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Our Professionals Explain The Fundamental Steps In Our Fire Cleanup Process In Your Chicago Home

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Professionals Explain The Fundamental Steps In Our Fire Cleanup Process In Your Chicago Home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Essential Steps In Fire Cleanup In Chicago

From casual observation, property fire is only a single event, but on evaluating the damages left for cleanup, a different picture emerges. You have to combine different skills and tools to clean the place thoroughly. We have certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians that can clean up your fire-damaged property removing all debris and residues “Like it never even happened.”

Evaluating the level of damage is essential before starting the process of fire cleanup in Chicago. When our SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property, we identify the best methods to use depending on the affected material, what caused the damage, and the level of deterioration. Fires cause damages through heat action, flames and accumulation of smoke residues. The harm caused by heat and smoke is easier to renovate through restorative cleaning unlike damage by the flames.

It is essential to remove any large debris from the house before doing a thorough cleanup. Debris can form from charred contents or parts of the structure. In case the smoke in the fire was too intense, it is possible to confuse soot-covered items with those charred by flames from the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome this by separating debris into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This allows us to take additional measures such as removing questionable items to our offsite facility for thorough restorative cleaning.

In most properties affected by a fire, smoke residues spread all over the property because smoke moves through convection currents in which hot air displaces cool air. Smoke filters even through the small space left by closed doors or windows. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to remove smoke residues including applying professional cleaning agents that dissolve, disperse or suspend the residue. We also rely on mechanical agitation with brushes or use of power washers which helps quicken the process and remove any stubborn residues.

Restorative cleaning helps make properties habitable soon after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville  at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Discuss Safety And Damage Cleanup For Your Home In Chicago

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Flood Damage Specialists Discuss Safety And Damage Cleanup For Your Home In Chicago We can help you!

Flood Damage Cleanup And Flood Precautions For Your Chicago Home

Floods have been the most common and costly natural disasters amongst all weather-related incidents in the United States, with Chicago being no exception. Understanding the threats that floods can pose is essential to staying safe during one of these events as a homeowner. The dangers do not disappear once the water levels stop rising.

Besides needing help restoring your Chicago home from the flood damage created by the storm, there are some things to be aware of to keep you and your family safe. While SERVPRO can help you get rid of the water and dry your home back out, there are precautions you can take in the meantime.

While you wait for our SERVPRO technicians to help you, be aware of damaged utilities. Water might have damaged electrical power. Lower any fire hazards by shutting off these utilities if you safely can do so, especially if there is fraying wiring, an odor, or sparks present. Turn the power off only if you can do so from a location that is dry. If not, call an electrician for help.

Keep your contact with dirty water to a minimum. Any standing floodwater can pose different hazards. It can have mixed with sewage or other harmful substances like chemicals. It can even be hiding sharp objects or downed power lines. Also, avoid traveling through the water and do not walk to drive through any standing water since the road underneath could be blocked by debris or compromised. With moving water, try to get to high ground to get away from the flooding whenever you can.

Our first goal is to get the standing water safely out of your home, and we have the professional tools and gear to help us do this safely for all. We also want to do the job quickly and efficiently. The sooner we can get your home dry again, the less chance there is for mold growth. If mold is found, we also can clean and take care of that for you.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that drying your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore out as quickly as possible after flooding is essential for the safety of your family and the structure itself. Reach out to us as soon as the storms subside by dialing (312) 509-5000, so we can help you.

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Do You Know The Effects of Residential Mold Damage?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Know The Effects of Residential Mold Damage? Choose the company you know and trust to get rid of mold infestations.

Understanding Effects of Mold Damage in Chicago Helps in Remediation


Mold growth is a common problem, and if left unchecked, it can cause severe damage that costs much money to fix. Such infestations also diminish property value if you intend to sell the property. We offer professional remediation services to help you deal with the problem that affects your property “Like it never even happened.”

There are several outcomes of mold damage in Chicago. The most obvious is musty odor and staining of surfaces which appears as dark or white patches on surfaces. Taking immediate remediation steps makes it easier to get rid of these minor problems. If the infestation is left unchecked, it eats into organic materials in search of food to fuel its growth damaging them structurally. The only way to fix such cases is replacing the affected material. Mold also leads to deterioration of finishes such as paint on surfaces necessitating refinishing after removing the infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected area to establish the level of damage before choosing a remedy.

Most cases of mold infestation are easily fixed through cleaning the surfaces thoroughly. Since mold is fueled by moisture, cleaning methods like bleach application that involve the use of water are not sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum affected areas to get rid of loose mold debris. We also use soda blasting which blows Sodium bicarbonate particles over infested surfaces at speeds exceeding 600 miles per hour. Such blasting loosens debris without damaging the surface. Another way to clean affected areas is damp wiping with a professional cleaning agent.

Mold problems reoccur easily if the if you fail to dry the structure after the remediation exercise. Unless a case involves flooding, drying alone is not enough. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the moisture source first then use various approaches to dry the structure. Air movers and dehumidifiers help us dry rooms within the structure. For concealed spaces such as wall cavities, we use specialized equipment like the injectidry system.

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Dealing with mold can be a nightmare if you are not sure which steps to take. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Let SERVPRO Experts Come to Your Rescue When Water Damage Strikes Your Chicago Business

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Let SERVPRO Experts Come to Your Rescue When Water Damage Strikes Your Chicago Business Significant water damage is caused when pipes burst in your business.

SERVPRO - Remediating Commercial Water Damage In Chicago Food Service Facilities


Chicago businesses face a variety of disasters, most of them having to do with failing appliances that can start a fire or send gallons of water across the floors, walls, and equipment. When it happens in a food service operation, the need to clean and dry everything can have a much shorter time limit not just to serve customers, but to keep food from spoiling.


For SERVPRO to remove and remediate commercial water damage in a Chicago butcher shop, we have to dry not just the floor, but the equipment, counters, and even the inside atmosphere of the shop. Since this is a food service facility, our cleaning specialists use an anti-bacterial cleaner on every surface where food is stored or prepared on before sale.

If the damage results from a broken inlet pipe or a broken sink, then our efforts center primarily around cleaning and drying the floor so that it is safe for employees and customers. Our cleaning crews remove any standing water with commercial pumps and extraction wands. Once there is only a trace of water spread over the surface, crew members use an anti-bacterial cleaner to eliminate any possible threat of mold growth and then air movers and fans to dry the floor.

When the damage starts with a faulty sprinkler system, then the water is over every surface, to include freezers, preparation areas, customer service counters, and more. SERVPRO specialists remove any excess water from on top of display cases, chopping blocks, and every other surface that might conceivably touch the product before it goes to a customer. Next, they scrub each surface with an anti-bacterial agent that is safe for them. Crew members then wash and dry everything to ensure no residual chemical cleaner is left behind.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is to clean and restore each surface and piece of equipment to its original condition before the water damage. Quickly performing this task allows food service business owners to retain as much of their inventory as possible and not lose thousands of dollars in lost product. If you need us, call (312) 509-5000 today. We are here for you.

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You Can Count On Our Experts To Save Your Mold Damaged Fabrics In Chicago

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO You Can Count On Our Experts To Save Your Mold Damaged Fabrics In Chicago When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home.

Using Esporta Washing Machines To Save Fabrics Affected By Mold Damage In Chicago

When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home. The reason fabrics are so vulnerable is that they are naturally porous, allowing mold to establish itself beneath the surface. Unlike walls, ceilings or floors, abrasive cleaning methods can be less useful on fabric, especially when they are high-quality or hold significant personal value. In these situations, you need professional services to help remediate your possessions.

Wet conditions are ideal for mold spores to proliferate in, making mold damage in Chicago properties reasonably common. Sometimes these damages can go unnoticed for several months. If you have valuable materials stored away in an attic or garage for example, then mold damage can become fairly severe, especially if there are gaps in the structure that might let water in.

SERVPRO operates on a restore over replace mentality. That means that we are committed to salvaging items rather than just disposing of them. This commitment usually results in a higher workload for us, but a happier homeowner. We work this way because we understand that some items are irreplaceable, so we always do our utmost to restore them where possible.

One of the things that make SERVPRO a top restoration provider is our equipment. Our technicians are not only trained in mold assessment and remediation, but they are also equipped with some of the very best restoration technology on offer right now. We use Esporta washing machines that can remove over 95% of soiling to restore valuable fabrics for our customers.

Using advanced equipment is one of the things that make us stand out as a specialist provider of restoration services for mold assessment and remediation. We have also built close ties with local and national insurance adjusters offering all our customers the option of acting on your behalf when making a claim.

For a service that always does what is right by the customer, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 now.

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Why You Need Professional Remediation Services to Remove Water From Your Chicago Home

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why You Need Professional Remediation Services to Remove Water From Your Chicago Home Water can enter your home through unexpected places. The longer the water stays, the greater the damage.

Why SERVPRO Professional Chicago Water Removal Services Make A Difference

If you are skeptical that hiring a reputable restoration company is necessary when your Chicago home suffers water incursion, consider the following. Water damage is a severe and rapidly progressive destructive force. Building materials and fixtures swiftly deteriorate when water intrudes. A team of trained water restoration technicians halts the damage and can reverse harm if brought on the scene as soon as possible. 

Certified water removal specialists in Chicago prepare a home soaked by natural disasters, malfunctioning appliances, or negligence for the structural drying needed to return a property to preloss condition. Why professional help is preferable to going it alone relates to the speed and capacity challenges of moisture mitigation. 

SERVPRO has access to a scalable workforce of water removal technicians trained in the restoration industry’s best practices. Because mold and other microbial growth is a risk within 24 to 48 hours after a water event, removal must proceed quickly and efficiently. High-efficiency pumps and water extractors are not ordinary consumer goods, expensive to buy and difficult to operate correctly without training. Our preference for training our employees through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards. 

Crews consisting of several IICRC-trained water removal specialists move through your home much faster than an individual could, operating multiple pumps and extractors simultaneously to speed the water evacuation. Immediately after water removal concludes, our crews begin drying strategies that restore the typical moisture levels to building materials and contents. Appropriate adherence to the progression of steps needed to return your home to “Like it never even happened” is another reason why SERVPRO is a preferred provider. 

Homeowners’ insurance often covers water loss restoration. The professionalism of our approach is why SERVPRO can help homeowners make successful claims to carriers. We offer a systematic protocol that delivers successful results. Our technicians use detailed inventories to provide evidence of possessions and building materials damaged by the water and then demonstrate how our water removal expertise starts the restoration process for a broad range of structural components and personal possessions. 

We love the opportunity to show why SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville offers homeowners premium water removal and top-notch customer service. Call us at (312) 509-5000 round the clock to get the process started.

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Let Our Team Help You After A Fire Destroys Your Chicago Home

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let Our Team Help You After A Fire Destroys Your Chicago Home Our fire damage restoration services can help restore your home.

Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago Can Restore Your Home

The fire in your basement fireplace did not destroy your property, but there are strong smoke odors and heavy soot residue on many furniture items as well as on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Contacting professionals for a job like this can help prevent further damage to your personal belongings and your home. We can restore your residence to its pre-fire state when possible.

SERVPRO fire damage services in Chicago are reliable. Our certified technicians can use dry sponges to remove soot and ash from tables and other surfaces in the affected areas in the basement. If necessary, we may use cleaning solutions to remove dirt and residue from various surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. Burned contents such as curtains, clothing, and throw rugs can cause odors, which is why we remove them from the structure. With your permission, the crew can throw away all burnt items. The team can clean and sanitize any items we save and pack-out, categorize, label and store them off-site until they finish the restoring your home.

Removing charred furniture and cleaning surfaces may not always eliminate smoke odors. The techs may also have to utilize industrial-strength odor removal deodorizers to get rid of pungent smells from soft materials such as drapes, carpet, and upholstery. We may also use air movers and air scrubbers to force out smoke odors and to enhance the air quality inside the structure. Thermal foggers can also be put to use to eradicate thick smoke aromas. It may become necessary to employ a portable ozone machine to neutralize and remove lingering smoke smells. If we use this piece of equipment, you must vacate the home until we complete the job. You can trust our crews to deem the air quality inside your property to be at a safe level before you return home.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help restore your fire damaged home. If you experience a fire emergency in the area, call us right away at (312) 509-5000. We are close by and are here to serve you in your time of need.

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When A Flood Destroys Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact The Specialists At SERVPRO!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When A Flood Destroys Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact The Specialists At SERVPRO! SERVPRO can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills.

Restoring Walls After Flood Damage Creates A Remodeled Look In Chicago

Many owners want to remodel their home but lack the resources or time to engage in such time-consuming projects. A disaster like flooding changes things drastically, but SERVPRO can help make changes that improve your home's interior in the long run.

When a residence in Chicago sustains flood damage, walls and floors become so saturated that we must remove the affected area and then several inches above the water line. Cutting this away and removing it allows us to air out the home's support beams inside the wall. These beams must reach standard moisture content before installation of new wall material can take place. We compare readings of moisture content to industry approved materials sheets to ensure proper drying occurs. Replacing ruined walls too soon can lead to mold infestation and wood rot. Both can cause wooden beams to loose strength. Any warping can also create a strain on the wall joints and lead to cracking and other structural problems.

We work with our customers to re-create as we restore their home by locating the materials needed. While not an exact remodeling job, a new look can appear when a customer chooses new paint colors, paneling, or textured coverings for reconstructed walls. Our experts work closely with every customer to ensure their satisfaction with the finished work.

Another step we take when dealing with flood damage is to carry out odor elimination. Flood damage includes the formation of new and highly offensive odors that can permeate a home, even after mitigation. Hydroxyl gas comes in a structure similar to H – O – H. The organic matter that creates these odors bonds with unstable hydrogen atoms, deodorizing your home at the molecular level. Hydroxyl also produces a fresh scent as it is working, is so safe we can use it while people are in the treated area and does not produce color changes in damp textiles like ozone can.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills. Our technicians also hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and also Applied Structural Drying (ASD) – crucial knowledge when dealing with flooded homes and businesses. Contact us at our 24-hour service lie by calling (312) 509-5000. Homeowners in or near Oakland, Douglas, and South Shore can also rely on our skilled employees when their residence faces a disaster.

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Avoid Delays When Facing Water Damage at Your Chicago Business Location

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Avoid Delays When Facing Water Damage at Your Chicago Business Location Wet insulation, whether in the ceiling or walls of your business, needs to be dried or replaced right away. Contact SERVPRO to evaluate the damage.

Commercial Water Damage Professionals in Chicago Discuss Problems With Wet Insulation

If a pipe leaks above the ceiling or in between the walls inside your Chicago deli, many structural issues can occur. Moisture always follows gravity so leaks that take place above your building or high up behind the wall can cause extensive commercial water damage as it flows to the floor. Excessive moisture can saturate acoustic ceiling tiles or drywall forcing them to be replaced. If water flows behind the walls, other structural items such as your studs and insulation can get affected. Some insulation can be dried out during a commercial water damage project, but other types must be removed and replaced.
 
Dealing with wet insulation can be extremely difficult, and it is a job best left to a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We complete every commercial water damage project in Chicago in the best way possible to reduce the loss of revenue caused by the leak. Depending on the severity of the situation, we can sometimes complete the majority of the mitigation work when your deli is closed. If this is not possible, then we secure the area and make sure that the job site is safe for your employees and customers. In some situations, we can complete the work a section at a time so that the majority of your cafe stays open during the process.
 
When insulation gets wet, it loses its r-value. Most types of insulation get ruined with high moisture levels and must be thrown out. Fiberglass insulation can at times be saved if drying procedures take place promptly. If the fiberglass material stays wet for too long though, the paper backing on it can become a prime food source for mold.
 
When removing contaminated insulation, our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians follow strict guidelines during the process so that air quality does not become an issue. In all cases where mold is found and in some cases when it is not, we set up a containment chamber so that loose insulation dust does not contaminate unaffected areas of your deli. If you ever have a water leak at your place of business call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 any day of the week.

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Storms, Winds, Tree Limbs in Your Chicago Home!! Call SERVPRO Fast!

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms, Winds, Tree Limbs in Your Chicago Home!! Call SERVPRO Fast! Stormwater from Broken Limbs Can Flood Chicago Area Homes, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Removal

We Offer Reliable Flood Damage Services in Chicago

A violent storm blew through the neighborhood yesterday, and high winds sent a sizable tree branch through your front window. Now, several inches of water stands in your living room. If you do not know whom to contact, we kindly suggest that you call us right away. When possible, our professional team can restore your home.
 
Our SERVPRO flood damage crew in Chicago can arrive at your residence fast to inspect the damages. Plus, they can secure the structure by covering the missing window with plywood or protective plastic sheeting. The techs can also check for additional breaches to the property such as a hole in the roof or a broken door and secure them as they did with the window. Securing your home helps prevent water from flowing into the house. Plus, it can protect against wildlife or unwanted visitors from entering the structure.
 
Next, our SERVPRO team can remove all excess water from the residence. This step helps to reduce further damages to your home. Quick water removal can also prevent wood rot and mold growth. When extracting water, the techs may employ truck-mounted, or portable extractors or commercial grade pumps to eliminate the water fast. The level of water inside the house helps determine what type of equipment the crew may utilize for the job.
 
Storm waters can also cause damages to the interior walls, floor tile, and ceilings. If this happens, our skilled technicians may have to remove various wet materials such as drywall or insulation. If the job requires further construction though we can do substantial rebuilds, our techs can assist you in getting in touch with a qualified contractor. Since flood water is contaminated, our crew must discard all wet carpeting and padding as well as any furnishings or contents that come in contact with the water. During the drying process, the team may employ air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the affected areas thoroughly. The crew can also use dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from inside the structure.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is close by and can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

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