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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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Water Removal on Carpets in a Chicago Home

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal on Carpets in a Chicago Home SERVPRO Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Drying After Water Damage in All Properties of Chicago

SERVPRO Offers Equipment and Techniques to Salvage Carpets after Water Damage Has Occurred

Water damage from a broken pipe or flood can take a toll on the house, especially if it occurs when nobody is around. An especially vulnerable item during this time is the carpet. Textiles used for carpeting can hold water and moisture and subsequently turn into breeding grounds for fungi, bacteria, colonies and other disease-inducing microbes. These microorganisms can cause progressive damage to expensive carpets and furniture.

If your Chicago home has sustained water damage from a leaking pipe, it is crucial to commence the water removal process as soon as possible. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified technicians who can respond quickly to try to save your carpet. The water removal procedure is extremely technical and laborious, so the faster we start, the quicker the damage can be mitigated.

Drying the Carpet
To counter the water damage, our technicians use air movers to increase evaporation and minimize the drying time. Air movers create airflow at the surface, which pushes moisture into the air in the form of water vapor and replaces the wet air with drier air. In some cases, we may use a carpet clamp to help lift the carpet and allow air to flow underneath (floating the carpet.)  Thanks to their high-velocity airflow, air movers can speed up the drying process tremendously. SERVPRO technicians are trained to control the force and direction of airflow, as air movers are strong enough to blow curtains, wall hangings, and other house items off the wall. Our priority is to evaluate the extent of the water damage, and then determine which type of air mover to use.

Once we have removed all the surface water, we can then install professional drying fan equipment to get rid of the remaining dampness. This is very important to prevent mold growth. When the area is completely dry, we can initiate the professional carpet cleaning and shampooing.

We understand that cleaning water-soaked carpets is tough in a water damage situation. The restoration is a race against time. When tragedy strikes, you can count on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to respond quickly and initiate the water removal process. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

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Three Conditions That Help Mold Grow In Your Chicago Home

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Three Conditions That Help Mold Grow In Your Chicago Home Mold needs water or a very humid environment.

Mold And Mold Damage

There is a false belief that mold is present only in homes with poor housekeeping. Homeowners who find it try to kill it with bleach or paint over it in the vain hope that will stop the growth. While bleach may work for killing mold in a water puddle, a growth that is active and spreading needs a professional service to stop it.

SERVPRO knows that mold and mold damage can happen in any Chicago home that meets three conditions: Moisture, Temperature, and Food Source. Without each one at the right levels, mold will not expand from its inert state and begin spreading.

Moisture
Mold needs water or a very humid environment. To stop mold growth and return it to an inactive condition, we lower the humidity level to a point below 65 percent. It is the most efficient method available to us to stop mold growth as we clean property and restore a home to its original state. Technicians use dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and extractors to remove water from behind walls, under floors, and anywhere else they find mold.

Temperature
The majority of molds grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If the HVAC system is affected, the only option is to use heaters to raise the temperature. Since some molds still thrive at higher and lower temperatures, manipulating the environment in this manner is not always an option.

Food Source
To grow past a handful of spores, mold needs an organic material. Every home has this in abundance; drywall, wood, and insulation are excellent sources for mold to feed on, but most can easily consume other natural fibers and even dirt if it contains some organic matter. It is not necessary to remove all sources of food, but for pieces already contaminated, it is easier and cost-effective to remove them rather than to attempt to clean them or cut away sections containing mold.

Restoring your home to its pre-mold condition requires a professional company. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has decades of experience in the repair and restoration service industry, putting homeowners back on track. If you have mold or want to schedule an inspection, call us today at (312) 509-5000.

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Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality Smoldering fire damage spreads everywhere in your Chicago apartment complex.

Smoke Damage Recovery

So-called “wet” fire damage is a different and difficult type of challenge. Although the charring and ashes of a hotter fire present many issues, a slow, flameless burn produces significant amounts of dense and tacky smoke. Abatement of this tenacious coating is a task SERVPRO technicians train for continuously.
 
Smoldering fire damage spreads everywhere in your Chicago apartment complex. From its start in the tenant’s laundry room, the thick smoke from a full ashtray full of damp lint and a neglected cigarette stub moves up and out of the basement. Your commercial building equipped with active HVAC systems, elevators, and stairways, allows the smoke's rise, eventually reaching tenant and common areas far from the source.
 
Our SERVPRO workers need both to locate all places coated with the heavy, sticky substance and to eliminate continuing damage by attending to pathways by which the smoke moved throughout the building. The residue adheres to surfaces tightly, not amenable to simple dry cleaning techniques. We take great care not to smear or work the smoky substances into fabrics, padding, carpeting, or even porous wood structures.
 
Special industrial vacuums assist in removing residue from fibers without spreading. Solid surfaces receive a wet spray and wipe treatment with appropriate cleaning agents. Particularly tough to clean areas have abrasive tools and cleaners added to the mix, both requiring the experience and training our technicians bring to the job. SERVPRO also offers immersion and ultrasonic cleaning options, and certified crews to complete these advanced fire damage remediation strategies.
 
The HVAC system needs a complete cleaning and perhaps sealing to ensure lingering smoke does not damage areas of your apartment complex. Our HVAC specialists use up to date technology to inspect and clean the ductwork. These steps are essential to limit persistent odor issues. Deodorization is a final task, completed by SERVPRO after the physical cleanup wraps up. Retaining the smoky smell makes it very hard to convince current and future tenants that the fire damage is truly repaired. A combination of spraying and thermal fogging techniques combine with a painstaking commitment to remove all offending smoke-infiltrated articles to eliminate the odors.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville employs the trained technicians and professional equipment to restore your fire-damaged apartment complex to preloss condition. Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule an assessment with one of our project managers.

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Fire Cleanup Is A Job For Professionals In Chicago

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Cleanup Is A Job For Professionals In Chicago Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete.

Fire Cleanup

Many folks today take on tasks as do-it-yourself projects, learning from videos and classes at home improvement stores. Although a DIY approach works for many minor remodeling jobs, landscaping, and the like, fire damage recovery is a job for trained experts. The staff at SERVPRO have the education, experience, and equipment to restore your home safely and completely after a fire.

After a fire damages your Chicago home, it is crucial that all steps deemed necessary by the restoration industry be completed fast. The longer fire damage stands without abatement, the more likely it is that permanent harm to structures, contents, and air quality may make part or all of a home dangerous to inhabit. Our team trains to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, the benchmarks for safe and efficient procedures to return your home to preloss condition.

Our staff react within hours of your call and arrive with all equipment and specialized products necessary on board our full-service trucks. SERVPRO sends a crew large enough to begin and complete a full-scale fire damage cleanup swiftly before the acid residues of ashes and soot deteriorate building structures, fixtures, and your belongings. The technicians assess for safety first and then design a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning, sealing, and odor removal. Often both chemical and water damage from the firefighting efforts are part of the restoration package. Some structures may be too charred to be restored, and decisions to remove and replace need evidence transmitted to your insurance company to limit your out of pocket costs. We work with you and your insurer.

The technicians we send are proficient in the use of professional grade equipment, certified and experienced. A homeowner trying to accomplish the same with rental steamers or carpet cleaners risks making the situation even worse. SERVPRO employees also assess hidden areas, such as your HVAC system and recesses between and behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings for damage. Even small amounts of fire damage left unabated allow smells to linger and deteriorate the structures attached to them or items near them.

Odor elimination is a particularly complex skill set. Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete. SERVPRO has odor elimination specialists on staff who use a range of strategies to neutralize odors for good.

A fresh smelling, restored home is the result when SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville takes on your fire damage restoration. Call (312) 509-5000 immediately after the firefighters leave to get the process started.

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Restorations After Commercial Fire Damage Protect against Future Losses In Chicago Warehouses

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restorations After Commercial Fire Damage Protect against Future Losses In Chicago Warehouses Warehouses and storage facilities that have sustained commercial fire damage remain unusable until all necessary restoration work is finished.

Fire Damage In Warehouses

After a fire has been extinguished, assessment of the damage can begin. With fire damage also comes damage from smoke, soot, and the chemicals and water used by firefighters, as well as structural damage. Some of this structural damage is caused by firefighters as they put the fire out.

Warehouses and storage facilities in Chicago that have sustained commercial fire damage remain unusable until all necessary restoration work is finished. Beginning as soon as possible after such a catastrophic event can save time and money in the future. While repairs may take months to complete, waiting to begin can allow many situations to worsen, leading to even longer time periods for completion and increased damages overall.

SERVPRO understands that there is more than your productivity at stake – worker safety, inventory, and ability to continue production in the near future are also important, in addition to re-establishing the integrity of your warehouse and salvaging the contents inside. We restore more than buildings – we also strive to keep other businesses in our area functional and capable of surviving the worst catastrophes.

Without your business activities, your warehouse is just another building. Your employees depend on your business, as do your customers. We want you to know that you can rely on us to make it “Like it never even happened,” so your business can return to normal.

Fire and intense heat damage different materials in a myriad number of ways. Much depends on how your warehouse was made, but also known to be crucially important are the contents, including type, volume, and surface area. Knowing the facts pertinent to a warehouse's fire helps us in every step, from clean-up to the final restorative touches.

Plastic items in your inventory do not only melt and become distorted when exposed to fire but can also drip hot plastic onto other inventory items, and as it does this, it can give off toxic fumes. Equipment, including heavy machinery, can also be affected. Handles, seats, buttons, and other aspects of these tools and machines used in your warehouse are often made of plastics or rubber. Rubber often continues burning long after other items have been extinguished and are prone to re-igniting, making burning rubber items much worse than burning plastics on many levels.

Because a warehouse fire poses untold risks both during and after the event, only an experienced, professional restoration like SERVPRO is capable of total restoration and clean-up. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (SRT) helps ensure that your warehouse is once again ready to fulfill your company's needs. Call us, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, at (312) 509-5000. We are always available to take your call and help you when you need us most.

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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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