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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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Protein Fires: Everything You Need to Know

Burning the evening meal ruins dinner plans, but it doesn’t usually result in a kitchen filled with smoke and flames. A protein fire doesn’t produce smoke or flames either, but it’s a disaster that impacts the kitchen and your entire home. Let’s take a closer look at how it happens and your best options for […]

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Washing Machine Flooded? Here’s What to Do Right Now

Just ask anyone who’s had to live the coin-op laundry life, having a washing machine in your home is wonderful — that is, until it breaks. If your washing machine flooded, it’s not just inconvenient but it can cause extensive water damage, too. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop your washing machine […]

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My Garbage Disposal is Leaking – What Should I Do?

It’s easy to miss the early signs of a garbage disposal leak. You might notice a few wet spots in cabinets under the sink. You clean them up, they reappear, and a musty odor sets in. It doesn’t take long for these small problems to turn into a water-damaged kitchen disaster. Why Is My Garbage […]

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My Basement Flooded – Who Do I Call First?

Heavy rains and bad sump pumps aren’t the only reasons basements flood. Burst pipes fill the downstairs with water. A broken washing machine turns the basement into a wading pool. Whatever the cause, you’re facing a mess. Where do you start when you realize the basement flooded? Knowing who to call first makes a big […]

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My Building Has Water Damage – What Should I Do?

Dealing with a water-damaged commercial building is never easy. Whether you’re the owner or manager, you have to make important decisions. Time isn’t on your side. Closing off part of the property can be a huge inconvenience. An extensive shutdown costs time and revenue. Are you ready to solve the problems that come with cleaning […]

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My Water Pipe Burst! Who Should I Call First?

A broken water pipe is every homeowner’s worst nightmare, and for a good reason: A burst pipe can wreak havoc, causing extensive damage to your floors, ceiling, walls, and subfloors. If your water pipe burst, knowing who to call is essential. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the reasons pipes burst, what […]

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What to Do After a Condo Fire: 5 Critical Steps to Recovery

The aftermath of a fire in your condo impacts everything you do moving forward. The first few days are filled with hard decision-making. You have to deal with fire damage cleanup, ruined belongings and confusing insurance issues. You hope it never happens to you, but are you prepared? Do you know what to do after […]

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How to Find Water Leaks in Your Apartment Building

Water leaks in commercial properties cause expensive long-term damage. Apartment building leaks are especially costly when they flood units and soak tenants’ belongings. Preventative strategies make a big difference. As a property manager or building owner, you work hard staying ahead of potential problems. You can’t predict burst pipes and plumbing leaks, but they’re easier […]

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How to Clean Your Cowhide Rug [A Complete Guide]

Cowhide rugs have become a popular piece of home decor, and for a good reason: They’re rugged, beautiful, and luxurious. They don’t shed, and they’re tough enough to hold up to everyday use, even in households with kids, pets, and lots of traffic.  Just like any other textile in your home, though, cowhide rugs require […]

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How to Clean Your Wool Rug [A Complete Guide]

Wool rugs are an excellent investment: They are durable and high-quality enough to last a lifetime. For most people, though, learning how to clean a wool rug involves a learning curve. Fortunately, it’s far from impossible.  In this post, we’ll discuss what you need to know about regular maintenance for your wool rug, and how […]

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