Recent Storms - Stay Safe by Staying Prepared
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Ever walk into your beautiful finished basement and hear the "squish, squish" of wet carpeting?
Unwanted water intrusion can happen at anytime. Whether it's from a rain storm or a busted water heater, be rest assured that you don't have to tackle the damage alone.
If water intrudes into your Lombard or Addison home, be prepared to follow these tips until help arrives:
- Shut off the water source if possible.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books,magazinesor other colored items on wet carpeting.
Nobody likes to be interrupted. Don't let unwanted water in your home interrupt your life. Contact SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison to help getyou back up and running again.
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Mold Prevention - Your Bathroom
Mold thrives on lingering moisture, especially in rooms that do not have the correct type of ventilation. Mold can grow on numerous materials in your bathroom like shower curtains, rugs, wallpaper, drywall, and grout.
Tips on How to Prevent Bathroom Mold
- Do not leave damp towels or any other wet materials on the floor.
- Make sure the bathroom is getting proper ventilation. Use the bathroom vent anytime the shower or tub is running and leave the vent on for 30 minutes after you are done.
- After you are done showering, wipe down the tiles and grout in the shower.
- Wash your shower curtain regularly.
- Wash the rugs in your bathroom regularly.
- Purchase a mildew resistant shower curtain.
Sitting water can cause mold growth. Make sure to keep your tub, shower, and sink clean by cleaning them frequently. A clean and dry environment will prevent mold from ever growing.
10 Things Never to Do When You Grill
Grilling can be fun when done properly. Enjoy these great tips to keep your backyard BBQ safe and enjoyable.
10 Things Never to Do When You Grill
As temperatures rise, homeowners love firing up the grill and eating outdoors. Yet just as with indoor food prep, there are some important rules and guidelines to follow when you're cooking outside. Play it safe and check out these 10 things you should never …
- Never Leave the Grill Unattended
Never walk away from a lighted grill, because the open flames present a fire hazard. Also, for safety's sake, always have a fire extinguisher on hand.
- Never Use a Metal Brush
Avoid using metal-bristle brushes to clean your grill grates; the bristles can break off and become lodged in your food. Instead, rely on a wad of aluminum foil, dish scrubbies, or clean damp rags to wipe your grill—preferably while the grates are still warm.
- Don’t Run Out of Fuel
Make sure you have enough propane (or charcoal) to finish cooking your food before you start. Keep a spare full propane tank or bag of charcoal on hand, just in case.
- Don’t Use Lighter Fluid
Avoid using lighter fluid or lighter-fluid-infused charcoal briquettes, because the chemicals can impart a nasty flavor to your food. That’s also why you should never use gasoline, kerosene, or oil to start your grill!
- Banish Bacteria
Avoid food contamination both on and off the grill by following safe handling procedures: wash your hands, keep the food in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill, and don't prepare raw meats and vegetables on the same surface. To be sure meats are sufficiently cooked, use a grill-safe thermometer to check that they've reached the proper internal temperature (165 degrees Fahrenheit for poultry, 160 degrees Fahrenheit for ground meat, and 145 degrees Fahrenheit for steaks or roasts).
- Skip the Sloppy Look
Don't wear loose clothing, scarves, or dangling jewelry while grilling; these items can potentially catch fire in open flames. If you have long hair, tie it back or tuck it under a hat to avoid singeing your lovely locks.
- Never Skip Resting Time
As tempting and mouthwatering as that just-cooked steak may appear, don’t cut into it immediately, or you'll end up with a dryer, tougher piece of meat. Rest your meat for a few minutes to give the internal juices time to redistribute through the muscle fibers. You'll be rewarded with juicy goodness in every bite.
- Don’t Char, Grill!!
Be careful not to overcook your meat. Not only does burned barbecue taste unappealing, but it also forms dangerous carcinogenic compounds, known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which have been linked to increased risks of pancreatic, colorectal, and prostate cancer.
- Stay Away From Smoke
Never stand directly over a smoky grill, and avoid inhaling the fumes. Grill smoke contains carbon monoxide as well as substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to increased risk of certain cancers—especially lung cancer.
- Don’t Drink and Grill
Grilling under the influence of alcohol can be a recipe for disaster. Wait to pop open a cold one until the grilling and food preparation is complete, then help yourself to a recreational beverage while your meat is resting.
Here To Help - SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison
Whatever life throws at you, SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison is here to help!
Residential and Commercial Services
Whether your home or business 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 and commercial services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
If you need any of these services, we are always here to help, no matter how big or small the job is. We can help make your home or property look "Like it never even happened." after a disaster. Do not hesitate to call us at (630) 543-1700, as we are open 24/7 to help with any disasters or cleaning needs you might need.
Christmas Lights Safety Tips
Seasonal decorations, including lights, trees and wreaths, can help put your household in the holiday spirit. However, when not used properly, decorations can create safety hazards or cause fires. Follow this Holiday light safety check list to make sure your holiday lights are safe this holiday season.
- Inspect your light strings to make sure that there are not any damaged, frayed, or cracked electrical cords. Also, be sure to check to make sure there are not any broken sockets because broken sockets can lead to fires.
- Check to see if all lights are working properly, if not be sure to replace any burned out light bulbs. Leaving empty sockets on a string of lights can cause the whole string to overheat.
- Make sure to check that any lights or extension cords that are going outside are safe to use outside. They need to be weather resistant.
- When hanging lights only use approved hangers. Do not use staples or nails, they can cut through the wire insulation and cause a fire.
- Do not keep lights hanging outside for too long. Having lights hanging outside for too long can cause a safety hazard due to weather damage.
If you do happen to experience any Christmas lights disasters, be sure to call SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison as we are always here to help.
Kitchen Fire Prevention
Cooking fires are the most common house fire. They are also the most dangerous. Follow these tips to keep your family and home safe while in the kitchen.
Never leave the kitchen
While you are cooking or even while you are just preheating the oven, never leave a hot stove or oven unattended. The most common kitchen fires are caused by leaving cooking food unattended. If for some reason you have to leave the kitchen, be sure to remove all pots and pans from the hot stove top and from inside the oven.
Be aware of your surroundings
While you are cooking, try to avoid wearing long-sleeves or any clothing that might be too big for you. Also, if you have long hair try to keep it tied back while cooking. Be aware of where you place kitchen towels and oven mitts, make sure to keep them away from the hot stove top. Make sure there is not anything flammable near the stove top while it is on.
If there ever should be a fire in the kitchen, make sure you are prepared. Make sure to check and change the batteries in the smoke detector regularly. Make sure your fire extinguisher is up to date and not damaged. Also, if a fire was to occur in your home make sure to go over a fire escape plan with your family so that they know where to go and what to do.
If you ever experience a fire in your home call SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison (630)543-1700. We have a highly trained team and we are always here to help.
Decluttering makes us feel more in control of our lives, so now is a perfect time. Especially, with starting a new year. Start you New Year off right with a clean and clutter free home.
Start with unopened travel shampoos and conditioners, do you really need that many? probably not, chances are you will not use half of them. Get rid of all lotions that have been sitting for a long time and are dusty, or if you just do not like the scent of them or how they worked. Get rid of the face wash or shampoo that you tried and ended up totally hating and now just sits and takes up space because you will never actually use it again. If you have unopened toiletries and feel bad about just throwing them away, donate them to your local shelter.
Having books just sitting around is a great way to collect dust. Start by getting rid of books that you have already read, chances are you are not going to reread it. Get rid of cook books that have been sitting around and you only use a few recipes out of it. photocopy or write down the recipe and get rid of the rest of the cookbook. Books can always be donated to a library or even a local used book store.
Getting rid of clothes can be challenging, but it needs to be done. Get rid of clothes that you have not worn in over a year, that have holes or stains, and that you do not fit into anymore. Also be sure to get rid of any mismatched socks and any jewelry that you do not wear anymore.
How to Prevent Pipe Freezing
How to Prevent Your Homes Pipes From Freezing and Causing a Disaster
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts a lot pressure on whatever is holding it, including pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.
- Make sure pipes in your attic, basement and crawl space are insulated. The more insulation the more protected the pipes will be. Bare pipes are more likely to freeze.
- Make sure all leaks that can bring cold air into the home are sealed. You can use caulk or insulation to seal the leaks. Common places to check are: dryer vents and pipes.
- Make sure to disconnect all garden hoses from the inside valves, if possible Make sure to drain the water from the pipes that lead to outside faucets.
If your pipes happen to freeze and you experience a water loss call SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison. (630) 543-1700
We are always here to help.
How to Clean Your Carpets to Help With Allergies and Asthma
Most people will vacuum their carpets at least once a week. But if you are asthmatic, you may consider doing it two to three times a week. Some allergy symptoms are exacerbated during particular seasons, for instance, when pollen count is high. If this is the case with you, then, it is advisable that you adjust the frequency of vacuuming accordingly.
A popular belief is that the use of vacuum cleaning machines with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters helps get rid of more effectively common house allergens.
However, a note worth mentioning is that dust mites and pet hair are larger than .3 microns, which is the minimal size of particles that a HEPA vacuum cleaner is designed to retain. Thus, specialists indicate that sufferers should not exclusively invest in a more expensive vacuum cleaning machine but focus on the regular and meticulous cleaning maintenance of their carpeted floorings.
People who have a severe allergic reaction to certain antigens take additional precautions by choosing the right type of carpet that is designed to alleviate their condition. The manufacturing industry has evolved greatly in recent years in that respect. There are different hypoallergenic or antimicrobial carpeting and padding on the market, which have a very low level of VOC and are easy to maintain and clean.
And let’s not forget that allergens can thrive on a variety of other surfaces throughout your home, hence, the importance of cleaning your upholstered furniture and mattress on a regular basis. Washing frequently your bedding, the curtains, any mats, cushion covers and throwovers will also reduce your allergy symptoms and will improve tremendously the quality of air you and your family breathe.
The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because it is a gas that you can't see. According to the CDC each year 20,000 people visit the emergency room, 4,000 are hospitalized, and 400 Americans die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs mostly in the winter time because as we burn fuels to heat our house, these fuels give off carbon monoxide. Not having and maintaining proper appliances in your house can cause a carbon monoxide build up in your home. Buying and maintaining a carbon monoxide detector in your home can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Replace and the batteries in your detector once and year and make sure your detector work once a month. Learning to operate appliances safely is another big prevention tip. Never run a generator in your home or garage because the generator does not get the proper ventilation it needs, even opening up the windows and doors will not prevent carbon monoxide build up. When using a generator the safest place for it is outside.