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This March, help us support Youth Services

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic showing Blended logo plus SERVPRO logo equals GSGN logo, with a headshot of a green SERVPRO Storm Trooper Blended + SERVPRO = Glenview Youth Services!

During the month of March, SERVPRO of Glenview is teaming up with Blended Health & Smoothie Bar of Glenview to support Youth Services!

We hope we can count on the members of our community to make this month a huge success!

SERVPRO of Glenview will donate $1 to Youth Services for every special smoothie of the month purchased at Blended Glenview in March.

And you are in for a treat! The special is a Thin Mint Smoothie! That's right! Enjoy the taste of your favorite Girl Scout cookie in a delicious smoothie!

Stop in any time and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Thin Mint Smoothie!

Join us at Blended on Saturday, March 13th -- our SERVPRO StormTrooper will be making a special guest appearance! Get a special smoothie and then snap a selfie with our StormTrooper!

Keep an eye on SERVPRO's Facebook and Instagram pages, where we will be announcing the details of the contest we will be a part of that day! You can earn your contest entry with your photo!

To enter: Post your selfie taken at Blended on your social media page, CHECK IN at Blended Glenview on FB, and be sure to TAG BOTH @BlendedGlenview on IG and SERVPRO of Glenview on IG!

Shhh! We are keeping the contest prize under wraps for the moment, but you won't want to miss out! Stay tuned to our social media for details!

We hope you will join us all month long in supporting Youth Services by purchasing a smoothie of the month at Blended Glenview!

Tips to Help Prevent Pipes From Bursting

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen water pipe burst with web search bar overlay and SERVPRO of Glenview logo and info Frozen pipe burst? Search no further - call SERVPRO of Glenview at 847-832-9300!

Are YOU prepared for the polar vortex? Is your HOME winter-ready? 

Arctic Air to Bring Dangerous Cold This Week

With the temperatures dipping below zero this month with the incoming polar vortex, if you haven't already done so, it's imperative to take preventative measures now to protect your water pipes from freezing and subsequently bursting.

We all know water expands as it freezes. If the water inside your pipes freezes, it will expand which can cause your pipes or connections to crack and burst. Water pipes can also burst when pressure builds up behind a chunk of ice, which is why it has long been suggested to leave faucets dripping in extremely cold weather. Whatever the situation that causes a burst pipe, you can end up with extensive water damage.

Pro Tip: Know where your water shutoff valve is so that you can turn off the water in case a pipe bursts! Typically it's located in the basement or buried near the road. Knowing where that valve is located can save precious time when you've got water spraying everywhere and causing damage to your home and belongings.

Take a few steps to prepare and avoid a potential catastrophe:

  • Look for areas where your water supply lines are exposed, such as under kitchen and bathroom cabinets:
    • Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated;
    • If you do not have time to insulate them before freezing temps move in, leave the cabinet doors open to let the warmer room temperature to circulate around the exposed pipes.
  • Consider installing specific products to insulate exposed water pipes, as each can greatly reduce the likelihood of those pipes freezing and bursting:
    • Foam pipe sleeves;
    • UL-listed heat tape;
    • heat cable or similar materials.
  • Protect water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home with insulation; these would be pipes in exposed areas such as your attic, basement, or garage.
  • If you haven't already done so:
    • Disconnect and store outdoor hoses;
    • Drain water from outdoor faucets;
    • Cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators;
    • Drain sprinkler systems to keep buried pipes from freezing.

Make it an annual chore each fall to take preventative measures by doing regular home maintenance such as draining exterior water lines, or by insulating and protecting exposed pipes. When the frigid temps of winter come, you will rest easier knowing you have taken steps to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Should the unthinkable happen and your water pipes freeze and then burst, know you can count on SERVPRO of Glenview to respond to your call for help with the resulting water loss. Call us 24/7 at 847-832-9300. Whether your winter water damage is a result of a burst pipe, a frozen water dam in your gutters, or a failed appliance, our SERVPRO team of technicians are always Here to Help®.

Is your place of business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO shield logo with text promoting the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program Is your place of business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

In this ever-changing situation of moving between tiers and phases as we try to prevent COVID-19 resurgence, providing a safe environment for customers, clients, and employees is of utmost importance.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning that goes beyond regular janitorial cleaning. Our professionals are ready to take your business to a higher standard of clean with a viral pathogen cleaning, proactive or reactive, to help your business and community prevent the spread and resurgence of COVID-19.

As businesses in our area in suburban Cook County, Illinois are in the processing of re-opening or allowing more people to enter their premises, they know they have powerful allies in their corner, ready to help hold their businesses to a higher standard of clean.

SERVPRO of Glenview offers a proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the public spaces and work spaces of your place of business. We are pleased that our communities’ continued efforts played a role in the recent move to Tier 1 mitigation status for suburban Cook County (January 25th, 2021). 

As a business member and resident of the Glenview community, our owner Jeff Thompson understands the importance of strengthening the community by supporting other local businesses and helping them stay open throughout the various stages of this pandemic and restrictions.

Practice social distancing. Wear your mask. And let SERVPRO of Glenview sanitize your place of business. Together, we'll grow and strengthen our community, so more businesses can re-open and stay open. SERVPRO of Glenview is here to assist local businesses in preventing the spread and resurgence of COVID-19.

Call 847-832-9300 to get on the calendar so your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Heavy Snows Can Lead to Residential Water Damage

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Like any typical January here in the Midwest, we've seen a snowfall or two, yet it's likely the heaviest snow or biggest snowstorm of the season is looming on the horizon.

During these Midwest winters, it is important to remember that heavy snow build-up on your roof has the potential to cause a lot more damage than just a cave in!

Snow loads on your structures can lead to several immediate problems, including roof sagging, roof cave-in, ice dams, sagging gutters, or melting snow leaking into your attic space. All of these have potential for long term damage.

To prevent any possibility of water damage or mold damage from occurring in your home's attic and interior spaces, be proactive in handling any snow build-up on your roof.

If you yourself cannot safely clear the snow from the roof using a roof snow rake, then call snow removal professionals who can take away the snow piled on your roof safely and without damage to person or property.

Should the unthinkable happen and snow build-up on your structure causes water or mold damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Glenview. We are Here to Help.® Call 847-832-9300.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2021!

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

happy new year 2021 Welcome 2021!

Looking forward to a great year!
Wishing for you a safe, healthy, and happy new year!

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Glenview!

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

holiday greetings from SERVPRO of Glenview Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very warm, very merry holiday season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Team at SERVPRO of Glenview - Jeff, Saul, Suzie, Ron and Donna

3 Quick Safety Tips When Dealing With Snow and Ice

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon image of a snow-covered house and grounds, with 3 bubbles with tips for staying safe while clearing the snow 3 quick safety tips to remember when dealing with snow and ice this winter at your home or business

Winter storms bring their own set of dangers for homeowners. If your area gets a significant amount of snow, there are steps you should take to prevent damage to your property, be it residential or commercial.

A significant snowfall will accumulate on the ground as well as on physical structures, such as your house, garage, shed, office, and so on. Your task will be to clear the snow, keep access to the property clear of snow, and to do so safely.

Your first priority will be to clear the snow on the ground to provide clear access to your home's entry points, such as the walkway to your front door and the driveway or street leading to your parking area or garage.

Take a moment to look up! See how much snow is on your roof and determine the safest way to clear it. Don't let snow pile too high, as excessive snow can cause structural damage from the weight of the snow, in addition to potential water damage caused by ice dams in gutters or roof crevices, or from melting snow penetrating into the interior spaces, such as your attic.

Your safety should be your number one concern when clearing snow from your property! Here are the top three tips you should remember:

  1. Stay at ground level, if possible. This is the safest place for you to be. Ladders can become unstable on slippery, icy surfaces.
  2. Don't let snow pile too high, whether that's on the ground or on your roof or other overhead structures. Remove as much as you safely can.
  3. Use a plastic shovel, as metal shovels (or metal edges on shovels) can cause damage to your shingles, gutters, and siding. Better yet, use a roof snow rake - a tool meant to remove snow from roofs while the user stands safely on the ground.

If you cannot safely remove the accumulated snow from your property, be it snow on the ground or on your structure, call in a service to take care of it for you. Snow removal companies have the tools and manpower to safely clear the snow that has the potential to cause damage to your property, home, or business.

Snow left on the ground or roofs can go through several melt-freeze cycles, which creates a far more treacherous situation, as the underlying snow becomes compacted or turns into a thick sheet of ice. The dangers of this situation are numerous: snow and ice can cause people or animals to slip and fall on the ground; delivery persons can have difficulty accessing entry with packages or mail; snow or ice overhead can slide off, possibly onto and hurting persons below.

More Tips on Fire Prevention During the Holidays

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Tip about keeping candles away from flammable objects Keep candles safely away from flammable objects, such as furniture, curtains, or decorations.

While it's always important to be fire smart around your home, the team at SERVPRO of Glenview would like to gently remind you to be extra-cautious when decking out your home for the holidays.

Be aware of any fire dangers that may be present at this time, from holiday lights and decorations to your tree, from a crowded kitchen stovetop to lit candles in your home.

In today's blog post, we're focusing on fire prevention and fire safety tips that are important to remember not only during the holidays, but the whole year through.

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.
  • Pay special attention to the power cords for melted wax warmers to ensure they do not dangle or lay where they can be accidentally tripped over or snagged and knock the warmer over.
  • When candles are lit, ensure they are not near any flammable objects, such as decorations, curtains, or greeting cards.
  • 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 have one and will be using it). If you haven't replaced the batteries in your smoke alarms when you reset the clocks last month, now would be a very good time to replace batteries!
  • Blow out all candles and turn off all lights and decorations, both indoor and outdoor, before you go to bed. Note, electrical decorations as well as battery-powered ones should be unplugged or turned off.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside; provide deep ashtrays with a bit of water so butts can be extinguished before guests return indoors.
  • Remember that, while nostalgic and picture-perfect, lighting real candles on your Christmas tree is an extreme fire hazard.

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.

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.

Happy Hanukkah

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

hanukkah greetings Happy Hanukkah!

Wishes of peace and light to you and your loved ones during this season of miracles! Happy Hanukkah!

How to SAFELY Deck the Halls this Holiday Season

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

While it's always important to be fire smart around your home, the team at SERVPRO of Glenview would like to gently remind you to be extra-cautious when decking out your home for the holidays.

Be aware of any fire dangers that may be present at this time, from holiday lights and decorations to your tree, from a crowded kitchen stovetop to lit candles in your home.

In today's blog post, we're focusing on fire prevention and fire safety when decorating for the upcoming holidays.

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.
  • 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.
  • Unplug the strings of lights on a live tree right after the Christmas holiday, to minimize the chance that your drying tree catches an electrical spark and ignites.
  • Lastly, dispose of your live tree as soon as it begins to dry out.

Look for more tips on holiday fire safety in our upcoming blog posts!

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.