Recent Water Damage Posts

DIY Water Damage Restoration & Why It's a Bad Idea

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

More and more people are becoming do-it-yourselfers. It seems that everyone with an internet connection is on YouTube trying to figure out how they can save money by performing services themselves.

While that is an excellent idea when you have to hooking up a home theater system or mounting a TV to the wall, however, attempting to perform your own water damage mitigation drying or mold remediation, it's definitely not something that should be attempted on your own. You can rent dehumidifiers and fans, maybe even air filtration equipment, but there are consequences for not performing mitigation services properly. There have been circumstances where the homeowners have rented a few dehumidifiers attempting to dry out the property from a major size water damage job. We applaud their efforts, they don't have the proper training, knowledge and or tools to successfully perform this work. In fact, you need to know how to use the equipment and placement of the equipment or you end up causing more harm and spending more money than anticipated.

The next time you experience a water damage in your home or office, give the SERVPRO professionals a call. We'll help make it "Like it never even happened." For more information, please visit or call SERVPRO of Elmhurst at 630-758-1701.

How to Manage Water Damage Restoration of your Home

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Manage Water Damage Restoration of your Home Equipment needed

No homeowner should attempt to recover from a flood alone. They will find the house much easier to recover once they have called a water damage restoration and mitigation firm. The firm that does mitigation and water damage restoration knows specifically how to make the house look beautiful one again, and they will do all the work on their own. They will handle everything from water cleanup to repairs on the house, and this article explains how they will find their home returned to a proper condition.

#1: The Water Damage Assessment

There are many people who must have water damage assessed in their home before they may choose to begin repairs or recovery. The flood damage will be repaired by the water restoration and mitigation firm, and they will have many people come to the house to repair the house after the water is removed. The water in home issue is unique because the family cannot move in until after they have cleaned up. They will repair all water in home problems in a short time, and they will notice there are many ways to ensure that their home is cleaned.

#2: Air Movement and Drying

The drying and air movement process is one that must be handled by the company as soon as possible. A water restoration team knows all the mitigation methods, and they will run fans, open windows and use other mitigation techniques to ensure the house will be dry. Any flood damage or water damage must be repaired as soon as possible, and the water must be removed from the house using the traditional air movement and drying techniques that are used across the industry.

#3: Water in Business Problems

There are many water in business problems that may be handled the moment the mitigation company arrives at the house, and they will show the customer how water damage restoration is completed. Water cleanup may be completed in moments, and it will be a full process that involves the removal of all water damage and flood damage. The flood may be internal, and it may be external if there were storms in the area. Water cleanup may take some time, but it will be done using only the finest techniques.

#4: Moving Quickly

Water in home and water in business problems must be removed as quickly as possible, and someone who has an idea of how to handle all the water will know how to complete the process of water removal. The water cleanup process involves the air movement and drying that must be done, and there are many technicians who will arrive at the house to complete the job.

Faster to your Elmhurst Water Damage

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Elmhurst Water Damage Water damages in the basement.

Photo Caption: SERVPRO of Elmhurst provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Elmhurst, Bensenville, Hillside, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Stone Park and Northlake.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Elmhurst provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Elmhurst arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –SERVPRO of Elmhurst

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Basement

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 basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • 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 – SERVPRO of Elmhurst

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 Elmhurst and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds 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 630-758-1701 – SERVPRO of Elmhurst is Ready To Help!

Ready To Help

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Elmhurst is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - SERVPRO of Elmhurst 630-758-1701

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Elmhurst has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • 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)?