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Common Sources of Water Damage in a Commercial Building.

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Owning and running a building in Champaign-Urbana means that you have a lot on your plate. SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana is here to take some of that pressure away!

How Do You Do That?

Drainage

Bathrooms and kitchens in a place of business get a lot of traffic. This means that your drains and toilets are doing a lot of work, so you should do what you can to keep them flowing and avoid overflowing. Have maintenance check on them regularly and consider conducting a camera-scope inspection every so often. Some tips to avoid a clogged toilet:

  • Buy thin toilet paper.
  • Post signage about what can go in the toilet.
  • Provide plenty of labelled waste receptacles.

Pipes

First, you should look into what type of pipes you have. If they are older, they might be copper or galvanized iron. These materials are prone to damage and don't usually last long. Please consider replacing if this is the case. Regardless of material, it is important to check them for corrosion or leaks as often as possible, because even the smallest drip can accumulate. Winters can also be hard on pipes, so be sure to keep your building warm enough to avoid freezing and broken pipes.

Fire Sprinklers

Sometimes your sprinklers can be triggered to go off without a fire- a warm light nearby or burnt food in the microwave can do the trick. This can cause water damage especially if not taken care of right away. You should have a water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Champaign-Urbana picked out so you can move forward right away with water repair should something like this happen. Especially if the incident was above a carpet, this may eventually turn into a mold problem.


There's a lot to keep track of in a large building. If you know what to add to a regular maintenance routine and some simple preventative measures, your life could be made a lot simpler.

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Fire damage causes mold?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your facility could lead to a serious mold problem.

The current technique of suppressing fire is lots of water. Mold needs three things to begin its growth, a source of food, moisture, and warmth. High humidity accelerates mold growth. There's a food source in the dust bunnies around your house and you're going to have some moisture in your house after the fire has been put out. This makes your home a perfect place for mold growth, and that can start in as little as 48-72 hours.

SERVPRO understands that when you have a fire, there is a time crunch for potential secondary growth as well. Call us at SERVPRO in the event of ANY kind of loss.

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(217)355-0077

Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Lightning Strike surges power, causes fire

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

This picture shows the view of a basement stairwell. The fire impacted three levels of the home. A lightning strike to a tree in their backyard created a surge to the direct power line going into the home.

With three floors affected by the fire, there was a significant amount of water in the basement. The water that the fight fighters use to save your home and most of the belongings ends up saturating most of your home, especially the impacted area. This leads to other problems that can arise like mold, structural damage, and other foundation problems. When the drywall in your house becomes saturated and no drying process is started, and this goes for everything in the house, you can compound your problem to find secondary grown beginning to grow. This can take days, to weeks, to months depending on the conditions.

SERVPRO's number one goal is to put the victims of such a tragedy back into their homes as quickly as possible, and this homeowner called the right people to get the job done. From our fully staffed construction team to our staple in water mitigation, SERVPRO is capable of handling ANY size loss.

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana

(217)355-0077

24-Hour Emergency Services

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Smoke Detectors

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

You really can never be too prepared.

Fires can happen anywhere, at any time...under the right conditions. The preventative measures you take prior to a potential fire loss could save your home, or more importantly your life!

Replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year is a must. A good rule of thumb is when you change the clocks change the batteries in the smoke alarms, this will provide consistent battery life in your detectors.  This gives you a chance to check your smoke detectors to make sure they work properly. Put an evacuation plan together. Make sure your loved ones and those living with you know what to do in the event of a fire. Having a central location to meet once everyone is outside is a great plan.

After you and your loved ones are safe, call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened." Reach us in the office 24/7 at (217)355-0077, we are always here to help you in your time of need. 

Smokewebs

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, Your fire and water cleanup and restoration professionals!

This isn't your typical Halloween decoration. In fact, these are not made from cobwebs at all. This is what is known as "Smokewebs."

Smoke webs occur when the ionization process of burning synthetic materials (rubber, plastics, etc.) create charged particles that tend to cling to certain surfaces. These charged particles will attract to themselves repeatedly and form "chains" of soot. Smoke webs are especially common in low heat or smoldering fires which produce "wet smoke." The webs are common in stagnant air spaces such as the corners and edges of ceilings or cabinets.  Soot from synthetic materials is tacky, pungent, and smears very easily with conventional cleaning products. Our Production Staff uses professional grade chemicals specifically designed for smoke and soot produced by any material.

No matter how big of fire damage, you should always contact your local SERVPRO. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." Call us 24/7 at (217)355-0077.

Water damage in a commercial property

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Minimally invasive water extraction.

Flooding and water damage events at Champaign/Urbana commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana

(217)355-00077

Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

24 - Hour Emergency Service

Independently Owned and Operated

Champaign/Urbana Some and Soot Cleanup

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (217) 355-0077

Fire=Soot

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire disasters not only cause FAST damage but it also causes lasting damage. When you have a fire in your home or business it is not just the flames that are dangerous, it is the smoke as well. We have specialized trained employees who take their time to make sure there are absolutely no remains of soot on your personal belongings after your fire disaster.

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

We here at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana know how devastating water, fire, mold, or asbestos disaster can be and we are dedicated to helping you get through it. Give us a call today at (217) 355-0077. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana’s Tips for Handling a Flood Damaged Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Handling a Flood Damaged Home

Floods due to natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes or tornadoes are any property owner’s worst nightmare.  Severe water damage can wreak havoc on your Champaign/Urbana property and leave it in a miserable state.  Apart from the structural damage, a disastrous flood can cause secondary damage if the restoration is not started promptly.

Thankfully, here at SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, we have a team of experts who can help you restore your beautiful home after a flood or a variety of other water damages.  Although you cannot be fully prepared for any natural disaster, you can have a plan in place. Here are a few things that you should do, if a natural disaster causes flooding in your home. 

Ensure your safety

Your and your family’s safety is the single most important thing during and after a natural disaster.

Always try to stay out of standing water.  You never know what bacteria or obstacles are under the water. So stay out of the water as much as possible.

Make sure that you are safe and dry and do not try to do anything that puts you at risk of injury or bodily harm.  Safety comes first; everything else can wait. 

Contact professionals as soon as possible

Seeking professional help is the next most important thing to do after a flood. Make sure that you have the contact number of SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana handy, and contact our expert disaster management team as soon as you can.  The best way to limit the extent of damage and ensure restoration is swift action.

As soon as you call us, we will dispatch a team of experts to access the situation and develop a restoration plan.  The priority is to get the water out of the property once the water has receded.

Call your insurance company

Take many pictures of your flooded home, if you can, and contact your insurance company.  You can ask your insurance adjuster about the things that are covered under your policy. SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana technicians can help you with documentation and protocol.

Call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at (217)-355-0077 to talk to one of our technicians to discuss your situation. We are here to help you get back to your home as soon as possible.

Champaign/Urbana Residents: We specialize in flooded basement Cleanup & Restoration

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Residential basement flood due to a heavy rainstorm.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Champaign / Urbana basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (217) 355-0077

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Champaign / Urbana and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use the s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (217) 355-0077