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SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is ready to help after a disaster

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Living in Illinois we come across many natural disasters. Some disasters we see in Illinois are tornadoes, damaging winds, flooding, record low temperatures and even ice and snow storms. When a disaster such as these occur, there are a large number of property owners who all need assistance at the same time. 

When a disaster occurs, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa connects with other franchises giving us ample resources and a large amount of manpower allowing us to handle any size disaster. 

Just a few of the disasters that we have connected with other franchises to be able to help large amounts of property owners include;

- Jan 2007 Ice Storm

- 2013 Coal City Tornado

- 2015 Coal City Tornado

- 2015 Marseilles Dam Break

- 2011 Groundhogs Day Blizzard

- 2019 Polar Vortex

- 2020 Derecho Storm

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is ready to help no matter how big or small the need is. If you should need our assistance during any Illinois natural disaster we are ready to help 24 hours a day. (815)416-0075.  

Preventing Fall Cooking Fire

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

With fall comes cooler temperatures and cooler temperatures mean more people are cooking. Whether you are cooking up a big pot of chili for the football game, or baking a roast for family dinner, or even baking some seasonal treats with the apples you picked last weekend at the apple orchard. 

Did you know

The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

A few tips to stay safe while cooking this fall include

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking
  • When using the oven or cooking things that have longer cooking times set a timer. A timer will help you remember food is cooking
  • Keep anything that could catch fire away from the stove. This includes oven mitts, kitchen towels, food packages and wooden utensils.

If you are cooking outside over an open female or enjoying a fall bonfire use these tips to help stay safe

  • Monitor wind conditions. If it is too windy embers from the fire can blow and ignite a fire.
  • Always have a ire source close such as a bucket of water or a garden hose. 
  • Do not leave the fire unattended. 
  • Closely monitor children and pets and keep them at least 3 feet away from the fire. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is ready to assist with any fire or smoke damage due to cooking fires. We are available 24 hours a day to start the restoration process. 

Protect your belongings in your basement

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa receives hundreds of calls each year due to water damage in basements. 

Although there are several ways water can enter your basement, most of the calls we receive come from sump pump failures, hot water tank or other appliance failures, broken pipes, clogged or improperly places gutters and seepage through windows and walls.

If the basement of your home has flooded in the past there is a greater chance of it flooding again. 

Here are a few tips to help minimize the damage and protect your possessions you store in your basement. 

1. Do not store anything on the floor. Adding shelving to the basement can help keep your property safer in the even of a water damage. 

2. Store items in air tight bags or plastic bins. 

3. Keep precious items or valuables in the main level of your home instead of the basement. 

4. Inspect the basement often. Look for signs of water, mold or rodents. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa has the expertise and advanced drying technology to quickly dry out your basement in the event of a water damage emergency. If you need our assistance we are available 24 hours a day at (815)416-0075. 

Flooding Facts

9/15/2021 (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 Fema.gov, 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.

Get back to business quickly after a water damage

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa understands the frustrations that come with suffering a water damage in your commercial building. 

Our highly trained water technicians are available 24 hours a day to assist with your water damage emergency. 

To help get your business back up and running as quickly as possible, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa will

-Answer your call anytime day or night and call you back within one hour letting you know we are on our way.

-Utilize advanced technology and state of the art equipment, including a moisture measuring device to ensure we find all areas of your facility that have been affected by water. Starting the drying process immediately reduces the risk of secondary damage and reduces the damage costs. 

-Your assigned production manager will monitor the progress of the drying process each day and communicate the results to you. They will even be available to you by phone anytime you may have questions regarding your facility. 

There is no such thing as a small disaster and that is why SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help. If you need assistance or have questions regarding water damage in your commercial facility give us a call (815)416-0075.

What to know about a flash flood.

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

What is a flash flood?

Rapid flooding of low lying areas such as washes, rivers, dry lakes and depressions. It can be caused by heavy rains associated with thunderstorms, hurricanes, tropical storms, or melt from snow or ice. 

How dangerous is a flash flood?

Flash floods are the most dangerous form of flooding because the combine destructive power of floods with incredible speeds. 

Is a flash flood covered under homeowners insurance?

A flash flood is not covered under a basic homeowners policy. For coverage to apply you must have a flood policy as well. Sewage back up is also not covered under a generally homeowners policy, you must purchase a separate endorsement to cover water damage due to sewage overflow.

As a rule of thumb If water first touches the ground before it enters your home it is considered a flood. 

How can SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa help after a flash flood? 

-We offer an immediate response when you are in your time of need. 

-Our trained professionals use advanced equipment and drying techniques. 

- Progress will be closely monitored daily to ensure your property is properly and completely dried.

If you have any questions or need assistance due to a flash flood give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call. (815)416-0075

A quick response reduces down time

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa 1/4/8 policy makes sure that every emergency gets the same timely response times. 

What is SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa 1/4/8 policy and how does it work?

Within 1 hour- Within one hour of your call into our office you will receive a call from our production manager to arrange an inspection of your home or business to assess the damage. 

Within 4 Hours- Within 4 hours of your call into out office, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa trained professionals will be on site to start the mitigation process. 

Within 8 Hours- Within 8 hours of your initial cal into our office, we will have a plan formed. Our production team will be able to communicate everything that is needed to fully restore your home or business back to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is available 24 hours a day for any fire or water emergencies. Give us a call at (815)485-6901. 

Battery Charger Fire Prevention

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa has received a greater number of calls in the past year for fires due to charger malfunctions than any other previous year. Because of the increase in battery charger fires in our area we would like to share some safety reminders to help prevent charger fires.  

Lithium ion batteries are lightweight rechargeable batteries that come in many items you use these days. These batteries are in laptops, cell phones, tablets, cameras, e-cigarettes and even in your children’s electric scooter.

Devices with lithium ion batteries are used safely each year by millions of people, however they do pose a fire risk when they become damaged. Damage could include a short circuit, being over charged, getting wet or even being kept in extremely hot or extremely cold climates. 

A few tips to help prevent a fire include

1. Use the charging device that came with the device. 

2. If you need to purchase a replacement charger make sure it is name brand and made for your device. Counterfeit and generic chargers can fail to meet safety standards. 

3. Do not some or use the device or battery in extreme temperatures. Extreme heat and extreme cold can cause the battery to malfunction. 

4. Unplug the charger after the device is fully charged. 

5. Do not charge on beds, couches, or cover the device or charger with anything. They do heat up and can cause great risk of a fire. 

6. Do not overload your electrical outlets. 

Please keep these tips in mind when charging your lithium ion battery powered devices. If you should need SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa or have any questions regarding charger or battery fires give us a call (815)416-0075.

E-Cigarette Fire Prevention

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

E-Cigarettes use a lithium ion battery to function. Because of this there is a risk of fire if the battery is not used properly. SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa has received a few home fire calls that started due to e-cigarette chargers, and because of this we would like to provide a few tips to help prevent a home fire due to e-cigarette chargers. 

E-cigarette fires generally occur when using a fake or faulty product or poor charging practices are used. 

To help reduce the risk of an e-cigarette fire do the following. 

1. Never let the device touch metal as it can cause a shirt circuit. 

2. Do not mix batteries and chargers. Make sure to use the charger designed specifically for your brand of device. 

3. Inspect the battery for damage often. 

4. Properly dispose of the product when you are done with it. 

While charging

1. Use the charger made specifically for your device. 

2. Do not charge overnight or when you are not around to monitor the charging of the device. 

3. Always unplug after the device is fully charged. 

4. Charge on a flat surface away from anything that can easily catch fire if something should happen. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is available 24 hours a day for emergencies. If you need us we are just a call away (815)416-0075. 

Morris Battery Warehouse Fire

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you live in the evacuation area of Morris that was close to warehouse fire, there’s a likelihood that your home has some level of smoke damage. Smoke enters into attics through vents or gable fans. When the ash lands on insulation, it permeates the material, making it stink like smoke. 

The ash and smoke in your attic is also detrimental to the air quality in your home. Ash and Soot from fires can carry chemicals and airborne contaminants that may be harmful. The only way to remove ash or bad smells from insulation is to completely clean the attic of ash and replace the insulation. 

On the bright side, fire related insulation replacement is always covered by homeowners insurance policies. Call us if you have been affected by the recent BATTERY WAREHOUSE FIRE. We offer the best customer service and deliver thorough attic cleaning, deodorizations, insulation removal, and insulation installation.

Give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call today to see how we can help. (815)416-0075