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Tips for Keeping Your Home Dry During Heavy Rain

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Image of heavy rain Heavy rains can cause issues in your home

Water damage can happen to your home in a variety of ways. Many homeowners (including some here in Vermilion County) think that only severe storms and floods or a major appliance malfunction involving your washing machine or dishwasher cause water damage.

But heavy rains are a significant water damage threat, too. These drenching storms frequently happen in our area during the spring and summer months. If your home is not prepared, these storms can cause costly damage.

Water Damage Is Common

Millions of Americans file claims to repair home water damage every year. Insurance industry experts estimate that as many as one out of every 50 homeowners will file a water damage claim this year.

Depending on how many people live in your neighborhood, that can mean someone you know will have to deal with water damage this year.

Homeowners can’t always avoid water damage. For example, severe storms and tornadoes can cause significant damage to many homes in the community. And homeowners can’t avoid these natural disasters.

But sometimes more common problems, namely heavy rains, can cause water damage to your home. Homeowners can avoid this type of damage if they ensure your home is well-maintained.

Getting Ready for Wet Weather

Our teams are prepared to help homeowners repair water damage. We’re experts, and that means we see many of the issues that cause the damage in the first place.

Because we know how the damage happens, we’ve put together some ideas to help you avoid it:

Check your yard. Knowing how your yard drains is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to connect with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Choose the right type of landscaping. Many people choose plants and flowers for aesthetic effect. But choosing landscaping items carefully can ensure your home is prepared for heavy rains. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.

Look into sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

Can Odors After Flooding Be Removed?

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

The Path To An Odor-Free Building

Have you noticed a strong odor coming from your commercial building in Vermilion County after it was affected by flooding caused by a storm? Bad smells can be associated with sewage backup and mold growth. Thankfully, a commercial odor removal team can help you get your property back to its former glory. The path to an odor-free building may be different depending on the cause of the smell.

Sewer Smells

Sewage loss can cause your entire building to smell like the sewer. This strong smell can drive away customers and make it hard for your employees to go to work. Removing this type of strong odor may require a vigorous cleaning process that includes the following steps:

  1. Removing standing water.
  2. Throwing away items touched by the sewage.
  3. Ripping out flooring, fixtures and walls.
  4. Cleaning remaining surfaces.
  5. Replacing any items that had to be discarded.

Your cleanup crew may also use a deodorizing agent to get rid of the unappetizing smell. However, this deodorizer is only helpful after the source of the smell has been cleaned.

Musty Aromas

Flood water can also cause mold to start to grow in your commercial space. This is especially true for floods caused by rain water and sewage backup. The smell of mold growth can only be removed by getting to the source of the problem. You can try to cover up the aroma, but it will likely keep coming back unless you completely remove the growth. A mold remediation crew can find the fungus colony, remove it and fix the moisture problems that allow it to thrive. Once these steps are completed, your commercial space may start to smell normal again.

No one wants to walk into a commercial building to smell the unmistakable odor of mold growth or sewage backup. Removing these smells from your space requires serious cleaning, disinfecting and restoring of the property. If you skip any of the necessary steps, the odor may resurface when the problem returns.

How to Properly Clean Your Belongings After a Fire

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Soot and damage left behind after a fire After a fire, your belongings will need to be properly cleaned in order to salvage them

If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of dealing with a fire in your Vermilion County home, you may now be focused on the aftermath of it all, which involves salvaging your belongings. Some people assume they must throw out their clothes, books, and other items simply because they smell like smoke, but that isn’t always the case. Although the smell is bothersome, dry cleaning is one of several ways to remove the odor and restore items.

Have Your Clothes Professionally Washed

If you’ve tried washing clothes in laundry detergent and the scent still lingers, you may want to consider enlisting help from professionals. Rather than attempting to remove the odor and any stains from your shirts, pants, and other accessories, bring the items to the dry cleaning company where experts can use various products that are meant to clean and deodorize clothes.

Use a Scrub Brush

When you’re trying to complete a thorough content cleaning of some of your other belongings, consider using a scrub brush to scrub away at any of the soot that may be left behind on items. It’s possible to use a scrub brush on many products, such as:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Bureaus
  • Nightstands
  • Hardback books

Before you start scrubbing, it’s wise to put a mask on that will cover both your mouth and your nose so that you’re not breathing in the heavy scent of smoke while focusing on the cleaning process.

If there are a lot of items that must be cleaned but you don’t have time to take care of it all in one day, you could consider checking out content storage options in Richland, WA. Storage facilities may allow you to put those items away until you’re ready to give them the thorough cleaning they need.

After experiencing a fire in the home, you may now be focused on salvaging items and restoring the home back to its original condition. If you’re worried you’ll have to throw away some of your clothes and other valuable, important items, consider other cleaning alternatives, such as dry cleaning for clothes that currently smell like smoke.

How Challenging Can Basement Flood Damage at My Vermilion County Home Turn Out To Be?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Counters Challenges by Using Unique Resources during Basement Flooding Cleanup

Addressing flooding problems in any section of the house is rarely easy. However, basements tend to present additional restoration challenges. For instance, water removal is rarely straightforward because of the need to elevate the water during the extraction. Basements might also have lots of junk impeding the removal. 

Fortunately, professional assistance helps overcome most of the challenges posed by basement flood damage in Vermilion County properties. For instance, SERVPRO teams are equipped with a variety of tools to tackle each task exhaustively. We have high-pressure pumps with a high lift capacity which makes them perfect for removing water trapped in the basement. If the water contains solid residues, mud, or silt, we have self-priming trash pumps that handle solids as big as 3 inches.

Our other services that help during basement flooding cleanup include:

  • Sewage cleanup
  • Hoarder cleaners
  • Rodent clean up services

In most basements, surfaces are unfinished, which can be an advantage or disadvantage based on the restoration resources available. The advantage is that there is no need to tear down floor coverings such as carpets or floorboards. However, the unfinished surfaces tend to hold on to soils and contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians use power washers or rotating brushes to agitate soiled areas, thus guaranteeing your basement is cleaned to sanitary levels.  

Various other equipment help ease flood restoration in basements

  • LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Safety gear such as hard hats and rubber boots

SERVPRO of Vermilion County handles all cases of flood damage conveniently. Call us at 217-443-0077.

Water Can't Hide from SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, we know that the weather in Central Illinois can be unpredictable. Rainstorms, melting snow, and frozen pipes from sudden temperature changes--- are all issues that lead to water damage claims. Our team has helped our residents and businesses with their water damaged properties in cases like these and many more.

Our technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to help get your property back to normal. 

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Check out our unique process below:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you are in need of water damage restoration----call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana today at 217-355-0077.

Fire Safety Tips For Your Vermilion County Business

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a fire extinguisher Knowing where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it, could save your business in a fire emergency

Remove Clutter That Could Potentially Fuel a Fire

Keep your working areas clear of paper, trash and anything else that could act as kindling for a potential fire. You should make your garbage cans easily accessible, and be sure to empty them regularly. Similarly, you should make a conscious effort to ensure that there are no obstacles blocking access to emergency exits. Overall, you should perform a close inspection of your work spaces with an eye toward removing anything that could create sparks or fuel a fire.

Pay Special Attention to Extension Cords and Frayed Wiring

Extension cords are a common fire hazard because they're not intended for permanent use. The extension must be properly rated for the intended use, or it can cause frayed and exposed wires, thereby creating a fire hazard. Many local fire codes require extension cords to have surge protectors in case electrical circuits get overloaded. These surge protectors will automatically shut the power off if the electricity shorts out. To be on the safe side, you should always try to plug items directly into wall outlets, rather than relying on extension cords. And if you do have to use extension cords, you should inspect your wiring at least once a month to identify and fix any frayed wiring.

Escape Routes and Meeting Places:

Determine and mark the fastest and safest paths to safety. Post maps (with “you are here” marks) in break rooms and near exits — which should be clearly indicated with signs. Put up reminders that elevators cannot be used during most emergencies. Check emergency lighting in stairwells and make sure they aren’t used as storage areas. Create a procedure for evacuating employees and patrons with special needs, especially if the escape route includes stairs. Select a meeting place far enough away from the building to allow full access to the property by firefighters and other emergency personnel.

 Emergency Procedures: 

Make sure employees know that the safety officer is in charge during emergencies. Identify by name and title (whenever possible) the people responsible for contacting the fire department, accounting for employees at the meeting place and assisting emergency personnel with information on equipment or chemicals housed in the building. Keep an up-to-date list of emergency contact information. Outline who notifies the next of kin of injured parties, and designate one person to notify emergency responder of people still in the office or unaccounted for.

Most “business and mercantile” fires occurred when the premises were less populated. One-third of the fires (31 percent) occurred between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am, but created two-thirds (67 percent) of the direct property damage. Nineteen percent occurred on weekends and created 31 percent of the damage. A lot of fires also broke out between noon and 2:00 pm.

Twenty-nine percent of commercial blazes were caused by cooking equipment and resulted in 6 percent of the direct property damage; 22 percent began in the kitchen or cooking area, causing just one percent of direct damage.

If you do experience a fire call SERVPRO of Vermilion County @ 217-443-0077 so we can help get you back up and running!

What to Look for When Choosing a Storm Restoration Provider

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Storms are never an enjoyable event to endure, and if they cause damage to your home or business, they are a source of even more added stress. Storms have grown more severe with time, which is why we always recommend knowing exactly how you will handle damage in advance in case it ever comes your way.

When it comes to handling damage to your home or commercial property, the right restoration company will make all the difference in the way the process goes. The company you choose will be in charge of handling every aspect of your damages, so working with one that has your best interests in mind is so important.

Picking Your Storm Restoration Company

Consider what their reputation is. Just like with any other service you would get for your home, doing your research on a restoration provider is so important. There are many scams that are common in areas that have recently been hit by storms, so finding a restoration company like us that is both well-respected in the area and as a restoration provider is so important.

Be sure they can handle any spikes in demand. When a storm or other weather event impacts an entire neighborhood, there will be a spike in demand for restoration—and finding a company that can handle that is vital to getting the best service possible. When we need backup or more resources, we can get in touch with SERVPRO® partners throughout the country to get the workforce we need to match the demand.

Take note of what their hours are. There is no schedule that severe weather follows, and in our experience, it often strikes at the most inconvenient time. No matter what hour you sustain damage to your home, you can be certain that we will be here to help you. You can get in touch with us any time of the day or night, and we will gather all your information and begin formulating a response so your damage can be handled as soon as possible.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle itContact us (217-443-0077) at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Behavior of Smoke

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Image of smoke Smoke can leave odors and cause additional damages

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. 

SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana is thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, we will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on saving your precious items. 

SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana knows smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. 
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood)
Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises. 

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)
Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)
While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)
Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana is trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your commercial property suffers fire or smoke damage, trust us to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Water Incidents in your Vermilion County Business

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a leaking pipe Leaking pipes can lead to water damage at your Vermilion County business

A water incident can strike at your Vermilion County commercial property without notice at any time. The impact of such water damage can be devastating for any business owner, but our trained technicians at SERVPRO® of Vermilion County can be there fast to get to work as soon as possible. We handle each step of the water removal process through to drying and then disinfecting all affected areas. With one call, we can be there to start, so that your commercial space is “Like it never even happened.”

What Do I Need to Do?

Once you call us at SERVPRO® of Vermilion County, we send out a team quickly to begin the assessment. If you or your maintenance team can shut off the area to a burst pipe or put towels or blankets down with a flooding incident to keep water from migrating, do so. You can then contact your insurance agent to inform them of the event. We take care of detailing every step of the project to turn everything in for your insurance claim.

Water damage may occur at your Vermilion County place of business at any time. Some of the leading causes include:

  • Frozen or broken pipes
  • Storm floods
  • Natural disasters
  • Leaking roofs
  • Sewage backups, and more

Do you need help with water damage to your commercial property? SERVPRO® of Vermilion County is available 24/7 with crews on standby. Call 217-443-0077

Restore your Damaged Floors in Vermilion County

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

We want every part of the community to do well, which is why businesses count on us to be faster to any size disaster and to get the business back to normal operation after any kind of damage.

We might not notice the floors until something happens to damage them. Water from storms or floods or broken pipes can damage even concrete if left on its own. Fire can leave soot and smoke damage even on surfaces such as marble. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Vermilion County is here to help regardless of the type of damage.  We take care of damaged floors from initial assessment through all of the repairs.

If the damage has exposed the floors to the outside, SERVPRO® of Vermilion County provides tarps and board-ups to protect the building(s) and contents. We also provide roof repair, making restoration easier and more cost effective because there is only one vendor.

Trained technicians clean and disinfect the floors, removing even hidden moisture, and mitigating any microbial damage. Count on SERVPRO® of Vermilion County to clean, disinfect, and repair carpet, linoleum, marble, tile, and hardwood floors.

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.