in IL in IL http://www.www.unitedfirewater.com Don't Be Left Out In The Cold <p>Here are some helpful tips to minimize the risk of freezing pipes: &nbsp;</p> <p>1)&nbsp; Keep the heat on.&nbsp; Many people turn off the heat if a structure is not occupied and those properties are at a higher risk for property damage.<br />2)&nbsp; Keep interior doors open.&nbsp; Pipes are often located in cabinets and when the temperatures drop, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.<br />3)&nbsp; Seal Properly.&nbsp; You should caulk any holes or cracks that exist near pipes. This should be done on both interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep the cold air out. <br />&nbsp;<br />Need Heat?&nbsp; - <br />United Services can provide temporary heat for structures.&nbsp; This is ideal for anything from larger commercial structures to small residences during emergency situations or when a building is unoccupied for an amount of time. &nbsp;<br /><br />Be Prepared - Know Who To Call<br />If a property suffers an emergency water damage from a burst pipe or other source, call United Services at [phone].&nbsp; Our crews are available 24/7 and are ready to respond. &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; <br /><br /></p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/8048-dont-be-left-out-in-the-cold.html Mon, January 6 2014, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/8048-dont-be-left-out-in-the-cold.html Remodeling Magazine Ranks United Services #16 Among Nation <p>United Services by Permaco, Inc. headquartered in Lake Bluff, IL, has been ranked #16 among the Nation&rsquo;s Top 550 Remodelers for Insurance Restoration, according to Remodeling Magazine.</p> <p>The Remodeling 550 shows the nation&rsquo;s largest residential renovation companies as determined by Remodeling Magazine. It encompasses four specific categories; full service, specialty and replacement, insurance restoration companies and franchise operations. United Services by Permaco, Inc. was listed #16 under the Insurance Restoration Category.&nbsp; Remodeling Magazine suggests that there are approximately between 11,000 and 12,000 Insurance Restoration Contractors in the United States.</p> <p>Remodeling Magazine conveys a single, dependable source of practical know-how and business awareness. Whether it is in the magazine, online or at one of our in-person events Remodeling Magazine is the one stop shop for today&rsquo;s top remodelers.</p> <p>For over 30 years United Services has been providing property restoration services to areas of Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Cook, and Kane County in Illinois along with Southeast Wisconsin.&nbsp; United Services&rsquo; highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry including working with insurance companies and property owners when a property has suffered damage due to wind, fire, water, or mold.</p> <p>United Services President, Gary Swenson, said, &ldquo;I am very proud of our team and being recognized as leaders in our industry. As we continue to grow, we will work hard to continue to go above and beyond for our customers.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About United Services by Permaco, Inc.</strong></p> <p>United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Our highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry. We provide emergency service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with IICRC Certified personnel. Our fast response helps prevent unnecessary additional damage. United Services is also Member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a business network of leading property damage restoration contractors across North America. Since 1981, our outstanding reputation has assured our customers excellence and professionalism in every project. Call [phone], or use our toll free number 1-800-DRY-U-OUT (1-800-379-8688).&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com">http://www.unitedfirewater.com</a>.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/627-remodeling-magazine-ranks-united-services-16-among-nation.html Fri, September 20 2013, 15:53:38 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/627-remodeling-magazine-ranks-united-services-16-among-nation.html United Services To Hold Continuing Education Course <p><img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/press_release//people-jump-edit_1373307285.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="203" />United Services will hold a continuing education course at their offices in Lake Bluff, Ill. to cover disaster restoration and ultrasound technology.</p> <p>The class will take place July 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the United Services building located at 124 Baker Road in Lake Bluff. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Topics covered will be contents involved in properly loss and a review of the factors that affect the restorability of damaged contents. There will also be an overview of ultrasound technology and how it is used in disaster restoration, along with a hands-on demonstration. The course counts as three continuing education credits to the insurance industry.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to restoring property after a disaster, including the cause, size and how much time has passed since the disaster occurred,&rdquo; says Michele Donahue, director of business development for United Services. &ldquo;As an experienced disaster restoration company, we know that this type of work requires special training, which is why we offer educational courses that industry professionals can attend in order to expand their knowledge and remain up-to-date on the latest restoration technologies and techniques.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>United Services is an affiliate of Disaster Kleenup International, a network of leading property damage restoration contractors. They are locally-owned and operated with over 30 years experience providing restoration services for wind, fire, flooding, smoke, mold damage and more.</p> <p>&ldquo;Customers deserve to have the piece of mind of knowing that their restoration professional will promptly respond to any immediate emergency and will prepare an effective plan for cleanup, restoring contents and preventing future damages,&rdquo; adds Donahue.</p> <p class="Default">Those interested in attending the course can send an email to jkautz@unitedfirewater.com for a registration form and can email the form back or fax it to 1-847-816-9899.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com/">United Services</a> is a disaster cleanup and restoration contractor serving residential and commercial clients throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, including the Northern Chicago and Greater Kenosha areas. They provide services for damages caused by wind, fire, smoke, water, plumbing leaks and more. They offer 24-hour emergency service throughout their service area.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/539-united-services-to-hold-continuing-education-course.html Mon, July 8 2013, 14:07:01 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/539-united-services-to-hold-continuing-education-course.html MLP U.S.A., Inc. <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Loss Description:</span></strong></p> <p>On November 10, 2006, United Services was called in to provide flood assistance to MLP U.S.A., Inc., a distributor of Printing Presses manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. of Japan.&nbsp; On that date a water main broke under the warehouse floor at the facility in Lincolnshire and affected 57,000 square feet.&nbsp; In a very short period of time, an estimated 100,000 gallons of water erupted through the warehouse floor and filled the entire facility with 10 inches of water.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unique Issues:</span></strong></p> <p>Hundreds of financial, HR, and legal files along with company records were affected by the water damage along with personal computers, monitors, and printers</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/1164-mlp-usa-inc.html Wed, July 3 2013, 17:11:32 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/1164-mlp-usa-inc.html Recent Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Illinois <p><img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/press_release//rain_1367856149.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" />After heavy rains pounded 48 counties throughout Illinois, leading Governor Pat Quinn to declare a state of emergency, many homes are still left with extensive flood damage left behind by the storm.</p> <p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with help from related state agencies, has begun assessing damage to homes and businesses in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties. Residents and business owners are encouraged to keep a record of damages and save receipts from any repairs that are made.</p> <p>While federal assistance will be made available in areas most affected by flood damage, United Services, a local expert in emergency cleanup and disaster restoration, says that cleanup should begin immediately. Flooding can cause mold damage, corrosion, electrical issues, foundation problems and personal property damage.</p> <p>Floodwaters also can contain bacteria from sewage, as well as other harmful chemicals. The water may have also weakened the foundations of many buildings and electrical systems can short out, causing unsafe conditions. The American Red Cross advises residents who have sustained severe flood damage to seek the help of a professional.</p> <p>When damage is incurred, a professional disaster restoration contractor, like United Services, will help with the cleanup process, with the goal of restoring the home and any personal belongings.</p> <p>The experts at <a href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com/">United Services</a> have been the chosen disaster recovery company throughout Central Illinois for over 30 years. Based in Lake Bluff, IL, they provide 24-hour emergency services, post-disaster repair, recovery and inventory services. They specialize in mold remediation, electronic inventory, carpet and tile cleaning, equipment cleaning and more.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/505-recent-flooding-wreaks-havoc-in-illinois.html Mon, May 6 2013, 11:39:50 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/505-recent-flooding-wreaks-havoc-in-illinois.html Restaurant Restoration in Evanston, IL <p>It was just after 1:00 AM on Tuesday March 19, 2013, when we received a call that a fire had occurred at Kansaku Restaurant in Evanston, IL. What is believed to have started from an appliance failure in the kitchen caused smoke damage throughout the restaurant. United Services enlisted the assistance of its 1-800-Boardup team to boardup the property quickly, securing it and mitigating any future damages that might have occurred.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/949-restaurant-restoration-in-evanston-il.html Wed, April 10 2013, 17:13:10 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/949-restaurant-restoration-in-evanston-il.html Smoke Damage in a Chicago Home <p>A house fire is usually an unexpected occurrence that can leave staggering effects of smoke damage within the home. When your property experiences any sort of fire damage, no matter how large or small the incident is, the main concern after the fire is out is the effects smoke damage can do to your home. If and when a fire occurs within your home, you must be weary of the smoke that will billow and spread throughout your entire structure. The smoke will want to travel to cooler areas of the home, traveling through any pipeline or wiring crevice, staining and smothering your structure with an unpleasant odor.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s just smoke&hellip;it&rsquo;s not a big deal. Wrong! If we think that smoke isn't harmful, we&rsquo;re sadly mistaken. Even a very small fire that may have started from improper appliance use can spread smoke to every room of your home. The worst part about smoke damage is that it is difficult to clean. Do-it-yourself kind of people, trying to clean smoke and soot from fire and smoke damage may end up destroying and losing more valuables then if a professional restoration company was hired. While it&rsquo;s hard to believe, smoke damage requires proper and professional cleaning equipment and techniques to get rid of the after effects. United Services&nbsp;is your local smoke restoration company providing the proper tools and solutions to eliminate the odor, soot and stains from the smoke and fire.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll never expect your home to experience any kind of fire damage, and when it does you may not know who to call. As a professional fire and smoke restoration company, United Services&nbsp;provides our professional services and skills to help restore your greatest asset, back to normal. We can get rid of all the lingering odors and smoke smells associated with fire damage on a home.</p> <p><a title="United Services" href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com/" target="_blank">United Services</a> has an experienced team of home restoration professionals that have all the necessary solutions and equipment to take care of all the smoke damage your home may have experienced. We can properly assess the current damage and provide a cost estimate for restoration and repairs.</p> <p>We are North Chicago&rsquo;s fire and smoke restoration smoke company, providing our professional services to local homeowners. Smoke damage in Chicago, Kenosha, Waukegan, Algonquin, Mchenry, Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Round Lake, Lake Zurich, Gurnee, Mundelein, and local areas nearby are just some of the cities we provide our restoration services too.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/6339-smoke-damage-in-a-chicago-home.html Mon, March 18 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/6339-smoke-damage-in-a-chicago-home.html The First 24 Hours Are Critical after a Disaster..... <p>Whether it be a sprinkler pipe bursting in a large warehouse, or a sink overflow in a residential home, the response time and efforts are crucial to mitigating the damages and minimizing the amount of time it takes to dry the damaged areas.&nbsp; The key is to remove as much water as possibly using various techniques based on the affected areas.&nbsp; This includes removing water from hard wood surfaces, something that is possible with the right technology. &nbsp;<br />Through timely response and the careful monitoring of <a href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com/water-damage.html">water damage,</a> mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.<br /><br /></p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/6263-the-first-24-hours-are-critical-after-a-disaster.html Tue, March 5 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/6263-the-first-24-hours-are-critical-after-a-disaster.html United Services Has 2 Employees Earn WRT (Water Restoration Technician) Certification <p>The Water Damage Restoration Technician course is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work to give them a better concept of water damage, its effects and techniques for drying of structures. The course gives residential and commercial restoration professionals the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold. In order to complete the course, students must sacrifice many hours and great deal of time and study to reach this level of certification.</p> <p>The IICRC is a nonprofit certifying and standard-setting organization dedicated to raising industry standard through technical proficiency. By administering a strict process of certification, the IICRC provides a means by which consumers can receive the highest quality of service from trained knowledgeable, professional technicians. </p> <p>&ldquo;We understand the value in our employees having the proper training and utilizing up-to-date technologies when it comes to providing top quality property restoration services.&nbsp; I am very pleased to add two more certified technicians to our team,&rdquo; said United Services President, Gary Swenson.&nbsp;</p> <p>United Services has been providing insurance restoration services for residential and commercial properties in Northeast Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin since 1981 and has been a Member of DKI since 1995.</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">######</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About United Services by Permaco Inc.</strong></p> <p>United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Our highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry. We provide emergency service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with <a href="http://www.iicrc.org/faq.shtml" target="_blank">IIRC Certified</a> personnel. Our fast response helps prevent unnecessary additional damage. United Services is also Member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a business network of leading property damage restoration contractors across North America. Since 1981, our outstanding reputation has assured our customers excellence and professionalism in every project. Call (847) 816-9800, or use our toll free number [phone]. </p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/450-united-services-has-2-employees-earn-wrt-water-restoration-technician-certification.html Tue, March 5 2013, 16:48:05 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/450-united-services-has-2-employees-earn-wrt-water-restoration-technician-certification.html Let's Talk About Protein Fires <p>Imagine that you are home and preparing dinner for your family.&nbsp; You have just placed a piece of meat on the stove and realize you forgot the vegetables.&nbsp; So you decide to quickly run out to the store and pick them up.&nbsp; Unfortunately the stove was on high and you forgot to turn it off before you left.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you arrive home a few minutes later, you find your home filled with a grayish white smoke, smell a horrible heavy odor and the smoke alarm going off.&nbsp; The entire pan is burnt and the meat has disintegrated.</p> <p>What occurred is called a protein fire. Defined as a fire involving food such as milk, meat, cheese and eggs.&nbsp; At first glance, protein fires don't appear to cause any damage to a home and contents but the aftermath of a protein fire is an invisible and often sticky, foul smelling residue that coats the many surfaces throughout the home.</p> <p>Due to the greasy nature of the film, deodorizing using a machine will usually not work on the heavy odor - it would only temporarily mask the odor. All areas and contents where odor is present would need to be cleaned in order to remove the film which holds the odor, i.e. all carpeting, fabric items, and draperies.&nbsp; <br /><br /> If you run into a situation where you or somebody you know suffers a protein fire, contact United Services, and we can take care of cleaning and deodorizing the property and we will include our</p> <p><strong>LIFETIME DEODORIZATION GUARANTEE. <br /></strong></p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/6093-lets-talk-about-protein-fires.html Wed, February 13 2013, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/6093-lets-talk-about-protein-fires.html United Services Enhances Its Contents Processing <p>The process of completing a contents packout occurs when there is a fire or flood in which personal property also gets damaged.&nbsp; A qualified contractor that specializes in contents then would send trucks, boxes and technicians to the property, carefully pack up all of the damaged personal property and transport it back to their warehouse. Once the personal property is at the warehouse, the contractor begins the cleaning and restoration process.</p> <p>United Services has been utilizing an electronic inventory for the processing of contents since 2004.&nbsp; This has included bar coding and scanning items during a packout and cleaning job, along with taking pictures and tracking the condition of all items that are removed from any residential or commercial property to be cleaned.&nbsp; This provides a property owner with a complete photographed inventory of the items that are removed from their property to be cleaned.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very excited about these enhanced capabilities in our packout process.&nbsp; We know the importance of investing in technology in order to meet our customers&rsquo; needs.&nbsp; This is just another example of how we want to make sure that United Services can provide a superior claims experience to property owners and insurance companies when they have to deal with a loss,&rdquo; said Gary Swenson, President of United Services.&nbsp;</p> <p>By upgrading its electronic inventory capabilities, United Services, can now create a quicker inventory list for insurance companies, provide reports on cleaning and replacement costs, and track any insured&rsquo;s contents and room detail during all process points of a pack out job.&nbsp; On each job that requires a packout, an iPad is also used to document all the contents on the scene, allowing United Services to leverage the use of technology and maintain its quick response time on any loss.</p> <p>This enhanced software allows United Services to provide an exceptional level of customer service to both the insured and the insurance company.&nbsp; For more information about United Services or their packout process, please contact [phone] or visit <a href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com/fire-damage/packing-content-cleaning.html">http://www.unitedfirewater.com/fire-damage/packing-content-cleaning.html</a>.</p> <p><strong>About United Services by Permaco Inc.</strong></p> <p>United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Our highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry. We provide emergency service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with <a href="http://www.iicrc.org/faq.shtml" target="_blank">IIRC Certified</a> personnel. Our fast response helps prevent unnecessary additional damage. United Services is also Member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a business network of leading property damage restoration contractors across North America. Since 1981, our outstanding reputation has assured our customers excellence and professionalism in every project.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/404-united-services-enhances-its-contents-processing.html Tue, January 22 2013, 11:10:19 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/404-united-services-enhances-its-contents-processing.html United Services Hires Director of Growth and Business Development <p>United Services by Permaco, headquartered in Lake Bluff, IL, has announced that it has named Michele Donahue as the company&rsquo;s new Director of Growth and Business Development. In this position, Donahue will be responsible for growing the company&rsquo;s sales and marketing efforts by increasing the company&rsquo;s customers and client base, and establishing strategic sales and marketing initiatives.</p> <p>She joins the company with over twelve years of experience in a sales and marketing capacity with several franchise organizations with both a national and international presence. Prior to joining United Services, Donahue was the Director of Marketing for DKI (Disaster Kleenup International). During her time at DKI, Donahue was responsible for strengthening the DKI brand in the marketplace as well as planning and executing the organization's marketing and event strategies.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very excited to bring Michele&rsquo;s experience to our leadership team here at United Services. With a proven track record for producing results and executing marketing and sales strategies, Michele's intuitive approach to marketing and sales will make her a tremendous asset to our team," said Gary Swenson, President of United Services.</p> <p>Donahue graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio with a degree in Communication Management. She began her career with J &amp; L Marketing, based in Louisville, Kentucky. She then relocated to the Chicago suburbs where she worked as the Marketing Communications Manager at APX Logistics and the Director of Marketing for a group of Harley-Davidson franchises.</p> <p>She will be based out of the company&rsquo;s headquarters in Lake Bluff, IL.</p> <p>United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Our highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry. We provide emergency service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with <a href="http://www.iicrc.org/faq.shtml" target="_blank">IIRC Certified</a> personnel. Our fast response helps prevent unnecessary additional damage. United Services is also Member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a business network of leading property damage restoration contractors across North America. Since 1981, our outstanding reputation has assured our customers excellence and professionalism in every project.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/373-united-services-hires-director-of-growth-and-business-development.html Fri, January 4 2013, 11:45:25 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/373-united-services-hires-director-of-growth-and-business-development.html United Services by Permaco Partners with Bernie’s Book Bank <p>Lake Bluff, IL (October 24, 2012) - United Services by Permaco, Inc. headquartered in Lake Bluff, IL, has announced that it has partnered with Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank, a Chicagoland non-profit that&rsquo;s mission is to &ldquo;<em>Connect Children Needing Books with Books Needing Children&rdquo;.</em><strong><em>&nbsp; </em></strong></p> <p>Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank is the logistical bridge between where books are today and are no longer being used, to where they are not and are desperately needed.&nbsp; Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank Distribution Partners are schools and organizations that serve large populations of at-risk children.</p> <p>&ldquo;Reading is the single most important skill a child needs to learn.&nbsp;Yet studies show that 61% of low-income families don&rsquo;t have any books at all in their homes for their children.&nbsp; Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank aims to change that statistic by pouring quality children&rsquo;s books into &ldquo;at-risk&rdquo; homes, ensuring that children have access to books from birth, and arrive to school &ldquo;reading ready,&rdquo; said Brian Floriani, Founder and Director of Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank.</p> <p>Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank is changing that trajectory today for more than 50,000 children in Chicago and its suburbs. Each child the bank serves receives a minimum of 12 books per year from us. &nbsp;The books are theirs to keep at home forever.</p> <p>United Services has committed to an annual financial donation to support the efforts at Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank in addition to working in conjunction with the Bernie&rsquo;s Book Bank staff to help bring awareness to the high numbers of children in the Chicagoland suburbs that don&rsquo;t have access to books.&nbsp;</p> <p>For over 30 years United Services has been providing property restoration services to areas of Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Cook, and Kane County in Illinois along with Southeast Wisconsin.&nbsp; United Services&rsquo; highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry including working with insurance companies and property owners when a property has suffered damage due to wind, fire, water, or mold.</p> <p align="center">######</p> <p><strong>About United Services by Permaco Inc.</strong></p> <p>United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Our highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry. We provide emergency service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with <a href="http://www.iicrc.org/faq.shtml" target="_blank">IICRC Certified</a> personnel. Our fast response helps prevent unnecessary additional damage. United Services is also Member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a business network of leading property damage restoration contractors across North America. Since 1981, our outstanding reputation has assured our customers excellence and professionalism in every project. </p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/298-united-services-by-permaco-partners-with-bernies-book-bank.html Tue, October 30 2012, 16:27:32 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/298-united-services-by-permaco-partners-with-bernies-book-bank.html Estate Sale Raised Over $16,000 for Motes Family <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"><strong>Date:&nbsp;Jun. 15, 2009</strong></div> </div> </div> <p>Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Member Company, United Services by Permaco, Inc., of Lake Bluff, IL, helped raise over $16,000 for the Motes Estate during an Estate Sale held May 8-9, 2009.</p> <p>This was made possible with the support and assistance of local organizations and the community. The proceeds will benefit the Motes Estate in memory of Kathy and Christopher Motes who died on February 28, 2009.</p> <p>"United Services and its employees showed great compassion and understanding towards my family in this tragic situation. The Motes family greatly appreciates the way in which things were handled," said Dave Motes.</p> <p>Gary Swenson, President of United Services by Permaco, Inc, said, "I am proud of the role United Services employees took in helping this family during a very emotional and difficult time."</p> <p>United Services performed restoration services at the parsonage next to First Presbyterian Church in Wilmette during the first week of March and is assisting with the Estate Sale.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/5087-estate-sale-raised-over-16000-for-motes-family.html Mon, June 15 2009, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/5087-estate-sale-raised-over-16000-for-motes-family.html DKI Member Company, United Services, Achieves CCRN Certification <div id="node-28" class="node"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first">Date:&nbsp;</div> &nbsp;Aug. 24, 2009</div> </div> </div> <p><strong>(Wood Dale, IL)</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that United Services by Permaco, Inc., of North East, Illinois, and South East Wisconsin is now part of the Certified Contents Restoration Network (CCRN).</p> <p><span class="inline-image-link"><img class="inline" style="float: right;" title="Certified Contents Restoration Network" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/blog/3353/logoccrn_1348074953.jpg" alt="Certified Contents Restoration Network" width="290" height="64" /></span>CCRN is a certification standards council responsible for establishing and monitoring standards for soft contents restoration. By achieving CCRN certification, United Services can employ the patented Esporta Wash System to restore and clean soft goods and laundry. This process cleans and removes soot, bacteria, mold, and other contaminants through hydraulic pressure. If used within a reasonable amount of time after a loss, it can recover approximately 85% of smoke-, soot- and water-damaged goods that would otherwise be considered non-restorable.</p> <p>Susie Lund, Cleaning Division Manager of United Services, is pleased that United Services will be able to offer this level of quality and value to clients and customers. "Insurance companies that engage United Services see huge claims savings by paying for restoration cleaning versus full replacement value. Homeowners benefit by United Service's ability to recover their cherished items with a much quicker turnaround of their essential items."</p> <p>United Services, a DKI Member company, is a full service restoration company and general contractor specializing in the cleaning and restoration of personal and commercial properties. They have provided excellence and professionalism in the North East, Illinois, and South East Wisconsin markets for over 27 years.</p> </div> </div> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/5086-dki-member-company-united-services-achieves-ccrn-certification.html Mon, August 24 2009, 00:00:00 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/blog/5086-dki-member-company-united-services-achieves-ccrn-certification.html Gary Swenson Presented 2011 M. Dennis Jensen Award <p><img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" src="http://img1.teambasementsystems.com/uploads/press_release/3353/floodedit2_1351624372.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="142" />Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), LLC, North America&rsquo;s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Gary Swenson, President of United Services by Permaco Inc. of Lake Bluff, Illinois, was presented with the 2011 M. Dennis Jensen Award at the DKI Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, after Insights 2012: The DKI Conference and Tradeshow concluded in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>The M. Dennis Jensen Award is given in &ldquo;recognition of unique contributions by an individual to the DKI organization and its membership.&rdquo; Candidates are generally drawn from the DKI membership. The criteria used to identify a deserving award recipient include a commitment to maintaining the highest level of performance within their own company, a commitment to the success of the DKI membership as a unified body, a commitment to the formal education of all DKI members, involvement in greater industry initiatives, and identifiable contributions that advance the DKI organization forward.</p> <p>United Services by Permaco Inc. has been a DKI member for over 15 years and during that time, Swenson has had continuous involvement in the organization at a member level, as well as at a leadership level.</p> <p>Swenson is known for being an outspoken and loyal representative for the whole membership, as well as the DKI corporate organization itself. His mastery of communications has placed him in the forefront of most, if not all, town hall meetings, as well as chapter and national events hosted by DKI.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is not just his communications skills; it is also about integrity. He has always represented this organization at the highest level,&rdquo; said Dale Sailer, president of DKI, who presented the award. &ldquo;He is known and respected to be pure against personal agendas or gain, and will tell it like it is for the benefit and good of the whole, without regard for fear of personal feelings or repercussions that might be leveraged against him.<br />Today, Swenson continues to take a leadership position in encouraging other members to follow in that process. He has consistently been a sounding board for the organization&rsquo;s leadership in broaching ideas and concepts during development and prior to introduction to the membership as a whole.</p> <p>&ldquo;Those in the organization who surround him would have to agree that because of his positive influence, because of his gift of communications, and because of his perpetual contributions to DKI - he is largely responsible for sculpting the organization and the membership that is represented here today,&rdquo; added Sailer.</p> <p>Swenson was greeted with a standing ovation from his peers when his name was announced as this year&rsquo;s recipient.</p> <p>His company, United Services by Permaco Inc., has provided insurance restoration in the Lake Bluff marketplace since 1981, and has been a DKI Member since 1996.</p> <p>###</p> <p>About <a href="http://www.unitedfirewater.com/">United Services</a> by Permaco Inc.<br />United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Their highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry. </p> <p>About DKI<br /><a href="http://www.disasterkleenup.com/">Disaster Kleenup International</a>, LLC, headquartered in suburban Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Member Companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, LLC, visit our website at&nbsp;<a title="www.disasterkleenup.com" href="http://www.disasterkleenup.com/" target="_blank">www.disasterkleenup.com</a>&nbsp;or contact Michele Donahue at [phone].</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/183-gary-swenson-presented-2011-m-dennis-jensen-award.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:53:07 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/press-release/183-gary-swenson-presented-2011-m-dennis-jensen-award.html Vehicle Impact Board Up (Deerfield, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description:</strong></p> <p>After surviving the shock and destruction of a vehicle impacting their home, these homeowners needed cleaning services to get things back to normal. United Services to the rescue!</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues:</strong></p> <p>This incident occurred during the winter and the house remained occupied during the repairs. Constructing a temporary wall was necessary to secure the property and retain the heat. This is the kind of quick thinking and ingenuity that our professional technicians provide. In addition to the damage that the impact of the vehicle caused to the wall of the house, it also produced a great deal of debris along the side of the house and dust inside the home. The homeowners needed these areas to be cleaned up as quickly as possible.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/543-vehicle-impact-board-up-deerfield-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:37:58 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/543-vehicle-impact-board-up-deerfield-il.html Fire Board Up (Grayslake, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description:</strong></p> <p>The fire started in the garage and grew to burn up the rear quarter of the house causing significant structural and smoke damage throughout the entire house. In the event of such a tragedy it is the homeowner&rsquo;s responsibility to secure their home for the safety of people and property. So, they called United Service&rsquo;s board up division, 1-800-BoardUp.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues:</strong></p> <p>A fire-damaged building may present a significant safety hazard to the community. All doors and windows had to be boarded up quickly to prevent the home and its contents from further damage. The structural stability of the building also had to be assessed to insure the safety of those who needed to go inside.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/542-fire-board-up-grayslake-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:34:27 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/542-fire-board-up-grayslake-il.html Contents Pack-Out (Park Ridge, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description</strong></p> <p>A broken water pipe caused flooding on multiple levels of this home in Park Ridge. The homeowners quickly found a company to extract the water, but that company did not have the ability to handle the home&rsquo;s furnishings and contents. United Services was brought in to provide our full range of restoration services &ndash; just what this family needed to solve their dilemma.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues</strong></p> <p>This event occurred in September, only a few months before the busy holiday season! The homeowners were looking for a company who could work with their insurance company to handle the job quickly and efficiently.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/541-contents-pack-out-park-ridge-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:31:56 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/541-contents-pack-out-park-ridge-il.html Home Contents Damaged in Fire (Hoffman Estates, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description</strong></p> <p>The experience of a house fire can be devastating. For these homeowners it meant 31 years of possessions and collectibles lost or damaged. Luckily, their insurance adjuster knew exactly what needed to be done: Call United Services.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues</strong></p> <p>The homeowner described the event like this: &ldquo;&hellip; the trauma of having a house fire, where all belongings, memories, furniture and photos gathered over 31 years all of it burned and damaged.&ldquo; Project Manager, Susie Lund, worked with the homeowner and the insurance adjuster to find the best resolution.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/540-home-contents-damaged-in-fire-hoffman-estates-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:28:01 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/540-home-contents-damaged-in-fire-hoffman-estates-il.html Fire Restoration and Reconstruction (Kildeer, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description</strong></p> <p>The week before Christmas, a fire caused by the malfunction of some electronic equipment brought about much heartache and concern for this family. Project Manager Chris Campbell was on the scene the night of the fire, supervising and assisting our Board-Up team to provide emergency securing and stabilization of the house and its contents. There was extensive smoke damage throughout the house, causing extensive damage to both the structure and the contents.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues</strong></p> <p>The homeowners&rsquo; main concern was the high quality of work required to restore their luxury home to its pre-loss condition, particularly their custom artwork, furnishings and draperies. Chris and Contents Specialist, Susie Lund, immediately set up temporary heat in the home to prevent any additional damage to the contents. Extreme care was taken in removing, cleaning and rehanging the custom draperies. Additional hand sewing was even done after the cleaning in order to meet the customers&rsquo; exacting expectations.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/539-fire-restoration-and-reconstruction-kildeer-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:24:36 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/539-fire-restoration-and-reconstruction-kildeer-il.html Drying and Mold Remediation (Long Grove, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description</strong></p> <p>This homeowner came home from vacation to find their washing machine had leaked for days, flooding their basement, bathroom, sauna and kitchen. The rooms were completely covered with water damage and mold.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues</strong></p> <p>Mold contamination can be a serious threat to human health and welfare. In this job, the trained and certified United Services team followed all the steps of professional mold removal and remediation.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/538-drying-and-mold-remediation-long-grove-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:20:07 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/538-drying-and-mold-remediation-long-grove-il.html Water Mitigation and Repairs (Mundelein, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description</strong></p> <p>A collapsed sewer line outside of this home caused a backed up toilet and a real headache for the homeowner. Sewage traveled throughout the first floor into the kitchen, hallway, office and even down into the basement.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues</strong></p> <p>The homeowner had been preparing to put the house on the market and therefore needed to get everything cleaned up and repaired quickly. The cleanup even required the front sidewalk and several newly planted bushes to be torn out.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/537-water-mitigation-and-repairs-mundelein-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:16:37 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/537-water-mitigation-and-repairs-mundelein-il.html Flood Cleanup (Barrington, IL) <p><strong>Loss Description</strong></p> <p>Flooding in a partially finished basement can pose a real challenge. The original company called in by this homeowner could not meet the challenge, so United Services was called in to finish the job. We got to work immediately to dry, clean and save the structure and contents of this basement.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues</strong></p> <p>The older woodwork and plaster walls of this 100 year-old home made this job different than most. The cutting-edge drying techniques used by United Services worked to save all the original structure and avoided the need for much more costly and time consuming reconstruction. During the job a second flood complicated matters, but was dealt with swiftly by the United Services team to avoid any further damage.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/536-flood-cleanup-barrington-il.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:10:55 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/536-flood-cleanup-barrington-il.html Flood on New Year’s Eve <p><strong>Loss Description:</strong><br />This homeowner had a flooded family room on New&nbsp;Year&rsquo;s Eve &ndash; not the best way to ring in the New Year!<br />Project Manager, Charlie Miller, was on the scene&nbsp;within 35 minutes of their phone call, and our United&nbsp;Services crew was there within an hour to begin&nbsp;cleanup.</p> <p><strong>Unique Issues:</strong><br />The inconvenient timing of this event caused great&nbsp;concern for the homeowners. When they received no&nbsp;response from the company referred by their insurance&nbsp;agent, they called United Services and were connected&nbsp;directly to our on‐call project manager.</p> http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/535-flood-on-new-years-eve.html Wed, September 12 2012, 16:03:22 -500 http://www.unitedfirewater.com/about-us/case-studies/535-flood-on-new-years-eve.html