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Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Wauconda Homes?

5/6/2024 (Permalink)

A person with water damage from a broken pipe calls for help. We restore water damage “Like it never even happened” in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams restore water damage throughout the year in Lake County. Our water damage restoration technicians are highly trained and have the experience and equipment to mitigate and restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Here are some tips from the Institute for Business and Home Safety to prevent water damage and broken pipes:

  • Never pour grease down the drain.
  • Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping.
  • If your home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system, a particular problem for older homes, or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into your sewer system.
  • Call a professional if you notice signs of a plumbing problem.
    • An increased monthly water bill
    • Banging pipes
    • Rust stains
    • Moisture in the walls or on the floor
    • Signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation

What makes us a top choice for water damage restoration services?

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

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When your Wauconda home or commercial business has water damage from broken pipes, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Routine Inspection of Smoke Alarm Systems Saves Lives in Mundelein?

4/30/2024 (Permalink)

A person replaces a battery in a smoke detector. We restore fire damage 24 hours daily in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are on call and ready to respond to fire damage emergencies 365 days a year in Lake County. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges people to replace all home smoke alarm systems every ten years. Here are some smoke alarm facts from the NFPA:

  • In 2014-2018, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (54 percent) of the home fires reported to United States fire departments.
  • Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (41 percent) or no working smoke alarms (16 percent).
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (13.0 deaths vs. 5.8 deaths per 1,000 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, two of every five (41percent) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (26 percent) of the smoke alarm failures.

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When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has a fire damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Guidelines For Food Safety During a Power Outage in Wauconda?

4/23/2024 (Permalink)

A person holds their nose while looking inside a refrigerator after a power outage. We restore storm damage 24 hours daily in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams restore storm damage every year in Wauconda. After a power outage, ensuring food safety is crucial to prevent illness caused by spoiled or contaminated food. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Check the Temperature: Discard perishable foods stored above 40°F for over 2 hours. Food thermometers can be used to check the temperature of refrigerated foods.

Inspect Food: Examine perishable items such as meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, and leftovers for signs of spoilage, such as an off odor, unusual texture, or discoloration. When in doubt, throw it out.

Keep Freezer Closed: A full freezer will keep food frozen for about 48 hours, while a half-full freezer will maintain temperature for about 24 hours if the door remains closed. Avoid opening the freezer unnecessarily to preserve the cold.

Consume or Cook Perishables: Consume refrigerated perishable foods like meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and leftovers within 4 hours if stored above 40°F. Alternatively, cook these foods thoroughly to kill any bacteria before consumption.

Practice Good Hygiene: Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling food to prevent cross-contamination. Clean and sanitize utensils, countertops, and surfaces that may have come into contact with spoiled food.

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When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has a storm damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wauconda Home Inspection Reveals Hidden Water Damage?

4/16/2024 (Permalink)

A person is using an infrared camera to detect temperature differences. We are leaders in water damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams use infrared cameras and hygrometers to detect hidden water damage. An infrared camera detects temperature differences, allowing it to identify moisture or water infiltration areas. When moisture is present in a wall, it alters the material's thermal properties, causing it to emit or absorb heat differently than surrounding dry areas. The infrared camera can capture these temperature variations, indicating the potential presence of water damage.

Once areas of concern are identified with the infrared camera, a hygrometer can measure the moisture content of the affected materials. A hygrometer measures humidity levels in the air or moisture levels in building materials. By inserting the hygrometer probes into the wall or placing them near suspected areas of water damage, technicians can obtain quantitative data about the extent of moisture infiltration.

By combining the qualitative information from the infrared camera with the quantitative data from the hygrometer, professionals can accurately assess the severity and extent of water damage within the wall. This approach allows for targeted remediation efforts, minimizing the need for invasive or destructive inspection methods.

Ultimately, using infrared cameras and hygrometers provides a non-invasive and effective means of detecting hidden water damage, enabling timely mitigation to prevent further structural deterioration and mold growth.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or business in Wauconda has water damage from a broken pipe. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Outbreak Discovered Underneath Refrigerator in Mundelein Home?

4/9/2024 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores are shown. We are leaders in mold remediation services in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams often discover mold damage during water damage inspections and assessments. A leaking water supply line underneath a refrigerator poses a significant risk of triggering a hidden mold outbreak within a home. The continuous moisture from the leak creates an ideal environment for mold growth, especially in dark and confined spaces where the leak may go unnoticed for an extended period.

Initially, the leak introduces moisture to the surrounding area, such as the flooring or subfloor beneath the refrigerator. This moisture promotes mold spore germination, and as the mold colony forms, it begins to spread along surfaces and into nearby materials.

Because the leak is underneath the refrigerator, the mold growth remains hidden from plain sight, allowing it to increase unchecked. Over time, the mold may penetrate further into building materials like wood or drywall, exacerbating the problem.

The warmth generated by the refrigerator's motor also contributes to the ideal conditions for mold growth, as mold thrives in warm, damp environments.

As the mold colony expands, it releases spores into the air, which can circulate throughout the home via the HVAC system, spreading to other areas inside the home.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or business has a water-related mold outbreak. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Spring Rainstorm Causes Water Damage to Home in Wauconda?

4/2/2024 (Permalink)

A person is caught outside during a spring rainstorm. We respond to water damage emergencies in Lake County 24 hours a day.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are leaders in storm damage restoration services. Wauconda, Illinois, typically experiences moderate rainfall during the spring months. Like much of the Midwest region of the United States, spring in Wauconda is characterized by variable weather patterns, including periods of rain, occasional thunderstorms, and gradual warming temperatures.

During the spring, Wauconda may receive precipitation from various weather systems, including frontal boundaries, low-pressure systems, and occasional severe weather events. Rainfall amounts can vary from year to year and even from one spring season to another, influenced by factors such as atmospheric conditions, prevailing wind patterns, and the position of weather systems.

While spring rainfall in Wauconda is generally not as high as in some other regions known for heavy precipitation during this season, such as parts of the Southern United States or the Pacific Northwest, residents can still expect a fair amount of rain as part of the seasonal transition from winter to summer.

Residents and visitors to Wauconda should stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared for varying conditions during the spring months, including the possibility of rain showers and thunderstorms.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business has water damage from heavy rain. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Home Shows Visible Signs of Frozen Pipe Damage?

3/26/2024 (Permalink)

Frost and ice accumulation is a visible sign of frozen pipe damage. We restore frozen pipe damage in Lake County 24 hours a day.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are leaders in water damage restoration services. Visible signs of frozen pipe damage can vary, but here are some common signs to look for:

Bulging or Burst Pipes: Frozen pipes can burst open in severe cases. This can result in visible damage to the pipe, such as bulging or cracks, which may lead to water leakage when the pipe thaws.

Water Stains or Discoloration: Check for water stains or discoloration on walls, ceilings, or floors near plumbing fixtures or pipes. This can indicate that water has leaked from a frozen or burst pipe.

Dripping or Puddles: Look for dripping water or puddles around pipes, especially in basements or crawl spaces. Even small leaks can lead to moisture buildup and visible signs of water damage.

Frost or Ice Accumulation: If you can access the area where the pipes are located, look for frost or ice accumulation on the exterior of the pipes.

Reduced Water Flow: If you notice a significant reduction in water pressure or flow from a faucet or shower, it could signify frozen pipes in the supply line.

Sagging or Damaged Ceiling or Drywall: If pipes are located in the ceiling or walls, damage from frozen pipes can cause the ceiling or drywall to sag, bulge, or damage due to water leakage.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Mundelein has frozen pipe damage. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Ice Dams Cause Attic Water Leaks and Mold Outbreak in Wauconda Home?

3/19/2024 (Permalink)

Water drips through a water-damaged ceiling in a home. We restore ice dam damage in Lake County 24 hours a day.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are leaders in ice dam damage restoration services in Wauconda. Mold outbreaks can become a significant issue when there is ice dam damage in an attic space of a home. When ice dams form, they can allow water to penetrate the roof and leak into the attic. This trapped moisture creates a damp and humid environment in the attic, which is ideal for mold growth. Several factors contribute to how mold outbreaks occur when this occurs:

Moisture Accumulation: The water leaking into the attic provides the necessary moisture for mold spores to thrive.

Warmth: Attic spaces can be relatively warm, especially if heat escapes from the living areas below, creating a favorable temperature for mold growth.

Poor Ventilation: Inadequate attic ventilation prevents proper air circulation, trapping moisture and increasing humidity levels.

Organic Materials: Attic insulation, wood framing, and sheathing provide organic surfaces that mold can feed on.

Time: Ice dams and the subsequent water intrusion can go unnoticed for an extended period, allowing mold to establish colonies and spread.

To mitigate mold outbreaks, it's crucial to address the root causes of ice dams by improving insulation, ventilation, and roofing and promptly addressing any water damage and mold remediation when necessary.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business is damaged by ice dams. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Creosote Buildup Causes Chimney Fire in Mundelein Home?

3/12/2024 (Permalink)

Soot covers the inside of a chimney. We restore fire damage in Lake County 24 hours a day.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in smoke damage cleanup and restoration services. A chimney fire occurs when the buildup of combustible materials within a chimney ignites and creates a blaze. This dangerous situation can happen for several reasons:

Creosote Accumulation:  The most common cause of chimney fires is the accumulation of creosote, a highly flammable substance.

Inadequate Ventilation: Chimneys are designed to provide a safe and efficient path for removing smoke and hot gases from the fireplace or stove. If the chimney is obstructed or not properly ventilated, it can lead to a buildup of heat and flammable gases, increasing the fire risk.

Burning Inappropriate Materials: Materials like paper, cardboard, or other non-seasoned wood can produce excess creosote and contribute to chimney fires.

Cracked or Damaged Chimney Liner: A damaged or cracked chimney liner can expose the surrounding structure to excessive heat and flames, potentially causing a chimney fire.

Infrequent Cleaning and Maintenance: Lack of regular chimney cleaning and maintenance can lead to creosote buildup and increase the likelihood of a fire.

To prevent chimney fires, it's essential to have regular chimney inspections, cleanings, and proper burning practices. Using seasoned wood and following safety guidelines for fireplace or stove usage can significantly reduce the risk of chimney fires and ensure the safe operation of your heating system.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business is damaged by fire. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

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Wauconda Home Damaged in March Storm?

3/5/2024 (Permalink)

Huge storm clouds fill the sky in March in Illinois. We restore winter storm damage in Lake County 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Waucond is always ready to respond to storm damage emergencies that occur every winter in Wauconda, Lake County, IL. During March, the transition from winter to early spring weather can bring about various types of storms and weather events in the area.

Snowstorms: March is still considered part of the winter season in Lake County, and snowstorms are possible. Heavy snowfall can lead to snow accumulation, slick roads, and travel disruptions.

Rainstorms: As temperatures gradually rise in March, rainstorms become more common. These can bring heavy rain, leading to localized flooding, especially if the ground is frozen or saturated from melted snow.

Mixed Precipitation: Lake County can experience mixed precipitation events in March, including snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain. These conditions can make driving hazardous and create slippery surfaces.

Thunderstorms: As the atmosphere becomes more unstable with increasing temperatures, thunderstorms become possible in March. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain, increasing the risk of power outages and flooding.

Flooding: The combination of melting snow and spring rains can lead to the potential for flooding, particularly in low-lying areas, near rivers, and in areas with poor drainage.

It's important for Lake County, IL, residents to stay informed about weather forecasts and any severe weather warnings or advisories issued by local authorities during March.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Wauconda is damaged by a storm. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Rain Gutter System Destroyed by Ice Dam Formation in Mundelein?

2/27/2024 (Permalink)

An ice dam covers a rain gutter. We restore ice dam damage in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are leaders in water damage restoration services. Ice dams can damage rain gutters through a combination of factors related to freezing, thawing, and the weight of ice and snow. The damage to rain gutters from ice dams can occur as follows:

Ice buildup: As water from melting snow runs down the roof and into the gutters, it encounters the cold air and freezing temperatures at the roof's edge. This causes the water to freeze within the gutters, forming ice columns or ice dams inside the gutters.

Weight and stress: The weight of the ice dams and the frozen water within the gutters can exert significant pressure on the gutter system. Gutters are not designed to support such weight, leading to stress on the gutter brackets, hangers, and seams.

Detachment and damage: This stress can cause gutters to pull away from the house, damaging or dislodging gutter hangers and brackets over time. Additionally, the expansion of freezing water can lead to cracks and fractures in the gutter material.

Water infiltration: As the ice dams block the gutters, melting snow and ice have nowhere to go, potentially causing water to back up under the roofline and into the roof structure, leading to additional damage to the roof and attic.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Mundelein needs ice dam damage restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wauconda Residents Brace for Powerful Winter Storm?

2/20/2024 (Permalink)

People stay warm by a fire during a winter storm. We restore winter storm damage in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams want everyone to stay safe during a winter storm. Here are some precautions from the American Red Cross that can help you weather winter storms safely:

  • Stay warm indoors to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Before the winter season begins, make sure you can heat your home safely. Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping.
  • Consider using an indoor thermometer or thermostat to monitor the temperature inside
  • Plan to check on loved ones and neighbors to make sure they are staying warm. This is especially important for older adults and babies.
  • Drink plenty of warm fluids but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Avoid travel if you can.
  • If you must go outside, plan to dress properly. Keep your nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes covered in warm, dry clothing. These areas are the first to be at risk for frostbite.
  • Wear layers of loose clothing, a coat, hat, mittens, and water-resistant boots. Use a scarf to cover your face and mouth.
  • Know where you will go if your home becomes too cold. You could go to a friend’s house, a public library, or a warming center.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your Wauconda home or commercial business needs winter storm damage restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Family Avoids Frozen Pipe Damage?

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

A person insulates pipes to prevent them from freezing. We restore frozen pipe damage in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are leaders in water damage restoration services. Frozen pipes are a constant challenge during the freezing winter months, but there are things that can be done to prevent pipes from freezing. Here are some steps to minimize the chances of frozen pipe damage this winter:

  • Insulate: Insulate exposed pipes with foam or heat tape.
  • Seal gaps: Seal gaps and cracks in walls and around windows to prevent drafts.
  • Keep indoor temperatures up: Maintain a consistent indoor temperature, even when away.
  • Open faucets: Allow a small, steady drip from faucets during extreme cold.
  • Cabinet doors: Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to allow warm air to circulate.
  • Exterior faucets: Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and faucets.
  • Insulate the attic: Ensure proper insulation in the attic to prevent cold air from reaching pipes.
  • Pipe insulation: Apply pipe insulation in unheated areas like basements and crawl spaces
  • Heat tape: Use heat tape for added protection on susceptible pipes.
  • Monitor weather: Stay informed about severe cold spells and take extra precautions.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Mundelein needs frozen pipe damage restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Heating Equipment Cause of Fire Damage in Wauconda Home?

2/6/2024 (Permalink)

A person warms their hands by a space heater. We are leaders in fire damage restoration in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to fire damage emergencies more often during the cold winter months than at any other time of the year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Here are some heating fire facts from the NFPA:

Based on 2016-2020 annual averages:

  • Space heaters were the type of heating equipment responsible for the largest shares of losses in home heating equipment fires, accounting for one-third of the fires, but nearly nine out of ten deaths and four out of five of the injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment.
  • Fires originating in a kitchen or cooking area accounted for the largest share of home heating fires (17 percent).
  • While the larger (non-confined) fires involving fireplaces or chimneys were involved in fewer than one in ten fires caused by heating equipment (7 percent), they caused just over one-fifth of the direct property damage (22 percent).
  • Nearly half of the heating equipment fires (46 percent) occurred in the three-month period from December through February.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Wauconda needs fire damage restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Are the Signs of Ice Dam Damage in Mundelein?

1/30/2024 (Permalink)

A water stain is visible on the ceiling. We restore ice dam damage in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams restore ice dam damage often during the winter months. Here are some visible signs to look for when inspecting your home for ice dam damage:

Icicles: Large, hanging icicles forming along the eaves or gutters are often a clear sign of ice dams.

Water Stains: Look for water stains or discoloration on interior ceilings and walls.

Dripping or Leaking: Water dripping from the ceiling or walls, especially during or after a snowstorm, can be a direct result of ice dam-related leaks.

Damaged Gutters and Downspouts: Ice dams can place added stress on gutters and downspouts, causing them to sag or become damaged.

Peeling Paint or Wallpaper: Moisture from ice dam leaks can cause paint or wallpaper to peel, crack, or blister on interior walls and ceilings.

Warped or Stained Wood: Wooden elements like rafters, sheathing, or attic insulation can become warped, stained, or discolored when exposed to moisture from ice dams.

Sagging or Damaged Drywall: Excessive moisture can weaken and damage drywall, leading to sagging or visible bulges.

Mold and Mildew: Prolonged moisture from ice dam leaks can promote the growth of mold and mildew, which may be visible on walls, ceilings, or attic.

Curling Shingles: Ice dams can cause the shingles near the eaves to curl or become damaged due to the freeze-thaw cycle.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business needs ice dam restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Why Are We a Leader in Commercial Cleaning and Restoration Services in Wauconda?

1/23/2024 (Permalink)

A business owner is getting an update on a restoration project. We restore clean and restore commercial properties 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in commercial property damage restoration services. We know that fast mitigation services keep businesses operational and save time and money in many cases.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Denver

When there is a fire or water damage emergency, fast mitigation can make the difference between a quick restoration job and a more time-consuming and costly repair. Our technicians are on-call and available 24 hours a day to respond to commercial property damage emergencies in Wauconda. We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One-Four-Eight-Hour Rule

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Disasters can be stressful and chaotic. We have relationships with all major insurance companies and can assist with the insurance process and paperwork. No matter what kind of property damage you have, you can rely on us to be with you every step of the way and to keep you informed on the progress until the job is completed.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your commercial property or home needs cleaning and restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Household Appliances Cause Property Damage in Mundelein Homes?

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

A leaking water heater is shown. We restore water and fire damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to property damage emergencies throughout the year in Mundelein. Here are some examples of damage caused by household appliances:

Washing Machine Leaks: A malfunctioning washing machine or damaged hoses can result in water leaks. These leaks can lead to water damage to floors, walls, and nearby furnishings, as well as potential mold growth if not addressed promptly.

Dishwasher Leaks: Faulty seals, pumps, or hoses in dishwashers can cause leaks, leading to water damage to kitchen cabinets, floors, and adjacent areas.

Refrigerator Leaks: Issues with ice makers or condensation lines in refrigerators can result in water leaks onto kitchen floors, potentially causing damage to flooring and nearby structures.

Water Heater Failures: A failing water heater can lead to leaks, which can cause significant water damage, especially if the water heater is located in an attic or on an upper floor.

HVAC System Leaks: Air conditioning units or heating systems can develop condensation or refrigerant leaks, leading to water damage to ceilings, walls, and flooring.

Oven or Stove Fires: Malfunctions in cooking appliances can result in fires that damage kitchen cabinets, walls, and ceilings.

Microwave Oven Fires: Overheating or malfunctioning microwave ovens can cause fires that can extend to surrounding cabinetry and walls.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when you have property damage from a failed appliance. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Should I Call for Professional Help If I Discover Frozen Pipe Water Damage in My Home in Wauconda?

1/9/2024 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe drips icicles. We restore frozen pipe damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in emergency water damage mitigation and restoration services. Calling for professional help when you have frozen pipe water damage in your home is a good idea for several reasons.

First, professionals have the expertise and experience to assess the extent of the damage accurately. They can identify hidden issues that may not be immediately apparent, such as structural damage, compromised insulation, or electrical concerns resulting from the water intrusion.

Secondly, professionals can safely and effectively thaw frozen pipes without causing further damage. Using improper techniques or excessive heat can exacerbate the problem, leading to burst pipes and more extensive water damage.

Additionally, professionals have the necessary equipment to address water damage swiftly and efficiently. They can use industrial-grade pumps, dehumidifiers, and drying techniques to remove excess moisture and prevent mold growth, which can be a significant concern after water damage.

Lastly, hiring professionals can save you time and reduce the stress associated with dealing with water damage. They can handle the cleanup, restoration, and necessary repairs, allowing you to focus on getting your home and life back to normal.

Overall, professional help ensures that frozen pipe water damage is addressed thoroughly, minimizing the long-term impact on your home, and providing peace of mind during a challenging situation.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when you have frozen pipe water damage. We’ll restore your property damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Wauconda Home Damaged by Recent Snowstorm?

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

Heavy snow covers a roof. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to storm damage emergencies every winter in Wauconda. Snowfall during a winter storm can cause structural damage to homes, leading to costly repairs. One major concern is snow accumulation on roofs. Heavy snow can add significant weight to a roof structure, potentially exceeding its load-bearing capacity. This excess weight can lead to roof collapse or other damage, especially in older homes or those with existing weaknesses.

Snow can also affect a home's foundation. As snow accumulates around the base of the house, it can melt and seep into the foundation, leading to cracks and leaks. The freeze-thaw cycle can exacerbate these issues, causing further damage over time.

Additionally, exterior components like gutters, downspouts, and siding can suffer damage from heavy snow and ice. Gutters and downspouts can become clogged with ice and debris, preventing proper drainage and potentially causing them to detach from the house. Siding can crack or warp due to moisture and freezing temperatures.

In Wauconda, where winter storms are common, proactive measures such as roof inspections, adequate insulation, and proper drainage systems are crucial for homeowners to protect their homes from potential snow-related damage.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are leaders in storm damage restoration services. When your home or business has storm damage, we will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Businesses Rely on Us for Commercial Property Damage Restoration Services?

12/27/2023 (Permalink)

A commercial building is damaged in a fire. We are leaders in commercial property damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams restore commercial property damage throughout the year in Mundelein. Commercial property damage can result from various causes, including natural disasters, accidents, vandalism, or intentional acts. Here are some examples:

Fire and Smoke Damage: Fires can devastate commercial properties, causing structural damage, charring interiors, and leaving behind smoke and soot residue that can impact both the building and its contents.

Water Damage: Water damage can occur from sources like burst pipes, leaks, or heavy rainfall. It can lead to structural weakening, mold growth, and damage to equipment, inventory, and documents.

Natural Disasters: Commercial properties can suffer significant damage due to natural disasters. Roofs may be torn off, windows shattered, and structures weakened or demolished.

Vandalism and Graffiti: Malicious acts such as vandalism and graffiti can deface the exterior and interior of commercial buildings, requiring costly repairs and cleanup.

Vehicle Collisions: Accidents involving vehicles, such as delivery trucks or cars, can lead to damage to the building's exterior, including walls, storefronts, and structural components.

HVAC and Electrical Issues: Faulty heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems or electrical malfunctions can lead to fires or other types of damage.

Explosions: Explosions caused by gas leaks or other hazardous materials can result in catastrophic damage to commercial properties, including building collapses and extensive destruction.

Environmental Hazards: Exposure to environmental hazards like hazardous waste, chemicals, or pollution can damage a commercial property and require cleanup and remediation efforts.

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trained and certified to restore commercial property damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Causes Winter Mold Outbreaks in Wauconda?

12/19/2023 (Permalink)

Mold spores grow in a Petrie dish. We are leaders in mold remediation services in Lake County.

Our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams restore mold damage in Wauconda throughout the year. Although they are less common during the cold season compared to warmer months, winter mold outbreaks can be caused by a combination of factors. Mold typically thrives in environments with high humidity and moisture, so the following factors can contribute to winter mold outbreaks:

Indoor Humidity

As people heat their homes, the relative humidity indoors can increase if there is insufficient ventilation or if the home is not properly sealed. This can lead to condensation on windows and walls, creating a conducive environment for mold growth.

Poor Ventilation

In winter, homes are often sealed tightly to conserve heat. While this is energy-efficient, it can reduce ventilation and prevent moisture from escaping, leading to the buildup of humidity. Insufficient ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements can contribute to mold growth.

Leaks and Moisture Intrusion

Even in cold weather, leaks in the roof, walls, or foundation of a home can introduce moisture into the indoor environment. This moisture can accumulate and provide a suitable habitat for mold.

Condensation

Cold outdoor temperatures can cause condensation to form on windows and walls. If this moisture is not promptly dried or if it occurs in areas with poor airflow, it can create conditions favorable for mold development.

Insufficient Insulation

Poorly insulated areas of a home, such as attics, crawl spaces, or basements, can be prone to temperature fluctuations and moisture buildup, making them susceptible to mold growth.

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When you discover a mold outbreak in your home or commercial business in Wauconda, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do When the Pipes in My Home Freeze in Mundelein?

12/12/2023 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe drips with icicles. We restore water damage 365 days a year in Lake County.

Do you know what to do if you have a frozen pipe situation? Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to water damage emergencies caused by frozen pipes often during the winter months. Thawing frozen pipes is a crucial step in preventing pipe damage and restoring water flow in your home during cold weather. Here are the steps you can take to thaw frozen pipes safely:

Identify the Frozen Pipe

Determine which pipe is frozen. Usually, frozen pipes are found in unheated areas like basements, crawl spaces, or exterior walls. Look for areas where there is no water flow or where the pipe feels extremely cold to the touch.

Turn Off the Water Supply

Before attempting to thaw the pipe, turn off the water supply to prevent any leaks or bursts when the ice thaws. Locate the main water shutoff valve and close it.

Open Faucets

Open both the hot and cold faucets connected to the affected pipe. This will relieve pressure in the system and allow water to flow once the pipe is thawed.

Apply Heat

There are several methods to safely apply heat to thaw a frozen pipe. Some common methods include:

Hair Dryer: Use a hair dryer on the highest setting to warm the area around the frozen pipe. Start from the faucet end and work your way toward the frozen section.

Heat Lamp: Place a heat lamp near the frozen pipe, keeping it a safe distance away to avoid fire hazards.

Heat Tape: If you have heat tape or heat cables, wrap them around the frozen pipe and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Electric Space Heater: Position an electric space heater in the vicinity of the frozen pipe. Never leave the heater unattended and follow safety precautions.

Apply Towels or Rags

To help distribute heat evenly and insulate the pipe, wrap towels or rags soaked in warm water around the frozen area.

Be Patient

Thawing a frozen pipe can take some time. Be patient and continue applying heat until the water starts flowing again. Do not use open flames or a propane torch, as they can damage the pipe or create a fire hazard.

Check for Leaks

Once the pipe has thawed, check for any leaks or cracks. If you find any, turn off the water supply and repair or replace the damaged section of the pipe.

Insulate and Prevent Future Freezing

After successfully thawing the pipe, insulate it and the surrounding area to prevent future freezing. Use foam pipe insulation, heat tape, or other appropriate materials.

Turn the Water Supply Back On

Once the pipe is thawed and you've checked for leaks, turn the water supply back on gradually. Open the faucets one at a time to allow air to escape and prevent water hammer.

Monitor for a While

Keep an eye on the pipes and faucets for a little while to ensure that water is flowing freely and there are no additional issues.

If you are unable to locate the frozen pipe, or if you encounter difficulties while attempting to thaw it, it's best to call a service professional to avoid potential damage or further complications.

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When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has frozen pipe damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Fire Damage in Mundelein Home Caused by Bad Battery in Smoke Detector?

12/5/2023 (Permalink)

A person replaces a bad battery in a smoke detector. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lake County.

Have you inspected your smoke alarms recently? Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to more fire damage emergencies during the winter months and working smoke alarms are key to allowing people to get out quickly when there is a fire. Here's why it is important to inspect smoke detectors regularly:

Early Detection of Fires: Smoke detectors are designed to detect the presence of smoke, which is often an early sign of a fire, even before flames become visible or the fire spreads significantly. Early detection allows for quicker response times to extinguish the fire or evacuate the premises.

Life Safety: Smoke detectors are a critical component of a home's fire safety system. They provide early warning to occupants, giving them time to escape safely. Rapid evacuation can make the difference between life and death in a fire emergency.

Property Protection: Fires can cause extensive damage to homes and possessions. Early detection and notification through smoke detectors can help minimize property damage by allowing homeowners to take action quickly, such as calling the fire department or using fire extinguishers to control small fires.

Sleeping Occupants: Fires often occur at night when occupants are asleep. Smoke detectors with functioning alarms can wake residents, giving them the best chance of escaping safely.

Maintenance and Battery Checks: Over time, smoke detectors can accumulate dust or become less sensitive. Routine inspections involve checking the unit for proper functioning, cleaning it, and replacing batteries if necessary. This ensures that the detector is always ready to provide early warning.

Compliance with Local Codes: Many local building codes and regulations require homeowners to have functioning smoke detectors in specific locations within the home. Regular inspections help ensure compliance with these codes.

Peace of Mind: Knowing that your smoke detectors are regularly inspected and in working order provides peace of mind for homeowners and occupants, reducing anxiety and stress related to fire safety.

To perform routine inspections of smoke detectors in homes:

  • Test smoke detectors monthly by pressing the "test" button to ensure the alarm sounds
  • Replace batteries in battery-operated smoke detectors at least once a year, or as soon as the low-battery warning beeps
  • Vacuum or dust smoke detectors periodically to keep them clean and sensitive to smoke particles
  • Replace smoke detectors every 10 years or according to the manufacturer's recommendations, as they may lose sensitivity over time

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When your home or business in Mundelein has fire damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Winter Mold Outbreak in Wauconda Home?

11/27/2023 (Permalink)

Picture of space heater on. We are leaders in mold damage remediation services in Lake County.

If you discover a mold outbreak in your home during the winter months, it may be the result of excess moisture or hidden water damage. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trained and certified to locate and restore mold damage in homes and commercial properties in Lake County. Mold requires moisture and organic material to grow, and several conditions can contribute to its development during the winter months:

Condensation: One common cause of mold growth in the winter is condensation. When warm, moist indoor air comes into contact with cold surfaces, such as windows, walls, or ceilings, condensation can form. This moisture can create ideal conditions for mold growth, especially if it occurs in hidden areas like behind walls or inside insulation.

High Humidity: Some homes may have elevated indoor humidity levels during the winter, particularly if they are not well-ventilated or have inadequate insulation. High indoor humidity can lead to increased moisture in the air, which can promote mold growth if not properly controlled.

Leaks or Water Intrusion: Winter weather can lead to ice dams on roofs, frozen pipes, and other forms of water intrusion. Leaks from roofs, walls, or plumbing systems can introduce moisture into the home, providing a breeding ground for mold if not promptly addressed.

Poor Ventilation: Inadequate ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas of the home can contribute to moisture buildup. Without proper ventilation, humidity can accumulate and create conditions favorable for mold growth.

Wet or Damp Materials: Wet or damp building materials, such as drywall, insulation, or carpeting, can support mold growth if they are not thoroughly dried. This can occur due to leaks, flooding, or improper moisture control.

Indoor Plants: Indoor plants release moisture into the air through a process called transpiration. If you have a large number of indoor plants and inadequate ventilation, this can contribute to higher humidity levels and potentially create conditions for mold growth.

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When your home or business in Wauconda has mold damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Why Are We a Top Choice for Commercial Property Damage Restoration Services in Mundelein?

11/20/2023 (Permalink)

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Do you know that our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams provide a full range of cleaning and restoration services for commercial businesses in Lake County? We have extensive experience working in all kinds of buildings and business settings.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

We provide a full range of commercial property damage restoration services, including:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Although we are better known for fire and water mitigation and restoration services, we also provide a wide variety of commercial deep cleaning services. These deep-cleaning services exceed the scope of routine janitorial services and are designed to keep your business looking its best:

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

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When your commercial business or home in Mundelein has a property damage emergency or you want to schedule a deep cleaning service, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Broken Pipe Floods Mundelein Home While Homeowners Are Out of Town?

11/14/2023 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is visible in a wall. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Mundelein.

We never thought our Mundelein area home would suffer a catastrophic pipe failure, or that we would walk into a flooded house when we came home from our trip, but both happened! Our water supply line had a leak that released a large amount of water into our home, causing major flooding. Our insurance adjuster told us to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mundelein / North Wauconda, and they sent a team out right away.

The team used powerful water extraction equipment to quickly remove the water from the floor and then the technicians set up air dryers and blowers and monitored and documented the drying process. Once the first floor was completely dried, they cleaned and sanitized the damaged area, replaced the drywall, and repainted the rooms. Now you would never know we had a flood in our home!

Why are we a leading choice for water damage restoration services?

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

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When you discover water damage in your Mundelein home or commercial business, SERVPRO of Mundelein / North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tips for Preventing Frozen Plumbing Pipes in Wauconda?

11/7/2023 (Permalink)

A person holds pipe insulation sleeves. We are leaders in water damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to water damage emergencies each fall and winter related to frozen pipes. Any type of plumbing pipe can burst under the right conditions. Here are some tips for preventing frozen pipes from the Lake County Department of Public Works:

  • When traveling, set your thermostat no lower than 55° Fahrenheit.
  • Seal basements and crawl spaces as tightly as possible to keep cold air out.
  • Unhook any hoses that are connected to outdoor faucets.Store them indoors or in the garage during the winter. A connected hose with water in it will freeze. As the ice forms, it will expand back into your house and break the pipe. 
  • Look around your home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas to locate the pipes most susceptible to freezing.Consider your options to insulate these pipes for better protection. 
  • If temperatures fall below zero, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow for warmer air to reach the pipes.Let cold water drip from faucets that are susceptible to freezing. Running water through a pipe, even at a trickle, can help prevent pipes from freezing.

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When your Wauconda home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are always Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

SERVPRO® of Mundelein and North Wauconda are independently owned and operated.

Slow Cooker Found as Cause of Kitchen Fire in Wauconda?

10/24/2023 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire sets off the smoke alarm. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trained and certified to restore fire damage in Wauconda by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Today many households are using electric cooking appliances to prepare meals. Here are some electrical appliance safety tips for operating a slow cooker from the National Fire Protection Association:

A slow cooker is designed to be left on while you do other things, even things outside of the home. However, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep things that could catch fire away from the slow cooker.
  • Make sure the slow cooker is in a place where it won’t get bumped. If the lid gets dislodged, the liquid could boil away, which could cause the appliance to overheat and create a fire.

Key Safety Tips

  • Always use cooking equipment like air fryers, slow cookers, electric skillets, hot plates, griddles, etc., that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on where and how to use the appliance
  • Remember to unplug all appliances when not in use.
  • Check cords regularly for damage. Do not use any appliance with a damaged cord.

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When your home or business in Wauconda has fire damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Businesses Rely on Us to Restore Commercial Property Damage?

10/17/2023 (Permalink)

A broken window is shown. We are leaders in commercial property damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in commercial property damage restoration services. When you arrive at work to find a broken window, fast mitigation is required to prevent secondary damage to the structure.

Broken windows can allow moisture and water into the building, creating conditions for mold growth. When your building is compromised by a broken window or other damage, we will immediately tarp and board up any areas exposed to the elements to minimize the chances of additional damage when we arrive. We will also clear the property of any debris, clean and sanitize the damaged area, and supervise the replacement of the broken window. This gives our customers peace of mind knowing they have one qualified team managing the entire restoration process from start to finish.

Why are we a top choice for commercial property damage restoration services?

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Independently Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home in Mundelein has a property damage emergency and you need restoration services, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Comprehensive Mold Remediation Process Used to Restore Mold Damage in Wauconda?

10/10/2023 (Permalink)

A mold outbreak is visible on a wall. We are leaders in mold damage restoration services in Lake County!

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in mold damage removal services. We follow a seven-step remediation process when restoring mold damage as follows:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We follow local and state laws regarding inspection and documentation based on your unique situation.

  1. Mold Containment

We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air Filtration

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. We remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials when remediating heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We also remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may require the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

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When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has a mold outbreak and you need mold remediation services, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Overloaded Extension Cord Starts Fire in Mundelein Home?

10/3/2023 (Permalink)

A power strip is overloaded. We restore fire damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire damage in the United States. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams want everyone to be safe around electrical cords and offer these extension cord safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI):

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors.
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way.
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets with only two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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When your home or commercial business in Mundelein sustains any fire damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wauconda Community Takes Part in National Preparedness Month?

9/26/2023 (Permalink)

A person checks off supplies on an emergency supply checklist. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration services. Disasters can occur for many reasons, so it is good for everyone in the community to be prepared for any eventuality!

In September each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosts National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme focuses on meeting the needs of elderly populations when a disaster occurs. According to the Red Cross, several factors make older adults more vulnerable, including:

  • A greater prevalence of chronic conditions, multi-morbidity, cognitive impairment, and medication concerns during disasters.
  • A greater dependence on assistive devices (i.e., walkers, glasses) and support. requirements, from caregivers and others, during disasters.
  • Likelihood of social isolation.
  • Potential for psychological distress
  • Gaps in how prepared the caregivers of older persons are, especially those who care for older adults with dementia.

When individuals and communities are prepared, they are better equipped to handle emergencies, reducing the burden on first responders and emergency services. This allows these organizations to focus their resources on the most critical areas and provide assistance to those who need it the most.

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When your home or business in Wauconda has a storm damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Corroded Pipe Fails and Floods Commercial Building Overnight in Mundelein?

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Water shoots out of a corroded pipe. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are trusted leaders in commercial water damage restoration services. When a pipe fails and floods your building in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll want to call a restoration company that uses powerful, industrial water extraction and drying equipment to remove the water and dry the damaged area thoroughly. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Corroded pipes are a common cause of water damage issues in Mundelein, but by routinely inspecting the plumbing systems, commercial businesses may avoid costly repairs in the future. Some signs of pipe corrosion include the following:

Water Discoloration – Look for a brown, orange, or red tint in the water.

Unpleasant Odor – Sometimes corrosion is accompanied by a foul-smelling odor.

Metallic Taste – When a pipe corrodes it may have a funny metallic taste.

Frequent Clogs – When a pipe corrodes, debris builds up in the pipes, causing frequent clogging.

Leaks – If your pipes begin to clog frequently, they will also begin to leak and burst.

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When your commercial business or home in Mundelein has a water damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Dirty Air Exhaust Vent Causes Clothes Dryer Fire in Wauconda Home?

9/12/2023 (Permalink)

A dirty lint trap is shown. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lake County!

Have you cleaned your dryer exhaust vent pipe lately? Doing so may prevent a home fire from occurring. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams have been restoring fire damage in Wauconda for years, and provide these clothes dryer safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and do not overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.  

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When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has a fire damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Home Saved from Fire Damage by Working Smoke Detector?

9/5/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke rises toward a smoke detector. We restore fire damage 24 hours a day in Lake County!

My neighbors were out of town and asked me to keep an eye on their place. When I heard the smoke alarm go off, I called the Mundelein Fire Department. They located the source of the smoke and eliminated the danger before a fire broke out. A faulty electrical outlet overheated and was on the verge of combusting. When I contacted my neighbors, they told me their insurance adjuster said to call the professionals at the Mundelein and North Wauconda offices.

The team arrived quickly and cleaned and restored the smoke damage and supervised the electrical repair. When my neighbors came home, their house was restored to its pre-smoke damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke Detector Facts

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges people to replace all smoke alarms in their homes every ten years. Here are some sobering facts about smoke alarms from the NFPA:

  • In 2014-2018, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (54 percent) of the home fires reported to United States fire departments
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, two of every five (41percent) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (26 percent) of the smoke alarm failures

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When your business or home in Mundelein has fire, soot, or smoke damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do to Mitigate the Water Damage in My Building While Waiting for Professional Help to Arrive in Mundelein?

8/29/2023 (Permalink)

A flooded floor in a building is shown. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County!

When you discover water damage in your commercial property, fast action is required to prevent secondary damage and more time-consuming repairs. While waiting for professional help to arrive, there are things you can and should not do. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams offer these helpful tips from our website:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

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When your business or home in Mundelein has water damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Leaking Air Conditioner Cause of Water Damage in Wauconda Home?

8/22/2023 (Permalink)

Water stains spread on a wall from a leaking air conditioner unit. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Lake County!

During the summer months, our air conditioners are a critical part of comfortable living. Air conditioners can cause water damage if they have a leak, a corrupted drip line, or an overflowing drip pan. If you detect water stains on your walls or ceiling close the air conditioner unit, we can help. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams use infrared equipment to detect hidden water leaks inside walls. This allows our technicians to determine the source of the leak quickly and immediately begin the mitigation process.

Some of the most common causes of leaking air conditioners are drainage system issues. Air conditioner units rely on a drainage system to remove condensation. If the drain pipes, fittings, or drip pans have blockages, leaks, or other defects, water damage can occur.

The United States Department of Energy offers some helpful tips for maintaining your air conditioner. By regularly inspecting and maintaining your air conditioner many water damage risks may be avoided. Consult a professional maintenance service to ensure optimal performance and minimize the potential for water damage from your air conditioner unit.

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When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has water damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll clean and restore the water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Expect When I Call for Emergency Storm Damage Services in Mundelein?

8/14/2023 (Permalink)

Rain falls during a summer storm. Lake County trusts us to restore storm damage 24 hours a day.

When you have a storm damage emergency, you’ll want to hire a team of professionals that can mitigate and restore the damage quickly and efficiently. Our local SERVPRO of Mundelein and North Wauconda teams have the training, certification, equipment, and experience to restore storm damage to pre-storm conditions. We are on call and ready to respond to your emergency 365 days a year, at any time of the day or night.

When you call us for help, we will ask you a series of questions to determine the kinds of equipment and resources to send.

Here are the questions we will ask:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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Storms can cause property damage at any time. When your home or commercial business in Mundelein sustains storm damage, our local SERVPRO of Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Precious Family Photos Restored After Fire in Wauconda Home?

8/7/2023 (Permalink)

A person is looking at old black-and-white family photos. We provide a full range of fire damage cleaning and restoration services in Lake County.

When your home is damaged by fire, there will be soot, smoke, and water damage left over from the firefighting efforts. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are highly trained and certified to clean and restore household items as well as important documents and photographs.

Valuable documents and photographs can get damaged by the water used to extinguish the fire. We use extreme caution when handling these items to mitigate the fire damage. Although some documents may not be able to be restored, we can save a great deal and help minimize further damage. We pretest every item and we use a variety of restoration options, depending on the level of fire, smoke, soot, or water damage, including:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Fire Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

 Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Wauconda is damaged in a fire, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Blocked Strom Drain Floods Mundelein Home?

8/1/2023 (Permalink)

A clogged storm drain is shown. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Lake County.

When it rains and stormwater is blocked from flowing through a storm drain, the water can back up quickly, causing water intrusion issues in homes and commercial businesses. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are on call and ready to respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We invest in powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment so we can rapidly remove thousands of gallons of water and dry the damaged areas quickly. We monitor and document the drying process to ensure the area is returned to pre-damage conditions.

Here are some examples of the kinds of equipment we use to restore flood-damaged properties:

Water Extraction Equipment

We use powerful extraction equipment to speed the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying Equipment

We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has flood damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wauconda Residents Saved from Harm by Practicing Fire Escape Plan?

7/25/2023 (Permalink)

A paper on a clipboard reads “Emergency Escape Plan.” We are trained and certified to restore fire damage in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams want everyone in Wauconda to be prepared in the event a home fire happens. The first step to developing a fire escape plan is to create a plan that works for everyone in the home. Here are some fire escape planning tips from the National Fire Protection Association to help you create an escape plan for your family:

  • Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all of the doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have a designated place (tree, mailbox, light pole) a safe distance away from the house where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave

The second step is to be sure to practice your plan with all family members at least twice a year. Make the drill as realistic as possible and make sure you have a plan for anyone in your home with a disability.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has fire damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Home Sustains Water Damage from Leaking Ice Maker?

7/18/2023 (Permalink)

The ice maker on the front of a refrigerator is shown. We are leaders in water damage restoration in Lake County.

It wasn’t until I pulled my refrigerator out to clean underneath it that I saw the water damage to my Cherrywood floor. The water supply line to the ice and water dispenser had a leak that only dripped when the ice maker or water feature was being used. The water leak had gone on for several months before I detected a funny musty odor and began deep cleaning my kitchen. The damage was so severe that the floors had to be replaced in my kitchen!

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams respond to water damage emergencies every year in Mundelein, and many of them involve water damage from a failed kitchen appliance. Here are some refrigerator loss prevention and maintenance tips from the  Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety:

  • Tightly connect the hose to the valve, and avoid over-tightening
  • Ensure the valve connection is secure and check for kinks
  • Inspect the hose every six months
  • If kinks are present, replace the hose
  • Leave a three-to-four-inch space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to prevent the hose from crimping
  • When pulling the refrigerator out for cleaning or service, avoid getting the hose caught beneath the wheel
  • Locate the water shut-off valve
  • Inspect the valve every six months to make sure the water supply will shut off, and replace the valve if needed

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Is Your Home Ready for a Summer Storm in Wauconda?

7/11/2023 (Permalink)

A powerful storm brings lightning and rain. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County.

If you live in Lake County, you know that summer storms can range from light showers to powerful weather events. On average, Wauconda gets 36 inches of rain each year. Thunderstorms and lightning, hail, rain, and tornadoes have all occurred in the village during the summer months. Fortunately, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are on call and ready to assist you with storm damage emergencies day and night.

When you call us with a storm damage emergency you can rely on our teams of professionals to arrive on site quickly to immediately begin the mitigation process. We will prevent further damage by tarping and boarding up any parts of the structure that are damaged and exposed to the elements. When there is water damage, we will extract the water using powerful, industrial-grade equipment to remove the water rapidly. Then we will set up air movers and blowers and document the drying process to ensure the area is dried thoroughly.

Call Us Today!

You never know when a storm will blow through and cause property damage, but when your home or commercial business suffers storm damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fast Emergency Response to Mundelein Business Prevents Major Water Damage?

7/5/2023 (Permalink)

The ground floor of a commercial building is flooded. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County.

When your commercial business in Mundelein has a water damage emergency, fast mitigation is key to avoiding more time-consuming repairs. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. We follow this comprehensive water damage restoration process for every job:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home has water damage, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Stormwater Intrusion Damages Wauconda Business?

6/27/2023 (Permalink)

Raindrops gather on a storefront window. We mitigate storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

When a summer storm damages your commercial property in Wauconda, our local Mundelein, and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Water is invasive and can cause serious damage to anything in its path quickly. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for protecting your business from stormwater intrusion:

Inspect and clean the roof drainage system

Do this at least twice a year, ideally during spring and fall. This includes all gutters, interior drains, and scuppers.

Trim trees

Keep trees trimmed and away from the roof to prevent branches from rubbing against the roof and leaves from accumulating and clogging the drainage system

Remove debris

  • Remove loose objects and accumulated debris—including anything left by contractors—from the roof that could end up in the drainage system
  • Also, check under and around all roof-mounted equipment, satellite dishes, antennas, and solar panels for debris that could disrupt the drainage system’s water flow or cause ponding

Inspect roof drains

Check for, and repair cracks around roof drains.

Re-check drainage systems

  • After severe weather, check all drainage systems for leaks and ensure they are properly secured and operating
  • When re-roofing, ensure that all drains, scuppers, and gutters are returned to their original operating conditions

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home has a storm damage emergency, our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Electrical Cord Safety Tips for Mundelein Residents?

6/20/2023 (Permalink)

An old, frayed, and damaged electrical cord is shown. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team responds to fire damage emergencies every year. Electrical fires are one of the top causes of home fires in the United States, and in many cases, these fires may have been prevented by routinely inspecting your home for visible and hidden electrical hazards. Here are some tips from The National Fire Protection Association to prevent electrical fires in your home:

  • Check electrical cords to make sure the wires are not damaged, cracked, or loose. If the cords need to be repaired, take the item to a professional repair shop, hire an electrician, or replace it with a new item.
  • Make sure cords are not running across doorways or under carpets. If they are, have a qualified electrician install more outlets.
  • Keep children away from electric cords and outlets. Cords placed in the mouth can cause a burn and objects placed in a receptacle can cause a shock, burns, or electrocution.
  • Make sure that all receptacle outlets and switches have faceplates.
  • Never put more than one plug in each receptacle. An outlet may have one or more receptacles - one to receive each plug.

Call Us!

When you have a fire damage emergency in your home or commercial business in Mundelein, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Clogged Rain Gutters Cause Water Damage in Wauconda Home?

6/13/2023 (Permalink)

A clogged rain gutter is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Rain gutter maintenance is an integral part of home maintenance, as clogged rain gutters can allow water to back up underneath the eaves and beneath the roofing materials, causing water to enter the home. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team witnesses firsthand the damage clogged rain gutters can cause. According to the National Association of Home Builders, cleaning gutters and downspouts is the single most important factor in preventing water damage to a home.

Here are some rain gutter maintenance tips:

  • Clean rain gutters out at least twice a year or after a major storm
  • Remove any debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt from gutters and downspouts
  • Inspect gutters for signs of damage like rust, corrosion, or cracks
  • Make repairs as needed to prevent water from seeping into the home
  • Gutter guards are an effective way to prevent gutters and downspouts from becoming clogged

Call Us Today!

You never know when a clogged rain gutter will back up and cause water intrusion damage to your home. When you discover water damage in your Wauconda home or commercial business, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If I Discover Mold Growing in My Home in Mundelein?

6/6/2023 (Permalink)

A mold remediation technician wears a hazmat suit and respirator. We restore mold damage quickly and efficiently in Lake County!

If you smell a strong musty odor, you probably have a mold problem lurking somewhere in your home. Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team restores mold damage following state and local laws and regulations. Here are some tips from our website for things you can and should not do while waiting for professional help to arrive:

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Mundelein/North Wauconda for mold remediation services

What Not to Do

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Mold facts

  • Under the right warm and moist conditions, mold can colonize within 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold left untreated can spread to other areas of a structure quickly
  • Mold outbreaks are often caused by hidden water damage
  • Mold feeds on all kinds of organic materials: clothing, upholstery, drywall, carpeting, wood, and more

Call Us Today!

When you discover mold damage in your Mundelein home or commercial business, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Damage Prevention Tips for Wauconda Residents?

5/30/2023 (Permalink)

A person calls for help to fix a water leak. We are leaders in mold remediation services in Lake County!

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team is trained and certified to restore mold damage, no matter how big the job is. Mold is always present in the Earth’s atmosphere, waiting for the perfect conditions to colonize. Mold thrives in warm, moist conditions and it feeds on all kinds of organic material: fabric, carpeting, drywall, paint, wood surfaces, paper products, and more.

However, there are steps you can take to discourage mold from growing. Here are some tips for preventing mold growth from the Lake County Health Department:

  1. The source of the water problem must first be corrected. All roof, wall, surface, or plumbing leaks must be fixed. The affected areas must then be completely dried. The use of dehumidifiers and fans is recommended.
  2. Condensation problems need insulation, additional heat, air circulation, and/or reduced humidity to prevent mold-causing conditions. Sunlight or increased artificial light will limit mildew growth. Use moisture barrier material in crawl spaces.

Our Mold Removal Process

  1. Emergency Contact – 224-372-7064
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you discover mold damage in your Wauconda home or commercial business, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Knocks Power Out in Mundelein?

5/23/2023 (Permalink)

A candle used to light an area of the electrical box We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda team responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Mundelein. When a storm knocks out power in your home, your food supplies may be compromised. Here are some tips from the United States Department of Agriculture for things you can do to protect your food if you have a temporary power outage:

  • Monitor Temperatures: Keep an appliance thermometer in both the refrigerator and freezer. Make sure the refrigerator temperature is at 40 F or below and the freezer is at 0 F or below.
  • 4-Hour Window: Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. After 4 hours without power, discard refrigerated perishable food. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers must be thrown out.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Never taste food to determine its safety.
  • Food Keeps Longer in a Freezer: If the doors stay closed, food will stay safe for up to 48 hours in a full freezer and 24 hours in a half-full freezer.
  • Use a Cooler: Transfer food to a cooler and fill it with ice or frozen gel packs. Make sure there is enough ice to keep food in the cooler at 40 F or below. Add more ice to the cooler as it begins to melt.

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business in Mundelein needs emergency storm damage restoration services, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Broken Pipe Floods Wauconda Home in the Middle of the Night?

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

A water heater has failed and leaked all over the floor in a house. We respond to water damage emergencies 365 days a year in Lake County!

I heard a weird splashing sound in the middle of the night. I thought I was dreaming about a waterfall, but I was wrong. Water was running down the stairs from a broken water heater. My insurance adjuster told me to call the Mundelein and North Wauconda team and I’m glad I did. They arrived quickly and immediately began extracting the water from the floors and staircase.

They installed powerful air movers and blowers and monitored and documented the drying process to ensure the damaged areas were restored to normal humidity levels. Now you would never know we had a waterfall in our house!

Water is invasive and can cause severe damage to a home or building in a short period of time. That’s why our technicians are on call and ready to respond to your call for help 24 hours a day, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

Pipes can break and flood your home at any time of the day or night. When your home or commercial business in Wauconda needs emergency water damage restoration services, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Home Drenched in Recent Downpour?

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

Water drops fall on a window during a rainstorm. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Severe rainstorms can cause water intrusion issues in homes and businesses in Lake County. Rain gutters and downspouts become clogged and can back up into the home’s roof or foundation, and water may enter the home through any cracks in walls, foundations, or window and door seals. Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and offer these tips from the Insurance Information Institute to keep your home protected from unwanted water:

After a storm, inspect your home’s exterior for any visible signs of storm damage. Check for visible signs of damage and clean out  rain gutters and downspouts and make sure downspouts are turned away from the home’s foundation so water sheds away from the structure. Make any repairs to leaking windows or doorframes as soon as you notice them.

Inside your home, begin with the attic space and check for wet spots or other water leaks and make repairs as needed. If you notice missing or damaged roof shingles you will want to contact your insurance company and a roofing professional right away.

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The sooner you make repairs the better your chances of weathering the next big storm with grace and ease. If your home or commercial business in Mundelein has water intrusion issues, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

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Flooding in Lake County Damages Homes and Roadways?

5/2/2023 (Permalink)

A crosswalk sign is underwater from flooding. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Wauconda!

Rainstorms flooded streets throughout Lake County, making it difficult to drive. Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are trained and certified to restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Wauconda. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on things you can do to stay safe during a flood:

  • If told to evacuate, evacuate immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Contact your health provider if you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. Call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current information and instructions regarding flooding
  • Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Do not climb into a closed attic space and only get on the roof if necessary and once there is a signal for help.
  • Stay off bridges and out of fast-moving water. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Say inside your car if it is trapped in rapidly moving water. Get on the roof if water is rising inside the vehicle.

Call Us Today!

When your Wauconda home or commercial business has water damage from flooding, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mundelein Home Suffers Water Damage from Clogged Rain Gutters?

4/25/2023 (Permalink)

A clogged rain gutter is shown. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Lake County!

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to storm damage emergencies every year. After any major rain event, your home or business should be inspected for visible signs of damage. Here are some of the indicators of storm damage:

  • Clogged or broken rain gutters
  • Debris on the roof
  • Dents in your siding
  • Visible damage to the roof facia
  • Visible signs of the roof flashing
  • Water spots on your ceiling or walls
  • Cracked, dented, or lifted roof shingles
  • Missing roof shingles

When rain gutters get clogged, water backs up onto the roof and can make its way into the house by seeping under the roofing layers, eventually making its way into your attic space or ceiling. It is a good idea to inspect your attic for signs of water leaks and take fast action if you notice any signs of damage. Water is invasive and can cause serious damage in a short period of time.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has water damage from a storm and needs emergency restoration services, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Generator Safety Tips for Wauconda Residents?

4/18/2023 (Permalink)

A home use generator is shown. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to storm damage emergencies every year. Having a working generator can be a lifesaver when inclement weather causes a power outage. Here are some tips from the Red Cross for using a generator at home:

  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use it in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
  • Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can. Use the type of fuel recommended in the instructions or on the label on the generator.
  • Store the fuel outside of living areas in a locked shed or another protected area.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. Known as “back feeding,” this practice puts utility workers, your neighbors and your household at risk of electrocution.
  • If necessary, stagger the operating times for various equipment to prevent overloads

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Wauconda needs storm damage restoration services, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Corroded Pipe Causes Water Damage in Mundelein Home?

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

A closeup of a corroded pipe is shown. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local teams in Mundelein and North are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services. Water damage can happen at any time and for many reasons. When a pipe breaks or corrodes and causes water damage, it is important to dry the area thoroughly to minimize the chances of further damage. Water is invasive and it will penetrate all porous surfaces in its path, causing significant damage in as little as one hour. We use a comprehensive drying process to ensure the damaged area is completely dried as follows:

Drying and Dehumidification Process

We use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity and we’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

  • Use Dehumidification Equipment
  • Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress

Monitor Floor and Walls

We check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process. 

  • Monitor Floors
  • Monitor Walls

Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business in Mundelein has a broken pipe and you need emergency water damage restoration services, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Recent Flooding Causes Wauconda Family to Evacuate Home?

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

A road is flooded. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to storm damage emergencies every year. We have the equipment and experience necessary to quickly extract water and thoroughly dry areas compromised by water. Here are some tips from Federal Emergency Management Agency on things you can do to stay safe during a flood:

  • If told to evacuate, evacuate immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Contact your health provider if you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. Call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current information and instructions regarding flooding
  • Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Do not climb into a closed attic space and only get on the roof if necessary and once there is a signal for help.
  • Stay off bridges and out of fast-moving water. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Say inside your car if it is trapped in rapidly moving water. Get on the roof if water is rising inside the vehicle.

Call Us Today!

When your Wauconda home or business floods and you need emergency water damage restoration services, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Extinguisher Training Saves Family from Fire in Mundelein?

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

A person uses a fire extinguisher to put out a microwave fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Lake County!

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda restore fire damage every year in Mundelein and we witness firsthand how having a working fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it correctly saves lives. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out

Call Us Today!

When your home or business in Mundelein has a fire damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Faster to Any Size Water Damage Disaster in Wauconda?

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is spewing water. We are a top choice for water damage restoration services in Lake County!

In the United States, over 14,000 water damage claims are made every day. Water is invasive and will seep into any porous surface in its path quickly, so when you have water damage from a broken pipe, fast action is necessary to avoid more time-consuming and costly repairs. Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Emergency water damage disasters can be stressful and challenging. We will always treat you and your loved ones with respect and take great care of your belongings and household items. We have established relationships with all of the major insurance companies and can assist you with the insurance process and paperwork. No matter how extensive the damage, you can rely on us to be with you every step of the way and to keep you informed on our progress until the job is completed.

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When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has a water damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Industrial-Grade Water Extraction and Drying Equipment Used to Restore

3/14/2023 (Permalink)

A rusty burst pipe sprays water. We are leaders in commercial water damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are trained and certified to restore commercial water damage quickly and efficiently. Our use of powerful, industrial-grade equipment saves our customers time and money in many cases. Our goal is to get your business operational again as soon as possible, and with minimal disruption to your employees and customers.

Here are some examples of the kinds of equipment we use to restore water damage:

Moisture Detection and Measurement

  • Surface moisture meters
  • Infrared imagery
  • Evasive moisture detectors
  • Video borescope

Water Extraction Equipment

We use powerful extraction equipment to speed the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying Equipment

We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home in Mundelein has a water damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

We Restore Furnace Puff Back Damage in Wauconda.

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

An old furnace is shown. We restore fire, smoke, and soot damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are trained and certified to perform a full range of services to clean and restore smoke and soot damage from furnace puff backs.

The sudden combustion of smoke and soot from a heating unit can send a smelly cloud of black greasy oil through the ventilation system, spreading it throughout the home. Sometimes These “furnace puff backs” require extensive cleanup and restoration in addition to repairs on your heating system.

Here are some symptoms of furnace puff backs:

·       Odors, noises, and soot around the boiler or furnace room

·       Visual signs of debris. The heating system needs to be cleaned and serviced if you see soot, rust flakes, and debris in the flue vent connector.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is unique and requires a different solution, but the general process stays the same.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has furnace puff back damage, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Frozen Pipe Problem in Mundelein Home?

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe has burst. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are Here to Help ® when you have frozen pipe damage. Here is some information from the American Red Cross for protecting your pipes from freezing:

  • Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Drain water from swimming pools and water sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer's or installer's directions
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage and under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold-water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes, like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼ inch of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has frozen pipe damage, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wauconda Home Suffers Damage from Ice Dam?

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

Dripping water droplets Isicles We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are Here to Help ® when you have ice dam damage. Wauconda, Illinois gets an average of 40 inches of snow each year and temperatures fall below freezing for 137 days, making the area colder than most places in the state.

According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ice dams occur when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and refreezes when temperatures drop overnight. After several days of melting-freezing cycles, it's common for the melted water and ice to work up under the shingles until water enters the attic and eventually does damage to the ceilings, walls, and contents.

Most ice dams form on the roof’s edge but may form in other locations depending on the slope. Look closely at the icicles around your house. If there is no water trapped behind them, then an ice dam has not formed. Whenever possible, and if safe to do so, remove icicles from the exterior of your home, making sure not to stand directly beneath them. Hire a contractor to remove them if you cannot do so safely.

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When your home or commercial business in Wauconda has water damage, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Worst Snowstorm in Mundelein History?

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

A person cross-country skis while pulling a sled across snow-covered terrain. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

When you have a storm damage emergency in your home or business in Mundelein, our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are Here to Help. ® According to the National Weather Service, one of the worst snowstorms to hit the Chicagoland area occurred on February 2, 2011, on Groundhog Day, the day when the people of Illinois experienced about six weeks' worth of winter weather in three days, from January 31st to February 2nd.

If you get caught outside in a blizzard, the City of Chicago’s website recommends the following courses of action:

Avoiding overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor of snow shoveling could cause a heart attack at any age which is a major cause of death in the winter. Don’t ignore chest pain or tightness in your chest.

If you become stranded outdoors:

  • Seek shelter to stay dry
  • Cover all exposed parts of the body
  • If no shelter is nearby, prepare a lean-to, windbreak, or snow cave for protection from the wind. Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
  • Do not eat snow as it will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has a storm damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda team will mitigate and restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do To Prepare for A Power Outage in Mundelein?

2/7/2023 (Permalink)

Flashlights and batters sit on a counter in preparation for a power outage. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Lake County weather can be severe, and power outages do occur. Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and offer these tips on preparing for a power outage from the Red Cross:

Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.

Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, and chargers/batteries for your cell phones and your computers.

Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.

Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctors for your medical needs.

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When your home or commercial business in Mundelein has a storm damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Will Water Damage Be Restored in My Wauconda Home?

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

A frozen and burst pipe trickles water. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda follow a comprehensive process for every water damage restoration jog – no matter how big the job is.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, remove odors, and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business in Wauconda has a water damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tips for Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes for Mundelein Residents?

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

Icicles form on a frozen pipe. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to water damage emergencies often during the winter. Here are some helpful tips from the American Red Cross for preventing and thawing frozen pipes:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will start to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored. If you cannot locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

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When your home or business in Mundelein has a water damage emergency, our Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent Roof Ice Dams in Wauconda?

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

A person calls for help for a water damage emergency. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Ice dams are common in our northern climate. They occur when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and refreezes at night when the temperatures drop. Our local teams in Mundelein and North Wauconda are on call 24 hours a day to respond to frozen pipes emergencies in Wauconda. Here are some tips for preventing roof ice dams from the National Weather Service:

  • If you haven't already, thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and other debris from your home's gutters and downspouts. This allows melting snow to flow into gutters and downspouts.
  • Make every effort to keep snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices on the market called "roof rakes" let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances of ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
  • All winter long, keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles.
  • Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Most experts agree that the R-value of the attic insulation should be at least R-30 (R-38 is preferable in northern climates). In addition, good airflow under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the vents is essential. The venting allows the attic air to stay cold enough to prevent or minimize the freeze/thaw cycle on the roof.

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Our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Wauconda needs emergency water damage restoration services. We'll restore your ice dam damage "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Minimize the Risk of Frozen Pipe Damage in My Wauconda Business?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

A person seals around a window to prevent cold air from entering wall cavities. A person seals around a window to prevent cold air from entering wall cavities.

During the winter months, we respond to frozen pipe emergencies often. Our local teams of professionals in Mundelein and North Wauconda respond to frozen pipes and other water damage emergencies in Wauconda 24-hours a day.

According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, frozen pipes are a leading source of property damage during severe winter weather. Here are their recommendations for reducing your risk of damage:

  • Seal openings and penetrations:Seal all windows, doors, and other spaces on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating wall cavities
  • Seal cracks and penetrationsSeal all wall cracks and penetrations, including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit, and other utility service lines
  • Insulate and seal attic penetrations:Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases
  • Run faucets:Let all faucets drip during extremely cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet
  • Insulate pipes
  • Insulate recessed light fixtures
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch
  • Monitor sprinkler systems
  • Provide backup power

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Our local Mundelein and North Wauconda teams are Here to Help ® when your commercial business or home in Wauconda needs emergency water damage restoration services. Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Expect When I Call for Help With Frozen Pipe Water Damage in Mundelein?

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

A person calls for help for a water damage emergency. We restore frozen pipe damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Frozen pipes are one of the most common forms of water damage we restore during winter. Our team serving Mundelein and North Wauconda is on call 24 hours a day to respond to frozen pipes and other water damage emergencies in Mundelein. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Water is invasive and will seep into any porous surface in its path. The longer the damage remains unmitigated, the greater the chances are of more time-consuming and costly repairs.

Here are the questions we will ask when you contact us with a water damage emergency:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (onsite)?

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

Water damage can happen at any time for several reasons, so our Mundelein and North Wauconda team is Here to Help ® when your home or commercial business in Mundelein needs emergency water damage restoration services. We'll restore your frozen pipe damage "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 224-372-7064. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

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