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Restoring Your Evanston Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Loss Your Problem, Our Solution

Flooding and water damage events at Evanston commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Evanston

SERVPRO of Evanston specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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When Storms or Floods Hit, Evanston SERVPRO is ready!

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Flooding Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Evanston, IL!

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

Faster Response

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

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 847.763.7010

Call SERVPRO for basement extraction and cleanup

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Call SERVPRO for basement extraction and cleanup!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 847.763.7010

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Evanston and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 847.763.7010

Detect and Prevent Water and Mold Damage

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Broken Pipe Water Damage? Call SERVPRO! 847.763.7010

Standing water on the floor is easy to see. Less obvious signs of problems include:

  • Unexpected increases in your water bill
  • Stains on walls, floors or ceilings
  • Damaged or warped flooring
  • Warped bottom panels in under-sink cabinets
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Corrosion on plumbing valves and fittings

Deal with problems as you find them. Clean up any water or moisture, locate the source and make repairs. Tracking down a leak isn't always straightforward — water can travel along components in the building structure, so the indications of the leak may be in a different part of the home than the leak itself. If necessary, contact a professional roofing contractor, plumber or water damage restoration specialist to help with identification and repair.

In addition to the damage that water causes, it can encourage the growth of mold on walls and floors — where it's readily visible — and in duct-work, attics and crawl spaces — where you might not notice it. A musty odor is a sign that mold may be present.

Mold can cause damage and lead to health problems — deal with it quickly. If the affected area is larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends you find a professional mold remediation contractor. For smaller areas, you can clean nonporous surfaces with commercial cleaning products, soap and water or a solution of a cup of bleach to each gallon of water. Follow the instructions and safety precautions for the cleaning product you use and wear appropriate safety gear. Porous surfaces such as drywall need to be replaced. For more information on mold in the home and how to clean it up, see A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home on the EPA's web site.

Inspecting common sources of water leaks and taking some simple preventative measures can be an effective way to reduce the risk of water damage and mold.

Containment protects what you value

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Containment Containment protects what you value!

When a SERVPRO team comes to work at the customer's house or place of business, most of the times there will be places that are unaffected. When this is the case, the crew does not wish to spread any dust or mold or whatever it may be to that area. The way to prevent that is containment. Containment is the process of protecting unaffected area with plastic. In this case for example, it was around Christmas and the tree was set up. It was in an area that was unaffected. So the SERVPRO team set up containment so the dust in the working area would not get into the tree or on the gifts. This is a step all SERVPRO members take. No matter how big or small, satisfaction is our top priority!   

Preventing Frozen Pipes

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Chicago winters can do a lot of damage on your home or property. It is important to take the proper precautions when the time comes to prevent all the damage you can. Frozen pipes are the culprit behind some of the worst winter-time water damages we see here at SERVPRO of Evanston. While extremely common, frozen pipers are also preventable. Our team at SERVPRO of Evanston has compiled some tips to help you prevent frozen pipes when winter comes. Below Consumer Reports listed some ways to help prevent your pipes from freezing and what you should do to minimize the damage if it does occur. 

How to prevent frozen pipes

Some of the steps experts recommend may go against your better instincts of conserving water and heat, but the extra expense is nothing compared with a hefty repair bill. Here’s what to do: 

  • Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)
  • Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.
  • If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
  • For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

What to do if frozen pipes occur

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may well have a frozen pipe. If a pipe has broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve, which is usually at the water meter or where the mainline enters the house. If the water is still running and no pipes have burst, you can take the following steps. (Of course, if you suspect a more serious problem, call a plumber.) 

  • Turn on the faucet. As you heat the frozen pipe and the ice plug begins to melt, you want the water to be able to flow through. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. As tempting as it may be, do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, a charcoal stove, or any device with an open flame; the high heat can damage the pipes or even start a fire.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see whether you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

And don't forget . . . you can always count on SERVPRO of Evanston for all your frozen pipe and water damage needs. Give us a call at 847-763-7010. We are here to help. 

Signs of Water Damage

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaking pipes in the ceiling caused extensive water damage to this customer's home.

Water damage can have detrimental effects on your home or business, and the longer you wait the more damage occurs. This can lead to extensive and costly mitigation. When you do have water damage, the best thing you can do is shut off the water source to prevent further damage. Contacting a plumber is also a good step if the water is coming from somewhere you are unable to turn off yourself. These are just the first steps to preventing further damage and mitigating the problem. The next step is to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Evanston to come out and assess the problem. We have the trained technicians and years of experience in the field to get your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

While the experts at SERVPRO of Evanston have the knowledge and experience to spot water damage before it gets too bad, the average home or business owner may not. Because of this, we have compiled a few signs you can look for to spot early water damage. 

  • Water rings on your ceiling or walls.
  • Soft or sagging on your ceiling or walls.
  • Wet or soggy carpets.
  • Warping in your wood flooring.

When you see these signs, the best thing you can do for your home or business is call the experts immediately before the problem gets worse. Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call so we can help. 


HVAC Leaks

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

HVAC Leak A leaking HVAC can quickly cause extensive damage to your home or commercial building.

Hot summer temperatures and high humidity levels mean more condensation from your HVAC. When your HVAC creates condensation, the water needs to drain somewhere and can quickly clog the lines. This can lead to a broken emergency line or drop pan overflow which can cause water damage to your home or building if not treated properly. So . . . what should you do if this happens and causes water damage? Here’s a few things!

  • Call an HVAC company to service your unit. This is probably the easiest and most efficient method, but unfortunately the most expensive.
  • Check to make sure your primary condensation line, usually located near the ground outside the home in an area of high foot traffic, is slowly dripping water when your HVAC is on.
  • If your primary line is not dripping check the secondary line, usually located somewhere like above a window or door as to be more noticeable when dripping.
  • If the primary, or both lines, are not dripping while the unit is on, find a way to flush out or remove the potential blockage. The cleanout will usually be located close to the HVAC main unit. Make sure you thoroughly research how to properly clear your lines before attempting to!
  • Check your HVAC unit drip pan, make sure it has no holes or rust around it. If it is damaged you may need to have it replaced.

And . . . the next thing to do is call SERVPRO of Evanston. Our team will come out to do a moisture inspection on your residence or commercial property to verify whether or not any damage has occurred. If there is damage, our trained technicians will develop a mitigation plan to efficiently solve the problem and correct any damage. If you have an HVAC leak, call SERVPRO of Evanston at 847-763-7010. 

Firework Safety this Summer

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

safety Firework safety can prevent accidents and injury.

With the beginning of the summer and Fourth of July not too far off, we are gonna start seeing a lot of something: fireworks. While the National Safety Council does encourage everyone to enjoy firework displays put on by professionals, it is advised that we leave it only to the professionals. You really should not attempt to light off fireworks on your own, even if they are legal in your area. Fireworks can cause serious burn and eyes injuries to children and even adults if they malfunction or are not handled properly. SERVPRO of Evanston knows the danger and devastation fireworks can cause if you end up accidentally starting a fire. To help keep you safe this summer, we have compiled a few tips on how to safely use or be around fireworks this summer if you choose to do so. 

Safety Tips 

  • Never allow children to handle fireworks. 
  • Do not use fireworks if impaired by drugs or alcohol. 
  • When using fireworks or standing nearby, protective eyewear should be used.
  • Never light fireworks indoors and use them away from people, houses, and flammable materials. 
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person. 
  • Have a bucket of water or hose nearby. 
  • Do not try to make your own fireworks. 
  • Never relight a dud. 
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the garbage. 
  • Do not use illegal fireworks. 
  • Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. 

In the tragic event of a fire from any cause, SERVPRO of Evanston is always ready to help. With a quick response time and efficient work, we can make it “Like it never even happened,” in no time so you can get back to enjoying your summer. 

Levels of Commercial Losses

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

One area SERVPRO of Evanston specializes in is handling damage on commercial properties whether it be fire damage, water damage, or even property damage due to natural disasters. We know that no matter the cause of damage, downtime due to damage on your property can be costly to both your business and your customers. 

One tool we use to assess property damage to begin the mitigation process is a grading system. Commercial property damage can be graded on a scale of one to three based on the size of the area and the extent of damage present. 

Level 1

Level 1 commercial losses typically involve affected spaces of 15,000 square feet or less. A level 1 loss may be a small, stand-alone establishment such as a restaurant, small church, small warehouse, or daycare facility or it could be a small portion of a larger structure. 

Level 2

A level 2 loss usually involves anywhere from 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. These buildings are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces that may include  small multi-family homes, midsize churches or schools, a small shopping center, or a midsize warehouse. A level 2 loss may also be a portion of a much larger structure. 

Level 3

Level 3 commercial losses typically involve more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. These may include, but are not limited to, large multilevel structures such as hospitals, schools, or universities. A level 3 commercial damage is officially considered a “large loss.”