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Mold in Your Waterloo, IL Basement

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Your Waterloo, IL Basement Mold left unchecked can cause massive damage to a home or business.

Any home or business can quickly be taken over by mold if a source of water is present. Even just a small leak can lead to a mold disaster. This basement in Waterloo, IL was overcome by mold spores when the home sprung a leak in two places. The mold was left sitting too long and the results were horrific. To keep your home or business safe from mold take note of 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 mold issues, call your local experts at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Save Lives The fire that tore up this living room began in the kitchen. The #1 cause of home fires is cooking equipment!

For most people, smoke alarms just tell them when they have started cooking in the kitchen. However, as much as we joke about the pitfalls, smoke alarms SAVE LIVES when properly maintained.

Fire Facts

  1. 7 people die every day from a home fire.
  2. 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
  3. $7 billion in property damage occurs every year.*

Keeping you and what you care about safe is worth a few nine-volt batteries every few months. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level. For office and commercial environments, check your state requirements.

Should you ever have an incident where fire or smoke damage occurs at YOUR home or business, contact our 24/7 emergency service and we will make it “Like it never even happened”.

Call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

*According to the American Red Cross

Filtering Out the Bad, Restoring the Good

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Filtering Out the Bad, Restoring the Good An air scrubber at work, filtering out mold spores.


Mold can be difficult to tame which is why we pride ourselves in having the best tools for remediating, or reducing to natural levels, any amount of mold in your home. We use special machines called air scrubbers along with plastic ducting to create negative pressure in the mold-affected rooms. This ensures that the mold does not spread during the cleaning process and that the spores in the affected rooms are filtered out.


SERVPRO will clean any and all restorable items in your home. Using cleaning and sanitizing techniques, our technicians will remove any signs of mold, making it “Like it never even happened”.

If your home is affected by mold, do not hesitate to call the experts 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Hazards of Hurricanes

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property damage. The National Weather Service lists the following as potential “hurricane hazards.”

Storm Surge

The abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States.


Heavy rains can cause massive flooding which is the second leading cause of fatalities.


Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes.


Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones, ripping apart anything in its path.

Dangerous Waves

Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plans, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.

If you suffer storm damage of any kind, call our 24/7 emergency service. We will be there as soon as possible with the right tools for the job to clean and restore any amount of storm damage you can throw at us. Call your SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Caged Mold

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Caged Mold Don't tap on the glass. You'll freak out the spores.

The Process

All of our highly-trained technicians at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties know that quick containment and filtration is the crux of remediating mold from your home or business. The first step in the process is to cut off the mold from the rest of the building to keep spores from traveling freely. We tightly seal off rooms using heavy-duty plastic ducting and begin the filtration process. Air scrubbers are then set up to create negative pressure in the mold-affected area. If the mold is not sealed off from the rest of the building, the negative pressure method will fail and the mold will not be remediated, which is why we take the first step so seriously.

If YOUR home or business is suffering from mold damage, contact our 24/7 emergency service. As your neighborhood SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties, we will not stop until your mold issue is solved.

Call the experts at (618) 464-0300.

What is Causing Home Fires?

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Causing Home Fires? The after-effects of a home fire.

We at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties know that the more informed our neighbors are, the safer they are from disasters like home fires. There are many causes of home fires, but some are more prevalent than others. We listed out the top five causes of home fires below:

#1 Cooking

The leading cause of home fires in the United States is cooking. Most often, these fires are caused by unattended stoves or ovens. Grease fires also heavily contribute to this statistic because of their unpredictable nature and unconventional methods to deal with them. If you ever have a grease fire in your home, DO NOT use water. Rather, use a metal lid, ample baking soda, or a fire extinguisher to suffocate it.

#2 Heating Appliances

Devices such as space heaters and furnaces are also susceptible to catching objects around them on fire. Much like with cooking, heating appliances left unattended can cause heavy fire damage. Check on your heating appliances for signs of damage or misuse often to avoid fire in your home.

#3 Electrical Gear

For electrical gear, often it is too many appliances plugged into one outlet, or an overheating/overused appliance that will start the fire damage in a home or business. Make sure your home or business stays safe by checking outlets for black marks or signs of sparking.

#4 Intentional

Unfortunately, arson is the number-four cause of fires in the United States.

#5 Smoking-Related Accidents

Always practice safe smoking habits if you or someone you know smokes in your home or building.

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties is there for you in any fire damage situation, 24/7. If your home or business suffered fire damage of any kind, call your local experts at (618) 464-0300.

Business Insurance Coverage

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

As unpredictable as life is, it is important that your business has the proper insurance coverage for a variety of disasters. Basic property insurance is a must, but we urge you to search for more specific coverage. Talk to your insurance agent to see what kind of coverage you can get to protect your belongings.

For example, property insurance will cover the general repairs such as water damage due to leaks and other external factors, but flood and storm insurance specifically target the kind of prolonged water damage you can get from floods or the damage caused by hail.

We at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties want only the best for you and your business, so do not hesitate to call the experts at (618) 464-0300.

We Love Our Volunteer Firefighters

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Love Our Volunteer Firefighters Handing out water to our volunteer firefighters in Red Bud, IL. Keep up the good work.

Here at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties, we love our area and are proud to serve the people in it. Volunteer firefighters in our counties are an invaluable asset to us and our community. We would like to thank them for all of their hard work that they do for everyone in their neighborhood. Without the men and women who devote hours of their day to keeping us safe, local home and business fires would pose an even greater threat. They choose to put on their boots to help to make our jobs easier and our community safer.

We appreciate their help in restoring buildings and restoring lives. Thank you, volunteer firefighters of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington counties!

If your home or business is suffering from fire damage, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Faster to Any Size Holiday Disaster

1/3/2019 (Permalink)


In a perfect world, winter weather would wait until we are all done traveling and celebrating the holidays to cause damage to our homes or businesses. Unfortunately, this is not the case. At SERVPRO, our top priority is keeping your home or business safe, so we provide a 24/7 emergency response service to better serve you in your time of need. We know this time of year can be hectic, so leave everything to SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We are on call 365 days of the year, ready when you need help the most. We will make sure this winter that your main concern is all of the food that will be consumed on the holidays, and not a disaster.

If your home has damage due to winter weather, call the experts at (618) 464-0300.

Water Damage Categorized

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

There are different types of water damage, some more harmful than others. Knowing about the different kinds is essential to keeping yourself safe when a water disaster hits your home or business. While you may be thinking, “It’s not like I’m going to drink the flood water in my basement,” it is more than just ingesting the water that can cause harm.

Category 1 Water

Category 1 Water is the cleanest. It refers to water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and is classified as “clean water”. Examples include water supply lines, tub or sink overflows, or appliance malfunctions that involve a water supply line.

Category 2 Water

Category 2 Water is the kind you need to watch out for. Known as “grey water”, this kind refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants. This kind of water can cause discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Grey water carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Examples are toilet bowls, sump pump failures, and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water

Category 3 Water is grossly unsanitary. It is known as “black water” and can contain unsanitary agents and harmful bacteria and fungi. Being exposed to or ingesting black water can cause severe sickness. Category 3 Water refers to water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water, or standing water. Category 2 Water that is not promptly removed form the structure and/or has remained stagnant may be reclassified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination.

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties wants you to be informed of the dangers of water and the kind of damage it can cause. We can handle any kind of water damage your home or business has, making it “Like it never even happened.” If your home or business suffers from water damage, call the experts at (618) 464-0300.