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

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

Spring Cleaning

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning

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 winter "Like it 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

Fire Safety Tips For Your Pets

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Nothing is scarier than experiencing a fire in your home, but being prepared is the best way to reduce your fear. Practicing fire drills throughout the year is a great way to prepare your family for the unexpected, but what about your fur babies. Here are some friendly tips on keeping them safe during a fire

Fire Safety Tips For Your Pets

  1. include your pets in your escape plan
  2. put an emergency pet decal on your window to let firefighters know you have pets inside your home.
  3.  Make sure your animal's id/microchip information is up to date.
  4. Make sure you have working smoke detectors.

If you have suffered a fire, we can assist with the cleanup; give us a call if you have any questions.

Water Damage To Your Commercial Building

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call, and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (847) 469-6982

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Mundelein / North Wauconda has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

We are IICRC Certified

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

We are IICRC Certified
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.

The Dangers of Water Intrusion to your Commercial building

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

The Dangers of Water Intrusion to your Commercial building

The Dangers of Water Intrusion to your Commercial building

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of toxic mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health effects may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically subtler. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and its secondary damages such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda 847-469-6982

Lake County Residents, Do you Have Renters Insruance

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Renters Insurance

Renters Insurance

Why do so few renters have insurance? One explanation is that many people incorrectly assume they are covered by their landlord's policy. Another reason is that people underestimate the value of their belongings. If you add up the value of just your clothing and electronics, it probably wouldn't take long to get into the thousands of dollars. One more often overlooked reason is liability: If someone is injured in your house – a friend, neighbor, or the pizza delivery person – they could sue you. Even if you thought you didn't need insurance, here are six good reasons why you should get a renter's insurance policy.

  1. It's affordable.

The average renter's insurance policy costs $187 a year, according to 2011 figures reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2013. Your actual cost will depend on factors, including how much coverage you need, the type of coverage you choose, the amount of your deductible and where you live. If you're in Mississippi, for example, you'll pay the most (average $252 a year); if you live in North or South Dakota, you'll pay the least (average $117 a year).

  1. It covers losses to personal property.

A renter’s insurance policy protects against losses to your personal property, including clothes, jewelry, luggage, computers, furniture, and electronics. Even if you don't own much, it can quickly add up to a lot more than you realize – and a lot more than you'd want to pay to replace everything. According to esurance.com, the average renter owns about $20,000 worth of personal property. [L2]

Renter's policies protect against a surprisingly long list of perils. A standard HO-4 policy designed for renters, for example, covers losses to personal property from perils including:

Damage caused by aircraft

Damage caused by vehicles

Explosion

Falling objects

Fire or lightning

Riot or civil commotion

Smoke

Theft

Vandalism or malicious mischief

Volcanic eruption

Weight of ice, snow or sleet

Windstorm or hail

Damage from water or steam from sources including household appliances, plumbing, heating, air conditioning or fire-protective sprinkler systems

Note: Losses resulting from floods and earthquakes are not covered in standard policies. A separate policy or rider is required for these perils. In addition, a separate rider might be needed to cover wind damage in areas prone to hurricanes. And renter’s insurance policies don't cover losses caused by your own negligence or intentional acts. For example, if you fall asleep with a lit cigarette and cause a fire, the policy most likely will not cover the damage. To learn more, read Eight Financial Safeguards If Disaster Strikes and the Hurricane Insurance Deductible Fact Sheet.

  1. Your landlord might require it.

 Your landlord's insurance covers the structure itself and the grounds, but not your belongings. A growing number of landlords require tenants to purchase their own renter's insurance policies, and they'll expect to see proof. This could be the landlord's idea, or it could be an "order" from the landlord's insurance company – the idea being that if the tenants are covered themselves, some responsibility can be shifted away from the landlord. If you need assistance finding or obtaining coverage, your landlord may be able to help.

  1. It provides liability coverage.

 Liability coverage is also included in standard renter’s insurance policies. This provides protection if someone is injured while in your home or if you (or another covered person) accidently injure someone. It pays any court judgments as well as legal expenses, up to the policy limit.

Most policies provide at least $100,000 of liability coverage, and between $1,000 and $5,000 for medical-payments coverage. You can request (and pay for) higher coverage limits. If you need more than $300,000 of liability coverage, ask your insurance company about an umbrella policy, which can provide an additional $1 million worth of coverage for about $150 to $300 a year.

  1. It covers your belongings when you travel.

 Renter's insurance covers your personal belongings, whether they are in your home, car, or with you while you travel. Your possessions are covered from loss due to theft and other covered losses anywhere you travel in the world. Check your policy or ask your insurance agent for details on what constitutes "other covered losses."

  1. It may cover additional living expenses.

 If your home becomes uninhabitable due to one of the covered perils, your renter's insurance policy may cover “additional living expenses,” including the cost associated with living somewhere else temporarily, food and more. Check with your policy to find out how long it will cover additional living expenses, and if it caps the amount the company will pay.

The Bottom Line

 Renter's insurance provides coverage for your personal belongings, whether they are in your home, car or with you while you're on vacation. In addition, renter's insurance provides liability coverage in case someone is injured in your home or if you accidently cause injury to someone.

Be sure you understand what your policy covers, and ask your agent about available discounts, deductibles and coverage limits. For example, be sure you know whether your insurance provides replacement cost coverage (RCC) for your personal property or actual cash value (ACV). The first will pay to replace your 15-year-old carpet, say, with a new one, at current market rates, while the second will only reimburse you for the value of a carpet that's 15 years old. RCC costs more.

Source: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/082714/6-good-reasons-get-renters-insurance.asp

Time to Check your Sump Pump

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

It is that time of year where snow is starting to melt, and spring rain showers are on the horizon. This is the time to make sure your sump pump is working properly, so you don't have water damage to your home. 

Here are a few quick maintenance tips to ensure your sump pump works when you need it most.

  1. Clean the debris- cleaning the debris in the sump pit, a lot of things can make their way down into the pit, causing the float mechanism to fail.
  2. Add a backup power source- having a backup power source is the best way to avoid your sump pump stops working. Losing power during a storm will cause your sump pump to stop running; having a generator is the best power source to have. Also, having your sump pump on a surge protector is a great way to keep your sump pump running.
  3. Check the discharge pipe- discharged pipes are used to remove water from your home; check for moisture because that could mean the pipe is leaking. 

If your sump pump has failed and you have water damage, please give us a call! We are here to help.

Are you properly insured?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

When you are looking around at insurance companies, one thing they might forget to mention is sump and sewer rider coverage; without that, your basement would not be covered if your sump pump goes out. Also, there is always a limit on how much you are covered. We have witnessed firsthand how many homeowners are not properly covered and had to pay thousands out of pocket. We urge everyone to call their insurance company and find out if you have the sump and sewer rider and what's your limit.
If you have any questions regarding this, please give us a call.
We want to make sure your home has the best coverage for unexpected emergencies.

Jobs that can be Biohazardous

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda professionals are trained to safely and effectively removed bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.

Blood-borne Pathogens

SERVPRO Mundelein/North Wauconda remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO is recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. SERVPRO help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Call us today for more information

847-469-6982