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Happy New Year!

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Happy New Year 2020 From our SERVPRO® family to yours, Happy New Year!

SERVPRO® of Glenview would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Here's looking forward to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

12/25/2019 (Permalink)

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO Merry Christmas!

From our home to yours, SERVPRO® of Glenview wishes a very Merry Christmas to all our family, friends, customers, and vendors!

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Happy Hanukkah!

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Hanukkah Happy Hanukkah!

Warmest wishes from SERVPRO® of Glenview for a Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Holiday Decorations and Fire Safety

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Graphic with information on fire safety during the winter holidays "Put the Winter Freeze on Holiday Fires", presented by the US Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Be fire smart this December by taking precautions as you decorate your home for the holidays!

Residential fire damage in the winter months most commonly occurs because fire safety was ignored - either with holiday decorations throughout the home, or with cooking in the kitchen.

We've recently blogged about "Fire Safety During the Holidays" because Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve rank as the top three peak days when firefighters respond to home cooking fires. To read more about home cooking fire safety, read this blog post: http://bit.ly/191125blog

In this post, we'd like to remind folks how to be fire smart when decking out your home for the holidays. Be aware of any fire dangers that may be present during this time, specifically looking at your Christmas tree, your holiday decorations, and your home.

Your Christmas tree should bring joy and happiness to your home during the holidays; it should not be the cause of disaster or fire. These guidelines apply if you have an artificial tree, but additional precautions must be taken if you have a live tree.

  • Never let your live tree dry out! Always keep it watered!
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3ft away from any heat source
  • Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit
  • NEVER use or light candles on your tree!
  • Inspect the lights you use to decorate your tree. 1 in every 4 home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Lastly, dispose of your live tree as soon as it begins to dry out

Holiday decorations come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are used both indoors and outside. Be smart about choosing your holiday decorations, as well as where you place them.

  • Choose flame-resistant or flame-retardant decorations whenever possible
  • Use only UL approved, outdoor-rated lights when decorating the outdoors
  • Use appropriate means of hanging your lights; for instance, use plastic clips, not metal nails
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors which are opened and closed frequently
  • Be sure you don't overload your electrical circuit or connect too many strings of lights
  • Replace damaged, worn, or old strings of lights and decorations. If possible, replace them with LED strings, as these pose less of a fire hazard.

Take a look around your home as you prepare to entertain guests during the holidays. There may be fire hazards you overlook simply because you live there and don't "see" them. More than half of home decoration fires in December are started by candles, so pay close attention to candles in your home!

  • Keep candles and melted wax warmers out of reach of small children and pets.
  • When candles are lit, ensure they are not near any flammable objects, such as decorations, curtains, or greeting cards.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside; provide deep ashtrays with a bit of water so butts can be extinguished before guests return indoors.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. Keep a watchful eye in case someone lays an oven mitt or dishtowel near the stove where it may catch fire.
  • Test your smoke alarms before guests arrive and have a fire extinguisher accessible to the kitchen (and fireplace, if you will be using one).
  • Blow out all candles and turn off all lights and decorations, both indoor and outdoor, before you go to bed.

The National Fire Prevention Association works to educate the public about potential fire risks during the holidays, offering tip sheets, videos, and other resources. Learn more by visiting their website: http://bit.ly/2DXIx5Q

If the unthinkable should happen and you have a fire in your home during the holidays, know that you can call on SERVPRO® of Glenview to help clean up the fire and smoke damage. We are available 24/7/365 - call us at 847-832-9300.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fall vegetables adorn a table, with the words "Blessings: Remember to count them each and every day." Today, we count our blessings.

On this day of thanks, the team at SERVPRO® of Glenview would like to wish our customers, clients, community members, and vendors a very Happy Thanksgiving!

As we take a moment to contemplate all we are thankful for, we count our blessings.

SERVPRO® of Glenview has been operating under new owner, Jeff Thompson, since October 2017. We are thankful for the loyal members of our team: Production Manager, Saul Perez; Office Manager, Suzie Koivun; and Production Technician, Tony Hernandez. We are each blessed with a wonderful family and we are grateful that they understand that at times our jobs with SERVPRO® call us away from our time with them.

We are thankful for continued growth in the Glenview/Northbrook communities. We are grateful for the dedicated service of our local first responders, fire fighters, police, and emergency personnel.

We are pleased to work with the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, with whom we have the opportunity to support the town throughout the year during many local events.

We are grateful for our customers who call on us, depend on us, and trust us to provide them with cleanup and restoration services following fire, smoke, or water damage at their home or residence. We know the situation is stressful and aggravating and we appreciate that our customers count on us to get the job done.

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Glenview for your Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration™ needs. We are always Here to Help.® 

Call our office at 847-832-9300 if you should need our services at your home or business.

Fire Safety During the Holidays

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Panicked woman looking into her open oven at the fire and flames within, with the caption "Practice Thanksgiving Fire Safety" Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Practice fire safety

Did you know Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires?

Over the five years between 2013 and 2017, US Fire Departments responded to an estimated average of 173,200 home structure fires each year started by cooking activities, which averages about 470 home cooking fires per day.

However, on Thanksgiving Day, fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 fires caused by home cooking activities!

Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed closely by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

Each year, fires cause an average of 550 civilian deaths, 5,020 reported civilian fire injuries, and over $1.2 Billion in direct property damage. Ranges or cooktops were involved in 62% of reported home cooking fires, in 89% of cooking fire deaths, and ini 79% of cooking fire injuries.

In most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is no different during the holidays. Young and old alike, family members gather in or near the kitchen during holiday meal preparations. As the activity and number of people increase in your home, especially in your kitchen, it is important to practice fire safety at all times.

Check out this NFPA page which provides not only the Top 10 Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Day, but also has great reminders for Cooking Safety  (available to read online or to download and print).

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving

If the unthinkable should happen and you have a cooking fire in your home, know that you can call on SERVPRO® of Glenview to help clean up the fire and smoke damage. We are available 24/7/365 - call our office at 847-832-9300.

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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.