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Continuing Education Classes

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance professionals (agents, brokers, producers, etc) have an obligation to keep their licenses and certifications up to date. To do this, they are required to take certain courses and earn credit hours towards those certifications. Courses in ethics, legal information, insurance trends, and so much more are provided through SERVPRO® through our Continuing Education (CE) Classes for insurance professionals to attend at no cost to them. Recently, SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County held a couple of these classes for professionals in and around our community. The Ethics Bootcamp course and the Essentials of Legal Liability and Insured Status course were just two of the many informational courses that we have and will continue to have taught within out facility.

SERVPRO® sponsors these courses for a number of reasons, the most important being the fostering and strengthening of our relationships with the insurance professionals in the communities we service. When we make it clear that we care about the people who help insure the home and business owners in our area, it will make choosing SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration needs of those clients an even easier choice. We want to make sure that people dealing with water or fire damage and the professionals advising them know that we are making efforts to help them with the process even before the event happens.

If you or someone you know is an insurance professional and would like more information on how to sign up for any of our upcoming CE Classes, you can contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County at 309-346-5600.

If you experience water or fire damage and need someone for the cleanup and restoration of your property, just remember that we are, “Here to help.®”

New Year Resolution: Set-Up Business ERP

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

The new year is coming. While everyone is making their resolutions to work out more or to spend less money, as a business owner, you can make a resolution that could actually help beyond the first month of the year.

SERVPRO offers businesses free Emergency Ready Profiles (ERPs). If you haven’t heard about these profiles yet, it's important to know that they contain:

  • An emergency action checklist
  • Utility contact & shut off
  • Property overview
  • Primary contacts
  • Insurance information

Having all of this information in one place makes it possible to act more quickly in a crisis situation. The faster you respond to any damage situation, the more likely it is that the loss with be smaller. Not to mention that the cost to clean or restore what was lost will likely be lower as well.

50% of businesses that shut down after damages and loss will not end up opening their doors again. The businesses that do reopen usually do because they had some sort of preparedness plan. We at SERVPRO are offering to build your business a plan for no cost to you. We are in the business of making sure that people are ready for whatever might come their way.

That being said, make your 2019 resolution one that will count. Get prepared with a SERVPRO ERP.

If you do experience damages in this or the new year, be sure to contact SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County at (309)346-5600.

Restoring Electronics

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most stressful parts of dealing with any loss is realizing that the electronics that you spent so much money have been damaged as well. Technology is expensive, and we take all sorts of steps to protect them. Before you spend the money to replace your electronics, contact the closest SERVPRO. They might be able to restore the objects and save you the trouble of replacing them.

SERVPRO is a proud user of Fireline and their impressive contents restoration tools. Their approved solution to electronic friendly cleaning included modified water, special detergents, and heat and mechanical action. With this solution they have been able to save many types of electronics in both residential and commercial losses.

The types of items that can be cleaned in each type of loss include:

Residential:

  • Computer Systems
  • Televisions
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Microwaves
  • Gaming Consoles
  • Cable & Satellite Receivers
  • Cameras
  • Large Appliances
  • Sewing Machines
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Digital Video Recorders

Commercial:

  • Computers & Servers
  • Cash Registers
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Automotive Analyzers
  • Cameras
  • Telephone Switchers
  • Medical & Dental Equipment
  • Security Equipment
  • Machine Equipment
  • Rail Equipment
  • Small Appliances

SERVPRO understands that while electronics are not our lives, it’s very inconvenient when they stop working for us. That is why when a disaster occurs, SERVPRO will do the best they can to make it, “Like it never happened.” ®

If you do experience the loss of your electronics in North Central Tazewell County call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 346-5600

Does Your Pekin Business Have An ERP On File?

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Pekin Business Have An ERP On File? Plan ahead!

Where is the shut-off valve? Where are the breaker boxes and control panels? What do we do first?

These are just some of the questions that you could be left asking and NOT knowing the answers to if there is a sudden emergency at your commercial office building.

SERVPRO has a program called ERP. That stands for Emergency Ready Profile and here are just some of the benefits to setting one up for your commercial space:

  • It is FREE. This means there is no need to stress about cost, giving you a great value at no financial requirement.
  • All of your emergency information in one easy to read document. It will only take a small fraction of time to complete and will not require you to leave your current projects.
  • A follow-up guide to get you back on track after a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • It provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

To learn more about having SERVPRO setup the ERP for your commercial business call us now, (309) 346-5600.

Holiday Fireplace Safety

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!”

It’s the holiday season, and nothing compares to relaxing in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa and a Christmas movie playing in the background. That’s why it’s important to keep yourself and your family safe by practicing fire safety.

To do this it is crucial to remember that for fireplaces and woodstoves you should always:

  • Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.­
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

There are precautions you can take for portable space heaters as well, including:

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

These simple actions can help keep this Christmas merry and bright. Let’s leave the roasting to the chestnuts!

SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

(Tips received from: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires)

If you do experience fire damage in North Central Tazewell County this Christmas call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 346-5600

SERVPRO Cleans Up After Your Pekin Thanksgiving

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO Cleans Up After Your Pekin Thanksgiving Now You Sit And Relax!

The bellies are all full, the dishes are piled up and the rug is a mess ...

Do you really want to clean after all that cooking?

When you have larger parties of friends and family for the holidays and there are food, children, and pets involved, things WILL GET MESSY!

Let SERVPRO come over and deep clean your home after the holidays and leave the stress to us.

Give us a call and let us show you how we can work our magic on your carpets and rugs, nobody likes deep cleaning but luckily for you, we are amazing at it!

We have professional grade equipment that is still delicate enough for your most expensive rugs. Our technicians are trained in the art and science of drying so your home will look better than ever after our skilled workers are finished.

You have so much to worry about before the meal, let SERVPRO take care of things after your meal so you can actually enjoy your family and friends this year!

Call SERVPRO to make your after holiday carpet cleaning appointment today! (309) 346-5600

SERVPRO Training Building

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Training Building Hands-on training for real situations.

When you are going through a loss and need a team to come in and help restore your home or business to its preloss state, it’s important to feel like you’ve chosen the right team to take care of your property. SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County is doing their best to make sure that the people who choose SERVPRO for their restoration and cleanup needs are choosing a company and a team that is as prepared to help as possible.

SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County has a training facility on site for the men and women who become SERVPRO Heroes. This building is the first IICRC certified flood house in Illinois, and is the only one like it so far. The building is put through different loss scenarios to ­­create situations for our teams to investigate and restore as though they were working with an official client. Fire damage, water damage, and other losses are created to give Heroes a hands-on training experience. This prepares our team with an incredible sense of what they will be looking for in the field, giving you the peace of mind so desperately needed after any residential or commercial damage.

If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at how the team trains in the facility, please stay tuned to our website and our social media for videos of our next training period. We want to show you what our Heroes do to become the people who can truly make it “Like it never even happened.” ®

If you do experience fire or water damage in North Central Tazewell County, call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 346-5600

Fire Damaged Carpet Restoration In Pekin

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Fire Damaged Carpet Restoration In Pekin Remove or Replace?

Do you know if you should remove or replace your fire damaged carpet?

We are going to assume two things in this post:

  1. You have a fire damaged carpet in Pekin, IL.
  2. You made a smart move and called SERVPRO to help you in your time of need.

When making the decision of whether or not to remove the carpet or replace it you have to factor in a few different things, SERVPRO has professional technicians who have been trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can do the job properly and with the best results.

This training will be the outlining factor of whether the carpet is too far gone to keep or if the damage is minimal and a good cleaning and restoration can be performed.

If your carpet is damaged from a fire and you need a professional to come to make the decision of whether to remove or replace the carpet, give SERVPRO a call today.

Turkey Fryer Safety In Pekin

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Turkey Fryer Safety In Pekin Be safe this year.

Turkey Fryer and Kitchen Safety for Thanksgiving

Turkey fryers are quickly becoming a yearly tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving Day, but they can also be very dangerous if not used properly.

Here are some turkey frying safety tips to remember this holiday season from a local Fire Department:

  • Make sure that you don't overfill the pot by measuring the proper level with the turkey in water first.
  • Once the oil has been heated to the proper level turn the burner off before adding the turkey.
  • Make sure that you are using oven mitts and safety glasses when handling the turkey, and after you're done cooking allow the oil to cool sufficiently before disposing of it.
  • Make sure that you are not wearing clothes with long sleeves, and that you are turning the pot handles in so that they don't get knocked over by accident.
  • And keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while things are being prepared.

SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County hopes that everyone has a great and safe Thanksgiving this year and we are thankful to serve our community!

CE Class Monitoring Moisture in Pekin

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO CE Class Monitoring Moisture in Pekin Learning and Growing Together!

CE Classes or Continued Education Classes as they are often called are super important to the development of knowledge in the Restoration Industry!

Often times restoration industry professionals and the people and companies that work alongside the restoration industry professionals are required to continue their education on all things restoration.

As a service, we offer classes from time to time to those in need to help everyone grow inside our industry and so that ultimately our customers can benefit from the people in our area having the most up to date knowledge and expertise.

We "flooded our house" to demonstrate how we extract and monitor moisture in the house. 

That’s Jason Fletcher our owner in the black shirt, and Todd Davis is the instructor in the suit. We also had some employees from SERVPRO of Springfield just down the road there too.

We love helping everyone and that does not always mean cleaning up messes!