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SERVPRO Provides Water Removal from Chicago Flooded Vehicles

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Provides Water Removal from Chicago Flooded Vehicles SERVPRO has experience mitigating flood damage to vehicles.

Flooded Vehicles Require Delicate and Thorough Water Removal

In the event of a flood, you may find your vehicles more heavily damaged than your home. The vehicle may be on the street, where water flow is the strongest, or could have other factors contributing to a more negative reaction to flooding than the home. In some cases, cars and trucks can trap water inside the cabin/ or other parts of the car, requiring a professional Chicago water removal service to clean up. SERVPRO has experience reversing the effects of flood damage from homes and vehicles alike and can dry out your vehicles with as little damage to them as possible.

What Makes Work in Vehicles Challenging?

Flooded vehicles can be some of the most challenging water removal jobs in Chicago. While homes afford us ample space and freedom of movement during our work efforts, vehicles have much tighter spaces to work in. They have little breathing room for our technicians and equipment, and we often must rely on more time-consuming hand-applied drying and water extraction methods. Furthermore, flood damage often critically impairs vehicles, making operations in some dangerous and difficult.

How Does SERVPRO Help?

Our technicians are trained and equipped to provide the delicate and thorough care needed by flooded vehicles. If a significant amount of water remains in the vehicle, we can use water extractors to pump liquid water out of interiors, trunks, truck beds, and engine compartments. We can then remove seats and objects from the car to accelerate the drying process and ensure that every component gets looked at carefully. If necessary, SERVPRO may call in a local expert contractor to assist with restorations to delicate components such as electronic dashboards and engine components. We make every effort to help the vehicle become roadworthy once more, or gain as much resale value as possible. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local provider of flexible and professional water removal solutions. If your home or vehicle has taken on excess water, call us at (312) 509-5000.  

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How To Handle Flood Damage After A Storm To Your Home In Chicago?

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Handle Flood Damage After A Storm To Your Home In Chicago? Storms can be devastating to your property.

How To Handle Flood Damage

Storms can be devastating to your property. Apart from the structural damage, storms can also cause severe flood damage as well. Acting promptly is the best way to minimize this damage. Seeking professional help to assess the damage is the first step toward the restoration of your Chicago home after flood damage.

Flood restoration of your Chicago home starts with surveying the extent and severity of the damage. However, surveying your property after a flood damage can be overwhelming and complicated if you do not have professional help. Here are several things that you should do in the unfortunate event of flood damage to your home after a storm.

Make Sure You Are Safe
The first and perhaps the most crucial thing is to be safe. Make sure that you are safe before even considering inspecting the damage on your property. Switch off all the power before you decide to step in your flooded house. Water soaked electric wires are dangerous.

Seek Professional Help
It can be tempting to assess the damage by yourself after the flood damage. However, here at SERVPRO, we strongly suggest our customers not to proceed on their own. We have a crew of professionals who have years of experience in dealing with such situations.

Make An Inventory Of Everything And Document The Damage
Although our team documents all the damage for you, you can keep a record of your own as well. Make sure that you are paying attention to every detail and every suggestion that the SERVPRO team makes.

After the inspection, the team sits with you to explain the extent of the damage and the strategy to restore it. During this stage of the process, make sure that you understand all the suggestions being made and take decisions accordingly.

Restoring a flood-damaged property is a time-consuming process. It takes time and patience to get the job done correctly. SERVPRO’s team of experts can help you get the situation under control.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000 to talk with one of our experts. Our team is there to guide you through the entire process of assessing, repairing and restoring the flood damage to your home.

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Donut Shops with Leaky Pipes and Worse Require Emergency Commercial Water Removal in Chicago

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Donut Shops with Leaky Pipes and Worse Require Emergency Commercial Water Removal in Chicago Save Your Chicago Donut Shop from Water Damage by Calling SERVPRO for Removal

SERVPRO Removes Water Quickly Preventing Inventory and Cash Losses

Fried treats remain a staple favorite of many people living in Chicago, with donuts at the top of many people's list. Frosting and other toppings fare poorly when humidity increases. Sudden, dramatic changes in environmental factors can prevent you from consistently offering a quality product that pleases the public.

When your Chicago donut shop experiences a flood or a pipe springs a leak overnight, commercial water removal can save your business from failure. Our Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) knows the latest in techniques and procedures to restore your business quickly. SERVPRO technicians continually train and gain experience in various disaster recovery techniques, and removing water from structures remains a significant aspect at many job sites.

When internal water sources cause your business to take on water, we get the water shut off so repairing the pipe becomes possible. Afterward, we start removing the water using either submersible pumps or hoses attached to pumps mounted on trucks. We dispose of this water according to local requirements.

We continue the process of drying out your building by bringing in heavy-duty air movers and axial fans. These can quickly lift moisture out of walls, floors, and ceilings, and send that moisture straight into commercially sized dehumidifiers. At times, we also implement the use of desiccant machines.

For flooring that contains a porous under-layer, the use of heated floor mats can provide the needed boost in drying power. These mats not only heat the area involved to speed up evaporation but provide an enclosed area so attached hoses can remove that moisture before it ever becomes loose in the air.

When leak detection reveals other sources of water entering your property, such as cracks in the basement, we recommend the installation of a dehumidifier. You can easily control these units to achieve the desired level of moisture inside your shop. Keeping moisture at a suitable level can help maintain a healthy environment while protecting your dry goods and especially the flour.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to help you with your water removal needs and more. Let our business help your business. Contact us at any time, 365 days a year, at (312) 509-5000.

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Remediating Mold Damage to Chicago Homes

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage to Chicago Homes If you smell mold or spot it in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage and prevent further issues.

Rely on Experienced Mold Remediation Specialists to Take of Your Mold Problems

Flooding and fire disasters can happen to any home in Chicago. Each one not only has its requirements to remediate damage to a home, but they both can cause secondary contamination by jumpstarting a mold infestation.

Dealing with mold damage in Chicago homes requires as much expertise and attention to detail as a fire or flood. While visible mold is not as alarming as smoke pouring from a window or six inches of water in the living room, SERVPRO knows that the replacement and remediation costs can be just as high. To develop the best plan to clean a home, we start with an inspection and a series of questions for the homeowner.

The first one, of course, is “Why do you think you have mold?” The answer we usually get is either the homeowner smells it, or they see it in their bathroom. Most residents detect that musty odor only mold seems to produce, but since not every mold has that odor, it is not the best indicator. After a flood or when a fire is put out, this means excess water is found throughout a home, so SERVPRO technicians use air content testing devices to measure spore levels.

More helpful to our inspector is an answer that identifies a location. Mold spores expand and grow where there is water, so typically, this means a growth starts where there is a leak (laundry rooms, attics, and kitchens for example). That is why our next question is “Have you had mold problems before?” If the answer is yes, then the location of the previous infestation is where we start looking.

As we examine locations, we also ask “When did it start?”. We ask because if there is more mold present than is possible after only a week, then we know the starting location is somewhere we cannot see and have to look more carefully.

As an example, if a homeowner says they only noticed mold under the kitchen sink a week ago, but the growth is covering half of the rear cabinet wall under the sink, we know there is a leak in the wall which has been dripping water for a long time. That means we have to be prepared to remove the cabinet and the drywall behind it to repair or replace a damaged pipe.

Restoring your home from the effects of mold takes experience and the knowledge to build a functional remediation and repair plan. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has over two decades of doing just that for the Chicago area. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. We are here to help.

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Drying Hardwood Flooring after Water Removal in Your Chicago Home

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Hardwood Flooring after Water Removal in Your Chicago Home Proper steps must be followed to dry water damaged hardwood flooring correctly. If you experienced water damage, contact SERVPPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Proven Steps When Dealing With Water Damage

Finished flooring is becoming more and more popular in today’s homes in Chicago. When it becomes flooded for any reason, how it is treated depends on the kind of wood, kind of finish, response time, amount of moisture, the method of installation and the degree of water damage that is already evident.
 
As with all water-related incidents, timing is of the utmost importance. Your floors risk permanent damage if water removal in Chicago is not taken care of right away in your home. Hardwood flooring absorbs moisture more slowly because of the porosity of the product, but a restoration specialist from SERVPRO is needed to repair the damage for you.
 
Upon arrival to your home, we begin our inspection – a crucial part of the restoration process. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species including maple, oak, pine, and cherry. Each variety poses different challenges in the drying process because of the various levels of absorption.
 
The initial installation method must be assessed as well. It could have been glued, nailed or installed in a floating method. Moisture can allow for the release of glues, and if it was installed with a floating method, it might not be true wood and could be laminated.
 
Effective drying of hardwood floors is a slow process which could sometimes take seven to ten days to let the floor get rid of enough water to stop the forced drying process. SERVPRO staff know that removing all the absorbed water from the floor results in excessive costs and you must let nature help in the process.
 
The process of drying hardwood must be halted when the moisture content is at four percent of the dry standard of that flooring. After this, nature removes the rest of the water, although it is very slow. It could take anywhere from three to six months. After it is properly dried, some damage to the finish could remain. Sometimes finishes must be removed to allow for proper moisture removal. Once the floor is dry, it can be re-finished.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands how to dry various types of hardwood flooring so that you can trust your floor to them with confidence. We are available anytime at (312) 509-5000 for residents in the areas of Bridgeport, Bronzeville or Chicago.

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Stopping Kitchen Fire Damage Before it Happens in Chicago

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stopping Kitchen Fire Damage Before it Happens in Chicago Smoke Detectors Protect Children and Property from Chicago Fires--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Advice to Prevent and Mitigate Fire Charring in Your Home

Kitchen fires consistently rank among the most prevalent and costly residential fires nationwide. Moreover, yet, at the same time, most Chicago kitchen fire damage can be prevented by watchful eyes and proper preparation. Keeping your kitchen and dining area safeguarded against fires is essential, as failing to do so may end up costing you thousands if a fire hits. Follow our advice, and the risk of your kitchen incurring fire damage in the future should sharply decline.
 
Smoke Detectors
Positioning smoke detectors well and keeping them charged is the first step in mitigating fire damage in your Chicago kitchen. Smoke detectors are often the first thing in the room to notice when something is wrong, providing an unmistakable warning when something has overheated or caught fire. Ideally, smoke detectors should be linked to a sprinkler system, but these are uncommon in most homes. For most, smoke detectors only serve as an alert to the presence of fire.
 
Fire Extinguishers
To put out fires, you need something capable of smothering the flames. The best option for this is a modern fire extinguisher, which can put out a blaze without any risk of harming your home or appliances. Modern fire extinguishers do not use water as a smothering agent, instead opting for chemical mixtures or carbon dioxide foams to deny oxygen to the fire. Keep at least one in the kitchen and be sure to inspect it regularly. Typically, an ABC type extinguisher is handy to have in the kitchen. Also, keep a fire blanket nearby to smother a flaming frying pan.
 
Keep Appliances Clean
Upon inspection, SERVPRO technicians find dirty appliances as a probable cause for many of our fire damage cases. While many fires start with overcooked food, much more preventable disasters often arise from the presence of extra grime and grease on stovetops, ovens, and other heating devices. These films and organic materials can smoke or catch fire if they are allowed to build up, causing fire damage even to vigilant homeowners who never leave the kitchen unattended. Be sure to clean your cooking equipment to eliminate this threat from the kitchen entirely.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is there for you when a fire strikes your home. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

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Handle Water Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Immediately

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handle Water Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Immediately It doesn't take a flood to cause water damage in your Chicago area home.

Water Damage In Your Home

You might be the type of homeowner that has a small spot on their ceiling that only gets wet after significant rainfall. Tempting you to do something like, put things off until later, or avoid taking steps to protect your Chicago property. If this sounds like you; disaster may be right around the corner.

It does not take a flood to cause water damage in your Chicago area home. A tiny problem that happens repeatedly can have the same devastating effects. Corrosion, rot, rust, and even mold can hide in hard to reach areas of your home, making it impossible to see the entire problem, without hiring a professional.

SERVPRO responds to situations all of the time that homeowners could avoid, with a little knowledge. A small roof leak, for instance, can do damage to your attic, rafters, insulation, and framing. Eventually, problems develop on your home’s interior, causing drop ceiling and visual damage to your walls. As this happens, water continues making its way to the lowest point of your home. Water is quite sneaky, following electrical lines, plumbing, gas lines, and other avenues, creating damage along the way that causes a wealth of future problems for you to deal with that your insurance company might even call neglect.

Why? You ask. Any insurance company is more likely to pay out on new, emergency water damage claims than they would for extensive damage that appears to have developed over extended periods. They may feel that as a resident, you should have recognized the problem and taken steps to avoid significant problems.

Asking for help as soon as you locate water damage issues in your home can contribute to removing these obstacles from your path. Companies like SERVPRO give you access to qualified professionals that trace the problem to its source, provide necessary repairs, and make your home new again.

You can even learn more about where water problems often begin, helping you catch problems even sooner the next time. SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians promote best practices, inspecting the entire area, ensuring proper removal of all excess water found in your home.

Get help from quality water damage restoration personnel at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, now. We provide full-service solutions to homeowners throughout the E. Bridgeport and Bronzeville areas as well, call today (312) 509-5000.

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How do Mold Spores Travel and Cause Mold Damage in Chicago?

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How do Mold Spores Travel and Cause Mold Damage in Chicago? Mold can lurk in your home for a long time without being detected. Once you smell or see mold, it's definitely time to call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Studied Mold Movement and Spread to Better Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage is a problem that could affect any homeowner. Mold is a naturally occurring fungus (like a mushroom only much smaller) that is present in many natural environments, not just in Chicago. As strange as it seems to say, the mold is around us most of the time. However, as any homeowner who has dealt with mold knows, fungal growth in the home is a serious problem. Growth appears green, black, or sometimes brown or gray and as well as looking unsightly it might cause an unpleasant musty smell or even health effects.
 
It is evident that it is important to deal with mold damage in Chicago as quickly as possible before it gets even worse. Something SERPVRO customers often ask about is how the mold spores travel and set up new colonies in a house.
 
Mold spores are too tiny to be seen by the naked eye. There might be mold spores in the air in almost any location. However, when they find a place where there is both moisture and a natural food source, the spores can feed and grow into mold colonies.
 
A mold colony releases more spores, which can then travel throughout your home. There are several ways spores might hitch a ride to a new location.
 
Mold spores are airborne which means they can simply travel on the air currents within your home. Spores can also get picked up and carried on clothes or shoes, or even on the fur of your family pet. Heating ducts also provide a passage for spores to travel through.
 
It is easy to see why complete eradication of mold is impossible – it is always present, and once it finds a food source it grows and then releases more spores which travel throughout your home. However, with proper management, the visible effects are eradicated, and the risk of regrowth is lessened. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with mold remediation. We set up containment to stop mold from migrating into other areas of your home and reduce the risk of new colonies starting up.
 
For mold help in Chicago, South Shore, Kenwood, and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today.

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Water Removal Services In Chicago When A Dishwasher Has Overflowed

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services In Chicago When A Dishwasher Has Overflowed Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors.

Water Removal Services

At SERVPRO, we receive many flooding emergencies involving dishwashers that have overflowed and caused damage to floors and other nearby areas. Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors. In fact, it's one of the most frequent causes of moisture damage in the house.

Fixing damage from a leaking dishwasher is a daunting task that requires professional help. SERVPRO is a locally based restoration company that can provide quick water removal services in your Chicago property when a home appliance has overflowed. Certified by the IICRC, our technicians are highly experienced and equipped to overcome any water damage from a malfunctioned dishwasher.

One of the most frequent mistakes property owners make in this situation is assuming that only the floors require water removal. After moping out the water with some towels, they sit back satisfied that the job is done. Unfortunately, when water overflows from the dishwasher, it tends to spread to other parts of the home. It can soak the kitchen cabinets or even permeate the floors and make its way to the crawlspace below. In some cases, it can penetrate the walls and soak up your insulation or even cause damage to electrical sockets in the walls.

Our water removal experts utilize various detection and monitoring devices to determine exactly how far this water has traveled and which areas have been affected. For instance, we use the moisture sensor to detect the presence of moisture in soft materials, as well as moisture meters to determine the actual moisture content in different materials.

Sadly, most homeowners do not realize the extent of the water damage until it is too late. Some items, such as furniture and carpeting, are extremely vulnerable to water. If they are soaked in water for too long, it may be difficult to salvage them through our drying efforts.

Two common consequences of prolonged exposure to water damage are weakened support structures in the house and mold growth. You need to contact SERVPRO within 24-48 hours after water contamination to control mold growth at its early stages. Once they start growing, these fungi multiply quickly and may be hazardous to your health.

The secret to effective water removal when a dishwasher overflows or malfunctions is acting fast. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is strategically located to offer quick water removal services in the Chicago area. For emergency services, call us today at (312) 509-5000.

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Outdoor Tasks That Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Chicago Home

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Outdoor Tasks That Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Chicago Home Flood damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Prevent Flood Damage

Flood damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Water that enters your home can cause a broad range of harm, from water-logged furniture to wet and sagging ceilings or even damage to internal walls. Storms are a common cause of flood damage to a home, and it only takes one spell of severe weather to cause a multitude of problems.

Flood damage during a Chicago storm means that water enters your home from the outside. Did you know that there are common and easy outdoor tasks you can do that help prevent storm water entering your home? You can do most of these tasks in an afternoon or a weekend, so do not delay. Get started today and protect yourself from storms.

Divert The Water From Your Downspout
Most hardware stores sell simple corrugated tubes that you can use to divert the flow from your downspout and carry it away from your home. If you cannot buy one locally, you can find them easily online. Diverting your downspout removes a potential source of water from getting into your home.

Look At The Earth Around Your Home
Is it flat, or does it slope toward or away from your house? Land that slopes away from exterior walls protects a building from storm damage by draining water away. SERVPRO recommends you simply use soil from elsewhere on your property to build a gradual slope down from the walls of your house.

Maintain Your Roof And Windows
Damaged or worn rooftops and windows provide easy entry for rain. Check the outside of your home every year and deal with any problems as soon as you find them.

Expand Your Drains
If clogged drains and regular inclement weather are a problem, you might want to consider broadening the area of your drains. Expanded drains have a greater surface area which means they are much less likely to get clogged.

Sometimes no matter how well maintained the exterior of your home is, a storm can take you by surprise and damage your house. We recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you are able – our technicians are waiting to help you. Our teams have access to a range of pumps, including submersible pumps for deep water and truck-mounted pumps for when you need some extra power. Once the water is out of your home, we carry out a thorough assessment using a range of instruments to ascertain the extent of the flood damage. Finally, our IICRC-certified professionals set to work drying out your home with a range of dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans. For help restoring a water-logged home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today.

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