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Flood Removal from Chicago Properties Happens Fast with SERVPRO In-charge

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

clock-like hygrometer SERVPRO utilizes the laws of thermodynamics when drying flooded Chicago area homes and buildings. We place equipment to minimize drying times

What makes SERVPRO one of the premier flood removal companies in Chicago?

Restoring your home after a flooding incident is a complex process involving several critical steps. Professionals like SERVPRO can help you minimize the damage by carrying out flood removal from your Chicago home quickly and efficiently. Not only is SERVPRO an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator, but we are also part of the National Disaster Recovery Teams. However, we still manage to accommodate all local cleanups and restorations. 

SERVPRO technicians create conditions that allow speeding up of the drying process and prevent damage to materials during flood removal from your Chicago home. By carefully controlling the properties of the air in contact with the wet surfaces, the technicians can reduce the dwell time of moisture and prevent any lasting damage.

How do SERVPRO restorers use psychrometry during water damage restoration of flooded Chicago homes?

Psychrometry is the scientific study of air and its properties. Restorers use it to their advantage during flood restoration of your Chicago home. The IICRC certified SERVPRO techs understand the thermodynamics of air and its influence on the drying process. Some of the factors that the restorers manipulate to speed up drying include-

  • The temperature of the air
  • Humidity
  • Vapor pressure
  • Dew point

However, the most influential factor for drying the structure is the humidity or amount of moisture present in the air. Dry air is perhaps one of the most important tools SERVPRO techs use during water restoration. The lower the humidity of the air, the faster the drying process.

Low humidity is achieved either using dehumidifying equipment or by ventilation. SERVPRO techs use relative humidity RH as well as humidity ratio to determine the perfect conditions for drying.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for a 24/7 service.

Why is SERVPRO a Trusted Name Among Chicago Homeowners for Fire Damage Restoration?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

charred rafters SERVPRO can neutralize pungent smoke odors in Chicago attics, but if the rafters and joists are badly fire-damaged, they must be replaced

SERVPRO techs use advanced deodorization techniques during fire damage restoration of Chicago homes 

Fire damage restoration of your Chicago home involves both removing the smoke and soot residues as well as deodorizing the smoke odors. SERVPRO is an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator and has years of experience in restoring commercial and residential buildings.

SERVPRO techs use several advanced techniques to combat odors while restoring fire damage to Chicago properties. The actual deodorizing method used varies depending on the amount and nature of the smoke residue. Once the basic deodorization steps have been performed, the SERVPRO techs perform additional steps to eliminate odors from confined areas. 

How do SERVPRO techs deodorize attics during fire damage restoration of Chicago homes?

Attics present a unique challenge during the deodorization of your fire-damaged Chicago home. The two materials in the attic that are affected the most by smoke residues include-

  • Insulation, and
  • Structural materials such as rafters

The extent to which smoke has penetrated these structures determines the deodorization technique that SERVPRO techs use.

Fast burning fires can cause smoke particles to penetrate the insulation deeply, and in such cases, the technicians consider removing and replacing the insulation material. However, if the fires are slow burning, the smoke particles usually stay on top of the material, and a ULV fogger is used for deodorization.

In case of smoke residue deposited on the rafters, technicians focus on cleaning them with vacuuming or wiping with a damp cloth, then applying a water-based deodorizer. If the smoke residue is heavy, meaning slight charring of the wood surfaces, wire brushing, or abrasive blasting is used to remove the residue. Technicians then apply a deodorizing pre-sealer that forms a film on the surface to lock in the odors. Mechanical devices like ozone machines and hydroxyl generators are often used to neutralize the chemical composition of the odor-causing molecules. Removing, deodorizing with masking, are two of the processes to restore good indoor air quality.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000; We are available round-the-clock to answer your calls. 

What Can the Chicago Area SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team Do?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

collage of servpro crews and stuff Team Zubricki, an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago and National Disaster Recovery unit, provides leadership and equipment to mitigate damages

Natural Disasters and Common Emergencies are No Match for Team Zubricki

If your home or business has been impacted by flooding, wind damage, or fire, you deserve to have a rapid response to get you back on track. Hiring a locally-owned and operated restoration franchise is the perfect way to get the services necessary to bring you peace of mind. Not only is Team Zubricki available with the Disaster Recovery Team to handle nationwide restoration needs, but we also have local personnel ready to dispatch whenever you call us. This means we never miss a beat and ensure we have the resources at home while our response crews are helping others across the country. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Bring Skill and Convenience to Each Job

Whenever there is a national disaster such as Hurricane Irma, Harvey, or Hurricane Ida, residents and business owners in the area require assistance fast. Amidst the chaos at ground zero for these catastrophic events, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville arrives with conveniences that are needed most. We bring

• Semi-trailers loaded with generators to bring power to areas without while restoration takes place

• Towed large desiccant dehumidifiers to address relative humidity within the properties we assist

• RV for lodging onsite when local accommodations may already be at capacity for those in need

• Green Fleet vehicles with all of the industrial-grade equipment and products to help us achieve our restoration goals

Commercial Large Loss Division

To handle the capacity necessary for disasters and local restoration needs, it calls for highly-trained project managers, skilled IICRC-certified technicians, and a copious amount of equipment. Our immense warehouse location not only helps us to house all of the equipment we need for various jobs, but we also can store customer content during their restoration projects.

From natural disasters to local water removal services, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is the team to call. We are your Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator, and you can reach us 24/7 for emergency response at (312) 509-5000. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Can Chicago Businesses Do When Water Strikes?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

A burst water with a red wall Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today to get your ERP prepared. It is always good to stay prepared.

Chicago Building Owners should Always Keep Staff Updated on Protocols and Call SERVPRO.

When a water leak occurs in a commercial building in Chicago, it can be a devastating impact on the business, the employees, suppliers, and customers. There is immediate damage, repair to whatever caused the leak, water removal and drying, and then recovery of business operations. Many commercial buildings do not have emergency plans, leading to further delays and impacts on the business. An emergency response plan does not have to be complicated, but it can save a great deal of time.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation services to commercial customers in the Chicago area. In addition, they use their experience dealing with emergency water damage in commercial buildings to help their customers prepare emergency plans called a READY Profile. After helping clients for many years, we understand the issues that cause delays in dealing with emergencies.

Immediate water mitigation techniques can save thousands of dollars in damages and have your business back in business in record time. However, delays caused by lack of authorization of the work, knowing where shutoff valves are located, or which areas are high priority can significantly increase the dwell time for water in your building and cause further damage to finished and unfinished goods and structural components.

SERVPRO can be on-site in less than four hours from your call; however, if your team does not know who to call, where the main water shutoff valves are located, and who can authorize work to begin, the risk of damage increases exponentially.

SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile includes:

  • Free assessment of your facility
  • Concise documentation containing critical information
  • Guide for returning to normal business operations
  • Contact information for decision-makers concerning emergency water damage incidents
  • Commercial building details – the main shutoffs for water, electrical, and priority areas

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for water mitigation and preparation of your Emergency READY Profile in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Need Fire and Odor Removal After a Fire in Chicago Homes – Call SERVPRO

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing out of a home window SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to extinguish any issues you have with fire damage.

SERVPRO Provides Fast Response to Fire and Odor Removal Calls in Chicago

Homeowners in Chicago have lots to think about after a fire in their homes. The damage caused by the fire is immediate and obvious; however, water and chemicals used by first responders to extinguish the fire can cause additional damage. There is smoke residue throughout the home, and smoke odor permeates the house and contents. Homeowners also have to think about where they will live while their home is being cleaned, and restored along with all of the items that must be replaced. How much will their insurance cover? It is a stressful time for the entire family.

SERVPRO provides fire and odor removal to Chicago homeowners, coordinates with insurance companies, and responds in four hours after your initial call to our company. We understand the concerns and issues many homeowners face after a fire, and we are here to help our customers.

We remove all excess water and chemical materials, demolish structural materials that must be replaced, clean and sanitize all non-porous items and structures, as well as those porous items that can be cleaned and dried. We set up a staging area to protect all items that are not affected by the fire or smoke odors and those cleaned. Odors are removed using the latest techniques by our odor removal technicians. Our building services can also help with the reconstruction and restoration of all areas affected by the fire.

Our services to Chicago homeowners include:

  • Fire damage restoration and reconstruction
  • Smoke remediation and odor removal
  • House fire cleanup

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for fire and odor removal in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Need Professional Mold Cleanup in Downtown Chicago Commercial Buildings – Call SERVPRO

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

mold on a white wall SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville will not play with mold issues. Give us a call as soon as you can.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Cleanup Services in Downtown Chicago for Commercial Properties

For many people and commercial property owners in downtown Chicago, a mold infestation is a scary prospect. Mold can cause health effects in employees and customers; it can damage finished and unfinished goods and supplies stored adjacent to the infestation and left in place long enough can damage structural components and spread throughout the building. Mold thrives in moist warm locations, and infestations can begin developing in 24 to 48 hours after a plumbing water leak or a leak in the roof.

SERVPRO provides commercial mold cleanup for office buildings, restaurants, and stores in downtown Chicago. We employ highly trained mold damage restoration specialists to help with mold cleanup and restoration. Our team also takes precautions to control the spread of mold spores to other parts of the building. It is extremely important to act quickly before the mold spores have a chance to spread.

The entire infestation is sealed, and a negative pressure area is set up to prevent mold spores from spreading to other places while cleaning and removing mold. We scrape and clean from top to bottom, disinfecting and washing to avoid the spread of mold spores to cleaned areas.

In serious infestations, damaged contents and structure is bagged and carefully removed for disposal following industry guidelines. Our specialists can discuss every step with you and explain the process. Our services include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Commercial mold cleanup, contents disposal, and reconstruction of a damaged structure

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for mold cleanup in Downtown Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Water Removal In Your Chicago Home

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water spots on a wall SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is ready to have your back with water damage.

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 the 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 residences. 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.

Water Damage Restoration

We arrive in our Green Fleet, which we keep stocked with the disposable items needed during most jobs and 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 projects.

Avoid Delays When Dealing With Flood Damage Scenarios in Chicago

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

A blue tarp on a building From roof tarping to water extraction, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here and ready for the job.

Wind Damages That Can Lead to Flooding in Chicago Homes 

Here in Chicago, we are not called the ‘Windy City’ for nothing. Many of the most damaging storms that exist in the Midwest can reach our doorstep with destructive force, and in many cases, the most compromising of these is the wind. We have a dedicated storm response team, but with how quickly high winds can damage structures, flooding and other threats could exist before you even have the opportunity to call for our experienced team of restoration specialists. 

Storm Damage Clean Up and Restoration

Overcoming storm and flood damage in Chicago homes begin with appreciating how severe the situation is and allowing the appropriate personnel to handle these threats. Emergency services like our SERVPRO team can provide temporary construction solutions like board up, tarping, and other repairs that prevent further water penetration into your house. We have a team of licensed in-house general contractors that can work to provide these repairs and later reconstruction, seamlessly with the mitigation and restoration work to get done inside the house. Our contractors have over 30 years of experience to provide quality results. 

Wind can be especially devastating to roofs. With many of the homes in residential areas surrounding the city featuring shingled roofs, our professionals have become attuned to the look of damaged roofing material and vulnerabilities that could exist. With missing portions of shingles and exposed underlayment, wind-driven rain could find its way inside the house. 

Our drying and mitigation efforts begin in the attic space of the house when our SERVPRO team arrives. Along with tarping services to prevent further water penetration, we can assess the severity of the flooding in the attic space and its spreading to other areas of the house. Extraction and drying involve the use of our sophisticated equipment, from our drying mats on the wooden attic flooring to positive pressure systems to dry out wall and ceiling cavities where water has traveled from the damaged roof. 

No matter what your flooded home needs, you can count on our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help. We have capable equipment and expertise to make even complex flooding scenarios “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.

How Do Chicago Residents Enlist Flood Removal Experts?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

A basement with SERVPRO equipment through out. Storm damage can sneak into your Chicago properties quickly. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for flood damage help today.

SERVPRO in Chicago Operates Twenty-Four-Hours-a-Day to Help Chicago with Flood Removal

The volume of water that can enter a property due to flooding can make the restoration task seem overwhelming for most homeowners. Large quantities of water in a property can affect the structural integrity, particularly at wall joints or floor level. Water exerts a high pound-for-pound pressure while it can also be toxic if inhabitants or materials are exposed in the case of flooding. Our services use industrial-grade pumping equipment to help reduce standing water levels in your home, secure the property's structural integrity, and allow for more specific restoration work to begin. SERVPRO typically uses:

  • Pumping equipment for flooding
  • Truck-mounted water extraction equipment
  • Fast-drying equipment for residential properties

The task of flood removal in Chicago can be a long job, but the initial phases are surprisingly quick thanks to the industrial equipment we use. Water pumps typically consist of a long ducting tube for transporting water to an open sewer point, submersible technology to allow them to be used at high standing water levels, and are often electrically powered. In some cases, where electrical supply lines are temporarily out of action, SERVPRO technicians can use gas-powered pumping equipment to ensure your property is drained quickly. 

  • Some valve submersible pumps can pass solid wastes, which can help remove silt or debris and water. 
  • A water pump is many times more effective than extraction equipment or ventilation equipment. 
  • Our team can safely dispose of the wastewater by using a nearby sewer point or transporting it to a wastewater facility on a water truck. 

To quickly reduce the impact of flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for flood removal at (312) 509-5000.

Can Water Damage in Chicago Ruin Carpeting?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a person pulling up water damaged carpeting Regardless of which direction the excess water is coming from, team SERVPRO can help. Call right after an event for best results.

SERVPRO Offers Equipment and Techniques to Salvage Carpets after Water Damage Has Occurred

Water damage from a broken pipe or flood can take a toll on the house, especially if it occurs when nobody is around. An especially vulnerable item during this time is the carpet. Textiles used for carpeting can hold water and moisture and subsequently turn into breeding grounds for fungi, bacteria, colonies, and other disease-inducing microbes. These microorganisms can cause progressive damage to expensive carpets and furniture.

If your Chicago home has sustained water damage from a leaking pipe, it is crucial to commence the water removal process as soon as possible. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified technicians who can respond quickly to try to save your carpet. The water removal procedure is extremely technical and laborious, so the faster we start, the quicker the damage can be mitigated.

Drying the Water Damaged Carpet in Chicago

Our technicians use air movers to increase evaporation and minimize the drying time to counter the water damage. Air movers create airflow at the surface, which pushes moisture into the air in the form of water vapor and replaces the wet air with drier air. In some cases, we may use a carpet clamp to help lift the carpet and allow air to flow underneath (floating the carpet.) Thanks to their high-velocity airflow, air movers can speed up the drying process tremendously. SERVPRO technicians are trained to control the force and direction of airflow, as air movers are strong enough to blow curtains, wall hangings, and other house items off the wall. Our priority is to evaluate the extent of the water damage, and then determine which type of air mover to use.

Once we have removed all the surface water, we can then install professional drying fan equipment to remove the remaining dampness. This step is very important to prevent mold growth. When the area is completely dry, we can initiate the professional carpet cleaning and shampooing.

We understand that cleaning water-soaked carpets is tough in a water damage situation. The restoration is a race against time. When tragedy strikes, you can count on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to respond quickly and initiate the water removal process. Call us at (312) 509-5000.