Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Chicago Homes and Businesses
When disaster strikes SERVPRO of Chicago is here to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Water Mitigation and Flood Cleanup Services
With the Windy City sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, the municipality is no stranger to the destructive hand of nature. Rising waters from the Chicago and Calumet Rivers impact homes and businesses throughout the city, especially when the area exceeds expected rainfall totals of nearly 40 inches. SERVPRO moves fast during a disaster to protect the properties that make Chicago one of the most highly visited places in the country, with more than 58 million visitors to the metropolis annually.
Flood damage in Chicago is among the more common threats that homes and businesses might face, making the fast response of our restoration professionals critical. Massive structures get overwhelmed by intruding water, and the time-sensitive nature of recovery makes our prompt arrival an essential factor in the successful cleanup. Locations like Soldier Field, where the Bears play, and Wrigley Field, the venue of the Chicago Cubs, require prompt cleanup to maintain their tight availability windows.
Managing Water Removal Needs
Water removal is the first step in flood recovery, which can also be vitally essential to lessen the impact of these disasters. While mitigation begins, learn about Chicago’s unique history with the mafia on the Gangsters, Ghosts, and Chicago Pizza tour. Northwestern University, the United Center, and even the historic Chicago Theatre will all require similar recovery tools to clear any standing surface water and potential contaminants, such as:
- Weighted Extractors
Chicago homes and businesses face many threats in a city of nearly three million people. Whether it is the lake effect snow coming in from Lake Michigan or unexpected disasters threatening Sears Tower and the Art Institute, our team is ready to help. When flooding impacts homes or businesses, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / Bridgeport / Bronzeville to help at (312) 509-5000.
Immediate Response Counts When You Need Water Damage Mitigation Services in Chicago
SERVPRO offers plenty of air movers to mitigate your water damaged Chicago property. "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Offers Reliable Water Damage Cleanup Solutions in Chicago
Professional water damage mitigation services can make a property owner feel better amid the panic of such incidents. Since emergencies are unpredictable, you must call restoration experts immediately if things get out of hand. If you delay, more damage will likely occur since the water might keep moving to drier areas and cause additional damage that might have been prevented by seeking immediate help.
When our SERVPRO technicians attend to water removal incidents in Chicago, we inspect the property and share the results with the customer. With the help of the findings, we can formulate steps to dry your property safely. Determining the sources of the water and whether it has been stopped is among the first things we perform.
Other important steps you should expect us to perform at the site include the following:
- Take photographs of the damaged areas
- Document restorable and unsalvageable contents
- Use moisture detection tools to find out whether areas are dry
- Find a way of preventing possible hazards such as electrocution and falls.
Our SERVPRO team determines whether the occupants can continue their normal operations as the water damage remediation continues. We can also ventilate the area or put containment measures in place if necessary. If the cost of restoring items is higher than what can be spent on replacing them, we advise our clients accordingly.
Based on the results we got from our assessment, we can recommend in-house drying. The procedure is usually suitable when the damage is not extreme, and the structure has enough space to set up specialized equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers. When we opt for in-house drying, we must let the owner know the restoration work duration.
At SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (312) 509-5000 when you need to work with a reliable water damage company that offers urgent restoration services anytime.
Long-Term Mold Remediation for Chicago Homes
What! You found mold under your bathroom sink!! SERVPRO provides rapid mold remediation for our Chicago neighbors.
Helpful Mold Remediation Solutions
The discovery of mold in your home might prompt you to contact remediation professionals and get the cleanup started quickly. Our comprehensive service ensures this remediation is thorough, including long-term solutions for preventing recurrences and protecting the structure.
Where Is Mold Likely to Be?
Despite the effective mold remediation for Chicago properties we provide, the first obstacle in restoring your home is locating the full scope of microbial growth. What you see on the surface is rarely the full extent of the damage, making a thorough assessment and inspection Vital in learning the measure of removal and remediation services required. Areas likely to be impacted by mold growth include:
- Bathroom – The bathroom has many plumbing lines and drains for direct water damage, while this room might also be a victim of poor ventilation.
- Basement – Many area homes already deal with consistently wet basements from bad drainage or groundwater infiltration. Damp basements can make many surfaces favorable for mold growth.
- Kitchen – With steam and many water lines converging in the kitchen, moisture is a consistent threat. Surface mold can easily indicate growth beyond what you can see with so much plumbing hidden in the walls.
Post-Mold Repair Solutions
Removing the active mold is rarely enough to resolve its impact on your home. Our general contractor license allows us to complete needed build-back services to overcome controlled demolition and required repairs following mold deterioration. We can assess impacted materials for their salvage ability early in the remediation process to know where these remodeling needs might exist.
The possibility of mold growth in your home should not be ignored. We offer effective remediation solutions that can address active mold organisms compromising rooms in your home. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help wherever mold forms. Call us at (312) 509-5000.
Mold Damage Cleanup by Skilled Technicians in Chicago
When mold damage occurs in your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO for fast results.
Learn Why SERVPRO Is Best in Chicago for All Mold Damage Restorations
There are a lot of common myths, misunderstandings, and confusion regarding black mold development and best practices for cleaning. You should never trust any company claiming they can complete mold removal at your Chicago property because mold ‘removal’ is impossible. There is a lot about mold that calls for specialized care and cleanup to ensure you and your family are safe throughout – this is where SERVPRO comes in.
With proven methods and a highly-trained team ready to address mold damage in Chicago, we can freshen your interior and allow you to enjoy your home again. But why call professionals? We can explain!
What Everyone Should Know About Mold Damage and Remediation
There are not only hundreds of kinds of mold, but microscopic mold spores are all around us, indoors and outdoors. These tiny mold spores travel through the air and come into our homes and businesses through the HVAC system, windows, and on people or pets. These are some helpful things to remember when you are curious about mold:
- Mold thrives on moisture and begins colonizing fast when given the right environment. If you have a moisture problem or poor ventilation, you could have mold festering under cabinets, behind furnishings, and cracks around your tubs and showers.
- Are you noticing a strong, musty odor but not sure where it is coming from? This is usually a telltale sign that mold is present, and you should have someone come in for a full inspection.
- Before starting any mold remediation, our SERVPRO crew will address any known water or moisture problem to fix it. Failing to do so before mold cleanup begins leaves the possibility that the mold issue will come back.
Can SERVPRO Handle a Large-scale Commercial Mold Restoration Project?
SERVPRO is locally-owned and operated with extensive warehouse facilities that house an immense inventory of tools and equipment. Once you make initial contact with our customer care team, we gather information on your project to help determine the scope. From there, we mobilize our team to load up our Green Fleet with all the best equipment for the job and head to your door so that we can begin the assessment.
- Infrared cameras allow us to identify areas where moisture is hidden from the naked eye.
- Professional moisture detectors, meters, sensors, and hygrometers allow us to measure moisture saturation.
- Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help us to pull water vapors from the air
- Air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration allow us to pull out particulates from the air.
- Specialized vacuums help pull up and trap mold spores while keeping them from dispersing into the air.
What You Can Do Before We Arrive
We get ready and get to your door within a few hours of your call so we can get started. Until then, we suggest you:
- Stay clear of any areas with suspected mold growth
- Shut off any fans and your HVAC system
- Never spray or wipe any visible mold on any surfaces
- Do not attempt drying the area yourself
With any mold remediation, odor control is paramount. SERVPRO’s Odor Control Technicians (OCT) work to eliminate odors using the best products for deodorizing and sanitizing. This includes EPA-registered antimicrobials, odor counteractant beads, thermal fogging equipment, etc. We never mask odors with sprays, and everything is left clean with surfaces sanitized – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Mold damage is not a do-it-yourself project. Contacting SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville gets you the detailed restoration you deserve. Call us at (312) 509-5000!
Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration 24/7 in Chicago
If you experience water damage in your Chicago home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help.
SERVPRO Acts Fast in Chicago to Address Your Water Damage Needs
Whether you own a home or run a business, you need to know that the faster you act to have a water emergency cleaned up, the better your chances are of total recovery. SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, including nights and weekends, to address the water cleanup needs for Chicago area residences and businesses. Whether you are dealing with burst pipes connected to your second-floor bathroom or storm flooding is coming into your main living area, we have the scalability to address your needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
Did you know that water mitigation is imperative for any call we receive to address water damage in Chicago? With proper mitigation, our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) can limit property loss after you have a water-related emergency. We can be there within hours of your initial contact with our customer care center to begin:
- Water removal services
- Drying and dehumidification
- Cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing
- Controlled demolition/restoration (as needed)
Water damage from hidden leaks can also bring several issues within any structure. Depending on the cause, water stains could develop on walls and ceilings. Another tell-tale sign of a slow leak within your home or business could be foul, musty odors. If you notice any water issues, it is best to contact our team to begin inspection and cleanup!
We Take a Customized Approach to All Water Damage Restoration Calls
Each water emergency is unique, from the cause and location to other factors like interior layout, materials impacted, relative humidity, and more. Our IICRC certified technicians have been through ample training. We take the time to note the cause of the problem, the extent of water infiltration, and overall severity before we even begin. In most water clean-up calls, we will use extraction and drying techniques in tandem to help us reach our goals.
Many different variables are involved that determine the drying rate for all contents and materials. We consider some of the factors will be the type of material, interior temperatures, and any existing air currents. Should there be damp air within your building, it could also slow down the water removal process. These important areas can be addressed with simple tweaking to the equipment we used to create optimal drying conditions. Some of our most-used equipment on water restoration projects includes:
- Powerful gas-powered or submersible pumps
- Truck-mounted extractors
- Carpet wands
- Rovers (weighted extractors
- Axial fans
- Centrifugal air movers
- Desiccant dehumidifiers
Hidden Moisture is No Match for SERVPRO
Water is known to travel to dry spaces while following the path of least resistance. With any significant spill or flooding, following the migration is key to ensuring no hidden moisture lingers. Any hidden moisture pockets could lead to mold and mildew growth, but there is also the possibility of costly secondary damage. We can locate moisture that might have gotten trapped behind walls, under flooring, and other enclosed areas with the help of moisture sensors, thermal imaging technology, and moisture meters.
Should there be substantial water behind walls, our technicians may use boreholes to create drains. The next step would be forcing warm, dry air inside to help facilitate the venting and dehumidifying process. For any materials that seem to have excess moisture, a drying chamber may be used to create a better environment conducive to our drying goals.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is there to help whenever you require reliable water damage assistance. You can reach us for emergency service by dialing (312) 509-5000.
Fire Damage Assistance When You Need It in Chicago
We want to help you erase some of the memories of fire damage in your Chicago home. Call us today.
SERVPRO Helps Chicago Properties Owners 24/7 with Fire Damage Restoration
If you have a small blaze in your Chicago home or business, it might be tempting to go the DIY route yourself or utilize your janitorial staff. However, many pitfalls come with handling fire cleanup on your own. The last thing you need is an increased interruption, enhanced secondary damage, and the potential for immense costs to fix what goes wrong. SERVPRO wants all area customers, commercial and residential, to know that working with skilled technicians ensures high-quality, long-lasting results for any fire-related emergency.
SERVPRO is here around-the-clock with proven fire damage techniques in Chicago. We can handle all restorations, including any water and moisture left from first responders dousing the flames. Our efforts come together to ensure we can bring your property back to life “Like it never even happened.”
Not only does DIY take longer if you are unsure of where to begin and how to address every issue, but you will also see that the results will be lacking. IICRC-certified cleaning and restoration cuts back on your fire damage claim costs and drastically cuts down on time to get your life back to normal. Additionally, our restore versus replace mindset helps you recover items that you may otherwise deem a loss when approaching house fire cleanup with DIY methods alone.
What Happens After the Fire has Been Extinguished?
We are here at SERVPRO 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for all fire and water restorations to give you added peace of mind after an emergency. Our crew arrives to handle all debris, and airborne threats throughout your property are too tricky to address with DIY methods alone. The crew chief assigned to our team inspects and assesses all damage to determine the right processes and equipment to use and identify any unique challenges.
Do not enter your property unless first responders deem it safe until we arrive. Keep in mind that any foot traffic leads to tracking of soot and soiling throughout the property, including areas unaffected by the fire.
It is never good to clean anything before our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT). Letting our skilled and experienced team handle everything is better because:
- We wear all the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) due to any toxic residues and debris left after a fire.
- Our crew thoroughly assesses your structure to ensure safety and stability, including flooring, walls, and ceilings.
- All cleaning measures and products used depends on materials burned or saturated. We consider composition and fire/heat impact on everything before we begin.
- Any moisture inside the building gets addressed with the help of our extraction tools and drying equipment.
All Fire Restorations Involve a Multi-faceted Approach
No two fire cleanup projects are the same, which is where our perfected techniques come in extremely handy. We combine each method to create a tailored plan to restore your home or business to pre-fire condition, including contents and inventory. Some of the techniques may include:
- Agitation uses movement, cleaning solutions, or both to loosen soils and wash them away. Options include rotating brushes, air or water pressure, scrubbing, sandblasting, and wiping.
- Chemical action with cleaning solutions using the ‘like dissolves like’ mentality. Water-based soils get water-based solutions, and so on.
- Suspension and dispersion to loosen soils on items deemed safe to get submerged in water/cleaning solutions.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is here whenever you require professional fire damage cleanup and restoration. Call our customer care team and dispatch a crew to your door by dialing (312) 509-5000.
Chicago Fire Damage Restoration Cleans Interior Surfaces and Air
Has your home suffered from a recent fire? Contact SERVPRO for the certified technicians and tools and equipment to handle the cleanup.
Cutting-Edge Fire Damage Restoration in Chicago
Cleaning up and restoring fire-damaged properties in Chicago involves removing both residues from household surfaces and smoke particles from interior air. Of course, these essential efforts require the proper training and equipment to do the job right the first time. Fortunately, for local residents, there is an extensively-trained team of experts in our city that have everything it takes to deal with even the worst fire-related damage.
For over a decade, SERVPRO has been doing fire damage restoration work for Chicago homeowners. We have provided them with complete fire restoration services, including skilled house fire clean up, smoke remediation, and fire and smoke damage repairs. In performing their work, company technicians have successfully:
- Disposed of unsalvageable contents and materials that have been irreparably fouled by residual, fire-related substances
- Removed harmful acidic residues from household furnishings and surfaces using innovative, wet, dry, and abrasive methods
- Used high-velocity box fans and air movers to remove smoke particles from indoor air
- Cleansed the air further by employing state-of-the-art ozone machines and air scrubbers
- Minimized the spread of smoke particles from contaminated areas to unaffected spaces by sanitizing air ductwork with HVAC cleaning systems
- Eliminated persistent unpleasant, fire damage-related smells by thoroughly fogging impacted homes and treating affected materials with powerful, industrial-grade deodorants
These measures help limit additional damage to your household interiors and contents, restore your home’s air quality, and ultimately return your property to its pre-fire state. In fact, our efforts are often so effective that it might even be difficult to imagine that your residence ever experienced a fire event.
As your dedicated neighbors, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville wants you to know that we are always ready to serve you. So, if you ever need any fire damage restoration work done on your home, remember us. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 whenever you need our help.
For Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago, Professionals Are the Right Option
Count on your official Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator for water and mold cleanup. We keep your business in business!
SERVPRO Meets Commercial Water Cleanup Needs in Chicago Restaurants
For any business, the building is the biggest asset. This means that the discovery of any size or type of structural damage is sure to cause a lot of stress. You can take measures to prevent this damage from occurring in a restaurant, but water intrusion incidents can happen without notice.
The business owners who survive such incidents better understand how they might occur and have easy access to expert emergency water cleanup services in Chicago. You do not have much to worry about since SERVPRO, a DCLO (Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator), is competent in conducting water cleanup services for commercial and municipal projects.
The water might ruin the building, equipment, records, and food inventory. It is crucial to follow several procedures after water damage in a restaurant. One is to ensure the safety of the customers, employees, and restorers. Be ready to close off the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians usually wear personal protective equipment like gloves, eye protection, and rubber boots to ensure safety.
Mold growth has been known to start about 48 hours after a water intrusion, so immediate contact with us is beneficial. This fast response gives us room to start the water extraction and drying process in the shortest time possible.
At SERVPRO, our process can vary from one site to the other, but we have a general working process, which flows as shown below:
- Securing the building and assessing the damage.
- Extracting the standing water.
- Prevention of mold growth.
- Drying and dehumidification.
- Decontamination of affected machinery and personal property.
- Restoration and rebuilding of affected contents and structures.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville relies on introducing a stream of dry air over the water-damaged surfaces for a faster drying process. We use air-moving equipment, primarily the axial air movers, which can move larger air volumes. They work at lower pressures and high volumes to cover larger areas, which makes them the preferred method for commercial properties.
Detailed Water Mitigation After Chicago Storms
A flooded basement with muddy waters is no match for our crack Chicago SERVPRO storm team.
Call SERVPRO 24/7 for Storm Water Mitigation
You don’t have to reside in a flood zone to be prepared for storm damage or water infiltration within your Chicago property. Extreme weather events happen occasionally, and you may have one or more areas of your home or business left vulnerable to the elements. Water removal services become paramount whenever you have even the slightest flood water coming into your property. SERVPRO is here to begin mitigation services as quickly as possible to reduce damage and overall costs for your project drastically.
Extractions and drying are two main factors in the Chicago area with water mitigation and storm cleanup. Properly drying your interior and hidden spaces helps to control water damage severity and returns relative humidity (RH) to normal levels. With SERVPRO’s proven methods and prompt action, we reduce microbial infestation and secondary water damage. When necessary, controlled demolition is also performed on any areas deemed unsalvageable.
You can count on SERVPRO to:
- Contain the impact of water and storm damage
- Protect and clean your personal belongings
- Repair any structural damage and other hazards
- Thoroughly dry your structure
- Clean and disinfect all exposed surfaces
Why is mitigation necessary?
Any home or business requires efficient mitigation efforts to cut back on the impact of any disaster, including storm damage and floodwater infiltration. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) contain flood water movement, address all possible contaminants, and protect your building and contents. With adequate mitigation, your project moves along faster, we can salvage more materials and contents, and the risk of secondary damage and mildew or mold growth decreases significantly.
For any areas deemed unsalvageable, we enlist the help of trusted local contractors and vendors for build-back services. By replacing drywall, flooring, baseboards, and other materials harmed by storm water damage, everything is returned to preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”
With a phone call to SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville, we will deploy a crew to your property as soon as possible. We are the trusted team in the area for all water mitigation and restoration services you require.
Prompt Water Mitigation Services for Chicago Apartments
Dealing with water damage on your own is never easy. Contact us to investigate the cause and remediate the water damage in your home.
Assessing Your Need for Water Mitigation
Mitigation is an important phase of recovery after disasters in area apartments. Owners and renters must understand the order of events so they might get needed restoration work started to protect what matters most. After a disaster, homeowners should:
- Contact restoration professionals
- Move items that could be in the damage path
- Get to safety if hazards exist
- Contact your insurance provider
Water Damage Repair Services
While many consider water mitigation in Chicago apartments to begin with water removal services, it is often more necessary for our SERVPRO team to determine if repairs are needed first. From board-up services to emergency repairs for the plumbing system after leaks and breaks, our general contractor license can be instrumental in thwarting continued damage to the structure.
Extracting Standing Surface Water
To prevent absorption into materials and contents, it is critical to begin extraction as soon as possible. The wall systems used in high-rise apartment buildings are not often thick and formidable, making water movement easy after prolonged exposure. We focus on the earliest actions possible to clear surface pooling. We have several extraction devices in our inventory, though the process is often down to a combination of pumps and vacuums to remove any standing water threats.
Transitioning to Restoration
One of the ultimate objectives of successful mitigation is directly transitioning to the restoration needs of the apartment. Time is critical with multiple units connected to prevent avoidable water migration through wall systems that could cause greater concerns. Extraction and repairs are often suitable foundations to begin setting up drying equipment.
Mitigating water damage in Chicago apartments can be a large undertaking for even experienced professionals like ours. Many high-rise structures require unique restoration approaches after disasters, as multiple units could get impacted. Give our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team a call today at (312) 509-5000.