Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage? SERVPRO to the Rescue

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees standing outside a van with an air mover on the ground. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle will respond quickly to your water emergency.

When your Wheaton or Glen Ellyn home or business has suffered water damage caused by flooding or a leak, you need a company that can respond immediately and has the experience, expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle uses advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible.  Our highly trained technicians will carefully monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.  We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We invest in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your home or business more quickly and to minimize cost.  This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently.  We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to clean and sanitize the affected water damage area.

If you have suffered water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

What to do if you have a Water Emergency

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water drop falling into a circle of a water ripple. If you are faced with a water emergency, please contact SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle for help.

Water Damage can happen quickly, and it can happen when you least expect it.  Here are some tips to help you if you are faced with a water emergency at your home or business.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you find that your home or business is faced with a water emergency, please call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

When Water Damage Strikes

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street with a white pick up truck up to the wheels in water. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help if your home or business suffers water damage.

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.  Within four hours of receiving a loss notification, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle will be on-site of your home or business to help ensure the water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection:

We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.

Emergency Services:

We will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying.  We will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring:

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process.  The updates will be consistently communicated with you.

SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle is available to help with any water damage that strikes your home or business.  Call us today at (630) 384-1040.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Copper water pipe on a red brick wall with frozen icicles hanging down. Avoid frozen water pipes with these tips.

Freezing cold temperatures are reaching the Chicagoland area early this year.  Your home or business may be at risk for frozen pipes which can cause water damage to your property.

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets.  A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross.

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets; running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

If your home or business has damage caused by winter weather, please call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

Source: Residential Newsline Volume 17, Issue 1

Restoring your Flooded Basement

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Three green air movers on wet grey carpet with white walls and a wood door. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can restore your flooded basement.

Too many homeowners have descended their basement steps to find a pool of murky water.  Water follows the path of least resistance, finding cracks and holes through basement walls.  Flooding can often be attributed to insufficient drainage around basement walls, heavy rains, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors.

SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle Professionals are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly.  Our water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Basements can flood day or night, on weekends and even holidays, and that’s why we offer 24 emergency service, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

If your basement has experienced flooding, give us a call at (630) 384-1040.

Flooding Emergency Tips

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room with red chairs and a floral couch under water and water flowing from a picture above a fireplace. For help with Flooding, Call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

Water Emergencies can happen quickly and can be devastating to your home or business.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can arrive fast to help you.

Here are a few tips until help arrives:

What to do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Have Water of Flood Damage?  Call us today – (630) 384-1040

Water in Finished Basement in Wheaton

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

“I have water in my finished basement. What do I do?”

“I have water in my finished basement. What do I do?”

We don’t recommend just using your shop vacuum or mopping the visible water up and calling it a day. There are so many different variables to consider such as:

Where has the water traveled?

  • If your second-floor bathroom experienced water damage, the water can travel through the floor and affect first floor rooms.
  • If your finished basement has water damage, the water can soak up in the drywall and insulation behind the wall.
  • Water dripping in your bedroom could be coming in from the roof and affect insulation and roof in your attic.

All these undetected areas, if not dried properly, can become an environment for microbial growth (MOLD!) and avoiding growth is why you should call an IICRC trained firm to inspect the property to see just where the water has traveled.

You can call SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 24/7 at 630-384-1040 to discuss the process of cleaning and drying out your property after water intrusion in your home or business.

Why to call a Professional After a Water Damage

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

After a water damage, calling a professional restoration provider is essential to confirming that property damage is properly handled.

Many people try to handle things themselves these days.  Watching a video or reading an article and online and suddenly, everyone is an expert.  Professional training, years of experience, and hundreds of projects cannot be replaced by a five-minute video.

Using Experienced Restoration Professionals Makes a Difference

When you call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle, the team members who respond to your water emergency know where to look, how to identify issues, and what steps need to be taken.  In the case of the photo above, many people forget to look behind, underneath, or seek areas where water may have settled.  This is important to identify, as water can damage wood and other materials, developing into mold and creating long-term issues. 

When you call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle, we understand how to help, and we take the steps necessary to minimize damage, handling the project quickly, professionally, and thoroughly.

Water Damage and the Equipment – SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle Helps

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

The box fans you use in the summer will not really do the job to dry your basement after a flood or water damage. SERVPRO can help.

The box fans you use in the summer will not really do the job to dry your basement after a flood or water damage.  SERVPRO can help.

It could be a large, catastrophic flood or a minor overflow.  Whatever the water damage that you experience, you can count on SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle to respond with the equipment, experienced professionals, and know-how to help you return your home or office back to normal.

After a Water Damage, Drying Equipment and Professionals Matter 

Would you try to cook thanksgiving dinner in a toaster oven?  Probably not.  Why people think that a box fan will dry out their basement after a water damage is a mystery.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help you through every part of a water damage event.  We work with your insurance company to help handle the paperwork.  Our team is trained and certified in many areas of water damage restoration, and we have the experience to handle the biggest or smallest project.  You don’t have to handle this yourself.

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

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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)

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.

Faster to your DuPage County Water Damage Event

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

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 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

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!