Recent Storm Damage Posts

Winter Storms

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be prepared!

Protecting your home is vital in the winter months. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior walls of your home. Here is a list from Nationwide insurance that they advise their homeowners on during the winter months to prepare their homes for the cold.

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams– where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

 If you do find that you have damage to your home, the Insurance Information Institute has published some tips on what to do in the case of a winter storm and managing the damage to your home. 

  1. Take pictures of the damage immediately. If you have "before" pictures, that's even better. Those pictures will help ensure that your insurer cannot claim that the problem was preexisting.
  2. Make temporary repairs to keep the damage from getting worse but hold on to all of your receipts.
  3. Don't make pricey repairs before the insurance adjuster arrives.
  4. Don't assume something is not covered. Take out your policy. Most weather-related damage like burst pipes, a collapsed roof and ice dams are covered.
  5. Call a reputable company to come and help with any damages to your home. Choose a company that will work with your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Elmhurst is here to help in your time of need for all your winter storm damage needs.  Give us a call at 630-758-1701.  We work with your insurance companies to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What can happen after an snow/ice storm

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Ice Damming Be aware!

When looking at roofs this winter, icicles hanging along them may look beautiful but can be very dangerous. This is because the icicles forming and snow on the roof can lead to ice dams. This is thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into the building or home. In result, this can lead to peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Also, soggy insulation in the attic, which loses R-value and becomes a magnet for mold and mildew. 

Here are some ways in order to prevent ice dams. The first is to use heated cables. Attach these with clips along the roof's edge in a zigzag pattern, and the heated cables help prevent ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks. This solution allows you to equalize your roof's temperature by heating it from the outside instead of blowing in cold air from the inside. 

Next is to blow in cold air. Hacking away at ice dams with a hammer, chisel, or shovel is BAD for your roof. Also, throwing salt on them will do more harm to your plantings than the ice. Therefore, take a box fan into the attic and aim it at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in. This targeted dose of cold air will freeze the water in its tracks. 

You can also rake it by pulling off snow with a long-handled aluminum roof rake while you stand safely on the ground. A rake with wheels will instantly change the exterior temperature of your roof without damaging shingles. 

De-icing methods deal with diminishing the damage after the dam has formed. Fill the leg of a discarded pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice melter. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. You can use a long-handled garden rake or hoe to push it into position. The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof. 

Lastly is a permanent fix for ice dams. Getting ride of ice dams for good is simple. Just keep the entire roof the same temperature as the eaves. This is done by increasing the ventilation, adding insulation, and sealing off every possible air leak that might warm the underside of the roof. 

1. Ventilate Eaves and Ridge

- A ridge vent paired with continuous soffit vents circulates cold air under the entire roof. Both ridge and soffit vents should have the same size openings and proved at least 1 square foot of opening for every 300 square feet of attic floor. Place baffles at the eaves to maintain a clear path for the airflow from the soffit vents. 

2. Cap the Hatch

- An unsealed attic hatch or whole-house fan is a massive opening for heat to escape. Cover them with weather stripped caps made from foil-faced foam board held together aluminum tape. 

3. Exhaust to the outside

- Make sure that the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents all lead outdoors through either the roof or walls, but never the soffit.

4. Add insulation

- More insulation on the attic floor keeps the heat where it belongs. To find how much insulation your attic needs, check with your local building department. 

5. Install sealed can lights

- Old-style recessed lights give off great plumes of heat and can't be insulated without creating a fire hazard. Replace them with sealed "IC" fixtures, which can be covered with insulation. 

6. Flash around chimneys

- Bridge the gap between chimney and house framing with L-shaped steel flashing held in place with unbroken beads of a fire-stop sealant. Using canned spray foam or insulation isn't fire safe.

7. Seal and insulate ducts

- Spread fiber-reinforced mastic on the joints of HVAC ducts and exhaust ducts. Cover them entirely with R-5 and R-6 foil-faced fiberglass. 

8. Caulk penetrations

- Seal around electrical cables and vent pipes with a fire-stop sealant. Also, look for any spots where light shines up from below or the insulation is stained black by the dirt from passing air. 

Understanding the lifecycle of ice damming is key. It starts with the birth, and it is the breakdown of the conditions that lead to the formation of ice dams. First, heat collects in the attic and warms the roof, except at the eaves. Next you move into the growth, and snow begins to melt on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves. Finally is maturity, and ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Meltwater from the warm roof backs up behind it, flows under the shingles, and into the house.

What you did and didn't know about tornadoes

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

The Websters Dictionary defines a tornado : "A tornado is as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 mph. Damage paths of tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long." 

According to the study done by The Weather Channel. Each year in the U.S., 1,200 tornadoes on average kill 60 people, injure 1,500, and cause roughly $400 million in damages, putting long-term average tornado losses on par with hurricanes.  

There are many misconceptions in regards to tornadoes.  Here are some facts from tornadofacts.net

Tornado Safety Related Myths

  • Southwest corner of your home/building/shelter is the safest location - In 1887 John P. Finley wrote a book on his observations of his tornado research. While he published some ground breaking information on tornadoes he also helped created this tornadoes myth. John believed that tornadoes only traveled in a northeast direction and that derby they created would be carried in the direction of its propagation. The 1997 F5 Jarrell tornado is a prime example of his misconceptions since that tornado moved in a south-southwesterly direction. It's recommended that you always seek shelter in the lowest floor of a building, preferably under an I-beam or staircase, regardless of the type of building you're in.
  • Open all the windows in your home when a tornado warning is issued - This is an extremely dangerous myth because it takes away critical minutes that could be used to reach shelter. It used to be widely believed that you needed to open your windows during a tornado to equalize pressure and prevent your house from exploding. A violent tornado will only have a 10% drop in pressure which isn't anywhere near enough to cause your home to explode. Ignore your windows and seek shelter immediately when a tornado warning is issued.
  • A highway overpass is an excellent tornado shelter - This myth gained huge traction in 1991 when a TV crew survived a tornado unharmed by sheltering under a overpass in El Dorado, KS. This event had nationwide coverage with video of the event and that helped perpetuate this myth to a dangerously high status. The conclusion for scientific evidence from the Oklahoma outbreak in 1999 actual proved that overpasses are actually one of the worst places to seek shelter during a violent tornado; mostly due to the wind tunnel effect that can accelerate flying derby speed even during weak tornadoes.
  • You can outrun a tornado via a vehicle - The theory behind this myth is a vehicle can travel faster than the average tornado, but the key phrase is average. There is no way for someone to know the travel and wind speed of a tornado just by looking at it. Plus the flooding, hail, and flying derby from a tornado can put someone in a vehicle in danger. The official directive from the National Weather Service is if you spot a tornado nearby to abandon your vehicle and seek shelter in a nearby building, culvert or ditch.
  • A brick or stone building can protect me from a tornado - While a brick or stone building can provide better protection during tornado a violent only can easily turn a brick or stone building into a pile of rubble. It's recommended that you always seek shelter in the lowest floor of a building, preferably under an I-beam or staircase, regardless of the type of building you're in.
  • If a tornado isn't coming directly towards me I'm safe - In the past it was common belief that a tornado would only travel in a northeasterly direction. While it's true that most tornadoes will move northeast this is most due to the direction the storm is traveling. Tornadoes are erratic, unpredictable, and can come from any direction. A prime example is the 1997 F5 tornadoes that struck Jarrell, TX which traveled southwest.

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of La Grange Park / North Riverside can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events.

FEMA!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Some buildings are more at risk of flooding than others in Elmhurst, IL. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, aims to prepare every individual to handle any natural disaster that might affect him or her, and floods are no exception. There is a wealth of flood preparation knowledge you can find from this agency, including a flood risk map that shows you exactly how likely your home is to be affected by a flood. You should take the time to learn:

1. Which flood zone your home is located in
2. What flood insurance options you have
3. Where you fall on the flood insurance rate map or FIRM
4. The elevation of your property
5.What the evacuation plan is for your area

Flood Insurance
It is a good idea to have water damage covered by your insurance policy, but you may not realize that water damage and flooding damage is not the same thing. Water damage is caused by things like burst pipes or leaky roofs, but the damage caused by external factors like tidal waves or mudslides fall into a different category. Most people do not need flooding insurance, but if you are in a high-risk area, it might be beneficial. The National Flood Insurance Program, or FEMA NFIP, is a special program FEMA offers that provides affordable flooding damage insurance.


What To Do
FEMA also has recommendations for what to do during a flood. You should be intimately familiar with the evacuation plan in your area and have all the supplies you need before a flood happens. You should have plenty of canned food, bottled water, a first aid kit, and general tools. It might be good to have a flooding damage restoration company in Elmhurst, IL already in mind so you can start the process of repairing as soon as possible. Flood water contains contamination, so it is not safe to return to your home no matter how minor the damage is.

Storm Team- Iowa

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Iowa Strong! Our team out helping the damages that struck Iowa!

Over the past couple weeks, our storm team here at LaGrange Park/N. Riverside has been out assisting those who were hit with damage from the bad storm that went through Iowa. Our team has been working on a major project at one of the local hotels nearby. Our commercial large loss division is composed of the best of the best in restoration. Our commercial operations manager has been supervising the job every since we started down in Iowa. Our team was about to dispatch trained production professionals, and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Once our team got word there was going to be a major storming rolling through there, we had a team ready to go the day before. After the storm hit, out team drove over 3 hours to get out to the location where the commercial property was. On the way, our team was able to see all the damage first hand driving through Iowa. Our team described it almost as a "scary scene in a movie". There was semi-trucks turned over on the highway, full grown trees pulled out of the ground, entire roofs taken off of homes, broken homes, and many more disasters that put tears to their eyes. Our team knew that they needed to help fix Iowa, and be able to make it strong again. To this very day, our team is still out in Iowa assisting the major commercial loss that has taken place, and they will continue to work in order to get the operation up and going again. We here at SERVPRO are always faster to any size disasters! 

Preparing your home for a major storm

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Disaster Make sure you have a plan!

Being a homeowner, you do not know what mother nature is going to throw at you. Therefore, you always need to be ready. You can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if and when a severe storm hits. 

1. Clear limbs and trim trees

- During a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home's exterior or even puncture a window. Heavy rain can also cause trees with shallow root systems to pull out of the ground. 

2. Secure fences

- Ensure that your fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds. 

3. Secure furniture

- Heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home. It's a good idea to anchor outdoor furniture or bring it indoors before a storm hits. You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage. 

4. Check gutters

- Help prevent damage inside your house by having downspouts drain away from your home and clear your gutters of any debris.

5. Protect the critical areas

- Wind is a major threat to your roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Either you or a building contractor can build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows and coverings for patio and entry doors, strengthen and stiffen garage doors, and install heavy duty door hardware. 

6. Protect your valuables

- Protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take the items with you if you evacuate. Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. You can also send an inventory to a family member outside your region for safekeeping. Also, make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box. 

7. Stock a basic emergency kit

- A true emergency can leave you without basic services, including electricity, water, gas or sewage, for a few hours or a few days. Stock your family's emergency kit with enough food, water and supplies to carry all of you through at least three days. Also make sure to restock your kit once the emergency has passed. 

8. Create a family emergency plan

- Staying connected is of the utmost importance during an emergency. Designate an out-of-town family member or friend to be your check-in person in case local phone lines are down. Make sure every member of your family knows that contact's number and has a way to reach him or her. Ideally a cell phone and charger or a prepaid calling card. Also, choose a local place where your family members should meet if they are separated when an emergency strikes and your home is unsafe. This might be a landmark or even a parent's workplace. 

Common Causes of Sewer Backups and How To Avoid Them

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Clogged sink Clogged sink in a Hillside, IL home

The 3 most Frequently Observed Sewage Problems

Nobody wants to come home to discover that there has been a sewer backup in his or her living space. Unfortunately, this can easily become a reality for many homeowners. Read on to understand the three most frequently observed sewage problems and what you can do to prevent them from taking place in your Hillside, IL, home.

Clogged Drains

More severe clogs usually take place in the main sewer line, while less serious ones tend to affect your drain. To determine whether there’s a clog in one of your drains, look for blockages in the following fixtures:

  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Bathtub

To stop these fixtures from becoming clogged, be sure to maintain them on a regular basis and use them appropriately. Pouring grease down your kitchen sink drain or overloading your garbage disposal can increase the risk of a sewer backup. Similarly, avoid flushing sanitary napkins and other bulky items down the toilet to keep all drains clear.

Collapsed Sewer Lines

In some cases, broken or collapsed sewer lines can lead to a sewer blockage. This typically takes place in older homes where the sewer lines are made of clay piping or cast iron, which are materials that tend to break down more quickly. If your sewer line has broken down or collapsed, you may want to consider replacing it with one made of plastic or a similarly reliable material to keep further problems from occurring.

Invasive Tree Roots

If your sewer backup isn’t a result of the above causes, you may want to inspect the tree roots on your property. Trees that are located directly above your sewer line can either crush the sewer line completely or extend into your pipes to form holes and clogs. Be sure to control the growth of your tree roots to keep sewer problems at bay.
Whether you have a bathtub backup or flooding, sewage problems can be serious. Call water damage experts immediately to take care of any kind of emergency.

Take Steps To Prevent Weather Related Flooding in Your Building

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Faucet running water Keep faucets running at a trickle to keep water moving and prevent freezing

Take Steps To Prevent Weather Related Flooding in Your Building

When you run a business in Franklin Park, IL, you have a lot of line items to be concerned with. Flood damage does not need to be one of them. Severe storms can cause street level flooding or may cause water to back up in sewer drains. Heavy rain or hail can take a toll on your roof and allow leaks that work their way inside. Extreme cold may cause a burst pipe that could flood anywhere in the building.

An Ounce of Prevention

Storm damage can happen when a frozen pipe develops. Take a few steps to check your building’s risk or and even prevent weather related freezing. A little preparation may spare you from serious storm cleanup.


Check insulation levels in areas where plumbing is installed, both in the walls and in the roof/ceilings. If more is needed for your climate than is present, have more installed and consider insulated pipe sleeves for extra protection
Keep the area surrounding any plumbed areas warm enough to prevent freezing, or use heat tape in areas beneath the floors or in the ceiling
Keep faucets running at a trickle to keep water moving and prevent freezing
If needed, relocate problematic pipes from outer walls to prevent freezing
Close garage and bay doors when they are not being used to keep heat in


Thawing a Frozen Pipe

If you suspect a pipe is frozen, it is very important that you don’t turn the water on too quickly. If it doesn’t run easily, keep the faucet partially open and warm the area where the pipe is located until water flows freely. Allow water to run for a bit to melt ice and open lines.

When a burst pipe leaves you with standing water, be sure to call a professional water remediation service in Franklin Park, IL  to help with proper flood cleanup and drying out. With some good prevention and skilled help, you can get back to business as usual.

How Storm Damage Creates Basement Flooding

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Basement with flooded waters, there is a couch, chairs, and boxes floating aorund Flooded basement in Stone Park, IL

An intense storm can have a devastating impact on your Stone Park, IL, home. Sometimes, that aftermath is a flooded basement. Learning the causes behind such an incident can make the cleaning and restoration processes easier and help you prevent any further backups.

What Causes a Basement Flood?

Due to the position and structure of your residence’s basement, it is vulnerable to several types of flooding. Most of these floods manifest after heavy storms and rain, and they are usually caused by the following reasons:

  • Sewer water buildup caused by clogging (waste, trash, roots, vandalism, etc.)
  • Storm water backing up due to outdated drain design
  • Excessive surface water caused by landscape slopes or blocked gutters
  • Broken or defective pipes
  • Extra groundwater from hydrostatic pressure

It is imperative to find the specific cause of a flooded basement as soon as possible. Finding the source will make it easier to call a professional to fix the problem and prevent further damage. Additionally, the less water you have in the basement, the easier it will be to clean up.

How Should You Handle a Sewage Backup?

Now that you have located and controlled the source of the flooding, it is time to clean the basement. First, immediately call utility companies such as your gas company and your electricity provider, since having these services active right now is potentially dangerous. Then, assess as much of the damage as possible. Finally, contact a storm damage restoration company and provide its employees with the assessed information. They can safely repair the damage to the basement in a safe and prompt manner.

A severe storm can reveal weaknesses in your home’s sewer system that can also leave behind a flooded basement. Even though this event can be overwhelming, taking quick action by identifying the source of the problem, recording the damage and contacting restoration professionals will stop the problem and return the basement to a safer, cleaner state.

The FEMA Recommendations for Flood Preparation

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Major storms can leave your Bensenville, IL, home in bad shape, and you may expect that flood insurance will keep you covered. However, sitting back and waiting for the insurance adjuster to get back to you with good news could be a big mistake.

After a natural disaster or huge storm, adjusters are often busy with several homes. You could be waiting for a long time before the professional reaches your home.


While waiting, flood damage will get worse. As water seeps into the walls and floors of your home, mold has time to get established and spread throughout the home. Many flood remediation and home repair companies work directly with insurance companies. Waiting for an insurance adjuster could increase the costs of repair to your home. Take action right away to get the repair work started.


Hire a Public Adjuster

One step to consider taking is hiring a public adjuster. The adjuster sent by your insurance company represents the insurance company's best interests. A public adjuster works for your best interests. The work done by this professional may speed up the claim process with your flood insurance company and make sure you get as much coverage as possible.


Decide Whether To File a Claim

Sometimes people avoid filing claims if they believe that their premiums will increase as a result. In this case, homeowners may proceed to do repairs on their own without even involving the adjuster. However, if further damages occur as a result of that inaction, insurance coverage may no longer be effective. It's true that a "claims free" discount could be lost, but contacting the adjuster is a good way to determine whether to file the actual claim or not.


Get Started on Repairs
You can get a lot of work done while you're waiting for the adjuster from your flood insurance company to show up. Don't wait to contact repair and reconstruction professionals to avoid mold damage. Reach out to a public adjuster to represent you.

When to Use Commercial Flood Insurance

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flood insurance will be needed if your building is flooded due to storm surges

Flood insurance is something that every business owner should consider purchasing for their Berkeley, IL  commercial property. An insurance plan that just focuses on restoring damage caused by a flood can literally save your business from having to close its doors after a devastating storm or other causes of floods.

Definition

As the name implies, flood insurance provides financial protection to your business if a flood occurs and damages your building. A flood is defined as an event that affects an extensive area, usually two acres or at least two buildings. Most often, flood insurance will be needed if your building is flooded due to one of the below causes:

  • Storms and extreme weather: Heavy rains, snow melt, and storm surges
  • Other acts of nature: Overflowing rivers and storm surges are often the result of a major storm, but regardless of the cause an overflowing natural body of water can cause devastating floods
  • Man-made disasters: Broken levees and dams can also be devastating to nearby areas and have been known to strike without warning

Coverage

Remember that flood insurance will only cover your flood damage if the root cause is from an event outside of your particular building that affects more than just your space. If, for example, your building is flooded due to a burst pipe inside your own walls, you should turn to your general commercial insurance plan. Once it is determined that your building has been damaged by a flood, your insurance company will work with you to cover costs associated with the cleanup and restoration process. The overarching goal is to receive financial help that will get your business back to its previous operational state. A business is not required to purchase insurance specific to a flood unless it is located in a flood zone and is part of the mortgage requirements. However, a flooding catastrophe can happen anywhere at any time, so protecting your building against a flood can save your business from potential bankruptcy.

The FEMA Recommendations for Flood Preparation

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Some buildings are more at risk of flooding than others in Elmhurst, IL. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, aims to prepare every individual to handle any natural disaster that might affect him or her, and floods are no exception. There is a wealth of flood preparation knowledge you can find from this agency, including a flood risk map that shows you exactly how likely your home is to be affected by a flood. You should take the time to learn:

1. Which flood zone your home is located in
2. What flood insurance options you have
3. Where you fall on the flood insurance rate map or FIRM
4. The elevation of your property
5.What the evacuation plan is for your area

Flood Insurance
It is a good idea to have water damage covered by your insurance policy, but you may not realize that water damage and flooding damage is not the same thing. Water damage is caused by things like burst pipes or leaky roofs, but the damage caused by external factors like tidal waves or mudslides fall into a different category. Most people do not need flooding insurance, but if you are in a high-risk area, it might be beneficial. The National Flood Insurance Program, or FEMA NFIP, is a special program FEMA offers that provides affordable flooding damage insurance.


What To Do
FEMA also has recommendations for what to do during a flood. You should be intimately familiar with the evacuation plan in your area and have all the supplies you need before a flood happens. You should have plenty of canned food, bottled water, a first aid kit, and general tools. It might be good to have a flooding damage restoration company in Elmhurst, IL already in mind so you can start the process of repairing as soon as possible. Flood water contains contamination, so it is not safe to return to your home no matter how minor the damage is.

What To Know About Sewage Backup Mitigation

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Consider the installation of a sump pump

Protect Your Home Against Sewer Problems

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.

4 Costly Ways Hail Can Damage Your Business

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

If your business in Elmhurst, IL, is hit by a hailstorm, you might feel overwhelmed with the amount of hail damage your building has experienced. Roof damage is the most common harm caused by hail, which can lead to water entering your business or even compromising its structure. Fortunately, a storm damage restoration company has the equipment and expertise necessary to prevent any more damage from occurring and get your business looking like new. Here are four common types of hail damage that a restoration company can help repair.

1. Roof Damage

Roofing materials are often not designed to handle the impact of especially large hailstones and can experience extensive damage as a result. Any time your business is hit by hail, it is essential to hire a roof inspector or check for missing shingles or any other roof damage that may have occurred.

2. Mounted Equipment and Skylight Damage

Roof-mounted equipment including HVAC equipment, turbines, solar panels, and satellite dishes are often damaged by hail. Investing in hail guards can help mitigate this damage. Additionally, skylights may crack or shatter if hit by hail, which leaves the interior of your business exposed to the elements.

3. Landscape Damage

Trees, plants, and other additions to your business’s landscape can be harmed from hail. Trees are especially dangerous in a hailstorm because the weight of the hail combined with strong winds can cause trees to fall over or branches to fall off onto your building.

3. Window Damage

If hail falls at an angle or bounces off another surface, it can hit your windows and cause them to crack or completely shatter. This can also happen to glass doors.

Hail damage can be extremely harmful to your building’s business and cause damage to several different parts of your building. Calling a restoration company is the best way to quickly repair your business before even more costly damage occurs.