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Is your Bathroom in Need of Water Removal Services in Chicago?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

water overflowing in bathroom sink Whether your sink, bathtub or toilet overflows as a result of a child's prank, call SERVPRO for efficient remediation efforts.

Team SERVPRO Tackles Your Water Damage in Chicago

Children are known to get up to some mayhem, but it is never a good thing when that mischief puts your home in need of urgent water cleanup services. When your child's curiosity leads them to stuff the drain of your bathroom sink, the resulting mess can be overwhelming. While you were doing some house chores, they left the tap running and flooded your bathroom. By the time you find the mess, it is entirely possible that it is too much water to clean up on your own. Additionally, you may rightfully worry about the dangers of the water soaking into the floor and walls.
 
However, you can take comfort knowing that there are professionals close to your home that can provide water cleanup services in Chicago to you. As soon as you find the water in your house, it is essential to get on the phone and call for help. It is for the better that the water is addressed quickly. Leaving it for too long can result in further damages to your home, such as mold damage in the walls or cracks in your tile from the structure underneath becoming damaged.
 
SERVPRO always strives to travel to your home as swiftly as possible. We understand the importance that time takes in remediation and thus always try to beat it. Once we arrive at your home, SERVPRO can immediately begin to use advanced technology to clean up the water in your bathroom.
 
SERVPRO uses tools such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to cleanup pooled and stagnant water. Once the water is gone, we can use moisture meters to detect if your bathroom needs further drying. Leaving it without checking could allow the development of mold in your bathroom. Should the space need further remediation, we can use tools such as ventilation box fans and air movers to reduce moisture. Lastly, we can recommend to you a plumber to unclog the sink your child stuffed up, so this problem will not happen again.
 
Do not hesitate if your child should cause an extensive mess in your home that needs a professional touch. Dial (312) 509-5000 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We always strive to return your home to its pre-flooded state.

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Are You Struggling With Fire Damage in Chicago? Let's Chat

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged apartment Whether it's an apartment, condominium or single family home that has been affected by a fire, contacting team SERVPRO can be very helpful.

Saving Your Belongings Starts with Professional Fire Cleanup in Your Chicago Condo

The compactness built-in to most condominiums makes them extremely energy efficient, but this type of blueprint can also mean Chicago condo-dwellers share more than common areas. The ventilation system shares air, even when tenants can control their individual unit’s heating and cooling. Natural air currents also circulate air through one area and into (and through) other spaces.

Although the response time is very short for firefighters in Chicago, fire damage cleanup of your belongings should begin as soon as possible to protect them from corrosive molecules in the soot. Abrasiveness is not the only issue, either, as volatile organic compounds or VOCs and other harmful substances end up on surfaces during and after a fire takes place. 

Soot comes in two main types, dry/powdery and wet/oily. SERVPRO uses specific methods to cleanup messes. The makeup of the items we clean also can lead to further refinements of the methods we use.

For example, books might sustain additional damage if cleaned with a water-based method. Brushes and sponges, in addition to vacuuming, can remove dry soot. We might also use a dry soot sponge on glossier covers. We can add these to a chamber used to deodorize using either ozone or hydroxyl. 

A fabric wallhanging or quilt given to you by a favorite relative needs special care to remove stains, or prevent them altogether, as well as remove odors. We use a vacuum to remove as much as possible from the surface, and check for other damage. We can wash many items in one of our Esporta machines to remove stains that are more stubborn. It also removes odors.

Items easily damaged by water and fabrics, especially heavier items, such as blankets and comforters, exist in your condo amongst other belongings. Many of these are made of washable materials. We can quickly clean these up and remove soot. If persistent odors affect your entire condo, we can deodorize with hydroxyl as we continue working to restore your dwelling.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always near Bridgeport, IL, South Shore, IL, and Woodlawn, IL, to help with soot and fire cleanup, with or without physical charring. We can cleanup any level of destruction and help get your living situation back to normal again. Call (312) 509-5000 for fast, professional service that can help put the mess of a fire behind you.

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Water Removal In Your Chicago Home

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Removal Equipment Salvages any Damp Materials, Keeping the Renovation of Your Chicago Home on Schedule

Many of the materials used to renovate a Chicago home arrive from various distances. Some items need to adjust to the Windy City’s climate, especially the amount of moisture these materials contain. Accidents and mishaps do happen, and when these involve water from a broken water line or a slipped tarp that lets in rain, getting these dry again can save your investment while reducing changes to the schedule.

This is only one reason why homeowners in Chicago might need water removal services at their residence. There are many other situations where the interior of a residence might become damp, wet, or even flooded. SERVPRO is always ready to assist property owners in the area with all of these. No job is ever too large, overly complicated, or too small.

We arrive in our Green Fleet, which we keep stocked with the disposable items needed during most jobs, as well as the equipment and machines used during water removal and drying tasks. We also carry the diagnostic tools that help us locate migrated water, slightly damp materials, hidden water, and leaks, as well as determine the moisture contained in affected materials. We compare initial baselines to readings taken later, during the water removal and drying process, so we know the effectiveness of our machines.

Different variables can change the rate at which materials dry. The material itself can make drying out slower, as can cooler temperatures and a lack of air currents. Damp air can also make water removal take longer. We change these conditions to gain optimal drying rates.

Additional equipment, including our pump trucks, help us extract any standing water that might exist in your house. A smaller amount of water also needs to be removed. This can happen quickly with portable units that we attach to the pump truck or to another container to receive the water.

When we locate water, trapped inside walls, or other enclosed locations, we remove this with small drain holes made in inconspicuous or hidden locations. Forcing these locations full of warm, dry air, with another opening to allow for venting, gets these locations dry.

When materials need to have excess moisture or water removed, we can build an enclosure called a drying chamber, around them. We use the same equipment in a similar manner with these chambers. We also monitor the materials to ensure they do not become overly dry, as this can also cause problems.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000, and we can help your home recover from any accident that left things wet. Water removal takes much less time than air-drying alone and provides much better results. Results like this can make all the difference in the end result of your renovation or other project.

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When Your Chicago Basement Floods

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged floor If your home has a basement, then you now how easily water damage your home. We have what it takes to remove the water.

Mitigating Basement Flooding in Chicago 

Illinois residents, particularly those in cities, saw a spike in taxpayer-subsidized grants, loans, and insurance payouts between 2004 and 2014, according to data from the National Academy of Sciences. Not only is flooding incredibly stressful for homeowners to deal with, but it is also not the type of disaster that homeowners can address with consumer-grade products. Fortunately, there is a team that can help.  

If your Chicago home needs restoration after flooding, the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to restore your structures to a preloss condition. We design SERVPRO equipment to extract moisture thoroughly, sanitize spaces, and dry them to levels that prevent mold and microbe proliferation. This rapid-response service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you when disaster strikes.  

Protecting Your Home During a Basement Flood 

  • Call your insurance company right away. The faster you contact your insurer, the more quickly they can work with you to restore your home.  
  • Contact your utility providers.If you need assistance in shutting off water and electricity, they can help you.  
  • Hire a claims adjuster. You can rely on your insurance company's adjuster or choose an adjuster who works independently from your insurer to evaluate the damage to your property and cross-reference that with your claim.  
  • Use drainage systems and sandbags.If you have a sump pump or drainage in the basement, make as much use of it as you can. If all else fails, sandbags can redirect water away from crucial areas.
  • Do not throw anything away.While cleaning after the flood is step one, do not remove anything from your structure until your claims adjuster has seen it.  

SERVPRO Sanitizes Your Home

One of the most pressing concerns, especially in a large city, after flooding is the cleanup of contaminants that can come with floodwater, including debris and sewage. Technicians focus on removing safety hazards first in gear that is appropriate for the job. This ensemble includes rubber gloves, full-body suits, boots, eye protection, and respirators equipped with P100 cartridges.  

We spray affected areas with EPA-registered antimicrobials and remove silt and debris from the property. After thorough cleaning and decontamination, our technicians extract water from flooring with portable extractors. Any salvageable items--mostly nonporous materials--are decontaminated and restored. SERVPRO technicians work with your claims adjuster to ensure that there are records of any possessions that require disposal. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can leave your residence looking, "Like it never even happened." If your home needs disaster cleanup service fast, you can call (312) 509-5000. 

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Mold Damage In Your Chicago Business

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO to Address Commercial Mold Damage Within Your Chicago Business

It can be a frightening experience for any business owner to learn that they have a looming mold infestation. This is the kind of issue that calls for expert removal as improper methods can make mold growth even worse. SERVPRO has the trained, certified technicians that you need on your side to get the best possible results when you are faced with mold and mildew growth.

Commercial mold damage in Chicago is never anything that you want to tackle using regular cleaners. Not only that, but this is a process that can be hazardous if you do not use the right protection. There are specific standards that you need to look for when you are looking to rid your commercial space of mold once and for all.

Understanding Mold Problems
Mold exists in the air all around us, both inside and outdoors. This is a type of fungus that has microscopic spores that thrive on organic surfaces and heightened moisture. The mold of any kind can be damaging to your business and all of the contents if you are not careful with the manner that you address it. Mold is often found in drywall or wall panels, within paper products, around leaky plumbing, or in a damp basement or ground level of a business.

SERVPRO technicians are certified to carry out mold remediation services. The standards are set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) when it comes to all procedures for safe mold removal. This includes inspecting as well as the cleaning and restoration.

When You Call Us
We send out technicians to assess your commercial space to inspect for mold. This includes swab testing to learn where fungal growth is stemming from as well as air testing and carpet testing. Containment commences with the setup of heavy plastic to cordon off the affected area, including any vents and doorways. We work swiftly to put dehumidification equipment and air movers in place to lower moisture levels and dry out mold colonies. If there is a larger-scale infestation, we can implement the use of soda blasting to remove the dried colonies.

Do you need help with commercial mold damage remediation? We are here to help at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. Call us today at (312) 509-5000, and we will send out a team for assessment.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Water Loss

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A huge water spot on the ceiling of this home We have the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition right away after a water loss.

Restoring the Vibrance of Hardwood after Chicago Water Losses

Premier building materials like hardwood used for cabinetry, shelving, flooring, and other areas of your Chicago home can become damaged when exposed to water losses. Because of the cellulose in woods like oak, maple, pine, and cedar, absorption can happen after only a short period, even with finished surfaces with a varnish or sealant. Prolonged exposure can mar the surface of these materials and require additional steps from our SERVPRO professionals to restore their vibrancy and aesthetic appeal.

No effort to refinish or repair hardwood water damage to Chicago homes can be successful without first extracting standing water and drying out saturated materials. Water losses can originate from many different places in the house, and one of these is underneath the flooring materials in a plumbing network to various fixtures throughout the property. Whether moisture originates from the top layer or beneath the underlayment of the flooring, drying out this saturation involves a full arrangement of powerful tools, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and drying mats.

Genuine hardwood structural elements are often cheaper to dry than to remove and replace. Even with substantial saturation concerns that require prolonged deployments of drying mats, centrifugal air movers, and appropriately positioned dehumidification machines, these efforts are less costly than the expense of replacing the material and the charge of reconstruction. Restoring the final look of these surfaces can happen in several ways once this drying step completes.

Cleaning 

We have many floor cleaners that our SERVPRO professionals can use to regain the original sheen and polished finish on hardwood surfaces. Products that utilize citric bases and thyme oil can both provide a glossy shine as well as work to remove any water damage residue that might exist.

Refinishing 

Our team of in-house residential contractors can repair hardwood flooring and offer refinishing services. This approach can improve the top layer of flooring or other wood surfaces without requiring the removal of the material itself.

Reconstruction 

There are times where specific hardwood materials and structural elements cannot get restored and repaired as initially thought. The solution in these situations is to remove portions of the floors, sections of cabinets, or other exposed surfaces and rebuild them after mitigation and cleaning.

Water losses can damage the look of hardwood in your home, but our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help. We have experienced technicians and contractors trained to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (312) 509-5000.

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Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Chicago Condo

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Getting Rid of Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Chicago Condo

Living in a condominium and having a small grease fire break out in your kitchen does not just impact your living space, but potentially those around you. The smell of smoke can easily penetrate through walls, making your neighbors less than thrilled by the unpleasant smell wafting into their homes.

If you have fire damage in your Chicago condo, it is essential to tackle the permeating smoke odor right away so that it does not linger and create longer-lasting damage. There is no one size fits all approach to removing odors after a fire. Typically, several different types of equipment and products work together to resolve the situation.

One way to attack the odor is through the use of a photocatalytic oxidizer that uses ultraviolet (UV) rays to shine on titanium dioxide producing hydroxyl radicals that immediately oxidize to break down bad odors into harmless carbon dioxide and water. Another standard piece of equipment is an Ozone Generator. This portable machine irradiates odors by generating an unstable gas of oxygen molecules (ozone) and, in turn, reacts with odor-causing molecules. It works to oxidize residues and remove the strong odor of smoke.

SERVPRO technicians may also opt to use an air scrubber to remove airborne particles, odors, and gases from the air. Air scrubbers pull dirty air through filters, then exhaust the clean filtrated air back into the room. Commonly, technicians use HEPA filters, which catches tiny particles as small as 0.3 microns and activated carbon and potassium permanganate filters to remove a range of gases and malodors by attracting those molecules and moving them through the filters. It is also vital to use ventilation equipment to create airflow, in turn removing odors and fumes.

These machines help in communal living situations since they are portable, and SERVPRO technicians can set them up in a neighboring condo if needed. The project manager may also choose to use other ways to eradicate bad odors such as thermal fogging, and removal of contents to clean offsite. Not every machine or deodorizing product is always necessary to restore your home to its preloss condition.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property The technicians at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville apply the most cutting edge procedures in fire damage restoration.

Get Effective Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Your Chicago College

Most parents send their children to college to gain knowledge that can help them throughout their lives. Some students get excited since it is their first time to leave home. Unfortunately, fire incidents can happen on college campuses because of a lack of knowledge of fire prevention and safety protocols.

A significant number of students may have no training in the proper use of fire extinguishing equipment. Commercial fire damage in a Chicago college can happen because of alcohol use. Alcohol is the highest contributing factor of most adult fire fatalities since it impairs judgment and hinders the evacuation process. This means that most intoxicated students may suffer from smoke inhalation or get serious burns, and in severe cases, some may not evacuate, leading to deaths.

After everyone has vacated from the affected building safely, the fire damage may temporarily displace the students. To restore the affected building effectively, the college’s administration can seek help from SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

We have a highly trained, experienced, and certified team of technicians devoted to offering restoration services that can exceed our customer's expectations. Our collection of hi-tech equipment and products help us significantly to restore a property to its pre-damage state. We have a 24/7 response crew that offers fast restoration since we understand how devastating fire damage can be to students.

Our team can assess the affected structures and contents to determine the magnitude of the fire loss and use the most effective restoration procedures.  The ceiling often sustains the most soot damage during a fire since the rising dark smoke rises upward, searching for an escape route. The soot is challenging to clean. Our SERVPRO team can use the active peroxide cleaning method to clean the damaged ceiling effectively. We can also use this method to clean non-porous surfaces that withstand water-based cleaning solutions.

Complete structure restoration takes a few days, and the structure can look habitable. However, smoke odor in the well-restored structure can create discomfort for the occupants. We have different products that can remove odors. For instance, our crew can use water-based odor counteractants to replace the smoke odor with a pleasant scent. If smoke smells remain in walls or other surfaces after we have used other deodorization procedures, we can apply sealants to the affected surfaces to encapsulate the lingering odor residues.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville apply the most cutting edge procedures in fire damage restoration. Talk to us today at (312) 509-5000 for comprehensive fire restoration services in Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Bridgeport.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Possessions After A Fire In Chicago

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Your Contents After a Fire in Chicago

Even a tiny fire can cause a great deal of damage to the building as well as the contents. Many clients are overwhelmed and wonder how their families can ever recover from a fire. Which items have been destroyed? What can be retrieved? Where should the family move to until repairs are completed? Who is going to help their families recover? These are just a few of the questions that many clients have after a fire has damaged their homes.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration in Chicago and surrounding areas. Our experience has shown that restoring fire-damaged content is less costly than replacing an item. Clients treasure many family heirlooms and things that remind each family member of happier times. Homeowners prefer that these items are cleaned and restored instead of being replaced. We can help and make sense of the chaos after a fire.

How do We Restore Fire Damaged Contents?
Many items can be dry cleaned to remove light debris and particulate soiling. Heavily coated items can be cleaned by fully immersing the piece in water with a cleaning agent. Hard surface items are sprayed with a cleaning agent and wiped with clean white towels. Spraying the cleaning agent onto the piece allows the restorer to mist the object and control how much is applied. This approach is useful for materials that could be damaged by the cleaning product.

We use foam cleaning for fabrics and delicate items that are lightly coated. Couches, mattresses, and box springs respond well to foam cleaning. We use abrasive cleaners as needed. SERVPRO carefully applies these products to avoid damaging the finish. We use scrubbing pads in these situations. These products are available in numerous grades of abrasiveness.

SERVPRO uses full immersion cleaning for many items that can withstand immersion without further damage. We use high-frequency sound waves produced in an ultrasonic tank filled with water and a cleaning solution to effectively clean many items.

SERVPRO evaluates every item to be cleaned and applies the appropriate cleaning solution to remove residue and odor.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve South Shore, Washington Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Thorough Cleaning Effort Leaves Chicago Home Spotless After Fire Damage

A fire that only burned for a few minutes before it was contained left contents and surfaces in a Chicago home blackened with residue and charred material remnants. Luckily, the owner knows about the restoration services SERVPRO offers and informed us immediately so that we could take over the site from emergency services.

After scoping the fire damage site in Chicago, we realized minimal structural damages had occurred, but soiling was substantial, necessitating considerable cleaning efforts. Our SERVPRO technicians set the ball rolling by performing some critical steps to ensure the cleaning efforts would be fruitful.

    •    Identifying the soil types
    •    Identifying the surfaces
    •    Removing the dry soils
    •    Removing deeply embedded soils
    •    Drying the property
    •    Deodorizing

While most of the soils left by fire are black, they differ in many ways, including the level of penetration and other aspects such as oiliness or dryness. Our SERVPRO technicians identified the areas in the house where there were dry smoke residues so that we could use dry cleaning sponges to remove it. For areas with impinged residues, we used chemical action to remove the residues.

The house had different types of surfaces affected by soot and other smoke residues. The walls with glossy paint were easier to clean since we could wipe off residues easily with chemical sponges. Other surfaces, such as the interior parts of cabinets, where most of the smoke residues concentrated because of colder temperatures during the fire, would require a different approach because of the unfinished wood. Our SERVPRO technicians used denatured alcohol to remove all reside traces. Other wet cleaning procedures helped clean the walls, ceiling, and floors.

Once the cleaning was over, our crews started drying and deodorizing procedures immediately to prevent secondary problems such as mold development because of the excessive moisture left over from cleaning. We set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the wet areas to run for some hours, lowering the moisture levels that could lead to problems.

Seeing your property spotless in the aftermath of fire loss is highly reassuring. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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