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Why Do Floods Happen?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

A flood occurs when water occupies an area that is normally dry. All 50 states in the US have the possibility for floods- but how does flooding even happen? Below are some common causes:

Heavy Rainfall- Typically, heavy rains plus backed up drainage systems equals flooding that can occur outdoors as well as in homes and other structures.

Melting Snow or Ice- After the winter months, when everything starts to melt it must go somewhere. Fortunately, you typically have more time to prepare for this kind of flooding.

Rivers Overflowing- Whether due to heavy rainfall or broken dams, river overflows can cause flooding.  

Large Storms- Larger storms (like tsunamis), can cause a surge of water to flood the land.

During inclement weather, anything can happen. If there were to be damage to your home or business, do not hesitate to give our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Frankfort a call.

Basement Flooding

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Many issues within your house can happen, and a flooded basement is definitely one of them that a lot of homeowners experience. A flooded basement or crawl space can happen at anytime to any house for a lot of different reasons. But don’t stress, here is a list of things you can do yourself to help remain calm and handle the situation.

  • Make sure you turn off power and gas to the affected areas. Remember to never enter a flooded area while electricity is still active.
  • If the flood is caused by a storm or rainfall, wait till the storm passes before you get to work on the issue. If the flood is caused by another issue, address it as soon as possible.
  • Try to determine the reason for the flood. If its due to a burst pipe, shut off water to the basement pipe.
  • If your basement has a floor drain, ensure it is not blocked or clogged.
  • Depending on the amount of water, it’s time to start removal.

Our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Frankfort are here for all of your restoration needs. Give us a call today at (815) 485-6901.

Your Belongings After a Fire Loss

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Frankfort understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home. SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold.  Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.  We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. 
Our goal is to work with you & make arrangements for cleaning, deodorization and in some cases storage.   

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to the fire damage, SERVPRO of Frankfort can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon pack-out & move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.  We work closely with your insurance agent to make sure you have the proper understanding of what will transpire & how we make this process seamless.  

If you should require our assistance after a fire loss, our office is available 24/7 in Frankfort at (815) 485-6901.  

 

Mold- Just the Facts, No Fiction

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a flooded basement or a roof/plumbing leak.  Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

Top facts of Mold are:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals can inspect and assess your property.  If mold is found, we have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to remove and treat the structure quickly & efficiently.  

To make an appointment for a mold inspection of your property, please contact our office at (815) 485-6901.  

Fire and My Belongings

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Frankfort understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home. SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold.  Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.  We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. 
Our goal is to work with you & make arrangements for cleaning, deodorization and in some cases storage.   

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to the fire damage, SERVPRO of Frankfort can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon pack-out & move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.  We work closely with your insurance agent to make sure you have the proper understanding of what will transpire & how we make this process seamless.  

If you should require our assistance after a fire loss, our office is available 24/7 in Frankfort at (815) 485-6901.  

Why Choose SERVPRO of Frankfort?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Frankfort specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. We are an independently owned and operated franchise within the community. We have been servicing Frankfort and its surrounding communities for almost 15 years. With locally trained professionals, we offer a quick response time, day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We have supported the Lincolnway Community of Frankfort, New Lenox, Mokena and Manhattan in many ways.   We are committed to helping Village Municipalities, Real Estate Agents AND the local Insurance Agents, within our community to keeping loss ratios down, assisting their insureds when they need our assistance with home/business related interruptions due to fire/water losses, and we can be trusted to keeping them happy with the companies they are insured with.   SERVPRO of Frankfort has participated in local Fire/Police Department events throughout the year.  We have served on the Fire Department Foundation Board of Directors and we currently hold seats in a number of Fire Department Chief Associations.  Their trust in our franchise, helps the community to see that we are a valued service in town.   We believe our commitment to the community is key to our success!!  Participation in local events is our way of meeting fellow residents, sharing our scope of services and reacting quickly to their emergency needs is vital. Our trained & professional staff is always willing to help 24/7, 365 days per year.  Contact our Frankfort office at (815) 485-6901 to set-up an appointment today!  

Fire Safety for Summer

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

As we all start gearing up for Summer, we tend to spend more time outside with neighbors, family & friends.  One of those favorite pastimes is grilling lunch or dinner.  But sometimes not paying attention to our surroundings while cooking, can be very dangerous.   Fire is unavoidable when it comes to preparing that perfect burger, bratwurst or rack of ribs on the grill, which means you’ve got some inherent risks right from the get-go. In fact, the NFPA reports that an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year. Here are some fire safety tips for the grill:

  • While the meat is marinating, be sure to check each potentially problematic point of the grill including the propane tank, the hose, and all connecting points.
  • Charcoal should be soaked with charcoal starter fluid only, so don’t let the pyro-happy Boy Scout in your family go anywhere near the grill with a container of lighter fluid, no matter how cool he swears it will be!
  • Make sure the grill is clean—failing to clean the grill before and after use is a contributing factor in nearly 20% of all grill structure fires.
  • Make sure the grill is set up in an open, outdoor area with nothing flammable (plants, paper products, etc.) nearby.  Position the grill away from the home or garage as to not char or melt aluminum siding, windows or decking materials.  
SERVPRO’s trained professionals are available 24/7 for your fire restoration needs.  Our staff at SERVPRO of Frankfort will respond to your needs by calling (815) 485-6901.   BE SAFE, enjoy your Spring/Summer and make sure to keep an eye on the fire!  

April Showers Bring May Flowers

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

This is a common phrase heard for many years, but as a homeowner, this phrase makes me think - “Is my sump pump still working?”   Planting flowers and making sure the lawn is fertilized is just one part of being a good homeowner.  Also making that walk down the basement stairs to check that your sump pump is still working should also be top priority.  No one wants to spend their Spring/Summer evenings hauling out wet contents from a flooded basement. Melting snow and spring rains can lead to pooling water in your home. Addressing outside issues is a must for keeping a home dry, but there are also inside steps to take to avoid standing in ankle-deep water. 

  • Cracks in the foundation–even minor ones–make easy entry for water. Heavy-duty caulk can solve some small problems, but for bigger repairs, bring in a foundation specialist.
  • Install a sump pump to remove water in your home, and inspect it regularly to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Place outdoor clear plastic windows well covers over below-grade basement windows to let light in, but keep water out.
  • If your home has a septic tank, be sure to check and clean it regularly to avoid problems during future rains.
If your home should experience water damage from a sump pump failure, drainage issues or a foundation leak, please contact SERVPRO of Frankfort at (815) 485-6901 for a no cost assessment.   Our uniformed, trained technicians can extract the water, clean and sanitize the area, haul out and sort contents and get the area dry quickly to prevent mold growth.  We’re available 24/7 to make it like it never even happened.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Are you  a Pastor of a Church, Superintendent of a School District or Director of a Senior Care Facility?  Are you prepared to handle the clean-up of a major water/fire loss that could affect your property?   When it comes to your commercial property, SERVPRO of Frankfort means business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results.  

Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water/fire restoration services, SERVPRO of Frankfort has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Condominiums
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
Our trained professionals will work direct with the Property Manager to make sure the cleaning process goes smoothly and that we address all your concerns and questions in a timely manner.  Staying open during these challenging times is key to keeping the revenue flowing with no discontinuance of service.   We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running.  Call us at SERVPRO of Frankfort at (815) 485-6901 for immediate service!  

Preventative Fire Cleaning

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety

Spring Cleaning is upon us! And though deep cleaning floors and dusting shelves are important, don’t forget about fire safety. Below are some ways for you to do some preventative cleaning in your own home.

Replace batteries in your home.

Start with replacing the batteries in your Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Flashlights.

Clean dryer vents routinely.

Other than routinely cleaning your lint filter out before and after loads, you should also be making sure that the outdoor dryer flaps are not blocked by build-up, animal nests, etc.

Check on any extension cords.

Check to make sure that extensions cords are not overloaded as they aren’t meant to be permanently used. This is also a good time to make sure that none of your cords are frayed or cracked. Replace where needed.

Propane/charcoal grills should remain outside.

Your propane/charcoal grill should be stored and used outside only. Make sure that grill is routinely cleaned. And most importantly, make sure someone is always tending the grill.

Clean up leaves and trash from around house.

Make sure to clean up dead leaves and trash from around your house. These items may be dangerous if exposed to heat.

SERVPRO of Frankfort is here to help with any preventative cleaning needs. If emergency services are needed due to a fire or any other disaster give us a call 24 hours a day. (815)485-6901.