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Keep water from causing mold issues

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

A stitch in time saves nine

It's  an old saying but is very often true in many circumstances. If you can do something now it may keep you from more troubles with it down the line. This is very true when you have water damage. The water naturally flows wherever it can go and thus will end up all over our floors or basements or wherever it is we have water issues. When it does this it naturally comes in contact with other items in the area. As we all know from personal experience water absorbs into most things pretty readily. You get a drop on your shirt it soaks in before you can brush it away. If you spill a glass of water on your carpet (unless you got some type of spill protection on it) it will quickly soak in and you are pressing a towel on it to get out as much water as possible. When there is water damage it is usually much more water than a glass. It gets soaked into all those areas and now it is important to get the water out as quickly as possible and get all those things dry before mold can start forming with all that extra moisture. This is where it is important to have water restoration specialists come in and remove the water quickly as well as dry out all the other areas quickly and check for mold that has already started or get it dried to prevent mold from starting.

About Our Water Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Dekalb County specializes in water cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly removethe water quickly and safely.

If You Have Water Damage, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Dekalb County (815)758-3900

Workplace Safety

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Our common goal

We all want workplace safety. An injury is no good for anyone. The employee that is injured has their life affected by the injury and is possibly out of work for a while. The employer loses a valuable employee that is needed to complete jobs at work. The more hazardous the job the more important the safety. Many businesses will put up safety posters and slogans to encourage safety. 

A reward for safety

A good idea for job safety is to reward employees that come up with valuable safety ideas. Being each job is different makes it hard to cover all the bases with posters etc. so we can utilize a resource we already have. An employee sees the weak points in safety every day and has possibly almost been injured by something. Well rewarding them encourages the free thinking about safety. People may watch themselves but it would be better if all employees were benefiting from it. It may be an escalating scale so the bigger the idea the bigger the reward. Or just a flat rate item if the idea gets used you get the reward. Some possible reward ideas

  • monetary
  • leave work early on a Friday
  • gift card for a local restaurant
  • or something applicable to your area

 Our Commercial Services

One thing that always helps with safety is the cleanliness of the work environment. A dirty area can be a fire hazard and should you experience a fire we do offer fire restoration services. Should you have a person get injured we offer biohazard services as well in case their was blood or bodily fluids that ended up on surfaces. We also offer our full commercial services including hvac and duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, odor removal and vandalism restoration. If you have need any of our services here at SERVPRO of Dekalb County please feel free to contact us.

Have Questions about our Commercial Services?
Call Us Today – (815)758-3900

Be careful to not spread mold throughout your house

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

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

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Dekalb County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Dekalb County (815)758-3900

importance Of Cleanliness

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial importance Of Cleanliness Carpet Cleaning at an area business to maintain the look.

Personal experiences

We've all been traveling and had to make a quick pit stop. We walk in to use the bathroom and grab some snacks and we walk into the bathroom and it is so bad we want to run away screaming or we go in and find it is absolutely spotless. We will remember it for each of these two reasons one to avoid and one that we know this is a place with a really nice restroom. And you mind when it is bad goes right to if its that bad in here what about the rest of the store?

Things people notice

  • Is the outside clean because they may not come in if its not
  • Is there a nice pleasant aroma or is it stale, smoke filled, dirty smelling 
  • Remove clutter that will get in the way of people in your business. Dress the business for success
  • Just being clean helps employee safety as well as customer safety by the eliminating possible trip hazards etc.
  • Most of us have been in a business and noticed the dirty floor and it affected our opinion of that business. When clean we don't think much of it but a dirty floor and we notice it.
  • Number of customers. 2 similar businesses side by side and one is packed and one is empty so people will wonder why the empty business - is it because of cleanliness?
  • They notice dirty glass, counters and other shiny or reflective services

And most of these things are cumulative or in other words build on one another. Someone may let one thing go but then they see another and another and you may have lost a repeat customer.

Our Commercial Restoration Services

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. So whether it is tile and grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, biohazard, or other cleaning you need or it is restoration from a disaster like water or fire damage we at SERVPRO of Dekalb County are here to help. 

Have Questions about our Commercial Services?
Call Us Today SERVPRO (815)758-3900

When you have Storm Damage

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When you have Storm Damage WInd damage to roof, windows, and trees from a recent storm .

Tips

  • Put safety first!
  • Contact your insurance agent or company
  • If a tree fell on or near your property be cautious around it as the tree can still shift
  • Look up at the trees to make sure of no broken limbs just hanging there that could fall down injuring someone
  • Be aware of power lines as they may be down in the area creating a hazard
  • Listen to the radio for further news reports on the storm and damage
  • Check on your elderly or disabled neighbors
  • If you leave in your car do not drive through flooded streets. You do not know how deep it may be.
  • If you smell gas shut the gas off and contact your gas supplier.
  • Again safety first! Look before you act.

Our Storm Damage Restoration Service

Storms can come up with little warning about how powerful and destructive that storm may be. Regardless of the type of storm SERVPRO can handle any disaster. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your storm damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Storm Damage?
Call Us Today SERVPRO (815)758-3900

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your DeKalb County Home

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of DeKalb 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 DeKalb County

SERVPRO of DeKalb 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.

SERVPRO of DeKalb County helps local school children have a fun filled afternoon

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of DeKalb County owner Steve Bryant and Marketing Representative Tricia Herrera stepped out of the office for an afternoon to help local Central School students have a fun filled carnival. Central School has a large Hispanic number of students and this event was put on thru the Rochelle United Methodist Church to make all students feel important and interact together. The staff at the church had been communicating with this students weekly thru messages posted on the windows of the church, The students became so excited to read each new message weekly that it so became the high lite of their Monday morning. The church staff and volunteers decided that a school carnival with games and prizes was a great way to celebrate this year long relationship. Steve and Tricia helped to man the games and spent the hour having just as much fun as the kids! SERVPRO of Dekalb County is involved in many community activities and believes that involvement is as important as ever. 

Restoring Your DeKalb County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at DeKalb County 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 DeKalb County

SERVPRO of DeKalb 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.

DeKalb County Smoke and Soot Clean up

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of DeKalb County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –815758-3900

Our Highly trained Restoration Specialists can restore your DeKalb County Home

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of DeKalb 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 Dekalb County

SERVPRO of Dekalb 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.