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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?
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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!!

Getting rid of moldy material

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Getting rid of moldy material Small water leaks can become large mold problems.

When you discover mold in your building, call in the experts in dealing with mold.

We can't even count how many jobs we have done because either internal maintenance crews or even outside contractors didn't know how to properly handle mold removal. 

Once proper containment is in place and control of the air is maintained, mold can be addressed. If carpet, drywall, wallpaper and insulation has mold growing on it, it is probably going to need to be removed. The affected material is removed from its location and is then properly bagged.

Those bags need to be properly handled to ensure that mold is not carried out of the containment area and allowed to spread into the air and onto other unaffected materials. 

Once all mold affected material has been removed, all of the surrounding areas can be cleaned and HEPA vacuumed to ensure all of the mold spores have been removed.

SERVPRO of Elgin/Northwest Kane County. Fire, water and mold damage remediation experts. Call us at 847.697.8500 to have us assist you with your project.

Doing mold work correctly

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Doing mold work correctly Proper containment is essential to performing mold work properly.

Cleaning up a building that has mold is not necessarily difficult, but it does require training, diligence, and extreme attention to detail.

The first step to ensuring a successful mold cleanup is containing the mold during the cleanup process to the affected area and not allowing mold to migrate to unaffected areas. The main way to limit the movement of mold is with containment barriers and air scrubbers. The installation of the containment barrier requires that we locate all of the HVAC vents, that we understand how the barrier will limit movement through the structure and that we locate areas where air can move through the structure via outlet/switch covers, penetrations through walls, ceilings and floors. Air scrubbers, which usually contain HEPA filters, are used to control the air flow within the building. By using HEPA air scrubbers we can control the airflow and eliminate mold from migrating out of the affected area containment.

Proper use of containment barriers and HEPA air scrubbers is essential to successful mold work completion.