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Our Professionals Discuss Tips For Managing Flood Damage In Your Chicago Retail Store

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

If floodwater has entered your retail store, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for help.

Tips For Managing Commercial Flood Damage In A Chicago Retail Store

Flooding is a common natural disaster, and climate change is increasing its risk. Heavy downpours can cause groundwater to rise, and it can enter your retail business premises. Flooding can ruin the building materials, electronic equipment, supplies, sales records, store fixtures, furnishings, and stock in your retail store. If flooding forces you to close operations while you are repairing the damage, you may lose contracts or customers.

When there is commercial flood damage in your Chicago retail store, you may also lose some customers if they find an alternative store to buy goods. Apart from heavy financial losses, flooding can expose your enterprise to civil liability. The most crucial thing to do after a flood is ensuring that you and your employees stay safe. Floodwater is usually dangerous because of its hidden debris, speed, depth, and contamination. Therefore, after a flood, it is advisable to move to the upper parts of the property or leave it by a dry, safe route. Turning off electricity is also essential to prevent electrical shock.

Avoid entering your business premises until you are sure it is safe to do so. Even if the building may appear harmless, it may have suffered structural damage and may collapse. If it is safe to enter your rental store, record the flood damage by capturing photos of ruined equipment, building materials, and inventory. Check with your insurer before you salvage goods and repair the damage.

It is advisable to work with a competent restoration firm like SERVPRO to clean up your flood-damaged retail store. Floodwater can contain waste matter, chemicals, pesticides, and sewage. Therefore, our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent infection. We also apply EPA-registered biocides upon arriving at a flooded property to neutralize disease-causing microorganisms.

We can remove mud, debris, and soil from your business premises using different equipment, including high-pressure washers. Our technicians also use powerful pumps to remove the standing water professionally and speedily so that a building can dry faster. We pump out as much water as possible, so we do not have to remove much of it with dehumidifiers. It is faster and easier to remove a liquid compared to removing a gas.

Our water damage restoration services help prevent mold infestation. If moisture gets trapped in the walls and floors, it encourages mold growth, which can cause health problems for your staff and customers. We position air movers correctly in a building to blow damp air outside and bring in the dry, warm air to expedite drying. We change the location of air movers as drying happens to ensure that affected surfaces dry evenly and thoroughly. Our SERVPRO team can customize the water restoration project to meet your specific needs.

If floodwater has entered your Hyde Park, Bronzeville, or Bridgeport retail store, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for help. We deliver high-quality flood restoration services 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Professionals Talk Emergency Floodwater Removal From Chicago Homes

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Here in the midwest, bad weather is frequent. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to handle all of your water damage emergency needs.

How SERVPRO Works Fast for Emergency Chicago Flood Removal Projects 

If you want to keep costs related to flood damage mitigation and repair to a minimum, you need to act fast in the aftermath of a disaster. Without a rapid response to the situation in the form of professional flood removal, reversible damages and minor issues can rapidly progress to require substantial restoration efforts and potentially induce safety hazards. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We make sure that the flood damage to your home avoids complications that can happen over time like mold growth or material erosion.  

How We Rapidly Remove Water  

Depending on the severity of the situation, our flood removal for your Chicago home may involve the use of one or more high-powered machine tools designed to remove different types of moisture very quickly. Standing water, which is any remaining water in your home that has measurable depth, can be almost impossible to remove without the aid of extraction pumps. These pumps can remove water from even the farthest-back corners of your home and pump it all outside. 

Once we can no longer extract any water from the premises, we then use a combination of powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture. Air movers create powerful directed air currents that pick up water droplets embedded into materials, allowing them to be collected into bins by dehumidifiers that attract airborne moisture. The combination of this technology allows us to accomplish days of drying under optimal conditions in just a few hours regardless of outside weather. 

Removing Other Signs of Damage 

Most floods leave behind visually apparent signs of damage even after drying the area. SERVPRO can help to reverse these effects through special restorative techniques we've learned through years of servicing similar problems across the country. We are also fully certified to handle mold and other types of damage that might happen as a result of the flooding. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stays open 24/7 to respond to local calls for help with flood damage from storms and other water sources. Call us at (312) 509-5000 for our help or a quote.

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Meet Our Vice President of Operations, David Mason

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

David Mason--a Difference Maker as SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville Vice President of Operations

David Mason is Why SERVPRO Excels as a Property Recovery Company in Chicago


Restoration Services to handle properties in the Windy City area are quite numerous. So Why does one, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville excel? With personnel like David Mason!

High Caliber Personnel
Few companies can perform up to customer expectations without the right chemistry of personnel, leadership, and equipment. Chicago and Hyde Park residential and commercial property owners benefit from the expertise provided by David Mason, our promoted Vice President of Operations. His extensive experience and interpersonal relationships with office staff, crews, and clients provide the perfect formula for success.

SERVPRO and David are like family and go back together since 2006. David has accumulated many awards over the years, like Outstanding Service and Extra Mile recognition. His hard work has increased our well-earned presence in the community, along with our profits. From the BDP Business Development Program specialist at SERVPRO Corporate that assisted over 90 SERVPRO franchises to thrive, he nurtured business relationships with leaders in the restoration industry from coast to coast. This is the dynamic that entends our brand into the local communities. We are family, united with a heartfelt desire to provide our customers with the best service possible.

Our SERVPRO franchise is a vital part of the National Storm Team that travels to other areas of the country to help with recoveries after natural disasters like floods and hurricanes strike. Our Commercial Large Loss Team has been spearheaded by David Mason since 2014. Far afield or next door, we provide a stress-free cleanup and restoration service.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville franchise is run like a large family business. We are thankful that David Mason is part of the family. You can rely upon us for cleanup and restoration services. (312) 509-5000

The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Chicago Business 

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can appear from all sorts of places. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

How to Deal With Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Office 

Water can cause significant destruction in your Chicago office, whether it results from a broken HVAC system, malfunctioning fire sprinkler system or a burst pipe, among other reasons. When there is unwanted water in your business, you need to take action promptly to prevent hundreds or even thousands worth of secondary destruction to office equipment, supplies, furniture, and documents. 

Commercial water damage in a Chicago office building can also cause loss of income if you have to shut down operations. This can impact your business finances negatively and create time-consuming tasks for some of your office personnel. Restoring an office after a water intrusion incident is a challenge. Using proper water removal strategies can restore salvageable items and spare the building from further destruction. A water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO can help you to manage the damage. As the restoration specialists are on their way, you and your staff can do the following things to minimize the destruction:  

  •         Shut down the main water source to stop any more water from coming into the office. 
  •         Switch off electricity for areas of the office building which are wet or flooded. 
  •         Open doors and windows to boost air circulation. 
  •         Mop the wet areas, surfaces, and furniture to extract as much water as you can. 
  •         If there are damp paper documents, determine which ones are essential and which ones you can discard. Spread out the valuable documents in an appropriate location so they can dry. To save critical documents, contact a conservation expert. 
  •         Move computers, documents, and other equipment or materials that are not ruined, but are sensitive to moisture. 

Water intrusion in an office building is a sensitive situation, and that’s why SERVPRO responds promptly to emergency calls around the clock. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can help you remove the water and dry your office with minimal disruption to your daily operations. Our technicians are trained in psychrometry, the science of drying and can measure the properties of humidity, vapor pressure, temperature, and dew point to analyze the conditions in the building to create the appropriate atmosphere for more efficient drying. Water may seep into walls cavities and get trapped behind building materials, creating ongoing moisture issues. We use monitoring equipment like moisture meters and thermal cameras to detect moisture under floors and behind walls.  

We also have advanced air movers that direct large volumes of air around a building to speed up the drying time. Our crew also uses desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers to eliminate water vapor from the air. We provide total cleanup services that can restore your office to its preloss state quickly. We can also cooperate with your insurer to handle the formalities of filing a claim, making your burden easier to bear. 

When a water loss incident happens in your office, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for restoration services. We can get the job done right to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.” 

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If Your Hardwood Floors In Your Chicago Home Are Damaged, Let Our Experts Help!

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville appreciates the opportunity to protect and preserve your beloved home from water damage.

Call The Chicago Water Removal Experts For Hardwood Floor Damage

Whether water spread from an overflowing sink or blew in during a heavy summer rainstorm, the prized hardwood floors in your vintage Chicago foursquare home can conceal severe damage. The construction details of a hardwood floor installation help explain why hardwood can sustain long term damage while initially looking like it weathered the storm perfectly. We can enhance your understanding of the anatomy of a hardwood floor and mitigate and remediate the harm done.

Leaving the windows open for cross ventilation made sense when you left for work, but an afternoon thunderstorm poured inside. The horizontal sheets of rain necessitate water removal in your Chicago Craftsman home’s dining room. A quick mopping cannot account for all the moisture your floor struggled to handle. Failing to account for percolation of water below the visible surface of the floor can result in distortion of the hardwood, deterioration of subflooring, and the risk of secondary damage like mold or mildew growth.

A floor’s total structure includes joists installed at vertical intervals with plywood sheets attached across to provide underlying support. The boards of the visible floor lie on top of the subfloor. SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are trained to investigate whether the subfloor absorbed water as it seeped between the strips or planks of the floor. We use sensitive meters to compare the moisture content of each layer, ready to take steps to restore the appropriate balance.

The optimal moisture content for both the hardwood and substrate is roughly 13 percent. When the disparity between the layers is more than two percent for wide plank, and four percent for strip hardwood problems develop. A wetter subfloor transfers moisture to the dryer hardwood, causing a distortion called cupping where the long edges of each board rise, creating a shallow valley on each plank or strip. Fast action by the SERVPRO team limits the time moisture can wick upwards.

We extract any visible puddling and then use a negative air pressure system to suction the water from deep below the surface. SERVPRO technicians attach mats to the floor and connect hoses from a powerful extractor, accelerating the removal of moisture at all levels. Frequent monitoring of moisture levels and repositioning of the mats ensure the floor dries out evenly. Patience and professionalism return even century-old hardwood to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville appreciates the opportunity to protect and preserve your beloved home from water damage. Call us at (312) 509-5000 for water removal and structural drying services.

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Chicago Property Woes from Storms or Fires? Maybe Mold or Water Leak Damage? SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Big or Small Chicago Buildings SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Restoration Services

How Local SERVPRO Technicians in Chicago Are Leading the Way in Home Restoration Services

Local restoration services are a godsend when it comes to emergency water, fire, mold, or storm-related issues. Our technicians live and work in this community, which reduce call out times and, in doing so, help to prevent permanent damages. Our customer service team is available twenty-four hours a day to arrange for a technician to visit your property in Hyde Park, Chicago, Kenwood, Oakland, East Bridgeport, Bronzeville, and the surrounding area. During service, our technicians can inventory works carried out or work with general contractors and third-parties on your behalf. This allows you to deal with only one company during what can be a debilitating and stressful time.

Water
Properties with water damage in Chicago rely on local technicians to perform a vital assessment, remediation, and restoration services. Contents and structure that suffers prolonged exposure to moisture can cause a chain of events which could result in permanent damages. SERVPRO has technicians with qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC), an internationally recognized awarding body.

Certification from the IICRC means SERVPRO technicians can make professional, informed assessments of property damages. To make those evaluations, your technician can use a variety of moisture measuring equipment to get a full picture of the extent of the issue. By measuring the scale of damage, we can ensure our work is as efficient as possible and that they prevent secondary issues from arising after treatment.

Moisture meters use sharp prongs to penetrate surfaces and assess how high saturation levels are, which is exceptionally useful if the property has been exposed to moisture for several hours or longer. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared to allow a restorer to spot moisture that may have migrated into wall cavities or crawlspaces. Thermal Hygrometers measure relative humidity and can help ensure microbial growth is kept under control throughout the service.

SERVPRO makes scientific assessments to ensure your property restoration in Chicago is tailored to your needs. Our structural cavity drying equipment is essential to preventing mold growth while portable extraction units can be deployed to remove large quantities of water in a short space of time. An inventory of all work carried out is recorded throughout the service and can be passed on to your insurance adjuster to process your claim.

Mold
It is not uncommon for properties that have suffered previous water issues to require remediation of mold damage in Chicago. Mold spores exist in every property and are generally not considered a problem. However, moisture that may have seeped into cavities around the home can become a breeding ground for mold spores which spread out in the form of colonies.

Chicago has a wet, windy climate throughout the fall and winter months. Any leaks in roofing or internal plumbing can result in a mold issue. The symptoms of mold include a musty odor or visible signs of growth in walls, ceilings, or behind fittings. Laboratory tests can be expensive and unnecessary in the assessment of a mold issue. Noticing the visible signs of mold growth is enough to justify a professional assessment and remediation from SERVPRO.

Mold spores can become airborne during agitative cleaning of surfaces, or removal of colonies. To combat the spread of airborne mold, spores SERVPRO can set up physical barriers or apply negative air pressure. In doing so, we can prevent a contained issue from spreading into unaffected areas of your Chicago home. At the end of service, our technicians can apply anti-microbial treatments to all necessary surfaces, the underside of carpets as well as disinfecting the source of the mold to guard against future damages.

Fire
We have extensive experience providing the community with restoration services. These services could include restoring fire damage in Hyde Park and Chicago residences and the surrounding area. In performing these services, our focus and attention are on removing charred materials, cleaning soot or smoke residues and fumigating the full property to combat malodors. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) are local to the area, and a visit can be arranged by phoning our twenty four hour emergency line.

The proper removal of soiling from smoke and fire can sometimes be completed by using disinfectants and wet cleaning methods. In other cases, we may need to bring in more powerful cleaning agents that use corrosive chemicals to clear heavy soiling. The type of materials that have burned in a fire could cause dry or wet smoke. With wet smoke, we typically use more powerful cleaning agents.

During a restoration service of your Chicago home, you may notice the presence of strong odors. This odor can either be a result of smoke or from cleaning agents. Our odor control technicians (OCT) are adept at removing unwanted odors. Thermal fogging equipment can be deployed by SERVPRO to fumigate large sections of the home, neutralizing odors and returning it to a preloss condition.

Storm
Extreme weather conditions from high winds to heavy rainfall could hurt your personal property. We offer an emergency restoration service for storm damage in Chicago and the nearby community. Acting quickly can help to prevent permanent issues in your property, and our highly trained restorers are adept at safety checking, restoring power and mitigating losses.

One vital way of preventing properties from sustaining permanent harm is by performing mitigating procedures promptly. Prolonged exposure to large quantities of moisture, for example, can damage the possessions or structure of your Chicago home. SERVPRO can deploy portable water extraction equipment as well as drying equipment like rapid air movers to prevent moisture damages from occurring.

In high winds, there is a chance of debris damaging structural components in your Chicago property. This debris could include tree branches, broken glass, or other safety hazards. Our restoration service can remove debris and dispose of it on your behalf. Where necessary, we can also perform emergency board ups to maintain the integrity and security of your property.

For property damages of any scale, our professional restoration services can help to assess, mitigate, and manage losses. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today to arrange a service.

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Stressed By Water Damage In Your Chicago Home? Call Us!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Save your carpet for the good times.

Don't stress call SERVPRO today!

Carpeting can be a comforting part of Chicago homes and can help give your rooms a welcoming atmosphere. However, carpets can become a nightmare to deal with after exposure to water from a leak or broken faucet. Once wet, carpeting can facilitate the spread of mold or can disguise damage in the subflooring beneath it. When it comes to carpets, a rapid response is key, so it is vital that you choose professionals who can work to mitigate damages efficiently.

SERVPRO offers a wide range of services to address water damage in Chicago homes. Our experienced water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and are trained to quickly dry carpeting and can check for underlying damages. Carpeting can lose half of its adhesive strength once spillage penetrates vapor barriers, and it only gets worse as time goes on. Sections that come into long term contact with water can experience permanent delamination from the subflooring below, forcing us to remove and discard of these areas.

Our crews can begin the drying process by removing standing water from your floors. This can be done with the assistance of wet vacs and pumps. With the spillage removed from your home, we can begin the drying process. For the fastest results, we can remove affected areas of carpet for air drying and can speed up the process with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. However, in homes that have furniture on top of carpets, we can dry the affected areas in-place at a slower rate.

To ensure that we address all damages in your home, we can use moisture sensors to detect water damage in your subfloors. If we discover excess moisture, we can strip your carpeting and utilize additional air movers and dehumidifiers to fully dry out subflooring.

Dealing with water damage can be stressful. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to help put you at ease, so call us at (312) 509-5000 when you have a water damage emergency.

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Chicago Water Damage Remediation Can Be Tiresome If Dealt With Alone

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Chicago brick structure building can be detrimental. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Protect Your Chicago Area Restaurant From Water Damage

Not every water damage situation in your Chicago area business is going to be an emergency. As a water damage restoration technician (WRT), it is easy to say that some of the worst situations involve slow, methodical decay of the structural components of your building. If you find yourself dealing with regularly returning water stains, broken pipes, or malfunctioning appliances in your restaurant, you might benefit from calling a professional.

The majority of buildings in Chicago that experience water damage have a brick structure, which is excellent for maintaining a stable structure. However, whenever you experience water damage on your property, brick is also good at keeping water trapped inside. The longer any water sits on your property, the more damage it can do. So, it makes sense to have a professional inspect your property.

At SERVPRO, we use infrared moisture detectors, moisture meters, hygrometers, and a variety of techniques to locate and dispose of hidden pockets of moisture. Since water is such a sly beast, a trained technician, utilizing these devices, can make tracing a water problem to its source easier than attempting to do it yourself. 

It takes years of experience and training to become good at water damage restoration techniques, which means that your in-house maintenance crew likely doesn’t have the skills to do the job right. SERVPRO technicians eat, sleep, and live restoration. We take it upon ourselves to provide every unique situation we face with a valuable solution. 

SERVPRO has specialized teams of technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. So, if you notice a leak at closing time and need it repaired quickly, we can help. Want someone to give your building a thorough look? Our technicians perform a full inspection of your property, checking every nook and cranny for any signs of water damage. We can also offer a variety of ways to protect your dining guests and company assets from future water damage.

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for additional information about our services or to begin an initial inspection on your property, today. (312) 509-5000

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Don't Let A Fire Destroy Your Chicago Home This Summer

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If a sudden fire interrupts your summer, never hesitate to get help.

What You Can Do When Fire Damage Throws Off Your Summer Plans In Chicago

Summer is the time of year that families spend time with each other, and go on vacation, but those plans can be quickly interrupted when sudden fire damage breaks out on your property. In the case of your home, an electrical fire caused quite significant damage inside of your small upstairs half-bathroom. For any homeowner, this is a nightmare, but the situation becomes even more challenging for you.

It is never a fun time when the fire damage in your Chicago home makes it so you must cancel your plans. Sudden, and last minute, cancellations often have fees attached to them, so you are already stressed about the lost investments. However, now you must also reach out for help promptly, to ensure that the fire damage inside of your home can be remediated smoothly.

Here, at SERVPRO, we understand that you want the nightmare of the fire damage in your home to be over as fast as possible. For this reason, SERVPRO always gathers a team of highly trained technicians and sends them to your property swiftly as soon as we receive your call. Fire damage can be incredibly time sensitive, but we also understand that you, as a homeowner, can feel very anxious sitting on such intense damage inside of your home.

When SERVPRO gets to your home, we can take inventory of everything lost in the fire and help you with making an insurance claim. Furthermore, we can help you look into the possible coverage of your lost trip through your insurance agency, as the expenses were wasted by the sudden fire in your home. From there, SERVPRO can begin remediation by removing any damaged materials that are not salvageable.

SERVPRO can clean the soot caking your bathroom sink, toilet, and bathtub using a house-made chemical cleaner. The solution was designed with breaking down the chemical composition of the greasy soot in mind. Afterward, we can use the same process to clean the floors and remove soot from any surface that has been impacted. SERVPRO can also use a thermal fogger to address the malodor caused by fire. Moreover, finally, we can help you hire a contractor for the sections of drywall that were removed.

If a sudden fire interrupts your summer, never hesitate to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville by calling (312) 509-5000. Whenever you need us, we're here for you.

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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Chicago

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring rather than replacing items like carpets could keep your claim rates low, contact SERVPRO at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

Remediating Carpeted Properties In Chicago After Water Damage

Carpeted properties can become extensively damaged by a water spill. However, with the right approach, most carpets can be restored rather than replaced. Our technicians carry with them a carpet repair kit including razor knives, power stretchers, seaming tape and knee kickers to help remediate structural components in your home without resorting to expensive replacements.

One of the core parts of remediating water damage in Chicago properties is to pay close attention to your properties subfloor. The subfloor can imbibe moisture, which means any cleaning processes undertaken for carpets or pads are rendered ineffective as the moisture returns after carpets are put back in their original position.

In order to access and assess your subfloor, we need to remove carpets. Pulling up a carpet can help to provide airflow to the subfloor as well as allowing us to treat the carpet to remediation processes separately. Subfloor mats placed between the carpet and floor can often break apart when there is the presence of moisture and usually require removal, disposal, and replacement. Since subfloor mats are relatively cheap, replacing a subfloor mat is a time-efficient method that allows us to concentrate on the more complex challenges.

The carpets that have been removed to be treated separately can often be 'floated' to remove moisture and prevent shrinking. Floating carpets involves loosening the carpet tack strips and placing rapid air-movers underneath the loosened carpet. This technique is especially effective in mid to minor scale spills and helps us to ensure that any moisture that may have wicked to the baseboard is dried.

Before replacing a carpet to its original position, a SERVPRO technician can treat both sides of the carpet with an anti-microbial chemical or biocide. Although the most effective means of controlling microbial growth is through drying, anti-microbial treatments can provide a short-term fix and prevent mold colonies from forming overnight.

Restoring rather than replacing items like carpets could keep your claim rates low, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

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