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Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO

7/17/2024 (Permalink)

Storms can be unpredictable and take a toll on your home or commercial space, which can cause damage to both the interior and exterior of your property. SERVPRO of Joliet understands that these disasters can come at any time and provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have trained, on-call professionals to respond to your loss, and our teams make it a priority to be faster to any size disaster. This immediate response time can lessen damage, cleaning time and costs as further damage will be prevented. So, if your property is ever impacted by storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Joliet at any time, day or night. We are always Here to help. 

For residential services that can bring you peace of mind when something goes wrong, SERVPRO of Joliet offers water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, general cleaning and building services. A commercial property impacted by damage can also be restored by SERVPRO with services such as commercial water damage restoration, commercial fire damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, storm damage and large loss event restoration, and cleaning services. 

Fires Caused by Household Appliances

7/8/2024 (Permalink)

Although convenient, many household appliances can often malfunction and lead to home or apartment fires. Whether it be a washer and dryer, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, or other cooking appliances, these items are used routinely and help our lives, but can also have detrimental effects if used carelessly, left unattended or malfunctioning. SERVPRO of Joliet can be there to restore a commercial or residential property following fire and smoke damage and is always Here to help. To prevent a possible fire due to a household appliance and protect your property, here are three things you can do.   

  1. Never leave heated cookware on overnight such as crockpots. Use of these appliances should be supervised in case of a heating element or wiring malfunction. 
  2. Never leave an appliance running while away. Coming home to clean dishes from the dishwasher may sound nice after being away, but electrical issues may stem from heating elements which can cause fire.  
  3. Do not overload your washer or dryer, and always make sure to clean out the lint trap.

Water Damage From a Leaky Toilet

7/1/2024 (Permalink)

A toilet leaking or overflowing can lead to water damage and possible containments in your residential or commercial space. A situation like this requires swift action and the right team doing the job. Luckily, SERVPRO of Joliet offers emergency services 24 hours a day and is committed to making a fire, water or storm disaster “Like it never even happened.”   

There are various reasons why a toilet may leak, and steps should be taken immediately to prevent further damage. The supply line, which brings new water into the tank and is part of the flush mechanism, may become worn or cracked which leads to leaking. A malfunctioning flapper or valve could also be the culprit. If this happens in your property, make sure to turn off the water supply to prevent further damage. This can be found behind the metal supply line with the valve near the wall's connection point. Then, remove all the water from the tank.   

Our SERVPRO of Joliet team has the skills needed to handle a job of this type. We are able to safely clean an affected area and restore it after damage. We are here to help! 

Restoring Commercial Spaces

2/29/2024 (Permalink)

When your commercial property takes the hit of a large loss situation, it can mean a pause in business. SERVPRO of Joliet knows quick response time can lessen damage to your property and prides itself on being Faster to any size disaster. Our professional large-loss specialists know what steps to take in the mitigation, restoration and reconstruction processes and can be there to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SERVPROs strategically located groups, which are part of the Disaster Recovery Team, are there to respond to storm, flood and fire damage that takes a toll on a property. Some commercial industries serviced by SERVPRO of Joliet include food service, hospitality, healthcare, education, property management and more. If your commercial space experiences a large loss, know that SERVPRO has teams ready to respond.

Damage from a Leaking Toilet

2/25/2024 (Permalink)

A toilet leaking or overflowing can lead to water damage and possible containments in your residential or commercial space. A situation like this requires swift action and the right team doing the job. Luckily, SERVPRO of Joliet offers emergency services 24 hours a day and is committed to making a fire, water or storm disaster “Like it never even happened.”   

There are various reasons why a toilet may leak, and steps should be taken immediately to prevent further damage. The supply line, which brings new water into the tank and is part of the flush mechanism, may become worn or cracked which leads to leaking. A malfunctioning flapper or valve could also be the culprit. If this happens in your property, make sure to turn off the water supply to prevent further damage. This can be found behind the metal supply line with the valve near the wall's connection point. Then, remove all the water from the tank.   

Our SERVPRO of Joliet team has the skills needed to handle a job of this type. We are able to safely clean an affected area and restore it after damage. We are here to help! 

Fires Caused by Household Appliances

2/16/2024 (Permalink)

Although convenient, many household appliances can often malfunction and lead to home or apartment fires. Whether it be a washer and dryer, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, or other cooking appliances, these items are used routinely and help our lives, but can also have detrimental effects if used carelessly, left unattended or malfunctioning. SERVPRO of Joliet can be there to restore a commercial or residential property following fire and smoke damage and is always Here to help. To prevent a possible fire due to a household appliance and protect your property, here are three things you can do.   

  1. Never leave heated cookware on overnight such as crockpots. Use of these appliances should be supervised in case of a heating element or wiring malfunction. 
  2. Never leave an appliance running while away. Coming home to clean dishes from the dishwasher may sound nice after being away, but electrical issues may stem from heating elements which can cause fire.  
  3. Do not overload your washer or dryer, and always make sure to clean out the lint trap.

State of the Art Equipment - SERVPRO of Joliet

8/21/2023 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Joliet, we stay trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technology that helps us restore your commercial and residential properties back to their preloss conditions. No matter the disaster that has occurred--whether it’s mold damage, fire, flooding, storm damage, or a biohazard situation--our team of professionals and technicians are well-versed in advanced technology that allows us to safely remove hazardous materials from the site that has seen disaster.

How Can SERVPRO of Joliet Help After Water Damage?

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment


Nowadays, infrared cameras and other detectors allow us to identify the source and extent of moisture damage so we can deal with it appropriately.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

Water Extraction Equipment

When it comes to water damage, mitigating the extent of it as quickly as possible is key to salvaging your property. Our water extraction equipment allows us to do that.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

After extracting water, drying the affected areas is a huge next step to avoid mold growth and the troubles that come with that. 

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Odors can be hard to identify and remove due to the small particles that carry them. However, our technology allows us to do both safely and efficiently. 

  • Air scrubbers remove airborne particles and contaminants.
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents control odors.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments

Odors and contaminants like to linger after damage occurs, which is where sanitizing agents come in to remove them for good.

  • Cleaning agents help to stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

For disaster restoration specialists equipped to get your property back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Joliet at (815)436-5735. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

HVAC and Mold

8/17/2023 (Permalink)

HVAC and Mold

Why is HVAC mold so common? Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of Joliet highly trained technicians to provide duct cleaning a preventative in HVAC mold.

HVAC and Mold

  1. Why is HVAC mold so common?
  2. Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of  Joliet has highly trained technicians to provide duct cleaning, a preventative in HVAC mold.

Your Home and Mold

8/16/2023 (Permalink)

Mold needs moisture, water, or humidity to grow and thrive. Mold spores can begin growing indoors when they land on wet surfaces. Some common places mold can thrive include:

  • Showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets are common places for mold growth. These areas tend to be damp, and without proper ventilation, they provide the perfect environment.
  • Air conditioning and heating vents.
  • Fireplace and chimney. When not being used, fireplaces and chimneys are cool, damp, and dark - a fertile ground for mold spores.
  • In the attic. If your roof has any possible leaks, mold can grow and spread through the ventilation system in the attic. It can also thrive in the insulation and soffit vents.
  • In the basement. That all-too-familiar musty-basement smell is evidence of humidity and moisture, and more than likely mold. Most commonly it can be found around pipes and ducts, or near the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.

Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by eliminating moist conditions indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, it’s important to not only deal with it immediately and remove it; but resolve the root of the problem as well. In the right situation, mold will grow very quickly, in as little as 24- 48 hours. Call SERVPRO of Joliet if you find mold in your home or business!

Different Types of Home Fire Extinguishers

8/9/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire damage is something all of us at SERVPRO of a would like to see you avoid. In the event that the worst happens and you're faced with this kind of disaster, you can count on us to lend a helping hand.

We have a team of highly trained professionals to walk with you each step of the way when repairing the damage from smoke, water, and fire in your home or office.

SERVPRO of Joliet recommends you have at least one fire extinguisher and know how to use it in case of a fire. 

Types of Home Fire Extinguishers: 

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the home.

If you are faced with a small fire, use the following tips. Remember: If you aren't sure you can put it out yourself, everyone should exit the building and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Joliet wants you to know that you should try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You have the correct class of fire extinguisher