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Can SERVPRO Help Prevent Flood Damage Loss in Chicago?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

3 SERVPRO vehicles Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation.

We provide flood removal services that mitigate the damage and prevents secondary harm

Flood damage can be devastating and costly when it impacts a home. The water can enter quickly, flooding the residence, and recede just as quickly in many cases. The moisture seeps under flooring and wicks into walls making it crucial the cleanup and extraction process begins immediately. If it does not, you can end up with worse damage to the content and the structural elements.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Flood Restoration

As SERVPRO technicians provide flood removal services for Chicago homes, they do numerous things to reduce the damage, including:

  • Removal of baseboards and built-in structures such as cabinetry
  • Disposal of damaged carpet, padding, and insulation
  • Controlled demolition, which removes damaged building materials
  • Extracting water and drying the premises as quickly as possible

These are all done to stop further water damage to the structure. Floodwater is contaminated, and anything in contact with it needs to be handled correctly. Our technicians have the biohazard certifications required to mitigate flood damage

Train & Certified Technicians

Our technicians are not only biohazardous certified but carry certification and training in water, flood, and fire mitigation. They understand the best way to handle flood removal in your Chicago home. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for more information.

Restoring Water Damaged Ceilings in Chicago Homes

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom with water damage in ceiling You can trust that SERVPRO technicians will handle your water damage crisis effectively and efficiently. Call us today.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation to restore water damaged residences

Burst pipes, roof leaks, or overflowing sinks can cause water to travel to lower levels. This causes water damage to the ceiling below. Small amounts of moisture can cause discoloration and minor warping, but large amounts of water can cause complete deterioration. 

Immediate Water Mitigation Required

When left sitting, even minor moisture levels can cause mold to grow. This can happen fast, often in as little as 24 hours. You need professional water mitigation in your Chicago home to avoid secondary damage such as mold. Once we arrive at your home, we:

  • Take a moisture reading to determine the amount of moisture and damage
  • Tarp the roof, if the water is coming from there until it can get repaired
  • Remove all wet materials 
  • Use commercial equipment to dry materials
  • Restore your home to preloss condition
  • Check for hidden moisture with meters and probes

If you have ceiling tiles, it is often more cost-effective to replace them instead of restoring them. An eroding ceiling can be a safety issue, as well as unsightly. For professional water mitigation, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

What Should Homeowners Expect from a Fire Restoration Company?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO has helped many homeowners recover from the effects of fire damage and our highly experienced crews stand ready to respond 24/7.

Professional, experienced fire damage restoration just like SERVPRO offers 

Whether you love eating out or grabbing your take-out and heading home, great food is always enjoyable. Chicago is home to so many fantastic places to eat. The diversity of food cultures is a delight to explore. At SERVPRO, we love good food too. Here are some of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

The Chicago Diner

We enjoy diners. They are great for home cooked food in a cozy atmosphere. This diner is highly rated by Chicago folks. It is a favorite for vegans and vegetarians. They prove that healthy food can be delicious. The Chicago Diner offers seasonal dishes and cultural food such as Avocado Super Crunch Salad and a Cajun Burger. Other great choices include:

  •   Pierogi quesadilla
  •   Vegetarian meatloaf
  •   Buddha’s Karma Burger
  •   Yummy milkshakes

This diner has been serving up delicious meals since 1983, and if you haven’t tried it, you need to.

Wildberry Pancakes & Café

Pancake lovers everywhere should head out the door and straight for this café. Their portions are generous, and you can choose from a wonderful list of specialty pancakes. Their portions are so big you might want to consider sharing breakfast with someone. The omelets are light and fluffy and stuffed with scrumptious things like wild mushrooms. Friendly staff and excellent coffee round out the meals served there nicely.

The Purple Pig

With a name like The Purple Pig, who would not want to try it? The food is terrific. One of their specialties is bone marrow. Other specialty foods include beets with goat cheese, crispy pig’s ears, and a melt-in-your-mouth pork shoulder. Delightfully Mediterranean but much more than that. When folks come home to Chicago, this is where they head for good food and memories.

Nookies Wells

Located in the historic Old Town region, this is another excellent diner. It’s a family-owned Chicago chain where you can get breakfast all day long. A local favorite – the Monster Melt. Delicious grilled rye bread holds a thick hamburger smothered in cheddar cheese and grilled onions. The orange juice is phenomenal. Food is fresh, hot, and delivered promptly. You couldn’t ask for better service.

Batters & Berries

If you plan on visiting this eatery on the weekend, be prepared for a bit of a wait, it is that popular. You can call ahead and ask to be put on the waitlist. It is a homey, comfortable eatery serving piping hot food. The French toast is a favorite, and the crawfish benedict is a unique, tasty dish. 

SERVPRO Provides Chicago Professional Fire Damage Service

When a fire impacts your home, no matter the size, you want a company that understands fire damage cleanup and restoration. At SERVPRO, we understand how important your home is to you. That is why we deliver:

  •   Emergency services such as tarping, boarding up, and other safety measures
  •   Professional water extraction from firefighting efforts
  •   Removal of charred and unsalvageable items quickly
  •   Restoration instead of replacement whenever possible
  •   Odor removal that does not just mask smells but removes them
  •   Experienced fire damage technicians that assess your needs
  •   Your home back to you as soon as possible

Let SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville help you recover from fire damage. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 today.

Water Removal After Pipes Freeze in Chicago

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon figure heating a frozen pipe SERVPRO says to insulate your plumbing, don't use a hair dryer. Or, call us for freezing pipes causing water damage to your Chicago property.

A homeowner needs help with water removal in Chicago after water pipes freeze.

Cold weather can cause hardships for everyone, including our homes and commercial buildings. Freezing temperatures often cause water lines to freeze inside exterior walls that protect us from the low outdoor temperatures.

At this time of year, SERVPRO is helping clients with water removal in Chicago homes after water pipes thaw, spewing hundreds of gallons of water into living areas. Freezing pipes often cause the line to split, and the leak goes undetected for several hours or even days. We advise our neighbors to insulate any plumbing infrastructure exposed to the exterior or in a non-heated space.

What can you do until SERVPRO arrives?

When homeowners encounter this situation, there are several quick actions to take that can limit the amount of additional damage:

  • Turn off the main water intake valve to the building
  • Call SERVPRO for assistance
  • Avoid electrical hazards and slips and falls
  • Remove colored items from floors and furnishings to avoid color leaching out of the materials
  • Raise furniture off the floor by placing wood blocks under each leg
  • Gather and remove loose items from floors

Insulating exposed pipes can be beneficial in preventing frozen pipes. Our team can assist in removing excess water from floors and walls and drying all contents and structure. We can also help locate the source of the leak for your plumber to make repairs to the waterline, including thawing frozen pipes.

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for water removal services in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Fire and Smoke Restoration During Cold Weather in Chicago

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

art of chciago fire of 1871 Short of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871--SERVPRO Can Restore and Build Back Your Fire Damaged Home--even during the Freezing Winter Weather!

SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration teams respond during Chicago’s freezing temperatures

Even a small fire in cold weather can cause extensive damage. There is the damage from

  • The fire burning inside your home
  • Smoke and odors distributed throughout the building, and then there is damage from
  • Water and chemicals used to quell the fire are now frozen outside and inside of the house

Colder temperatures certainly present challenges to SERVPRO teams providing fire and smoke restorations to our Chicago customers. Our skilled professionals have dealt with these situations in the past and can help meet every need.

Skillfully Deployed Equipment and Products

Our team assesses the situation and the requirements before marshaling the tools, equipment, and staff to begin restoration. Freezing temperatures with the electricity turned off after a fire may present some unusual conditions. For example:

  • Windows, doors, and even the roof may need to be boarded up to retain heat and keep precipitation out
  • We can provide temporary heating to thaw the house, water, and contents

Once your home is thawed, SERVPRO can remove fire and smoke damaged structural components and content

  • Next, water removal and drying can commence
  • Removal of soot and smoke, cleaning and sanitizing
  • Repairs to doors, windows, the roof, and the heating system can proceed.

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for fire and smoke restoration services in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Mold Remediation Inside Buildings in Chicago

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

snow, condensation on window, mold growth in black Poor ventilation and heating can cause mold growth in Chicago properties--even in the winter? Just ask SERVPRO for remediation.

Why is mold remediation needed during cold Chicago winters?

Hyde Park, E. Bridgeport and Bronzeville are part of three community areas of Chicago. There are 77 such areas within the city of 2.7 million people and the metro statistical area with a population of over 10 million people. Over 58 million tourists visit every year, and many large companies are located in the city representing every part of the economy

In a city as large as Chicago, there are many exciting and entertaining things to do. However, our focus is on the three community areas served by our company. Our list includes nine activities that many people enjoy. We will cover a few in more detail that may be of interest to residents

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
  • Oriental Institute Museum
  • Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden
  • Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
  • Foster Avenue Beach
  • Chicago Maritime Museum
  • Palmisano Park
  • Victory Monument

Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden

The garden was established in 1893, over 120 years ago as the Japanese contribution to the Worlds Columbian Exposition and expanded several times. A 1992 revitalization project celebrated the relationship with Osaka, Japan, Chicago’s sister city. One of the popular features of the gardens is the spring blossoming of the cherry trees. Peak bloom is anticipated in late April and early May and lasts for 6 to 10 days.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is the ceremonial and spiritual center of the University of Chicago. Significant speakers and artists prize this medieval-looking cathedral as the desired event location. Over 220,000 visitors enjoy festivals and ceremonies every year.

Foster Avenue Beach

The Foster Avenue Beach is located, you guessed it, at Foster Avenue in Lincoln Park at 5200 N Lake Shore Drive. Amenities include food concessions, restrooms, bike rentals, and a beach house. The beach opens at 6 am; however, swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty. The beach is considered an excellent sandy patch for families.

There are many top-rated sites to visit in greater Chicago which many tourists, as well as residents, enjoy visiting:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck
  • Cloud Gate
  • Millennium Park
  • Wrigley Field
  • The Magnificent Mile.

Mold Remediation in Cold Weather Conditions

Many consumers believe that cold weather can kill mold. However, the reality is that mold spores are very hardy. During cold weather, the spores become dormant and respond when conditions improve. Once temperatures warm up, the spores reactivate and begin multiplying if moisture and food are available.

SERVPRO encounters numerous mold infestations requiring mold remediation in Chicago homes during the winter months. We maintain our homes and offices at temperatures suitable for mold growth during the winter and summer with the AC operating.

Clients can reduce mold infestations by:

  • Ensuring good air circulation
  • Repairing water leaks and keeping areas dry
  • Maintain humidity levels below 50%
  • Discard old materials exposed to moisture

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for mold remediation services in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Can One Chicago Water Removal Company Handle a Commercial Crisis?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line A pipe burst may cause major damage to your commercial property. Call SERVPRO who will be on-site within hours of the first call.

Trust SERVPRO to scale capacity for water cleanup at your site.

A burst supply pipe unattended over a weekend is a stressful, disruptive greeting to the first shift in your warehouse or production center. Getting back to work depends on a professional extraction and drying response geared to the size of the water incursion and your physical layout.

Which Chicago Water Mitigation and Remediation Firm Has the Resources Needed for Commercial Spaces?

Rapid water removal in Chicago businesses is a core service of SERVPRO. Our team and equipment inventory expands to reflect your need, regardless of disaster size.

  • 24/7-on-call, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-qualified crews of managers and technicians
  • Fully stocked water disaster-intervention service vehicles 
  • High-efficiency submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors
  • Mobile contaminated water high-capacity containment tanks (in excess of 100 gallons)
  • Pack-out capability to secure business equipment and contents, and specialized content processors to evaluate damage, plan restoration, and document for insurance claims

Business owners count on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for fast operations reboots after a water crisis. Call (312) 509-5000 day or night for prompt action.

Why Is Containment of Flooded Spaces Vital After Chicago Storms?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home SERVPRO has the trained technicians for any size disaster done to your home. With the experience and latest technology at their finger tips.

SERVPRO uses flooding mitigation strategies for Chicago homes 

The slushy snow and sleet mixtures typical of a late winter storm in Chicago demand flooding mitigation. As the melting mix seeps into your foundation or enters through exterior wind damage, fast action to halt creeping moisture is crucial. Containing the spread of contaminated water is particularly important to save furnishings and carpets that are difficult to disinfect.

What Are Methods SERVPRO Uses to Stop Flood Water Migration?

Mitigating the harm done by dirty water depends on proven strategies to stop the flooding into permeable building materials and fixtures. Expect the following responses by the SERVPRO crew:

  • Elevation of furnishings and household goods above the flood line
  • Pack-out of contents to
  • Move unaffected articles to a secure and dry space
  • Evaluate wet items for rapid restorative services
  • Clear the flooded spaces for unimpeded water extraction and cleaning
  • Use of squeegees and wanded extractors to move and suction water away from dry areas and fixtures
  • Containment of affected areas with 1.6 mil polyethylene barriers and floor level baffles or sandbags to keep unsanitary water manageable and safely removable 

Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule a flood mitigation assessment from SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. Our prompt response ensures effective interventions begin before irreparable damage occurs.

Who Can Homeowners Trust for Chicago Fire Cleanup?

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire and soot damage should be left to the professionals. Call SERVPRO with their IICRTC certified technicians for the job.

Chicago fire mitigation and remediation is a SERVPRO focus. 

Most people recognize references to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Many would be surprised to learn that other fires also had significant impacts on the Windy City area over the past 150 to 200 years. A noteworthy fire even took place at the site of the city's predecessor, Fort Dearborn, during the War of 1812. 

What Happened During the Great Chicago Fire?

Tradition blames a clumsy cow, which has since been exonerated, but the fire of 1871 did ignite on October 8 in a barn on Chicago's southwest side. The wooden structures making up the residential and commercial housing stock of the period burned swiftly. Flames also spread because of:

  • Recent drought conditions
  • Fierce fanning by southwest winds
  • Tired firefighters due to a significant blaze fought the previous day

The fire burned from Sunday night until Tuesday, causing roughly 300 deaths and razing 18,000 properties in the vicinity of the central business district.

How Did the People and Businesses of Chicago Respond After the Fire?

As happened many times over the decades, Chicago rebuilt. Changes in technologies support the construction of properties better able to withstand the heat, flames, and smoke. Unfortunately, advances in fire-proofing buildings proved not foolproof. On December 30, 1903, the Iroquois Theatre burned, killing more than 600 people during a well-attended performance of "Mr. Blue Beard." The fire started when a lighting fixture shorted, setting fire to a curtain. Tragically the configuration caused the most deaths ever of both a theater and any single building in United States history. Risks to theatergoers heightened for many reasons, including:

  • Building plans provided only one entrance and inadequate exits for the three viewing levels within
  • Failure to build an intake, or stage draft shaft
  • Exposed flammable reinforcement of the proscenium arch
  • Excessive use of wood trim on everything 
  • Complete lack of proactive protections, of note:
  • Lack of sprinklers
  • Zero alarms or telephones
  • No water connections

Are Any Other Chicago Fires in the History Books?

A heartbreaking incident occurred on December 1, 1958, in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. Before the end of the school day, a blaze trapped staff and students on Our Lady of the Angels School's stairway. Although the fire department responded swiftly, 92 children and three nuns lost their lives in the crisis. Others were injured as they jumped from windows to avoid the fire and smoke.

Where Can Current Chicago Homeowners Find Reputable Fire Recovery Services?

Obtaining reliable fire cleanup for Chicago residences today requires reaching out to our highly qualified team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT).

We offer customers:

  • Thorough safety hazard assessment and recommended controls
  • Emergency services, including
  • Firefighting water removal
  • Clearing of charred debris
  • Evaluation of residues followed by professional matching with effective products, tools, cleaning methods
  • Implementation of the residue removal plan
  • Deodorization, the ultimate fire aftermath cleaning

Rely on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for top-notch smoke and soot cleanup. Call (312) 509-5000 to set recovery in motion.

Enjoying Chicago Cultural Center Video Tours

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Chicago Cultural Center Fire damage is no laughing matter. Call the IICRC certified technicians of SERVPRO for the fire restoration you need.

Experience the Chicago Cultural Center from the Comfort of Home with Virtual Tours

The Chicago Cultural Center is a historic landmark building that is run by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Since the opening back in 1897, this center has been the hub of countless public events, fundraisers, and visitors throughout the years. Even though there is a need for safe social distancing, there is no reason why you cannot immerse yourself in the sights and history of this incredible Chicago attraction. This is your chance to go inside what is known as the “People’s Palace” for a virtual tour that is guided by cultural historian Tim Samuelson. These virtual tours are recurring daily until further notice.

  • Date: Monday, January 11th, 2021
  • Time: Recurring, time-dependent on login to the virtual video tour
  • Location: Online tour of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is proud to support the rich culture and history of Chicago, IL. Why call our team if you have a fire in your home? We offer detailed and prompt fire damage mitigation to help you restore your property so that your family can get back to your routine. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible to get started.