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We are IICRC Certified

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda 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 Mundelein/North Wauconda

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda 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.

Allergy Season, Cleaning Tips to help!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Allergy Season

Regular housecleaning can get rid of many allergy triggers and help relieve your symptoms.

It helps to know some cleaning tips. Common mistakes -- shampooing carpets or using heavily scented cleaners -- could make your allergies worse, not better.

Here are some ways to keep your house clean and your allergies under control.

  • Vacuum once or twice a week. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Some allergens are so small that they pass right through a regular vacuum filter. That means that every time you vacuum, you could be sucking them off the floor and shooting them into the air, where you breathe them in.
  • Cut clutter. Piles of boxes or clothing can trap dust and hide allergens like dust mites and cockroaches.
  • Wear a mask when you clean. And when you're done with your housework, leave the house for a few hours. It will limit your exposure to allergens you kicked up into the air.
  • Keep the bathroom free of mold. Scrub the tile regularly. Don't forget the shower curtain, too. You may be able to toss it in the washing machine.
  • Wash sheets weekly in hot water. Make sure it's at least 130 F. That's hot enough to kill dust mites. If your child has allergies, do the same with any washable stuffed animals.
  • Don't use scented cleaners or detergents. If you have allergies, the fragrances in cleaners can trigger symptoms. Look for fragrance-free products instead.
  • Don't air-dry laundry. Clothing left outside will pick up pollen and mold. Use the clothes dryer instead.
  • Use a damp cloth and mop when cleaning. They'll trap allergens instead of knocking them into the air.
  • Clean outside entryways. Sweep or vacuum. The cleaner your path or patio is, the less likely someone is to track dust or pollen into your house.
  • Don't shampoo carpets. The leftover moisture could cause mold growth or increase dust mites.
  • Ask another family member to take over some chores. It's better if you avoid jobs like dusting or vacuuming if you are allergic to dust mites.

Other Changes to Make at Home

 These aren't cleaning tips, but they'll make cleaning easier and may help prevent allergy flare-ups.

  • Say goodbye to your rugs. Rugs and carpets can trap allergens. Having vinyl, tile, or hardwood floors reduces your exposure to triggers. Get smaller, washable rugs that you can toss into the laundry.
  • Get special bedding. Use dust-proof covers on your mattress and pillows to keep dust mites out.
  • Get rid of your drapes or horizontal blinds. They trap both dust and allergens. Switch to roll shades.
  • Take shoes off before you go in the house. That way pollens or other triggers won’t get tracked in.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom. It's a key way to protect yourself from dander. Don't ever let pets sleep on the bed if you have pet allergies.
  • Use air-conditioning. Instead of opening windows when it’s hot, use the AC. An air conditioner will filter the air, preventing dust, dirt, pollens, molds, and other triggers from getting in.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/allergy-tips

April is National Lawn and Garden Month

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

National Lawn and Garden Month is celebrated each year in April. By spring we are all anxious to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and the rebirth of all things green. Gardens come in many shapes and sizes and can be adapted to fit your outdoor space. A small garden can yield an amazing amount of produce if properly planned. Flower gardens make a yard look beautiful and welcoming. Vegetable gardens give the added bonus of providing fresh vegetables for your table.

April is the perfect time to clean up your lawn and get it ready for summer. It’s important to get the mowing height right when you mow your lawn. Most lawns do well at 2” to 3”, but it’s a good idea to leave it a little longer during hot months. Leaving the grass clippings on your lawn recycles the plant nutrients back into the soil and is a great fertilizer. Always use a sharp blade for mowing as a dull blade will tear the grass rather than cutting it. Water and fertilize your lawn, but don’t overdo either. A lawn survives better if it is under watered and under fertilized than it does if you overdo it. Too much water will drown the grass and too much fertilizer will burn it.

Spring Cleaning

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is right around the corner! Now is time to start preparing your spring cleaning “to do list”. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes after a long winter. So open up those windows, let the fresh air in, and call SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda to help you with those deep cleaning tasks!

We offer a variety of services to get your home spring ready including:

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning:

SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Wood Floors:

Are your floors dirty and dull? Our technicians can clean and make your wood floors shiny and spotless with our Dirt Dragon cleaning process. Did I mention SERVPRO of River Oaks is a member of the National Hardwood Floor Association? Give us a call and let us bring those floors back to life!

Hard Floors:

Months of salt and dirt tracked into your home and onto your tiled floors? Our technicians can clean the tile and grout and make it like winter never even happened.

Air Duct Cleaning:

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Odor Removal:

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Remember, spring cleaning isn’t only for your home, but also for offices, daycares, businesses, and warehouses. Let us help you get ready for warm weather.

Call us today to schedule a cleaning service, 847-469-6982

Water Damage Time Line

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24-hour a day 847-469-6982

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

•Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

•Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

•Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

•Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

•Drywall begins to swell and break down.

•Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

•Furniture begins to swell and crack.

•Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

•A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

•Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

•Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

•Metal begins to rust and corrode.

•Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

•Paint begins to blister.

•Wood flooring swells and warps.

•Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

•Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

•Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda 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. 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.

Time to Check your sump pump

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Making sure your sump pump works now can prevent problems later.

Weather conditions have been dry for more than a year in parts Lake County, and sump pumps may not have run in a while.

However, with the heavy amount of snow still on the ground, the threat of flooding this spring means homeowners should check their sump pump now to make sure it works properly, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Tom Scherer says.

Sump pumps are available in two basic models: upright (commonly called a pedestal) and submersible. Either works well with proper maintenance, according to Scherer.

This is how a sump pump works: The sump is the pit where the pump sits. The sump may be connected to tile that drains the footings of the house, the area under the entire basement or just the area where the sump is located. A sump pump removes the water that drains into the sump.

The pedestal pump's motor is on top of the pedestal and the pump is at the base, which sits on the bottom of the sump. The motor is not meant to get wet. A ball float turns the pump on and off. One advantage with this type of pump is that the on/off switch is visible, so you can see the ball float's action easily, Scherer says.

Submersible pumps are designed to be submerged in water and sit on the bottom of the sump. The on/off switch is attached to the pump.

Pumps have three main types of on/off controls. The first type uses a ball float attached to the pump and connected to an internal watertight switch. The second type is a sealed, tethered float switch with an on/off setting that is adjustable by changing the length of the tether. The third type uses a diaphragm to sense the water level and turn the pump on and off.

Both pump types should have a check valve on the water discharge pipe so water doesn't flow back into the sump when the pump shuts off. Backflow can cause the pump to turn on and off more frequently than necessary, which decreases the life of the pump.

Here is how to check the Sump Pump:

Make sure the discharge pipe on the side of the house is not frozen shut or plugged and it directs water away from the house.

Make sure the pump is plugged in.

Remove the lid (if the sump has one) and use a flashlight to check if the sump is clean and the pump inlet screens are not plugged.

Slowly pour water into the sump. Try to simulate the speed that water normally would flow into the sump. Watch the on/off switch's action and listen to the pump. Make sure the pump turns on and off at least twice. If something doesn't work or sound right, fix it as soon as possible.

If you have a battery-powered backup sump pump, make sure the battery is fully charged. Then shut off the power to the main sump pump and the battery charging system on the backup pump. Pour water into the sump until the backup pump comes on.

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/newsreleases/2013/april-1-2013/time-to-check-your-sump-pump/

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda can assist if your sump pump has failed, and left you with a mess!

Call us at 847-469-6982

Did you Know Water Damage can Cause Mold?

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business; therefore, it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

Signs of the presences of excessive mold include:

  • Visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Excessive humidity in your home or office

Mold is most likely to occur in the following areas:

  • Dark spaces that receive very little light
  • Spaces already predisposed to high levels of humidity such as in your bathroom

If you have any of these signs of mold, then call us immediately so we can assess the damage. We are here to promptly clean-up any water damage that you may have from a leaking roof to a completely flooded home. Call us today at 847-469-6982 to prevent water from turning into mold growth

Water You Don't See!

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

It may not look like much water, but the cleanup could be way over your head!

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO franchise professional is trained to safely clean and restore your customer's home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture
  • Provide floor service
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide necessary service
  • Apply necessary treatments such as deodorization
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
  • Dispose of refuse

Each SERVPRO franchise professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, a structure is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages such as microbial growth and development.

No matter the size or type of damage, SERVPRO employees are constantly working together as a team to make water damages like they never even happened.

Lake County Residents: SERVPRO specializes in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Lake County Residents: SERVPRO specializes in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are several reasons why your Lake County basement could flood, including:

•A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

•Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

•Storm sewer backup

•Sanitary sewer backup

•Foundation drainage failure

•Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

•And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today -847-469-6982

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

•We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

•We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

•We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing for You to Worry About

•Our Technicians Are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques

•We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

•Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready to Help 847-469-6982

The Water You Don't See

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

With any leak, it’s the water you don't see that can cause the most damage. When you experience a water damage, make the right choice. A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for the unseen water intrusions. While the surface may seem dry, the water you do not see can contain bacteria, or cause mold, rot and other unseen damage.

DID YOU KNOW...The insurance industry estimates that approximately 90 percent of household damages stem from water-related occurrences. The most commonly reported cause is leaky or broken pipes and plumbing fixtures.

AVOID WATER DAMAGE FROM APPLIANCES

Home appliances are considered a leading cause of preventable water damage. By implementing a simple inspection and maintenance program, homeowners can reduce their risk significantly:

  • Dishwasher - Periodically check around the base of the dishwasher, as well as the water supply line under the sink.
  • Refrigerator - For refrigerators with ice makers, periodically check the hose connection attached to the water supply.
  • Washing Machine - Hoses should be inspected regularly for wetness around hose ends, as well as for signs of bulging, cracking or fraying. Hoses should be replaced every three to five years.
  • Water Heater - While the service life of the standard water heater is 10 to 15 years, water heaters should be inspected routinely for signs of leaks or tank rust. Water heaters should be located next to a floor drain or placed inside a drain pan piped to the floor drain.

So before risking the value of your home or further damage by attempting to clean and dry it yourself, or if you want to be sure that a past event is not creating problems today,

CALL SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda 847-469-6982. We have the tools and the knowledge to help you with your Water Damage needs.