Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

Why you want SERVPRO as your vendor for Medical Facilities

2/19/2023 (Permalink)

Working in Hospitals or other Medical Grade facilities is not a service you want to leave to just any vendor. A job completed incorrectly can open the door to a whole list of legal liabilities, this is WHY you need SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher.

Certified and accredited by the Linders Health Institute in Infection Control, we will help manage and control the risks that can be associated with this type of work. Protecting your patients, staff, other vendors, and helping your Risk Management Team limit your liability and enhance the Healthcare experience. 

               Don't wait, call us today!!!!


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Why SERVPRO? When Disaster Strikes, We Are Ready To Help, No Matter The Size

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Locally, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher is part of the SERVPRO Disaster Team Nichols. What exactly does that mean? Disaster Team Nichols is proud to be specially trained to respond to large disasters across the country when we are called on. When hurricane Laura hit in late August of 2020, our team was already on site ready and able to help. When a disaster strikes, our team begins the process of loading up vehicles to travel to the area that they are needed most bringing generators and specialized drying equipment to begin the process of restoring communities. Our crews can deploy to the hardest hit areas for weeks or even months, leaving their families and friends behind to help those who need us most.

Why do we do what we do? If you ask any of our technicians why they work for SERVPRO the answer is always the same, we love to help people. At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we are dedicated to serving communities, whether that is here in our home territory or across the country during a disaster.

SERPVOR Provides Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

3/26/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, it usually hits where its hurts the most. Important documents such as books, medical paperwork, legal writings, etc are not spared. Sometimes despite the disaster you still need to retain these materials for legal or personal reason, that is where SERVPRO's Document Recovery and Restoration come in!

Acting quickly is imperative! Should you have important documents that get wet, damaged by smoke, or even a sewer damage, don't wait! CALL US RIGHT AWAY! 708-672-0077

Our highly trained staff of Restoration and Mitigation Professionals will arrive onsite and quickly take steps to limit damage and preserve as much as possible. 

 Document Restoration Services as follows:

  • Drying- process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  • Cleaning- we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  • Sterilization- Gamma Irridation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • Deodorization- once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost completely eliminate it. 
  • Destruction- we offer destruction onsite.
  • Digitization- digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher..... "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Can Feel Overwhelming - SERVPRO Can Help!

3/3/2022 (Permalink)


What Does SERVPRO Do After a Fire in Park Forest?

Knowing what to expect after a devastating fire loss can help to offer peace of mind in a time of upheaval for your Park Forest home and your family. As overwhelming as the circumstance can be, mainly when structural damages and widespread hazards exist, knowing how our qualified professionals can help you is a great comfort to some homeowners.

We have extensive experience in Park Forest fire damage recovery and continual training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and in-house coursework in various facets of fire restoration and cleaning, making us knowledgeable and confident in the work we do. We have a system that we follow in restoring fire losses, and that begins with our first contact with the customer or their insurance company.

Our SERVPRO team has established relationships with local insurance companies, helping us to better coordinate efforts and share vital information during this crisis recovery. When it comes to fire loss restoration, every minute counts and the longer we wait to begin mitigation, the more areas of the house become affected by spreading threats like odors, soot, smoke residues, and other particulates.

When our team first arrives, we start by conducting a thorough inspection of the property under the oversight of our project management and crew chief. If it is safe to do so, we can escort the homeowner through the site to get a better understanding of their knowledge of the situation and their wishes for their home moving forward. It is always our priority to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers.

We have several pieces of equipment that get brought into the staging areas that our SERVPRO team sets up throughout the damaged house. We address foul odors with tools and products, we can use cleaning agents for safely removing soot residues, and we have stationary filtration devices to begin making the air safer for our technicians to breathe as work continues.

There are many phases of fire recovery, and in many situations, the restoration of your home can take weeks or longer. It is always our priority to perform our jobs as promptly and as thoroughly as we can so that once our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team turns the property back to the customer, it is “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

Did You Know How Important Renters Insurance Is?

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

Are you covered If you are renting, it is so important to be covered with insurance!


We see disasters everyday... and one of the saddest things is when people don't have rental insurance and loose everything.  If you have questions about rental insurance you should speak to an agent for more information.

Top myths and the facts—about renters insurance from State Farm:

  1. The landlord's insurance covers your possessions. Don't count on it. Most landlords' insurance covers only the building and damages due to negligence. 
  2. Renters insurance is expensive. In this case, the numbers speak for themselves. The average renters policy costs just $12 a month for up to $30,000 in personal property coverage. That's solid coverage for less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week.
  3. Still concerned about price? Your insurer will work with you to find the combination of coverage and costs that suits your needs. You might even qualify for a discount by taking some simple home safety precautions or purchasing another policy, such as auto insurance, with the same insurer.
  4. You don't need insurance if your stuff isn't expensive. Most renters' belongings cost more than they think. 
  5. Think that number is too high? Take a moment to add up the approximate cost of your computer, television, stereo, furniture, jewelry, and clothing. If a fire gutted your apartment tomorrow, would you have the cash to replace it all?
  6. Renters insurance covers only your possessions. In fact, renters insurance covers much more than just your personal property: The average policy also includes up to $100,000 in liability coverage. That means in the event of a covered loss your insurer will help cover the costs if you're held responsible for injuring another person or damaging another person's property, including your landlord's. 
  7. Renters insurance is hard to get. You can research providers, compare quotes, and even find an agent online.

Environmental Friendly Cleaning Products At Your Service Only With SERVPRO

10/21/2021 (Permalink)


SERVPRO wants you to know that we are doing our part to help our Planet.  That is why we want you to know about our Green Cleaning Products.

SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients. The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. With the assistance of larger chemical companies the EPA/DFE has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. From the listing a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials.

So next time you see our Green Vehicles, you'll know we are doing our part to sustain our Environment!

SERVPRO Takes Great Pride In Restoring Your Belongings

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning Shoes Our technicians are always happy to help!
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher is a full service restoration company.  We not only restore your home but also your belongings.  After a fire, much of a home will be covered in soot and hold the smoke odor.  Our fire restoration team has many different processes at their disposal to restore your belongings to pre loss condition.  

Our technicians take their time to often hand clean items, removing soot and preparing the items for deodorization.  On any given day, these technicians many clean hundreds for personal belongs and yet still they have a smile as they do it.  Our crew knows that while to us we are restoring a pair of shoes, to a home owner we are often restoring their sense of normal and their lives.  

A fire is devastating,  being able to return clean clothing, family photos, beloved heirlooms can help heal a family and start the process of rebuilding lives.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher truly cares about our community and each client becomes part of our family, if you have suffered a fire loss please call us for help today at 708-672-0077.

Mold Damage Requires Expertise and SERVPRO Is Here For You!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth can create a hazardous situation for Chicago area homes and businesses, so understanding the threat of what you face and how to overcome the organism is critical. With thousands of varieties of mold and multiple causes for the moisture that can facilitate colonization, a thorough inspection and assessment of your property is an important first step. Testing the environment may be a vital process of both the mold inspection process and the final approval of effective remediation and restoration practices by our qualified technicians.  

Throughout the greater metropolitan area, our SERVPRO technicians help home and business owners with mold-related damages throughout the year. Our experienced team is ready to provide Mold Inspections and Air Sampling at your residence in Chicago Heights or commercial building. Knowing what to expect when our highly trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) arrive for an initial inspection can help you to understand how thorough this process is.  

When we first arrive, our inspection team works on establishing an idea of the relative humidity throughout the house and checks areas like the foundation for leaks and moisture penetration, as well as the plumbing, air ducts, the roof, and windows. We also look to identify any musty odors present on the property. It is very challenging for property owners to identify the presence of mold, especially without being able to see the mold directly.  

Mold Assessment - We offer indoor air quality and mold related assessments and consulting, providing our client’s remediation protocols, and we can conduct post-remediation assessments. The sampling of the environment from your home is sent to a nearby lab for further analysis. Under the charge of specialists, the concentration of mold spores can get determined.  

An elevated volume of spores and fungal presence can indicate contamination, and our SERVPRO remediation team must get to work on mitigation strategies. This same air testing can occur throughout the remediation process and after the restoration has completed showing that our work has made the property safe for occupation again.

You might not always know when mold damage could exist in your home or business, but our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can help. Give us a call at (708) 672-0077 for a thorough mold inspection of your Chicago Heights area residential or commercial property.

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Why SERVPRO? We are the flood specialists!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen without much warning to those living in Chicago Heights, and worse still, many of these residents have already experienced this disaster before. When homes and apartments exist in flood-prone areas, the right conditions can allow for persistent threats to the structures. The best defense for the onset of flood damage is to reach out to the skilled professionals that we have on our SERVPRO emergency response team.

As tempting as DIY restoration might seem, especially once you have already paid the cost for recovering flood damage in Chicago Heights homes in the past, it is more complicated than it might initially appear. If you have used our team of qualified flood restoration specialists in the past, our efficiency and knowledge of industry approaches for rapid drying and extraction might also explain how you might believe that flood restoration is more straightforward than it is. There are advantages for you and your wallet to choose educated flood specialists.

Extensive Training
No single member of our emergency response team has gone without training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) This organization sets industry standards for education and skills for technicians, ensuring that our professionals are well-trained and prepared for the scenarios they might encounter. In flood recovery, we can dispatch technicians with endorsements such as:

    •    WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
    •    ASD – Applied Structural Drying
    •    CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technicians
    •    AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians
    •    Biohazard Recovery Unit

Industry-Leading Equipment
Our team invests heavily in the best possible equipment available in our restoration niches. For flood recovery, we have weighted extractors, specialty drying equipment, and moisture detection tools that can keep our technicians on track.

Experience Under Pressure
One of the most positive features of choosing the expertise of our SERVPRO team is the hands-on experience that our team brings to the table. With decades of service in the greater Chicago region, we have helped to restore countless homes and businesses.

Flooding can be a hazardous situation, and this can worsen the longer that you wait to concede the project to the skilled hands of professional restorers like our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team. Give our professionals a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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Why SERVPRO? We are lean, mean, cleaning machines!

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher, 708-672-0077.



Why SERVPRO? Because pipes freeze, and we can help!

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

When cold weather strikes in the midwest, it brings with it many nasty consequences. Ice, snow, and frigid temps can lead to damage to your home or business that can be quite inconvenient, and in some cases costly. So what should you do? Call SERVPRO!

If frozen pipes happen to you, it is important to call a professional as soon as possible. Frozen pipes lead to bursting pipes which leads to water EVERYWHERE! Don't let this happen to you! Make sure you have a plan that includes giving SERVPRO a call! We are here and ready to use our equipment, expertise, and experience to get you back to preloss condition. 

Why SERVPRO? Safety During Mitigation

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowners usually get advised to stay out of flood loss areas of the home, even if they do not come into contact with the water, there is still a danger of aspirating airborne particulate that contains harmful pathogens or bacteria. The techs wear rated personal protection gear along with respiration equipment to ensure safety for all during water removal and restoration services. 

When the need for expedited flood water removal and damage cleanup happens, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077. The skilled technicians are on-call 24/7 to make the loss to your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Esporta Gives The Highest Level of Clean

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning our Esporta Cleaning System Even our Esporta Cleaning System needs gets cleaned to provide the highest level of clean to our clients.

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher it is of the greatest importance that we clean textiles and soft contents to the highest level of clean.  For that reason we chose to take the extra step and install an Esporta machine in our warehouse's cleaning station.

Esporta is a name that is often heard about in the sporting world.   The Esporta cleaning machine is designed specifically to clean soft contents and textiles.  At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher we use this machine to clean items that have been affected by sewer water damages as well as, heavy smoke and soot.  Additionally, the Esporta can be used in  trauma or biohazard clean up, as well as routine cleaning of sporting gear. 

 The Esporta is a valuable part of our cleaning process and allows us to take items that may under other circumstances be considered a loss and restore them to a pre loss condition.

For more information about our Esporta Machine and the cleaning capabilities of our team please give our office a call today at 708-672-0077.

We Care!

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Man wearing a hat that says “love your neighbor” Loving our community is just what we do!

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher we care about our community.  We love our communities that we serve.

Our representatives are part of your community.  We eat in the same restaurants as you and shop in the same places.  Your community is important to you and it is important to us as well.  SERVPRO is not just another business and we don’t just provide another everyday service.

While we do provide emergency services we also participate in community events.  Our crews partner with first responders in your community for open houses and crime prevention events.  Technicians give blood at local blood drives.  We help homeowners to make important phone calls and plans after a house fire, and we donate demonstration houses for firefighter training. 

Your local SERVPRO is proud to be a community partner who cares.  We strive to be the company that you think of when you need help.  For more information on how we can help your community please call our offices at 708-672-0077.

Emergency Damage Restoration in Chicago Heights? Why SERVPRO Should be Your First Call!

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Snowy day; SERVPRO large equipment in parking lot drying water damaged property No matter the size of your damage restoration project, SERVPRO is equipped to handle it all!

Why SERVPRO is a Strong Choice for Chicago Heights Restoration

We have only been serving the southern communities of the Chicago metropolitan area for just over a decade.  We have also made enough of an impact with our customers and their properties to become esteemed among the Top 100 SERVPRO Franchises in the county. With more than 1700 locations, this is a prestigious honor that encourages us to continue to put our customers first, helping them through every loss situation with confidence and dependability. We know how important it is to get you back into your Chicago Heights home after water, fire, mold, and storm loss events. You can count on our award-winning service to help you do that. 


Water losses comprise a majority share of the work that we do for Chicago Heights homes and businesses. We have made substantial investments into training our technicians and the tools that they utilize on a job site. We begin with ensuring that each of our professionals has a base certification as a Water Restoration Technician (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) firm. Many pursue additional endorsements, including:

  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS)
  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

One of the innovative advancements that help us to provide a more efficient and transparent water damage recovery for Chicago Heights homes and businesses is our DryBook software. This program is exclusive to SERVPRO and helps to balance our efforts against the drying standards of the restoration industry. The program is also ideal for documenting all steps of the drying processes and their effects in real-time, which can help to showcase progress to our customers and clients.

We know the importance of removing standing water within your home, so we waste no time in employing the most effective extraction and drying equipment at our disposal. From wet-vacs and pumps of varying size and strength to hundreds of air movers and dehumidification drying units, we can handle water damage in Chicago Heights properties.


With flooding and water loss incidents being such persistent threats to many of the homes and businesses throughout Chicago Heights, mold is an eventuality that can be a costly condition without immediate remediation tactics. While many property owners might not actively look for mold growth, there are signs like spotting on drywall. Harsh, musty odors also indicate that can indicate a colony is forming or already active in your home. If you suspect that you might have a mold issue in your house, you can contact our SERVPRO professionals for evaluation and inspection. We also provide a necessary response for your property needs.

Mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours from the time that your Chicago Heights property meets the necessary conditions. Moisture and dampness can originate from many sources. Addressing all of these possibilities is vital in contending with the current growth threat and limiting the possibility of recurrences with long-term moisture management solutions. 

We know how quickly colonization occurs. Contending with mold damage in Chicago Heights homes starts with a fast response to these emergencies from our IICRC-Certified remediators. Even our owner, who holds an AMRT certification, says our team strives to have “the capability to respond faster and better to any disaster in our area.” 


As we have been helping out residents in the area for more than a decade, we have seen the frequency that many Chicago Heights homes and businesses have to succumb to flooding. As such, we have always sought to provide the tips and strategies to keep you and your family safe first and worry about restoration and recovery efforts second. With how unsafe rising water can be, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Never drive on flooded streets.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Keep a travel bag and emergency kit ready at all times.
  • Have an emergency plan in place for your entire family.

Once you have ensured the safety of your family and pets, you can work to address pressing flood and storm damage in Chicago Heights properties.

We have sophisticated recovery tools that can immediately address standing water and saturation concerns for construction materials and structural elements. With a team of contracting specialists in our crew, we also have the capability of providing emergency board up and roof tarping where needed to reduce further flood effects in Chicago Heights properties.


There are many more levels to fire damage in Chicago Heights homes than soot, odors, airborne threats, and smoke. For most properties dealing with even a moderate fire loss incident, recovery specialists must address suppression system residues, water damage, and other substances present during the combustion. Areas like your carpeting and upholstery are particularly susceptible to water damage. These residues that require cleanup, so they are focal points of the restoration services that our SERVPRO team provides.

Much like the storm damage that we can expect throughout the Chicago Heights area, fire safety is something that our professionals educate residents in the area about as well. As part of this readiness strategy and a system to keep your family safe in this time of crisis, we encourage all homeowners to purchase alert stickers that can detail special needs of occupants of your house, the number of people and pets in your family, and any other pertinent details.

We know that fire loss situations can be overwhelming and stressful, and that is why we invest so much in the education and training of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) We can provide a solid recovery strategy for your home and also help our customers through the traumatic experience with our compassionate approach.

The Greater Chicago area can be a centerpiece for all manner of disasters and emergencies, but our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team can help. We have a fast response and cutting-edge equipment to make any loss situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 672-0077. 

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SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is on the Lookout for a Marketing Support Coordinator

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

'Now Hiring' sign.  Man shaking another man's hand We are growing and looking for a marketing support coordinator. Call us today if you are interested!

Does helping others find the perfect fit of professional resources to recover from a property damage crisis appeal to your desire to make a difference to individuals and businesses in your community? 

Our dedicated team of disaster response experts is in search of an enthusiastic and compassionate Market Support Coordinator. Your ability to share clear, concise, and actionable information about our services to individuals and businesses coping with the stress and worry following water, fire, storm or other damage is crucial to SERVPRO’s goal of making the disaster “Like it never even happened.”

The successful candidate is a self-motivated, dependable, and assured individual who has excellent listening and communication skills when working with potential and established customers and other team members. A calm and compassionate demeanor even when multiple tasks require attention is mandatory. If you establish high expectations for yourself and relish it when your efforts go above and beyond those targets, you will love and excel at this position. 

We value our employees and maintain an attractive compensation package across job categories. SERVPRO also supports and encourages professional development.

Fire Damage and Board Up in Beecher

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

A fire is one of the most devastating disasters that a family or business can experience. Often times with flood or water damage, it’s only a portion of the structure that is affected by the damage. With fire, smoke, or soot damage it more than likely affects a greater percentage, of not all of the structure. 

When a fire strikes your business or residence, you need to strike back! That is where SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher can help. Whether it’s boarding up and securing the structure after the event or cleaning and restoring your contents and structure, we can do it all. 

Our IICRC trained technicians will assist you through every step of the process. Friendly, helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable, we will attend to your needs. 

Don’t trust anyone with you mitigation and restoration needs, you want the best. 

      ???? Call us today ????


Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Wet documents

There is nothing more deflating than looking at a stack of wet documents or books that you absolutely cannot get rid of and wonder "What am I going to do with all of this?!" 

That is where the SERVPRO Team can help! Trained and certified in document drying and restoration, we can help stop the damage from getting worse and get them back to being functional again. Nothing can undo the damage already done to them but we can get the pages separated, cleaned, deodorized, sanitized (if required), re-jacketed, digitized, or even destroyed if need. 

Our technicians are HIPPA- Master Certified as well as our facility is HIPPA compliant and under 24 hour surveillance. We can handle your medical, legal, educational, and even historical documents without the worry of if they will be handled correctly. 

By acting quickly and contacting us, we can get a freezer truck dispatched to anywhere in the country needed. Our technicians will take it from there.  

                  !!!!! Call us today !!!!!

708-672-0077     708-672-0077     708-672-0077 

Fire Departments Rely on SERVPRO's Esporta Washing System for Clean Turn-Out Gear

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Supports Our Local Fire FIghters in the Greater Chicago Area--We Even Decontaminate and Clean Their Break-=Out Gear

SERVPRO Supports Our Local Fire Fighters in the Greater Chicago Area

There are many ways that a local company or franchise can give back to the community. Whether to respond to a medical emergency or to a house fire, our regional Fire Departments are ready 24/7 to help, just as SERVPRO is also available 24/7/365 to assist our neighbors.

When a house fire breaks out in Chicago Heights, Park Forest or Beecher, the local Fire Department arrives swiftly to extinguish the flames and provide safety and comfort for the unfortunate residents. Documented studies have shown that two out of every three of these heroes will have a cancer diagnosis. They put themselves in jeopardy while saving lives and properties. They don personal protective equipment like helmets, boots, gloves, and turn-out gear that often becomes contaminated with combustible pollutants and substances.

So, how does SERVPRO provide a valuable service to our communities? We proudly support the Mabas Division 24, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System comprised of 21 Fire Departments in South Suburban Cook County, IL. We offer to clean and decontaminate the soiled break-out gear. This not only protects our First Responders from possible chemical and biological exposure but mitigates the degradation of the gear. In today's world, most communities have budgetary concerns that even affect their fire departments. Considering that 85% of the personnel are volunteers, we contribute to their well-being and safety as they do to ours. Since we are a full-service restoration company, we offer to our Emergency Responders discounted rates for any services we provide to their properties and contents.

The Esporta Wash System is installed in our SERVPRO facility where we can safely and quickly wash, decontaminate, and dry the break-out gear, including the helmets and boots. The NFPA, National Fire Protection Association, recognizes the power of this resource because it meets the stringent requirements for personal protection. Many insurance companies contract with us small and large-loss fire, water, and mold cleanups since our restoration rate of contents is about 90%. This is a win-win situation for all. Fewer expenses, faster results, and we even get to save our neighbor's daughter teddy bear.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team members are your friends and neighbors. Contact us so that we can restore, and not replace, your valued possessions. (708) 747-9925

Here is your Chicago Heights Fire Department.

FREE CE Classes this March 2019

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

!!FREE CE Classes for Insurance Agents Spring 2019!!

Attention Insurance Agents!!! Are you in need of Continued Education (CE) credits for your license? We are offering FREE CE classes March 6th & 7th, in two separate locations for your convenience. March 6th in Homewood, IL and March 7th in Bourbonnais, IL. Both days will have the same line up, Ethics and Professional Standards (3 Credits) from 9am-12pm & Water, Bio Clean Up, Trauma and Hoarding Claims (4 Credits) from 1pm-5pm.  

**Please see the attached flier for location addresses**

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for those in attendance. 

So come partake in our educational and lively classes. We hope to see you there. 

For further questions please contact us at 708-672-0077 

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Caring for Victims

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Victim bags ready to help when disaster happens.

When your home is struck by fire or a major storm you may have only a few minutes to gather belongings and move to safety.  For many of us, gathering a few clothes, and the family photo album take priority over a toothbrush or comb.  

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we care about the community, that is why many of our staff carry these emergency bags in our vehicles.  Each bag contains a few of the essential personal care items that many people need after a fire or storm disaster.  Our hope is that each bag can bring a bit of comfort to the community after a tragedy. 

Having your own preparedness bag is very important especially if you live in an area where natural disaster such as tornado can strike.  It is also important to remember, only gather personal effects when it is safe to do so: material belongs can be replaced, but a life can not be

Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing what causes fires can help you to prevent them!

Knowledge is power! The Threat of Winter Fires is Real and according to FEMA:

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Content Cleaning and Storage

At SERVPRO our team of professionals handle your personal belongings with the utmost of care.  We clean your items by hand and repack them so they are ready when you move back to your home or business. We also use the Esporta Machine and Ultrasonic Cleaning equipment.