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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
7 Helpful Tips In Avoiding Fire Damage Caused By Portable Electric Heaters In Bronzeville
Fire damage from your portable electric heater can be devastating.
Fire Damage And Portable Electric Heaters
You settle yourselves in for the night, lights-out and all is well. At 1 a.m. you are roused by the smell of smoke. While making your way to safety, you gather your family. Glancing back, you notice the flames coming from where you usually keep your electric heater. Thinking that your home in Bronzeville is immune to fire damage can cost you dearly. Take it from professionals that deal with these kinds of situations on a near daily basis; every home is susceptible to these kinds of situations, you will be happier taking the proper precautions to protect your family.
Electric heaters offer homeowners a portable, efficient, inexpensive way to heat specific areas, without requiring any added maintenance. However, SERVPRO receives quite a few calls every year from homes that have received fire damage due to the improper use of portable electric heaters. At SERVPRO, we would like to offer some helpful hints for those of you who own and operate these types of heaters:
1.) Only purchase heaters that are properly tested and certified for safety. Search for heaters with unique features, such as automatic shutoff when the unit becomes unlevel, timed shutoff, or specific heat setting adjustments.
2.) Read any warning labels and the manufacturer's instruction booklet carefully before you use your heater.
3.) Always inspect your heater for damages before use each year. Loose connections, cracked casing, and broken or frayed cords are red flags. Do not use the heater if these or other hazards exist.
4.) Turn your heater off or unplug it when leaving the room or going to sleep. Taking the time to store your heater properly when you are away for extended periods.
5.) Keep a close eye on the proper placement of your space heater. You should maintain at least three feet of space between the unit and anything that can catch fire.
6.) Never place a heater in high traffic areas, or in any location where children or pets often play, both can trip and tip over the heater, without realizing the hazard they just created.
7.) Always plug your heater into a wall socket directly. Extension cords or power strips can overheat and cause a fire. If you cannot find a unit with a long enough cord, several professional electricians can assist you with installing a longer one safely.
In most of the cases, we experience at SERVPRO; our clients neglect to place their heater on a smooth solid surface. Remember, heat rises; you will want it close to the floor to get the most efficient use out of it. If your home has full wall-to-wall carpeting, stop by a local hardware store and purchase a flat, stable, fire resistant base big enough to set your heater on when in use. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville today, for more helpful tips (312) 509-5000.
Free 3 Credit Hour Ethics CE Class for Illinois Insurance Professionals
The Class will be held Friday, February 3 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. Please arrive early for registration.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville will be conducting a 3 credit hour continuing education class in ETHICS. The class will be free of charge to all of Our Agents /Adjusters / Producers licensed in the state of ILLINOIS.
The Class will be held on Friday, February 3 at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. Registration is 9:30 - 9:50 and the Class will start precisely at 10 am. Lunch will also be provided at no charge. Call or email Patricia Zubricki to reserve your seat at:
Phone: (708) 906-0708
SERVPRO Storm Damage Bridgeport
If storm water does find a way in, it's going to be your floors that suffer the most.
SERVPRO Responds Bridgeport Storm Damage
Despite a recent break in the weather, more storms and a severe drop in temperature are expected next week. This is the perfect opportunity to examine and repair current damage and prepare your home for the next rain or snowfall.
Storm damage can happen to any home in Bridgeport. SERVPRO has the experience and education to help you to not just check for damage, but also to prevent damage from happening in the future.
Believe it or not, the most important thing to do is check the gutters. Even if you cleaned them thoroughly after most of the leaves fell in October, SERVPRO suggests checking your gutter due to late leaves and broken limbs can block drains and pull drainpipes away from the gutters to hang uselessly from the side of your home. In most cases, it's simply a matter of replacing the drainpipes and securing them to the exterior wall with additional screws or straps.
If storm water does find a way in, it's going to be your floors that suffer the most. Carpets, depending on the type, can begin to bleed color in a day or two which will stain walls and furniture very quickly. The same is true for the varnishes on wood flooring. Our SERVPRO response teams have an extensive inventory of vacuums, extractors and cleaning chemicals to prevent that from happening.
In addition to stopping color and varnish bleeding, it is also necessary to prevent wood flooring from warping and keep odors from developing in the carpet. Once the visible water has been removed, technicians use commercial contact heaters designed to draw out moisture without burning carpet fibers or stripping varnish and damaging the wood underneath. They also use space heaters and dehumidifiers to assist in drying out the entire room.
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As a locally owned franchise with a national network of support, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville brings all this and more to help you restore your home to its pre-storm state. It's our goal to make this happen as quickly and safely as possible. Call our office today at (312) 509-5000 for an inspection or to get the restoration process started.
Commercial Water Damage Affecting Hyde Park
Having employees know the location of the main water shut off is important during an emergency. Call SERVPRO to discuss other preventative measures!
SERVPRO Can Help Handle Your Business Emergency at any Stage
Most property owners plan ahead and look for ways to avoid the possibility of water damage affecting their business. Learning how to prepare for the occurrence of water damage correctly will prevent further losses from happening during an event. You should perform the proper research and locate a trustworthy water damage restoration company who will be there for you during an emergency. Finding one before tragedy hits will make things much easier than trying to search when you are knee deep in water.
Look at the professional commercial water damage services we offer in Hyde Park. We can get you ready to battle any unfortunate circumstances that can occur during a water damage emergency and even be there for you when one rears its ugly head in your direction.
At SERVPRO we recommend maintaining your pipes properly to assist in preventing bursting pipes from happening. Protecting your pipes from the extreme weather conditions will stop them from being the source of a water damage disaster that you will need to deal with later. We can teach you how to prepare your pipes and prevent these types of accidents before they happen.
Knowing the location of your main water shut-off valve is important in preventing extensive damage during many water damage events. Make sure that you have as many people as possible within your facility who are aware of the shut-off valves' location and know how to use it during an emergency.
The same steps should be taken to locate your main electrical switches. You can prevent water hazards and safety issues from forming within an area affected by water damage by removing electricity from the equation altogether.
Our SERVPRO technicians also recommend proper maintenance of drains and water run-off pipes, such as gutters. Removing any blockage or debris will prevent limiting their effectiveness in removing water from the affected areas during an event.
SERVPRO can assist with installing the proper drains and sump pumps to help during an emergency. When you experience a burst pipe or flooding due to inclement weather, make sure to call our offices to receive the assistance that you need. Attempting to handle these types of situations on your own could put you or your employees in a dangerous situation and injuries may occur.
Contact us at SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville immediately for assistance. Contact us at (312) 509-5000.
Storm Damage In Chicago Homes: What Can You Salvage?
If the water intrusion is severe and rugs, carpets, sofas, or other soft furnishings have become completely saturated; they may need to be destroyed.
Storm Damage Restoration
When storms and heavy rains cause damage to properties, flooding becomes a significant risk. Leaking roofs, blocked gutters, cracked pipes, and downed trees can all cause major problems for homeowners. This is not like regular water damage either, as storms are categorized as severe and require urgent restoration work from the experts.
Category III water damage is potentially hazardous, as it contains dirt, debris, bacteria, and possibly chemicals. If a storm puts pressure on sewer lines, for example, they may back up and flood the house. If this happens bacteria, and other toxins will contaminate soft furnishings, walls, and ceilings. This is why storm damage in Chicago homes is such a stressful process. Sometimes, the only option is to destroy heavily soiled items. This is the last resort, however, and the experts at SERVPRO can use many different techniques to salvage your possessions. Keep reading to find out more about the items that we rescue on a regular basis.
These are the hardest items to clean after storm damage has contaminated them. If the water intrusion is severe and rugs, carpets, sofas, or other soft furnishings have become completely saturated; they may need to be destroyed. If we cannot thoroughly dry and clean them, in a way which eliminates the bacteria, it is safer to remove them permanently.
There are numerous things that we can do before getting to this point. Most carpets can be ‘floated’ and dried, by lifting the material a few inches from the ground. High powered fans or air movers are then inserted beneath the carpet and used to circulate clean air. Often, curtains and drapes can be washed with biocides, so that the bacteria is killed off.
In very severe cases, when storm damage has caused extensive flooding, portions of the drywall and flooring may need to be discarded and replaced. The SERVPRO team can advise you on the next best steps if this is deemed necessary. Where storm water has intruded only moderately, there will be stains on the bottom of walls. These can usually be cleaned with detergents and biocides.
If strong chemicals are used as part of the storm damage restoration process, we will give you plenty of warning first. Industrial strength cleaning products and disinfectants are a good way to make sure that damp walls and ceilings don’t grow mold. If this happens, they’ll become a lot harder to salvage, as mold eats away at wood, drywall, and fabrics.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of storm damage and need urgent help, get in touch with the team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We understand that your home is precious and we’ll do everything that we can to minimize losses. Call 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.