Menold Construction and Restoration News

Sweet Corn Blues Festival Selfie Contest with the Menold Bear

Have Weekend Plans?    Ready to enter? Click here now! In case you're looking for something to do this weekend, we've got the perfect solution: The Uptown Normal Sweet Corn Festival! Sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, and flea market vendors await along with 50,000 ears of corn that will fill the roundabout and surrounding Uptown space. Y...
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Summer Storms and Residential Storm Damage Restoration in the Midwest

If you live in Illinois, you know this summer we've experienced severe storms, one right after another. Severe storms may become dangerous, especially the ones we experience, and it is crucial to know the different types of storm damage and how they can impact the places we call home. If your home is left untreated, damage from pounding rain, hail,...
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What You May Not Realize About Bathroom Remodeling and Water Damage

  When we make the decision to remodel our homes, it's because we want positive change. For some, this is easily accomplished, but for others, changing up the old can reveal a dark, nasty mess underneath. In the case of bathroom remodels this is especially true. Homeowners who contract a remodeling project can find mold and water damage underneath layers of tile, in the plumbing, and even in the walls! This is no reason to delay your remodeling dreams! In fact, Menold Remodeling Services loves handling projects like this because we are highly experienced in both restoration and remodeling services. We truly remodel the foundation and the surface of homes, especially the bathroom. A modern bathroom is not possible without comprehensive construction. We will clean up existing water and mold damage and we don't stop there; we also take necessary steps to prevent future water and mold from wrecking your home.


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The Effects of Mold in Your House and On Your Pet

Menold Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe When Mold is Found in Your HomeKeeping your home safe from the elements is a necessity; especially when you have little ones or pets roaming around your humble abode. Moisture is a common enemy to homeowners and is one of the sneakiest predators. It has the potential to cause sickness to you, your family, and ev...
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3 Things First Time Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage

TIPS FROM MENOLD CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. A recent pair of newlywed customers came to Menold Construction and Restoration because they were first time home-buyers and didn't realize there was considerable damage due to water seeping into the basement during storms. As you can imagine, with the recent wet weather we'v...
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Enter to Win A Birthday BBQ Bash For You And 20 Friends

Menold's Giving Away a Birthday BBQ! Heading into warm weather season, we are giving away some smokin' hot prizes in honor of Menold Construction and Restoration's continued 40th Birthday Celebration!   No, sadly, it's not our fire damage restoration services...  This month, we're giving away a Birthday BBQ Feast, on the house, for o...
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Throwing Business Back with a 70's Birthday Bash

​All year, Menold Construction and Restoration has been celebrating our 40th Birthday!  We can hardly believe we've been proudly serving Central Illinois and our Midwest community since 1977! When Tom Menold, our President, started this company in the late 70's, the world wasn't anything like it is today. He established and grew his restoratio...
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Menold Recognized Among the Top Customer Service Leaders

We're pleased to announce Menold Construction and Restoration has won a 2017 Guildmaster Award.Since 2005, GoodQuality has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the United States.[Out of 600+ eligible applicants, we are one of 30...
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Happy 40th Birthday to Menold!

We've started a new year, and it's time for us at Menold Construction and Restoration to celebrate our 40th birthday! But instead of putting the focus on us, we want to keep it where it's always been: on you, our customers. We know that your business has been the key to our success, and we like to think that our commitment to customer-focused work ...
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Upcoming November Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of November. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by property & facility managers, insurance agents, producers, adjusters, brokers, and the general public. Steve Driscoll, CR, Vice President of Menold Construction and Restoration, is certified by the State of Illi...
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Continuing Education Classes in October 2016

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of October. Steve Driscoll, CR, Vice President of Menold Construction and Restoration, is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by insurance agents, property & facility managers, producers, adju...
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4 Signs Mold Could Be Growing In Your Home

Do you have unexplained symptoms? Mold could be the culprit. These signs can help you identify noticeable or hidden causes of mold. Early detection of mold can save you money and trouble before it becomes a much bigger, more dangerous problem.1. Mold SymptomsMold in your home can cause symptoms such as:AsthmaSore eyesItchy skinRunny or blocked nose...
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Upcoming September 2016 Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of September. Menold's Vice President, Steve Driscoll, CR is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by brokers, property & facility managers, adjusters, insurance agents, producers, and the gener...
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Menold's Upcoming Morton Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of August. Our very own Vice President, Steve Driscoll, CR is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by property & facility managers, adjusters, brokers, insurance agents, producers, and the gene...
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Midwest Food Bank and Menold Construction and Restoration Partnership

At Menold Construction and Restoration, we assist many people who have experienced great hardships and experience first-hand the tragic impact of fires, floods, spreading mold, storm damage, and infectious outbreaks. We understand how important it is not only to be dedicated to customer service but to give back to the community as well. Our partner...
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Eliminate Pathogens With NEXT Pathogen Control®

Case Study OverviewTo prove the evidence of the photocatalytic properties of NEXT Pathogen Control®, Menold worked with an infectious disease specialist in Peoria, Illinois to conduct a scientific study. To test the effectiveness, Menold applied common pathogens (MRSA, Pseudomonas; the most common causes of nosocomial ICU infections) to slides over...
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Menold's Upcoming Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of June. Our very own Vice President, Steve Driscoll, CR is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education can be attended by insurance agents, adjusters, brokers, producers, property & facility managers, and the general public...
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Remodeling in Peoria, Illinois

 

A kitchen remodel or a bathroom remodel can help make your home feel more personal and unique to you. Menold Construction and Restoration has been in the remodeling business for over 30 years. With a professional team of designers, project managers, and craftsmen Menold will ensure that your project is an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

 

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Mold Prevention and Treatment

Molds are everywhere. They are fungi that grow where there is moisture, may that be inside or outside. Exposure to a damp and moldy indoor environment where microorganisms flourish does pose health risks, especially to people with mold allergies. Menold Construction and Restoration has a team of highly trained professionals that specialize in mold remediation, mold testing, and mold removal. However, there are steps you can take before mold becomes a serious problem in your home or business.

 

Here are some tips on mold prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

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Celebrating the Menold Champaign / Urbana Location

Menold Construction and Restoration is would like to welcome the community to our open house celebration at our new location on 807 Pioneer Street in Champaign, Illinois. The open house will be held on April 14th from 4-6 pm and will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Champaign Chamber of Commerce!

 

Guests can enjoy music by Cliff Stoker and a live painting by Jennifer Heidrick. The menu will include delicious Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments provided by Chef Curtis McGhee. In addition, guests can enter to win a “stay-cation” package which includes a one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, gift certificates for breakfast and dinner, and even a bottle of wine. You won’t want to miss this great event!

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Storm Damage Restoration in Bloomington-Normal, IL

The tornado that destroyed a large swath of Washington, IL, on November 17, 2013, was a stark reminder to all Central Illinois residents of how powerful storms can change lives in a moment’s notice. Though the Bloomington-Normal, IL, area escaped the smaller town’s fate, it still suffered extensive hail damage as pellets of frozen rain measuring as large as four inches in diameter, or the size of a softball, pelted the community. Bloomington-Normal also required tree damage repair as high winds wreaked havoc across the city.

 

In terms of the amount of harm caused, the horrific tornado in Washington may have been a fairly uncommon event. Hail damage is not. Hail causes $1 billion in lost property and crops each year. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. There are things you can do, however, to limit the damage hail can cause to you and your property. Here are some safety tips from the National Weather Service:

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Water Damage in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Water damage can have short-term and long-term impacts on your home or business. A flood can force you out of your home. An unnoticed leak may have subtler effects, such as allowing mold to grow behind your walls or water to pool above your ceiling. Menold Construction and Restoration has highly trained professionals who will respond quickly when your business or home requires water damage restoration services in Bloomington-Normal, IL. However, there are things you can watch for in order to minimize water damage caused by a flood, storm, or leak.

  • Keep a close eye on your water bill. A sudden increase in your bill could mean you have an unchecked water leak. Pooled water can rot your walls from the inside and create the conditions where mold will grow.
  • Watch for mold. Molds are common fungi that grow inside and outside the home. But they thrive in damp, dark environments, such as basements and bathrooms. A home or business that has suffered water damage needs to be alert for the presence of mold. It can have long-term health effects on the people who live and work there. Symptoms can range from a skin rash and sneezing to more severe respiratory problems. People with allergies are especially vulnerable to mold’s negative effects.
  • Dry soaked furnishings quickly. Make sure to ventilate areas exposed to heavy moisture so mold and mildew don’t have time to find a home in your home. Also dry carpets or rugs that have been exposed to heavy doses of water.
  • Monitor your drainage. Make sure that downspouts are redirecting water at least five feet away from your foundation. Water can cause structural problems if it is allowed to pool too close to the building. Also, check your gutters and clear them of any debris.
  • Check your pipes in the winter. Insulate pipes in attics and basements and those exposed to the exterior so they don’t freeze. Disconnect your garden hose when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Take a look at your roof and windows after a major storm. Don’t wait until there is a hole in your ceiling or a puddle on your floor to see if all is well. Check for missing shingles and cracked windows to prevent rain and moisture from getting in your home.

One last tip: It’s a good idea to check your sump pump every few months and clean it annually before spring rains come. The best way to keep dry is to prepare for the worst and be ready to respond quickly when major water damage does strike.

 

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Mold Removal in Peoria, IL

Mold is common. Tiny spores of mold are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air, inside and outside. Mold grows where there is moisture; it thrives in dark, damp places. So common are these fungi that you might not realize the damage mold can do to your home, business, and health. Menold Construction and Restoration has a team of highly trained professionals that specializes in mold remediation, mold testing, and mold removal in Peoria, IL. Here are five reasons that mold matters.

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Hail Damage in Peoria, IL

Hail damage is a problem in Peoria and across Illinois. Softball-size hail is not unheard of and can shatter glass, puncture the roof of your house or business, and destroy the exterior of your car. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. As you can see, Peoria is no stranger to hail damage, not to mention the types of storms that bring flood damage.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Peoria, IL

A fire can be a devastating event in your life. You could lose your home, business, or something even more valuable—home fires kill an average of seven people every day in the United States. They also cause billions of dollars in property damage annually, according to the American Red Cross. Menold Construction and Restoration is your fire damage restoration specialist in Peoria, IL, and our experts can help you get your residence or commercial property back in order. There are things you should be aware of, however, in order to lessen your chances of ever needing fire damage restoration services.

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Preventing Water Damage

Water damage is a problem that often appears out of nowhere. A flood or storm can devastate your home or business in a minute’s notice. An unchecked leak can rot wooden structures or compromise your foundation without you noticing it until it’s too late. If your residential or commercial property is in need of water damage restoration, contact Menold Construction and Restoration. We have the experts, experience, and equipment necessary to contain the damage and to restore your property to its pre-loss condition.

 

There are, however, things you can do to limit the risk of water damage and in some cases, prevent it from happening in the first place.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Fire Prevention

Structure fires can strike anytime of the year. The winter months, however, are the peak time for home fires. If tragedy does strike, remember that Menold Construction and Restoration is your Bloomington-Normal, IL, fire damage restoration specialist. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by a fire. Follow these fire safety tips from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Mold in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Water damage can be destructive to your property and to your health. One major reason for that is mold. Mold grows where there is moisture and thrives in dark, damp places. Menold Construction and Restoration has a team of highly trained professionals that specializes in mold remediation, mold testing, and mold removal in Bloomington-Normal, IL. Here are five reasons that mold matters.

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Prevent Home Fires With These Tips

Home fires kill an average of seven people every day across the country, according to the American Red Cross. Fires injure another 36 people daily and cause more than $7 billion in damages annually in the United States. Menold Construction and Restoration is Central Illinois’ fire damage restoration specialist. However, there are things you can do to help prevent fires before they compromise your safety and property.

 

Here are five tips for preventing a home fire compiled from the National Fire Protection Association:

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Menold's NEXT Pathogen Control

Pathogen control is serious business. Pathogens are biological agents that cause disease. These microorganisms come in the form of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. They can cause problems in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, day care facilities, public transportation, prisons, livestock production, food-processing units, hotels, and homes. Menold Construction and Restoration uses the NEXT Pathogen Control System to eliminate and control these viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

 

Menold’s NEXT Pathogen Control System utilizes a safe and proven anti-microbial system, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that delivers long-lasting protection against surface and airborne organisms. NEXT kills surface C. diff, MRSA, staph, and other known viruses, bacteria, and fungi, while reducing organic odors in the process.

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Water Damage Restoration in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Water damage can be insidious. An unnoticed leak may have subtle effects that go undetected until you have a hole in your ceiling or problems with your foundation. Menold Construction and Restoration has highly trained professionals who will respond quickly when your business or home needs water damage restoration services in Champaign-Urbana, IL. However, there are steps you can take to limit the toll water damage can take on your property.

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Storm Damage Restoration in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Hail can be a major problem for you and your property. Every year hail causes a billion dollars in damage in the United States. Unfortunately, Illinois and its nearly 13 million residents are especially vulnerable to damaging hailstorms. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country, and in the previous 14 years, hail caused an average loss of about $180 million a year, the fifth highest nationwide. Menold Construction and Restoration has the experts to assess and repair any hail damage that your home or business may suffer in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Our professionals provide full restoration services in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas. But before you need our help, keep in mind a few tips that might limit the damage to you and your home.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Champaign-Urbana, IL

A fire can devastate your home or business any time of the year. The winter months, however, are the peak time for structure fires. If tragedy does strike, remember that Menold Construction and Restoration is your fire damage restoration specialist in Champaign-Urbana, IL. There are steps you can take to lower the chances that a winter fire will ruin your holiday season.

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Career Positions Open for Bloomington, Champaign and Peoria Illinois

Are you looking to join a highly skilled and customer oriented team? Menold Construction and Restoration is growing and has new openings available in construction, remodeling, restoration, project management and carpentry in Central Illinois. At Menold, we provide unmatched customer service thanks to our dedicated employees. Our mission is to provide each client with the best experience during their time of need and we can’t do that without the right employees.

 

Menold Construction and Restoration is looking for construction project managers in our Morton, IL and Bloomington, IL locations, a remodeling project manager for the Peoria, IL area, a restoration/cleaning technician for the Bloomington/Normal location, and carpenters for Bloomington and Morton as well. Visit our careers page to learn more about these open positions.

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Flooding in Tazewell County

The heavy rainfall in the months of May and June have caused flooding and water damage in many areas of Tazewell County, including Morton, Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to report any uninsured flooding issues that have occurred since June 7th, 2015. Please report this flooding to the Emergency Management Agency no later than Tuesday, July 28th by 5 pm. Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency will submit the information to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

 

To contact the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency, call 309-925-2271 or 309-477-2234 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can also email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What to Do After a Fire

A fire in your home can be extremely devastating and in an emergency situation, it is helpful to have a game plan. Below we have listed the steps of what do to after a fire has occurred in your home:

 

  1. Call fire department: Call 911 as soon as possible when a fire has occurred. Give them your exact location and let them know that there is a fire in your home. If you know the location of where the fire began this information can be helpful as well.
  2. Help: Make sure each of your family members are a safe distance from the fire, including any animals that you may have. Check to ensure that no one is injured or needs immediate attention.
  3. Call: One of the first calls after calling the fire department would be to call your insurance agent. It is important to give them as much information as you can so they can begin to make a claim. After you have called insurance, it would be helpful to also call your landlord/ mortgage company and inform them what has happened and discuss your options with them. Lastly, a call to the police would be beneficial informing them that this residence will be vacant for a little while due to fire, so they can patrol the area and keep your property safe.
  4. Get recommendations for restoration companies: ask your insurance agent if they have any recommendations for fire restoration companies. They may have a good company with whom they have worked with before. This will help give you a start of who to call to help restore your home to its’ pre-fire condition
  5. Ask if safe to go in: Before heading back into your home, be sure to ask the fire department when it is safe to go inside the home. While you are inside the home, if possible, try to gather as many important documents as you can as well as necessities needed to get you through the time being.
  6. Find a place to stay: The next step is to contact friends, family, or even a disaster relief to find a place to stay until your home is restored.  
  7. Notify various places of your new location: Notifying your work, kids’ schools, and the post office of your new location will be very helpful. You might also want to have the post office hold your mail until you are able to move back in.  
  8. Save receipts: After the fire has happened be sure to keep any receipt for a purchase needed because of the fire. These will be useful for insurance and tax reasons.
  9. Keep in contact with restoration company: While fire restoration company that you hired is working on your home, be sure to keep in contact with them getting updates, asking questions you may have, and getting timelines.

 

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Flooding in Peoria, IL

The rain in the recent month has caused flooding to occur in the surrounding Peoria areas. Is your home prepared for flooding and storm damage? Below find a few tips on how to prepare for a flood:

  1. Protect your possessions: Gather any paperwork that is important such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance paperwork, and information about your possessions and keep them in a water proof container in a safe place.
  2. Develop a family emergency plan: This can include having a safety kit, teaching your children how to dial 911, and creating and practicing a flood evacuation and storm shelter route with your family.
  3. Prepare Your Home: Check to ensure your sump pump is working, raise electrical components such as wiring, switches, circuit breakers.
  4. Take inventory: Create a visual as well as a written record of any major household items that you own. This includes valuables like jewelry, artwork and appliances.  This will help when filing insurance claims

For more information on floods in the Peoria area, check out the county website.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois to assist in repairing storm and flood damage and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Peoria, Illinois Flooding Prevention

With the rainy season upon us, the Illinois River water levels are rising at alarming rates bringing with them a high flood risk for Peoria and the surrounding areas. Below find tips on how to prevent water damage caused by floods:

  1. Fix Leaks: Even before the rain comes it is best to fix any leaks in the roof and fill in any foundational cracks. You will also want to make sure that the roof shingles are secure.
  2. Turn Water Off: If you leave for vacation or an extended period of time, it is best to turn off the water in your home. This can prevent any surprise flooding due to leaks while you are away.
  3. Check Grading: unrestricted and able to flow away from the house instead of towards it.
  4. Clean Gutters: Without clean gutters water from the rain can become concentrated on one area of the roof and next to the house. Gutters are designed to carry water away from your home.
  5. Align Downspouts: Also, be sure to check and make sure your downspout is far enough from your home so that water does not end up concentrating next to your property.
  6. Test Sump Pump: Make sure you check that your sump pump is working correctly. If you suspect that there are any issues with your sump pump call a professional.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of water damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. If damage has occurred have it repaired immediately.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois to assist in storm and flood damage repair and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Why You Should Care About Mold

Below is a list of reasons that it is important to understand the importance of mold testing and mold removal. Mold is a part of our everyday environment, and the more you understand the better.
  1. If there is mold growth in your property another concern is that growth inside the building can be a symptom of a much larger issue. Mold can be caused by leaks, condensation, humidity that is not properly ventilated and is a signal that water damage may be present.
  2. Mold thrives in homes. Homes are made up of materials such as wood, drywall, paper, and have moisture in them, which all supply the mold and allow it to grow. Eventually, after long exposure, the mold can even cause structural damage to your property.
  3. Medical research is continually being done to determine the health hazards associated with mold. MoldSensitized.com wrote “One of the latest and most blunt interpretations of this growing body of medical evidence was released by the California Department of Public Health. This document clearly states: “CDPH has concluded that the presence of water damage, dampness, visible mold or mold odor in schools, workplaces, residences and other indoor environments is unhealthy.”

 

If there is mold in your home, seek out professional assistance to ensure that the root of the problem is discovered and fully removed before you begin the restoration process. If there is a remnant left, it could result in a recurring problem and a greater expense. It is important during the mold removal process that proper testing is done to ensure that all traces have been removed.

 

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Significant Signs of Water Damage

Noticing signs of water damage in your home is the first step towards water damage restoration. Water damage can be caused by a number of incidents such as overflowing water sources, floods, leaks, even leaky appliances. The sooner you are able to notice the signs, the sooner you are able to put your life back together. Below are high risk areas to check in your home:

  • Basement: Check the flooring of your basement for signs of water damage. Take note of any cracks in the flooring, dampness, rust, or even warped flooring – these can be signs of moisture in your basement.
  • Walls: Look at all the walls and ceilings in your home for any stains. These stains can be caused by water damage due to leaky pipes inside of the wall. Other signs of water damage are walls being swollen and soft to the touch, or even cracking.
  • Exterior: Make sure when checking for water damage you don’t forget your roof. Check for any damaged or missing shingles. You should also look for any standing water in your yard close to your house. A puddle could be due to gutter spouts that are not draining far enough from the house, so be sure to check around the gutter placement as well.
  • Pipes: There are various pipes throughout your home that you should be checking including bathrooms, kitchen, basement, and the laundry room. Look for any leaks, water stains surrounding the areas, or even corrosion around the connectors.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of water damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. If damage has occurred have it repaired immediately.

 

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Water Damage Fast Facts

Menold Construction and Restoration understands that water damage can be a bear. Below are a few facts that may surprise you:

  • In the United States water damage is the 2nd most filed insurance claim, resulting in about 20% of all insurance claims being related to water damage
  • 30-40% of U.S. homeowners claim to have suffered from water damage in their homes
  • A 1/8th- inch pipe crack can leak 250 gallons of water per day
  • A leaky faucet dripping one drip per second can waste over 3,000 in just one year
  • 22 gallons of water are lost daily just because of leaks from drops or malfunctioning toilets
  • Damage due to water is the 3rd largest cause of homeowner loss
  • Water leaks in homes resulted in $9.1 billion property loss just from 2007-2009
  • 93% of damage caused by leaks can be prevented with a proper system in place

 

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.

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Signs of Storm Damage

In the Midwest a home could have different storm damage ranging from hail to wind damage, from tornado all the way to snow storm damage. Knowing the signs that your home may have storm damage is crucial in detecting and restoring the issue quickly. Below are areas to check for storm damage:

 

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances. Inspect your AC/HCAC unit as well as items such as a barbeque grill.

 

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Prepare to Prevent Tornado Storm Damage

Spring is upon us, and so are the weather and storms that come with it. In the Midwest, we know that means the potential threat of tornadoes, the majority of them occurring between April and June. While we can’t prevent all of the damage that tornadoes and other severe storms cause, there are a few things that you and your family can do to prepare that will give you a greater chance of staying safe.

  1. Prepare a disaster supply kit. This should contain things like bottled water and non-perishable food items, a flashlight and first aid kit. A complete list can be found here. Keep this place in a designated spot in your home and make sure that all family members know where it is located.
  2. Know your warning system. Not all warning systems are created equal, so understand what all of the sirens in your area mean.
  3. Select your safe room. This should be an interior room on the lowest level of your home, away from windows, or a basement or storm cellar. Make sure everyone in the home knows which room you’ve selected.
  4. Practice drills. This ensures that in the event of a storm, you are ready. Assign tasks as needed, for example, who is responsible for locating the family pet.
  5. Storms are often accompanied by high winds. Prepare outdoors as well by removing diseased or damaged trees and branches, secure any lawn furniture, trash cans or anything else that wind could pick up.
  6. Know the warning signs for a tornado and don’t wait to seek shelter.
In the event that a tornado strikes, following these simple disaster preparedness steps could keep you and your family safe. If you find yourself in need of repair due to damage caused by high winds or severe storm, contact professionals to make sure that the repairs are done properly and efficiently.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Mold Prevention Tips

No one wants mold in their homes. Aside from the health risks and property damage, homeowners can find the presence of mold to be embarrassing. But according to the CDC, there is “always some mold everywhere - in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.”

What’s important is to deal with immediately upon discovery, and take any steps you can to control and prevent mold growth whenever possible. Recommended steps are:
  • Control humidity levels – keep them as low as possible, no higher than 50% all day long by using an air conditioner and dehumidifier.
  • Promptly fix leaking roofs, windows, and pipes preventing the dampness that mold grows well in
  • Ensure that you have proper ventilation in your homes with exhaust fans and dryer vents that vent outside your home
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding as quickly as possible; 24-48 hours
  • If carpets and upholstery cannot be dried promptly, don’t wait to replace them. Consider using materials that won’t absorb liquid in places like bathrooms or basements that are prone to moisture.
If there is mold in your home, seek out professional assistance to ensure that the root of the problem is discovered and fully removed before you begin the restoration process. If there is a remnant left, it could result in a recurring problem and a greater expense. It is important during the mold removal process that proper testing is done to ensure that all traces have been removed.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Residential Fire Damage Prevention

There are few things as devastating to your home and well-being as a fire. Every year there are approximately 365,500 residential building fires resulting in $6.6 billion in property loss. While you can’t prevent every fire that occurs, there are some steps that everyone can take to ensure that their property is better protected against fire.
  • Be careful when you cook. Refrain from wearing loose clothing, keep flammable items like towels and wooden spoons away from open flames, and maintain a 3 foot child free zone around your cooking area.
  • Replace any frayed, worn or damaged appliance cords as they can start fires.
  • If you burn candles, keep them away from window hangings and be sure to extinguish the flame.
  • Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be located inside and outside sleeping areas and on all levels of your home. They should be tested monthly, batteries should be changed yearly and alarms more than ten years old should be replaced.
  • Use caution when operating a portable heater. Ensure that is has an automatic shut off mechanism in the event that it falls over and keep any combustible items at least 3 feet away.
  • Prepare and practice! Each home should have a plan in case of a home fire. Every second counts in an emergency, and if all members of your family are familiar with escape routes and meeting spaces, your chances of escaping unharmed increase greatly.
In the event of fire damage in your home, make sure that you call trained, skilled professionals who can complete any and all structural repairs, reconstruction, and final cleaning as appropriate.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Water Damage Prevention Tips and Tricks

Water Damage can be a bear. And you don’t have to experience a sudden flood for water damage to affect your home. Over time, continued water damage can weaken your home’s foundation and cause serious structural damage. Wood that has been exposed to moisture can invite pests like termites and carpenter ants that can make a feast of your home. It can also cause mold and mildew, leading not only to the destruction of your home but to possible illness to the people living there.

There are, however, a few things that you can do to minimize the damage that water can cause and prevent some of the serious issues that come with it.
  • Maintain proper drainage around your home. This involves items like cleaning your gutters, making sure your downspouts are correctly rerouting water 5-10 feet away from your house. It is also important that the slope of your yard is at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span; this keeps water from seeping right down next to your foundation where it could cause buckling and cracking. And during dry spells, make sure the soil around your home doesn’t get too dry. Long dry spells will cause the ground to shrink; a big rain will make it expand and put large amounts of pressure on your foundation. In a drought, use a soaker hose 6 inches from the foundation until it reaches 3 inches deep to keep the soil from shrinking.
  • Test your sump pump regularly. Because we only call upon our sump pumps to work in storm season, we often forget about them the rest of the year. Best practice is to test at least once a year, preferably before the first heavy rainfall, and ideally, to perform several checks during storm season. Here’s a step by step guide to testing your sump pump.
  • Proactively check for leaks and fix them swiftly. If a leak is caught and repaired quickly enough, there is a chance that you can prevent any long term damage that may have occurred. Check for dark or damp spots inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, drips and toilets that don’t sit firmly on the floor. Once a year, inspect your roof (or have a professional inspect it.) Repair any loose, damaged, or missing shingles, and any cracked caulking and look for leaks around the flashing.
If in the process of inspection, you find water damage, be sure to check carefully for mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage and have it repaired immediately.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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