Keep A Look Out For Mold Growing In Your Chicago Home This Winter
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Mold Damage Can Happen Over The Winter In Chicago
Cold weather might seem to stop microbes in a Chicago home, or at least slow it down significantly. However, microbes only need moisture to survive, meaning winter can become a time of high activity for these microorganisms. Because disasters happen all year long, SERVPRO is always here to help resolve such situations and bring your home's condition back to normal.
Homeowners understand that mold damage in Chicago can happen anywhere inside but often do not expect it to occur in large areas before Spring. However, mold and mildew can remain active in your home wherever moisture congregates. Microbes require shelter from strong wind currents and direct sunlight more than they need warmth. Because of their ability to survive in cold conditions, you might find patches of mold inside your bathroom, your attic, the basement or crawlspaces, behind appliances in the kitchen - in fact, almost anywhere inside your home.
Part of the reason why mold grows easily is that of the need to add moisture to the dry winter air to make things more comfortable for you and your family. Colds and flu can make this need for added moisture in the air even greater. However, this moisture also helps microbes thrive.
We can help your family establish healthier moisture levels inside your home that provide adequate comfort for you while keeping mold from growing out of control. Microbes always exist in any location, just because of their prolific populations across the world, but controlling your home's interior environment keeps their growth to a minimum, or even at a standstill.
Once mold damage harms walls or other materials in your home, we can remove these inside a negative pressure chamber specially made for this purpose and then clean up the area. Afterward, we can bring in replacement items for the restoration stage of mold damage remediation. Preventing damage from microbes is much simpler and cost-effective than dealing with the loss after it occurs.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville also serves those in Oakland and Douglas, as well as around Hyde Park. Call us at (312) 509-5000 when you find mold damage in your home.
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Our Team Takes All The Right Steps To Restore Your Chicago Home
Our experts have the right equipment to restore water damage in your home.
Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago
Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means another family can move forward and forget about the stress and hardship caused by a terrible event. At SERVPRO, we treat all our customers like family, so knowing we can help make things right again means a lot to us. We use our specialized training to give those relying on us the best possible service when they need to restore their home.
This is why SERVPRO specialists go one extra step when working on a house in Chicago that requires water damage removal services. Some areas of a home can become havens for microbial infestations after being damp for only a short period. Concrete and brick are notorious for sweating, especially after a period of saturation from water loss incidents.
We do everything possible to get your home dry after an incident involving broken pipes using our drying equipment, but ever-present microbes can latch onto moisture and then begin growing. To stop this, an antimicrobial agent that encapsulates any microscopic organisms and then crushes them as it dries takes care of any possible infestations.
Our IICRC training stresses prevention whenever possible, as this helps save our customers money in the long run. Water in a home, even slight dampness, almost always leads to mold and mildew problems. Either can cause health effects in addition to property damage, including loss of keepsakes and other precious belongings. Instead of leaving things merely dry, we prevent against the most common problem that might arise out of the situations we just mitigated.
While we remove all of the water we can, microbes only require a minuscule amount. A few drops spread out can seem almost imperceptible to someone. When this amount rests in the pores of brick and concrete, which also happen to provide microbes a perfect little home, treating with a fast-drying anti-fungal agent becomes an effective an cost-effective way to add significant protection to a property.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, open 24/7, year-round, can help you protect your home with every stage of water removal services and beyond. We do more than mitigate damage; we help prevent it with effective measures that save you money. If you reside in Woodlawn, Kenwood, of Oakland, call us at (312) 509-5000, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Our Professionals Explain The Fundamental Steps In Our Fire Cleanup Process In Your Chicago Home
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Essential Steps In Fire Cleanup In Chicago
From casual observation, property fire is only a single event, but on evaluating the damages left for cleanup, a different picture emerges. You have to combine different skills and tools to clean the place thoroughly. We have certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians that can clean up your fire-damaged property removing all debris and residues “Like it never even happened.”
Evaluating the level of damage is essential before starting the process of fire cleanup in Chicago. When our SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property, we identify the best methods to use depending on the affected material, what caused the damage, and the level of deterioration. Fires cause damages through heat action, flames and accumulation of smoke residues. The harm caused by heat and smoke is easier to renovate through restorative cleaning unlike damage by the flames.
It is essential to remove any large debris from the house before doing a thorough cleanup. Debris can form from charred contents or parts of the structure. In case the smoke in the fire was too intense, it is possible to confuse soot-covered items with those charred by flames from the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome this by separating debris into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This allows us to take additional measures such as removing questionable items to our offsite facility for thorough restorative cleaning.
In most properties affected by a fire, smoke residues spread all over the property because smoke moves through convection currents in which hot air displaces cool air. Smoke filters even through the small space left by closed doors or windows. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to remove smoke residues including applying professional cleaning agents that dissolve, disperse or suspend the residue. We also rely on mechanical agitation with brushes or use of power washers which helps quicken the process and remove any stubborn residues.
Restorative cleaning helps make properties habitable soon after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Our Flood Damage Specialists Discuss Safety And Damage Cleanup For Your Home In Chicago
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Flood Damage Cleanup And Flood Precautions For Your Chicago Home
Floods have been the most common and costly natural disasters amongst all weather-related incidents in the United States, with Chicago being no exception. Understanding the threats that floods can pose is essential to staying safe during one of these events as a homeowner. The dangers do not disappear once the water levels stop rising.
Besides needing help restoring your Chicago home from the flood damage created by the storm, there are some things to be aware of to keep you and your family safe. While SERVPRO can help you get rid of the water and dry your home back out, there are precautions you can take in the meantime.
While you wait for our SERVPRO technicians to help you, be aware of damaged utilities. Water might have damaged electrical power. Lower any fire hazards by shutting off these utilities if you safely can do so, especially if there is fraying wiring, an odor, or sparks present. Turn the power off only if you can do so from a location that is dry. If not, call an electrician for help.
Keep your contact with dirty water to a minimum. Any standing floodwater can pose different hazards. It can have mixed with sewage or other harmful substances like chemicals. It can even be hiding sharp objects or downed power lines. Also, avoid traveling through the water and do not walk to drive through any standing water since the road underneath could be blocked by debris or compromised. With moving water, try to get to high ground to get away from the flooding whenever you can.
Our first goal is to get the standing water safely out of your home, and we have the professional tools and gear to help us do this safely for all. We also want to do the job quickly and efficiently. The sooner we can get your home dry again, the less chance there is for mold growth. If mold is found, we also can clean and take care of that for you.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that drying your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore out as quickly as possible after flooding is essential for the safety of your family and the structure itself. Reach out to us as soon as the storms subside by dialing (312) 509-5000, so we can help you.
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Do You Know The Effects of Residential Mold Damage?
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Understanding Effects of Mold Damage in Chicago Helps in Remediation
Mold growth is a common problem, and if left unchecked, it can cause severe damage that costs much money to fix. Such infestations also diminish property value if you intend to sell the property. We offer professional remediation services to help you deal with the problem that affects your property “Like it never even happened.”
There are several outcomes of mold damage in Chicago. The most obvious is musty odor and staining of surfaces which appears as dark or white patches on surfaces. Taking immediate remediation steps makes it easier to get rid of these minor problems. If the infestation is left unchecked, it eats into organic materials in search of food to fuel its growth damaging them structurally. The only way to fix such cases is replacing the affected material. Mold also leads to deterioration of finishes such as paint on surfaces necessitating refinishing after removing the infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected area to establish the level of damage before choosing a remedy.
Most cases of mold infestation are easily fixed through cleaning the surfaces thoroughly. Since mold is fueled by moisture, cleaning methods like bleach application that involve the use of water are not sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum affected areas to get rid of loose mold debris. We also use soda blasting which blows Sodium bicarbonate particles over infested surfaces at speeds exceeding 600 miles per hour. Such blasting loosens debris without damaging the surface. Another way to clean affected areas is damp wiping with a professional cleaning agent.
Mold problems reoccur easily if the if you fail to dry the structure after the remediation exercise. Unless a case involves flooding, drying alone is not enough. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the moisture source first then use various approaches to dry the structure. Air movers and dehumidifiers help us dry rooms within the structure. For concealed spaces such as wall cavities, we use specialized equipment like the injectidry system.
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Dealing with mold can be a nightmare if you are not sure which steps to take. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Let SERVPRO Experts Come to Your Rescue When Water Damage Strikes Your Chicago Business
Significant water damage is caused when pipes burst in your business.
SERVPRO - Remediating Commercial Water Damage In Chicago Food Service Facilities
Chicago businesses face a variety of disasters, most of them having to do with failing appliances that can start a fire or send gallons of water across the floors, walls, and equipment. When it happens in a food service operation, the need to clean and dry everything can have a much shorter time limit not just to serve customers, but to keep food from spoiling.
For SERVPRO to remove and remediate commercial water damage in a Chicago butcher shop, we have to dry not just the floor, but the equipment, counters, and even the inside atmosphere of the shop. Since this is a food service facility, our cleaning specialists use an anti-bacterial cleaner on every surface where food is stored or prepared on before sale.
If the damage results from a broken inlet pipe or a broken sink, then our efforts center primarily around cleaning and drying the floor so that it is safe for employees and customers. Our cleaning crews remove any standing water with commercial pumps and extraction wands. Once there is only a trace of water spread over the surface, crew members use an anti-bacterial cleaner to eliminate any possible threat of mold growth and then air movers and fans to dry the floor.
When the damage starts with a faulty sprinkler system, then the water is over every surface, to include freezers, preparation areas, customer service counters, and more. SERVPRO specialists remove any excess water from on top of display cases, chopping blocks, and every other surface that might conceivably touch the product before it goes to a customer. Next, they scrub each surface with an anti-bacterial agent that is safe for them. Crew members then wash and dry everything to ensure no residual chemical cleaner is left behind.
Our goal at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is to clean and restore each surface and piece of equipment to its original condition before the water damage. Quickly performing this task allows food service business owners to retain as much of their inventory as possible and not lose thousands of dollars in lost product. If you need us, call (312) 509-5000 today. We are here for you.
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You Can Count On Our Experts To Save Your Mold Damaged Fabrics In Chicago
When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home.
Using Esporta Washing Machines To Save Fabrics Affected By Mold Damage In Chicago
When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home. The reason fabrics are so vulnerable is that they are naturally porous, allowing mold to establish itself beneath the surface. Unlike walls, ceilings or floors, abrasive cleaning methods can be less useful on fabric, especially when they are high-quality or hold significant personal value. In these situations, you need professional services to help remediate your possessions.
Wet conditions are ideal for mold spores to proliferate in, making mold damage in Chicago properties reasonably common. Sometimes these damages can go unnoticed for several months. If you have valuable materials stored away in an attic or garage for example, then mold damage can become fairly severe, especially if there are gaps in the structure that might let water in.
SERVPRO operates on a restore over replace mentality. That means that we are committed to salvaging items rather than just disposing of them. This commitment usually results in a higher workload for us, but a happier homeowner. We work this way because we understand that some items are irreplaceable, so we always do our utmost to restore them where possible.
One of the things that make SERVPRO a top restoration provider is our equipment. Our technicians are not only trained in mold assessment and remediation, but they are also equipped with some of the very best restoration technology on offer right now. We use Esporta washing machines that can remove over 95% of soiling to restore valuable fabrics for our customers.
Using advanced equipment is one of the things that make us stand out as a specialist provider of restoration services for mold assessment and remediation. We have also built close ties with local and national insurance adjusters offering all our customers the option of acting on your behalf when making a claim.
For a service that always does what is right by the customer, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 now.
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Why You Need Professional Remediation Services to Remove Water From Your Chicago Home
Water can enter your home through unexpected places. The longer the water stays, the greater the damage.
Why SERVPRO Professional Chicago Water Removal Services Make A Difference
If you are skeptical that hiring a reputable restoration company is necessary when your Chicago home suffers water incursion, consider the following. Water damage is a severe and rapidly progressive destructive force. Building materials and fixtures swiftly deteriorate when water intrudes. A team of trained water restoration technicians halts the damage and can reverse harm if brought on the scene as soon as possible.
Certified water removal specialists in Chicago prepare a home soaked by natural disasters, malfunctioning appliances, or negligence for the structural drying needed to return a property to preloss condition. Why professional help is preferable to going it alone relates to the speed and capacity challenges of moisture mitigation.
SERVPRO has access to a scalable workforce of water removal technicians trained in the restoration industry’s best practices. Because mold and other microbial growth is a risk within 24 to 48 hours after a water event, removal must proceed quickly and efficiently. High-efficiency pumps and water extractors are not ordinary consumer goods, expensive to buy and difficult to operate correctly without training. Our preference for training our employees through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards.
Crews consisting of several IICRC-trained water removal specialists move through your home much faster than an individual could, operating multiple pumps and extractors simultaneously to speed the water evacuation. Immediately after water removal concludes, our crews begin drying strategies that restore the typical moisture levels to building materials and contents. Appropriate adherence to the progression of steps needed to return your home to “Like it never even happened” is another reason why SERVPRO is a preferred provider.
Homeowners’ insurance often covers water loss restoration. The professionalism of our approach is why SERVPRO can help homeowners make successful claims to carriers. We offer a systematic protocol that delivers successful results. Our technicians use detailed inventories to provide evidence of possessions and building materials damaged by the water and then demonstrate how our water removal expertise starts the restoration process for a broad range of structural components and personal possessions.
We love the opportunity to show why SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville offers homeowners premium water removal and top-notch customer service. Call us at (312) 509-5000 round the clock to get the process started.
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Let Our Team Help You After A Fire Destroys Your Chicago Home
Our fire damage restoration services can help restore your home.
Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago Can Restore Your Home
The fire in your basement fireplace did not destroy your property, but there are strong smoke odors and heavy soot residue on many furniture items as well as on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Contacting professionals for a job like this can help prevent further damage to your personal belongings and your home. We can restore your residence to its pre-fire state when possible.
SERVPRO fire damage services in Chicago are reliable. Our certified technicians can use dry sponges to remove soot and ash from tables and other surfaces in the affected areas in the basement. If necessary, we may use cleaning solutions to remove dirt and residue from various surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. Burned contents such as curtains, clothing, and throw rugs can cause odors, which is why we remove them from the structure. With your permission, the crew can throw away all burnt items. The team can clean and sanitize any items we save and pack-out, categorize, label and store them off-site until they finish the restoring your home.
Removing charred furniture and cleaning surfaces may not always eliminate smoke odors. The techs may also have to utilize industrial-strength odor removal deodorizers to get rid of pungent smells from soft materials such as drapes, carpet, and upholstery. We may also use air movers and air scrubbers to force out smoke odors and to enhance the air quality inside the structure. Thermal foggers can also be put to use to eradicate thick smoke aromas. It may become necessary to employ a portable ozone machine to neutralize and remove lingering smoke smells. If we use this piece of equipment, you must vacate the home until we complete the job. You can trust our crews to deem the air quality inside your property to be at a safe level before you return home.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help restore your fire damaged home. If you experience a fire emergency in the area, call us right away at (312) 509-5000. We are close by and are here to serve you in your time of need.
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When A Flood Destroys Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact The Specialists At SERVPRO!
SERVPRO can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills.
Restoring Walls After Flood Damage Creates A Remodeled Look In Chicago
Many owners want to remodel their home but lack the resources or time to engage in such time-consuming projects. A disaster like flooding changes things drastically, but SERVPRO can help make changes that improve your home's interior in the long run.
When a residence in Chicago sustains flood damage, walls and floors become so saturated that we must remove the affected area and then several inches above the water line. Cutting this away and removing it allows us to air out the home's support beams inside the wall. These beams must reach standard moisture content before installation of new wall material can take place. We compare readings of moisture content to industry approved materials sheets to ensure proper drying occurs. Replacing ruined walls too soon can lead to mold infestation and wood rot. Both can cause wooden beams to loose strength. Any warping can also create a strain on the wall joints and lead to cracking and other structural problems.
We work with our customers to re-create as we restore their home by locating the materials needed. While not an exact remodeling job, a new look can appear when a customer chooses new paint colors, paneling, or textured coverings for reconstructed walls. Our experts work closely with every customer to ensure their satisfaction with the finished work.
Another step we take when dealing with flood damage is to carry out odor elimination. Flood damage includes the formation of new and highly offensive odors that can permeate a home, even after mitigation. Hydroxyl gas comes in a structure similar to H – O – H. The organic matter that creates these odors bonds with unstable hydrogen atoms, deodorizing your home at the molecular level. Hydroxyl also produces a fresh scent as it is working, is so safe we can use it while people are in the treated area and does not produce color changes in damp textiles like ozone can.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills. Our technicians also hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and also Applied Structural Drying (ASD) – crucial knowledge when dealing with flooded homes and businesses. Contact us at our 24-hour service lie by calling (312) 509-5000. Homeowners in or near Oakland, Douglas, and South Shore can also rely on our skilled employees when their residence faces a disaster.
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