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National Night Out Against Crime

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa was proud to be a part of many of our towns National Night Out Against Crime events this month. We were able to attend some of them and set up a duck game for the kids to play and win a prize. Some of the other events we were able to donate items such as water, chips, and gift baskets for the Police Departments to raffle off at the event. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa Marketing Representatives were honored to be able to meet many people from the communities, the officers and staff that put on theses amazing events as well as see the smiles on the children’s faces as they won prices from our table. 

The Marketing Representatives of SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa look forward to attending and contributing to more events in the future as well as attending the National Night Out Against Crime events in the upcoming years. 

Hoarding

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

According to the Mayo Clinic Hoarding Disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of item. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of value, occurs. 

Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter, from years of accumulations making living unsanitary and crowded. In some circumstances bugs, rats and vermin enter the home. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa generally sees hoarding in two ways.

The first way is there is a fire or water damage in the home. When our trained professionals arrive at the home to assess the damage from the fire or water they discover the hoarding situation. If this should happen SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals will communicate with the insurance company about coverage, and after approval contents can be packed out and cleaned, dried out, or stored so work can begin on the fire or water damage to the structure. 

The second way SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can encounter a hoarding situation is receiving a call from a landlord, case worker, real estate agent, or a family member, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance to the family.

Each hoarding situation is different and SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help with every step of the way. 

Lightening Safety

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Illinois is ranked in the top 10 states most likely to have lightening strike your home?

In 2018 alone there were 2475 insurance claims for lightening strikes, resulting in 25.5 million dollars in damages. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to assist you in your time of need. If your home should be struck by lightening give us a call for assistance on all your restoration needs. 

Below are a few tips to keep you safe during the storms. 

Be aware- Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms make sure there is adequate shelter available.

Go indoors- Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. 

Avoid windows doors porches and concrete- Do not lie on the concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars in the concrete walls and floors. 

Avoid water- Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightening can travel through a buildings plumbing. 

Be Prepared with a Ready Profile

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know according to recent research as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster?

Did you know that SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can offer a no cost assessment of your facility and document only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency? Give us a call today to schedule your free assessment. (815)416-0075.

Did you know that according to recent research as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster?

A preparedness plan can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruptions by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa as our disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identifies the chain of command for authorizing work to being. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. 

Preparing for Exreme Heat

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. 

If possible, stay indoors inside the air conditioning. 

Be sure to check out your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. 

Stay hydrated and limit caffeine and alcohol use. 

If you do go outside, wear loose fitting light colored clothes and apply sunscreen often. 

Did you know? On average, heat is the number one killer of weather-related deaths in the United States. 

A few tips to help prepare your home

Install window air conditioning units snugly and insulate if necessary. 

Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation. 

Install temporary window reflectors to reflect heat entering your home back outside. 

Weather-strip doors and windows to keep cool air inside. 

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

Keep storm windows up all year. 

If you should smell a musky odor leading you to believe you may have mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call today. (815)416-0075. 

Spring and Unpredictable Weather are in the Air

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is the time of year when things change. The flowers are frowning and the weather is getting warmer but with that comes some risks. 

Temperatures can sway back and forth between warm and fridgid, sunny days may be followed by a week of storms, and sometimes we can see all those fluctuations during the same day. 

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe weather in the spring. They bring lightening, tornadoes, and flooding. 

Because Spring weather is so unpredictable, planning ahead makes sense. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather.Tell them where to seek shelter as soon as you are aware of an approaching storm. 

Often times once we are aware of an approaching storm, there is no time left to prepare. But we do know when Spring arrives thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family and your home. 

During these storms if you should have damage to your home our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa are just a call away. 

Be Flood Smart

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Floodsmart.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the US every year than any other weather-related disasters. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up to a flowing stream where water is above your ankles turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving waters can sweep you off your feet. 

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and head to higher ground. Cars can be swept away by less than two feet of water.

-Keep your children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running or contaminated water.

If a flood should strike your home or business contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals. Even minor flooding can cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly. 

Corn Boils

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa prides itself in our community involvement. Our team of marketing reps work throughout the community to volunteer time, monetary donations, food, or other items to organizations and events that allow us to help. 

One of our favorite things to do is our annual corn boils at local Fire Departments. We enjoy showing a small appreciation to any Fire Department that will have us. 

We bring fresh grown local corn and boil it right there at their fire house. We also bring fresh cut watermelon and cookies to show a small thank you for all they do in our communities. Some departments even bring out the grill and cook up hamburgers and hot dogs. 

We offer these to insurance agencies and police departments as well. If you know a department who would like for us to come out and offer this appreciation to them please give us a call and let us know. (815)416-0075.

Is Your Commercial Building Ready For Spring?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is the time to get your building clean and ready for the warmer weather. Dusting, cleaning floors which may have salt and residue from the harsh winter months, as well as washing windows. Landscape also comes to mind as the snow and ice can be particularly harsh on those areas. 

Doing a full inspection of your property is very important to reduce the risks of water or mold damage after the harsh winter. Inspection of concrete and all outer walls of the property is necessary to prevent damage to the building. Freezing and settling of the building can cause cracks in walls or concrete. Those cracks will allow moisture to enter your building and can cause water damage or mold growth. 

Also make sure to check gutters and drainage pipes to ensure water is properly being directed away from the building. Irrigation lines and exterior hose shit offs should be carefully inspected as they can easily be damaged by harsh winter weather. 

Doing these inspections can help reduce the risk of water or mold damage in your business. If you cannot find the source of water in your building SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can help. We use thermal imaging cameras to detect moisture that is inside the wall. Give us a call today for more information. (815)416-0075

Flood Season is on its Way

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service approximately 75% of all presidential disaster declaration’s are associated with flooding. NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as

-Flash Flooding

-River Flooding

-Storm Surge

-Burn Scars/Debris Flows(Caused by wildflowers)

-Ice/Debris Jams

-Snow Melt

-Dry Wash9Caused by heavy rains in dry areas)

-Dam Breaks/Levee Failures

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were in low risk communities. On average floods cost $3.5 million in annual losses in the US and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

When catastrophic water damage happens to you SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help get you back to normal quickly. We can also help you prepare for an emergency with an emergency ready profile. Give us a call today for more information.