A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.
Know the Difference!
Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
Every year people are killed or seriously injured by severe thunderstorms despite advance warning. While some did not hear the warning, others heard the warning and did not pay attention to it. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may help save lives.
Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather.
Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
- Water—one gallon per person, per day
- Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation & personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family & emergency contact information
- Extra cash
SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda Can assist if you encounter damage to your property from a Thunderstorm! Please Call us at 847-469-6982
Truth about Mold
Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily. Most types of mold grow quickly if they have a water source, an organic food source and temperatures between 60 and 86 Fahrenheit. With the recent heavy rains and thunderstorms, it has caused a lot of damage to roofs as well as ground water in basements. We have been extremely busy keeping up with the damage these storms have caused. some people, who had water in their basements and attics, are now experiencing mold problems. Mold can begin to grow within 48-72 hours of a water damage issue. If you have water in the basement or attic your should consider contacting a professional to assess the damage. The longer it waits the more expensive the cleanup can get!
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Categories of Water
If you have a water leak depending on where the leak is coming from you might now know what type it is. There are 3 types of water categories that can help you determine what kind of water damage you are dealing with. What color is your water, know the difference!
There are 3 Categories of Water
Category 1- Clean Water
Clean water comes from a clean source such as your sink or shower. Clean water or treated water is the least contaminated type of water damage. By definition, Clean water is “clean” because it doesn’t not harm the human body. If left untreated it could quickly turn in to a Category 2 or 3
Category 2 Gray Water
Gray water has some contamination that is harmful to the body. It has bacteria and fungi which can cause the water to look gray. If it is not cleaned up in a timely manner, the water will become more contaminated. Dishwasher, or Washing Machine would be an example of Gray Water.
Category 3 water- Black Water
Black water is grossly contaminated water. It is Very unsanitary, it could cause serious illness, and should be avoided. Sources for Category 3 water could be backed up toilet with feces, septic backed up, flooding from rivers and streams
SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda are here 24hours a day to assist you with any water damage you may have!
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Grilling Safety Do's and Don'ts
May is National BBQ Month, with everyone grilling this time of year it is important to remember that grilling can be very dangerous. Below are some do’s and don’ts to keep friends, family, children, and yourself safe!
The Do’s and Don’ts of grill safety:
- Keep your grill at least ten feet away from your house.
- Make sure to keep your grill clean.
- Always check for gas leaks.
- Make sure to keep decorations or anything that may be flammable up away from your grill.
- Always keep a fire hydrant nearby.
- Keep baking soda near, in case of a grease fire
- Make sure your grill is on a flat surface
- If the flame goes out, remember to wait a few minutes before re-lighting
- Never turn your gas on when the lid is shut.
- Do not leave your grill unattended.
- Never use your grill inside your home.
- Don’t let children play around the grill
- Don't over fill your grill with food-grease could build up and cause a fire
May is National BBQ Month
April showers have passed and barbecues are in full bloom. Perfect weather and longer days make the month of May the perfect time to celebrate National Barbecue Month. Whether you think barbecuing requires gas or charcoal, or that ribs should only be parboiled, or if you insist that asparagus must be sautéed with olive oil, it is time to fire up the BBQ.
Quality matters when it comes to barbecue. The graders at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) certify that meats and other products are of a desired quality. Our grades account for factors such as tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. These are major selling points for any good barbecued foods. When shopping for meats, you can easily identify the USDA grade on most packages.
AMS also has information for people wanting to learn about where their food comes from. Our standards specialists develop marketing claims that provide insight on the animal’s diet, feeding and other factors. Our National Organic Program also has information for people interested in knowing what to expect when products are labeled with a USDA organic seal.
Whether your preference is conventional or organic meats, fruits, or vegetables, National Barbecue Month is a fun time to enjoy some of your favorite foods. Throughout this month and the rest of the grilling season, we encourage you to visit the Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) site for barbecue safety tips. They offer great advice that will take you from shopping at the super market to safely refrigerating leftovers—if there are any!
Science of Drying
Did you know there is actually a science behind the drying process? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers water damage, SERVPRO will:
•Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening
•Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly
•Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment
What exactly does it mean to help "Speed up Mother Nature"? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material--but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda uses equipment to help dry hard wood floors, tough to reach spaces inside your walls and much more. We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific drying process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Little Water Goes a Long Way
Water Damage a Little Water Goes a Long Way
It may not look like much water, but a little bit of water can be a major problem. Any water damage in your house is not a good thing, especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family.
Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into the home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their group.
SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda understands how disruptive black water damages can be for you and your family. We offer 24-hour emergency response, and under normal circumstances we will have our professionals on site within 4 hours to begin the process of mitigation services. We want to help you gain control quickly while drying, deodorizing, and protecting their home and belongings.
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Tips on Removing Graffiti
Regardless of which city or town you go to these days, you'll find signs of graffiti by vandals hoping to cause destruction or draw attention to their message. It's on office building, homes, apartments, shopping centers and subways. Graffiti is applied with a variety of materials like paint, spray paint, etching products and markers, which makes removing graffiti difficult.
Options for Removing Graffiti
The best way to remove graffiti is to determine the type of graffiti product that was used and the type of surface it was applied to. The removal options that follow work the best for removing spray paint, stencils, shoe polish and markers from a number of surfaces.
Scrape off the graffiti with a razor blade, or try paint thinner and rinse the glass clean.
Options include sand blasting or power washing. Chemical graffiti remover may also be effective for removing graffiti.
Sparingly apply paint remover to the surface, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Small amounts of chemical solvents work well to remove graffiti. Care should be taken not to remove the vinyl.
Apply solvents and run it out with sandpaper or steel wool, which works well. Power washing is another option.
It's best to remove graffiti by testing a small area using your selected method to see how well the process works.
Canine Fitness Month
CANINE FITNESS MONTH
During the month of April, Canine Fitness Month focuses on keeping our most loyal companions healthy and physically active.
Like many of their human counterparts, too many dogs suffer from obesity and “sedentarism,” the two most common preventable conditions in the canine and human populations. Too much sitting and too many calories in the form of treats or poor nutrition choices often contribute to weight gain. Besides causing our furry friends to have sore joints, difficulty breathing, a higher risk for cancer, canine diabetes and other diseases, obesity also shortens their lives.
Unfortunately, sedentarism has become the normal lifestyle for many dogs and their people. The opposite of a sedentary lifestyle is movement. Playing, being outside, engaging and moving. Canine Fitness Month encourages us to take a step toward a developing a healthier lifestyle and bond with our four-legged family members.
ALWAYS: Check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet is healthy enough for exercise and find out what kind of diet routine Fido should be eating. Then give some of these tips a try:
- Get walking! This is the obvious first and easiest exercise for most canine and human companions. One foot in front of the other and the fresh air will do you both good.
- Try active play. Throw a ball, stick or frisbee in a safe environment, or better yet – run or jog with your pet to retrieve it.
- Play hide and seek with your pet’s daily allowance of treats. Place them behind doors, under bowls and chairs. Make treating an active reward.
- For dogs unaccustomed to the game of fetch, use a treat dispensing ball that will interest them in retrieving the ball. It may take time to get them to bring the ball back to you, but once the treat is gone, they will in hopes of more treats. Keep the amounts small and intermittent.
- Food fitness games. Place an unstable object in front of the food bowl for your dog to step on as they reach for the food bowl to introduce balance activities and limb strengthening as a fun and rewarding game.
- Raise the floor. Integrating a platform that can be climbed on, or crawled under, during the day is an excellent way to incorporate movement if space is small and the weather isn’t cooperating.
- Many dogs are shadows to their canine companions, following us around everywhere we go even if it is just to lie down under foot. Take advantage of this when starting a new workout routine. Encourage them to participate when you put in the cardio or yoga video. When you shuffle across the room, grab a toy and lure them to do the same.
- Incorporate some of your pooch’s well-known obedience drills – like sit, stand, down – into your yoga routine. When you go into cobra, try asking your loyal pal lie down. When you move into downward dog, have him sit.
- Creating obstacle courses indoors and out is possible the whole year round. With a small amount of equipment or none at all, just moving rugs and chairs around to create obstacles will create a workout worthy of both human and canine. The key is to make movement fun for both of you!
- Don’t have time? Find a Canine Fitness Trainer or a Dog Walker that can help get the recommended 20-30 minutes your dog needs each day.
Do you have a mold problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (847) 469-6982