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Cleaning Carpeting and Upholstery in Your Palatine Home After a Fire

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Carpeting and Upholstery in Your Palatine Home After a Fire You are not alone after a fire. SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly after your call to remediate the damage and restore your home.

SERVPRO Remediates the Extensive Damage That an Unwelcome Fire Leaves Behind in Your Home

No matter how small or large, a fire in your Palatine home is a complete disruption to your life and very troubling. Fires are one of the biggest fears that anyone has as a homeowner, and we do our best to prevent them by following safety steps while cooking and using appliances, plus installing smoke detectors in all the rooms of our homes. When disaster does strike, however, you need someone who can help.
Fire damage to your Palatine home, even if it is a small amount, has a significant effect on you and your family. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean and restore your home once a fire has occurred. One thing which is troublesome is carpeting and upholstery which has been damaged by fire, smoke, and soot.
How difficult it is to repair and clean your damaged carpeting and upholstery depends on the kind of damage. For smoke damaged items only, our cleaning process is quite simple and straightforward. For damage which involves debris, water, and smoke, the process is more complicated. In most instances, heat damage is irreversible.
At SERVPRO, our process for restoring carpeting that has fire and smoke damage includes cleaning, sanitizing, and neutralizing damage that was caused by debris and smoke left after a fire. To start, we sanitize the carpet and upholstery with special cleaners. Doing so neutralizes organic matter such as bacteria and fungi while removing dirt and debris left in the fibers. With the right dwell time, this process reaches into porous areas such as carpet backing systems, cushions, and other areas that are difficult to reach.
Carpet or upholstery which has physical damage from water, heat or a chemical used on the fire itself might not be salvageable. Excessive water in carpeting usually creates a bond issue for adhesives which hold the carpeting to the floor. In some cases, it can create damage to the carpet. The water can also soak the padding, which results in the need to replace it.
At SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows, we understand that time is of the essence when it comes to water and smoke damage from fire. We waste no time in getting to your home in Staples Corner, Rolling Meadows, or Inverness when you contact us at (847) 934-1700.

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Iron Sprinklers Can Cause Water Damage To Your Palatine Department Store

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Iron Sprinklers Can Cause Water Damage To Your Palatine Department Store Trust SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows to clean and restore your department store "Like it never even happened."

Did You Know Iron Sprinklers Can Cause Water Damage To Your Property?

Department stores in Palatine get built to specific fire prevention codes. When the building that you operate out of first opened, it was built with a network of fire suppression fail-safes, like your sprinkler system to stop a fire before it would get out of control. The older the building, the more likely that ductile iron pipe and other metal plumbing was used to run the water lines to where they needed to go to operate this emergency system.

As time wears on, the iron plumbing of your department store becomes weaker and more susceptible to breaks. The result can be substantial water damages to your Palatine business. The circumstance can pose numerous threats depending on where the system ultimately fails. As is the case with any business, you have goods to think about, not to mention all of the recordkeeping meant to store financial figures and payroll. Water damage concerns for your company like these are the kind of work our SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle.

The most prominent concern about your sprinkler system in the department store is that they do not always give a warning when the pipes are going to give way and bust. Considering that the plumbing used to route this system always has standing water in it waiting for an emergency, there is an ever-present chemical reaction happening between the liquid and metal on the inside of the pipe. Over typically extensive periods of time, this causes erosion which weakens an individual pipe to the point of breaking. When there is a single hole in this network of plumbing, all of its stored contents now have a point of escape.

Our SERVPRO emergency response team has handled all manner of water damage incidents, and our priority is bringing your business back to full capacity as quickly as possible. When this damage ends up affecting the sales floor or office space, it can be challenging to keep the area safe for customers. Instead of hoping there are no further damages and working around the problem, let our professional technicians restore the area quickly and efficiently.

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If your sprinkler system in your store decides to fall apart, call us at SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows to help you clean up the mess. We are available anytime at (847) 934-1700.

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Humid Areas Of Your Rolling Meadows Home Can Allow Mold Damage

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Humid Areas Of Your Rolling Meadows Home Can Allow Mold Damage Mold damage is something unfortunate that people have to deal with, especially in areas that are typically darker and exposed to moisture.

Humid Areas Of Your Home Can Allow Mold Damage

Humid areas of your house are not only problematic to live in, but they can also produce some rather severe conditions. Mold spores are in the air and are brought in through the air systems that you have in your Rolling Meadows home. While typically these microscopic spores remain unseen and unfelt, the presence of moisture within the more humid areas of your house could allow these spores to thrive and grow.

Mold damage in Rolling Meadows is something unfortunate that people have to deal with, especially in areas that are typically darker and exposed to more constant moisture (like your basement). While it is striking how common mold is in these areas, it does not make it any less problematic for you or the other people living in your house. Mold can cause health effects, and as such, should be taken very seriously when you identify its existence in your home.

Mold is not simple to remove, and many conventional methods that you can find online are not effective on all kinds of the fungus. Some of the methods only remove the mold that can be seen with the naked eye but fails to remove the entirety of the hyphae. Some types of mold can adversely react to home remedy removal methods and can pose more serious threats as a result.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have experience using the latest technology and equipment to remove the mold from your house quickly and efficiently. This remediation process begins with drying the area and preventing the spores from spreading to new places. Negative air chambers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers are critical to this drying step. During the removal process, your heating or air conditioning units are turned off to prevent the spread of the spores to new areas of the house.

With the spores unable to spread, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians begin work using antimicrobial and antifungal treatment procedures to eradicate the presence of mold colonies. These treatments are the most efficient way to prevent further mold damages to your home and to keep your family safe.

If you smell or see mold in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows. We can be reached 24/7 at (847) 934-1700.

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How Can Professionals Get Your Palatine Property Dry After A Flood Damage?

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Can Professionals Get Your Palatine Property Dry After A Flood Damage? Getting your house flooded after a storm or a heavy downpour can be distressing.

Getting Your Property Dry After A Flood

Getting your house flooded after a storm or a heavy downpour can be distressing. The flood water can cause significant structural damage that can worsen if you do not act fast. Seeking professional help to get rid of the moisture is the first step toward a successful restoration of your Palatine property. Here at SERVPRO, our team of experts can help you with just that!

Our IICRC certified technicians use the latest technology to minimize the flood damage to your Palatine home and restore it in no time. We use state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate moisture as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Here is the equipment we use to dry your home after a flood damage.

Air Movers
Air movement is one of the most crucial factors for ensuring efficient drying. As the water evaporates from the wet surfaces, the layer of air closest to the surface becomes saturated with moisture. If this layer is not removed promptly, the drying can slow down significantly. Air movers eliminate this by maintaining a constant flow of air across wet surfaces. It increases the rate of evaporation and reduces the time needed to dry a surface.

SERVPRO professionals use some of the best and most efficient air movers on the market that can dry your home in no time. Our technicians also understand the physics of the drying process and use strategic placements of air movers to achieve an optimal drying.

Dehumidifiers are the equipment that gets rid of the moisture from the air. They work in tandem with air movers to create an environment that favors evaporation of moisture. However, a balance between air movers and dehumidifiers is crucial for an efficient drying. Too many humidifiers can result in a slow drying while too few humidifiers can result in secondary water damage. So, it is essential to have the perfect combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to achieve rapid and complete drying.

With SERVPRO, you get a team of professionals that understands the nuances and intricacies of the drying process. We make sure that drying is achieved as entirely and as rapidly as possible. Our team works closely with you to formulate and implement a strategy that limits any secondary damage due to moisture as well.

Call SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows at (847) 934-1700 today to schedule an appointment.

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Check Your Water Heater Regularly: Prevent Water Damage in Rolling Meadows

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Check Your Water Heater Regularly: Prevent Water Damage in Rolling Meadows SERVPRO Says Inspect Your Rolling Meadows Water Heater to Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Recommends to Inspect Your Appliances to Prevent Leaks and Damage

Preventive maintenance of your household appliances is often an afterthought following something unforeseen and costly occurring. Over time, even the highest rated of machines within your home can begin to break down. A commonly overlooked and very serious appliance in your Rolling Meadows home that should regularly be checked for effectiveness is your water heater.

Water heaters are important to normal life, and they play a role in the comfort and functionality of your home. Apart from the lack of hot water, there are other issues. Allowing your water heater to leak can cause water damage to your Rolling Meadows home. Given its position (likely in your basement, garage or indoor closet), a leaking water heater can pose serious flooding problems to building elements.
While the SERVPRO team can handle all kinds of water damage restoration, a small leak can be difficult to detect if you are not actively looking for it. The trouble with letting a small leak continue unchecked is the threat of it growing larger. It is not hard to connect that the larger the break in the line or tank, the greater volume of water that is ending up on the floor.
In many situations, undetected damage and leaks continue to get worse until the entire tank breaks all at once. This can undoubtedly cause flooding and consequent harm to the area of your home where the tank is located. In these cases, you should find the shutoff to your water inside of your home to prevent the tank from endlessly trying to refill itself (continually putting more water into the same flooded area) and contact your local SERVPRO professionals immediately. Our team here is skilled at handling all manner of water emergencies inside your home, and can also be instrumental in restoring your home to how it looked before the water damages occurred. "Like it never even happened."
Remember, preventative maintenance of large appliances like your water heater can save you water damaging restoration bills and inconveniences. If you find yourself the victim of this common home flooding culprit, you know whom to call to help restore the affected area.
For any water damage or restoration needs, contact SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows. We are available 24/7 at (847) 934-1700.

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Fire Damage Risks as the Holidays Approach in Rolling Meadows

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Risks as the Holidays Approach in Rolling Meadows Make sure to inspect decorative lights for breaks and frayed wiring before using them to help prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO’s Safety Tips to Keep Your Holidays Safe and Fun

Autumn heralds the beginning of the busy holiday season in Rolling Meadows. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, and on to the winter festivals celebrated by different cultures, with the holidays winding up with the ringing in of the New Year. Along with the fun and festivities, there lurks an increased risk of accidental fire damage.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports fire damage in Rolling Meadows as well as across the county increases during the holiday season. Taking the time and effort to know the risks and prepare to minimize them is an essential part of getting ready for the holidays. Cultivate awareness of these threats to avoid the destruction of a holiday fire.

Clean the Chimney

If your chimney has not seen maintenance for more than a few years, make an appointment with a sweep or cleaning service. Once the fireplace and its flue have the thumbs-up from a professional, be sure to burn only seasoned firewood and keep the firebox doors closed or a fire screen in front of the blaze to prevent embers from catching.

Candle Safety

Keep candles a foot or more away from flammable items like curtains or decorations. Be sure they are on a proper receptacle and consider covering with glass shades or globes. Avoid the candle risk altogether by using flameless LED options.

Inspect Decorative Lights

If displaying lights on trees, at windows, or for another decorative purpose, make sure the strings are like new, with no breaks or frays. Do not leave lights burning when you are sleeping or away from home.

Outdoor displays should be hung on proper hooks or clips, not stapled on the trim. Take them down promptly, so that ice, snow, or animals do not cause the wires to break down.

Christmas Trees

Real trees should be fresh and watered daily. Keep fresh and artificial trees away from heat and place them away from the pathways people walk in your home.


Clean up greasy debris regularly and do not get distracted while cooking the holiday feasts. Use timers to remind yourself that dishes are on the stove or in the oven. If you deep fry your turkey, be sure to do it on a non-wood stable surface outdoors, away from the house and eaves.

Little Ones

Keep an eye on the children, especially if you have burning candles and a busy kitchen. Playing with lighters or matches cause many fires, and knocking over pots in the kitchen causes injury and fires.

If all your preparations do not head off a holiday fire, SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows can assist with the damage and manage the restoration. Call (847) 934-1700 for a consultation.

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Drying Your Palatine Home After Flood Damage

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Your Palatine Home After Flood Damage If your home in Palatine was affected by the recent storms, you might be experiencing flood damage, along with other problems.

Your Home After A Flood

If your home in Palatine was affected by the recent storms, you might be experiencing flood damage, along with other problems. If you are returning to your property after evacuating, you must ensure that it is safe for you to approach or enter your home before doing so. It is always better to wait for assistance first, as with floodwaters there could be various things in the water and the danger of electricity mixing with the water.

To help you mitigate the flood damage in your Palatine home, it is wise to contact our professionals at SERVPRO. We are an experienced remediation company who has the tools and knowledge to help you as quickly as possible and to do so safely.

When we arrive at your home, we carefully pre-inspect all aspects of the areas which have suffered damage from the storm. Our job is to start mitigating the loss as soon as possible. We find any hazards first such as deteriorated subflooring, electrical hazards, or falling ceilings.

We then proceed to pump out the standing water with professional strength, truck-mounted pumps. The walls and floors under the damaged area and any crawl spaces are also checked for standing water. We pump out all water that we find.

With a moisture meter, SERVPRO staff then determines the extent of the water penetration in walls, carpets, flooring, and ceilings. We also move your furniture and put it on blocks as needed. Water is extracted from carpets and hard surface flooring. In most cases, carpet padding must be discarded.

We look at the back of your carpeting for damage such as severe seams, delamination, or visible mold. If it is damaged, we try to figure out if the damage was pre-existing or not. We treat the carpeting and flooring with antimicrobial or deodorizer, then we lay the carpet back on the floor and extract water from the surface fibers once more. The face fibers also receive an application of antimicrobial or deodorizer when needed.

Air movers are used to deliver rapid airflow for the remaining moisture. We place the right number of machines according to the area that needs to be dried using IICRC recommendations. The driers are checked every day, and if they need to be repositioned for optimal drying, we do so.

SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows are the experts you need to help dry your home back out after flooding from a storm. For anyone in the areas of Rolling Meadows, Inverness, or Palatine, it is easy to reach us at any time by dialing (847) 934-1700.

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Expert Water Damage Restoration Services Available in Rolling Meadows

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Expert Water Damage Restoration Services Available in Rolling Meadows SERVPRO has the professional equipment to properly restore your home from water damage.

SERVPRO Offers Stress-Free Restoration Services and Returns Your Home to Pre-Damage Condition

Finding water stains on the ceiling of your Rolling Meadows property can be signs of a rather significant problem, regardless of the source. Water itself is capable of ruining your home and its contents, which makes it extremely important to respond to this type of situation immediately. 

If you are a Rolling Meadows resident, experiencing water damage of any type in your home, contact our emergency service line 24/7, 365-days a year. We are here to help you confront damages occurring in your home and help you regain control, fast. Our entire staff makes your restoration process as stress-free as possible, by keeping you informed and communicating with your insurance company to get the most out of your claim.

SERVPRO has IICRC-certified professionals that follow strict safety and health guidelines throughout your restoration process. We also offer full-service solutions; one team gets your home, its contents, and any personal belongings back to a quality pre-damage condition. Our team has the equipment, resources, and expertise to perform any necessary repairs, replacement, or reconstruction projects that accompany your restoration.

Remember, at SERVPRO; We are Faster To Any Disaster. We have an entire Green Fleet of vehicles, stocked and ready to deploy. Our technicians understand how fast water can damage your property. We work as a team to locate leaky pipes, damages in your roof, broken windows, or faulty appliances that may be causing the problem. With advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, our services make recovering, simple.

SERVPRO helps protect its customers from biological hazards, microbial growth, and infectious diseases. We provide you with safe, reliable services that battle damages caused by flooding, helping you get back onto your property as quickly and efficiently as possible after a significant event. There is no such thing as a job that is too big or too small; we are ready to provide assistance and offer support whenever you need us.

Contact SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows for full-service solutions throughout the area, regardless of whether you live in Inverness or Staples Corner, we are here to help. Call our offices for additional information, today. (847) 934-1700

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Properly Drying Your Palatine Home After Flood Damage

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Properly Drying Your Palatine Home After Flood Damage After your area in Palatine has suffered through a severe storm, you could be facing a lot of flood damage, including your own home.

Drying Your Home After A Flood

After your area in Palatine has suffered through a severe storm, you could be facing a lot of flood damage, including your own home. If you evacuated, be cautious upon return to your property. Ensure that your home did not suffer any structural damage before you attempt to enter it. You also need to be careful around standing water by power sources, whether the power is out or not. You also do not want to turn on your air conditioner unit if there is water inside it.

If possible, it is best to get everything that is wet from the flood damage out of your Palatine home to avoid the growth of mildew and mold. SERVPRO can help you to do this. Wallboards, carpeting, and any insulation which is wet need to be removed. We have the tools, such as moisture meters, to find any hidden moisture that is left so that we can get your home completely dry again before any repairs are made.

Airflow is one of the most valuable tools which we use in drying out your structure. Doing so effectively requires knowing the correct techniques for using airflow. We place air movers in a clockwise pattern with the inlet pointed at the wall and the front of the air mover against the wall. We ensure that all the walls affected are in the air stream. To do so, we might have to put other air movers in closets, bay windows, and offsets. We monitor the equipment daily and adjust the air movers to the right or left in a circular pattern, so your home is evenly dried.

Sometimes, we may need to dry ceilings, too. Airflow must be directed across wet ceilings, so the moisture is evaporated. When SERVPRO technicians direct airflow across the ceiling, it circulates warm air that has risen. In the case of a drop ceiling, a few panels on each end are opened, and direct airflow is used in the open areas.

Ventilation is also important in areas which are hard-to-dry. Walls are the most common areas which need this. If water is inside your walls, we remove the baseboards to be able to force air into the cavities of the wall after drilling small holes.

SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is skilled in flood damage cleanup of any magnitude. Ease your concerns by giving us a call at (847) 934-1700 if you live in the areas of Inverness, Palatine, or Rolling Meadows.

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How Water Removal is Performed in Palatine a Home

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Removal is Performed in Palatine a Home SERVPRO Removes Water and Moisture and Can Salvage Carpeting from Palatine Floors

SERVPRO Can Deploy Many Types of Pumps to Extract Water from Your Property

Home should be a safe place that your family can rely on to protect them from the elements. Sometimes, though, your Palatine home needs protection, instead. While you are away at work providing for your family, water pipes can burst and flood your home. As soon as you open the door to your home, you know you have an emergency on your hands.

When such an emergency affects your home in Palatine, only water removal by trained professionals can suffice. Our staff receives certificates from the IICRC in this field of home restoration, and in many other areas. We continually maintain our equipment, so it never fails us as we work to restore your home's condition.

After stopping the water at its source, we begin to use pump trucks to extract the majority of the water. If large volumes of water have not infiltrated the property, we can also simply deploy portable pumps and wet vacs. This is the beginning of the process involved in drying out your home. There are several aspects to restoring dryness in any home.

As soon as possible, we place blocks under furniture legs in carpeted areas to prevent any further staining from the finishes used in wooden furniture. After extraction of the bulk of the water, we can begin drying out upholstered furniture and other affected furnishings.

All-wooden furniture requires specialized drying procedures, also, to prevent warping. The same applies to wall paneling, wooden floors, many molds and trims, and wooden doors and cabinetry. Applying heat while extracting evaporated moisture makes drying faster and keeps damage from happening to your home and contents.

Rescuing carpeting is possible sometimes, but this is most likely when only clean water drenched it, and our efforts start very soon after the water event began. Many times, it is the padding that creates problems, as it retains moisture that continues to damage the carpet fibers and the underlay. At times, removal and disposal of the padding can permit us to dry the carpet and save it, followed by installation of new padding.

Keep SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows in mind for your next emergency involving water. We can get water removal efforts underway in very little time, saving your home and preventing any further damage from happening. No matter when your emergency occurs, you can call us at (847) 934-1700 to talk to an expert who can help you start the process of saving your home.

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