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Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration 24/7 in Chicago

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment with yellow ducts going into a building with water damage If you experience water damage in your Chicago home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Acts Fast in Chicago to Address Your Water Damage Needs

Whether you own a home or run a business, you need to know that the faster you act to have a water emergency cleaned up, the better your chances are of total recovery. SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, including nights and weekends, to address the water cleanup needs for Chicago area residences and businesses. Whether you are dealing with burst pipes connected to your second-floor bathroom or storm flooding is coming into your main living area, we have the scalability to address your needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Did you know that water mitigation is imperative for any call we receive to address water damage in Chicago? With proper mitigation, our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) can limit property loss after you have a water-related emergency. We can be there within hours of your initial contact with our customer care center to begin:

  • Assessment/inspection
  • Water removal services
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing
  • Controlled demolition/restoration (as needed)

Water damage from hidden leaks can also bring several issues within any structure. Depending on the cause, water stains could develop on walls and ceilings. Another tell-tale sign of a slow leak within your home or business could be foul, musty odors. If you notice any water issues, it is best to contact our team to begin inspection and cleanup!

We Take a Customized Approach to All Water Damage Restoration Calls

Each water emergency is unique, from the cause and location to other factors like interior layout, materials impacted, relative humidity, and more. Our IICRC certified technicians have been through ample training. We take the time to note the cause of the problem, the extent of water infiltration, and overall severity before we even begin. In most water clean-up calls, we will use extraction and drying techniques in tandem to help us reach our goals.

Many different variables are involved that determine the drying rate for all contents and materials. We consider some of the factors will be the type of material, interior temperatures, and any existing air currents. Should there be damp air within your building, it could also slow down the water removal process. These important areas can be addressed with simple tweaking to the equipment we used to create optimal drying conditions. Some of our most-used equipment on water restoration projects includes:

  • Powerful gas-powered or submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Carpet wands
  • Rovers (weighted extractors
  • Axial fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Hidden Moisture is No Match for SERVPRO

Water is known to travel to dry spaces while following the path of least resistance. With any significant spill or flooding, following the migration is key to ensuring no hidden moisture lingers. Any hidden moisture pockets could lead to mold and mildew growth, but there is also the possibility of costly secondary damage. We can locate moisture that might have gotten trapped behind walls, under flooring, and other enclosed areas with the help of moisture sensors, thermal imaging technology, and moisture meters.

Should there be substantial water behind walls, our technicians may use boreholes to create drains. The next step would be forcing warm, dry air inside to help facilitate the venting and dehumidifying process. For any materials that seem to have excess moisture, a drying chamber may be used to create a better environment conducive to our drying goals.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is there to help whenever you require reliable water damage assistance. You can reach us for emergency service by dialing (312) 509-5000.

Fire Damage Assistance When You Need It in Chicago

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans and trucks parked on the street We want to help you erase some of the memories of fire damage in your Chicago home. Call us today.

SERVPRO Helps Chicago Properties Owners 24/7 with Fire Damage Restoration

If you have a small blaze in your Chicago home or business, it might be tempting to go the DIY route yourself or utilize your janitorial staff. However, many pitfalls come with handling fire cleanup on your own. The last thing you need is an increased interruption, enhanced secondary damage, and the potential for immense costs to fix what goes wrong. SERVPRO wants all area customers, commercial and residential, to know that working with skilled technicians ensures high-quality, long-lasting results for any fire-related emergency.

SERVPRO is here around-the-clock with proven fire damage techniques in Chicago. We can handle all restorations, including any water and moisture left from first responders dousing the flames. Our efforts come together to ensure we can bring your property back to life “Like it never even happened.”

Not only does DIY take longer if you are unsure of where to begin and how to address every issue, but you will also see that the results will be lacking. IICRC-certified cleaning and restoration cuts back on your fire damage claim costs and drastically cuts down on time to get your life back to normal. Additionally, our restore versus replace mindset helps you recover items that you may otherwise deem a loss when approaching house fire cleanup with DIY methods alone.

What Happens After the Fire has Been Extinguished?

We are here at SERVPRO 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for all fire and water restorations to give you added peace of mind after an emergency. Our crew arrives to handle all debris, and airborne threats throughout your property are too tricky to address with DIY methods alone. The crew chief assigned to our team inspects and assesses all damage to determine the right processes and equipment to use and identify any unique challenges.

Do not enter your property unless first responders deem it safe until we arrive. Keep in mind that any foot traffic leads to tracking of soot and soiling throughout the property, including areas unaffected by the fire.

It is never good to clean anything before our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT). Letting our skilled and experienced team handle everything is better because:

  • We wear all the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) due to any toxic residues and debris left after a fire.
  • Our crew thoroughly assesses your structure to ensure safety and stability, including flooring, walls, and ceilings.
  • All cleaning measures and products used depends on materials burned or saturated. We consider composition and fire/heat impact on everything before we begin.
  • Any moisture inside the building gets addressed with the help of our extraction tools and drying equipment.

All Fire Restorations Involve a Multi-faceted Approach

No two fire cleanup projects are the same, which is where our perfected techniques come in extremely handy. We combine each method to create a tailored plan to restore your home or business to pre-fire condition, including contents and inventory. Some of the techniques may include:

  • Agitation uses movement, cleaning solutions, or both to loosen soils and wash them away. Options include rotating brushes, air or water pressure, scrubbing, sandblasting, and wiping.
  • Chemical action with cleaning solutions using the ‘like dissolves like’ mentality. Water-based soils get water-based solutions, and so on.
  • Suspension and dispersion to loosen soils on items deemed safe to get submerged in water/cleaning solutions.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is here whenever you require professional fire damage cleanup and restoration. Call our customer care team and dispatch a crew to your door by dialing (312) 509-5000.

Mold Damage Cleanup by Skilled Technicians in Chicago

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

employees in PPE setting up a containment barrier When mold damage occurs in your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO for fast results.

Learn Why SERVPRO Is Best in Chicago for All Mold Damage Restorations

There are a lot of common myths, misunderstandings, and confusion regarding black mold development and best practices for cleaning. You should never trust any company claiming they can complete mold removal at your Chicago property because mold ‘removal’ is impossible. There is a lot about mold that calls for specialized care and cleanup to ensure you and your family are safe throughout – this is where SERVPRO comes in.

With proven methods and a highly-trained team ready to address mold damage in Chicago, we can freshen your interior and allow you to enjoy your home again. But why call professionals? We can explain!

What Everyone Should Know About Mold Damage and Remediation

There are not only hundreds of kinds of mold, but microscopic mold spores are all around us, indoors and outdoors. These tiny mold spores travel through the air and come into our homes and businesses through the HVAC system, windows, and on people or pets. These are some helpful things to remember when you are curious about mold:

  • Mold thrives on moisture and begins colonizing fast when given the right environment. If you have a moisture problem or poor ventilation, you could have mold festering under cabinets, behind furnishings, and cracks around your tubs and showers.
  • Are you noticing a strong, musty odor but not sure where it is coming from? This is usually a telltale sign that mold is present, and you should have someone come in for a full inspection.
  • Before starting any mold remediation, our SERVPRO crew will address any known water or moisture problem to fix it. Failing to do so before mold cleanup begins leaves the possibility that the mold issue will come back.

Can SERVPRO Handle a Large-scale Commercial Mold Restoration Project?

SERVPRO is locally-owned and operated with extensive warehouse facilities that house an immense inventory of tools and equipment. Once you make initial contact with our customer care team, we gather information on your project to help determine the scope. From there, we mobilize our team to load up our Green Fleet with all the best equipment for the job and head to your door so that we can begin the assessment.

  • Infrared cameras allow us to identify areas where moisture is hidden from the naked eye.
  • Professional moisture detectors, meters, sensors, and hygrometers allow us to measure moisture saturation.
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help us to pull water vapors from the air
  • Air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration allow us to pull out particulates from the air.
  • Specialized vacuums help pull up and trap mold spores while keeping them from dispersing into the air.

What You Can Do Before We Arrive

We get ready and get to your door within a few hours of your call so we can get started. Until then, we suggest you:

  • Stay clear of any areas with suspected mold growth
  • Shut off any fans and your HVAC system
  • Never spray or wipe any visible mold on any surfaces
  • Do not attempt drying the area yourself

With any mold remediation, odor control is paramount. SERVPRO’s Odor Control Technicians (OCT) work to eliminate odors using the best products for deodorizing and sanitizing. This includes EPA-registered antimicrobials, odor counteractant beads, thermal fogging equipment, etc. We never mask odors with sprays, and everything is left clean with surfaces sanitized – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Mold damage is not a do-it-yourself project. Contacting SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville gets you the detailed restoration you deserve. Call us at (312) 509-5000!

Fire Damage Restoration Plans for Chicago Businesses with SERVPRO

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

vehicle plus SERVPRO semi parked SERVPRO provides the heavy equipment and skilled techs to mitigate fire damage in Chicago area commercial fires.

Crucial Fire Restoration Steps in Chicago Premises

A fire in business premises can have devastating consequences, such as the inability to operate sufficiently. Even if your business is only partially affected, you may not be able to allow staff or customers back into the property until further assessment. Also, your operating equipment might be affected, and you may not be able to render services as you need to. Any downtime can impact revenue and time spent re-organizing how you resume operations.

Since it might not be easy to reverse all the negative effects of a fire on a business, timely support of a fire damage restoration company in Chicago is vital. In general, it helps minimize downtime and related losses. 

Professional assistance includes;

  • Determining professional solutions for cleaning
  • Taking inventory of lost property and belongings
  • Handling the negotiation & settlement process with the insurance company

One of SERVPRO's goals is to alleviate your stress during this anxiety-ridden process. There is a lot of paperwork to cover when submitting an insurance claim, which can be time-consuming and complex. Thus, we help with the negotiations for quick and suitable claim payments.

Identifying soot and smoke damage

Sometimes it may be challenging to know which restoration procedure to prioritize after a fire. A fire can result in conditions such as charring of surfaces, smoke, and soot damage. Smoke can go everywhere, settling on surfaces and creating additional damage to the structure and contents. Salvaged electronics and appliances are covered in soot, a byproduct of smoke, which is corrosive.

SERVPRO uses the most up-to-date technology and processes to remove soot from aluminum and chrome shelving, tiles, glass, and carpeting in your office.

Important steps to take

  • Content cleaning
  • Corrosion mitigation
  • Wall and ceiling cleaning
  • Deodorization

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville provides immediate fire damage restoration for businesses. Call us at (312) 509-5000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Prevent Water Damage to Your Chicago Home

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

water flooding from gutters Rain and burst pipes can cause water damage to your Chicago home. SERVPRO can help.

SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Chicago Home 

Water damage can happen to your home in many different ways. You cannot always prevent damage from extreme weather such as a storm or flood, but there are many things you can do to prevent other kinds of water damage.

A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter, or runoff from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home. Water damages your belongings and furniture, affects the structure of your home, and can be a source for mold growth. Your home will be less pleasant to live in. If left unchecked, water damage can cause structural problems which are costly to repair.

Prevention is better than cure. Our SERVPRO water damage experts recommend the following to prevent water damage to your home:

  • Keep your roof and gutters in good order. Regularly check your roof and gutters for any damage or leaks. Get any problems remedied when you find them – don’t wait.
  • Clean your gutters. Even gutters in good condition can cause water damage if they get clogged. Go up to your gutters and clean out any leaves, branches, birds nests, or other debris.
  • Be careful where you plant. Trees and shrubs make your garden look beautiful, but many have invasive roots that wrap around your pipes and break them. SERVPRO recommends checking out where your pipes go and being mindful of what you plant near them.
  • Use a drain snake. Every homeowner battles a blocked sink at some point. It is easy to reach for a chemical unblocker, but some of them contain harsh chemicals that erode pipes. A drain snake is inexpensive, effective, and easy to use.
  • Throw away your grease. Pouring grease down your kitchen sink clogs the pipes and leads to blockages and even damage. Put any grease into a separate container and dispose of it in the trash instead.
  • Check your water bill. Some leaks are hard to spot. Your water bill can give you a clue before you notice the physical evidence. Keep an eye on your bill – unexpected rises in water costs or usage indicate a potential leak.
  • Replace your washing machine hose. An old washing machine hose is water damage waiting to happen. Don’t let a worn-away hose become a cause of water damage in your house. Replace it regularly to prevent problems.

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No matter how careful you are, water damage can still occur. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

How to Fight Mold Damage in Chicago

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

mold stains above window Mold remediation includes the removal of visible damage and the application of an antifungal agent to protect Chicago homes from future infestations.

Mold Remediation for Chicago Structures

The discoloration and unusual smells associated with increasing mold growth are some of the more common visible signs that mold spores are gaining the upper hand on your property. There are a large variety of mold species that are prevalent everywhere within the atmosphere that we exist in on a daily basis. The mold itself may not be a cause for concern; our ecosystem relies on the mold to thrive. It's when mold growth gets out of control and begins encroaching on areas where it doesn't belong that we have an issue.


Our mold damage remediation services in Chicago assist you with the ever-changing conditions of your home. Make the call to our offices and give our expertly trained technicians the opportunity to explain the characteristics and behavior behind your extensive mold growth and instruct you on how to prevent future infestations.

The services that our SERVPRO technicians perform serve as a way to stop the spread of additional mold spores and clean up any existing colonies that are attempting to multiply out of control. Quickly removing mold spores from the air and surrounding surfaces while using specialized equipment designed to address the immediate concerns. SERVPRO mold damage restoration services involve using the latest techniques to isolate an affected area and remove any microscopic spores found in the air or materials to prevent new colonies from forming. Removal and replacement of certain porous materials such as drywall, carpeting, padding, or materials where heavy mold growth has occurred may be required to contain the situation fully.

With the infestation source identified, SERVPRO technicians inspect the entire surrounding area; eliminate possible growths on furniture, curtains, and clothing by using a variety of cleaning techniques available to us to disinfect your belongings. We're also well versed in odor and deodorization techniques using fogging equipment to remove the musty, humid smells associated with mold contamination.

While it is impossible to eliminate every instance of mold growth entirely, we can help you take control of your mold damage remediation services and limit any exposure that may exist. Put our highly trained mold damage remediation technicians to the test today.

Call our offices at SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville and get the quality services that you deserve. We're available 24/7 - (312) 509-5000.

Honoring Exceptional Service with White Coat Awards

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

4 employess wearing white coats in a training room Congratulations to the team members awarded the White Coats

As a franchise serving one of the largest cities in the country, it was likely that we would become a nationally recognized Large Loss provider. These accolades would make us a sought-after disaster relief team following some of the country’s most traumatic and severe weather events in the past few years. Our experienced team has worked all over the country, including recent recovery projects for:

  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Massachusetts 
  • Arizona

Selfless service for these events of our trained professionals has shown owner Patricia Zubricki and other upper management where acknowledgment is necessary. With this, the inaugural class of White Coats was selected. With the full measure of our team in attendance from Chicago down to Florida, a portion of our training program was devoted to acknowledging the selfless service, commitment, and compassion of five team members. The first class of White Coats for Team Zubricki consisted of:

  • Randall Roach
  • Nick Laughlin
  • Patrick Houlihan - Senior Project Manager 
  • Eduardo Gomez - Restoration Project Manager
  • Anthony Zubricki - Owner 

Tony Dantonio, Vice President of National Accounts at Team Zubricki, shares his thoughts on the team members awarded the White Coats: "The team members that were recognized with the White Coats have gone above and beyond to help make Team Zubricki successful.  The White Coats are intended to stand out just as these folks have done. They are true team players, and were caught in the act of doing things right."

Our Chicagoland franchisees understand the substantial commitment that Large Loss recovery requires, often causing employees, management, and experts to be away from their homes and families for weeks. They drop everything and mobilize with a fleet of service vehicles, trailers, and box trucks. This rapid response was even utilized during our recent training event, where planned programs were scrapped to allow our SERVPRO professionals to rapidly get to our franchise warehouse and head off to a manufacturing facility damaged by a fire out of state.

This year’s honorees stood out from the group in Large Loss settings, much like their white coats draw attention amongst the typical restoration employee attire. Those awarded as this year’s ‘Top Guns’ have endured long hours at remote locations, missed out on family events and holidays, and given up personal time to personally ensure customers are satisfied.

Commercial Water Removal Solution In Bridgeport

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

inside of warehouse; boxes stacked Take the proper steps in removing water from your storage warehouse by trusting SERVPRO to perform the water extraction process.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Take the proper steps in removing water from your storage warehouse by trusting a locally owned and operated industry leader to perform the water extraction process. We have the equipment and experience available to do the job right the first time and return your property to a quality preloss condition.

With a proactive approach to commercial water removal in your Bridgeport business, our technicians can efficiently remove water caused by floods or leaks on your property. We'll go out of our way to ensure the proper removal of any moisture that may affect your stored merchandise by responding quickly and assisting you with getting operations back to normal as fast as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians have the training and experience needed to put our quality equipment to work immediately to tackle your commercial flooding or water damage emergency. We work hard to mitigate the damage and manage your entire restoration process.

SERVPRO recommends that you remain safe while waiting for our expertly trained staff to arrive. Pay specific attention to possible electrical or slip & fall hazards that may be present at the site. Never perform any activities that may be unsafe. Wet materials are far heavier than you think they are; be careful.

The faster SERVPRO receives a call from you, the better chances we'll have to mitigate the damages to your commercial property and any stock that you may have on hand. We use specialized equipment to find hidden water and advanced drying techniques to ensure everything receives the proper drying time. We also use air moving equipment to help reduce drying time and eliminate moisture from the air with dehumidifiers. These processes assist with removing and absorbing moisture from wet materials and enhance evaporation at the surface levels.

Within eight hours of our onsite arrival, you will completely understand the scope of restoration work needed. We'll have started to regain control of your property efficiently. We always provide you with a complete final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction with the job performed. Give our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call today at (312) 509-5000. Quality, expert services are only a phone call away.

Fire Damage Restoration in Chicago Homes Is Possible with Professional Help

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door Cleaning a home after a fire is not a do-it-yourself project and using the wrong cleaning solution may even cause a bigger problem for you.

SERVPRO Offers Its Chicago Clients the Latest in Fire and Smoke Remediation

Most of us don’t appreciate how widely smoke and soot can travel in a Chicago home until we face fire damage and need to restore it. As overwhelming as it feels, one of the best resources available to you is quick action and involving a professional fire restoration technician as quickly as possible. Cleaning a home after a fire is not a do-it-yourself project and using the wrong cleaning solution may even cause a bigger problem for you.

In Chicago, fire restoration of single-family homes and condos is possible thanks to SERVPRO and our team of experts. Not only is our staff reachable around the clock, but we concentrate on lessening disruptions to your daily life while achieving the most optimal cleanup results. 

Our staff understands the scientific principles that govern how a fire burns and what its residue looks like. This knowledge helps us match cleaning solutions to suit your needs.

Some of the Most Common Methods We May Use in Your Home can Include:

  • Wet cleaning to help remove stickier residue typical of grease fires 
  • Dry cleaning helps us when the deposits are more ash-like and starts by using a dry sponge to pre-treat each surface and ready it for the next steps.
  • Application of odor-sealing primer to help trap offending odors resulting from the fire

The techniques above are a few of all available to our team of certified experts. 

Our full suite of solutions is available when you call us, and we keep careful records of each step. As needed, we can perform repairs and provide move-out services to protect your belongings and speed up the fire cleanup process.

Fire damage restoration is best left to the experts. A call to SERVPRO of Hyde Park/ E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 is an invitation for our staff to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Cleanup Is a Job For Professionals In Chicago

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

air freshener being sprayed from can Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete.

Fire Cleanup

Today, many folks take on tasks as do-it-yourself projects, learning from videos and classes at home improvement stores. Although a DIY approach works for many minor remodeling jobs, landscaping and fire damage recovery is a job for trained experts. The staff at SERVPRO have the education, experience, and equipment to restore your home safely after a fire.

After a fire damages your Chicago home, all necessary restoration steps need fast completion. The longer fire damage stands without abatement, the more likely it is that permanent harm to structures, contents, and air quality may make part or all of a home dangerous to inhabit. Our team trains to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, the benchmarks for safe and efficient procedures to return your home to preloss condition.

Our staff react within hours of your call and arrive with all equipment and specialized products necessary onboard our full-service trucks. SERVPRO sends a crew large enough to begin and complete a full-scale fire damage cleanup swiftly before the acid residues of ashes and soot deteriorate building structures, fixtures, and your belongings. The technicians assess safety first and then design a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning, sealing, and odor removal. Both chemical and water damage from the firefighting efforts are part of the restoration package. Some structures may be too charred to be restored, and decisions to remove and replace need evidence transmitted to your insurance company to limit your out-of-pocket costs. We work with you and your insurer.

The technicians we send proficiently use professional-grade equipment and are certified and experienced. A homeowner who is trying to accomplish the same with rental steamers or carpet cleaners risks making the situation even worse. SERVPRO employees also assess hidden areas, such as your HVAC system and recesses between and behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings for damage. Even small amounts of fire damage left unabated allow smells to linger and deteriorate the structures attached to them or items near them.

Odor elimination is particularly complex. Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete. SERVPRO has odor elimination specialists on staff who use various strategies to neutralize odors for good.

A fresh-smelling, restored home is the result when SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville takes on your fire damage restoration. Call (312) 509-5000 immediately after the firefighters leave to get the process started.