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Funeral Home Fire in Millstadt, IL

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Funeral Home Fire in Millstadt, IL This funeral home experienced a fire on a Sunday morning.

Funeral Home Fire

When you are a business owner and you experience a fire in your commercial building, you want to get back into business quickly! 

So, the first thing you need to do is call your local SERVPRO, which is SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. 

618-464-0300

Even if their boss is out of town and they are running a skeleton crew, SERVPRO is always ready for whatever happens.

After SERVPRO received the call on a Sunday morning, one crew member arrived within the hour and started the assessment, while two more crew members followed an hour later. 

We finished our cleaning, drying, and tear-out in just four days and this funeral home was back into business in no time.

If you experience a commercial fire and you want to get back into business quickly, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties and we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm Water Damage in Waterloo IL

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Water Damage in Waterloo IL This storm water needs quick extraction!

Has your home been recently damaged due to the results of a storm?

It’s time to contact our water restoration experts here at SERVPRO. In the unfortunate event of storm flooding there is no time to waste. The damage that leaving water in your home can be catastrophic not to mention the money it can cost to your property in damages. Even if the water only reached your first floor it is important to get the entire property checked by one of our trained water technicians. It is important for this manner to be addressed promptly to avoid property depreciation. 

The sooner you contact us to start cleanup the faster we can get you back to the normal conditions of your home. 

When you contact our water damage service what will happen?


After contacting your professionals to address your residential flood damage, your trained technician will promptly begin accurately assessing the extent of water damage done to you property. When the initial analysis is completed our water restoration specialists from SERVPRO will immediately begin the process of restoring your home. They will first fully extract water from your home, then begin the cleaning and dehumidifying process. This is to insure all storm water and humidity is removed from your damaged property and everything is properly dried.

Contact Your Storm Damage Experts:


SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties is a premier company for Waterloo residential storm damage restoration. We are available to you 24/7 at 618-464-0300, call us today to learn more about the services we can offer you.

Happy Holiday, Not Happy Hazardous Holiday

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Happy Holiday, Not Happy Hazardous Holiday Safety tip: Purchase a fire extinguisher!

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become a hazardous one! 

According to the National Fire Protection Associationcooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires.

Listed are just a few safety tips to help keep you safe for this holiday season.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or boiling food.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Purchase a Fire Extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.

Spider Webs VS Soot Webs

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Spider Webs VS Soot Webs The soot webs have been spun.

Soot webs found after a fire in Chester IL


When I arrive to a home fire the owners are always embarrassed at all of the spider webs on their walls. This gives me a chance to help make them feel a little bit better about themselves by giving them the soot web speech.

The “dirty spider webs” along the edges and corners of your ceiling aren’t spider webs, they are "soot webs!"

With a sigh of relief, I explain, these features, called soot webs, form when ionized (i.e. has an electric charge) soot particles stick together in chains. They gather along the edges between your walls and ceiling because those areas tend to be cooler, which smoke likes to move to.

And there you have it, the soot web has been spun.

If you do have soot webs, don’t try to clean them yourself, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties and we can help make it "Like it never even happened." 618-464-0300

Emergency Ready Profile

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile Do you have a plan?

As a business owner, what if you have an unexpected catastrophic event happen?  I couldn't begin to fathom the amount of stress such an event would cause! That’s why it is important to have a list of emergency contacts close by. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties wants to be in your corner. We want you to be prepared for whatever happens with our Emergency Ready Program.

Our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage A is a no cost assessment of your facility. We will not need allocate funds giving you a great value for peace of mind. A succinct Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. To set this up takes up minimal time and will not get in the way of your current tasks. However, it will save a lot of precious time if ever needed. The ERP will serve as an excellent reference to assist you getting back into your building following a disaster.  Time is of the essence when your business is inactive.  This immediate plan of action will establish your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster restoration and mitigation provider. This is peace of mind that you have an excellent and professional industry leader on your side. When you have this in place you can get work of mitigating the damage authorized sooner thus in the end saving you money and time. This guide also provides us with an immediate reference on the details about your facility such as priority contact information, priority areas and shut-off valve location. It is crucial to save time, so your business can get back to normal “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today to set up your no cost ERP. Our priority is to help you get through a disaster in a timely manner, so it saves you time and money.

Emergency Ready Profile

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Why? Because we care.

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. The businesses that are able to bounce back had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you will have an immediate plan of action. Having expectations of what your next step will be in advance is key to timely mitigation due to water or fire damage. SERVPRO® of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties can help you minimize business interruption by completing an E.R.P. for your building today.

This guide also provides us with an immediate reference on the details about your facility such as priority contact information, priority areas and shut-off valve location. It is crucial to save time, so your business can get back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

Fireplace Safety in Monroe County 10/25/18

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireplace Safety in Monroe County 10/25/18 Make sure you beautiful fireplace remains beautiful!

  • Never use your hands when handling burning logs. Make sure to use fireplace tools.
  • Adults should never leave a child unattended to play near the fireplace when in use. Keep fireplace tools and equipment away from children.
  • Keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from escaping onto carpeting, make sure to keep the glass open to allow airflow up the chimney to cool it down.
  • In the event sparks do fly out, make sure to have a nonflammable rug in front of your fireplace. These are available at any fireplace supply store.
  • Prior to using your fireplace open a window a few inches to prevent the room from becoming filled with smoke.
  • Before making a fire test to see if the smoke will go up the chimney by lighting match and quickly blowing in out. If the smoke is going up, you are safe to start your fire. 
  • To clean up ashes never use a vacuum because there may be live coals.
  • Your chimney should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep at least once a year or after 80 fires. Have them show you how to check for yourself when the chimney needs to be cleaned.

Mold In Your Red Bud Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In Your Red Bud Home Mold found in Red Bud home.

Mold can become a quick issue when there is water in your home. Mold can not only cause damage to your property but also your health. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties is trained to expertly handle your mold issue. We have the technology and protective gear to remediate the mold in your home. So you suspect mold in your home, where do you go from here?

Contact SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties

We are available to you 24/7 at 618-464-0300. This is your first step to taking care of the mold in your home. One of our trained technicians will ask you a series of questions to help us determine the best and most efficient way to help you. This is a preliminary step we take to provide information on what materials and resources we may need.

Assessment

Mold may not be visible in plain sight. One of our experienced technicians will inspect your home using various technologies. They will then be able to carefully determine hidden water sources and detect the mold. Mold feeds on water and cellulose so it is crucial we determine the source.

Containment

It is important to keep the mold from spreading. We will use a containment procedure to prevent the mold from spreading. For example setting up negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

In the mold remediation process SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties uses specialized equipment to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. The technicians will use HEPA vacuums and powerful air scrubbers during the remediation progress to prevent further contamination and spreading of mold spores.

Removing

Depending on the amount of mold and growth will determine what we do to eliminate the mold. We will use antimicrobial treatments and anti-fungal treatments to eliminate existing mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming. During this step of mold remediation, it may be necessary to dispose and remove any porous materials that are mold-infested. This may include flooring and drywall.

Cleaning 

It is our priority to make sure we sanitize your belongings. We use various cleaning techniques to restore your personal belongs. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties has the ability to clean your precious decorative items and your furniture.

Restoration

Some building materials may have been removed determined by the amount of mold damage. At this stage some minor or major reconstruction will need to take place.

Remember the first step to removing that horrible mold in your Red Bud home is to give your SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties a call at 618-464-0300. We will make it “Like it never even Happened”.

Chester, IL Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Chester, IL  Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Sparta, IL basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 618-464-0300

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 618-464-0300

Faster to your Waterloo Water Damage Event

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Waterloo Water Damage Event Sub floor water damage

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties 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 Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties 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 – 618-464-0300

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 Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties 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.