Recent Storm Damage Posts

Drying Your Home in Inverness After A Flood

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage to your home can be a stressful and confusing time. If you are returning to your property after evacuating, please make sure it is safe to approach or enter before doing so. It is always better to wait for assistance first, as there could be various hazards in the water, such as contaminants or electricity.


To help you mitigate the flood damage, contact our professionals at SERVPRO. We are an experienced remediation company with the tools and knowledge needed to take care of your situation as quickly and as safely as possible.

Upon our arrival, we carefully inspect all aspects of affected areas, making sure to look for any hazards such as deteriorated subflooring, electrical hazards, or falling ceilings. We then proceed to pump out the standing water with industrial-grade truck-mounted pumps. We also make sure to check inside walls, underneath floors, and crawlspaces to make sure we leave no trace of standing water.

With a moisture meter, the technician will determine the extent of moisture in walls, carpets, flooring, and ceilings. Water is then extracted from carpets and hard surface flooring with high power vacuums and extractors. 

After checking the back of your carpeting for damage such as severe seams, delamination, or visible mold, 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 and dehumidifiers are placed strategically to deliver rapid airflow in order to dry any remaining moisture. Using IICRC recommendations, we will place the right amount of equipment needed for each affected room. Equipment will be checked regularly to make sure the drying process is working, and if anything needs to be repositioned for optimal drying, we will do so.

SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is available 24/7 in the unfortunate event of house flooding. Feel free to reach us at any time by dialing (847) 934-1700.

Hardwood Flooring Damaged by Flooding

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hardwood Flooring Damaged by Flooding SERVPRO has the expertise and experience to dry out and repair your hardwood floors after a flood "Like it never even happened."

A strong storm can push large amounts of water through a home in just a few hours. Once the water is removed, you may find your hardwood flooring buckled, cupped, or warped, which is common after a flood disaster. SERVPRO will work to not only dry your property, but to also restore your damaged hardwood flooring.

Although the effects are quick to start, we can often prevent them from being permanent. Buckling is evident by the boards swelling higher than the ones next to them. With cupping and warping, floorboards twist in place, and if enough water has gotten into the boards, they pop up from the sub-floor.

Before we start any work, we first have to test and lower the moisture content to twelve percent or lower if possible. If the wood is too damp, any efforts to remove damage will only cause more. Depending on how high the number is, it could take as long as four or five weeks to bring it down to a safe level.

We begin with dehumidifiers to lower the humidity of the affected rooms to under forty-five percent. At that point, SERVPRO technicians set up air movers to blow warm air over and under the floorboards. This increased airflow and the higher temperature slowly draws out the moisture from the wood where the dehumidifiers absorb it.

When the humidity gets down to sixteen percent, we can safely install space heaters to quickly raise the temperature without causing secondary damage to the wood. It also increases evaporation which increases the effectiveness of the dehumidifiers.

With the moisture content now at a safe level, we can safely sand off any bulges and twists. Not only can we eliminate most of the visual loss, but our team members also disguise any repair efforts through carefully refinishing the repaired wood. In cases where the damage is too severe, we can sand down replacement boards to fit precisely.

If you find your hardwood flooring damaged by a flood, SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows will make every effort to provide you with a floor indistinguishable from the original. It is not a quick or straightforward task, but it is one we have provided our neighbors for almost twenty years. Call us at (847) 934-1700 today to get started.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Technicians and Devices to Deal with Storm Related Water Problems

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to your bedroom is a terrible inconvenience. Any leak or flood from a faucet, tub or pipes in your home carries with it the risk of flood damage throughout your house. Water might also enter your home from a storm or flood outside. Water can migrate to your bedroom and damage the structure of the room such as the floors and ceilings and can also cause harm to your furniture and belongings. A flood can happen to anyone, and if you happen to have an en suite bathroom, it is even more of a worry.

Flood damage to your property is a frustrating situation, and of course, you want to get it remedied as soon as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO technicians are experts for mitigating water damage. Our teams are trained to assess and deal with any water problem no matter how big or how small it is.

Our professional assessment of the situation begins when you contact our 24-hour help center. We understand that swift action reduces the risk of even more damage which is why we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our professional office staff understands that this is a frightening and confusing time. We will ask you a series of questions about the flood to better understand your needs.

As soon as our technicians arrive to your home, they begin with a thorough assessment of the flood damage. We start with a visual inspection that includes looking at your bedroom walls, ceilings and carpets, as well as the floor under the carpets. We examine furniture and soft furnishings so we know what can and cannot be saved.

SERVPRO understands that even the most thorough visual inspection does not give a true picture of flood damage. That is why we train our technicians in the use of various detection devices to seek out all types of water damage. Moisture sensors are useful for examining soft materials such as carpet to determine the presence of water and the extent of the flood damage. Moisture meters show the amount of damp that is present and can be used to examine inside wall cavities and under wooden flooring so that our technicians know where water has migrated to and how deeply it has penetrated the materials.

Using professional equipment to examine your bedroom means not a single damaged patch goes untreated. We will ensure that there are no hidden issues that would potentially cause further problems down the road.

Do not panic about water damage to your home. Let SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows assess and remedy the situation. Call us at (847) 934-1700 for help.

How Can SERVPRO Help With My Flood-Damaged Furniture?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Can SERVPRO Help With My Flood-Damaged Furniture? Repairing and restoring the effects of flood damage on your furniture requires a professional service.

If the water rises high enough, flooding inside a home can quickly affect not just floors, but furniture as well. Standing water from a failing dishwasher or a backed-up toilet can rapidly soften varnish and other finishes, stain fabrics, and warp the wood on sofas, chairs, and tables.

Repairing and restoring the effects of flood damage requires a professional service. SERVPRO understands the consequences that water has on your furniture and how to stop them without causing more damage. We immediately raise furniture off a wet surface or remove it from the affected home if needed. One of our inspectors examines everything for these problems:

  • Swelling – Water causes wood to swell and crack. Sofas are very vulnerable since the frame is not normally treated to resist water. The framing joints weaken, and the glue which holds it together breaks down. To reduce the moisture content, technicians set dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the frame and the surrounding air. Carefully lowering the moisture content also helps keep the glue together.
  • Water Spotting – Water often spots upholstery fabrics that require dry cleaning (sofa and chair skirts for example) or leave a water level mark. Our technicians can carefully wet the entire piece of fabric and then dry it to avoid permanent spotting.
  • Color Bleeding – Dust covers bleed when they absorb too much water and one that sags until it touches the floor or carpet can leave a stain. We set up dehumidifiers to draw out the moisture, but also use air movers to force warm, dry air over the surface to speed up the drying process.
  • Mildew Growth – If we do not remove standing water quickly, a thin, whitish coating of fungus can begin to grow on exposed wood. We use dehumidifiers and air movers to stop the growth and an anti-fungal cleaner to remove mildew already present.

Returning furniture to a usable state is not a simple process, but a professional restoration service can deal with most damage successfully. If you need us, SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is here to help. Call today at (847) 934-1700 to get started.

Water Main Issues? SERVPRO Has Your Back!

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

A copper water main has a life expectancy of 60-years, making it highly unlikely for you to experience a water main break during your lifetime, especially if you purchased your home new. For older homes, the age, corrosion, temperature fluctuation, and electrolysis may affect the durability of your piping.

It is still possible, however, for flood damage to occur in your home because of a broken water main. Therefore, it is important to understand what to look for if this becomes a problem for you.

  • Water pressure loss
  • Standing water
  • Sinkholes in your yard
  • Stream of water from your house to the roadway
  • If there is no water running in your house but you hear a gurgling or hissing noise where the pipe enters your house

Never attempt to repair a broken main on your own. Without the proper experience and resources, you are likely to cause more damage as well as jeopardize your safety. You can locate your main water shutoff and learn how to operate it successfully during an emergency. Otherwise, rely on SERVPRO to take care of the rest.

SERVPRO has access to the equipment and training necessary to locate and repair damaged piping, fix the grading in your yard after repairs have been made, and install additional drainage, sump pumps, or backflow valves where appropriate. Our IICRC-certified technicians will help you keep a close eye on these issues and get the help you need during an emergency. We have many services designed to address both exterior and interior issues caused by plumbing problems that occur in your home.

Give SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows a call today at (847) 934-1700 for assistance with your water main, or any issues concerning fire, water, mold, or storm damage that develop on your property. We are here to help!

Faster to Any Size Disaster

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

We take that phrase seriously, and not just with local jobs. With a network of 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is ready to respond to any large scale disasters that come our way in any part of the country.

2017 saw a myriad of large storms in various states. From microbursts to tornadoes to hurricanes, there was extensive property damage across the country, with local restoration companies scrambling to help out. With SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, there are more than 1,000 crews ready to mobilize at any given time. This past year, some of our technicians had the opportunities to travel to Kansas, Michigan, and Georgia for Hurricane Irma. We are happy to be available to those who are in need.

No matter where you are, SERVPRO is nationwide and ready to be faster to any size disaster.

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
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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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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