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SERVPRO Offers Fast and Reliable Mold Remediation in Buffalo Grove

6/14/2024 (Permalink)

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Buffalo Grove Residents Rely on SERVPRO® for Mold Remediation

When mold invades your home, you need expert help to contain the infestation and repair the damage. SERVPRO's mold remediation services in Buffalo Grove provide essential solutions to tackle mold issues promptly and effectively.

SERVPRO techs use the IICRC S 520 guidelines during mold remediation in your Buffalo Grove home. Our highly experienced techs understand the importance of quick action in such a situation and get to work right away. 

Mold Damage Assessment

At SERVPRO, we recognize the critical importance of a thorough assessment to remediate mold in your home effectively. Our comprehensive mold damage assessment starts with a detailed inspection of the entire property, focusing on all affected areas. Our IICRC-certified technicians utilize advanced tools and technology to detect visible and hidden mold growth.

We evaluate your home's structural integrity to ensure no immediate safety hazards, such as weakened beams or compromised walls. We also assess the extent of mold infiltration, as mold spores can impact air quality and spread rapidly. Our team examines personal belongings, furniture, and other contents to determine their restorability.

By conducting a meticulous and detailed assessment, our technicians ensure that no mold damage goes unnoticed. It allows us to create a customized remediation plan that addresses all aspects of mold damage, guaranteeing a more effective and efficient restoration process. 

Steps in Mold Damage Remediation

SERVPRO follows a systematic process to ensure effective mold remediation. Our steps include:

  • Containment: Our techs isolate affected areas to prevent mold spores from spreading in unaffected areas.
  • Air filtration: High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums and air scrubbers capture mold spores from the air, improving air quality and preventing further spread.
  • Mold and contaminated materials removal: We use antimicrobial treatments to eradicate mold colonies and remove mold-infested materials like drywall and insulation.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing: Non-porous items and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, including using specialized cleaning methods to eradicate mold spores.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940. We are Faster to any size disaster™. 

Water Mitigation Steps for Downtown Chicago Offices

4/14/2024 (Permalink)

a flooded office with water covering the floor When your business suffers from water damage, you want the damage repaired quickly. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services.

Taking Steps to Help Your Business After Leaks

When water damage occurs, immediate action is crucial to minimize the damage and prevent the need for tear-out. SERVPRO® professionals provide mitigation solutions to reduce destruction and restore your business to normal operations as soon as possible.

Water mitigation for downtown Chicago offices and commercial properties can mean a lot of fast action to protect documents and electronics and keep your doors open. We take a variety of activities and actions to mitigate water damage in your office building. These efforts could include:

  • Extraction 
  • Content Relocation 
  • Surface Cleaning 
  • Repairs 
  • Structure Drying 

Standing water can be hazardous for sensitive building materials. Once moisture gets absorbed, these flooring and wall systems can deteriorate. Our team of experts will evaluate the property's condition and take necessary steps to ensure that water extraction is done immediately to prevent permanent damage.

Water Absorption

Water can be absorbed into building materials, damaging flooring and wall systems. Our SERVPRO  IICRC-certified professionals can drill weep holes and encourage air circulation in these structural cavities to ensure proper drying. In addition, our professionals also use advanced moisture detection equipment to locate hidden pockets of water and monitor the drying process to ensure that your property is restored to preloss conditions.

Content Management

Documents, furniture, and other loose contents can be ruined by water exposure. As soon as our professionals arrive, we will relocate at-risk items to safer building areas to prevent further damage.

Our team of experts at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich can help with the fast response of our Large Loss recovery team to overcome burst pipes, flooding, and other emergencies. We have the expertise and industry knowledge to protect your offices and commercial properties after disasters. Because water mitigation is one of the most necessary aspects of restoration, we arrive fast to preserve areas of your office building from irreparable harm. Call us now at (847) 279-1940.

Restoring Furniture after Flood Damage in Buffalo Grove

3/12/2024 (Permalink)

Image of a couple wearing rain boots standing on wet hardwood floor with the caption: WE'RE HERE TO HELP 24/7 Discovering flooding in your home can be scary! Call the experts at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Approaches SERVPRO® Uses in Buffalo Grove Flood Restoration

Buffalo Grove, a thriving village in the northern suburbs of Chicago, exudes a unique blend of residential charm and commercial vitality. Reputable schools, including Buffalo Grove High School, Prairie Elementary School, Henry W. Longfellow Elementary School, Tripp Elementary School, and Ivy Hall Elementary School, serve this community in Cook and Lake Counties. The village hosts a variety of businesses, shopping centers, and restaurants, including Buffalo Grove Town Center and The Continental Restaurant & Banquets, contributing to a robust local economy.

Facing flood damage in Buffalo Grove is undoubtedly a challenging experience for homeowners. Beyond the visible damage to walls, floors, and personal items, there's the potential for mold growth, structural instability, and compromised electrical systems. Furniture, one of the most significant investments in a home, is particularly vulnerable. The different materials used in furniture making can all suffer irreversible damage if not promptly and adequately addressed. The restoration process can be effective and efficient with the help of skilled professionals like SERVPRO. From evaluating the scope of damage to restoring furniture to its pre-damaged state, we play a vital role in bringing homes and cherished belongings back to life after the devastating impact of a flood.

Materials commonly found in furniture

  • Wood
  • Upholstery
  • Leather
  • Metal

Ways SERVPRO Restores Furniture 

Wood readily absorbs water, leading to swelling and warping. This can distort the shape of wooden furniture, making doors, drawers, and surfaces uneven. Prolonged exposure to water can cause discoloration in wood. Water stains may appear, altering the original color of the furniture. Moist conditions provide an ideal environment for mold and mildew growth on wooden surfaces, damaging the appearance. SERVPRO crews understand the material-specific impacts and determine the appropriate water damage restoration methods.

Upholstered furniture, with its fabric and padding, readily absorbs water. Stains can set in, and the fabric may become discolored. Additionally, water-soaked padding can contribute to unpleasant odors. Prolonged contact with water may result in the depletion of the natural oils in leather, causing it to crack and fade. This dampness compromises the texture and durability of the material.

Treating water damage on wooden and upholstered furniture

  • Wetting the entire piece of furniture helps prevent water lines
  • Using Air movers and dehumidifiers lessens the drying time of upholstered furniture
  • Using furniture refinisher to repair problems with wooden furniture frames

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich restores properties after flood damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (847) 279-1940.

Reliable Restoration for Fire Damage in Downtown Chicago

12/24/2023 (Permalink)

smoke billowing out of windows of a house on fire After fire damage in your home, there is a lot of damage that needs to be repaired. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians.

Downtown Chicago High-Rise Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Homeowners understandably struggle with the aftermath of a household blaze. The stress is particularly intense, and restoration is complicated when facing destruction in an urban condominium or apartment many stories above street level. Whether you are dealing with the harm from an event contained entirely within your unit or your home suffered collateral damage from a neighbor or common area’s fire, you need professional help.

Downtown Chicago fire damage presents significant logistical issues, but SERVPRO® is up to the challenge with research-based and practical solutions. Our technicians are certified in industry standards by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). But perhaps even more importantly, in a high-rise situation, our crews have the support of an extensive inventory of state-of-the-art equipment capable of reaching the heights. The unique combinations of skills and tools means our team can complete fire mitigation and remediation services such as:

  • Firefighting water extraction, collection, and disposal off-site using the most efficient combination of truck-mounted and portable equipment 
  • Structural drying to complete water damage management, preventing progressive building material deterioration and inhibiting mold growth 
  • Air quality monitoring and improvement (smoke and particulate removal) through the use of air scrubbers, including containment of smoke-affected spaces and using negative pressure to force contaminated air through HEPA filters before exhausting outside 
  • Soot residue removal using IICRC-sanctioned techniques and EPA-registered products, with cleaning tactics matched to the various types of soot encountered 

As we move through your downtown Chicago home high above the busy grid, we bring our fire cleanup experience, ingenuity, and flexibility. Our commitment to every fire damage devastated homeowner, no matter the circumstances, makes it  “Like it never even happened.”

Have confidence that the fire damage experts from SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich will restore your apartment or condominium. One call to (847) 279-1940 delivers the fast response needed.

Managing Moisture After Buffalo Grove Water Damage

11/16/2023 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on hardwood floor If your home is suffering from water damage, contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional equipment and certified technicians to help mitigate the situation.

Water Damage Restoration Relies on Dry Conditions

When it comes to drying structures after a loss event, there are a few key factors to consider. We must identify the best spot with the right temperature, airflow, and moisture levels. Getting the moisture under control is especially crucial during the water restoration and cleanup of your Buffalo Grove home after a disaster. It's a delicate balance, but we can quickly get things back to normal with the right approach.

How Moisture Impacts the Recovery Process

Keeping relative humidity levels in check can make a huge difference in drying. When humidity is high and moisture is left unchecked, it can slow drying and ruin building materials. Hidden water damage can also be a significant issue; humid conditions create the perfect breeding ground for mold growth.

How SERVPRO® Overcomes Moisture

Ensuring that your home's restoration process goes smoothly is crucial, and one of the critical factors that can impact it is the moisture level in your living spaces. It's about more than just the areas you occupy but also the ones you don't, like the attic and crawl space. Luckily, there are various ways to control the moisture levels, such as:

We collect water from the environment to exhaust outside or dispose of from trays in the machines. Dryer air makes surface evaporation faster.

  • Following Moisture Through Your House

Our moisture management solutions track damp areas and ensure adequate drying. Sensors and thermography give a clear picture of damage and identify areas that need more attention.

  • Sealing and Encapsulation Services 

Encapsulation is a solution to manage wetness in crawl spaces. It protects materials with a vapor barrier and prevents excessive moisture from affecting the main floor of the house.

There is no time to lose when contending with water and moisture damage. Our SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich team is ready 24/7 with water removal, drying, and moisture management solutions for efficient post-disaster recovery. Call today at (847) 279-1940.

Convenient Mold Remediation Services within Buffalo Grove

8/20/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls in the corner of a room Mold damage remediation is something best left to the professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional services and technicians.

SERVPRO® Appropriately Manages Mold Damage Incidents in Buffalo Grove

Mold development at your Buffalo Grove premises can lead to different outcomes. Ideally, you should keep it under control, clean the affected areas, and continue your operations as usual. However, it can also develop fast, overwhelming your standard restoration efforts. SERVPRO manages such problems conveniently, allowing you to continue operating uninterrupted.

Most contaminations fester before the signs become apparent, thus requiring significant mold remediation work before Buffalo Grove premises regain their preloss conditions. Having sufficient resources to clean, remove decayed materials, and control the microbial growth processes is essential to conclude such incidents conveniently.

Resources that make a difference when fighting mold

  • Blast cleaning equipment for soda or dry ice blasting
  • A variety of dehumidifiers, such as LGR and desiccants
  • Vacuums with HEPA filters
  • Various chemical agents 

The challenges mold presents are wide-ranging, including growing in hard-to-reach areas, affecting sensitive materials, and degrading or embedding on surfaces. Therefore, comprehensive removal may require several approaches to ensure you reach all areas and remove all traces of the fungus before refinishing the surfaces. SERVPRO evaluates your premises, determining where we need to wire-brush or blast clean with unique mediums.

Guaranteeing safety during mold remediation

Mold may be hazardous, so exposing your workers or clients to residues and moldy debris is not ideal. Anyone managing mold removal must plan how to guarantee safety for everyone. SERVPRO crews use safeguards to guarantee this throughout the process. Wearing personal protective equipment such as bodysuits, respirators, and protective gloves ensures we can work fast since there is no fear of exposure. We also protect the other people in the buildings by setting up containment barriers to limit the spread of moldy debris.

Necessary supplies for establishing mold containment

  • Heavy-duty plastic sheeting large enough to cover the area
  • Strong tapes, such as masking or duct tape, to secure the sheeting to surfaces
  • Support structures such as PVC pipes or metal rods
  • Air scrubber or negative air pressure machine to control the environment within the barrier

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has advanced resources and maintains the appropriate standards during mold remediation. Call us at (847) 279-1940.

Choosing the Right Extractor During Commercial Water Damage Repair in Buffalo Grove

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked inside of warehouse Our SERVPRO team is trained and equipped to handle any scope of water damage at your commercial property.

SERVPRO Extracts All Types of Water During Commercial Water Remediation in Buffalo Grove

Businesses that experience a water damage incident can return to their regular operations with the help of commercial water damage repair solutions. If the resulting disruptions persist for a long time, the business may make losses and, at the same time, damage its reputation. Fortunately, working with a reliable water damage company can speed up returning everything to normalcy.

Water extraction is essential during commercial water damage restoration in Buffalo Grove. Before we can choose the most appropriate water extraction equipment, our SERVPRO technicians do a site inspection. We have to extract as much water as possible to quickly dry the building.

Some of the factors we consider when choosing the drying equipment include:

  • Power availability
  • The water depth
  • The available space
  • The amount of sediment in the water

Our SERVPRO technicians usually use two types of extraction units - portable or truck-mounted water extractors. A portable extractor offers a lot of flexibility since it is easy to move around in the affected offices during water removal. If the building has electrical power, we use it to power the units; otherwise, we have to use a standby generator to make them operational.

When we use the truck-mounted units, there is no need for a generator or onsite power since the vehicle's fuel is sufficient for them to operate. The trucks have waste tanks where the extracted water is directed before disposal. Compared to portable units, these extractors have a very powerful vacuum, making them better suited for large sites.

Our SERVPRO technicians observe local and IICRC regulations during water damage remediation. For instance, we dispose of all the waste we extract for your property per the set regulations.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 for commercial water damage cleanup services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and offer 24-hour emergency solutions.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Fire Restoration Needs in Buffalo Grove

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign for fire and water Need help with your fire restoration in Buffalo? Call SERVPRO. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Risks Lurk in Every Room of Your Buffalo Grove Home

Most homeowners in Buffalo Grove do not experience fire damage first-hand, but that doesn’t mean they are not at risk. The COVID pandemic and the shift to work from home invited many homeowners to repurpose some rooms to create home offices and additional living spaces. In the process, they may have increased their vulnerability to a home fire without knowing. Should a computer or printer start a fire, you must be ready to act quickly.

For fire restoration services in Buffalo Grove, call SERVPRO. Once you call our 24/7 hotline, we arrive quickly and thoroughly inspect the damage. With the information, we create an action plan that may include move-out services and specialty drying solutions. We also move industrial-grade equipment into your home to help clean up and deodorize. As needed, we set up physical barriers to isolate affected areas and avoid cross-contamination throughout the home. All these steps happen quickly to mitigate the fire’s impact on your home life.

To help protect your home, keep in mind a few checkpoints you should consider to reduce your risk of fire. Some of the most common culprits, particularly in newly created home offices, are the following:

  • Space heater, especially those positioned too close to paperwork or other easily flammable items
  • Excessive electronics plugged into outlets. Chargers, computers, printers, etc., could create an electrical hazard and spark a fire.
  • Burning incense or scented candles too close to curtains, paper, or other items can quickly catch fire.

When many of us relocated to working from home, we focused on space availability. If your makeshift home office is now a permanent space, assess its safety. But when there’s trouble, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/ Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Remediating Mold Damage From Textiles in your Buffalo Grove Residence

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

Mold spots on a white wall Mold only needs oxygen and moisture to grow. Call SERVPRO if you suspect mold in your Chicago home.

Mold Remediation Is Available in Buffalo Grove

Mold is a nuisance that can cause unpleasant odors in your home. It is a living organism that uses enzymes to digest organic matter, converted into energy needed for continued growth. Over time, fungi can deteriorate textiles and organic materials like wood or gypsum board. Professional mold remediation is often necessary to curb microbial growth.

The presence of mold damage in your Buffalo Grove home can creep up unnoticed. Mold is well-known for growing in hidden recesses of a property because it does not require a source of light to grow and reproduce. Signs of microbial growth are often only noticed once the problem has become significant and mold colonies become visible or release malodors. Cleaning the surface of stains does not always address the underlying cause, so you may find that mold returns a few days after cleaning. These situations often require a professional remediation technician to address the source of the problem and use chemicals or equipment to prevent it from returning. Molds attach themselves to surfaces using hyphae, making them tough to remove. They can also spread rapidly through porous materials. Infested materials often have to be destroyed, controlled demolition entirely to remediate microbial organisms. 

Naturally Occurring Causes of Mold in a Home Environment

  • Microorganisms need water to grow, which means a mold problem often indicates a water leak or condensation issue somewhere in the home.
  • Organic, naturally porous materials like drywall allow microbes to penetrate them entirely and often require replacement.
  • Damp, dark areas of the home, such as the underside of carpets, can be ideal for mold damage.
  • It is typical for inexpensive, infested materials to be removed and disposed of altogether. However, some materials may have an inherent value that undermines the cost efficiency of destroying these items. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and equipped with advanced machinery to restore certain high-value items following a mold infestation. Upholstery and drapery machines are built from three core elements. These include a heating element, a vacuum, and a waste tank. Plush carpets or upholstery with surface molds can often be restored to preloss condition by using this equipment in a process known as hot water extraction. A technician can fill the designated solution tank with a registered anti-microbial chemical or cleaning solvent. Hot water extraction helps rinse the affected material with cleaning fluid and then vacuum any debris or soiling into a waste tank to be disposed of safely. 

When deciding on the use-value of mechanical cleaning equipment, which includes both hot water extractors and the suspended cleaning system of Esporta washing machines, technicians must first calculate the cost of replacement versus the cost of restoration. It may often be cheaper and more time-efficient to dispose of mold-infested textiles. However, our technicians can use these advanced techniques and equipment to return precious belongings to a preloss condition in some instances. Understanding how this equipment works on textiles can be essential to calculating their use-value.

Hot Water Extraction Equipment and Their Components

  • The solution tank is fitted with a pumping filter to prevent soiling from entering the solution during the cleaning process.
  • Liquid cleaning solutions can include fabric conditioners, anti-microbial treatments, and carpet shampoos.
  • The waste tank can be removed and taken to a designated wastewater facility for safe disposal.

Mold can lead to extensive damage. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for mold damage cleanup at (847) 279-1940.

How Extraction and Pumping Equipment Helps Buffalo Grove Residents with Water Damage

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a crack in the ceiling SERVPRO technicians can detect hidden moisture from water damage in Chicago and properly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO is an Expert Water Removal Service in Buffalo Grove

A burst pipe can release hundreds of gallons of water into your home in a matter of hours. Small amounts of water can stagnate quickly, leading to secondary damage. Standing water can exert excessive pound-for-pound pressure onto wall jointing and floors. We are available twenty-four hours a day to help with your home emergency.

A water damage site in Buffalo Grove can occur at any time. One of the most powerful responses to a water intrusion issue is to enlist professional water restoration technicians (WRT). SERVPRO is a local service that employs qualified technicians and equips them with advanced equipment. We can help mitigate losses in your home by correctly deploying water extraction equipment. Suppose a burst pipe has released large amounts of water into your home, rising above two inches in water level. In that case, our team can bring submersible water pumps to reduce standing water levels and relieve pressure on the structure of your property. Pumps are usually driven by portable generators powerful enough to transport liquid water as far as twenty-five feet away from home and deposit it into a nearby sewer point. No water intrusion events are the same, so pumping equipment comes in various styles with different usage requirements. 

Pumping Standing Water Out of a Residential Property Mitigates Water Damage

  • Waste (trash) pumps are capable of passing solid matter and water. We use these pumps when water comes from a contaminated source or has significant debris.
  • High-pressure pumps are helpful for underground areas of the home, such as basements, because they generate enough force to move water uphill. 
  • Electric submersible pumps are among the most commonly used and can efficiently reduce standing water from home.

Reducing standing water levels ensures that the structure of your home is safe from damage. Pumping can also help to minimize water migration. Water migration begins immediately when water intrudes in a property and can pool inside wall or floor cavities. However, simply reducing the standing water level is not enough to mitigate water damage. Small amounts of moisture can weaken carpets by up to 50%, while wet surfaces significantly increase the likelihood of secondary damages such as mold growth. To mitigate against these potential damages, our technicians use water extractors. Extraction equipment comes in both portable and truck-mounted varieties. Truck-mounts can remove up to 100 gallons of water at a time, while portable extractors are helpful for upper floors and can hold 30 to 40 gallons before emptying. Extraction is much more efficient at reducing water residues than air-moving or dehumidification. Therefore, the equipment of choice when dealing with large amounts of moisture in a home. 

Water Extractors and Their Usage Lessen Water Damage in Buffalo Grove

  • Weighted water extractors help to compress thicker carpets or textiles. Moisture is squeezed from the material to be extracted into a storage tank.
  • Light wand extractors can be used in tough to reach areas such as subfloors or in the home's upper levels. 
  • Hot water extraction is a process that we use to remove contaminants from salvageable textiles such as carpets and is an effective cleaning tool. 

Emergency mitigation can save thousands of dollars in restoration costs. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich for water damage restoration at (847) 279-1940.