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Water Damage After A Snow Storm

12/4/2022 (Permalink)

Snow storms are exciting! Snowmen, sledding, hot chocolate and snow days from work and school are the fun parts of winter storms in Illinois. Unfortunately, severe weather can leave costly and frustrating damage to your home.

The most common causes of property damage to your home caused by winter weather are roof damage caused by heavy snow and ice and flooding caused by burst pipes and "ice dams".  Ice dams are ridges that build up on the edge of your roof that prevent melting water from running off. The water will then find cracks and openings on the roof to enter the attic space and interior of the home. Even with proper maintenance, your home is vulnerable to these situations when snow falls heavily and temperatures drop.

If your home has been damaged by severe winter weather, trust the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Joliet. We will be on site quickly to assess the damage and make a plan to make your home "Like it never even happened." Reach us anytime day or night at 815-436-5735. 

 

Protecting your home against flooding

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning-- the alert that many of us dread because of the concerns that our homes will be affected by it. SERVPRO of Joliet understands that your home is more than a structure: it's your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings that help transform a house into a home.  Here are some helpful suggestions on how to protect your property just in case disaster happens.

 How to Protect Your Property:

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Keep them in a place where it's least likely to be damaged by a flood.
  • Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors if there are areas in your home that are capable of being flooded. 
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps top prevent flood water from backing up into drains of your home. 
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks. 

We are here to help

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Joliet, IL is here to help during this time of need.

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

Doing an Exterior Check on your Home and Commercial Space

11/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Joliet has the expertise needed to handle any restoration job including fire, water, mold, and smoke damage, and also knows how important it is to pay attention to the exterior of your home and commercial space. Especially with seasons changing and many days of rain to come, faulty areas may allow for water to enter, leading to damage. Here are some things around the exterior that should be checked regularly to keep your space running at its highest potential:

  • Clean out your gutters so rain can easily flow through them and drain away from the roof. Gutters filled with leaves, sticks and other debris can become damaged or not work as well.
  • Check that your gutter’s downspouts are properly attached to allow water to drain away from the home. A detached or broken spout can lead to water flooding outside.
  • Make sure the sump pumps in your home are operational and have a working battery. An unexpected, failed sump pump may lead to a slew of future problems.
  • Check that garden hoses are properly attached to prevent water from draining into piping.
  • See if the caulking on your windows needs repair. A ripped seal in the window may allow water to enter the home.

Water Damage in Your Hospitality Facility

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

AT SERVPRO of Joliet, IL we understand that keeping your guests satisfied is your top priority, and you can rest assured that you are ours.

When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible. Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head or a natural disaster, we work to efficiently isolate the damaged area so that basic functions can continue normally, and guests can enjoy your services with minimal impact.

Our professionals are trained to work with your management and maintenance teams to prioritize spaces and make sure that all areas are restored to your complete satisfaction.

Our experience in the hospitality industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following hospitality facilities:

  • Hotels
  • Convention Centers Casinos
  • Resorts
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Banquet Halls

Call Us For Help After A House Fire

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks are gone, your home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Joliet has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Moisture Control Is The Key To Mold Control

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know one of the most effective ways to limit mold is to mitigate water damage as quickly as possible? "Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors-act promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth." Quoated from OSHA 

Water extraction to remove excessive amounts of water followed by fast, thorough drying of the structure and contents is important in preventing mold growth. In the event mold remediation is required, SERVPRO of Joliet will perform mold remediation work according to industry standards. 

5 Things to Know About Water Damage

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, you need to make sure that you're prepared to protect your Joliet, I, home from peril. Water damage can manifest itself in all sorts of ways, whether it's from excessive rainfall, a pipe burst or toilet overflow. Arm yourself with knowledge and study the following tips regarding residential water damage.


1. Call Your Insurance Company Immediately.
If you discover flooding or another type of water damage, you need to contact your insurance company immediately. Your insurance agent can file a claim much more quickly, as well as walk you through the initial damage remediation steps.


2. There's No Time to Waste.
Remediating water damage is all about efficiency. Once the initial accident occurs, it's a race against the clock to see how quickly you can resolve the situation. Secondary damage, such as mold growth, only requires 24 hours to set in.


3. Flood Water Comes in 3 Different Categories.
Flood water is categorized based upon the types of contaminants present. Category 3, also known as black water, poses a significant health hazard and must be handled much more carefully than Category 1, which originates from your water line. Black water floods are also capable of inflicting significantly more damage.


4. Flood Damage and Water Damage Are Not the Same.
Your insurance company treats each disaster differently, depending on the source of the damage. Damage caused by a pipe burst, or other internal accident, is considered water damage. Damage that resulted from a nearby body of water that overflowed onto your property is considered flood damage.


5. Flood Damage is Not Covered by Homeowner's Insurance.
If you live in an area that is more susceptible to flooding, then it's a good idea to purchase a separate flood insurance policy. You also should sit down with your insurance agent to discuss exactly which scenarios your current homeowner's insurance policy actually does cover.
There are steps you can take to help deter water damage, but there's no way to guarantee absolute immunity. If your property has recently suffered a pipe burst, severe flood or other type of water damage, make sure to contact storm remediation experts as soon as possible.

Commercial Large Loss Program

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

Did your commercial property experience a disaster? Do you know who to call? Call SERVPRO of Joliet, no job is too large for us to handle. Our large-loss specialists are strategically positioned to handle any size disaster. The Disaster Recovery Team is made up of the best in restoration. We are ready for any size job at any time of day.

Customers for the Commercial Large Loss program include:

  • Hospitality Industry
  • Property Mangers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a disaster hit our area in Iowa, SERVPRO of Joliet has storm teams on standby. We are prepared for the unpredictable disasters and available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Let us help you get your business back to pre-disaster condition by calling our office.

Mold and Your Duct Work

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC and Mold

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

How to Prevent?

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

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

HVAC and Mold

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

How to Prevent?

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