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A Clean Barrington, Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg Home Sells Faster

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning A Clean Barrington, Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg Home Sells Faster Attention Barrington Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg Realtors - A Clean Home Sells Faster

In today's marketplace, you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get your commission. Presentation is everything.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg will inspect a property, including crawl spaces to help determine the extent of water damage or fungal growth and remove potentially harmful bacteria and odors. We specialize in performing a pre-listing deep cleaning of the property. We are also a resource for help in completing correction of issues identified in inspections. Our goal is to close on time!

So before you risk your buyer's health or the opportunity to close the sale of the property, call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090.

We can attend your next sales meeting to discuss how to recognize the potential for mold and what to do in case of a fire or water emergency.

Things You Can Do To Mitigate Against Flooding

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Things You Can Do To Mitigate Against Flooding Flood Wall Around a Hospital in Binghamton, NY

According to Sandra Knight on the FEMA website, Flooding is the nation's number one natural disaster, and it can occur inland, along the coast, and across every region of the country. Even though you may think your community has little or no risk of flooding, the reality is that anywhere it rains, it can flood. In fact, roughly 25% of all flood insurance claims are filed in low to moderate flood risk areas. It is important to keep in mind that the risk of flooding isn't based only on your community's history, but ion a variety of factors like rainfall, topography, river-flow and tidal-surge data and changes resulting from new construction in your community. Those all play a part in what actual flood risk you face.

There are flood proofing measures you can take to help prevent or minimize the impact of flooding on your home and its contents. A few examples include:

- Elevate your furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home.

- Install check valves to prevent water from backing up into the drains of your home

- When practical, homeowners can construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering your home

- Seal the basement walls with waterproofing compounds.

Should your home or business flood from storms or other reasons SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is here 24/7 to help. Please feel free to contact us in the event of an emergency or to come out and assess you risks in the event of a flood. Our contact phone number is (847) 526-0090.

Barrington, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates - When Do You Need Fire Restoration

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Barrington, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates - When Do You Need Fire Restoration Fire and Smoke Damage Treatment

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg can help out even in the direst of circumstances and we should be contacted immediately after the flames die down. The acidic ash residue left behind by the disaster will make a bad situation even worse if it is not removed within a few days, and the only way to do so is with a thorough cleaning. This is not an undertaking that home or business owners are equipped to handle on their own, and professionals have access to special equipment and cleaning products to make the job much easier,

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is equipped to respond quickly to such a disaster and have manpower to approach a full-scale cleanup. During cleanup the technicians will treat walls, ceilings and anything else that has been affected by ash. If smoke odors are present, and they usually are, they will also require removal to make it possible for people to inhabit the building once again. Smoke odors though are extremely hard to remove and can't be done with standard equipment. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg has thermal foggers and other sophisticated odor removal equipment on hand to counter noxious smoke odors. They can reach into all parts of the home including inside floors and walls.

Please choose SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg to handle your clean so no further damage is done to the building. We can be contacted at (847) 526-0090 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Schaumburg, Barrington and Hoffman Estates Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done By Professionals

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Schaumburg, Barrington and Hoffman Estates Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done By Professionals Ash, Soot and Smoke Damage

With responsive and precise fire damage repair even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have long been one of man's greatest enemies and whole it is easier to handle these days it still can cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home noxious to live in. They can create irritating odors, discolor walls and ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration left behind.

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke left behind. This needs to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg works hard to provide a though cleanup. This includes treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes wiping down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg will access the home's ducts to clean them out as well as preventing either from entering the home once again.

Upon eliminating all of the ash, soot and smoke, the home will quickly be free of any lingering odor.

Please contact SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Schaumburg, Lake Zurich and Barrington 8 Important Facts About Mold

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Schaumburg, Lake Zurich and Barrington 8 Important Facts About Mold Mold Growth

8 Facts About Mold

1) All molds can eventually create a health hazard. Exposure can result in symptoms such as allergic reactions, asthma and more.

2) Symptoms and reactions vary depending on the individual but generally children, elderly and people with respiratory or immune system problems.

3) Mold spores are everywhere within a home. Removing every mold spore is not possible. The best way to reduce mold growth is controlling the moisture level in the home.

4) Mold can create health issues even if it appears to be gone. Trying to kill mold with chemicals is never suggested.

5) Mold growth can be reduced or eliminated by reducing the humidity in the home.

6) Cleaning and drying water damaged property within 24-48 hours is crucial in preventing mold growth.

7) If you clean up large mold areas yourself, spores can become airborne and spread mold to previously unaffected areas. Engaging a professional mold remediation contractor to deal with areas of mold is highly recommended.

8) Cold surfaces with condensation have a higher chance of growing mold. Adding insulation can help prevent mold growth on surfaces such as windows, piping and floors.

For information about mold removal please contact SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week at (847) 526-0090. We are your local mold remediation specialist.

Barrington, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates - Common Mold Myths

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Barrington, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates - Common Mold Myths Mold Spots

Everyone has their own interpretation of what mold is. There are many misconception over types of mold, the impact it has on our health, and how to properly remove it. Below are 4 common myths relative to mold.

#1: Bleach Kills Mold: Many people use bleach as a cheap mold removal solution in their homes. In practice bleach can only kill live mold not mold spores. Mold spores are left behind and mold will regrow as soon as food and water are present.

#2: Every Type of Mold is Toxic: Molds are present everywhere and only some molds can impact your health from short or longer term exposure while others are actually beneficial. Many molds in the natural environment help break down organic materials, allowing for other organisms to prosper.

#3: Don't Worry About Small Mold Spots: Small mold spots can grow larger and spread on organic surfaces and in heating and ventilation systems in your home. These spots should be addressed before they grow into a bigger problem.

#4: You Can Remove Mold Yourself: Many people who ultimately hire us to remediate the mold have tried and failed trying to remove the mold themselves. The fact is instead of saving money you may have made the issue worse and in fact increased the cost to properly remediate the mold problem. You should consult with a mold remediation professional before attempting to remediate the problem yourself.

For information on mold remediation or to schedule us to examine the problem and provide an estimate for remediation please contact us, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090. We are a 24 hour/7 days a week service company and we are here to help.



Air Duct Cleaning for Homes and Businesses in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Barrington

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Air Duct Cleaning for Homes and Businesses in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Barrington Clean Ducts are Healthy and Save Energy

Saving Energy With Air Duct Cleaning: 

The air ducts in either a home or business building need maintenance and care in order to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems. Cleaning your air ducts on a regular basis gets dust, dirt and mold removed from system and thus causes the system to work more efficiently. Removing these foreign objects in your air ducts means the ducts will have far less obstructions and will allow the air to flow more freely and without as much energy. Any blockage, major or minor means the the system needs to work harder to circulate the air throughout your property. Without question air duct cleaning helps save energy but how do you know if you need to have them professionally cleaned?

Mold Growth: If you notice a moldy or musty smell coming from your air ducts there is a good chance that you have a mold infestation. Mold can develop when moisture gets caught in the air ducts, so it is imperative that an HVAC technician insects them.

Rodent Droppings or Insect Bodies: If you notice either of these things in your air ducts it probably calls for cleaning. Having these droppings in your ducts means that air is being circulated throughout your home or business and that insects could be nested in your air ducts.

Duct Blockage: If you notice a large amour of dirt or debris in your ducts it is a sign that your ducts should be cleaned.

Cleaning your air ducts is important to save energy and more importantly your health. You want to know that the air you are breathing is being ventilated through crisp and clean ducts.

For more information about cleaning you air ducts or to schedule service contact SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090 or We are available 24hours/7days a week and we are ready to restore or clean your home or business.

Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Barrington Air Duct Cleaning

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Barrington Air Duct Cleaning Air duct cleaning before and after. Call today for your Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, or Barrington home or business

Getting your air ducts cleaned regularly has a wide variety of benefits. From saving energy to having more breathable air, there is almost no discussion that it should not be done. The topic that is up for debate is how often you should get them cleaned.

We suggest annual cleaning but the frequency could differ due to the following:

 - Are there smokers in the home or business?

 - Pets that shed lots of hair or dander?

 - Residents that have any allergies? They could greatly benefit from reducing the total mount of air pollutants in your home or business.

 - Recent renovations or remodeling your home or business?

 - Recently had a different occupant of your home?

All of these issues can create problems in your air ducts as well as increase the reasons you would benefit from air duct cleaning.

For information about cleaning your air ducts please SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090. We are a 24/7 business and we are here to help.

Barrington and Palatine - Why is Mold Growing in the Crawlspace or Basement

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Barrington and Palatine - Why is Mold Growing in the Crawlspace or Basement Palatine IL Basement Mold

Mold cannot grow without moisture or high humidity, so a thorough investigation is necessary to determine the cause of elevated moisture in the crawlspace or basement. In most cases several minor conditions have contributed to creating an major problem.

 - Gutter and downspout extensions. For every 1,500 square feet of roof and one inch of rain 1,000 gallons of water drain off the roof. If gutters do not catch the water or the downspout extensions do not carry the water at least 6 feet away, all of that rain water can find its way into the crawlspace or basement.

 - The drainage of the yard is sloped back toward the home and drains rainwater back into the crawlspace or basement.

 - The condensate drain form the HVAC system can deposit up to 20 gallons of water per day and is sometimes dumped at the edge of the foundation.

 - A small unnoticed plumbing leak.

 - Foundation cracks can allow groundwater into the crawlspace or basement.

 - Rain penetrations through the building envelope such as the seam where a porch joins the home, window or door openings, improperly installed siding or unsealed building exteriors.

- Dryer vents improperly ducted can introduce warm humid air into the crawlspace or basement.


Please call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090 for information about mold remediation for your crawlspace or basement.

Pepper Fest 2016

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community Pepper Fest 2016 SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg's tent at the second 2nd annual Pepper Fest in Lake Barrington, IL

On October 1, 2016 the Lake Barrington Business Development Council with the support of the Village of Lake Barrington held the second annual Pepper Fest.

Pepper Fest featured one half of a mile of family fun including shopping, crafts, food trucks, petting zoo, live music and much more. The event ran from 11;00am to 5;00pm. The featured bands were Chi Town Duo, Over Your Shoulder and BluesNiks,

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg had a tent and provided mini pumpkins for kids and adults alike to decorate with markers, stickers, glitter, eyeballs and other glue on items. One hundred pumpkins were decorated on this dreary rainy day.

While the weather was not pleasant everyone had a good time and enjoyed the event. The food, music and community spirt were all very good. We at SERVPRO of Barrington are proud to have been one of the sponsors of the event as a member of the Lake Barrington Business Development Council.