Emergency Fire Damage Tips
Emergency DOs AND DON'Ts
These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until a SERVPRO of Joliet Professional arrives. Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent spot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and artwook.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop door open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first consulting your SERVPRO of Joliet Professional.
- Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs or upholstered furniture without consultation.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting with an authorized repair service.
Ask The Experts: Do I need a professional to help clean up commercial water damage?
Dealing with a flooded company is never something a business owner wants. Unfortunately, many businesses will eventually experience some kind of water loss, whether a broken pipe, leaking roof, or storm-related event. Fortunately, business owners don’t have to go it alone. A water remediation and restoration professional will have the latest knowledge, equipment, and techniques to get your business back to "Like it never even happened."
Water damage is never a simple situation. Restoring it back to its former glory requires different methods for different materials. Every structure has many porous and nonporous materials, all of which require their own methods for cleaning. In some cases, drywall or carpeting will need to be removed and replaced. In many cases, much more can be saved. An expert will do the following to help you minimize your loss.
- Inspect and assess the damage
- Extract water
- Dry and dehumidify affected areas
- Clean, sanitize and deodorize, including odor removal from air
- Restore structural components
Along with restoring the structural integrity of your flooded company, a certified professional is trained to salvage as much affected content as possible. From furniture to documents and equipment, they use an array of advanced techniques to clean items on-and off-site. These methods include:
Dry Cleaning – Best for minimal residue or pre-treatment before wet cleaning Used for cleaning light
Wet Cleaning – Method for the removal of heavy residues
Spray Cleaning – A solution safe for items too delicate for wet cleaning.
Foam Cleaning – Ideal for textiles that can be wet cleaned.
Abrasive Cleaning – Used for heavily soiled areas.
Immersion Cleaning – Items are dipped in an industrial solution.
When faced with a flooded company, getting back to normal can seem like something that will never happen. By finding the right help that adheres to industry standards and uses innovative equipment and techniques, you can get your business back to normal faster.
So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."
Storm Damage? SERVPRO of Joliet Can Help
Regardless of the Storm Damage, We Can Help
Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Joliet can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
- Flooding caused by heavy rains
- Tornadoes and wind damage
- Wild fires
Here in Joliet we can get severe weather any day of the year, but spring and summer bring more opportunities for severe thunderstorms. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals are highly trained and prepared for all storm related damages. Give us a call at 815-436-5735 if your home or business has been affected by a storm.
Whether a flood or leaky pipe, SERVPRO of Joliet can help
NO WATER DAMAGE IS TOO BIG OR SMALL
The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.
SERVPRO will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.
Our professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepare the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.
We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.
How To Test for Mold in Your Home
Mold damage in Colorado Springs, CO.
A musty smell when you walk in the door of your home probably means that you have a mold growth somewhere. You search throughout the house but can't see any patches on the wall, in the bathroom or near windows. There are many other places mold can hide, though. A certified environmental hygienist can conduct a mold assessment that reveals the information you need for proper mitigation.
Advantages of Professional Assessment
You can get a test kit for black mold at your local hardware store, but it won't tell you what you need to know. It will simply reveal that there is mold in your house, which is true even when you don't need mitigation. A professional assessment, however, reveals several factors about the problem:
- Concentration of spores
- Location of growth
- Type of mold
This is the information that mold mitigation experts need when they arrive at your home. The results of a professional test allow them to concentrate their efforts on the affected area so that they can take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.
Remediation Process for Mold Growth
A professional mold assessment guides the whole cleanup process. Once the mold or mildew has been identified, technicians know which techniques to use and the equipment needed to clean your home. For example, if the air quality test reveals a high concentration of spores around HVAC vents, the mold growth is likely inside the ducts. Technicians use this information to contain the affected area so that the growth doesn't spread throughout the house. After the cleanup is complete, a final test assures you that the problem is gone.
If you suspect that you have a fungus problem in your home, you need a professional mold assessment. It's only after specialists have the right information that they can make an action plan for getting rid of the growth.
What Do SERVPRO of Joliet Fire Damage Cleanup Crews Typically Encounter After a Fire?
When a fire ravages your home, it usually leaves behind certain kinds of damage. These fire-related scars affect surfaces around your residence, foul its air in at least a couple of ways, injure its structure and contents, and ultimately impact its overall livability.
After years of performing fire damage cleanup work in the Joliet area, SERVPRO technicians have grown accustomed to finding particular types of fire and smoke damage. While completing their house fire clean up efforts, our professionals have generally found:
- Foul, smoke particle-laden air throughout fire damaged homes
- Acidic, fire-related residues that discolor and corrode, or otherwise harm any surfaces they are deposited on
- Scorched or charred structural elements and household contents
- Seriously damaged rooms or areas of houses that require substantial reconstructive efforts.
- Smoke particle-coated HVAC ductwork that could facilitate the further fouling of interior air
After discovering such issues, SERVPRO employs its specialized fire damage restoration expertise and equipment to return your residence to its pre-fire condition as soon as possible. Some of the state-of-the-art tools that enable us to do this are air movers, air scrubbers, ozone machines, advanced foggers, and a wide array of commercial-grade deodorants.
So, if you ever suffer a house fire and need fire damage cleanup assistance, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Joliet. We are always ready for your call at (815)-436-5735.
Keep Your Commercial Buildings Free of Mold
Mold and mildew don’t need very much encouragement to grow. Once it starts, it can spread very quickly. Not only can it cause damage, but it can affect people’s health.
Mold can grow on a variety of surfaces, cloth, carpets, drywall, and wood. With a large commercial building keeping everyone cool or warm, condensation can form and provide the mold the moisture it needs to spread.
5 Tips for Keeping Your Commercial Building Free from Mold
Regular cleanings and maintenance inspections will help keep mold from taking over the building, in particular, areas that are not often used.
1. Deep Cleaning
Start with your HVAC system. Getting it cleaned, changing or cleaning the filters, and keeping it in great form will help stop the spread of mold spores. The vents, ducts, and the rest all need to be maintained.
When the air is not moving through the vents, dust and mold can just sit there, so when you turn it back on, the room fills with it all. Any amount of hair, dust, dirt, animal hair and waste, and mold can be in the vents.
The mold can get inside these areas and grow. There are times when you don’t need the system, so have it maintained in the spring and fall, to be safe. Reducing the movement of the mold will help considerably.
Condensation can form during the hot months, during the cold months, at any time. A commercial building will have a lot of people, and people can cause condensation.
A dehumidifier will help draw moisture out of the air. It can make a big difference in a building that is very populated and turning off the heat or air conditioning is not an option.
Put them in areas when moisture is prevalent. Basements, upper floors, kitchens or cafeterias, shower rooms, laundry rooms, and anywhere that has excessive moisture. They are available in different sizes.
3. Make Repairs
Fixing small problems will help them from becoming big problems. Leaks in the roof or foundation, cracks in the walls or foundation, gaps around windows, taps or pipes that drip, or leak, and faulty thermostats.
These can all allow heat and cold air in or out, which means it makes it harder to control the humidity inside the building. Damp patches or pooling water, or a recent flood, should all be taken care of right away. Hire a professional.
4. Regular Checks
Building maintenance should be looking for anything suspicious on a regular basis. Keeping an eye on areas that have higher concentrations of moisture or humidity for signs.
Dark spots, fuzzy patches, musty smells, can all appear anywhere. Carpets, walls, ceilings, floors, and under sinks, behind walls in shower rooms, laundry room, bathrooms, and kitchen areas.
5. Regular Inspections
It’s a great idea to have your maintenance team take care of regular checks and repairs, but hiring a professional to inspect the building can be a great help. They can spot areas that may be developing mold that you are not aware of.
They are also great at finding areas of potential mold, too, so you can stop it before it gets a chance to start.
Water Removal and Restoration in Homes Done Right by SERVPRO!
Why SERVPRO Can Help Reduce the Impact of Water Damage in Your Home
When water spills occur, it can lead to widespread damages unless the right actions are taken immediately. Water is a natural solvent that causes a wide range of materials to deteriorate, especially when left exposed over extended periods. A professional water damage restoration like SERVPRO has the skills and other resources to deal with the issue reducing the overall impact it might have on your property.
Time can be a friend or foe after water damage incidents in Joliet area. Taking long before responding to an incident creates an opportunity for secondary damages like mold and degradation of building materials and contents to add to the restoration service. Our SERVPRO crews work faster because we have the necessary resources, such as equipment. For example, we have truck mounted water extractors, and high-speed pumps to hasten water removal. We also have cavity drying systems such as the injecti-dry devices, which reduce the amount of demolition work needed to dry property. Because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can often salvage hardwood flooring from permanent damage with the use of drying mats and injecti-dry equipment. Customers always appreciate it when our team can cut costs, deconstruction, and restore their homes to preloss condition as rapidly as possible.
Using Superior Techniques
Fixing water damage takes skill, especially when saving wet items. Issues such as the setting of stains, mold development, and damage to electrical appliances can drive the cost of restoration higher because such items have to be replaced. Our SERVPRO technicians use various superior approaches such as freezing documents to halt deterioration, then drying them through sublimation. We also quicken the drying process of wet areas by regulating temperature, air movement, or isolating them by creating drying chambers.
Identifying Potential Long-term Issues Early
Some effects of water damage can have long-term implications if not addressed. An issue like moisture remnants in semi-porous materials can lead to health effects in the future due to mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians can preempt mold development by drying all materials to normal levels. We have many moisture detection devices, including borescopes, thermo-hygrometers, penetrative, and non-penetrative moisture meters, and infrared camera imagery, which help us, identify whether there is any hidden moisture that might cause future problems.
Water loss incidents can have far-reaching effects. Call SERVPRO of Joliet at (815) 436-5735 to help clean up and dry your property, restoring the preloss conditions. "Like it never even happened."
How to Make Sure Your Home or Business is Free of Mold
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Call SERVPRO of Joliet for all your mold remediation needs at 815-436-5735
Storm, Storm Go Away: How SERVPRO Can Help When it Comes To Storm Damage
Ice damage, hail damage, storm damage, flooding and wind damage all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Storm restoration can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of storm restoration experts.
It is important to know the effects of harsh weather so that homeowners understand the need for storm remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage after winter can also cause moisture from ice damming or formation of ice dams to sip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair.
There are various strategies that homeowners can take as measures of storm remediation. For instance, those who live in areas more prone to winter damage or wind damage can consider installing roofs with a higher slope. This goes a long way in reducing the cost of regular roof leak repairs. It also minimizes roof leaks.
Postponing roof repair especially from ice dams and ice damming only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage.
Hurricane damage, flood water damage, hail damage, wind damage, ice damage, storm damage and river flooding experts are trained to handle such harsh weather conditions. The water restoration arrive at the scene of the damage immediately. Water restoration efforts must be done promptly so as to prevent further damage. These activities are done after an assessment of the extent of flooding, ground water levels, and the flood water. An assessment is what informs their actions to deal with the storm damage, ground water, and flooding.
Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out storm remediation. One such tool is a flood pump. These flood pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A flood pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial flood pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums.
Another common issue is frozen pipes, especially after a winter damage. Frozen pipes prevent a free flow of water through the pipes. If the temperatures are still low, it may take time before the frozen pipes unfreeze. It is not advisable to apply heat to the frozen pipes. Handling of these frozen pipes should be left to the storm restoration or home restoration experts.
So give us a call today! We are faster to any disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened."