Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

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Foot traffic, pets, children and the likely possibility of occasional spills warrant regular carpet cleanings. Experts recommend deep cleaning the carpet every 12 to 18 months, and more often in instances when giggling kids tend to track soiled footprints across the carpeting or if the beloved family dog sheds pet hair. Carpets are manufactured from diverse materials, like wool, nylon, … Read More

What are the Differences Between Mold and Mildew?

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Two types of fungi that are common in homes are mold and mildew, and they have a lot in common. Both substances flourish in moist settings, effortlessly spread to new areas, are difficult to remove from surfaces they settle on, and can cause issues for people’s health and your home’s structure. Despite the commonalities between the two, it is important … Read More

How Air Duct Cleaning Reduces Heating and Cooling Costs

ServiceMaster Kwik RestoreAir Duct Cleaning

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Air ducts are hardly given a second thought. These conduits for passing cooled or heated air throughout the home are out of sight, often behind walls or high along the ceiling, and, as a result, out of mind. Cleaning the air ducts is rarely a priority for most homeowners. A dusty air duct poses no serious health risk, according to … Read More

The Cost of Cleaning and Restoring a Flooded Basement

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As unfortunate as it may be, basements are prone to flooding. Their location at the lowest level of a building and usually underground makes them prone – water always runs from high to low ground, so it can easily find its way into a basement. Whether the excess water comes from a burst pipe, backed-up sewer line, failed sump pump, … Read More

Finding Reliable Post Construction Cleaning Services for Commercial Buildings

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The construction site is a chaotic scene of haphazard wooden structural pieces, paint splatters, glass shards, scattered nails and sawdust. Nearly every inch of the commercial space is littered with debris. The jumble of dust and debris even makes its way into the surrounding outdoor area. The commercial building will open or reopen for business, just as soon as the … Read More

Hidden Mold: What to Do If I Can Smell Mold but Can’t Find It

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Mold, when it flourishes indoors, exudes an odor. Experts liken the smell of mold to a forest lush with earthy vegetation, soil and decaying wood. Others connect the scent of dirt lying beneath decayed leaves with the smell of mold. More homely descriptions suggest mold smells like wet, dirty socks. Flipping through an old, musty book also evokes, in some, … Read More

Causes for Sump Pump Failures and What to Do

ServiceMaster Kwik RestoreWater / Flood Damage Restration

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.

You don’t have to live anywhere near a body of water to experience a flooded basement. A heavy rainstorm and a sump pump that stops working at the wrong time can result in flooding in your home. Sump pump failure is a common problem for homeowners, but most people don’t realize it until it’s too late. Fortunately, most of the … Read More

Hard Floor Cleaning Guidelines for Commercial Building

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Flooring in commercial buildings receives heavy foot traffic throughout the day. Equipment may be accidentally dropped, and spills are a common occurrence. The pressure a commercial floor undergoes each day requires it to be extremely durable. Typical scenarios like these necessitate that a commercial floor be cleaned much differently than floors found in private residences. Why clean a commercial floor? … Read More

How to Effectively Clean Ceramic Tile

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How to Effectively Clean Ceramic Tile in Elgin, IL

Homes are popularly finished with ceramic tiles for their attractive look and easy-cleanup. Of all the flooring and wall options homeowners have, such as stone, marble, granite, porcelain or glass, ceramic tiles offer significant advantages, especially when it comes to maintenance. Ceramic tiles have a number of benefits. The durability found in using ceramic tile in floors or walls makes … Read More

How to Protect Your Property Against Spring Flood Damage

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How to Protect Your Property Against Spring Flood Damage

The promise of warm spring weather and brighter days brings with it the risks associated with spring thaws. Winter snow that melts in the spring has the potential to run off toward your home, causing significant flooding. In fact, it takes just a few inches of water to cause tens of thousands of dollars in structural damage. It is important … Read More