Recent Storm Damage Posts

Do You Have A Plan In Place If Your Power Goes Out?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Power outage You can call us to help if disaster strikes! We are faster to any disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened."

 Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS: 

Prepare NOW

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

You can call us to help if disaster strikes! We are faster to any disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened."

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."

Wing Damage Is Nothing For Our SERVPRO Team

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on a home caving in the roof Strong winds can cause major damage but SERVPRO of Calumet City/Lansing can help.

Fall is the time of year when heavy winds can cause property damage to homes and businesses.  As warm air meets cold air there is always a chance of tornadoes or micro bursts.  Wind speeds of 50 miles per hour can easily lift and tear of shingles off of a roof.  Trees with weaker limbs are also susceptible to breakage due to high winds. 

SERVPRO of Calumet City/ Lansing is always ready to help should your home or business need repairs or emergency board up or tarp off services.  With an always ready dedicated team for board ups we can quickly respond to secure your property. 

Our on site construction team will be able to get you an estimate for repairs and work with your insurance company to restore your building to its previous condition. 

For more information on our emergency services or our construction team please call our office today at 708-627-0077.