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Responding and Rebuilding After a Fire

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Responding and Rebuilding After a Fire Even though the entire structure was destroyed in this fire, all is not lost. Rebuilding can and will happen with SERVPRO.

During the warm summer time, a fire broke out in this garage, destroying the entire building.  It was not able to be saved and required a total rebuild.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to assist. We assisted with a minor cleanup but ultimately, it was rebuilding after a fire that was required, as there was not a lot we could do to help after such a devastating fire.  There was not much to salvage or repair.  Rebuilding was needed more than anything. Many people are unaware that SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle offers complete rebuilding services after a water or fire damage. 

Rebuilding After a Fire

With a team of experts experienced in construction and restoration services, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help estimate, design, re-build, and project manage every aspect of construction following property damage. Whether a bathroom needs to be rebuilt or an entire home, our team will handle the entire project.

After a Fire, Cleaning and Restoring

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire, Cleaning and Restoring A fire on the inside of this building affected the exterior as well. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to help repair and recover.

Following a fire on the interior, a local business experienced fire and smoke damage throughout the facility, both on the interior and exterior.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to help with the initial cleaning, disinfecting, and odor control of the facility.  In addition, because of the extent of the fire damage, various parts of the building required replacement of structural elements, such as siding, insulation, as well as interior furnishings.

Recovering and Repairing From a Fire

Our team worked with the facility staff to prioritize the repairs and address the elements that were most important to the facility to reopen.  Starting on the interior and working out, recovery was quick, with operations resuming according to the timeline of the business.  In the end, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was able to help the business recover from a destructive fire and recover quickly.

Floods, Disasters, and Storm Damage. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle Helps

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Floods, Disasters, and Storm Damage.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle Helps When storms, natural disasters or other weather events take place, SERVPRO of Wheaton Glen Ellyn / Lisle responds.

When those events take place that you see on the evening news, such as flooding and large natural disasters, it may be surprising to know that your local SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle is most likely responding to help.  Our franchise is among a select group of SERVPRO franchises who are designated as Large Loss and who travel to respond to large catastrophic events. 

A Local Restoration Company with a National Reach

Having a local restoration company with experience responding to large natural disasters is a benefit.  The experience and knowledge gained from responding to such events is quickly evidenced when we respond locally.  The team that will respond has been in some of the most stressful and chaotic situations, so they know how to remain calm under pressure, but they also understand how you must be feeling during a stressful time.

Cleaning to Reopen After a Fire in a Commercial Business

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning to Reopen After a Fire in a Commercial Business One of the crew members from SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle cleaning soot from a fire damaged wall

When a fire interrupts a business and causes a stoppage of work, preventing employees from working and customers from receiving orders, time is important.  the business needs to be cleaned, disinfected, with repairs made as soon as possible.  This is where SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help a business get open again as soon as possible.  Our restoration team will bring a crew that understands the importance of reopening, and they know how to properly clean and remove any sign of a fire damage.

Cleaning After a Fire

The importance of professional cleaning of smoke and soot is something that can make a big difference in the recovery.  Removing odors and cleaning all of the areas affected is vital to helping a business re-open.

A Cold Commercial Project

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial A Cold Commercial Project The Large Loss Team responded to this commercial fire, and brought the Disaster Recovery Team trailer.

When a fire took place at a company's facility in a rural area, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle and the Large Loss Team was called to respond.  Bringing a crew of experienced technicians and project managers, the team also brought the large loss trailer with them for supplies and equipment.  The fire damage was significant but also, the smoke damage impacted a large portion of the building, including the burn marks, seen on the outside of the building.

Commercial Large Loss Response

As a member of the Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle is often called to respond to commercial fires and projects that require the experience and know-how of our team, whether it is in a remote area or a big city, summer or in the middle of winter, they will be there, 24/7.

24/7 Service to Help You

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 24/7 Service to Help You If you experience a pipe break, SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle is ready to respond, no matter how cold it is outside.

No Matter How Cold it is, SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle is Ready to Help

When extreme weather happens, especially cold temperatures, property is at risk to all manner of damage.  Frozen pipes, pipe breaks, water leaking, loss of heating or water, and more.  Any of these forms of damage can be addressed by SERVPRO.

Water related damage is one of the most common forms of damage during extreme cold temperatures. Exterior pipes can freeze, water lines can burst from freezing, and water may leak out of clogged lines.  When these cold weather events happen in the dead of winter SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle prepares our staff for a rise in calls, as well as calls at all hours. 

When pipes freeze or burst and you need a professional response quickly, call SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle at 630-384-1040.

Water in Your Basement or House? Call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water in Your Basement or House?  Call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle If you discover water in your home after heavy rains or a storm, don’t let the damage worsen, call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle.

It could be a heavy rain or an overnight storm but whatever the cause, if you discover water in your basement or seeping into your home, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can respond and help.  Our crews are trained to determine the source of the water, fix the problem, then begin extracting water and repairing any damage to your home.

Water on the Floor, What do you do?

If you discover water in your home, SERVPRO can help you.  We respond to situations like this all of the time and know how to handle the problem and help you through a frustrating situation.  We work with your insurance provider and handle most of the troublesome questions.  Our trained team will identify the source and stop the cause of the water, professionally dry the impacted area, as well as repair any damaged property.  You don’t have to try to fix this on your own, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle is a trusted restoration provider for water damage and floods.

For assistance with a water problem in your home, call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

After a Fire, SERVPRO of Wheaton Glen Ellyn Has a Plan

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire, SERVPRO of Wheaton Glen Ellyn Has a Plan Fire can completely destroy homes and buildings. If there is anything restorable, SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle will conduct the tests.

There are many things to consider following a fire. After personal safety, the structure, belongings and the recovery are all considered.  How do you proceed, what is saved, and what needs to be replaced?  When the smell of smoke and soot fills rooms it seems like things may never be the same.  They can and will be with the restoration procedures that SERVPRO has developed for fire damage recovery. 

Testing after a Fire

Whether you experience a small fire with smoke damage or a severe fire that all but destroys a structure, SERVPRO approaches each fire damage with a plan of action.  There are many steps but it all begins with a thorough evaluation and determination of the situation.  All furniture and items inside will be tested to determine what can be restored and what will have to be replaced.  This pretesting process helps determine the path to restoration.  Just one of the ways that SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle helps you after a fire.   

Commercial Restoration by SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Restoration by SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle When large property damage happens at a commercial property, SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle delivers the experience and equipment you need.

Floods, fires and natural disasters can strike anywhere, including at a commercial business.  When a business is shut down from a water damage, fire, or other disaster, not being able to operate negatively impacts many lives.  Aside from the lost revenue and inability to make a product or deliver a service, employees and families are impacted by the inability to work and provide for a family.  It is imperative that businesses get up and running again as quickly as possible.  This is where a responsive and experienced team like SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle can be the difference in limiting business interruption.

Disaster Recovery Experience for Commercial Properties

The Large Loss division at SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle has been responding for years to commercial projects across the Midwest and throughout North America, including in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  Our team is equipped to identify the best path forward to mitigate and restore quickly and properly in order to get a business open again as soon as possible.  When customers, owners, and employees are relying on a quick recovery, count on SERVPRO.

For Commercial Restoration, call SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle at (630) 384-1040. 

Serving up Some Help from Water Damage at a Tennis Facility

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Serving up Some Help from Water Damage at a Tennis Facility Water Damage can happen anywhere, even a tennis court. SERVPRO can help

Water Damage can happen anywhere. Sometimes it can be a house, business, or a commercial facility that experiences a flood or damage from a storm with heavy rains.  Storm damage can happen anywhere, including at a tennis facility, as seen in the photo.  After a heavy storm blew through the area, many businesses experienced property and water damage, including a tennis and sport facility.

Water Can Damage Property in Many Ways

Aside from removing water and providing remediation to the buildings at this tennis center, SERVPRO was also asked to remove the excess water from the courts. It may seem somewhat frivolous to spend time pushing water off the courts, but when excess amounts of water sit on a tennis court, the pressure form the water can cause buckling and damage to the surface.  Our crews worked together to remove as much of the excess water as possible from the courts in the hopes of limiting or preventing damage.  And we did save the courts. Game. Set. Match.

Flooding from a Storm: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can Repair the Damage

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding from a Storm: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can Repair the Damage Flooding from Storm Damage can be repaired by SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle

Summer rain quickly turned into a storm.  Before long, a golf course was flooded and water rushed into the clubhouse. Water stood two feet high throughout the lower level, which houses employee dormitories, a member lounge, elevator shafts, and the country club wine cellar. Help was needed.

After the storm, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called and went to work. The water was pumped out and unsalvageable items were removed. Mitigation teams cut the wet drywall and began drying the facility. After the property was dried, the rebuild began, with construction teams restoring the property to its original state. New drywall, flooring, and trim was installed. Soon enough, the club was back to normal and the course resumed operations.

If your home or business experiences storm damage that results in flooding, water damage, or other property damage, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help.

Commercial Property Restoration by SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Restoration by SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle responds to Commercial Property Damage

Commercial Property Damage

Property damage can happen anywhere.  Fires, floods, storm damage, or other types of damage can impact homes, as well as businesses and commercial property.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle regularly responds to water and fire damage in large, commercial buildings and businesses of all sizes.  If a commercial building or business experiences any form of damage to their operation, it is imperative to get the situation under control and up and running as quickly as possible. Each day not open or operating means that people can’t work, with business interruption having a profound impact on the local economy and beyond.  These are the situations when SERVPRO can help and restore damage quickly.

Responding to Fire, Flood, and other Damage

SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle responds to storm, fire, flood or other types of property damage and helps get your commercial building and/or business back up and running as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle has experience working on commercial projects, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools and Universities
  • Medical and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Manufacturing Operations and Food Plants
  • Commercial Office Buildings

Damage from heavy rain or high winds: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle will respond to all storm damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Damage from heavy rain or high winds: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle will respond to all storm damage If a storm has caused damage, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can respond with one truck or the 53’ disaster trailer.

Property Damage from a Storm

Some storms can deliver more than thunder and lightning. Summertime storms can bring powerful winds, heavy rains and severe damage to property. If your property is damaged from a storm, SERVPRO can help.  As 24-hour emergency restoration company that lives in the same area as you, we know when these storms happen and are prepared to respond.

Storm Damage at your Home or Business

Summer storms usually involve water damage, water in the basement, or rain entering a building through a damaged roof or window.  Aside from making sure everyone is safe (including pets), the next step is to stop any further damage from happening.  SERVPRO will provide temporary closures to any open areas before beginning remediation and restoration.  What does that mean?  We will remove any standing water and/or debris and start drying the property.  If there was damage to a roof, walls, windows or other parts of a structure, we can repair all damaged areas, from roofs to windows and carpet. 

Commercial to Residential Restoration After a Storm

As part of the national Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle is fully prepared to respond in force to any size disaster, bringing all the people and equipment necessary, including our disaster trailer.  If the damage affected a portion of a living room, we will respond there as well.

If you have a water problem or wind has damaged your home or office, call SERVPRO.

Mold in the House: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle provides mold remediation for your home or office

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in the House: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle provides mold remediation for your home or office When mold is discovered, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle will provide an assessment, containment and expert mold remediation

Discovering mold in your home or office can be alarming.  If mold is discovered, you can contact SERVPRO for an assessment before taking any action.  First things first, do not attempt to clean, scrub or disturb mold, as the spores will easily distribute into the air.  If you have fans or an open window nearby blowing in the area, turn it off or eliminate any breezes.  Mold spreads easily and by scrubbing it or allowing wind to reach the affected area, the spores will simply move to another area. 

Removing Mold from the House or Office

Calling a mold remediation expert like SERVPRO will allow for a number of actions to take place. The first thing we do is find the source of the mold.  There may be a leak, a water or moisture source that contributed to the mold growth.  Our trained mold technicians will find the source, eliminate further damage, assess the situation, contain the existing problem and remove the mold.  Also, we will professionally clean the affected areas and contents, as well as provide air filtration and provide any restoration, if needed.

What to do with Mold

If you find mold in the house or office, again, here are a few tips on what to do (and what not to do):

  • Do not touch or scrub mold
  • Turn off any fans or blowing air (HVAC)
  • Do not spray any bleach or chemicals on the mold
  • Do not try to dry the area or use any heaters (you will spread spores)
  • Call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle

Water in the House: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle helps when you have water trouble in your home or office

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water in the House: SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle helps when you have water trouble in your home or office If you have standing water, flood damage, or other water issues in your home or office, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help.

Water damage is a common occurrence in homes and buildings.  You may experience an event with water from a heavy rain, flooding in the area, a broken sprinkler head, or even from an over-flowing toilet.  Whatever the cause of the water problem, SERVPRO can help.  Water damage is not to be taken lightly, as water can cause damage to flooring, wood trim, drywall and other parts of a structure. When water is standing in a basement, rooms, or even in a bathroom, it seeps into crevices and travels under flooring, trim and baseboards.  If not properly dried, that water can create irreparable damage, even cause mold.  Of course, the amount of water needs to be something beyond a common spill, although even a small, steady leak that is not stopped and dried can create big problems.

When to contact SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle for water damage repairs and drying:

  • Standing water in the basement
  • Flood water has entered the house or building
  • Visible damage to a window, door or walls, with water pooling in areas
  • Roof damage that has allowed wind driven rain to enter the structure
  • Sewer water or other plumbing backup
  • A long-term leak has been discovered

If there is a question of whether water can be damaging your home or building, SERVPRO professionals are trained at identifying and surveying the damage any water may have created.  Most importantly, we can remove the water and clean, dry, and professionally repair water damage.

After a Fire: Cleaning up after smoke and fire damage in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle Area

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire: Cleaning up after smoke and fire damage in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle Area Damaged by a fire, this smoke and soot covered wall was cleaned by the SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle team.

When a fire erupted in a residential apartment building in the Wheaton area of Illinois, the local fire department responded immediately, extinguishing the fire. The fire and smoke damage displaced many families, and created a massive clean-up effort for SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle.

Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire burned inside 2 units of a large apartment building, creating heavy structural damage. All told, residents from a total of 12 units were impacted and suddenly without a home. The fire and smoke damage was present throughout nearly all of the units adjacent to where the fire took place. There was also water inside several apartments from the fire department’s response, coupled with smoke smell and soot covering the walkways and stairwells, making the entire building uninhabitable for residents. After this fire took place, SERVPRO was called to assist in the immediate cleanup and mitigation from the fire damaged structure. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire created structural damage in two units, but heavy smoke damage and soot covered walls, furniture and personal belongings in many of the adjoining units. Outside of the living areas, the signs of fire were found throughout the building.  Smoke and soot damage covered brick walls up and down staircases.  As part of the cleanup, SERVPRO was called in to clean the charred walls and restore the appearance of the building.  Using a combination of commercial cleaning materials and steam cleaning, SERVPRO crews performed a thorough cleaning of all the damaged segments of the brick walls, removing all traces of the smoke and soot damage, making the brick and the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

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

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit DuPage County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage and have recently assisted Disaster Recovery Teams with Hurricane Harvey.

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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 DuPage County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 630-384-1040

Faster to your DuPage County Water Damage Event

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your DuPage County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in DuPage County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 630-384-1040

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle

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

Meet Our Crew!

DuPage County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation DuPage County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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 – 630-384-1040

What to Do for Bio-Hazard Cleanup

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Bio-hazard and sewage cleanup can involve hidden dangers. It must only be handled by an expert team, with the right training, skills, and equipment to do the job safely. With the assistance of a professional bio-hazard service team from SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle, you can rest assured that your health and the security of your property is a top priority.

There are several different types of bio-hazardous jobs which can range from crime scene residues, chemical spills, animal waste or carcasses, hoarding, and the most frequent, sewage backups. The main point to remember is that certain chemicals and pathogens can lead to unhealthy and dangerous consequences if left untreated in a home or business. If you suspect that this kind of problem has occurred in or around your property, you need to call in the SERVPRO experts who can quickly assess the situation.

Once the experts carry out a thorough inspection of the site, they can give you a general assessment. You should not attempt to re-enter the property until you have received clearance from an authoritative source.

The reason eradication and elimination are the primary tactics for bio-hazard cleanup are because any materials that have come into contact with raw sewage could present a serious risk to health. Within areas deemed ‘unsafe,’ life-threatening organisms like E. coli, salmonella, tapeworm, HPV (human papilloma virus), chemicals, and even HIV can lurk if blood is present.

If you experience any breakdown involving sewage on a scale larger than a small toilet overflow, you should absolutely contact a bio-hazard removal team right away. In most cases, it is only sewer water that warrants such an immediate reaction, but it is important to be aware that other forms of water damage can become harmful if left untreated.

For example, water from drains and polluted rivers may flood a property and deposit contaminants. This water is not clean; it contains all kinds of bacteria, irritants, and harmful substances and is termed Black Water. This is why you should never wait before you get water damage of any type restored and repaired, even as the contaminated water is quickly removed from the premises.

For businesses, the urgency of bio-hazard cleanup is particularly pressing. You cannot afford to have your workers or clients exposed to contaminated water, pathogenic agents from a crime scene, or meth lab chemicals. Get in touch with an expert bio-hazard cleanup team from SERVPRO right away. We are skilled professionals, wearing Hazmat safety clothing and gear, utilize special equipment for any bio-hazard clean up. Immediate mitigation of health related issues and property preservation are the main, initial focal points. Safety always comes first.

24 Hour Emergency Service for Bio-hazard and Sewage Clean Up

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle has certified professionals to handle any type of bio-hazardous clean-up. Call us for 24/7 emergency services. 630-384-1040

IICRC Certified Firm

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisl

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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.

Meet our Crew!

Certifications

  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

DuPage County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage DuPage County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in DuPage County

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 630-384-1040

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle

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

Meet Our Crew!

Restoring Your Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle Commercial Property After A Disaster Event

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Commercial Restoring Your Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle Commercial Property After A Disaster Event The damage shown here was the result of a large explosion due to an ignited ammonia leak in a manufacturing facility

Disaster damage events at Wheaton 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 explosion 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 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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.

Certifications

  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

Wheaton Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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Fire Damage Wheaton Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Wheaton Home.

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 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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 – (630) 384-1040

Does Your Glen Ellyn Home Have A Mold Problem?

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Mold Remediation Does Your Glen Ellyn Home Have A Mold Problem? In DuPage County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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

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

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (630) 384-1040

For Immediate Service in DuPage County, Call SERVPRO

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General For Immediate Service in DuPage County, Call SERVPRO DuPage County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night! 

SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in DuPage County. 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 – (630) 384-1040

Residential Services

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

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

Commercial Services

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

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

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