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Use Technology to Create a Home Inventory
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SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help you clean up after a storm.
We know that having an up-to-date inventory of household items and belongings helps insurance claims to settle faster. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for using technology to make your home inventory easier.
- Take pictures – Create a photo record of your belongings. Capture important individual items as well as entire rooms, closets, or drawers. Label your photos with what’s pictured, where you bought it, the make or model—whatever information might be important to replacing and/or getting reimbursed for the item. Use your smartphone or digital camera—some give you the capability to put in the description of the item when saving the photo.
- Tape it – Walk through your house or apartment videotaping and describing the contents. For example, you might describe the contents of a kitchen cabinet: “Poppies on Blue by Lenox, service for 12 that includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, cup, and saucer. Purchased in 2015.”
- Use an app – There are many mobile app options that can help you create and store a room-by-room record of your belongings.
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If you experience storm damage, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is available 24-hours a day to help. Call us today at 630-573-4290.
Power Outage - Plan Now!
Plan now - Be prepared for a power outage.
Power outages can happen when you least expect them. Plan now to have what you need in the event of a power outage. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to stay safe:
Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.
Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, chargers/batteries for your cell phones and your computers.
Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.
Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider both back up and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices and refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctor for your medical needs.
Plan how to decide to stay or go. Plan how and when you will evacuate safely to maintain needs such as power-dependent medical devices. Keep your car gas tank at least half full.
If your home or business suffers from storm damage, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24-hours a day to handle your storm damage. Contact us at 630-573-4290.
Know the Signs of a Tornado
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help with storm damage restoration.
Tornadoes often accompany thunderstorms. When there are thunderstorms in your area, being prepared can help you stay safe from the storm.
Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be prepared for a tornado:
Know the signs of a tornado
Some tornadoes strike quickly without time for a tornado warning, so it is important to know the signs of a tornado.
Signs that a tornado may be approaching include the following:
- Rotating funnel-shaped cloud
- Approaching cloud of debris
- Dark or green-colored sky
- Large, dark, low-lying cloud
- Large hail
- Loud roar that sounds like a freight train
If you notice any of these signs take cover immediately.
Identify the safest place to take shelter
Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are safer than others. Safe places include a storm cellar, a basement, or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (such as a bathroom, closet, or center hallway).
If you have suffered storm damage caused by a tornado or a powerful thunderstorm, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help, call us at 630-573-4290.
Be Ready for the Wind
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can handle your storm damage emergency.
Spring weather in the Midwest can bring thunderstorms and high winds into our area quickly. It is important to be aware of the dangers that are associated with them. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offer some information about wind warnings, watches, and advisories:
High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.
High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you are not caught outside.
Wind Advisory: Take Action! Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have 58 miles per hour wind gusts and/or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.
Preparing for High Winds
- Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
- Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
- Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
- Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury
When your home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has a team of highly trained storm damage specialists available 24-hours a day to help. Call us today at 630-573-4290.
Storm Season is Approaching
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook will respond to your storm damage emergency.
The weather in the Midwest can change quickly and bring powerful storms into our area. Here are a few tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for storm season:
Tornadoes often accompany thunderstorms. Pay close attention to changing weather conditions when there is a severe thunderstorm watch or warning.
- A severe thunderstorm watch means severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.
- A severe thunderstorm warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring in your area.
Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning
A tornado watch means that a tornado is possible. A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions favor the formation of tornadoes.
During a tornado watch, you should
- Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations, or your mobile phone for further weather information.
- Watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should immediately take shelter during a tornado warning.
When your home or commercial business needs storm restoration services, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has a team of highly trained technicians that can respond 24-hours a day, call us at 630-573-4290.
Stay Safe after a Flood
We are available 24-hours a day to respond to storm or flood damage.
Heavy rain caused by thunderstorms and melting snow can lead to flooding at your home or business. It is important to be prepared for unpredictable weather.
Here are a few tips from Ready.gov to stay safe after a flood:
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe
- Avoid driving except in emergencies
- Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing, and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris
- Be aware that snakes or other animals may be in your house
- Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent shock if it is safe to do so.
- Avoid wading in floodwater as it can be contaminated or charged with electricity from downed power lines
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. We are available 24 hours a day – Call us today at 630-573-4290.
Keep your Animals Safe from Winter Weather
If you experience winter storm damage, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is available 24-hours a day.
The snow is falling in the Chicagoland area, and more is on the way. The snow can be a pretty sight, but it can also cause dangerous cold and icy conditions for many of us. In addition to our safety, we also must think about the safety of our animals.
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to protect your animals during a winter storm:
- Bring your companion animals indoors.
- Create a place where your other animals can be comfortable in severe winter weather. Horses and livestock should have a shelter where they can be protected from wind, snow, ice, and rain. Grazing animals should have access to a protected supply of food and non-frozen water.
- Be aware of the potential for flooding when snow and ice melt and be sure that your animals have access to high ground that is not impeded by fencing or other barriers. You may not be able to get to them in time to relocate them in the event of flooding.
- Install snow fences in rural areas to reduce drifting snow on roads and paths, which could block access to homes, barns, and animals' feed and water.
If you experience a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has a team of highly trained technicians that are available 24-hours a day. Please call us at 630-573-4290.
Be prepared for Winter Weather in Oak Brook
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day.
Winter Weather has arrived in the Chicagoland area. It is important to stay safe during a winter storm event. A winter storm can last a few hours or several days. According to Ready.gov here are the differences in winter weather terms:
Winter Storm Warning
Issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet is imminent or occurring. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.
Winter Storm Watch
Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of a Winter Storm.
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet which will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.
Know Your Risk for Winter Storms
Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook responds to storm damage emergencies frequently in the winter months. We are available 24 hours a day. Please contact us at 630-573-4290.
Winter Storm Damage - Call SERVPRO
Count on SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook to help with your winter storm damage.
Winter Storm Damage – Call SERVPRO
Winter storms can cause damage to your home or business with little or no warning. Snow and ice buildup on the roof or other building structures can cause water intrusion damage to your home or commercial property. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is ready to respond to your storm damage emergency and begin the cleanup and restoration process immediately. Our highly trained technicians use advanced technology to quickly identify the source of the damage and then use state-of-the-art techniques to quickly repair the damage. Here are some of the storm-related services offered are:
We hope you never experience winter storm damage but if you do, we want to help. We know that every minute counts when it comes to preventing storm damage repairs from becoming costly. Our team of highly trained professionals is on call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 630-573-4290.
Flood Safety - Be Ready
We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day.
Know the Difference between a flood watch and a flood warning.
A flood/flash flood WATCH means a flood or flash flood is possible.
A flood/flash flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon.
Here are a few tips from Ready.gov to know about how to stay safe during a flood:
- Find safe shelter right away.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters.
- Remember, just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- Depending on the type of flooding:
- Evacuate if told to do so.
- Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
- Stay where you are.
If you are dealing with flood, storm, or water damage from thunderstorms, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is ready to respond quickly. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small. You can reach us at 630-573-4290.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Be Prepared - Make and emergency kit today.
After a storm passes through your location, there are some items you can keep in a waterproof container (your emergency kit) to be prepared for possible evacuation.
According to Ready.gov it is a good idea to be prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home, and these are some items to have in your emergency kit:
- Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
- Warm blankets
- Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
- Bottled water
- Batteries for your electronic devices
- Written contact list
Some additional things to consider:
- Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications & supplies
- Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
- A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
- An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses
- Hearing-aid batteries
- Games & activities for children
- Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes
If you have pets, consider these items:
- Pet food and toys
- Toys or comfort objects
- Vet information
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. We are available 24 hours a day to help. You can reach us at (630) 573-4290.
SERVPRO can handle your Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can handle your storm damage.
Storms can be unpredictable in the Midwest. Water and wind can cause damage to your home or business rapidly. Any damage to your home or business that allows water to seep into floors or ceilings can become costly repairs if not mitigated early. Therefore, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook wants commercial business and homeowners to know that when damage occurs to your home or property due to a storm, we are available to help you. We will respond to your call quickly and will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Here are some of the services we provide:
- Disaster Recovery Team
- 24 Hour Emergency Response
- Content Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Sewage Cleanup
- Carpet Cleaning
- Odor Removal
- Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
No matter what your storm cleanup and restoration needs may be, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and have the specialized equipment necessary to restore storm damage to businesses and residences alike. Call us today at (630) 573-4290. We’ll take care of your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”
Thunderstorm Preparedness Tips
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook will respond to storm damage emergencies.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook wants residents to stay safe during severe weather events and offers these safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management on thunderstorm safety:
- When you hear thunder, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm
- Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change plans, if necessary, to be near shelter
- When you receive a thunderstorm warning or hear thunder, go inside immediately
- If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines
- Protect your property. Unplug appliances and other electric devices
- If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately
- If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch anything metal
- Avoid flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has a team of storm restoration technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day to any storm damage emergency. Call us at 630-573-4290. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”
Tips to Stay Safe During a Power Outage
If you experience storm damage, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help.
With spring weather heading to the Chicagoland area the weather can change quickly. Severe storms can bring strong winds which sometimes can cause a widespread power outage in your area.
Extended power outages may impact your daily routine. Here are a few tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to protect yourself during a power outage:
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices.
- If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
- Check on neighbors.
If you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is available 24 hours a day for assistance. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 630-573-4290.
Winter has arrived - Be Prepared for Winter Storms
Be prepared for winter storms - Rely on SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook to help with a storm emergency.
The Chicagoland area has had our fair share of snow and cold weather this year and as we head into the weekend the temperatures are going to get even lower. It is important to be prepared for winter storms and extreme freezing temperatures that can come with them.
Winter storms can also create a higher risk of hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, heart attacks from overexertion, and car accidents. Snowstorms, blizzards, freezing rain, ice, and high winds are all things that can knock out heat, power, and communication services. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is ready to respond quickly if you experience a storm damage emergency caused by winter weather.
Please follow these safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on what to do if you are under a winter storm warning:
Winter Storm Warning
- Find shelter right away.
- Stay off roads.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Prepare for power outages.
- Use a generator outside only.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Check on neighbors.
If you experience a storm damage emergency in your home or business, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us at 630-573-4290.
Lightning Safety Tips
Follow these lightning safety tips to keep safe during the storm.
Lightning Storms can occur at any time of the year, and sometimes when we least expect them. Here are some tips from weather.gov that can keep you safe if you find yourself in a lightning storm:
Lightning: What You Need to Know
- No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.
- If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter.
- Stay in the safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety
- Stay off corded phones, computers that are in direct contact with electricity.
- Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
- Do not lie on concrete floors.
If you are caught Outdoors – Follow these tips:
- Get off elevated areas such as hill, mountain ridges or peaks.
- Never lie flat on the ground.
- Never shelter under and isolated tree.
- Stay away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has years of experience cleaning up after storm damage. If you experience storm damage caused by a lightning storm – we are Here to Help. Please call us at (630) 573-4290.
SERVPRO is ready to handle your Storm Damage
We are storm damage restoration professionals.
Snow, flooding, thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, and hail can cause damage to your property. Uprooted trees and dangling powerlines can contribute to the mess. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has years of experience responding to any kind of storm damage.
Fast Response Time
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook wants homeowners and commercial business owners to know that no matter what kind of storm damage you experience, we are ready to respond to your emergency 24 hours a day.
Our technicians are highly trained professionals and undergo initial intensive training when hired, and undergo employee certification and continuous training for:
- Crew Training
- Fire Restoration
- Water Restoration
- Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Call Us Today
If your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is always available to help. Call us today at 630-573-4290. We’ll cleanup and restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”
Beat the Summer Heat with these Safety Tips
Follow these safety tips to stay cool & hydrated this summer.
As we approach the middle of summer in the Chicagoland area extreme temperatures continue to rise, be ready to battle the summer heat by following these tips from the CDC:
- Wear appropriate clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay cool indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere that does, even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
- Plan outdoor activities carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it is coolest, like morning and evening hours.
- Pace yourself: Start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
- Wear sunscreen: If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
- Avoid cooking hot meals: They add heat to your body!
- Drink plenty of fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Replace salt and minerals: Sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
- Keep your pets hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook want to make sure you stay cool this summer. Give us a call at (630) 573-4290 if you have any questions.
Severe Weather - Safety Tips for a Portable Generator
Keep your home running through the storm with the help of a portable generator.
Are you getting ready for the spring storms to arrive in the Downers Grove & Oak Brook area? Power outages are a common occurrence during a severe storm and a portable generator is a great tool to help you through the power outage.
If you have a portable generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below provided by the American Red Cross.
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
- To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use it in wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
- Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warnings.
If you experience storm or water damage caused by a power outage in your home, please give SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook a call at (630) 573-4290.
Source: Residential Newsline Volume 18 issue 2
Stay Safe during a Flood
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help with storm and flood damage.
Springtime in the Midwest can bring severe rain showers which can lead to flooding in our area. According to Ready.gov floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Here are a few things to know about floods:
- Result from heavy rain, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
- Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
- Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
- Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
- Depending on the type of flooding:
- Evacuate if told to do so.
- Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
- Stay where you are.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. We are available 24 hours a day – Call us today at (630) 573-4290.
Be Prepared for a Tornado
Follow this tips if you are under a tornado warning.
With springtime weather arriving in the Midwest, the weather can change quickly and bring powerful storms to our area. Being prepared for the unexpected can help keep you safe during a storm. Here are a few tips from Ready.gov to prepare for a Tornado:
Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can:
- Happen anytime and anywhere
- Bring intense winds, over 200 MPH
- Look like funnels.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
- If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
- Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
- If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
- Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
- Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
If you have suffered storm damage caused by a tornado or a strong windstorm, please call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook for help – (630) 573-4290
Be Prepared for a Power Outage
Don't let a power outage leave you in the dark. Be prepared now.
Power Outages can disrupt your routine and sometimes they can result in damage to your home or business. According to Ready.gov here are some steps to help you prepare now if a power outage does occur:
- Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
- Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
- Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
- Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
- Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
- Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
If you experience storm damage to your property, please call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook at (630) 573-4290.
Be Ready for Cold Weather
Be prepared before the snow falls.
If you live in the Midwest, then you understand that the weather can change quickly. The temperatures can fluctuate drastically from day to day. One day the temperatures are in the 50’s and the next day a winter storm is headed our way. Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross to protect yourself from the cold weather.
- Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens or gloves and a hat will prevent the loss of body heat.
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from severely cold air. Avoid taking deep breaths; minimize talking.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.
- Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body.
- Avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a vehicle, or walking in deep snow.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. Slips and falls occur frequently in winter weather.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook wants to help keep you safe in the event of a winter storm.
Storm Damage Cleanup
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is available 24/7 to help with Storm Damage.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has years of experience restoring homes and businesses affected by storm damage and flooding. We are emergency restoration service experts. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. Our team has worked with damages of all sizes, from homes to hi-rise apartments and office buildings. We provide 24 emergency dispatch for any kind of storm emergency in Downers Grove and Oak Brook. We respond to all residential and commercial restoration emergencies with storm damage, large and small.
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
Have Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook at (630) 573-4290
POLAR VORTEX 2019 - SERVPRO CAN HELP
If you have any water damage caused from the Polar Vortex, please call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook at (630) 573-4290.
Over the past few days record breaking temperatures have had a grip on Chicago, bringing normal activities to a halt. Many businesses shut down for a few days to make sure that their employees remained safe and warm. As the temperatures slowly rise, be on the lookout for water damage caused by frozen pipes.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook uses advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will carefully monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal. We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”
We hope that you have weathered the storm but if your property is in need of our services, please give us a call at (630) 573-4290.
Plan for the Storm!
Be ready for a storm before it arrives. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help with any storm damage.
Be prepared to weather the storm with the FEMA App. This app allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go. It also has information on what to do before, during, and after different disasters. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers. This app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.
Have questions on how to prepare for a storm? Contact SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook (630) 573-4290 on how to plan for an emergency.
Source: Residential Newsline Volume 16 Volume 4
Be Prepared for Winter Storms!
Be prepared for winter weather.
Winter is approaching the Chicagoland area sooner than usual this year. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook want to help keep you safe in the event of a snowstorm. Here are some tips form the American Red Cross to help keep you safe and get you ready for traveling in the cold weather:
- Talk with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued.
- Have your vehicle winterized before the winter storm season to decrease your chance of being stranded in cold weather.
- Have a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster and oil.
- Keep in your vehicle: a windshield scraper, small broom, matches in a waterproof container, an emergency supply kit, including warm clothing.
- Keep your gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency.
- Have a cell phone with you and make sure the battery is charged.
- Pack a warm coat, gloves and a hat.
The Team at SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook wants you to arrive safe at your destination!
Hurricane Season is Here - Be Prepared!
Be Prepared for Hurricane Season!
Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30.
Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall.
Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business. For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Here are the new names for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season:
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.
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Preparing for a Flood
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help with Storm Damage.
Flooding can happen fast in many environments. It is important to be prepared for disaster to strike.
Without the proper preparation, families and communities can be completely devastated. Even though local officials and relief workers will be on a scene after disaster, they may not be able to reach everyone immediately which makes it important to be prepared.
The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.
- Water – 3 day supply for each person
- 3 day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Multi-purpose tool
- Personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell Phone with chargers
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Extra Cash
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
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Be Prepared if Lightning Strikes!
Stay safe during a thunderstorm that brings lightning with it!
We say in Chicaoland wait a few minutes and the weather will change. These are words to prepare for in the event of a thunderstorm that brings lightning with it! If possible, postpone your trip or activity if the weather forecast calls for a thunderstorm. If you need to venture out in the storm here are a few tips from the CDC to keep you safe:
Safety tips for Outdoors:
- Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
- The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
- If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
- Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Safety Tips for Indoors:
- Avoid water during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through plumbing.
- Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.
- Avoid corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
- Avoid concrete floors and walls.
Lightning strikes may be rare, but they still happen and the risk of serious injury or death is severe. So take thunderstorms seriously.
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Summer is Here - Watch out for Extreme Heat!
Use these helpful tips to stay safe during a heat wave.
Summer has arrived in Chicagoland and so has the extreme heat. Please stay safe with the help of these tips from the American Red Cross:
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Recognize and care for heat related emergencies:
Heat exhaustion typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.
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IICRC Certified Firm can help with your Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is a IICRC Firm
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.
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Tornado Safety Tips - Be Prepared!
Stay Safe from a Tornado!
Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds. Here a few tips from Ready.gov on how to protect yourself and your family at a time when every second counts.
Know your risk
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground and is often—although not always—visible as a funnel cloud. Lightning and hail are common in thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. Tornadoes cause extensive damage to structures and disrupt transportation, power, water, gas, communications, and other services in its direct path and in neighboring areas. Related thunderstorms can cause heavy rains, flash flooding, and hail.
About 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year and every state is at risk.
Tornadoes can strike in any season, but occur most often in the spring and summer months. They can occur at all hours of the day and night, but are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The extent of destruction caused by tornadoes depends on the tornado’s intensity, size, path, time of day, and amount of time it is on the ground. Wind from tornadoes can reach more than 300 miles per hour, and damage paths can be more than 1 mile wide and 50 miles long. Wind from tornadoes can destroy buildings and trees, transform debris into deadly projectiles, and roll vehicles.
- They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
- They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
- Tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
- Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
- Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
Know the Terms:
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a tornado hazard:
- Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. When there is a Watch, move to be near enough to a shelter or sturdy building to be able to get there quickly in a few minutes if there is a Warning or if you see signs of a tornado approaching. Remain alert for approaching storms.
- Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
During a Tornado:
If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
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Beware of Extremely Cold Temperatures!
If you experience a cold weather emergency, call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook today at 630-573-4290.
According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015. Even scarier? Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold the same year. It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.
Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness.
Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.
Winter Storms can cause Damage
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help with winter storm damage.
Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.
An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.
Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.
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Snowstorm & Extreme Cold Weather Tips
Snowstorm Safety Tips
Winter weather has arrived in Chicagoland area. It is extremely important to be prepared when a winter storm occurs. A winter storm can range from freezing rain and ice to moderate snowfall over a few hours, to a blizzard that lasts several days.
Here are some tips to help you be prepared when a storm hits:
During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and your route; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing to prevent a loss of body heat.
- If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
- Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
- Wear a hat and over your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.
When severe weather strikes, knowing what to do until SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook arrives will make a difference. Call us directly at 630-573-4290.
Tips for being prepared for a Power Outage
Be prepared for a power outage!
Power outages can not only be dangerous to you and your family, but they can also cause immense stress if you are not properly prepared.
According to ready.gov:
Before a Power Outage:
- Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
- Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
- Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
- Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
- Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
- Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
- If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.
During a Power Outage
- Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
- Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
- If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
- Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.
If you experience damage to your home or business after a storm, call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook at 630-573-4290 to remediate your damage.
What is In Flood Water?
We have plenty of equipment to help dry out your home after a storm!
Not all water damages are the same. Many of our friends in DuPage County have found that out after recent flooding in our area. The cleanup caused by recent flooding is much different than say a burst pipe you may have experienced in the past. In this blog we will look at the different water types.
What we call “clean” water when referring to water damage is water from a broken supply line or a leaky faucet. Clean water is pretty self-explanatory; it comes from a clean source. Rain water CAN be considered clean water if it is an isolated incident not related to wide spread flooding.
The second type of water is “grey” water. Grey water is slightly contaminated water. A good example of grey water is drain from a dishwasher. Keep in mind that water types can change. Clean water left too long without cleanup becomes grey water as bacteria and other contaminates can begin to grow.
The final classification is “black” water. Black water is highly contaminated as it is the result of encountering sewage, chemicals, or harmful bacteria. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook always recommends you leave water damage cleanup to the professionals. The type of water determines our protocol for proper cleanup.
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Safety First after a Flood
Be Prepared after a Flood.
AFTER A FLOOD
SAFETY FIRST (For businesses and home owners)
Account that all employees or family members are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.
If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers.
While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains).
Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.
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Thunderstorm Safety Tips
Keep your family Safe!
Here are some guidelines to follow to help keep you and your family safe:
- The best defense against thunderstorms is to stay inside a sturdy building or shelter that can protect you from deadly lightning, large hail, damaging winds, flooding rain and tornadoes. Fortunately, thunderstorms typically do not last very long and will most often pass by your location in less than one hour.
- Once in a shelter, stay away from windows and avoid electrical equipment and plumbing. Remember to bring pets inside. If there is time, secure loose objects outside as these objects often become dangerous flying debris in high winds.
- Postpone outdoor activities until the storms have passed.
- If caught outside, take shelter in a sturdy enclosed building or hard top automobile immediately. Avoid open spaces, isolated objects, high ground and metallic objects.
- Get out of boats and away from bodies of water. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.
If a tornado is spotted, act quickly and move to the lowest level basement of your shelter, putting as many walls between yourself and the outside as possible.
When Storms or Floods hit Downers Grove / Oak Brook, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Downers Grove / Oak Brook.
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Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
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