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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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Moisture Sensors Help Dry Structures After Water Damage in Chicago

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Moisture Sensors Help Dry Structures After Water Damage in Chicago Tools like this can help our technicians know where water removal is needed.

Equipment needed to remove water damage

Laundry is a household task that most of us do without giving it much thought. We put our dirty clothes in the washer, turn on the machine and forget about it until we hear the buzzer reminding us the washing cycle is complete. Undoubtedly, the soapy water standing on the basement floor was a surprise when you went back to check on your washing. Calling a professional to extract the water as soon as possible can help lessen the amount of damage to your flooring and removing hidden pockets of water may prevent mold from growing.

SERVPRO provides water removal in Chicago. An overflowing sink can cause a great deal of water damage in hidden areas such as behind baseboards and under floorboards, which is why calling us is can help. We have tools that can find concealed moisture that could cause additional damage to the structure. The team utilizes different moisture meters to determine if water is hiding in various areas such as inside the baseboards. The penetrating meter has probes that can test underneath flooring as well as inside wall cavities. Penetrating surfaces assist technicians when calculating the level of water migration. The crew can also use non-penetrating sensors that they place on a surface to get moisture readings. Moisture meters help return structures back to their normal moisture levels. Plus, they aid in detecting if a structure is dry.

The SERVPRO technicians may also use thermo-hygrometers to measure both temperature and humidity levels. The tech allows the meters to adapt to the air conditions in the area before taking a reading. Next, they use those results in combination with a psychrometric calculator or chart to determine the level of humidity. The crew compares air readings in four areas that include the outside the structure, the affected and unaffected sections and from the exhaust coming through the dehumidifier into the affected area. Using this type of moisture meter helps technicians establish if dehumidification is contributing to the drying process. Plus, employing more than one sensor aids technicians when determining if an area is dry. It may be necessary to do further inspection such as removing baseboards or molding to assess dryness and to vent wall cavities.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has the tools to handle water removal emergencies in your home. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000 day or night.

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Finding Mold Damage in Your Camper or RV can Ruin Family Plans to Travel Out of Chicago

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage in Your Camper or RV can Ruin Family Plans to Travel Out of Chicago SERVPRO Remediates the Mold and Improves the Indoor Air Quality of Your RV as You Slip Out of Chicago on Vacation

SERVPRO Helps Secure Your RV from Mold Growth

Springtime finds many residents of Chicago planning the final touches to their summer vacations. Owning an RV or camper helps ensure that your family enjoys a safe and familiar place, especially at night, while away from home.

When preparations for the next upcoming vacation or exciting road trip away from your Chicago home reveal mold damage inside your portable residence, a call to SERVPRO can get it remediated quickly. Holidays are essential ways for families to bond, and also provide much-needed stress-relief from demanding job duties. Both help families stay healthy and productive parts of our society. Having your temporary abode remediated instead of merely using it and hoping for the best also keep mold from hitchhiking into your home when you finish your vacation and starting mold colonies inside your primary residence.

Inside a land yacht or RV, the structures seem similar to the interior of your home, but contains less insulation, little if any drywall, and much more metal, vinyl, and plastic, especially in the decorative trim and wall paneling. These components can also become damaged by microbial colonization, as well as heavily discolored. Paneling and particle board components quickly suffer damage when exposed to moisture and develop swelling and warping in addition to any harm from mold and mildew. We can remove these materials, including any curtains, cushions or covers, paneling doors, and other items for easier replacement, if necessary. Cleaning hard surfaces can reveal stains, which we can often remove with select agents.

Short-term exposure to such infestations can cause health effects, especially when spending the night inside after a day's traveling. Stopping, starting, and driving over bumpy roads can cause spores to remain airborne constantly. SERVPRO can prevent this from happening, and the subsequent problems, including contamination of your home by spores that hijack your family's belongings after your vacation. The use of HEPA filtration systems in a few air scrubbers can generally clarify the air, leaving only to discover and eliminate the mold colonies along with the source of the moisture.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville wants to help your family enjoy your home-away-from-home as much as possible. Supporting the members of our communities in the Douglas, Kenwood, and South Shore areas are important to our employees. If mold damage poses a barrier to your family time together, let us help you by calling our 24/7 emergency service line at (312) 509-5000.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Chicago Discuss Dehumidification

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Chicago Discuss Dehumidification If a pipe breaks and water leaks into your Chicago warehouse, many of your products could get damaged.

Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Dehumidification

If a pipe breaks and water leaks into your Chicago warehouse, many of your products could get damaged. High moisture levels can fade paint and ruin items. Cardboard inside your warehouse can hold moisture and increase the relative humidity inside the building. If organic materials stay wet and humidity stays elevated inside a structure for more than 48 hours microbial growth can occur.

Any time excessive moisture is present inside a building, structural drying occurs to lower humidity levels and moisture levels in building materials and contents. During any commercial water damage process in Chicago, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up the natural evaporation rate. Air movers push wet, evaporated air around the room and dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air.

Dehumidifiers serve two purposes during any rapid drying process. The systems pull water vapor out of wet air dispensing the water out in liquid form, therefore, lowering the relative humidity inside your warehouse. The dehumidifiers also exhaust out hot, dry air that gets put into the airflow of the air moving system to start the process over again.

To figure out how many dehumidifiers to set up in any given situation, the severity of the water damage is given a numbered class. The numbered class is determined by how many porous materials are present within the affected area. For class one scenarios little dehumidification is required whereas, class four situations require specialized dehumidification.

Class one damages require the least amount of evaporation and occur when the carpet and pad do not get very wet, and moisture exists mostly inside non-porous materials. Class two scenarios require more dehumidification occur when more porous materials such as the carpet and pad inside warehouse offices get wet. In some class two situations, water is wicked up the walls a foot or two.

Porous materials such as cardboard boxes inside your warehouse can hold moisture and require dehumidification to keep your products unaffected. When drying out your company's warehouse, we place the drying equipment in areas that help dry out your products and equipment as well as any of the building's structural components. Our SERVPRO technicians make sure the equipment does not get set up in areas where there is foot and forklift traffic, keeping your company's work area safe.

The proper use of dehumidification and air moving equipment can prevent you from losing products and other items inside your warehouse. If you ever need professional help with structural drying at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 24 hours a day.

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Why You Should Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage In Chicago

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage In Chicago After experiencing fire damage, there specific professional services which can help to lower the costs of a claim.

Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage

After experiencing fire damage, there specific professional services which can help to lower the costs of a claim. Restoration services work towards reducing the number of replacements which may be necessary after such incidents. If you live in Chicago, apart from being prepared to counter such situations, knowing your options counts and there is every reason to treat such issues with the urgency they deserve.

Let us begin by understanding the underlying cleaning principles that our SERVPRO technicians employ when dealing with fire damage in Chicago. When we are working for you, we always aim to return the materials to their preloss state, and we start off by inspecting the area and locating the smoke residues. When carrying out the inspection, we usually begin from the place where the fire originates from and analyze how far the smoke particles have moved.

After locating the smoke residues, it is time to identify the kind of smoke residues at the site. Given that fire consumes different types of materials, there is a possibility of finding a number of smoke particles within the same location. That helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose a suitable cleaning procedure. Before the cleaning process starts, it is equally important to identify the surface type. While some surfaces can allow abrasive cleaning methods, some area can deteriorate further if we subject them to such cleaning methods.

Certain restoration cases require move-outs before the restoration starts. Our SERVPRO team readily moves your items to a remote location if such a process is likely to protect your contents from further damage. On the same like, there are specific items such as guns, ammunition, and jewelry that we encourage owners to remove from the site before our team can start working.

Odors are a big challenge after a fire, and our team performs deodorization to neutralize the smells. To spread the deodorants, we may either use thermal foggers or ULV (Ultra Low Volume) Foggers. The equipment can also apply disinfectants and fungicides which help prevent chances of bacteria and fungi growth.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a proven leader in fire, mold, storm, and water damage restoration. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 when you need us to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleaning can make A Big Difference after Experiencing Fire Damage in Chicago

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning can make A Big Difference after Experiencing Fire Damage in Chicago After a fire soot damage can remain throughout your home

Cleaning, a vital step after fire damage.

The steps you take after experiencing a fire damage incident have a direct impact on your property. Given that such events are traumatic, you need to seek for professional services if you need your concerns addressed in the right manner. There is a lot you can salvage in your Chicago property when the proper procedures are put in place to mitigate the damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians perform emergency services with the aim of limiting the secondary damages that your Chicago property is likely to suffer after a fire damage event. We start by pretesting and in the process find out the contents that you need to replace, items that do not require any form of cleaning and those to clean. Once we complete the pretest, we let you know the scope of the restoration process so that you know what to expect.

Let us discuss some of the cleaning techniques that our SERVPRO technicians use when restoring your property. When it is necessary, our team can employ immersion techniques when we need to apply the cleaning solution to all parts of the material. With this technique, we can control the quantity and temperature of the cleaning product as well as the time of exposure to the cleaning agent.

When we do not need the cleaning product to saturate the material and prevent overwetting, we can decide to use surface techniques. For instance, we can wipe after spraying the cleaning agent on hard surfaces such as furniture. It is also appropriate to use foam cleaning if excessive moisture is likely to damage the materials.

After cleaning all the surfaces, it is time to perform deodorization. This process improves the quality of air and sterilizes surfaces to lower the chances of bacteria and fungi growth that are likely to cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians always put on protective gear such as masks, gloves, and overalls as a safety measure during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville attends to all forms of storm, mold, fire, and water damage. Call us at (312) 509-5000 if you want to work with a proven industry leader, and we can make “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Has the Flexibility for Water Damage Restorations in Chicago Gas Stations

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Has the Flexibility for Water Damage Restorations in Chicago Gas Stations If your gas station experiences water damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO for quick and thorough restoration services.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Water Damage to Your Commercial Space

Chicago gas stations with water damage can be challenging projects for some companies to handle due to their relatively large floor and concrete areas, a combination of retail and industrial features, and unique safety codes. However, SERVPRO is trained and prepared to deal with any water damage in such a facility, from light bathroom overflows to catastrophic flooding across the entire property. We are an industrial-scale cleanup and restoration company with the equipment and logistics necessary to handle large projects quickly and efficiently, ensuring that your doors open sooner and with less cost than without our help.

Gas stations in Chicago can take water damage both inside the store area and outside by pumps and other facilities. In some cases, a single disaster may affect both areas at once and require a multi-pronged approach. Our large and well-rounded staff allows us to take on these situations alone and avoid hiring on additional contractors. Keeping the operation centralized and under a single company helps to decrease costs and paperwork and may be a preferred option by your insurance provider. In some cases, we may bring in specialists to handle specific situations beyond our expertise, but these cases are only a small portion of our commercial work.

What keeps most companies from accepting work at a gas station is the potential for danger. Some types of water damage may create situations in which standard restoration techniques could be hazardous, and few companies can adapt to changing scenarios like SERVPRO. We keep certified technicians and specialized equipment on-hand 24 hours per day to combat unexpected and extraordinary circumstances we encounter in the field and can employ these as needed if any hazards are present at the job site. Our technicians are also certified to operate in and around biohazard areas for more serious incidents.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville serves a large local area by responding quickly to any reports of fire, water, or mold damage in the local area. Call us for our services or a quote at (312) 509-5000.  

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