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Can Flooding in Chicago Ruin Carpeting?

5/30/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Should I Seek Professional Help for Water Cleanup When All I Notice Is a Small Leak Under My Chicago Kitchen Sink?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

A mother giving a child a bath in a sink. SERVPRO knows how precious your family moments are, let us help.

Creation of a Proper Water Cleanup Plan for Your Chicago Home Is Why SERVPRO Persistently Seeks Evidence of Long-Term Moisture Issues

Some water damage arrives swiftly and decisively -- a ruptured water heater, a burst supply pipe, a backed-up toilet. Other damage sneaks up on you, perhaps seepage occurring in a faulty connection in the freshwater line snaking through the walls to the ice maker in the refrigerator, or drip by drip in the P-trap assembly under the sink. 

Do I Need Water Cleanup for a Slow Leak?

Just because the damage is incremental does not mean you can take a hard pass on water cleanup in Chicago. Putting a bucket under a leak or mopping up periodically under the refrigerator is not a solution, and it exposes your home to permanent damage including but not limited to:

  • Deterioration of drywall, requiring removal and replacement
  • Loss of the protective characteristics of now wet and packed down insulation
  • Weakened and warped subfloors
  • Rotting of cabinet bottoms (toe kicks)
  • Mold growth and damage, possible unseen in building cavities

What Steps Can I Expect During Cleanup of Neglected Water Damage?

Our crew members check for signs of previous, unresolved water issues, not pulling up short with the currently wet materials. We look for clues that lead us to damage that needs addressing like staining, musty smells, blistered paint, and peeling wall coverings. Failing to check for lingering moisture, trapped water, and crumbling building materials allows the destructive cycle to continue, why SERVPRO steps in and thoroughly investigates. We follow restoration industry best practices to make it “Like it never even happened,” ensuring that your home remains sound and a safe and healthy place for you and your loved ones.

Why trust SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville with your water cleanup needs? We are available 24/7 at (312) 509-5000, ready to discover, mitigate, and remediate the full extent of your water loss.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Chicago, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Can Smoke Odors be Removed After Chicago Fires?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer SERVPRO has the technology to remove fire odors from many of your belongings.

SERVPRO Improves Indoor Air Quality in Your Fire-Damaged Chicago Home

While fires in Chicago homes can present many effects and obstacles for homeowners looking to recover their properties quickly, indoor air quality concerns present a significant risk to the wellbeing of those entering the home after the disaster occurs. While much of these effects can get resolved with the advanced equipment available to our professionals, cleaning the air inside your house and deodorizing all affected areas, materials, and contents does not happen instantaneously.

While deodorization might be one of the final steps in the restoration process for your Chicago home, fire odors can begin to get addressed in other ways from the time that our professionals first arrive. Our SERVPRO team understands the potential risks of airborne threats including carcinogens, soot, smoke residue, ash, and debris. We have machines that can begin cleaning the environment throughout our mitigation process, including ozone machines and hydroxyl generators. Both of these machines have onboard filtration and an ability to reduce or even eliminate harsh odors present noticeably.

Deodorization is also a vital component of the pack-out process. When our SERVPRO technicians designate contents and belongings in your house for removal to our nearby facility, this happens to allow focused cleaning and odor removal for each item. In many cases, odor removal for removed items takes place in a sealed ozone chamber in our facility. This practice is unsafe for humans and pets to get directly exposed to, much like the use of the portable ozone generators for use inside your home, but both are effective in neutralizing harsh odor molecules.

For lingering fire odors in softer fabrics and surfaces, our professionals can also utilize our thermal foggers. These machines release a dense chemical compound that breaks odor molecules apart, rendering them inert.

There are many effects that a homeowner faces after a fire in their home. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team knows that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can arrive quickly with the experienced technicians and advanced equipment to get your home back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.

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Do You Need Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged floor Our experts have the right equipment to restore water damage in your home.

Why SERVPRO Professional Chicago Water Removal Services Make A Difference

If you are skeptical that hiring a reputable restoration company is necessary when your Chicago home suffers water incursion, consider the following. Water damage is a severe and rapidly progressive destructive force. Building materials and fixtures swiftly deteriorate when water intrudes. A team of trained water restoration technicians halts the damage and can reverse harm if brought on the scene as soon as possible. 

Certified water removal specialists in Chicago prepare a home soaked by natural disasters, malfunctioning appliances, or negligence for the structural drying needed to return a property to preloss condition. Why professional help is preferable to going it alone relates to the speed and capacity challenges of moisture mitigation. 

SERVPRO has access to a scalable workforce of water removal technicians trained in the restoration industry’s best practices. Because mold and other microbial growth is a risk within 24 to 48 hours after a water event, removal must proceed quickly and efficiently. High-efficiency pumps and water extractors are not ordinary consumer goods, expensive to buy and difficult to operate correctly without training. Our preference for training our employees through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards. 

Crews consisting of several IICRC-trained water removal specialists move through your home much faster than an individual could, operating multiple pumps and extractors simultaneously to speed the water evacuation. Immediately after water removal concludes, our crews begin drying strategies that restore the typical moisture levels to building materials and contents. Appropriate adherence to the progression of steps needed to return your home to “Like it never even happened,” is another reason why SERVPRO is a preferred provider. 

Homeowners’ insurance often covers water loss restoration. The professionalism of our approach is why SERVPRO can help homeowners make successful claims to carriers. We offer a systematic protocol that delivers successful results. Our technicians use detailed inventories to provide evidence of possessions and building materials damaged by the water and then demonstrate how our water removal expertise starts the restoration process for a broad range of structural components and personal possessions. 

Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago

Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means another family can move forward and forget about the stress and hardship caused by a terrible event. At SERVPRO, we treat all our customers like family, so knowing we can help make things right again means a lot to us. We use our specialized training to give those relying on us the best possible service when they need to restore their home. 

This is why SERVPRO specialists go one extra step when working on a house in Chicago that requires water damage removal services. Some areas of a home can become havens for microbial infestations after being damp for only a short period. Concrete and brick are notorious for sweating, especially after a period of saturation from water loss incidents.

We do everything possible to get your home dry after an incident involving broken pipes using our drying equipment, but ever-present microbes can latch onto moisture and then begin growing. To stop this, an antimicrobial agent that encapsulates any microscopic organisms and then crushes them as it dries takes care of any possible infestations.

Our IICRC training stresses prevention whenever possible, as this helps save our customers money in the long run. Water in a home, even slight dampness, almost always leads to mold and mildew problems, which can cause health effects in addition to property damage, including loss of keepsakes and other precious belongings. Instead of leaving things merely dry, we prevent against the most common problem that might arise out of the situations we just mitigated.

While we remove all the water we can, microbes only require a minuscule amount. A few drops spread out can seem almost imperceptible to someone. When this amount rests in the pores of brick and concrete, which also happen to provide microbes a perfect little home, treating with a fast-drying anti-fungal agent becomes an effective an cost-effective way to add significant protection to a property.

We love the opportunity to show why SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville offers homeowners premium water removal and top-notch customer service. Call us at (312) 509-5000 round the clock to get the process started.

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Did Your Chicago Bar Experience a Fire Loss?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

view of bottles of drinks at bar Unfortunately, bars and nightclubs are at a greater risk of fire damage than many other types of business

SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Fire Damage in A Chicago Bar

There are hundreds of bars in Chicago. They cater to millions of tourists every year. In fact, are at a greater risk of fire damage than many other types of business.

There is flammable liquid onsite, so small incidents can quickly spiral out of control. Even if nobody gets hurt, picking up the pieces can be tough. The good news is that SERVPRO has lots of experience with repairing fire damage in Chicago. We are a local company, and we can help you bring your bar back from the brink. Keep reading to find out how SERVPRO tackle this kind of restoration and why we can promise you a remarkable result.

The Furniture

Most bars in Chicago primarily contain wooden structures. Usually, the bar is wood. There may also be wooden booths or benches. Unusually, it has the potential to be both weakness and strength, depending on the severity of the damage. Obviously, if the furniture has been burned or charred, a replacement is needed.

However, structurally sound items can be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized. Wood is porous, so it absorbs smoke and soot odors easier than, say, cement or porcelain. On the other hand, it is quite resilient, so we can use ozone generators to chase odor causing particles out the bar, the seating, any wooden blinds, and hardwood flooring too.

The Soft Furnishings

It is possible to use the same deodorizing process to eliminate smoke and soot in soft furnishings too. We always deal with stains first, though, so it may be necessary to apply an absorbent compound cleaner. Anything that we can remove gets taken to our treatment facility and cleaned in a high tech washing machine.

So, seat covers, curtains, drapes, cushions, bar towels, and rugs get cleaned offsite. Immovable fibers (like carpets) get deodorized on site. We use a specialist device which generates odor killing particles. They are applied in a mist or fog because this enables them to get right into the carpet and seek out the lingering smoke particles.

The Glassware

Cleaning the glassware is a big job after a bar fire because there is so much of it. In many cases, the heat from the fire causes items to crack (sometimes shatter). It is why our technicians sort through the debris and separate salvageable items from broken ones. Fortunately, even glassware with caked on soot is relatively easy to clean.

We use a high PH (10-12) detergent or cleaning chemical and soak all items to remove stubborn stains. If there are aluminum materials in the affected area, our technicians manually clean them with non-abrasive chemicals (never bleach) and introduce fans to get clean, dry air flowing. Aluminum dust is flammable, so it is necessary to thoroughly clean around and underneath sinks and other items.

If your bar has been affected by fire damage, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is the service you need. We are a local restoration team, so our focus is on Chicago businesses. Call us 24/7 on (312) 509-5000 for fast, reliable repairs.

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Have You Experienced Snowmelt Flooding in Chicago?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Floodwaters deepening against outside door of home Don't wait until it's too late. SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville can help your restore your home from flood damage!

How to Prevent Chicago Winter Flood Damage

After a long winter, all that snow has to go somewhere. As temperatures rise in Chicago next spring, you should be prepared to handle all the extra water. By taking some steps before the snow melts, you can help prevent flooding in your home. Removing the snow accumulation from around your windows, foundation, and doors keep it from melting and leaking into your home. You should also check your gutters and roof, plus clear snow from drainage areas. 

When melting snow has caused flooding and flood damage in your Chicago basement, you need to take fast action to get the water out and dry your home back out. SERVPRO can come to your aid in a situation like this, as we are professional and experienced flood damage remediation specialists. 

The cleanup of a flooded basement is a multi-faceted process. We take each step carefully to help restore your basement to its former condition. Safety is our primary concern for everyone, so before we even enter the flooded basement, we ensure that all utilities are shut off at the source. Electricity and water are never good together. 

Next, SERVPRO technicians determine the integrity of your structure. We do not enter if there is a chance of collapse. If you have not already done so, we then open any doors and windows possible to get the air circulating, as this facilitates the drying process. 

We advise you to take plenty of photos as well if you have not by the time we get there for insurance purposes. If you need us to, we also speak with your insurance company to ensure you get the coverage you deserve. 

We remove the excess water using a gas powered submersible pump. We are careful not to pump the water out too quickly, as sudden changes in pressure could cause the walls to collapse. 

We also wear protective clothing, boots, gloves, and eyewear. It is essential for us to do so if we believe the water has been contaminated by toxins or sewage. 

Walls are hosed down to loosen any debris or mud, and then we dry out your entire basement using industrial dehumidifiers and fans. We check to see if the flooring is cracked or warped.

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SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville takes care of your flooded basement for you thoroughly and in a timely fashion. Residents in the areas of Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore just need to give us a call at (312) 509-5000.

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What is One of the Best Fire Prevention Tools in Chicago?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding fire alarm Smoke Detectors Can Prevent Fire Damage in Chicago and Save Lives

SERVPRO Tip: Install Smoke Detectors to Reduce Fire Damage in Chicago

Looking on as firefighters busily address fire damage occurring on your property, you see flames billowing out of the window in the room where it all began and smoke everywhere else. When they get done putting this fire out, you hope that you have something left to call home.  
  
Once out, firefighters leave, declaring the area safe and granting entry. However, having fire damage in your Chicago area home leads to a variety of hazards that you probably are not aware of, making it necessary for you to seek professional help from a restoration company you trust. 
 
At SERVPRO, we find that the majority of home fires occur in the kitchen, where without the proper cleaning and maintenance, most appliances become dangerous over time. Other machines, such as crock pots, toasters, microwaves, and coffee pots pose an extreme risk to you and your family if not taken care of properly, leading to injury and even death under the most unfortunate circumstances.  
  
SERVPRO can provide you with many helpful suggestions to prevent fire damage in your home. We can help address electrical distribution problems, where you have too many devices plugged into the same sockets or teach you how to inspect these devices properly to avoid electrical fires.  
  
SERVPRO technicians often find that debris buildup in ventilation systems, around water heaters, candles, or the use of smoking products cause severe problems that you can prevent by simply changing things up a bit to help protect your family from harm.  
  
Smoking materials cause the most casualties out of any other home fire hazard, where smokers fall asleep or do not extinguish cigarettes properly, leading to catastrophic loss of life. Having the proper smoke alarms, detectors, or extinguishers available in your home can help get things under control quickly and reduce losses that you suffer. 
  
However, when faced with larger situations, professional restoration services help return things to normal quickly and efficiently. We can help remove smoke and soot residues that fill your entire home after a fire. Using cleaning and deodorization methods to sanitize the entire area, returning your property to a quality pre-damage condition you can enjoy for years to come.  

Count on SERVPRO for Cleanup of Chicago Fire Damage

Restoration companies provide you with many of the services you need to get damages under control and save furniture and other personal belongings caught up in a fire that occurs on your property. They manage your entire restoration process and make repairs on your property as stress-free as possible. 
 
If fire damage happens in your Chicago area home, contacting a quality company with expertly trained technicians may be the answer, the right company can provide you with technicians that have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours. 
 
A company, like SERVPRO, has IICRC certified professional fire damage restoration technicians. These technicians follow EPA and OSHA safety and restoration guidelines to protect your property and restore many of the contents of your home, including personal items that you may have thought were lost forever. 
 
You should avoid touching anything on your property after being told it is safe to enter by local authorities. Contact SERVPRO and let our expertly trained technicians inspect your property for hazards and assess the damages that exist. Never count an item as lost before a restoration specialist has an opportunity to inspect it, we may be able to save things that you never thought possible. 
 
SERVPRO technicians make every effort to restore items caught in a fire, rather than replacing them. We want to save you as much time and money as possible, while also returning your home to a quality pre-damage condition that is safe for you and our family. 
 
Our technicians try to make the fire restoration process as bearable as possible. Promoting safety while on the job and protecting everyone involved. We manage your entire restoration process and keep you and your insurance company informed along the way. 
 
We understand how devastating a fire incident in your home can be, so we treat you, your family, and your property with respect. While also providing you with the services you need to return things to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible, with the least amount of interruptions to your daily lives. 
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park – E. Bridgeport – Bronzeville can provide you with the fire damage restoration services you need to get things under control quickly and return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, call today. (312) 509-5000

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