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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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Ice Dam Water is Leaking into My House: What Should I do?

It can bring down gutters and peel off shingles, but you worry about interior damage too. When ice dam water begins leaking into the house, you need an action plan. How do you control melting snow and ice that creeps into the attic and seeps around windows? How can you minimize water damage to floors, […]

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How to Detect Water Damage: 10 Warning Signs You Can’t Ignore

You have good reason to be concerned. The basement seems damp, or you’re worried about roof damage from the last bad storm. It might be noises coming from the pipes or a musty smell in the laundry room. As home water damage restoration specialists, we understand. You want the peace of mind that comes from […]

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What Are the Obvious Signs of a Busted Water Pipe?

It’s not a good situation. Carpets are soaked, walls are wet, and you’ve put in the call for help. While you’re taking care of cleanup and water damage at home, repair crews are on the way, but you keep asking yourself the same questions. How could you miss the signs of a busted water pipe? […]

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My Chimney Has Water Damage – What Should I Do?

You know a damaged roof can spring a leak, soak the attic and ceilings and cause extensive property damage. However, you may not realize there’s another potential problem on top of your home. Did you know that masonry chimneys can develop serious water leaks? These stone or brick structures stand up to the elements all […]

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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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dryer fire

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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