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Prevent Frozen Pipes in Hoffman Estates

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Snowy mountains with clouds surrounding them Prevent Frozen Pipes in Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates knows freezing weather. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg knows that freezing weather can lead to burst pipes. The water damage from burst pipes is huge: every year burst pipes damage a quarter of million homes and offices (Federal Emergency Management Association).  SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg hopes these tips will prevent burst pipes.

How to Prevent Burst Pipes in Hoffman Estates                                     

  • Get ready before the coldest weather hits –  pipes may burst when the temperatures top out at 20 degrees F
  • Make sure there is enough insulation in the walls where there are pipes
  • Wrap pipes with several inches of pipe insulation
  • Plug up all drafts
  • Don't freeze inside for the sake of economy – the temperature should be at least 55 degrees F, even while people are sleeping or away from the home or office
  • Even dripping water will prevent pipes from freezing
  • Keep doors to uninsulated areas closed

If the pipes do burst, call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg right away. We're available 24/7.                                                                                                                           

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html

Prevent Toilet Overflows in Hoffman Estates

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

toilet bowl on tile floor Prevent Toilet Overflows in Hoffman Estates

Overflowing pantries and gift baskets in Hoffman Estates are delightful. Overflowing toilets --- not so much. Sometimes, the water in the bowl gets too high, and the next flush sends it gushing to the bathroom floor. The outflow could be a sudden rush of regular water. The outflow could be far worse. SERVPRO® of Barrington/N. Schaumburg is sharing tips to prevent such a mess.

Keep Hoffman Estate's Toilets from Overflowing:

  • Shop towels, hunks of hair, cat litter, and other products can clog the toilet
  • Even toilet paper can clog a toilet if there is too much of it
  • Flush in large batches if there is large amount of material
  • Low-flow toilets save water and try patience – hold the handle down for a couple of extra seconds to make sure that there is enough water
  • If the water in the toilet bowl is high, use a plunger to clear the drain
  • Don't wait until the water is up to the bowl's rim – the water will have nowhere to go except the floor
  • If a plunger doesn't work, call a plumber

Even the cleanest water will not stay clean for long. If there is any reason to suspect hidden water (musty smell, mold, wet ceilings in the rooms below), call  SERVPRO of Barrington/N. Schaumburg. We're always available, and we'll fix the damage “Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Barrington/N. Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/what-to-do-if-a-pipe-bursts-fire-erupts-or-a-flood-happens-in-your-home-pictures

Save Lives by Using Smoke Detectors in Hoffman Estates

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A smoke detector covered in ashes from fire damage, with a new battery laying next to it. Save Lives and prevent fire damage by using smoke detectors in Hoffman Estates.

Fire can strike anywhere in Hoffman Estates. That’s why SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg encourages people to use smoke detectors. The National Fire Protection Association found that smoke detectors are a major reason that fire deaths have decreased so much.

Hoffman Estates Should Know:

  • Smoke alarms provide enough warning for people to leave the building
  • Most fatal fires take place when people are asleep
  • The smell of smoke is not enough to wake a sleeping person
  • Nearly 60% of deaths from home fires occurred in homes without working smoke detectors
  • Place smoke detectors high on the wall or on the ceiling
  • The NFPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) recommend detectors that alert the fire department
  • Close doors to keep fire, heat, and smoke from spreading
  • The NFPA recommends a system that links all the smoke detectors together so that when one alarm sounds a warning, they all do
  • There should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of a home or building
  • Every bedroom should have its own smoke detector
  • Replace the batteries once a year, such as a birthday or January 1st
  • Test each smoke detector every month by using its test button
  • Replace every smoke detector 10 years from its manufacture
  • When a smoke alarm goes off, implement your escape plan

We hope you never need recovery from smoke damage or from fire damage, but SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Here to Help®. 

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/smoke_alarms.html

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/technology/smoke_fire_alarms.html

Fire Prevention in Hoffman Estates

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A single candle burning in the dark. Avoid fire damage in Hoffman Estates.

Hoffman Estates can practice fire prevention by learning home and business safety.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) warns that a small flame can turn into a major fire within 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill your home or business within mere minutes. While SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg can help you recover from fire damage, we hope you never need this help.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to prevent fire damage by preventing fires.

Preventing Fire and Smoke Damage in Hoffman Estates:

  • Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as candles stovetops, fireplaces, or heaters
  • Items that can catch fire include food, paper, cloth, & wood
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from all heat sources
  • Never use the oven as a space heater
  • Turn off portable heaters & put out flames when leaving the room or sleeping
  • If you use a fireplace, have the chimney inspected & cleaned once a year
  • Let fireplace ashes cool before removing them to a metal container  
  • Test smoke alarms once a month
  • Pay attention to the cooking

SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg encourages everyone to keep at least 1 fire extinguisher at home and at a business.

Remember, Hoffman Estates: The USFA noted that fire moves quickly. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 when you are outside the home or office.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Stats on Businesses Reopening After a Disaster in Deer Park

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

The letters FEMA on an official U.S. Department of Homeland Security form laid on an American flag. Knowing some common causes of commercial fires can help you avoid disaster.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) over 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster such as a storm, fire, or water damage, or other disruption. Of those that do reopen, it is estimated that only 29% of those remain open after two years.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Commercial Fires in the Deer Park area are:

  • Equipment: Almost 38% of business fires start from faulty equipment or from mis-used equipment. Some materials can catch fire or explode when exposed to heat
  • Carelessness: Remember to cover light bulbs, turn off equipment at the end of the day, and to replace frayed cords
  • Cooking is a main cause of fire(s): Be aware of distractions while cooking. It only takes a moment of being away from your cooking source for a fire to break out.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to remember that the best way to fight fire damage or smoke damage in Deer Park is prevention.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/89510

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/nonres_bldg_fire_estimates.pdf

Thunderstorm preparedness in Inverness

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Lighting striking through the sky. Although you cannot prevent thunderstorms, you can prepare for them.

Many people love sitting on their porch to watch a beautiful thunderstorm take place. While this can be enjoyable, SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to remember they can become very dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home, property, or business in Inverness.

Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Inverness
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder.

If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf

The Best Fire Damage Control is Prevention in Barrington

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman standing by fire truck with image saying "Turn your Attention to fire prevention written on sidebar. Tips to prevent fires from breaking out in your Barrington home.

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg knows that the best fire control is fire prevention in North Barrington. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg will help you recover from fire damage; however, we hope you never need that kind of help.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg shares these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include light bulbs, fireplaces, stove tops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available and remember that fire is fast. If there is a fire in North Barrington, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 911 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Roof Tarps Help Water Damage in Lake Zurich

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Tarp covering water damage on the roof of a Lake Zurich home. Protecting a damaged roof during rainfall can prevent further damage.

If you live in Lake Zurich, you know that you might experience almost any kind of weather at any time of the year. With this in mind, there is a chance you could be forced to deal water damage to your home. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg knows that anything can happen without much warning. For example, if you have a small leak in your roof, you need to be extremely cautious as to how you handle it, because if we do experience a heavy rainfall, that small leak could turn into an emergency really quick.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is ready to help if you need us, but we also want you to be prepared. If you notice a roof leak, you could try to make a temporary leak patch using something like plywood and some roofing tar, but if you still have a leak and want to call the professionals, we are ready and able to tarp your roof to get through the storm. After the weather has cleared, we can return to repair both the roof and any damage you experienced from excess water.

Don’t let storms in Lake Zurich get you down. SERVPRO is “ready for whatever happens.”

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Tips for Staying Safe During a Storm in Deer Park

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning causing storm damage to an office building in Deer Park. Stay away from windows during a lightning storm in Deer Park.

A few common safety rules and precautions state that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in Deer Park.  SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside of a commercial building:

  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing
  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm

Since weather is unpredictable and can change in an instant without much warning in Deer Park, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to consider the following tips:

  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so

Remember, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is here to help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado has caused storm damage, water damage, or fire damage.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Who Should I Use for Restoration Purposes in Barrington

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and vans and a SERVPRO 24/7 sign. Let SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg restore your damage to its preloss condition.

Who should I use?

If you find yourself in an emergency situation from a water, fire, smoke, or other type of damage, a quick response from a restoration company can help to put your mind at ease. In cases where a home or business structure in South Barrington is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation in South Barrington, remember, we’re here to help.  SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg will send in trained professionals who will be prepared with the right type of equipment to begin your restoration process, making your loss “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.