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Taking a Closer Look at Mold Damage in Rolling Meadows HVAC Systems

5/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Taking a Closer Look at Mold Damage in Rolling Meadows HVAC Systems Don't let a mold infestation linger one minute longer than necessary in your HVAC system. Call SERVPRO today for thorough remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Isolate the Cause of the Mold Before Beginning the Remediation Process

The health of your HVAC system is critical because it has a direct impact on the quality of the air that you breathe. Yet, what happens if the components get compromised and, instead of creating and distributing clean air, your system circulates mold?

It is a common problem because it only takes a small amount of moisture to generate spores and mold damage in Rolling Meadows HVAC systems. SERVPRO deals with hundreds of these cases every year, so we know how tricky it is to maintain them.

When called out to a mold remediation case, we always check the condition of the HVAC ducts. Even if the main bulk of the growth is on the walls or the floor, it is important to inspect the airways for spores.

Coils and Drain Pans

The cooling coils cause the temperature of water vapor to drop. It is why there is a draining pan and a deep seal trap in every HVAC unit. The pan catches the dripping water and directs it safely away. However, if it does not get cleaned on a regular basis, organic dirt and grime create a microbial habitat. It is one of the first components that the SERVPRO technicians check. If necessary, we empty and clean it with a fungistat.

Duct Walls

If the inside walls of the HVAC unit are wet, there is clearly an underlying problem with water damage. It is our job to identify it and carry out repairs so that there is no chance of the walls getting wet again after remediation. Once repaired, compact dehumidifiers are the best way to draw moisture out of the ducts and prevent microbial growth. If the fiberglass linings contain mold, removal and replacement is the only viable option.

Air Filters

When there is evidence of mold growth and circulation, SERVPRO always removes and cleans or entirely replaces the air filters. If they can be cleaned and put back, we use biocides and other powerful disinfecting agents to neutralize all spores. We recommend the installation of high-efficiency filters, as they are an affordable way to enhance IAQ and optimize energy consumption.

SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows is a local mold remediation service. If you work with us, we guarantee fast, effective results every time. No matter where the mold growth is in your home, our technicians can find and neutralize it. Call us 24/7 at (847) 934-1700.

Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Hotel In Palatine

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Hotel In Palatine SERVPRO Teams with Commercial Properties to Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage--the ERP

Trust SERVPRO to Restore the Damage to Your Business After a Fire

Owning a hotel is rough, you have to keep track of all expenses, purchase resources, train and supervise employees, as well as maintain a constant flow of guests to remain profitable. The last thing you need is fire damage on your property, cutting into your bottom line, causing loss.
When a fire damage incident occurs on your Palatine property, you want access to qualified professionals that can get the job done right. Luckily there is a locally owned and operated company available that you can trust to provide you with the services necessary to mitigate damages and get you back on your feet after disaster strikes.  
SERVPRO has technicians available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. We are willing to work during off-peak hours to help limit disruptions to your guests and get started right away restoring your fire damaged property. Our IICRC certified, bonded, and licensed technicians, give you access to professionals with many years of experience associated with fire damage restoration.
Regardless of how the fire on your property started, SERVPRO technicians can help mitigate damages, prevent loss, and help restore your fire damaged property to a quality pre-damage condition in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  
SERVPRO can even assist you before an emergency situation occurs. We can send a professional restoration technician out to pre-inspect your property, look for common issues and make quality recommendations based on the results. Each service we offer is designed to adjust to your unique situation, ensuring quality results and limiting loss.
We understand how important running a safe business environment is to you and make every effort to prevent hazards, protecting your business, employees, and guests throughout the restoration process. You can help by working with us to maintain a solid plan for emergency situations that everyone understands.  
Properly maintain smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and suppression systems installed on your property. Use our professional experience to help prevent future events and maintain a safe, healthy, working environment for everyone involved.  Ask us about our ERP, Emergency READY Profile to expedite emergency assistance.
Contact SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows today for additional information on available services and find out what we can do for you during an emergency on your property. We are here to make your restoration process as stress-free as possible, call today, (847) 934-1700

Rolling Meadows Flood Damage Cleanup

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rolling Meadows Flood Damage Cleanup Flooded Home in Rolling Meadows? SERVPRO Cleans up the Mess

Let SERVPRO Restore Your Flood Damaged Home in Rolling Meadows

When your home is drenched by flooding, you require the services of a professional flood damage remediation company, like SERVPRO. We can restore your dwelling to its previous sanitary and pristine condition. You can rely on our experts to come into your home with the right equipment and experience which is needed for proper cleanup after a flood. Whether the flooding is from a nearby river rising, or the pipes in your home bursting, we can make your property and possessions like new again. Flood restoration is a labor-intensive process which requires several steps.
We completely understand the urgency of getting the flood waters extracted from your home in Rolling Meadows as soon as possible. Therefore, we offer you emergency response to flood damage twenty-four-hours a day. The sooner the water is removed from your home, the less damage you are likely to incur. The worst flood damage occurs when water remains standing in your flooded home for over forty-eight hours, meaning timing is everything when a flood happens.
At SERVPRO, our water extraction service is top of the line, and we only use the best techniques and equipment to get the water out right away. Serious water damage like a flood needs serious attention to make sure that not only is all the water extracted, but that all the areas affected are completely dried and treated fast to minimize any lasting effects from water damage. If the extraction of flood waters is not completed in a timely fashion, the water damage to your home can become quite severe.
Our technicians begin a thorough drying process by using large fans to evaporate moisture. From carpeting to walls to the furniture, it all must be dried completely to avoid mold growth. The cleanup process requires further steps after the drying. We must also sanitize and sterilize any of your possessions which are water damaged. We provide these deodorizing services, so everything smells clean and fresh when we leave.
For our restoration services, we offer a free estimate, meaning you know exactly how much the flood cleanup costs. Our professionals come to your home and record measurements, so you have an accurate estimate of cost and time of restoration. Our proprietary software presents you with a concise, non-confusing estimate and course of action. You can expect affordable costs, as we value your business. The prices are based on how severe the damage is, the size of the area to be treated, the materials which have suffered damage, and the kind of water that is in your home.
SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows is standing by always to help you after a flood has hit your home. All you need to do is pick up the phone and dial (847) 934-1700, and we handle the rest so you can focus on other things.

Exploring Important Factors Of Fire Damage Restoration In Your Palatine Home

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Exploring Important Factors Of Fire Damage Restoration In Your Palatine Home Flames & Smoke Damage Homes in Palatine--Call SERVPRO for Help

Smoke & Soot Compound Damage to Your Torched Property

Understanding that most homeowners have no idea how extensive fire damage is until they have experienced it themselves, you should consider that putting out the fire is only the beginning. A quality restoration company provides you with services to address many different issues that come into play.
As with any fire damage situation in your Palatine home, timing is crucial. The sooner you act, the better the results of your restoration. Letting heat and smoke residues, or water from firefighting efforts linger while you make a decision causes greater problems than you might think.
In our experience at SERVPRO, smoke can be just as damaging, if not more so, than the actual fire itself. Smoke reaches a much broader area and leaves behind acidic residues that cause damage to any surface it touches. You want to have IICRC certified professionals address these residues as soon as possible to ensure returning your home to a safe, healthy status, in a quick and efficient manner.
SERVPRO technicians may be able to see a variety of conditions that your untrained eye does not recognize. The damage you experience from a fire is not always visible, making it best to receive professional assistance.
If a fire has already occurred on your property, contact SERVPRO today. We give you access to expertly trained technicians with years of experience in dealing with fire damage in homes just like yours. Not to mention we have access to industrial-grade water extraction, drying, and cleaning technology that produces fantastic results.
Our extraction equipment comes in various sizes, allowing us to tackle any size job promptly. The moisture detection, air moving, and dehumidification equipment used ensures an efficient drying process. Giving our cleaning and deodorization technicians the opportunity to use various cleaning methods to save many of the contents found in your home, along with personal belongings you consider precious. From ozone machines to air scrubbers to hydroxyl generators, we provide industry-leading equipment for any fire damaging event.
We follow all EPA and OSHA safety standards and guidelines while working with your insurance company to provide you with all of the restoration services you deserve to help return your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition that you and your family can enjoy.
Make sure to contact SERVPRO of Palatine – Rolling Meadows immediately for access to fast, efficient professionals you can trust. (847) 934-1700

Water Damage Affecting Hard Surfaces In Your Rolling Meadows Home

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Affecting Hard Surfaces In Your Rolling Meadows Home Late Winter Storms Cause Water Damage in Rolling Meadows

SERVPRO Provides Water Restoration Services, Call for Help

You may have just purchased a home where the former owners thought they had taken care of all of the damage that existed, or your home might have experienced a recent flooding incident. Regardless of what happened to create the situation you are facing, you need help.

When dealing with any water damage on your Rolling Meadows property, you want to work with someone you can trust. A company that can work with your insurance provider to help with the stress of that ordeal while providing you with the necessary services to return things to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible.
SERVPRO consists of expertly trained professionals with years of experience dealing with situations just like yours. We have an excellent relationship with insurance companies and always work towards satisfying our customer's needs, often exceeding your expectations.
There are a variety of water damage incidents that SERVPRO technicians face every year. Everything from cold weather issues, including frozen pipes and ice dams, to flooded basements caused by inclement weather or leaky pipes and broken appliances.
Our technicians at SERVPRO have the experience, training, and equipment available to tackle any size disaster. Including those directly affecting hard flooring surfaces of your home.
Concrete flooring is more porous than you may think, while painted concrete affected by flooding often flakes and blisters. Dirt or surface films can help support mold growth on concrete, which makes the application of an EPA-registered disinfectant necessary under certain circumstances.
Asphalt tiles in your home usually maintain a good bond with hard surfaces after a flood. However, white or gray areas can sometimes appear that respond well to cleaning methods. Vinyl tile usually comes loose from excessive water exposure, forcing vinyl to separate from hard floor surfaces.
When tile installed over wood underlayments become involved in a flood, warping or deterioration to the subfloor occurs. Often causing damage that requires removing the tiling to address underlying issues and hidden moisture that may exist.
A ceramic tile consists of grouted joints that normally weather water intrusion rather well. However, cracks may cause vulnerabilities, allowing water to penetrate and requires further inspection. Any subfloor warping beneath ceramic tiling in your home may cause tiles to break apart at the joints and come loose, or cause severe cracking.
SERVPRO of Palatine – Rolling Meadows can assist you with locating and repairing existing damages or help prevent damages from forming, call us today. (847) 934-1700

Faulty Water Systems In Your Rolling Meadows Office

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Faulty Water Systems In Your Rolling Meadows Office Most offices have a variety of water pipes and systems with the potential for failure, potentially causing water damage or even flooding.

Faulty Water Systems

Most offices have a variety of water pipes and systems with the potential for failure, potentially causing water damage or even flooding if they are left unchecked. SERVPRO recommends regular inspections to make sure that no leaks or critical failures are allowed to spring, as these checks are much quicker and far less costly than simple checkups and patching. In some cases, old pipe systems may need replacing, but this too is less of a headache than the process of cleaning up damage if they are allowed to burst. If water systems in your office are going to burst, here are some of the most likely locations for the disaster.

Restroom Water Fixtures
Whether for customers, employees, or private office spaces, most offices contain more than a single restroom. Here, a Rolling Meadows office can take water damage from overflowing sinks, toilets, or showers if applicable. Drains can simply become clogged and lead to an overflow, or the pipes themselves may fail and release large volumes of water into the area. If the flow of water is not shut off quickly, flooding and significant damage may result.

Sprinkler Systems
Most businesses of all types are equipped with some sort of sprinkler system to combat fires when they break out. However, despite their usefulness in minimizing fire damage, they also create water damage when used or may break and shower an area unexpectedly. SERVPRO has dealt with the effects of faulty sprinkler systems many times before and can help you to inspect and replace them if need be.

Water Mains And Other Systems
Every office is different, and some may have extra needs or water systems to take into account. In these circumstances, having a layout and plans for the water systems on-hand is a big advantage for our inspectors or technicians. Send us information about your water systems or upload them to our Emergency Ready Profile system to help make our treatments faster and more efficient.

SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is ready around the clock to respond to water damage in local businesses. Just call us at (847) 934-1700.

Common Causes Of Home Fire Damage In Rolling Meadows

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Causes Of Home Fire Damage In Rolling Meadows A simple thing like a candle can also be a devastating cause of fires.

Frequent Causes Of Residential Fire Damage

There are a large variety of reasons that fire damage can develop in your home, it can be easy to forget that most of the time it is the simple, everyday things that cause the most problems.

Every home is susceptible to fire damage, even your Rolling Meadows home. While most of the general causes of fire in the home can occur anywhere, some are room specific. Knowing that these things can have a drastic impact on your survivability is important. General causes of fire damage to homes that we respond to on a frequent basis at SERVPRO include electrical fires. These fires can happen fast, without warning, where a hot socket, blown fuses, or exposed wires cause a spark that catches nearby flammables on fire. A simple thing like a candle can also be a devastating cause of fires. Not using the right candle holder can lead to long candles leaning over and igniting flammable items, or a small breeze can cause the flame of a candle to ignite paper products or clothing left near them.

However, technicians at SERVPRO have encountered several reasons that a fire affects different rooms. Kitchen fires, for instance, are commonly started due to a combination of open flame, grease, oils, electricity, or even water, along with improperly maintained cooking appliances. While bedroom fires happen due to poor maintenance of electrical devices or misuse, such as overloading extension cords. A majority of floor heater fires occur in bedrooms when recklessly placed near linens, clothing or curtains.

SERVPRO technicians have seen many improperly stored items within your attic, basement or garage that also start various types of fires. Paints, gasoline, and other flammable liquids often end up in a variety of places they should not be, right alongside boxes of old clothes or family pictures. Last but not least, fireplaces that are improperly maintained or overloaded, often cause sparks from a fire to fly into the room and ignite various items throughout the area, while chimney fires are common as well, causing flammables to build up when not cleaned properly and ignite over time.

We have the services available to assist with restoring your property to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." Regardless of the situation surrounding the cause of the fire affecting your home. Contact SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows today for assistance with fire damage restoration in your home. (847) 934-1700

Humidity and Mold Problems in Your Rolling Meadows Home

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Humidity and Mold Problems in Your Rolling Meadows Home Moldy Basement Wall in Rolling Meadows

SERVPRO Tips on Preventing Mold Damage

Not only does humidity make you uncomfortable, but it causes health hazards at each level of your home. From bottom to top, there are dangers that could damage your home when high humidity is present. Mold and mold damage are the number one reason you need to be aware of these issues, and what you can do about them. You also need a mold remediation company to help you if you do find a mold problem, such as our trained technicians at SERVPRO.

Below, find a summary of some elements which could create mold damage to your Rolling Meadows home. Following is not an all-inclusive list, but always remain vigilant.

Problems Underground
Humid weather makes moisture problems in basements and crawl spaces worse. Moisture from the ground and the air work together to make condensation on walls or other surfaces. This situation leads to a muggy basement atmosphere and odors. This can then turn into mildew and mold issues. To avoid problems, try to minimize moisture under the main floor of the home. One way is to try a waterproof coating to mitigate the penetration of exterior moisture and water. If mold becomes a problem in the basement, a SERVPRO technician can come and dry it out for you with industrial dehumidifiers, heaters, and dryers. If the RH is too high in a crawl space, consider having a vapor barrier and permanent dehumidifier installed.

Mechanical System Problems
Humid weather can leave condensation on toilet tanks and water pipes. Condensation can also lead to mildew and mold problems. If your toilet tank is regularly beading with condensation, think about installing waterproof insulation in the water holding tank. You can wrap water pipes with insulation to lower condensation as well.

Problems with Flooring
Mildew and mold can get into carpets and wood flooring and can be hard to get rid of completely. The best thing is to avoid these problems by lowering humidity. If you encounter a mold problem with your flooring, SERVPRO can come and assess the damages and help you determine whether it can be repaired or if you need to replace it.

Problems with Storage
Humidity can cause damage to food, clothes and other stored items. Dry foods can pull moisture in and go stale fast if humidity is over sixty percent. Cans can leak and rust in humid weather. Swollen and damaged cans need to be tossed. Keep stored food in an air-conditioned area if humidity is a problem.

Wall Problems
Humidity can build up inside your walls, too. They can become soggy and could attract mildew and mold over time. Exterior and interior paint can bubble and peel under conditions that are humid for an extended time. Thinking about using vapor-retardant paints and more wall insulation to lessen these problems. Weather stripping or caulking all cracks and gaps around baseboards, walls, windows and doors is also a good idea.

Problems in the Attic
Attics can get uncomfortably damp and hot in humid weather. Ventilate your attic properly, about a square foot of venting for every 150 square feet of attic.

SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows should be contacted immediately if a mold problem does arise in any part of your home. We can handle the problem efficiently and quickly, call us at (847) 934-1700.

How Fire Can Severely Damage Retail Floors in Inverness

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Fire Can Severely Damage Retail Floors in Inverness Fires can get out of control and do damage. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage and Any Secondary Damages

Fires tend to reach out from their sources, touching and damaging surfaces and materials far and wide in the building the fire started in. Whether it is from the reaching tendrils of smoke or flows of contaminated water, fire damage can be carried across a floorspace, damaging anything it touches along the way. One of the biggest victims of the average fire is the floor, which, depending on materials and layout, can be thoroughly damaged by the fire and perhaps even require replacement. In a retail location where large amounts of floor space are required, this can be a huge problem. SERVPRO has the tools and techniques necessary for proper restoration, so replacement is usually a last-ditch option, but these processes could still lead to it.
Smoke Damage to Floors
One of the ways that commercial fire damage hurts Inverness retail stores' flooring is through smoke damage. Smoke tends to permeate deep into materials and through cracks with microscopic particles that retain odor long after other elements of the fire have been cleaned away. This can be especially problematic in rooms and stores with carpeting, which provides ample hiding space for smoke particles, necessitating the kind of heavy fogging machines used by SERVPRO in the field.
Because they are open to the public, retail stores usually have sprinklers installed widely to quickly douse fires before they get out of hand. While this is good in the long run, water can also mix with ash and debris left behind by the fire to create murky, staining runoff that flows freely across your floors. This is one of the leading sources of permanent discoloration after a fire has swept through a business.
Dry Ash and Debris
Dry ash can also cause lasting damage to a flooring material. Depending on how the fire burned, how long it lasted, and what materials were sacrificed, ash can vary dramatically in volume and grain size, making gross classifications and treatments ineffective. Our technicians will typically be able to identify the conditions present on-site and adjust their approach accordingly.
Burn Damage
Of course, damage from actual burns can singe, discolor, warp, and wear through flooring materials. Luckily, this type of damage is usually isolated on a floor, meaning we often only have to replace a small section at a time.
SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is a locally owned and operated franchise with national resources to help your business to recover from a fire quickly and without hassle. Call us at (847) 934-1700.

Flood Damage in Your Palatine Home Needs Prompt and Professional Clean Up

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Your Palatine Home Needs Prompt and Professional Clean Up Flood damage can overwhelm your home. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate and help prevent mold!

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Tackle Flood Damage in Your Home

Flooding in your home's basement, or any level of your home, can quickly turn a once-healthy home into a nightmare that can make you and your family sick. Even if the water is from a clean internal source, perhaps a water line that has come loose from its fittings, contamination can easily happen. Flood damage can easily and quickly result in primary damage that is quite visible, and if not addressed correctly, the repair costs can escalate.
Residential areas in Palatine sometimes see flood damage from heavy rains. This type of flood can bring chemicals from the roads and streets, herbicides and pesticides from lawns, and even sewer water into your home. Melting snow is also a culprit, especially when there are great fluctuations between the winter weather and the spring season.
When flooding happens in your home, the primary response should be to remove and extract as much water as possible, after the water's source is terminated. The goal is to remove damaged areas and replace the materials with new, but matched, ones while restoring as much as possible. It is usually less expensive to restore than it is to replace the materials in your home.
Carpeting can easily be stained by furniture legs, and if the flood damage comes from contaminated water, it is often better to remove the carpeting and the padding, and then to replace them. This can only be done after the floor is completely dry. Because walls can harbor moisture, these need to also be dry. The moisture in your walls can seep downwards and back into the floor, ruining any carpet that is newly laid. To prevent this, SERVPRO will place air movers and fans in positions that have shown to be most effective. These will circulate the air through your home and lift up and remove the moisture.
During this process, we will take measurements at regular times to determine if the number of air movers and fans is adequate. While we take initial readings to determine how much moisture is in your home, we cannot always determine if anything is blocking the airflow within the walls. Part of this process often requires that your baseboards be removed. When air can flow through the interiors of your walls, they will become drier faster and more thoroughly. Moving the equipment or replacing the baseboards before the drying process is completed can greatly and adversely affect the final results.
Another aspect of restoring your home after flood damage has happened so that it is “Like it never even happened” is cleaning and sanitizing the areas of your home that were affected. Flood damage also includes microbial aspects that can affect your family and pets. Bacteria, viruses, and mold are just some of the more commonly known pathogens that flood water can harbor and bring into your home.
When you are dealing with flood damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows at (847) 934-1700. Available 24/7, we can provide professional services that meet and exceed the industry's standards in returning your home to a healthy condition that also protects your investment from future damage.