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3 Differences Between Flood Damage and Storm Damage

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Differences between Flood Damage and Storm Damage

If your Champaign-Urbana building is damaged during a storm, you might think that all of the water damage falls into one category, but this is not necessarily the case. Flood damage is actually a bit different from other types of damage caused by water. The following are a few distinctions.

  1. Where the Water Comes From

Perhaps the easiest way to determine whether you are dealing with flood damage or other water damage is to figure out where the water is coming from. Generally, if the water comes from above, then it is regular water damage. This can include leaks and broken pipes. If the water is rising up from the ground, then this is always considered flood water.

  1. The Level of Water Contamination

A lot of the water involved in storm damage is considered to be category 1 or clean water. Water from damaged pipes or supply lines also belongs to this category. Flood water, on the other hand, is category 3 or black water. This means that it is highly contaminated and should be avoided. This is because water from a flood mixes with sewage and other contaminants on the ground. Anything that it touches, including home contents, will need to be thrown away or thoroughly sanitized.

  1. Whether It is Included in Your Insurance Policy

Another important difference between damage from a flood and damage from other water sources is that flooding is usually not included in your basic insurance policy. If you want coverage for this type of damage, then you will need to purchase a separate flood policy. Whether you are dealing with clean water or flood damage, you will need to have it taken care for quickly to avoid further damage to your building. Moisture of any type can contribute to weakened materials or mold growth. SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana can remove the water and perform any necessary repairs.

Call us at 217-355-0077 at any time. 

Why you want SERVPRO on Your Side After a Fire.

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

The chill of winter is here and with it, an increased risk of fire. The Red Cross reports that the rate of home fires increase in winter months due to factors such as space heaters, Christmas lights and increased use of fireplaces.

While we all hope a fire will never happen to us, planning for what to do in case it does is wise. This includes creating a fire escape plan for your household but also choosing what restoration company to work with to mitigate the damage. By deciding this in advance, you will be able to better react should a fire occur.

Choosing a fire restoration company is one of the most important things to look at, a fire restoration company is who will be able to restore your house and its contents to the pre-fire state. That is why we utilize three methods of deep-cleaning to ensure your life can resume like normal. Our trained technicians of SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana can handle:

Structural Cleaning

Fire damage can seep into every aspect of your home, even requiring the structural elements to need thorough cleaning. By doing a pretest, we will determine the extent of the damage first thing, then begin cleaning the required surfaces with the recommended equipment and cleaning solutions. This can involve cleaning soot deposits off surfaces and preparing walls for repainting by preparing the surfaces to adhere to paint.

Content Cleaning

What fills your home is just as valuable as the home itself, which is why we promise to take care of your belongings and restore what we are able to. We can clean and deodorize area rugs, furniture and upholstery in most cases, utilizing either wet or dry cleaning processes. All other belongings that are eligible will also be restored to pre loss conditions, including electronics, furniture, clothing and more.

Deodorization Services

Fire can leave behind tenacious smoke odors, but it can also leave behind hazardous soot particles that can lead to health issues. Instead of utilizing artificial fragrances to mask the odors, we are able to go to the source and remove them by utilizing air scrubbers and other tools. With a variety of deodorization methods available, we will work with you to find what is best for your situation.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out right away! You can call us anytime at (217) 355-0077.

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Sewer Problems at Work? The Pros Take These Immediate Actions

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

It’s not uncommon for an office building to experience flooding. This can be the result of many factors, such as a broken pipe, a poor foundation, or insufficient drainage. Another culprit is when the sewer backs up. In many ways, this can be the most troublesome and require the most extensive attention. If this happens in your Champaign/Urbana, workplace, you need to start the sewer cleanup process without delay.


Your Responsibilities


If sewer problems have brought flooding into your building, you could be dealing with the harmful black water.

To maintain the safety and well-being of your staff, and to avoid additional problems, you need to do the following:

• Evacuate the affected area and stay area.
• Take photos of the sewer backup and the damage it caused without getting too close to the water.
• Call your insurance company and provide them with the photos.
• Call a reputable sewer cleanup team to start the restoration and sanitizing process.


The Assessment


One of the many advantages of calling a professional crew is that it not only has the equipment and expertise you need, but it can arrive on the scene quickly—usually on the same day as your call. The technicians will start by evaluating how badly your office was damaged, whether it was due to a flooded toilet or something more complex such as a sewer line break.

Water Removal

Using safe methods, the team will extract the water from the floors, furniture, walls, and other areas. The company has specialized tools to thoroughly remove all water.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Getting rid the water is only part of the sewer cleanup job. The team will also use powerful chemicals and disinfectants to ensure that the area is completely sanitary. This will enable you to once again use the space.



Don’t trust just anyone to take care of the sewer cleanup in your workplace. The best companies will make sure your office is returned to its pre-flood state.

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana - (217)355-0077

Drip, Drip, Drip

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Drip, Drip, Drip   

Not a good sound to hear anytime of the year. The day after Christmas is even worse.  A local senior housing facility had a sprinkler head malfunction in the early hours of December 26. First call was to SERVPRO to attack the issue. Several rooms and a long hallway were saturated with water. 

These water losses are tough for any business. A water loss in a senior center presents special problems.  This water issue disrupts their lives, from being displaced from their rooms to a dining hall in some instances being flooded. 

This is also very disruptive to the staff since the residents' daily routine has been interrupted. They want things back to normal as quickly as possible. The staff also has to deal with the additional hazards present from equipment being placed to dry carpet out. 

Our goal at SERVPRO is to not only make it "Like it never even happened," but to do it quickly as we can. 

Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at 217-355-0077 for all your water loss needs!

Water Damaged Business Documents Need Restoration

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionally Salvages Water Damaged Docs 

Commercial Water Damage is very devastating, especially when there are paper records that have been damaged. Hard copies are sometimes needed along with digital files during the course of doing business. There are steps that you should implement when trying to preserve your damaged documents. 
 
1. Start with the assessment of the present damage by inspecting the area well to aid in the determination of what type of equipment and work will be necessary in order to repair the damage to the structure, documents, and records. The inspection must be done thoroughly, but quickly. Focus on determining the type and extent of the water damage, items that have been affected, and what can be salvaged by professional commercial water damage experts. And take photos to substantiate initial water damage. It sounds like it is more prudent to call in SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana to restore both the structure and your relevant business documents.
 
2. Be sure to call your insurance provider to make arrangements for an adjuster to assess the water damage and set up the claim. Ask for a recommendation to restore your business space along with rescuing your documents. SERVPRO comes highly touted as a premier company that has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to mitigate water damage losses. We can also help with the insurance paperwork and the claims process to ensure your fair recovery value. 
 
3. It is wise to freeze records that have been heavily water-logged. This is the most proven method of stabilization. This process should be done at approximately minus 20 degrees F if possible. Rapid freezing will prevent additional damage from immediately occurring and will allow more time for the drying process and the actual restoration later. 
 
4. There has been much proof that the most efficient way to dry water-damaged papers and documents that have been frozen is to put them through the process of pressurized freeze-drying. The process is called "Lyophilization." This causes the water molecules to crystallize more rapidly that are in and on the papers and documents. By decreasing the pressure in the  Freeze Drying Chamber the frozen water (crystals) will change from the solid phase of water directly to the gas phase--water vapor. This sublimation process enhances the chances of salvaging valuable documents in bulk. 
 
5. After the documents, records and papers have been freeze-dried, they must be handled delicately and cautiously until they have had the necessary time to acclimate to their environment again. It is rather imperative to make sure that they are stored in a space that is well-ventilated and even air-conditioned. SERVPRO can restore most water damaged commercial documents to get your business back in order "Like it never even happened."

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana invests in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your business and documents more quickly and to minimize cost. Call us for all your Champaign/Urbana water damaging events to your business 24/7 at (217) 355-0077

Homeowners Prefer to Restore and Not Have Replace Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO’s Training and Equipment Leads to Appropriate Water Damage Remediation

When your hardwood floors become saturated from a leak or appliance malfunction it is hard to be patient during water removal and drying. It can take several days or more to return all affected flooring moisture levels to normal. Our training and experience in balancing the variance in moisture levels between the surface walked on, and the sub floor is one of the reasons why engaging our services during drying can protect your property.

Start at the Top

Water damage to floors requires the removal of visible water quickly. Pumps and extractors take care of collective surface water, but water migration between strips and planks is a concern. As water trickles through, it soaks the plywood or sub floor. Selecting efficient strategies to remove water below the surfaces is essential, why our team’s training and experience come in handy, negative air pressure floor mat systems can suction water from several levels. Air moving equipment aimed at the sub floor if there is access from beneath is another option.

Collect Moisture Data to Update Drying Goals

When working on a hardwood floor project, information about the moisture content of unaffected flooring in other areas of the house must be collected. Every home has a unique moisture level. In fact, when carpenters install a new hardwood floor during initial construction or a remodeling project, best practices dictate that the materials be delivered to the location and acclimate for a few weeks to adjust to the home’s regular moisture readings, avoiding shrinkage or distortion when finally installed. Accurate moisture meter readings sampled by our skilled technicians are why SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana delivers successful results.

Achieving a Balance Needs Professional Evaluation

When the top layer of hardwood flooring reduces to approximately 10 percent moisture content, this typically meets the drying goal. A problem arises if the sub floor still holds significant levels of moisture, the problem presented is that more drying techniques need to address the sub floor wetness, but the strategies cannot over dry the surface. Achieving this balance requires the skills of highly-trained technicians and continuous monitoring; this is why SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana is a reliable partner for navigating these difficulties.

Comprehensive training, state of the art tools, and dedicated technicians are why SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana is a premium, water damage recovery provider. Call (217) 355-0077 immediately when floors experience water loss for the best results.

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Winter storms cause frozen pipes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

The assisted living hallway set up with SERVPRO air movers.

With certain areas of Central Illinois reaching lows of -15, old man winter let us have it. Extended periods of sub-zero temperatures bring on the dreaded frozen pipes, frozen pipes, of course, lead to broken pipes, which in turn lead to water damage. Depending on how long the water is allowed to run through your house, this could cause some serious damage.

We have learned to adapt to the cold weather temperatures in most cases. Unfortunately for an assisted living facility, the main water line for the sprinkler system, located on an exterior wall froze and broke. Within a matter of 48 hours, SERVPRO was able to have the residents back into their respective rooms.

Don't let a winter disaster, like this one, affect your comfortability this winter. Call your emergency service professionals at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, (217)355-0077.

Keeping your home safe during the winter months

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you’re a recent homebuyer, new to the Mid-Western winter months, or just want to cover your bases heading into the holiday season: It’s important that you make sure your property is well taken care of. Putting together a thorough checklist ensures your home will be well-prepared for the inevitable sub-zero temperatures. This short read will put your mind at ease, protect your home, and hopefully keep your money where it needs to be…in your wallet!

  • Making sure your doors, windows, and any other outside passage for air are correctly sealed ensures your furnace doesn’t work overtime heating the air coming from outside. When it comes to your electricity bill, sharing is NOT caring!
  • Add extensions to all of your downspouts. This will prevent water from pooling around your foundation. Water will expand when frozen, and this will lead to damaging your foundation and further expense.
  • Drain water out of sprinklers, hoses, faucets, and an exterior water source. Like we already mentioned, the frozen water will expand and will cause major damage.
  • If you will be using your fireplace, make sure you have a chimney sweep inspect your chimney. Also, make sure to dispose of any fire hazards that could turn your small fireplace into a big bonfire! Make sure your fire extinguishers are up to date and inspect them to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Make sure your insulation is well maintained and any possible leaking of air is plugged. Keep your warm air in and the cold air out!
  • Because heat rises, reverse your ceiling fans. This will push the warm air in your house down instead of pulling it up.

Following these tips to ensure a safe home during the upcoming winter months will have you enjoying your holiday season as you should be. Give your home the best present it could ever ask for, protection.

For any disaster service needs, trust in SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana to take care of you. Reach out to us anytime day or night at (217)355-0077. Here to help make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Happy Holidays from your friends at SERVPRO.

What are the Best Flood Prevention Strategies for Commercial Business.

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding may seem inevitable, but a few preventative measures can reduce the severity of the situation. From the choice of location to structural improvements, here are three of the top flood prevention strategies.

Look Over Flood Maps and Data before Building or Buying

If you build or buy a commercial property located on a flood plain, you will probably need to obtain flood insurance. Most business insurance policies do not include flood coverage, which is available through the National Flood Insurance Program or private insurers. You should also determine whether the risk of flood at a property will undermine the overall value of your investment. Factor in the presence of local flood prevention connections such as detention basins, retaining walls, sea walls, or tide gates before you decide.

Flood Proof a Commercial Property

Flood proofing involves the use of barriers, pumps, and seals to make a building watertight up to typical flood levels for the location of the property. Depending on the ratio of benefits to costs, some of these improvements may qualify for federal grants. In addition to these improvements, you should also consider the warning time that you can expect to have at this location. Regularly test flood proofing and emergency systems as well as the reliability of the flood panels, floor slab, openings, and walls.

Use Classifying and Undergrowth Strategically

Classifying can prevent water from accumulating around the foundation of a building, where it may lead to basement leaks or structural damage. Undergrowth can also break up the flow of moving water and help to reduce erosion. Drainage and flood waters should be directed away from the building, if at all possible.

These flood prevention strategies can help you make more informed decisions about a commercial property. If you need flood cleaning services, contact a storm and water damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana.

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Water Removal and Restoration

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Can Help Reduce the Impact of Water Damage in Your Champaign-Urbana Home.

When water spills occur in Champaign-Urbana it can lead to widespread damages unless the right actions are taken immediately. Water is a natural solvent that causes a wide range of materials to worsen, especially when left exposed over extended periods. A professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana has the skills and other resources to deal with the issue dropping the overall impact it might have on your property.

Working Faster

Time can be a friend or foe after water damage, taking long before responding to an incident creates an opportunity for secondary damages like mold and degradation of building materials and contents to add to the restoration service. Our SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana crews work faster because we have the necessary resources. Because we’re faster to any size disaster, we can often salvage hardwood flooring from permanent damage with the use of drying mats and injecti-dry equipment. Customers always appreciate it when our team can cut costs, deconstruction, and restore their homes to pre loss condition as quickly as possible.

Using Superior Techniques

Fixing water damage takes skill, especially when saving wet items. Issues such as the setting of stains, mold development, and damage to electrical appliances can drive the cost of restoration higher because such items have to be replaced. Our SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana technicians use various approaches, such as freezing documents to halt deterioration, then drying them through sublimation. We also quicken the drying process of wet areas by regulating temperature, air movement, or isolating them by creating drying chambers.

Identifying Potential Long-term Issues Early

Some effects of water damage can have long-term implications if not addressed. An issue like moisture can lead to health effects in the future due to mold development. Our SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana technicians can anticipate mold development by drying all materials to normal levels. We have many moisture detection devices which help us identify whether there is any hidden moisture that might cause future problems.

Water loss incidents can have far-reaching effects. Call SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana at (217) 355-0077 to help clean up and dry your property, restoring the pre loss conditions "Like it never even happened."

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