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When Storms or Floods hit Lake County, SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda is ready!

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit Lake County, SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda is ready!

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit lake County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 847-469-6982

June is National Safety Month

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

June is National Safety Month

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries.

Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.

How can National Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

  • Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse
  • Driving, biking, and working safely
  • First aid and emergency preparedness
  • Preventing slips, trips, and falls

Everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries. Together, we can share information about steps people can take to protect themselves and others.

Source:https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/JuneToolkit2.aspx

Emergency Ready Profile

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

When disaster strikes, every minute counts. Here at SERVPRO® of Mundelein/North Wauconda, we help local businesses prepare in advance for building disasters. By creating an Emergency Ready Profile, you minimize interruptions in the daily operations of your business by having an immediate plan of action in place should disaster strike. The Emergency Ready Profile provides immediate contact information and other important details that provide a guide to get your business back up and running after a disaster. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Be ready and get a free Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda.

Emergency Ready Profile

An ERP contains the following:

Action Plan – What to do in what order to ensure the safety of occupants and minimize structural damage.

Contact Info – Phone numbers for emergency services, building maintenance, and key contractors.

Utility Shutoffs – Photos and descriptions of the locations of water, electric, and heating fuel shutoffs. If a key is needed for access, we note who holds the key.

Building Specific Info – An ERP can be customized to add any information specific to your building or industry that helps with your disaster response.

To find out more give us a call! 847-469-6982

Categories of Water

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Please Call Us at 847-469-6982

Science of Drying

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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."

Grilling Safety Do's and Don'ts

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Grill Safety

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:

Do:

  • 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

Don’ts:

  • 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

National Disasters

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is almost here, and with summer we have natural disaster that happen. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and Wild fires happen all over the US.  In Illinois, we have already experienced a massive amount of rain. Luckily, our SERVPRO team is here for any natural disaster. We respond to water, mold, and fire damage! Here are some weather events to look out for during the spring and summer months:

  • Hurricanes– Hurricanes form over the ocean when the water is warm. Hurricanes are powerful winds that can cause flooding, destruction to power lines, homes, buildings, and trees. Hurricane season starts June 1st-November
  • Tornadoes– Tornadoes are intense winds that create and look like a funnel. Tornadoes could destroy buildings, houses, create flying debris that could be deadly, and they can flip cars. Tornadoes could happen anywhere at any time of the year
  • Floods– Lake County IL has experienced flooding the last couple of years due to heavy rain fall. Flooding can cause home or business damage, being in a parking garage, or basement during a massive flood could be dangerous. floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.
  • Wild Fires– 4 out of 5 wild fires are started by people, having a camp fire, smoking, but even nature can help ignite fires with drought, hot winds, lightning, and even the sun! wild fires can destroy homes, wildlife within minutes.

If you are anyone you know has suffered a Natural Disaster, Call SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda

Flooded Basement! Tips on how to avoid it

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

7 tips to help prevent Basement flooding!

  1. Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts

Cleaning your gutters and maintaining your downspouts is an essential part of maintaining your home. By keeping your gutters free of debris and ensuring downspouts are properly positioned away from the foundation, water from rain and storms will flow freely, rather than pooling up against your home.

Downspouts should direct water at least three feet away from your foundation; in most cases, using downspout extensions or troughs is necessary to achieve this distance. While cleaning your gutters and maintaining your downspouts can be a bit of annoyance, it’s a relatively simple and inexpensive task.

  1. Properly landscape your yard

The slope of your yard or the shape of your flower bed could be contributing to your water issues. Seems crazy, right? Consider this: if the slope of your yard directs water towards your home, water will pool up around your property, and eventually find a way in. Depending on your specific landscaping issue, you may need to regrade your lawn, or even have a French drain installed.

  1. Inspect and repair foundation cracks

Cracks in your home’s foundation can act as an open invitation to water intrusion. To prevent basement flooding or water damage, visually inspect the exterior of your foundation, basement walls and floors on a regular basis. If you come across any cracks during your inspection, fill them with epoxy. If leaking still persists, or you encounter a more serious foundation problem, call a professional.

  1. Practice proper sump pump maintenance

Sump pump failure is the most frequent cause of basement floods. If your home has a sump pump, you’ve already got a great defense in combating mold, water damage, and flooding. However, simply owning a sump pump doesn’t give you a “get out of jail free” card – you’ve got to maintain it too.

If you know a huge storm is headed your way, check to make sure your sump pump is working properly and is plugged in. Also, consider investing in a generator for your sump pump and a replacement to keep on hand, just in case you lose power or the pump fails when you need it most. Keep in mind, if your basement floods as a result of a broken sump pump, your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the damage.

  1. Inspect sewers and clean septic systems

When was the last time you had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned? Skipping out on sewer inspections and septic tank cleanings is a sure-fire way to invite havoc into your home, as clogs, sewer backups and overflows are bound to eventually happen with lack of maintenance.

  1. Install window well covers

Homes with below-grade basement windows should always be protected with window well covers. When fastened securely over your basement windows and latched on to your home’s foundation, window well covers work wonders in waterproofing your basement. To keep your basement bright, look for clear acrylic window well covers.

  1. Get familiar with your insurance

Do you have flood insurance? How about additional coverage for sewer backups? This won't prevent basement flooding per se, but if you don’t know the answer to either of these questions, take a few moments to review the details of your home’s insurance policy.

Source: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/7-tips-prevent-basement-flooding.htm

Do you Have Mold

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

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.