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What to Do After a Business Fire: 10 Steps to Recovery

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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How Many Homeowners Assume Home Insurance Covers Flood Damage?

Scroll across the map below to discover how many homeowners incorrectly assume their home insurance protects them from damage caused by flooding. 82% of insurance policy holders admit they do not read the small print when purchasing home insurance. 41% of Americans do not prepare their homes to avoid burst pipes and flooding. 88% of […]

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Your Restaurant Health Inspection Checklist: 12 Critical Points

As a restaurant owner or manager, you know the city’s health inspector does an important job. Still, those unannounced visits make everyone on shift a little nervous. From front to back of house, you count on everything being up to code. If you haven’t updated your restaurant health inspection checklist, are you sure your operations […]

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Nursing Home Cleaning Checklist (Daily, Weekly and Monthly Guidelines)

Whether you manage the property or head up housekeeping, you know how important it is to keep your assisted living facility sparkling clean. Bright, fresh rooms are critical for the health of residents as well as visitors and staff. It’s always a good idea to review your general cleaning guidelines and reset schedules as needed. […]

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How to Put Out a Dryer Fire in 6 Fast Steps

Do you know what to do if your dryer catches on fire? Laundry day shouldn’t be dangerous, but dryer fire statistics are alarming. Every year, clothes dryers start approximately 2,900 house fires. We recently restored several rooms in a home that was damaged when the dryer caught on fire. This kind of emergency can sometimes be […]

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My Refrigerator Water Line Is Leaking (5 DIY Steps That Fix the Problem)

An occasional puddle under the fridge could be stray splashes from the water dispenser or a few dropped ice cubes. When it happens over and over, you’ve got a problem. Those ponds on the kitchen floor are sure signs that your refrigerator’s water line is leaking. Visions of soaked baseboards and mold behind the walls flash before your eyes. […]

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How to Remove Cooking Oil From Concrete: 5 Effective Cleanup Steps

You accidentally drop a bag of groceries in the driveway. Bottles break, and olive oil quickly soaks into the pavement. Cooking in the backyard is always fun, but it turns into a chore when you spill a gallon of peanut oil on the patio. These mishaps leave sticky messes that attract dirt and create stains. […]

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How to Winterize Your House in 2018 – The Ultimate Guide

45 Actionable Tips To Winterize Your Home and Prevent Winter Worries We hope that this winter will surprise everyone with mild, sunny days. As proud and strong Americans, we know better. We throw our shoulders back, drag out the blankets and keep the snow shovel handy. We know what to expect – and still – the […]

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How to Remove Mold From a Plywood Subfloor: 10 Must-Do Steps

Damp subflooring doesn’t turn into a cleanup project overnight. Whether it was soaked during storm flooding or saturated after an apartment plumbing mishap, a wet subfloor eventually becomes moldy. How do you handle mold on the subfloor in the kitchen? How do you get rid of mold in the bathroom under the flooring? This guide […]

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