Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Are you ready for a storm

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Storm

In the Midwest we all know at some points a storm is going to happen, whether it be snow, rain, wind, etc. So being prepared is a must. The following list is what is recommended at a minimum to be ready in the event of a storm.

  • Flash Light
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cellphone
  • Canned Food
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Bottled Water
  • Blanket
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Powered Weather Radio

Store your items together in a protective container, easily accessible in the event if a storm happens and can be transported if you go in the basement or possibly a bathroom closet. Pick food items and bottled water that have long shelf lives. Make sure to test your batteries every month or so in your devices. Remember by being prepared it will help keep panic to a minimum and know SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here for you and faster to any disaster and we will make it "Like it never even happened."   

RESOURCES TO HANDLE STORMS AND DISASTERS

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Vermilion County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events.   We are proud to serve our local communities: locally owned and operated, we are part of this community too.  When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.  We take pride in being a part of the Central Illinois community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be. Should you be hit with an emergency DO NOT Wait ! Call one of our friendly staff today at 217-443-0077.  SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here to help!

 

Storm Damage Restoration

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Today, numerous households and businesses benefit from SERVPRO of Vermilion County's excellent storm damage restoration services. Family owned and operated, we take great pride in furnishing outstanding customer service. Our work frequently offers health and safety benefits by preventing mold growth after storms saturate a home or business with water. We supply dedicated, timely assistance!

SERVPRO of Vermilion County benefits from the skills of experienced storm damage restoration technicians. We ensure these individuals obtain thorough training in the recommended ways to restore and revitalize property. Let our dedicated team of professionals help you recover more quickly from the havoc created by harmful weather systems.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County relies upon superior, safe equipment. We've invested in the specialized tools required to help clean Vermilion County homes and businesses effectively after storms.

Rely on SERVPRO of Vermilion County to help you recover more quickly from damaging winds and rains. We are here to help 217-443-0077.

STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION IN THE MIDWEST

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Living in Illinois, you know this summer we've experienced severe storms, seemingly one right after another.  Severe storms may become dangerous and it is crucial to know the different types of storm damage and how they can impact your home. Leaving your home left untreated, damage from pounding rain, hail, lightning, tornado, high winds, or heavy snow can lead to water damage, mold, and structural damage.  A rapid response by SERVPRO of Vermilion County is critical to reducing the safety risk and secondary damage from weather.

There are three ways storms can damage your home.  Lightning storms can occur at any time. These storms bring the threat of fire and structural damage.  During a lightning storm, even if your home is properly equipped to handle lightning, it is still possible to have damage to electrical wiring, appliances, antennas, satellite dishes, cable or telephone lines, and steel framework and more.  Always stay indoors during the storm unless there are signs of a fire.  Flooding presents a serious risk to your home and to your safety.  When it comes to structures, flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and water damage to drywall, support beams, and foundations. There is a risk for mold within the first 24 hours of a flood so it is vital to extract water and have a professional begin mitigating immediately.  Finally, high winds can occur virtually anywhere. Thousands of storms and hurricanes hit the U.S. every year.  Severe winds are defined as exceeding 50-60 mph and include downdrafts, down-bursts, tornadoes.  Damage from the wind can be widespread and affect not only your structure, but surrounding landscaping and asphalt. Be aware of the potential for falling trees, poles and damaged power lines.  A storm may damage your home including windows, siding, and roofs.  In the most extreme scenarios, roofs can be blown completely off.  In the case of a tornado, a warning should be given on TV or radio. The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement.  If there is no basement available, seek shelter in an interior room without windows since windows may shatter and spray glass.  Remain under shelter with a radio until you receive notice that the tornado has left the area.  With floods, there is usually some indication if one is imminent, especially if you live in an area susceptible to flooding.  Make sure to have copies of important documents that could be destroyed in a flood, such as birth certificates, social security cards, and deeds.  Finally, thunderstorms generally don't cause much damage except for being loud, but when they do they can be hazardous.  To avoid potential damage, make sure to trim any large limbs near your house.  Secure any outdoor objects to keep them from blowing away.  Unplug electronic devices prior to a storm to prevent a surge from destroying them.  Should a storm damage your home, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here to help!  Call one of our friendly staff today at 217-443-0077.   

What Is Needed in An Emergency Evacuation Kit?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

An emergency evacuation kit should contain the documents and personal items needed to maintain yourself and your family for up to a week in the event of an emergency evacuation.  Your kit may look very different from your neighbor’s kit, depending on the number of children, pets, and advance preparation for such events. The following are suggestions of what you may need in your emergency evacuation kit.

Emergency Evacuation Kit Basics

The American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and FEMA all recommend that water, food, a flashlight, appropriate batteries for your accessories, a first-aid kit, and a battery or hand-operated radio be included in your evacuation kit.  Regardless of the size or needs of your family, here is a list of additional items that should be included in every evacuation kit.

Along with bottled water, pack a small filtration system for an unlimited water supply

Pack solar device chargers and solar lights (similar to those used in landscaping)

Flashlights are good but LED headlamps free up your hands

Emergency whistles (one for each family member)

7 days of nonperishable food (don’t forget the can opener)

7 days or more worth of under garments and socks

Multiple days worth of prescription medication

Surgical or dust masks

Maps of your area and of your destination

Cash or traveler’s checks (without power, ATM machines are rendered useless)

A tool kit that includes a sharp knife, pliers, tweezers, electrical, and duct tape

An extra set of house, car, and safe keys

Charged two-way radios (walkie-talkies)

Add extra bandages, gauze, sanitizing washes and burn cream to your first-aid kit

Note: For items like clothing, food, cash, batteries, etc., use watertight resealable bags to keep them dry until needed.  Part of your evacuation plan should include how you intend to reach out-of-town family members and/or friends.

Evacuation Kit Items for Infants and Children

During an evacuation, special attention should be given to the needs of your children. Older children in their teens may want to prepare an evacuation kit of their own. Consider the following:

Infant formula, diapers, wipes, pacifier, extra bottles

Water (1gallon per day, per child)

Nonperishable food and snacks like energy bars, jerky, and trail mixes

Multiple changes of clothing

Mylar blankets (regular blankets and sleeping bags can get bulky and overwhelming)

Extra glasses, medication, inhalers, and other medical or individual necessities

Evacuations can be extremely stressful for children. Take the time to practice or run an evacuation drill. The more your children are familiar with what they need to do, the less difficulty you will have getting them to do it.

Evacuation Kit Important Documents

The following list of documents will help you to prove your identity, as well as give you access to insurance benefits, medication, finances, and much more:

Notarized copies of everyone’s birth certificates

Copies of passports, identification cards and driver’s licenses

Copies of health insurance cards, current prescriptions, and medical needs

Copies of credit cards and your ATM card

A hard copy of your online usernames and passwords

Copies of your auto and homeowners insurance cards and or policies**

Copies of recent utility bills (to turn service on or off)

Copies of the deed or lease to your home

Notarized copies of wills

Family and emergency contact information (telephone numbers and addresses)

Copies of pet identification and proof of vaccination

Current pictures of your self, your spouse, children and pets in case of separation

The importance of the above-listed documents cannot be overstated. During major evacuation events, you may be away from your home for several days or weeks. The ability to use and manage your resources will help you get back to your home and back to normal quickly.Keep all of your documents, cards, and copies protected in airtight and watertight envelopes, bags, and/or containers.  Upload your copies to a cloud service or save them on a memory stick along with safeguarding hard copies in your evacuation kit. Keep in mind that the cloud or a memory stick will do little good during wide-spread power outages.

Evacuation Kit Items for Pets

Your pets are essential to the well-being and happiness of your family. The following items should be included in your (or their very own) evacuation kit:

Enough food for 7 days (don’t forget the bowl)

1/2 to 1 gallon of water per day

Collar, leash or carrier

ID tags

Proof of vaccinations and any medical needs

Grooming accessories

Blanket or bed

Note: Pets can feel stress and inherently catch on to your change in mood and/or way of being. When running an evacuation drill, make sure your pets and their evacuation kits are a part of it.

Evacuation Kit Items for The Elderly

In the case of the elderly, the following items should be a part of your evacuation kit or ready to take at a moment’s notice:

Water (1gallon per day) for drinking and hygiene

Special hygiene necessities (adult diapers, denture containers, etc)

Food for a minimum of 7 days (attend to special requirements or needed supplements)

Medications and copies of prescriptions (especially life-preserving ones)

Canes, walkers, wheelchair, and other devices for support and mobility

Books, cards, or activities to occupy time

Identification or medical bracelets or necklaces

Everyone has a different take on what they prioritize when making disaster plans or assembling evacuation kits. Except for newborns and infants, everyone should be allowed to express what they feel is necessary for their comfort during an emergency evacuation.

Emergency Evacuation Kit Maintenance

It is crucial to periodically check prescription medication expiration dates, use by dates on canned goods, battery charge, and the proper functioning of all electronic items.  This is the time to update your action plan and remove or add items your family has either outgrown or has come to require.  This maintenance should be done bi-annually and can accompany your family’s evacuation drill. If your region is prone to flooding, there are steps you can add to your action plan in the event your home is flooded.

By preparing and keeping up with your emergency evacuation kit, you are positioning yourself to successfully navigate the disruptions of a natural disaster or mandatory evacuation.  Without an evacuation kit, you could be left scrambling to assemble vital information, documents, and necessities when you should be moving yourself and your loved ones away from danger.

Be Prepared for the Snow Storm Aftermath

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Snow Pile Around House Snow piled around house

Did you realize that 1 inch of snow can produce almost 3,000 gallons of water per acre?  A fast melting snow could be devastating to your basement. There is also a good chance that your homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover this type of loss.  It is a good idea to be prepared for such an event.  

Instead of storing basement contents in bags or boxes you may consider using plastic totes. Plastic totes would not only keep the water out but are stackable for storing convenience.   If you have sentimental or valuable items bring them upstairs for safe keeping. In the event of fast melting snow, we are prepared to help you with extracting water from your basement.  A wet/dry vac can be used for quick extraction and prevent the water from rising out of control. Also check your sump pump, make sure it is in good working condition.

There are also things you can do to help outside of your home.  You should check your gutters and downspouts for any debris. Gutters should be cleaned of any falling leaves and debris before winter arrives.  Eliminate snow around your foundation by clearing a 5’ path around your foundation. 

Waterproofing your basement comes with a cost but insures that your basement will stay dry.  There are special waterproof paint / KILZ for smaller water leaks and of course many waterproofing companies.  The water proofing companies of course can get into thousands to fix a leaking basement.  

Remember the lightest, fluffiest snow can cause severe damage to your basement so be prepared.

Are you prepared for the storm?

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Storm moving in Storm moving in on the farm

Are you prepared for when a storm hits near you? Use this checklist to build your emergency kit for your necessities during a storm.  

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

SERVPRO of Vermilion County counties 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.

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217) 443-0077 for all your Storm damage needs 24/7.

3 Differences between Flood Damage and Storm Damage

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Damage from Storm Flood Damage from Storm

If your Vermilion County building is damaged during a storm, you might think that all of the water damage falls into one category, but this is not necessarily the case. Flood damage is actually a bit different from other types of damage caused by water. The following are a few distinctions.

  1. Where the Water Comes From

Perhaps the easiest way to determine whether you are dealing with flood damage or other water damage is to figure out where the water is coming from. Generally, if the water comes from above, then it is regular water damage. This can include leaks and broken pipes. If the water is rising up from the ground, then this is always considered flood water.

  1. The Level of Water Contamination

A lot of the water involved in storm damage is considered to be category 1 or clean water. Water from damaged pipes or supply lines also belongs to this category. Flood water, on the other hand, is category 3 or black water. This means that it is highly contaminated and should be avoided. This is because water from a flood mixes with sewage and other contaminants on the ground. Anything that it touches, including home contents, will need to be thrown away or thoroughly sanitized.

  1. Whether It is Included in Your Insurance Policy

Another important difference between damage from a flood and damage from other water sources is that flooding is usually not included in your basic insurance policy. If you want coverage for this type of damage, then you will need to purchase a separate flood policy.
Whether you are dealing with clean water or flood damage, you will need to have it taken care for quickly to avoid further damage to your building. Moisture of any type can contribute to weakened materials or mold growth. SERVPRO of Vermilion County can remove the water and perform any necessary repairs.

Call us at 217-443-0077 at any time.

Ice Damming From Winter Storms

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Ice Damming Ice Damming During Winter Storms

Ice Damming Can Allow Water Damage to Vermilion County Homes

The winter is upon the area, and Vermilion County homeowners prepare for another season with significant snowfall. While many properties are virtually unaffected by the predicted snow to come, other homes are less fortunate regarding the damage that heavy snow staying on the roof of their house can do. Ice damming is among the most significant of the potential hazards that threaten the structural integrity of your roof, and this phenomenon is more common than you might think. 

While the smaller side of the concerns for ice damming on your roof is the weakening of the structure, water damage restoration in Vermilion County and maybe required when runoff and melting snow cannot find a means to leave the roof area. Ice damming occurs when melting snow beneath a fresh snowpack reaches the eaves of the roof and freezes at this point. To make matters worse, the condition continues to worsen without physically breaking them loose or having several warmer days to melt the ice. 

Our SERVPRO professionals have helped many of our customers that have dealt with ice damming and the water damages that can result from the incident. As melting snow and runoff have no means of escape from the area, and the weight of the snowpack providing immense pressure on the roof itself, liabilities become exposed and exploited by the present water. 

With efficient equipment designed to reduce overall humidity fast like our industrial-strength dehumidification machines, we can effectively bring moisture levels down to acceptable parameters in the attic space to prevent the growth of mold and fungus. With a licensed contracting division, our SERVPRO of Vermilion County franchise can assist immediately with emergency board up services and include our professional reconstruction services as part of our comprehensive restoration package that saves our customers time and money.  


Ice damming can happen to any home, even on some that have preventative measures in place to avoid it. If your home suffers water damage, let our experts help you to restore the damaged areas fast. You can reach our SERVPRO of Vermilion County emergency response team 24/7 by calling (217)443-0077

3 Tips for Conducting Workplace Emergency Drills

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

The International Fire Code recommends having a fire drill every 90 days

3 Tips for Conducting Workplace Emergency Drills

You probably participated in a fire drill when you were in school. Well, disaster drills are just as important for businesses in Vermilion County. An unexpected event, such as a fire, severe storm or flood can stir up a lot of fear, panic, and chaos. Conducting drills conditions your workers to react properly under these stressful conditions. Below are a few tips to keep your plan running smoothly.

1. Implement a Schedule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends regular drill sessions because it's the best way to prepare employees for an unexpected event. The number of drills your company needs to conduct can vary based on the following factors:

  • Employee turnover rates
  • Employee schedules
  • Workplace risk factors
  • State laws
  • Local municipality laws or codes
  • Industry-specific guidelines

For example, there are recommendations for fire drills. The International Fire Code recommends having a fire drill every 90 days. 

2. Keep the Drill Unpredictable

There are two types of crisis drills: planned and unplanned. The former is less disruptive to employee workflow and productivity. While it's more convenient, it's not the most effective approach. Often employees don't take planned drills seriously. On the other hand, an unannounced drill keeps staff on its toes. With this approach, employees are more likely to find the best and safest building exits during a real-life catastrophe.

3. Evaluate Each Drill

You can learn a lot from conducting post-drill evaluations. You can see what worked. You can identify problem areas. From there, you can devise an effective solution. Ongoing testing provides valuable feedback that helps employees remain safe during and after a crisis. 

Stay Prepared

A workplace fire drill (or another disaster drill) enhances employee safety. Practicing evacuations on a regular basis helps them remain calm when seeking safety in the midst of an unexpected disaster. Whether it’s a crisis ranging from a fire to a flood, you want to restore daily business operations as quickly as possible. You can do that with emergency restoration services in Vermilion County.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County - (217)443-0077

Before, During, & After a Storm

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Keep these things in mind when prepping for, going through, or after a storm.

As your local restoration company, SERVPRO of Pflugerville is here to help you make storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Here are some tips for before, during, and after a storm:

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Avoid contact with a plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM 

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Follow this advice, and heed the warnings from your local news and weather channels to keep your property and loved ones safe through to the other side of the storms. 

Should you need restoration services, call SERVPRO of Vermilion County any time of day or night, and we will see to it that your property is restored properly and quickly.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County - (217)433-0077

Leave the Board-up Services to the Professionals

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our teams are ready to Help!

Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disasters, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through—especially if it is your property that has been damaged. Our teams specialize in keeping your property safe from any further damages that might come arise.

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself. We are also concerned about keeping your belongings safe and not exposed to multiple elements or theft. Your SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of Vermilion County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Danville area 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

Using Your Portable Generator Safely

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your generator cause damages to your home

GENERATOR SAFETY

 We all have been there when the power in your home or business decides to shut off caused by bad weather or a community outage. The first thing you think about is how to take action to find a power source to get you back up and running. Many businesses and residential properties have the convenience of a backup generator located nearby. With the operation of a generator do you know the first things to keep in mind to stay safe while using one?

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of Vermilion County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Danville area 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

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, and anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe
  • thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling, deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home or business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County for your Storm damage needs at (217)443-0077.

Build an Emergency Checklist

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for when a storm hits near you? Use this checklist to build your emergency kit for your necessities during a storm.  

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  •       Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

SERVPRO of Vermilion County counties 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.

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217) 443-0077 for all your Storm damage needs 24/7.

Hurricane Florence

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Down to the bare bones

When hurricane Florence hit North Carolina in late September, SERVPRO of Vermilion County was there to help put lives back together. The crews worked around the clock for three weeks. Our SERVPRO team came into homes locating the source of the water damage. Crews would then check walls and floors for moisture. After accessing each situation, they would decide what structure can or cannot be saved. An essential part of the job is determining where the water entered the home. For example, did the water come from the roof and work down through the walls or from lower levels and wick upward. If needed, they would tear out drywall, wet insulation, carpet, pad and sub floors.  The crews worked tirelessly to remove all wet debris down to the studs. The drying equipment was strategically placed in homes for proper drying.  This is a rewarding experience for our SERVPRO of Vermilion County team.

Storm Damage Board-up

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

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."

Storms are no stranger to Central Illinois

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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