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Be Ready with the App

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Pic of StormTrak Weather App WGEM StormTrak Weather App

Local News Channel has StormTrak

For many years, SERVPRO of Quincy had been a major sponsor of the WGEM Weather Radio. A radio that was tuned into severe weather patterns and events. The radio would blast a signal to let all who owned it know what was coming in the way of severe weather and possible tornadoes. With the upgrades in technology and advancement in cellular phone capabilities, WGEM has opted to forgo the weather radio in exchange for the new StormTrak Weather App.

WGEM is proud to announce the newest WGEM StormTrak Weather app for Android and iOS devices. 

If you haven’t downloaded their weather app yet, go to the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets or to Apple’s app store on your iPhone or iPad.

The new app features a user-friendly scrolling interface, which puts information like current conditions, Interactive Radar, and the latest video forecast at your fingertips.

When there is severe weather, the WGEM StormTrak Weather team has you covered with in-app headlines and voice alerts.

You can also find all of the local school delays, closings, and cancellations in the app.

Show us and other viewers what the conditions are like where you are by submitting your weather photos and photos directly through the app.

To get the new app, simply choose the “update” button on your phone or tablet. If you don’t have our app yet, simply go to your favorite app store and search for WGEM StormTrak Weather app or WGEM or click this link to be taken directly to the page where you can download the app.

This info can be found at this WGEM page:    wgem.com/page/apps/

We Can and Will handle the mess after the Storm and take care of any size and type of 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

Baseball Season = Tornado Season

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged items from a tornado. Tornado Damage: Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Baseball & Tornadoes

The seasons don't go together, but they can come together at this time of year here in the midwest. Illinois averages about 32 tornadoes a year between March and May. Nearly 80 percent of all these tornadoes occur between April 1 and June 30th statewide. 

Tornadoes are formed when humid, warm air collides with cold, dry air during thunderstorms. These conditions then cause spinning within the thunderclouds. The spinning currents can then drop down from the clouds and become a twister.

We are equipped and prepared to handle the cleanup after storms and tornadoes. We can even do board-ups for damaged property.

We Can and Will handle the Storm and take care of any size and type of 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

Oh Well...

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Window Well Pumped out window well.

Oh Well, it's a Window Well again

Recently, a nearby business owner had trouble at his home with water that had come in through a window in his basement. It seems that the window well's drain had been clogged with years of accumulation. So, he used a submersible pump to clear the water from the window well, but not before the water had breached the window casing and entered his finished basement area.  

We were able to use our Stand-on Rover Water Extractor to extract the water from the carpet and pad. Then we were able to float the carpet by pulling back a corner and blowing air under it. Dehumidifiers were used to capture the water from the air as it was released from the materials.

Well..., 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

The River Rises

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mississippi River Mississippi River Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

The Mighty Mississippi

The "Ole Man", the "Ole Miss" is a beautiful sight to behold when it stays in its banks. But, when the spring rains come, and oh how they come in our area, the banks cannot hold it all back.

Levies will be shored up with extra sandbags, pumps will be inspected and tuned and drainage districts will be on high alert. But the rain still comes and the water has to go somewhere. Homes and businesses along the Mighty Mississippi will brace for impact. It is best to be prepared for all scenarios. Sump pumps should be checked for proper function, making sure that the floats are not sticking. Contents in the basement or lower levels should be up off the floor or moved to higher levels. Any electrical appliances or tools should be unplugged and moved as well.

If you do end up fighting the Big Muddy this spring and it is an unwelcome guest in your home, please give us a call, we can help you clean it all up. 

We Can and Will handle whatever the River hands out 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 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