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Recipe for Fire Safety

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

Cooking Safety Tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the room for even a second, turn your stove or cooking device off.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting, check the food regularly or use a timer to remind you.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as potholders, paper towels, food packaging, etc...
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove.
  • If an oven fire starts, turn off the oven and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the house and the fire department.

Please remember that education in prevention is the best way to keep you and your family safe. In the event there is a fire, call your local fire department and then call SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines at 847-956-1880 to help you with all your fire restoration needs. 

Does Renter Insurance Cover Water Damage

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

If you are renting a house or apartment in Mount Prospect, IL, you have probably purchased renter's insurance to cover your belongings in the event of a disaster. You might be wondering, though, how far your coverage extends. Renters should be aware that most policies do not protect a tenant's belongings in the event of a flood.

What Is Covered by Insurance for Renters?

A regular policy for renters will cover your items if something happens to your belongings, including water damage from a burst pipe, certain plumbing issues or a broken appliance. However, a basic policy will not cover damage from flooding. Flooding can be caused by:

  • Heavy rain
  • Too much snow
  • Rising water
  • Sewage backup

Renters will need to purchase a separate flood insurance policy for these types of disasters.

Do I Need Flood Insurance?
If you do not live near the coast or in a flood plain, it's easy to dismiss the idea of purchasing flood insurance coverage. However, even a minor flood can be expensive. FEMA estimates that even one inch of water can do thousands of dollars in damage to the contents of a dwelling. Flood insurance will help pay if you need to replace your belongings or use a commercial restoration service. Flooding can happen in any of the 50 states. If you want guidance determining your risk level for flooding, consult FEMA's flood map service to see what zone you live in.

How Can I Purchase Flood Insurance?
The National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, is a division of FEMA that provides flood insurance in the United States. The insurance is sold through private companies. Because prices are set by the government, they are consistent no matter what company offers it. Prices will depend on what kind of dwelling you live in and your geographic location. Ask your insurance company if it sells flood insurance.
If you want complete protection for your belongings, make sure your renter's insurance policy is up to date and consider adding flood insurance coverage. You will have peace of mind knowing you're prepared if you need to make a claim. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Des Plaines

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are common in the summer months. Our local team in Des Plaines, responds to storm damage emergencies every year and offers these thunderstorm safety tips from the American Red Cross:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. 

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with everyone in the building
  • Pick a safe place in for people to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights, and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies

SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines On Speed Dial

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter to you most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines is so important.
To get the team that’s faster to any size disaster we recommend you tell your building engineers and property managers to add the following contact to their mobile devices:

Emergency Fire Water Cleanup

847-956-1880

Having this important contact information will increase the response time for our technicians to mobilize and act swiftly to get your home or business back to the way it was.

We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire
communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you’re responsible for
1,000 square feet or 100,000 – be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, local
SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines franchise professional. We can help make it "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines IICRC

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines is a certified member of the IICRC.

SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines is an active member of the IICRC. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the leader in industry standards when it comes to restoration. In addition to setting the standards, they also provide training and certification to restoration companies. Here at SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines we proudly display the IICRC logo on all of our vehicles as well as in the entrance to our office. 

When you are a member of the IICRC, there are certain things that you must do, among them are the following;

  • Require at least one technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and has passed all required tests.
  • Present accurate information to customers and maintain integrity and honesty.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect everyone involved in the event of an accident.

There are a few other requirements to be met in order to maintain your status in the IICRC, but those are three of the major ones. SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines is a proud member of the IICRC and we ensure we will represent them in the best way possible. 

Leaking Spigot at Your Home

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

A leaking spigot A leaking water spigot can cause significant damage to your home.

Summer is fast approaching, which means acts associated with using your outside hose become more common. Whether that be watering your grass, watering your plants, or filling up a pool. With this becomes the danger of discovering your outside water spigot froze over the winter and cracked, leading to possible water damage in your home the first time you turn it on. Often times, most people do not realize there is a problem until after it is far too late. Having someone in the house while you turn it on for the first time to watch and see if they notice anything can go a long way in limiting damage. If you discover there is a leak, you should use the shut off valve located in the house to turn off the water supply. Immediately contact a plumber to have them out to inspect the spigot. If water damage has taken place, be sure to call SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines right away to ensure the project gets taken care of efficiently and correctly.

A Coordinated Response For A Large Disaster

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Not all disasters are created equal, and a catastrophic loss requires a large response. With a local presence in nearly 1700 communities, SERVPRO also has the ability to respond to large disasters. The disaster mitigation franchise has played a helpful role in many of the past decade's biggest storms, from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to the great floods in Houston and Alabama. That's because the local franchise has access to corporate resources that can be deployed if necessary. It's the best of both worlds: rapid emergency response with arrival in four hours, and added expertise and equipment for large jobs.

The Benefits of Experience

Big problems such as flooding, tornadoes and rampant wildfires require knowledge and training. Each disaster has its unique set of problems to address and solve. That's what a successful recovery process calls for. A top remediation team offers the following solutions:

  • Trained technicians
  • Specialized equipment to address storm damage
  • A restoration process that limits expenses
  • Quick recovery
  • Knowledge to complete difficult tasks

A catastrophic loss in Mount Prospect, IL, has many aspects, from document damage to the prospect of computer systems being affected. Everything from water removal to soot and smoke damage may need to be addressed. Experience and training combine to meet these challenges.

The Advantages of Organization

Through it all, insurance adjusters and business owners can feel confident that detailed records are being kept to handle an insurance claim. This includes detailed estimates of loss, followed by an itemized list of damaged contents. Photo records of damages will be digitized and all paperwork will be available in hard copy. This information can be sent to all parties so a claim will be processed quickly.
It's important for business owners to know that a company is Here to Help during a catastrophic loss. Corporate resources mean no job is too big, and that recovery is right around the corner.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning Services

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

HEPA Vacuuming Cleaning after a fire damage commercial loss.

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.

Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines at (847) 956-1880 because we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.

After The Storm

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

This Spring and Summer has been quite a wet and stormy one and with that comes weather related injuries and fatalities. This is why it is important to educate both you and your family about post-storm safety.

Immediately after a storm where there was heavy rain, strong damaging winds, and lightening consider the following:

  • Do not let children play near storm drains. Every year children are sucked into storm drains and carried away.
  • Do not touch metal objects outside, there may be power lines down on the object which energizes the object. This could be a fence, guard rail, or baseball stop.
  • Do not touch or pick up any wires that you see either laying on the ground or hanging low. They may be energized or could become energized at any time.
  • Do not walk in flooded basements if your power is still connected. You could become electrocuted should water make contact with an electrical source.
  • If your home is out of electrical power, use extra caution when using candles for light.
  • Be careful using a gas powered generator which could cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning if not vented properly.

Please remember to keep you and your family safe and remember that SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines is always available to help you with your restoration needs. 847-956-1880.  

3 Reasons You Might Find Water in Your Crawl Space

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Three Possible Causes Of Water In Your Crawl Space

A wet crawl space can create more problems than you might expect. It makes water damage less visible, but it also creates the perfect conditions for mold growth. The moisture also weakens the homes structural materials, creating greater damage as a result. Learn about the most common causes for water inside the crawl space so you can prevent an incident.

1. Overwatered Plants

You can accidentally flood the crawl space by doing something as simple as overwatering plants, especially those close to the house's foundation. Whether you use too much water or leave the hose or sprinkler running beyond the necessary time, the excess will seep into the house and reach the lower sections first. You can easily turn off the water to resolve this issue. You can spot this problem if you see water pooling near the affected area.

2. Poor Sloping Grade

Another factor that can result in a wet crawl space is the lack of proper grading around your house. Ideally, you want the grading to slope away from the building and towards the outer yard or the streets. This feature ensures that any incoming water flows away from the foundation, preventing flooding. Check the grade after winter, intense rainfall or an overwatering incident. If the slope is altered or missing, build it up between six to eight inches away from home.

3. Defective Plumbing

Another reason why you might find water inside your crawl space involves defective or broken pipes. Even if the leak or burst pipe is in the house's upper floors, the water will always trickle down. If you find water in the crawl space or lower area, conduct a detailed search to find the source and fix it. Hire a plumber if you are unable to find it.

You should deal with a wet crawl space fast before mold growth and water damage threatens your home. Identify these occurrences to avoid this situation and contact emergency remediation services if you find water in that area or anywhere else.