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Preventative Fire Cleaning

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety

Spring Cleaning is upon us! And though deep cleaning floors and dusting shelves are important, don’t forget about fire safety. Below are some ways for you to do some preventative cleaning in your own home.

Replace batteries in your home.

Start with replacing the batteries in your Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Flashlights.

Clean dryer vents routinely.

Other than routinely cleaning your lint filter out before and after loads, you should also be making sure that the outdoor dryer flaps are not blocked by build-up, animal nests, etc.

Check on any extension cords.

Check to make sure that extensions cords are not overloaded as they aren’t meant to be permanently used. This is also a good time to make sure that none of your cords are frayed or cracked. Replace where needed.

Propane/charcoal grills should remain outside.

Your propane/charcoal grill should be stored and used outside only. Make sure that grill is routinely cleaned. And most importantly, make sure someone is always tending the grill.

Clean up leaves and trash from around house.

Make sure to clean up dead leaves and trash from around your house. These items may be dangerous if exposed to heat.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help with any preventative cleaning needs. If emergency services are needed due to a fire or any other disaster give us a call 24 hours a day. (815)416-0075

Facts about Flood

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross- Compared to any other weather-related disaster, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year. Below are some tips on flood safety:

-Six inches of moving water can knock you right off your feet.

-Almost 20% of flood insurance claims come from low risk areas.

-If you are driving and come across a flooded road, turn around and find another route.

-$27,000 worth of flood damage in your home can come from just one inch of water.

-A car can be carried away by less than two feet of water.

-Make sure children stay out of water as it could be contaminated.

-According to, all 50 states have experienced floods within the last five years.

-Do not use a vacuum cleaner to remove water as you can cause damage to the device, or even electric shock.

When fire or water takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa will help you take it back.

Is Your Business Emergency Ready?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Emergency Ready?

It is important to prepare your business before a disaster strikes. Having plans, as well as tools, in place to be prepared is of the absolute importance. Below are some ways to more effectively prepare for an emergency.

+Search and sign up for local alerts and warnings.

+To reduce property damage and potential injury, make some property improvements.

+Conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.

+Require participation in a preparedness training.

+Collect and plan for protection of important documents.

+Obtain and make sure that your business has proper insurance.

+Gather and/or update emergency supplies.

Another great way to make your business “Ready for whatever happens”, would be to complete a no-cost SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). The ERP can help to minimize business interruption by having an Emergency Plan in place. Please give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call to begin establishing your Emergency READY Plan. (815)416-0075.

Fire Loss Process

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

The key factor about your home suffering a loss- whether it's fire, water, mold, etc.- is knowing who to call. The faster you contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa, the faster a trained professional will arrive on site which ultimately produces better results.

Some of the ways we would clean after a fire damage would be to perform cleanings of the contents, structure, and odor removal.

Any contents that were affected, will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa Professionals can also compile an inventory list items that are “to be claimed” for insurance purposes.

A comprehensive cleaning of ceilings, walls, and flooring will also need to be done after a fire damage. We have specific equipment and cleaning products for a wide variety of surfaces within your home which will help to clean and protect.

After a fire, or even a smoke damage, you can’t necessarily just mask the odor with a fragrance. Our trained professionals will seek out the source of the smell and remove them.

If you or someone you know suffers a fire loss, give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call to help put the pieces back together. (815)416-0075

Severe Weather Preparedness

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Severe Weather can happen whether you are prepared or not. The following are averages of extreme storms Americans cope with each year:

-10,000 severe thunderstorms

-5,000 floods

-1,300 tornadoes

-2 landfalling hurricanes

These storms are the leading cause of $15 Billion worth of damage and about 650 deaths per year.

Some ways to better prepare yourself for these many severe weather situation are discussed here. You will first need to become aware of what kinds of hazardous weather can affect you and how it will impact your home, work, and family. You should check the weather regularly and make sure to have access to sever weather alerts- whether it be an app or a NOAA weather radio. Another step you should take is to organize an emergency supply kit that can include: water & food (3-day supply of each), battery operated radio, first aid kit, flashlight, important documents, matches, etc.

Please contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa for more preparedness tips. Let us help you become “Ready for whatever happens!”

Candle Safety

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Two out of every five home décor fires are started by candles. Here are some ways to make sure your house is candle fire safe:

Try out a flameless candle instead. Flameless candles are a great alternative that can flicker like a fire-burning candle, and they can even be scented.

Keep all fire-burning candles in a fire-proof container. Make sure that if you are using a real candle, to put it in a fire-proof container. It is also important to check that the container is Saturday and cannot be tipped over.

Always extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed. You should also make sure that the embers on the wick are no longer glowing as the candle could re-ignite.

For more fire safety tips and tools, please contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa’s Trained Professionals. We look forward to helping you and your family become better prepared!

Tornado Warning VS Tornado Watch

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should take shelter immediately.There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest level of your property. 

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are right for a tornado. You should monitor the weather and have a plan in place. Review and discuss emergency plans and make sure to have supplies in your safe room. Be ready to react and move quickly if a warning is issued. Acting early and quickly helps to save lives.

Tornado watches are generally issued for large areas where conditions exist for a tornado to develop. Tornado warnings are issued for localized areas where a tornado has been detected. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa offers board up and roof tarping services. In the event of a tornado it is important to secure your property as quickly as possible to minimize secondary damage caused by vandalism, rain and wind. 

Illinois Tornado Facts

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most significant threats Illinoisans face is the threat from a tornado. Although tornadoes can occur at any time of the year tornado season is generally March though May in Illinois.

Here are a few Illinois tornado facts

-50% of tornadoes occur between 3pm-7pm. 

- The deadlier tornado in US history was the Tri-state tornado of 1925. This tornado killed 695 people as it tore through Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Out of the 695 killed, 613 of those people were in Illinois. 

-The most common hour in Illinois for tornadoes to hit is 5pm. 

-The most common month for tornadoes is April.

-Centeral and Southeast Illinois are the most likely to be affected by tornadoes. 

- 64% of tornadoes that occur each year will happen between March-May. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wishes you and your family a safe and happy Spring. If emergency services are needed due to a tornado, flood, fire or any other disaster give us a call 24 hours a day. (815)416-0075. 

Spring Flooding

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Spring snowmelt and large amounts of rainfall can lead to flooding conditions. Below are a few tips to help avoid water damage during the spring rains. 

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Consider Flood Insurance 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring.

Call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our trained professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Commercial Cleanings

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa offers commercial office and industrial cleaning services?

When grease, grime, dirt or odor go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial services, we can help. Our highly trained professional can help with deep commercial kitchen cleanings, carpet and duct cleanings, odor removal, grout cleanings and so much more. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards while performing all cleanup and bioremediation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. Our trained professionals use  SERVPROXIDE, which is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses. Getting your building looking its very best will be our top priority. We will start working quickly and do it right. 

If you would like a free estimate on any of our restoration, mediation, or cleaning services give our office a call. (815)416-0075.