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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.

Louisiana Residents Can Count on the Heroes in Green for Hurricane Ida Response

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

montage of SERVPRO STORM RESPONSE The SERVPRO Heroes in Green Storm Disaster Recovery Team arrived before and after Hurricane Ida to help restore devastated Louisiana

SERVPRO Has Hurricane Ida Response Teams Ready for Louisiana Residents and Businesses Requiring Storm Damage Clean Up

Heavy rainfall and wind from Hurricane Ida leave many Louisiana homes and businesses facing water damage, both structurally and to the contents within. SERVPRO's Storm Response Team has area residents covered with a prompt response and caring technicians ready to get the job done.

Team Zubricki of SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville has crews at the ready and stationed in the area, with more units on the way to Louisiana to help. In anticipation of Hurricane Ida's devastating impact, owner Anthony Zubricki arrived on Saturday, 8/27/21, with a fully stocked 53-foot semi-trailer. We want the public to remember that the initial days after the impact of any storm are the most elemental when it comes to preventing the onset of unnecessary secondary damage.

Some of our crews are already stationed in Louisiana as the second semi-trailer rolled out on Monday, 8/30/21, under the direction of VP David Mason. In the coming days, owner/operator Frank Zubricki will join our Disaster Recovery Team. You do have a friend in SERVPRO whenever you need Hurricane Ida Response or a crew deployed in Hyde Park, including storm damage repair, water removal services, and more.

Please keep in mind:

  • If you have storm damage and flooding, safety is critical, so only enter the structure with the utmost caution. Whenever possible, receive the green light from local first responders before you go inside.
  • Remember that even clean water that may come in through a broken window or a pipe damaged due to the storm can become contaminated quickly.
  • Any water that may have come into your living quarters or business from a stream, creek flooding, or a mudslide is considered black water – this means there could be hazardous contaminants involved.

The SERVPRO team are Heroes in Green, working quickly to help area residents in need of tarping and board-up services, as well as onsite electricity throughout our cleanup and restoration work. We have an all-star team of disaster recovery professionals. All of our trucks arrive equipped with the tools and advanced technology to help area residents and businesses during their time of need. We understand the challenging undertaking of demolition and removal of destroyed homes and structures. Our group of Chicago-area SERVPRO franchises is proud to be part of an elite group of a Disaster Recovery Team, where our goal is to provide help in these difficult times for our distant yet, still close neighbors.

When you need a team of skilled professionals to assist with flood restoration or storm cleanup, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is in the area and ready to go! For help with all of your storm damage or flood remediation needs, call us at (312) 509-5000.

What is the Best Way to Remediate Storm Damage in Chicago?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

a family standing in their flooded living room Flood waters can quickly deteriorate the contents and structure of your home. Do not delay! Contact our SERVPRO flood damage remediation team.

Flood Damage Cleanup and Flood Precautions for Your Chicago Home

Floods have been the most common and costly natural disasters among all weather-related incidents in the United States, with Chicago being no exception. Understanding the threats that floods can pose is essential to staying safe during one of these events as a homeowner. The dangers do not disappear once the water levels stop rising.

Besides needing help restoring your Chicago home from the flood damage created by the storm, there are some things to be aware of to keep you and your family safe. While SERVPRO can help you get rid of the water and dry your home back out, there are precautions you can take in the meantime.

While you wait for our SERVPRO technicians to help you, be aware of damaged utilities. Water might have damaged electrical power. Lower any fire hazards by shutting off these utilities if you safely can do so, especially if there is fraying wiring, an odor, or sparks present. Turn the power off only if you can do so from a location that is dry. If not, call an electrician for help.

Keep your contact with dirty water to a minimum. Any standing floodwater can pose different hazards. It can have mixed with sewage or other harmful substances like chemicals. It can even be hiding sharp objects or downed power lines. Also, avoid traveling through the water, do not walk or try to drive through any standing water since the road underneath could be blocked by debris or compromised. With moving water, try to get to high ground to get away from the flooding whenever you can.

Our first goal is to get the standing water safely out of your home, and we have the professional tools and gear to help us do this safely for all. We also want to do the job quickly and efficiently. The sooner we can get your home dry again, the less chance there is for mold growth. If mold is found, we also can clean and take care of that for you.

Flood Damage Mitigation and Restoration in Chicago Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services

There are some factors we look at when restoring a property that has suffered flood damage. It all starts with understanding everything about the incident. Factors may include the time the standing water has spent on the structure, the contamination risks the source of water is likely to cause, the depth of the water, and the time that has elapsed since the event was reported in Chicago.

Before our SERVPRO technicians can start any flood damage remediation work in Chicago, we remove items such as draperies and furnishings from the site that are movable to mitigate continuing water damage. Salvageable contents can also be stored in a humidity-controlled area - preferably less than 60 % - to reduce the chances of mold growth. If we have to store the cleaned contents on the site, then we introduce a positive pressure in the storage area to prevent a possible movement of contamination from the contaminated areas. We can use plastic sheeting to separate the two areas to minimize cross-contamination and moisture migration.

Disastrous flooding can be dealt with according to the inherent dangers to the structure and its contents. When removing, cleaning, and treating contaminated surfaces and contents, we must keep the site under negative pressure compared to other parts of the floor or structure. We achieve this by using an air mover or vacuum having HEPA filters. At the end of the process, we have to remove the filter and place them in plastic bags ready for disposal.

Our SERVPRO team also removes flood-damaged porous materials that contain bacterial and mold since they can cause harmful effects. For instance, we remove and discard mold-contaminated porous items such as insulation, carpets, drywall, and carpet padding. The same may apply to wet ceiling tiles that has been exposed to wetness for 24 - 72 hours. It is difficult to clean mold damage if it has already developed within porous contents, and discarding such items is the workable option.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that drying your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore out as quickly as possible after flooding is essential for the safety of your family and the structure itself. Reach out to us as soon as the storms subside by dialing (312) 509-5000, so we can help you.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park Receives the SERVPRO 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award at The 2021 Convention

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Five people posing after accepting a sales award The Zubricki Family Accepts the Bronze Sales Award on Behalf of Team Zubricki. From left: Anthony, Amanda, Frank, Pat, and Stephanie.

The Power Behind Team Zubricki

The Zubricki family owns and operates the local Hyde Park SERVPRO location. The family members of Team Zubricki are shown in this photo. Frank and Patricia Zubricki are flanked by their three children Anthony and Amanda, on the left, and Stephanie, on the right. The family works alongside their highly trained crew of technicians, office staff, and sales reps to deliver excellent service to the community they serve, and while not pictured here, they earned this award with their commitment to customer service and the quality of their work.

About the SERVPRO 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award


Each SERVPRO franchise location delivers top-notch service to their clients; the locales that go above and beyond when working with customers get recognized. This commitment to a standard of detailed, excellent service when handling water, fire, mold, or biohazard restoration jobs for the Hyde Park area. At the Annual SERVPRO Convention, held at Disney World in Orlando, FL, Team Zubricki was awarded the Bronze Icon Award for Outstanding Sales and Service and commended for ranking in the top 15 national franchises out of a total of 1850. Since 2012, Zubricki's SERVPRO locations have performed in the top 100 consistently.

Volunteering and Supporting Charities in the Hyde Park Area

When the Zubricki's are not handling restoration services in residential and commercial properties, they work hard in the community to donate time and monetary support to charitable causes. Whether it is helping the American Red Cross with a blood drive or raising awareness of the Salvation Army's good for the community, the Zubrickis are proud to serve the local Hyde Park area. Another venue they support is the Children's Museum in Oaklawn, where Pat Zubricki serves on the Board.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville
P: (312) 509-5000 brings years of comprehensive training and experience to local Hyde Park properties needing professional restoration services.

Which Chicago Fire Damage Cleanup Company Has Enough Resources for Commercial Property Challenges?

8/22/2021 (Permalink)

a phone and an ipad on fire next to each other Fire damage can certainly stop business from happening. Team SERVPRO is standing by to help. Contact us anytime 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Meets Chicago Business Fire Restoration Needs Through Expanded Production Facility Space Minutes From Downtown

When a downtown commercial property suffers fire damage, cleanup by Chicago-based restorers is critical to getting back to business. The following are vital for rapid and professional interventions to lead to the best outcomes:

  • Trained and experienced work crews 
  • Scalable inventories of high-efficiency restoration equipment and products 
  • Secure off-site storage space and specialized assessment and restoration for contents 

How Does SERVPRO Deliver Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup Essentials to the Chicago Loop?

Designation as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator motivated our Chicago fire damage cleanup firms to purchase and prepare a spacious restoration production facility just minutes away from the city center. SERVPRO mobilizes assessors, workers, and service vehicles stocked with state-of-the-art equipment scaled to the size of your fire disaster promptly. 

Can SERVPRO Perform Water and Fire Damage Restorations for the Contents of Downtown Chicago Businesses?

Soot and smoke damage inside your Chicago commercial property can seem irreversible. Fortunately, SERVPRO crews have a broad range of strategies to remove water and fire soiling while also managing appropriate structural demolition, repair, and rebuilding. However, reconstruction and replacement are rarely optimal approaches for the hundreds of items filling a commercial space. Here is how SERVPRO addresses the challenge of damaged contents:

  • Our production facility off I-55 is nearby, an excellent staging area for articles packed out of downtown Chicago fire scenes.
  • Specially trained technicians evaluate contents’ damage, working with your insurance carrier to ensure compensation for mitigation and remediation. 
  • Advanced technologies gather in one convenient place, providing cleaning, disinfection, and drying of affected items.
  • Innovations in contents’ restoration include freeze-drying for documents, high-tech laundering and drying for textiles, containment areas for cleaning and accelerated furniture drying, immersion and ultrasonic tanks for soot and corrosion removal, and more.

Leverage the next-level resources available through SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville when fire damage strikes your business. Call us at (312) 509-5000 any time day or night to explore the multitude of ways we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Professionals for Downtown Chicago Residents

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

dehu green working, framed room SERVPRO removes water and dries out Downtown Chicago properties with advanced equipment like this LGR low-grain refrigerant dehumidifier

SERVPRO Is Certified to Help with Any Water Damage Restoration in Chicago

Water damage in Downtown Chicago has a helping hand with locally owned and operated SERVPRO. In addition to flooding, we can address any damage inflicted by water. If your water heater leaked, if there is a sewage backup problem, if your appliances fail, or your HVAC system malfunctions, we are here to help you re-establish your property to a preloss condition.

We are a company with fully trained and IICRC certified technicians. We can handle your water damage restoration needs in Downtown Chicago quickly and professionally. If standing water is not removed immediately, mold spores can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours. Please don't be concerned about mold infestation on your property; we can provide complete mold detection and remediation services.

Water Removal Tools

Our water damage restoration process is designed to get you quickly back into your home or business with minimal downtime. We begin with a comprehensive inspection and damage assessment to have a solid plan on how to proceed. Following this, our water extraction process starts with the removal of most of the water. Our powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units are used to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Cleaning Your Water Damaged Property

We use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to dry out your home or office for the drying and dehumidification process. We don't stop there; our next step to help restore you to normal is our cleaning and repair process. Your property structure, like the ceiling, flooring, and walls, require professional cleaning, as well as your furnishings and other restorable belongings. Cleaning also involves our professional odor removal and deodorization process.

Water Damage Restoration

Our restoration process is our final step. Depending on the extent of water damage, we have many different plans to help you. We perform minor and major repairs; we can board up, provide temporary fencing, offer temporary warehouse space, and help with our move-out/pack-out system.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a 24-hour emergency company. We are available whenever you need help with residential or commercial water damage problems. When you call us, you don't get a recording. You will speak to compassionate and caring specialists. Call us at (312) 509-5000 so that we can bring your property to full functionality.

What SERVPRO Looks for in Smoke Damaged HVAC Systems

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

dirty, smoky air duct Downtown Chcago property owners breathe easier after fire damage cleanup and air quality control by SERVPRO

Smoke Damaged HVAC system in Downtown Chicago? Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Assist!

Smoke is one of the most common, pervasive, and challenging parts of most fires to remove. It works its way through cracks, holes, and especially ventilation systems to cause damage throughout the home. SERVPRO takes care to inspect and adequately treat ventilation to keep the spread of smoke and its odors to a minimum. Without careful attention, vents may spread smoke particles back out across the home after restorations have been completed. Here's a brief overview of what our inspectors look for when evaluating fire damage and potential cleaning techniques for ventilation in your home.

Visible Smoke Residue

When our technicians can see smoke residue smeared, coated, or piled in a ventilation system, this is a sign of extensive smoke and fire damage in Downtown Chicago homes. If there is no visible residue, this usually indicates that the vents are mostly free from damage and require little to no treatment. However, if the inspector finds visible residue, they note its color, composition, volume, and extent throughout the ventilation system. Depending on the smoke's specific characteristics, an action plan is then developed to remove it in a timely fashion.

Obvious Smoke Smells

In many cases, SERVPRO employees can identify problems in ventilation by the smell alone. Smoke usually creates heavy odors in a home and is thus easy to detect by smell. If smoke can be smelled inside a vent but not seen, this may be a sign of damage in an out-of-sight location or perhaps more extensive damage to the ventilation system.

Filter Quality

Sometimes, filters in the vent system may collect smoke and debris in apparent volumes. Typically, these are replaced after a fire no matter their condition, but it is worth inspecting them to determine the extent of damage to the ventilation system. In some instances, filters may even catch smoke particles that would have otherwise caused problems inside the vents, acting as effective barriers to further damage.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local branch of a national restoration company that helps homeowners to overcome fire, water, and mold damage to their homes. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

Who Meets or Exceeds the Substantial Water Removal Needs of Chicago Downtown Businesses?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Signage designating franchise for downtown chicago Call the leading commercial water damage extraction and restoration company in Downtown Chicago--SERVPRO

SERVPRO’s scalable workforce and centralized equipment staging area supports any size Downtown Chicago rollout of emergency services for water damage remediation

Post-disaster water removal in Chicago’s Downtown has coped with the challenges of commercial skyscrapers since the 1880s. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city experienced a building boom with multi-level residential and business structures trending. When a building stretches dozens of stories into the air, the consequences of burst pipes, ceiling leaks, and other water damage are profound, requiring specialized training and state-of-the-art equipment for a robust response.

How Can SERVPRO Overcome Power Outages and the Building Density of Downtown Chicago?

Our signature fleet of green service vehicles stocks multiple truck-mounted extractors and submersible pumps in each unit. Powered by onboard generators or gas, the extractors and pumps, when appropriately positioned, can remove thousands of gallons of water even if on-site electricity is unavailable. With tanks that hold more than 100,000 gallons, SERVPRO equipment supports our managers and technicians in evacuating liquid water quickly and disposing of it per city regulation.

What Strategies Does SERVPRO Use for Water Clean Up in Confined Areas?

The soaring commercial properties we serve as an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator also benefit from our vast inventory of portable, backpack water extractors. SERVPRO quickly assembles a legion of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified technicians to operate these more compact tools, ensuring every square inch (if possible) of a Chicago Loop property is dried out fast after a water damage crisis.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville leverages a flexible workforce and resources from seven co-owned franchises to offer business customers swift solutions to urban water disasters of any size. Call (312) 509-5000 to explore your options.

Call The Best in Downtown Chicago for Fire Damage Restoration

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

chi flyer Rely on us, SERVPRO to make your fire damaged Chicago property appear "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Get You Back into a Clean Structure Quickly After a Fire

Residential fires are a devastating event for all members of the family. They can cause significant damages to property. The results of a fire are just as damaging as the fire itself. There is damage from the water used to fight the fire; mold can appear, and there is penetrating smoke, soot, and odors.

Due to the many factors involved in Downtown Chicago fire damage, homeowners require quality and experienced restoration experts. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day. Our IICRC certified technicians are highly trained to help restore families' homes to their preloss condition. We believe in a motto of cleaning and restoring your property quickly to help you get back to everyday life.

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

SERVPRO skilled technicians arrive at your property to make the necessary assessments. We remain with you even after the fire trucks have departed. Not only do we remove standing water, but we also have the skills to tarp and board up if needed. Our specialized equipment and training enable us to sanitize and deodorize your property.

If your residential fire damage is slight, we believe in saving as much of your property as possible. We can clean, repair, and restore as much of your valuable property and belongings as is required. Our compassionate Contents Claim Inventory Service specialists also provide a detailed and accurate list of your belongings for insurance adjusters.

As your professional restoration company, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is locally owned and operated. This means that we can arrive at your home quickly. We are happy to be a part of our Downtown Chicago communities. If you have the misfortune of having fire damage to your property, call us quickly at (312) 509-5000 to help you begin to restore your life.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville Benefits from Owners’ Purchase of Industrial Site in Response to Business Growth

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Employee on a lift working on a warehouse ceiling New Hub of Operations in Downtown Chicago

Co-owned SERVPRO franchises make good use of expanded facilities to exceed Chicago commercial and multi-family residential property restoration expectations

The pressures caused by the combined growth of seven Chicagoland SERVPROs had owners Pat and Frank Zubricki looking for room to better manage their successful businesses. REjournals.com shared news of the Zubricki’s purchase of the capacious 61,000 sq. ft. industrial building, minutes from Midway International and just off I-55. 

As an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator with two downtown locations, they can be engaged in several large projects at once. They have wisely planned to accommodate their continued growth by equipping and staffing as necessary to support their rapidly expanding customer base. Pat stressed the new facility has “the added space needed to support the growth at all seven Chicagoland locations for at least several years.” Sufficient open area is vital for their off-site contents cleaning operation and to house SERVPROs’ constantly increasing inventory of disaster mitigation and remediation equipment. 

This new hub facility will support their continued growth for the next several years.

The facility is located inside the Chicago city limits, convenient to SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport. Having dedicated space nearby for content restoration eases the management of multi-level urban water, fire, mold, or storm disasters in Chicago’s skyscrapers, restaurants, or other event venues.

When your downtown property suffers a crisis requiring professional restoration, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is ready for your call at (312) 509-5000.