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Before Thinking Your Wood Floors Are Lost Forever, call SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Broken floors Call SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing to get an expert opinion before thinking your wood floors are lost forever.
 

When your bathroom fixture or dishwasher leaks, the basement floods or a window is left open during a torrential downpour, your flooring can get quite wet. When these things happen, your flooring can sustain enough water damage that it has to be cleaned, repaired or even replaced. The guide below to flooring water damage costs can help you understand what steps will have to be taken to bring your floor back to a preloss state, if possible.

Water Damage to Hardwood Flooring
In humid or wet locations like the laundry area, bathrooms or the basement, flooring contractors try to discourage homeowners from installing hardwood flooring. When there is high humidity or a significant amount of water present, moisture gets into the wood, causing it to expand and producing separating, warping and cracking.

Flooring which is engineered handles humidity a lot better since the underlayment attached is made to expand and contract with normal humidity changes without damaging the solid wood layer on the top. It is however still not a good choice in locations that are humid and wet. In rooms with high RH, avoid wood. Concrete, tile or vinyl is preferred in these areas.

Water Damage to Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is composed of layers of material which will absorb water readily and swell, making the layers separate. This happens when water penetrates past the water-resistant barrier of the laminate top. This is often the result when a flood causing standing water to collect for an extended length of time. In this case, laminate flooring needs to be replaced, as there is no cost-effective way to repair the loss. Therefore, this flooring isn’t recommended for areas that are often humid or wet, either.

Tile Water Damage
Grout and tile are quite water resistant, and this is one of the reasons it’s such a good choice for pool areas, showers, entryways, and bathrooms. Your primary concern is the subfloor, as water can get through cracks in the grout, or around the tile field edges. The subfloor will swell if damaged, and the tile and grout can crack or the tile field in this area will be raised.

Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring Water Damage
These both can stand up to water quite well. It can be dried by using a wet vacuum to get rid of the standing water and fans can be placed in the area to dry up water which could have seeped into the subflooring while increasing the evaporation rate.

Hiring the Professionals
Professional water restoration companies, such as SERVPRO, specialize in drying out flooring of all kinds with pumps, fans, wet vacuums and desiccants. We have the right equipment and knowledge to dry out each kind of flooring properly if it is possible to salvage it, and we also know when it needs replacing. We can also sanitize and deodorize your flooring to stop mold and mildew from growing and to eliminate any potential odors.

When water damage in your Calumet City home affects your flooring, call SERVPRO of Calumet City / Lansing right away at 708-627-0077 so we can come out to your property and perform the water removal and remediation services that you need. We can restore your beautiful home "Like it never even happened."

if Your Business or Home Needs Disinfecting Services In The Chicago Area - SERVPRO Is Only A Call Away!

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Disinfecting Office SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing is proud to have donated over 100 hours of disinfecting to our local first responders during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing is proud to offer disinfecting services for businesses owners and home owners in the Chicago area.  Our disinfecting services can be customized to your budget and the needs of your home or business.  With the highest level of training our technicians are uniquely qualified to adhere to CDC recommendations.

SERVPRO uses hospital grade, EPA registered disinfectants.  Our disinfecting services include electrostatic fogging which allows our disinfectant to touch all areas of your space.  Prior to the fogging process there is also an additional option for our technicians to clean and disinfect highly touched areas by hand.  We also suggest a carpet cleaning to be sure that bacteria and odors form your floors is removed.

If you are interested in a cleaning estimate please call our friendly office staff 24/7/365 at 708-627-0077.  We look forward hearing from you.

SERVPRO Helps Homeowners After Fire Damages

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Home Fire SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing is Here to Help when you need us most! 24/7!
 

At SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing we know that a fire is devastating.  From the very beginning our team will be with you to walk you through the process.  If your home has experienced a fire damage it is likely that you will first need a board up to secure your property and belongings from further damage or theft.  Once your home is boarded up our cleaning crew will come in to assist in gathering your belongings and determine what can be salvaged.  With the highest level of cleaning equipment and technicians we are able to clean and restore to preloss condition many of your personal items.

Once your home is packed out and brought to our secure location, our fire team will begin the process of cleaning your home and removing any effected building materials.  Our on site construction team can begin to rebuild and restore your home once the fire team if finished.  We aim to make the process as simple and easy for you as possible by having several different divisions all under one roof.  

If you or someone you know has experienced a home fire, please give our office a call 24/7/365 at 708-627-0077 for more information on our fire restoration services.

Does Your Lansing Home Have Mold? Call SERVPRO Immediately!

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Closet Door and Mold Closet door from a home that experienced a water loss, but SERVPRO can help!
Mold can cause extensive damage to a home in a very short period of time.  Mold historically only takes about 3 days to begin growing in ideal conditions.  The three things that mold needs to grown is a water source, optimal temperature, and a natural source of food such as drywall.  Once mold begins to take hold in your home it can be very difficult to get rid of it. 

The highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing are trained in determining the water source that caused the growth of the mold.  Once the source is determined we will recommend the work that needs to be done to both remediate the mold and ensure that it will not return in the future.

For more information on our mold remediation services, call our office staff 24/7/365 at 708-627-0077.    

Did You Know About Mold Clean Up and Remediation Basics?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold In Ceiling Mold growth in homes and businesses requires specialized techniques for remediation

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (708)627-0077
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

  • What is “Black Mold”?
  • “Mold Removal” versus Mold Remediation

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Fresno community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,800 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Ask The Experts: Why Do Pipes Freeze?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Winter sure can be pretty to look at, but the unseen things can be just horrific; things like frozen pipes! 

There are many ways to avoid this nightmare, and most homeowners are unaware that there are things they can do to eliminate this very costly disaster in their home or business! 

Why Do Pipes Freeze?

When water freezes, it expands, and this, in a nutshell, is why pipes freeze. What causes the water to freeze?

  • Quick temperature drops
  • Poor insulation
  • Thermostats set too low

While you can’t change the temperature outside, you can definitely prepare your pipes and keep them from being negatively impacted. What can you do? 

Insulate Your Pipes

Heated tape is available as is pipe sleeving that can help keep your pipes toasty when it gets awful outdoors. 

Seal House Leaks

Cold air can get into your home in a number of ways, and some of that is through leaks! Windows that are not fit properly, cracks under your door, and even improper insulation. 

Drip Your Faucets

Letting your faucets drip warm water overnight is a way that you can ensure your pipes will not freeze up. Just a little bit of water is all kit takes to keep things moving and to save you from a potentially costly disaster!

Should disaster strike your home or office, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips: Proactive measures save people money!

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Proactive measures save people money. That is a fact. 

Helping you protect your home from severe weather damage might seem a little odd –after all, residential and commercial storm damage restoration is our business. But at the end of the day, as a local franchise, we are here to help those in our community, whether by doing the work when disaster strikes or by sharing information to help before it does! 

SERVPRO has compiled the best tips to help you protect your home from the season’s storms. 

  • Trim and prune trees regularly. 
  • Look for escaping heat. 
  • Keep up with regular chimney cleaning. 
  • Take steps to prevent frozen pipes. 

Taking these steps can help to prevent icy weather damage, but if the icy weather does damage your home or business, give SERVPRO a call and we will get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: What are the best ways to dry out documents?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

A lot can go wrong if there's a flood in your office. Safety should be your No. 1 concern. Once you account for everyone's well-being, you'll take inventory of the damage. It's common to find wet documents in the aftermath of water issues. Many of these items may be highly sensitive and critical. Luckily, there are methods both you and the professionals can use to preserve these materials.

What You Can Do

For some flooding issues at work, you should let professional crews handle the cleanup. However, there are things you can do to protect your documents and ensure that they dry faster without ruining them.

Carefully remove any books, files, photographs, maps, or other documents from water.
Set out these items in a dry place.
For damp documents, flatten them out between two absorbent pieces of paper or cloth.

Calling In the Pros

Flood restoration crews have experience with document drying, in addition to removing water surfaces. It's a good idea to get help from skilled technicians when your documents have been submerged in water. Widespread damage is also a good reason to enlist the services of professional teams.

The Method

To spare your wet documents, technicians will use freeze-drying methods. To do this, a technician will freeze the materials. The next step is to evaporate the frozen water without allowing it to return to its liquid state. With freeze-drying, you can keep the dried-out paper from wrinkling and crinkling.

Sanitizing

When lying in the water, your documents could come into contact with dirt, debris, and other harmful material. The technicians will disinfect the paper to ensure that it is clean and doesn't pose any danger to you and other users of the documents.
Regardless of the type of wet documents you need to dry and restore, there are ways to save these important items. Follow these guidelines so you don't have to worry about losing your papers.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: How Can I Prevent Water Damage From a Leaky Water Heater?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

If left unnoticed, a leaking water heater can flood your home and damage the surrounding areas. While an especially large leak that has damaged your walls and floors should be handled by a water damage restoration specialist, there are several steps you can take to try and stop the leaking and remove small amounts of water from your home before it becomes a much larger issue.

Common Causes of a Failed Water Heater

Depending on the source of the leak, a broken water heater may just require a quick repair or need to be replaced. If you’re not comfortable trying to repair the tank yourself, you should get the help of a professional plumber. When inspecting the water heater, you’ll find the leak may be at either the bottom or the top of the tank. Here are several common causes of a leaking water heater:

• Leaking drain valve
• Leaking pressure relief valve
• Leaking tank
• Excessive condensation
• Loose cold- and hot-water inlet and outlet connections
• Loose joint or stripped threaded nipple

Water Mitigation Procedures

If you’re sure you have a broken water heater on your hands, you will need to start by turning off the power supply, which can be powered by either electricity or gas and shutting off the water supply. You can shut off the water with either the water heater valve or your home’s main water valve. Once you get the leaking to cease, try to dry the surrounding area as best as possible and move any furniture or personal belongings from the area. If you notice excessive damage, a water damage restoration specialist will help address any damage that has occurred by using special equipment to extract water from your home and completely dry walls, floors, and furniture.

When you discover a leaking water heater, acting fast and stopping the leak will help reduce any harm to your home. Remember to seek professional help for fixing your water heater and addressing any water damage that has occurred.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask the Experts: How Can I Avoid Sewage Problems?

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

A sewage cleaning entails far more than wiping down items. It's a complex situation that involves blocking off rooms, tearing out contaminated materials, and sanitizing space. All of this can take time, leading business owners in to lose valuable sales; therefore, it's in your best interest to become proactive, understanding, and preventing sewage overflows and claims. Here are three things commercial owners can do.

1. Promote Proper Disposal
A toilet overflow occurs when something is blocking the lines. While this may seem simple to fix, it can become more serious. These blocks eventually inhibit water flow when someone runs something else in the building such as a shower or washing machine. The liquid can get blocked, exiting from the nearest source, often a commode; thus, to reduce the chances of this happening, pay attention to what goes down the line. Make sure all employees understand that only toilet paper should be flushed. Post notices for customers to understand this as well. In addition, grease and other congealing items should not be placed down sinks but disposed of within the trashcan.

2. Notice Foundation Changes
At times the sewage cleaning isn't necessitated from something inside. Overgrown tree roots can run into underground systems, creating cracks and obstructions. This small break can take in dirt and eventually stopping up. Eventually, it will bust and category 3 water moves into your establishment. To avoid this, walk the grounds, observing any unusual shifts in the soil, odd puddles developing, or cracks in the cement. If you're uncertain, a water restoration company such as SERVPRO could evaluate the problem, determining the source.

3. Snake the Lines
A clogged pipe can often be remedied by running a snake through the drains. While a plunger uses force to push something down, this tool provides more pressure and application. Should you hear gurgling noises or notice a slow flow, it may be a good time to pull it out and give it a go.
You may be able to avoid sewage cleaning by remaining vigilant. Be cognizant of changes, acting promptly to dodge major complications.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."