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Cleaning Your Commercial Air Ducts is Important

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Your Commercial Air Ducts is Important Call SERVPRO of Arlington Height/ Prospect Heights for Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning.

3 Reasons To Clean Your Commecial Air Ducts.

Air Duct Cleaning Improves the Quality of Indoor Air

By routinely having your air ducts cleaned you can significantly decrease the amount of airborne molecules in your office, all while avoiding weighty fees for other air purifying solutions.  Air ducts, like everything else in our office, collect dirt and debris. While filters may catch a lot of streaming debris, there is still a considerable amount of dust that settles within the ducts. 

Air Duct Cleaning Conserves Energy

Air duct cleaning provides a beginning in optimizing your duct function while providing the opportunity for other issues to be assessed. A properly and thoroughly cleaned HVAC system, not just the air ducts, can reduce the costs associated with running your HVAC system and increase the useful life of your air conditioner and furnace. EPA research suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of cooling and heating systems and lower the energy costs of running your heating and cooling system. In administering frequent commercial air duct cleanings, all parts of your HVAC system will be refreshed. This will allow your systems to work better, faster, and more efficiently, all while using less energy!

 Air Duct Cleaning Will Save You Money

Having your air ducts regularly serviced lower your energy bill, but it will also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Energy Star estimates indicate that you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more simply by cleaning your ducts. 

If you are looking for commercial duct cleaning, please give SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights a call at 847-637-3445, and let us help save your company money.

Storm Safety For Your Commercial Property

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Safety For Your Commercial Property SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/ Prospect Heights can help you with commercial storm safety.

Severe weather is a serious threat and one that can often happen with little warning. It’s important to be thorough and proactive to ensure your business is protected.

Commercial Storm Safety

As we start to enter storm season, it is important to take some time and inspect your commercial property to assess and identify any maintenance that can be performed to further reduce the risk of damage in the case of a storm.

Some of these maintenance items may be:

  • Cutting all tree branches away from the building
  • Weather proofing windows
  • Making sure that all your emergency signs are visible and in good working order.

Generators

Another way to ensure your property is storm ready is to check your generators for the building. This is exceptionally important for medical facilities, rehab facilities, and nursing homes who rely on the generator for life saving medication dispensing and to operate machines.  Making sure you have enough power to maintain the facility for at least a minimum of three days is what FEMA recommends.

Communicate with tenants

It is also essential to communicate with your tenants of the property.  Making sure that you and your tenants have an emergency readiness plan in the event of an emergency is vital not only to assist keeping your tenant up and running, but for the safety of the building. 

Nearly 40% of small businesses close after a disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 52% of small businesses say it would take at least three months to recovery from a disaster, according to a 2015 survey of 500 small business owners conducted by Nationwide.  Only 25% of businesses that close due to a major disaster ever reopen, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety.

SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights offers a free Emergency Ready Plan that we can assist all of the tenants of your commercial property where one call to our office and we have all the necessary information to begin a quick clean up and get your building back to full working order.  To get more information on our Emergency Readiness Plan, give us a call at (847) 637-3445. 

How To Properly Clean a Lint Trap

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Properly Clean a Lint Trap Cleaning a lint trap

Tips on Cleaning Your Dryer Vent and Lint Trap

Many homeowners in Arlington Heights, IL, would be surprised to know easily a dryer lint trap can be clogged and turn into a lint fire. Almost three thousand homes a year experience fire damage caused by such a buildup. Here are some tips to properly clean your dryer vent and lint trap.

1. Clean It Every Time

You have probably been told to clean the lint trap before every load, but you may not know why. Lint is highly combustible. Therefore, if a dryer overheats from improper ventilation, a small spark can turn into a lint fire with major damage and a need to call a fire restoration company.

2. Remove All Debris

When cleaning the lint trap, make sure you get each small piece of debris left behind. Every few weeks, it’s a good idea to also run it under water and even use a bit of hand soap on the screen. Be gentle so that you don’t damage the screen or change its shape, and always dry it fully before putting it back.

3. Check the Dryer

It’s important to fully clean the dryer vent as well while the lint trap is out. Particularly if you notice any debris, it’s a good idea to periodically take a vacuum hose and suck out any loose material. This helps clear out clogs and can be done from the outside vent as well.

4. Determine Whether a Deeper Clean is Warranted

If you have signs of a clog, such as clothes no longer drying fully or a very hot dryer when running, you should do a deeper clean to prevent a dryer fire. You can buy a vent cleaning rod at a hardware store to feed it entirely through the vent and push out any excess lint.
Routine maintenance and cleaning will prevent a lint fire from occurring in your dryer. Make sure you clean the lint trap during each load and perform a deeper vent clean every few months. You will have peace of mind knowing that your dryer is running safely.

Smoke and Soot Facts

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (847) 637-3445

When Storms Hit, SERVPRO Is Ready.

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Prospect Heights land area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 847-637-3445

Basement Flood? We Can Help!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (847) 637-3445

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights Today – We’re Ready To Help (847) 637-3445.

3 Things to Do About Roof Damage After a Fire

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Things to Do About Roof Damage After a Fire Roof damage in a commercial building in Prospect Heights, IL

Tips to Take Care of Damage to Your Commercial Building´s Roof

Discovering that you have roof damage during the fire cleanup process can leave you wondering how to properly address it. In order to protect your business in  Prospect Heights, IL, from further damage, there are some important steps you need to take. Here are a few tips to help you take care of damage to your commercial building’s roof.

1. Make an Insurance Claim

Filing an insurance claim is a good idea if your roof has been significantly harmed as a result of fire damage. Be sure to document all signs of damage on your commercial roof in order to provide concrete evidence of the damage. Providing sufficient proof of your loss can also be useful if you plan to show the evidence to a roofing company who can help cover up the damage.

2. Have Tarp Placed on Roof

Covering up the fire damage with tarp can help protect your roof from further harm and ease your fire cleanup efforts. When you utilize tarp services, you can prevent substances such as rain and debris from seeping through your roof and causing additional damage to your building. Rain and snow in particular can cause serious water damage if they accumulate on your roof, so keep these points in mind during the roof repair process.

3. Give Your Roof the Proper Treatment

The care that your roof needs depends on what caused the damage in the first place. If the problem is residual soot, then you may need to address discoloration on your roof caused by soot particles. Have your roof inspected as soon as possible in order to determine exactly how to navigate the fire cleanup process and repair your roof.
Taking care of roof damage in  Prospect Heights, IL, can be a less stressful process when you have valuable help and support. Be sure to call cleanup and restoration services to facilitate the roof repair process and have your business return to normal in no time.

4 Questions and Answers About Business Insurance

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 4 Questions and Answers About Business Insurance My business has water damage, what do I do?

No matter how you prepare, the unexpected will happen. This is true in your professional life as well as in your personal. However, when it comes to your Arlington Heights, IL, business and commercial properties, you can protect against unexpected trouble, such as fire or water damage, with business insurance. If you're not sure why you need this coverage and what's available, take a look at the following questions and answers:

What Can I Expect From Business Insurance Coverage?

These policies vary from one provider to another, but they are all designed to protect owners from business losses. You may get coverage for property and automobiles or insure your business against legal claims. You could get health insurance for employees or protect your property from damages related to broken pipes.

When would I need business insurance?

Small business owners often mistakenly believe they don't have enough inventory or business equipment to insure, but when broken pipes lead to water damage or when related water cleanup services are required, those owners may face financial losses in addition to the loss of property. During the time water remediation professionals are working, the small business owner may lose out on valuable income. When this happens, business interruption coverage may be crucial to the company's continued success.

What type of coverage do I need?

Some of the most common insurance claims for commercial property owners include those related to damages from water, weather, and fire. Look into business interruption insurance, property and casualty insurance, and related policies. Of course, you can prepare for other eventualities by discussing your specific business needs with an insurance agent.

How do I file a claim?

Plan ahead for any eventuality by talking to your agent before trouble happens. If an issue has already come up, contact your business insurance representative right away. You may also get help from the water damage cleanup professionals.

What You Should Know About Water Damage and Your Insurance Policy

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Should Know About Water Damage and Your Insurance Policy A leaky pipe will likely be covered

Questions You Might Have Regarding Your Policy

If a pipe breaks in your Prospect Heights, IL home and causes water to flood your home, the good news is that this will most likely be covered by your homeowners insurance. While this is usually a covered peril, however, there are some exceptions. The following are a few questions that you might have regarding your policy.

1. When is Damage Covered by Insurance?

When you experience water damage from a broken or leaky pipe, the cost of resulting damage will likely be covered. If the flood is the result of a broken pipe caused by freezing weather or a sudden accident, this will usually be included in your policy. However, you will often be required to pay for any costs related to repairing and replacing the pipe.

2. When is Damage Not Covered by Insurance?

If the insurance company believes that the pipe has broken as a result of your own negligence, then you will likely be denied insurance coverage. This can happen if you have not taken proper precautions to prevent freezing pipes during cold weather or if you have failed to maintain your home. You may also be required to pay for damages if you wait too long to contact your insurance company and the damage has worsened in the meantime.

3. What Should You Do When You Discover the Damage?

To prevent your insurance company from denying your claim, you should be sure to contact them as soon as possible. You should also hire a water damage remediation company to fix the broken pipe and do any necessary repairs in your home. While you wait for workers to arrive, you can begin documenting the damage and making temporary repairs to prevent water from spreading.

While a flood in your home can cause a lot of worry, the claims process can go more smoothly if you take the appropriate actions. Performing regular maintenance on your home can prevent problems and will make it easier to be approved for coverage if an accident does happen.

4 DIY Cleaning Hacks for a Small Mold Growth Problem in Your Home

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 DIY Cleaning Hacks for a Small Mold Growth Problem in Your Home Soak fabrics in hot water and oxygen bleach

House Mold Can Be Addressed Using Four Cleaning Hacks

The sight of mold in your home in Prospect Heights, IL, might make you want to pack up your bags and leave for good, but a small amount of mold growth is no cause for alarm. A widespread, severe mold issue can cause extensive damage to your home and needs to be remediated with the help of a mold cleaning company. However, a minor house mold issue detected early can be addressed using the following four cleaning hacks. 

1. Scrub Hard Surfaces With White Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar is a very effective natural mold removal solution due to its acidic properties that break down and kill most species of mold. Baking soda, another non-toxic ingredient, absorbs moisture, removes odors, and kills mold. Spray vinegar and baking soda solution and scrub any surfaces that has mold. 

2. Soak Fabrics in Hot Water and Oxygen Bleach 

Fabrics such as clothes, linens or upholstered furniture that remain damp for an extended period time can house moisture-seeking mold. If you can visibly see mold on the fabric, first scrub it off when a brush. Next, soak the fabric in very hot water and oxygen bleach.

3. Lightly Wipe Paper with Hydrogen Peroxide

House mold on books and paper can be tricky to clean. First, ensure the paper is completely dry. Next, use a soft paintbrush to brush away any mold you see. Wet a cloth towel with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, lightly wipe the paper, and allow the page to dry. 

4. Clean Tile With Chlorine Bleach and Water 

If mold has made its way into the grout of your tile floors, you’ll need some chlorine bleach and water. Mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of water and mop it onto your floors. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then scrub. 

Rid your home of house mold with these four cleaning hacks! If the problem is bigger than you suspected, don’t hesitate to call in a professional mold remediation company.