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SERVPRO and Midwest Spring

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Spring Storm brings lots of water.

Unpredictable Midwest Spring

In the midwest, you can expect some very unusual weather patterns and some unusual things to happen in your home. But what you don't ever expect is to arrive home after being away for a few days and find your basement standing with 8' of water. Yikes! 

That is exactly what one of our recent clients had to deal with. Our spring here in Illinois has been overly wet from spring storms. The rain seemed to keep coming for what seemed like every day for 3 weeks. When the unexpecting couple arrived home after a short trip, the basement was full. Not just wet from the storms, but 8' of water.

We were able to develop a game plan to pump the water out slowly over a 6 day period to avoid collapsing the basement walls. Then get everything cleaned up and dried out.

We Can and Will handle the Storm and take care of any size of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

SERVPRO of Quincy - Average Water Loss Costs

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

AVERAGE WATER LOSS COST - BY CATEGORY OF WATER 2022

CAT 1  (Clean) :  Approximately $ 4.50 sq ‘   *(see Note)

The average cost of simply drying out your property from a “clean” water leak with no further damage done or restoration needed on an avg loss area of 1000 sq’ is around $4,500. While the average cost of drying out this same area of your home and repairing any damage done to drywall and carpeting/flooring is around $11,500 or $11.50 sq’. Costs can continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, if the Water Category changes and how great the damage.

CAT 2  (Grey) :  Approximately  $ 5.25 sq ‘   *(see Note)

The average cost of simply drying out your property from a “grey” water leak with no further damage done or restoration needed on an avg loss area of 1000 sq’ is around $5,250. While the average cost of drying out this same area of your home and repairing any damage done to drywall and carpeting/flooring is around $13,300 or $13.30 sq’. Costs can continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, if the Water Category changes and how great the damage.

CAT 3  (Black) :  Approximately  $ 7.75 sq ‘  *(see Note)

Simply drying out your property from a “black” water leak is not possible. Just to extract “black” water from an avg loss area of 1000 sq’ would be around $7,750. Because of the damage done and the restoration needed, there are more factors to be taken into consideration with a “black” water loss. Cleaning up the “black” water, drying out your home and repairing any damage done to drywall (which will need removed), removing and replacing carpeting/flooring and sanitizing is around $19,500 or $19.50 sq’ on an avg loss area of 1000 sq’. Costs can continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, and how great the damage.

*Note: The Approximate Costs listed are National Averages.

All are subject to change and can vary by location.

We Can and Will take care of any type of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

SERVPRO of Quincy - Block Party

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Before and After Blocks Foam Play Blocks: Before & After

Who's up for a Block Party?

Thank you to the Quincy Children’s Museum for trusting us to make these foam blocks look new again.When the QCM came to us with a need, we were up for the challenge. These foam interactive play blocks see a lot of use and creativity when they are out and about. Sometimes the events are held outdoors at parks, playgrounds, and parking lots. These blocks get pretty dingy with all the handling and play, along with the dirt and grime. We were able to use our State-of-Art Ultrasonic Cleaner to bring these blocks back to life. Have any items you think cannot be cleaned?Call us today, and let us clean it for you. You can count on us to make it clean when our Community is in need.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7/365

217-223-2993

Smokers Lounge

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Smokers Lounge 15 Years worth of Accumulated Smoke

15 Years of Smoke Buildup

Our local housing authority had problems cleaning up after a tenant left the apartment. Not only did the tenant leave behind all of their possessions, including, furniture, clothes, and food, but also over 15 years of cigarette smoke on the walls and ceilings.

Before any cleaning could be started, all the contents had to be removed. There was literally nothing that could be saved from the apartment. The years of neglect and abuse left nothing to be salvaged. Once everything was out, the real work could begin.

Starting with the ceiling and then working down the walls was a tedious task. A twice folded 12" x 12" towel could be used to make 8 separate passes at the tarred accumulation. The process was very time-consuming but was done proficiently and professionally. We definitely left the apartment smelling and looking better than we found it. The property manager was pleased and we are now looking at cleaning more apartments for him.

You can count on us for any Smoke and Odor issues.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7.

217-223-2993

Sealed up + Water Leak = Mold

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Carpet and Base Board Commercial Property Mold

Commercial Property Mold in Quincy, IL

Sometimes there are Commercial Property rental units that go empty and unchecked for weeks at a time. This particular unit had been sitting empty and unchecked for at least 6 weeks. Unbeknownst to the property manager, there was also a leaky water heater. 

The water had saturated the entire apartment, including the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The moisture meters peaked in all the flooring, walls, and ceilings. The humidity level was 100% throughout. So, it was easy to see why there was mold growth in the whole unit. All materials needed to be removed completely, down to the studs. All surfaces were cleaned and treated with antimicrobial, ready to be recarpeted, drywalled, and painted. 

We can do it all, from Mold testing to Remediation to Reconstruction. "Like it never even happened."

You can count on us for any Mold issues.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7.

217-223-2993

SERVPRO helps the Kids of our Community

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

SHP Logo Sleep in Heavenly Peace - Liberty, IL

SERVPRO loves to Help!

SERVPRO of Quincy opened its doors and its heart on Saturday, January 22, 2022. We transformed our shop into an assembly line of bed-making pros from Sleep in Heavenly Peace of Liberty, IL.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to make sure "No kid sleeps on the floor in our town". So, they ask and we listened. We opened our doors to a day to build bunk beds for the area children in need of a bed. On this day over 30 volunteers showed up to build 20 beds.

The day was made extra special because the local PBS station's "Illinois Stories" was on-site to shoot a short documentary on SHP and the great need that they fill in our community. Please watch the video here at this link: Illinois Stories

You can count on us if disaster strikes and if our Community is in need.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

From 60 to zero in 86,400 seconds

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Icy road through icy timber. Icy Road. Photo by Ilze Lucero on Unsplash

From 60 to zero in 86,400 seconds!

In the midwest, you never know what to expect in terms of the weather or how fast it can change. Take New Year's Eve, for example, it was only three days ago and it was almost 60 degrees outside. Then in just 24 hours (86,400 seconds), it was almost zero. What a change a day can make. 

So needless to say, with such a rapid change, most people were not prepared. Because, not only did the temperature drop, but a snowy and icy mixture began to fall as well. Sidewalks, driveways, and streets were quickly coated with this frosty nuisance.

It is hard to be ready for such a drastic change, but if you take the right precautions and prepare in advance for any situation, you can be ready to hit it head-on.

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

New Goals for a New Year

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of 2022 New Year = New Goals

Goals and Things to Keep in Mind for the New Year

  • Goals need to be realistic, yet ambitious
  • Goals need to be measurable and specific
  • All Goals need an action plan
  • How will you stay on track?
  • What if you Fail?
  • What if you Don't?

As a business owner, goal setting can be overwhelming. You likely have a lot of things to do and it is difficult to narrow them down.

What goals do you want to accomplish in the New Year?

Financial - Do you want to improve your credit, revise your budget and cut non-essentials?

Social - Do you need to improve your social media presence, improve brand awareness and increase web traffic?

Sales - Do you want to secure your target market, improve customer service and increase monthly revenue?

Personal - Do you want to improve work-life balance, learn a new skill, or master the art of delegating?

Whatever your goals may be, strive to make 2022 the Best year yet for your business.

*Source and Full Info: CLICK HERE

We hope you accomplish all your Goals in 2022!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Different Categories of Water

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Running faucet Running Water? Know the Category! Photo by Imani on Unsplash

CATEGORIES OF WATER - You Need to Know

Category 1 (Clean) Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose a substantial threat to humans and is classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows, or appliance malfunctions that involve water supply lines. If this water moves through certain building materials, it could change the category.

Category 2 (Grey) Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to, known as "grey water". This type carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 (Black) Water - Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria, and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category is contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water, or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and/or has remained stagnant may be re-classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originate from beyond the toilet trap are considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

We Can and Will take care of any type of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Years of Build Up = Water in the Basement

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After Window Well cleaning Before & After Window Well Maintenance

Yearly Maintenance is So Important

Yearly maintenance around your home is so important to keep unwanted water out of your home. One overlooked place at your home may be your window wells.

Recently we responded to a water loss after a huge rainstorm. The homeowner no longer lived at the residence but his children were checking on the home. They found water standing in the basement and could not figure out where the water was coming from. After inspection, at least one problem area was found to come from full window wells. It seems years of accumulation of dirt and leaves had built up in the window wells and was above the bottom window line. Water would collect in the well and then with no other place to go, took the path of least resistance through the aged window casing. The water came in and down behind wooden paneling and bookshelves.

So, this fall when you are prepping for winter and doing maintenance in and around your home, don't forget to check those window wells and clean them out. At a minimum, clean dirt and leaves down at least 6" below the bottom window line. The best scenario would be to dig down 12" and put in 6" of rock. Then get an appropriate window well cover to keep out excess rain, snow, and leaves.

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993