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CE Class Monitoring Moisture In Peoria

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Community CE Class Monitoring Moisture In Peoria Never stop learning.

CE Classes or rather Continued Education Classes as they are often called are super important to the development of knowledge in the Restoration Industry!

Often times the restoration industry professionals and the people and companies that work alongside the restoration industry professionals are required to continue their education on all things restoration.

As a service, SERVPRO offers classes from time to time to those in need to help everyone grow inside our industry and so that ultimately our customers can benefit from the people in our area having the most up to date knowledge and expertise.

We "flooded our house" to demonstrate how we extract and monitor moisture in the house. 

That’s Jason Fletcher our owner in the black shirt, and Todd Davis is the instructor in the suit. We also had some employees from SERVPRO of Springfield just down the road there too.

We love helping everyone and that does not always mean cleaning up messes!

Fire Damaged Carpet Restoration In Peoria

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damaged Carpet Restoration In Peoria Let the pros help you!

Do you know how to decide if you should remove or replace your fire damaged carpet?

We are going to assume two things in this post:

  1. You have a fire damaged carpet in Peoria, IL.
  2. You made a smart move and called SERVPRO to help you in your time of need.

When making the decision of whether or not to remove the carpet or replace it you have to factor in a few different things, SERVPRO has professional technicians who have been trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can do the job properly and with the best results.

This training will be the outlining factor of whether the carpet is too far gone to keep or if the damage is minimal and a good cleaning and restoration can be performed.

If your carpet is damaged from a fire and you need a professional to come to make the decision of whether to remove or replace the carpet, give SERVPRO a call today.

Turkey Fryer Safety In Peoria

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Turkey Fryer Safety In Peoria Keep the turkey frying safe this year.

Turkey Fryer Safety for Thanksgiving

Turkey fryers are quickly becoming a yearly tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving Day, but they can also be very dangerous if not used properly.

Here are some turkey frying safety tips to remember this holiday season from a local Fire Department:

  1. Make sure that you don't overfill the pot by measuring the proper level with the turkey in water first.
  2. Once the oil has been heated to the proper level turn the burner off before adding the turkey.
  3. Make sure that you are using oven mitts and safety glasses when handling the turkey, and after you're done cooking allow the oil to cool sufficiently before disposing of it.
  4. Make sure that you are not wearing clothes with long sleeves, and that you are turning the pot handles in so that they don't get knocked over by accident.
  5. And keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while things are being prepared.

SERVPRO of Peoria hopes that everyone has a great and safe Thanksgiving this year and we are thankful to serve our community!

Thanksgiving Safety In Peoria

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Safety In Peoria Think about potential hazards first!

Thanksgiving's one of the peak days for house fires and injuries related to cooking in America!

Let's talk about some safety tips that you and your family can practice to make sure you can continue to be thankful for a roof over your head.

  • Keep an eye on the turkey and all of the food, stay close while it is cooking.
  • Keep young children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should really stay as far away as possible.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over items that can cause you to spill hot liquids.
  • Keep all sharp objects out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in the room with a lit candle or unattended fire.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Just a reminder most modern smoke detectors are good for about a decade, after that, it is better to just replace the whole unit, not just the batteries.

If you follow these tips and use common sense you should have a grateful and safe holiday season.

If you do experience a fire damage in the Peoria area this Thanksgiving call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 637-7300

Who Cleans Dryer Vents In Peoria?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Who Cleans Dryer Vents In Peoria? SERVPRO cleans dryer vents in Peoria!

Your dryer vent system is many times the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality.

Inspecting your ductwork in your home should be a high priority. In most cases, the dryer system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty vents can be a breeding ground for odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The dryer vent can also build up with lint and dust over time becoming extremely flammable. This could unknowingly put you and everyone in the unit at risk of fire.

SERVPRO has been cleaning dryer vents for years. In most cases, the process is simple and requires only a day to perform.

Get your dryer vent inspected at the very least and see if your unit is in good standing!

For more information or to schedule a duct or dryer vent cleaning appointment, contact SERVPRO today (309) 637-7300.

What Is Water Capable Of Damaging In Peoria?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Is Water Capable Of Damaging In Peoria? Water is very powerful!

Rising flood water is capable of ruining an entire community of homes ... but that is just the tip of the iceberg!

The news is filled with images lately of the damage that rising flood waters have produced after the recent hurricanes and storms.

Not only is water a universal solvent which means it is capable of dissolving many materials but the speed at which it can move is stunningly devastating.

Take for example the record-breaking cresting of the rivers in the North Carolina and South Carolina regions. The damage produced from these unprecedented water levels included sinkholes, destruction of roadways and bridges as well as collapsing entire communities of homes.

We here at SERVPRO have the tools and knowledge to fix many of the different water damages to your homes and businesses. 

If you have suffered severe water damage call SERVPRO today (309) 637-7300.

What Can I Expect After A Flood Damage In Peoria

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Can I Expect After A Flood Damage In Peoria What happens next?

The flood waters are gone ... what can you expect now?

It is hard to know what to do and what to expect when the flood waters from a major water damage finally recede. 

You WILL have questions:

  • Are there going to be situations you are not ready for?
  • Will it ever be the way it used to be?
  • Where do I begin?
  • Who do I turn to that is trustworthy and professional?

The good news is that SERVPRO has been helping families and businesses just like yours for years here in Peoria. We have systems in place and technology on our side.

SERVPRO's expert technicians can help in every stage of the damage. With that being said the rules of cleanup vary from state to state and even county to county especially after a major flood that has impacted tens of thousands of residents.

SERVPRO has to adhere to the proper rules and regulations which can often change temporarily during emergencies when it comes to disposing of the trash and waste material as well as your belongings that are no longer salvageable.

This means that there will be some unsightly piles of items from time to time in neighborhoods all along the affected area. SERVPRO can work as quickly as the local municipalities allow and will always make sure they do their best to leave things better than the way they found them.

If you have severe water damage from flooding call SERVPRO today!

How To Wash Moldy Clothes After Flooding In Peoria

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Wash Moldy Clothes After Flooding In Peoria Mold can ruin your clothes.

After the floodwaters recede and the cleanup process starts you and your family are left with many questions.

One of the first and biggest issues to tackle is your clothes. Since you obviously need clothes to participate in everyday life you are going to want to get you and your family's clothes clean as soon as possible.

Here are a few tips to help make sure that your soiled moldy clothes get back to their pre-flood gloriousness.

First, check if your machines need to be cleaned. If they do follow this procedure:

  1. Even if your washing machine was not flooded, avoid using it until you know that the water is safe enough to drink and that your sewer line works.
  2. Before you wash clothes in the machine, run it through one full cycle.
  3. Be sure to use hot water and a disinfectant or sanitizer, such as chlorine bleach.
  4. Of course, if the machines are broken call a technician to come to help you first!

Now comes the washing of the clothes part ...

*It is best to wash clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course, make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.

  1. When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles.
  2. Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold. The sun has a natural bleaching effect that can also help to fade mold stains. 
  3. Washing clothes in a solution of all-fabric bleach and water can kill mold. Bleach can also fade away stains left on clothes by mold. 

If you or someone you know has been affected by flood damage and need help with your home, call SERVPRO now!


What you need to know about mold in Peoria

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What you need to know about mold in Peoria Mold can grow quickly!

After the rivers have crested and once the flood waters have started to recede ... now the mold will start to grow!

The storm is over and gone, the rains and winds have subsided and the flooding rivers and waterways have stopped rising but just when you thought you finally had everything under control and you could start to go back to normal everyday life ... you find mold!

Mold can start to grow quickly in Peoria, as a matter of fact in as little as just 48 hours in dark wet areas in and around your homes and office structures.

Mold can grow at a rapid pace and could possibly get out of hand very quickly.

When you have had significant water damage like people often do after major flooding especially like the people in the Carolinas have had after the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence and the flood that took place in the rivers afterward the last thing you want to worry about is mold.

Let the trained professionals of SERVPRO help you in this time of need!

When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Peoria

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Peoria Buy it before you need it!

When should I buy flood insurance in Peoria? ... NOW!

That answer of now of course totally depends on if you live in a flood zone or not. If you do, you absolutely should already have a flood insurance policy in place. If you do not live in a flood zone but live in low lying areas or in close proximity to rivers or lakes that could flood, well then you too should look into a flood insurance policy.

The thing about a flood insurance policy and why it is so important to have one in place is because they normally take about 30 days to activate so if you are trying to buy one when a hurricane is announced to be heading your way chances are that policy will not be in effect in time to help you should that hurricane cause you flood damage because most hurricanes only give you a week or two notice.

So in short talk to an insurance agent ASAP if you even think you might need flood insurance. 

If you have sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO we can help!