The tornado removed the entire outer wall with out touching the content and even a cross remains on the wall.
June 22, 2015 is a date that the residents of Coal City, Illinois will never forget. An EF-3 tornado, with winds estimated at 160 miler per hour ripped through the town causing wide spread devastation to the community. SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois was called in to assist with the damages. We were given the opportunity to help families try to get their lives back to some kind of order considering what they had just been through. When a disaster hits, it is not always about the property damage but also about being compassionate and caring of each individual affected by it.
"During a difficult time, SERVPRO was respectful, helpful, professional, and made a horrible situation better." - Kristin C.
"At a difficult time in our lives, SERVPRO was caring, supportive, and attentive, thank you!" - Lance C.
It is comments like these that make us proud to be the company we are today: from taking care of all their personal belongings and content, to cleaning and rebuilding the damage done to their homes and properties.
Our highly trained professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year, to handle any disaster from beginning to end and make it "Like it never even happened." If ever the need arises, call 630-862-3930.
When you are a business owner, insurer or property manager, you can have the opportunity to be a leader in your community by setting an example for your employees and customers.
Join your community in preparing for all types of emergencies and disasters. It is important that your entire community as a whole is prepared. Disasters happen and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities including businesses of all sizes.
As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, businesses can find information on how to be better prepared. You can also contact SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930 for information on the Emergency READY Program.
Power to the People
December and January are peak months for electrical fires due to holiday decorations and the usage of space heaters, however; with the increase in electronics per household, such as computers, wide screen televisions, and video and gaming systems, circuit overloads can happen at any time.
Electrical circuits in your home or businesses are designed to take a limited amount of electricity. Overloads occur when you draw more electricity than a circuit can handle. Overloaded outlets and circuits carry too much electricity which generates heat in undetectable amounts. The heat causes wear and tear on the internal wiring system and can start a fire. All wiring systems have circuit breakers or fuses to disconnect power when circuits become overloaded, however; an improperly sized fuse or breaker can cancel this built in safety feature.
Signs of overloaded circuits are:
1-Buzzing from outlets or switches.
2-Outlet or switch covers that are warm to touch.
3-Burning odors from outlets or switches.
4-Scorched plugs or outlets.
5-Power tools, appliances, or electronics that seem to lack sufficient power.
Prevention is the best way to eliminate an electrical fire to your home or business. You can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of your family, pets or customers. If you feel you may have circuit problems or want to check your electrical system before a problem occurs, remember to call a reliable licensed electrician and if a fire should occur, know that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is there to get your life back in order and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call 630-862-3930.
Tips for Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe
It is very important to thaw a frozen water pipe as quickly as possible, however: it is equally important to thaw the pipe correctly to avoid it from bursting and causing a flood. After locating the frozen pipe:
- Open both the hot and cold faucet handles to help alleviate the pressure in the pipe and allow the water to escape once thawed.
- Begin thawing the pipe closest to the faucet and work your way down which will help to ensure that the melting ice is able to escape through the faucet.
- Several ways of thawing an exposed pipe is to use a hairdryer, heat lamp, portable space heater of hot wet towels. Never use an open flame and always remember to use the electrical devices according to safety regulations.
If the pipe has broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve which is usually near the water meter or the water main that enters the house. Call a licensed plumber as soon as possible to repair the broken pipe. If you feel you do not want to take a chance trying to thaw the frozen pipe, he can assist you with that also. If a water cleanup is needed, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.
Be Ready in 2019
Each new year brings new beginnings , new opportunities and unfortunately new disasters. The time to prepare for a disaster is now. Make a resolution that helps protect you or your business and allows us to make any disaster “Like it never even happened. Unexpected disasters like tornadoes, river floods, flash floods and even water main breaks can disrupt your life without warning. There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster happens. Get involved as a community and participate in programs and activities to make your families, your homes and your businesses safer. The formula for making a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and a SERVPRO that is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that is SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.
4 Signs of Frozen Water Pipes
Here we go again, another cold winter reeking havoc on your water pipes. How do you know your pipes are frozen? Below are a couple of signs to watch for:
- Pipes will only freeze when it is cold enough outside to do so. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, it is time to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.
- If you turn on your faucet and only a small trickle or no water at all is coming out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
- For pipes that can be seen, such as those under a sink; you may be able to see frost on the exterior of the pipe before you even turn the faucet on.
- An odd smell coming from a faucet or drain can also mean that a pipe is partially or completely blocked. The only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your home.
Once you suspect or know you have a frozen water pipe, it is very important to act quickly to thaw the frozen pipe before it has a chance to burst and cause extensive damage to your home. If you cannot thaw the pipe or are unaware of where the frozen pipe is located, call a licensed plumber to assist with the situation.
If a pipe should burst, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930 and we will send our trained SERVPRO Professionals to make it "Like it never even happened."
How To Choose the Right Restoration Company
Disasters are devastating. Whether caused by fire or water, whether big or small, they can turn your world upside down in a matter of minutes. Even the strongest of us can feel helpless, not knowing where to turn to get the best help possible; but fortunately for you, SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is nearby and is ready to help 24/7.
But why SERVPRO? After all, there are other companies who make the same claims. Consider this: if you have to undergo surgery due to a dangerous and life-threatening condition, wouldn’t you insist on having a surgeon the best surgeon possible with extensive training, years of experience, and a sterling reputation to get you back to good health? Well, your property is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime, so it’s also very important to have a company with the knowledge, experience and reputation you can trust to return your property to its preloss condition or better. We offer a full line of construction and rebuild services so we are able to handle your disaster from beginning to end and make it "Like it never even happened."
Three of the Best Reasons to Use SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois:
- Training – We never stop learning and honing our skills. We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) high standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration, biohazard and mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. Additionally, our industry professionals regularly attend SERVPRO continuing education classes.
- Equipment – We use the professional equipment needed to completely clean and remove the effects of water, mold, soot, smoke, odor and more. During the past few years, there’s been a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois to restore your property quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
- Experience – SERVPRO is very reputable. They started over 50 years ago and currently have over 1,700 franchises nationwide. Your very own SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is proud to have been in business for itself for 13 years! The extensive knowledge we’ve gained during that time makes us the go-to-disaster restoration company to call. Our experience will enhance your experience with us!
We sincerely hope that you’ll never be in a situation where you need to call a restoration company, however if you are; give us a call and we’ll make it as easy as possible for you. Call 630-862-3930.
Holiday Decorating Tips To Keep Your Property Safe
The holidays are here and it is time to celebrate by getting in the holiday spirit with decorating your property. As holiday decorations can bring loads of happiness and cheer, they can also bring costly disasters if not done safely. A few tips to remember to keep your property safe and keep the holiday spirit going are:
Ensure that you keep all your walkways free from obstructions and make sure that no Christmas trees or holiday lights block any doorways or exists.
Adding a few strands of holiday lights around can be a festive way to brighten your property, however; it is important to inspect all electrical cords and lights for frayed or loose wires and avoid overloading electrical outlets.
Choose decorations that are made of fire retardant materials.
Avoid using decorations that have an open flame and never hang decorations from fire sprinklers.
Some of you may think, who in their right mind would not realize some of these suggestions, but each year approximately 1,300 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to improper installation and use of holiday decorations and lighting. Christmas tree related fires cost an average of $20 million in property loss and damage each year.
Keep your property festive and safe and know that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is there for you 24/7 even during the holiday season if needed. Call 630-862-3930.
"Baby it's Cold Outside!"
Once again the cold weather is upon us and in an effort to stay cozy and warm, people turn to alternative heat sources such as fireplaces, wood burning stoves and portable heaters to provide that warmth. Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths making it important to review ways to reduce the risk of a heating-related fire.
Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from heating equipment.
Plug space heaters directly into outlets. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
When using fuel-burning heaters, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
Never use kitchen stove burners to provide heat, they were made for cooking only.
Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home. Test alarms monthly.
Stay warm and be safe. Start the New Year out the right way and if needed, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Being an industry leader with more than 1,400 franchises strong in cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO is equipped to handle any cleanup or restoration job no matter how large or small. With SERVPRO's Storm Response Team, SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois has access to vast resources at its disposal to help with any situation.
When a natural disaster sweeps through a region, whether it's a wildfire, blizzard, flood, tornado or hurricane; SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois Franchise Professionals knows your family can't afford to wait for your home to be restored to preloss condition. Every hour of unmitigated damage can cause more damage to your home or business and more stress and trauma to you or your family.
When disaster strikes, you need help, and you need it now. If the unthinkable happens and a natural disaster strikes your area, you can be sure SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois will be there, working to make it "Like it never even happened. Call 630-862-3930.