Spring Break Water Damage
The amount of untold damage that a broken pipe can do is breath taking and that can be if you are there when it happens. How much initial damage and secondary damage will occur if you aren't there? What will happen and how long will it go on if you are gone on a Spring Vacation or out of town over the weekend?
Turning your water off before you leave for vacation or the weekend can seem like such a small and unlike preparation and yet that act alone can be the difference between avoiding disaster entirely or thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business.
Unfortunately, very few business and home owners take the time to learn where their emergency shut offs are, and only when the barbarians are at the gate does it become a necessity.
Take the time to educate yourself where these shut offs are and don't forget to shut the water off before you leave for prolonged periods of time. Should disaster strike, call the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Glenview.
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Why SERVPRO - Faster to Any Disaster!
Time is of the essence!
24 Hour Emergency Service
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
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A Fast Response Is Crucial
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.
An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.
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.
Prepare yourself for Spring.......STORMS!
Spring can be devastatingly beautiful or just devastating!
From thunderstorms spawning high winds to flooding and tornadoes, spring storms can bring tremendous property damage.
Hailstorms cause almost $1 billion in property damage each year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Losses for severe thunderstorms in the U.S. have increased sevenfold since 1980, reaching almost $15 billion last year, according to Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurer.
While it's true that it's difficult to predict Mother Nature, you can take steps ahead of time to prepare your home for spring storms, minimize damage and keep your family safe. Use these tips to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store this season:
- Prune dead or rotting branches from trees near your home or car that could fall during a storm.
- Stock an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries, and a battery-operated radio in case of a storm-related power outage.
- Use surge protectors for electronic equipment in your home such as computers, televisions and appliances.
- Install a lightning protection system that will redirect lightning strikes safely into the ground.
- Know how to shut off the power to your house using the main fuse or breaker on the electrical service panel, and how to shut off water and gas support lines if instructed by disaster officials.
- Learn about flood insurance at floodsmart.gov. Floods and flash floods occur in all 50 states and most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damages — even an inch of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
- Check the condition of your roof and make any needed repairs to minimize damage in a storm. Clean gutters and downspouts so water will be diverted away from your home.
If a storm is approaching, stay up to date on the latest weather conditions and heed any warnings or evacuation orders.
If a storm is imminent, it's time to batten down the hatches right away and think safety:
- Use your TV, radio or the Internet to stay up to date on changing weather conditions. Know the difference between a storm watch and the more serious storm warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
- Tie down or bring inside anything that could be blown around such as trash cans, barbecue grills and outdoor furniture.
- Get inside and close your windows and doors. Pull the blinds and drapes so that if glass is broken, it's less likely to fly into the house.
- Unplug expensive electronic equipment.
- Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. In case of a power outage, food will be colder and last longer.
These steps can help you feel prepared for the uncertainty of spring storm season.
Remember that if you should be hit by a damaging storm, SERVPRO of Glenview, at 847-832-9300, is here to help. "Like it never even happened."
See you at the Glenview Chamber of Commerce Resident Open House
Glenview Village Hall
On February 23rd, SERVPRO of Glenview will be participating in The Glenview Chamber of Commerce Resident Open House.
Location:Park Center Lobby Area
2400 Chestnut Avenue
Date/Time Information:February 23, 2019
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Event Description:Learn about Glenview at one time in one place at the Glenview Resident Open House. Representatives from Village of Glenview, Glenview Park District, Glenview Public Library, Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Township, and information from other community organizations will be available at this free event.
Jeff Thompson will be representing SERVPRO of Glenview at a table between 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
About our Community:
Glenview a destination of choice for businesses and their owners, and for the customers and community that contribute to make Glenview a great place to live and work.
SERVPRO of Glenview is 1 of nearly 500 companies that are a part of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce. For over 90 years the Chamber has served as a voice of business in Glenview. The Glenview Chamber serves as a connection for business information, business events, and great marketing opportunities.
For the past 5 year we at SERVPRO of Glenview have been a proud member of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce. Through the different events, from ribbon cuttings to holiday parades we have had not but a great experience with the Chamber. On behalf of SERVPRO of Glenview, and nearly 500 local business we would like to say "THANKS" for all the help and support.
SERVPRO of Glenview is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.
Stop by and see us! We are proud to serve our local communities.
"Like it never even happened"
SERVPRO of Glenview is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (847) 832-9300
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Glenview has the specificwater damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. Thesequestions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
? Your name and contact information
? Your insurance information (if applicable)
? The street address of the water-damaged home or business
? When did the flooding or water damage occur?
? What caused the water damage (if known)?
? Is there electricity available (on-site)?
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 IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
6 Ways to Prevent Water Damage This Winter
Prevent Winter Water Damage from happening to you!
6 Ways to Prevent Water Damage This Winter
If the worst happens, your homeowner’s insurance will cover leaks and burst pipes, or water that comes into your home through your roof and windows. But it doesn't cover flooding.
Q What can I do to avoid water damage this winter? I know my policy doesn't cover flooding, but does it pay for other types of water damage claims?
A Yes. Homeowners insurance covers water damage, such as from leaks and burst pipes, or water that comes into your home through your roof and windows. In fact, water damage accounts for almost half of all property damage claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Burst pipes or undetected leaks can cause damage to the floor, walls, ceilings, furniture, artwork and other valuables, can soak electrical systems, and can even cause dangerous mold if not cleaned up quickly. A Chubb study found that 57% of homeowners who have experienced a water leak claim in the past two years spent more than $5,000 on clean-up costs, and 15% spent $20,000 or more.
Here are six things you can do to protect your home from water damage, especially if you're leaving town during the winter.
- Install a water leak detection device. A minor water leak can cause expensive damage if it remains undetected—if the leak is behind a wall, say, or if it happens while you're away from home. The lowest-cost leak detectors include sensors you can set up under sinks or near a water heater, dishwasher or refrigerator; they sound an alarm if they detect any moisture. Leak detectors that cost a bit more (typically $50 to $80) will send an alert to your smartphone if they detect moisture or a big change in the amount of water used in your home (signaling a possible leak). Some sensors even monitor the flow of water to your house and can shut down the water valve automatically if there's a noticeable change in the amount of water used, which is particularly helpful if you travel frequently. Your home insurance company may offer a discount for installing some kinds of leak detection devices.
- Turn off the main water supply before leaving town for an extended period of time. That's the easiest and most cost-effective way to prevent water loss from happening. As an alternative, you could have someone check your house every few days and walk around to make sure there aren't any leaks.
- Check your water supply lines at least once a year. Give your house an annual leak checkup to inspect water supply lines and washing machine hoses for signs of wear. Check for leaks from your hot water heater, washing machine, ice machine in your refrigerator, and any other appliances that can leak. Most water supply lines tend to last for about five years; you may want to replace rubber hoses with steel-braided hoses, which tend to last longer.
- Get sewage-backup coverage. Heavy rains and melting snow can overburden the storm water system, causing water or sewage to back up into your house. Sewage and drain backups usually aren't covered automatically under your homeowner’s insurance, but it may cost only $50, say, to add $10,000 in coverage. Also consider having a battery-powered back-up for your sump pump if the electricity goes out.
- Clean your gutters and inspect your roof. Remove leaves and other debris, which can clog gutters and send water pouring down the side of your house or under your roof. Also inspect your roof and repair or replace missing or damaged shingles, which can cause water to come in through the roof.
- Protect your pipes from freezing. Insulate accessible pipes with pipe insulation materials, especially in attics and crawl spaces. When it gets very cold, keep cabinet or closet doors open to help prevent pipes there from freezing. Consider low-temperature detectors, which can send an alert to your smartphone if the temperature in areas of your home near pipes dips below freezing.
If winter water damage happens to you, remember that SERVPRO of Glenview is faster to any disaster. Call 847-832-9300!
Emergency Ready Profile - Reduce the Impact of Disaster on Your Business
Emergency Ready Profile - Reduce the Impact of Disaster on Your Business
Disaster can strike a business in the blink of an eye, and when it does those who are prepared for it can bounce back much quicker then those who have no plan. In fact, up to 50% of all companies that are struck by a disaster can NEVER bounce back from it!
SERVPRO of Glenview can help your business get back on track after a disaster by developing an Emergency Ready Profile. The ERP will minimize your business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. What exactly to do, and what exactly to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
The Emergency Ready Profile is a tool that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By using your own Emergency Ready Profile, SERVPRO of Glenview can help reduce the impact of any disaster, natural or man-made. We are a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Contact SERVPRO of Glenview for a NO COST assessment of your facility at 847-832-9300!!
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.