flooded basement

Is Your Basement Flooding? Here’s What to Do Right Now

When the basement floods, you’re suddenly facing multiple problems. They all need attention right away, but there are so many things to consider. How much water are you dealing with? Can you handle it by yourself? When does DIY basement cleanup become dangerous? How do you recover from a flooded basement? As Chicago’s leading flooded […]

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black mold on wallpaper

DIY Mold Removal: 7 Steps to Effectively Eliminate Mold

It only needs a little moisture and temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Give it 48 hours, and mold goes on a growth spurt that results in structural damage and compromised indoor air quality. As it spreads, it gets harder to clean and more expensive to remove. You know by now that mold is […]

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Restaurant Fire Safety: 10 Critical Ways to Protect Your Business

When customers dine at your restaurant, they enjoy delicious food and great service. Very few of them know that the number of restaurant fires across the country averages more than 5,000 every year. In just a matter of minutes, a small electrical spark or open flame can start a fire that races from back to front […]

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water damaged drywall

Drying Drywall After Water Damage: 5 Effective DIY Steps

It doesn’t take much to make the walls wet. A leaky pipe upstairs drenches drywall in the rooms below. Rain water seeps under window sills soaking sheetrock. Once you figure out the problem and get it fixed, you still have a soggy situation on your hands. How do you go about drying drywall after water […]

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carpet water damage

9 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Carpet Odor From Water Damage

When you face water damage at the house, there’s so much to do. You have to identify the problem, make repairs and start the recovery process. After several days of hard work, you’re done. You heave a big sigh of relief. That’s when it hits you. You’re wondering out loud, “I’ve done all this cleaning, […]

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Fire sprinkler system

Fire Sprinkler System Failure: Why It Happens & What To Do

No one pays much attention to them as they quietly stand guard. You make sure that they’re up to code and well-maintained, and you hope that they never have to go into action. Suddenly, the call comes. There aren’t flames anywhere on the premises, but those overhead sentries are drenching interiors with remarkable effectiveness. Sometimes, […]

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clean furnace

How to Clean Your Furnace: 5 Effective DIY Steps

This time of year, the air takes on a crisp chill, and we finally forget summer’s heat. Still, the deep freeze of winter is just a few weeks away. It’s time to get your home ready for another cold season. Your DIY handyman talents cover all kinds of cold-weather chores, but do you know how to clean […]

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mold in closet

Mold in the Closet? Here’s How to Get Rid of It for Good

A hacking cough, chronic fatigue, and red, itchy eyes might be a sign of a hidden culprit: mold growing in your closet. Toxic black mold thrives in dark, damp areas, releasing spores as it feeds on materials found in drywall, carpet, paper, cardboard, or fabric. Breathing in these spores can cause symptoms you might mistake […]

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cleaning gutter

Best Ways to Clean Gutters: 10 Tips That Really Help

Some seasonal chores around the house always seem like a big job. Climbing the ladder and tackling the gutters isn’t a project you look forward to, but you know you have to get it done. Do you sometimes wish you knew the best way to clean gutters? Could you use a few tips and tricks? We know […]

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basement water leak

How to Stop Water Leaks in Your Basement Walls: 10 Actionable Steps

Whether it serves as a second den, laundry room or extra storage space, it shouldn’t leak. Basement walls shouldn’t be streaked with wet stains, and they aren’t supposed to serve as breeding grounds for unhealthy mold growth. When the basement starts to look and smell like a cave, do you know how to stop a […]

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