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The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program is Still Available!

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

We know that we pushed our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program pretty hard since its creation in response to the COVID-19 virus. However, we feel that with the concern the businesses in our community still have about the virus, there is no time like the present to make sure we inform you all about the program once again.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.

Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 

Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. A study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Properly Insulating Your Home Against Cold Weather

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Winter in Central Illinois can be a headache, especially considering how cold it can get. It’s always beneficial to make sure that your home is properly insulated. The following are tips for insulating your home to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from the cold temperatures that we all know are coming.

  • Make sure to maintain your HVAC System.
    • This will help air quality, but it will also make sure that the whole system is running as best as it possibly can.
  • Use heavier curtains.
    • Heavier curtains can help to keep heat in and cool air out, especially in areas where there might be poor insulation in a window.
  • Seal doorways.
    • Using foam weather strips to make sure that air isn’t leaking in through your doors can really help to insulate your home during the winter months.
  • Add an extra layer of protection to your windows.
    • Just like sealing your doors, it can be very beneficial to add a layer of plastic sheeting to your windows throughout the winter months. It can be some of the best defense against seal leaks in your windows throughout your home.

Following these tips could save you money and shivers this winter!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/tips-for-an-insulated-home-during-a-cold-spell

Seasonal Causes for House Fires

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

House fires can happen any time of year. However, there are certain fire hazards and risks that are related to certain seasons and holidays. Winter has its own list of fire hazards that can lead to severe damage to your home. The following are just a few of the cold weather fire risks.

  • Cooking
    • Cooking fires are especially common during the holidays. Thanksgiving cooking leads to quite a few fires, but so does cooking for Christmas. It is important to take special precautions to make sure that your holiday feasts don’t become holiday fiascos.
  • Candles and other decors
    • Candles are an obvious fire hazard during the colder months, but there are other decor items that can pose a fire hazard. Whether the decorations are electrical and can start fires on their own, or whether they are just placed too close to heat sources, decor can be a major fire hazard during the colder months.
  • Electrical fires
    • Electrical fires can occur year-round, but during the winter when you might have extra heat sources plugged in or when you’re spending less time doing outdoor activities and more time plugged in indoors, it raises the risk for electrical fires.
  • Washer and dryer
    • If you don’t properly clean out the ventilation system of your washer and dryer, it is very likely that you could find yourself dealing with a fire in your home.

Just remember, if you have a fire as a result of any of the things we mentioned here, you can always call your local SERVPRO® for the cleanup and restoration of your property. We are Here to Help®!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.rockfordmutual.com/blog/fire-ice-6-most-common-causes-house-fires-winter

Preventing Mold During Colder Months

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

When the weather gets colder, we spend much more time indoors. That means if you have a mold issue, whether you know about it or not, you could start experiencing some horrible side effects. That said, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent mold this autumn/winter.

  • Remove leaves/debris from the sides of your home. This helps to prevent them from supporting the growth of mold spores near your home. It’s also best to make sure your gutters are clean of debris/organic materials that can decompose or support mold growth.
  • Make sure your pipes and plumbing in general are in good condition. Fix any issues that have or could develop leaks or breaks.
  • Keep good air circulation in your home. If the air isn’t stagnant, it makes it more difficult for mold to form.
  • Check your windows and doors and make sure they are properly insulated against the elements.

This should all help to prevent mold growth. However, if you do end up with mold issues during the coming cold months, just remember that you can call your local SERVPRO® to perform their mold remediation services.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://clrbrands.com/How-To/Cleaning-Tips/Fall-is-a-great-time-to-keep-your-home-mold-and-mi

IICRC Courses - Training SERVPRO Heroes

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

We recently had our last IICRC Technical Training Classes of the year. It was a good year for the classes. After everything came to a halt for everyone in 2020, our 2021 classes had a great attendance rate and a nice mix of new SERVPRO® team members and seasoned SERVPRO® Heroes. From water restoration classes to trauma and bio cleanup classes, we were able to host a variety of great courses this year, and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

But what is it about these classes that are so important?

When we gain new team members, there is of course a great amount of training that goes into training them so that they are prepared for the work that they’ll experience. However, there are some things that are better learned when you have an instructor come in and focus hard on the specifics of the processes and the standards of our industry.

Take the WRT/ASD Classes that focus on water restoration and structural drying. The classes not only teach the attendants from the industry-standard textbook but they are also given the chance to get hands-on experience in our flood house. Our flood house is a great tool that gives the techs a chance to see exactly what kind of damage they could see on the job. They are then able to practically use the information they’re learning in the class to restore the water damage in the house. We find that this is the best way to completely prepare our technicians for the job, giving them the skills and the knowledge to do the best they can on the job.

So if you are or you know a SERVPRO® technician that would benefit from attending these classes, please contact our office at the end of this year/beginning of next year and ask about which classes we’ll be offering next year. We look forward to hosting the classes again.

If you’re a current or future SERVPRO® customer, you can rest easy knowing that our team is highly trained and happy to be Here to Help®!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Preparing Your Restaurant for a Health Inspection

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most important things to happen in a restaurant is a health inspection. These inspections are meant to make sure that your establishment is a safe environment for the patrons and the staff. While it is important to always make sure your facility is safe, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself pass an inspection before an inspection occurs.

  • Review Your HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Plan
    • HACCP identifies the points in the cooking process where the risk of contamination is the greatest and can help you understand when to take action to prevent contamination.
  • Get Familiar with Common Code Violations
    • Keep an eye out for safety issues and violations like:
      •  Cross-contamination
      • Personal hygiene
      • Internal temperature requirements
      • Etc...
  • Consult the Health Department
    • Ask questions and learn what you need to know before you are even required to do an inspection. Knowledge really is power.
  • Self-Inspect Your Facility and Quiz Employees
    • This will help to keep yourself and your employees on their toes. It will also help to really instill the values of constant cleanliness and good safety.

If you are really worried about the cleanliness of your facility, just remember that you can reach out to your local SERVPRO® for general deep cleaning of your building. We’ve done it before for other commercial properties, and we are sure we’ll do it again. It’s just one of the many ways that we do whatever we can to be Here to Help!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/article/16/health-inspection-checklist.html

Protecting Your Home Against the Changing Seasons

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

It’s not something we are happy to admit, but summer is nearly over. The seasonal change means that there are going to be different weather risks for us here in Central Illinois. There are things that you can do to prepare your home for the change from summer to fall.

  • Update your insulation if necessary
    • If your insulation is in good condition, there is a lot that you will protect against. You will be able to better regulate the temperature in your home during the cold weather. This will help keep your electric bill lower and will also help to avoid damage that can come from fluctuating temperatures.
  • Paint as a line of defense
    • House paint can chip, peel, or fade from UV Rays. Humidity and rain cause mold and mildew. All of that and more can shorten the life of the paint on your home. So if you use the right paint, you’ll be able to protect your home from these issues happening as soon as they normally would.
  • Check on your gutters
    • Be sure to clean gutters now so that the inevitable leaf debris of the autumn months won’t create or worsen any damage or clogs in the gutter.
  • Defend against critters
    • If you can remove critters or block them from entering your home now, you’ll be better off in the colder months. Critters can create messes, cause damage to the structure of your home, or even cause horrible smells. Getting rid of pests now will likely save you a lot of trouble over the fall and winter months.
  • Have your roof inspected by a professional
    • Have a professional come and check your roof for any existing damage. You should also have them check for any weak spots that might not hold well against fall debris or snowfall. This could save you from having any avoidable water damage to your roof and ceiling.
  • Trim your trees
    • Trimming tree limbs will help you prevent damage from falling limbs or other debris. This can protect your roof, siding, windows and more.
  • Seal any leaks or openings
    • Much like insulation helps to regulate the temperature of your home, sealing leaks will do the same. It will also prevent any of the elements from entering into your home through small or hidden openings.

These tips should be helpful in protecting your home and preventing damage; but if you do experience damage just remember that you can always contact your local SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration of your property!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/501453/11-ways-protect-your-home-when-seasons-change

Safely Burning Yard Waste

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

This summer has definitely been a summer for yard work in Central Illinois. The weather on good days has been perfect for cleaning up all of the debris that has been produced by the bad days. So what are you supposed to do with all of that debris once you get it cleaned up? It’s important to keep in mind that your city or your state might have certain rules or laws about disposing yard waste. However, it isn’t uncommon to see people here in Illinois burning the debris collected on their property. If that is a decision you decide to make, you should practice every safety precaution you can. The following tips might help you to keep yourself and your property safe if you do burn the waste in your yard.

  • Always follow city laws and protocol for burning brush and other yard waste.
  • Don’t burn any plastics or other materials that you might find in your yard. Stick to burning leaves, sticks, and other plant materials.
  • Make sure you burn the yard waste at a safe distance from your home or any other structures. (50 feet is usually best.) You should also keep a good distance between your fire pit and the pile of waste that you plan to burn.
  • Burn small amounts of waste at a time. The smaller the burn pile, the easier it will be to manage and control.
  • Burn your waste when the weather is clean with no wind. Don’t burn on days that are particularly dry.
  • Keep the following tools handy while you’re burning:
    • Leather work gloves
    • Metal rake
    • Garden hose and nozzle

It’s all about staying safe and avoiding damage as much as possible. If you do experience fire damage, remember that you can count on your local SERVPRO® for the cleanup and restoration of your home. We’ll do what we can to make it feel, “Like it never even happened.”

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/yards/21541802/all-about-burning-leaves 

https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/backyard-debris-burning

Types of Bacteria That Can Be Found in Sewage Damage

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

When people experience sewage damage, it’s easy for them to only focus on the foul smell that it comes with. However, there are definitely health effects that come with sewage damage. Many of those health effects are the result of the things that can be found in sewage water. This includes things like bacteria and viruses that can cause health effects. It can also include other contaminants such as fungi and toxic wastes.

The following is a shortlist of bacteria types that can be found in different sewage damage.

  • Acanthamoeba
  • Various Coli
  • Heliobacter Pylori
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonella

So what does this mean?

First, it means that you need to get plumbing issues taken care of by a professional plumber before sewage damage can occur. Secondly, it means that if you do experience sewage damage, it is very important to let a professional clean up the damage for you. Your local SERVPRO® has a team of professionals who have the training, safety gear, and equipment to take care of sewage damage, no matter how bad it might be.

So don’t hesitate to contact us for sewage cleanup and restoration. We are Here to Help®!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.balkanplumbing.com/sewer-backup-risks-prevention/

Insurance Continuing Education (2021)

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

One of the things we are known for is the Continuing Education Courses that we offer and host for the insurance professionals in our community. We offer these courses to strengthen the relationships we have with the insurance agents, adjusters, and other professionals who work in our communities. Those relationships are so important when it comes to doing the work that we do.

So what are we offering for courses for the remainder of this year? Well, the important thing to remember is that for each class day we have, there is a morning class and an afternoon class. The morning class is always some sort of 3-Credit Hour ethics course. The afternoon course is a 4-Hour course that we feel would be an interesting course for those who attend. We have three more classes coming up this year and they are as follows:

September 22nd:

Hosted in Galesburg, IL

Ethics for Dummies: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM (3-Credit Hours)

20 Questions, Improving Risk Transfer: 12:15 PM-4:15 PM(4-Credit Hours)

October 14th:

Hosted in Pekin, IL

Ethics and Professional Standards:  8:30 AM-11:30 AM (3-Credit Hours)

Basics of E&O Loss Prevention: 12:15 PM-4:15 PM (4-Credit Hours)

December 10th:

Hosted in Pekin, IL

Ethics for Dummies: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM (3-Credit Hours)

Insurance Claims for Water, Mold, Biohazard, Smoke,& Hoarding: 12:15 PM-4:15 PM (4-Credit Hours)

For each class day, there will be breakfast offered before the first class and lunch offered between the classes. Classes are all taught by Todd Davis as well.

If you or someone you know is in need of any CE Credits, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We would be happy to get you the information you need to sign up for the courses.

We hope to see some familiar and some new faces this year!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073