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Why choose SERVPRO of Vermilion County?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fast Response

 We take pride in our fast response time. When our customers need us the most we respond quickly in order to mitigate further damages on their property. Our team is trusted by insurance carriers, property owners, and property management companies as we have a proven track record working with them bringing covered residential and/or commercial properties back to preloss conditions after experiencing a property disaster. 

Trained Technicians

The insurance process can get a bit confusing for those who have not experienced a property loss. During this process, proper documentation is vital to the overall outcome of your claim. Working with an IICRC certified technician will ultimately provide the best claims experience. We understand the standard when it comes to restoring your property. We stand by our customers to ensure they get access to all of the services their policy covers. With proper documentation and standard compliance, we can bring your property back to preloss condition without issue.

National Resources

What makes SERVPRO of Vermilion County so great? Well, that's an easy answer. Our access to resources. Did you know SERVPRO has more drying equipment in its network than any other restoration company on the planet? With almost 2000 franchises across the nation, we have access to more tools and equipment for any size project. Imagine someone calling our office to perform a one million square feet water extraction.

Cleaning Up Is Hard To Do

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What You Can Expect SERVPRO

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

  • On-Site in Four Hours

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

  • Eight Hours After Damages

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

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

Who do you turn to for help?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Why SERVPRO of Vermilion County to cleanup?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

SERVPRO Locally Owned and Supporting Our Neighbors

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Sevpro of Vermilion County is a proud member of the Vermilion Advantage.  This group of professionals and business owners meet once a month.  This group provides a set time to network with other businesses and or business contacts.  Sharing their information with other Vermilion County businesses helps strengthen the economy and area businesses.  This is a time to share what services our business provides and any upcoming events.  We also find out what new businesses are coming to our area and when the ribbon cutting ceremonies are scheduled.

Our SERVPRO is locally owned and has been in business for almost 30 years.  SERVPRO believes it is very important to be a part of the community and help promote local businesses.  So, if you have a fire, water or mold issue please contact the professionals ate SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217)-443-0077

What Not To Overlook When Dealing With Mold

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak.  Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours and can produce spores acting as allergens and irritants.

Mold is an insidious and often hidden problem for your home and business.  Just spreading quickly can be unsightly, but mold does much more than that.  In fact, mold spores can cause health effects.

Cleaning up water damage in homes or businesses should happen as quickly as possible after the event.  Don't overlook these key elements during the mold remediation process:

  1. Prompt mold infiltration assessment from trained professionals.
  2. Use of industrial-grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment used to efficiently remove excess water.
  3. Application of disinfectants and antimicrobials used to help prevent future mold growth
  4. Sanitation, deodorization and air purification.
  5. Efficient containment of affected area and removal of contaminated materials.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County can help with this!  Give one of our friendly staff a call today at 217-443-0077.  We are here to help!

Hero Firefighters

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Dog Fire Dog

Since 1678 firefighters have been saving the lives of Americans.  Although their techniques have changed since then, firefighters are still saving thousands of lives nationwide each year.  This is very heroic, no dispute here, but is this the only thing that makes a firefighter a hero?  Not by a longshot and here is why.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Run Towards the Danger

Fires and explosions make most people flee and run away or stand by and watch.  Not true for a firefighter, they run towards the fire. When disaster strikes, firefighters are one of the first officials to reach the scene.  Even in medical emergencies, firefighters are responding to the call.  It takes raw courage to be a firefighter.  They know that there’s a chance that things might not go their way. They have family and friends they hold dear just like all of us, but they push through anyway.  General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Never Give Up

On average, firefighters will work 10, 24-hour shifts per month.  Firefighters don’t get holidays or their birthdays off.  When you’re with your family around the Christmas tree waiting for Santa, firefighters are out there keeping you safe.  While your family is enjoying the fireworks on the Fourth of July, firefighters are standing guard to keep you safe.  The threat of coming into contact with Covid-19 does not deter them, they still work tirelessly to keep you safe. 

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They’re Also Scientists

Not every fire starts with a match.  In some cases, fires start when certain chemicals collide or when an electrical wire gets too hot.  There a six known classes of fires. Some include gases, liquids, metals, and oils . Each one requires a different approach and it’s up to the firefighters to decipher which type of fire they’re dealing with.

After subduing the flames, firefighters are tasked with finding the cause.  They discover the starting point of a fire by using their knowledge of fire and deductive skills.  They use their scientific knowledge of chemistry, physics, and engineering to deduct where and when a fire started.  Besides pinpointing the origin, firefighters can also determine if a fire was accident or arson.  Honing these skills can help prevent future fires.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Inspire Others

Think about all the little boys and girls on Halloween strutting around town in plastic red firefighter hats.  Even when you were young, there was always one classmate or friend who wanted to be a firefighter when they grew up.  Firefighters are inspirational.  Every day they face new dangers and every day they find ways to fix them.

It takes a special kind of person to become a firefighter.  They throw themselves out of windows, run through burning buildings and cut people out of cars.  Firefighters see and experience things that affect them both mentally and physically.  Despite this, they continue to do what they do.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Do More than Fight Fires

Being a firefighter means more than just battling blazes.  Firefighters save people. Whether you’re hurt, stuck in a car, or stuck in a building, firefighters are there to help.  They answer the call in every catastrophe. They even act as emergency medical technicians in some situations.  Firefighters care for the sick and injured.  They rescue pets, pull animals out of trees, and are very active in their communities.  You could make a case that they are the glue of the community.   

Firefighters also work to prevent future fires from happening.  They install fire alarms, create fire regulations, and teach children fire safety.  Firefighters work tirelessly to ensure that their community is taken care of.  Because being a firefighter isn’t about the glory or the money, it’s about how many lives you can change.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Run Towards the Danger

Fires and explosions make most people flee and run away or stand by and watch.  Not true for a firefighter, they run towards the fire. When disaster strikes, firefighters are one of the first officials to reach the scene.  Even in medical emergencies, firefighters are responding to the call.  It takes raw courage to be a firefighter.  They know that there’s a chance that things might not go their way. They have family and friends they hold dear just like all of us, but they push through anyway.  General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Never Give Up

On average, firefighters will work 10, 24-hour shifts per month.  Firefighters don’t get holidays or their birthdays off.  When you’re with your family around the Christmas tree waiting for Santa, firefighters are out there keeping you safe.  While your family is enjoying the fireworks on the Fourth of July, firefighters are standing guard to keep you safe.  The threat of coming into contact with Covid-19 does not deter them, they still work tirelessly to keep you safe. 

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Inspire Others

Think about all the little boys and girls on Halloween strutting around town in plastic red firefighter hats.  Even when you were young, there was always one classmate or friend who wanted to be a firefighter when they grew up.  Firefighters are inspirational.  Every day they face new dangers and every day they find ways to fix them.

It takes a special kind of person to become a firefighter.  They throw themselves out of windows, run through burning buildings and cut people out of cars.  Firefighters see and experience things that affect them both mentally and physically.  Despite this, they continue to do what they do.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Do More than Fight Fires

Being a firefighter means more than just battling blazes.  Firefighters save people. Whether you’re hurt, stuck in a car, or stuck in a building, firefighters are there to help.  They answer the call in every catastrophe. They even act as emergency medical technicians in some situations.  Firefighters care for the sick and injured.  They rescue pets, pull animals out of trees, and are very active in their communities.  You could make a case that they are the glue of the community.   

Firefighters also work to prevent future fires from happening.  They install fire alarms, create fire regulations, and teach children fire safety.  Firefighters work tirelessly to ensure that their community is taken care of.  Because being a firefighter isn’t about the glory or the money, it’s about how many lives you can change.  We here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County are so grateful for our firefighters who work tirelessly to make a difference in our communities.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County is so grateful for our firefighters who work tirelessly to make a difference in our communities.

How To Clean A Sewage Back-Up

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup Bathroom Sewage Backup

You come home to a broken pipe in your newly finished basement. The cream colored plush carpet has sewage covering every inch. There is also up to 3 inches of sewage over the baseboards and going up the white walls. 

Here is what you will need to do immediately: 

*To begin with you will need rubber boots, rubber gloves, protective eyewear, and a facemask 

*Do not let your skin come into contact with the sewage or any item that may have been contaminated. 

*Close doors between the contaminated room and other rooms 

*Use a sump pump or wet/dry vacuum to remove any water 

*Use a shovel and a very strong bag to remove the heavier debris 

*Move all contents to a separated area so it will be easier to clean and sanitize the floor 

*Remove any saturated carpet and pad, flooring, insulation, paneling, drywall, and baseboard 

*Wash down all floors, walls and affected area with hot water and appropriate bactericidal disinfectants/ followed by a deep cleaning with a brush 

*After cleaning make sure all areas are dry by using fans and dehumidifiers 

*After area is dry, check for any secondary growth or mold 

*Discard any food or porous material items that may have been contaminated 

* Any electrical, and plumbing systems checked along with any appliances that may have been contaminated 

All of the above steps should be completed to make sure your home is sanitized and safe for you and your family. 

OR 

You can make one phone call to SERVPRO of Vermilion County (217)-443-0077 and watch them do all of the work! 

Spring Duct Cleaning

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Before and After Duct Cleaning Before and After Duct Cleaning

Spring is finally here.  The grass is growing, trees and flowers are blooming all around us. It is a beautiful time of year.  However along with all of this beauty unfolding, we also have itchy noses, watery eyes, nose bleeds, sore throats and congestion.     

With all of this happening on the outside there are also things happening inside your home that may also cause these same symptoms.  Have you had construction work in your home lately? Have you had old carpet and pad removed and new carpet put down? Drywall dust, carpet dust and even pet dandruff and pet hair caught in your ducts may cause you the same symptoms.  

Now is a great time for spring cleaning, why not add duct cleaning to your spring cleaning list. Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County to schedule your duct cleaning today.   We are a Professional cleaning company and while you’re at it why not ask them for a carpet estimate to make your spring cleaning complete.

Call (217)-443-0077 today and breathe easier!

Why is SERVPRO Number 1?

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a one stop shop for you and your community. We are a company of Professionals continuing our education and strengthening our skills in the world of cleaning and restoration. This is a group of people who enjoy helping others in their time of need. 

SERVPRO is a company that is there for you during a fire. We clean structure and contents and have storage available for storing your contents until you are ready to move back to your home or business. 

We also have equipment to extract water and or sewage from homes and business. Drying equipment, fans and dehumidifiers are also available when needed

SERVPRO can also professionally clean mold and air ducts and HVAC cleaning to help protect you and your family's health. 

Don't forget we can still clean carpet, upholstery, and have equipment that helps neutralize and eliminate odor. 

There is also a special group of employees at SERVPRO that do the Biohazard and vandalism cleanup. They effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. This group has also used our special cleaning products that have been successful in killing viruses similar to Novel COVID-19. Our SERVPRO team has recently cleaned several public buildings including schools, and apartment complexes. 

SERVPRO of Vermilion County offers many services. We are a caring company that wants to help you, your family and your community when it's needed. All you have to do is call (217)-443-0077 and we will be there. 

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help Here to Help

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today at SERVPRO of Vermilion County at 217-443-0077.

IICRC Certified

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Why Insurance Agents Choose SERVPRO

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Stephen & State Farm Agent John Davis Stephen with State Farm Agent John Davis at the Tuscola Christmas Parade

Why Many Insurance Agents and Adjusters Use SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Vermilion County has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reasons why so many insurance agents and adjusters trust us:

Fast Emergency Response Restoring commercial or residential property is the first priority at SERVPRO of Vermilion County. Your insurance client will appreciate our immediate response and you will know we’re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense Like most property veterans, we know restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary. That’s why SERVPRO of Vermilion County performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service SERVPRO of Vermilion County can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory. We supply a report and pictures of important items to expedite and simplify work  for the carrier.

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients The SERVPRO professional undertakes to reassure your client, perform quality service, and report to you promptly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim. SERVPRO strives to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while maintaining control of assigned losses. We offer 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. SERVPRO of Vermilion County's documented, measured performance increases value for you, your agency, your managers, and your clients.

Here To Help  SERVPRO of Vermilion County seeks to reassure the customer, provide excellent service, and communicate with the insurance professionals quickly. We work together to provide quick and effective property restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.” We are a one-stop shop for all of your needs!

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County, 217-443-0077, 24 hours a day

Residential Lightning Damage Happens More than You Think

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Strikes happen an average of twice a year!

Here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County, we can help you with fire damages caused by lightning strikes. When the lightning hits a residence, it travels through the electrical lines to one of the home’s electrical boxes, which can catch fire. These fires can leave severe damage, including smoke damage to your home. SERVPRO of Vermilion County mitigation team has the ability to do a chem-sponge technique that is used to clean soot off of the walls. In doing this, SERVPRO of Vermilion County can ensure that no fire damage or smoke damage goes untreated. If needed, affected walls in all damaged rooms can be painted after the cleanup is completed and drywall replaced where necessary. Our professional in-house crew use a white-glove treatment on your residence and can complete the entire project quickly; from the first contact to completion. Here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County, we are proud to serve the residents of Danville, Illinois, especially when the worst happens. Why chose SERVPRO? Because in the event of fire or water damage, large or small, we’re here to help. Call us in Vermilion County at (217)443-0077.  [JB]

Competitive Restoration Prices

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to pricing for the restoration work we provide, you will never find hidden costs or misleading fees.

You will always get the great quality work SERVPRO Vermilion County is known for at a reasonable price. When we create estimates for our customers, we use the exact same program that insurance companies use. This program shows us the different services we offer and provides us a dollar amount.   

With 29 years of experience under our belts, it is safe to say we are seasoned. We have the knowledge to know where the loss of your disaster came from and what we need to do to fix it. As a nationally (and internationally) known and respected brand, you can trust that you are in the best hands to handle the emergency.

Don’t be tricked with other companies claiming cheaper prices. Oftentimes, we receive “fix-it” jobs left from the other guys. We understand how frustrating it can be to have a company work on your home, just to have to call us to finish what they started.

There are many businesses out there claiming they have the greatest quality work at the cheapest prices. With SERVPRO of Vermilion County on your side, you will receive honest quality estimates and honest, quality work ALWAYS. Give us a call at 217-443-0077 and we will work with you every step of the way.   [JB]

Soda Blasting – Everything you need to know

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Soda Blasting involves one of the softer abrasive blasting materials, rating an average 2.4 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (1-10). Most abrasive blasting cabinets aim to maximize abrasive recycles and minimizing dust collector service, and for this reason, most sandblasting uses harder abrasives like plastic and glass beads. Soda blasting is the exception, a one-time-use abrasive, used for special applications when recycling abrasive is not important.

Soda Blasting: The Good

The main advantage of soda blasting is it’s a cost-efficient, single-use abrasive. Although recycling abrasive is the name of the game for most abrasive blasting applications, there are a few special applications not needing to recycle abrasive. Onetime use abrasives are used for applications like ship cleaning that require huge amounts of abrasive – it typically takes one million pounds of abrasive for an average ship – or maybe a smaller amount for the back bed of an old truck. Additionally, soda is the primary abrasive to clean oily parts because once it removes the oil; the abrasive doesn’t cycle back through to hit the part again. Soda is also water soluble making sure no abrasive remains in critical bearing areas!

Six Rules for Soda Blasting Success

  1. Always use a direct pressure abrasive delivery system that uses lower blasting pressure to maximize abrasive velocity without reaching maximum soda impact velocity
  2. Never blast using more than 30 to 35 psi pressure when using direct pressure delivery
  3. Always use a ghost flow out the nozzle to prevent Soda flooding and or slower cleaning
  4. Use equipment designs that understand the proper use of soda and collection of spent soda
  5. Know that soda used at higher pressure will surface etch and change part metallurgy.
  6. Exceeding maximum impact velocity will simply create a failed soda blasting cabinet with a failed dust collector.

Soda Blasting: The Bad

Because soda is now so popular, manufacturers and retailers are offering sub par quality soda blast cabinet to make a quick buck. They do not know the nuances of soda as an abrasive nor do they understand its limitations.

Yes, soda has important characteristics, but it’s not a magic bullet. Soda cannot be recycled the way other abrasives like steel shot, steel grit, silicon carbide, aluminum oxide, garnet, and ceramic, glass or plastic beads. Being that soda is so soft; it explodes into tiny fragments upon impact with the object being blasted. Additionally, soda abrasive doesn’t work harden the part being cleaned because it’s meant to be used a low abrasive velocity.

Soda Blasting: The Ugly

Today, because of the need for a soluble abrasive like soda, you see everyone selling soda blasting cabinets. Unless you have very few parts to blast or blast only a few times a month for minutes all these blasting cabinets that are supposed to contain the soda will soon be the biggest mess you could possibly imagine all with failed dust collectors.

The problem is that some retailers sell cheap slag and soda to blast cabinet operators. Often, the operator thinks the soda can be recycled and runs the machine in excess of 60 psi in a siphon delivery system or 30-35 psi in a direct pressure delivery system. This causes the abrasive to explode on impact, severely reducing visibility and simultaneously creating tiny particles that are sucked into the dust collector – leaving the cabinet kaput.

Pro Tip: If the dust collector gets packed with soda abrasive, the blasting cabinet fails, it’s that simple. 

Media Blast offers three duty cycle soda cabinet models: the Blizzard Soda Blast Cabinet, the N-200 Soda and the Pro Soda. Each is matched to a specific usage – recreational to industrial. Each model provides users an environmentally friendly clean part with its original finish intact, free from trace oil residue. If you think soda blasting is right for your application, Media Blast can supply you with a soda blast cabinet with superior visibility that keeps soda out of the dust collector to ensure your needs are met with minimal machine maintenance.

Learn more about SERVPRO and Soda Blasting by contacting our Vermilion County office at (217)443-0077! Any time day or night, someone is ready to take your call. 

Why SERVPRO? Because We Do It All!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

We worry about your restoration emergency so you don't have to.

From start to finish, you will see that SERVPRO of Vermilion County will take care of your restoration emergency from start to finish. A fire, for example, can wreak havoc not only on your home or office but your precious time and checkbook too. There is no need to worry. Not only do we possess the experience, but the equipment and talent on our team to make sure the disaster looks like it never took place. After removing any drywall that is burned and unsalvageable, we will make sure your home down to the studs is clean and smelling great. Besides any demolition that needs to be done, we will begin reconstructing your home back to the way it was. This includes painting your walls as well. It will be like an entirely new room in your home.   

If you have recently experienced a restoration emergency, let our team here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County take care of everything so you don’t have to. We will always work with you each step of the way and make sure you are satisfied. Give us a call at 217-443-0077 for more information.  [JB]

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water

  • Fire Extinguishers have a Class A rating and are suitable for fighting fires involving solid combustibles such as wood, paper, and textiles. 
  • Electrical equipment should be avoided when using a water extinguishers (unless water with additive are used), as water is a conductor.

AFF Foam

  • AFFF Foam fire extinguishers are highly effective on Class A and Class B fires (the foam agent helps to prevent re-ignition).
  • Some foam extinguishers have been diametrically tested to 35,000 volt (35kv) and can be used on or near electrical appliances. 

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

  • CO2 fire extinguishers were originally designed for use on flammable liquid fires, and therefore have a Class B fire rating. 
  • They are ideal for electrical fires, CO2 is not a conductor and they do not leave behind any harmful residue. 

ABC POWDER

  • ABC Powder fire extinguishers are extremely versatile and can be used on Class A, Class B, Class C, and electrical fires. 
  • They are available in a range of sizes from 1-9 kg and ideal for application in environments containing mixed fire risks. However, there is a risk of inhalation when using powder extinguishers and therefore not recommended for use within small rooms, homes, ad offices. 

Water Mist

  • Water mist fire extinguishers are highly effective on Class A, B, C, F, and electrical fires.
  • The unique design of the water mist extinguishers' supersonic nozzle creates a microscope mist curtain, reducing the oxygen content. Water mist extinguishers are also safe on fires caused by electricity, as the water mist does not conduct electricity and the water mist does not form puddles which could lead to electrocution.

Wet Chemical

  • Wet chemical fire extinguishers are designed specifically for use on fires involving combustible cooking media such as burning oil and fat. 
  • They have a Class F rating and a special lance applicator nozzle. They usually have an additional Class A rating and are normally not designed for use on Class B fires (petrol, diesel, paint, paraffin etc.), although the 31tr Gloria wet chemical firs extinguisher is an exception.  

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County for any of your fire needs, 24/7 at (217) 443-0077. (LB)

Fire Extinguisher Classes

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

The fire classification system is designed to categorize fires into groups based on the type of fuel involved. Each fire class is represented by a letter of the alphabet (with the electrical which are simply referred to as “electrical fires”) and an icon. This helps users to select an appropriate fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.

Class A Fires

  • Solid Combustibles
    • Fire involving solid combustible materials such as wood, textiles, straw, paper, coal etc.

Class B Fires

  • Flammable Liquids
    • Fire caused by combustion of liquids or materials that liquefy such as petrol, oils, fats, paints, tar, ether, alcohol, stearin, and paraffin.

Class C Fires

  • Flammable Gases
    • Fires caused by combustion of gases such as methane, propane, hydrogen, acetylene, natural gas and city gas.

Class D Fires

  • Flammable Fires
    • Fires involving combustibles metals such as magnesium, aluminum, lithium, sodium, potassium and their alloys. Combustible metal fires are unique industrial hazards which require special fire extinguishers.  

Class F Fires

  • Combustible Cooking Media
    • Fires involving particularly hot or deep oil and grease fires, such as deep fat fryers in commercial kitchens or overheated oil pan fires in homes. Normal water-based extinguishers with large droplets would cause an ‘explosion’ of stream and carry burning oils and fats from the container. Equally, a CO2 extinguishers jet would carry burning oil out of the container and also would have in-sufficient cooling effect to stop reigniting. Wet chemical extinguishers, on the other hand, lay a cooling foam layer on top of the burning fat/oil and react with the liquid, stopping air supply to the fire.

Electrical Fires

  • Electrical Appliances
    • Fires involving electrical appliances such as computers, electrical heaters, stereos, fuse boxes etc.

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County for any of your fire needs, 24/7 at (217) 443-0077. (LB)

Dehu! What is it?

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217)443-0077, for all your Dehu needs.

As water damage restoration professionals, we need professional-grade equipment that helps us tackle the toughest of jobs and deliver outstanding results for our clients. A powerful dehumidifier is a key component in our suite of tools. But what does a dehumidifier do? 

Conventional dehumidifiers are designed for most water-damage remediation projects, and they can easily be transported from job to job and loaded and unloaded from a vehicle. They condense water vapor by passing air over refrigerated coils, and a heat pipe prevents frost from forming. This type of Dehu can also be used in your home for moisture management. It helps to keep moisture levels more comfortable in humid environments, and helps ward off musty odors. 

We use machines called LGR Dehumidifiers. LGR stands for low-grain refrigerant, which is a fancy way of saying these dehumidifiers provide maximum power in removing moisture from the air. How do they work? LGR dehumidifiers feature a double cooling system that lowers the temperature of moisture-filled air once inside the machine. This leads to more condensation that forms on the coils inside the machine, which in turn leads to more moisture pumped out and less moisture in the air that is returned to the room.  

Now for my favorite Dehu! 

The Phoenix Dry Max! What is special about the Dry Max? It's tiny compared to its brothers and sisters, but it still packs the same punch! It has an integrated handle and wheels as well as on board storage for the power cord and condensate hose! 

Commercial Cleaning Services

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO handle all your commercial needs.

Commercial Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Vermilion County can help clean and protect your investment.

Spending extra time and resources to clean and disinfect your office or warehouse space is something you don't always have time to do. Turn to the professionals, to let us handle the everyday wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When dirt, odor, and moisture problems go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need to call SERVPRO of Vermilion County for prompt service.

We specialize in all commercial cleaning services, from removing an odor problem to deep cleaning flooring and carpets; you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best. SERVPRO of Vermilion County can work around your regular business hours so there will be no disruption or downtime for your office. From general cleaning of work spaces to heavy cleaning of warehouse walls and ceilings, we have specialized training, products, and equipment to get your commercial property clean and safe. A clean office promotes employee health and safety, production and overall happiness. A clean business keeps customers coming back.  

SERVPRO of Vermilion County wants to help keep your facility clean and a place where people want to work and shop. We have service agreements that range from weekly cleaning services, quarterly, or by the call. We'll work with you and around your schedule and cater our services around your needs. 

Our commercial cleaning services include:

Biohazard and Sewage

SERVPRO employees are trained to safely remove bio hazards and dispose of them properly following OSHA and health regulations. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous and is best left to the professionals. Our employees are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean and safe work spaces.

Are you having a Bad Day?

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

When life throws you a curveball, let SERVPRO of Vermilion County help you hit that ball out of the park!  SERVPRO of Vermilion County is open 24/7 for your emergencies and just a phone call (217-443-0077) away.  If you are dealing with a fire, water, mold or a bio hazard clean, it can become overwhelming. Our crews understand that you may feel stressed, saddened, confused and even vulnerable at these times.  Our crews are trained to help you through these difficult times.

We deal with both commercial and residential losses.  We also work with all insurance companies nationwide.  Our crews are trained and continue taking classes to provide you with the best service.

So, give the Professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County a call for an estimate today. 

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for a flood or fire damage in Vermilion County with an Emergency Ready Profile.

Be prepared for a flood or fire damage in Vermilion county with an Emergency Ready Profile.

SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here to help you get a plan in place for free!

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Schedule and ERP

SERVPRO of Vermilion County can put together an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for free. There are no contracts or obligations, we just want to help your business. Preparation is key for making it through any size disaster. Schedule an appointment today with SERVPRO of Vermilion County by calling (217) 443-0077.

Cleaning an Artificial Christmas Tree

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

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!