How to Protect Your Home During Extreme Cold Weather
Make sure that you're not inviting a Winter disaster into your home.
Extreme cold weather can be hard on both you and your home. Here are some tips to put into practice when freezing weather, snow, and ice hit your area. And, remember, if Winter weather causes a disaster in your home, SERVPRO of Glenview is here for you, 847-832-9300.
How to Deal with Frozen Pipes
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
- Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
- Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
- Close or cover foundation vents under house and windows to basements.
- Close garage doors.
- Insulate exposed pipes (both hot and cold) under house with foam pipe insulation.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks.
- Drip hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath. Drip single control faucets with lever set in middle.
- Set ice maker to make ice if the water line to it runs under the house.
- Don’t forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
- Locate water main cut-off valve and have a cut-off key handy.
- Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw frozen pipes that have not burst.
- Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
- After the weather has warmed above freezing and any frozen pipes have thawed, turn off dripping faucets and monitor your water meter to check for unseen leaks.
How to Keep Warm in Your Home
- Have your furnace inspected before cold weather arrives. Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, install a clean air filter, and check the thermostat to see if it’s working properly.
- Inspect fireplaces, and chimneys before using, and have them cleaned if needed.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed, except when windows are in direct sunlight.
- Put up storm windows or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
- Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
- Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
- Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
- Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows.
- Run paddle ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air.
- Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors.
- If you heat with propane or fuel oil, make sure the tank is full.
- If you heat with wood or coal, have plenty of fuel on hand.
How to Protect the Outside of Your Home
- Clean your gutters and downspouts before cold weather arrives to prevent ice from forming in them.
- Spray an ice repellent solution on steps and walks before freezing weather arrives
- Check antifreeze levels in cars. Add if needed, then run the engine to circulate the new antifreeze through the radiator and engine block.
- Add freeze resistant windshield wiper fluid, and spay to circulate it in lines.
- Check air pressure in tires, since cold weather causes the pressure to lower.
- Bring in container plants, add mulch around plants, and cover plants that are prone to frost damage. Remove covering when temperatures warm above freezing.
- Drain birdbaths and fountains
- Gently sweep snow off plants and shrubs in an upward motion with a broom.
- Use rock salt, sand, or clay based kitty litter on walks and drives (NOTE: Salt can damage grass and other plants).
- Don’t overdo it when using a snow shovel.
- Stay off your roof during freezing weather, but once the ice and snow have melted, inspect your roof for any damage.
How to Stay Safe in an Ice or Snow Storm
- Stockpile nonperishable food and water.
- Refill prescription medications in advance of storm.
- Fill car with gas.
- Charge cell phones.
- Have flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, and a manual can opener on hand.
- A portable generator can come in handy when the lights go out, but take precautions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when using.
- Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and the batteries powering them are fresh.
- Have a working fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies.
- A chain saw can come in handy for removing broken limbs after an ice storm.
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Glenview
Have a Safe and Happy 2019!
Ringing in the New Year means new resolutions for many, such as living healthier lives, dropping bad habits or developing better organizational skills. Our goal at SERVPRO of Glenview is to have a team of quality people that will always provide excellent customer service to help our clients in their times of need. Our New Year’s resolution is to be committed to continuing to improve on the services we provide. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We know that by staying up to date on the latest techniques, equipment and resources, we will be ready for whatever happens. With open minds and continued training we will become even more efficient at making it “Like it never even happened.”
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Glenview! We hope 2019 brings success, happiness, and prosperity!
'Tis the Season...for Accidents: Preventing Holiday Home Mishaps
Be mindful and safe during this holiday season.
Things change around the house during the holidays. One family member is perched on a sky-high ladder hanging up festive lights on your home's exterior. Another is slaving over a hot stove for hours on end. Youngsters are playing on all sorts of unfamiliar, newfangled toys. And there's often a huge, flammable tree in the living room. Needless to say, the opportunities for accidents are many during this time of year. While we hope to let a sense of joy and gratitude reign over this month in Illinois, it's also prudent to be cautious and take a few steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property during this vulnerable time.
Decorative Lights, Candles, or Dried-Up Conifers = Recipe for a House Fire:
Forbes.com has reported that over 400 Americans die in holiday-related house fires every year. To avoid becoming a statistic, do the following:
- Carefully examine your decorative lights for any loose connections or frayed wires. If anything looks amiss, invest in a new set.
- Never use an indoor extension cord outside; indoor cords aren't waterproof, and in wet climates this could spell disaster.
- Unplug decorative lights when you're away.
- Never let candles burn unattended. If you aren't going to be in the room where they are burning, blow them out. Keep them on stable, flat surfaces at a safe distance from anything flammable (i.e. wrapping paper).
- Set up your Christmas tree in a location that is distant from your fireplace or wood stove, as well as any candles. Don't allow a dried-up tree to remain in the house.
Poisonous Plants and Perilous Climbs:
Some of the things we do in the name of décor-bringing all kinds of flora indoors and climbing tall ladders in order to deck the halls-are quite dangerous. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are 1,200 holiday decorating-related accidents every year. In addition to taking extra care when you ascend that latter or wield that staple gun, you should also know this:
- Christmas cacti, holly berries, and mistletoe (everyone's favorite holiday plants) are all poisonous if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children and pets.
- While not as potently poisonous as the other plants, poinsettias can make both pets and people sick, so keep them out of reach, too.
Burglars like to take advantage of the holidays. Not only do many homeowners leave town for extended periods, they also often leave their houses full of newly purchased treasures. To dissuade burglars from entering your home in your absence, take these steps:
- Set a handful of indoor lights to a timer, so that they will turn on and off at regular intervals, giving the impression that someone may be home.
- Ask a neighbor to remove your daily morning paper from the front stoop every day, as well as remove your mail from the box. Doing so will also create the impression that someone is home.
We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.
Put A Freeze on Winter Fires
Stay safe this winter. Winter fires do happen.
Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.
Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%).
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc. do not burn completely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties.
Most of the U.S. is at risk for winter storms, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy road conditions, downed trees and power lines can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires, and one in every five home fire deaths.
Portable generators are useful during power outages; however, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. According to a 2013 Consumer Product Safety Commission report, half of the generator-related deaths happened in the four coldest months of the year, November through February, and portable generators were involved in the majority of carbon monoxide deaths involving engine-driven tools.
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires; the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Each year between 2012 and 2016, an average of 8,200 home candle fires were reported each year.
Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Roughly half of all home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while nearly another half involved other known types of equipment like washer or dryer fans, and portable or stationary space heaters.
SERVPRO of Glenview wants you to be safe, but if this should happen to you, we can help! 847-832-9300
7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
Protect your home from winter storms
Stay warm, save money and prevent damage to your home from cold and snow with these simple steps.
As cold weather approaches, there are several things you can do around the house to make sure you and your family stay warm and safe all winter. These seven steps can ensure your house will be in top shape for whatever winter brings.
1. Protect Your Pipes:
We all know water expands as it freezes. If water inside your pipes freezes, it will expand, too, which can cause your pipes to crack and burst. Pipes also can burst when pressure builds up behind a chunk of ice, which is why it's a good idea to leave faucets dripping in very cold weather. Either way, a burst pipe can cause massive damage. Take a few steps to winterize your pipes and avoid potential catastrophe.
- Drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems to keep those pipes from freezing.
- Disconnect and store outdoor hoses; cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators.
- Protect water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home with insulation, such as the attic, basement, or garage.
Pro Tip: Know where your water shutoff valve is so that you can turn off the water in case of an emergency. Typically it's located in the basement or buried near the road.
2. Check the Heat:
The time to be sure you're going to stay warm all winter is before the weather gets too cold. Check your furnace by turning on the heat and the blower to be sure they're operating as they should.
- Change your furnace filter at the start of the season and then every two to four months. Filters get dirty much more quickly if your home is dusty or if you have furry or feathery pets. Clogged or dirty filters are less efficient, which means your home might not warm up properly.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you don't have one. Programming it to be cooler at night and when you're not at home will save you money, and you can program it to be warmer for when you return or get up on cold winter mornings.
Pro Tip: Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Everybody thinks of using fans in the summer, but they can help you stay warm in winter too. Set the blades to turn clockwise to circulate warm air from the ceiling down into the room.
3. Prevent Ice Dams:
Ice dams form when heat escapes through the roof and melts snow that's settled there. That snowmelt flows to your roof's edge and refreezes, usually at the eaves. Those pretty icicles can signal an ugly ice dam underneath. The problem with an ice dam is that snow that later melts can't properly drain, so it has to go somewhere… and that might be through a leak in your roof, causing water damage in your home.
Fortunately, a few simple steps before the temperature starts to drop can go a long way toward preventing all of this:
- Clogged gutters and downspouts are the No. 1 cause of ice dams. Clean them out to keep water flowing during the winter.
- Seal places that may allow warm air to leak from your home to your attic, such as around vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches, and light fixtures.
- Be sure soffit vents, which are along the eaves of the house and allow air to flow into the attic, are clear.
If you've had problems with ice dams before or have reason to suspect you might this year, you can take these additional steps:
- Install snow and ice slides to prevent ice and snow from "bonding" to your roof.
- Install a rubberized ice and water shield beneath the roof shingles, going three to six feet back from the eaves.
- Hire a roofer to install heat cable along the eaves to melt ice.
- Add additional insulation to your attic floor.
4. Clean and Store Lawn Equipment:
After a summer of yard work, gas-powered equipment such as mowers, trimmers, tillers, and chippers can all benefit from service before being stored for the winter. This basic checklist will get you started on equipment maintenance, but be sure to check the owner's manual for any specific requirements for your machines.
- Empty all of the fuel. Gas can degrade all the time, and the ethanol in E10 gas can damage fuel lines and other components while sitting unused. Try to use up most of the fuel during the last mowing of the season. You can remove what’s left with a meat baster, then run the engines until they stop. Check with your local waste management or public works department for guidance on how to dispose of the fuel.
- Clean the machine of oil and yard debris, and sharpen the blades.
- Store them for winter in a basement, garage, or covered storage shed where they're safe from the weather.
5. Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney:
There's nothing like the glow of a fire to warm up a winter evening. But before you light up that first log, make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean and critter-free.
A professional chimney sweep can clean out soot and other debris that could catch fire. Keep your home's warm air from escaping out the chimney when you're not using it by keeping the flue closed all the way. You shouldn't be able to feel any cold air coming down the chimney.
You can also install glass fireplace doors or a chimney inflatable that blocks cold air from coming down the chimney and keeps in warm air.
6. Seal Windows and Doors:
Gaps around windows and doors can make it tough to keep your house warm in winter. Caulk around windows and install weather stripping around doors as needed. This minor and inexpensive task can help you save on heating costs.
If your windows and doors are older, they may be inefficient single-pane windows or uninsulated doors. Consider upgrading to double- or even triple-pane windows and insulated doors and garage doors to boost the energy efficiency of your home.
Another option is to add storm windows and doors. Remove, wash and store screens for the spring before you have them installed.
7. Stock Up on Cold-weather Essentials:
When winter storms hit, they often come with power outages. To ensure you and your family are prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you this winter, you will want to have an emergency kit ready. Explore this one for ideas of what to put in it, and consider having these cold-weather specific items on hand as well:
- A working, fully charged fire extinguisher.
- An alternative heat source such as a generator, wood-burning stove, or fireplace.
- Sand, ice melt, and a shovel if where you live is prone to ice and snow (avoid using kitty litter, as it doesn't provide good traction and can make a mess).
You should also develop a plan for communicating or meeting up with family in case you aren't together when a winter storm hits.
And get your car ready too. Whether you live in a cold-weather climate or just plan to visit one, you will want to keep these essentials in your car for winter-weather emergencies.
A storm or power outage in winter can be dangerous, even when you’re in your car or home. Be prepared this winter to weather the storms and cold.
Remember that if you do have damage in your home caused by winter weather, call SERVPRO of Glenview at 847-834-9399 and we will restore it "Like it never even happened"!
SERVPRO of Glenview - Panama City Bound!
We are prepared to handle Hurricane Michael's devastation!
SERVPRO is rallying crews from all over the country to help restore the Florida Panhandle back to its beautiful self, again.
SERVPRO of Glenview dispatched a crew to assist in the restoration after the devastation Hurricane Michael wrought on the Gulf Coast earlier this month.
It has been a year of devastating hurricanes. From the crushing impact of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 in the Gulf Coast to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, and now Hurricane Michael in Florida, you may never think that you will be affected…until it happens to you.
Facts about Hurricanes
- On average, the U.S. Eastern Coast experiences 10 tropical storms a year.
- They form from warm waters over the Atlantic Ocean, and under right circumstances, develop into massive hurricanes, circulating at 180 MPH.
- They can last for 2 to 3 weeks before they even making landfall.
- Hurricanes can cover miles in circumference, increasing the mass area for destruction.
Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida on the afternoon of October 10, 2018. Hurricane Michael’s winds were at 155 MPH, the category 4 hurricane close to being a category 5 and the most powerful hurricane since 1992. The Florida panhandle was left in ruins and devastation.
What Can SERVPRO do for you?
SERVPRO of Glenview specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Water Damage Timeline
- 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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