Recent Storm Damage Posts

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)

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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:

Water Damage Restoration
Fire Damage Restoration
Mold Remediation
Storm Damage Restoration
Cleaning Services
Building/Reconstruction Services
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:

Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

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