Recent Water Damage Posts
April Showers Bring May Flowers
With April right around the corner we all know what that means. Rain, rain, and more rain. Here at SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison we at here to help you with any emergency water damage.
Here are some 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 ceiling are sagging from retained water.
Finally call your SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison at 630-543-1700 for immediate service.
Polar Vortex Freeze
A frozen burst pipe can occur anywhere in your home.
Call SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison for help!
Cold weather is here and is not going anywhere anytime soon. At SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison, we know that bitter cold can cause lots of damage to homes and businesses.
In case of pipes freezing or an actual pipe burst, SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison professionals can assist with the cleanup caused by the water damage. We are available to help take care of your home or business if the freezing cold invades your walls.
Stay warm and keep those pipes protected. One way to help prevent a frozen pipe is to keep a trickle of water running overnight.
If you need help in an emergency, give SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison a call. 630-543-1700
Cleanup Water Damage As Quickly As Possible
Just because you can't see water doesn't mean it's not there! SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison can find it and dry it!
We've been there before. Spill a cup of liquid and you go to get the paper towels. Wipe it up and get on with the day. But what happens when the water spill is a little more than a roll of paper towels can handle?
You can rely on SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison professionals to come and assess the water damage in your home. We have meters and devices to help us determine the extent of water damage. When water spills, it will find the deepest, darkest places where you can't see.
Don't delay. Just give us a call. SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison can be at your doorstep the same day to guide you through. Our trained crew will be able to assist. 630-543-1700.
You May Have Seen One of These
A healthy sump pump will keep you dry.
Got a basement?
Chances are you may have a sump pump. And if your basement is big and beautiful enough, you may have two.
A sump pump is your primary protection from outside rainwater intruding into your basement. Nobody cares about a sump pump when its running just fine, but everybody cares when it fails.
Whether your basement if finished or unfinished, many people use their basement for storage. And a lot of times, homeowners keep important documents and pictures in storage in a basement.
The best time to check on a sump pump is during a rainy day. A good idea is to check on it to see how it is performing when rainwater is coming into the sump pit. Watch for proper operation of the pump and the float. Listen for sound of the pump motor as is pumps the water out of the pit. A smooth running sump pump will remove the water out of the pit in a few seconds and perform flawlessly during the storm. If you notice the pump struggling to keep up, it might be a good time to think of replacement with a more powerful pump.
In case of sump pump failure, give SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison a call for assistance. We can be onsite and help cleanup in a jiffy. SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison has trained staff to do it well and do it right. 630-543-1700.
Roof Ice Dams
Ceiling water damage can lead to bigger issues such as mold! Call the professionals of SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison for assistance.
It's that time of year again.
Snow covered roofs and changing temperatures wreak havoc on unsuspecting homeowners.
SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison professionals understand that winter months can be mild and pleasant or just plain cold and freezing.
Changing temps can cause melting snow to back up on your roof. If this happens, you may see water damage in your home where you least expect it. Visible water spots may appear on ceilings in any room of the house.
If you suspect that water may be coming in from your roof, please give SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison a call to investigate.
Weather can turn on a dime. SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison professionals can assist in an emergency situation.
We are available 24/7. Please give us a call.
Big Beautiful Basement
Entertaining in style in the basement? SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison recommends you have enough coverage for protection from an emergency.
Nothing creates better memories than hanging out in a beautiful finished basement with TVs, pool tables, ping pong tables, sofas, chairs, and loveseats.
Nothing can be worse than walking downstairs one day and stepping in a puddle.
SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison knows that a wet basement can be overwhelming if you had it set up for maximum entertainment. If that's the case, do yourself a favor and examine your insurance policy to make sure that you have enough coverage in case of a disaster. You have a lot of stuff down there and you need it protected.
SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison can be onsite to help. Water intrusion can turn from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars very quickly. Let the professionals assist you in keeping your basement the central entertainment location in your home.
With all the talk about the hurricane heading towards Florida, has it gotten you thinking about what you would do in an emergency? Here are a few items to keep in an emergency kit if the power is out, or if you are stuck in your home for a few days.
- Make sure there is one gallon of water per person for at least 3 days. This water will be needed for drinking and sanitation.
- Have enough non-perishable food for at least three days and a manual can opener.
- A battery powered radio to hear for any updates on the situation.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to filter contaminated air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to potentially build a shelter
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
You should have a kit in your home, car, and at work. You can never be too prepared for a disaster to happen and may not always be at home when it does. Make sure everyone is aware of where the kits are located so anyone can use them if needed.
Are You Covered?
If you were to have a water loss are you covered by your insurance? Typical homeowners insurance may not cover you for all water losses. If water comes through the foundation, through a window, or comes in under the door then a homeowners policy will not cover any damages. There is an additional policy you can add on which is flood insurance. Many believe you cannot purchase flood insurance if you are not in a flood zone. This is not true. Flood insurance can be purchased through a private broker, and if the property is not in a flood zone, the price of flood insurance is significantly less than you would think! Did you know that 20% of flood claims come from homes that are not deemed “high risk”? Start looking into additional policies to make sure you are covered if you ever have a water loss.
Dangers of Water in Your Home
Has it ever rained so much that when you went to check on your sump pump you noticed it was not keeping up, and there was water coming into your home? Having water get into your home is a devastation alone. Recently, there was a home that got enough water to reach up to the electrical paneling. The water caused the electrical box to explode. The entire back of the home was engulfed in flames within seconds. Everyone was able to escape without injury, but they were thinking, “What could we have done to prevent this?”.
If you ever notice there is water in your home, identify the source of the water. If it is coming from a pipe or appliance you can turn off the water in your home. If the water is coming from an outside source you cannot control, such as a flood, you will have to turn off the electricity to your home. The water damage to the home was terrible, but the fire was detrimental.
Most businesses are required to keep important documents for a period. SERVPRO can restore documents that have been damaged from water, fire, or mold. Keep in mind, we are not miracle worker. If the document is damaged beyond recognition before we get it, we cannot bring it back.
SERVPRO can provide transportation to our facility to move your documents. The document restoration team is HIPAA certified for those sensitive medical documents. We are not limited to only paper documents. We have successfully restored books, photos, photo albums, paintings, and more.
The process starts with doing inventory. We want to make sure the documents are in the same order they were sent to us in. Next, we package the documents into bankers boxes and place them in cold storage until we can get them to the facility. Cold storage will prevent any further damage occurring to the documents. Once the documents arrive at the facility, SERVPRO places them in our Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber where the process can take about 30-60 days to complete depending on how many documents there are.
Sewage Backup - Lombard, Addison, Oak Brook Terrace, and Villa Park
Sewage or Water Damage? You know who to call - SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison is here to help!
"I've lived here for 30 years and this has never happened before!!"
We hear this all the time from customers in Lombard, Addison, Oak Brook Terrace, and Villa Park. Until the time comes, no one thinks it can happen to them.
Time changes everything. Your home that was purchased brand new now needs attention. Pipes are becoming rusty. The sapling that you planted after your honeymoon now has roots poking into your foundation. The gutters that had a 25 year warranty just turned 27.......
You've got a lot on your mind. The one thing you were not thinking about when you flushed the toilet and walked away was if it went down or not.
Sewage backup from malfunctioning toilets or storm surges come unexpectedly. The good news is that SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison can help. Our trained crews understand the challenges in cleaning up sewage damage. Let us help.
Call the SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison professionals @ 630-543-1700.
Recent Storms - Stay Safe by Staying Prepared
Fire or Water Damage? Think Green!! Think SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison.
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.
Call the professionals @ 630-543-1700.