Recent Storm Damage Posts

Prepare an Emergency Kit

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies laying on a table. Be Prepared - Make an 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.  We are available 24 hours a day to help.  You can reach us at (847) 526-0090.

SERVPRO can handle your Storm Damage

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Dark clouds in the sky SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 (847) 526-0090.  We’ll take care of your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Thunderstorm Preparedness Tips

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Purple sky with bright white lightning. SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg will respond to storm damage emergencies.

SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg has a team of storm restoration technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day to any storm damage emergency. Call us at 847-526-0090. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Tips to Stay Safe During a Power Outage

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Big power line with blue sky in the background. If you experience storm damage, SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg is available 24 hours a day for assistance.  Please don’t hesitate to call us at 847-526-0090.

Winter has arrived - Be Prepared for Winter Storms

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Snowy street with snow covered cars on both sides with snowy trees in the background. Be prepared for winter storms - Rely on SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg is ready to respond 24 hours a day.  Call us at 847-526-0090.

Lightning Safety Tips

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Several white lightning strikes in a grey sky with a hill in the background. 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 Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 (847) 526-0090.

Storm Damage Cleanup

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Park bench with water surrounding it. SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg is available 24/7 to help with storm damage.

SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg 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 Barrington and North Schaumburg.  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 Barrington / North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090.

SERVPRO is ready to handle your Storm Damage

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Large uprooted tree leaning on a brick building. SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg are storm damage professionals.

Storm Damage

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 Barrington / North Schaumburg has years of experience responding to any kind of storm damage. 

Fast Response Time

SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg 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.

Highly Trained

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 Barrington / North Schaumburg is always available to help.  Call us today at 847-526-0090.  We’ll cleanup and restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg Restores Storm-damaged Property in Inverness

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Dark clouds and tornado funnel over part of Illinois. Storms can’t dampen the ability of SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg to help its neighbors.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

If storms bring floods or high winds that damage Inverness homes, businesses, or public buildings, call SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg at 847-526-0090.

 Water damage gets seriously worse with each passing hour, which is why SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has 24-hour emergency service every day. We will remain available on weekends and holidays until storms start taking those days off.

Tornadoes are possible all year

 Tornado Season is officially March – June, but some of the country’s biggest tornadoes have hit in winter, which is when the risk of tornadoes is reported to be the lowest.

 Visitors may be alarmed at hearing “tornado watch”. It’s up to us to reassure people that a watch means conditions are right for a tornado to form, not that one definitely will form. We could have a tornado watch from March through August without ever having a tornado, and we wouldn’t be upset about it.

 A “tornado warning” means that the weather service has spotted a tornado in the area. 

Not a lot of warning

 Anyone who has lived here for a long time (as have we at SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg) knows that tornadoes don’t provide much warning. When the alarm sounds, get to safety. Once the storms are gone, and everyone is safe, it’s time to look for storm damage.

 Remember that we are experts in restoring homes, commercial buildings, and even the contents of Inverness homes and businesses.

Call us today at 847-526-0090.

SERVPRO Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage Prevention Tips for Homeowners in Schaumburg?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

The yellow lines of a road are shown partially obscured by storm water flooding. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Barrington!

Winter is Coming

Weather in Schaumburg has been extreme this year, and after the hot summer, milder fall weather is a welcome respite. October is a great time to get ready for winter storms. Rain and snow damage causes some of the costliest repairs to homes and businesses, and SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg knows the importance of winter storm preparation because we have years of experience responding to storm damage emergencies. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to help you protect your home from winter storms:

  • Protect your pipes from freezing
  • Verify that home heating sources are in good working order and are installed properly
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out
  • Check emergency heating equipment to make sure they are properly vented and in good working order and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for refueling.
  • Keep an adequate supply of firewood or coal handy if you have a fireplace
  • Install a portable generator, and follow safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning

Call Us Today

When you experience storm damage in Schaumburg, SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day, and they can be onsite within four hours of your call to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 847-526-0090.

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage and Water Intrusion in Barrington?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

A dark, cloud-filled sky serves as a harbinger for a coming storm. We are storm damage restoration experts in Schaumburg.

Storms Cause Property Damage in Barrington

Have you checked your property for storm damage lately? Water from recent storms can easily seep into your basement through cracked window seals, clogged rain gutters and drain spouts, and from water pooling next to the foundation when the water cannot drain properly. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has been restoring homes damaged by storms of all kinds in Barrington for years. We’ve seen property damage caused by high winds, fallen trees, flash flooding, tornadoes, lightning strike fires, and microbursts. Our team of highly trained restoration specialists are on call and ready to assist you 24 hours a day, every day. Depending on the nature of the damage, our storm restoration services may include:

Call Us Today

We are a leader in storm damage restoration and from the moment you call us we can be onsite within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is a locally owned business you can trust. Call us today at 847-526-0090. We’ll take care of your storm damage in Barrington “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Clogged Rain Gutters Causing Roof Damage in North Barrington?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is running off a roof and dropping into a rain gutter. We restore damage caused by storms in Barrington.

Summer Storms

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts Summer in North Barrington to be hotter and rainier than normal. Water intrusion caused by rain can bring moisture into the house through damaged roof shingles and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has years of experience repairing storm damage and offers these preventative measures from Mr. Handyman for keeping your downspouts and rain gutters clear to prevent potential water intrusion from:

Downspout and gutter cleaning tips:

  • Use an extension ladder for high rooftops
  • Protect your hands with thick suede gloves and wear goggles to protect your eyes
  • Clean gutters at midday when the roof is dry
  • Clean debris off the roof before cleaning the gutters using a broom or leaf blower
  • Clear the downspouts with a flexible rod with a brush on the end, like those used to clean dryer vents
  • Run water through the gutter and downspout system to make sure it’s clear all the way through
  • If a storm has already happened and the debris is wet, you can use a power washer with a telescoping wand with a u-shaped attachment so you can clean the gutters from ground level

Call Us Today

When your home is damaged by water intrusion or other storm damage, SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 847-526-0090. We’ll restore your property damage in North Barrington “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fallen Tree Causes Property Damage in Lake Zurich?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A storm causes a tree to fall over, causing property damage to a home.  Storms and high winds can topple trees in Barrington.

Storm Damage Happens

Did you know that the Forestry Division is responsible for the care of over 8000 parkway trees and educates the community on tree protection and preservation? Snowmelt, flooding, and rain all contribute to waterlogged soil which can cause trees to fall. This June has already brought 1.4 inches of rain to Lake Zurich in the first half of the month alone. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has years of experience dealing with storm damage and tree removal and has a team of highly trained professionals on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day ready to respond to any size storm damage emergency. Depending on the nature of your property damage emergency we typically:

  • Take temporary protective measures to secure your home or business such as placing plastic tarps on roofs and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris
  • Immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process
  • Work with your insurance company and help with the insurance paperwork and process
  • Follow the repairs through to successful completion

Call Us Today

When a tree falls and damages your home or business in Lake Zurich, SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 847-526-0090. We’ll take care of your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm Weather in Schaumburg?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A cumulus cloud is seen rising in the sky, an indicator of a thunderstorm to come. Thunderstorms are common in Barrington.

Thunderstorms

Did you know that weather satellites can detect the temperature and the height of a cloud? According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, (NSSL), weather satellites take pictures of the earth at regular intervals to look for weather patterns, and rapidly growing clouds are a possible sign of a thunderstorm. Clouds with a cold temperature at the top usually mean that the clouds are high enough up in the earth’s atmosphere to become a thunderstorm. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants Barrington residents to know that we are Here to Help® when you experience damage to your home or business from a thunderstorm or any storm.

Here are some thunderstorm safety tips offered by the American Red Cross:

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors!
  • The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap
  • Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has years of experience and a highly trained team of technicians ready to respond to any size storm damage emergency. Call us today at 847-526-0090. We’ll take care of your storm damage in Barrington “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storms can’t beat SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

hail stones collected in a hand SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg fights storm damage in Lake Zurich

People who live or work around Lake Zurich can provide vivid descriptions of storms and the damage they cause. Storms can damage even the most well-fortified properties, which is why SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Here to Help®

Storms bring wind, hail, lightning, and water, all of which can cause extensive damage that itself causes more (secondary) damage. Since storms can hit Lake Zurich any hour of any day, even holidays, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is available any hour of any, even holidays. Our number is (847) 526-0090.

Speed is crucial to prevent secondary damage as well as to mitigate immediate damage. This need motivates SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg to be Faster to any size disaster.

Here are some of the storm damage-control methods SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg provides:

  • Water removal
  • Moisture removal
  • Structural drying and cleaning
  • Cleaning of property’s contents
  • If necessary, mold mitigation
  • Deodorizing
  • Disinfection & sanitizing
  • Work with your insurance company

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

Links:

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/information/disaster-types/hurricane

Storm damage? SERVPRO to the Rescue

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

tornado over town When storm damage hits, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is ready 24/7 to respond.

Storms, including hail, heavy snow, and tornadoes, are part of the package of life in northern Illinois. Many of us remember the 2007 tornado vividly, and no one expects that it will be the last major storm in or around Hoffman Estates.

When a residence or business suffers from storm damage, it is vitally important that assessment and repair start quickly. A guiding principle of ours is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call or reach us online; we are available all day, every day.

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg has highly trained technicians who will repair any type of storm damage. Severe storms include high winds, rain, hail or snow, and sometimes lightning. The water damage causes more damage (see the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), as do winds and lightning, either on their own or through fallen trees or other debris.

Technicians at SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg are trained in:

  • Water damage restoration for household or commercial materials
  • Mold prevention & remediation
  • Advanced drying techniques
  • Progress Monitoring & documentation

Business owners and homeowners in Hoffman Estates will be able to focus on what matters because we even work with insurance companies. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Here to Help®.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Links:

https://w2.weather.gov/climate/local_data.php?wfo=lot

https://www.noaa.gov/explainers/severe-storms

SERVPRO Provides Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services to Schaumburg

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy snow falls in a blustery, winter scene barely showing the outline of a building in the background. We’ll clean and restore your Storm damage in Inverness “Like it never even happened.”

Winter storms vary in degree of severity and duration and can last for a couple of hours or for several days. They can bring dangerously low temperatures and can cause damage to your home or business. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants the residents of Inverness to know that when a winter storm causes damage to your property, we are available 24 hours a day to respond to your needs. Here are some winter storm tips from the American Red Cross to keep you safe:

  • Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing and be sure to cover your hands and ears
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news for critical information from the National Weather Service
  • Bring in your pets and livestock to sheltered areas and make sure their water is not frozen
  • Keep water trickling in pipes to prevent them from freezing
  • Make sure you have a three-day supply of food and water (one gallon of water per person per day)
  • Make sure you have flashlights, a first aid kit and extra batteries
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces and wood or coal burning stoves
  • Emergency family contact information
  • Charged cell phones and batteries
  • Baby food and supplies
  • Prescription medications

If you find yourself requiring help with storm damage SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to help. Call us today at 847-526-0090 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your property damage in Inverness “Like it never even happened.”

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

SERVPRO Provides Fire Cleanup and Restoration Services to Barrington

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flames from fire burn inside a records storage room. Fire damage cleanup and restoration in Inverness “Like it never even happened.”

Fires can occur at any time due to arson, a faulty wire, a furnace puffback, an appliance failure, a lightning strike, and for many other reasons. Damage caused by fire and smoke is different in every situation and will require a specialized approach to cleaning as different types of materials create soot unique to that material. SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants residents and business owners of Inverness to know that when a fire causes damage to your home or property, our highly trained technicians that are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Our ability to immediately respond to a fire emergency helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs. Here are some of the fire damage cleanup and restoration services SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg provides:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

We hope a fire never happens, but if one does occur, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and we have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore properties damaged by fire in Inverness. Call us today at 847-526-0090 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

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

SERVPRO Provides Storm Cleanup and Restoration Services to Barrington

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

stormy sky with lightning streak When storm damage causes a disaster in your North Schaumburg home, call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg.

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to know that when a storm causes damage to your property, we are ready to respond to your emergency 24 hours a day, every day. We understand that you lose money every day your business is closed due to an emergency. Business and homeowners of Hoffman Estates will benefit from our highly trained specialists that are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Our ability to immediately respond to a water emergency helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs. Here are some of the storm damage cleanup and restoration services we provide:

  • Commercial storm damage
  • Commercial water cleanup and restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning and
  • Odor removal
  • Commercial cleaning
  • Commercial mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Commercial storm and major events
  • Disaster recovery team
  • Building Services
  • Sewage cleanup

If you find yourself help with commercial storm damage, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained professionals have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore properties damaged by storms in Hoffman Estates. Call us today at 847-526-0090 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your commercial storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

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

SERVPRO is a Leader in Storm Restoration for Hoffman Estates

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician speaking with homeowner about storm damage. Storm can wreak havoc on your life, but SERVPRO fights back.

When storm damage ravishes our area, SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg is proud to serve Hoffman Estates.

Whenever damage strikes your home or business, our team members are trained to address the damage and get your life back on track. SERVPRO is comprised of over 1,700 franchises across the country. Our team is IICRC certified and we are leaders in the restoration industry.

Why us?

  • We will make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”
    • Water damage gets worse with time and its sidekick (mold) can be just as destructive on its own. Smoke and soot from fire damage can also cause ongoing harm with time.

Emergencies don't operate on convenient schedules and neither do we.

  • SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is available 24/7 and all 365 days each year. We aim to prevent further damage.

Training


  • Technicians earn certification throughout their careers, with continuing education to ensure they learn the latest techniques and can use the most advanced equipment.
  • Team members are trained in:
    • Mitigating mold
    • Removing water
    • Remediating fire, smoke, and water damage
    • Cleaning materials from brick to wood to textiles


Community

  • SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is part of Hoffman Estates. No job is too small. We also have the resources of a national network.

We work directly with your insurance so you can focus on the people. We pride ourselves with happy customers. Read the reviews.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

What are Ice Dams?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of icicles on the edge of a roof with snow collected behind it, the signs of an ice dam issue Know what to look for when it comes to a possible ice dam.

Understanding Ice Dams

During the winter and stormy months, you may experience an ice dam. Ice dams are the formation of ice on the top edge of a house or building that prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. Ice dams happen because your home generates heat, and this heat naturally melts the snow on the shingles which then turns into water. The water then freezes on the edges of the roof due to the weather being so cold and the eaves not receiving any heat because it is hanging off the side of the house. The ice dam then traps snow onto the roof, which can cause the inside of your home once it starts to melt with nowhere to go but down into the shingles.

If trapped melted snow does make its way through your shingles and into your home- that’s when it can cause water damage. In order to prevent these issues and stop ice dams from forming, one can remove snow from the roof. When removing the ice and snow from the roof, do not use an ax or sharp object as it could do more damage. Instead, you should use an object like a mallet. After the snow and ice have been removed, the gutters and downspouts need to be cleared. If you fall victim to an ice dam which then leads to water damage inside of your home, call SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

The Different Types of Storms

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of storm conditions on the road When a Storm is Near, Remember SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg is here.

Blizzards and Hurricanes and Tornadoes- Oh My!

There are numerous different types of storms, including blizzards, dust storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Some storms are similar, such as blizzards and dust storms. Both involve high winds moving many small particles through the air (snow for snowstorms and dust for dust storms). However, a dust storm is more likely in an arid location like a desert- we don’t see these in Barrington. While a dust storm may lead to breathing and lung difficulties if the dust is consumed over long periods of time, a blizzard can lead to hypothermia or frostbite if out in the elements for too long of a time.

Tornadoes and hurricanes are both high wind events leading to damage of property as they form in cylindrical patterns. With these storms, in addition to the high winds causing property damage as they push and move property around, they both can lead to heavy rain and flooding. The severe weather we see in Barrington are mostly that of tornadoes and blizzards. With winter approaching, remember that blizzards impact driving and could lead to treacherous travel conditions, and extreme cold weather health issues.

No matter what kind of storm hits, SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg is here for your storm damage restoration needs. As always, remember that when it comes to dangerous weather conditions and storm alerts- SAFETY FIRST.

SERVPRO of Barrington/N. Schaumburg is Independently Owned and Operated.

Prepare Your Business for a Winter Storm in Hoffman Estates.

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Warehouse with racks full of boxes Prepare Your Business for a Winter Storm in Hoffman Estates.

Hoffman Estates knows how devastating winter storms can be. Storm damage and water damage can be especially harsh on small- or medium sized businesses; the Small Business Administration estimates that 25% of such businesses never recover after a disaster forces them to close. SERVPRO® of Barrington/N. Schaumburg wants Hoffman Estates businesses to thrive and is sharing these tips for preventing the worst. 

Preventing Storm Damage in Hoffman Estates.

  • Make sure your employees will be safe:
    • sign up for text alerts from the business and from local weather alert services
    • encourage them to keep emergency kits at home and in their cars
    • keep emergency supplies available
    • encourage employees to stay at home or to leave early enough to avoid the storm
  • Get updates on weather from your local stations or the National Weather Service
  • Have insurance that covers against winter hazards such as high winds, water damage from melting ice, and other storm damage
  • Arrange for snow and ice removal to prevent them from accumulating on roofs, sidewalks, and entry ways
  • Prepare against freezing pipes
  • Post contact for plumbers, vendors, customers, any building contractors
  • Prepare for internet or power outages by having all contact information available offline
  • Winter is not gentle in Hoffman Estates so you may need extra insulation to protect manufacturing equipment, telecommunications, or computers.

If storm damage or water damage strikes your business, Call SERVPRO of Barrington/N. Schaumburg right away. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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

Links: https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/prepare-your-business-winter-storm

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/oem/supp_info/alertready/winter_preparedness-duringwinterstormandextremecold.html

Keep Your Animals Safe in Winter Storms

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Group of dogs against a blue sky Keep Your Animals Safe in Winter Storms

Animal lovers in Hoffman Estates want to be sure their pets are safe in storms.  SERVPRO® of Barrington/N. Schaumburg brings these tips from the Red Cross and others to keep your four-legged friends happy and well.

Protect Your Pets from Winter in Hoffman Estates:

  • Sight and scent cues are harder to keep in the winter, so make sure your pets have tags, chips, or other identification
  • More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season so do not let your dog’s off the leash in a storm
  • If there is a storm or it is cold, keep the pets indoors
  • Clean up antifreeze as it can be fatal to mammals that drink it
  • Let your dogs' coats grow in the winter
  • When your pets come in from winter weather, wipe off the paws, legs, and stomach to get rid of salt, ice, and dangerous chemicals
  • Make sure that outdoor enclosures are insulated and away from the wind
  • Do not let ice or snow drifts block access to shelter, food or water
  • Older animals are (like older people) more sensitive to cold and damp than younger ones
  • When you prepare your own emergency kit, prepare ones for the animals
  • If you evacuate, bring the pets because you don't know how long you will be gone
  • Arrange for the safety of larger animals that can't come indoors
  • Shelters have to allow service animals, but not pets
  • Check ahead of time which shelters or motels allow pets

If storm damage hits your Hoffman Estates home, call SERVPRO of Barrington/N. Schaumburg 24/7.  We will repair your home “Like it Never Even Happened.

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

Link: https://www.weather.gov/mqt/petsafety

Winter Storm Preparation and Tips

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of a person stuck in a winter storm. Preparation is key, especially during the colder months in Barrington/ North Schaumburg.

Winter is Coming to Barrington/ North Schaumburg!

Winter storms are usually known to be closing in days in advance, allowing everyone to make last-minute preparations for the predicted storm. However, it is always wise to be generally prepared for any possible future winter storm.

Here are a few examples of storm preparation tips and essential items:

A flashlight with extra batteries will be a lifesaver if a power outage leaves you in the dark. This allows you to find other essential items you should be keeping on hand. For example: blankets, gloves, boots in case you need to go outside, and other items to keep you comfortable without heat or power.

If you have a fireplace, extra firewood is key for both heat and light. If you are lucky enough to have a generator, keep extra gas safely stored. These gloves, boots, and flashlights will come in handy here as wood, gas, and generators are typically stored outside the home. 

Last but certainly not least, fresh water and nonperishable food items that do not require preparation are essential to keeping up your energy in case you become unable to travel due to snow or other harsh weather conditions.

For more information on what should be in your disaster preparedness kit, click here.

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

When winter storms arrive, SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg Responds

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg can help recover from ice storms, heavy snow, or other forms of winter damage.

Winter time in the Midwest can deliver some serious weather, and with that often comes property damage.  From ice dams, to snow covered roofs and fallen trees, all of these weather related problems demand fast attention, especially when the temperature can be extremely low and your home is exposed to the elements.

From Board-Up to Mitigation to Rebuild

When choosing SERVPRO, you are partnering with a restoration company who not only has experience delivering all forms of restoration service, but we also understand the situation that you’re in.  If your home or office is damaged and exposed to the outside elements, you want it sealed quickly, cleaned up, repaired and back to normal quickly and properly.  That’s what we do.  We live in the area as well, so we understand the need to have your home stabilized and repaired, especially in the middle of an Illinois winter.

If winter has delivered damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Barrington / North Schaumburg to help: (847) 526-0090

Things You Can Do To Mitigate Against Flooding

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

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.

For Immediate Service in Deer Park or North Barrington, Call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Deer Park. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (847) 526-0090
Residential Services
Whether your Deer Park or North Barrington home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

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Commercial Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Deer Park or North Barrington commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPRObarringtonnorthschaumburg.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

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Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Inverness Home

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Scvhaumburg 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.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg


SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration 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.

When Storms or Floods hit Hoffman Estates SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Ready

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and the surrounding area

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response
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.

When storms hit Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and the surrounding area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,716 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Need us right away? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg (847) 526-0090