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Wildfire Prevention Tips for Round Lake Beach Residents?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Meadow grass is on fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Round Lake Beach residents must be extra vigilant about fires during wildfire season. Our local team in Northwest Lake County responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. We have the training, equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. Creating defensible space around the perimeter of your property is one way to minimize the potential for wildfire damage.

The defensible space around your home should be a 100-foot radius from any structure. You are not required to cross your property line to clear the 100 feet, and the neighboring property owner may be required to clear the additional distance by the fire agency.

The National Fire Protection Association suggests choosing fire-resistant building materials and to limit the amount of flammable vegetation in three home ignition zones.

  • Trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck
  • Prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet from the ground
  • Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes
  • Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches o to 5 feet around the house
  • Keep your landscape in good condition

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When your Round Lake Beach home or commercial business has fire damage, our local team in Northwest Lake County’s technicians will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Long Does It Take for Water to Cause Damage to a Home in Antioch?

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Water sits on a floor unmitigated. We are leaders in water damage restoration in Lake County.

Antioch residents and commercial businesses rely on our team in Northwest Lake County to restore water damage 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Water is invasive; the longer water damage remains untreated, the more extensive and costly the repairs will become. Here is a water damage timeline that describes the damage water can do within one week:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

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When your Antioch home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local team in Northwest Lake County’s technicians will mitigate and restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If I Discover Mold Growing In My Third Lake Home?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing around a leaking door frame. We are leaders in mold damage removal in Lake County.

Mold plays a vital role in nature by breaking down organic matter. Microscopic mold spores are always present in the Earth’s atmosphere. When they find the perfect conditions to propagate, they can colonize quickly and become visible within 48 to 72 hours. Third Lake residents and businesses rely on our team in Northwest Lake County to remediate mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Here are some tips from our website on things you can and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact our office in Northwest Lake County for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

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When your Third Lake home or commercial business has a mold infestation, our local team in Northwest Lake County’s technicians will mitigate and restore the mold quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy Water Damage Customers in Round Lake Beach?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

A “thumbs up” sign is painted on a wall. We restore water and mold damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

When you have a water damage emergency in Round Lake Beach, our team in Northwest Lake County is Here to Help. ® We use industrial-grade equipment to extract and dry water from damaged areas quickly, and we monitor and document the drying process to ensure the area is restored to normal humidity levels. Here is a recent Google review from a happy customer:

“Drake and his team were very responsive and thorough after the residence had flooded. They provided timely water removal and mold remediation. The work was extensive, as during the course of the process new challenges were found. The team was able to rectify the issues while communicating throughout each step of the process. In an unfortunate situation, Drake and his team were able to provide a level of comfort. They ensured that all the appropriate measures were executed and performed extremely well. Thank you!” Austin Roszkowiak

Services: Water damage-related mold removal, Mold cleaning, Mold remediation, Water damage-related cleanup and repair, Water removal

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

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When your Round Lake Beach home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local team in Northwest Lake County’s technicians will mitigate and restore the damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If My Floor Floods in Fox lake While Waiting For Help to Arrive?

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

A floor in a home is saturated with water. We restore water damage in Lake County 24-hours a day.

When you have a water damage emergency in Fox Lake, our team in Northwest Lake County is Here to Help. ® Here are some tips from our website for things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

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When you have a water damage emergency in your Fox Lake home or commercial business, our local team in Northwest Lake County’s technicians will mitigate and restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Can I Protect My Ingleside Shore Home From Windblown Embers?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Burning embers are shown We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lake County.

Our team in Northwest Lake County has the training, equipment, and experience to restore fire damage in Ingleside Shore “Like it never even happened.” Windblown embers can travel up to five miles ahead of a burning fire. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association for preventing windblown embers from entering attics and crawl spaces through vents:

Inlet Vents

Gable end vents and other vent openings are vulnerable to windblown embers when the face of the vent is perpendicular to the wind flow, while embers are less likely to pass through vents with a face that is parallel to the wind flow. Therefore, soffited eave construction is preferred to open eave.

Outlet Vents

Opt for a ridge that is rated to resist wind-driven rain. These vents have an external baffle at the vent inlet.

Turbine Vents

Turbine vents also help keep embers out, but you should attach a piece of 1/8 inch mesh to the bottom of the roof sheathing at the opening for the vent.

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Fire damage can happen anytime and especially during the Colorado wildfire season. When you have fire damage in your Ingleside Shore home or commercial business, our local team in Northwest Lake County is Here to Help.® Our technicians typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Will My Water Damage in Round Lake Beach Be Restored?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

A floor with water damage is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Our team in Northwest Lake County follows a comprehensive, six-step process for mitigating and restoring water damage in Round Lake Beach as follows:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, remove odors, and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When you have a water damage emergency in your Round Lake Beach home or commercial business, our local team in Northwest Lake County will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Fox Lake?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

A service vehicle’s lights are seen while responding to a property damage emergency at night. Our technicians restore commercial storm damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

When your commercial business in Fox Lake has storm damage, our team in Northwest Lake County typically arrives onsite within four hours to immediately begin the mitigation and restoration process.

Illinois weather is unpredictable, and storms can happen at any time of the year. Every minute your business is closed, there is the potential for lost revenue and productivity, so our restoration technicians work quickly and efficiently to mitigate the damage with minimal disruption to your customers and employees.

We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore any size of storm damage. We can also supervise a full range of building and reconstruction services when required, providing you with one convenient point of contact for the entire restoration.

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You never know when the next big storm will roll in and cause damage to your property. If your  Fox Lake commercial business or home has storm damage, our local team in Northwest Lake County will respond quickly to secure your property and restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado Watch for Antioch Residents?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado approaches. Our technicians restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

Our team in Northwest Lake County responds to storm damage emergencies in Antioch 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Tornadoes can occur in Lake County, so here are the tornado and high wind alert definitions from the National Weather Service:

Tornado Watch: This means a tornado is possible.

Tornado Warning: A tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. Go to your safe place immediately.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Outside objects should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure objects that could blow away and cause damage or injury

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When your Antioch home or business has storm damage, our local team in Northwest Lake County is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Kids Playing With Fire Causes Fire Damage in Round Lake Beach?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Kids are playing with matches. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Lake County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), playing with fire incidents causes $205 million in direct property damage each year. Our team in Northwest Lake County offers these tips from the NFPA for preventing children from playing with fire in Round Lake Beach:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Closely supervise children, making sure that they are kept away from other fire sources, including lit candles, cigarettes, bonfires, and stoves
  • Explain that fire moves very fast and can hurt as soon as it touches them. Tell them that this is why matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
  • Teach young children never to touch matches or lighters. They must tell a grown-up when matches or lighters are found.
  • Establish clear rules and consequences for unsupervised and unauthorized uses of fire
  • Be a good example! Always use fire sources — matches, lighters, candles, fireplaces, and campfires — in a safe manner. Never treat them as toys, or children may imitate you.
  • Talk with children about what their friends or other children are doing with fire. What do they see online in video games, TV, movies, and social media? Teach them specific ways to resist the peer pressure to misuse fire.
  • Give praise for showing respect and age-appropriate responsible behavior toward fire

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When your Round Lake beach home or business has fire damage, our local team in Northwest Lake County is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 224-372-7772.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.