Small Leaks, Big Problems
Even the smallest of water leaks can cause a considerable amount of damage to your property. If left untreated, a leak can cause damage to your walls, flooring, ceiling, and cabinets and eventually lead to mold problems. Mold has the ability to grow within 48 hours. Those small leaks can also turn into a burst pipe, which then becomes a flood with major damage and costly repairs. A musty smell is also a sign of a possible water damage even if there are no visible water marks at that time.
The key is to keep an eye out for potential leaks by checking areas of your home where these leaks may occur.
- Walls and ceilings - looking for water marks.
- Warping or discoloration of flooring.
- Water valves under cabinets - look for puddles or water or stains on inside cabinet floor or walls.
- Showers with loose tiles - the walls could be damp behind the tiles.
- Toilets - around the base or by the water valve.
- Washer hoses - check for cracks and that the hose is secured properly.
- Dishwasher and refrigerator water lines.
- Outdoor water spigots.
A musty smell is also a sign of a possible water damage even if there are no visible water marks at that time.
"A musty smell is also a sign of a possible water damage even if there are no visible water marks at that time.
SERVPRO of Joliet has trained IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians to help you evaluate the situation, perform the mitigation, and a construction crew to do the rebuild if needed. We can make it "Like it never even happened." Call 815-436-5735.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"
For Mold Removal Call SERVPRO of Joliet
When there's a water damage, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment to handle your mold problem. The following steps illustrate a "typical mold removal process.
- Inspection and damage assessment - your property will be inspected with technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.
- Mold containment - Containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure.
- Air filtration - Specialized filtration equipment such as air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums capture mold spores out of the air.
- Removing mold and Mold infested materials - Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming.
- Cleaning contents and belongings - A variety of cleaning techniques are used to clean and sanitize your belongings and deodorization may be needed to remove odors.
- Restoration - Depending on the level of mold damage; drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have to be removed and replaced.
To assure your mold problem will be resolved the best way possible, Call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.
What To Do Now To Prepare For A Flood
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.
- Know types of flood risks in your area. Visit FEMA's Flood Map Service Center https://msc.fema.gov/portal for information.
- Sign up for your community's warning system (EAS) The Emergency Alert System.
- If flash flooding is a risk in your location, monitor potential sign, such a heavy rain.
- Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans,and flash flood response.
- Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are cut off including medications, pet needs, batteries or and other critical equipment.
- Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days to go into effect. Get Flood coverage under the(NFIP) the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password protected digital copies.
- Protect your property by moving valuables to higher levels, declutter drains and gutters, install check valves and consider a sump pump with a battery.
Remember that SERVPRO of Joliet, 815-436-5735 is available 24/7 to help you if the need should arise.
Legal or Not, Fireworks are Risky!
Each 4th of July, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks which includes sparklers and firecrackers.
Sparklers burn hot enough to cause third degree burns. Sparklers account for roughly one quarter of the emergency room firework injuries.
Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries and an average of $43 million in direct property damage as per the NFPA's Research, Data & Analytics Division.
Be careful and be safe by not using consumer fireworks. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts in your town and keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are being used.
Let's keep the spark in our patriotism and not on our homes, friends and family members.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!!!!!
SERVPRO of Joliet
Does Your Business Have Our Emergency Ready Profile?
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. it is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. It consists of:
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 today to get started.
National CPR/AED Awarness Week
SERVPRO of Joliet would like to remind you that June 1- June 7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. The resolution was created by the American Heart Association, along with the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council and was passed by congress in 2007.
Every second counts in cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest claims thousands of lives every year. Knowing when and how to perform CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can make the difference between life and death for someone suffering from cardiac arrest. The Red Cross recommends that households, businesses and schools receive training in CPR and use of an AED. This training can give them the knowledge and confidence to respond during an emergency situation with the skills that can save a life. Check with your town or the American Red Cross today to sign up for a course.
Tornado Season Is Upon Us!
SERVPRO on Coal City Tornadoes in 2015
Tornadoes are violent and can completely destroy well-made structures, uproot trees and send objects through the air like deadly missiles and they can happen anywhere. Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Identify a save place in your home where family and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- In a high rise building, if you don't have have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a hallway in the center of the building.
- In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home is safe in a tornado.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!!!!
Tornado Watch: means a tornado is possible.
Tornado Warning: means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.
Always remember to play it safe and we are always here, if you need us. SERVPRO of Joliet 815-436-5735.
Self Cleaning Oven Safety Tips
As one of the most hated household chores, oven cleaning ranks among the top; which is why so many people invest in self-cleaning ovens. There are some downsides and possible hazards to be aware of before using your self cleaning oven such as smoke, fumes, and even possible fires if the oven contains a lot of grease or food particles.
The self cleaning ovens use a process called Pyrolytic cleaning which burns off grease and food particles by reaching temperatures of up to 500 degrees. The food particles turn to ash and then can be wiped away.
Some important tips to follow before using your self cleaning oven are:
- Make sure there isn't an over abundance of grease and food particles in your oven.
- Make sure the oven door seal and other sealing mechanisms are working perfectly.
- Make sure the kitchen is well ventilated while using the self cleaning oven.
- Make sure to follow all instructions from the manufacturers.
Your first priority is to keep you, your family and your pets safe. Your second priority is too know that SERVPRO of Joliet will be there for you to make everything "Like it never even happened" 815-436-5735.
Restaurant Fire Safety
Restaurants have a higher degree of fire risk than most businesses. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 61% of all restaurant fires between 2010 and 2014 were caused by cooking. Restaurants with their opens flames, hot equipment,electrical connections, cooking oils, cleaning chemicals and paper products have all the ingredients for a fire.
- Install an automatic fire-suppression system in the kitchen.
- Keep portable fire extinguishers as a backup.
- Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment.
- Have your exhaust system inspected for grease buildup.
It is not only important for a restaurant to have preventative maintenance but also an emergency plan and staff training to take control of the situation to lead customers to safety. For help in getting your restaurant back to business, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage - What's Covered?
Over the past several years, water damage claims have risen to become the 2nd largest most frequent insurance claims. Water damage can be costly and difficult for property owners and renters to recover from. Many people assume their insurance policy will cover water damage but there are different types of water damage, which may or may not be included in a standard insurance policy. Some of the coverage depends on the source and the amount of your coverage. Several different types are:
- Sudden or accidental discharge
- Sewer backup or water backup
What ever the case may be or the coverage you may have, it is important to contact your insurance agent or broker to find out what your policy does and does not cover. Don't wait until the damage is already done. Be prepared and let SERVPRO of Joliet make your water damage "Like it never even happened." Call 815-436-5735.