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Even small storms can cause a great deal of damage in Southern McHenry County

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Did your home suffer flooding from a storm? Team SERVPRO can help with BOTH water removal and remediation services.

There are dozens of severe storm events across the country every year. Many of those can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure. These events overwhelm local resources and that is when SERVPRO really shines!! We love to turn these towns GREEN!

Realizing that your Southern McHenry County home or business has sustained damage due to a storm is hard to deal with. What do you do? Who do you call?

There is one bit of advice that we can give you that can save you thousands of dollars; Call SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County fast!! 847-516-1600. Water damage doesn't just sit in your home and business. It spreads, everywhere. It wicks up the walls, into adjacent rooms. It even evaporates into the air and can cause "secondary damage" to areas of your building you are not even aware of. 

Even after you have sucked up the visible water off the floor and out of the carpet, water is still causing more damage every minute. 

SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County has the training, experience and equipment to get your building stabilized fast and minimize the damage that water causes. Call us today at (847) 516-1600.

Southern McHenry County Homes Require Fast Extraction After Flooding

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

flooded bathroom When flooding affects your home, the situation needs to be handled with haste to avoid additional damages. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7.

Flood Damage to Southern McHenry County Homes Leaves the Need for Several Types of Water Removal

Water removal is among the most immediate needs a house has after flood damage. Leading mitigation specialists of our SERVPRO team arrive fast to begin emergency services like these to mitigate loss and prevent greater harm to the structure.

Clearing Standing Surface Water

When people consider flood damage in Southern McHenry County homes and businesses, it is typical to visualize several inches or more of standing water. When these threats are consistent throughout the property, several extractors and water removal devices are necessary to help. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Trash pumps
  • Submersibles
  • Wet vacuums

Draining Trapped Water

Floodwater can find its way into structural cavities and assemblies the same as moisture migrates through open areas. When pooling results within these systems, weep holes and controlled demolition are used to regulate the draining of trapped water and better promote the circulation of dry air into the exposed cavity.

Capillary Suction

The capillary suction process results from deploying devices like drying mats on hardwood and engineered wood flooring. When water has penetrated the surface of these flooring types but not yet chemically bonded with the cellulose of the wood, water can still be pulled to the surface for removal with drying tools.

Deep Moisture Extraction

Another possible method of removing water from affected materials after a flood is the need to pull moisture from carpeting and padding. Carpets are a standard installation for modern homes, and they rapidly absorb standing water and humidity in a room. Using tools like carpet wands or weighted extractors, we can remove trapped moisture in layers of carpet floors.

Cleaning up after water damage incidents and flooding requires a team of professionals able to understand the urgent needs of a property and the best water removal services to manage the threats. Our SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County, professionals have 24/7 availability for storm damage restoration and repairs. Call today at (847) 516-1600.

Prepare for Southern McHenry County Storms to Prevent Flood Damage

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Man tarping roof Plan emergency measures for flooding of your Newburgh home--Call SERVPRO to prevent secondary water damage like covering exposed roofs from rain.

If Storm Flood Damage Occurs, Call SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County for Restoration!

Major storms and natural disasters are often sudden and unpredictable. Because of this, Southern McHenry County residents should always be prepared in an emergency flood situation. Should you find yourself dealing with a leaking roof from storms or floodwater coming into your home, SERVPRO is here to assist. We know what it takes to navigate home floods carefully, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

If you have been unable to think about how various disasters and storm flood damage in Southern McHenry County could impact you, SERVPRO challenges you to take the following steps to ready a plan:

Making a Plan

  • Map out evacuation routes – mark all hallways, stairwells, and emergency exits.
  • Keep important numbers handy – this includes your insurance agent should your home encounter damage.
  • Know your property’s systems – always know how to turn off your power as well as the main water line should there be a damage issue.
  • Have a trusted team for restoration – SERVPRO is available 24/7, and we arrive within hours of your call to start board up, tarping, water removal services, and anything else necessary.

By having our certified water restoration technicians (WRT) on your flood damage project, you will have all bases covered for debris removal, water extraction, drying, and odor control. We can cover exposed storm-damaged roofs with tarps to keep out the elements. The goal is to return your property to a state of normalcy while ensuring no moisture or bacteria from the floodwater gets left behind.

Controlled Demolition

Soggy drywall, damaged subfloor, soaked carpeting, and many porous contents will require disposal after contacting contaminated floodwater after a storm. We handle removing and replacing all unsalvageable building materials to return your interior to pre-flood condition whenever possible. This may include new flooring, flood cuts to replace discarded drywall, and more.

SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County are there whenever you have flood damage after a sudden storm. Call us at (847) 516-1600, and we can dispatch a crew to your property as soon as possible.

Why Your Business Needs Flood Coverage  

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of Fema Purchase your flood coverage through FEMA

Flood Coverage Through FEMA Is Necessary 

Your commercial insurance policy includes coverage for fire and wind. However, it does not cover the cost of flood damage. If you want flood coverage for your McHenry County, building, you need to purchase a separate policy through FEMA.
This flood policy is called the National Flood Insurance Program. While paying an extra insurance bill each month sounds like a pain, the cost is worth it in the long run.

Defining Floods
A flood is essentially excess water on a normally dry area. According to the NFIP definition, a flood can result from any of the following:

  • Mudflow
  • Overflow of tidal or inland waters
  • Collapse of land along a shore
  • Runoff of surface waters

Picking Deductibles
When you sign up for commercial insurance, you must also decide how high of a deductible you are willing to pay. Higher deductibles reduce your claim payments but also lower your premiums. Your insurance agent can help you decide which deductible is best for you.

Understanding Flood Coverage
Before you buy flood insurance, you should understand exactly what it does and does not cover. You can use building property flood coverage to pay for damage to permanently installed items such as bookcases, panels, cabinets, and carpet. Air conditioning systems, water heaters, and electrical equipment are included in this coverage, as well.
Personal property flood insurance covers any items you own and use in your business, such as portable dishwashers, microwaves, and furniture. You can use the insurance money to replace these assets or to hire storm cleanup experts who can restore your belongings.
However, your insurance provider will reject your claim if the flood damage resulted from a drain backup that you failed to address. Items outside of your building, including fences and septic tanks, are also excluded from coverage.
Flood coverage through the NFIP is a necessary addition to any commercial insurance policy. Because flood cleanup is often costly, and inadequate insurance policy could cause your business to shut down permanently.

SERVPRO Storm

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Storm No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO Storm Team can assist a franchise with capacity and resources to get the damages restored!

No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO Storm Team can assist a franchise with capacity and resources to get the damages restored!

There is a long list of reasons why SERVPRO is the premier choice for cleanup and restoration. We brag about our efficiency and professionalism, our technology and equipment. But something that sets us even more apart from the others is our ability to respond to the volume that a major storm event causes.

A large storm event caused by flood, fire, or other natural disaster that surpasses the local franchise's capacity to service in a timely manner can be taken care of by the SERVPRO System. When a storm event like this occurs, The SERVPRO System can provide state of the art restoration services through the best area coverage in the restoration industry. SERVPRO Storm Teams mobilize their crews and are deployed with additional equipment and crews to service property owners, no matter the loss size.

When a storm event occurs and there is major damage, SERVPRO comes together as One Team to help! 

Protect Your Pipes from Cold Weather

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst.

In winter, it is important to take the proper steps now to protect our homes from busted pipes and prevent the stress associated with a major water loss. Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. 

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include: 

  • Outdoor hose bibs 
  • Swimming pool supply lines 
  • Water sprinkler lines 

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including: 

  • Basements 
  • Crawl spaces 
  • Garages 

If your pipes do freeze or burst, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.  

Is Your Southern McHenry County Home At-Risk for Winter Water Damage?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Ice on roof Has the extreme weather caused ice dams and thus damaged your home? Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to help. Call our technicians today for services.

Homeowners Should Stay Alert to Possible Water Damages Southern McHenry County Homes Could See This Year

When you consider how rapidly the weather can change to extreme and hazardous conditions during the winter, it is no surprise that exposed plumbing and vulnerable structural points become catalysts for rapidly-spreading water damage in the house.

How Do Pipes Freeze?

Frozen pipes and ice dams in or on Southern McHenry County homes create costly and threatening conditions to overcome. Common threats like freezing water lines occur when stationary water in the pipe becomes influenced by cold air surrounding it.

Can Frozen Plumbing Be Prevented?

It is crucial to note that frozen pipes are avoidable when taking specific preventive measures. Some of the direct actions capable of reducing the chance of freezing in the lines include:

  • Letting Water Drip 
  • Insulating the Pipes
  • Circulating Warmer Air 

Potential Threats to the Roof 

Yet another potential threat that your home could experience during the winter is a buildup of ice along the roof eaves. Damming can force water back into the attic space and create costly restoration needs. Heated cables and ice belt barriers can help prevent this buildup.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help? 

Homeowners must act fast when flooding or burst pipes threaten the residence. Standing water and migrating moisture is substantially destructive, so our professionals combat this with fast mitigation solutions like extraction, drying, content management, and surface cleaning. 

Because the winter season can lead to several types of water damage for your home or business, it is important to have a plan in place to restore and recover after these compromising events. Our SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County team works fast to provide needed mitigation after water damage emergencies occur. Call today at (847) 516-1600. 

Dealing with Frozen Pipes and Ice Damage in Southern McHenry County Homes

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Ice shingles on roof Ice dams in the winter can certainly cause some storm damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO for prevention methods or to mitigate current damage.

Prevention Strategies in Southern McHenry County can Help with Storm Damage

It is the time of year when frozen pipes and ice dams cause problems for homeowners in Southern McHenry County. Winter storms not only bring lots of ice and snow, but the outdoor temperatures also drop. If your home is vulnerable to freezing temperatures, you could experience thousands of dollars in damage from burst water pipes. There can be subsequent damage to the insulation inside walls, the flooring, and the contents.

SERVPRO provides repair and drying services for Southern McHenry County frozen pipes and ice dams. We can help thaw frozen pipes, arrange for plumbing repairs and provide water removal and drying after a water leak caused by thawing water pipes.

When water freezes inside copper or plastic pipes, the ice expands, cracking the water lines. You may notice a joint that has opened or a long thin crack along one of the pipes. Once the ice inside the water pipe melts, water will stream out of the cracked line at full pressure until someone turns off the main water supply.

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners consider winter preparedness steps to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Install pipe insulation on all water pipes, especially those inside walls or near exterior walls
  • Open cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens with water pipes on cold days to allow warm air circulation
  • Allow water to drip from a faucet to prevent freezing
  • Increase the indoor temperature on chilly days
  • Maintain the same temperature during the day and night
  • Leave the temperature set to no lower than 55 degrees if you are going to be away
  • Add insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and basements
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors to reduce cold drafts

Our team at SERVPRO can help with water removal services, water damage restoration, and water damage remediation after a water leak caused by cold weather and frozen pipes.

Call SERVPRO of Southern McHenry. We can help 24/7. Call (847) 516-1600.

Basement Waterproofing

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Basement Waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing is needed anytime a structure is built at ground level or below ground.  Waterproofing and drainage considerations are especially needed in cases where ground water is likely to build up in the soil and raise the water table.  This higher water table causes hydrostatic pressure to be exerted underneath basement floors and against basement walls. Hydrostatic pressure forces water in through cracks in foundation walls, through openings caused by expansion and contraction of the footing-foundation wall joint and up through floor cracks. Hydrostatic pressure can cause major structural damage to foundation walls and is likely to contribute to mold, decay and other moisture related problems.

Warning signs that you have waterproofing problems in your basement can include:

  • Signs of Mold and Mildew Fungus - this can grow in damp or dark areas, and cause discoloration, or musty odors.
  • Moldy Odors - This is the result of the decay process from mold, and dry rot.
  • Peeling Paint – This is a sign that you have moisture problems and may have waterproofing issues.
  • Damp Spots on Walls – Water has absorbed through your walls and you need to confirm the source of the water.
  • White Substance on Basement Walls – This is a chemical breakdown of the bonding agent that holds your walls together. This white substance can be a sign of possible structural deterioration.
  • Cracked Walls – These should be inspected to determine the exact cause.
  • Rust on Appliances or Furniture Like furnaces – Rust is caused by a wet environment and can be a sign of waterproofing issues.

If you have on-going occurrences in your basement you may need to investigate on procedures to waterproof your basement.  Mold remediation can be handled professionally but if the source is not repaired you will be dealing with the various signs above over and over again.  If any of these signs sound familiar please make sure you look into fixing the source of the water intrusion instead of fixing the effects of the water damage time after time.  It may cost money up front but it will save you money in the long run and help to maintain the structural integrity of the home.

Flood Insurance

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

Are you covered Yes or no Preparing your building in advance can save you a lot of time and money.

Many businesses in Southern McHenry County are not prepared for floods or even have a plan for one. Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere, whether you are ready or not. Preparing your building in advance can save you a lot of time and money. One of the best ways to do this is by having the right flood insurance. Here are some things to know before confirming your policy though.   

3 Things to Consider for Commercial Flood Insurance 

  
What Kind of Damage Does Flooding Cause? 
You may be wondering what exactly you are protecting your building against. During heavy rainfall, water gets in through small cracks in the walls or foundation. It can also enter through small openings in the windows or through weak spots in the roof. This small amount of liquid can lead to a lot of damage. In addition to soaking the floors, it can also seep into the furniture, office equipment, important documents, and electronics.   

 
What Does Insurance Cover?  
Always check your policy, but commercial insurance typically covers damage to the structure of the building and the contents that were affected by the storm. External damage is usually caused by fall trees, while internal damage is more likely to be from flooding. Most policies pay for a restoration company to come handle the repairs and cleanup.   

 
Is Your Building Really at Risk?  

Unfortunately, weather is unpredictable, so you cannot know in advance whether you will ever use your flood insurance or not. However, it is best to be safe than sorry when it comes to your business. No building is ever truly safe from the dangers that storms bring, so most companies choose to get the insurance.  While getting flood insurance may not be at the top of your to-do list, getting it sooner rather than later is important because you never know when a storm may hit. If you aren't sure how much coverage you need or what type of policy to get, talk to your insurance company to find out what is right for you.