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Dealing With Mold After Water Damage In Chicago Properties

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Mold After Water Damage In Chicago Properties The last thing a homeowner wants in their property is mold.

Dealing With Mold After Water Damage

The last thing a homeowner wants in their property is mold. Unfortunately, in colder climates across America, it's an unfortunate reality. The causes of mold are varied and can occur from heavy rainfall, leaks in your plumbing or even in your HVAC. Moisture can fit into the smallest spaces or be absorbed by drywall making it difficult to guard against the growth of mold.

Properties that have suffered previous water damage in Chicago are at a higher risk of mold or mildew buildup. Anything from cracks between the floorboards, crawlspaces or behind fittings are places where moisture can seep in undetected. These areas are the ideal conditions for mold to grow and the resultant spores can cause it to spread rapidly.

When you call in a SERVPRO technician, the first thing you should provide as much information as you can. Usually, we need to cordon off the affected area to prevent spores from spreading to other areas of your home. Until the area is contained, we can not introduce air flow, such as using vacuums, as it would risk spreading.

Containment could include using plastic sheeting, negative airflow, covering of ducts (if we suspect mold in your HVAC), as well as decontamination rooms for SERVPRO equipment and PPE gear. Unfortunately, the majority of porous materials like fabrics must be removed and discarded. Non-porous materials in your home can be cleaned by our technician using HEPA vacuums or sanitizers.

Once all visible signs of mold have been removed from the containment area, the next job is to thoroughly dry materials and structure to protect against future infection. Regular drying equipment like air movers can be counter-productive and spread spores around. For that reason, SERVPRO can delay the drying procedure focusing on removing infected materials and lighter equipment like dehumidifiers.

As part of our service, we can remove and dispose of all contaminated materials to lessen the risk of mold returning to your home. We can also thoroughly deodorize the affected area using chemical foggers to get rid of that musty smell to make it like it never even happened.

If you spot mold on your walls or furnishings don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

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The Best Approach for a Stress-Free Flood Restoration Process in Chicago

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Best Approach for a Stress-Free Flood Restoration Process in Chicago When Your Chicago Home Needs Saving from a Flood--Call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flood Loss Mitigation and Restoration Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services

There are some factors we look at when restoring a property which has suffered flood damage. It all starts with understanding everything about the incident. Factors may include the time the standing water has spent on the structure, the contamination risks the source of water is likely to cause, the depth of the water, and the time that has elapsed since the event was reported in Chicago.

Before our SERVPRO technicians can start any flood damage remediation work in Chicago, we remove items such as draperies and furnishings from the site that are movable to mitigate continuing water loss. Salvageable contents can also be stored in a humidity-controlled area - preferably less than 60 % - to reduce chances of mold growth. If we have to store the cleaned contents on the site, then we introduce a positive pressure in the storage area to prevent a possible movement of contamination from the contaminated areas. We can use plastic sheeting to separate the two areas to minimize cross-contamination and moisture migration.
 
Disasterous flooding can be dealt with according to the inherent dangers to the structure and its contents. When removing, cleaning and treating contaminated surfaces and contents, we have to keep the site under negative pressure compared to other parts of the floor or structure. We achieve this by using an air mover or vacuum having HEPA filters. At the end of the process, we have to remove the filter and place them in plastic bags ready for disposal.
 
Our SERVPRO team also removes flood damaged porous materials that contain bacterial and mold since they can cause health effects. For instance, we remove and discard mold-contaminated porous items such as insulation, carpets, drywall, and carpet padding. The same may apply to wet ceiling tiles that has been exposed to wetness for 24 - 72 hours. It is difficult to clean mold damage if it has already developed within porous contents, and discarding such items is the workable option.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to respond to all restoration and cleaning needs irrespective of the time of the day. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 and allow us to perform a stress-free restoration process.

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A Damaged Roof Can Put Your Chicago Antique Store In Need Of Water Cleanup Services

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Damaged Roof Can Put Your Chicago Antique Store In Need Of Water Cleanup Services When water has leaked into your business through the holes in your roof, the best option is for you to immediately call for water cleanup services.

Water Cleanup Services

When it is time to change the damaged roof on your building, it is not wise to ignore the problem, especially since a heavy rainstorm can put you in urgent need of water cleanup services. Replacing an old roof is a costly process, but the issue can only become more expensive for you as the roof begins to fail and allows water to flow into your store. However, sometimes money is tight, or an unfortunate accident happens before the roofers are scheduled to arrive.

When water has leaked into your business through the holes in your roof, the best option is for you to immediately call for water cleanup services to come to your Chicago antique store. The quicker that professionals can arrive, the more likely it is that any damage that has befallen your merchandise can be remediated. The furniture, shoes, and clothes to the right side of your store have all been drenched by rainwater. Considering that damage can diminish the value of the antiques in your store, the timing is only more pressing.

As SERVPRO arrives at your store, we can immediately begin to set up a drying system to encourage the water that has soaked into the furniture and clothing to evaporate. While our IICRC-technicians are setting up our advanced equipment to do the job, such as dehumidifiers and air movers, our Estimator can go over the roofing issue with you. SERVPRO can recommend a roofing company who can come to your store swiftly and get the job done just as fast, so you do not have a repeated accident.

SERVPRO understands how valuable your time is. We always aim to be out of sight and out of mind while working, so you do not have to worry about foot traffic loss. Our schedule is flexible, should your accident happen in the middle of the night, we are available to call.

When an accident leads to excess standing water that needs to be cleaned up, never delay. Phone SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000. 24/7 our doors are open for you.

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What You Can Do When Your Child Floods Your Bathroom and Puts You It In Need of Water Cleanup Services

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Can Do When Your Child Floods Your Bathroom and Puts You It In Need of Water Cleanup Services Whether your sink, bathtub or toilet overflows as a result of a child's prank, call SERVPRO for efficient remediation efforts.

Team SERVPRO Tackles Your Water Damage Issue Regardless of the Cause 

Children are known to get up to some mayhem, but it is never a good thing when that mischief puts your home in need of urgent water cleanup services. When your child's curiosity leads them to stuff the drain of your bathroom sink, the resulting mess can be overwhelming. While you were doing some house chores, they left the tap running and flooded your bathroom. By the time you find the mess, it is entirely possible that it is too much water to clean up on your own. Additionally, you may rightfully worry about the dangers of the water soaking into the floor and walls.
 
However, you can take comfort knowing that there are professionals close to your home that can provide water cleanup services in Chicago to you. As soon as you find the water in your house, it is essential to get on the phone and call for help. It is for the better that the water is addressed quickly. Leaving it for too long can result in further damages to your home, such as mold damage in the walls or cracks in your tile from the structure underneath becoming damaged.
 
SERVPRO always strives to travel to your home as swiftly as possible. We understand the importance that time takes in remediation and thus always try to beat it. Once we arrive at your home, SERVPRO can immediately begin to use advanced technology to clean up the water in your bathroom.
 
SERVPRO uses tools such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to cleanup pooled and stagnant water. Once the water is gone, we can use moisture meters to detect if your bathroom needs further drying. Leaving it without checking could allow the development of mold in your bathroom. Should the space need further remediation, we can use tools such as ventilation box fans and air movers to reduce moisture. Lastly, we can recommend to you a plumber to unclog the sink your child stuffed up, so this problem will not happen again.
 
Do not hesitate if your child should cause an extensive mess in your home that needs a professional touch. Dial (312) 509-5000 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We always strive to return your home to its pre-flooded state.

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Removing Mold Damage In Chicago Area Homes

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Chicago Area Homes Like fires though, the mold is a year-round problem for every house, duplex, or apartment.

Removing Mold Damage

At this time of year, Chicago homeowners are more concerned with fires from the record heat than mold growing in their attics or basements. Like fires though, the mold is a year-round problem for every house, duplex, or apartment.

Mold damage to Chicago homes can happen anywhere, from the attic, and down through the walls. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that damage is not limited to the outward appearance either. When mold grows undetected for a long enough period, it can infest the insulation everywhere.

Insulation (blown-in or rolled) compresses and loses its ability to reflect or trap heat when it becomes infested. The loss happens faster when it becomes wet, so sprays are not a good choice. Foggers can spread anti-fungal agents across the attic and down the walls, but they do not remove the physical mold colony which weighs down the insulation. To ensure a mold-free home, SERVPRO technicians remove the insulation, scrape clean the area, and use chemical agents to kill any trace of active mold growth.

For attics, our team members pull up the rolled insulation, bag it to prevent accidentally transferring mold to other parts of the property, and then remove it for disposal. For blown-in insulation, they start with a commercial vacuum to remove it to a sealed bag outside the home. In roof corners and other hard to reach areas, our teams use scrapping tools to remove the last, small amounts. After removal, for both types of insulation, technicians either spray the area or use a fogger to ensure no active, growing spores remain.

For mold in walls, the task of removal has additional steps. Team members remove the drywall or other material and then pull out the rolled insulation or vacuum out the blown-in variety. Before removal, technicians also seal off the room to prevent accidental contamination to other parts of the home. After removing the affected insulation, they spray down the open wall space to kill any active spores.

At SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, our goal is to return every home affected by a mold growth to a clean, safe condition as quickly as possible. If you suspect or can see mold in your home, call us at (312) 509-5000 today to schedule a visit.

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Fire Damage Technicians From Chicago Talk About Communication And Reporting

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians From Chicago Talk About Communication And Reporting After a fire starts on your property in Chicago the damage may seem overwhelming and devastating.

Communication And Reporting

After a fire starts on your property in Chicago the damage may seem overwhelming and devastating. Any time a disaster affects you, the entire process can be very stressful. The various types of work required can get confusing to keep track of and retain a good understanding of the situation.

Insurance companies can also sometimes be difficult to work with because agents and adjusters often have a heavy workload. From the time our SERVPRO technicians respond to fire damage call in Chicago, to the day we complete the project, we work hard to demonstrate good communication and reporting. We feel that the entire mitigation process goes more smoothly if we strive to communicate well on our end to both you and your insurance company.

After we do our initial inspection and before we start any work, we explain the process to you in detail. Within eight hours of beginning a project, we brief your insurance adjuster and inform them of the initial scope of the restoration process. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO estimators come up with a first rough draft estimate right away. This way your adjuster stays informed from the beginning of the project and gets more time to review the loss. These days, advances in technology have helped streamline our chain of communication with you and your insurance agent and adjuster. We can now prepare estimates easily and save them in digital form. This allows us to transfer the estimates and any updates made to them easily via e-mail.

As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence, we begin keeping a hard copy job file. The job file contains all of the important information regarding the project. Contact information and policy numbers are the first to get recorded followed by a job overview, crew instructions and physical evidence and documentation of the affected areas. Included in the file is a place for any subcontractor information and any adjuster verbal briefing notes.

The last important document kept by our crew is a job diary. The diary describes each work day and keeps track of the customers’ questions or concerns they expressed for each day. A job diary also outlines exactly what type of work was conducted every day our team was at your house. To get help from a company that stays organized throughout the remediation process, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 all hours of the day.

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Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage In Your Chicago Home

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage In Your Chicago Home Water can damage your Chicago home at any given moment or time.

Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage

Water can damage your Chicago home at any given moment or time. A sink or bathtub can overflow, or a pipe or supply line may burst. When an accident occurs in your house such an overflowing tub or sink, water can flow onto the floor and can damage the flooring, walls, and the ceiling beneath the tub. To prevent extensive damage to the residence, it is best to contact professionals and let them handle the problem as soon as possible. Our team is well experienced in water damage restoration and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

You can trust our professional SERVPRO water damage services in Chicago. Our crew is highly trained to work quickly to remove water from the affected areas. Doing so may help reduce the damages to your property. Microbial growth can cause health effects, which is why our techs work fast to migrate water from the structure. Our team arrives at your residence within hours after you contact us. The crew has the proper equipment to extract all standing water and to completely dry the affected areas in the home. The technicians may use extractors, pumps, and vacuums to eliminate excess water.

During the drying stage, the crew may use a variety of equipment such as air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to dry the air, structure, ceiling, and flooring. We also dry items in the home such as furniture and personal belongings. To make sure the interior of the home is thoroughly dry; the team may use moisture detection devices to locate hidden moisture from behind walls and flooring. Moisture can cause mold damage and rot, which is why using these tools helps our techs ensure the affected areas are thoroughly dry.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to help and is always nearby. If you have ever had a water emergency in your home, call us at (312) 509-5000 right away. Our water removal services are available 24/7 in the in the Kenwood, Bridgeport, South Shore and other surrounding areas in Chicago.

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Mold Damage Experts in Chicago Talk About Problems Related to High Relative Humidity Levels

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts in Chicago Talk About Problems Related to High Relative Humidity Levels When mold happens in your home, contact SERVPRO right away for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Investigate and Then Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Any time something gets wet inside your Chicago building, the relative humidity indoors rises. When materials get affected by moisture, they can absorb it, slowly evaporating it into the air. As the water moves from the contents or building materials inside your house, it goes into the air and raises the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. As humidity levels inside your home rise, many problems can take place. Since microbes need the correct temperature, an organic food source, and moisture to develop, high relative humidity levels can be dangerous.
 
In some cases, if the humidity levels inside a structure stay elevated for too long the moisture in the air can cause microbial growth. When mitigating mold damage in Chicago, monitoring humidity levels is essential to determining the source of the contamination. Controlling the relative humidity levels inside a house is also vital when treating fungal growth and preventing it from spreading. In many scenarios when the source of the growth is not obvious, the fungi formed due to escalated humidity levels.
 
If abnormally high humidity levels are believed to be the cause of the microbial development, our SERVPRO technicians first determine why the relative humidity rose in the first place. Once we figure out which materials are wet causing more moisture to exist in the air, we dry them out. If the source of the elevated humidity levels is a slow water leak somewhere inside the building, we find out how to repair the slow leak.
 
Once our SERVPRO team determines how to control the humidity levels, we treat or remove the contaminated materials depending on how severe the contamination got. If the fungal growth has been deeply rooted into the item, then it gets removed in sealed plastic bags. If the contamination has only affected an object's surface, then it can be sanded and sprayed with a specialized sealant paint.
 
Once the fungi that exist on buildings materials gets removed, we then set up drying equipment to return humidity and moisture levels to preloss conditions. Air movers create air circulation that speeds up the natural evaporation process, while dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air. If you ever notice mold developing as a result of high humidity levels, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 seven days a week.

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Starting Restoration Services with Water Removal Protects Your Chicago Property

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Starting Restoration Services with Water Removal Protects Your Chicago Property When accidents or disasters happen, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Water removal for your home

Accidents involving forgotten bathtubs or sinks that eventually overflow onto the floor, busted pipes, or loose shingles in your roof can lead to problems with undesired water causing problems in your Chicago residence. Dealing with the problem yourself might not turn out as quickly done as expected. SERVPRO can help protect your home from damages that stem from the presence of water.

Property owners in Chicago can rely on SERVPRO's professional water removal services to get the job done right. We prevent future problems by making your home “Like it never even happened.” Removing the water that invaded your home keeps damages related to microbial growth, wood rot, dry rot, peeling paint and loosened wallpapers, and many other problems from developing into full-fledged problems.

When we get a call that requires water removal equipment, we arrive at the residence with our Green Fleet ready to extract the water and start drying the interior of the home out thoroughly. Our more massive pumps are mounted on trucks and can pull thousands of gallons out very rapidly if needed. No job is too large or complicated for our expert teams. When smaller spills occur, we also carry the equipment for that specific situation. Hand-operated water extraction units remove water efficiently.

Our water removal regimen includes drying out any affected contents, as well. Our air movers and desiccant machines dry out the air, personal belongings and furniture, and visible structures. We use equipment to air out and dry any interior wall spaces that may have gotten saturated.

Using our moisture detectors both before and during our work, we can quickly detect the amount of moisture that exists in materials throughout your home. Infrared thermal imaging devices can detect hidden water, as well, ensuring that we locate hidden areas of water that may cause problems otherwise. We want to leave your home completely restored and as protected from future damage as possible.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to answer your call at (312) 509-5000. We serve those in the Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Douglas areas whenever water removal services are needed to protect a residence from the damages of unwanted, intrusive water.

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SERVPRO Takes Care of Local Chicago Flood Damage Problems with Ease

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Takes Care of Local Chicago Flood Damage Problems with Ease Flooding can happen unexpectedly and be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Drying Out Your Property After Flooding is Key to Preventing Secondary Damage

It may seem impossible to surmount the flood damage done to your Chicago home after a storm blows through the area, but no matter how severe the situation may seem, SERVPRO is available on a 24/7 basis to help out. Our tools and training enable us to provide full-featured flood mitigation and restoration services even for large office buildings and industrial centers, and we provide the same quality and level of care to residential zones in the community as well. Call us up after a disaster, and you might expect to see some or all of these features of our service put to work in your home.

Innovative Technology
SERVPRO works hard to stay on the cutting edge of restorations technology nationally, providing our technicians with some of the most advanced tools on the market to evaluate and combat flood damage in Chicago. From small digital tools like thermohygrometers that locate and identify spots of moisture deep within walls and materials, to large industrial machines such as air movers that create powerful, controlled wind currents within your home to whisk away moisture, our arsenal of equipment allows us to adapt to any situation and provide the care needed to get everything back to the way it was before the flood.

Rigorous Training
Every SERVPRO technician receives weeks of challenging certifications and job training before ever setting foot on a job site. However, even once an employee is accredited, their training is far from over. We structure our teams to make sure that no job site goes without veteran, experienced restoration professionals to oversee the situation and provide guidance through their years of experience and dozens of completed jobs. Through our combination of formal schooling and on-the-job experience gathering, every team we send to homes in the local area brings experience and accreditation with it.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville helps local homeowners to perk up and recover from the effects of flood damage with professionalism and quality of service honed through years of work in the community. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

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