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Post Construction Services

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Unfinished home SERVPRO helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

SERVPRO helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.  

Post Construction Cleaning  

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it is time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County can provide debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.  

Dehumidification and Drying  

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our professionals to provide the help you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth.  

Final Cleaning  

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:  

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep, and finish  
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning  
  • Air duct cleaning  
  • Debris removal (if necessary)  
  • Window cleaning  

The last thing you need is a fire intrusion, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO provides 24-hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and schedule quickly. In addition to fast response, our crews utilize industrial grade equipment, training, and electronic communication to help ensure the job is done right the first time, saving your time and money. 

Correcting Water Damage for Southern McHenry County Homeowners

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture meter SERVPRO always uses advanced equipment and technology for water damage cleanup and restoration in Newburgh properties.

SERVPRO Offers Effective Water Cleanup 

Property water damage can be disruptive to the everyday lives of homeowners. These emergencies are inconvenient, but they can also be dangerous to occupants and destructive to structures or contents. While most homeowners have insurance to deal with unexpected emergencies, restoration services are responsible for returning their home to a preloss condition as efficiently as possible.

Reducing losses relating to water damage at your home is essential to reducing stress, expense, and time scales. SERVPRO works with a restore-over-replace mentality that focuses on mitigating losses rather than wide-scale replacements. In a wet property, the most urgent task to complete is drying. The length of time a property is exposed to moisture is critical in the amount of damage caused. Part of this process is because of how materials in the building assembly respond to moisture. The other part is because the water itself begins to stagnate. The amount of materials in need of replacement is significantly influenced by the contamination levels of the water they are exposed to. For these reasons, reducing losses through mitigation and drying is a time-sensitive issue that should be enacted as soon as possible.

Professionally drying and restoring a residential property requires advanced drying equipment, experience, and expertise. A solid understanding of how indoor structures contain moisture and the science behind removing that moisture are essential components of a water damage restoration technician's skill set. When mold infests a property, it is usually because of a previous water intrusion that was not professionally restored. To prevent this from occurring at your home, our technicians use a range of measuring and monitoring equipment. These include intrusive and non-intrusive moisture meters, borescopes, and thermal hygrometers. The combination of this equipment allows our technicians to avoid missing potential problem areas such as cavity damage, vapor damage, and moisture migration. 

Work Process for Restoring Properties

  • Ensuring the safety of both technicians and occupants on-site and documenting the damages.
  • Mitigation of water damage through emergency drying systems or pumping of liquid out of the property.
  • Cleaning or repairing salvageable items and replacing non-salvageable ones.

Contamination can pose significant challenges to restoration. We measure contamination levels through a tiered system, with class one referring to clean water and class three being highly contaminated. Class one contamination is generally benign and requires little replacement of materials. Technicians can dry the property as well as most materials that were exposed to moisture. In these circumstances, light cleaning methods on carpets or walls can remove all signs of damage. Class three contamination is the highest grade and can involve liquid with biohazardous substances, which require technicians to utilize extensive person protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits. In class three damages, all porous materials that come into contact with the liquid must be removed and replaced. 

How Contamination Affects Restoration

  • If there are signs of significant contamination, you may need to be relocated during the restoration of your property.
  • Technicians can pack out salvageable belongings for safe storage during the restoration of your home. 
  • Often carpets, drywall, and textiles must be replaced to reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination. 

For emergencies at your property, contact SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County for water damage restoration at (847) 516-1600.

What Happens When a Pipe Bursts and Floods My Carpeted Hallway?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

inject-dry airmover SERVPRO Always Uses Advanced Equipment and Technology for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Middletown Properties

he Water Removal Experts from SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home in Southern McHenry County.

A leaky pipe in the bathroom of your Southern McHenry County home might seem like a minor problem at first as you catch the drip in a bucket. Then one morning, you walk out of your bedroom and find your feet sinking into a very wet carpet. The pipe has burst in the night, and now water has soaked into the carpet. At this point, many residents in the Southern McHenry County area know to call SERVPRO.

What Can the Water Damage Experts from SERVPRO Do to Help?

Our team of trained specialists understands the cleanup and restoration process with water damage to carpeted areas in Southern McHenry County homes. There are several steps for this process which are listed below

  • Inspect and develop a plan
  • Water Removal using advanced equipment
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Monitoring the process throughout the service

How Do You Determine the Tools and the Protocol?

  • We utilize moisture meters, sensors, infrared camera imagery, and even boroscopes for peering into voids to determine the wet or damp areas and then develop an action plan. Some of the devices we use are:
  • Light Wands connected to portable wet vacs – Used for initial water removal
  • Deep Extraction Tools like Riding Rovers or weighted wands – Used to remove water that has soaked into the padding beneath the carpet
  • "Float" the carpet to dry without removing it from the room

What About Water That Has Soaked into the Walls and Baseboards?

If the water has reached into the area behind the walls, then we can use the Structural Cavity Drying Equipment like injecti-dry systems utilizing positive or negative air pressure and heat. We can drill small holes to insert the tubes.

The water removal and damage experts at Southern McHenry County are available 24/7. So, whenever you need an immediate response, call (847) 516-1600.

Southern McHenry County Carpet Cleaning After Water Damage

Is Your Home Prepared for that Other Kind of Water Damage? FLOODING

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Kitchen Don’t let flooding in your home prevent you from living in it. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to assess and remediate the flood damage scenario in your home.

Extreme Water Level Preparation in Southern McHenry County Needs to Include a Reliable Restoration Company

Flooding in Southern McHenry County can happen when you least expect it, from advancing groundwater to a broken water main or ruptured pipe. Despite your best efforts, a rise in water levels in your home can pose a danger to you and your family. Once it is safe to re-enter your home, you should invite a professional cleanup crew to help you assess the damage. Expert advice can save you months of complications and delays in getting life back to normal.

For Southern McHenry County residents, water damage cleanup is a job for our SERVPRO team. Our technical expertise reflects the efficiency with which we survey your home and prioritize cleanup activities. A deficient cleanup job can set the stage for more problems, so we do our best to avoid further complications.

What does a water cleanup company do?

At SERVPRO, we take a multi-pronged approach to the cleanup of your home. Besides removing badly damaged items such as upholstered sofas and carpets, we also inspect your structure. If water is soaking and weakening your drywall or is collecting behind your walls, our team can detect and remove it. Some of the equipment we employ for the extraction includes-

  • Drying mats
  • Truck-mounted pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Mops and squeegees
  • Rags and Buckets

Let Southern McHenry County help you in your time of need. Call us at (847) 516-1600 and let us leave your Middletown or New Windsor home "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage to Hardwood Floors

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Buckled wood floor We always encourage water damage victims to extract as much water as possible while they wait for help to arrive.

How Water Warps Hardwood Flooring  

When water floods areas with hardwood floors, the material tries to absorb the water. Excessive moisture forces the wood to expand, which can cause warping or cupping. Here at SERVPRO, we always encourage water damage victims to extract as much water as possible while they wait for help to arrive.  

Saving Wet Hardwood Floors  

In some cases, we can save your hardwood floors. If the water is quickly extracted and there is not significant warping, then we can use a drying process specifically designed for hardwood floors. But if the flooring was exposed to moisture for a significant period and shows major signs of warping, then your hardwood will need to be removed and replaced.  

Call Professionals Before It is Too Late  

While it is possible to save your water-damaged hardwood flooring, time is a critical factor. If you notice water damage in your home, call a professional cleanup and restoration company like our team here at SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County. We offer 24/7 emergency restoration services. Call us today at (847)-516-1600. 

Deodorizing Southern McHenry County Shops After Small Fire Damage Disasters

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Burnt Outlet Call the professionals at SERVPRO to help with fire restoration to your property.

Air Quality is a Factor in Fire Damage Cleanup

Small fires and flare-ups in your boutique or store could leave behind more than some singe marks and smoke. Air quality plays a considerable part in the safety of those in your business and how easily cleanup and restoration actions to come can be successful. We prioritize improving air quality after a fire gets extinguished. 

Counteracting Harsh Malodors

One of the first steps toward overcoming fire damage to Southern McHenry County shops is working to influence the environment and reduce harsh odors that can develop during combustion. Counteractant materials and actions lessen the severity of offensive malodors while helping often helping the fire-damaged property in other ways:

  • Removing Soils – Surface cleaning is an essential early step in managing airborne contaminants and odors. The less soot and smoke solids present on surfaces, the less influence these deposits have on the environment. 
  • Safe Debris Disposal – SERVPRO professionals must also prioritize removing heaped bulk materials, charred remnants, and ash from the floors where combustion has occurred. 
  • Counteracting Agents – We have several products designed to lessen the strength of malodors, such as absorbent beads and granules that can hold odor molecules and allow them to be conveniently removed. 

Removing Smoke Smells

Counteractant measures are only partially effective, however. We must remove harsh smells using deodorization equipment like foggers, oxidation units, and hydroxyl machines.

Treating Imaginary Odors

The greatest obstacle to air quality is the odor that does not exist. Whether it is your staff or your customers, the sight of fire damage can often create an imaginary burning smell even if deodorization was a success. We have masking agents to help those in your shop breathe easier. 

After a fire, count on Southern McHenry County teams to help your business keep running. Call us today at (847) 516-1600.

Is Flood Damage Permanent?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning strike Spring and spring floods are on the horizon. SERVPRO is available to handle any water and storm damage your home incurs.

SERVPRO Offers Detailed Flood Damage Restoration After a Southern McHenry County Storm to Return Your Home to Pre-Damaged Condition

There are many exciting details about Southern McHenry County, IL, including being one of the state's largest historic districts. Whether visiting the region or looking to relocate, you will have incredible waterfront nightlife, stunning outdoor parks, and amazing river views. There is always something to explore, including plenty of restaurants, bars, and local events.

Restoration and Cleaning

After a Storm, Southern McHenry County Residents Count on SERVPRO for Effective Flood Damage. Flash-flooding that happens during a storm can ravage your interior. Whether you have significant flooding in your basement or the first floor of your home, SERVPRO features water restoration technicians to quickly restore your Southern McHenry County property. Even if it does not seem as though your contents, furnishings, and building materials are salvageable, we have methods to save as much as possible.

When addressing your flood damage in Southern McHenry County, we enlist one or more of these options for restoration:

  • Submersible pumps that help to pull out high-level water
  • Industrial-strength extractors mounted on our Fleet of trucks can handle hundreds of gallons of water riddled with debris.
  • Professional-grade dehumidification and drying equipment
  • Moisture detection equipment

Call SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County at (847) 516-1600. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Is Professional Water Cleanup Best for Commercial Emergencies?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

receptionist Should water damage 'check into' your hotel, call SERVPRO. Our Green Fleet is standing by to handle your water restoration emergencies.

Save Time and Overhead in Southern McHenry County by Calling SERVPRO to Handle Your Commercial Water Cleanup

A water emergency often causes downtime and unexpected costs when you manage a production facility or hotel. The best way to mitigate the damage and ensure you get the most cost-efficient results, calling in skilled technicians is the way to go. SERVPRO is available to handle the cleanup at your Southern McHenry County commercial location should you have any water emergency type.

There are several reasons to look to skilled water restoration technicians to address your water cleanup needs in Southern McHenry County, including:

  • Certifications –All of our technicians have been through training following guidelines set forth by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). This knowledge allows our team to select the right equipment, the appropriate number of units, and methods to get the project done right the first time.
  • Insurance Liaison –We understand the insurance claims process concerning water damage events. We are happy to ensure all of the proper paperwork is in place, photos get taken, and details are covered to satisfy your insurance provider.
  • Streamlined Processes –We arrive with a fleet of trucks equipped with tools to remove water fast. Not only that, but we have proven methods to speed up the cleaning and drying of your commercial property.

By calling (847) 516-1600, you will have all the water cleanup help that you need in your commercial space. SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County is available 24/7

Handling Your Hidden Water Damage with Precision in Southern McHenry County

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe break When a burst pipe brings water into your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified technicians right away to tackle the water damage

SERVPRO is There for Southern McHenry County Homeowners for All Water Damage Calls

You may have experienced a minor water spill in your Southern McHenry County home and just grabbed the mop and bucket to clean it up. If the water did not make its way to your baseboards or under carpeting, you might be in the clear. However, moisture migrates to dry spaces while following the path of least resistance. Any spills where water travels warrant a call to SERVPRO so that we can take the appropriate measures to keep secondary damage and black mold from developing. With our training and experience, we make water-related incidents in your home “Like it never even happened.”

What About Stains on the Ceiling?

In addition to burst pipes and flooding, we also receive calls for water damage in Newburgh that involve leak detection and signs of hidden moisture. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) know how to spot potential issues where water or moisture seeped into your ceiling or drywall and left brown stains.

There may be several possible causes of water stains, including:

  • A leaking roof from storms – If you have faulty flashing, missing shingles, or other roof damage, it can cause leaking with each rainstorm.
  • Slow-leaking pipes – Water stains may develop as a tell-tale sign whenever plumbing leaks from an overhead bathroom. 
  • Attic or HVAC condensation – Homes with attics or properties with a possible HVAC issue may end up having signs of water damage. There could be a lack of ventilation or another issue that needs to get addressed before the damage worsens.

With our moisture detection tools and dehumidification equipment, our team gets to the heart of the problem in no time at all. We initiate controlled demolition to replace building materials to restore your property to pre-water damage condition for any areas showing signs of damage.

SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County are there no matter the type of water damage or restoration emergency you have. Call for 24-hour service at (847) 516-1600.

Types of Deodorizing Products for Southern McHenry County Fire Damage Restoration

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Machine The SERVPRO hydroxyl generators safely remove malodors from fire damaged Southern McHenry County homes and businesses

Removing Malodors Is a Large Portion of Southern McHenry County Fire Damage Restoration

Odors are one of the troublesome byproducts of combustion and fire damage. When your home or business deals with these offensive malodors, direct action is necessary to overcome the smell and return the property to preloss conditions. Several products and tools are used in this process.

Counteractant Products

The first step that can be taken about odors from Fire damage in Southern McHenry County homes is applying and using counteractant products and chemicals in our supply. Often, products in this vein are used to absorb smoke odors as they pass through airflow pathways or the HVAC system. Beads and granules placed in small containers can considerably reduce odor severity at these junctions.

Cleaning Products

It is possible to reduce the severity of malodors after fire damage through the cleaning process. Removing soot and smoke residues can directly impact the powerful smells generated throughout the structure. This process weakens the concentration of odors throughout the house while also protecting the surfaces of building materials from irreparable harm.

Deodorizing Tools

One of the final steps in deodorizing and neutralizing harsh odors after combustion is applying and using specific equipment designed for this purpose. We have several tools in our inventory capable of reacting directly with odor molecules. Based on the severity of the situation and the affected materials involved, the choice in equipment can include:

  • Thermal Fogging – a vapor deodorizing product in portable dispensing equipment.
  • Hydroxyl Machines – HEPA filtration and UV deodorization. 
  • Ozone Generators – Creates unstable molecules that neutralize odor compounds on contact. 

Deodorization is a considerable part of the restoration process after a fire. Harsh malodors can quickly take over the property, preventing comfortable living conditions. We prioritize neutralizing harsh smells after combustion using products and equipment on our Green Fleet of service vehicles. Trust SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County restoration professionals to help when you need it. Call now at (847) 516-1600.