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How To Handle Southern McHenry County Fire Damage for Commercial Businesses Fire

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Handle Southern McHenry County Fire Damage for Commercial Businesses Fire Business owners must also have preventive measures in place that will limit the likelihood of fire damage.

How To Handle Property Damage From A Commercial Fire

Unfortunately, no business owner is immune from a Southern McHenry County commercial fire damage. When fires damage property, a plethora of environmental and health risks can surface. However, knowing how to handle property damage that results from a commercial fire can help business owners restore their property. Learn more about commercial fires and how you can limit their adverse effect on your property by reviewing the following information:

Commercial Fires: A Brief Overview When a business's property is subjected to Southern McHenry County commercial fire damage, recovery can be challenging. Fire threats can come from a plethora of places, including an electrical fire, lightning strike, or an adjoining business. When a commercial fire occurs, the damage can be significant. In some cases, the company cannot continue functioning after the fire. In most cases, this is because the business did not have the proper insurance. Businesses that did maintain business interruption insurance will usually find it much easier to recover from the loss. Because every commercial building is susceptible to fire, it is prudent for commercial business owners to purchase insurance. Business owners must also have preventive measures in place that will limit the likelihood of fire damage. Some of those measures should include:

- Avoiding the storage of flammable materials - Ensuring that smoke alarms are working properly - Creating and practicing a fire evacuation plan - Making sure appliances and machinery are turned off when not being used - Keeping machinery in working order - Making sure your backup drives and paperwork are in a safe location

Although taking these precautions can decrease the likelihood of fire damage, it's important to know that no business is entirely immune. Since this is the case, it's important that you develop good working relationships with a commercial insurance attorney as well as an experienced lawyer. These individuals will be able to assist you in the event that a fire takes place.

Conclusion While a Southern McHenry County commercial fire damage can have an adverse impact on your business, taking, preventive steps can help you avoid unwanted property damage and business-related complications that deplete your finances and productivity. In the event that a commercial fire transpires on your business property, it's important that you gain access to high-quality restoration services. As a remediation company that consistently works with excellence and expediency, you can count on the SERVPRO professionals to get the job done fast and well. Contact us today to obtain an information-packed consultation!

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SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

 We are here in Southern McHenry County and are ready to help you. Just call us. 847-516-1600.

Ice Damming on Homes

1/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Damming on Homes Serious Ice Damming

Ice dams occur on heated buildings with sloping roofs in cold climates with deep snow accumulation. Ice dams on roofs form when accumulated snow forms an insulating layer under cold conditions that would cause the freezing point to be within the snow layer, if it were not subject to melting. Instead, building heat coming through the roof's surface melts the snow resting on it. This causes meltwater to flow down the roof, until it reaches below a place on the roof's surface that is below freezing—typically at the eaves where there is no building heat. When the meltwater reaches the frozen surface, ice accumulates, growing a barrier that impedes further passage of meltwater off the roof. Ice dams may result in leaks through the roofing material, possibly resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation, damage or injury when the ice dam falls off or from attempts to remove ice dams.

The melting of roof snow comes from the combination of three basic causes:

  1. Air temperatures well below freezing.
  2. A thick layer of dry snow, which has good insulating capabilities.
  3. Heat from the building coming through the roof.

Resolve to be "READY" in 2018

12/3/2017 (Permalink)

With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to think of resolutions. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, the single most important resolution that both business and homeowners can make for 2018 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”

Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely property owners can put the pieces of their lives back together. Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.

We would like to encourage all property owners, commercial or residential, to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from FEMA, as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App.

For homeowners:

  • FEMA resources include guidelines for creating a Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply List, with additional tips for pet owners, seniors, people with disabilities, and even commuters.
  • SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County offers their free SERVPRO READY Plan App, which stores critical contact and property information electronically in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.

For business owners:

  • FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.
  • SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile®(ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can be stored in the READY app.

The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and location of shut-offs, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency. Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.

SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please contact your local SERVPRO Restoration Consultants at 847-516-1600 or SP8666@sbcglobal.net.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

General National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Some communities hold special memorial services on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.©iStockphoto.com/JPecha

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, 1941 commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II.

The flag should be flown at half-mast to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many associations, especially those linked with Pearl Harbor survivors or those who died from the attack, participate in special services to commemorate the event. Memorial services are held at the venue for USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. this activity include: wreath-laying ceremonies; keynote speeches by those associated with the event and survivors’ recollections of the Pearl Harbor attack.

The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Hawaii. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.

The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked in a speech to Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”. Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated.

The United States Congress established the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal or Pearl Harbor Survivor's Medal in 1991 which marked the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor This medal can be awarded to any veteran of the United States military who were present in or around Pearl Harbor during the attack by the Japanese military. The medal can be awarded to civilians, who were killed or injured in the attack.

Winter Freeze Checklist for Your Southern McHenry County

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Freeze Checklist for Your Southern McHenry County Frozen Pipe Leaking

Winter Freeze Checklist

Winter season is upon us, it brings along with it one the most common water issues frozen pipes.

As soon as thermometers drop into the freezing zone, the following tips will help you avoid unpleasant surprises that may come from broken water pipes on your property. When it freezes, water in a pipe expands. This creates pressure on the pipe and could cause it to break, regardless if it is plastic or metal. Pipes that freeze most frequently are swimming pool feeder lines, outdoor hose bibs, and water supply lines and unheated interior areas like basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces. As well, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

We are happy to give you this Winter Freeze Checklist so that you can relax and enjoy this holiday season. Winters can be harsh on household plumbing so don’t forget to protect the water meter and pipes from freezing temperatures. Those located on outside walls, in basements or in crawl spaces, are particularly vulnerable to the cold. They can easily freeze and break during cold spells and lead to costly repairs. Please follow these important steps to help prevent expensive problems later.  

  • Disconnect and drain the garden hose connection. This will help prevent outside faucets and pipes from freezing, leaking or breaking.
  • If there are water supply lines in the garage, keep it closed and seal air leaks.
  • Close outside vents, crawl spaces and doors so cold air doesn’t seep inside.
  • Repair broken windows and seal cracks in the walls.
  • Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
  • Open you the cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathroom to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Wrap water lines and meters in commercial insulation.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Wrap pipes subject to cold or freezing in heat tape available from hardware stores. It must be kept plugged in all winter.
  • Locate The Shut-off Valves
  • Make sure the valves on either side of the water meter are working properly.
  • Place a tag on the main shut-off valve. Make sure everyone in the house knows where it is and how to operate it in an emergency.
  • Check The Heat
  • If you’re going away, keep a minimum amount of heat on in the house. This will help protect the pipes in case the temperature drops.
  • If you plan to turn the heat off, drain all the water from the pipes, toilets and water heater. Turn off the power source to the water heater. If your heater operates on gas, turn the heater on “pilot.”

If you have any questions or you need emergency services call us at 847-516-1600.

8 Safety Tips You Should Keep In Mind During This Thanksgiving Day!

11/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 8 Safety Tips You Should Keep In Mind During This Thanksgiving Day! This what could happen while deep frying a turkey.

According to the United States Fire Administration, there are the average number of reported residential building fires on Thanksgiving Day was more than double (2.1 times more) the average number of fires in residential buildings on all days other than Thanksgiving. The average losses for Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings, however, were less than the same measures for non-Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings. The majority of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings took place in one- and two-family dwellings (65 percent) followed by multifamily dwellings (29 percent).

    1. In case of any emergency, call 911!
    2. Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Those can easily could ignite and catch fire.
  • Don't leave your food unattended on the range or in the oven.
  1. Keep children out of the kitchen when cooking.
  2. Remove anything near the stove that could catch fire, including wooden utensils, oven mitts, plastic bags, or towels.
  3. Take extra precaution with turkey fryers. Turkey fryers increase your risk of burn or fire hazards. Be sure the oil used to fry the turkey is the right temperature and always fry outside in a well-ventilated area. Never put water on a grease fire use a fire extinguisher or flour to put it out.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Be familiar with how the extinguisher works and teach your family to use it as well. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and teach your family how to use it.
  5. Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

Sources:

  • “Thanksgiving Safety Tips”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/11/5-fire-safety-tips-to-keep-in-mind-this-thanksgiving/

Veterans Day Facts

11/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Veterans Day Facts Veterans Day honors those who served the United States in all wars, especially veterans.©bigstockphoto.com/Anthony Correia

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the  Treaty of Versailles of the whichwas signed on June 28, 1919 ending the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany. Every year veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

Today Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls.

Preparing for Winter Storms

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Winter Storms Take some time this fall to check your home before the cold winter and snow comes!

More often than not, as homeowners, the last thing we want to do is home repairs.  Not only do they take time (and many of us don't have a lot to spare), but they can also be costly and sometimes tedious.  Small repairs such as changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky faucet can be put off until it is absolutely necessary to fix, but there are some repairs that should never be put off.  Unfortunately, many of these involve major things (and can come with an even more major price tag), but avoiding the two repairs listed below could actually cause bigger problems down the road when the cold freezing temperatures and snow hit us shortly.  

Foundation Issues

The foundation of your home is extremely important-it holds up your home's entire structure.  Cracks in the foundation are definitely something not to overlook when it comes to repairs. The last thing you want as a homeowner is for a crack to spread.  Checking your home's foundation in the fall will help prevent water from thawing snow or ice getting into your home in the spring.  

Plumbing Issues

Water anywhere other than in a pipe or sink basin is bad, especially for your home.  Plumbing issues and leaks anywhere in your property should be addressed as soon as possible.  Winter in the Chicago area is known for its below freezing temperatures.  This can sometimes take a toll on the plumbing and pipes in your home.  Checking them now will be a great step towards prevention. 

Roof Issues

Every home has a roof.  This is one of the most important parts of any building because it protects what is inside.  The roof is a major player when it comes to keeping up on repairs.  If you notice any leaks, missing or damaged shingles/tiles or any kind of sagging this should be fixed as soon as possible.  Leaks mean water will get into your home and then may lead to mold, structure damage and even possibly fire if it comes in contact with anything electrical.  Missing or damaged shingles can lead to a number of issues if not fixed and create weak spots in a roof. A sagging roof could signify moisture in the attic and could be a sign of poor ventilation, broken or cracked joists, rafters or the ridge line itself.  

Fireplace Issues

Fireplaces and other indoor heating systems with poor maintenance can cause fire, puff-backs and smoke damage. A fireplace is beautiful and keeps your home warm with low electricity bills but without proper care it can cause a house fire. Clean chimneys and flutes on your fireplaces annually. Get your furnaces checked once a year and keep your space heaters 3 feet or the recommended length away from any flammable objects. This includes window blinds/curtains, furniture, bedding, and decorative rugs.

Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done By Professionals

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

With quick and decisive fire damage repair, even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have been one of man’s greatest enemies since the dawn of ancient times, and though it’s easier to handle these days, it can still cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash, odor and smoke residue left behind. This has to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County technicians will work hard to provide a thorough cleanup.  This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. SERVPRO’s technicians will access the home’s ducts to clean them out as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

Upon eliminating all of the ash, soot, and smoke, the home will quickly be free of any lingering odor. It will be “Like it never even happened.”

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (847) 516-1600

 We service all of these communities in Southern McHenry County           Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Trout Valley, Marengo, Village of Lakewood, Village of Oakwood Hills, Woodstock and Union.

History of Sweetest Day

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

General History of Sweetest Day Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is a holiday celebrated every year on the third of October, primarily only in the Mid-West.

Creation of Sweetest Day is often attributed to Herbert Birch Kingston—a simple man who worked for a candy company—decided to spread a little love to the less fortunate who are often overlooked. So, he passed out heaps of candy to the orphans, the ill and the disabled in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

As it turns out, the tradition stuck. Nowadays, Sweetest Day is a day to shower the ones you love with gifts and make them feel special, just like Valentine's Day. Even though, many people believe that Sweetest Day is for the guy and Valentine's Day is for the girl, that's not true. It's just another day to show love, respect, and appreciation for family, friends, and loved ones.

Have a happy Sweetest Day from everyone at SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County.