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Winter Storm Preparations

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

General Winter Storm Preparations Keep your home safe and snug against the ravages of Winter.

More often than not, as homeowners, the last thing we want to do is home repairs.  Not only do they take time (and many of us don't have a lot to spare), but they can also be costly and sometimes tedious.  Small repairs such as changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky faucet can be put off until it is absolutely necessary to fix, but there are some repairs that should never be put off.  Unfortunately, many of these involve major things (and can come with an even more major price tag), but avoiding the two repairs listed below could actually cause bigger problems down the road when the cold freezing temperatures and snow hit us shortly.  

Roof Issues

Every home has a roof.  This is one of the most important parts of any building because it protects what is inside.  The roof is a major player when it comes to keeping up on repairs.  If you notice any leaks, missing or damaged shingles/tiles or any kind of sagging this should be fixed as soon as possible.  Leaks mean water will get into your home and then may lead to mold, structure damage and even possibly fire if it comes in contact with anything electrical.  Missing or damaged shingles can lead to a number of issues if not fixed and create weak spots in a roof.  A sagging roof could signify moisture in the attic and could be a sign of poor ventilation, broken or cracked joists, rafters or the ridge line itself.  

Foundation Issues

The foundation of your home is extremely important-it holds up your home's entire structure.  Cracks in the foundation are definitely something not to overlook when it comes to repairs. The last thing you want as a homeowner is for a crack to spread.  Checking your home's foundation in the fall will help prevent water from thawing snow or ice getting into your home in the spring.  

Plumbing Issues

Water anywhere other than in a pipe or sink basin is bad, especially for your home.  Plumbing issues and leaks anywhere in your property should be addressed as soon as possible.  Winter in the Chicago area is known for its below freezing temperatures.  This can sometimes take a toll on the plumbing and pipes in your home.  Checking them now will be a great step towards prevention.

If you should experience Winter related damage in your home, we are here for you at SERVPRO of Glenview.  Call us at 847-832-9300 and we will make it right to you again "Like it never happened".

Don't Let Water Damage Get Out of Hand!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Water Damage Get Out of Hand! Make sure your home doesn't stay soggy after the flood.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Glenview provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Glenview arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (847) 832-9300

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Glenview

SERVPRO of Glenview specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IIC

Fire Prevention Week. We Honor Glenview Fire Department.

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Community Fire Prevention Week.  We Honor Glenview Fire Department. Fire Prevention Week - We Honor our Firefighters.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK - OCTOBER 7 - 13.

We at SERVPRO give thanks to and honor the Glenview Fire Department for all of their services.

In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Glenview Fire Department invites the community to an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 20, at Fire Station 14, 2250 Patriot Boulevard.

Tour the apparatus and firehouse ~ view displays by the Fire Department Special Teams, Glenview Police and Glenview Public Safety Dispatchers. Watch hands-on demonstrations.

HOW THE GLENVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT SERVES OUR COMMUNITY:

Rescue and Suppression

Fire suppression and rescue services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week. In order to provide excellent fire suppression services, the department operates five apparatus responding from five stations located throughout the Village. The apparatus include four engine companies and one ladder company.

Rescue and Suppression

Fire suppression and rescue services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  In order to provide excellent fire suppression services, the department operates five apparatus responding from five stations located throughout the Village.  The apparatus include four engine companies and one ladder company.   To learn more about our calls and special rescue teams, click here.

Emergency Medical Services

The Fire Department provides emergency medical services to residents and businesses residing in the Village of Glenview and its unincorporated areas.  The Department operates two paramedic ambulances 24 hours per day and one paramedic ambulance 12 hours per day, during peak hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  In addition, all front line fire suppression apparatus are equipped with paramedic equipment with a goal of delivering medical assistance within four to six minutes from the request of services.  The Department has over 60 State of Illinois-licensed paramedics who also function as firefighters.  Do you have questions about ambulance billing or need an ambulance report? Click here.

Public Education

The department is committed to educating the public on fire safety and prevention through a variety of life-safety programs and educational opportunities including, but not limited to, preschool, elementary and middle school education seminars; Boy Scout Merit Badge instruction; first aid, CPR and Heimlich Maneuver; and fire extinguisher (local business only) training.  When able, the Department also will provide station tours and appear at block parties upon request. 

For a full list of services or for more information, click here.

If fire strikes your home and family, SERVPRO of Glenview is there to help makes things right again - 847-832-9300

We are here to help you!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We are here to help you! We Are Here For You!

WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU.

From repairing fire damage to cleaning carpets; removing a biohazard at your business to restoring your home after flooding, SERVPRO of Glenview has the equipment, training, and expertise to help. We’re a trusted leader in the restoration industry. As a locally owned and operated business, we provide 24-hour emergency service to Glenview and the surrounding region. Our crews are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs. That makes us a smart choice to clean up and restore your property. Explore this site and let us know what we can do for you.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Residential Services

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry with over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada. Whether you need help with emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on SERVPRO of Glenview. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services.

Commercial Services

Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly. Learn more about our commercial services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Glenview is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Glenview, IL community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (847) 832-9300

Using a Space Heater to Cozy Up Your Room? Just Take Care!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using a Space Heater to Cozy Up Your Room?  Just Take Care! Be Mindful When Using a Space Heater. Keep Your Home Safe.

It's getting to be that time of the year where a space heater seems like the perfect appliance to make a room a little cozier.

Fire does not care what season it is or whether or not it’s cold outside. Cold weather related fires are extremely common, especially when you are trying to keep warm. 
 
Our offices in Glenview have experience in fire damage from space heaters and can provide you with some tips to help avoid having to deal with these types of destructive events this coming Autumn and Winter. 
 
SERVPRO of Glenview technicians understand that accidents happen. Placing space heaters too close to other objects or using the wrong type of heater in a particular area can cause severe problems. Please take a moment to consider some factors leading to these fires.
 
Oil Heaters - Should be used in areas where there is the possibility of moisture. This eliminates any electrical hazards that may be present due to water conductivity. Always keep a safe distance to avoid contact burns. 

Electric Heaters - These heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be useful for many areas in your home. However, they should never be left unattended. Thinking of electric heaters as giant toasters can help you understand how important it is to keep a constant eye on them. Make sure you have sufficient wattage to run the device and never use extension cords.
 
Our SERVPRO of Glenview staff gets an incredible amount of space heater-related calls every year when the weather gets to get chilly and blustery. People are trying to stay warm and use space heaters quite often for this purpose. However, using a space heater does not need to cause so many problems during a cold spell. Just use common sense, and always follow the directions of the manufacturer.

The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Glenview state that you follow a few simple guidelines when operating your space heaters. 
 
1) Always place space heaters on a flat, solid surface for proper stabilization. 
 
2) Purchase heaters with an automatic shut-off feature to prevent dangers from tipping. 
 
3) Maintain proper spacing between heaters and other objects in your home. 
 
4) Never leave children or pets unsupervised around operating heaters. 
 
5) Shut your heaters off properly before leaving your home or going to sleep. 
 
Following these guidelines does not ensure that you will never have to deal with fire damage from space heaters. However, you are less likely to have an unwanted consequence. If this sort of incident still strikes your home this cold weather season, make the call to our offices at 847-832-9300 immediately. We will respond quickly and provide you with the services you need to get back to normal fast. 
 

Make Your Home a Safe Place for Your Family!

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

General Make Your Home a Safe Place for Your Family! Child Proof Your Home

From overly hot faucets to tipped-over coffee cups, burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns (especially scalds from hot water and liquids) are some of the most common childhood accidents. Babies and young children are especially at risk — they're curious, small, and have sensitive skin that needs extra protection.

Here are some important ways to protect kids from burns — as well as electrical shocks and household fires — in your home.

In General

  • Make a fire escape plan with two ways out of the house, plus a designated meeting place once out of the house. Practice the fire escape plan regularly.
  • Keep an emergency ladder on upper floors of your home in the event of a fire. Keep the ladder in or near the room of an adult or older child capable of using it.
  • Make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and remember to change the batteries twice a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it.
  • Keep matches, lighters, chemicals, and lit candles out of kids' reach.
  • Don't smoke inside, especially when you're tired, taking medication that can cause you to be drowsy, or in bed.

Electrical Equipment and Appliances

  • Put child-safety covers on all electrical outlets.
  • Get rid of equipment and appliances with old or frayed cords and extension cords that look damaged.
  • Bind excess cord from lamps or other electrical equipment with a twist-tie to prevent injury from chewing on cords. You also can purchase a holder or spool specially designed to hide extra cord.
  • Position television and stereo equipment against walls so small hands don't have access to the back surfaces or cords. It's best to secure TVs by attaching them to the wall.
  • Make sure all wires to seasonal lighting, such as holiday tree lights, are properly insulated (for example, make sure they don't have exposed or broken wiring). Bind any excess cord and unplug lights when they're not in use.
  • Check electronic toys often for signs of wear and tear; any object that sparks, feels hot, or smells unusual must be repaired or thrown away immediately. Replace batteries in electronic toys regularly and look for any signs of corrosion in the toys.
  • Clean the clothes dryer vent of lint after each use.
  • Don't run electrical wires under rugs or carpet.
  • Don't overload electrical sockets.
  • Keep any decorative items away from windows, doors, and ceilings. Make sure anything you have near the ceiling is not blocking any sprinklers you may have installed.

Living Room

  • Screen fireplaces and wood-burning stoves and always keep kids 3 feet away from them. Radiators and electric baseboard heaters also might need to be screened.
  • Teach kids never to put anything into the fireplace when it is lit. Also make sure they know the doors to the fireplace can be very hot and cause a burn.
  • Make sure to have all chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly.

Bedroom

  • Choose sleepwear that's labeled flame-retardant (either polyester or treated cotton). Cotton sweatshirts or pants that aren't labeled as sleepwear generally aren't flame-retardant. If you use cotton sleepwear, make sure that it fits your child snugly.
  • Make sure any nightlights aren't touching fabric like bedspreads or curtains.
  • Keep electric space heaters at least 3 feet (91 centimeters) away from kids and away from beds, curtains, or anything flammable.
  • If you use a humidifier or vaporizer, use a cool-mist model rather than a hot-steam one.

Bathroom

  • Set the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F (49°C), or use the "low-medium setting" — a child can be scalded in 5 seconds in water at 140°F (60°C). If you're unable to control the water temperature (if you live in an apartment, for example), install an anti-scald device, which is relatively inexpensive and easily installed by you or a plumber.
  • Always test bath water with your elbow or the inside of your wrist before putting your child in it.
  • Always turn the cold water on first and turn it off last when running water in the bathtub or sink.
  • In the tub, turn kids away from the faucet or fixtures so they're less likely to play with them or accidentally turn on the hot water.
  • Install grounded circuit breakers in the bathroom.
  • Make sure older kids are especially careful when using irons or curling irons. Unplug these items after use and, when cool, store out of reach of young children.

Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Have a 3-foot "no play" zone around the stove where kids are not allowed to be.
  • Don't let a child use a walker in the kitchen (experts strongly discourage any use of walkers).
  • Don't drink hot beverages or soup with a child sitting on your lap, or carry hot liquids or dishes near kids. If you have to walk with hot liquid in the kitchen (like a pot of soup or cup of coffee), make sure you know where kids are so you don't trip over them.
  • Don't hold a baby or small child while cooking.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove every time you cook.
  • Block access to the stove as much as possible. (It's a good idea to install a stove lock and stove knob locks.)
  • Don't warm baby bottles in a microwave. The liquid may heat unevenly, resulting in pockets of hot breast milk or formula that can scald a baby's mouth.
  • Keep hot drinks and foods out of reach of children.
  • Avoid using tablecloths or large placemats. A small child can pull on them and overturn a hot drink or plate of food.
  • Unplug all kitchen appliances when not in use and keep cords far from reach.
  • Make sure to use cabinet locks on cabinets containing cleaning products. Many can cause burns. Always store cleaning products in their original containers, never in milk or plastic jugs.

Outside/In the Car

  • Don't use fireworks or sparklers.
  • Use playgroundequipment carefully. If it's very hot outside, use the equipment only in the morning, after it's had a chance to cool down during the night.
  • Remove your child's safety seat or stroller from the hot sun when not in use because kids can get burns from hot vinyl and metal. If you must leave your car seat or stroller in the sun, cover it with a blanket or towel.
  • Before leaving your parked car on a hot day, hide the seat belts' metal latch plates in the seats to prevent the sun from hitting them directly.
  • Don't forget the sunscreen when going outside. Use a product with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going out and reapply every 2 hours or more often if in water.
  • Keep infants under 6 months out of the sun.

Be Prepared

If you have young kids in your home, childproof as much as you can. Get down on your hands and knees in every room of your house to see things as kids do. Be aware of your child's surroundings and what could be dangerous.

Of course, childproofing shouldn't take the place of parental supervision. Keeping an eye on kids is the best way to prevent accidents.

It's always a good idea to:

  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Keep these numbers near the phone (for yourself and caregivers):
    • toll-free poison-control number: (800) 222-1222
    • child's doctor's number
    • parents' work and cellphone numbers
    • neighbor's or nearby relative's number (if you need someone to watch other children in an emergency)
  • Make a first-aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside.
  • Teach your kids how and when to call 911 or other emergency numbers for help.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Even with these precautions in place, kids still can get hurt and accidents do happen. But being prepared will help you to act quickly and confidently in the event of an emergency.

Keep Your Home Safe From Fire!

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Your Home Safe From Fire! Prevent Your Home From Burning!

Accidental house fires remain a serious safety threat to homeowners, renters, and their families. Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home. Eight out of 10 fire-related deaths occur at home—the place that is the very embodiment of comfort and security.

Following are the most common ways that home fires ignite and provided a list of simple steps homeowners can take to prevent them.

Attention: In addition to the steps listed below, all households should have at least one smoke alarm on each floor and preferably in every bedroom. New smoke alarms should be installed every 10 years—and if you don't know how old your smoke alarm is, you should get a new one. Families should also plan and practice a home fire drill at least twice a year so that everyone in the house knows how to get outside fast in the case of a fire. If you don't already have one, the Home Safety Council has resources for creating such a plan available here.

Fire Threat 1: Cooking

Fire safety starts in the kitchen. Cooking—particularly stove-top cooking—represents the leading cause of home fires. Many such fires occur after residents put something on the stove but become distracted and forget about it. Solution: Stand by your pan.  Because cooking causes so many home fires, it's essential to give anything that's on top of your stove has your undivided attention.  If you have to leave the kitchen, turn the heat off [the burner] before you answer the phone or leave the room.

Fire Threat 2: Heating

The second-most-common cause of home fires is heating—although in the winter months, it becomes the leading concern. Portable, electric space heaters start a great deal of trouble, as sheets or window curtains accidentally come in contact with the unit and ignite.

Solution: Give heaters space People using space heaters should ensure that they are far enough away from other objects to avoid danger. A space heater needs 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions, keeping it away from draperies, furniture, bedspreads, people, and pets.  In addition, homeowners should have their central heating equipment professionally inspected and serviced each heating season. And if you regularly have logs burning in your fireplace, get your chimney inspected and cleaned annually as well.

Fire Threat 3: Smoking

In addition to its health dangers, smoking is the third-most-common cause of home fires—and the top cause of home fire deaths. Such fires can occur as smokers lose track of their still-smoldering butts, which then come in contact with flammable surfaces such as couch cushions.

Solution: Take it outside If you have a smoker in the house, the best way to prevent cigarette-related home fires is to institute a policy of no smoking indoors. Most people do not have as many combustible items around outside. In addition, cigarettes should be doused with water before they are thrown away to make sure they are completely extinguished.

Fire Threat 4: Electrical

Faulty or deteriorating electrical cords are another top cause of home fires. Cords that become frayed or cracked can send sparks to flammable surfaces and start a fire.

Solution: Cord checkup Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and replace any that are worn out. In addition, make sure you are not overloading circuits.  It should be one plug per receptacle—you don't want that octopus thing going on.

Fire Threat 5: Candles

Since they have open flames and are fixtures in many households, candles are also among the most common sources of home fires.

Solution: Think about batteries Instead of using traditional, open-flame candles, consider switching to battery-operated candles that look and perform like real ones. If you do use traditional candles, make sure there is always an adult paying attention in the room when one is burning. (The flame should be extinguished when the adult leaves the room.) Get out of the habit of lighting a candle in a room and just leaving it burning. You are inviting disaster. Finally, candles should not be lit in your bedroom.

Glenview Chamber of Commerce/SERVPRO of Glenview Meeting of Minds

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

On August 23rd,  we hosted a great event with Glenview Chamber of Commerce, catered by Forza Meats.

We first invited our guests to partake in the wonderful luncheon provided by Forza Meats, a new business in the Glenview area.  The food was a hit!  The group was then escorted to the tables where the presentation was to take place.

As everyone enjoyed the food and conversation, Jeff Thompson, owner, introduced our staff, Saul Perez, Production Manager; Martin Morado, Technician and Diane Erwin, Administration & Marketing.  Jeff discussed our services and answered lots of questions.  

Our guests introduced themselves individually and described their business services.  There was a lot of good discussions and networking. 

It was a fun and successful meeting for all!  Thank you to everyone who showed up for the Women’s networking lunch. Looking forward to continued community collaboration!

Fire's Out (YEAY)......Now the Real Work Begins

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire's Out (YEAY)......Now the Real Work Begins Call us for help!

Fire damage can be devastating for a homeowner. Aside from damaging the structure of the building, furniture, belongs etc., smoke and soot can continue to cause problems if not dealt with immediately. While everything that burned will have to be replaced, there are steps you can take to help prevent things from getting worse. First, you should seal off certain sections of your house with tarps and plastic sheets while damaged areas are being treated. Grease and soot can spread to other sections of the house, making everything worse. Odors can travel, and stains can get into your carpet, walls, and clothing. Blocking off the area can help prevent this.

Check for any leaks or other areas that could cause more problems for your home. Sometimes fire damages pipes, or there could be entry points for water in the roof. This can lead to water damage, which will only make things worse if it’s not treated right away. You can simply scan for any areas that might have this issue and keep an eye out for leaks if it rains. Moreover, you’ll need to watch out for mold and other problems that stem from water damage, as water used to extinguish fires can seep into dry wall and floors. Most often, carpet and flooring will need to be removed. These areas tend to absorb both soot and water, and it is usually much better to simply replace them. Essentially, everything that might have been covered in soot will need to be deep cleaned, and that includes clothing and other belongings that might have been damaged in the fire. Of course, some items will need to be replaced, but belongings that can withstand heavy cleaning can often be saved.

If the damaged area is not properly cleaned, the smoky odor that a fire leaves behind will never go away. There will always be at least a faint trace of that unpleasant smell. Sometimes, you can fix this problem by scrubbing the walls and floor with soap and water. Paint tends to hold odors, but if the damage is only on the surface and dealt with quickly, you might be able to get rid of it. However, sometimes these areas will need to be replaced depending on the severity of the damage. You’ll need to remove sections of drywall and perhaps even flooring. It can be difficult to tell the difference between things that can be salvaged and those that need to be replaced, but knowing will save you time and money. The professionals at SERVPRO of Glenview will be able to discern what can be restored, and they can help you effectively remove any traces of the fire while saving as much as possible.  Give us a call today at (847)832-9300!

 
 

August Special!

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Community August Special! Fabulous!

Hey friends in Glenview & neighboring burbs!

SERVPRO of Glenview is running a fabulous selfie special during the month of August!

Here is all you have to do:

  1. Shop at Mariano's (yum).
  2. Find the SERVPRO of Glenview ad on your cart.
  3. Take a fabulous selfie with the ad at Mariano's.
  4. Post that fabulous selfie on the SERVPRO of Glenview Facebook Page... and.....drum roll......
  5. Receive a $100 discount on any service that we offer!

It's that easy!

Meanwhile, Have a fabulous August.  Enjoy the weather.  Remember that we have your back if you need us at 847-832-9300!