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Tips to prevent Water Damage from your Washing Machine.

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to prevent Water Damage from your Washing Machine. If your Washing Machine causes water damage to your home, cal SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook!

Washing machines are one of the most common sources of water damage in your home.

The failure of a water supply hose is the primary cause of loss.  This can be caused by:

  • Pinching the hose while installing or replacing a washing machine, causing a hairline break
  • A poor connection to either the washing machine or wall
  • The hose’s own aging, which can lead to brittleness

Washing machine drainage issues and internal leaks can also cause flooding to your home.

The most effective ways of preventing damage from your washing machine are to:

  • Replace the washing machine intake hose every 5 years
  • Check your sewer line after a storm, before running your washing machine
  • Don’t overload your washing machine
  • Have your machine professionally installed to avoid water line pinches and drainage issues
  • Shut off the intake valve behind your machine at the first sign of trouble
  • If you can’t access the intake valve, know how to shut off your home’s water main

SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help you if you experience water damage from your washing machine.

Call us at (630) 573-4290

Water Damage in your Downers Grove or Oak Brook Home?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in your Downers Grove or Oak Brook Home? For help with Water Damage to your home, Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook at (630) 573-4290

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

A Fast Response Is Crucial

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
  • Need Emergency Service? 
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When Water Damage Strikes!

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Strikes! SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help when Water Damage Strikes!

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.


We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.


We will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. We will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.


To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.


We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.


  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook today at (630) 573-4290

Failing Water Heater? Look for these signs!

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Failing Water Heater? Look for these signs! Maintain your Water Heater to avoid water damage to your home.

Water heaters often work perfectly for a decade or more without any care, so they’re easy to neglect.  They are often located in a low traffic area, like a basement, an attic or in a closet. 

Failing water heaters can cause significant damage to your home if they start leaking or even worse, if they burst leaving several gallons of water flowing through your home.

Here are a few things that may indicate if your water heater is starting to fail:

  • Water doesn't get as hot as it used to.
  • There's rust in water coming from your faucets or on your clothes.
  • Your hot water heater makes cracking and popping sounds when it's heating.
  • There's a metallic taste in your hot water.
  • Rust is forming on the outside bottom of your water heater.
  • A puddle is forming under your hot water heater.
  • The burner units have become clogged or rusty.

If you experience flooding from your water heater, call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook for assistance.  Call (630) 573-4290.

Tips for Cleaning Mold from Children’s Bath Toys

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips for Cleaning Mold from Children’s Bath Toys If you see signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook - (630) 573-4290

Cleaning bath toys that spend hours every week in warm soapy water may seem silly, but it is not.

Since mold grows where there is moisture, bath toys are a prime target for mold.  Mold can form when toys aren’t properly drained or dried out.  Here are some tips to help you clean your bath toys and get them free of mold. 

Boil the toys in water

Place your child’s toys in a pot of boiling water. Squeeze them out to remove all the mold and then lay them out to dry.

Clean them with vinegar

Mix together one gallon of water and ½ cup of white vinegar. Let the toys soak in the mixture for one hour. Squeeze them out and scrub them thoroughly.

Soak them in bleach

Mix one gallon of water and ¾ cups of bleach in a bucket and allow the toys to soak overnight. After taking the toys out of the solution rinse them with water several times before putting them out to dry.

Cover the holes

A lot of bath toys have holes in them to allow your kids to squirt water or make squeaky noises. While this might be entertaining for them, it also easily allows the toys to store water and grow mold. When you are sure the toys are thoroughly dry, plug up the hole with a drop of hot glue.

Run them through the washer

A simple solution to remove the mold from your child’s toys is running them through the dishwasher or washing machine. It’s an easy way to get the job done. 

Have Mold Related Questions? 

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Preventing Mold in the Bathroom

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold in the Bathroom Mold in your Bathroom? Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook - (630) 573-4290.

The bathroom is one of the most common places in a home where mold can grow. The damp and usually dark conditions make it a perfect place for mold to thrive. However, if you reduce the amount of moisture in the bathroom and clean it frequently, the chances of mold growing will be greatly reduced. Here are some essential tips on how to prevent and reduce mold in the bathroom:

  • Ensure you have proper ventilation by opening a window or by running your exhaust fan for 30 minutes after you shower. 
  • Use your air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep your household relative humidity levels below 50 percent.
  • Fix any leaking toilets, sinks or pipes, which can cause excess moisture.
  • Make sure your moisture problem isn’t coming from a leaky roof or overflowing gutters.
  • Wipe down your shower often. Wiping down your shower after using it removes any lingering moisture.
  • Eliminate damp hiding places for mold like wallpaper, fabric curtains, even bathroom rugs. If you’re going to have rugs and store towels in the open in your bathroom, be sure to wash them often.
  • If you don’t have shower doors, be sure to use a mold and mildew resistant curtain.
  • Keep it light in the bathroom. Since mold likes darkness you can discourage it by opening your bathroom shades, leaving your lights on (you can get a timer) or even installing a sky light. 
  • Make bathroom cleaning part of your daily routine. Spray your shower and tub with a commercial shower spray that contains bleach or another mold/mildew fighting ingredient. If you have marble, always read the label first to be sure the spray is safe to use

If you have any questions about Mold – Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook – (630) 573-4290

Is Hidden Mold Lurking?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Hidden Mold Lurking? This mold was found behind a kitchen cabinet.

You may suspect hidden mold if your home or building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage at the property. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).

Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, please call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook for help.

Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

If You See Signs of Mold, Call 630-573-4290

Commercial Mold Remediation

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook if you suspect Mold.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook, we will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Restoration Specialists

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today 630-573-4290

Tips on how to maintain your sump pump

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips on how to maintain your sump pump If you experience water damage caused by a sump pump, call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook (630) 573-4290.

The arrival of spring often signals lots of melting snow and heavy rainfall. If you have a damp basement or live in an area prone to flooding, you know that dealing with water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

A sump pump can be an effective device for moving accumulated water away from your house and preventing costly repairs. Here are a few tips to keep your sump pump in good working order.

  • Ensure the unit is plugged in to a working ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet and the cord is in good shape.
  • Check the discharge pipe and vent hole for dirt, gravel and other debris. Clear any obstructions, as these cause the pump to work harder to drain the sump basin and increase the chance of overflowing.
  • Inspect the intake screen for clogs and remove any debris.
  • Remove any visible debris from the pit, and ensure the float component is unobstructed.
  • Test the pump by pouring a bucket of water into the basin. As the water level rises, the float should trigger the pump to activate and drain the water quickly.
  • If your pump has a backup battery, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.


Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook today at (630) 573-4290

Conditions In Downers Grove & Oak Brook Might Be Right For Mold

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions In Downers Grove & Oak Brook Might Be Right For Mold SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof and chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home.

Call us today at 630-573-4290.