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How Can I Prevent a Kitchen Fire from Getting Out of Hand?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

suited man using a fire extinguisher putting out a $ fire 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?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

View of empty finished basement; carpeted and hardwood floors 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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How Does SERVPRO Deal with Fire Damage in My Chicago Home?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage Despite a pressing timeline, our SERVPRO team can help through mitigation, cleaning, and even reconstruction.

There are many phases of fire recovery, and with a complete team of restorers and contractors, we can help you through post-fire recovery in your Chicago property.

Many look to our SERVPRO team to provide fast and reliable restoration recovery for fire-damaged Chicago homes and businesses. With many years serving the city and its surrounding areas, we have seen hundreds of fire losses. We have helped many property owners to discover the most efficient pathways to restoring their structures to preloss condition. Understanding the restoration process can help you to appreciate the need for professional technicians like ours when disaster strikes.

Many aspects must get considered regarding fire damage cleanup, odors, and demolition for Chicago residences after a fire. Each emergency is different, so the methods intended to restore and recover your home vary as well. Some houses are near total losses, with much of the recovery happening with our contractors rebuilding significant portions. Other fires stay primarily in areas like the kitchen, offering challenges like protein residues that must get cleaned from surfaces and appropriately deodorized. While many of the specifics might change from one site to the next, the essential functions of fire restoration include:

    •    Emergency Services
    •    Demolition
    •    Mitigation
    •    Cleaning

What Emergency Services Happen Immediately After Fire Extinguishment?

There is a grouping of actions that can occur before mitigation that are explicitly designed to limit the total loss that your home experiences. Each of the steps within this heading serves a unique purpose towards improving the conditions within the house before more permanent restoration solutions take place. Much of these actions taken pre-mitigation involve the expertise of our qualified and licensed contractors. These professionals have experience in many of the building trades, allowing us to deal quickly with repairs and temporary construction solutions necessary to protect the property throughout the mitigation phase to come. Some of the emergency services expected after we arrive include:

    •    Fire Debris Removal
    •    Board Up
    •    Tarping
    •    Content Management

What Are the Benefits of Controlled Demolition for a Fire-Damaged Home?

One of the advantages of having a team of contractors available alongside our responding technicians is the work they can do to protect your home's structural integrity after a fire occurs. One of the most direct paths to help in this regard is controlled demolition. This approach removes overly damaged portions of construction materials from where they get installed to prevent potential collapses and to prepare the area for later needed reconstruction. Controlled demolition is beneficial to the property in many ways, beyond removing damaged portions of wall systems, flooring, and ceiling systems. Material removal also provides access to damaged areas beyond the surface and can reduce the severity of secondary effects like lingering odors.

What Does Mitigation Look Like?

Much like every type of loss incident that could impact your property, the mitigation steps necessary to restore your residence changes from one disaster to the next. With fires, multiple layers of effects must get addressed in a short period. The look and execution of mitigation are not universal. Depending on individual situations, mitigation could involve multiple strategies, methods, and techniques to reduce the loss you experience after these disasters. While the details of these general actions might change, you can expect mitigation after a fire to involve:

    •    Extraction
    •    Surface Cleaning
    •    Content Cleaning
    •    Controlled Demolition
    •    Air Quality Control

How Can I Get My Home Cleaned Again?

The cleaning phases of restoration often happen after both mitigation, and the necessary reconstruction takes place. While surface cleaning, like removing residues from exposed materials, might occur before restoration phases, much of the overall cleaning required to put the final touches on the property cannot happen until nearly all of the steps for recovery have taken place. This is also the case for efforts like deodorization. While many of the mitigation tasks can reduce the severity of smoke and burning odors throughout the property, the final neutralization and elimination of these lingering scents occur during this final cleaning phase. Removing odors involves several sophisticated tools and devices within our inventory, including thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines.

Understanding fire restoration is not something that many homeowners have taken the time to do until they face substantial structural damage after a house fire. Despite a pressing timeline, our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help through mitigation, cleaning, and even reconstruction. We are available 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

There Was a Leak in My Chicago Kitchen, How Do I Make Sure That My Cabinets Do Not Sustain Damage?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

water on the floor near a kitchen sink and fridge Water damage to a home is not fun for any family to deal with. Call SERVPRO to get water damage remediation professionals out to you quickly.

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques to Mitigate Damage in Chicago

A water leak is never a positive thing for your Chicago home. Still, when you suspect damage to your expensive kitchen cabinets, it is essential to seek assistance right away to mitigate further damage. Hidden pockets of moisture left unattended can cause extensive secondary damage. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists employ superior drying methods to retain the structural integrity of your cabinets.

How Do I Know if There is Moisture in My Cabinetry?

When dealing with a water restoration in your Chicago kitchen, it is crucial first to determine the presence of excess moisture. Our technicians use moisture detection equipment with probes to measure the presence and amount of water found hiding in your cabinets. These probes are often necessary because the finish on kitchen cabinets may act as a vapor barrier that does not always allow accurate moisture readings.

What Are Somethings SERVPRO Does to Effectively Dry My Cabinets Without Damaging Them?

  • If cabinets do not have a back, technicians may drill a hole behind the cabinet to aid in air circulation.
  • If the cabinet has a back, technicians may drill smaller holes to add with circulation, after obtaining your agreement.
  • Typically, technicians remove base molding underneath the cabinet, allowing access to the toe kick cavity.
  • Technicians create airflow in the toe kick area by drilling small holes.

In addition to using specialized drying techniques, SERVPRO technicians use biocide to kill microorganisms and limit mold growth. This helps mitigate long term damage. Technicians repair any drilled holes with a comparable material to make it look "Like it never even happened."

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.


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Do Agitative Practices Help with Cleaning Fire Damage?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Agitative and abrasive cleaning methods can reduce cleaning times and make restoration more cost-effective for customers. 

Even though We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, our SERVPRO team is always looking for ways to make fire loss recoveries more efficient for Chicago homes and businesses. Because cleaning is such a vital part of the restoration of your property after a structure fire, it is crucial to take preventative steps to lessen the severity of residues, soiling, and debris settling on surfaces and contents throughout the residence. 

We have multiple options regarding pretreatment, and all of these options ensure that fire damage restoration for Chicago homes goes as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible. Agitative cleaning efforts are specifically designed to lessen the thickness and severity of residues and soiling present throughout the property after a structure fire. Especially with damages like soot, effectively reducing this threat can protect the occupants of the house and our responding technicians from the health hazards they present.

Among the most popular agitative cleaning steps are:

Is It Faster to Rebuild Than to Restore? 

Assessing the structural integrity of exposed elements in your house is one of the objectives of pre-job scoping. Certain materials can become affected by migrating conditions like smoke residue and soot that will cost more to restore than to replace. Drywall and particle board cabinetry are often within these categories. With the low cost of replacement materials against the expense of restoring these same materials from thick residues, controlled demolition is usually the desired path. We make these decisions based on the most efficient solution to get your property back to preloss condition.

We offer a comprehensive approach to restoring your home after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team call whenever disasters strike at (312) 509-5000.

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How Do I Restore Flooding During a Power Outage in Chicago?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Rainwater flooding can be a challenging experience for homeowners.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Restoration Services Are Available for Residential Flooding in Chicago

Why do floods lead to power outages?

Last month was the wettest since records began in Chicago. Heavy and persistent rainfall can cause rivers to rise uncontrollably. Once water overflows unto roads, it can buildup speed resulting in flash flooding. As little as two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles. The water current is powerful enough to break electrical wires above and below ground, which can lead to power outages. It can be exceptionally challenging to repair a flooded property without the requisite power or lighting. At SERVPRO, we stock our trucks with portable generators as well as string, stand, and wobble lighting to assist us in the urgent task of mitigating water losses in residential and commercial properties.

How do you remove floodwater during a power outage?

When flood damage strikes Chicago, it often brings with it power outages across residential communities. The first few days of restoration are crucial to returning a home to its preloss condition, which can seem impossible without the necessary power supply. SERVPRO technicians can deploy portable generators with a run-time of up to twelve hours for residents with floodwater intrusion. These generators are enough to provide the basics of lighting and pumping equipment with a run-time of twelve hours. In properties with major ground floor flooding, we can use industrial generators that run for twice as long as portable generators and provide sufficient energy for the entire property.

What are the crucial early stages of flood recovery?

    •    Reducing standing water levels
    •    Securing the property from further water intrusion
    •    Sealing broken parts of the property to prevent trespass

Are flooded properties dangerous?

Environments with massive quantities of floodwater can have an impact on your health and your safety. Water contamination is among the most well-known dangers of flooding; however, there may be many hazards in a flooded building. SERVPRO technicians can scope property to assess any potential dangers before entering the site to begin work. We are usually testing for electrical hazards, possible structural collapse as well as debris during a scoping task. Sometimes if there is electrical equipment running in the presence of water, the consequences can be lethal. Restorers mitigate losses at a site while also preparing for safe entry for other specialist repair companies.

How can you test for electrical hazards?

Even during power outages, there is a risk of wires becoming live or power surges that may endanger restorers. We use a non-contact voltage detector to assess whether there is a live current in materials, circuits, or standing water. We run our water restoration equipment through portable ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). GFCIs protect electrical equipment from water. It is not uncommon for wires to run through the water when restoring a flooded property, which is why GFCIs are an essential tool during the mitigation procedure. There may be situations where our technicians are running various types of equipment through a single generator. To prevent fusing, our teams calculate equipment usage then run a circuit analyzer to maintain equipment usage below 80% of the full power supply as recommended by National Electric Code (NEC).

What tools should you use in restoration?

    •    Carpet removal tools like knee kickers and razor knives
    •    Screwdrivers, wrench, flashlight, and a stapler
    •    Hammers, pry bars and rubber hammers
    •    Plumbing equipment

Is the exterior of my home included with flood restoration?

When flash flooding reaches your property, it brings with it, silt, grime, and debris. Often, the exterior of your home may be significantly dirty and can contain hazardous waste substances. To remove these massive amounts of trash, SERVPRO technicians can use a power washer. Coldwater powerwashers deliver high-pressure water directly onto a surface to loosen bonded soils. We can also run detergents and cleaning agents through the power washer to aid in the cleaning process. Power washers can also be useful for vehicle cleaning or in garage spaces and basements without drywall or insulation.

Is dehumidification the best method for drying a property?

While dehumidification can be a crucial part of the drying strategy, it is not the only part. Dehumidifiers can be inefficient in situations where flooding affects the entire property and require twenty or thirty units to impact the residual moisture. When flash flooding affects the whole first floor of a structure, our technicians opt for indirect fired furnaces—these equipment heat dry outdoor air before blasting it into the property through a duct. Our technicians measure the humidity of the exhausted air to assess how effective the drying method is when using fired furnaces.

Rainwater flooding can be a challenging experience for homeowners. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville (312) 509-5000.

My Chicago Retail Store Has Water Damage. Who Can Help Me to Restore It?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

flood in my building SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville prides itself on offering high-quality commercial water damage restoration services.

Call a Restoration Company to Perform Commercial Water Cleanup in Your Chicago Retail Store

In any business, risks are a given, and some like water damage bring potential losses. This is true in Chicago retail stores where the risk of loss is significant after a water intrusion incident, resulting from a burst pipe or faulty sprinkler system, among other causes. When that happens, you need help from a company like SERVPRO to prevent further losses.

Why can’t I just clean up the water on my own?

Whether you can perform clean up yourself mainly depends on the extent of the water damage. However, in our expert opinion, it is advisable to let professionals assist you to perform commercial water cleanup in your Chicago retail store. Water and moisture can get into unexpected spaces. If you do not remove them properly, they can lead to mold growth, rot, corrosion, and other issues. After a water intrusion incident, failing to clean up your retail store properly can cause it to be a breeding ground for microorganisms like bacteria, which carry serious health risks to customers and employees. Experienced water restoration technicians know what to do and have the right equipment for the job.

What can I expect from your services?

We dispatch our technicians immediately we receive a call and work efficiently and fast to reduce operational downtime. Saving time is vital when dealing with water damage in a retail store. Water damage can lead to the loss of cash registers, shelves, refrigerator cases, and security systems, which are expensive to replace. Water can also ruin products in the selling space and inventory items in the stock room. Employees can also lose their jobs if your business does not recover from water damage. Therefore, it is our priority to complete the cleanup process quickly so that you can get back to business. Our restoration services include:

    •    A thorough floor to ceiling inspection.
    •    Photographic documentation
    •    Written documentation
    •    Water extraction
    •    Deep cleaning of affected materials and surfaces.
    •    Thorough drying by placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas properly.
    •    Sanitizing affected surfaces with antimicrobial products to prevent microbial growth.
    •    Odor removal using odor remove equipment and products.

To dry the wet areas effectively, our SERVPRO technicians can create drying zones within the retail store. A drying chamber enables us to control the temperature, humidity levels, and airflow for the purpose of increasing evaporation within the zones.

We complete the work professionally with minimal intrusion. It is our priority to provide a safe environment for your customers and employees. We can work with you to ensure that the business operations resume within a short time.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville prides itself on offering high-quality commercial water damage restoration services. Call us any time at (312) 509-5000 to restore your retail store to its preloss state.

Can Flooding in Chicago Ruin Carpeting?

5/30/2020 (Permalink)

red carpet on steps SERVPRO Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Drying After Water Damage in All Properties of Chicago

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

To counter the water damage, our technicians use air movers to increase evaporation and minimize the drying time. 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 get rid of the remaining dampness. This 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.

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Why Do Restoration Professionals Use Scientifically-Based Drying Methodologies to Respond to a Water Loss in Chicago?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Leakage of water Our highly-qualified employees and specialized equipment deliver premier, research-based results for our residential customers.

Expect Great Results When SERVPRO's Skilled Crews and State-of-the-Art Equipment Arrive at Your Water Damaged Chicago Residence

The urgency of a water emergency tends to inspire Chicago homeowners to want fast and effective action. In dedication to respecting and meeting their customer's understandable desires, professional water loss companies invest in up-to-date training for their managers and technicians and cutting edge equipment geared to a rapid response. Underlying these preparations is the continual research and standards development underwritten by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

What Is Psychrometry?

You might not recognize the term, but you need your Chicago water damage company to be well-versed in psychrometry. Psychrometry is the science of drying, balancing air movement, humidity, and temperature, and their effect on building materials and furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. When your home suffers water damage, it is inadequate to pump and extract the bulk of the water, although aggressive completion of that first phase is critical to eventual structural drying. Applying the elements of psychrometry systematically and consistently is the foundation of a successful outcome.

What Is Needed for Drying to Occur?

Self-help and DIY resources might suggest opening doors and windows and placing fans in the space where water damage occurred. Then the homeowner simply waits until the structure dries out. This approach offers the bare basics of an open drying system, which attempts to exchange the moist air inside your water-damaged home with the air outside. Unfortunately, SERVPRO finds this low-tech and minimal maintenance system is often not the answer.

When Does an Open System Work?

Although it seems straightforward and seems to need little to no professional help, this strategy is not the answer for most locales. An open drying system is effective under only certain circumstances, rarely available on a consistent basis in our Midwestern region. The requirements for a workable open drying system mandate that the outside air tests at least 20 grains per pound (gpp) lower in moisture than the indoor air. In layperson's terms, this means:

The outdoor air needs to offer both the following in comparison to the air in the water-damaged indoor spaces:

    •    A higher temperature
    •    Lower relative humidity

Late fall, entire winter, and early spring months typically are not reliably warm enough to offer these conditions. Precipitation and high outdoor humidity also limit the use of a closed drying system.

The disadvantages of an open system also include:

    •    Security risks due to open doors and windows
    •    Excessive heating or cooling system expenses
    •    Weather extremes and changes that disrupt the balance
    •    Increased monitoring needed  which negates the any cost savings

How Does a Closed Drying System Compare with an Open System?

Choosing a closed drying system requires containing the wet spaces both from the outside air and unaffected areas inside your home. We achieve containment with windows and doors, if available. Otherwise, 1.6 mil polyethylene hung and sealed can create smaller drying chambers. Professional drying specialists then manipulate temperature and air movement within these partitioned spaces. Keeping the relative humidity at or below 40 percent allows us to increase the rate of evaporation from the structural components into the atmosphere inside the contained area. The control our technicians can exert increases the speed of evaporation, which can then be captured by dehumidifiers.

What Is Considered When Calculating Setup of Dehumidifiers?

In general, we look at three elements -- the nature of the wet environment, the class of water damage, and the capacity of the dehumidifier.

What Is Meant by the Nature of the Environment?

We quantify the porous or absorbent materials in the water damaged area. Highly porous contents and structural components include:

    •    Carpets and pads
    •    Clothing
    •    Upholstered furniture
    •    Unfinished wood
    •    Paper products
    •    Drywall
    •    Insulation

How Do We Determine Water Damage Class?

    •    Class 1 has the least amount of absorbed moisture, with solid and non-porous materials prevailing.
    •    Class 2 has moderate amounts of adsorbed moisture, with wet carpets, pads, rugs, and water wicked less than 24 inches up drywall.
    •    Class 3 has high amounts of absorbed moisture, water often entering from above as well as below. Wet areas predominate.
    •    Class 4 is a specialty drying category -- wood, concrete, ground, or soil.

What Delineates Dehumidifier Capacity?

We review the manufacturer's specifications. Capacity is measured by either:

    •    The number of cubic feet of air the dehumidifier conditions per minute (CFM)
    •    The number of gallons of water removed in 24 hours under the standard AHAM test conditions

Our trained Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians plug values into the appropriate formula to determine refrigerant dehumidifier needs.

How does SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stand apart from other water damage contractors? Our highly-qualified employees and specialized equipment deliver premier, research-based results for our residential customers. Call (312) 509-5000 round the clock for expert assistance.

Team SERVPRO is Ready to Help Businesses in Chicago With Virus Cleaning During the Pandemic

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

arms of a person wearing blue gloves and a white protective suit SERVPRO technicians wear different kinds of gloves depending on the type of biohazardous cleaning and disinfection required.

Chicago Area Professional Cleanup to Slow Viral Spread

How are you managing the opportunity to deep clean your Chicago business during the “stay at home” directive in Illinois? Need help? Your local SERVPRO is available to assess your commercial space and develop a plan to clean and apply an appropriate disinfectant treatment.

SERVPRO Helps Businesses Slow Viral Spread

Whether your staff is working on location, from home, or temporarily idled until officials okay a return to standard on-site work, we can plan a project to proactively clean your offices, retail areas, storage, or any other spaces. SERVPRO follows directives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and uses products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean and apply disinfectants.

According to a collaborative study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), CDC and Princeton University published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the current virus causing the pandemic is stable for several hours to several days on surfaces and in aerosols. Scientists say viral pathogens are detectable:

  • In aerosols (airborne) up to three hours
  • On copper up to four hours
  • On cardboard up to 24 hours
  • On stainless steel and plastic up to two or three days

Get ahead of potential contamination of surfaces by calling our team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We stand to help ready 24/7. 

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.