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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)

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

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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Humidity Control During Recovery After A Flood In Chicago

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Humidity Control During Recovery for Flooded Chicago Residences

Addressing flooding in Chicago homes requires much more than efficient extraction practices. Professionals in the restoration industry like our SERVPRO team have an obligation to protect the home and its occupants from hazardous conditions, and the most practical way to offer this is through containment strategies. The maintenance of conditions within this barrier area is critical to offering efficient drying and prevent the increased production of microbial threats.

Controlling the humidity within a containment area helps to restore flood damage in Chicago homes efficiently. With these conditions regulated, we can dry out saturated structural elements and construction materials with the highest effectiveness. Also, our professionals can reduce the movement and migration of moisture and water damage, but also prevent any secondary damage that might result from prolonged exposure.

Many homeowners might believe that the maintenance of humidity levels within an established drying zone is a matter of using dehumidifiers and little else. These units do play a substantial role in the drying process and even regulating humidity, but there is more to the approach than these machines. Leveling off moisture content levels can increase the effectiveness of the restoration effort to come once the area has gotten decontaminated if necessary. We cannot attempt to use the heart of our drying process, air movers until the area has gotten thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.

The secret to effective humidity control in the drying zone is the creation of negative pressure. Units like the negative air chamber and the hydroxyl generator work to clean contaminants out of the environment with HEPA filters, exhausting and ventilating them outside the residence. Successfully running these units makes dehumidification and relative humidity (RH) levels stay manageable and within safe operating parameters to limit secondary effects and destructive consequences like mold growth.

We understand that flooding can be a costly and hazardous situation for homeowners, and that is why we stay ready to mobilize 24/7 whenever these disasters strike. We are here to make flood loss “Like it never even happened.” Trust our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help your home return to its original condition after flooding. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Chicago Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Timeline for Chicago Medical Centers

Understanding how water loss incidents can progress and worsen over the days following the disaster is vital to preserving equipment, structural elements, and the life-saving technology of your Chicago medical center. Hospitals have a constant flow of employees, patients, and visitors on every floor and in every region of the facility. Addressing water loss scenarios before they become incredibly damaging situations to your building is vital, and that begins with trusting professionals who know the timeline of water damage and how to best protect your facility from this growing threat.

While you might consider the most critical task to be water removal in your Chicago hospital, standing water is only part of the threat that your medical center faces. Your priority is to limit the effect that this incident can have on the hospital, and that begins with effective containment strategies performed by our SERVPRO professionals. Through the use of our portable extraction tools, physical barriers, and drying tools, we can prevent the spread of these harmful effects to new areas of the building while our team works to recover your loss.

Even with competent maintenance and custodial departments as most hospitals have, these professionals are not equipped with the extraction tools our SERVPRO professionals have. Even typically resistant surfaces like linoleum tile can begin to break loose, or concrete flooring can absorb moisture, without fast extraction efforts. Our team can utilize portable solutions like our sump pumps and light wands unless the damaged areas are easily accessible with more powerful equipment like our extractor trucks.

Within days of inadequate cleaning and drying of a water damage situation, mold and microbial threats can develop. In a hospital setting, these potential health effects could be damaging to your patients and your reputation. With our inventory of powerful recovery equipment, we can stay ahead of developing microbial threats to reduce these risks as restoration continues.

Understanding how water loss incidents can get out of control and cause structural and secondary damages is vital to showcasing your need for professional restoration services. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help however you need us by calling (312) 509-5000.

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What to Expect During the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Your Chicago Home

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Handles Smoke Residue Cleanup in Chicago Properties

Fire damage is one of the most devastating things a homeowner experiences. The charred items and loss, along with the lingering odor, make for an overwhelming situation.

There are many steps to handling fire damage in a Chicago home, among them, are the testing of the residues left behind, so technicians choose the correct cleaning methods without causing further damage. As a fire burns in a home, there are varying temperatures and combustible objects it consumes. This leaves behind various types of residues to remove from surfaces. Testing is an important way to discern the kind of deposit and the surface it resides upon so the technicians apply the correct cleaning products and methods.

Initial Inspection Actions

During the preliminary review of the property, SERVPRO does initial scoping for damage and testing of residues to evaluate the nature of the damage done to the property as well as the necessary actions to restore it to its preloss condition.

Elimination of Residues

The removal of smoke residues is a two-step process. For a removal to occur, the residues require capturing using different methods such as liquid cleaners, vacuuming light, powdery residues that contain small carbon particles. The use of wet cleaners on this type of deposit results in absorption more in-depth into the surface and exacerbating the issue.

Wet smoke results mostly from the burning of rubber and plastics and require dissolving before it loses adherence to the surface and then wiped away.

Dissolving is an exacting process that has three main steps — washing the surface which loosens the residue and holds it in suspension for removal. Rinsing to ensure removal occurs and finally drying to complete the cleaning process.

Unique Surface Qualities Must Be Considered

Some surfaces cannot tolerate the application of water, and others cannot tolerate any type of solvents. This is just one reason is why pretesting is vital to a good outcome for restoration services.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is available 24/7 to handle any size smoke and fire damage to your property. Contact our technicians at (312) 509-5000, and we arrive within an hour of your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Flood Damage Experts Can Save Your Chicago Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Efficient Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Chicago Home

It takes a significant sum of money to buy and maintain a home. Unfortunately, flood damage can happen in different ways, even to the most prepared homeowner. The damage can come from a flash flood, a blizzard, a hurricane, or a tornado. When vast amounts of water hit your property, it can be a dangerous situation.

There are vital steps you need to take to stay safe and get your life back to normal after the floods. To handle flood damage in your Chicago home, you need to remove the water, sanitize the structures and dry the affected areas properly. SERVPRO is on call 24/7, and our trained and certified technicians are ready to help. We can clean and disinfect the surfaces ensuring no further damage is experienced. We can return your house to its preloss state quickly and efficiently.

If the floodwater sits in your property for a long time, it can cause severe primary and secondary destruction. Water can leak through the walls of your home and wreak havoc to building materials like drywall and your belongings. Mold can also grow if you take too long to remove the water and moisture. Calling for help minimizes further damage and maximizes the chances of making a full recovery of your property.

To ensure that microbes do not spread, we extract all the water using powerful portable or truck-mounted pumps. We also use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to remove moisture from all the affected areas. We check the levels of moisture in the walls of a house using moisture meters and moisture sensors. Our crew can also ventilate wet wall cavities by removing baseboards and drilling holes between each stud. We then force air through the holes into wall cavities to enhance evaporation. If we find much moisture, it may be necessary to remove areas of drywall.

We can also use disinfectant, antimicrobial, and antibacterial treatments to clean your home. As we clean the structure of the house, we also clean other items such as furniture and clothing that the flooding has ruined. After the aftermath of a flood, professional odor removal is necessary since the damp items in a house often emit foul scents. Our technicians can use specialized equipment to remove the bad odors from flood-damaged homes, including:

    •    Thermal foggers
    •    Industrial air scrubbers
    •    Hydroxyl generators

We can also rebuild the ruined structures of your home after flood remediation or mitigation. At SERVPRO, we offer high quality and quick restoration services. We have an efficient quality assurance system that enables us to deliver excellent customer satisfaction.

After experiencing flood damage in your Hyde Park, Bronzeville or Bridgeport home, you need speedy, professional aid. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help remove all the water and sanitize your home. Call us today at (312) 509-5000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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