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Cleaning Up Is Hard To Do

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Property owners have to choose between decontaminating or demolishing the property.  Both steps are a must since leaving the site as is can pose a health hazard to the next tenant of the space. Unfortunately, the owners have to shoulder all the costs for decontamination or demolition, though some insurance carriers do shoulder some of the expenses.

Should property owners decide to have the place decontaminated, hiring SERVPRO of Vermilion County is a great way to go.  With 30 years in the restoration business we have highly trained personnel with the proper equipment to ensure the job is done correctly and safely.  Here are some of the recommended steps on decontaminating the site:

  1. Air out the entire place for several days. This can help remove the contaminants that may have remained in the air. Ensure good ventilation all throughout the cleanup.
  2. Make residual chemicals evaporate. To do this, close everything and crank up the heat on the furnace to about 90 degrees, then leave the property. (This step is not necessary during summertime.) After several days, start cleaning with all windows and doors open, with the heat turned off.
  3. Remove visibly contaminated items from the property and dispose of them in a landfill. Don’t leave the items out on the curb and susceptible to dumpster divers trying to retrieve them.
  4. Wear personal protective equipment and clothing during the cleanup. These include the following:
    • Gloves
    • Respirators
    • Eye protection, such as goggles
    • Long sleeves and pants
    • Shoe covers
    • Be careful in using bleach during the cleanup, as it may react with the acid remnants in the area.
    • Replace the furnace filters, especially if there was a need to evaporate the chemicals in the property via heating.
    • Dispose of everything—rags, clothing, carpeting, drapes, etc.—that has come into contact with contaminated materials. This includes clothing (hence the need for shoe covers).

As one can see, the entire cleanup process can be long and tedious as well as dangerous.  If you are not properly suited up there is a real possibility of the drug residue entering your body.  We here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County are ready to help!  Call one of our friendly staff today at (217) 443-0077! MM

What You Can Expect SERVPRO

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

When your home is on fire or starts filling with floodwater, you don't want to wait long for trained technicians to arrive.  As you know, a quick response is the best way to prevent further damages.  The first 24 hour period after experiencing damages is critical to the well-being of your home. Take a look at what you can expect:

  • Within one hour
  • Within four hours
  • Within eight hours
  • The First Hour

A team member from SERVPRO of Vermilion County will call you within an hour after your first request for emergency help.  During that phone call, you'll cover a lot of vital information that helps our team determine which equipment and supplies to have available.  You may discuss safety concerns or how to maintain communication with each other.  If the situation requires, technicians will arrive to cover holes with tarps or board up broken windows and doors.  This emergency response team focuses on preventing further damages with temporary solutions.  Even if repairs don't require a lot of work within the first 24 hour period, technicians will be on-site to verify whether an immediate response is necessary.

  • On-Site in Four Hours

Depending on the type of damage and safety concerns, SERVPRO of Vermilion County will arrive at your home ready to thoroughly inspect the damage. During these assessments, technicians can provide estimates regarding the type of repairs necessary and how long the job will take.  They may talk to you about your insurance coverage and direct you to the next steps you should take.  They will take any necessary stabilizing measures needed to prevent further damage.  SERVPRO of Vermilion County is always open and committed to arriving Faster to Any Size Disaster; they'll load up the appropriate equipment and search out the best route to your home.

  • Eight Hours After Damages

Within those first hours, after gathering information and making assessments, a restoration representative will communicate with you, to share the information they've gathered, and to go over the plan for getting your home back in shape.  Within the first 24 hour period, you and a team member from SERVPRO of Vermilion County will share a lot of information, go through an onsite home inspection, and put together a plan for restoring your home so that it looks "Like it never even happened."  

Hopefully, your home will never have a fire of water loss.  Should this happen though,  SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here to help!  Call one of our friendly staff today at 217-443-0077 today!  MM

Who do you turn to for help?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

What if you had fire damage and need repair and restoration to a Commercial or Residential building? You may possibly need a board up, contents cleaned and stored.  If it is not a total loss, you would need to remove soot, clean, and deodorize.  

Storm came through with lots of rain and high winds and left water in your finished basement.  Your contents are floating and your small shop vacuum cannot keep up.  The water is wicking up the painted drywall and may have gotten into the insulation.

All the above has happened while you were out of town for 2 weeks and the moisture in the walls and flooring has caused mold.  

There is only one phone call that can make this all go away, (217)-443-0077.   Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County and our highly trained and caring Specialist will take care of you.  SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies.  So when there is disaster call the grandmaster- SERVPRO  of Vermilion County !

Let's Talk Smoke Alarms

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

The fire detection and prevention tools that work best are the ones that save the most lives.  This is why smoke detectors are so important.  However, even if you have multiple detectors installed throughout your property, they are useless unless they are working properly.  Even if you believe your detectors are on and working, never take it for granted, you don’t want to wait until an actual fire starts to find out for sure.  Several times a year you should test your alarms to ensure they are working as intended . Review the following steps to learn how to correctly test your alarm and fix it if it isn’t working.

TEST ALARMS REGULARLY

The first thing you should do is let everyone else in your home know that you are testing an alarm.  You don’t want a member of your family to call the local fire department when there is no fire to put out.  Next, you should have someone go to the opposite end of the property to see if they can hear the alarm from the furthest point away from its location.  Once they are in position, push and hold the test button for a few seconds until the alarm starts going off.

TEST AND REPLACE BATTERIES

If the alarm doesn’t go off, the first thing you should do is replace the batteries and check to see if the device is on.  After doing so, test the alarm again.  If it still isn’t working, you may have a faulty device that needs to be replaced.  Repeat this process with all the alarms in your home.  You should also get a smoke detector aerosol spray can and spray near each detector.  This will let you know if your device is working correctly.  Unfortunately, fires can still happen.  In the event you should suffer a fire call one of our friendly staff at SERVPRO of Vermilion County today at 217-443-0077.  We are here to help!

What to do during a power outage

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

When unexpected weather strikes and causes it is important for everyone to be prepared for a power outage that may last for several hours or days after a heavy storm.

Before a Power Outage:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, casa, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery-powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door is located and know how to operate it.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your community.

During a Power Outage:

  • Avoid using candles which can cause fires. Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • Only use generators away from your home, and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system. Consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing a generator.

After a Power Outage:

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures of 40*F (4*C) for two hours or more. When in doubt, throw it away.
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40*F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medication having spoiled.
  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. 
  • Choose foods your family will eat.
  • Remember any special dietary needs.
  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

Water Extraction Equipment

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage to strike at any time, whether in residential and commercial properties. When flooding occurs brought by a natural calamity, both homeowners and property managers should act quickly to deal with the situation.  The ultimate goal is to resolve the water damage emergency and get your daily operations up and running quickly.  When water damage isn’t resolved quickly, remember that irreversible, costly damages can occur in your home or business establishment.   Experts typically use various pieces of equipment and techniques in battling water problems.  We will share four common types of equipment commonly used to restore your property:

Frequently Used Equipment 

  1. Truck-mounted vacuum

 A truck-mounted vacuum is an industrial vacuum cleaner that is mounted on the back of a truck or trailer and is used in outdoor and hard-to-reach places.  It may look like a vacuum cleaner; yet, it works very efficiently in cleaning up water.  Powered by electricity, it is able to suck up water at high speeds.  However, it should not be submerged or it can  break down.

  1. Dehumidifier

 A dehumidifier is a vital piece of equipment that is usually utilized after a water loss, as it keeps the humidity levels in check that prevents mold and mildew from growing and impacting your property.  High humidity increases moisture problems and leads to greater property damages.  A water loss in a large area, it’s best to utilize a high-capacity dehumidifier to address the water problem.  A low-temperature dehumidifier keeps the humidity level under 40% percent, helping restore your damaged property.

  1. Air mover 

An air mover is also called an air blower which does exactly what its name indicates.  It is an extremely high-powered fan driving air into the affected zone to keep the area dry as quickly as possible.  The air is then circulated to prevent the growth of mold and mildew and helps the dehumidifier pull moisture from the air.  This piece of equipment works well on carpeting and carpet pads due to its high-powered capacity.

  1. Negative air machine 

A negative air machine consists of ducts used to get rid of tainted air from a closed controlled area.  The filtered air is then exhausted outside of the area while creating negative air pressure as a vacuum effect inside the controlled area. It’s best used for properties with sewage water where microorganisms need to be removed from the air.  That way, it makes the impacted area or space in your property clean, hygienic, and dry.

At this point, you now realize that using the right tools and equipment to clean up after water damage is critical in protecting your property. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County today at 217-443-0077.

One Small Leak

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

One Small Leak May Cause Large Damages

The ice maker in your refrigerator is a wonderful invention. It is great to have crushed or cubed

ice at the push of a button. No more ice trays to fill up or empty again. But, just like everything

these days, things can break down. Ice makers can clog, stop producing ice and perhaps the

worst, start leaking all over the freezer and floor. The leak could cause damage to flooring, floor

joist, drywall, and even insulation.

Here is a check list to determine why your ice maker might be leaking:

Check the water lines & tighten connections

Break up ice jams

Clear out the condensation drains

Level the refrigerator and ice maker

Check your water filer & Dispenser

If you do find damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Vermilion County (217)-443-0077. We are

here for you 24/7.

Why SERVPRO of Vermilion County to cleanup?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazard cleanup can become a necessity at any time.  Though incidences of drug manufacturing certainly require professional biohazard cleanup, that isn’t the only time. Though there is a significant amount of overlap between biohazard cleanup and trauma cleanup in Seattle as they are often one and the same, there are many non-physical tragedy related instances in which biohazard cleanup is required. In these instances, it can really make a difference acquiring the services of professional biohazard cleanup professionals. This is most noticeable in instances involving burst pipelines and fecal contamination. 

  • Training – In order to get the proper certifications to perform professional biohazard cleanup, technicians must pass a number of classes and undergo rigorous training.  They know the proper methods for handling contaminants and can do so without the risk of illness a non-trained individual would encounter.  They also have the training required to clean your property thoroughly and ensure that it remains legally and safely habitable.
  • Experience – Along with this training comes 30 years of experience in the restoration business. We know what different situations require and are prepared for each and every one.
  • Equipment – Not only does a non-trained individual not have the experience and training of a technician, but they also don’t possess the proper equipment either.  Depending on the contaminant, different protective measures may be required.  Cleaning up a powdered contaminant requires different equipment and products than an airborne one and the radically different properties of contaminants mean that using the wrong cleaning agents can fail to properly clean an area and harm future inhabitants.
  • Removal – There are specific places that biohazards need to be taken to. Not just anyone can bring it in, and quite often specialized receptacles are required just in order to transport it. Specialized licenses are also required to transport items like medical waste, and a non-trained individual could face steep fines or even jail time for illegally transporting, dumping, or attempting to remove hazardous materials.
  • Legality – In addition to the transportation of bio-hazardous materials, it is often illegal to open an area to the public if it hasn’t been professionally cleaned by professionals. This is especially true when it comes to habitable places like hotels and houses. Depending on the instance, failing to have this done can result in fines and jail time.

Now that you know why calling SERVPRO of Vermilion County is so important. Don’t hesitate to call 217-443-0077 and speak with one of our friendly staff today!   We are here to help!

Prepare for Spring Weather

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. 

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightningtornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.

Keep an emergency kit on hand. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.

Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it. But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you’ll be ready for them. Should you need help after a severe storm, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is a phone call away at (217) 443-0077.  

Winter Storm Prep before it’s too late

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

It's that time of the year again, time to prepare ourselves and homes for the brutal cold of winter storms. It is not something anyone looks forward to but it is best to be prepared.  

Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Make a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.

Prepare You Home

  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
    • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
    • Plan to bring pets inside.
    • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.

SERVPRO is here for what to do if you suspect your home has sustained damage from a recent storm, get in touch with SERVPRO of Vermillian County today.