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Emergency Water Damage Restoration Checklist

ProTech Restoration

(847) 558-6604

ProTech Restoration would first like to thank you for choosing us during a time of emergency. While we are forever grateful to have a strong reputation in the Elk Grove Village, IL area, we take pride in providing quality services by technicians that are specially trained and experienced.

We also treat every water and fire damage job as an emergency in order to prevent the damage from spreading and have the property restored as quickly as possible. While this may be your first major water loss, the experienced technicians have been providing water damage cleanup services for over 25 years.

Our Water Restoration Services

As we take each job incredibly seriously, we handle commercial and residential properties of all sizes in order to provide some relief for business and home owners. With our services, we guarantee that the home or building will be restored to its original condition as soon as possible. Below you can find the list of procedures that are included in our water damage restoration service while each area of your property will be inspected thoroughly to determine if any of the following are needed.

Of course, your property may not require all services listed; however, for the ones that are needed, we have provided a brief description of each to allow for a better understanding of the service. If you would like additional information about the required service, please do not hesitate to consult with your technician as they have years of experience in performing these services. During non-business hours, feel free to check out our water cleanup FAQ page listed above to have all general questions answered regarding our services.

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Identifying the Source and Preventing Water Damage from Spreading

Upon the arrival of your technician, they will begin the services with a thorough examination of each affected area of your property, preventing the damage from spreading any further. You can also check out how to prevent water damage in the future by taking simple steps to greatly reduce your chances of experiencing this problem in the future. But once all of the affected areas have been properly identified and secured, your technician will find the source of the water damage using the following tools: sensors, moisture-detection meters, and probes.

A custom plan will then be developed in order to restore your property as quickly and efficiently as possible. If an insurance claim was filed, please keep in mind that we cannot begin any work until we have received clearance from them that they have gathered all evidence.

Flood Cleanup Checklist

Inspect the attic. As roofs may have leaks every now and then, you may not have noticed water damage until it has spread to cause severe damage within the building materials. Any wet insulation will need to be removed and replaced while the technician works to restore the structure.

Inspect the basement. While it may be hard to miss water damage in the basement, any water from rain or thunderstorms may have seeped within the foundation and caused water damage. The technician will inspect all cracks and openings thoroughly.

Inspect the air duct system. While the ducts of your home or building may contain dust and debris, if they become wet, severe damage and blockages can occur within your system. Your water damage technician will inspect them thoroughly to determine if they have been damaged.

Inspect the crawlspace. Known for being a great storage space, water is easily able to seep in and cause significant damage to the walls, floor, ceiling, and even your belongings. The technician will inspect this area thoroughly.

Preventing damage to household belongings. If needed, ProTech Restoration will provide content cleaning services in addition to water restoration services to ensure that your belongings are cleaned and do not sustain permanent damage. We will also provide pack-out services in which we will transport and clean your belongings at our facility if the condition of your property does not allow for proper restoration.

Water mitigation. Once all areas have been inspected, all excess water will be extracted into our truck-mounted system. Then our advanced drying equipment will be set up to enhance the drying process and remove any remaining moisture.


Flooring Material Examination

Tile. Dry in place or replace (the material has been too greatly damaged to be repaired (a replacement is necessary).

Laminate. Dry in place or replace (the material has been too greatly damaged to be repaired (a replacement is necessary).

Vinyl. Dry in place or replace (the material has been too greatly damaged to be repaired (a replacement is necessary).

Cabinet, Wall, and Ceiling Inspection

Inspect the cabinets. Because there is no insulation within cabinets, they can easily become damaged by water. They will be inspected thoroughly by your water damage technician. If they do need to be restored, we may drill holes to allow for proper air circulation.

Remove the doors from the hinges. In order to allow for better air flow, the door may need to be taken off its hinges temporarily.

Remove the drywall/sheetrock. This is a porous material, meaning that it contains tiny holes that allow water to soak in and cause severe damage. The drywall may need to be replaced, depending on the extent of the damage.

Drill holes in sheetrock/walls/ceilings for proper air flow. In order to prohibit microbial and mold growth within these materials, it may be required to drill holes to allow for better air circulation.

Remove the baseboards. Depending on the type of the building material, it may be necessary to remove the baseboards in order to allow the wall behind it to dry thoroughly.

Apply anti-microbial spray. While the advanced drying equipment will speed up the drying process, microbial growth may still be present within the drying materials. In order to eliminate them completely, ProTech Restoration will apply an anti-microbial chemical.

Deodorization. Although this is not to be confused with mold, there may be a strange smell coming from the drying building materials. If this bothers you, we can apply deodorizers to have it removed; however, it should go away on its own.

Install high-velocity air movers (drying equipment). This machine will allow for better air flow and extract the moisture from the building materials and into the air. A few may be needed depending on the extent of the damage.

Install dehumidifiers. Once the high-velocity air movers have extracted the moisture into the air, this machine will evaporate it to ensure it does not damage the ceiling.

Additional appointment schedule. In order to monitor the drying process thoroughly, additional appointments may be needed, depending on the extent of the damage. This will include: monitoring the drying equipment and temperature and moisture levels, re-positioning the equipment, and inspecting the progress of the drying materials. You can call our facility to schedule additional appointments for your technician to return during business hours.


Carpet Examination

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In place drying. The carpet has not received significant damage, so it does not need to be removed to be dried properly.

Opening of seams. Remove the carpet and threshold from the tack strip. If the carpet has been significantly damaged, it may need to be removed in order to dry faster and allow for proper air flow to the padding underneath.

Remove the padding. If the carpet pad has been severely affected, it may need to be removed. This will prevent microbial growth during the drying process.

Remove unsalvageable carpeting. If the carpet has been greatly damaged, it cannot be restored effectively. A replacement would be necessary and even more affordable.

Recent Reviews

Review by Amy Jachna

Rating 5 5 Star Disaster Restoration Rating

"Had a great experience working with Marshall when we had an emergency leak at my mom’s house. He immediately started working to salvage what we could. I felt like he absolutely understood the urgency, and treated my mom like his own! He and the rest of the team were super easy to work with and answered our (many) questions along the way. They were very transparent about the process which was extremely helpful as this was our first time with this kind of issue in 30+ years of owning the house. We so appreciate ProTech for aiding us during our time of need."

Review by Lynn Gibson

Rating 5 5 Star Disaster Restoration Rating

"My experience with ProTech was wonderful from the first visit thru the last. Ben did a great job of evaluating the work that needed to be done and explaining everything to me. Frank and Sergio were great to work with because they were pleasant AND they were so very careful about everything they did. All in all, I give the ProTech team an A+!"

Review by Kelsey Swyter

Rating 5 5 Star Disaster Restoration Rating

"I had a pipe burst and subsequent leakage into my basement. At first I thought that we maybe stopped it in time since we could not see obvious damage but Marshall at ProTech said it would be a good idea to check it out anyway and came out within a couple of days. I’m so glad he did since there was more damage than we anticipated. Marshall explained the damage thoroughly using his imaging techniques and provided a quote within the day. Pricing was good and our insurance accepted the proposal immediately. The ProTech team was able to do the water damage mitigation about a week after the incident and on a Saturday no less. Everything was done super quickly and professionally. While I do not want to deal with any more water damage, the repairs using ProTech were painless. I would recommend this company and especially Marshall to anyone in the same situation."

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