broken water main in chicago il

Who Is Responsible for Damage Caused by a Water Main Break?

A water main breaks. It could be the city’s aging infrastructure or botched maintenance. A geyser floods your driveway, leaves pot holes in the yard and floods the basement. Somebody has to take care of the mess. Who is responsible for damage caused by a water main break? We don’t fix broken city water mains, […]

Read More…

how to prepare your home for rainy season

How to Prepare your Home for the Rainy Season: 6 Quick Tips

Are you wondering how to prepare your home for heavy rain? If so, you’re not alone. Lots of people live in climates where the Spring season (starting in about March) brings heavy storms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to learn how to prepare […]

Read More…

how to prepare for a snow storm

How to Prepare for a Snow Storm: 10 Steps for Weathering the Worst

We all remember the Super Bowl blizzard of 2015. As bad as it was, it only ranked fifth in our modern history of record-setting snow storms. The winter blast dumped more than 19 inches of the white stuff across Chicago and knocked out power to more than 15,000 homes and businesses. Are you ready for the […]

Read More…

hurricane harvey aftermath

Helping the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

As reports of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation began to pour in, we knew we had to respond. Second in size only to Katrina back in 2005, this massive storm drenched Houston with a record 50 inches of rain in just a few days. It stalled out over the region, caused unprecedented flooding and then laid down […]

Read More…

storm damage cleanup checklist

Storm Damage Cleanup Checklist: 10 Sure Steps to Recovery

As you follow the massive hurricane cleanup efforts in Texas and Florida, you look around your Chicago home. We all remember the severe storms this past summer that caused so much damage. Residential and commercial properties were affected all across our city especially in the northern suburbs. Facing the aftermath of destructive weather can seem overwhelming. It’s […]

Read More…

school fire safety

School Fire Safety: 10 Tips for the New Semester

If you’re a school director, you’re responsible for the safety of students and staff. That includes making sure everyone understands school fire safety and knows how to react in case of an emergency. We know you have solid plans in place, but when was the last time you reviewed prevention and evacuation procedures? It’s always […]

Read More…

how to board up a window

How to Board up a Window Right Now in 7 Quick Steps

A broken window is an invitation to trouble. It can’t keep out the weather, and it’s an easy target for vandals. Whether you manage residential or commercial property, or are a homeowner, this kind of damage can quickly cost more than the price of repair. You take care of so many things with your DIY […]

Read More…

natural disasters us map

Natural Disasters by State Map: Is Your Area at Risk?

We don’t think of severe storms as natural disasters until sewers back up and basements flood. Tornadoes send everybody ducking for cover in a few, fast minutes, and then we spend days digging out from the damage. Here locally, we see our share of Mother Nature at her scariest, but how do we compare to […]

Read More…

commercial kitchen fire safety

Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety: 5 Essential Preventative Strategies

Whether you manage QSR locations across the city or own a corner cafe, it’s one of the worst things that can happen to your restaurant. A fire in the kitchen endangers lives, destroys property and shuts down operations indefinitely. How long has it been since you reviewed your strategies for commercial kitchen fire safety? Do […]

Read More…