRO! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: What is Efflorescence?

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes when we complete drying in a home or business some concerns arise at a white residue that is left behind on concrete, stone or brick materials. Is it mold? Fungus? Is it dangerous?

Fortunately almost every time (especially when water damage has been dried down professionally by SERVPRO Technicians) it is what is called efflorescence which is a migration of salt to the surface of a porous material. 

Efflorescence is typically harmless to people’s health and is not a structural concern in buildings. The problem arises because mold comes in all kinds of colors including white and sometimes can look very similar to efflorescence. After water damage that has been properly treated it is almost certainly not mold but what if you find it outside of the context of water damage? 

One way to know if you are dealing with mold or efflorescence is that if that white stuff is on a material other than porous masonry or concrete it is probably mold. This is because mold will do its best to grow on any surface whereas efflorescence will only show up on masonry. Typically mold will continue to grow whereas efflorescence doesn’t although continuing water migration through concrete can cause the efflorescence to accumulate. You can also spray some of it with a little water and try to wipe it. If that works you probably are not dealing with mold. 

The best way to know which one you are dealing with is to call the professionals here at SERVPRO! We can tell the difference, and if mold has hit your home or business, we can get it back to "Like it never even happened." 

Understanding the Categories of Water & Its Damage

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

As water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO know, there are several categories of water leading to water damage. The concern for the rate of water removal escalates as the Category number increases. 

Category 1 is clean water, and this is a type of water that poses no serious threat to people. This is drinking water (potable) that is in a place it should not be. 

Category 2 is gray water, and this type of water is contaminated and can cause illness when ingested. This may be soapy dishwater, standing water on a floor, or wastewater containing urine. 

Category 3 is black water. This type of water is unsanitary and dangerous because it contains bacteria that can cause sickness. Blackwater results from sewage issues and standing water that has been contaminated. This category of water requires immediate water removal.

Understanding the categories can help a home or business owner recognize the importance of having water disasters mitigated properly to reduce the chances of illness and further damage to the property. 

When you call our franchise, your call will be answered by one of our staff and not an answering service.  You can rest assured that you will get an immediate response during the day or at 3 in the morning. 

If you find yourself in a situation where water mitigation services are needed,  call us immediately (773) 337-3900.

An Emergency Situation!

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Wet Wood Flooring Flooring such as laminate or engineered wood that has been affected by water may begin to buckle if not dried properly.

Imagine that it is 3 a.m. and you wake up to the sound of running water. After further investigation, you discover that a pipe behind your bathroom wall has burst and water is pouring out everywhere; out of the bathroom, through the hallway affecting everything in its path. What do you do?

First, shut off your water at the main in an effort to minimize damage in your home. Second, you should contact a plumber to repair the broken pipe. Once the pipe is fixed, call SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale so we can assist you with getting your home dried out.  

SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in our community. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

SERVPRO always strives to provide the best possible service. No matter how big or small your water damage may be, we have the know-how to restore your home or business to a preloss state.  

If your home has sustained major water damage, you may feel like your home will never recover. Call the professionals who can fix it "Like it never even happened."

If you have questions about water or fire damage, call us 24/7/365 - (773) 337-3900

We are proud to serve our local communities

Water Damage: A Real Headache

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

We're heading into the summer season, and while we are hoping for sunshine and warm temperatures, we also fully anticipate rain showers and thunderstorms. Inclement weather can be a real headache for homeowners, leaving the possibility for flooded basements and waterlogged backyards. If you’re dealing with a flooded basement, it may be time to call SERVPRO to assist you with your water damage restoration.

From soaking wet carpets and floors to water damaged walls and furniture, weather-related disasters can be quite stressful, leaving you and your family with a heavy burden on your shoulders. Not only can flooding cause structural damage and loss of possessions, it can also bring the threat of mold, which can cause undue worry, and put a strain on your finances.

SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

 Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including all holidays.