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Ice Dams and Water Damage, Is your attic insulated correctly?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams and Water Damage, Is your attic insulated correctly? Ice dams can cause more damage than you think

Winter weather is still going strong. The area just got a few more inches of snow and tomorrow most of it will melt just in time for everything to freeze again the following day. This last blast of winter will bring many temperature changes and all the ups and downs can cause temporary Ice dams, or water drainage to seep into any available space where it will settle and eventually turn to mold as the weather warms up.

Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.

What to Do if an Ice Dam Occurs:

  • Don’t get on your roof yourself, it could be dangerous.
  • Avoid standing on the ground and “chipping away” at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice and debris.
  • Having a roofing contractor fix your roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.
  • Seal air leaks and duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage.
  • Check your attic insulation, replace anything damaged and add additional. This prevents warm air from your home from getting in your attic.
  • Provide adequate attic ventilation. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation. You want your attic to be the same temperature as outside.
  • Clean leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. This will help prevent ice build-up in gutters.

Have an energy specialist or air sealing professional do an in-home evaluation. A good specialist will use diagnostic equipment to evaluate the performance of your home and generate a customized list of improvements.

Water Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield Today 847-557-1080

Winter Water Damage Clean Up

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Water Damage Clean Up We offer free estimates

The extreme cold of winter can cause frozen and burst pipes. Sometimes it obvious and sometimes it's not noticed right away causing more issues down the road.

Signs that you have a burst pipe

-water marks on ceilings or walls

-standing water and puddles

-water discoloration and odors

-water pressure issues

-strange sounds when using water

If you find you have a burst pipe, use these four steps

  1. Turn off your water supply
  2. Trace the water/damage and locate the damaged pipe
  3. Call a Plumber to repair
  4. Bring in a professional drying crew

SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield has the professional equipment and experience to dry and clean your home. Our goal is to restore everything to how it was before the damage occurred and keep you informed during the entire process. Call us today!

Don't forget to test your Sump Pump

The Polar Vortex may have left, but a thaw is coming which means increased water in the area. You may have survived the freeze, but are you prepared for the flood? A quick check of your sump pump will ensure proper functioning that can save you from more water damage. Click the link to learn how to test your sump pump

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/test-sump-pump-34954.html

Highland Park 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Highland Park/ Deerfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 847-557-1080

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Highland Park/ Deerfield has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

·         Your name and contact information

·         Your insurance information (if applicable)

·         The street address of the water-damaged home or business

·         When did the flooding or water damage occur?

·         What caused the water damage (if known)?

·         Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Highland Park/ Deerfield

SERVPRO of Highland Park/ Deerfield 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. 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.

Highland Park/Deerfield Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Highland Park/Deerfield Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This flooded basement was caused by a sump pump failure

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 Highland Park/Deerfield 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 – 847-432-1222

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 Highland Park/Deerfield 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 s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Highland Park/Deerfield 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 847-842-1222

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • About SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield

    SERVPRO of Highland Park 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. 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.