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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Residential fires during the holiday season are more frequent, more costly, and more deadly than at any other time of the year. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports more than double the number of open-flame fires on Christmas Day than on an average day, and about twice as many on New Year’s Day. And when those fires occur, they do more damage: Property loss during a holiday fire is 34% greater than in an average fire, and the number of fatalities per thousand fires is nearly 70% higher. When the source of the fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the toll in property and lives is even greater.

To keep your household from becoming a holiday fire statistic, here are some safety tips to follow.

Cooking

Cooking is the top cause of holiday fires, according to the USFA. The most common culprit is food that’s left unattended. It’s easy to get distracted; take a pot holder with you when you leave the kitchen as a reminder that you have something on the stove. Make sure to keep a kitchen fire extinguisher that’s rated for all types of fires, and check that smoke detectors are working.

If you’re planning to deep-fry your holiday turkey, do it outside, on a flat, level surface at least 10 feet from the house.

Candles

The incidence of candle fires is four times higher during December than during other months. According to the National Fire Protection Association, four of the five most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires are Christmas/Christmas Eve and New Year’s/New Year’s Eve. (The fifth is Halloween.)

To reduce the danger, maintain about a foot of space between the candle and anything that can burn. Set candles on sturdy bases or cover with hurricane globes. Never leave flames unattended. Before bed, walk through each room to make sure candles are blown out. For atmosphere without worry, consider flameless LED candles.

Christmas Trees

It takes less than 30 seconds for a dry tree to engulf a room in flames, according to the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Standards and Technology. “They make turpentine out of pine trees,” notes Tom Olshanski, spokesman for the USFA. “A Christmas tree is almost explosive when it goes.”


To minimize risk, buy a fresh tree with intact needles, get a fresh cut on the trunk, and water it every day. A well-watered tree is almost impossible to ignite. Keep the tree away from heat sources, such as a fireplace or radiator, and out of traffic patterns. If you’re using live garlands and other greenery, keep them at least three feet away from heating sources.

No matter how well the tree is watered, it will start to dry out after about four weeks, Olshanski says, so take it down after the holidays. Artificial trees don’t pose much of a fire hazard; just make sure yours is flame-retardant.

Decorative Lights

Inspect light strings, and throw out any with frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets. When decorating, don’t run more than three strings of lights end to end. “Stacking the plugs is much safer when you’re using a large quantity of lights,” explains Brian L. Vogt, director of education for holiday lighting firm Christmas Décor. Extension cords should be in good condition and UL-rated for indoor or outdoor use. Check outdoor receptacles to make sure the ground fault interrupters don’t trip. If they trip repeatedly, Vogt says, that’s a sign that they need to be replaced.

When hanging lights outside, avoid using nails or staples, which can damage the wiring and increase the risk of a fire. Instead, use UL-rated clips or hangers. And take lights down within 90 days, says John Drengenberg, director of consumer safety for Underwriters Laboratories.  “If you leave them up all year round, squirrels chew on them and they get damaged by weather.”

Fireplaces

Soot can harden on chimney walls as flammable creosote, so before the fireplace season begins, have your chimney inspected to see if it needs cleaning. Screen the fireplace to prevent embers from popping out onto the floor or carpet, and never use flammable liquids to start a fire in the fireplace. Only burn seasoned wood — no wrapping paper.

When cleaning out the fireplace, put embers in a metal container and set them outside to cool for 24 hours before disposal. 

Should you have a fire emergency, no matter how big or how small, we here at SERVPRO are ready to help 24 hours a day! Call us today at  (217)935-2992.

Cleaning an Artificial Christmas Tree

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cleaning an Artificial Christmas Tree Make a fake tree look fabulous

As the holiday season rolls around, it's likely that you'll be pulling your artificial Christmas tree out of storage. About 70 percent of Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, and of those who celebrate the holiday, only about 20 percent of trees are real! Many people recognize the benefits that come with artificial Christmas trees; reliability, easiness, and attractive looks.

After eleven months in storage, however, many artificial Christmas trees both look and smell a little dusty. No matter how well you try to keep the dust out, it always finds a way in. Here are some tips for cleaning an artificial tree to keep it looking as good as the day you bought it.

Dust

One of the foremost necessities in cleaning an artificial Christmas tree is to remove any dust clinging to its branches and needles. Using a static cling cloth, gently wipe it along the branches. The static will pick up loose dust and stop your tree looking drab.

Shake with Salt

If your tree needs something a bit more intensive, salt can actually help! This is a method that is effective for small trees or larger trees that come apart into smaller pieces. Add small trees or tree pieces to a large bag with a handful or two of Kosher salt, then vigorously shake. The salt will act as an abrasive cleaner, scrubbing away any grime that's clinging on tightly.

A Seasonal Sponge Bath

For heavy cleaning, a light dusting won't be enough. At the start of every season, carefully wipe each branch down with a gentle, wet sponge. This will pick up the dust and dirt that settled between the needles while the tree was in storage. Sponging a tree, especially a larger one, can be time-consuming, so plan to tackle this at short intervals or enlist the help of others.

Deodorization

After your tree is clean, you'll still need to deodorize it periodically. You can hide a scented air freshener intended for a car in the branches of your tree to give it a seasonal scent, or periodically spritz the branches with an air freshener to keep them smelling fresh.

Professional Services

Sometimes, home cleaning just doesn't cut it. For more extensive cleaning services around your home, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is locally owned and operated, and has expert solutions to keep every part of your house clean. Call us today for a free estimate (217) 443-0077

SERVPRO of Vermilion County knows what to do if mold grows in your home

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Vermilion County knows what to do if mold grows in your home Mold forming on drywall in a home

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. 

Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Vermilion County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

Storm Damage Board-up

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Board-up Board-up of window after a storm

Board-ups are not just for Hurricanes! There are many reasons that you may need a board up or to use tarp to protect your home.  SERVPRO of Vermilion County can board-up your home due to fire, wind, vandalism, animal infestation or even when a car runs into your house! Board-ups can secure the property from looting or more vandalism.

Board-ups also can protect your property from more weather-related damage until you can get it fixed.  

Most insurance policies require that the Homeowner/Renter protect their property against secondary damage.  This is damage that occurs because a person doesn't take the appropriate actions after the first damage occurs to secure the property.  If they are found to be negligent, the secondary damage might not be covered by insurance.

Board-ups are just one service along with our fire, water clean-up and rebuild department that can make it "Like it never even happened."

Winter is Coming

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

You read that right. Fall has tip toed it's way in as Summer has found it's way out. The crisp scent of burning leaves can be found in the air. What better time to prep your home for the upcoming bitter cold that will make her arrival in the not so distant future? Listed below are extremely helpful tools and practices to keep the warm in and the cold out. They may just help you save some valuable loot in your pocket as well.

  • Simmer Down: Lower the temperature in your water heater. This one simple adjustment can save you upwards of 10% off of your water heating costs. Typically water heaters are set at a scalding 140 degrees, bringing it down to 120 degrees will save you bookoo $$$.
  • Backdraft: Drafty windows and doors have the potential of wasting up to 30% of your energy use. They also can trick your thermostat into false readings. Fortunately, a simple solution such as a rolled towel at the base of the door (or create a draft snake, if you’re feeling crafty) will lock out that unwanted cold.
  • Be Kind, Rewind: Turning the direction of your fan blades from counterclockwise to clockwise will actually create a warmer room. Hot air rises, the fan blades help force the warmth back into the lower part of your room.
  • Out With The Old: Change your furnace filter! A commonly overlooked step in energy savings. Not only does a dirty filter restrict air flow, it also has the potential of harboring dangerous materials, such as mold, bacteria and pollen. It is best to change monthly during the winter months.
  • Leaving The Abode: Lower the thermostat every time you leave your home. Each degree you lower your homes temperature can save you between 1% and 3% on your heating bill. Programmable thermostats are available that will keep on top of lowering and raising the temperature in sync with your schedule.

Being able to stay ahead of the impending cold will save you money and stress. Follow these simple steps and stay warm! As always, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here to help in any way we can!

70,000 fire disasters per year

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

In just 2 minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In 5 minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Have a plan:

  • Find 2 ways to get out of each room.
  • Make sure windows are not stuck and can be used as an exit if needed.
  • Practice feeling your way around the house with your eyes closed or in the dark.
  • Teach children not to be afraid of firefighters.

During a fire:

  • Crawl low under the smoke to closest exit.
  • Check doorknobs and door for heat. If it is hot, find alternate exit.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, & roll.

After a fire:

  • Contact insurance company if insured.
  • Check with fire department before entering the residence again.
  • Do not reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct inventory of damaged items.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.

Keep Calm and Call SERVPRO

of Vermilion County

(217) 443-0077

Your companies important documents are safe with us

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your companies important documents are safe with us Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber

If your company is like most, paper copies of important documents are stored in filing cabinets. Those cabinets may be kept in a basement or back room of the building, or even in the main room of the office. Either way, those documents could be in harms way if there were a fire. After the fire is out, your documents will more than likely be wet from the fire being put out. Luckily SERVPRO of Vermilion County is able to come to the rescue.

Document Restoration Services

SERVPRO is able to offer restoration of documents so that your business is able to preserve that important information. We offer the following services:

  • Drying
  • Cleaning
  • Sterilization
  • Deodorization
  • Certified Destruction
  • Digitization
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Gamma Irradiation

SERVPRO will handle all of the hassle of inventory, packing, and shipping. SERVPRO uses a Drying Chamber. The Drying Chamber inventories and barcodes all inventory that arrives.

Understanding secondary growth

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

The most common types of mold include aspergillus, cladosporium and stachybotrys atra (also known as black mold).

Aspergillus is a fairly allergenic mold that is commonly found on foods and in home air conditioning systems. Cladosporium is typically a black or green "pepper like" substance that grows on the back of toilets, painted surfaces and fiberglass air ducts. 

Mold that appears to be orange or red in color is typically found outdoors, given its nature to thrive on decaying plants or moist wood. This type of mold, which can appear slimy, is harmless and should only be removed for aesthetic purposes.

White mold is not technically a type of mold, but the good news is that this typically indicates the mold is only in the early stages of growth and can easily be treated.

The highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Vermilion County are ready 24/7 to remediate your mold.

Remediation of mold is one of our specialties

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation of mold is one of our specialties Mold remediation needed after major water damage in home.

Country living sure definitely has it's share of pros and cons. In this particular case, a wipe coming from the well burst casing quite a mess. Flooded rooms, damaged contents, and rusty sediment were just the beginning. Mold can quickly take hold in a dwelling that has a high moisture content and if the issue is not addressed in a timely manner. 

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Storms are no stranger to Central Illinois

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms are no stranger to Central Illinois Tree fell on a roof causing structural damage.

Strong winds, tornadoes, and torrential rains are never pleasant to go through. As a central Illinois resident or business holder, the aftermath of these storms can be even more unpleasant. Whether its a fallen tree on your roof causing a leak, or backed up storm drains causing a flooded basement, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is ready to respond. 

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Smoke Detectors

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

You really can never be too prepared. Fires can happen anywhere, at any time...under the right conditions. The preventative measures you take prior to a potential fire loss could save your home, or more importantly your life! Replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year is a must. A good rule of thumb is when you change the clocks change the batteries in the smoke alarms, this will provide consistent battery life in your detectors.  This gives you a chance to check your smoke detectors to make sure they working properly. Put an evacuation plan together. Make sure your loved ones and those living with you know what to do in the event of a fire. Having a central location to meet once everyone is outside is a great plan. After you and your loved ones are safe, call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Lightning Causes Power Surge, Leads to Fire

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

This picture shows the view of a basement stairwell. The fire impacted three levels of the home. A lighting strike to a tree in their backyard created a surge to the direct power line going into the home. With three floors affected by fire there was significant amount of water in the basement. The water that the fight fighters use to save your home and most of the belongings ends up  saturating most of your home, especially the impacted area. This leads to other problems that can arise like mold, structural damage, and other foundation problems. When the drywall in your house becomes saturated and no drying process is started, and this goes for everything in the house, you can compound your problem to find secondary grown beginning to grow. This can take days, to weeks, to months depending on the conditions. SERVPRO's number one goal is to put the victims of such a tragedy back into their homes as quickly as possible, and this homeowner called the right people to get the job done. From our fully staffed construction team, to our staple in water mitigation, SERVPRO is capable of handling ANY size loss

Making it Right

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

"All the guys and young ladies were very nice. They explained everything well and were very caring. These are the kind of people I like to deal with. I would recommend SERVPRO to others, as I know things are going to be taken care of."

We strive for these kind of comments on every Completion Of Satisfaction form we send out. We are dealing with people that are having a bad day and they are looking for an "it's going to be ok". Most people will only go through an event like this once in their life. 

The challenges each team deals with on a daily basis can be trying. This particular customer's basement had close to foot of water in it. The family had been gone for a weekend and came back to this mess. Not a great way to end a getaway weekend. The team assessed the damage and made it "Like it never even happened." 

Professionalism on Display

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

"Your staff's professionalism in determining what needed to be done and her explanation to me is why I chose SERVPRO to do the work in my house. She and her team were fantastic throughout the entire job".

Comments you never get tired of hearing. From beginning to end the customer is dealing with an issue they may have never had to deal with in their life. They are stressed, confused and just want it to go away. 

This is where a well trained professional staff make everyone's life better. Reassurance to the customer is a key factor in making the situation better. 

Water in a basement is never good unless they have a swimming pool. This particular family was dealing with sump pump failure while everyone was at work and school. They ended their day by coming home to a mess. They had been told by friends call SERVPRO and they are glad they did. 

Another "Like it never even happened." success story. 

Did April Showers Bring You May Mold?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Did April Showers Bring You May Mold? Mold forming on ceiling from roof leak

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Vermilion County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (217) 443-0077

It's The Water You Don't See

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's The Water You Don't See Storm damage has caused water to soak through the carpet causing secondary damage to flooring underneath.

Experiencing water in unwanted area of your home or business after a storm is never a pleasurable event. In some cases, water can be easily extracted from flooring or carpet. Although, depending on the type of flooring, taking a look past the surface can uncover some hidden damage that requires more clean up than you bargained for. If water has soaked through to the sub-floor, there is a potential for mold, rotting wood, etc. 

Storm Team

Our highly trained storm damage specialists are ready to respond to your call when the weather has plagued your home or business. 

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents.

Call us at (217) 443-0077

Around Crawfordsville In 6 Hours

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Around Crawfordsville In 6 Hours The cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County will meet all of your carpet cleaning needs.

This week, SERVPRO of Vermilion County wanted to show appreciation to a few insurance agents in Crawfordsville, IN. by cleaning the carpets in their offices. Not only does this give us a chance to demonstrate the skills of our highly trained crew to the agents, but also to the agencies clients who are able to walk in to a clean and great smelling office. 

Misconceptions on carpet cleaning:

Untrained persons and DIYers can likely cause additional damage by using too much water which will extend drying times and provide the perfect environment for potential secondary growth or pests. Using too little water or detergent leads to an overall inadequate job, while using too much detergent can cause the opposite effect leaving behind residue and leading to soiling.

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

Preventive Maintenance:

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet. 

For all carpet/rug cleaning questions or to schedule an appointment- Call (217) 443-0077 today!

Money Smart Week Gives Kid's Scholarship

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Money Smart Week Gives Kid's Scholarship Anyia holding up her scholarship from Money Smart Week.

In coordination with Danville Public Schools, a long standing customer of ours, SERVPRO was honored to be a part of congratulating Brittney Chavira's daughter on her Scholarship-Winning Essay hosted by Money Smart Week. Long hours of research and hard work went into this amazing effort by Anyia as she put together a plan for being prepared financially in the event of an unexpected emergency. This included the potential devastating effects of a fire, or other natural disaster, on your financial stability. Whilst including tips and resources to prepare for an unexpected crisis. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be nominated by a parent or guardian and be able to demonstrate how they practice good money management. With our franchise owners in attendance, Dave and Suzie (pictured left), there was a sense of pride in the air as Anyia received her Scholarship for $750. A big SERVPRO Congratulations to Anyia and the Chavira family.

Post-construction cleanup in local commercial property

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Post-construction cleanup in local commercial property Steps covered in dust and debris from construction.

Post-construction cleanup for commercial properties in Vermilion County are often a complex job that requires close attention to detail. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small office cleanup or a large factory, we work diligently to make sure every area is cleaned to the customers satisfaction. In many instances, normal operations can continue in other areas while we clean your facility.

Post-Construction Cleaning Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

About SERVPRO of Vermilion County

SERVPRO of Vermilion County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after construction. Our staff is highly trained in fire & water restoration as well as post-construction cleanup. 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.

Danville Business Gets a Start on Spring Cleaning

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Danville Business Gets a Start on Spring Cleaning Chad at SERVPRO of Vermilion County finishes extraction on area business carpet cleaning.

Restaurant floors have some of the highest traffic of any business. Plus when you factor in food that may fall on the floor and the occasional drink spills, the results on a carpeted floor can be quite unsightly. The highly trained staff on our production crew at SERVPRO of Vermilion County were ready to tackle this job. They arrived early in the morning to get started so that when the doors opened to customers that day, the carpet would be clean and dry. During the process, the restaurant manager was able to see the difference between the shampooed and soiled carpet. He was very happy with the results and in his words "It looks great!" We aim to achieve greatness at SERVPRO of Vermilion County and this job was another success.

SERVPRO On Ice

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO On Ice Franchise owner Suzie McGuire and the SERVPRO Storm Trooper had a blast at the hockey game.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County had the pleasure of participating in corporate night at the Danville Dashers hockey game held at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville. Our SERVPRO Storm Trooper made his appearance and had a great time dancing and taking pictures with kids and adults alike. Definitely a crowd favorite!

Our table was set up with goodies for the crowd and numerous information pamphlets describing on our services. The highlight of the night was when we were able to take our SERVPRO car out on the ice during the second intermission and throw out SERVPRO t-shirts into the crowd.

It was a wonderful time for the SERVPRO staff and their families that were able to attend. All of us at SERVPRO loved being a part of this and look forward to the next event we are able to take part in.

SERVPRO Enjoyed Annual Peer Court Auction

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

2/9/2018

SERVPRO had a great time at the Peer Court Auction held on Friday, February 9th.  The evening was held at Turtle Run, serving hors d'oeuvres for all who came.   The rooms were filled with baskets and items to be auctioned off as a fund raiser for the Vermilion County Peer Court.

The Vermilion County Peer Court began in 2007.  This is a unique program that includes bailiffs, jury members and attorneys who are same age as the defendants.  This is an entirely volunteer program that even includes local attorneys. The young Peer Court volunteers must be between the ages of 10 and 17.   The young volunteers begin as jurors and progress to attorneys.  

The auction is one of the main fund raisers, for this program.   It was great seeing how much our community pulls together for a wonderful cause.  

SERVPRO of Vermilion County 24 Hour Water Damage Service

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Vermilion County 24 Hour Water Damage Service Minimally invasive water extraction

SERVPRO of Vermilion County 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 - (217) 443-0077

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 has the specific water 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. These questions 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 Vermilion County

SERVPRO 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.

Do You Have Mold?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Vermilion County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (217) 443-0077

Vermilion County: Faster to Your Water Disaster

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Vermilion County: Faster to Your Water Disaster Fans used in the water extraction process

SERVPRO of Vermilion County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in your town. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (217) 443-0077

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial restoration and cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Keeping Your Home Safe During the Winter Months

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Whether you’re a recent homebuyer, new to the Mid-Western winter months, or just want to cover your bases heading into the holiday season: It’s important that you make sure your property is well taken care of. Putting together a thorough checklist ensures your home will be well-prepared for the inevitable sub-zero temperatures. This short read will put your mind at ease, protect your home, and hopefully keep your money where it needs to be…in your wallet!

  • Making sure your doors, windows, and any other outside passage for air are correctly sealed ensures your furnace doesn’t work overtime heating the air coming from outside. When it comes to your electricity bill, sharing is NOT caring!
  • Add extensions to all of your downspouts. This will prevent water pooling around your foundation. Water will expand when frozen, and this will lead to damaging your foundation and further expense.
  • Drain water out of sprinklers, hoses, faucets, and any exterior water source. Like we already mentioned, frozen water will expand and will cause major damage.
  • If you will be using your fireplace, make sure you have a chimney sweep inspect your chimney. Also make sure to dispose of any fire hazards that could turn your small fireplace into a big bonfire! Make sure your fire extinguishers are up to date, and inspect them to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Make sure your insulation is well maintained and any possible leaking of air is plugged and dealt with. Keep your warm air in and the cold air out!
  • Because heat rises, reverse your ceiling fans. This will push the warm air in your house down instead of pulling it up.

Following these tips to ensure a safe home during the upcoming winter months will have you enjoying your holiday season like you should be. Give your home the best present it could ever ask for, protection. Happy Holidays from your friends at SERVPRO.

Danville Night of Lights

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Saturday, November 11th was surely a night to remember for those of us involved in the “Night of Lights” in Danville. This event is part of the Festival of Trees sponsored by the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation, an event they put on every year. Weeks and weeks of planning, preparation, and late nights went into these floats displayed. With the entry also being free for those who bring a charitable donation of non-perishable food items, this was a very heartwarming way to bring Vermilion County and other surrounding counties into the holiday season.

There was a sense of pride we had the pleasure of sharing when we saw the finished product rolling down the parade route. Our float featured a cityscape of historical downtown Danville sporting staple businesses like Fischer’s Theatre, Kresqe’s, Alexander’s Sporting Goods, and Woodbury’s Drug Store. Keeping the history of Danville alive through our float was a huge to us. Our goal was to expose the roots of Danville, and bring a sense of nostalgia to those among the crowd. Bringing fond memories of Danville back to those who were lucky enough to experience them. With a huge turnout this year and great spirits in the crowd, there was a lasting smile on everyone’s face here at SERVPRO.

When Storms or Floods hit Vermilion County, SERVPRO is ready!

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Vermilion County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Vermilion County.

SERVPRO ofVermilion County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Vermilion County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (217) 443-0077

IICRC Certified Firm

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vermilion County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Vermilion County

SERVPRO of Vermilion County 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Take me out to the ballpark

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Community Take me out to the ballpark Let's Play Ball

Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don't care if I come back. You have the idea. Rock the Park was one of the last home events for the Dans this year. With the Blackhawks band on hand the park was "rocking". There's nothing better than minor league baseball in my opinion. What better place to observe a game than the stadium in Danville, Il where the last version of the Babe Ruth story was filmed. 

The SERVPRO crew invaded the stadium July 30, 2017. The season was wrapping up and the Danville Dans were trying to improve on a slow start. Terra Haute was the team that the Dans hoped to improve their home record against. This game would go extra innings before the bottom of the eleventh. The Dand won in walk off fashion with a home run that sent the visitors to the bus with a big"L". 

Back to school

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Back to school Bring on the new school year

As the new school year approached, our partnership with the Danville Schools continued. We spent the early part of August getting carpets cleaned and more importantly an ERP for each building in the district. The ERP's (Emergency Ready Programs) enable the schools to have vital information in the event they need to shut down power, water, gas or servers. Nicole and Marilyn spent countless hours going from building to building gathering data and visual aides (photos) along with information on the locations of the shutoffs for the above listed services.  

This information is vital as staff change buildings from year to year, along with retirements and with the creation of a 5th and 6th grade building and a 7th and 8th grade building, these documents prove ERP's are very valuable. 

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