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What Should I Do After a Business Fire?

It’s so hard to handle the aftermath of a property fire. It’s even more difficult to deal with the chaos when it impacts your workplace, your employees and your financial security. You hope it never happens, but you need to be prepared. Knowing what to do after a business fire gets you and your workforce […]

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Flooded Bathroom? Here Are 10 Essential Steps to Recovery

Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom. Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do […]

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How to Prevent a Flooded Basement: A 10 Step Guide by Water Damage Experts

If you were anywhere near the city last June, you remember the severe storms and flooding that shut down Eisenhower Expressway. The river was out of its banks, and we had two tornado warnings that night. As Chicago’s leading restoration contractor, our teams were busy after the deluge answering calls from folks with flooded basements. We cleaned […]

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5 Important Turkey Frying Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you’re excited to try out that new deep-fried turkey recipe everyone is raving about. While dunking your Thanksgiving bird into a fryer creates an undeniably delicious meal, it can also be a recipe for household disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryer fires cause an […]

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Your Complete Flood Remediation Checklist

It’s one of the hardest jobs a homeowner can face. It’s an enormous challenge for businesses too. Cleaning up after a flood takes time, hard work and patience. This flood remediation checklist is designed to help you with initial recovery efforts. You can’t do it all by yourself, but there are important steps you can […]

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Crock Pot Fires: Is Your Kitchen in Danger?

You love adding ingredients, turning a dial and letting the slow cooker do the rest. You don’t like hearing stories on the news or a favorite TV show about crock pot fires that burn down houses. Slow cooker fire statistics are on your side. Still, these countertop appliances aren’t completely safe. A crock pot can […]

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A Comprehensive Housekeeping Checklist for Hospitals

Your staff’s hard work helps secure the health and safety of everyone in the hospital. As director of housekeeping, you know they also play a vital role in ensuring patient satisfaction. You make it happen by reviewing in-house cleaning practices on a regular basis. This housekeeping cleaning checklist for hospitals can serve as a template […]

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How to Disinfect the Basement After a Flood

Heavy rains soak the neighborhood. Your sump pump can’t keep up with floodwaters flowing into the basement. Sewage backup fills the downstairs with a contaminated mess. You’re facing black water cleanup. You can clean the basement after an ordinary water disaster, but storms and sewer water complicate the job. Disinfecting the basement after flooding is […]

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How to Clean Flood Damaged Items: Everything You Need to Know

Dealing with any type of home water damage can seem overwhelming. Whether it’s the result of broken pipes or torrential rain, you need to clean up your flooded house right away. Suddenly, you realize it’s more than soggy drywall and wet carpets. All your belongings are soaked too. Do you know how to clean flood-damaged […]

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Property Water Damage Drying: Essential Do’s and Don’ts

Ruptured pipes leak through the walls and soak several rooms in the house. You mop up the water, but everything is still wet. A faulty sprinkler system sprays water all over the office. It soaks furniture, equipment and carpets. After any type of water damage, drying things out is a critical step to recovery. How […]

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A Complete Guide to Removing Green Mold from Home Exteriors

Routine yard work and seasonal chores keep the house looking its best. You can fix just about anything around your home, but how do you tackle unsightly green mold? It grows on all types of exterior surfaces, and it doesn’t care about age. Whether you’ve lived there for years or you just bought the house, […]

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How to Handle Water Damage Caused by Contractor Work

You’re happy with the contractor’s progress on your home improvement project. Repairs look solid, and new work meets your approval. Just when you’re ready to call the job a success, you realize the contractor caused water damage. What do you do when a contractor damages your house? It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, […]

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My Commercial Property Has Water Damage: What Should I Do?

When commercial water damage affects your building, the impact on business can be severe: Burst pipes or a badly leaking roof can shut you down. Storm flooding can ruin interiors and destroy inventory. Knowing what to do before disaster strikes makes it easier to quickly recover and get back to business. How to Safely Handle […]

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