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Our Quick Response Can Restore Your Chicago Home To Pre-Damage Condition After A Flood

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Quick Response Can Restore Your Chicago Home To Pre-Damage Condition After A Flood Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you need help with flood damage in your home.

Fast Extraction And Drying Limit Loss From Flood Damage In Chicago Homes

Three main factors determine how much flood damage occurs in a home from water intrusion events. Those factors are the amount of water, how long exposure has occurred and how quickly mitigation began.

When SERVPRO arrived on-site to mitigate flood damage in a Chicago home, most of the standing water had receded. We scoped the kitchen area around an entry doorway and determined backed up gutters were the cause of the water from heavy storms coming into the home. Rather than directing rainwater away from the house, the gutters overflowed and caused pooling that entered the kitchen.

Our technicians worked quickly to extract any remaining water from the kitchen flooring. Often, we do several passes with our portable pumps to pull as much water as possible from surfaces. These initial efforts help speed the drying phase along.

The vintage kitchen table had stainless steel legs that were unaffected by the water, and we placed it on blocks for drying in the area. Our technicians moved the chairs for drying in another area of the home. Our probes found moisture collected behind the baseboards under the cabinets. Technicians removed the baseboards and drilled weep holes in the wall to allow for adequate airflow during drying.

Air movers have blades much like a fan, but the similarities end there. These machines blow air at a high velocity across surfaces retaining moisture. This action causes water vapor to rise where dehumidifiers capture it and effectively removed from the area. We spend time setting up the air movers at specific angles unique to the room to direct moist air up and out.

Once confirmed dry through moisture readings, our technicians concentrated on final cleaning and disinfecting to leave the kitchen sanitized and inhibit mold growth. Due to the quick action of the owner calling SERVPRO and starting the mitigation process so soon after the initial water damage occurred, there was little water loss from this unfortunate event.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you need help with flood damage in your home. Our emergency response teams arrive within hours to mitigate your water loss and restore your home and possessions, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

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The Most Important Elements of Water Damage Remediation in Chicago

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Most Important Elements of Water Damage Remediation in Chicago Water damage can quickly take over your home. Contact SERVPRO professionals for quick water damage remediation assistance .

Water Damage Mitigation Specialists in Chicago Prevent Spreading of Moisture in Residences

When your house experiences invading rainwater, flooding, or plumbing failures, SERVPRO is prepared to help out with your emergency. Chicago homes often have beautiful wood flooring and hold family treasures that homeowners intend to pass down to younger generations. Both of these can become damaged if emergencies do not receive the attention they require.

Residents can rely on SERVPRO to arrive with the necessary equipment to start the job and finish it quickly, so everything is "Like it never even happened." A large portion of our work involves water mitigation services in Chicago.

Through mitigation, we stop the spread of damaging water and moisture. Keeping dry items and materials from ever becoming saturated means we eliminate the need for restoration or replacement in these locations. While repairing damaged materials and belongings usually carries a lower cost than replacement expenses do, preventing damage, to begin with, is even more cost-effective.

Because moisture moves to dry locations, we use machines that pull water vapor out of the air. As the air steadily becomes drier, air movers can continually remove moisture out of outer layers of materials, furniture and other items inside your home. We use moisture meter readers to assess the percentage of humidity contained in the different things, preventing the possibility of over-drying.

Many things release moisture into the air more quickly than other materials. Drywall and other highly porous items let moisture enter the air faster than denser materials, like concrete or brick. We apply heat in some cases, as well as open windows and increase the number of air movers and desiccant machines when an area contains more slowly-drying materials.

Knowing the rate at which different materials dry helps us keep moisture from invading dry areas without over-drying areas susceptible to damage from too little humidity. When your home needs specialists who care about the result in your Woodlawn or Douglas home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We can help clean up the affected areas and keep the rest of your house safe.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Quickly Restore Your Commercial Property In Chicago

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Quickly Restore Your Commercial Property In Chicago When SERVPRO handles commercial flood damage in a Chicago retail store, we know time is of the essence to prevent secondary issues such as mold odors.

SERVPRO Works Fast On Commercial Flood Damage In Chicago

When water from a storm enters a business, the timer starts ticking on how much can be restored and fast action is the key. This can be especially true in brick and mortar retail stores where foot traffic is a part of the daily revenue stream.

When SERVPRO handles commercial flood damage in a Chicago retail store, we know time is of the essence to prevent secondary issues such as mold or foul odors. Our primary goal is to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get your business back on track. After the initial call, we arrive within hours to begin water extraction and moisture control efforts.

Our technicians spend time determining exactly where the water has gone using different types of moisture detection devices, so nothing is missed. In a case where only part of the shop was affected, it would be contained away from the rest of the store so drying and cleaning efforts can be concentrated where the water loss has occurred.

SERVPRO technicians check the premises from top to bottom. Because moisture wicks upward in drywall, walls are checked using probes or thermal imaging to determine how high the water has traveled or if flood cuts would be necessary for thorough drying. Air movers are angled at the drywall and over the flooring to ensure all the water vapor is pulled up and dispelled by the dehumidifying method chosen. We take readings throughout the process to ensure drying goals are met before moving on to the final phase of restoration.

A foul odor in a store could be bad for business, so our technicians clean and disinfect all affected surfaces to remove any lingering odors left behind and leave a fresh, inviting scent.

We know commercial flood damage needs fast action and that is why our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is available 24-hours a day at (312) 509-5000 to come to your site and restore your business property to its preloss condition.

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We Can Restore Your Property In Chicago To Pre-Damage Condition

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Restore Your Property In Chicago To Pre-Damage Condition You can reach us at (312) 509-5000 any time.

How Different Levels Of Fire Damage In Chicago Affect Restoration

Cases where fire consumes everything in a Chicago property, are rare, and there are numerous reasons for this since even a small fire has the potential to turn into a massive blaze. One reason is the reaction time and effort put in extinguishing the fire. Another reason is what fuels the fire once it starts. There are several other reasons so, in the end, each incident results in different types of damages. The different levels of damage might necessitate unique restorative action so involving a professional is a good idea.

Cases of fire damage in Chicago fall into three levels – minor, medium and major damage. At the minor level, most of the loss is from smoke residue. The deposits are also light to moderate in nature, so restoration mostly involves cleaning the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can either use dry or wet cleaning techniques to get rid of the residues.

In medium level fire incidents, there is both smoke and heat damage on different surfaces and items, but it is moderate. Heat damage might affect cabinets, drywall, and other contents. Odors might also be more noticeable. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up and refinish surfaces. We clean contents at the job site too and carry out any necessary deodorization procedures eliminating traces of the fire “Like it never even happened.”

In fires categorized as major, heat damage is more severe especially in the areas close to the source. Such blazes leave some of parts of the structures such as framing charred, so part of the restoration process involves structural repairs. Smoke damage is also widespread reaching different sections of the property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. We also help board up the house or winterize it if the incident happens during the cold season. It is still possible to salvage some contents, but in most cases, they require extensive cleaning which we do offsite.

Proper restoration efforts can help restore your home to preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for assistance. You can reach us at (312) 509-5000 any time.

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Removing the Fire Odor From Your Chicago Home

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing the Fire Odor From Your Chicago Home SERVPRO has the technology to remove fire odors from many of your belongings.

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Fire-Damaged Chicago Home

While fires in Chicago homes can present many effects and obstacles for homeowners looking to recover their properties quickly, indoor air quality concerns present a significant risk to the wellbeing of those entering the home after the disaster occurs. While much of these effects can get resolved with the advanced equipment available to our professionals, cleaning the air inside your house and deodorizing all affected areas, materials, and contents does not happen instantaneously.

While deodorization might be one of the final steps in the restoration process for your Chicago home, fire odors can begin to get addressed in other ways from the time that our professionals first arrive. Our SERVPRO team understands the potential risks of airborne threats including carcinogens, soot, smoke residue, ash, and debris. We have machines that can begin cleaning the environment throughout our mitigation process, including ozone machines and hydroxyl generators. Both of these machines have onboard filtration and an ability to reduce or even eliminate harsh odors present noticeably.

Deodorization is also a vital component of the pack-out process. When our SERVPRO technicians designate contents and belongings in your house for removal to our nearby facility, this happens to allow focused cleaning and odor removal for each item. In many cases, odor removal for removed items takes place in a sealed ozone chamber in our facility. This practice is unsafe for humans and pets to get directly exposed to, much like the use of the portable ozone generators for use inside your home, but both are effective in neutralizing harsh odor molecules.

For lingering fire odors in softer fabrics and surfaces, our professionals can also utilize our thermal foggers. These machines release a dense chemical compound that breaks odor molecules apart, rendering them inert.

There are many effects that a homeowner faces after a fire in their home. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team knows that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can arrive quickly with the experienced technicians and advanced equipment to get your home back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.

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When Water Damage in Your Hyde Park Salon Causes Bad Hair Days

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When Water Damage in Your Hyde Park Salon Causes Bad Hair Days Restoring your business with the least amount of disruption is our goal during water damage restoration.

Fast Water Removal and Restoration in Hyde Park Hair Salon Keeps Business Buzzing

Water damage is severe enough when it happens in a home; it can be twice as bad when it occurs in a brick and mortar business that delivers services to customers. The faster the cleanup happens, the more quickly you can get back to pampering and serving your clientele.  

The need for quick commercial water removal in a Hyde Park hair salon happened due to the extreme icy cold in the entire upper Illinois-area resulting in an unexpected pipe burst. Although catching the water intrusion relatively fast, standing pools of water spread to two adjacent rooms. The salon arranged for plumbing repair through their carrier and contacted SERVPRO to start the water cleanup process.  

SERVPRO technicians removed the standing water using multiple portable extractors with squeegee attachments for use on the tile flooring. A thorough water extraction requires less drying time. Upon inspection, the salon flooring was found to be asphalt tile. This type of tile usually maintains a good bond with concrete and responds well to cleaning which makes the restoration process faster.  

The pipe burst had happened behind a single work station with a vanity and mirror. The wood vanity needed weep holes drilled in the back for maximum air circulation. Air movers quickly died the salon, and when the probes showed the flooring and walls at optimum levels of dryness and low moisture readings, our technicians plugged the weep holes and began the cleaning phase of remediation. Floors, objects, and surfaces affected by the water are hand-wiped with our professional antifungal and antibacterial solutions to leave them disinfected, deodorized and ready for customers.  

Commercial water removal needs to happen as fast as possible to stop secondary damage from occurring to your business. The emergency services provided by SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville are available 24/7. Call us at (312) 509-5000, and our certified technicians can be on site within four hours to return your business to normal.

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Our Professionals Explain The Importance Of Safety After A Fire In Your Chicago Kitchen

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Professionals Explain The Importance Of Safety After A Fire In Your Chicago Kitchen We want to help you erase some of the memories of the event by restoring your residence when you call us at (312) 509-5000.

Fire Prevention Safety And Fire Damage In Your Chicago Kitchen

Kitchens in Chicago are the most common rooms in the home where fires begin. Whether prepping for a big dinner with your family or fixing a snack, knowing safe cooking behaviors can help in keeping everyone in your residence safe.

If you are unfortunate to experience a fire and fire damage in your Chicago kitchen, your home needs cleaning and restoration, no matter the size of the fire. Your best option is to contact the technicians at SERVPRO to help you, as we have the training and advanced equipment needed to restore your home as quickly as possible before more damage can be done from settled soot and smoke.

When cooking, do not leave your stove unattended. If you leave the area, turn off the burners you are using. Wear clothing that is close-fitting and short, or tightly roll up your sleeves. Clothing that is loose can hang low onto surfaces that are hot and then catch fire if it becomes in contact with an electric or gas burner.

The goal of structural cleaning after a fire means SERVPRO technicians remove the smoke residues from the structural components of your home and deodorize any odors given off by the residues. We consult and advise you as the property owner on which components of the structure can be cleaned, and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is needed for anything that does not respond well to cleaning.

When cooking, also make sure that the area you are working in is free of any materials that are combustible. Oven mitts, food wrappers or other materials left near the stove can catch fire. Be sure to clean up any splattered or spilled grease. Built-up grease can catch fire on the cooktop itself or inside your oven.

Don’t store things in your oven, including leftover food. It is easy to forget it is in there, and it may catch fire when you go to preheat the oven the next time. Also, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher available and nearby. Make certain you have the correct type and that you know how to use it properly.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that a fire of any size in your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore is scary and unsettling. We want to help you erase some of the memories of the event by restoring your residence when you call us at (312) 509-5000.

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SERVPRO Can Assist When It Comes to Natural Disaster Flood Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Can Assist When It Comes to Natural Disaster Flood Damage SERVPRO can bring the thunder when it comes to storm damage restoration.

Getting Rid of Standing Water after Flood Damage to your Bridgeport Property

The primary concern for a homeowner after a natural disaster is to restore their property as quickly as possible. Flooding is not uncommon and can cause havoc in the lower levels of your property. Removing that water needs to be done quickly to limit losses. As a rule of thumb, the longer water is allowed to saturate structure, structural components or personal possessions the more likely permanent damage is to occur.

When flood damage in Bridgeport properties occurs, you need to know that your restoration provider can mobilize equipment quickly. SERVPRO uses local technicians and provides them with the tools from our nearby warehouse. As a company with access to national resources, our water extraction equipment is top of the range and capable of dealing with any size disaster.

The quickest way to remove standing water is by a gas-powered submersible pump. These are linked to an open sewer point which allows us to remove an unlimited amount of flood water. However, if your home relies on a septic tank, a gas-powered pump cannot be deployed. Your SERVPRO technician can quickly use other measures if this is the case.

A practical solution when pumps are not possible to deploy are extraction units. For large amounts of water, SERVPRO can bring in truck-mounted extractors. These industrial equipment are capable of removing more than 100 gallons of water before needing to be emptied and minimize the risk of damages to carpets, fittings or upholstery.

Where flooding is deemed as less severe, we use portable extractors. Fabrics can be up to 50% weaker when wet so a deft approach can be useful in mitigating loss, particularly on carpets. These are comprised of a vacuum element used in combination with heat. Your technician can repeatedly use an extractor over the surface without risking damages and ensuring your home dries quicker than with dehumidifiers or rapid air-movers.

For a fast response to a home emergency, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

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Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Chicago Area Flooded Property Owners Call Upon SERVPRO for Cleanup of Contaminated Water

Prepare for Chicago Flooding with Advice from SERVPRO

Flooding incidents happen far more than you might think and all too often, homeowners find themselves facing the simple fact that they failed to acquire the proper insurance to address the costs associated with this kind of event. Avoid making the same mistake, spend the necessary time evaluating your plan and consider making changes to obtain the proper coverage for common occurrences that plague your area.  
 
Even if you have never had a flood damage incident in your Chicago area home, it is important to ensure that when things get out of control, you have the protection in place to help you recover from this kind of situation properly. Insurance is not just another bill you pay; it is something that can save the entire investment you have made in your home. It can make the difference in having a home to return to or being homeless.
 
Consider that the most common flooding issue that homeowners face every year involves basement flooding. Every basement in every home is susceptible to flooding; your home is no different. All leaks, big or small, run from high to low ground. Meaning that, under the right circumstances, everything ends up in your basement.  
   
Rainfall – Excessive rain can overload your drainage system, especially when improperly or inadequately installed. Often leading to foundation cracks and mold issues that develop in places you rarely visit.

Clogs – Sewer backups often happen at entirely the wrong time. Leading to sanitary issues as well as repairs that you simply are not prepared to handle on your own.

Drainage – The spot where your house sits on your property may not settle correctly over time. Adjustments to your yards grading and installation of various products help eliminate problems that cause excessive moisture.
 
If your basement is consistently wet, basement windows have condensation all of the time, or you have standing water, you need help. SERVPRO offers services to waterproof your basement properly. Using tar sealant on both the inside and outside of foundation walls, installing weeping tile, drains, and vents to prevent these issues from becoming a bigger issue. In some cases, sump pumps, additional drainages such as perimeter tiles, backflow valves, and grading issues can correct these problems easy enough. SERVPRO technicians receive expert training and licensing to provide you with these services, making your choice easy.  


SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville works with your insurance company to keep the costs associated with your restoration to a minimum while providing you with the services you deserve. Call today for more information. (312) 509-5000