Can Professional Cleaning Reduce Water Losses in a Home?
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SERVPRO is a Water Damage Specialist that Can Help to Return your Property to a Pre-incident Condition.
Why do homeowners use professional services after water intrusion?
Water intrusion into your Chicago residence can cause extensive and lasting damage. While small amounts of water may be possible to clean using regular cleaners and methods, some areas could become moldy or permanently stained by a water-loss incident. Professional services can help to safeguard your content by using advanced cleaning equipment in combination with industry knowledge. Our training allows us to circumnavigate potential problems with unique textiles, materials, furnishings, and water exposure. By using a professional service, you can guard your home against secondary harms and get your contents back "Like it never even happened."
What Are truck-mounts, and how do they help with water restoration?
When a home suffers extensive water damage in Chicago, a truck-mount can help provide technicians with options for the restoration process. A truck-mount is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the restoration industry. SERVPRO uses truck-mounts for various tasks, including microbial growth control, water extraction, deodorization, and pressure washing. Central to the functionality of a truck-mount is the engine. A self-generating piece of equipment is valuable for water restoration because there may be a safety requirement to temporarily shut-off mainline electrics in the home. We can attach hoses of up to twenty-five feet to an extractor, which allows us to use these for most ground floors and some upper levels of your home. Truck-mounts also make sure that tasks can be completed with maximum efficiency and reduce interruption to a homeowner.
What makes truck-mounts so crucial for water restoration?
- A vacuum component that can extract water, soils, as well as chemical cleaning solutions and solvents
- Pumping systems that can disperse cleaning chemicals into an extraction wand using a meter to assure correct dilution
- Water pumping modes which can help to clean the exterior walls of a property or pressure wash areas
- A heating component that can be incredibly valuable for returning textiles to a preloss condition
Can water extraction clean materials?
Sometimes a water intrusion event can introduce contamination or soils to the home environment. A typical example could be a sewer backup that migrates water from the bathroom into hallways, an intrusion event that degrades over time, or heavy foot-traffic over a wet area, which can apply compressed mud and dirt to a fabric. Hot water extraction can help to restore a material with light to moderate soiling. This process involves spraying the affected area with a cleaning solution using the truck-mounted pumping system, then extracting both the soils and the solution using the vacuum component. By including these methods within one system, our technicians can increase their work efficiency, reducing time-consuming trips for equipment when focusing on a specific area of your home. Hot water extraction can help to save carpets or other textiles that may otherwise need replacing.
How are surfaces prepared for hot water extraction?
Using a pilating rake both before and during the cleaning process to consistently agitate the affected surface and dislodge soils
- Vacuuming the area to move any disconnected soils from the pilating process
- Pre-spotting areas of heavier staining using an
- UltraLite sprayer or a pumping system
- Scrub the carpets 6" from the baseboard using a coarse brush to loosen soils further.
When does water intrusion ruin textiles?
With light to moderate soiling, carpets are generally restorable to a good condition, providing that you use qualified technicians with the appropriate equipment. In circumstanes where there is a high water contamination presence, such as raw sewage, it is vital to replace the carpet, carpet pad and disinfect the subfloor to return the home to a sanitary state. Long-term water exposure can also lead to ruined carpets, which is why SERVPRO recommends that you contact us as quickly as possible after an intrusion event. Microbial organisms can increase rapidly, causing permanent harm to certain textiles and fabrics. Safeguard against secondary damages in your home by using a local water restoration service in Chicago.
How are floors returned to a preloss condition after water intrusion?
- Pilate the carpet in one direction to restore the dry fibers and allow air-flow on the surface
- Apply any topical treatments such as an emulsifying powder, wood creme, or deluxe conditioner
- Use traffic paper in areas where high foot traffic is likely to prevent floors from sustaining further soiling.
- Industrial cleaning equipment can help speed up restoration, reduce losses, and secure your home after water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.
Is It Possible To Remove All Traces Of Soot From Trusses?
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SERVPRO Understands the Unique Challenges of Cleaning Smoke Damage in Chicago Properties If It Involves Unfinished Wood.
As fire burns, smoke drifts upwards, depositing layers of soot and other smoke residues on elevated sections of your property such as the ceiling. Some smoke might also find a way into the ceiling void, thus soiling trusses and other structural supports. SERVPRO can help remove the soot and odor, restoring your Chicago property to its preloss state.
Why is it challenging to clean smoke damage affecting trusses in Chicago properties?
- Most trusses are made of unfinished wood
- They are located in elevated and hard-to-reach areas
- Cleaning must address odor
Cleaning smoke residues from surfaces requires various procedures such as chemical agents and thorough agitation of the surfaces. However, the effectiveness of these processes is affected by the state of the surface involved. Structural supports such as frames and trusses mostly involve rough, unfinished wood, making agitation less effective in loosening residues. The materials are also porous, so cleaning agents do not strip away soils as expected. However, our SERVPRO technicians have various resources that counter these problems.
Which resources help when cleaning smoke residue from trusses?
- Specialized cleaning processes such as soda blasting
- Cherry pickers to ease access
- Sealing agents to manage odor
Since the difficulties in cleaning trusses and other structural support are multifaceted, the solutions must also tackle different angles. Our SERVPRO technicians look for ways to ease access to the affected surfaces. We bring cherry pickers or portable ladders to improve access.
We also use advanced cleaning techniques that help strip away residues and manage odor. For instance, soda blasting, a cleaning technique in which sodium bicarbonate particles are blown onto a soiled surface using compressed air, is mildly abrasive, removing all traces of soot. It also has deodorizing properties.
It is possible to remove smoke residues from unfinished surfaces with the right approaches. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
How do Chicago Residents Deal with the Disruption and Property Damage of Storms?
Using a professional restoration technician in an emergency can secure your home and return it to a preloss condition.
Storms Can Get Out of Control Leading to Flood Damage in your Chicago Home. SERVPRO Can Provide Urgent Emergency Services and Mitigation for your Property.
What is the impact of storm floods?
When a violent weather event occurs in Chicago, it can lead to millions of dollars worth of damage. Rooftops can be blown off or properties flooded by incoming rainwater, overflowing drainage systems, or flash flooding. A storm can have a massive impact on the lifestyle of residents- which is severely disrupted, but can also play havoc with your property. Indoor water intrusion can create health risks, while the water itself has a destructive outcome on building materials and possessions. Correctly drying and restoring a home relies on the correct training, expertise, and equipment. Without a proper resolution, water intrusion causes harm to structure and contents.
How do water technicians resolve property flooding?
- Providing conditions for workers and occupants that are safe
- Documenting and recording the requirements of a property as well as work procedures
- Mitigating losses, drying the property, and conducting cleaning or repair
How can a flooded property be made safe?
Before entering a home with flood damage in Chicago, professionals must assure you of its safety. Large amounts of water around the foundations of your home can cause joints to shift and, in the worse case, lead to building collapse. SERVPRO technicians follow the guidance of the S500. The S500 is a nationally recognized guidebook written by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications. These help ensure that our working methods remain up-to-date with the latest innovations in the restoration industry and ensure that we can provide the best care and repair for your home.
What safety hazards are there in a flooded property?
- Personal hazards like chemical safety, small spaces or slip, and trip hazards
- Environmental dangers which could include materials, electrics, or structural insecurity
- Biohazardous substances like infectious waste, raw sewage, or other contamination
Using a professional restoration technician in an emergency can secure your home and return it to a preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.
What Should Staff Do While Waiting For Office Mold Remediation?
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Any Chicago business owner knows that you have to consider your staff when disaster strikes your business premises. Even if the disaster is not immediately dangerous, such as fungal growth, you will still find everyone wants to know what should be done next. And several people will have an opinion on how to handle the situation. Clear guidance is essential.
When you are waiting for mold remediation in your Chicago offices, you want to ensure your staff does not accidentally make the situation worse.
What should my staff do while waiting?
While you wait for SERVPRO to arrive, please ask your staff members to:
- Stay away from the area that has mold
- Switch off the HVAC system
- Try to limit the amount they move around the office
What should I discourage my staff from doing?
Several things can make a mold infestation worse. Ask your people to avoid:
- Touching or disturbing the mold in any way
- Attempting to wipe, brush, or blow the mold away
- Applying cleaning solutions or bleach
All these things can make the situation worse. Touching, brushing, or blowing the mold encourages spores to detach and look for another place in your office to set up camp. Applying cleaning solutions creates more moisture, which promotes fungal growth.
Our specialist technicians will set up containment so mold cannot escape, and use air scrubbers or negative air machines to pull spores from the air. We also have powerful HEPA vacuums and professional cleaning solutions on hand, which are more effective than any over the counter products.
How can SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile help?
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) helps businesses prepare for all kinds of disasters, including mold growth.
To use ERP, download the free app, and set up an account. The app will guide you on a walkthrough of your facility to capture essential information. You can also input emergency phone numbers, details of the chain of command, and a plan for getting your business back up and running.
Do not forget to add us as your preferred mold remediation specialist so that we can reach you even faster in an emergency.
Your ERP gives your staff clear directions to follow. They will know what to do, what to avoid, and who to call while waiting for us.
For help with mold in your offices, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.
What Are the Common Water Restoration Obstacles for Chicago Apartments?
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Apartments present unique challenges for professional water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team.
With so many apartments throughout Chicago, having an effective strategy for water restoration in these residences is something that our SERVPRO team needs. While many of the restoration and recovery equipment and tools are the same between smaller units and large commercial structures like warehouses and hospitals, there are enough differences where thorough evaluations of the damaged areas by our project manager are necessary. These assessments ensure the right tools and products make it to the damaged sites.
Water damage in your Chicago apartment is challenging, especially when the conditions are severe enough to require relocation. Because you are responsible for securing the restoration professionals necessary to recover this damage, you can depend on our technicians' fast response when you call. This situation differs from commercial damage or house flooding, and so we must prepare for variances in:
- Total Area Affected
- Sensitive Materials
- Water Migration
- Microbial Threats
How Widespread Are Water Disasters?
Perhaps one of the most significant variances to apartment water losses versus larger residences or commercial properties is the total area affected. A single loss incident could spread throughout the entire open floor plan of an apartment without much resistance, providing a much larger restoration area for our professionals responding to the emergency. Also, with many of the apartment buildings throughout the city several stories high, damages to upper floor units require unique extraction and drying solutions suitable for high-rise structures. For example, high-pressure pumps can help remove standing water over considerable distances when proper drainage is not possible in the unit.
What Materials Experience the Most Direct Damages?
While this is not the case for all apartment buildings in the city, not all of these structures were constructed with the highest quality materials. In many cases, these complexes get built with fixtures and materials that are quickly interchangeable when apartment units exchange hands and renovations and reconstruction is necessary to put the property back on the market for sale. Several specific materials and fixtures are often the hardest hit by standing water or oversaturation, based mostly on the length of exposure or these structural elements' porosity:
- Engineered Wood – Many of the kitchen areas have been built with engineered wood flooring, which provides an improved aesthetic over linoleum, but a higher porosity and absorption rate.
- Wood Trim – The trim and baseboards are often the first materials in a wall system to directly contact standing water over prolonged periods. Usually, the exposure of these elements requires these trim sections to get removed entirely and later replaced.
- Drywall – Sheetrock and gypsum wallboard is highly porous and quickly absorbs moisture and standing water. This material's composition allows for wicking up the wall surface, affecting a much larger area than the actual depth of standing water concerns.
- Glue-Down Carpet – In spaces like bedrooms and the living room area, glue-down carpet is a low-cost flooring option. When this becomes wet, it is possible to remove moisture with carpet wands and air movers unless deterioration or mold growth has begun.
- Cabinetry – Kitchen fixture damage can lead to water disasters, and this can also directly impact elements like countertops and cabinets. Evaluating these fixtures can show when replacement is more advisable over restoration and drying.
Can Water Damage Impact Other Units?
Water movement to adjacent units can be more of a challenge than you might initially believe, especially in structures with limited materials in structural cavities. Pathways from your damaged apartment to new areas that might also require restoration and recovery include:
- Wall Systems
Is Mold Likely for Chicago Apartments?
Mold is a hazardous situation that can develop after water damages exist. Even with efficient water removal and drying solutions, microbial threats can develop in as little as 48 hours. Evaluating the likelihood of these microbial threats for exposed materials during restoration can protect surfaces from facilitating this organism with mold inhibitors or show where remediation practices are necessary to restore the property. In many cases, the presence of fungal colonies can coincide with materials that required controlled demolition already, which can provide an efficient start to remediation of the apartment needs.
Owning an apartment in the city is a common situation for thousands of residents, but these units can become more damaged when water disasters occur than single-family houses might. Whatever your residence needs in an emergency, you can count on our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help. Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.
Where Can I Find Removers for Fire Debris?
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SERVPRO Offer Chicago Residents Fire Damage Cleanup for Disposal and Salvage of a Burnt Property
Are qualifications necessary for fire restoration?
At SERVPRO, our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration (IICRC) certifications. Our services assure that the cleanup of your Chicago home is professional, accountable, and expert. Typically, a house fire produces significant amounts of non-salvageable debris. Technicians can identify cleanable, disposable items as well as areas that may require additional inspection through demolition. Accurate assessments can reduce the overall cost of your claim by restoring things rather than resorting to replacements. The restoration process can involve cleaning items back to a usable state or mechanical Esporta washing.
What factors influence fire damage cleanup for Chicago residents?
- Salvageable contents or structure
- Non-salvageable contents or structure
- Demolition to expose hidden areas
Is odor control a part of a restoration?
When we perform fire damage cleanup in your Chicago home, we take responsibility for contents, structure, and indoor air quality. Fire odors can be among the most challenging remnants of a property fire to remove without professional equipment. SERVPRO technicians can bring in portable air-scrubbers to the property to filter out dust or other odor-causing particles. This equipment can be especially in situations where demolition may be necessary to assess the home's inner cavities. If there are signs of smoke damage within the cavity, it may be required to remove porous materials such as insulation from the wall cavities. Equally, we may need to clean interior walls within cavities to ensure that odors do not last beyond the cleanup.
What can other methods be used to control fire odors?
- Ventilation or air moving device
- Negative air pressure or vacuuming using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters
- Direct application of deodorant solvents
Bringing a home back to its preloss condition requires expertise and patience. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.
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Can SERVPRO Rescue My Chicago Business Documents During Water Removal?
If you are concerned about keeping your business papers safe, give SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call at (312) 509-5000.
Chicago Business Owners Want To Know Their Valuable Papers Are Safe
Anyone who owns a business in the Chicago area knows how frustrating it is when something goes wrong with their business premises. As well as worrying about getting things back to normal, there is the added stress of dealing with damaged business property, such as papers and records.
If your Chicago business needs water removal, you might be worrying about your business’ documents. After all, paper is particularly susceptible to water damage. Even a spilled glass of water or a cup of coffee can render a precious text unreadable. So what happens in the event of a flood or leak?
Which Papers Are In Danger During Water Removal?
Most businesses keep all kinds of paper records. There is a drive these days to save more and more information electronically. However, the average company still has plenty of paper stored in its offices.
Some of the papers that might sustain water damage include:
• Staff records such as contracts, HR files, benefits, wages, passport copies, and performance reviews
• Customer records such as purchase history, personal details, sale agreements, or even legal or medical records depending on the kind of business
• Organizational documents such as emergency plans, building maps, reference books, training manuals, and building maintenance records
Is there anything I can do ahead of time?
SERVPRO believes that prevention is better than cure when it comes to water removal and damage mitigation. In general, the more waterproof you can make your building, the better. That means both taking care of doors, windows, and gutters and making sure appliances and pipes are in good condition and not likely to leak.
There are also some things you can do ahead of time to protect valuable business papers.
Store as much as you can in watertight filing cabinets and file boxes – if you can buy models that are also fire-proof, that is even better. If you cannot store something in a watertight container, try to store it on the upper stories of the building, and at least six inches from the ground. If you must keep papers on the ground level, again, try to keep them six inches off the floor if possible.
It is also a good idea to use electronic records as much as possible. If you are concerned about losing or damaging thumb drives or external drives, you can look into Cloud storage. Plenty of companies offer Cloud storage with excellent backup options.
Can SERVPRO do anything for water damaged documents?
Yes – SERVPRO technicians can send water-damaged papers out for freeze-drying.
Freeze drying is a high-tech process during which documents are frozen quickly to prevent further damage. Once the records are frozen, they are placed in a freeze-drying chamber with a powerful vacuum that removes air. The moisture in the documents is converted to vapor instead of back to liquid. Then, the vapor is collected outside the chamber, to protect the paper from getting wet again.
We understand how tempting it is to try and rescue damaged records, perhaps with a hair-dryer or placing them near a heater (people have tried these things.) Trying to recover papers without an expert can be dangerous at worst and ineffective at best. That is why it is vital to call us as soon as you can – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Does freeze drying work for anything else?
Although freeze-drying is mostly used for papers, it can also be used for:
• Vellum, drafting linens, and leather
• Photographs, stamps, and paper money
• Watercolor or acrylic paintings
• Tapestries, embroidery, or silk paintings or stitching
What about business emergency plans?
It is good to draw up an emergency plan for your business, with details such as the chain of command, who to call, insurance adjuster details, and how to shut off the water main. Of course, if you keep these details in a physical document, they are also in danger of water damage.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville knows that in cases of water cleanup, time is of the essence. We suggest taking advantage of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, or ERP. ERP is easy to use, and it is free to get started. Sign up online to create your profile, and download the free app. The app will guide you through a walk-through of your building and encourage you to log all the essential information.
Because your ERP is stored electronically, you do not have to worry about it getting damaged if your business needs water removal.
If you are concerned about keeping your business papers safe, give SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call at (312) 509-5000.
What are the Best Ways to Deodorize After a Fire in Chicago?
Even a small fire in your home might need restoration services to fix some of the damage. Call SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.
Our Chicago-Based SERVPRO Team Effectively Removes Odors from Your Property
When dealing with the aftermath of a fire, no matter how big or small, it is overwhelming to any Chicago homeowner. After assessing the damage and removing dangerous hazards, one of the most challenging issues is the long-lasting odor. Simply turning on a fan or opening a window typically does not suffice in removing the offensive smells caused by smoke residue seeping into every nook and cranny of your house. Our team creates a mitigation plan which includes serious multi-step deodorization techniques.
What Should I Do if Odor is Extremely Offensive?
Fire Restoration Specialists Use Specialized Equipment, Techniques, and Products
In Chicago, fire damage restoration projects take patience and expertise. If the fire occurred during the harsh winter months, any open ventilation might be out of the question, mainly if you dwell within the property. In addition to closed ventilation, SERVPRO technicians use masking agents like deodorizing beads in conjunction with odor counteractants that absorb odors. However, some fires like a protein kitchen fire cause much more potent malodors requiring additional measures.
What Kinds of Heavy-Duty Equipment Do Technicians Use to Rid My Home of Strong Smoke Odors?
- Thermal Foggers such as the Electro-Gen™ Thermal Fogger; These foggers apply dry fog at a rate of 1,000 cubic feet per minute and can reach and attack odors where less aggressive methods cannot.
- Air purifiers like the Titan Photocatalytic Hydroxyl Generator emit UVA rays to form electron-hole pairs, causing a reaction to the H2O and O2 present in the air. Hydroxyl radicals form, the fan disperses them, producing decomposition of the air pollution into carbon dioxide and water.
For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville (312) 509-5000. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
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How Can I Prevent a Kitchen Fire from Getting Out of Hand?
SERVPRO Says Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy--Prevent Fire Damage to Your Chicago Home--and Save Money!
Certified Mitigation Professionals Offer Fire Damage Cleanup Services to Restore Your Home
Kitchen fires make up an estimated half of home fires in the United States, but many of these incidents can go unreported., However, soot and residues can continue to cause property damage over time, which can affect appliances, kitchenware, and even your HVAC system.
Homeowners in need of Chicago kitchen fire damage cleanup can call SERVPRO to begin the restoration process in as little as several hours.
Quick Ways to Suppress Small Kitchen Fires
- Baking soda or salt. Both of these can smother small, quick-burning flames in your kitchen without spreading damage. Sugar and flour may look similar, but both are more prone to burning instead of suppressing fires.
- Limiting oxygen exposure. Something in your oven accidentally caught fire? Keep the oven door closed. Fires need oxygen as well as combustible material to keep spreading. A lack of oxygen and access to flammable material can put flames out quickly and limit the damage. Ovens are typically salvageable after such fires.
- Kitchen fire extinguishers. There are many different kinds of kitchen fire suppression devices on the market today for homeowners, including Type B extinguishers for grease fires and magnetic range hood units designed to disperse extinguishing materials quickly in the event of a stovetop fire.
SERVPRO Restores Fire-Damaged Structures in Your Kitchen
SERVPRO’s fire damage cleanup approach starts with removing light soot deposits before moving on to heavy-duty cleaning methods. This approach is not only more efficient for cleanup, but it can minimize damage to your property that can otherwise come from the use of alkaline cleaners or abrasion cleaning methods designed for substantial damage and charring. Technicians also thoroughly clean vents with augers, whips, and brushes to remove soot deposits and soils that can spread odors throughout the home.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville supports the community with a cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (312) 509-5000 to have a team at your home within hours.
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How Can I Clean My Basement After Flooding?
Basements are easy targets for flooding. SERVPRO know how to remediate water damage and restore your home.
Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Chicago Basement After a Flood
Storms in Chicago can be devastating to your home, even if they do not affect a broad area. They can cause destruction to the roof and windows or saturate the ground around your home. Under all circumstances, the entry of water into your home can be devastating if left unattended. Rather than relying on intuition, invite a professional service to assess the damage and develop a restoration plan.
For basement flooding in Chicago, SERVPRO is ready to help. Our team of experts can handle all magnitude of flooding needs. Upon arriving at your home, we thoroughly inspect all of it to determine the damage's extent. A professional team is especially valuable when you need to file an insurance claim for the loss. As we work in your home, we document each of our action steps, which could come in handy as you complete your case for insurance purposes.
What not to do after a flood in your basement
When water enters your home, quick remediation is essential. Regardless of how quickly you reach out to our SERVPRO team, you can do a few things to await our arrival. Taking swift action can help mitigate the damage to your house as well as your personal belongings. A simple way to apply the same principles that guide our work include:
- Remove porous materials such as upholstery and fabric- storm waters invite bacteria into your home, and porous material can become a breeding ground for them.
- Air out the area as much as possible- our team brings industrial-grade circulators, dehumidifiers, injectidry technology, and drying mats, among others. Still, your initial efforts in encouraging water evaporation can be beneficial.
- Avoid cross-contamination- help protect other areas of your home by avoiding traffic within it. Our team sets up physical barriers with plastic sheeting to prevent debris and microbes from traveling through your home.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville is at your service when flooding happens. Call us at (312) 509-5000 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."
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