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Mold damage and foul odors

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Image shows SERVPRO logo with text: "If you have STORM DAMAGE, we can help." Storms can wreak havoc on your home or business. If you're trying to cleanup flood damage, call SERVPRO of Glenview. We're Here to Help®! 847-832-9300

There are a number of ways that your home or business can sustain damage after a storm. The storm itself can wreak havoc with strong winds and flying debris, but most often, it is the flood damage that causes most damage. In the aftermath, the storm damage must be removed as possible to avoid permanent damage to the structure, as well as avoiding mold infestation and the resultant foul odors.

Why SERVPRO?

When a severe water loss occurs in your home or business, time is of the essence to cleanup the damage. It is crucial to utilize a professional restoration service with local, certified technicians. Groundwater may contain contaminants; before coming into contact with it during flood damage cleanup, our SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine what they are dealing with so they choose the best methods for mitigation. Our SERVPRO team members work hard to assist Glenview neighbors and community members in limiting loss from floodwater by using their extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment.

Complete Drying Limits Odor

Controlled demolition is a standard action during flood damage cleanup. This type of removal of building materials is exacting because our SERVPRO crew only takes out the damaged materials while leaving behind the sheetrock and flooring which were unaffected by water loss. The removal of buckled or warped sheetrock allows for more airflow during drying, which not only inhibits mold growth but also diminishes odors in the home.

Odors May Indicate Mold

Mold has a tell-tale musty odor that gives away its presence. Technicians monitor water loss areas during and after the drying process to ensure that the air quality is well below sustainable levels for mold, as mold requires warmth over 70°F and high humidity levels to flourish. Areas where our crew finds mold growing are abated and treated with antimicrobial sealants to inhibit any return.

Removal of Residual Water Odors

After flooding occurs and after the complete drying process, sometimes there are residual water odors left behind. When antibacterial solutions do not eliminate the odors, SERVPRO technicians have a diverse array of odor neutralizing applications to use until they eradicate the odor from the property.

You do not have to live with odors continually reminding you of the flood damage that occurred to your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of Glenview at 847-832-9300 and our team of certified professionals can work to make the water loss and odor in your home "Like it never even happened."

Brrr! It's COLD! Be smart about using space heaters!

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

A fire damage kitchen table & chairs along with the SERVPRO logo and text that reads "Fire damage? We're here to help." Call SERVPRO of Glenview at 847-832-9300

Fire does not follow a schedule, it doesn't care what season it is or whether it's cold outside. Fires are extremely common in the winter, because folks are trying hard to stay warm.

As we begin this winter season, SERVPRO of Glenview would like to provide you with some tips to avoid having to deal with the destructive aftermath of fire damage.

Our technicians understand that accidents happen. Using the wrong type of heater in a particular area can cause severe problems, as can placing space heaters too close to other objects.  To avoid setting up factors in your home which could lead to fire, consider the type and location of heater you purchase to use in your home.

Electric heaters are the most popular type of heaters customers purchase and they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Electric space heaters can be useful in many areas of 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 heating device without tripping the circuit. Always plug the heater directly into an outlet - NEVER use an extension cord. Also - never use an electric heater in a wet or moist environment, such as your bathroom.

Oil heaters should be used 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 once the heater is running to avoid contact burns.

SERVPRO gets an incredible number of calls relating space heaters every winter. People are trying to stay warm and use heaters as their source of heat. However, using a space heater does not need to cause so many problems during a cold spell. Use common sense and always follow the directions of the manufacturer.

Our professional technicians have the following simple guidelines to follow when operating your space heater:

  1. Always place space heaters on a dry, flat, solid surface for stabilization. Do not place on thick carpeting or other flammable surface.
  2. Purchase heaters with an automatic shut-off feature to prevent dangers which may occur from tipping.
  3. Maintain proper spacing between heaters and other objects in your home. Pay very close attention to the proximity between the heater and soft, flammable objects such as furniture including couches, chairs, beds, bedding, blankets, pillows, clothing, and even pet peds.
  4. Never leave children or pets unsupervised around operating heaters.
  5. Shut your heaters off properly before leaving your home or going to sleep. If you must use a heater at night, set it on a timer to turn off after a short time.

Following these guidelines does not guarantee that you will never have to deal with fire damage from space heaters. However, you are much less likely to have such a destructive an unwanted consequence. If this sort of incident still strikes your home or business this winter season, make the call to our office immediately. We will respond quickly and provide you with the services you need to get your life back to normal fast.

Call SERVPRO of Glenview at 847-832-9300

SERVPRO® of Glenview, at your service!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

A screenshot of our introductory video, this shows a photo of our owner and the text identifies him by name. Jeff Thompson, owner of SERVPRO® of Glenview

SERVPRO® of Glenview, at your service!

Why should you call SERVPRO® of Glenview for your Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration™ needs?

Take a peek into our franchise to see who we are!

As leading water and fire damage restoration specialists, we pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated. As part of a nationally recognized and accredited company, we know our team is trained by and backed by one of the biggest leaders in the fire and water damage restoration industry. For each of our assignments, our professional crew brings not only knowledge and experience, but also the latest and most-up-to-date equipment as well.

When fire and water take control of your life, call on SERVPRO® of Glenview to help you take it back. We are Here to Help®, 24/7/365.

To learn more about who we are and the services we offer, visit our website at www.SERVPROglenview.com

Call our office to schedule your appointment: 847-832-9300

SERVPRO® of Glenview provides Commercial Services

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Image shows SERVPRO of Glenview calling card information including the phone number 847-832-9300 SERVPRO® of Glenview is locally owned and operated. Call us 24/7 for your water or fire cleanup and restoration needs.

SERVPRO® of Glenview would like to take this opportunity to remind the businesses of our community that we provide 24-hour emergency services. We are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the local areas of Glenview, Northbrook, Winnetka, Niles, Des Plaines, Northfield, and Wilmette.

We can respond immediately to your emergency to provide water/storm damage restoration or fire damage restoration to your commercial property.

In addition to being locally owned and operated, SERVPRO® of Glenview is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Our highly trained technicians not only use advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, but they have the training and expertise to respond to your emergency to help get your business back on track.

Learn more about our Commercial Services on our website, or call our office at 847-832-9300.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity; our team understands that there's never a "convenient time" for your commercial property to sustain water or fire damage. When you have need for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, call on SERVPRO® of Glenview.

If an emergency should happen, is your business ready?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses never reopen after they have been closed due to a disaster, such as a fire or flood.

But did you know... of the businesses that do survive and reopen post-disaster, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

A key component for making it through any size disaster is preparation. Whether your commercial property experiences a small water leak, a large fire, or an area-wide flood, the best time to plan for such events is well before they actually happen!

This is where SERVPRO® of Glenview comes in! We can help your business be prepared by developing your personalized Emergency READY Profile: a quick reference of important building and contact information that serves as an ideal supplement to your existing contingency program.

SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can quickly help get your commercial property back in working order, because every hour lost cleaning and restoring your property is an hour of lost revenue.

Call SERVPRO® of Glenview to schedule our no-cost visit to assess your business or commercial property, where we can help develop your Emergency READY Profile. Benefit from our 40+ years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disasters.

Winterizing Your Vehicle

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

Image of snow-covered vehicles with text that reads: Is YOUR vehicle ready for winter? Don't be caught unprepared! Take precautions now to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter!

We barely flipped the calendar over to November, and winter weather has already arrived here in the areas served by SERVPRO of Glenview.

Don't be caught unprepared! Take the time to get your vehicle tuned up and ready for winter!

If you aren't comfortable doing so yourself, then make sure a mechanic checks the following items on each of your vehicles:

  • battery is running and in good condition;
  • there is plentiful antifreeze and the vehicle does not need a coolant flush;
  • brakes are good and aren't showing wear and tear;
  • the tires are properly inflated, have good treads, and are capable of handling the increased stopping distances on slippery roads. Consider getting dedicated winter tires;
  • the oil and oil filter have been replaced recently;
  • the windshield wipers are functioning and can adequately clear your windshield of rain, snow, slush, or ice;
  • the windshield fluid reservoir has been topped off;
  • the heater and defroster are working properly;
  • all lights have been checked and have working bulbs: headlights, brake lights, emergency flashers, and turn signals.

In addition to keeping your fuel tank as full as possible to avoid frozen fuel lines, consider keeping the following emergency supplies available in your vehicle:

  • windshield brush and ice scraper
  • small shovel
  • battery-powered flashlight
  • battery-powered radio
  • extra batteries (for flashlight and radio)
  • booster/jumper cables
  • emergency flares
  • first aid kit
  • non-perishable snacks
  • extra hats, gloves, jackets, socks, or other warm clothing
  • a spare pair of boots
  • blanket
  • matches
  • phone-charging cable
  • card with phone numbers for your close family members or friends, in case your phone dies and you need to call them

You may want to keep a portable power bank on your person, as leaving such an item in your vehicle in frigid temperatures is not advised. A portable power bank can be used to power your phone in a situation where your vehicle may be dead and would not be capable of charging your phone. There are even portable power banks which are capable of jump-starting your vehicle for about $100, which may be something you consider investing in.

We hope this serves as a handy reminder for our customers and helps everyone be better prepared for the winter and successfully maneuvering through a winter emergency in your vehicle.

Remember: if you have a water or storm related emergency at your home, call SERVPRO® of Glenview at 847-832-9300. We're your local cleanup and restoration specialists.

Happy Halloween!

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Spooky image of a haunted house, a jack-o-lantern, and the SERVPRO service van. Happy Halloween from SERVPRO® of Glenview!

SERVPRO of Glenview? wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!

To all our boos and ghouls - stay safe, keep warm, and have fun!

Show us your costumes by sharing a photo on our facebook page!

Here are a few reminders on Halloween night safety:

- Glenview community trick-or-treat hours are 3:00pm til 7:00pm

- Drivers: Please use extreme caution when driving down neighborhood side streets! Young children are excited and may run ahead of their parents or guardians; that means they might run into the street without looking for cars. Drive safely!

- Trick-or-treaters: Make yourself visible to others, including drivers, by carrying a lit flashlight, wearing a glow stick, or dressing in light-colored costumes.

- Safety in numbers: Traveling in a group makes you more visible to drivers. It's also more fun to trick-or-treat with friends!

- Moms and dads: As always, check the candy and treats for evidence of tampering. Toss any opened or unwrapped candy. And don't forget to collect your "Awesome Parenting" tax by snagging some of your favorite candies before approving the treats fit for consumption by your little monsters!

- No matter how creepy or spooky your costume, you don't want your teeth to be gross and ugly once Halloween is over! After you eat your fill of Halloween candy, don't forget to brush your teeth before going to bed!

#HappyHalloween #trickortreat #halloweengoodies #costumes #halloweencandy #staysafe #SERVPROGlenview #Glenview

National Fire Prevention Week: Oct 6-12, 2019

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Photo shows the devastation at the intersection of State and Madison Streets following the Great Chicago Fire A photo showing the intersection of State and Madison Streets in which the utter destruction of the Great Chicago Fire can be seen.

Every year, the second week of October is designated as National Fire Prevention Week, observed in the United States and Canada. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 6th - 12th. On October 9th, 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday week in which October 9th falls. Beginning with President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, the U.S. President has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week. Do you know why this week was chosen? It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that burned from late in the evening of October 8th through October 10th, 1871. This fire destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles (2,124 acres) of the city of Chicago, claimed approximately 300 lives, and eliminated hundreds of businesses. More than 17,000 structures were destroyed and damages were estimated at close to $200 million (the equivalent of $3.77 Billion in 2016!). Nearly one-third of the city lay in ruins after the fire, and more than 100,000 residents were left without homes - fully one-third of the city's population of the time. This fire came to be known as the Great Chicago Fire and it remains the most famous and known fire in American history.

While the tragedy of the Great Chicago Fire stands as a great reminder of the importance of fire safety, few people know there were many other wildfires and brush fires that dry and drought-ridden second week of October 1871 in the Upper Midwest that caused great loss to both lives and property. The same day the fire in Chicago began, a fire broke out in upper northeast Wisconsin. America's most devastating forest fire scorched over 1.2 million acres of land. Sixteen towns were destroyed, the most damaged being Peshtigo, giving its name to this fire. The town of Peshtigo was consumed in an hour, with the fire claiming the lives of over 800 residents. 

The damage estimate was at $169 million, nearly matching the cost of damage in Chicago. But the Peshtigo Fire claimed nearly four times the number of people than perished in Chicago. A Report to the Wisconsin Legislature in 1873 listed 1,182 names of deceased or missing residents following the Peshtigo Fire; in 1870, the town of Peshtigo had 1,749 residents. With deaths across the fire-damaged areas estimated between 1,500 and 2,500, the Peshtigo fire was the most costly fire of that week in terms of loss of lives, and it remains to this day as the deadliest fire in American history. Since local records were destroyed in the fire, an accurate death toll has never been determined. We are thankful to live in a time where we are not only taught fire safety and situational awareness, but we are better prepared to prevent or control such tragic and complete fire damage. If your home or business is damaged by fire, call SERVPRO® to help take back control of your life. We are available and ready to answer your call 24/7/365. Call us at (847) 832-9300. #GreatChicagoFire #PeshtigoFire #FireSafety #FireDamage #FireAwareness #SmokeDamage #SERVPRO #CleanupAndRestoration For more information, visit: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/ARCHIVED/Fire-Prevention-Week-old/About-Fire-Prevention-Week

We are hosting a Thank You party for our communities' First Responders

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Party Invitation with details for this event We invite our communities' first responders to join us for a #BearsvPackers watch party!

SERVPRO® of Glenview is proud to serve the local communities of Glenview, Northbrook, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Morton Grove, Northfield, Golf, and Wilmette. Also serving these communities are many first responders, always at the ready.

We would like to thank these first responders for their tireless service to our communities by hosting a Football Watch Party for them at our facility at 1510 Paddock Drive in Northbrook.

We are honored to welcome first responders and their families to join us to watch the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers to kickoff the 2019 NFL Football Season!

We invite first responders and families to join us on Thursday, September 5th for snacks and beverages, beginning at 6:00pm.

We are happy to announce that food and beverages will be provided by Lou Malnati's, Forza Meats, and Ten Ninety Brewing Co., so bring your appetites!

We will have giveaways for all guests and we're excited to be raffling off sports memorabilia from Chicago teams including the Bears, the Cubs, and the Blackhawks!

All first responders are eligible for a raffle drawing for a chance to win a 50" LG TV!

Bears v Packers kickoff time is at 7:20p - come join us to watch the game on our big screen!

First responders are encouraged to please RSVP by Sept 3rd by calling 847-832-9300 or email Suzie.Koivun@SERVPROglenview.com 

SERVPRO of Glenview is Hiring!

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glenview is currently hiring Production and Cleaning Technicians.

Primary Role: Respond to service calls as needed. Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO® Production Guidelines. Communicate with crew chief and/or production manager to make sure all customer needs are met. Support crew chief and other production personnel, as needed. Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, warehouse, and office areas, as needed.

Expectations: Production processes are performed according to SERVPRO® Production Guidelines and work orders. Communications to crew chief (or production manager) and customers are timely and accurate. Jobs are completed at or beyond customer expectations. Vehicles, equipment, and facilities remain clean, orderly, and in proper working order.

Requirements for our Technicians include but are not limited to:

  • Must place high priority on customer satisfaction
  • Must have valid driver's license with a reasonable driving record
  • Must have a professional appearance and a great work attitude
  • Able to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs
  • Must have high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • We provide 24-hour emergency services, so we require that our technicians be willing to work on call as needed. Some night and weekend work may be required.

Please call 847-832-9300 for more information or email your resume to suzie.koivun@SERVPROglenview.com