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SERVPRO of Ravenswood is here to help combat this fight

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro technicians wearing full PPE; face masks, coveralls and gloves SERVPRO disaster recovery team wearing PPE lining up before entering the Life Care Center in Kirkland WA. to begin cleaning and disinfecting faciity.

As defined under the IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE SERVPRO of Ravenswood is equipped, trained and ready to help you with your cleanup needs. 

Know that you are not alone, and We Are All In This Together!  

SERVPRO of Ravenswood CAN:

1. Proactive Cleaning:  fogging and wiping down common touch areas

2. Suspected or confirmed cases:  fogging and detail clean

Sanitizing versus Disinfecting

Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminates all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.

Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.

SERVPRO Industries, LLC has been dealing with biological hazards such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi for over 50 years.

Now is an opportune time to have SERVPRO of Ravenswood conduct Proactive Cleaning services while facilities are unoccupied. This scenario allows our laborers to efficiently and effectively; build containment areas, gear up with appropriate PPE, and do what we do best – CLEAN!

Please Call 773-878-5200 to Book your Cleaning Appointment

Clean - It's What We Do

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

2 cleaning technicians shaking hands ready to start work Commercial cleaning services Here to Help logo

Thank you for calling me regarding SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s ability to continue to provide commercial cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  SERVPRO Industries, LLC has been dealing with biological hazards such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi for over 50 years.  However, not with this much urgency! Nonetheless, we are ready and our awareness is heightened.    

Cleaning versus Sanitizing versus Disinfecting

It is important for all parties to understand the different levels of cleaning that may or may not be possible for each surface. All surfaces can be cleaned, many surfaces can be sanitized, and some surfaces can be disinfected.

Definitions of microbe control are:

  • General Surface Cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principal is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.
  • Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminates all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
  • Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.

The cleanup scope involving the COVID-19 virus:

  1. High Touch Cleanup: Cleanup of high touch surfaces is required for a situation involving a person who is suspected to have COVID-19 or a Person Under Investigation (PUI); which is someone who is involved in a quarantine situation or has come in contact with someone who has been in a quarantine situation, or has come in contact with someone testing positive. This includes cleaning and disinfecting of high touch nonporous surfaces and cleaning and sanitizing of high touch porous surfaces.
  2. Enhanced Cleanup: Enhanced cleanup is required for an area in which a person who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 has inhabited. This includes cleaning and disinfecting of all nonporous surfaces and cleaning and sanitizing of all porous surfaces. This enhanced cleaning includes walls up to 8 feet but excludes ceilings.

A combination of High Touch Cleanup and Enhanced Cleanup may be needed within a structure based on where the infected individual has directly traveled or occupied.

General baseline pricing formula for up front estimating only (budget planning purposes):

1.       General Cleaning

Proactive cleaning to minimize the transmission of Emerging Viral Pathogens (NO potential or actual exposure to SARs-CoV-2 has occurred)

(Time & Material rate sheet is attached)

$0.50 cents/SqFt

2.       High-Touch or Enhanced Cleanup

Request for Cleaning and Disinfection to Limit the Survival of Emerging Viral Pathogens (Confirmed or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2)

$1.00 per SqFt

Ideally, SERVPRO of Ravenswood prefers to conduct General cleaning (#1) services now while an empty environment exists (unoccupied).  This scenario allows our laborers to efficiently and effectively; build containment areas, gear up with PPE, and do what we do best – CLEAN!

Please Contact 773-878-5200 to Book your Cleaning Appointment

Temporary Laborers For Hire: Email SERVPRO9758@hotmail.com Ref “COVID ATTACK TEAM”

We are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Logo with description of coronavirus service Here To Help COVID-19 Cleanup

SERVPRO 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 Ravenswood, 773-878-5200.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Upcoming CE Course: Ethics

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

This is a banner announcing the course with a picture of the Servpro logo Course Offering Announcement

AGENTS & ADJUSTERS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

The premise for this ethics course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged.

Each and every day we are faced with decisions that could cause harm to others or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be very difficult, especially when we make decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great. As we explore what “Ethics” is, you will be challenged to become involved in hourly group activities. The group activities will help reinforce what has been learned, as well as the ability to better deal with ethical decision-making in our own lives.

Date And Time

Fri, March 20, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CDT

Location

Northcenter Chamber of Commerce

4054 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60618

The Benefits of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a small crawl space in a school basement where air flows A Chicago school's air duct can be a small space, but our guys can and will go in there to clean it out.

If you own commercial property, it is your responsibility to keep it well maintained. This includes many things, and air duct cleaning is a big one. It might seem unnecessary, but dirty air ducts do not perform as well as clean ones. There are several benefits to having your air ducts cleaned, some of which have a bigger impact than others. Clogged air ducts may cause health issues, or damage to your building. Broken air ducts are costly to replace, so keeping them clean and maintained can save you a lot of money. There are even more benefits that cleaning can provide, and signs to indicate if cleaning is needed.

The Benefits

Having clean air ducts will help to keep your building dust free. This can make a big difference for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Clean air ducts mean clean air, and this can make breathing much easier. This benefit is especially important in a building where children or senior citizens frequent. They are more susceptible to issues caused by contaminants in the air. In addition to clean air, clean ducts will help to get rid of unwanted odors. Mildew smells can come from dust, dirt, and mildew that has collected in the ducts. Cleaning out these built up substances will eradicate any musty smells.

There is another huge benefit of saving costs. Dirty air ducts burn more energy. They raise the heating bill, because the furnace will be working harder. You may have to replace your furnace filter more often if this happens. The dust will also cause strain on your furnace, which might lead to some costly repairs.

The Signs

It might be difficult to know if your air ducts should be cleaned. There are a few signs that you can look for in order to figure it out. Mold in your furnace or air conditioning system is a big sign. It can also lead to health problems down the road. If your building was just built, or renovated, you should have the air ducts cleaned out. Dust will get in the ducts, no matter how careful the workers are. Construction dust also poses some health problems, more so than regular dust, if breathed in for too long. If your building is always full of dust, even after numerous cleanings, it might be a sign of a bigger problem. Dusty air ducts will cause dust to collect all over the building. A rise in heating and cooling costs is also another sign. As mentioned above, dirty air ducts will make the furnace and cooling systems work overtime.

The Cleaning

If you want your commercial property to undergo this kind of cleaning, you will have to reach out to professionals. SERVPRO of Ravenswood is one such company that will make sure the job is done right. We are available for a multitude of commercial cleaning services. This includes office buildings, civics, schools, retail stores, and more. You can reach out to them at any time, day or night, for your free estimate; 773-878-5200.

Anticipated 2020 Polar Vortex

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

This is a map of the snowbelt area in the Midwest region of the USA The Snowbelt

This year the Farmers Almanac predicts another record-breaking year for winter storms.  The coldest outbreak of the season is predicted to arrive during the final week of January, and last through the beginning of February.  Temperatures could possibly drop to 40 below zero across the northern Plains! As the freezing air blows across the Great Lakes, intense bursts of heavy snow showers and squall could, in the most extreme cases, deposit 30-40 inches in a single day, especially in the snowbelt areas.  

With this information we can prepare ourselves for a very cold winter in the weeks ahead.  Leave a slow drip in your faucets, stay inside as much as possible, leave blankets and hats in vehicles, and brace yourselves for extreme cold.

Your local SERVPRO is here for you should you need help with water damage.  Plug in an emergency water cleanup contact in your phone and be ready to call us; 773-878-5200.  

How To Prevent Water Damage

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall removed from powder room due to untreated water damage This powder room wall had to be removed due to not drying when the water damage occurred.

Water damage can completely ruin parts of your house if left untreated. Sometimes, flooding and busted pipes are inevitable. However, SERVPRO of Ravenswood has tips you can follow to try and prevent water damage. It can be an awful thing to happen to your house. If left untreated for too long, the entire thing may have to be gutted. It can also cause secondary damage in the future. For those reasons, it is smart to be proactive about water damage. Of course, you can’t guarantee it will never happen. If water damage does harm your home, there are ways to fix it.

Water Seepage in your Basement

Basements are a common place for water damage to start. Depending on how often you use your basement, it may take a while to notice. By the time you notice, the damage could be unfixable. To prevent water damage in your basement, reseal it. Cracks in the foundation or floor could lead to water getting into the basement during a storm. While this may not have been a problem before, walls and floors can deteriorate over time. Using water sealant can help.

Another reason for water collecting in your basement may have to do with draining. After a heavy storm, the water should drain away from your house. However, sometimes this doesn’t happen and rainwater will drain into your basement. If you notice a problem with drainage, try and get it resolved.

Indoor Plumbing Systems

Your indoor plumbing systems may be the cause of water damage at some point. This can come from pipes and appliances. You should make it a habit to check dishwashers, washers, and hoses every year. Cracks or leaks can quickly lead to water damage. There is also the option of putting in a leak-monitor, which would shut off your water system if a leak is detected. The seals around your shower or bathtub can also deteriorate. Make sure to check them regularly, and reseal if needed.

Whenever you go on vacation, make sure to get the water that runs to your washing machine cut off. It is common for this water supply to cause issues, and if you’re on vacation you won’t be there to notice it. In addition, make sure not to leave the house while your dishwasher or washing machine is running. If an issue arises, areas of your house can flood quite quickly. An emergency pressure release valve might also be a good idea. Any increased pressure on your pipes could make them burst, but installing a release valve will protect against it.

It is important to note that water damage can still happen. No matter how cautious and proactive you are, accidents come up. A bad storm or busted pipe could lead to flooding. In an event like that, SERVPRO of Ravenswood. You can call us at any time, day or night, and they will rush over to repair any water damage.

What is Smoke Damage?

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Corner shot of a ceiling and wall with a wall clock, all effected by a fire. Before picture for soot damage in a residential home.

Everyone knows how devastating a house fire can be. It is possible that you will lose many loved belongings in the event of one. However, not many people realize that extinguishing the fire is just the first step in protecting your home. The smoke that fills your house in the event of a fire can be incredibly damaging, as well as leave behind a terrible odor. In some cases, it might even harm you and your house more than the actual flames. Not many people really know what smoke damage is or the negative impact it can have on your life.

Smoke Residue

Smoke residue will seep into your walls, carpet, and furniture, and it won’t go away on its own. The only way to truly get rid of smoke damage is by having professionals come out and clean it. The awful smell it produces is the main way to tell if smoke residue is in your home. In addition, it might cause portions of your walls to appear discolored. While smoke damage is an awful thing to deal with, it is always accompanied by soot, which can sometimes cause even more issues.

Soot

Just like smoke residue, soot will settle into your home after a fire. At times, it can be as easy to see as smoke damage. It is a substance that appears to look like black powder, and typically finds its way into furniture or walls. Soot is actually the byproduct of fossil fuels burning. It typically is comprised of acid, dust, and various chemicals. Smoke residue and soot will cause damage to your house, belongings, and even your health if not properly dealt with. Signs of soot and smoke damage in your house tend to present themselves within a few hours of a fire, but you may not notice anything awry for up to a few days.

The Damage

Smoke damage can cause an extensive list of issues that many people don’t even think about. For one, the damage to your home can be irreversible if left untreated for too long. Ceilings, walls, and floors can become discolored. This can start right after a fire, but discoloration might not appear for a couple of days. Metals appliances can become tarnished and start to rust. Material like marble and granite, which are typically found in countertops, might be permanently discolored.

In addition to interior damage, smoke residue and soot can have a serious impact on your health. This can present itself in skin irritation, respiratory issues, or eye irritation. All three of these problems may be more serious than they appear, and could require medical attention.

To minimize the impact that smoke damage can have on you and your home, reach out to SERVPRO of Ravenswood. Their fast response time and professional restoration process means that you can have smoke damage cleaned up before it becomes too serious. They will clean everything from your clothes to your furniture in order to get rid of any smoke residue. SERVPRO of Ravenswood can help out immensely after a house fire.

SERVPRO of RAVENSWOOD F1RST Responder Bowl Watch Event

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of football with sirens effect Get Fired Up logo

Join SERVPRO of Ravenswood as we celebrate and recognize the HEROES across our communities who protect and serve. The annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will feature the best in College Football.

Watch the game locally, enjoy a free lunch, taste samples from our neighborhood breweries, meet our team & tour the warehouse.

Doors open at 11AM, December 30th ~ 5401 N Wolcott Avenue, Chicago IL 60640 ~ Game begins at 11:30 AM

  • Lunch and drink will be served

  • Learn 911/311 Procedures

  • Watch CPR Demonstrations

  • Gain Insight on Community Policing

  • Raffle Prizes!

Can’t make the event? It’s okay! Donations are being accepted for the 100 Club Chicago – a wonderful nonprofit organized to provide for families of fallen first responders. Please select the SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl Watch Party in the Donation Category by clicking HERE.

RSVP HERE!

Be Prepared

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

picture of frozen Lake Michigan during polar vortex Iced Lake Michigan

Farmers Almanac Predicts Polar Vortex in 2020.Last January SERVPRO serviced over $2.0mil in water damage claims when the record storm hit the Midwest. Restoration company's had 1-2 week waiting lists for help. SERVPRO's Storm Team waiting list was 24-48 hours - Go Green. Are you prepared for another polar storm? Call Donna today to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile, and don't get stuck on hold. - Be Alert and Stay Informed- Always Think Safety First- Stop the Source of Damage- Notify Emergency Contacts- Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood Emergency Cleanup Services; 773-878-5200- Notify Key Contacts- Secure Property- Take Photos of Damage- Document the Event