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Getting Help Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting Help Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Smoke Detectors Can Prevent Fire Damage in Chicago and Save Lives

SERVPRO Tip: Install Smoke Detectors to Reduce Fire Damage

Looking on as firefighters busily address fire damage occurring on your property, you see flames billowing out of the window in the room where it all began and smoke everywhere else. When they get done putting this fire out, you hope that you have something left to call home.  
 
Once out, firefighters leave, declaring the area safe and granting entry. However, having fire damage in your Chicago area home leads to a variety of hazards that you probably are not aware of, making it necessary for you to seek professional help from a restoration company you trust.
 
At SERVPRO, we find that the majority of home fires occur in the kitchen, where without the proper cleaning and maintenance, most appliances become dangerous over time. Other machines, such as crock pots, toasters, microwaves, and coffee pots pose an extreme risk to you and your family if not taken care of properly, leading to injury and even death under the most unfortunate circumstances.  
 
SERVPRO can provide you with many helpful suggestions to prevent fire damage in your home. We can help address electrical distribution problems, where you have too many devices plugged into the same sockets, or teach you how to inspect these devices properly to avoid electrical fires.  
 
SERVPRO technicians often find that debris buildup in ventilation systems, around water heaters, candles, or the use of smoking products cause severe problems that you can prevent by simply changing things up a bit to help protect your family from harm.  
 
Smoking materials cause the most casualties out of any other home fire hazard, where smokers fall asleep or do not extinguish cigarettes properly, leading to catastrophic loss of life. Having the proper smoke alarms, detectors, or extinguishers available in your home can help get things under control quickly and reduce losses that you suffer.  
 
However, when faced with larger situations, professional restoration services help return things to normal quickly and efficiently. We can help remove smoke and soot residues that fill your entire home after a fire. Using cleaning and deodorization methods to sanitize the entire area, returning your property to a quality pre-damage condition you can enjoy for years to come.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville before you re-enter your fire damaged property, receive the help you deserve and protect your family through quality service. Call today. (312) 509-5000

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Raccoons In Your Hyde Park Home Exposes Your Family To Biohazards

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Raccoons In Your Hyde Park Home Exposes Your Family To Biohazards Biohazardous Cleanup of Raccoon Latrines Is Professionally Handled by SERVPRO in Your Chicago Home

Biohazardous Conditions from Critters Get a Cleanup from SERVPRO

Through stories and movies in modern day culture, we are led to believe that raccoons are a friendly animal, nature’s little bandit. Making the discovery of raccoons on your property seems harmless. When in fact raccoons themselves are extremely dangerous and pose severe health and safety risks to you and your family, even if you never come into direct contact with one.
 
Raccoons often cohabitate with humans, setting up camp inside residential areas and outbuildings. Your trash serves as a readily available buffet for these critters, leading to biohazardous waste deposits in and around your Hyde Park area home. These biohazards, such as fecal matter that raccoons leave behind are the primary host of a roundworm infection called, Baylisascaris Procyonis, that is extremely dangerous to humans.  
 
This roundworm infection can spread through touch, infecting anyone, especially children, and pets that come into contact with raccoon droppings. It can cause a variety of symptoms that make locating professional help from a company like SERVPRO for handling, removal, cleaning, and repair of the infected areas your best, safest option.  
 
Many raccoons find trees, fallen logs, tree stumps, woodpiles, or large rocks a suitable home. While others find that living under your deck or patio, in your garage, basement, or even your attic a more hospitable environment.
 
Raccoons often use common sites, called latrines, for placement of fecal matter and urine. However, the longer they inhabit the space, the more likely these biohazards spread throughout the entire area, causing damage to insulation, sheetrock, HVAC systems, and structural framing materials. SERVPRO can help contain contaminated areas through expertly designed biohazard cleanup services and get things back to normal quickly.
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians take every precaution to eliminate these biohazardous wastes from your home. We use full personal protective equipment, dispose of all dangerous materials, and clean the entire area properly.  
 
Special fogging equipment is used to sanitize the space with antimicrobial agents before installing new blown insulation back into the cleaned space, returning your attic to normal in a safe and efficient manner that limits exposure to everyone involved. The need to discard contaminated insulation is predicated upon the amount of contamination and its extent.
 
The staff at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stands ready to assist you with a variety of problems that may develop in your home, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, call today for the help you deserve. (312) 509-5000

Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Chicago Area Flooded Property Owners Call Upon SERVPRO for Cleanup of Contaminated Water

Prepare for Chicago Flooding with Advice from SERVPRO

Flooding incidents happen far more than you might think and all too often, homeowners find themselves facing the simple fact that they failed to acquire the proper insurance to address the costs associated with this kind of event. Avoid making the same mistake, spend the necessary time evaluating your plan and consider making changes to obtain the proper coverage for common occurrences that plague your area.  
 
Even if you have never had a flood damage incident in your Chicago area home, it is important to ensure that when things get out of control, you have the protection in place to help you recover from this kind of situation properly. Insurance is not just another bill you pay; it is something that can save the entire investment you have made in your home. It can make the difference in having a home to return to or being homeless.
 
Consider that the most common flooding issue that homeowners face every year involves basement flooding. Every basement in every home is susceptible to flooding; your home is no different. All leaks, big or small, run from high to low ground. Meaning that, under the right circumstances, everything ends up in your basement.  
   
Rainfall – Excessive rain can overload your drainage system, especially when improperly or inadequately installed. Often leading to foundation cracks and mold issues that develop in places you rarely visit.

Clogs – Sewer backups often happen at entirely the wrong time. Leading to sanitary issues as well as repairs that you simply are not prepared to handle on your own.

Drainage – The spot where your house sits on your property may not settle correctly over time. Adjustments to your yards grading and installation of various products help eliminate problems that cause excessive moisture.
 
If your basement is consistently wet, basement windows have condensation all of the time, or you have standing water, you need help. SERVPRO offers services to waterproof your basement properly. Using tar sealant on both the inside and outside of foundation walls, installing weeping tile, drains, and vents to prevent these issues from becoming a bigger issue. In some cases, sump pumps, additional drainages such as perimeter tiles, backflow valves, and grading issues can correct these problems easy enough. SERVPRO technicians receive expert training and licensing to provide you with these services, making your choice easy.  
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville works with your insurance company to keep the costs associated with your restoration to a minimum while providing you with the services you deserve. Call today for more information. (312) 509-5000  

Get Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Under Control Now

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Under Control Now Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration in Chicago Gets Help from SERVPRO

Count on SERVPRO for Cleanup of Fire Damage

Restoration companies provide you with many of the services you need to get damages under control and save furniture and other personal belongings caught up in a fire that occurs on your property. They manage your entire restoration process and make repairs on your property as stress-free as possible.
 
If fire damage happens in your Chicago area home, contacting a quality company with expertly trained technicians may be the answer, the right company can provide you with technicians that have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours.
 
A company, like SERVPRO, has IICRC certified professional fire damage restoration technicians. These technicians follow EPA and OSHA safety and restoration guidelines to protect your property and restore many of the contents of your home, including personal items that you may have thought were lost forever.
 
You should avoid touching anything on your property after being told it is safe to enter by local authorities. Contact SERVPRO and let our expertly trained technicians inspect your property for hazards and assess the damages that exist. Never count an item as lost before a restoration specialist has an opportunity to inspect it, we may be able to save things that you never thought possible.
 
SERVPRO technicians make every effort to restore items caught in a fire, rather than replacing them. We want to save you as much time and money as possible, while also returning your home to a quality pre-damage condition that is safe for you and our family.
 
Our technicians try to make the restoration process as bearable as possible. Promoting safety while on the job and protecting everyone involved. We manage your entire restoration process and keep you and your insurance company informed along the way.
 
We understand how devastating a fire incident in your home can be, so we treat you, your family, and your property with respect. While also providing you with the services you need to return things to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible, with the least amount of interruptions to your daily lives.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park – E. Bridgeport – Bronzeville can provide you with the fire damage restoration services you need to get things under control quickly and return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, call today. (312) 509-5000

Prevent Water Damage To Your Chicago Home

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevent Water Damage To Your Chicago Home A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter or run off from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home.

SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Chicago Home 


Water damage can happen to your home in many different ways. You cannot always prevent damage from extreme weather such as a storm or flood, but there are many things you can do to prevent other kinds of water damage.


A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter or run off from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home. Water damages your belongings and furniture, affects the structure of your home, and can be a seed for mold growth. Your home will be less pleasant to live in. If left unchecked, water damage can cause structural problems which are costly to repair.


Prevention is better than cure. Our SERVPRO water damage experts recommend the following to prevent water damage to your home:



  • Keep your roof and gutters in good order. Regularly check your roof and gutters for any damage or leaks. Get any problems remedied when you find them – don’t wait.

  • Clean your gutters. Even gutters in good condition can cause water damage if they get clogged. Go up to your gutters and clean out any leaves, branches, birds nests or other debris.

  • Be careful where you plant. Trees and shrubs make your garden look beautiful, but many have invasive roots that wrap around your pipes and break them. SERVPRO recommends checking out where your pipes go and being mindful of what you plant near them.

  • Use a drain snake. Every homeowner battles a blocked sink at some point. It is easy to reach for a chemical unblocker, but some of them contain harsh chemicals that erode pipes. A drain snake is inexpensive, effective, and easy to use.

  • Throw away your grease. Pouring grease down your kitchen sink clogs the pipes and leads to blockages and even damage. Put any grease into a separate container and dispose of it in the trash instead.

  • Check your water bill. Some leaks are hard to spot. Your water bill can give you a clue before you notice the physical evidence. Keep an eye on your bill – unexpected rises in water costs or usage indicate a potential leak.

  • Replace your washing machine hose. An old washing machine hose is water damage waiting to happen. Don’t let a worn away hose become a cause of water damage in your house. Replace it regularly to prevent problems.


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No matter how careful you are, water damage can still occur. If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

Avoiding The Hype And Gaining The Mold Damage Remediation Services Your Chicago Home Needs

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Avoiding The Hype And Gaining The Mold Damage Remediation Services Your Chicago Home Needs SERVPRO Remediates Mold and Contains Spreading in Your Chicago Home

SERVPRO Offers the Skinny on Mold Testing and Remediation

Avoid getting caught up in the hype. The truth is, there are many restoration companies available online. However, quite a few of them like to take advantage of myths surrounding mold issues and use scare tactics about different types of mold to offer services that you simply do not need.
 
The facts are quite simple, if mold of any kind causes mold damage in your Chicago area home, you should contact a local remediation company that you trust to eliminate the problem as fast as possible. Responding quickly and use of the right services gives you the best chance of getting the mold damage in your home under control while also preventing future contamination.
 
Any company that offers mold inspections services that involve sending samples and obtaining results from a lab before work begins in your home is causing far more harm than good. Most lab results take anywhere from 48 to 72-hours, while it only takes mold 24 to 48-hours to begin spreading throughout your property. However, the timing is not a significant issue typically concerning devastating loss to your home.
 
Even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that random mold testing is unnecessary and that any type or amount of mold found in your home should be considered potentially harmful to your health and treated by a professional remediation company in a quick and efficient manner.
 
True mold remediation services, like those offered at SERVPRO, provide customers with IICRC certified technicians, who follow OSHA safety standards and strict guidelines set by the EPA to protect the homeowner and its workers from harmful contamination. SERVPRO technicians cordon off the affected area using negative air pressure equipment, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to prevent the mold from spreading into clean areas of your home, capture mold spores that exist in the air, and remove moisture causing the problem to exist.
 
SERVPRO manages your entire mold remediation situation, including providing you with technicians well versed in restoration services to help return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition and give you a good chance of saving a large variety of items affected by mold growth in your home. We aim to save you money, especially since most homeowner insurance policies do not cover mold remediation.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park – E. Bridgeport – Bronzeville today for access to a quality mold remediation company you can trust to provide you with the services you need and deserve. (312) 509-5000

What SERVPRO Looks For in Smoke Damaged HVAC Systems

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What SERVPRO Looks For in Smoke Damaged HVAC Systems In many cases, SERVPRO employees can identify problems in ventilation by the smell alone.

Smoke Damaged HVAC system? Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Assist!


Smoke is one of the most common, pervasive, and challenging parts of most fires to remove. It works its way through cracks, holes, and especially ventilation systems to cause damage throughout the home. SERVPRO takes care to inspect and properly treat ventilation to keep the spread of smoke, and its odors to a minimum, as without careful attention vents may spread smoke particles back out across the home after restorations have been completed. Here's a brief overview of what our inspectors look for when evaluating damage in and potential cleaning techniques for ventilation in your home.

Visible Smoke Residue

When our technicians can see smoke residue smeared, coated, or piled in a ventilation system, this is a sign of extensive smoke and fire damage in Hyde Park homes. If there is no visible residue, this usually indicates that the vents are mostly free from damage and require little to no treatment. However, if the inspector does find visible residue, he or she takes note of its color, composition, volume, and extent throughout the ventilation system. Depending on the smoke's specific characteristics, an action plan is then developed to remove it in a timely fashion.

Obvious Smoke Smells

In many cases, SERVPRO employees can identify problems in ventilation by the smell alone. Smoke usually creates heavy odors in a home and is thus easy to detect by smell. If smoke can be smelled inside a vent but not seen, this may be a sign of damage in an out-of-sight location or perhaps more extensive damage to the ventilation system.

Filter Quality

Sometimes, filters in the vent system may collect smoke and debris in obvious volumes. Typically, these are replaced after a fire no matter their condition, but it is worth inspecting them to determine the extent of damage to the ventilation system. In some instances, filters may even catch smoke particles that would have otherwise caused problems inside the vents, acting as effective barriers to further damage.


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SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local branch of a national restoration company that helps homeowners to overcome fire, water, and mold damage to their homes. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

SERVPRO Storm Damage South Shore

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Storm Damage South Shore No matter how severe the storm damage may be, our SERVPRO team will be there to lend out a hand.

SERVPRO Crews Can Help with South Shore Storm Damage


Dealing with the effects of thunderstorms and blizzards is a difficult task for homeowners and renters. The weather is looking better now, but there is still plenty of rain and even some snow expected in the next week. It is not the time to put your feet up and wait for the Spring Half Marathon in May before you get out of the house.


Storm damage in South Shore never happens at 2 pm on a Wednesday afternoon, and then the rain conveniently stops falling on your South Shore residence. The tree falls on your roof, or the wind blows out the kitchen windows at 1 am on a Sunday morning, and suddenly everything is an emergency. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience and trained, response team to deal with it.


There are some steps we take in an emergency, but the most important actions we take are to protect your home and its contents, establish a safe environment where our technicians can professionally dry your home and its contents.


We begin by securing your home against further damage, and we start at the top. If the tree that crashed your roof can be safely pulled down, we do that and then cover any damage with plastic sheeting or sheets of plywood. The plastic sheeting is preferred since it is easier to tack down, but plywood is necessary if the hole or holes are extensive and some of the support beams are damaged as well.


If it is unsafe to get on the roof, our SERVPRO technicians have to remove the unsafe portions before they can secure the rest. In case the roof is past saving, it may be necessary for our technicians to protect the attic and the floors underneath at points of entry (ceiling access, stairs, chimneys, etc.) to keep water damage from spreading further into the residence.


Next are the doors and windows. We board up broken windows using plywood in most cases but use plastic sheeting at the request of the resident to provide lighting. In case the doors are damaged, technicians either repair or replace the broken equipment such as hinges or board up the doorways completely.


Once securing is completed, the response team sets up pumps to remove any standing water. Technicians also now begin checking the rest of your home and help stop further damage.


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These emergency procedures are only the beginning of the restoration process to return your residence to its pre-disaster state. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is determined to help you put your life and home back together. Call us at (312) 509-5000 today to get started.

The Right Way To Deal With Commercial Fire Damage In A Chicago Bar

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Right Way To Deal With Commercial Fire Damage In A Chicago Bar Unfortunately, bars and nightclubs are at a greater risk of fire damage than many other types of business.

Commercial Fire Damage In A Bar


There are hundreds of bars in Chicago. They cater to millions of tourists every year. In fact, the nightlife here is considered one of the main reasons to visit. Unfortunately, bars and nightclubs are at a greater risk of fire damage than many other types of business.

There is flammable liquid onsite, so small incidents can quickly spiral out of control. Even if nobody gets hurt, picking up the pieces can be tough. The good news is that SERVPRO has lots of experience with repairing fire damage in Chicago. We are a local company, and we can help you bring your bar back from the brink. Keep reading to find out how SERVPRO tackle this kind of restoration and why we can promise you a remarkable result.

The Furniture
Most bars in Chicago primarily contain wooden structures. Usually, the bar is wood. There may also be wooden booths or benches. Unusually, it has the potential to be both weakness and strength, depending on the severity of the damage. Obviously, if the furniture has been burned or charred, a replacement is needed.

However, structurally sound items can be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized. Wood is porous, so it absorbs smoke and soot odors easier than, say, cement or porcelain. On the other hand, it is quite resilient, so we can use ozone generators to chase odor causing particles out the bar, the seating, any wooden blinds, and hardwood flooring too.

The Soft Furnishings
It is possible to use the same deodorizing process to eliminate smoke and soot in soft furnishings too. We always deal with stains first, though, so it may be necessary to apply an absorbent compound cleaner. Anything that we can remove gets taken to our treatment facility and cleaned in a high tech washing machine.

So, seat covers, curtains, drapes, cushions, bar towels, and rugs get cleaned offsite. Immovable fibers (like carpets) get deodorized on site. We use a specialist device which generates odor killing particles. They are applied in a mist or fog because this enables them to get right into the carpet and seek out the lingering smoke particles.

The Glassware
Cleaning the glassware is a big job after a bar fire because there is so much of it. In many cases, the heat from the fire causes items to crack (sometimes shatter). It is why our technicians sort through the debris and separate salvageable items from broken ones. Fortunately, even glassware with caked on soot is relatively easy to clean.

We use a high PH (10-12) detergent or cleaning chemical and soak all items to remove stubborn stains. If there are aluminum materials in the affected area, our technicians manually clean them with non-abrasive chemicals (never bleach) and introduce fans to get clean, dry air flowing. Aluminum dust is flammable, so it is necessary to thoroughly clean around and underneath sinks and other items.

If your bar has been affected by fire damage, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is the service you need. We are a local restoration team, so our focus is on Chicago businesses. Call us 24/7 on (312) 509-5000 for fast, reliable repairs.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Hyde Park

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Mold Damage Hyde Park Mold damage in a Hyde Park home means special EPA requirements when it comes to remediation and restoration.

Hyde Park SERVPRO Mold Remediation


The word 'mold' can scare homeowners and renters alike. People think that it means abandoning their home and belongings as spores coat everything in a thick, fuzzy, black blanket of fungus. The truth is that mold is in every home and it is usually inert and harmless. It is only a problem when the right mix of moisture, temperature, and a food source match-up. 


Mold damage in a Hyde Park home means special EPA requirements when it comes to remediation and restoration. The process is too dangerous for a non-professional to attempt it. SERVPRO's response teams follow the principles laid out by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) to meet EPA and state of Illinois regulations.


Number One is to provide for Health and Safety. Mold in Hyde Park homes can cause some health problems, and our technicians are trained to make sure both they and your family are safe while working to clean the mold infestation and during removal of unrestorable property. We also make certain that the mold does not spread to unaffected areas of your home.


The second principle is to document not just the condition of your home before everything we do to restore it. This documentation includes all test results before and after cleaning, moisture levels, type of mold found, the extent of the infestation, and what chemicals and equipment used in the remediation and restoration.


Third, our SERVPRO technicians have to control the contamination at its source. This includes means sealing off the area of contamination (bathroom, hallway, and basement for example) to prevent it spreading as cleaning continues. If demolition of building materials is needed, technicians place negative air machines at the work site to reduce the mold level in the air to prevent our technicians spreading it when exiting the work site.


Next, we remove the contamination. If the infestation is found to be low, then our technicians may be able to wipe down affected surfaces with specialized cleaners. The next step is to vacuum the cleaned areas with HEPA filters in place that are designed to catch mold spores.


If the mold has spread into drywall or other building materials, then technicians have to remove and dispose of it.
Lastly, we have to lower moisture levels to normal. No matter how thoroughly our people clean mold and remove the affected property, there are always spores that remain. If the humidity levels do not return to normal, the mold expands and begins to grow again.


 


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Restoring your home (apartment, condo or whatever) after a mold infestation is not a simple process. It requires a professional team that is trained to know what to look for and safely removes it. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is proud to serve our community in helping them put their lives and homes back to normal. Call us at (312) 509-5000 today to begin.