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Mold in newly constructed building

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in newly constructed building Mold under raised floor in newly constructed municipal building.

Even new building construction can have a mold problem. This is a picture of the wall under a raised floor in which a mold problem developed. Although mold in not something you want to see in your building, if you take this as an opportunity to investigate what the water/moisture problem is, you can eliminate the moisture issue and remove the probability of mold again in the future. A good thing to remember is "you don't have a mold problem, you have a moisture problem." Address the water, and you will eliminate mold in the future. In this situation, we were able to properly remove the moldy material and keep the construction project on schedule!

SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County, here to help! 847.697.8500.

Be sure everything is dry after a water leak is addressed

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Be sure everything is dry after a water leak is addressed Small water leaks can cause large mold issues if not addressed promptly.

This situation happens more often then is should. A small water leak is found, everything is wet; floors, walls, content, etc. The plumber is called, and the water leak is fixed. But the wet material is totally ignored! Mold will not start that day, but every day building materials are left wet, the possibility for mold to grow increases. But if everything dries out in a couple of days, did you really dodge the "mold bullet?" chances are if this area gets wet in the future, even years in the future, mold will start growing again, and you will not know why.

Getting everything dry may have originally taken a couple of day with a dehumidifier and some air movers. However, removal of mold affected materials will take longer, cost more and will require reconstruction as well.

Be sure to call SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County to ensure everything is dry and stop mold in its tracks!!! 847.697.8500.

When storms hit Northwest Kane County, SERVPRO is ready to help!

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When storms hit Northwest Kane County, SERVPRO is ready to help! Snow melt and heavy rains can cause flooding that could damage your home!

SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained to use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A quick response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the overall restoration cost. Whether it is your basement flood, sump pump backup and/or water coming in your doors or windows, we can help.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Elgin/NW Kane County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 847-697-8500

We can help you keep your business running after water damage occurs

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial We can help you keep your business running after water damage occurs Don't let water damage shut down your business. Call SERVPRO!!

Flooding and water damage events at Elgin/Northwest Kane County commercial properties can be complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility to its preloss state.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County

SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water or fire damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Smoke damage in commercial high rises

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke damage in commercial high rises Fires and smoke in stairwells of multi-level buildings allows smoke to travel to all areas of a building.

Smoke and soot is extremely invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Elgin/NW Kane County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures are then based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
847-697-8500

Elgin homeowners! We specialize in cleaning up and restoring flooded basements

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Elgin homeowners! We specialize in cleaning up and restoring flooded basements Sump pumps can cause basement water damage if they are not working properly.

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

  • Non-working sump pump
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 847.697.8500

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

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

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 847.697.8500

Do you have the insurance coverage to recover from a flood?

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do you have the insurance coverage to recover from a flood? Don't leave your home unfinished because you don't have enough insurance coverage.

Flooding still remains the most costly natural hazard disaster in the United States. But did you know that flood losses are not typically covered under renter and homeowner insurance policies? Additionally, backup coverage in homes is typically limited. If you were trying to reduce your overall expenses, did you eliminate water backup coverage or reduce the overall coverage to save you a few dollars each month?

Do you have the coverage necessary to get yourself back "Like it Never Even Happened?" The cost of recovering from a sewage backup in your home can easily wipe out all of your savings and still leave you with a basement that you cannot use.

Contact your agent and discuss your coverage BEFORE the event occurs. Believe me, you WILL be very happy you did!

It's YOUR man cave! Don't let water damage limit your use of it!!

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's YOUR man cave! Don't let water damage limit your use of it!! When you have lots of hard to replace items, trust them to the experts at SERVPRO!!

You have spent a lot of time getting it just right. The framed baseball cards, the stadium seats, the memorabilia that you have been collecting for years. The you got the furniture you always wanted; the leather chairs, the big screen TV even the card table and chairs that are the envy of all of your buddies.

But then the storm hit. The rains came and seemed like they work never stop. But you weren't scared, not even worried. You never had water in the basement before. But these rains-they were brutal!

You went downstairs the next morning and stepped right onto wet carpet. Now what? Who do you call! Who will take care or YOUR pride and joy!

SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County has the experience and training to take care of everything, especially those autographed pictures of all your baseball hero's. Call us at 847.697.8500 to get your cave back up and running!!

Commercial loses hurt more than just you!

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial loses hurt more than just you! Choose the company that the "first responders" trust; call SERVPRO!!

What happens when the people that are charged with protecting our communities has a water loss? Who responds when the "first responders" have to deal with a sprinkler head damage? They can't wait, they need to get their building stabilized because any minute from now, they will be called out to save yours!!

The good men and women of our fire and police departments appreciate what fast response means. They know that the sooner you can get onsite and assess the situation, the less damage will occur and the faster they can get back to normal.

Some of our finest have been in this situation and they called on the experts at SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County. Accidents occur, but knowing how to properly deal with them is critical.

Call us at 847.697.8500 when you need our response!

Even small storms can cause a lot of damage

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Even small storms can cause a lot of damage Flooded basement with wet content, flooring and workout equipment.

There are dozens of severe storm events across the country every year. Many of those can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure. 

Realizing that your home or business has sustained damage due to a storm is hard to deal with. What do you do? Who do you call?

There is one bit of advise that we can give you that can save you thousands of dollars; Call SERVPRO fast!! Water damage doesn't just sit in your home and business. It spreads, everywhere. It wicks up the walls, into adjacent rooms. It even evaporates into the air and can cause "secondary damage" to areas of your building you are not even aware of. 

Even after you have sucked up the visible water off the floor and out of the carpet, water is still causing more damage every minute. 

SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County has the training, experience and equipment to get your building stabilized fast and minimize the damage that water causes.

Call SERVPRO at 847.697.8500!!