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SERVPRO National Leader Fire Restoration

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will make the difference in the first 24 hours of a Fire disaster, weather to replace or restore your valuables!  SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana pride ourselves in a quick response and restoring your business to preloss condition. We understand there will be much uncertainty, stress and concerns about the future of the business.

We want to limit the amount of time your business operations and unexpected period of lost productivity and revenue is at risk. We understand that in addition to the fire damage there will be significant water damage from the firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems. Let us ensure your property and belongings are restored.

Here are some tips we would like to share:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at (217) 355-0077 for all your fire restoration needs

One Small Leak May Cause Large Damages

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

The ice maker in your refrigerator is a wonderful invention.  It is great to have crushed or cubed ice at the push of a button.  No more ice trays to fill up or empty again.  But, just like everything these days, things can break down.  Ice makers can clog, stop producing ice and perhaps the worst, start leaking all over the freezer and floor. The leak could cause damage to flooring, floor joist, drywall, and even insulation.

Here is a check list to determine why your ice maker might be leaking:

Check the water lines & tighten connections

Break up ice jams

Clear out the condensation drains

Level the refrigerator and ice maker

Check your water filer & Dispenser

If you do find damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana (217) 355-0077.  We are here for you 24/7. 

Who do you turn to for help SERVPRO

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

What if you had fire damage and need repair and restoration to a Commercial or Residential building? You may possibly need a board up, contents cleaned and stored. If it is not a total loss, you would need to remove soot, clean, and

Storm came through with lots of rain and high winds and left water in your
finished basement. Your contents are floating and your small shop vacuum cannot keep up. The water is wicking up the painted drywall and may have gotten into the insulation.

All the above has happened while you were out of town for 2 weeks and the moisture in the walls and flooring has caused mold.

There is only one phone call that can make this all go away, SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana (217) 335-0077. Our highly trained and caring Technicians will take care of you. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies. So when there is disaster call the grandmaster- SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana

What to do during a power outage

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Power Outage Power Outage

When unexpected weather strikes and causes it is important for everyone to be prepared for a power outage that may last for several hours or days after a heavy storm.

Before a Power Outage:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, casa, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery-powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door is located and know how to operate it.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your community.

During a Power Outage:

  • Avoid using candles which can cause fires. Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • Only use generators away from your home, and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system. Consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing a generator.

After a Power Outage:

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures of 40*F (4*C) for two hours or more. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40*F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medication having spoiled.
  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. 
  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

The science behind drying a space

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Science Drying Science

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre loss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of secondary damages, like mold. If your home or business suffers water damage, SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor weather the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are we, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material—but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces, inside walls (pictured below), and much more. SERVPRO also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying process of your home or business.

SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana has the professional trained staff and equipment to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana for commercial cleaning services

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning

SERVPRO offers the unique value of a one-stop resource for all your commercial and damage repair needs. First and foremost, we offer a variety of cleaning services, including:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

 When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look it's very best. In addition, if our commercial cleaning team finds signs of damage from water or mold during our services, we can not only alert your business promptly but can work with you to address the situation, regardless of how substantial the damage is.

Call us here at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana for help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Our phone number is (217)355-0077.

Crawl Space have Water ?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Crawl Space Crawl Space

Finding water in the crawl space under your house is more than a mere inconvenience.  Standing water and even high humidity under the house can cause mold to grow, which poses a significant threat to the health of your family.  When the ground beneath your house gets soaked with water, rising moisture and water vapor increase the humidity below your home, potentially causing lasting damage.  The presence of water long-term can make your beams or posts rot, weakening the structure of your home.  Another detrimental effect of standing water below your house is the potential proliferation of pests such as carpenter ants and termites.  Water in the crawl space underneath your house has several possible causes.  It may be a result of poor drainage, sewage backup or even heavy rain.  However the water got there, the important thing is to quickly find the source and get to the bottom of the issue.

To check for water pooling under your house, find the opening to your crawl space.  This may be a hatch outside in the exterior wall surrounding the crawlspace or a hatch in your floor, perhaps inside a closet or scullery.  It is recommended that you wear old clothes, as you may have to lie down to move around in the narrow space.  Take a flashlight along  with you as you take a close look at every area of your crawl space, including the ground below and the floor of the house above.  Check for any sign of puddling or standing water on the ground.  On the wooden posts and structural members overhead, you may notice wood rot or discoloration caused by mildew.  In some homes, the crawlspace can have narrow spots or corners that will require you to be agile in your movements.  Be sure to check along every wall and enter every corner to ensure you do not miss any section of your crawlspace.  Should you find standing water, it's crucial to figure out the source of the water intrusion.  Could it be a leaky pipe under the floor of the house, or groundwater that seeps up from the water table or flows in from the ground outside?  Groundwater entering your crawl space is more likely at particular times of the year, especially during rainy seasons.   If you inspect your crawl space and notice water after a spell of wet weather, this may be the reason.  In many parts of the country, the water table is quite high, and the rainy season can cause water to rise up into standing puddles in low areas of the crawlspace.  If the water in your crawl space does not appear to be related to the weather or changing seasons, you may have a leak on your hands.  If you notice that the standing water is directly under a bathroom or plumbing fixture in your home, you are most likely dealing with a leak in your plumbing.

Water in your crawl space is a sign of a potential leak.  Even a little water could be an indication of a serious problem with your plumbing, which could cause severe water damage to your home and chronic health issues for your family.  If you notice water in your crawl space, it is best to call to investigate the problem and act immediately. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is here to help!  Call one of our friendly team members at (217) 355-0077 today!  MM

Repair or Replace ?

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

water damage water damage

Water damage is one of the many problems that we don’t want to experience in our home or office.  Besides the damage water can cause to your furniture and upholstery,  the clean-up process can be intense.  Should you experience water damage due to a busted pipe or storm, don't do all the clean-up yourself.  Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, we are here to help!  Water can penetrate through the materials inside your home or office.  The more these materials absorb water, the more damage it can cause.  SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is the restoration company to call for many reasons.


Our team is highly skilled and trained to assess the condition of your property, take the damaged items out, clean up the area, and restore your property back to the original condition in a short period of time.  On top of that, going into an area with water damage can be risky especially if electrical outlets or wires have come in contact with water.  This poses a real danger of fire or electrocution.  Our experienced staff  have handled many water damage cases and are best suited to spot potential hazards.


Minimizing the damage caused by the incident is one of the major advantages of hiring SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana. A quick response can go a long way in saving your property. We can dry out and clean your property faster; reducing the possibility of mold growth and mildew.  They can also help you determine which of your belongings are still salvageable and which needs to be set aside for your insurance agent to review.


When there is water damage, there is the possibility of bacterial growth and contamination which may cause infections and other health risks.  Using SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will not just restore your property back to its original condition, but will also make sure that your health is not at risk. 


Water damage incidents can be overwhelming.  You need to make sure that your property is protected, ensure that you and your family’s health is protected, and file an insurance claim.  Using SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana will help ensure  that your plate is not too full of the things that you need to do. We can even assist you in filing your insurance claims as well as talk with the adjuster. 


The main reason why you would want to SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is that we have the ability and capacity to clean up the damage caused by water in your property quickly. We have the right equipment and tools to detect and dry moisture, even in the places that you can’t easily see or find.  Give one of our friendly staff a call today at 217-355-0077!  SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is here to help!  

Winter Storm Damage What To Do

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Even if the blizzard was so destructive that damage occurred to your home regardless of all the preventive measures you had taken, there is no room for panic. Just keep your wits about you and make no hasty decisions. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana is here to help get your life back like it never even happened.

First, ensure the safety of all family members; make sure no one enters a damaged area in a desperate attempt to rescue any of your household items. No property loss is comparable to having a loved one injured. Find shelter where everyone will be safe and warm, like an intact room in your home or a neighbor’s, friend’s or relative’s place if the damage was extensive or some danger (such as fire hazard) lurks in your residence.

Contact your insurance agent immediately after the storm is over. Have a representative of the company come over for estimates at the earliest opportunity and ask for required documents. Provide all the relevant information and gather convincing evidence of the ruins caused by the winter storm.  

Take photos and videos of any water damage inside your home or wind damage on the outside, before you have touched anything. Rescue your provisions from the basement or your belongings from a flooded room before they are completely ruined. Then, make the necessary repairs to prevent further damage by draining water, covering broken windows, block leakages, etc.

If the damage to your home is substantial, contact SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana at 217-355-0077 we are here to help in your time of need to get you back in your home and life faster.

12 Days of Safety

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

12 Days of Safety 12 Days of Safety

On the first day of Christmas, there was a sight to see, a four-alarm that engulfed our Christmas tree. The holidays are a joyful time to spend with family and friends, but a careless mistake could put a real damper on your festivities. Every year, an average of almost 300,000 adults sustain injuries during the holiday season! Make it your aim to avoid becoming a statistic—stay safe this season and all year long, starting with these twelve days of safety tips.

1. Never leave a burning candle unattended

On the first day of safety, we remind you to extinguish any lit candles when you leave the room, your house, or go to sleep. According to an NFPA study, candles start more than one-third of all home decoration structure fires, and most of those fires occur in December. 

2. Turn off tree lights, decorations, and portable space heaters when away or asleep

Did you know that there are more than 25,000 residential fires a year caused by space heaters and more than 200 caused by tree lights and decorations? On the second day of safety, we remind you that in order to avoid these tragedies, be sure to unplug all of your lights, decorations, and portable space heaters when not in the same room. 

3. Never throw wrapping paper in the fire

On the third day of safety, we remind you of three reasons why you should never burn wrapping paper: 

  1. Traveling embers. Paper burned in the fireplace may release small pieces which can land on a rug or carpet, setting it on fire. These smoldering fragments could even float up the chimney and out onto your roof or lawn.
  2. Flame height. Flames from burning paper tend to burn higher than wood flames. They could reach combustible material in your fireplace, causing a chimney fire.
  3. Toxic fumes. When ignited, paper with colored print or glitter can release harmful gases.

4. Only use outdoor and indoor lights as indicated on their packaging

On the fourth day of safety, we remind you to always use lights certified by an approved testing facility, such as UL or ETL. Outdoor-use lights are specifically made to operate safely in cold and wet environments, while indoor-use lights are tested to ensure they won’t cause a tree fire. 

5. Don’t overload circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets

On the fifth day of safety, we remind you that overloading circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets could cause a fire. Space out your decorations so they’re not drawing electricity from one outlet. Never plug multiple extension cords together and always use polarized or three-prong cords rated to handle the electrical current your devices need. 

6. Never leave cooking or baking unattended

Most people don’t realize that cooking fires are the number-one cause of home fires and that, as reported by the NFPA, unattended cooking equipment is a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires and half of the associated deaths.  On the sixth day of safety, we remind you to be especially careful when you’re using the stove or cooktop and while frying foods. Always stay in the kitchen—even if you’re baking or roasting—and set a timer to remind yourself to check on cooking food.

7. Poinsettias and mistletoe are poisonous, so be sure to keep them away from children and pets

On the seventh day of safety, we remind you that although poinsettias are unlikely to cause serious problems if touched or ingested in small amounts, they could still cause an itchy rash or intestinal upset. However, other holiday plants are highly toxic, such as mistletoe, holly, or amaryllis. Keep them all out of reach from children and pets.

8. Check your smoke detector battery

On the eighth day of safety, we remind you that smoke detectors should be tested regularly and the batteries replaced at least once or twice a year. Mark your calendar to check your alarm during the holidays. A working smoke alarm cuts your risk of home fire death in half.  

9. Water backup and damage  

With so many holiday gatherings this time of year, your bathroom may be getting more use than normal. Toilets can only handle so much with a single flush, so with bigger jobs, try flushing the toilet twice. If it isn't toilet paper, it shouldn't be flushed down your toilet.   

10. Choose a fire-resistant artificial tree and be sure to water a natural tree daily

On average, 240 house fires are caused by Christmas trees each year. To prevent this from happening to you, we remind you on the tenth day of safety to exercise caution when placing, decorating, and maintaining either kind of tree. Position your tree at least three feet away from a heat source and remember to keep natural trees hydrated.

11. Maintain wood burning fireplaces and chimneys

Nothing is cozier than relaxing by the fire, but it’s especially important to keep your wood burning fireplace clean because creosote—a flammable smoke residue and serious fire hazard—can build up inside. Use the holiday season, like the eleventh day of safety, as a reminder to clean your fireplaces, flues, and chimneys before using them. 

12. Don’t share holiday plans or vacations on social media

Social media is a great way to share what you and your family are doing for the holidays. However, if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, we remind you on the twelfth day of safety not to put your plans or pictures on social media until after you return. You could be unintentionally inviting thieves to break into your house while you’re away. 

From our SERVPRO family, we wish you a wonderful, warm, and safe holiday. For all your emergency needs SERVPRO is #HereToHelp

Happy Holidays from all of us at SERVPRO!