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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property The technicians at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville apply the most cutting edge procedures in fire damage restoration.

Get Effective Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Your Chicago College

Most parents send their children to college to gain knowledge that can help them throughout their lives. Some students get excited since it is their first time to leave home. Unfortunately, fire incidents can happen on college campuses because of a lack of knowledge of fire prevention and safety protocols.

A significant number of students may have no training in the proper use of fire extinguishing equipment. Commercial fire damage in a Chicago college can happen because of alcohol use. Alcohol is the highest contributing factor of most adult fire fatalities since it impairs judgment and hinders the evacuation process. This means that most intoxicated students may suffer from smoke inhalation or get serious burns, and in severe cases, some may not evacuate, leading to deaths.

After everyone has vacated from the affected building safely, the fire damage may temporarily displace the students. To restore the affected building effectively, the college’s administration can seek help from SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

We have a highly trained, experienced, and certified team of technicians devoted to offering restoration services that can exceed our customer's expectations. Our collection of hi-tech equipment and products help us significantly to restore a property to its pre-damage state. We have a 24/7 response crew that offers fast restoration since we understand how devastating fire damage can be to students.

Our team can assess the affected structures and contents to determine the magnitude of the fire loss and use the most effective restoration procedures.  The ceiling often sustains the most soot damage during a fire since the rising dark smoke rises upward, searching for an escape route. The soot is challenging to clean. Our SERVPRO team can use the active peroxide cleaning method to clean the damaged ceiling effectively. We can also use this method to clean non-porous surfaces that withstand water-based cleaning solutions.

Complete structure restoration takes a few days, and the structure can look habitable. However, smoke odor in the well-restored structure can create discomfort for the occupants. We have different products that can remove odors. For instance, our crew can use water-based odor counteractants to replace the smoke odor with a pleasant scent. If smoke smells remain in walls or other surfaces after we have used other deodorization procedures, we can apply sealants to the affected surfaces to encapsulate the lingering odor residues.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville apply the most cutting edge procedures in fire damage restoration. Talk to us today at (312) 509-5000 for comprehensive fire restoration services in Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Bridgeport.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Possessions After A Fire In Chicago

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Your Contents After a Fire in Chicago

Even a tiny fire can cause a great deal of damage to the building as well as the contents. Many clients are overwhelmed and wonder how their families can ever recover from a fire. Which items have been destroyed? What can be retrieved? Where should the family move to until repairs are completed? Who is going to help their families recover? These are just a few of the questions that many clients have after a fire has damaged their homes.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration in Chicago and surrounding areas. Our experience has shown that restoring fire-damaged content is less costly than replacing an item. Clients treasure many family heirlooms and things that remind each family member of happier times. Homeowners prefer that these items are cleaned and restored instead of being replaced. We can help and make sense of the chaos after a fire.

How do We Restore Fire Damaged Contents?
Many items can be dry cleaned to remove light debris and particulate soiling. Heavily coated items can be cleaned by fully immersing the piece in water with a cleaning agent. Hard surface items are sprayed with a cleaning agent and wiped with clean white towels. Spraying the cleaning agent onto the piece allows the restorer to mist the object and control how much is applied. This approach is useful for materials that could be damaged by the cleaning product.

We use foam cleaning for fabrics and delicate items that are lightly coated. Couches, mattresses, and box springs respond well to foam cleaning. We use abrasive cleaners as needed. SERVPRO carefully applies these products to avoid damaging the finish. We use scrubbing pads in these situations. These products are available in numerous grades of abrasiveness.

SERVPRO uses full immersion cleaning for many items that can withstand immersion without further damage. We use high-frequency sound waves produced in an ultrasonic tank filled with water and a cleaning solution to effectively clean many items.

SERVPRO evaluates every item to be cleaned and applies the appropriate cleaning solution to remove residue and odor.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve South Shore, Washington Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Thorough Cleaning Effort Leaves Chicago Home Spotless After Fire Damage

A fire that only burned for a few minutes before it was contained left contents and surfaces in a Chicago home blackened with residue and charred material remnants. Luckily, the owner knows about the restoration services SERVPRO offers and informed us immediately so that we could take over the site from emergency services.

After scoping the fire damage site in Chicago, we realized minimal structural damages had occurred, but soiling was substantial, necessitating considerable cleaning efforts. Our SERVPRO technicians set the ball rolling by performing some critical steps to ensure the cleaning efforts would be fruitful.

    •    Identifying the soil types
    •    Identifying the surfaces
    •    Removing the dry soils
    •    Removing deeply embedded soils
    •    Drying the property
    •    Deodorizing

While most of the soils left by fire are black, they differ in many ways, including the level of penetration and other aspects such as oiliness or dryness. Our SERVPRO technicians identified the areas in the house where there were dry smoke residues so that we could use dry cleaning sponges to remove it. For areas with impinged residues, we used chemical action to remove the residues.

The house had different types of surfaces affected by soot and other smoke residues. The walls with glossy paint were easier to clean since we could wipe off residues easily with chemical sponges. Other surfaces, such as the interior parts of cabinets, where most of the smoke residues concentrated because of colder temperatures during the fire, would require a different approach because of the unfinished wood. Our SERVPRO technicians used denatured alcohol to remove all reside traces. Other wet cleaning procedures helped clean the walls, ceiling, and floors.

Once the cleaning was over, our crews started drying and deodorizing procedures immediately to prevent secondary problems such as mold development because of the excessive moisture left over from cleaning. We set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the wet areas to run for some hours, lowering the moisture levels that could lead to problems.

Seeing your property spotless in the aftermath of fire loss is highly reassuring. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Avoid Delays When Dealing with Flood Damage Scenarios in Chicago

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

storm damaged home After a bad storm, flooding and damage can follow.  Contact SERVPRO for effective mitigation and remediation services.

Wind Damages That Can Lead to Flooding in Chicago Homes 

Here in Chicago, we are not called the ‘Windy City’ for nothing. Many of the most damaging storms that exist in the Midwest can reach our doorstep with destructive force, and in many cases, the most compromising of these is the wind. We have a dedicated storm response team, but with how quickly high winds can damage structures, flooding and other threats could exist before you even have the opportunity to call for our experienced team of restoration specialists. 

Overcoming storm and flood damage in Chicago homes begins with appreciating how severe the situation is and allowing the appropriate personnel to handle these threats. Emergency services like our SERVPRO team can provide offer temporary construction solutions like board up, tarping, and other repairs that prevent further water penetration into your house. We have a team of licensed in-house general contractors that can work to provide these repairs and later reconstruction, seamlessly with the mitigation and restoration work to get done inside the house. Our contractors have more than 30 years of experience to provide a quality result. 

Wind can be especially devastating to roofs. With many of the homes in residential areas surrounding the city featuring shingled roofs, our professionals have become attuned to the look of damaged roofing material and vulnerabilities that could exist. With missing portions of shingles and exposed underlayment, wind-driven rain could find its way inside the house. 

Our drying and mitigation efforts begin in the attic space of the house when our SERVPRO team arrives. Along with tarping services to prevent further water penetration, we can assess the severity of the flooding in the attic space and its spreading to other areas of the house. Extraction and drying involve the use of our sophisticated equipment, from our drying mats on the wooden attic flooring to positive pressure systems to dry out wall and ceiling cavities where water has traveled from the damaged roof. 

No matter what your flooded home needs, you can count on our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help. We have capable equipment and expertise to make even complex flooding scenarios “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.

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Our Crew Can Save Your Flood Damaged Chicago Apartment

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Emergency Services We Offer Flooded Chicago Apartments

Protecting a Chicago apartment building after a flood means that we have more than just one family and property to consider. With some substantial buildings offering more than a dozen units on the ground floor alone, fast and confident response by our SERVPRO team can help to reduce the irreparable damage and loss to these residences. Roof damages and other structural breaches can affect units on every level of the building, making the emergency services we provide vital to containing flood damages and the severity of this situation.

As you might expect with any severe storm system that could impact the area, flood damage in Chicago homes and apartments must get addressed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. We know that you do not have the time to hunt down several subcontractors for every individual need your apartment has after a loss, and that is why we have become a comprehensive unit for flood and water recovery. We have skilled structural drying technicians, as well as in-house contractors that can oversee controlled demolition, temporary construction solutions, and full-scale build back as necessary.

From the time that our emergency response team first arrives, water could be pouring in through structural breaches that must get addressed by our contractors. We can begin with damaged properties inside of the structure to remove at-risk contents from the unit to a safer location within the apartment or our nearby SERVPRO facility. Because we might help out more than one resident in the building simultaneously, we can meticulously catalog and label contents to ensure that they get stored appropriately in our warehouse.

Extraction is also one of the pressing needs of your apartment under certain conditions, and this can sometimes happen before the rest of the mitigation is set to begin. Given the severity of potential flooding, allowing standing water or excessive moisture could lead to further complications, material deterioration, or the production of mold colonies.

We always seek to keep costs low and restoration times to a minimum for our customers. With an emergency response to flooding in your apartment, our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help to reduce what irreparable damage might otherwise result. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.

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We Offer Time And Great Care In Chicago When You Face Water Damage

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Trust Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors to SERVPRO

Buildings in Chicago tend to show off their character in each of the details built into them. Architectural features are prominent in new construction as well as older structures, and homeowners take great pride in showcasing them. However, weather elements and routine wear and tear can occasionally pose a threat to your home, especially if it falls victim to excess water caused by a ruptured pipe or a leaky window. The longer a surface is vulnerable to excess humidity, the higher the damage can be, which is why calling a professional service to help you restore your home is extremely important.

When water damage affects your Chicago home, SERVPRO technicians become the differentiator when repairing the damage. Our specially trained water restoration technicians (WRT) know how to restore the balance in your home while being mindful of the history and peculiarities of the architecture of your home. When our team is in your house, you can rest knowing that the water damage can soon be a thing of the past.

Our SERVPRO crew often finds property owners in a frenzy when a pipe bursts, and their hardwood floors are completely soaked. They worry about protecting the floor itself and about the potential replacement cost, which can be quite significant. When we arrive, we make every effort to avoid warping, cupping, or buckling, all of which can happen if the extraction and drying are careless. Many think that drying is the answer to all hardwood water damage issues, but in reality, the process is more complicated. Our technicians consistently employ industry tools to measure moisture levels and adjust their actions accordingly. The end goal is to achieve the natural balance in your environment that allows the floors to settle once again. It may take a few weeks for hardwood to acclimate again and allow for any necessary sanding or refinishing, but we guide this whole process with you until we complete the job.

Do not let water damage destroy your beautiful Chicago home. Instead, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park/ E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 and let us be your restoration partners. With time and great care, we can leave your floors and home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Mitigating Furniture Loss during Water Removal in Chicago

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Mitigating Furniture Loss during Water Removal in Chicago Residences

Large quantities from a variety of sources can end up in your property. For some, adjacent tenements or overall water supply malfunctions can cause flooding. These external flood-causing factors may also include heavy rainfall or a violent storm. Equally likely, is that water spills occur because of internal issues. These issues could include faulty appliances, a malfunctioning sump pump, drainage issues, or sewer back-up. In short, there are so many potentially damage-causing incidents that mitigating against all of them is impossible. However, you can prepare adequately to reduce the impact when these situations do happen.

As a responsible homeowner, one way you can prepare ahead of time is by finding a water removal company in Chicago. Local services can often reduce call-out times as well as providing an intimate knowledge of the architecture and design of properties common to the area. SERVPRO is a local restoration service provider that uses industry-leading training and expertise to help homeowners overcome water-related emergencies.

After contacting SERVPRO, you can begin the restoration procedure by removing items from the affected area. Be extra-careful as areas of the home can become warped, weakened, or dangerous under massive amounts of water pressure. Standing water also creates a visibility barrier, which could lead to tripping over when moving through it. However, if you feel confident in removing small furnishings from the affected area, this can prove efficient in helping to mitigate permanent losses.

Larger furnishings, such as tables, couches, and armchairs can often be raised above the water level, rather than completely removed. SERVPRO technicians can block furniture or stack it, to ensure that there is no danger of permanent harm from prolonged exposure to moisture. Blocking furniture can also be an efficient preventative measure against fabric dyes bleeding into carpets. Once your furniture is safe, we can pump out excess water before moving in with specialty drying methods to get your home back to its preloss condition.

For thorough water removal services, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

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SERVPRO Says that Top-Tier Cleaning and Disinfecting Products Compliment our Advanced Equipment and Trained Technicians

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

Chicago skyline at night Why Is SERVPRO a Premier Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Company? Just Ask Chicago!

Chicago's Water Damage Experts Spell Out The Active Ingredients Inside Professional Products

The pipes running inside your Chicago area home can leak due to normal wear and tear over time. Once your plumbing system fails, water damage can occur within minutes. Building materials inside your house, such as your carpet and drywall can get ruined. Excessive moisture can also cause problems with your contents, such as furniture and appliances. If anything ever gets wet inside your structure, it is sensible to the professionals at SERVPRO.

Once items inside your building get wet, there is a chance that mold can form if the moisture is not removed promptly. Whenever our SERVPRO team mitigates water damage in Chicago, we arrive immediately after your emergency call for help. We are located in the area, and we can provide fast 24/7 services. As soon as we receive authorization to begin work from you, we quickly start mitigating problems so that secondary issues like mold do not occur.

Our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC program. We have the training and experience to utilize industrially approved methods, equipment, and other products to remove moisture quickly. One major quality that sets us apart from other restoration companies is the variety of chemicals at our disposal to help us during the restoration process.

Our team always tries to use the most advanced technology when working on your restoration project. Many products we can use during the mitigation of moisture-related issues contain ingredients that are proven to be effective during specific procedures. For example, phenolics are disinfectants and are good to use to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Sporicidin is one type of phenolic that is designed to kill spores that the mold creates to reproduce. Other disinfectants include chlorine-based products. Chlorine is proven to be an effective disinfectant, but it can dull finished surfaces and stain fabrics.

Quaternary compounds are the most common type of disinfectants used in the industry. These chemicals can counteract foul odors without leaving any additional fragrance. Other disinfectants often used in the restoration industry are botanicals, and they include Benefect and Concrobium. As we like to say, Think Green.

When your moisture-related problem requires professional attention, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We are available any time you suffer from a plumbing failure, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Another Chicago Fire? Yikes! Call SERVPRO for Recovery

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Help Removing Foul Odors after Fire Damage in Chicago

A fire in your Chicago home can bring on tremendous damage due to not only the flames but also the production of smoke and soot residue. Get in front of the fallout of fire damage; cleanup should start immediately to make sure that your property is free of foul odors from smoke and soot.

After fire damage in your Chicago home, foul odors are cause for contacting fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup. Smoke smells permeate building materials as well as carpeting, throw rugs, upholstered furnishings, clothing, and more. The following are the factors that determine smoke odor severity:

The Scale of the Fire – A more significant fire brings on more smoke, burning more materials than a much smaller fire. A hotter flame is superheated and propels the smoke plumes deeper into porous materials.

Home Size – Homes with smaller rooms often have a more potent smoke odor due to scent concentration.

Materials Burned – If materials like vinyl, clothing, wood, and plastics, or kitchen protein-based fires, the foul odors are much more pungent.

Our professionals at SERVPRO have the equipment and cleaning products necessary for the removal of odors and soot from your home. It is a crucial goal to improve indoor air quality. We can come in to assess the space and offer advice on the best course of action, including which items are fit for restoration and what should be replaced. Our team uses high-powered vacuum technology for soot removal from walls, furniture, carpeting, and other surfaces as the first step to remove combustible debris.

Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT)
SERVPRO can come in with counteractant chemicals that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The products that we use depend on the materials burned in the fire. Such counteractants may be applied to draperies, furnishings, and carpets as well as for laundering clothing. You should know that over-the-counter deodorizers can sometimes mask smoke odors or even interact to make the smoke stronger.

Advanced equipment like HEPA and charcoal filtered air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and in a more challenging situation, ozone machines can be deployed for physical and molecular alterations to subdue the smells.

Do you need smoke removal from the ductwork in your home? Chemical sealers can be used to keep the smoke secured to the duct interior, making for a more effective way to trap the odors.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is here for you whenever you need to remove unpleasant odors due to a fire. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 for efficient fire damage and smoke odor removal.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage in Chicago?

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us show you how we take care of your water damage in Chicago.

Homeowners are no stranger to water damage. Whether a pipe bursts behind a wall or rain creates roof leaks that need fast resolution, the technicians at SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment and years of expertise in the field. Emphasis is placed on effective mitigation to preserve property, assets, and structural integrity for homeowners.

Water-related disasters do not operate on a regular 9-to-5 schedule, and neither does SERVPRO. If you have water damage in Chicago occur late at night, on the weekends, or even during the holidays, you can expect swift service that addresses your needs thoroughly. Immediate response to disasters ensures that further damage is mitigated through tried-and-true methods and the use of advanced equipment.

Why SERVPRO?

Fast response and excellence in service are just the tip of the iceberg when a SERVPRO team comes to your home. Fully-certified disaster cleanup professionals can restore structures and property with the help of equipment and materials that can prevent warping, buckling, and cupping of sheetrock, drywall, and hardwood flooring. The team also handles charity work, aiding such organizations as the Sertoma Centre and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn. 

Top-of-the-Line Techniques & Tools

Because water damage is fast-acting and invasive, extraction starts when the SERVPRO team reaches your property. Technicians use a variety of industrial-grade tools to maximize precision and safety in ways that consumer fans, spray cleaners, and wet/dry vacuums cannot. These items include:

Advanced water detection methods, including the use of infrared cameras, hygrometers, and moisture sensors, to ensure thorough removal of moisture. These tools even allow technicians to evaluate damage behind walls and ceilings, or under floors.

Portable and truck-mounted extraction pumps to handle both small and large-scale disasters and facilitate faster drying.

Commercial-grade drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. These items work together to pull moisture off of surfaces and into the air. Moisture is then absorbed so it can be replaced with warm, dry air.

Tools for deodorizing and cleaning the air in your property, including thermal foggers and OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaning agents that are designed to address odors and contaminants caused by water damage.

The team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is dedicated to bringing you reliable service all year round. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster so your home can be restored to its preloss condition. If you need emergency service, call (312) 509-5000 today.

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