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Fires are Preventable

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your property, certain safety precautions can be taken to help prevent fires. below are some tips that can help you to prevent a fire.

Electrical and Appliances Safety

  • Replace frayed and old worn electrical cords on appliances. Also make sure all extension cords are in good working condition and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three prong plug, use it only in a three slot outlet. Never force it into a two slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker and have replaced by a trained professional.

Fireplaces ans Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check for damage or obstructions monthly.
  • Always use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop a burning log from rolling out and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying embers.
  • Make sure that the fire is completely out before leaving your home or going to bed.

For more fire safety tips, visit ready.org and if a fire should occur call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 and our trained professionals will make it "Like it never even happened."

What Is an Industrial Hygienist?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

According towww.aiha.org,"Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community."

Industrial hygienists are described as "scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community. They evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.

SERVPRO of Joliet is able to do a visual inspection for mold, however; there are times when mold may exist but can not be seen. At that point, we would refer you to an Industrial Hygienist. Upon the results of the air sample testing, we can provide you with an estimate to remove the mold that exists in you home or business. Call 815-436-5735.

It's the Water You Don't See

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.  The proper equipment such as moisture sensors, moisture meters and thermohygrometers make a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform SERVPRO of Joliet has a full arsenal of specialized equipment to make sure that your water damage is “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 815-436-5735.

The Do's and Dont's of Surviving a Flood

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen at anytime and anywhere as a result of rain, snow coastal storms, storm surges and the overflow of dams and water systems. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down and 1 foot of moving water is enough to sweep your vehicle away. Remember the following:

  • Depending on where you are and the impact and warning time of the flooding, go to a previously identified safe location.
  • If you are told to evacuate, leave immediately. Never drive around barricades that local responders have used to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around.
  • Stay off bridges over fast moving water. Bridges can be wash away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in fast moving water, stay inside unless the water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek safety on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do not go into a closed attic where you may be trapped by rising floodwater. Go to the roof if necessary and signal for help.
  • Always remember to listen to authorities for information and instructions during a flood situation and return home only when they say it is safe to do so.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 for all your water restoration needs.

Fire Prevention Week October 7-13, 2018

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

This year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware-fire can happen anywhere." 

"LOOK" for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home and identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

"LISTEN" for the sound of your smoke alarms. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm goes off. Go to your outside meeting place which should be a safe distance from your home and where everyone should meet.

"LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside can be easily opened and are clutter free.

People need to be educated about these three basic but essential steps to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event a fire should a occur.

For further information visit www.firepreventionweek.org and learn how to keep you and your family safe.

Unfortunately fires do occur. When fire and water damage take control of you life, we help you take it back. Call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Make Your Business, Our Business

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Is your business prepared? From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex – fire and water losses are never planned, but they do happen. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals know there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner.

 During a loss, your objective is to focus on your customers and ours is to focus on your restoration needs. Our quick response and trained professionals may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants. SERVPRO of Joliet can help you resume normal business functions quickly. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we will work hard to restore your property and its contents to preloss condition. Call 815-436-5735.

Understanding the Water Mitigation Process

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

When water damages your property, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. A (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification Professional will be on-site to ensure your water damage is handled by completing the following steps:

  1. Inspection - A certified professional will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of the water damage and will review the inspection with you and answer any questions you may have before beginning the work. You will be asked to sign the appropriate paper work giving him permission to start the mitigation process.
  2. Emergency Services - The SERVPRO professional will take steps to help your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other content, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the emergency services to you step by step.
  3. Monitoring - To make sure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, the SERVPRO Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates as to how the drying process is going, will be communicated to you until drying is complete. 
  4. Restoration Services - SERVPRO of Joliet offers structural repairs and rebuild services. A final inspection will be done to make sure your home or business is returned to preloss condition. We will make it "Like it never even happened".

Recipe for Safety

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking Safety Tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the room for even a second, turn your stove or cooking device off.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting, check the food regularly or use a timer to remind you.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as potholders, paper towels, food packaging, etc...
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove.
  • If an oven fire starts, turn off the oven and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the house and the fire department.

Please remember that education in prevention is the best way to keep you and your family safe. In the event there is a fire, call your local fire department and then call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 to help you with all your fire restoration needs. 

School Fire Safety Begins with Education

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 5,690 fires at education buildings each year. That is why it is very important to stress fire safety education in our schools. Listed below are some important school safety tips to incorporate in your schools:

  • Conduct expected and unexpected monthly school fire drills having everyone participate.
  • Inspect exists regularly to ensure stairways, doors and windows are unblocked and working properly.
  • Train students on how to respond to a fire alarm during a school fire drill.
  • Know locations of the fire protection system, such as fire alarm pull stations.
  • Make sure every room is equipped with a map showing 2 exits.
  • Assign special need students with an adult or other student for extra assistance.
  • Have a predetermined location for students to meet once they exit the building and practice during a fire drill.
  • Have a roster to make sure every student is accounted for.

Let's keep our children well educated and safe in the event that a fire should occur and remember that SERVPRO of Joliet is there 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs. Call 815-436-5735.

So You Think You Might Have Mold?

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation So You Think You Might Have Mold? Mold hidden under vinyl floor.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. A SERVPRO professional trained in mold remediation will be available to examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and evaluate the cost of the remediation and restoration needed. In some cases, mold may not be visible but still may be present.

Additional assistance may be required by an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with specialized equipment to detect hidden mold. They evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Using various testing devices, they collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor spore count to the outdoor environment. We can assist you in finding an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional if needed.

Whether you have had a visual or air sample test done, remember that SERVPRO of Joliet is always there to handle your mold remediation and restoration in a professional and safe manner.

Please keep in mind that SERVPRO does not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult with your insurance company to determine if you are covered or not.

Warning Signs of Faulty Wiring or Electrical Systems

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical failure or malfunctions account for an estimated 34,000 home fires, on average, per year and result in roughly 440 deaths and $1.3 billion in direct property damage according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This threat is higher in older homes built before the 1950's due to lower electrical wiring standards, however; even newer homes are at risk. Older homes were built to handle 30 amps of power, but most newer homes demand 100 to 200 amps. Listed below are some of the warning signs that may indicate an electrical problem in your home:

  • Flickering or dimming lights.
  • Switches or outlets that are hot to touch and/or give off a strong burnt rubber odor.
  • Discolored cords, outlets and switch plates.
  • Repeatedly blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers.

If you have any any of these, contact a licensed electrician immediately to examine and repair any electrical problems and if the need for fire restoration is required, we are there to make it "Like it never even happened". SERVPRO of Joliet, 815-436-5735.

Biohazard Cleanup Services

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO of Joliet professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercials properties.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can have serious health issues for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. Our professionals are trained to safely, effectively and discreetly remove biohazardous substances and prepare it for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Our services include:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Crime Scene and Suicides
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Urine and Feces
  • Rodent Droppings
  • Vandalism
  • Extensive Hoarding
  • Sewage Backup

SERVPRO of Joliet can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe properties and make a difficult or personal situation easier to handle. We are here for you in your time of need. Call 815-436-5735.

A Leaky Roof?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Finding a leak in your roof can be very difficult. Unfortunately you may not be aware of the leak until it has caused major damage to your home. This is why it is important to investigate and take care of any signs that a show up:

  • Discolored spots on the ceiling or walls.
  • Peeling paint or rotting wood around skylights.
  • Finding shingles that have come off.
  • Damaged or cracked flashing on your roof.
  • Water dripping from the ceiling after a hard rain or heavy snow has melted.
  • Formations of ice dams.
  • Musty smell in your attic.

Remember to always put safety first when checking for a leaky roof or use a professional roofing service or general contractor to help you.

Also, remember to call your insurance agent to see if your roof leak is covered by your insurance company. Insurance companies may have stipulations on the cause of the roof damage and it may not be covered.

If a leak should occur, remember that SERVPRO of Joliet is there for you 24/7 to help with all your water restoration needs and to answer any questions you may have. Call 815-436-5735.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Removal?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Don't be caught off guard after you already have a mold problem. Coverage varies from policy to policy, so read your policy carefully and if your have any questions, call your insurance agent. Some policies contain exclusions, stating they do not cover mold removal and others cover mold removal under certain circumstances. They may also cover the removal but not the testing itself.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. A professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. If mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

If a visual inspection does not reveal mold and you feel that you may still have a mold issue, we can recommend an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with specialized equipment to access the situation.

"Remember, no mold is good mold!"

After the Storm?

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

This Spring and Summer has been quite a wet and stormy one and with that comes weather related injuries and fatalities. This is why it is important to educate both you and your family about post-storm safety.

Immediately after a storm where there was heavy rain, strong damaging winds, and lightening consider the following:

  • Do not let children play near storm drains. Every year children are sucked into storm drains and carried away.
  • Do not touch metal objects outside, there may be power lines down on the object which energizes the object. This could be a fence, guard rail, or baseball stop.
  • Do not touch or pick up any wires that you see either laying on the ground or hanging low. They may be energized or could become energized at any time.
  • Do not walk in flooded basements if your power is still connected. You could become electrocuted should water make contact with an electrical source.
  • If your home is out of electrical power, use extra caution when using candles for light.
  • Be careful using a gas powered generator which could cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning if not vented properly.

Please remember to keep you and your family safe and remember that SERVPRO of Joliet is always available to help you with your restoration needs. 815-436-5735.

Extreme Heat Safety Tips to Prepare Your Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

The Summer of 2018 has been an extremely warm one. There are things you can do to keep the heat out and the cool in, in your home.

  • Install window air conditioners snugly: insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool are in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon with drapes, shades, awning, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.)
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.

"Stay safe and be cool!" from SERVPRO of Joliet.

Small Leaks, Big Problems

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

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!

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

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?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

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!

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Make sure there isn't an over abundance of grease and food particles in your oven.
  2. Make sure the oven door seal and other sealing mechanisms are working perfectly.
  3. Make sure the kitchen is well ventilated while using the self cleaning oven.
  4. 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

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Preventative Maintenance:

  • 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?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Overflow
  • Flood

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.

What Is Mold?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are a form of fungus. Different types of molds can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds spread through the production of spores which exist in all indoor environments everywhere. Spores are capable of surviving in harsh conditions that would otherwise prevent the normal mold growth. Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments. When mold spores land on a damp spot they begin to grow, digesting the material they grow on.

Common indoor molds include:

  • Alternaria - found in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks
  • Aspergillus - often found indoors growing on dust, powdery food items and building materials like drywall
  • Cladosporium - capable of growing in cool places as well as warm ones
  • Penicillium - typically found on materials that have been damaged by water and often has a blue or green appearance.

Molds take a variety of forms and textures, appearing as white, black, yellow, blue or green and often looking like a discoloration or stain to a surface They can also have a velvety, fuzzy or rough appearance depending on the type of mold and where it is growing. No mold is good mold, so if you suspect you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Importance of Sprinkler Systems in Commercial Properties

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Importance of Sprinkler Systems in Commercial Properties Commercial sprinkler system

Whether you have purchased a commercial property or are in the process of building a commercial building, before a new company can open for business; it must be in compliance with local, state and federal fire safety standards. As a commercial building owner or property manager, one of your biggest concerns is protecting the investment you've made in your business and the people who work there.

Sprinkler systems can help make your business safer in multiple ways. Sprinklers work by detecting the heat from a fire and automatically turning them on. While the spray from the sprinklers is not always enough to put out the fire, it goes a long way to suppressing the fire and allowing more evacuation time until the fire department can get there. 

Fire and water damage not only affects the structure of your building and it's contents but also your emotions. Don't take on the stress of dealing with this on your own, Call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 and let us make this "Like it never even happened."

Mold and Your Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to your clothing, shoes, and pets and be carried indoors. 

Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, and pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, ceiling tiles, and wood products, as well as in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

You can help to control mold in your home by:

  • Controlling humidity levels;
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.

Not all mold can be seen visually. It may be lurking in walls, floors, and crawl spaces.

If you suspect you may have mold in your home, especially if you have had a previous water damage call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Build an Emergency Kit

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

  • 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Water (one + gallon per person per day)
  • Prescription medication
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, ID's, and bank records in a container

You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov. and remember, if needed; we are her to help you, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Hoarding: A Serious Situation in Joliet

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hoarding: A Serious Situation in Joliet Hoarding Remediation

According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of the actual value, occurs. "Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem. Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging.Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. at times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

If you are experiencing this disorder or know of someone who is, please contact SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Hopefully April Showers will bring you May Flowers. May is a very busy month as school is coming to an end and summer is just around the corner.

The same is true for preparedness planning in May. The following preparedness events take place this month and offer a great chance to educate yourself, family, and friends.

  • Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 5, 2018)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018)
  • National Dam Safety Awareness Day (May 31, 2018)
  • National Building Safety Month

May also brings to weeks to show appreciation for first responders:

  • National Police Week (May 13-19, 2018)
  • National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 20-26, 2018)

Be sure to visit ready.gov for more information and resources and remember SERVPRO of Joliet, 815-436-5735 is ready in any disaster to make it "Like it  never even happened."

May is National Building Safety Month

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month-in its 38th year-is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 64,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in building construction and design and the safety community. Building Safety Month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings, according to the ICC website. The theme for 2018 is "Building Codes Save Lives" with a focus on safer communities over the five weeks in May. One of the topics during the third week of the month is Protecting Communities fro Disasters. The general public may not be aware how coded and code officials "improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play, and this month can certainly improve that awareness and educate communities on this topic!

Sometimes no matter how prepared we are, a disaster may occur. Take comfort in knowing that SERVPRO of Joliet 815-436-5735 will be there to help you through it and make it "Like it never even happened."

When Water Damage Strikes

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important. Below are emergency water damage tips to follow:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

For more information on recovering from water damage, call SERVPRO of Joliet, 815-436-5735 and make it "Like it never even happened."

First Responders to Fires

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Local fire and police departments, as well as Emergency Medical technicians (EMT's), are often first on the scene of an emergency. In the United States, there are more than 29,700 fire departments with 1,160,450 total firefighters, according to the National Fire Protection Association's 2015  U.S. Fire Department Profile. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 245,000 EMT's and paramedics in the United States. In the U.S. there are about 18,000 federal, state, country, and local law enforcement agencies, employing more than 750,000 full time sworn officers according to he Uniformed Crime Reporting Program collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When fire affects your life, make SERVPRO of JOLIET, 815-436-5735 your 2nd responder and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

When storms or floods hit Joliet, SERVPRO is ready!

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A faster response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Joliet area we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have a storm or flood damage call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Make Sure Your Joliet Home is Storm Ready

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storms in the springtime are something we need to be ready for.  We watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

It is a really good idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits.  A leaky roof or window can cause big problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds.  Do all of your exterior doors and windows fit correctly?  When was the last time you took a good look at your roof?  These are all great questions to keep in mind.  

Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds.  Its a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property.  Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain.  A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.  

In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency?  Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk.  You might consider a good old-fashion landline, just in case.  If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.

The SERVPRO team at Joliet is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues.  Call SERVPRO of Joliet and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Joliet Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Joliet Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Mold growth in a bathroom vanity.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.  When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Joliet for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate  your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 815-436-5735

Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Faster to Any Size Disaster Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Joliet

There is no such thing as a small disaster-especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage.  Water damage can affect the value of your property.  Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.

SERVPRO of Joliet knows how disruptive water damage can be for your business.  SERVPRO of Joliet employees are trained and equipped to manage the drying process.  By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages.  With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services we can help you regain control quickly by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of Joliet and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Severe Weather Safety

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere.  Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms (noaa.gov):

10,000 severe thunderstorms

5,000 floods or flash floods

1,300 tornadoes

2 landfalling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.  Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know your risk.  The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family.  Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.  Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business.  Put together or purchase an emergency kit.  Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.  Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter.  Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

SERVPRO of Joliet can help you be "Ready for whatever happens!"

Flooding

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert-there is always potential for flood damage.  Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experiences floods or flash floods.  Just because you haven't experiences a flood in the past does not mean you won't in the future.  In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.  

If you experience flooding call the experts at SERVPRO of Joliet and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

When fire strikes calll SERVPRO of Joliet

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When fire strikes calll SERVPRO of Joliet This home suffered a fire after being struck by lightning. SERVPRO of Joliet did the mitigation and full rebuild on the home.

Mitigation requires quick action.  The faster the SERVPRO of Joliet professionals arrive on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results - including lower claims costs.  Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Joliet will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.

Contents cleaning

All of the restorable content in affected areas will be professionally cleaned.  This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.

Deodoriztion 

SERVPRO of Joliet professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.

If your home or business is affected by fire or smoke damage SERVPRO of Joliet will make it "Like it never even happened."

Are You Prepared?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are You Prepared? When Disaster Strikes

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

Don't let it grow!

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.

Fungi produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold.  An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.  If you think you might have a mold problem call us at 815-436-5735.

Mold Growth

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can  result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not properly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.  If you think you might have a mold problem, call us and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Every Second Counts

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Every second counts during a fire.  Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.  A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.  Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan.

Fire!!

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action.  The faster we arrive on site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results - including lower claim costs.  When we are called to a fire loss we ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning - After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.  We will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces within the structure.

Contents Cleaning - All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  

Deodorization - We provide specialized services that rid your home of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.

Frozen Pipes

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

* Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.

* Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.

* When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.

* Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night. 

Ice Dams

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season.  They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roofs shingles and into the structures interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travellers.com.  To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house.  Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the rood membrane.”

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to. Helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melted.

Dangers of Extreme Cold

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015.

Even scarier?  Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold the same year.

It is important to be aware of the effect temperatures can have on you.  The two mailconditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin,skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness.

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss,slurred speech, and drowsiness.  If someone’s body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit seek medical attention immediately. 

To avaid these conditions, stay indoors if possible.  If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.

Be Ready With the Help of Technology

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Technology can be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others.  From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online.  Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electric version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.  You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish.  

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis.  You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during and after a disaster.

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency.  You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy a solar-powered charger as well.

Winter Weather

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

As the weather outside gets frightful and your cozy homes become warm and delightful, the holiday season’s aglow, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  According to climate.gov, on February 12, 2010, there was snow present in all 50 states, including Hawaii!  Five years later in 2015, it almost happened again, when every state but Florida experienced snow.  While it is generally unlikely for certain states to encounter snow, it is still important to know how to be prepared if winter weather strikes your home, business, or while traveling.

What happens if disaster does strike during the most wonderful time of the year? Easy - Call SERVPRO of Joliet, even if it’s the night before Christmas and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Science of Drying

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction maybe to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Joliet employees are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damage. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Joliet will:

  Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening. 

  Measure how much moisture is in what materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly. 

 Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

Understanding Mold

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours.  Consider the following mold facts:

* Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

* Mold spores are microscopic, 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 and have the potential to cause other health effects.

* 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 the odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

* Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

What Is Black Mold?

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called "black mold" or "toxic mold". Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing.  Any mold in your home should be treated with caution - stay out of the affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualifies mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold.  In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.  If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact our franchise immediately and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Removal vs. Remediation

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible.  Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold.  This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth.  Our franchise has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.  Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Step 1: Contact SERVPRO of Joliet

Step 2: inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Step 3: Mold Containment

Step 4: Air Filtration 

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Step 7: Restoration 

Thanksgiving

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

November - when cooler temperatures arrive, and the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports "Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment for the second cause of home fire deaths."

SERVPRO of Joliet wants you, your family, and your property to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

A deep-fried turkey: delicious, but worth it?  If you've seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before.  Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu plannning this holiday season.

* Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

* An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.

* Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.

* Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

* The sides of the cooking pit, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

Flood Damage

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is potential for suffering flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, floods cast $3 billion in annual losses in the United States.

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-relate disaster.

Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  Remember, when fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Joliet will help you take it back.

When Floodwaters Rise

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

If your home or business has been damaged by a severe flood, it is natural to want to get back to your property to begin the cleanup process.  However, the first rule is safety.  The FEMA website warns us to be aware of roads or bridges possibly weakened or damaged by the flood.  Flood waters are often considered "black water," meaning they may contain contaminates such as oil, gasoline, raw sewage and more - all of which may be harmful upon contact.

Electric lines are often down following a severe flood, and this can be a severe hazard.  FEMA cautions us to stay away from any downed power lines and return home only when authorities tell us it is safe.

If flood strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Joliet and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

A Business Plan

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency.      OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

  Organize an Emergency Preparedness review with your employees to review your company's emergency plans.  You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

  Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees.  Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit.

  Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills.  Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

Got Water?

9/25/2017 (Permalink)



There are a variety of events that can cause water damage in your home. From a sump pump failure during a rain storm, a pipe break, appliance malfunction, to a toilet overflow. And that's just a few! We wanted to share some important tips and things to do and don't do in case of a water damage emergency. (These tips are for clean water situations only.)

*Shut off the water source if possibe and can be done safely

*Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

*Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

*Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs

*Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature

*Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting

*Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water

*Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water

*Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting

The Emergency Ready Profile Advantage

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now.  The best way to plan for a disaster is with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. 

Some advantages of the SERVPRO Ready Profile:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.          
  • A concise profile document and app 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 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.

For more details about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, refer to the prior blog post titled Emergency Ready Plan-Are you ready?

Call us today to get started on your business's Emergency Ready Plan!

Emergency Ready Profile- Are you Ready?

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile- Are you Ready? Call SERVPRO of Joliet to start your business's Emergency Ready Profile

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but will before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"

The SERVPRO ERP 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. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural and man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Post Construction Cleaning

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.  SERVPRO professionals can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner.

These services include the following:

Post Construction Cleaning- Debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying- During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth.  

Final Cleaning - Cleaning services, including carpet and floor cleaning, deodorization, air duct cleaning, and ceiling,walls and fixture cleaning, to give the building that extra shine prior to the facility opening its doors. 

The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO provides 24 hour emergency mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly. 

Commercial Cleaning Needs

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO for all of your commercial cleaning needs. When you hire SERVPRO for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind. Quality cleaning and a quick response - that's the SERVPRO way. 

Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call us for your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. 

SERVPRO is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

SERVICES OFFERED 

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

Water Removal and Dehumidification

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Contents Claim Inventory Service

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care

Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications

Odor Identification and Deodorization 

Upholstery and Drapes:Wet or Dry Cleaning Method

Recipe for Safety

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen-more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Most of these fires start because people aren't paying attention. While a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what's cooking, that is all it takes to start a fire. 

Leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. Review the cooking safety tips provided below to learn how to help prevent kitchen fires before they start.

- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. 

- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you. 

- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as towels, drapes, and pot holders. 

- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid free zone" of three feet around the stove. 

- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. 

- If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed. Don't open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department. 

- Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (wearing the oven mitt). Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. NEVER pour water on a grease fire. 

Severe Weather Preparedness

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others. 

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards. 

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your family. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. 

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others do the same. 

Severe Weather Safety-General

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Hundreds of people die each year in the United States due to heat waves, hurricanes, lightning, flash floods, powerful thunderstorm winds, and winter storms or winter cold. Additionally, thousands of people are injured by these weather events each year.  If you are aware of what weather event is about to impact your area, you are more likely to survive such an event. To stay on top of the weather, utilize NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver units that can be purchased at most electronic stores. Make sure the model you purchase has a battery-backup. You should also obtain the latest weather information from commercial TV/radio, cable TV, the internet/web, and newspapers. It’s your responsibility! 

What else can you do to prepare for severe weather?

  • Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors. The American Red Cross offers planning tips and information on a putting together a disaster supplies kit at www.redcross.org.
  • Identify a safe place to take shelter.
  • Know the county in which you live or visit – and in what part of that county you are located. The National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings on a county basis.
  • Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
  • If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled. Don’t forget about pets and farm animals.

Severe Weather Safety - Lightning & Flash Flood/Flooding

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Safety - Lightning & Flash Flood/Flooding Severe weather safety tips

Lightning Safety Tips:

  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. Lightning can travel 5-10 miles away from the thunderstorm and strike the ground with blue sky overhead.
  • Move to a sturdy shelter or vehicle. Do not take shelter in a small shed, under isolated trees, or in a convertible-top vehicle. Stay away from tall objects such as trees or towers or poles.
  • If in your vehicle when lightning strikes – don’t touch a metal surface. You are safer in a vehicle than being outdoors.
  • Remember that utility lines or pipes can carry the electrical current underground or through a building. Avoid electrical appliances, and use telephones or computers only in an emergency.
  • If you feel your hair standing on end – get down into a baseball catcher’s position and plug your ears with your finger tips so if lightning does hit it will not blow your ear drums out. Do not lie flat!
  • 30/30 rule – if the time between lighting and thunder is 30 seconds or less, go to a safe shelter. Stay there until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.

For more information on lightning safety go to www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.

Flash Flood/Flood Safety Tips:

  • Nearly half of all fatalities in a flash flood involve a person driving a vehicle. Do not drive into a flooded area – Turn Around Don’t Drown! It takes only 2 feet of water to float away most cars. It’s amazing how powerful we feel when we get behind the wheel – don’t do it!
  • It takes only 6 inches of fast-moving water to sweep a person off their feet – don’t walk through a flooded area!
  • If you are camping in a river valley, move to higher ground if thunderstorms with heavy rains are in the area. Do not attempt to drive away.
  • Don’t operate electrical tools in flooded areas.
  • Most flash flood deaths occur in the middle of the night when it is more difficult to see rising water levels judge the depth of water covering road surfaces.

Severe Weather Safety - Straight Line Winds/Large Hail

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Safety - Straight Line Winds/Large Hail Car damaged by hail

Severe Thunderstorm Straight-line Winds:

  • Don’t underestimate the power of strong thunderstorm winds known as straight-line winds – they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 mph. Hurricane-force winds start at 74 mph. Illinois does experience these kinds of winds!
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning contains hurricane-force wind speeds seek shelter immediately (as you would for a tornado situation).Stay away from windows and go to the basement or interior room/hallway. Do not use electrical appliances.
  • Be aware that tall trees near a building can be uprooted by straight-line winds – that tree can come crashing through the roof of a home and crush a person to death.
  • Powerful straight-line winds can overturn a vehicle or even make a person air-borne when they get up over 100 mph!
  • One type of a straight-line wind event is a downburst, which is a small area of rapidly descending rain-cooled air and rain beneath a thunderstorm. A downburst can cause damage equivalent to a strong tornado!

Large Hail:

  • Although it is rare, people have been killed by large hail stones after sustaining head injuries. Additionally, several people are injured by large hail stones each year in the U.S.
  • Some thunderstorms can produce large hail stones that can reach the size of baseballs, softballs, or even as big as computer compact discs (CD) or DVDs! These large hail stones can fall at speeds over 100 mph! – that’s why they are dangerous!
  • If a severe storm is producing large hail stones, seek a sturdy shelter and stay away from windows that can easily be smashed.
  • If you are in your vehicle before the hail storm starts, get out of it and go to a sturdy shelter. Glass windows in vehicles can easily be smashed by the hail stones. If you can’t get out of your vehicle, then come to a stop and cover your head with your arms and hands.  

What to do if you Suspect Mold

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to do if you Suspect Mold Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.  When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Joliet for mold remediation services

What Not to Do: 

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you see signs of mold, call us today - (815) 436-5735.

 

Should I or Shouldn't I?

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Community Should I or Shouldn't I? 'Tis the season for colds and flus

Will you catch pneumonia if you go outside with a wet head in winter?? Ever wonder what are really health tips and what are old wive's tales? Well this article from WebMD answers those questions about some common practices we do to try and keep us germ free.

Use hand sanitizer: Worth it

“Hand sanitizers have gotten better in recent years,” explains Charles Gerba, PhD, a germ expert and environmental biologist at the University of Arizona. Look for one that contains 60% alcohol. That's the amount needed to kill germs. 

You don’t have to overdo it, Gerba says. Use it once or twice during a typical day, as well as after using public transportation, when you get home, or before you eat (if you can’t wash your hands).  

Wash your hands constantly: Not (necessarily) worth it 

Turn off the faucet with a paper towel: Worth it

“The faucet handle is the most contaminated surface in a restroom,” Gerba says. Using the same towel to open the restroom door on the way out is also a good idea. 

Skip the hand dryer: Worth it

These machines aren’t only annoyingly loud, but they could be hazardous to your health. Studies find that a jet air dryer spreads 1,300 times more germs than paper towels . Use paper towels if available, or air dry your hands.

Use a paper toilet seat cover: Not worth it

The porcelain throne is actually one of the cleanest spots of a public restroom because they’re often cleaned with disinfectants, Gerba says. 

If it gives you peace of mind, go for it, but that thin piece of paper isn’t going to do much good, since fluid can go right through it, says Philip Tierno, PhD, microbiologist and clinical professor of pathology at New York University. But chances are good you’re not going to come in contact with anything that can infect you, he says. 

Touch elevator buttons with your knuckle or sleeve: Worth it

The ground-floor button, which everyone touches, can get especially grimy, Gerba says. 

Avoid shaking hands or hugging people who appear ill: Worth it

Explain that you’re not being rude; you’re protecting your health. Both experts say they avoid touching friends and relatives who are sick, especially if they’re coughing and sneezing.

Keep your fingers off your face: Worth it

Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with germy hands is a surefire way to get sick. And you may be doing it more than you realize. One study found the average adult touches their face about 16 times per hour.

Bring your own yoga mat to class: Worth it 

Doing downward dog can deliver plenty of health benefits, but your yoga mat can also be a prime place for germs, Tierno says. Make sure to clean it with antibacterial wipes after every use.

Wipe down gym equipment: Worth it

Working out can play a role in boosting your immune system, but exercise equipment is pretty dirty. One study found the virus that causes the common cold is present on 63% of gym machines. Protect yourself from germs as you work out by wiping gym equipment with a towel before using it. (Tierno suggests using your own towel and marking an X on the “dirty” side.) 

Wear a surgical mask on airplanes: Actually worth it!

It’s not overkill, Tierno says, especially if someone behind, beside, or in front of you is sneezing and coughing. Any further away, you’re probably safe. 

Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes can cause major damage

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:

 

  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Hopefully taking these preventative measures will help you get through the winter without any frozen pipes.  If you should find yourself with a water issue from a broken, frozen pipe, know that SERVPRO of Joliet is standing by to assist you in your time of need.

 

Winter Preparation - Household Checklist

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

General Winter Preparation - Household Checklist Prepare your home for the winter months

As we approach our last month of fall, and while the weather is still fairly mild, now is the time to prepare your home for winter. It's coming, and unfortunately will be here before we know it! Here are some tips you can do to ensure your home will be prepared when the temperature start dropping and the snow starts falling. 

1. Check Windows and Doors for Drafts
Did you know that a simple 1/8th inch gap running the length of your door can equal the same surface area as a brick missing from the exterior of your house? Most drafts around doors and windows can be easily fixed by installing weatherstripping or caulking around windows.

2. Insulate Plumbing and Pipes
A few minutes of prevention at the onset of winter can save you hundreds of dollars on costly damage and repairs to pipes and plumbing. Insulate pipes or use heat tape or a thermostatically controlled heat cable to prevention pipe bursts. Jump into action now, and prevent major issues in the future.

3. Replace summer screens with winter storm doors and windows
Replacing screens with storm doors will keep the rain and cold out and make the inside of your home nice and cozy.

4. Secure dryer vents and air intakes
While it is a good idea for any air intake to be covered with a wire or mesh prevention barrier year round, animals may take advantage of any openings more aggressively once winter sets in.

5. Clear Debris from Gutter Downspouts
Precipitation in a short amount of time from winter storms means excess runoff and potential flooding. Gutters and downspouts are the first line of defense in keeping the inside of your home dry. Make sure the downspouts are free of debris and that water is directed away from your home's foundation. If water runs away from your foundation, odds are that the rest of your home's moisture defenses will do their job.

6. Replace Furnace Filters
Furnace filters keep excess dust and particles from circulating from your home and help your furnace operate more efficiently. Some furnaces have metal filters that can be cleaned by rinsing them or vacuuming them out, others are disposable and need to be thrown out and replaced.

7. Drain and store garden hoses and shut off exterior water spigots
Disconnecting and draining garden hoses and other exterior irrigation will greatly extend their life or prevent bursting.

8. Check attic for proper air ventilation and insulation
Have you ever checked to see if your attic is adequately insulated? If not, check out this article on how to determine how much insulation is necessary for your region.

9. Add more insulation
If you do not have enough insulation, adding more will go a long way to reduce your heating bill.

10. Install a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat is a great idea for making your home more energy-efficient. 

Completing these items will help you enjoy the next season change worry free! 

Fire Prevention Week

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week Smoke alarm usage and maintenance is key to fire safety.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

This October, in recognition of Fire Prevention Week (Oct.9th-15th), the Red Cross will focus their efforts on raising awareness about fire safety nationwide, and by canvassing local communities to install smoke alarms in homes that need them, teaching people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.

Some top tips for fire safety:

- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

- Test smoke alarms every month and replace batteries as needed.

- Talk with family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

- If a fire occurs in your home, Get out, Stay out and Call for help. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

For more fire safety tips, checklists and fact sheets go to www.redcross.org. Also, like and follow our SERVPRO of Joliet and SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen Facebook page for more fire prevention ideas all month long.

Being Prepared for Possible Water Damage

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters.  Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground.  This is especially true when the ground is still frozen or too dry.  Flash floods can occur in the country or city, where runoff from buildings, parking lots and streets can overwhelm municipal storm water sewers. Fortunately, you can help prevent the water damage that floods can cause your home.  Here are several flood control fixes you can make to help manage storm water runoff and prevent flood damage to your home:



  1. Slope soil away from your home's foundation.               

  2. Clean out gutters and downspouts in the fall and spring.  You can also use downspout extensions to carry water farther away from your foundation.           

  3. Plug holes or cracks in you gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions.                                                

  4. Set up a downspout to empty into a rain barrel.            

  5. Look for holes or cracks in your foundation and completely fill them.                                                  

  6. If your home is prone to flooding, having a sump pump installed is the most convenient flood control.      

  7. Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.                                                        


You will be better prepared to withstand a flood, or any disaster, if you have an emergency plan in place.  Plan and practice an evacuation route and have an emergency kit packed and ready to go.  

National Preparedness Month

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month is recognized during the month of September and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  It serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.  In order to be prepared, the first things to do would be to make an Emergency Plan and an Emergency Kit. 

• Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates at www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.  Business owners can go to https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ to downlod the SERVPRO Ready App and create a business emergency ready plan.

• Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

• Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list

These are just a few tips to begin being prepared.  Start now..you can never be too prepared!

End of Summer Household Checklist

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

General End of Summer Household Checklist A clean fireplace is a safer fireplace.

Wow where did summer go?? Kids are back to school and Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. Soon Starbucks will be selling their pumpkin spice lattes and that's a true sign that the seasons are changing!

Moving into a new season typically means that there are some home maintenance tasks you can check off your to-do list. That's especially true as we head into fall, as we will begin to experience cooler temperatures before winter's frigid grip takes hold.

To make sure your home is in tip-top shape, consider tackling some of these checklist items:

1. Check your home's air flow. Clean and vacuum any built up dust from your vents, stove hood, room fans, baseboard heaters and dryer vents. Keeping these areas clean will maximize air flow and can help decrease your risk of fire.

2. Crank up the heat.  Have your heating system inspected and serviced.  Change the furnace filters. It's always a great idea to make sure your system is in working order before the temperatures plunge and you're left with a faulty heater.

3. Light my fire. We're entering fireplace season, so make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and free of any debris or build up.  You may want to call in a professional to clean your fireplace flue and liners, which will prevent a build up of creosote.

4. Paint and carpet. If you're planning to do any interior painting, carpet cleaning or carpet replacement, make sure to tackle these projects while the weather is still mild and you can keep your windows open for ventilation.

5. Check your insulation. Do a visual inspection around your home, including the exterior, to check for any spots that may need new caulk or weatherstripping. 

Once you've finished the list, you can kick back, relax and enjoy some football!

Fire Fears

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Fears A commercial kitchen fire at a local school. SERVPRO of Joliet was called in to help minimize downtime and restore it back to preloss condition.

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.  The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Joliet can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  SERVPRO of Joliet provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Joliet help you restore it.  With the industry approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind as well.

SERVPRO of Joliet is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

IICRC Certified and What that Means

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified and What that Means IICRC Certified logo

SERVPRO of Joliet is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Joliet

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial water damage at an apartment complex in downtown Joliet, IL

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Joliet

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold and Water Damage

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Water Damage Mold remediation process

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  SERVPRO Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an enviroment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for the following:

-The presence of visible mold

-Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present

-Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

-Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a SERVPRO professional along with a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

Fireworks Safety

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of the Fourth of July.  Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain and damage.  On average, 230 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.  Not to mention countless number of fires started by fireworks, causing structural and vehicle damage.  As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend, The National Council on Fireworks Safety encourages consumers to review all safety tips before puchasing and using fireworks.

First and foremost, know and obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.  In many cities, including Joliet, fireworks are illegal.

* know your fireworks; read labels and warnings

* an adult should supervise all fireworks activities

* wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks

* use fireworks in a clear area, away from buildings and    vehicles 

* never relight a "dud" firework; wait 20 minutes then soak it  in a bucket of water before discarding

*always have a water source nearby

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. Our communities have several opportunities to view professional fireworks displays.  What better way to celebrate but to sit back and enjoy the show!

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy the long weekend and be safe!

Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

There are a variety of events that can cause water damage in your home. From a sump pump failure during a rain storm, a pipe break, appliance malfunction, to a toilet overflow. And that's just a few! We wanted to share some important tips and things to do and don't do in case of a water damage emergency. (These tips are for clean water situations only.)

*Shut off the water source if possibe and can be done safely

*Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

*Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

*Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs

*Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room      temperature

*Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting

*Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water

*Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out  of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water

*Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on  wet carpeting

Open House / Anniversary Celebration

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Recently our franchise reached a milestone of 10 years of serving our local community.  We celebrated that milestone on May 5th, 2016 with an Open House at our warehouse facility.  We wanted to share our success and show our appreciation to the local community and those who have helped us get here today.  It is an honor and privilege to serve the residents and businesses in our community in their time of need.  Thank you from SERVPRO of Joliet/Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen!

(More photos posted in the photo gallery)

Thunderstorm Safety

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Safety Lightening can lead to fires.

As we are nearing the end of spring and transitioning into summer, there is no better time to review thunderstorm safety.  Remember enjoying a good, summer thunderstorm? Those days seem long ago as thunderstorms today seem to have the ability to turn severe quickly! Bottom line is that thunderstorms are dangerous.  Every thunderstorm produces lightning.  On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more.  Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding.  Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard.  To begin preparing for a thunderstorm, and any weather related disaster, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Investing in a NOAA Weather Radio is also a good idea. During a thunderstorm always seek shelter.  Avoid contact with electrical equipment, cords and plumbing.  Plumbing and electrical appliances can conduct electricity. A Thunderstorm Warning is more serious than a Thunderstorm Watch.  However, if a Watch or Warning is issued, take it seriously and find shelter! As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and thunderstorms are in the forecast, remember these tips.  Enjoy and be safe! Happy Memorial Day!

Tornado Awareness

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

All kidding aside, April is Tornado Awareness month.  Are you prepared?  Check out www.ready.illinois.gov for some great preparedness tips.  If you have a business and no emergency plan in place, contact us at (815)436-5735 to set up your no cost Emergency Ready Profile. 

Ice Dams & Winter

1/14/2016 (Permalink)

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2015 FROM SERVPRO OF JOLIET

10/13/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Joliet would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween.  Listed below is our territories trick or treat hours per town:

Joliet 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Crest Hill 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Romeoville 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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