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You deserve a clean bathroom!

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee helping customer We are here to help!

Your commercial location in Elmhurst, IL. deserves a clean, comfortable business bathroom. If you suspect mildew in your commercial bathroom, here at SERVPRO of Elmhurst, we can give you a mildew-clean room and provide the preventative services you need. Find out today how to identify and remove mildew.

Identifying Bathroom Mildew

Bathroom mold and mildew can typically be seen. However, here are some other signs to determine whether your bathroom needs professional cleaning:

  • Musty odor
  • Mold in the corners
  • Mildew along grout or caulk
  • Standing water on the floor or another surface

These signs typically point to mold or mildew growth. Whether it’s already happened or not, it’s important to thoroughly clean the area. Mildew can quickly damage water barriers throughout your commercial bathroom, including mold and grout.

Replacing Grout and Caulk

While mold cleaning solutions and mildewcide are effective mold and mildew clean techniques, sometimes the problem is deeper than a surface solution can handle. In that case, it may be time to completely remove and replace your grout or caulk.

Grout in between bathroom tiles and caulk along the edges of fixtures are common areas for mildew to grow in a commercial bathroom. Because of the porous nature of grout, it’s essential to completely remove it and replace it to ensure a thorough cleaning.

However, improper removal and installation of these materials can compromise the waterproof barrier and allow water to collect behind sinks, under toilets and in corners of your commercial bathroom. Choose a professional remediation service to maintain the high cleanliness of your business bathroom.

Completing Commercial Cleaning

Clean your commercial bathroom and keep it dry to prevent further mold growth. Work with a company that is Here to Help and is capable of inspecting and removing mildew from your property. When you choose a mildew clean and prevention service, you’ll keep your location protected and comfortable for your customers and coworkers

Top Causes of Water Damage

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Here are the top causes of water damage

  • Appliance leaks or failure
  • Sewer backup or clog
  • Water overflow and buildup
  • Plumbing, leaking, or burst pipes

It's critical to act quickly when a water-related emergency develops. If action is not taken immediately to contain water damage, it can rapidly damage a structure.

Within Minutes: 

  • Waters spreads rapidly 
  • Carpet, subflooring, and padding beneath flooring can become saturated quickly
  • Furniture begins to leach and stain

Within Hours:

  • Furniture will swell
  • Cabinetry will distort and weaken
  • Dyes from fabric stored together can bleed

Within 24 Hours

  • Humidity will cause odor

Within Days

  • Fungi and mold will become visible 
  • Musty odor will be present
  • Painted walls will begin to peel

Within Weeks

  • Mold infests organic materials, which will become unsalvageable
  • Area becomes hazardous 
  • Property may have to be gutted down to studs

Within Months

  • Cost repairs may be more than what insurance can cover
  • Neglect may disqualify owner of property from an insurance claim

Contact SERVPRO Elmhurst today if you have any water damage or concerns! (630)758-1701

Emergency Ready Program for your business

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Program Join our Emergency Ready Program today!

Are you and your clients “Ready for whatever happens?”

If an emergency situation arises in your workplace, give us a call and we'll be there as soon as possible to help.

We're here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get your business back on track! Our experience includes fire and water damage restoration, while also electronics restoration and document drying.

Our professionals are trained to be aware of legal and environmental issues while working within your budgetary constraints to repair the affected area. We understand that every hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Preparation is essential for surviving any major disaster, whether it's a minor water leak, a large fire, or a widespread flood. The greatest time to prepare for such tragedies is before they occur. 

By becoming a member of our SERVPRO of Elmhurst Emergency READY Program (ERP), you will get access to over 40 years of experience in lessening the impact of natural and man-made disasters.

Give us a call today to schedule your Emergency Ready Program (630) 758-1701!

How to keep your employees safe in the event of a fire!

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Safety Tips A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until help arrives.

Your employees are not just members of your team, but also important assets to your company! These suggestions can help them avoid injury in the event of a fire:

  • Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to ensure that your personnel are familiar with your workplace's fire safety procedures.
  • Have a safety officer on the job. Assign someone to be the office's fire prevention officer. Composing escape routes and meeting points for employees, as well as keeping all of your safety plans, equipment, and information up to current, will be among their responsibilities.
  • Sprinklers should be installed. Sprinkler systems are the most cost-efficient and effective technique to stop a fire from spreading. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires were restricted to the room of origin 97 percent of the time when sprinklers were present.
  • Make sure there's room for appliances. Allow some space behind heat-generating gadgets, such as coffee machines and computers, to allow them to cool down. Keep all of your office equipment away from flammable items such as paper or cloth. Unplug these appliances at the end of the day if at all possible, as most company fires occur after normal operation hours.
  • Replace wires on a regular basis. Check power cords for fraying, broken connectors, and cracked insulation on a regular basis. These must be replaced right away. When using power strips, only use one extension cord per outlet and follow the manufacturer's specifications for maximum wattage. Avoid "octopus wiring," which occurs when multiple wires and plugs are tangled around a single outlet, as this might result in an overload.
  • Plan for an evacuation. Post a fire evacuation plan in various locations throughout the workplace in larger buildings. Never use elevators as part of an evacuation strategy; instead, take the steps. In the event of an emergency, businesses with disabled employees should prepare a detailed evacuation plan for those employees who require additional support.
  • Supply a first-aid kit. Employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit in case of fire accidents, which should be located where fire dangers can occur most frequently, such as in the kitchen.

When storms or floods hit Elmhurst, SERVPRO is ready!

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Service 24/7 Storm Damage Emergency Service

The effects of a storm or a flood can be catastrophic! You need to act quickly, and you need a professional that has experience with storm damage. SERVPRO Elmhurst Professionals have the training, equipment, and resources to manage any major disaster and can respond quickly to storm and flooding situations.

What do we provide?

  • 24 hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
  • Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Regardless of the Storm Damage, We Can Help! 

SERVPRO of Elmhurst can handle any size disaster, regardless of the type of storm. Our Disaster Recovery Team can respond rapidly with additional resources during major storms and disasters.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms

Have storm or flood damage? Call us today! (630) 758-1701

SERVPROV of Elmhurst understands agents and adjusters

9/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPROV of Elmhurst understands your situation. You have the responsibility as an agent or adjuster to keep claims costs low while still providing the best service to your customers.

Our Claims Information Center provides you quick and accurate information required to make informed decisions, such as:

A Complete Electronic Job File.

  • First Notice of Loss.
  • Detailed Estimate.
  • Digital Loss Photos.
  • Scanned Forms and Paperwork.
  • All delivered by email or hard copy.

Online Access to All Files.

  • New Assignments.
  • Pending Jobs.
  • Completed Jobs.

Informative Reports to Improve Results

  • Job Cost Data.

Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

When you call SERVPRO of Elmhurst, we'll send only qualified vendors to your customer's location. As a result of our dedication, we provide:

  • A Customer Care Center to ensure that the claim is handled quickly.
  • Best practices and employment process programs.
  • Qualification criteria for National Accounts and annual compliance checks.
  • Crew and vehicle standards.
  • Insurance requirements.
  • File documentation requirements.
  • Quality assurance program.

Call SERVPRO of Elmhurst today! (630) 758-1701

Water damage can decrease your home value!

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

water damage SERVPRO of Elmhurst franchise professionals specialize in water damage restoration.

With everything that might affect the value of your home, trying to sell your home can be a very hard process. Water damage and the hassles that come with it are one of the things that few people consider damaging a home's value.

Here are types of water damage that decrease the value of your home:

  • Structural Issues
  • Foundation Issues 
  • Mold 

Structural issues from water damage

When a storm or flood causes significant water damage to your home, the structural integrity of your property may be compromised. Finding and repairing these structural flaws in your home's walls, floors, ceilings, and crawl spaces can help avoid your home's value from plummeting.

It's critical to thoroughly evaluate your property for any structural damage, such as decaying wood, sagging beams, wall cracks, and broken electrical fixtures.

Foundation issues from water damage

If you've experienced water damage from a flood or a busted pipe, it's possible that the water has harmed your foundation. Floods can cause irreversible damage to the foundation of a home with a basement.

This is likely to be the most expensive aspect of repairing your property after water damage, but it is also the part that will have the most impact on its worth. Detecting foundation problems early reduces the cost of repairs. The longer the foundation damage goes untreated, the worse it will get.

Mold from water damage

Mold can form in the walls and carpets if there is water in your home due to a flood or a sewer backup. It can soften your home's materials, causing long-term harm to your walls' drywall, studs, and insulation. Mold thrives on your home's wood and drywall before spreading to the materials it consumes.

Contact SERVPRO Elmhurst today if you have any water damage or concerns! (630)758-1701

Sewer back up from a recent storm

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

If you're worried about sewage backup in your, Elmhurst, IL, home then you may be wondering what mitigation steps you can take to keep your property safe. Here are three things you can do to help protect your residence against potential sewer problems after a heavy storm.

1. Know The Risk in Your Area

When preparing your home against storm damage, it's important to know the risk level of your property. Keep track of storms in the area, know where your property is situated on the local watershed, and have an idea of the likelihood of sewer issues in your area. These things will help you have an idea of what the best mitigation measures are for your home.

2. Take Precautions Before a Storm Arrives

Before backup flooding occurs, there are some steps you can take. You may want to have a floor drain plug or standpipe installed in basement areas, or consider the installation of a sump pump. It's also a good idea to have your sewage system inspected regularly to ensure that everything is functioning correctly before an issue arises.

3. Be Prepared for a Cleanup

Even with the best precautions it's still possible for sewer damage to occur to you home. As such you may want to have a plan in place to take care of any sewer cleaning up that may be required. Have the number for a restoration service on hand, know where the water turn off valve and your electric box are located in your home so that these can be shut down in the event of an emergency, and have access to proper safety gear such as goggles and gloves.
When preparing your home against sewer backup it's important to know what the risk factor of your area is. Knowing this can allow you to take the proper precautions before a storm even occurs. You may also want to have a plan prepared in case these precautions can't protect your property 100 percent. If you have any questions your local restoration team may be able to help.

Hurricane Season 2021

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season Have a plan and be prepared!

Hurricane season is upon us! Experts say that the hurricane season starts in May and lasts all the way until November on average. Each year is different. However, as on Friday September 10th, it has officially marked its peak of hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin. We have seen during this year there has been 13 named storms, and 5 of those reached a hurricane status and 3 of which became major hurricanes. Here is a list of the 13 hurricanes so far.. 

1. Ana: Formed near Bermuda on May 22nd

2. Bill: Formed off the East Coast on June 14th

3. Claudette: Formed in the northern Gulf of Mexico June 19th

4. Danny: Formed along the East Coast near Charleston, South Carolina on June 28th

5. Elsa: Formed in the central tropical Atlantic on July 1st

6. Fred: Formed in the eastern Caribbean on August 10th

7. Grace: Formed in the central tropical Atlantic on August 14th

8. Henri: Formed near Bermuda on August 16th

9. Ida: Formed south of Jamaica in the Caribbean on August 26th

10. Julian: Formed far out in the Atlantic on August 29th

11. Kate: Formed in the central, open Atlantic on August 30th

12. Larry: Formed in the far eastern Atlantic on September 1st

13. Mindy: Formed in the northeaster Gulf of Mexico on September 8th 

With the knowledge of knowing we have officially hit the peak of hurricane season, here are some tips on how to be prepared for a hurricane in your area.

- Make a plan: If evacuation is necessary, turn off all utilities and follow community disaster preparedness plans. Make sure you select a common meeting place for all family members. Also make sure you have an evacuation plan for your pets. 

- Secure the exterior: Trim any large trees and shrubs. Bring in all outside patio furniture, potted plants, bikes and toys inside. 

- Install storm shutters: These will protect your windows, doors and skylights with appropriate shutters or impact-resistant glass.

- Check wall hangings and art: Make sure all wall hangings are secure and take notes about your art collection and any existing damage. 

- Move your cars: Keep your cars to higher ground or park them in your garage against the garage doors. 

- Power up: Fill up your car's gas tank, make sure all cell phones are fully charged, test your generator and always have plenty of fuel ready in case the power goes out.

- Store important documents: Make sure to keep important documents, such as legal papers, birth certificates, marriage license, insurance policy information, and any valuables in a safety deposit box in the closet of your home. 

- Prep an emergency kit: You will need to gather any flashlights, portable radio, batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, toiletries and clothing. 

- Identify a shelter room: This area should be on the first floor in the central part of the house that has no windows. 

We here at SERVPRO understand that when disaster strikes, you don't know what will be left from the aftermath. We are always here to help with any mitigation or reconstruction services you may need!

National Preparedness Month

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile! Be prepared!

As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community! Therefore, you have the opportunity to set an example to others around you. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and this year we are encouraging you all to join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters. You can do so by leading the efforts to encourage your community to become more prepared as a whole. Disasters WILL HAPPEN, and not only do they devastate neighborhoods, but entire communities including local businesses of all sizes. 

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company. It can also maximize your chances of recovery after a disaster takes place. There are 3 simple steps to take. 

1. Plan to stay in business

2. Encourage your employees to become ready

3. Protect your investment

There are many supporting resources available that can begin to prepare your business for a disaster. We here at SERVPRO can help your business with our Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Here are some of the advantages of our ERP program.

- A no-cost assessment of your facility.

- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

- Establishes your local SERVPRO franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

Preparation is KEY to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak or a large fire. The best time to plan is not when the event happens, but well before it takes places. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you now can plan for it and be prepared. Call us today to set up your very on Emergency READY Profile!