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Should I Seek Professional Help for Water Cleanup When All I Notice Is a Small Leak Under My Chicago Kitchen Sink?
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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
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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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How Does SERVPRO Remediate Mold Damage on Fabrics in Chicago?
When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home
SERVPRO Technicians Use Esporta Washing Machines to Save Fabrics Affected By Mold Damage In Chicago
When mold strikes your property, extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home. The reason fabrics are so vulnerable is that they are naturally porous, allowing mold to establish itself beneath the surface. Unlike walls, ceilings or floors, abrasive cleaning methods can be less useful on fabric, especially when they are high-quality or hold significant personal value. In these situations, you need professional services to help remediate your possessions.
Wet conditions are ideal for mold spores to proliferate in, making mold damage in Chicago properties reasonably common. Sometimes these damages can go unnoticed for several months. If you have valuable materials stored away in an attic or garage for example, then mold damage can become severe, especially if there are gaps in the structure that might let water in.
SERVPRO operates on a restore over replace mentality. That means that we are committed to salvaging items rather than just disposing of them. This commitment usually results in a higher workload for us, but a happier homeowner. We work this way because we understand that some items are irreplaceable, so we always do our utmost to restore them where possible.
One of the things that make SERVPRO a top restoration provider is our equipment. Our technicians are not only trained in mold assessment and remediation, but they are also equipped with some of the very best restoration technology on offer right now. We use Esporta washing machines that can remove over 95% of soiling to restore valuable fabrics for our customers.
Using advanced equipment is one of the things that make us stand out as a specialist provider of restoration services for mold assessment and remediation. We have also built close ties with local and national insurance adjusters offering all our customers the option of acting on your behalf when making a claim.
For a service that always does what is right by the customer, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 now.
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How Should Business Owners Choose the Right Company to Locate and Address Mold Damage in Your Chicago Area Hotel?
Hotel rooms must both look and smell inviting for your guests to enjoy their stay. Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of damage.
SERVPRO Technicians Offer Thorough Remediation Services for Workplace Mold Infestations
Choosing the right company to perform mold remediation services for your Chicago area hotel means everything. You want someone who takes the job seriously, understands how important it is to limit the time and any direct damages you might suffer while performing at a level that any business owner should expect.
Any amount of water intrusion can lead to mold damage in your Chicago hotel, and it can happen with or without warning. If you fail to give these situations the proper attention, mold can cause corrosion and rot in structural components, create additional damage to a variety of contents including furniture, electronics, appliances, carpeting, walls, ceilings and more.
It honestly does not matter where it starts; all mold needs is a moist, warm climate anywhere on your property to thrive. This makes it crucial to monitor storage areas, cleaning stations, vending machines, ice makers, and water fountains or any other area with a continuous water source as well. SERVPRO technicians can inspect your entire property, looking for any signs of mold growth in your hotel and return the area to a quality pre-damage condition.
Whether you notice visible signs or not, SERVPRO’s highly trained mold remediation technicians can locate, contain, control, and mitigate damages, regardless of the size of the contamination, or the type of mold that exists on your property. We have several years’ experience providing mold damage remediation services for business owners throughout the area.
We can help you discover at-risk areas in your hotel and make recommendations to reduce moisture found on your property. Remember mold and water go together; where there is water damage, there is also the possibility of mold growth. SERVPRO technicians can help you ensure that each guest room, bathroom, and all common areas throughout your hotel remain clean, safe, and mold free.
Make the call to SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for 24-hr access to IICRC certified mold remediation technicians who are proud to serve members of their surrounding communities. Whether you live in Woodlawn, Douglas, or Kenwood, we have the answers you need to get your business back on track and protect your property. (312) 509-5000
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I Have Water Damage Due To An Open Window In My Chicago Home, Can SERVPRO Help?
SERVPRO is always ready for your Chicago water damage, no matter the circumstances.
SERVPRO can help with your Chicago water damage from a window that was left open.
We have all done this some time in our lives. It's cloudy when we leave the house, and the weatherman said there was only a 10% chance of rain, so no need to close the windows. And yet, that 10% number changed to 100% in your area, and the wind blew the rain horizontally right into your open window, saturating your home with water. The furniture near the window and the hardwood floors are soaked.
SERVPRO provides water removal services in Chicago and the surrounding area. We are certified in many areas by the IICRC. Certification includes Structural drying, Microbial Remediation, Floor Care, Upholstery / Fabric Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, and many more areas. Our teams are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We can meet you at your home, usually in less than four hours, for all emergencies.
Removing Water from Furniture and Floors
If the water is not removed quickly, permanent damage to your floors and furniture can occur. The frame of the furniture may swell and crack, causing the frame to lose structural strength. Colors in the fabric may run, staining the fabric. Colors may bleed from pillows and throw rugs onto the floor, and mildew can also begin to grow, leading to mold infestations.
Homeowners should use mops to remove all excess water from hardwood floors. SERVPRO uses drying mats to remove all of the water between the boards and away from the subfloor. Water left to dry naturally may be absorbed by the hardwood or the subfloor, causing cupping, crowning, and even cracking of the hardwood.
Once we remove all excess water, SERVPRO deploys air movers to blow dry air into the area to absorb moisture. We also use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels to normal ranges. Fast response by SERVPRO can save your flooring and reduce the cost and disruption to your home significantly.
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve the South Shore, Washington Park, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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What is the Best Way to Remediate Storm Damage in Chicago?
When Your Chicago Home Needs Saving from a Flood--Call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster
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 and do not walk 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 Loss Mitigation and Restoration in Chicago Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services
There are some factors we look at when restoring a property which 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 loss. Salvageable contents can also be stored in a humidity-controlled area - preferably less than 60 % - to reduce 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.
Disasterous 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 have to 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 health 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.
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How Do I Know if Attic Flooding Has Occurred in My Chicago Home?
Flood damage can result anywhere in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.
Our Professionals Have Sophisticated Inspection Tools and Efficient Drying Equipment to Help Potential Flooding Situations.
The attic space of your aging Chicago home might have been storage for whatever family lived in it decades ago, but has stayed firmly sealed up since you moved in. While this has added a better layer of protection from possible animals that might find a way into the attic space or a loss of heat through this unfinished area, not having a visual of this space could be problematic after storm damages.
Storms that often threaten the city can leave you vulnerable to flood damage in your Chicago property. When this flooding occurs in the attic space that you have not seen in years, how do you know that a problem exists? Identifying some of the telling signs and acting on them by contacting our SERVPRO professionals can have skilled technicians ready to help whenever disasters strike.
How Vulnerable is My Attic to Storm and Flood Damage?
While you might think of your home as somewhat impenetrable, there are more vulnerabilities than you might think. While your house’s roof was designed to withstand an onslaught of violent weather and unfavorable conditions, this structural system can weaken and degrade over time to the point of collapsing or malfunctioning during substantial winds, torrential rains, or in icy conditions.
Intense storms can cause substantial structural damages to many buildings in the area. With the ability to uproot trees or produce hail and torrential rainfall, an already vulnerable roof can give out. Direct rainfall and runoff can make its way into the attic space beyond the underlayment of the roofing shingles.
Winters can get bitterly cold in the city and its outer lying suburbs, which can lead to some icing on the roofs. When uneven heating occurs, and warm spots exist on the exterior of the roof, snow can melt in cold snap freezing conditions and form a wall of ice that continually worsens until it dislodges shingles and forces its way into the attic with moisture and water.
There is a reason that we are known for being the ‘Windy City,’ and many of our homes and businesses have felt the effects of that harsh wind on one occasion or another. With an ability to move debris, break branches, or peel off shingles, wind damage can also be a situation that welcomes flooding into this upper portion of your home.
How Do I Know If Flooding Has Occurred?
Surprisingly you might not always know immediately when flooding has occurred, or even that damage to your roof exists. Migrating water loss conditions often have telling signs that you have to regularly look out for to try and stay ahead of worsening flood conditions above you as much as you can.
There are a few things that you can start to look for that might indicate that water damage has occurred in the space above the ceiling, and these include:
- Yellowing of the ceiling drywall
- Sagging materials
- Disfiguration of ceiling materials
- Moist conditions in the upstairs
- Mold growth on drywall or other organic materials
What Is the Best Way to Dry Confined Spaces?
Once you have gotten assured that flood damage does exist in the attic space of your home, you have to move quickly to address this concern before it gets out of control. In many situations, the lack of direct knowledge of this damage can lead to mold already existing in the space. It is the priority of our SERVPRO technicians to dry out this confined space first before working on reconstruction or remediation concerns. We have several drying tools that can help to accomplish this, including:
High-velocity air movers are the foundation of our drying, as we have hundreds of these units, and they offer a versatile evaporative effort depending on where drying is necessary and what structural elements might also be affected.
- Positive Pressure Systems
Because structural cavities between the floor of the attic area and the ceiling of the living space level beneath it have housed damp materials, positive pressure systems can help to infuse these cavities with blasts of heated air to promote evaporation.
- Portable Electric Heaters
During the winter months, electric heaters are a vital part of most of our recovery projects. These units also play a role in regulating the temperature to be more favorable to drying the attic space as quickly as possible.
Is Reconstruction Necessary After Storm Damage Flooding?
With a team of in-house contractors that can help with both controlled demolition, remediation, and build back, reconstruction is something that we can offer whenever it is necessary. We can offer an honest evaluation of the property to determine the need for this phase.
You might not always immediately know when your attic space floods, but you should have an idea of whom you can trust to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team a call today at (312) 509-5000.
How Can We Quickly Clean up a Grease Fire in My Chicago Restaurant?
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Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Efficient Cleaning and Recovery Techniques for Soiled Surfaces in Chicago Restaurants.
Restaurants are fast-paced environments where the smallest lapse in judgment or mistake can mean substantial issues for your entire building. Such is the case with grease fires, as these often result from allowing oils to get too hot and set ablaze. The situation gets worse when employees panic and utilize water to attempt to put out the fire.
Fire damage in Chicago restaurants like yours can be devastating to a business and its customer base because restoration can become an intricate process. Grease fires often require a combination of trusted oil residue cleaning strategies and reconstruction. We have an in-house team of commercial contractors that can help with controlled demolition and build back as necessary.
• How Can I Remove Grease and Oils After a Fire?
• Efficient Cleaning Products
• Water-Based Chemical Agents
• Media Blasting
• Foam Cleaning
These strategies differ from one site to the next based on the residues present. Water-based chemical agents can often be beneficial for removing thick oil residue from surfaces after a fire as it can separate the oil from the affected surface for rinsing. Similarly, high pressured air or water combined with different media create abrasive cleaning techniques that can remove surface residues without damaging the underlying substrate.
Do Odors Clear Up on Their Own?
One of the misconceptions of all fires is that time always removes odors, but this is not always the case. Some odors can seem to disappear only to come back when temperatures rise in the kitchen again. With neutralizing equipment like thermal foggers and vaporizing machines, we can create a gaseous state for our deodorizing products so that they penetrate affected structural elements and neutralize trapped odors inside.
We focus on getting your doors back open as soon as possible after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team a call today at (312) 509-5000.
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Is your Bathroom in Need of Water Removal Services in Chicago?
Whether your sink, bathtub or toilet overflows as a result of a child's prank, call SERVPRO for efficient remediation efforts.
Team SERVPRO Tackles Your Water Damage in Chicago
Children are known to get up to some mayhem, but it is never a good thing when that mischief puts your home in need of urgent water cleanup services. When your child's curiosity leads them to stuff the drain of your bathroom sink, the resulting mess can be overwhelming. While you were doing some house chores, they left the tap running and flooded your bathroom. By the time you find the mess, it is entirely possible that it is too much water to clean up on your own. Additionally, you may rightfully worry about the dangers of the water soaking into the floor and walls.
However, you can take comfort knowing that there are professionals close to your home that can provide water cleanup services in Chicago to you. As soon as you find the water in your house, it is essential to get on the phone and call for help. It is for the better that the water is addressed quickly. Leaving it for too long can result in further damages to your home, such as mold damage in the walls or cracks in your tile from the structure underneath becoming damaged.
SERVPRO always strives to travel to your home as swiftly as possible. We understand the importance that time takes in remediation and thus always try to beat it. Once we arrive at your home, SERVPRO can immediately begin to use advanced technology to clean up the water in your bathroom.
SERVPRO uses tools such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to cleanup pooled and stagnant water. Once the water is gone, we can use moisture meters to detect if your bathroom needs further drying. Leaving it without checking could allow the development of mold in your bathroom. Should the space need further remediation, we can use tools such as ventilation box fans and air movers to reduce moisture. Lastly, we can recommend to you a plumber to unclog the sink your child stuffed up, so this problem will not happen again.
Do not hesitate if your child should cause an extensive mess in your home that needs a professional touch. Dial (312) 509-5000 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We always strive to return your home to its pre-flooded state.
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Are You Struggling With Fire Damage in Chicago? Let's Chat
Whether it's an apartment, condominium or single family home that has been affected by a fire, contacting team SERVPRO can be very helpful.
Saving Your Belongings Starts with Professional Fire Cleanup in Your Chicago Condo
The compactness built-in to most condominiums makes them extremely energy efficient, but this type of blueprint can also mean Chicago condo-dwellers share more than common areas. The ventilation system shares air, even when tenants can control their individual unit’s heating and cooling. Natural air currents also circulate air through one area and into (and through) other spaces.
Although the response time is very short for firefighters in Chicago, fire damage cleanup of your belongings should begin as soon as possible to protect them from corrosive molecules in the soot. Abrasiveness is not the only issue, either, as volatile organic compounds or VOCs and other harmful substances end up on surfaces during and after a fire takes place.
Soot comes in two main types, dry/powdery and wet/oily. SERVPRO uses specific methods to cleanup messes. The makeup of the items we clean also can lead to further refinements of the methods we use.
For example, books might sustain additional damage if cleaned with a water-based method. Brushes and sponges, in addition to vacuuming, can remove dry soot. We might also use a dry soot sponge on glossier covers. We can add these to a chamber used to deodorize using either ozone or hydroxyl.
A fabric wallhanging or quilt given to you by a favorite relative needs special care to remove stains, or prevent them altogether, as well as remove odors. We use a vacuum to remove as much as possible from the surface, and check for other damage. We can wash many items in one of our Esporta machines to remove stains that are more stubborn. It also removes odors.
Items easily damaged by water and fabrics, especially heavier items, such as blankets and comforters, exist in your condo amongst other belongings. Many of these are made of washable materials. We can quickly clean these up and remove soot. If persistent odors affect your entire condo, we can deodorize with hydroxyl as we continue working to restore your dwelling.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always near Bridgeport, IL, South Shore, IL, and Woodlawn, IL, to help with soot and fire cleanup, with or without physical charring. We can cleanup any level of destruction and help get your living situation back to normal again. Call (312) 509-5000 for fast, professional service that can help put the mess of a fire behind you.
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Water Removal In Your Chicago Home
“Like it never even happened.”
Water Removal Equipment Salvages any Damp Materials, Keeping the Renovation of Your Chicago Home on Schedule
Many of the materials used to renovate a Chicago home arrive from various distances. Some items need to adjust to the Windy City’s climate, especially the amount of moisture these materials contain. Accidents and mishaps do happen, and when these involve water from a broken water line or a slipped tarp that lets in rain, getting these dry again can save your investment while reducing changes to the schedule.
This is only one reason why homeowners in Chicago might need water removal services at their residence. There are many other situations where the interior of a residence might become damp, wet, or even flooded. SERVPRO is always ready to assist property owners in the area with all of these. No job is ever too large, overly complicated, or too small.
We arrive in our Green Fleet, which we keep stocked with the disposable items needed during most jobs, as well as the equipment and machines used during water removal and drying tasks. We also carry the diagnostic tools that help us locate migrated water, slightly damp materials, hidden water, and leaks, as well as determine the moisture contained in affected materials. We compare initial baselines to readings taken later, during the water removal and drying process, so we know the effectiveness of our machines.
Different variables can change the rate at which materials dry. The material itself can make drying out slower, as can cooler temperatures and a lack of air currents. Damp air can also make water removal take longer. We change these conditions to gain optimal drying rates.
Additional equipment, including our pump trucks, help us extract any standing water that might exist in your house. A smaller amount of water also needs to be removed. This can happen quickly with portable units that we attach to the pump truck or to another container to receive the water.
When we locate water, trapped inside walls, or other enclosed locations, we remove this with small drain holes made in inconspicuous or hidden locations. Forcing these locations full of warm, dry air, with another opening to allow for venting, gets these locations dry.
When materials need to have excess moisture or water removed, we can build an enclosure called a drying chamber, around them. We use the same equipment in a similar manner with these chambers. We also monitor the materials to ensure they do not become overly dry, as this can also cause problems.
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000, and we can help your home recover from any accident that left things wet. Water removal takes much less time than air-drying alone and provides much better results. Results like this can make all the difference in the end result of your renovation or other project.
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When Your Chicago Basement Floods
If your home has a basement, then you now how easily water damage your home. We have what it takes to remove the water.
Mitigating Basement Flooding in Chicago
Illinois residents, particularly those in cities, saw a spike in taxpayer-subsidized grants, loans, and insurance payouts between 2004 and 2014, according to data from the National Academy of Sciences. Not only is flooding incredibly stressful for homeowners to deal with, but it is also not the type of disaster that homeowners can address with consumer-grade products. Fortunately, there is a team that can help.
If your Chicago home needs restoration after flooding, the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to restore your structures to a preloss condition. We design SERVPRO equipment to extract moisture thoroughly, sanitize spaces, and dry them to levels that prevent mold and microbe proliferation. This rapid-response service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you when disaster strikes.
Protecting Your Home During a Basement Flood
- Call your insurance company right away. The faster you contact your insurer, the more quickly they can work with you to restore your home.
- Contact your utility providers.If you need assistance in shutting off water and electricity, they can help you.
- Hire a claims adjuster. You can rely on your insurance company's adjuster or choose an adjuster who works independently from your insurer to evaluate the damage to your property and cross-reference that with your claim.
- Use drainage systems and sandbags.If you have a sump pump or drainage in the basement, make as much use of it as you can. If all else fails, sandbags can redirect water away from crucial areas.
- Do not throw anything away.While cleaning after the flood is step one, do not remove anything from your structure until your claims adjuster has seen it.
SERVPRO Sanitizes Your Home
One of the most pressing concerns, especially in a large city, after flooding is the cleanup of contaminants that can come with floodwater, including debris and sewage. Technicians focus on removing safety hazards first in gear that is appropriate for the job. This ensemble includes rubber gloves, full-body suits, boots, eye protection, and respirators equipped with P100 cartridges.
We spray affected areas with EPA-registered antimicrobials and remove silt and debris from the property. After thorough cleaning and decontamination, our technicians extract water from flooring with portable extractors. Any salvageable items--mostly nonporous materials--are decontaminated and restored. SERVPRO technicians work with your claims adjuster to ensure that there are records of any possessions that require disposal.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can leave your residence looking, "Like it never even happened." If your home needs disaster cleanup service fast, you can call (312) 509-5000.
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Mold Damage In Your Chicago Business
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Trust SERVPRO to Address Commercial Mold Damage Within Your Chicago Business
It can be a frightening experience for any business owner to learn that they have a looming mold infestation. This is the kind of issue that calls for expert removal as improper methods can make mold growth even worse. SERVPRO has the trained, certified technicians that you need on your side to get the best possible results when you are faced with mold and mildew growth.
Commercial mold damage in Chicago is never anything that you want to tackle using regular cleaners. Not only that, but this is a process that can be hazardous if you do not use the right protection. There are specific standards that you need to look for when you are looking to rid your commercial space of mold once and for all.
Understanding Mold Problems
Mold exists in the air all around us, both inside and outdoors. This is a type of fungus that has microscopic spores that thrive on organic surfaces and heightened moisture. The mold of any kind can be damaging to your business and all of the contents if you are not careful with the manner that you address it. Mold is often found in drywall or wall panels, within paper products, around leaky plumbing, or in a damp basement or ground level of a business.
SERVPRO technicians are certified to carry out mold remediation services. The standards are set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) when it comes to all procedures for safe mold removal. This includes inspecting as well as the cleaning and restoration.
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We send out technicians to assess your commercial space to inspect for mold. This includes swab testing to learn where fungal growth is stemming from as well as air testing and carpet testing. Containment commences with the setup of heavy plastic to cordon off the affected area, including any vents and doorways. We work swiftly to put dehumidification equipment and air movers in place to lower moisture levels and dry out mold colonies. If there is a larger-scale infestation, we can implement the use of soda blasting to remove the dried colonies.
Do you need help with commercial mold damage remediation? We are here to help at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. Call us today at (312) 509-5000, and we will send out a team for assessment.
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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Water Loss
We have the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition right away after a water loss.
Restoring the Vibrance of Hardwood after Chicago Water Losses
Premier building materials like hardwood used for cabinetry, shelving, flooring, and other areas of your Chicago home can become damaged when exposed to water losses. Because of the cellulose in woods like oak, maple, pine, and cedar, absorption can happen after only a short period, even with finished surfaces with a varnish or sealant. Prolonged exposure can mar the surface of these materials and require additional steps from our SERVPRO professionals to restore their vibrancy and aesthetic appeal.
No effort to refinish or repair hardwood water damage to Chicago homes can be successful without first extracting standing water and drying out saturated materials. Water losses can originate from many different places in the house, and one of these is underneath the flooring materials in a plumbing network to various fixtures throughout the property. Whether moisture originates from the top layer or beneath the underlayment of the flooring, drying out this saturation involves a full arrangement of powerful tools, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and drying mats.
Genuine hardwood structural elements are often cheaper to dry than to remove and replace. Even with substantial saturation concerns that require prolonged deployments of drying mats, centrifugal air movers, and appropriately positioned dehumidification machines, these efforts are less costly than the expense of replacing the material and the charge of reconstruction. Restoring the final look of these surfaces can happen in several ways once this drying step completes.
We have many floor cleaners that our SERVPRO professionals can use to regain the original sheen and polished finish on hardwood surfaces. Products that utilize citric bases and thyme oil can both provide a glossy shine as well as work to remove any water damage residue that might exist.
Our team of in-house residential contractors can repair hardwood flooring and offer refinishing services. This approach can improve the top layer of flooring or other wood surfaces without requiring the removal of the material itself.
There are times where specific hardwood materials and structural elements cannot get restored and repaired as initially thought. The solution in these situations is to remove portions of the floors, sections of cabinets, or other exposed surfaces and rebuild them after mitigation and cleaning.
Water losses can damage the look of hardwood in your home, but our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help. We have experienced technicians and contractors trained to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (312) 509-5000.
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Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Chicago Condo
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Getting Rid of Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Chicago Condo
Living in a condominium and having a small grease fire break out in your kitchen does not just impact your living space, but potentially those around you. The smell of smoke can easily penetrate through walls, making your neighbors less than thrilled by the unpleasant smell wafting into their homes.
If you have fire damage in your Chicago condo, it is essential to tackle the permeating smoke odor right away so that it does not linger and create longer-lasting damage. There is no one size fits all approach to removing odors after a fire. Typically, several different types of equipment and products work together to resolve the situation.
One way to attack the odor is through the use of a photocatalytic oxidizer that uses ultraviolet (UV) rays to shine on titanium dioxide producing hydroxyl radicals that immediately oxidize to break down bad odors into harmless carbon dioxide and water. Another standard piece of equipment is an Ozone Generator. This portable machine irradiates odors by generating an unstable gas of oxygen molecules (ozone) and, in turn, reacts with odor-causing molecules. It works to oxidize residues and remove the strong odor of smoke.
SERVPRO technicians may also opt to use an air scrubber to remove airborne particles, odors, and gases from the air. Air scrubbers pull dirty air through filters, then exhaust the clean filtrated air back into the room. Commonly, technicians use HEPA filters, which catches tiny particles as small as 0.3 microns and activated carbon and potassium permanganate filters to remove a range of gases and malodors by attracting those molecules and moving them through the filters. It is also vital to use ventilation equipment to create airflow, in turn removing odors and fumes.
These machines help in communal living situations since they are portable, and SERVPRO technicians can set them up in a neighboring condo if needed. The project manager may also choose to use other ways to eradicate bad odors such as thermal fogging, and removal of contents to clean offsite. Not every machine or deodorizing product is always necessary to restore your home to its preloss condition.
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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago
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Get Effective Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Your Chicago College
Most parents send their children to college to gain knowledge that can help them throughout their lives. Some students get excited since it is their first time to leave home. Unfortunately, fire incidents can happen on college campuses because of a lack of knowledge of fire prevention and safety protocols.
A significant number of students may have no training in the proper use of fire extinguishing equipment. Commercial fire damage in a Chicago college can happen because of alcohol use. Alcohol is the highest contributing factor of most adult fire fatalities since it impairs judgment and hinders the evacuation process. This means that most intoxicated students may suffer from smoke inhalation or get serious burns, and in severe cases, some may not evacuate, leading to deaths.
After everyone has vacated from the affected building safely, the fire damage may temporarily displace the students. To restore the affected building effectively, the college’s administration can seek help from SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
We have a highly trained, experienced, and certified team of technicians devoted to offering restoration services that can exceed our customer's expectations. Our collection of hi-tech equipment and products help us significantly to restore a property to its pre-damage state. We have a 24/7 response crew that offers fast restoration since we understand how devastating fire damage can be to students.
Our team can assess the affected structures and contents to determine the magnitude of the fire loss and use the most effective restoration procedures. The ceiling often sustains the most soot damage during a fire since the rising dark smoke rises upward, searching for an escape route. The soot is challenging to clean. Our SERVPRO team can use the active peroxide cleaning method to clean the damaged ceiling effectively. We can also use this method to clean non-porous surfaces that withstand water-based cleaning solutions.
Complete structure restoration takes a few days, and the structure can look habitable. However, smoke odor in the well-restored structure can create discomfort for the occupants. We have different products that can remove odors. For instance, our crew can use water-based odor counteractants to replace the smoke odor with a pleasant scent. If smoke smells remain in walls or other surfaces after we have used other deodorization procedures, we can apply sealants to the affected surfaces to encapsulate the lingering odor residues.
The technicians at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville apply the most cutting edge procedures in fire damage restoration. Talk to us today at (312) 509-5000 for comprehensive fire restoration services in Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Bridgeport.
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Our Experts Can Save Your Possessions After A Fire In Chicago
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Cleaning Your Contents After a Fire in Chicago
Even a tiny fire can cause a great deal of damage to the building as well as the contents. Many clients are overwhelmed and wonder how their families can ever recover from a fire. Which items have been destroyed? What can be retrieved? Where should the family move to until repairs are completed? Who is going to help their families recover? These are just a few of the questions that many clients have after a fire has damaged their homes.
SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration in Chicago and surrounding areas. Our experience has shown that restoring fire-damaged content is less costly than replacing an item. Clients treasure many family heirlooms and things that remind each family member of happier times. Homeowners prefer that these items are cleaned and restored instead of being replaced. We can help and make sense of the chaos after a fire.
How do We Restore Fire Damaged Contents?
Many items can be dry cleaned to remove light debris and particulate soiling. Heavily coated items can be cleaned by fully immersing the piece in water with a cleaning agent. Hard surface items are sprayed with a cleaning agent and wiped with clean white towels. Spraying the cleaning agent onto the piece allows the restorer to mist the object and control how much is applied. This approach is useful for materials that could be damaged by the cleaning product.
We use foam cleaning for fabrics and delicate items that are lightly coated. Couches, mattresses, and box springs respond well to foam cleaning. We use abrasive cleaners as needed. SERVPRO carefully applies these products to avoid damaging the finish. We use scrubbing pads in these situations. These products are available in numerous grades of abrasiveness.
SERVPRO uses full immersion cleaning for many items that can withstand immersion without further damage. We use high-frequency sound waves produced in an ultrasonic tank filled with water and a cleaning solution to effectively clean many items.
SERVPRO evaluates every item to be cleaned and applies the appropriate cleaning solution to remove residue and odor.
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve South Shore, Washington Park, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home
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Thorough Cleaning Effort Leaves Chicago Home Spotless After Fire Damage
A fire that only burned for a few minutes before it was contained left contents and surfaces in a Chicago home blackened with residue and charred material remnants. Luckily, the owner knows about the restoration services SERVPRO offers and informed us immediately so that we could take over the site from emergency services.
After scoping the fire damage site in Chicago, we realized minimal structural damages had occurred, but soiling was substantial, necessitating considerable cleaning efforts. Our SERVPRO technicians set the ball rolling by performing some critical steps to ensure the cleaning efforts would be fruitful.
• Identifying the soil types
• Identifying the surfaces
• Removing the dry soils
• Removing deeply embedded soils
• Drying the property
While most of the soils left by fire are black, they differ in many ways, including the level of penetration and other aspects such as oiliness or dryness. Our SERVPRO technicians identified the areas in the house where there were dry smoke residues so that we could use dry cleaning sponges to remove it. For areas with impinged residues, we used chemical action to remove the residues.
The house had different types of surfaces affected by soot and other smoke residues. The walls with glossy paint were easier to clean since we could wipe off residues easily with chemical sponges. Other surfaces, such as the interior parts of cabinets, where most of the smoke residues concentrated because of colder temperatures during the fire, would require a different approach because of the unfinished wood. Our SERVPRO technicians used denatured alcohol to remove all reside traces. Other wet cleaning procedures helped clean the walls, ceiling, and floors.
Once the cleaning was over, our crews started drying and deodorizing procedures immediately to prevent secondary problems such as mold development because of the excessive moisture left over from cleaning. We set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the wet areas to run for some hours, lowering the moisture levels that could lead to problems.
Seeing your property spotless in the aftermath of fire loss is highly reassuring. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Avoid Delays When Dealing with Flood Damage Scenarios in Chicago
After a bad storm, flooding and damage can follow. Contact SERVPRO for effective mitigation and remediation services.
Wind Damages That Can Lead to Flooding in Chicago Homes
Here in Chicago, we are not called the ‘Windy City’ for nothing. Many of the most damaging storms that exist in the Midwest can reach our doorstep with destructive force, and in many cases, the most compromising of these is the wind. We have a dedicated storm response team, but with how quickly high winds can damage structures, flooding and other threats could exist before you even have the opportunity to call for our experienced team of restoration specialists.
Overcoming storm and flood damage in Chicago homes begins with appreciating how severe the situation is and allowing the appropriate personnel to handle these threats. Emergency services like our SERVPRO team can provide offer temporary construction solutions like board up, tarping, and other repairs that prevent further water penetration into your house. We have a team of licensed in-house general contractors that can work to provide these repairs and later reconstruction, seamlessly with the mitigation and restoration work to get done inside the house. Our contractors have more than 30 years of experience to provide a quality result.
Wind can be especially devastating to roofs. With many of the homes in residential areas surrounding the city featuring shingled roofs, our professionals have become attuned to the look of damaged roofing material and vulnerabilities that could exist. With missing portions of shingles and exposed underlayment, wind-driven rain could find its way inside the house.
Our drying and mitigation efforts begin in the attic space of the house when our SERVPRO team arrives. Along with tarping services to prevent further water penetration, we can assess the severity of the flooding in the attic space and its spreading to other areas of the house. Extraction and drying involve the use of our sophisticated equipment, from our drying mats on the wooden attic flooring to positive pressure systems to dry out wall and ceiling cavities where water has traveled from the damaged roof.
No matter what your flooded home needs, you can count on our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help. We have capable equipment and expertise to make even complex flooding scenarios “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.
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Our Crew Can Save Your Flood Damaged Chicago Apartment
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Emergency Services We Offer Flooded Chicago Apartments
Protecting a Chicago apartment building after a flood means that we have more than just one family and property to consider. With some substantial buildings offering more than a dozen units on the ground floor alone, fast and confident response by our SERVPRO team can help to reduce the irreparable damage and loss to these residences. Roof damages and other structural breaches can affect units on every level of the building, making the emergency services we provide vital to containing flood damages and the severity of this situation.
As you might expect with any severe storm system that could impact the area, flood damage in Chicago homes and apartments must get addressed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. We know that you do not have the time to hunt down several subcontractors for every individual need your apartment has after a loss, and that is why we have become a comprehensive unit for flood and water recovery. We have skilled structural drying technicians, as well as in-house contractors that can oversee controlled demolition, temporary construction solutions, and full-scale build back as necessary.
From the time that our emergency response team first arrives, water could be pouring in through structural breaches that must get addressed by our contractors. We can begin with damaged properties inside of the structure to remove at-risk contents from the unit to a safer location within the apartment or our nearby SERVPRO facility. Because we might help out more than one resident in the building simultaneously, we can meticulously catalog and label contents to ensure that they get stored appropriately in our warehouse.
Extraction is also one of the pressing needs of your apartment under certain conditions, and this can sometimes happen before the rest of the mitigation is set to begin. Given the severity of potential flooding, allowing standing water or excessive moisture could lead to further complications, material deterioration, or the production of mold colonies.
We always seek to keep costs low and restoration times to a minimum for our customers. With an emergency response to flooding in your apartment, our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help to reduce what irreparable damage might otherwise result. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.
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We Offer Time And Great Care In Chicago When You Face Water Damage
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Trust Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors to SERVPRO
Buildings in Chicago tend to show off their character in each of the details built into them. Architectural features are prominent in new construction as well as older structures, and homeowners take great pride in showcasing them. However, weather elements and routine wear and tear can occasionally pose a threat to your home, especially if it falls victim to excess water caused by a ruptured pipe or a leaky window. The longer a surface is vulnerable to excess humidity, the higher the damage can be, which is why calling a professional service to help you restore your home is extremely important.
When water damage affects your Chicago home, SERVPRO technicians become the differentiator when repairing the damage. Our specially trained water restoration technicians (WRT) know how to restore the balance in your home while being mindful of the history and peculiarities of the architecture of your home. When our team is in your house, you can rest knowing that the water damage can soon be a thing of the past.
Our SERVPRO crew often finds property owners in a frenzy when a pipe bursts, and their hardwood floors are completely soaked. They worry about protecting the floor itself and about the potential replacement cost, which can be quite significant. When we arrive, we make every effort to avoid warping, cupping, or buckling, all of which can happen if the extraction and drying are careless. Many think that drying is the answer to all hardwood water damage issues, but in reality, the process is more complicated. Our technicians consistently employ industry tools to measure moisture levels and adjust their actions accordingly. The end goal is to achieve the natural balance in your environment that allows the floors to settle once again. It may take a few weeks for hardwood to acclimate again and allow for any necessary sanding or refinishing, but we guide this whole process with you until we complete the job.
Do not let water damage destroy your beautiful Chicago home. Instead, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park/ E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 and let us be your restoration partners. With time and great care, we can leave your floors and home, “Like it never even happened.”
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Mitigating Furniture Loss during Water Removal in Chicago
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Mitigating Furniture Loss during Water Removal in Chicago Residences
Large quantities from a variety of sources can end up in your property. For some, adjacent tenements or overall water supply malfunctions can cause flooding. These external flood-causing factors may also include heavy rainfall or a violent storm. Equally likely, is that water spills occur because of internal issues. These issues could include faulty appliances, a malfunctioning sump pump, drainage issues, or sewer back-up. In short, there are so many potentially damage-causing incidents that mitigating against all of them is impossible. However, you can prepare adequately to reduce the impact when these situations do happen.
As a responsible homeowner, one way you can prepare ahead of time is by finding a water removal company in Chicago. Local services can often reduce call-out times as well as providing an intimate knowledge of the architecture and design of properties common to the area. SERVPRO is a local restoration service provider that uses industry-leading training and expertise to help homeowners overcome water-related emergencies.
After contacting SERVPRO, you can begin the restoration procedure by removing items from the affected area. Be extra-careful as areas of the home can become warped, weakened, or dangerous under massive amounts of water pressure. Standing water also creates a visibility barrier, which could lead to tripping over when moving through it. However, if you feel confident in removing small furnishings from the affected area, this can prove efficient in helping to mitigate permanent losses.
Larger furnishings, such as tables, couches, and armchairs can often be raised above the water level, rather than completely removed. SERVPRO technicians can block furniture or stack it, to ensure that there is no danger of permanent harm from prolonged exposure to moisture. Blocking furniture can also be an efficient preventative measure against fabric dyes bleeding into carpets. Once your furniture is safe, we can pump out excess water before moving in with specialty drying methods to get your home back to its preloss condition.
For thorough water removal services, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.
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Why Is SERVPRO a Premier Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Company? Just Ask Chicago!
Chicago's Water Damage Experts Spell Out The Active Ingredients Inside Professional Products
The pipes running inside your Chicago area home can leak due to normal wear and tear over time. Once your plumbing system fails, water damage can occur within minutes. Building materials inside your house, such as your carpet and drywall can get ruined. Excessive moisture can also cause problems with your contents, such as furniture and appliances. If anything ever gets wet inside your structure, it is sensible to the professionals at SERVPRO.
Once items inside your building get wet, there is a chance that mold can form if the moisture is not removed promptly. Whenever our SERVPRO team mitigates water damage in Chicago, we arrive immediately after your emergency call for help. We are located in the area, and we can provide fast 24/7 services. As soon as we receive authorization to begin work from you, we quickly start mitigating problems so that secondary issues like mold do not occur.
Our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC program. We have the training and experience to utilize industrially approved methods, equipment, and other products to remove moisture quickly. One major quality that sets us apart from other restoration companies is the variety of chemicals at our disposal to help us during the restoration process.
Our team always tries to use the most advanced technology when working on your restoration project. Many products we can use during the mitigation of moisture-related issues contain ingredients that are proven to be effective during specific procedures. For example, phenolics are disinfectants and are good to use to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Sporicidin is one type of phenolic that is designed to kill spores that the mold creates to reproduce. Other disinfectants include chlorine-based products. Chlorine is proven to be an effective disinfectant, but it can dull finished surfaces and stain fabrics.
Quaternary compounds are the most common type of disinfectants used in the industry. These chemicals can counteract foul odors without leaving any additional fragrance. Other disinfectants often used in the restoration industry are botanicals, and they include Benefect and Concrobium. As we like to say, Think Green.
When your moisture-related problem requires professional attention, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We are available any time you suffer from a plumbing failure, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Chicago Fires Generator Damage, Smoke, and Odors--Call Us, SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration
Get Help Removing Foul Odors after Fire Damage in Chicago
A fire in your Chicago home can bring on tremendous damage due to not only the flames but also the production of smoke and soot residue. Get in front of the fallout of fire damage; cleanup should start immediately to make sure that your property is free of foul odors from smoke and soot.
After fire damage in your Chicago home, foul odors are cause for contacting fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup. Smoke smells permeate building materials as well as carpeting, throw rugs, upholstered furnishings, clothing, and more. The following are the factors that determine smoke odor severity:
The Scale of the Fire – A more significant fire brings on more smoke, burning more materials than a much smaller fire. A hotter flame is superheated and propels the smoke plumes deeper into porous materials.
Home Size – Homes with smaller rooms often have a more potent smoke odor due to scent concentration.
Materials Burned – If materials like vinyl, clothing, wood, and plastics, or kitchen protein-based fires, the foul odors are much more pungent.
Our professionals at SERVPRO have the equipment and cleaning products necessary for the removal of odors and soot from your home. It is a crucial goal to improve indoor air quality. We can come in to assess the space and offer advice on the best course of action, including which items are fit for restoration and what should be replaced. Our team uses high-powered vacuum technology for soot removal from walls, furniture, carpeting, and other surfaces as the first step to remove combustible debris.
Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT)
SERVPRO can come in with counteractant chemicals that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The products that we use depend on the materials burned in the fire. Such counteractants may be applied to draperies, furnishings, and carpets as well as for laundering clothing. You should know that over-the-counter deodorizers can sometimes mask smoke odors or even interact to make the smoke stronger.
Advanced equipment like HEPA and charcoal filtered air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and in a more challenging situation, ozone machines can be deployed for physical and molecular alterations to subdue the smells.
Do you need smoke removal from the ductwork in your home? Chemical sealers can be used to keep the smoke secured to the duct interior, making for a more effective way to trap the odors.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is here for you whenever you need to remove unpleasant odors due to a fire. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 for efficient fire damage and smoke odor removal.
Why Choose SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage in Chicago?
SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your Chicago water damage.
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Homeowners are no stranger to water damage. Whether a pipe bursts behind a wall or rain creates roof leaks that need fast resolution, the technicians at SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment and years of expertise in the field. Emphasis is placed on effective mitigation to preserve property, assets, and structural integrity for homeowners.
Water-related disasters do not operate on a regular 9-to-5 schedule, and neither does SERVPRO. If you have water damage in Chicago occur late at night, on the weekends, or even during the holidays, you can expect swift service that addresses your needs thoroughly. Immediate response to disasters ensures that further damage is mitigated through tried-and-true methods and the use of advanced equipment.
Fast response and excellence in service are just the tip of the iceberg when a SERVPRO team comes to your home. Fully-certified disaster cleanup professionals can restore structures and property with the help of equipment and materials that can prevent warping, buckling, and cupping of sheetrock, drywall, and hardwood flooring. The team also handles charity work, aiding such organizations as the Sertoma Centre and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn.
Top-of-the-Line Techniques & Tools
Because water damage is fast-acting and invasive, extraction starts when the SERVPRO team reaches your property. Technicians use a variety of industrial-grade tools to maximize precision and safety in ways that consumer fans, spray cleaners, and wet/dry vacuums cannot. These items include:
Advanced water detection methods, including the use of infrared cameras, hygrometers, and moisture sensors, to ensure thorough removal of moisture. These tools even allow technicians to evaluate damage behind walls and ceilings, or under floors.
Portable and truck-mounted extraction pumps to handle both small and large-scale disasters and facilitate faster drying.
Commercial-grade drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. These items work together to pull moisture off of surfaces and into the air. Moisture is then absorbed so it can be replaced with warm, dry air.
Tools for deodorizing and cleaning the air in your property, including thermal foggers and OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaning agents that are designed to address odors and contaminants caused by water damage.
The team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is dedicated to bringing you reliable service all year round. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster so your home can be restored to its preloss condition. If you need emergency service, call (312) 509-5000 today.
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Humidity Control During Recovery After A Flood In Chicago
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Humidity Control During Recovery for Flooded Chicago Residences
Addressing flooding in Chicago homes requires much more than efficient extraction practices. Professionals in the restoration industry like our SERVPRO team have an obligation to protect the home and its occupants from hazardous conditions, and the most practical way to offer this is through containment strategies. The maintenance of conditions within this barrier area is critical to offering efficient drying and prevent the increased production of microbial threats.
Controlling the humidity within a containment area helps to restore flood damage in Chicago homes efficiently. With these conditions regulated, we can dry out saturated structural elements and construction materials with the highest effectiveness. Also, our professionals can reduce the movement and migration of moisture and water damage, but also prevent any secondary damage that might result from prolonged exposure.
Many homeowners might believe that the maintenance of humidity levels within an established drying zone is a matter of using dehumidifiers and little else. These units do play a substantial role in the drying process and even regulating humidity, but there is more to the approach than these machines. Leveling off moisture content levels can increase the effectiveness of the restoration effort to come once the area has gotten decontaminated if necessary. We cannot attempt to use the heart of our drying process, air movers until the area has gotten thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.
The secret to effective humidity control in the drying zone is the creation of negative pressure. Units like the negative air chamber and the hydroxyl generator work to clean contaminants out of the environment with HEPA filters, exhausting and ventilating them outside the residence. Successfully running these units makes dehumidification and relative humidity (RH) levels stay manageable and within safe operating parameters to limit secondary effects and destructive consequences like mold growth.
We understand that flooding can be a costly and hazardous situation for homeowners, and that is why we stay ready to mobilize 24/7 whenever these disasters strike. We are here to make flood loss “Like it never even happened.” Trust our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help your home return to its original condition after flooding. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000.
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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Chicago Home
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Water Damage Timeline for Chicago Medical Centers
Understanding how water loss incidents can progress and worsen over the days following the disaster is vital to preserving equipment, structural elements, and the life-saving technology of your Chicago medical center. Hospitals have a constant flow of employees, patients, and visitors on every floor and in every region of the facility. Addressing water loss scenarios before they become incredibly damaging situations to your building is vital, and that begins with trusting professionals who know the timeline of water damage and how to best protect your facility from this growing threat.
While you might consider the most critical task to be water removal in your Chicago hospital, standing water is only part of the threat that your medical center faces. Your priority is to limit the effect that this incident can have on the hospital, and that begins with effective containment strategies performed by our SERVPRO professionals. Through the use of our portable extraction tools, physical barriers, and drying tools, we can prevent the spread of these harmful effects to new areas of the building while our team works to recover your loss.
Even with competent maintenance and custodial departments as most hospitals have, these professionals are not equipped with the extraction tools our SERVPRO professionals have. Even typically resistant surfaces like linoleum tile can begin to break loose, or concrete flooring can absorb moisture, without fast extraction efforts. Our team can utilize portable solutions like our sump pumps and light wands unless the damaged areas are easily accessible with more powerful equipment like our extractor trucks.
Within days of inadequate cleaning and drying of a water damage situation, mold and microbial threats can develop. In a hospital setting, these potential health effects could be damaging to your patients and your reputation. With our inventory of powerful recovery equipment, we can stay ahead of developing microbial threats to reduce these risks as restoration continues.
Understanding how water loss incidents can get out of control and cause structural and secondary damages is vital to showcasing your need for professional restoration services. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help however you need us by calling (312) 509-5000.
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What to Expect During the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Your Chicago Home
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How SERVPRO Handles Smoke Residue Cleanup in Chicago Properties
Fire damage is one of the most devastating things a homeowner experiences. The charred items and loss, along with the lingering odor, make for an overwhelming situation.
There are many steps to handling fire damage in a Chicago home, among them, are the testing of the residues left behind, so technicians choose the correct cleaning methods without causing further damage. As a fire burns in a home, there are varying temperatures and combustible objects it consumes. This leaves behind various types of residues to remove from surfaces. Testing is an important way to discern the kind of deposit and the surface it resides upon so the technicians apply the correct cleaning products and methods.
Initial Inspection Actions
During the preliminary review of the property, SERVPRO does initial scoping for damage and testing of residues to evaluate the nature of the damage done to the property as well as the necessary actions to restore it to its preloss condition.
Elimination of Residues
The removal of smoke residues is a two-step process. For a removal to occur, the residues require capturing using different methods such as liquid cleaners, vacuuming light, powdery residues that contain small carbon particles. The use of wet cleaners on this type of deposit results in absorption more in-depth into the surface and exacerbating the issue.
Wet smoke results mostly from the burning of rubber and plastics and require dissolving before it loses adherence to the surface and then wiped away.
Dissolving is an exacting process that has three main steps — washing the surface which loosens the residue and holds it in suspension for removal. Rinsing to ensure removal occurs and finally drying to complete the cleaning process.
Unique Surface Qualities Must Be Considered
Some surfaces cannot tolerate the application of water, and others cannot tolerate any type of solvents. This is just one reason is why pretesting is vital to a good outcome for restoration services.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is available 24/7 to handle any size smoke and fire damage to your property. Contact our technicians at (312) 509-5000, and we arrive within an hour of your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Our Flood Damage Experts Can Save Your Chicago Home
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Get Efficient Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Chicago Home
It takes a significant sum of money to buy and maintain a home. Unfortunately, flood damage can happen in different ways, even to the most prepared homeowner. The damage can come from a flash flood, a blizzard, a hurricane, or a tornado. When vast amounts of water hit your property, it can be a dangerous situation.
There are vital steps you need to take to stay safe and get your life back to normal after the floods. To handle flood damage in your Chicago home, you need to remove the water, sanitize the structures and dry the affected areas properly. SERVPRO is on call 24/7, and our trained and certified technicians are ready to help. We can clean and disinfect the surfaces ensuring no further damage is experienced. We can return your house to its preloss state quickly and efficiently.
If the floodwater sits in your property for a long time, it can cause severe primary and secondary destruction. Water can leak through the walls of your home and wreak havoc to building materials like drywall and your belongings. Mold can also grow if you take too long to remove the water and moisture. Calling for help minimizes further damage and maximizes the chances of making a full recovery of your property.
To ensure that microbes do not spread, we extract all the water using powerful portable or truck-mounted pumps. We also use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to remove moisture from all the affected areas. We check the levels of moisture in the walls of a house using moisture meters and moisture sensors. Our crew can also ventilate wet wall cavities by removing baseboards and drilling holes between each stud. We then force air through the holes into wall cavities to enhance evaporation. If we find much moisture, it may be necessary to remove areas of drywall.
We can also use disinfectant, antimicrobial, and antibacterial treatments to clean your home. As we clean the structure of the house, we also clean other items such as furniture and clothing that the flooding has ruined. After the aftermath of a flood, professional odor removal is necessary since the damp items in a house often emit foul scents. Our technicians can use specialized equipment to remove the bad odors from flood-damaged homes, including:
• Thermal foggers
• Industrial air scrubbers
• Hydroxyl generators
We can also rebuild the ruined structures of your home after flood remediation or mitigation. At SERVPRO, we offer high quality and quick restoration services. We have an efficient quality assurance system that enables us to deliver excellent customer satisfaction.
After experiencing flood damage in your Hyde Park, Bronzeville or Bridgeport home, you need speedy, professional aid. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help remove all the water and sanitize your home. Call us today at (312) 509-5000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Our Professionals Discuss Tips For Managing Flood Damage In Your Chicago Retail Store
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Tips For Managing Commercial Flood Damage In A Chicago Retail Store
Flooding is a common natural disaster, and climate change is increasing its risk. Heavy downpours can cause groundwater to rise, and it can enter your retail business premises. Flooding can ruin the building materials, electronic equipment, supplies, sales records, store fixtures, furnishings, and stock in your retail store. If flooding forces you to close operations while you are repairing the damage, you may lose contracts or customers.
When there is commercial flood damage in your Chicago retail store, you may also lose some customers if they find an alternative store to buy goods. Apart from heavy financial losses, flooding can expose your enterprise to civil liability. The most crucial thing to do after a flood is ensuring that you and your employees stay safe. Floodwater is usually dangerous because of its hidden debris, speed, depth, and contamination. Therefore, after a flood, it is advisable to move to the upper parts of the property or leave it by a dry, safe route. Turning off electricity is also essential to prevent electrical shock.
Avoid entering your business premises until you are sure it is safe to do so. Even if the building may appear harmless, it may have suffered structural damage and may collapse. If it is safe to enter your rental store, record the flood damage by capturing photos of ruined equipment, building materials, and inventory. Check with your insurer before you salvage goods and repair the damage.
It is advisable to work with a competent restoration firm like SERVPRO to clean up your flood-damaged retail store. Floodwater can contain waste matter, chemicals, pesticides, and sewage. Therefore, our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent infection. We also apply EPA-registered biocides upon arriving at a flooded property to neutralize disease-causing microorganisms.
We can remove mud, debris, and soil from your business premises using different equipment, including high-pressure washers. Our technicians also use powerful pumps to remove the standing water professionally and speedily so that a building can dry faster. We pump out as much water as possible, so we do not have to remove much of it with dehumidifiers. It is faster and easier to remove a liquid compared to removing a gas.
Our water damage restoration services help prevent mold infestation. If moisture gets trapped in the walls and floors, it encourages mold growth, which can cause health problems for your staff and customers. We position air movers correctly in a building to blow damp air outside and bring in the dry, warm air to expedite drying. We change the location of air movers as drying happens to ensure that affected surfaces dry evenly and thoroughly. Our SERVPRO team can customize the water restoration project to meet your specific needs.
If floodwater has entered your Hyde Park, Bronzeville, or Bridgeport retail store, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for help. We deliver high-quality flood restoration services 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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SERVPRO Professionals Talk Emergency Floodwater Removal From Chicago Homes
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How SERVPRO Works Fast for Emergency Chicago Flood Removal Projects
If you want to keep costs related to flood damage mitigation and repair to a minimum, you need to act fast in the aftermath of a disaster. Without a rapid response to the situation in the form of professional flood removal, reversible damages and minor issues can rapidly progress to require substantial restoration efforts and potentially induce safety hazards. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We make sure that the flood damage to your home avoids complications that can happen over time like mold growth or material erosion.
How We Rapidly Remove Water
Depending on the severity of the situation, our flood removal for your Chicago home may involve the use of one or more high-powered machine tools designed to remove different types of moisture very quickly. Standing water, which is any remaining water in your home that has measurable depth, can be almost impossible to remove without the aid of extraction pumps. These pumps can remove water from even the farthest-back corners of your home and pump it all outside.
Once we can no longer extract any water from the premises, we then use a combination of powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture. Air movers create powerful directed air currents that pick up water droplets embedded into materials, allowing them to be collected into bins by dehumidifiers that attract airborne moisture. The combination of this technology allows us to accomplish days of drying under optimal conditions in just a few hours regardless of outside weather.
Removing Other Signs of Damage
Most floods leave behind visually apparent signs of damage even after drying the area. SERVPRO can help to reverse these effects through special restorative techniques we've learned through years of servicing similar problems across the country. We are also fully certified to handle mold and other types of damage that might happen as a result of the flooding.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stays open 24/7 to respond to local calls for help with flood damage from storms and other water sources. Call us at (312) 509-5000 for our help or a quote.
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Meet Our Vice President of Operations, David Mason
David Mason--a Difference Maker as SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville Vice President of Operations
David Mason is Why SERVPRO Excels as a Property Recovery Company in Chicago
Restoration Services to handle properties in the Windy City area are quite numerous. So Why does one, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville excel? With personnel like David Mason!
High Caliber Personnel
Few companies can perform up to customer expectations without the right chemistry of personnel, leadership, and equipment. Chicago and Hyde Park residential and commercial property owners benefit from the expertise provided by David Mason, our promoted Vice President of Operations. His extensive experience and interpersonal relationships with office staff, crews, and clients provide the perfect formula for success.
SERVPRO and David are like family and go back together since 2006. David has accumulated many awards over the years, like Outstanding Service and Extra Mile recognition. His hard work has increased our well-earned presence in the community, along with our profits. From the BDP Business Development Program specialist at SERVPRO Corporate that assisted over 90 SERVPRO franchises to thrive, he nurtured business relationships with leaders in the restoration industry from coast to coast. This is the dynamic that entends our brand into the local communities. We are family, united with a heartfelt desire to provide our customers with the best service possible.
Our SERVPRO franchise is a vital part of the National Storm Team that travels to other areas of the country to help with recoveries after natural disasters like floods and hurricanes strike. Our Commercial Large Loss Team has been spearheaded by David Mason since 2014. Far afield or next door, we provide a stress-free cleanup and restoration service.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville franchise is run like a large family business. We are thankful that David Mason is part of the family. You can rely upon us for cleanup and restoration services. (312) 509-5000
The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Chicago Business
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How to Deal With Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Office
Water can cause significant destruction in your Chicago office, whether it results from a broken HVAC system, malfunctioning fire sprinkler system or a burst pipe, among other reasons. When there is unwanted water in your business, you need to take action promptly to prevent hundreds or even thousands worth of secondary destruction to office equipment, supplies, furniture, and documents.
Commercial water damage in a Chicago office building can also cause loss of income if you have to shut down operations. This can impact your business finances negatively and create time-consuming tasks for some of your office personnel. Restoring an office after a water intrusion incident is a challenge. Using proper water removal strategies can restore salvageable items and spare the building from further destruction. A water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO can help you to manage the damage. As the restoration specialists are on their way, you and your staff can do the following things to minimize the destruction:
- Shut down the main water source to stop any more water from coming into the office.
- Switch off electricity for areas of the office building which are wet or flooded.
- Open doors and windows to boost air circulation.
- Mop the wet areas, surfaces, and furniture to extract as much water as you can.
- If there are damp paper documents, determine which ones are essential and which ones you can discard. Spread out the valuable documents in an appropriate location so they can dry. To save critical documents, contact a conservation expert.
- Move computers, documents, and other equipment or materials that are not ruined, but are sensitive to moisture.
Water intrusion in an office building is a sensitive situation, and that’s why SERVPRO responds promptly to emergency calls around the clock. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can help you remove the water and dry your office with minimal disruption to your daily operations. Our technicians are trained in psychrometry, the science of drying and can measure the properties of humidity, vapor pressure, temperature, and dew point to analyze the conditions in the building to create the appropriate atmosphere for more efficient drying. Water may seep into walls cavities and get trapped behind building materials, creating ongoing moisture issues. We use monitoring equipment like moisture meters and thermal cameras to detect moisture under floors and behind walls.
We also have advanced air movers that direct large volumes of air around a building to speed up the drying time. Our crew also uses desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers to eliminate water vapor from the air. We provide total cleanup services that can restore your office to its preloss state quickly. We can also cooperate with your insurer to handle the formalities of filing a claim, making your burden easier to bear.
When a water loss incident happens in your office, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for restoration services. We can get the job done right to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”
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If Your Hardwood Floors In Your Chicago Home Are Damaged, Let Our Experts Help!
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Call The Chicago Water Removal Experts For Hardwood Floor Damage
Whether water spread from an overflowing sink or blew in during a heavy summer rainstorm, the prized hardwood floors in your vintage Chicago foursquare home can conceal severe damage. The construction details of a hardwood floor installation help explain why hardwood can sustain long term damage while initially looking like it weathered the storm perfectly. We can enhance your understanding of the anatomy of a hardwood floor and mitigate and remediate the harm done.
Leaving the windows open for cross ventilation made sense when you left for work, but an afternoon thunderstorm poured inside. The horizontal sheets of rain necessitate water removal in your Chicago Craftsman home’s dining room. A quick mopping cannot account for all the moisture your floor struggled to handle. Failing to account for percolation of water below the visible surface of the floor can result in distortion of the hardwood, deterioration of subflooring, and the risk of secondary damage like mold or mildew growth.
A floor’s total structure includes joists installed at vertical intervals with plywood sheets attached across to provide underlying support. The boards of the visible floor lie on top of the subfloor. SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are trained to investigate whether the subfloor absorbed water as it seeped between the strips or planks of the floor. We use sensitive meters to compare the moisture content of each layer, ready to take steps to restore the appropriate balance.
The optimal moisture content for both the hardwood and substrate is roughly 13 percent. When the disparity between the layers is more than two percent for wide plank, and four percent for strip hardwood problems develop. A wetter subfloor transfers moisture to the dryer hardwood, causing a distortion called cupping where the long edges of each board rise, creating a shallow valley on each plank or strip. Fast action by the SERVPRO team limits the time moisture can wick upwards.
We extract any visible puddling and then use a negative air pressure system to suction the water from deep below the surface. SERVPRO technicians attach mats to the floor and connect hoses from a powerful extractor, accelerating the removal of moisture at all levels. Frequent monitoring of moisture levels and repositioning of the mats ensure the floor dries out evenly. Patience and professionalism return even century-old hardwood to preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville appreciates the opportunity to protect and preserve your beloved home from water damage. Call us at (312) 509-5000 for water removal and structural drying services.
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Chicago Property Woes from Storms or Fires? Maybe Mold or Water Leak Damage? SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore
Big or Small Chicago Buildings SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Restoration Services
How Local SERVPRO Technicians in Chicago Are Leading the Way in Home Restoration Services
Local restoration services are a godsend when it comes to emergency water, fire, mold, or storm-related issues. Our technicians live and work in this community, which reduce call out times and, in doing so, help to prevent permanent damages. Our customer service team is available twenty-four hours a day to arrange for a technician to visit your property in Hyde Park, Chicago, Kenwood, Oakland, East Bridgeport, Bronzeville, and the surrounding area. During service, our technicians can inventory works carried out or work with general contractors and third-parties on your behalf. This allows you to deal with only one company during what can be a debilitating and stressful time.
Properties with water damage in Chicago rely on local technicians to perform a vital assessment, remediation, and restoration services. Contents and structure that suffers prolonged exposure to moisture can cause a chain of events which could result in permanent damages. SERVPRO has technicians with qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC), an internationally recognized awarding body.
Certification from the IICRC means SERVPRO technicians can make professional, informed assessments of property damages. To make those evaluations, your technician can use a variety of moisture measuring equipment to get a full picture of the extent of the issue. By measuring the scale of damage, we can ensure our work is as efficient as possible and that they prevent secondary issues from arising after treatment.
Moisture meters use sharp prongs to penetrate surfaces and assess how high saturation levels are, which is exceptionally useful if the property has been exposed to moisture for several hours or longer. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared to allow a restorer to spot moisture that may have migrated into wall cavities or crawlspaces. Thermal Hygrometers measure relative humidity and can help ensure microbial growth is kept under control throughout the service.
SERVPRO makes scientific assessments to ensure your property restoration in Chicago is tailored to your needs. Our structural cavity drying equipment is essential to preventing mold growth while portable extraction units can be deployed to remove large quantities of water in a short space of time. An inventory of all work carried out is recorded throughout the service and can be passed on to your insurance adjuster to process your claim.
It is not uncommon for properties that have suffered previous water issues to require remediation of mold damage in Chicago. Mold spores exist in every property and are generally not considered a problem. However, moisture that may have seeped into cavities around the home can become a breeding ground for mold spores which spread out in the form of colonies.
Chicago has a wet, windy climate throughout the fall and winter months. Any leaks in roofing or internal plumbing can result in a mold issue. The symptoms of mold include a musty odor or visible signs of growth in walls, ceilings, or behind fittings. Laboratory tests can be expensive and unnecessary in the assessment of a mold issue. Noticing the visible signs of mold growth is enough to justify a professional assessment and remediation from SERVPRO.
Mold spores can become airborne during agitative cleaning of surfaces, or removal of colonies. To combat the spread of airborne mold, spores SERVPRO can set up physical barriers or apply negative air pressure. In doing so, we can prevent a contained issue from spreading into unaffected areas of your Chicago home. At the end of service, our technicians can apply anti-microbial treatments to all necessary surfaces, the underside of carpets as well as disinfecting the source of the mold to guard against future damages.
We have extensive experience providing the community with restoration services. These services could include restoring fire damage in Hyde Park and Chicago residences and the surrounding area. In performing these services, our focus and attention are on removing charred materials, cleaning soot or smoke residues and fumigating the full property to combat malodors. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) are local to the area, and a visit can be arranged by phoning our twenty four hour emergency line.
The proper removal of soiling from smoke and fire can sometimes be completed by using disinfectants and wet cleaning methods. In other cases, we may need to bring in more powerful cleaning agents that use corrosive chemicals to clear heavy soiling. The type of materials that have burned in a fire could cause dry or wet smoke. With wet smoke, we typically use more powerful cleaning agents.
During a restoration service of your Chicago home, you may notice the presence of strong odors. This odor can either be a result of smoke or from cleaning agents. Our odor control technicians (OCT) are adept at removing unwanted odors. Thermal fogging equipment can be deployed by SERVPRO to fumigate large sections of the home, neutralizing odors and returning it to a preloss condition.
Extreme weather conditions from high winds to heavy rainfall could hurt your personal property. We offer an emergency restoration service for storm damage in Chicago and the nearby community. Acting quickly can help to prevent permanent issues in your property, and our highly trained restorers are adept at safety checking, restoring power and mitigating losses.
One vital way of preventing properties from sustaining permanent harm is by performing mitigating procedures promptly. Prolonged exposure to large quantities of moisture, for example, can damage the possessions or structure of your Chicago home. SERVPRO can deploy portable water extraction equipment as well as drying equipment like rapid air movers to prevent moisture damages from occurring.
In high winds, there is a chance of debris damaging structural components in your Chicago property. This debris could include tree branches, broken glass, or other safety hazards. Our restoration service can remove debris and dispose of it on your behalf. Where necessary, we can also perform emergency board ups to maintain the integrity and security of your property.
For property damages of any scale, our professional restoration services can help to assess, mitigate, and manage losses. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today to arrange a service.
Stressed By Water Damage In Your Chicago Home? Call Us!
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Carpeting can be a comforting part of Chicago homes and can help give your rooms a welcoming atmosphere. However, carpets can become a nightmare to deal with after exposure to water from a leak or broken faucet. Once wet, carpeting can facilitate the spread of mold or can disguise damage in the subflooring beneath it. When it comes to carpets, a rapid response is key, so it is vital that you choose professionals who can work to mitigate damages efficiently.
SERVPRO offers a wide range of services to address water damage in Chicago homes. Our experienced water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and are trained to quickly dry carpeting and can check for underlying damages. Carpeting can lose half of its adhesive strength once spillage penetrates vapor barriers, and it only gets worse as time goes on. Sections that come into long term contact with water can experience permanent delamination from the subflooring below, forcing us to remove and discard of these areas.
Our crews can begin the drying process by removing standing water from your floors. This can be done with the assistance of wet vacs and pumps. With the spillage removed from your home, we can begin the drying process. For the fastest results, we can remove affected areas of carpet for air drying and can speed up the process with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. However, in homes that have furniture on top of carpets, we can dry the affected areas in-place at a slower rate.
To ensure that we address all damages in your home, we can use moisture sensors to detect water damage in your subfloors. If we discover excess moisture, we can strip your carpeting and utilize additional air movers and dehumidifiers to fully dry out subflooring.
Dealing with water damage can be stressful. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to help put you at ease, so call us at (312) 509-5000 when you have a water damage emergency.
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Chicago Water Damage Remediation Can Be Tiresome If Dealt With Alone
Water damage to your Chicago brick structure building can be detrimental. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.
Protect Your Chicago Area Restaurant From Water Damage
Not every water damage situation in your Chicago area business is going to be an emergency. As a water damage restoration technician (WRT), it is easy to say that some of the worst situations involve slow, methodical decay of the structural components of your building. If you find yourself dealing with regularly returning water stains, broken pipes, or malfunctioning appliances in your restaurant, you might benefit from calling a professional.
The majority of buildings in Chicago that experience water damage have a brick structure, which is excellent for maintaining a stable structure. However, whenever you experience water damage on your property, brick is also good at keeping water trapped inside. The longer any water sits on your property, the more damage it can do. So, it makes sense to have a professional inspect your property.
At SERVPRO, we use infrared moisture detectors, moisture meters, hygrometers, and a variety of techniques to locate and dispose of hidden pockets of moisture. Since water is such a sly beast, a trained technician, utilizing these devices, can make tracing a water problem to its source easier than attempting to do it yourself.
It takes years of experience and training to become good at water damage restoration techniques, which means that your in-house maintenance crew likely doesn’t have the skills to do the job right. SERVPRO technicians eat, sleep, and live restoration. We take it upon ourselves to provide every unique situation we face with a valuable solution.
SERVPRO has specialized teams of technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. So, if you notice a leak at closing time and need it repaired quickly, we can help. Want someone to give your building a thorough look? Our technicians perform a full inspection of your property, checking every nook and cranny for any signs of water damage. We can also offer a variety of ways to protect your dining guests and company assets from future water damage.
Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for additional information about our services or to begin an initial inspection on your property, today. (312) 509-5000
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Don't Let A Fire Destroy Your Chicago Home This Summer
If a sudden fire interrupts your summer, never hesitate to get help.
What You Can Do When Fire Damage Throws Off Your Summer Plans In Chicago
Summer is the time of year that families spend time with each other, and go on vacation, but those plans can be quickly interrupted when sudden fire damage breaks out on your property. In the case of your home, an electrical fire caused quite significant damage inside of your small upstairs half-bathroom. For any homeowner, this is a nightmare, but the situation becomes even more challenging for you.
It is never a fun time when the fire damage in your Chicago home makes it so you must cancel your plans. Sudden, and last minute, cancellations often have fees attached to them, so you are already stressed about the lost investments. However, now you must also reach out for help promptly, to ensure that the fire damage inside of your home can be remediated smoothly.
Here, at SERVPRO, we understand that you want the nightmare of the fire damage in your home to be over as fast as possible. For this reason, SERVPRO always gathers a team of highly trained technicians and sends them to your property swiftly as soon as we receive your call. Fire damage can be incredibly time sensitive, but we also understand that you, as a homeowner, can feel very anxious sitting on such intense damage inside of your home.
When SERVPRO gets to your home, we can take inventory of everything lost in the fire and help you with making an insurance claim. Furthermore, we can help you look into the possible coverage of your lost trip through your insurance agency, as the expenses were wasted by the sudden fire in your home. From there, SERVPRO can begin remediation by removing any damaged materials that are not salvageable.
SERVPRO can clean the soot caking your bathroom sink, toilet, and bathtub using a house-made chemical cleaner. The solution was designed with breaking down the chemical composition of the greasy soot in mind. Afterward, we can use the same process to clean the floors and remove soot from any surface that has been impacted. SERVPRO can also use a thermal fogger to address the malodor caused by fire. Moreover, finally, we can help you hire a contractor for the sections of drywall that were removed.
If a sudden fire interrupts your summer, never hesitate to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville by calling (312) 509-5000. Whenever you need us, we're here for you.
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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Chicago
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Remediating Carpeted Properties In Chicago After Water Damage
Carpeted properties can become extensively damaged by a water spill. However, with the right approach, most carpets can be restored rather than replaced. Our technicians carry with them a carpet repair kit including razor knives, power stretchers, seaming tape and knee kickers to help remediate structural components in your home without resorting to expensive replacements.
One of the core parts of remediating water damage in Chicago properties is to pay close attention to your properties subfloor. The subfloor can imbibe moisture, which means any cleaning processes undertaken for carpets or pads are rendered ineffective as the moisture returns after carpets are put back in their original position.
In order to access and assess your subfloor, we need to remove carpets. Pulling up a carpet can help to provide airflow to the subfloor as well as allowing us to treat the carpet to remediation processes separately. Subfloor mats placed between the carpet and floor can often break apart when there is the presence of moisture and usually require removal, disposal, and replacement. Since subfloor mats are relatively cheap, replacing a subfloor mat is a time-efficient method that allows us to concentrate on the more complex challenges.
The carpets that have been removed to be treated separately can often be 'floated' to remove moisture and prevent shrinking. Floating carpets involves loosening the carpet tack strips and placing rapid air-movers underneath the loosened carpet. This technique is especially effective in mid to minor scale spills and helps us to ensure that any moisture that may have wicked to the baseboard is dried.
Before replacing a carpet to its original position, a SERVPRO technician can treat both sides of the carpet with an anti-microbial chemical or biocide. Although the most effective means of controlling microbial growth is through drying, anti-microbial treatments can provide a short-term fix and prevent mold colonies from forming overnight.
Restoring rather than replacing items like carpets could keep your claim rates low, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.
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Chicago Water Loss Making Things Difficult? We Can Ease the Pain--Call SERVPRO
In a Chicago Home, Moisture Can Run But It Cannot Hide from SERVPRO--We Remove Water and Dry Your Property
Innovative Equipment and Highly-Trained Technicians Are the Keys to Chicago Water Damage Remediation
It is no surprise that water losses in your Chicago home pose the possibility of permanent and secondary harm to structural components and contents. Timely removal of water and efficient drying and restoration techniques by our reliable and highly skilled Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) is a smart solution. Mastering the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines ensure our crews employ only restoration industry best practices at the job site.
Water damage in your Chicago home can be the result of long-term neglect of leaks or a significant breach in a pipe or water-holding appliance like a water heater. Our team can manage any kind of water loss, including an investigation into the migration of the moisture to other areas of your home to avoid future surprises. We augment the initial assessment of visible water with data collected from moisture sensor readings. Thermal imaging locates caches of water pooling in building cavities.
Pin or pinless meters with wood, reference, and drywall scale modes help SERVPRO technicians calculate the moisture levels in common building materials. These readings provide a baseline for establishing drying goals and also help us track water movement, so we miss no wet structures or fixtures. A thermo-hygrometer measures temperature, relative humidity, and dew point, guiding us as we proceed with structural drying. Periodic measurements with these tools ensure we reduce the moisture appropriately among a wide range of materials.
Standing water can build up rapidly. We use pumps for two inches or more and wanded extractors to complete this phase of the job. Negative air pressure systems connect into wall cavities and multilayer flooring with hoses and mats, using suction to pull water settled into crevices or behind structures. On occasion, SERVPRO technicians perform carefully controlled demolition to release trapped water and allow for unimpeded airflow during drying. Flood cuts and drilled holes strategically placed save the majority of structures, requiring limited build-back after the remediation completes.
Rely on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to use state-of-the-art technology and industry best practices when we respond to your water loss. Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule an assessment by our IICRC-certified team, ready to turn damaged to “Like it never even happened” fast.
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Our Quick Response Can Restore Your Chicago Home To Pre-Damage Condition After A Flood
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you need help with flood damage in your home.
Fast Extraction And Drying Limit Loss From Flood Damage In Chicago Homes
Three main factors determine how much flood damage occurs in a home from water intrusion events. Those factors are the amount of water, how long exposure has occurred and how quickly mitigation began.
When SERVPRO arrived on-site to mitigate flood damage in a Chicago home, most of the standing water had receded. We scoped the kitchen area around an entry doorway and determined backed up gutters were the cause of the water from heavy storms coming into the home. Rather than directing rainwater away from the house, the gutters overflowed and caused pooling that entered the kitchen.
Our technicians worked quickly to extract any remaining water from the kitchen flooring. Often, we do several passes with our portable pumps to pull as much water as possible from surfaces. These initial efforts help speed the drying phase along.
The vintage kitchen table had stainless steel legs that were unaffected by the water, and we placed it on blocks for drying in the area. Our technicians moved the chairs for drying in another area of the home. Our probes found moisture collected behind the baseboards under the cabinets. Technicians removed the baseboards and drilled weep holes in the wall to allow for adequate airflow during drying.
Air movers have blades much like a fan, but the similarities end there. These machines blow air at a high velocity across surfaces retaining moisture. This action causes water vapor to rise where dehumidifiers capture it and effectively removed from the area. We spend time setting up the air movers at specific angles unique to the room to direct moist air up and out.
Once confirmed dry through moisture readings, our technicians concentrated on final cleaning and disinfecting to leave the kitchen sanitized and inhibit mold growth. Due to the quick action of the owner calling SERVPRO and starting the mitigation process so soon after the initial water damage occurred, there was little water loss from this unfortunate event.
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you need help with flood damage in your home. Our emergency response teams arrive within hours to mitigate your water loss and restore your home and possessions, so it is “Like it never even happened.”
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The Most Important Elements of Water Damage Remediation in Chicago
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Water Damage Mitigation Specialists in Chicago Prevent Spreading of Moisture in Residences
When your house experiences invading rainwater, flooding, or plumbing failures, SERVPRO is prepared to help out with your emergency. Chicago homes often have beautiful wood flooring and hold family treasures that homeowners intend to pass down to younger generations. Both of these can become damaged if emergencies do not receive the attention they require.
Residents can rely on SERVPRO to arrive with the necessary equipment to start the job and finish it quickly, so everything is "Like it never even happened." A large portion of our work involves water mitigation services in Chicago.
Through mitigation, we stop the spread of damaging water and moisture. Keeping dry items and materials from ever becoming saturated means we eliminate the need for restoration or replacement in these locations. While repairing damaged materials and belongings usually carries a lower cost than replacement expenses do, preventing damage, to begin with, is even more cost-effective.
Because moisture moves to dry locations, we use machines that pull water vapor out of the air. As the air steadily becomes drier, air movers can continually remove moisture out of outer layers of materials, furniture and other items inside your home. We use moisture meter readers to assess the percentage of humidity contained in the different things, preventing the possibility of over-drying.
Many things release moisture into the air more quickly than other materials. Drywall and other highly porous items let moisture enter the air faster than denser materials, like concrete or brick. We apply heat in some cases, as well as open windows and increase the number of air movers and desiccant machines when an area contains more slowly-drying materials.
Knowing the rate at which different materials dry helps us keep moisture from invading dry areas without over-drying areas susceptible to damage from too little humidity. When your home needs specialists who care about the result in your Woodlawn or Douglas home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We can help clean up the affected areas and keep the rest of your house safe.
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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Quickly Restore Your Commercial Property In Chicago
When SERVPRO handles commercial flood damage in a Chicago retail store, we know time is of the essence to prevent secondary issues such as mold odors.
SERVPRO Works Fast On Commercial Flood Damage In Chicago
When water from a storm enters a business, the timer starts ticking on how much can be restored and fast action is the key. This can be especially true in brick and mortar retail stores where foot traffic is a part of the daily revenue stream.
When SERVPRO handles commercial flood damage in a Chicago retail store, we know time is of the essence to prevent secondary issues such as mold or foul odors. Our primary goal is to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get your business back on track. After the initial call, we arrive within hours to begin water extraction and moisture control efforts.
Our technicians spend time determining exactly where the water has gone using different types of moisture detection devices, so nothing is missed. In a case where only part of the shop was affected, it would be contained away from the rest of the store so drying and cleaning efforts can be concentrated where the water loss has occurred.
SERVPRO technicians check the premises from top to bottom. Because moisture wicks upward in drywall, walls are checked using probes or thermal imaging to determine how high the water has traveled or if flood cuts would be necessary for thorough drying. Air movers are angled at the drywall and over the flooring to ensure all the water vapor is pulled up and dispelled by the dehumidifying method chosen. We take readings throughout the process to ensure drying goals are met before moving on to the final phase of restoration.
A foul odor in a store could be bad for business, so our technicians clean and disinfect all affected surfaces to remove any lingering odors left behind and leave a fresh, inviting scent.
We know commercial flood damage needs fast action and that is why our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is available 24-hours a day at (312) 509-5000 to come to your site and restore your business property to its preloss condition.
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We Can Restore Your Property In Chicago To Pre-Damage Condition
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How Different Levels Of Fire Damage In Chicago Affect Restoration
Cases where fire consumes everything in a Chicago property, are rare, and there are numerous reasons for this since even a small fire has the potential to turn into a massive blaze. One reason is the reaction time and effort put in extinguishing the fire. Another reason is what fuels the fire once it starts. There are several other reasons so, in the end, each incident results in different types of damages. The different levels of damage might necessitate unique restorative action so involving a professional is a good idea.
Cases of fire damage in Chicago fall into three levels – minor, medium and major damage. At the minor level, most of the loss is from smoke residue. The deposits are also light to moderate in nature, so restoration mostly involves cleaning the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can either use dry or wet cleaning techniques to get rid of the residues.
In medium level fire incidents, there is both smoke and heat damage on different surfaces and items, but it is moderate. Heat damage might affect cabinets, drywall, and other contents. Odors might also be more noticeable. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up and refinish surfaces. We clean contents at the job site too and carry out any necessary deodorization procedures eliminating traces of the fire “Like it never even happened.”
In fires categorized as major, heat damage is more severe especially in the areas close to the source. Such blazes leave some of parts of the structures such as framing charred, so part of the restoration process involves structural repairs. Smoke damage is also widespread reaching different sections of the property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. We also help board up the house or winterize it if the incident happens during the cold season. It is still possible to salvage some contents, but in most cases, they require extensive cleaning which we do offsite.
Proper restoration efforts can help restore your home to preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for assistance. You can reach us at (312) 509-5000 any time.
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When Water Damage in Your Hyde Park Salon Causes Bad Hair Days
Restoring your business with the least amount of disruption is our goal during water damage restoration.
Fast Water Removal and Restoration in Hyde Park Hair Salon Keeps Business Buzzing
Water damage is severe enough when it happens in a home; it can be twice as bad when it occurs in a brick and mortar business that delivers services to customers. The faster the cleanup happens, the more quickly you can get back to pampering and serving your clientele.
The need for quick commercial water removal in a Hyde Park hair salon happened due to the extreme icy cold in the entire upper Illinois-area resulting in an unexpected pipe burst. Although catching the water intrusion relatively fast, standing pools of water spread to two adjacent rooms. The salon arranged for plumbing repair through their carrier and contacted SERVPRO to start the water cleanup process.
SERVPRO technicians removed the standing water using multiple portable extractors with squeegee attachments for use on the tile flooring. A thorough water extraction requires less drying time. Upon inspection, the salon flooring was found to be asphalt tile. This type of tile usually maintains a good bond with concrete and responds well to cleaning which makes the restoration process faster.
The pipe burst had happened behind a single work station with a vanity and mirror. The wood vanity needed weep holes drilled in the back for maximum air circulation. Air movers quickly died the salon, and when the probes showed the flooring and walls at optimum levels of dryness and low moisture readings, our technicians plugged the weep holes and began the cleaning phase of remediation. Floors, objects, and surfaces affected by the water are hand-wiped with our professional antifungal and antibacterial solutions to leave them disinfected, deodorized and ready for customers.
Commercial water removal needs to happen as fast as possible to stop secondary damage from occurring to your business. The emergency services provided by SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville are available 24/7. Call us at (312) 509-5000, and our certified technicians can be on site within four hours to return your business to normal.
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Our Professionals Explain The Importance Of Safety After A Fire In Your Chicago Kitchen
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Fire Prevention Safety And Fire Damage In Your Chicago Kitchen
Kitchens in Chicago are the most common rooms in the home where fires begin. Whether prepping for a big dinner with your family or fixing a snack, knowing safe cooking behaviors can help in keeping everyone in your residence safe.
If you are unfortunate to experience a fire and fire damage in your Chicago kitchen, your home needs cleaning and restoration, no matter the size of the fire. Your best option is to contact the technicians at SERVPRO to help you, as we have the training and advanced equipment needed to restore your home as quickly as possible before more damage can be done from settled soot and smoke.
When cooking, do not leave your stove unattended. If you leave the area, turn off the burners you are using. Wear clothing that is close-fitting and short, or tightly roll up your sleeves. Clothing that is loose can hang low onto surfaces that are hot and then catch fire if it becomes in contact with an electric or gas burner.
The goal of structural cleaning after a fire means SERVPRO technicians remove the smoke residues from the structural components of your home and deodorize any odors given off by the residues. We consult and advise you as the property owner on which components of the structure can be cleaned, and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is needed for anything that does not respond well to cleaning.
When cooking, also make sure that the area you are working in is free of any materials that are combustible. Oven mitts, food wrappers or other materials left near the stove can catch fire. Be sure to clean up any splattered or spilled grease. Built-up grease can catch fire on the cooktop itself or inside your oven.
Don’t store things in your oven, including leftover food. It is easy to forget it is in there, and it may catch fire when you go to preheat the oven the next time. Also, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher available and nearby. Make certain you have the correct type and that you know how to use it properly.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that a fire of any size in your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore is scary and unsettling. We want to help you erase some of the memories of the event by restoring your residence when you call us at (312) 509-5000.
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SERVPRO Can Assist When It Comes to Natural Disaster Flood Damage
SERVPRO can bring the thunder when it comes to storm damage restoration.
Getting Rid of Standing Water after Flood Damage to your Bridgeport Property
The primary concern for a homeowner after a natural disaster is to restore their property as quickly as possible. Flooding is not uncommon and can cause havoc in the lower levels of your property. Removing that water needs to be done quickly to limit losses. As a rule of thumb, the longer water is allowed to saturate structure, structural components or personal possessions the more likely permanent damage is to occur.
When flood damage in Bridgeport properties occurs, you need to know that your restoration provider can mobilize equipment quickly. SERVPRO uses local technicians and provides them with the tools from our nearby warehouse. As a company with access to national resources, our water extraction equipment is top of the range and capable of dealing with any size disaster.
The quickest way to remove standing water is by a gas-powered submersible pump. These are linked to an open sewer point which allows us to remove an unlimited amount of flood water. However, if your home relies on a septic tank, a gas-powered pump cannot be deployed. Your SERVPRO technician can quickly use other measures if this is the case.
A practical solution when pumps are not possible to deploy are extraction units. For large amounts of water, SERVPRO can bring in truck-mounted extractors. These industrial equipment are capable of removing more than 100 gallons of water before needing to be emptied and minimize the risk of damages to carpets, fittings or upholstery.
Where flooding is deemed as less severe, we use portable extractors. Fabrics can be up to 50% weaker when wet so a deft approach can be useful in mitigating loss, particularly on carpets. These are comprised of a vacuum element used in combination with heat. Your technician can repeatedly use an extractor over the surface without risking damages and ensuring your home dries quicker than with dehumidifiers or rapid air-movers.
For a fast response to a home emergency, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.
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Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality
Smoldering fire damage spreads everywhere in your Chicago apartment complex.
Smoke Damage Recovery
So-called “wet” fire damage is a different and difficult type of challenge. Although the charring and ashes of a hotter fire present many issues, a slow, flameless burn produces significant amounts of dense and tacky smoke. Abatement of this tenacious coating is a task SERVPRO technicians train for continuously.
Smoldering fire damage spreads everywhere in your Chicago apartment complex. From its start in the tenant’s laundry room, the thick smoke from a full ashtray full of damp lint and a neglected cigarette stub moves up and out of the basement. Your commercial building equipped with active HVAC systems, elevators, and stairways, allows the smoke's rise, eventually reaching tenant and common areas far from the source.
Our SERVPRO workers need both to locate all places coated with the heavy, sticky substance and to eliminate continuing damage by attending to pathways by which the smoke moved throughout the building. The residue adheres to surfaces tightly, not amenable to simple dry cleaning techniques. We take great care not to smear or work the smoky substances into fabrics, padding, carpeting, or even porous wood structures.
Special industrial vacuums assist in removing residue from fibers without spreading. Solid surfaces receive a wet spray and wipe treatment with appropriate cleaning agents. Particularly tough to clean areas have abrasive tools and cleaners added to the mix, both requiring the experience and training our technicians bring to the job. SERVPRO also offers immersion and ultrasonic cleaning options, and certified crews to complete these advanced fire damage remediation strategies.
The HVAC system needs a complete cleaning and perhaps sealing to ensure lingering smoke does not damage areas of your apartment complex. Our HVAC specialists use up to date technology to inspect and clean the ductwork. These steps are essential to limit persistent odor issues. Deodorization is a final task, completed by SERVPRO after the physical cleanup wraps up. Retaining the smoky smell makes it very hard to convince current and future tenants that the fire damage is truly repaired. A combination of spraying and thermal fogging techniques combine with a painstaking commitment to remove all offending smoke-infiltrated articles to eliminate the odors.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville employs the trained technicians and professional equipment to restore your fire-damaged apartment complex to preloss condition. Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule an assessment with one of our project managers.
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Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home
Chicago Area Flooded Property Owners Call Upon SERVPRO for Cleanup of Contaminated Water
Prepare for Chicago Flooding with Advice from SERVPRO
Flooding incidents happen far more than you might think and all too often, homeowners find themselves facing the simple fact that they failed to acquire the proper insurance to address the costs associated with this kind of event. Avoid making the same mistake, spend the necessary time evaluating your plan and consider making changes to obtain the proper coverage for common occurrences that plague your area.
Even if you have never had a flood damage incident in your Chicago area home, it is important to ensure that when things get out of control, you have the protection in place to help you recover from this kind of situation properly. Insurance is not just another bill you pay; it is something that can save the entire investment you have made in your home. It can make the difference in having a home to return to or being homeless.
Consider that the most common flooding issue that homeowners face every year involves basement flooding. Every basement in every home is susceptible to flooding; your home is no different. All leaks, big or small, run from high to low ground. Meaning that, under the right circumstances, everything ends up in your basement.
Rainfall – Excessive rain can overload your drainage system, especially when improperly or inadequately installed. Often leading to foundation cracks and mold issues that develop in places you rarely visit.
Clogs – Sewer backups often happen at entirely the wrong time. Leading to sanitary issues as well as repairs that you simply are not prepared to handle on your own.
Drainage – The spot where your house sits on your property may not settle correctly over time. Adjustments to your yards grading and installation of various products help eliminate problems that cause excessive moisture.
If your basement is consistently wet, basement windows have condensation all of the time, or you have standing water, you need help. SERVPRO offers services to waterproof your basement properly. Using tar sealant on both the inside and outside of foundation walls, installing weeping tile, drains, and vents to prevent these issues from becoming a bigger issue. In some cases, sump pumps, additional drainages such as perimeter tiles, backflow valves, and grading issues can correct these problems easy enough. SERVPRO technicians receive expert training and licensing to provide you with these services, making your choice easy.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville works with your insurance company to keep the costs associated with your restoration to a minimum while providing you with the services you deserve. Call today for more information. (312) 509-5000
Water Damage Can Be Caused By Your Sprinkler System In Your Apartment In Chicago
While you cannot account for the failure of your sprinkler system, this network of piping can leave water damage throughout your entire apartment.
Water Cleanup For Sprinkler Misfires In Your Chicago Apartment
Fire suppression systems are common installations for your Chicago apartment building. While they do their part to put out a fire once it begins, they are not without errors or miscalculations that could leave you with widespread water loss without a reasonable explanation. Even with small fires, the volume of water often released from this suppression system extinguishes the blaze and can still leave a considerable mess to clean.
When you have a fire suppression system that turns on erroneously, you want the right professional water cleanup team in Chicago to arrive quickly with the tools and expertise to help. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training in water damage recovery and can help you to not only clean up the mess that the sprinkler system has left in your apartment but also work to dry out this damage as well and protect structural elements from requiring replacement.
From the time that our experts arrive at your home, we work quickly to determine the full scope of the damage. While much of the effects can be visible to our team and the property owner, this does not always show the entire scope of saturation and penetration. Through moisture detection equipment, our technicians can identify moisture pockets in wall cavities, ceiling spaces, subflooring, and other areas that do not get seen with the naked eye.
Cleanup of this water damage begins with drying up the damage that can get seen, and then shifting focus to drying out inaccessible areas with a minimalistic approach. With tools like our injectidry system, our SERVPRO technicians can drill holes behind removed baseboards to send hoses into wall cavities to dry out these areas without the need for extensive material removal.
While you cannot account for the failure of your sprinkler system, this network of piping can leave water damage throughout your entire apartment in a few moments. Let our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville water restoration specialists handle the mess and make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.
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Keep A Look Out For Mold Growing In Your Chicago Home This Winter
Call us at (312) 509-5000 when you find mold damage in your home.
Mold Damage Can Happen Over The Winter In Chicago
Cold weather might seem to stop microbes in a Chicago home, or at least slow it down significantly. However, microbes only need moisture to survive, meaning winter can become a time of high activity for these microorganisms. Because disasters happen all year long, SERVPRO is always here to help resolve such situations and bring your home's condition back to normal.
Homeowners understand that mold damage in Chicago can happen anywhere inside but often do not expect it to occur in large areas before Spring. However, mold and mildew can remain active in your home wherever moisture congregates. Microbes require shelter from strong wind currents and direct sunlight more than they need warmth. Because of their ability to survive in cold conditions, you might find patches of mold inside your bathroom, your attic, the basement or crawlspaces, behind appliances in the kitchen - in fact, almost anywhere inside your home.
Part of the reason why mold grows easily is that of the need to add moisture to the dry winter air to make things more comfortable for you and your family. Colds and flu can make this need for added moisture in the air even greater. However, this moisture also helps microbes thrive.
We can help your family establish healthier moisture levels inside your home that provide adequate comfort for you while keeping mold from growing out of control. Microbes always exist in any location, just because of their prolific populations across the world, but controlling your home's interior environment keeps their growth to a minimum, or even at a standstill.
Once mold damage harms walls or other materials in your home, we can remove these inside a negative pressure chamber specially made for this purpose and then clean up the area. Afterward, we can bring in replacement items for the restoration stage of mold damage remediation. Preventing damage from microbes is much simpler and cost-effective than dealing with the loss after it occurs.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville also serves those in Oakland and Douglas, as well as around Hyde Park. Call us at (312) 509-5000 when you find mold damage in your home.
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Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means an
Our certified professionals have the right equipment to restore water damage in your home.
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 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. Either 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 of 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.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, open 24/7, year-round, can help you protect your home with every stage of water removal services and beyond. We do more than mitigate damage; we help prevent it with effective measures that save you money. If you reside in Woodlawn, Kenwood, of Oakland, call us at (312) 509-5000, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Our Professionals Explain The Fundamental Steps In Our Fire Cleanup Process In Your Chicago Home
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Essential Steps In Fire Cleanup In Chicago
From casual observation, property fire is only a single event, but on evaluating the damages left for cleanup, a different picture emerges. You have to combine different skills and tools to clean the place thoroughly. We have certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians that can clean up your fire-damaged property removing all debris and residues “Like it never even happened.”
Evaluating the level of damage is essential before starting the process of fire cleanup in Chicago. When our SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property, we identify the best methods to use depending on the affected material, what caused the damage, and the level of deterioration. Fires cause damages through heat action, flames and accumulation of smoke residues. The harm caused by heat and smoke is easier to renovate through restorative cleaning unlike damage by the flames.
It is essential to remove any large debris from the house before doing a thorough cleanup. Debris can form from charred contents or parts of the structure. In case the smoke in the fire was too intense, it is possible to confuse soot-covered items with those charred by flames from the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome this by separating debris into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This allows us to take additional measures such as removing questionable items to our offsite facility for thorough restorative cleaning.
In most properties affected by a fire, smoke residues spread all over the property because smoke moves through convection currents in which hot air displaces cool air. Smoke filters even through the small space left by closed doors or windows. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to remove smoke residues including applying professional cleaning agents that dissolve, disperse or suspend the residue. We also rely on mechanical agitation with brushes or use of power washers which helps quicken the process and remove any stubborn residues.
Restorative cleaning helps make properties habitable soon after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Do You Know The Effects of Residential Mold Damage?
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Understanding Effects of Mold Damage in Chicago Helps in Remediation
Mold growth is a common problem, and if left unchecked, it can cause severe damage that costs much money to fix. Such infestations also diminish property value if you intend to sell the property. We offer professional remediation services to help you deal with the problem that affects your property “Like it never even happened.”
There are several outcomes of mold damage in Chicago. The most obvious is musty odor and staining of surfaces which appears as dark or white patches on surfaces. Taking immediate remediation steps makes it easier to get rid of these minor problems. If the infestation is left unchecked, it eats into organic materials in search of food to fuel its growth damaging them structurally. The only way to fix such cases is replacing the affected material. Mold also leads to deterioration of finishes such as paint on surfaces necessitating refinishing after removing the infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected area to establish the level of damage before choosing a remedy.
Most cases of mold infestation are easily fixed through cleaning the surfaces thoroughly. Since mold is fueled by moisture, cleaning methods like bleach application that involve the use of water are not sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum affected areas to get rid of loose mold debris. We also use soda blasting which blows Sodium bicarbonate particles over infested surfaces at speeds exceeding 600 miles per hour. Such blasting loosens debris without damaging the surface. Another way to clean affected areas is damp wiping with a professional cleaning agent.
Mold problems reoccur easily if the if you fail to dry the structure after the remediation exercise. Unless a case involves flooding, drying alone is not enough. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the moisture source first then use various approaches to dry the structure. Air movers and dehumidifiers help us dry rooms within the structure. For concealed spaces such as wall cavities, we use specialized equipment like the injectidry system.
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Dealing with mold can be a nightmare if you are not sure which steps to take. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Let SERVPRO Experts Come to Your Rescue When Water Damage Strikes Your Chicago Business
Significant water damage is caused when pipes burst in your business.
SERVPRO - Remediating Commercial Water Damage In Chicago Food Service Facilities
Chicago businesses face a variety of disasters, most of them having to do with failing appliances that can start a fire or send gallons of water across the floors, walls, and equipment. When it happens in a food service operation, the need to clean and dry everything can have a much shorter time limit not just to serve customers, but to keep food from spoiling.
For SERVPRO to remove and remediate commercial water damage in a Chicago butcher shop, we have to dry not just the floor, but the equipment, counters, and even the inside atmosphere of the shop. Since this is a food service facility, our cleaning specialists use an anti-bacterial cleaner on every surface where food is stored or prepared on before sale.
If the damage results from a broken inlet pipe or a broken sink, then our efforts center primarily around cleaning and drying the floor so that it is safe for employees and customers. Our cleaning crews remove any standing water with commercial pumps and extraction wands. Once there is only a trace of water spread over the surface, crew members use an anti-bacterial cleaner to eliminate any possible threat of mold growth and then air movers and fans to dry the floor.
When the damage starts with a faulty sprinkler system, then the water is over every surface, to include freezers, preparation areas, customer service counters, and more. SERVPRO specialists remove any excess water from on top of display cases, chopping blocks, and every other surface that might conceivably touch the product before it goes to a customer. Next, they scrub each surface with an anti-bacterial agent that is safe for them. Crew members then wash and dry everything to ensure no residual chemical cleaner is left behind.
Our goal at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is to clean and restore each surface and piece of equipment to its original condition before the water damage. Quickly performing this task allows food service business owners to retain as much of their inventory as possible and not lose thousands of dollars in lost product. If you need us, call (312) 509-5000 today. We are here for you.
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Let Our Team Help You After A Fire Destroys Your Chicago Home
Our fire damage restoration services can help restore your home.
Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago Can Restore Your Home
The fire in your basement fireplace did not destroy your property, but there are strong smoke odors and heavy soot residue on many furniture items as well as on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Contacting professionals for a job like this can help prevent further damage to your personal belongings and your home. We can restore your residence to its pre-fire state when possible.
SERVPRO fire damage services in Chicago are reliable. Our certified technicians can use dry sponges to remove soot and ash from tables and other surfaces in the affected areas in the basement. If necessary, we may use cleaning solutions to remove dirt and residue from various surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. Burned contents such as curtains, clothing, and throw rugs can cause odors, which is why we remove them from the structure. With your permission, the crew can throw away all burnt items. The team can clean and sanitize any items we save and pack-out, categorize, label and store them off-site until they finish the restoring your home.
Removing charred furniture and cleaning surfaces may not always eliminate smoke odors. The techs may also have to utilize industrial-strength odor removal deodorizers to get rid of pungent smells from soft materials such as drapes, carpet, and upholstery. We may also use air movers and air scrubbers to force out smoke odors and to enhance the air quality inside the structure. Thermal foggers can also be put to use to eradicate thick smoke aromas. It may become necessary to employ a portable ozone machine to neutralize and remove lingering smoke smells. If we use this piece of equipment, you must vacate the home until we complete the job. You can trust our crews to deem the air quality inside your property to be at a safe level before you return home.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help restore your fire damaged home. If you experience a fire emergency in the area, call us right away at (312) 509-5000. We are close by and are here to serve you in your time of need.
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When A Flood Destroys Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact The Specialists At SERVPRO!
SERVPRO can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills.
Restoring Walls After Flood Damage Creates A Remodeled Look In Chicago
Many owners want to remodel their home but lack the resources or time to engage in such time-consuming projects. A disaster like flooding changes things drastically, but SERVPRO can help make changes that improve your home's interior in the long run.
When a residence in Chicago sustains flood damage, walls and floors become so saturated that we must remove the affected area and then several inches above the water line. Cutting this away and removing it allows us to air out the home's support beams inside the wall. These beams must reach standard moisture content before installation of new wall material can take place. We compare readings of moisture content to industry approved materials sheets to ensure proper drying occurs. Replacing ruined walls too soon can lead to mold infestation and wood rot. Both can cause wooden beams to loose strength. Any warping can also create a strain on the wall joints and lead to cracking and other structural problems.
We work with our customers to re-create as we restore their home by locating the materials needed. While not an exact remodeling job, a new look can appear when a customer chooses new paint colors, paneling, or textured coverings for reconstructed walls. Our experts work closely with every customer to ensure their satisfaction with the finished work.
Another step we take when dealing with flood damage is to carry out odor elimination. Flood damage includes the formation of new and highly offensive odors that can permeate a home, even after mitigation. Hydroxyl gas comes in a structure similar to H – O – H. The organic matter that creates these odors bonds with unstable hydrogen atoms, deodorizing your home at the molecular level. Hydroxyl also produces a fresh scent as it is working, is so safe we can use it while people are in the treated area and does not produce color changes in damp textiles like ozone can.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills. Our technicians also hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and also Applied Structural Drying (ASD) – crucial knowledge when dealing with flooded homes and businesses. Contact us at our 24-hour service lie by calling (312) 509-5000. Homeowners in or near Oakland, Douglas, and South Shore can also rely on our skilled employees when their residence faces a disaster.
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Avoid Delays When Facing Water Damage at Your Chicago Business Location
Wet insulation, whether in the ceiling or walls of your business, needs to be dried or replaced right away. Contact SERVPRO to evaluate the damage.
Commercial Water Damage Professionals in Chicago Discuss Problems With Wet Insulation
If a pipe leaks above the ceiling or in between the walls inside your Chicago deli, many structural issues can occur. Moisture always follows gravity so leaks that take place above your building or high up behind the wall can cause extensive commercial water damage as it flows to the floor. Excessive moisture can saturate acoustic ceiling tiles or drywall forcing them to be replaced. If water flows behind the walls, other structural items such as your studs and insulation can get affected. Some insulation can be dried out during a commercial water damage project, but other types must be removed and replaced.
Dealing with wet insulation can be extremely difficult, and it is a job best left to a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We complete every commercial water damage project in Chicago in the best way possible to reduce the loss of revenue caused by the leak. Depending on the severity of the situation, we can sometimes complete the majority of the mitigation work when your deli is closed. If this is not possible, then we secure the area and make sure that the job site is safe for your employees and customers. In some situations, we can complete the work a section at a time so that the majority of your cafe stays open during the process.
When insulation gets wet, it loses its r-value. Most types of insulation get ruined with high moisture levels and must be thrown out. Fiberglass insulation can at times be saved if drying procedures take place promptly. If the fiberglass material stays wet for too long though, the paper backing on it can become a prime food source for mold.
When removing contaminated insulation, our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians follow strict guidelines during the process so that air quality does not become an issue. In all cases where mold is found and in some cases when it is not, we set up a containment chamber so that loose insulation dust does not contaminate unaffected areas of your deli. If you ever have a water leak at your place of business call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 any day of the week.
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Storms, Winds, Tree Limbs in Your Chicago Home!! Call SERVPRO Fast!
Stormwater from Broken Limbs Can Flood Chicago Area Homes, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Removal
We Offer Reliable Flood Damage Services in Chicago
A violent storm blew through the neighborhood yesterday, and high winds sent a sizable tree branch through your front window. Now, several inches of water stands in your living room. If you do not know whom to contact, we kindly suggest that you call us right away. When possible, our professional team can restore your home.
Our SERVPRO flood damage crew in Chicago can arrive at your residence fast to inspect the damages. Plus, they can secure the structure by covering the missing window with plywood or protective plastic sheeting. The techs can also check for additional breaches to the property such as a hole in the roof or a broken door and secure them as they did with the window. Securing your home helps prevent water from flowing into the house. Plus, it can protect against wildlife or unwanted visitors from entering the structure.
Next, our SERVPRO team can remove all excess water from the residence. This step helps to reduce further damages to your home. Quick water removal can also prevent wood rot and mold growth. When extracting water, the techs may employ truck-mounted, or portable extractors or commercial grade pumps to eliminate the water fast. The level of water inside the house helps determine what type of equipment the crew may utilize for the job.
Storm waters can also cause damages to the interior walls, floor tile, and ceilings. If this happens, our skilled technicians may have to remove various wet materials such as drywall or insulation. If the job requires further construction though we can do substantial rebuilds, our techs can assist you in getting in touch with a qualified contractor. Since flood water is contaminated, our crew must discard all wet carpeting and padding as well as any furnishings or contents that come in contact with the water. During the drying process, the team may employ air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the affected areas thoroughly. The crew can also use dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from inside the structure.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is close by and can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.
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How to Remove Water From Your Chicago Office
SERVPRO Removes Water From a Hyde Park Business
Commercial Water Removal Chicago
There was a fairly significant leak in one of the sinks in the men’s bathroom of your dentist office. You need to call professionals like us to extract the standing water on your floor so you can re-open and service your many patients. Excess water can ruin your floors, lower walls and other areas inside the structure. Plus, allowing water to sit inside your business for more than two days can cause mold growth and health effects, so contacting us may help prevent further damages to your office.
Our Chicago commercial water removal SERVPRO restoration services can involve the use of various pieces of industrial equipment like portable extractors, wands, vacuums, and pumps. After the team inspects the area and removes excess water from inside the structure, they may employ air movers or axial fans to dry the affected areas. Our techs may also use dehumidifiers to speed up drying by increasing moisture evaporation. We understand that you must get back in operation as soon as possible. You can expect our trained crews to work fast to remove water from your office and to dry the affected areas quickly thoroughly.
It may be necessary for us to pack-up contents and to remove furniture from inside the structure such as chairs, tables and office equipment to prevent damages. You can trust us to itemize, categorize and store every item we remove from the premises. Plus, for safe keeping, we place those items in a safe and dry and place on or off-site until the job is complete. Our teams are very efficient and work quickly and set goals to get your dentist office back in operation as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville commercial water removal restoration services can restore your dentist office when possible. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000. We always here and ready to help in your time of need.
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SERVPRO Has the Solutions for Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Property
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What to Do When You Find Mold in Your Chicago Home
Taking care of your Chicago home can feel like a full-time job at some points in your life. When the situation you face leads to persistent moisture concerns in areas like your crawlspace, basement, or cellar areas, things could be even more challenging to keep in check. Moisture can allow for damages that exceed the abilities of even the handiest of homeowners, requiring professional restoration and remediation work to resolve.
Fungal growth can allow for mold damages throughout areas of your Chicago home. The more widespread these colonies can become, the more destructive and hazardous they become as well. Identifying them might be as fundamental as noticing a musty odor through specific areas of your home that cannot get identified, or laying eyes on an active colony in affected areas. Whatever led you to the discovery, it is critical to take care of the situation as quickly as possible.
One of the first things that you should do when you encounter mold growth in your home is to devise a way to keep your family and pets away from the growth. Exposure to the colonies has gotten linked with several potential health effects, and prolonged exposure can only increase the likelihood of these conditions occurring. You need to reach out to our SERVPRO emergency response team to help you assess the situation and to set up precautionary measures to limit the spread of this colony as remediation work is getting prepared to begin.
Though attacking a colony on your own may seem like a logical option, consider the truth that there are over a dozen common mold varieties that could grow in your home. Many of these require specific equipment or approaches to remove, and our SERVPRO professionals have the unique training and experience to determine what the situation needs to remove the colony entirely.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember in this situation is that the spread of the mold colony and the destruction that it can cause to structural elements of your home is not going to get better on its own. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville technicians can help you through every step of the colony removal and restore your home to the way it used to be. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.
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Dealing With Mold After Water Damage In Chicago Properties
The last thing a homeowner wants in their property is mold.
Dealing With Mold After Water Damage
The last thing a homeowner wants in their property is mold. Unfortunately, in colder climates across America, it's an unfortunate reality. The causes of mold are varied and can occur from heavy rainfall, leaks in your plumbing or even in your HVAC. Moisture can fit into the smallest spaces or be absorbed by drywall making it difficult to guard against the growth of mold.
Properties that have suffered previous water damage in Chicago are at a higher risk of mold or mildew buildup. Anything from cracks between the floorboards, crawlspaces or behind fittings are places where moisture can seep in undetected. These areas are the ideal conditions for mold to grow and the resultant spores can cause it to spread rapidly.
When you call in a SERVPRO technician, the first thing you should provide as much information as you can. Usually, we need to cordon off the affected area to prevent spores from spreading to other areas of your home. Until the area is contained, we can not introduce air flow, such as using vacuums, as it would risk spreading.
Containment could include using plastic sheeting, negative airflow, covering of ducts (if we suspect mold in your HVAC), as well as decontamination rooms for SERVPRO equipment and PPE gear. Unfortunately, the majority of porous materials like fabrics must be removed and discarded. Non-porous materials in your home can be cleaned by our technician using HEPA vacuums or sanitizers.
Once all visible signs of mold have been removed from the containment area, the next job is to thoroughly dry materials and structure to protect against future infection. Regular drying equipment like air movers can be counter-productive and spread spores around. For that reason, SERVPRO can delay the drying procedure focusing on removing infected materials and lighter equipment like dehumidifiers.
As part of our service, we can remove and dispose of all contaminated materials to lessen the risk of mold returning to your home. We can also thoroughly deodorize the affected area using chemical foggers to get rid of that musty smell to make it like it never even happened.
If you spot mold on your walls or furnishings don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.
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A Damaged Roof Can Put Your Chicago Antique Store In Need Of Water Cleanup Services
When water has leaked into your business through the holes in your roof, the best option is for you to immediately call for water cleanup services.
Water Cleanup Services
When it is time to change the damaged roof on your building, it is not wise to ignore the problem, especially since a heavy rainstorm can put you in urgent need of water cleanup services. Replacing an old roof is a costly process, but the issue can only become more expensive for you as the roof begins to fail and allows water to flow into your store. However, sometimes money is tight, or an unfortunate accident happens before the roofers are scheduled to arrive.
When water has leaked into your business through the holes in your roof, the best option is for you to immediately call for water cleanup services to come to your Chicago antique store. The quicker that professionals can arrive, the more likely it is that any damage that has befallen your merchandise can be remediated. The furniture, shoes, and clothes to the right side of your store have all been drenched by rainwater. Considering that damage can diminish the value of the antiques in your store, the timing is only more pressing.
As SERVPRO arrives at your store, we can immediately begin to set up a drying system to encourage the water that has soaked into the furniture and clothing to evaporate. While our IICRC-technicians are setting up our advanced equipment to do the job, such as dehumidifiers and air movers, our Estimator can go over the roofing issue with you. SERVPRO can recommend a roofing company who can come to your store swiftly and get the job done just as fast, so you do not have a repeated accident.
SERVPRO understands how valuable your time is. We always aim to be out of sight and out of mind while working, so you do not have to worry about foot traffic loss. Our schedule is flexible, should your accident happen in the middle of the night, we are available to call.
When an accident leads to excess standing water that needs to be cleaned up, never delay. Phone SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000. 24/7 our doors are open for you.
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Removing Mold Damage In Chicago Area Homes
Like fires though, the mold is a year-round problem for every house, duplex, or apartment.
Removing Mold Damage
At this time of year, Chicago homeowners are more concerned with fires from the record heat than mold growing in their attics or basements. Like fires though, the mold is a year-round problem for every house, duplex, or apartment.
Mold damage to Chicago homes can happen anywhere, from the attic, and down through the walls. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that damage is not limited to the outward appearance either. When mold grows undetected for a long enough period, it can infest the insulation everywhere.
Insulation (blown-in or rolled) compresses and loses its ability to reflect or trap heat when it becomes infested. The loss happens faster when it becomes wet, so sprays are not a good choice. Foggers can spread anti-fungal agents across the attic and down the walls, but they do not remove the physical mold colony which weighs down the insulation. To ensure a mold-free home, SERVPRO technicians remove the insulation, scrape clean the area, and use chemical agents to kill any trace of active mold growth.
For attics, our team members pull up the rolled insulation, bag it to prevent accidentally transferring mold to other parts of the property, and then remove it for disposal. For blown-in insulation, they start with a commercial vacuum to remove it to a sealed bag outside the home. In roof corners and other hard to reach areas, our teams use scrapping tools to remove the last, small amounts. After removal, for both types of insulation, technicians either spray the area or use a fogger to ensure no active, growing spores remain.
For mold in walls, the task of removal has additional steps. Team members remove the drywall or other material and then pull out the rolled insulation or vacuum out the blown-in variety. Before removal, technicians also seal off the room to prevent accidental contamination to other parts of the home. After removing the affected insulation, they spray down the open wall space to kill any active spores.
At SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, our goal is to return every home affected by a mold growth to a clean, safe condition as quickly as possible. If you suspect or can see mold in your home, call us at (312) 509-5000 today to schedule a visit.
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Fire Damage Technicians From Chicago Talk About Communication And Reporting
After a fire starts on your property in Chicago the damage may seem overwhelming and devastating.
Communication And Reporting
After a fire starts on your property in Chicago the damage may seem overwhelming and devastating. Any time a disaster affects you, the entire process can be very stressful. The various types of work required can get confusing to keep track of and retain a good understanding of the situation.
Insurance companies can also sometimes be difficult to work with because agents and adjusters often have a heavy workload. From the time our SERVPRO technicians respond to fire damage call in Chicago, to the day we complete the project, we work hard to demonstrate good communication and reporting. We feel that the entire mitigation process goes more smoothly if we strive to communicate well on our end to both you and your insurance company.
After we do our initial inspection and before we start any work, we explain the process to you in detail. Within eight hours of beginning a project, we brief your insurance adjuster and inform them of the initial scope of the restoration process. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO estimators come up with a first rough draft estimate right away. This way your adjuster stays informed from the beginning of the project and gets more time to review the loss. These days, advances in technology have helped streamline our chain of communication with you and your insurance agent and adjuster. We can now prepare estimates easily and save them in digital form. This allows us to transfer the estimates and any updates made to them easily via e-mail.
As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence, we begin keeping a hard copy job file. The job file contains all of the important information regarding the project. Contact information and policy numbers are the first to get recorded followed by a job overview, crew instructions and physical evidence and documentation of the affected areas. Included in the file is a place for any subcontractor information and any adjuster verbal briefing notes.
The last important document kept by our crew is a job diary. The diary describes each work day and keeps track of the customers’ questions or concerns they expressed for each day. A job diary also outlines exactly what type of work was conducted every day our team was at your house. To get help from a company that stays organized throughout the remediation process, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 all hours of the day.
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Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage In Your Chicago Home
Water can damage your Chicago home at any given moment or time.
Overflowing Water Can Cause Water Damage
Water can damage your Chicago home at any given moment or time. A sink or bathtub can overflow, or a pipe or supply line may burst. When an accident occurs in your house such an overflowing tub or sink, water can flow onto the floor and can damage the flooring, walls, and the ceiling beneath the tub. To prevent extensive damage to the residence, it is best to contact professionals and let them handle the problem as soon as possible. Our team is well experienced in water damage restoration and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”
You can trust our professional SERVPRO water damage services in Chicago. Our crew is highly trained to work quickly to remove water from the affected areas. Doing so may help reduce the damages to your property. Microbial growth can cause health effects, which is why our techs work fast to migrate water from the structure. Our team arrives at your residence within hours after you contact us. The crew has the proper equipment to extract all standing water and to completely dry the affected areas in the home. The technicians may use extractors, pumps, and vacuums to eliminate excess water.
During the drying stage, the crew may use a variety of equipment such as air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to dry the air, structure, ceiling, and flooring. We also dry items in the home such as furniture and personal belongings. To make sure the interior of the home is thoroughly dry; the team may use moisture detection devices to locate hidden moisture from behind walls and flooring. Moisture can cause mold damage and rot, which is why using these tools helps our techs ensure the affected areas are thoroughly dry.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is here to help and is always nearby. If you have ever had a water emergency in your home, call us at (312) 509-5000 right away. Our water removal services are available 24/7 in the in the Kenwood, Bridgeport, South Shore and other surrounding areas in Chicago.
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Mold Damage Experts in Chicago Talk About Problems Related to High Relative Humidity Levels
When mold happens in your home, contact SERVPRO right away for best results.
SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Investigate and Then Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home
Any time something gets wet inside your Chicago building, the relative humidity indoors rises. When materials get affected by moisture, they can absorb it, slowly evaporating it into the air. As the water moves from the contents or building materials inside your house, it goes into the air and raises the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. As humidity levels inside your home rise, many problems can take place. Since microbes need the correct temperature, an organic food source, and moisture to develop, high relative humidity levels can be dangerous.
In some cases, if the humidity levels inside a structure stay elevated for too long the moisture in the air can cause microbial growth. When mitigating mold damage in Chicago, monitoring humidity levels is essential to determining the source of the contamination. Controlling the relative humidity levels inside a house is also vital when treating fungal growth and preventing it from spreading. In many scenarios when the source of the growth is not obvious, the fungi formed due to escalated humidity levels.
If abnormally high humidity levels are believed to be the cause of the microbial development, our SERVPRO technicians first determine why the relative humidity rose in the first place. Once we figure out which materials are wet causing more moisture to exist in the air, we dry them out. If the source of the elevated humidity levels is a slow water leak somewhere inside the building, we find out how to repair the slow leak.
Once our SERVPRO team determines how to control the humidity levels, we treat or remove the contaminated materials depending on how severe the contamination got. If the fungal growth has been deeply rooted into the item, then it gets removed in sealed plastic bags. If the contamination has only affected an object's surface, then it can be sanded and sprayed with a specialized sealant paint.
Once the fungi that exist on buildings materials gets removed, we then set up drying equipment to return humidity and moisture levels to preloss conditions. Air movers create air circulation that speeds up the natural evaporation process, while dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air. If you ever notice mold developing as a result of high humidity levels, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 seven days a week.
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Starting Restoration Services with Water Removal Protects Your Chicago Property
When accidents or disasters happen, SERVPRO is Here to Help.
Water removal for your home
Accidents involving forgotten bathtubs or sinks that eventually overflow onto the floor, busted pipes, or loose shingles in your roof can lead to problems with undesired water causing problems in your Chicago residence. Dealing with the problem yourself might not turn out as quickly done as expected. SERVPRO can help protect your home from damages that stem from the presence of water.
Property owners in Chicago can rely on SERVPRO's professional water removal services to get the job done right. We prevent future problems by making your home “Like it never even happened.” Removing the water that invaded your home keeps damages related to microbial growth, wood rot, dry rot, peeling paint and loosened wallpapers, and many other problems from developing into full-fledged problems.
When we get a call that requires water removal equipment, we arrive at the residence with our Green Fleet ready to extract the water and start drying the interior of the home out thoroughly. Our more massive pumps are mounted on trucks and can pull thousands of gallons out very rapidly if needed. No job is too large or complicated for our expert teams. When smaller spills occur, we also carry the equipment for that specific situation. Hand-operated water extraction units remove water efficiently.
Our water removal regimen includes drying out any affected contents, as well. Our air movers and desiccant machines dry out the air, personal belongings and furniture, and visible structures. We use equipment to air out and dry any interior wall spaces that may have gotten saturated.
Using our moisture detectors both before and during our work, we can quickly detect the amount of moisture that exists in materials throughout your home. Infrared thermal imaging devices can detect hidden water, as well, ensuring that we locate hidden areas of water that may cause problems otherwise. We want to leave your home completely restored and as protected from future damage as possible.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to answer your call at (312) 509-5000. We serve those in the Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Douglas areas whenever water removal services are needed to protect a residence from the damages of unwanted, intrusive water.
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SERVPRO Takes Care of Local Chicago Flood Damage Problems with Ease
Flooding can happen unexpectedly and be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.
Drying Out Your Property After Flooding is Key to Preventing Secondary Damage
It may seem impossible to surmount the flood damage done to your Chicago home after a storm blows through the area, but no matter how severe the situation may seem, SERVPRO is available on a 24/7 basis to help out. Our tools and training enable us to provide full-featured flood mitigation and restoration services even for large office buildings and industrial centers, and we provide the same quality and level of care to residential zones in the community as well. Call us up after a disaster, and you might expect to see some or all of these features of our service put to work in your home.
SERVPRO works hard to stay on the cutting edge of restorations technology nationally, providing our technicians with some of the most advanced tools on the market to evaluate and combat flood damage in Chicago. From small digital tools like thermohygrometers that locate and identify spots of moisture deep within walls and materials, to large industrial machines such as air movers that create powerful, controlled wind currents within your home to whisk away moisture, our arsenal of equipment allows us to adapt to any situation and provide the care needed to get everything back to the way it was before the flood.
Every SERVPRO technician receives weeks of challenging certifications and job training before ever setting foot on a job site. However, even once an employee is accredited, their training is far from over. We structure our teams to make sure that no job site goes without veteran, experienced restoration professionals to oversee the situation and provide guidance through their years of experience and dozens of completed jobs. Through our combination of formal schooling and on-the-job experience gathering, every team we send to homes in the local area brings experience and accreditation with it.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville helps local homeowners to perk up and recover from the effects of flood damage with professionalism and quality of service honed through years of work in the community. Call us at (312) 509-5000.
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Moisture Sensors Help Dry Structures After Water Damage in Chicago
Tools like this can help our technicians know where water removal is needed.
Equipment needed to remove water damage
Laundry is a household task that most of us do without giving it much thought. We put our dirty clothes in the washer, turn on the machine and forget about it until we hear the buzzer reminding us the washing cycle is complete. Undoubtedly, the soapy water standing on the basement floor was a surprise when you went back to check on your washing. Calling a professional to extract the water as soon as possible can help lessen the amount of damage to your flooring and removing hidden pockets of water may prevent mold from growing.
SERVPRO provides water removal in Chicago. An overflowing sink can cause a great deal of water damage in hidden areas such as behind baseboards and under floorboards, which is why calling us is can help. We have tools that can find concealed moisture that could cause additional damage to the structure. The team utilizes different moisture meters to determine if water is hiding in various areas such as inside the baseboards. The penetrating meter has probes that can test underneath flooring as well as inside wall cavities. Penetrating surfaces assist technicians when calculating the level of water migration. The crew can also use non-penetrating sensors that they place on a surface to get moisture readings. Moisture meters help return structures back to their normal moisture levels. Plus, they aid in detecting if a structure is dry.
The SERVPRO technicians may also use thermo-hygrometers to measure both temperature and humidity levels. The tech allows the meters to adapt to the air conditions in the area before taking a reading. Next, they use those results in combination with a psychrometric calculator or chart to determine the level of humidity. The crew compares air readings in four areas that include the outside the structure, the affected and unaffected sections and from the exhaust coming through the dehumidifier into the affected area. Using this type of moisture meter helps technicians establish if dehumidification is contributing to the drying process. Plus, employing more than one sensor aids technicians when determining if an area is dry. It may be necessary to do further inspection such as removing baseboards or molding to assess dryness and to vent wall cavities.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has the tools to handle water removal emergencies in your home. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000 day or night.
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Finding Mold Damage in Your Camper or RV can Ruin Family Plans to Travel Out of Chicago
SERVPRO Remediates the Mold and Improves the Indoor Air Quality of Your RV as You Slip Out of Chicago on Vacation
SERVPRO Helps Secure Your RV from Mold Growth
Springtime finds many residents of Chicago planning the final touches to their summer vacations. Owning an RV or camper helps ensure that your family enjoys a safe and familiar place, especially at night, while away from home.
When preparations for the next upcoming vacation or exciting road trip away from your Chicago home reveal mold damage inside your portable residence, a call to SERVPRO can get it remediated quickly. Holidays are essential ways for families to bond, and also provide much-needed stress-relief from demanding job duties. Both help families stay healthy and productive parts of our society. Having your temporary abode remediated instead of merely using it and hoping for the best also keep mold from hitchhiking into your home when you finish your vacation and starting mold colonies inside your primary residence.
Inside a land yacht or RV, the structures seem similar to the interior of your home, but contains less insulation, little if any drywall, and much more metal, vinyl, and plastic, especially in the decorative trim and wall paneling. These components can also become damaged by microbial colonization, as well as heavily discolored. Paneling and particle board components quickly suffer damage when exposed to moisture and develop swelling and warping in addition to any harm from mold and mildew. We can remove these materials, including any curtains, cushions or covers, paneling doors, and other items for easier replacement, if necessary. Cleaning hard surfaces can reveal stains, which we can often remove with select agents.
Short-term exposure to such infestations can cause health effects, especially when spending the night inside after a day's traveling. Stopping, starting, and driving over bumpy roads can cause spores to remain airborne constantly. SERVPRO can prevent this from happening, and the subsequent problems, including contamination of your home by spores that hijack your family's belongings after your vacation. The use of HEPA filtration systems in a few air scrubbers can generally clarify the air, leaving only to discover and eliminate the mold colonies along with the source of the moisture.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville wants to help your family enjoy your home-away-from-home as much as possible. Supporting the members of our communities in the Douglas, Kenwood, and South Shore areas are important to our employees. If mold damage poses a barrier to your family time together, let us help you by calling our 24/7 emergency service line at (312) 509-5000.
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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Chicago Discuss Dehumidification
If a pipe breaks and water leaks into your Chicago warehouse, many of your products could get damaged.
Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Dehumidification
If a pipe breaks and water leaks into your Chicago warehouse, many of your products could get damaged. High moisture levels can fade paint and ruin items. Cardboard inside your warehouse can hold moisture and increase the relative humidity inside the building. If organic materials stay wet and humidity stays elevated inside a structure for more than 48 hours microbial growth can occur.
Any time excessive moisture is present inside a building, structural drying occurs to lower humidity levels and moisture levels in building materials and contents. During any commercial water damage process in Chicago, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up the natural evaporation rate. Air movers push wet, evaporated air around the room and dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air.
Dehumidifiers serve two purposes during any rapid drying process. The systems pull water vapor out of wet air dispensing the water out in liquid form, therefore, lowering the relative humidity inside your warehouse. The dehumidifiers also exhaust out hot, dry air that gets put into the airflow of the air moving system to start the process over again.
To figure out how many dehumidifiers to set up in any given situation, the severity of the water damage is given a numbered class. The numbered class is determined by how many porous materials are present within the affected area. For class one scenarios little dehumidification is required whereas, class four situations require specialized dehumidification.
Class one damages require the least amount of evaporation and occur when the carpet and pad do not get very wet, and moisture exists mostly inside non-porous materials. Class two scenarios require more dehumidification occur when more porous materials such as the carpet and pad inside warehouse offices get wet. In some class two situations, water is wicked up the walls a foot or two.
Porous materials such as cardboard boxes inside your warehouse can hold moisture and require dehumidification to keep your products unaffected. When drying out your company's warehouse, we place the drying equipment in areas that help dry out your products and equipment as well as any of the building's structural components. Our SERVPRO technicians make sure the equipment does not get set up in areas where there is foot and forklift traffic, keeping your company's work area safe.
The proper use of dehumidification and air moving equipment can prevent you from losing products and other items inside your warehouse. If you ever need professional help with structural drying at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 24 hours a day.
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Why You Should Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage In Chicago
After experiencing fire damage, there specific professional services which can help to lower the costs of a claim.
Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage
After experiencing fire damage, there specific professional services which can help to lower the costs of a claim. Restoration services work towards reducing the number of replacements which may be necessary after such incidents. If you live in Chicago, apart from being prepared to counter such situations, knowing your options counts and there is every reason to treat such issues with the urgency they deserve.
Let us begin by understanding the underlying cleaning principles that our SERVPRO technicians employ when dealing with fire damage in Chicago. When we are working for you, we always aim to return the materials to their preloss state, and we start off by inspecting the area and locating the smoke residues. When carrying out the inspection, we usually begin from the place where the fire originates from and analyze how far the smoke particles have moved.
After locating the smoke residues, it is time to identify the kind of smoke residues at the site. Given that fire consumes different types of materials, there is a possibility of finding a number of smoke particles within the same location. That helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose a suitable cleaning procedure. Before the cleaning process starts, it is equally important to identify the surface type. While some surfaces can allow abrasive cleaning methods, some area can deteriorate further if we subject them to such cleaning methods.
Certain restoration cases require move-outs before the restoration starts. Our SERVPRO team readily moves your items to a remote location if such a process is likely to protect your contents from further damage. On the same like, there are specific items such as guns, ammunition, and jewelry that we encourage owners to remove from the site before our team can start working.
Odors are a big challenge after a fire, and our team performs deodorization to neutralize the smells. To spread the deodorants, we may either use thermal foggers or ULV (Ultra Low Volume) Foggers. The equipment can also apply disinfectants and fungicides which help prevent chances of bacteria and fungi growth.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a proven leader in fire, mold, storm, and water damage restoration. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 when you need us to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Cleaning can make A Big Difference after Experiencing Fire Damage in Chicago
After a fire soot damage can remain throughout your home
Cleaning, a vital step after fire damage.
The steps you take after experiencing a fire damage incident have a direct impact on your property. Given that such events are traumatic, you need to seek for professional services if you need your concerns addressed in the right manner. There is a lot you can salvage in your Chicago property when the proper procedures are put in place to mitigate the damage.
Our SERVPRO technicians perform emergency services with the aim of limiting the secondary damages that your Chicago property is likely to suffer after a fire damage event. We start by pretesting and in the process find out the contents that you need to replace, items that do not require any form of cleaning and those to clean. Once we complete the pretest, we let you know the scope of the restoration process so that you know what to expect.
Let us discuss some of the cleaning techniques that our SERVPRO technicians use when restoring your property. When it is necessary, our team can employ immersion techniques when we need to apply the cleaning solution to all parts of the material. With this technique, we can control the quantity and temperature of the cleaning product as well as the time of exposure to the cleaning agent.
When we do not need the cleaning product to saturate the material and prevent overwetting, we can decide to use surface techniques. For instance, we can wipe after spraying the cleaning agent on hard surfaces such as furniture. It is also appropriate to use foam cleaning if excessive moisture is likely to damage the materials.
After cleaning all the surfaces, it is time to perform deodorization. This process improves the quality of air and sterilizes surfaces to lower the chances of bacteria and fungi growth that are likely to cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians always put on protective gear such as masks, gloves, and overalls as a safety measure during the restoration process.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville attends to all forms of storm, mold, fire, and water damage. Call us at (312) 509-5000 if you want to work with a proven industry leader, and we can make “Like it never even happened.”
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SERVPRO Has the Flexibility for Water Damage Restorations in Chicago Gas Stations
If your gas station experiences water damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO for quick and thorough restoration services.
SERVPRO is Here to Help with Water Damage to Your Commercial Space
Chicago gas stations with water damage can be challenging projects for some companies to handle due to their relatively large floor and concrete areas, a combination of retail and industrial features, and unique safety codes. However, SERVPRO is trained and prepared to deal with any water damage in such a facility, from light bathroom overflows to catastrophic flooding across the entire property. We are an industrial-scale cleanup and restoration company with the equipment and logistics necessary to handle large projects quickly and efficiently, ensuring that your doors open sooner and with less cost than without our help.
Gas stations in Chicago can take water damage both inside the store area and outside by pumps and other facilities. In some cases, a single disaster may affect both areas at once and require a multi-pronged approach. Our large and well-rounded staff allows us to take on these situations alone and avoid hiring on additional contractors. Keeping the operation centralized and under a single company helps to decrease costs and paperwork and may be a preferred option by your insurance provider. In some cases, we may bring in specialists to handle specific situations beyond our expertise, but these cases are only a small portion of our commercial work.
What keeps most companies from accepting work at a gas station is the potential for danger. Some types of water damage may create situations in which standard restoration techniques could be hazardous, and few companies can adapt to changing scenarios like SERVPRO. We keep certified technicians and specialized equipment on-hand 24 hours per day to combat unexpected and extraordinary circumstances we encounter in the field and can employ these as needed if any hazards are present at the job site. Our technicians are also certified to operate in and around biohazard areas for more serious incidents.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville serves a large local area by responding quickly to any reports of fire, water, or mold damage in the local area. Call us for our services or a quote at (312) 509-5000.
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Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home From Snowmelt
If your home has been the victim of flood damage from snowmelt, it is something that you need to take care of right away with professional help.
Flood Damage From Snowmelt
If you are a homeowner in Chicago with a basement, you know that it is essential to prevent water from coming into your residence. Water intrusion can have a devastating effect on the integrity of your structure. With the spring here, you need to worry about snowmelt, which is water and runoff from the melting of fallen snow. When ice and packed snow are on the ground when the temperatures rise, the warmer temps create rapid melting of snow and ice, making excess water and runoff very quickly. It, in turn, causes flooding.
If your home in Chicago has been the victim of flood damage from snowmelt, it is something that you need to take care of right away with professional help. The longer the water sits, the more in danger you are for your structure to become weakened, or sustain additional damage, such as the growth of mold. Our SERVPRO staff have the experience and tools to help you out and to get the job done fast.
Once we have extracted the standing water in your basement, the primary equipment we use in drying your home are dehumidifiers and air movers. Two guidelines we use for placing air movers are maintaining a balance between the dehumidifiers and air movers and positioning enough air movers to make airflow across all wet surfaces.
Air movers raise the rate of evaporation. As moisture evaporates from wet surfaces, the layer of air next to it becomes saturated. The higher humidity at the surface then starts slowing down the evaporation of additional moisture. Air movers send airflow over wet surfaces, blowing the air layer that is saturated away and replacing it with drier air. The dehumidifiers SERVPRO techs use create warm, dry air, but we need the air movers for circulating the dry air across wet materials and your structure.
Since air movers evaporate moisture into the airspace and dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, we must keep the two in balance. Too few air movers in relation to dehumidifiers result in a drying process that is slower. Dehumidifiers extract more moisture when the air is holding a great deal of moisture.
Too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers result in secondary water damages. Too many air movers mean the dehumidifiers cannot extract moisture from the air as fast as air movers are evaporating it into the air.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has trained staff who can properly operate the equipment used in drying your home in Douglas, South Shore, or Kenwood. When your basement has flooded, call us right away at (312) 509-5000, so we can dry you back out.
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Levels Of Fire Damage Possible After An Electrical Fire In Your Chicago Home
Your home in Chicago is filled with electrical appliances and wires, but when they malfunction, they can create massive fires.
Fire Damage After An Electrical Fire
Your home in Chicago is filled with electrical appliances and wires, but when they malfunction, they can create massive fires. The worst part about this is that most electrical fires cannot be doused with water. They instead require special fire extinguishers that are water-free to fight them. To prevent these types of fires in the first place, make sure that you do not plug in an overabundance of appliances into the same outlet and fix any outlets or wiring which you think could be damaged.
If you have experienced an electrical fire, there is plenty of fire damage in your Chicago home which needs to be repaired and cleaned up. It can be an overwhelming thing to deal with, and that is why our staff at SERVPRO is ready to help you anytime you need. We are professionally trained to handle damage after a fire, and we work efficiently and promptly so that you can get back to your usual way of life.
Not every fire results in the same level of damage, and not all fires need the same kind of procedures for restoration. Any loss can have a range of damage from minor to major. Minor fire damage affects only specific areas or rooms. How much smoke residues are left behind is light to moderate. Restoration involves dry and wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, contents, and floors. Only minor items need replacing, and a few areas might need repainting.
The amount of smoke residues in medium fire damage is moderate. More materials require our SERVPRO team to wet clean them to remove residues. How many areas need repainting and replacement increase, and floors might need refinishing. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents might need more replacing. We can clean contents on the job site. Smoke odors are also more noticeable, so it may require additional deodorization after we finish cleaning.
Heat and fire damage is severe near the fire source with significant fire damage. There could be charring to structural finishes and framing, making a need for structural repairs. Smoke residues are spread throughout a significant portion of the home, and smoke odors are strong and maybe even pungent. Emergency services like boarding up the structure, establishing temporary electricity, and removing charred and smoke-filled debris could be necessary. Restoration involves extensive cleaning in this case, and multiple methods of deodorization are needed to get rid of smoke odors.
No matter the level of fire damage in your home in South Shore, Kenwood, or Douglas, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville works hard to get your home restored. Reach out to us at (312) 509-5000 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you.
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All You Need to Know When You Face Water Damage in Chicago
If you experience water damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help.
Call on SERVPRO to Identify the Category of Water Damage in Your Home
Every property owner fears to experience water damage incidents since they bring about a lot of losses. The other aspect of such problems is that they make your contents undergo slow but steady deterioration if you fail to start the remediation process as soon as possible. For instance, there is a risk of mold growth, which can cause health effects and permanent destruction to your Chicago home.
There are three main types of water you should expect during a water damage incident in Chicago, and these are Category 1 (clean water), Category 2 (gray water) and Category 3 also known as black water. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that both black and gray water can present health effects to the occupants, and therefore handle such situations differently and wear Personal Protective Equipment during the remediation process.
Sometimes it can be challenging to develop a clear picture of the areas with the actual damage. It is critical to first identify such areas by using specialized equipment like moisture meters because water usually hides in places like walls. The next step is to dry the wet areas, and the materials we are restoring determine the method our SERVPRO technicians use. If we are restoring an insulated wall, then we may decide to introduce flood cuts, otherwise, weep holes can be an option when reclaiming walls with no insulation.
Our SERVPRO team also establishes a proper airflow in the area to enhance the drying process. Opening windows and introducing air movers might not be enough in places where the moisture load is high, and we might need to do more. When drying your property, we can use hygrometers to ensure the area does not end up with excess humidity. We can perform dehumidification to absorb the extra moisture if we notice there is high humidity.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is an industry leader in residential and commercial restoration. Call us at (312) 509-5000 when you face fire, mold, water or storm damage, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Get Your Basics Right When You Experience Mold Damage in Chicago
If water-soaked materials are not dried out thoroughly, mold damage is likely to occur.
Rely on SERVPRO to Thoroughly Remediate Mold Damage on Your Property
If you fail to dry your water-soaked contents quickly enough, there are chances of mold damage taking place. Bacteria, mildew, as well as molds, cause decomposition, and it is essential to know your options as a resident of Chicago. Understanding the basics of this kind of damage is vital to prevent permanent loss and controlling such situations.
The discovery of mold damage at your Chicago building means there is water accumulation in the area. Our SERVPRO technicians help you to dry your structure and materials using specialized techniques and equipment. Improving the quality of air in such places is also one of our objectives. We start by making initial assessments before settling on the most appropriate remediation processes.
If spores are left to move around, then it means the contamination spreads to clean areas. Our SERVPRO team puts in place containment measures to prevent such outcomes. One of those measures is putting the contaminated area under negative pressure - which means air only flows into the region, without exiting. Another technique is installing containment barriers such as plastic sheeting.
Mold removal then follows, and the technique our SERVPRO team uses depends on the surface with the contamination. If the area is nonporous, we can wipe it clean using a detergent solution, but when dealing with porous surfaces, we usually remove and discard the materials. We know mold can cause health effects and during the remediation process, we wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection, and an N-95 respirator.
At this point, it is safe to set up drying equipment, such as air movers, since containment is already in place. We usually prefer dehumidifiers with minimal airflow to enhance the drying process until we achieve the allowed moisture levels. After that, we may perform deodorization to sterilize surfaces and neutralize odor-causing particles.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a trusted industry leader in water, storm, fire, and mold remediation. Call us at (312) 509-5000 when you need reliable services and to have every situation "Like it never even happened."
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Fire Damage In Your Kitchen Should Never Stress You When In Chicago
No property owner loves to experience any fire damage since such incidents lead to massive losses.
Fire Damage In Your Kitchen
No property owner loves to experience any fire damage since such incidents lead to massive losses. That means it is vital to understand the various causes of fires and how to prevent them. Additionally, Chicago residents need to know the right actions to take to control the resulting effects. These are very stressing moments where a simple mistake will cause more destruction to what is salvageable.
Kitchens are the sources of most domestic fire damage incidents in Chicago. If your oven malfunctions or you use a stove that is not in a good working condition, there is a possibility of starting a fire. Before you know it, it has spread to the napkins or cooking tools, and soon everything gets out of control. That is why it is necessary to work with our SERVPRO technicians to mitigate the damage.
The first thing that we do when we arrive at our property is to assess the level of the damage. At this point, we examine whether your furniture, walls, and other areas need attention after getting into contact with the soot, smoke, and fire. The step is so essential since it helps us to plan and give our clients accurate quotes. During the planning process, we decide on the right tools and procedures to use when restoring your contents.
Remember, there is a lot of destruction that results during combustion. For instance, the fire can burn part of your roof and leave behind a hole. When it rains, things can get worse as the water mixes with the soot and other particles. Some of the residues decompose, and the result is unpleasant odors. Our SERVPRO team can clean the mess and perform deodorization to neutralize the odor-causing sources. Our technicians are certified by IICRC, and we follow all state regulations when restoring your property.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is an industry leader in mold, fire, water and storm damage restoration. Call us at (312) 509-5000 if you want to turn that incident to appear “Like it never even happened.”
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Chicago's Team of Flood Damage Experts
SERVPRO's first step in their flood damage restoration process is to stop the water from entering your home.
Call on SERVPRO for Thorough Flood Damage Restoration
During a storm in Chicago, the wind is always a significant factor. During springtime, more rainstorms are bound to occur. The wind created from a storm can cause rocks or tree branches to fly into your home and cause damage.
If the wind blows an object into a window, there is a good chance that it breaks causing a hole in your house's structure. Anytime water has a chance to damage your home it is smart to call SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Chicago. Water damage from a storm is never fun, and it takes specialized equipment and procedures to mitigate correctly.
The first thing our SERVPRO restoration crew does in any water damage scenario is to keep water from entering the house once they arrive. Next, our team extracts any standing water found in the area of the damage. Once all water gets removed from the area's building materials, the drying process begins.
During any drying process, our technicians know that airflow is key to a job done right. Knowing how air flows inside a home helps our crew get the best results when drying out a structure. Drying structures effectively requires using proper airflow techniques.
Whenever drying occurs after water damage, air movers get placed strategically inside a dwelling to provide the most efficient airflow inside a damaged room. Our team places air movers so that air bounces off of walls at an angle and moves to other walls of the room. The air movers are all set up in a circular pattern so that air flows in a clockwise direction within the affected room. In most cases, our specialists remove your baseboard and drill holes into the drywall so that air can get up inside the walls and dry the wood studs.
Anytime rainwater gets into your house and ruins things it is best that you let professionals handle the situation. Our IICRC certified team always does what is best for you when you call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for help with flood-related issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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How to Tell if You Have Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home
If you can visibly see mold in your home, call SERVPRO immediately to remediate the damage before it gets out of hand.
SERVPRO’s Tips for Early Mold Detection
Getting rid of mold from your home in its early stages is vital in preventing a possible disaster. Mold can spread quickly and cause health effects. So, it is essential to seek professional help as soon as you spot the earliest signs of mold damage.
If you spot mold in your Chicago home before it becomes a significant problem, the remediation can be cheaper and easier to accomplish. Here are a few tell-tale signs that you might be having a mold problem.
A strange odor is in the air
A strange, musty odor is a hallmark of mold growth. If you experience a pungent odor in specific areas of your home such as bathrooms, or the basement or attic, chances are, it is due to mold growth. It is quite common for the growth to occur within the walls or behind the wallpaper. In such instances, the smell is often a sign of the problem before it is visually apparent.
If some parts of your home smell strange lately, give SERVPRO professionals a call. We can help look for and remedy the damage before it gets out of hand.
You can see the mold
Spotting a few colonies in a well-lit place such as a bathroom can be quite easy. However, if the mold is growing in a dimly lit attic or basement, you might need to look a bit deeper. Make sure that you inspect your attic, bathroom and crawl spaces every so often for the signs of visible growth. If you spot it, call the experts at SERVPRO immediately.
Damp places in your home
Whether you can smell or see the mold or not, a damp place in your home is a serious red flag. If you have excessive moisture in your home, the chances of developing a mold problem become imminent. Make sure that you eliminate any leaks and dampness as soon as possible. Keep your basement, crawl spaces and attics dry and inspect for leaks in plumbing as often as you can.
Make sure you call in the experts as soon as you experience any of these issues. Remember, acting fast is the best way to get the damage under control.
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today for a free consultation.
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How Fire Damage in Chicago Happens in the Middle of Winter
Having a working smoke detector in the house is very important and can save lives. Should you have a fire in your home, contact SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage and Offer Preventative Tips
While hotter summer temperatures increase fire damage risk in Chicago homes relative to the other seasons, plenty can still go wrong around the home that might lead to a fire, even in the deepest winter months. With enough fuel and oxygen, fires can burn even in the coldest conditions, and even when the air is relatively humid. Here are a few typical ways fires may start in local homes this winter and early spring season.
In the 21st century, one of the most prominent sources of home damage is fire damage in Chicago from electrical mishaps. As our homes fill with ever-increasing numbers of gadgets, devices, and appliances, more and more electrical fires occur each year. Although newer electronics are usually safer and less fire-prone than older devices, the sheer number of them present in most modern households means that disaster of some sort can often be an inevitability. Water cannot often extinguish an electrical fire, and many electrical fires are in fact caused by contact with a water source. Always use a chemical or foam-based fire extinguisher in these emergencies.
American kitchens remain the most consistent points of origin of large house fires across the country. In the typical kitchen setting can be found multiple heating appliances, electronic devices, and sources of open flame. Any of these can be prone to malfunction or user error and start a fire. Be sure to equip your kitchen with at least one well-placed smoke detector and check its batteries on a semi-regular basis.
It is cold outside, and those with a hearth may be inclined to use it in the earliest and latest months of the year. While fireplaces can be a great addition to the room and source of extra warmth, they also carry a great deal of risk with them. Always treat a fireplace with caution, and consider adding a barrier of some sort in front of its flame for added safety.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is ready 24/7 to respond to calls of fire damage in the area. Contact us at (312) 509-5000.
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Don't Tackle Light Flood Damage in Chicago On Your Own
Unwanted Storm Water in Your Chicago Home? Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Provides Peace of Mind with Flood Mitigation
Even if flood damage to your Chicago home is relatively light, it might still pay off to hire a professional damage restoration and repair company to take care of cleanup. SERVPRO provides a number of services that are designed to keep time and restoration costs low for such situations, and we can help to return your home to the state it was in before the disaster with as little cost and headache as possible.
Ease of Service
One of the most typical reasons people trust SERVPRO to handle light residential flood damage in Chicago is the ease and comfort of life associated with our service. Hiring us removes any responsibility and work you might otherwise have for cleanup and restoration work. While tasks such as mopping, repainting, and light repairs could perhaps be done by a practically-minded resident, it is just more comfortable and more efficient to allow our trained, seasoned technicians to handle such tasks instead. In addition to their expertise, our technicians also have access to industrial-strength tools and products.
A Professional Touch
When you allow SERVPRO to handle cleanup after a flood, you also obtain numerous bonuses and benefits from having a professional cleanup and restoration service going through the motions of each task. While conducting simple, routine work, our technicians may also identify and suggest opportunities for improvements and additional restoration work to improve your home even further. Also, you have our guarantee that all work completed is of high quality and not deficient in any aspect.
Keeping Costs Low
Depending on your insurance policy, hiring us to clean up the flood may be even less expensive than doing it yourself. Many insurers prefer our service because we include mold remediation, thorough drying, and damage analysis in our work to avoid costly future issues and circumstances. We also happily work with you and your insurance carrier with the claims process.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local expert in flood damage cleanup, restorations, and repairs. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.
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The Effect Of A Small Fire In Your Chicago Restaurant
Kitchen fires can be devastating to your Chicago business, especially if that business involves using that kitchen to make money.
The Effect Of A Small Fire
Kitchen fires can be devastating to your Chicago business, especially if that business involves using that kitchen to make money. Restaurants live and die in the city by the number of people they can bring in every day. When you have a fire, even if it is not an entirely devastating incident, could severely compromise your ability to bring people in and serve them the food that they were interested in having.
With the blaze extinguished, you now have to deal with all the lingering fire damage that compromises your Chicago restaurant. For most of the smaller incidents that do not necessarily warrant a complete closing of the establishment for clean up and repairs, the worst of the aftermath is the burning smell of smoke and charred wood that permeates the entire building quickly. Once it is in the air, it is difficult to get rid of this foul smell.
Since there are not many people that are all that inclined to dine in a place that smells like they just recovered from some horrible fire moments before, you might consider calling our SERVPRO team to help you out. We have well-qualified technicians who are efficient with the use of state-of-the-art equipment to combat bad smells on a molecular level. With the proper equipment and a little bit of time, the entire building could be free from the stench of your kitchen fire.
Once we arrive on the scene, our specialists will take the foggers out. These machines spew dense fog into the air and seep into the furniture, cracks, and crevices all throughout the odor-affected area. Once the fog comes into contact with odor molecules, it neutralizes them. Fogging leaves behind no odor at all, which means that the only smell that people are going to be attuned to when they walk through your door is the fresh food that you have been recently cooking.
No matter what kind of fire your Chicago restaurant had to contend with, you can give SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call. We can be reached anytime at (312) 509-5000.
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Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Chicago Area Hotel
Getting the water out of your Chicago area hotel once it has had an opportunity to set in can mean a lot more than merely mopping up water.
Water Damage Restoration Services
Getting the water out of your Chicago area hotel once it has had an opportunity to set in can mean a lot more than merely mopping up water. As water sits on your floor or carpeting, it seeps into construction materials such as subfloor and structural framing below. If there is enough water present, it can make its way along what we call a least-resistant path, causing damage as it goes.
Leaks that occur in your Chicago hotel on higher floors cause significant water damage throughout the building. It often happens quickly, leaving you with minimal time to act before you have a real problem on your hands that requires professional attention to correct appropriately. Any time you experience water problems from a broken pipe, plumbing issue, or even a suppression system mishap, it is beneficial for you to call for help immediately.
Gravity always pulls water towards the lowest point on your property, usually your basement, or the crawlspace underneath. Since water is fluid, it can make its way into even the smallest cracks, crevices, or joints, often leaving destruction in its wake. If water leaves even just a small amount behind, hidden pockets of moisture can form that lead to corrosion, rot, and mold. Luckily, SERVPRO is here to help.
Without the proper equipment, it is almost impossible for a regular maintenance crew, or in-house repair person to locate, much-less efficiently remove the water. However, SERVPRO technicians have access to advanced water extraction equipment, infrared moisture detectors, and hygrometers to help us locate hidden water quickly, stopping secondary damages from forming, and reducing the losses you might have experienced otherwise.
SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience handling many different types of water damage in hotels of various sizes. With our experience, we can often keep the damaged area sectioned off, allowing you to remain operational while repairs are underway. We follow strict safety protocols and ensure any guests remain out of harm’s way while providing you with the fast, quality services you expect.
Give SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call for additional information or to begin your hotel’s restoration, today (312) 509-5000.
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Mold Damaged Areas in Chicago Necessitate Professional Remediation
According to research, windowsills have the highest amounts of mold particles and spores.
SERVPRO Detects and Remediates Mold Damage
Microbes reside alongside us, no matter where we live or work in Chicago. They come in many different types, and mold is one of the most prolific of these microorganisms.
Chicago homeowners can protect their homes from mold damage by keeping an eye on the humidity levels in their homes. However, once mold damage begins to grow, it becomes more difficult to regain control of your home. Homeowners often find that cleaning with bleach does little to prevent reinfestation. This is because mold penetrates into the surfaces on which it is growing.
Our technicians receive training in the latest methods of mold remediation and control. Microbial growth can indicate high humidity from different sources, but our equipment can detect where those sources are located. Without them showing us where leaks, drips, missing shingles, and other sources of water exist, we would have much less ability to stop microbes from affecting your home in the future.
Microbes of all kinds can cause health effects in individuals, and mold is not an exception. Finding mold in your bathroom, garage, attic, or anywhere else in your home means it can also remain hidden in other locations. Hidden mold can send out spores that travel to other areas, only to wait for spikes in humidity that can trigger growth.
In inspections of homes across the country, researchers found that windowsills contain the highest amounts of mold, showing that mold particles and spores travel easily in the air. Air scrubbers help eliminate these living particles as we work, so they remain trapped and unable to spread. Other ways we contain microbes and keep them from traveling on air currents is with heavy plastic sheeting. It may seem simple, but the use of such materials remains highly effective.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can restore microbial activity to normal levels through mold damage remediation. When you find mold damage in your home, call us at (312) 509-5000. We offer 24-hour services that can make a huge difference in your home.
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SERVPRO Provides Water Removal from Chicago Flooded Vehicles
SERVPRO has experience mitigating flood damage to vehicles.
Flooded Vehicles Require Delicate and Thorough Water Removal
In the event of a flood, you may find your vehicles more heavily damaged than your home. The vehicle may be on the street, where water flow is the strongest, or could have other factors contributing to a more negative reaction to flooding than the home. In some cases, cars and trucks can trap water inside the cabin/ or other parts of the car, requiring a professional Chicago water removal service to clean up. SERVPRO has experience reversing the effects of flood damage from homes and vehicles alike and can dry out your vehicles with as little damage to them as possible.
What Makes Work in Vehicles Challenging?
Flooded vehicles can be some of the most challenging water removal jobs in Chicago. While homes afford us ample space and freedom of movement during our work efforts, vehicles have much tighter spaces to work in. They have little breathing room for our technicians and equipment, and we often must rely on more time-consuming hand-applied drying and water extraction methods. Furthermore, flood damage often critically impairs vehicles, making operations in some dangerous and difficult.
How Does SERVPRO Help?
Our technicians are trained and equipped to provide the delicate and thorough care needed by flooded vehicles. If a significant amount of water remains in the vehicle, we can use water extractors to pump liquid water out of interiors, trunks, truck beds, and engine compartments. We can then remove seats and objects from the car to accelerate the drying process and ensure that every component gets looked at carefully. If necessary, SERVPRO may call in a local expert contractor to assist with restorations to delicate components such as electronic dashboards and engine components. We make every effort to help the vehicle become roadworthy once more, or gain as much resale value as possible.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local provider of flexible and professional water removal solutions. If your home or vehicle has taken on excess water, call us at (312) 509-5000.
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How To Handle Flood Damage After A Storm To Your Home In Chicago?
Storms can be devastating to your property.
How To Handle Flood Damage
Storms can be devastating to your property. Apart from the structural damage, storms can also cause severe flood damage as well. Acting promptly is the best way to minimize this damage. Seeking professional help to assess the damage is the first step toward the restoration of your Chicago home after flood damage.
Flood restoration of your Chicago home starts with surveying the extent and severity of the damage. However, surveying your property after a flood damage can be overwhelming and complicated if you do not have professional help. Here are several things that you should do in the unfortunate event of flood damage to your home after a storm.
Make Sure You Are Safe
The first and perhaps the most crucial thing is to be safe. Make sure that you are safe before even considering inspecting the damage on your property. Switch off all the power before you decide to step in your flooded house. Water soaked electric wires are dangerous.
Seek Professional Help
It can be tempting to assess the damage by yourself after the flood damage. However, here at SERVPRO, we strongly suggest our customers not to proceed on their own. We have a crew of professionals who have years of experience in dealing with such situations.
Make An Inventory Of Everything And Document The Damage
Although our team documents all the damage for you, you can keep a record of your own as well. Make sure that you are paying attention to every detail and every suggestion that the SERVPRO team makes.
After the inspection, the team sits with you to explain the extent of the damage and the strategy to restore it. During this stage of the process, make sure that you understand all the suggestions being made and take decisions accordingly.
Restoring a flood-damaged property is a time-consuming process. It takes time and patience to get the job done correctly. SERVPRO’s team of experts can help you get the situation under control.
Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000 to talk with one of our experts. Our team is there to guide you through the entire process of assessing, repairing and restoring the flood damage to your home.
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Donut Shops with Leaky Pipes and Worse Require Emergency Commercial Water Removal in Chicago
Save Your Chicago Donut Shop from Water Damage by Calling SERVPRO for Removal
SERVPRO Removes Water Quickly Preventing Inventory and Cash Losses
Fried treats remain a staple favorite of many people living in Chicago, with donuts at the top of many people's list. Frosting and other toppings fare poorly when humidity increases. Sudden, dramatic changes in environmental factors can prevent you from consistently offering a quality product that pleases the public.
When your Chicago donut shop experiences a flood or a pipe springs a leak overnight, commercial water removal can save your business from failure. Our Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) knows the latest in techniques and procedures to restore your business quickly. SERVPRO technicians continually train and gain experience in various disaster recovery techniques, and removing water from structures remains a significant aspect at many job sites.
When internal water sources cause your business to take on water, we get the water shut off so repairing the pipe becomes possible. Afterward, we start removing the water using either submersible pumps or hoses attached to pumps mounted on trucks. We dispose of this water according to local requirements.
We continue the process of drying out your building by bringing in heavy-duty air movers and axial fans. These can quickly lift moisture out of walls, floors, and ceilings, and send that moisture straight into commercially sized dehumidifiers. At times, we also implement the use of desiccant machines.
For flooring that contains a porous under-layer, the use of heated floor mats can provide the needed boost in drying power. These mats not only heat the area involved to speed up evaporation but provide an enclosed area so attached hoses can remove that moisture before it ever becomes loose in the air.
When leak detection reveals other sources of water entering your property, such as cracks in the basement, we recommend the installation of a dehumidifier. You can easily control these units to achieve the desired level of moisture inside your shop. Keeping moisture at a suitable level can help maintain a healthy environment while protecting your dry goods and especially the flour.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to help you with your water removal needs and more. Let our business help your business. Contact us at any time, 365 days a year, at (312) 509-5000.
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Remediating Mold Damage to Chicago Homes
If you smell mold or spot it in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage and prevent further issues.
Rely on Experienced Mold Remediation Specialists to Take of Your Mold Problems
Flooding and fire disasters can happen to any home in Chicago. Each one not only has its requirements to remediate damage to a home, but they both can cause secondary contamination by jumpstarting a mold infestation.
Dealing with mold damage in Chicago homes requires as much expertise and attention to detail as a fire or flood. While visible mold is not as alarming as smoke pouring from a window or six inches of water in the living room, SERVPRO knows that the replacement and remediation costs can be just as high. To develop the best plan to clean a home, we start with an inspection and a series of questions for the homeowner.
The first one, of course, is “Why do you think you have mold?” The answer we usually get is either the homeowner smells it, or they see it in their bathroom. Most residents detect that musty odor only mold seems to produce, but since not every mold has that odor, it is not the best indicator. After a flood or when a fire is put out, this means excess water is found throughout a home, so SERVPRO technicians use air content testing devices to measure spore levels.
More helpful to our inspector is an answer that identifies a location. Mold spores expand and grow where there is water, so typically, this means a growth starts where there is a leak (laundry rooms, attics, and kitchens for example). That is why our next question is “Have you had mold problems before?” If the answer is yes, then the location of the previous infestation is where we start looking.
As we examine locations, we also ask “When did it start?”. We ask because if there is more mold present than is possible after only a week, then we know the starting location is somewhere we cannot see and have to look more carefully.
As an example, if a homeowner says they only noticed mold under the kitchen sink a week ago, but the growth is covering half of the rear cabinet wall under the sink, we know there is a leak in the wall which has been dripping water for a long time. That means we have to be prepared to remove the cabinet and the drywall behind it to repair or replace a damaged pipe.
Restoring your home from the effects of mold takes experience and the knowledge to build a functional remediation and repair plan. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has over two decades of doing just that for the Chicago area. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. We are here to help.
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Drying Hardwood Flooring after Water Removal in Your Chicago Home
Proper steps must be followed to dry water damaged hardwood flooring correctly. If you experienced water damage, contact SERVPPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Follow Proven Steps When Dealing With Water Damage
Finished flooring is becoming more and more popular in today’s homes in Chicago. When it becomes flooded for any reason, how it is treated depends on the kind of wood, kind of finish, response time, amount of moisture, the method of installation and the degree of water damage that is already evident.
As with all water-related incidents, timing is of the utmost importance. Your floors risk permanent damage if water removal in Chicago is not taken care of right away in your home. Hardwood flooring absorbs moisture more slowly because of the porosity of the product, but a restoration specialist from SERVPRO is needed to repair the damage for you.
Upon arrival to your home, we begin our inspection – a crucial part of the restoration process. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species including maple, oak, pine, and cherry. Each variety poses different challenges in the drying process because of the various levels of absorption.
The initial installation method must be assessed as well. It could have been glued, nailed or installed in a floating method. Moisture can allow for the release of glues, and if it was installed with a floating method, it might not be true wood and could be laminated.
Effective drying of hardwood floors is a slow process which could sometimes take seven to ten days to let the floor get rid of enough water to stop the forced drying process. SERVPRO staff know that removing all the absorbed water from the floor results in excessive costs and you must let nature help in the process.
The process of drying hardwood must be halted when the moisture content is at four percent of the dry standard of that flooring. After this, nature removes the rest of the water, although it is very slow. It could take anywhere from three to six months. After it is properly dried, some damage to the finish could remain. Sometimes finishes must be removed to allow for proper moisture removal. Once the floor is dry, it can be re-finished.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands how to dry various types of hardwood flooring so that you can trust your floor to them with confidence. We are available anytime at (312) 509-5000 for residents in the areas of Bridgeport, Bronzeville or Chicago.
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Stopping Kitchen Fire Damage Before it Happens in Chicago
Smoke Detectors Protect Children and Property from Chicago Fires--SERVPRO Tip
SERVPRO Advice to Prevent and Mitigate Fire Charring in Your Home
Kitchen fires consistently rank among the most prevalent and costly residential fires nationwide. Moreover, yet, at the same time, most Chicago kitchen fire damage can be prevented by watchful eyes and proper preparation. Keeping your kitchen and dining area safeguarded against fires is essential, as failing to do so may end up costing you thousands if a fire hits. Follow our advice, and the risk of your kitchen incurring fire damage in the future should sharply decline.
Positioning smoke detectors well and keeping them charged is the first step in mitigating fire damage in your Chicago kitchen. Smoke detectors are often the first thing in the room to notice when something is wrong, providing an unmistakable warning when something has overheated or caught fire. Ideally, smoke detectors should be linked to a sprinkler system, but these are uncommon in most homes. For most, smoke detectors only serve as an alert to the presence of fire.
To put out fires, you need something capable of smothering the flames. The best option for this is a modern fire extinguisher, which can put out a blaze without any risk of harming your home or appliances. Modern fire extinguishers do not use water as a smothering agent, instead opting for chemical mixtures or carbon dioxide foams to deny oxygen to the fire. Keep at least one in the kitchen and be sure to inspect it regularly. Typically, an ABC type extinguisher is handy to have in the kitchen. Also, keep a fire blanket nearby to smother a flaming frying pan.
Keep Appliances Clean
Upon inspection, SERVPRO technicians find dirty appliances as a probable cause for many of our fire damage cases. While many fires start with overcooked food, much more preventable disasters often arise from the presence of extra grime and grease on stovetops, ovens, and other heating devices. These films and organic materials can smoke or catch fire if they are allowed to build up, causing fire damage even to vigilant homeowners who never leave the kitchen unattended. Be sure to clean your cooking equipment to eliminate this threat from the kitchen entirely.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is there for you when a fire strikes your home. Call us at (312) 509-5000.
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Handle Water Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Immediately
It doesn't take a flood to cause water damage in your Chicago area home.
Water Damage In Your Home
You might be the type of homeowner that has a small spot on their ceiling that only gets wet after significant rainfall. Tempting you to do something like, put things off until later, or avoid taking steps to protect your Chicago property. If this sounds like you; disaster may be right around the corner.
It does not take a flood to cause water damage in your Chicago area home. A tiny problem that happens repeatedly can have the same devastating effects. Corrosion, rot, rust, and even mold can hide in hard to reach areas of your home, making it impossible to see the entire problem, without hiring a professional.
SERVPRO responds to situations all of the time that homeowners could avoid, with a little knowledge. A small roof leak, for instance, can do damage to your attic, rafters, insulation, and framing. Eventually, problems develop on your home’s interior, causing drop ceiling and visual damage to your walls. As this happens, water continues making its way to the lowest point of your home. Water is quite sneaky, following electrical lines, plumbing, gas lines, and other avenues, creating damage along the way that causes a wealth of future problems for you to deal with that your insurance company might even call neglect.
Why? You ask. Any insurance company is more likely to pay out on new, emergency water damage claims than they would for extensive damage that appears to have developed over extended periods. They may feel that as a resident, you should have recognized the problem and taken steps to avoid significant problems.
Asking for help as soon as you locate water damage issues in your home can contribute to removing these obstacles from your path. Companies like SERVPRO give you access to qualified professionals that trace the problem to its source, provide necessary repairs, and make your home new again.
You can even learn more about where water problems often begin, helping you catch problems even sooner the next time. SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians promote best practices, inspecting the entire area, ensuring proper removal of all excess water found in your home.
Get help from quality water damage restoration personnel at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, now. We provide full-service solutions to homeowners throughout the E. Bridgeport and Bronzeville areas as well, call today (312) 509-5000.
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How do Mold Spores Travel and Cause Mold Damage in Chicago?
Mold can lurk in your home for a long time without being detected. Once you smell or see mold, it's definitely time to call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Have Studied Mold Movement and Spread to Better Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold damage is a problem that could affect any homeowner. Mold is a naturally occurring fungus (like a mushroom only much smaller) that is present in many natural environments, not just in Chicago. As strange as it seems to say, the mold is around us most of the time. However, as any homeowner who has dealt with mold knows, fungal growth in the home is a serious problem. Growth appears green, black, or sometimes brown or gray and as well as looking unsightly it might cause an unpleasant musty smell or even health effects.
It is evident that it is important to deal with mold damage in Chicago as quickly as possible before it gets even worse. Something SERPVRO customers often ask about is how the mold spores travel and set up new colonies in a house.
Mold spores are too tiny to be seen by the naked eye. There might be mold spores in the air in almost any location. However, when they find a place where there is both moisture and a natural food source, the spores can feed and grow into mold colonies.
A mold colony releases more spores, which can then travel throughout your home. There are several ways spores might hitch a ride to a new location.
Mold spores are airborne which means they can simply travel on the air currents within your home. Spores can also get picked up and carried on clothes or shoes, or even on the fur of your family pet. Heating ducts also provide a passage for spores to travel through.
It is easy to see why complete eradication of mold is impossible – it is always present, and once it finds a food source it grows and then releases more spores which travel throughout your home. However, with proper management, the visible effects are eradicated, and the risk of regrowth is lessened. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with mold remediation. We set up containment to stop mold from migrating into other areas of your home and reduce the risk of new colonies starting up.
For mold help in Chicago, South Shore, Kenwood, and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today.
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Water Removal Services In Chicago When A Dishwasher Has Overflowed
Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors.
Water Removal Services
At SERVPRO, we receive many flooding emergencies involving dishwashers that have overflowed and caused damage to floors and other nearby areas. Water damage from a malfunctioned appliance can paralyze activities in the kitchen and lead to all sorts of odors. In fact, it's one of the most frequent causes of moisture damage in the house.
Fixing damage from a leaking dishwasher is a daunting task that requires professional help. SERVPRO is a locally based restoration company that can provide quick water removal services in your Chicago property when a home appliance has overflowed. Certified by the IICRC, our technicians are highly experienced and equipped to overcome any water damage from a malfunctioned dishwasher.
One of the most frequent mistakes property owners make in this situation is assuming that only the floors require water removal. After moping out the water with some towels, they sit back satisfied that the job is done. Unfortunately, when water overflows from the dishwasher, it tends to spread to other parts of the home. It can soak the kitchen cabinets or even permeate the floors and make its way to the crawlspace below. In some cases, it can penetrate the walls and soak up your insulation or even cause damage to electrical sockets in the walls.
Our water removal experts utilize various detection and monitoring devices to determine exactly how far this water has traveled and which areas have been affected. For instance, we use the moisture sensor to detect the presence of moisture in soft materials, as well as moisture meters to determine the actual moisture content in different materials.
Sadly, most homeowners do not realize the extent of the water damage until it is too late. Some items, such as furniture and carpeting, are extremely vulnerable to water. If they are soaked in water for too long, it may be difficult to salvage them through our drying efforts.
Two common consequences of prolonged exposure to water damage are weakened support structures in the house and mold growth. You need to contact SERVPRO within 24-48 hours after water contamination to control mold growth at its early stages. Once they start growing, these fungi multiply quickly and may be hazardous to your health.
The secret to effective water removal when a dishwasher overflows or malfunctions is acting fast. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is strategically located to offer quick water removal services in the Chicago area. For emergency services, call us today at (312) 509-5000.
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Outdoor Tasks That Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Chicago Home
Flood damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.
Prevent Flood Damage
Flood damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Water that enters your home can cause a broad range of harm, from water-logged furniture to wet and sagging ceilings or even damage to internal walls. Storms are a common cause of flood damage to a home, and it only takes one spell of severe weather to cause a multitude of problems.
Flood damage during a Chicago storm means that water enters your home from the outside. Did you know that there are common and easy outdoor tasks you can do that help prevent storm water entering your home? You can do most of these tasks in an afternoon or a weekend, so do not delay. Get started today and protect yourself from storms.
Divert The Water From Your Downspout
Most hardware stores sell simple corrugated tubes that you can use to divert the flow from your downspout and carry it away from your home. If you cannot buy one locally, you can find them easily online. Diverting your downspout removes a potential source of water from getting into your home.
Look At The Earth Around Your Home
Is it flat, or does it slope toward or away from your house? Land that slopes away from exterior walls protects a building from storm damage by draining water away. SERVPRO recommends you simply use soil from elsewhere on your property to build a gradual slope down from the walls of your house.
Maintain Your Roof And Windows
Damaged or worn rooftops and windows provide easy entry for rain. Check the outside of your home every year and deal with any problems as soon as you find them.
Expand Your Drains
If clogged drains and regular inclement weather are a problem, you might want to consider broadening the area of your drains. Expanded drains have a greater surface area which means they are much less likely to get clogged.
Sometimes no matter how well maintained the exterior of your home is, a storm can take you by surprise and damage your house. We recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you are able – our technicians are waiting to help you. Our teams have access to a range of pumps, including submersible pumps for deep water and truck-mounted pumps for when you need some extra power. Once the water is out of your home, we carry out a thorough assessment using a range of instruments to ascertain the extent of the flood damage. Finally, our IICRC-certified professionals set to work drying out your home with a range of dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans. For help restoring a water-logged home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today.
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Three Conditions That Help Mold Grow In Your Chicago Home
Mold needs water or a very humid environment.
Mold And Mold Damage
There is a false belief that mold is present only in homes with poor housekeeping. Homeowners who find it try to kill it with bleach or paint over it in the vain hope that will stop the growth. While bleach may work for killing mold in a water puddle, a growth that is active and spreading needs a professional service to stop it.
SERVPRO knows that mold and mold damage can happen in any Chicago home that meets three conditions: Moisture, Temperature, and Food Source. Without each one at the right levels, mold will not expand from its inert state and begin spreading.
Mold needs water or a very humid environment. To stop mold growth and return it to an inactive condition, we lower the humidity level to a point below 65 percent. It is the most efficient method available to us to stop mold growth as we clean property and restore a home to its original state. Technicians use dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and extractors to remove water from behind walls, under floors, and anywhere else they find mold.
The majority of molds grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If the HVAC system is affected, the only option is to use heaters to raise the temperature. Since some molds still thrive at higher and lower temperatures, manipulating the environment in this manner is not always an option.
To grow past a handful of spores, mold needs an organic material. Every home has this in abundance; drywall, wood, and insulation are excellent sources for mold to feed on, but most can easily consume other natural fibers and even dirt if it contains some organic matter. It is not necessary to remove all sources of food, but for pieces already contaminated, it is easier and cost-effective to remove them rather than to attempt to clean them or cut away sections containing mold.
Restoring your home to its pre-mold condition requires a professional company. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has decades of experience in the repair and restoration service industry, putting homeowners back on track. If you have mold or want to schedule an inspection, call us today at (312) 509-5000.
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Fire Cleanup Is A Job For Professionals In Chicago
Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete.
Many folks today take on tasks as do-it-yourself projects, learning from videos and classes at home improvement stores. Although a DIY approach works for many minor remodeling jobs, landscaping, and the like, fire damage recovery is a job for trained experts. The staff at SERVPRO have the education, experience, and equipment to restore your home safely and completely after a fire.
After a fire damages your Chicago home, it is crucial that all steps deemed necessary by the restoration industry be completed fast. The longer fire damage stands without abatement, the more likely it is that permanent harm to structures, contents, and air quality may make part or all of a home dangerous to inhabit. Our team trains to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, the benchmarks for safe and efficient procedures to return your home to preloss condition.
Our staff react within hours of your call and arrive with all equipment and specialized products necessary on board our full-service trucks. SERVPRO sends a crew large enough to begin and complete a full-scale fire damage cleanup swiftly before the acid residues of ashes and soot deteriorate building structures, fixtures, and your belongings. The technicians assess for safety first and then design a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning, sealing, and odor removal. Often both chemical and water damage from the firefighting efforts are part of the restoration package. Some structures may be too charred to be restored, and decisions to remove and replace need evidence transmitted to your insurance company to limit your out of pocket costs. We work with you and your insurer.
The technicians we send are proficient in the use of professional grade equipment, certified and experienced. A homeowner trying to accomplish the same with rental steamers or carpet cleaners risks making the situation even worse. SERVPRO employees also assess hidden areas, such as your HVAC system and recesses between and behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings for damage. Even small amounts of fire damage left unabated allow smells to linger and deteriorate the structures attached to them or items near them.
Odor elimination is a particularly complex skill set. Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete. SERVPRO has odor elimination specialists on staff who use a range of strategies to neutralize odors for good.
A fresh smelling, restored home is the result when SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville takes on your fire damage restoration. Call (312) 509-5000 immediately after the firefighters leave to get the process started.
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Restorations After Commercial Fire Damage Protect against Future Losses In Chicago Warehouses
Warehouses and storage facilities that have sustained commercial fire damage remain unusable until all necessary restoration work is finished.
Fire Damage In Warehouses
After a fire has been extinguished, assessment of the damage can begin. With fire damage also comes damage from smoke, soot, and the chemicals and water used by firefighters, as well as structural damage. Some of this structural damage is caused by firefighters as they put the fire out.
Warehouses and storage facilities in Chicago that have sustained commercial fire damage remain unusable until all necessary restoration work is finished. Beginning as soon as possible after such a catastrophic event can save time and money in the future. While repairs may take months to complete, waiting to begin can allow many situations to worsen, leading to even longer time periods for completion and increased damages overall.
SERVPRO understands that there is more than your productivity at stake – worker safety, inventory, and ability to continue production in the near future are also important, in addition to re-establishing the integrity of your warehouse and salvaging the contents inside. We restore more than buildings – we also strive to keep other businesses in our area functional and capable of surviving the worst catastrophes.
Without your business activities, your warehouse is just another building. Your employees depend on your business, as do your customers. We want you to know that you can rely on us to make it “Like it never even happened,” so your business can return to normal.
Fire and intense heat damage different materials in a myriad number of ways. Much depends on how your warehouse was made, but also known to be crucially important are the contents, including type, volume, and surface area. Knowing the facts pertinent to a warehouse's fire helps us in every step, from clean-up to the final restorative touches.
Plastic items in your inventory do not only melt and become distorted when exposed to fire but can also drip hot plastic onto other inventory items, and as it does this, it can give off toxic fumes. Equipment, including heavy machinery, can also be affected. Handles, seats, buttons, and other aspects of these tools and machines used in your warehouse are often made of plastics or rubber. Rubber often continues burning long after other items have been extinguished and are prone to re-igniting, making burning rubber items much worse than burning plastics on many levels.
Because a warehouse fire poses untold risks both during and after the event, only an experienced, professional restoration like SERVPRO is capable of total restoration and clean-up. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (SRT) helps ensure that your warehouse is once again ready to fulfill your company's needs. Call us, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, at (312) 509-5000. We are always available to take your call and help you when you need us most.
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Raccoons In Your Hyde Park Home Exposes Your Family To Biohazards
Biohazardous Cleanup of Raccoon Latrines Is Professionally Handled by SERVPRO in Your Chicago Home
Biohazardous Conditions from Critters Get a Cleanup from SERVPRO
Through stories and movies in modern day culture, we are led to believe that raccoons are a friendly animal, nature’s little bandit. Making the discovery of raccoons on your property seems harmless. When in fact raccoons themselves are extremely dangerous and pose severe health and safety risks to you and your family, even if you never come into direct contact with one.
Raccoons often cohabitate with humans, setting up camp inside residential areas and outbuildings. Your trash serves as a readily available buffet for these critters, leading to biohazardous waste deposits in and around your Hyde Park area home. These biohazards, such as fecal matter that raccoons leave behind are the primary host of a roundworm infection called, Baylisascaris Procyonis, that is extremely dangerous to humans.
This roundworm infection can spread through touch, infecting anyone, especially children, and pets that come into contact with raccoon droppings. It can cause a variety of symptoms that make locating professional help from a company like SERVPRO for handling, removal, cleaning, and repair of the infected areas your best, safest option.
Many raccoons find trees, fallen logs, tree stumps, woodpiles, or large rocks a suitable home. While others find that living under your deck or patio, in your garage, basement, or even your attic a more hospitable environment.
Raccoons often use common sites, called latrines, for placement of fecal matter and urine. However, the longer they inhabit the space, the more likely these biohazards spread throughout the entire area, causing damage to insulation, sheetrock, HVAC systems, and structural framing materials. SERVPRO can help contain contaminated areas through expertly designed biohazard cleanup services and get things back to normal quickly.
SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians take every precaution to eliminate these biohazardous wastes from your home. We use full personal protective equipment, dispose of all dangerous materials, and clean the entire area properly.
Special fogging equipment is used to sanitize the space with antimicrobial agents before installing new blown insulation back into the cleaned space, returning your attic to normal in a safe and efficient manner that limits exposure to everyone involved. The need to discard contaminated insulation is predicated upon the amount of contamination and its extent.
The staff at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stands ready to assist you with a variety of problems that may develop in your home, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, call today for the help you deserve. (312) 509-5000
Prevent Water Damage To Your Chicago Home
A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter or run off from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home.
SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Chicago Home
Water damage can happen to your home in many different ways. You cannot always prevent damage from extreme weather such as a storm or flood, but there are many things you can do to prevent other kinds of water damage.
A burst pipe, a leaky appliance, a faulty gutter or run off from your garden can all cause water damage to your Chicago home. Water damages your belongings and furniture, affects the structure of your home, and can be a seed for mold growth. Your home will be less pleasant to live in. If left unchecked, water damage can cause structural problems which are costly to repair.
Prevention is better than cure. Our SERVPRO water damage experts recommend the following to prevent water damage to your home:
- Keep your roof and gutters in good order. Regularly check your roof and gutters for any damage or leaks. Get any problems remedied when you find them – don’t wait.
- Clean your gutters. Even gutters in good condition can cause water damage if they get clogged. Go up to your gutters and clean out any leaves, branches, birds nests or other debris.
- Be careful where you plant. Trees and shrubs make your garden look beautiful, but many have invasive roots that wrap around your pipes and break them. SERVPRO recommends checking out where your pipes go and being mindful of what you plant near them.
- Use a drain snake. Every homeowner battles a blocked sink at some point. It is easy to reach for a chemical unblocker, but some of them contain harsh chemicals that erode pipes. A drain snake is inexpensive, effective, and easy to use.
- Throw away your grease. Pouring grease down your kitchen sink clogs the pipes and leads to blockages and even damage. Put any grease into a separate container and dispose of it in the trash instead.
- Check your water bill. Some leaks are hard to spot. Your water bill can give you a clue before you notice the physical evidence. Keep an eye on your bill – unexpected rises in water costs or usage indicate a potential leak.
- Replace your washing machine hose. An old washing machine hose is water damage waiting to happen. Don’t let a worn away hose become a cause of water damage in your house. Replace it regularly to prevent problems.
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No matter how careful you are, water damage can still occur. If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.
Avoiding The Hype And Gaining The Mold Damage Remediation Services Your Chicago Home Needs
SERVPRO Remediates Mold and Contains Spreading in Your Chicago Home
SERVPRO Offers the Skinny on Mold Testing and Remediation
Avoid getting caught up in the hype. The truth is, there are many restoration companies available online. However, quite a few of them like to take advantage of myths surrounding mold issues and use scare tactics about different types of mold to offer services that you simply do not need.
The facts are quite simple, if mold of any kind causes mold damage in your Chicago area home, you should contact a local remediation company that you trust to eliminate the problem as fast as possible. Responding quickly and use of the right services gives you the best chance of getting the mold damage in your home under control while also preventing future contamination.
Any company that offers mold inspections services that involve sending samples and obtaining results from a lab before work begins in your home is causing far more harm than good. Most lab results take anywhere from 48 to 72-hours, while it only takes mold 24 to 48-hours to begin spreading throughout your property. However, the timing is not a significant issue typically concerning devastating loss to your home.
Even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that random mold testing is unnecessary and that any type or amount of mold found in your home should be considered potentially harmful to your health and treated by a professional remediation company in a quick and efficient manner.
True mold remediation services, like those offered at SERVPRO, provide customers with IICRC certified technicians, who follow OSHA safety standards and strict guidelines set by the EPA to protect the homeowner and its workers from harmful contamination. SERVPRO technicians cordon off the affected area using negative air pressure equipment, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to prevent the mold from spreading into clean areas of your home, capture mold spores that exist in the air, and remove moisture causing the problem to exist.
SERVPRO manages your entire mold remediation situation, including providing you with technicians well versed in restoration services to help return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition and give you a good chance of saving a large variety of items affected by mold growth in your home. We aim to save you money, especially since most homeowner insurance policies do not cover mold remediation.
Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park – E. Bridgeport – Bronzeville today for access to a quality mold remediation company you can trust to provide you with the services you need and deserve. (312) 509-5000
What SERVPRO Looks For in Smoke Damaged HVAC Systems
In many cases, SERVPRO employees can identify problems in ventilation by the smell alone.
Smoke Damaged HVAC system? 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 properly treat ventilation to keep the spread of smoke, and its odors to a minimum, as 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 damage in 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 Hyde Park 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 does find visible residue, he or she takes note of 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.
Sometimes, filters in the vent system may collect smoke and debris in obvious 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.
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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.
SERVPRO Storm Damage South Shore
No matter how severe the storm damage may be, our SERVPRO team will be there to lend out a hand.
SERVPRO Crews Can Help with South Shore Storm Damage
Dealing with the effects of thunderstorms and blizzards is a difficult task for homeowners and renters. The weather is looking better now, but there is still plenty of rain and even some snow expected in the next week. It is not the time to put your feet up and wait for the Spring Half Marathon in May before you get out of the house.
Storm damage in South Shore never happens at 2 pm on a Wednesday afternoon, and then the rain conveniently stops falling on your South Shore residence. The tree falls on your roof, or the wind blows out the kitchen windows at 1 am on a Sunday morning, and suddenly everything is an emergency. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience and trained, response team to deal with it.
There are some steps we take in an emergency, but the most important actions we take are to protect your home and its contents, establish a safe environment where our technicians can professionally dry your home and its contents.
We begin by securing your home against further damage, and we start at the top. If the tree that crashed your roof can be safely pulled down, we do that and then cover any damage with plastic sheeting or sheets of plywood. The plastic sheeting is preferred since it is easier to tack down, but plywood is necessary if the hole or holes are extensive and some of the support beams are damaged as well.
If it is unsafe to get on the roof, our SERVPRO technicians have to remove the unsafe portions before they can secure the rest. In case the roof is past saving, it may be necessary for our technicians to protect the attic and the floors underneath at points of entry (ceiling access, stairs, chimneys, etc.) to keep water damage from spreading further into the residence.
Next are the doors and windows. We board up broken windows using plywood in most cases but use plastic sheeting at the request of the resident to provide lighting. In case the doors are damaged, technicians either repair or replace the broken equipment such as hinges or board up the doorways completely.
Once securing is completed, the response team sets up pumps to remove any standing water. Technicians also now begin checking the rest of your home and help stop further damage.
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These emergency procedures are only the beginning of the restoration process to return your residence to its pre-disaster state. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is determined to help you put your life and home back together. Call us at (312) 509-5000 today to get started.
SERVPRO Mold Damage Hyde Park
Mold damage in a Hyde Park home means special EPA requirements when it comes to remediation and restoration.
Hyde Park SERVPRO Mold Remediation
The word 'mold' can scare homeowners and renters alike. People think that it means abandoning their home and belongings as spores coat everything in a thick, fuzzy, black blanket of fungus. The truth is that mold is in every home and it is usually inert and harmless. It is only a problem when the right mix of moisture, temperature, and a food source match-up.
Mold damage in a Hyde Park home means special EPA requirements when it comes to remediation and restoration. The process is too dangerous for a non-professional to attempt it. SERVPRO's response teams follow the principles laid out by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) to meet EPA and state of Illinois regulations.
Number One is to provide for Health and Safety. Mold in Hyde Park homes can cause some health problems, and our technicians are trained to make sure both they and your family are safe while working to clean the mold infestation and during removal of unrestorable property. We also make certain that the mold does not spread to unaffected areas of your home.
The second principle is to document not just the condition of your home before everything we do to restore it. This documentation includes all test results before and after cleaning, moisture levels, type of mold found, the extent of the infestation, and what chemicals and equipment used in the remediation and restoration.
Third, our SERVPRO technicians have to control the contamination at its source. This includes means sealing off the area of contamination (bathroom, hallway, and basement for example) to prevent it spreading as cleaning continues. If demolition of building materials is needed, technicians place negative air machines at the work site to reduce the mold level in the air to prevent our technicians spreading it when exiting the work site.
Next, we remove the contamination. If the infestation is found to be low, then our technicians may be able to wipe down affected surfaces with specialized cleaners. The next step is to vacuum the cleaned areas with HEPA filters in place that are designed to catch mold spores.
If the mold has spread into drywall or other building materials, then technicians have to remove and dispose of it.
Lastly, we have to lower moisture levels to normal. No matter how thoroughly our people clean mold and remove the affected property, there are always spores that remain. If the humidity levels do not return to normal, the mold expands and begins to grow again.
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Restoring your home (apartment, condo or whatever) after a mold infestation is not a simple process. It requires a professional team that is trained to know what to look for and safely removes it. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is proud to serve our community in helping them put their lives and homes back to normal. Call us at (312) 509-5000 today to begin.
7 Helpful Tips In Avoiding Fire Damage Caused By Portable Electric Heaters In Bronzeville
Fire damage from your portable electric heater can be devastating.
Fire Damage And Portable Electric Heaters
You settle yourselves in for the night, lights-out and all is well. At 1 a.m. you are roused by the smell of smoke. While making your way to safety, you gather your family. Glancing back, you notice the flames coming from where you usually keep your electric heater. Thinking that your home in Bronzeville is immune to fire damage can cost you dearly. Take it from professionals that deal with these kinds of situations on a near daily basis; every home is susceptible to these kinds of situations, you will be happier taking the proper precautions to protect your family.
Electric heaters offer homeowners a portable, efficient, inexpensive way to heat specific areas, without requiring any added maintenance. However, SERVPRO receives quite a few calls every year from homes that have received fire damage due to the improper use of portable electric heaters. At SERVPRO, we would like to offer some helpful hints for those of you who own and operate these types of heaters:
1.) Only purchase heaters that are properly tested and certified for safety. Search for heaters with unique features, such as automatic shutoff when the unit becomes unlevel, timed shutoff, or specific heat setting adjustments.
2.) Read any warning labels and the manufacturer's instruction booklet carefully before you use your heater.
3.) Always inspect your heater for damages before use each year. Loose connections, cracked casing, and broken or frayed cords are red flags. Do not use the heater if these or other hazards exist.
4.) Turn your heater off or unplug it when leaving the room or going to sleep. Taking the time to store your heater properly when you are away for extended periods.
5.) Keep a close eye on the proper placement of your space heater. You should maintain at least three feet of space between the unit and anything that can catch fire.
6.) Never place a heater in high traffic areas, or in any location where children or pets often play, both can trip and tip over the heater, without realizing the hazard they just created.
7.) Always plug your heater into a wall socket directly. Extension cords or power strips can overheat and cause a fire. If you cannot find a unit with a long enough cord, several professional electricians can assist you with installing a longer one safely.
In most of the cases, we experience at SERVPRO; our clients neglect to place their heater on a smooth solid surface. Remember, heat rises; you will want it close to the floor to get the most efficient use out of it. If your home has full wall-to-wall carpeting, stop by a local hardware store and purchase a flat, stable, fire resistant base big enough to set your heater on when in use. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville today, for more helpful tips (312) 509-5000.
Free 3 Credit Hour Ethics CE Class for Illinois Insurance Professionals
The Class will be held Friday, February 3 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. Please arrive early for registration.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville will be conducting a 3 credit hour continuing education class in ETHICS. The class will be free of charge to all of Our Agents /Adjusters / Producers licensed in the state of ILLINOIS.
The Class will be held on Friday, February 3 at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. Registration is 9:30 - 9:50 and the Class will start precisely at 10 am. Lunch will also be provided at no charge. Call or email Patricia Zubricki to reserve your seat at:
Phone: (708) 906-0708
SERVPRO Storm Damage Bridgeport
If storm water does find a way in, it's going to be your floors that suffer the most.
SERVPRO Responds Bridgeport Storm Damage
Despite a recent break in the weather, more storms and a severe drop in temperature are expected next week. This is the perfect opportunity to examine and repair current damage and prepare your home for the next rain or snowfall.
Storm damage can happen to any home in Bridgeport. SERVPRO has the experience and education to help you to not just check for damage, but also to prevent damage from happening in the future.
Believe it or not, the most important thing to do is check the gutters. Even if you cleaned them thoroughly after most of the leaves fell in October, SERVPRO suggests checking your gutter due to late leaves and broken limbs can block drains and pull drainpipes away from the gutters to hang uselessly from the side of your home. In most cases, it's simply a matter of replacing the drainpipes and securing them to the exterior wall with additional screws or straps.
If storm water does find a way in, it's going to be your floors that suffer the most. Carpets, depending on the type, can begin to bleed color in a day or two which will stain walls and furniture very quickly. The same is true for the varnishes on wood flooring. Our SERVPRO response teams have an extensive inventory of vacuums, extractors and cleaning chemicals to prevent that from happening.
In addition to stopping color and varnish bleeding, it is also necessary to prevent wood flooring from warping and keep odors from developing in the carpet. Once the visible water has been removed, technicians use commercial contact heaters designed to draw out moisture without burning carpet fibers or stripping varnish and damaging the wood underneath. They also use space heaters and dehumidifiers to assist in drying out the entire room.
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As a locally owned franchise with a national network of support, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville brings all this and more to help you restore your home to its pre-storm state. It's our goal to make this happen as quickly and safely as possible. Call our office today at (312) 509-5000 for an inspection or to get the restoration process started.
Commercial Water Damage Affecting Hyde Park
Having employees know the location of the main water shut off is important during an emergency. Call SERVPRO to discuss other preventative measures!
SERVPRO Can Help Handle Your Business Emergency at any Stage
Most property owners plan ahead and look for ways to avoid the possibility of water damage affecting their business. Learning how to prepare for the occurrence of water damage correctly will prevent further losses from happening during an event. You should perform the proper research and locate a trustworthy water damage restoration company who will be there for you during an emergency. Finding one before tragedy hits will make things much easier than trying to search when you are knee deep in water.
Look at the professional commercial water damage services we offer in Hyde Park. We can get you ready to battle any unfortunate circumstances that can occur during a water damage emergency and even be there for you when one rears its ugly head in your direction.
At SERVPRO we recommend maintaining your pipes properly to assist in preventing bursting pipes from happening. Protecting your pipes from the extreme weather conditions will stop them from being the source of a water damage disaster that you will need to deal with later. We can teach you how to prepare your pipes and prevent these types of accidents before they happen.
Knowing the location of your main water shut-off valve is important in preventing extensive damage during many water damage events. Make sure that you have as many people as possible within your facility who are aware of the shut-off valves' location and know how to use it during an emergency.
The same steps should be taken to locate your main electrical switches. You can prevent water hazards and safety issues from forming within an area affected by water damage by removing electricity from the equation altogether.
Our SERVPRO technicians also recommend proper maintenance of drains and water run-off pipes, such as gutters. Removing any blockage or debris will prevent limiting their effectiveness in removing water from the affected areas during an event.
SERVPRO can assist with installing the proper drains and sump pumps to help during an emergency. When you experience a burst pipe or flooding due to inclement weather, make sure to call our offices to receive the assistance that you need. Attempting to handle these types of situations on your own could put you or your employees in a dangerous situation and injuries may occur.
Contact us at SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville immediately for assistance. Contact us at (312) 509-5000.
Storm Damage In Chicago Homes: What Can You Salvage?
If the water intrusion is severe and rugs, carpets, sofas, or other soft furnishings have become completely saturated; they may need to be destroyed.
Storm Damage Restoration
When storms and heavy rains cause damage to properties, flooding becomes a significant risk. Leaking roofs, blocked gutters, cracked pipes, and downed trees can all cause major problems for homeowners. This is not like regular water damage either, as storms are categorized as severe and require urgent restoration work from the experts.
Category III water damage is potentially hazardous, as it contains dirt, debris, bacteria, and possibly chemicals. If a storm puts pressure on sewer lines, for example, they may back up and flood the house. If this happens bacteria, and other toxins will contaminate soft furnishings, walls, and ceilings. This is why storm damage in Chicago homes is such a stressful process. Sometimes, the only option is to destroy heavily soiled items. This is the last resort, however, and the experts at SERVPRO can use many different techniques to salvage your possessions. Keep reading to find out more about the items that we rescue on a regular basis.
These are the hardest items to clean after storm damage has contaminated them. If the water intrusion is severe and rugs, carpets, sofas, or other soft furnishings have become completely saturated; they may need to be destroyed. If we cannot thoroughly dry and clean them, in a way which eliminates the bacteria, it is safer to remove them permanently.
There are numerous things that we can do before getting to this point. Most carpets can be ‘floated’ and dried, by lifting the material a few inches from the ground. High powered fans or air movers are then inserted beneath the carpet and used to circulate clean air. Often, curtains and drapes can be washed with biocides, so that the bacteria is killed off.
In very severe cases, when storm damage has caused extensive flooding, portions of the drywall and flooring may need to be discarded and replaced. The SERVPRO team can advise you on the next best steps if this is deemed necessary. Where storm water has intruded only moderately, there will be stains on the bottom of walls. These can usually be cleaned with detergents and biocides.
If strong chemicals are used as part of the storm damage restoration process, we will give you plenty of warning first. Industrial strength cleaning products and disinfectants are a good way to make sure that damp walls and ceilings don’t grow mold. If this happens, they’ll become a lot harder to salvage, as mold eats away at wood, drywall, and fabrics.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of storm damage and need urgent help, get in touch with the team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We understand that your home is precious and we’ll do everything that we can to minimize losses. Call 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.
How To Fight Mold Damage In Bronzeville
Discoloration is associated with increasing mold growth are a sign that mold spores are gaining the upper hand on your home.
Dealing With Mold And Mold Damage
The discoloration and unusual smells are associated with increasing mold growth are some of the more common visible signs that mold spores are gaining the upper hand on your property. There are a large variety of mold species that are prevalent everywhere within the atmosphere that we exist in on a daily basis. The mold itself isn't a cause for concern; our ecosystem relies on the mold to thrive. It's when mold growth gets out of control and begins encroaching on areas where it doesn't belong that we have an issue.
Our mold damage remediation services available in Bronzeville assist you with the ever changing conditions of your home. Make the call to our offices and give our expertly trained technicians the opportunity to explain the characteristics and behavior behind your extensive mold growth and teach you how to prevent future infestations.
The services that our SERVPRO technicians perform serve as a way to stop the spread of additional mold spores and clean up any existing colonies that are attempting to multiply out of control. Quickly removing mold spores from the air and surrounding surfaces while using specialized equipment designed to address the immediate concerns. SERVPRO mold damage restoration services involve using the latest techniques to isolate an affected area and remove any microscopic spores found in the air or materials to prevent new colonies from forming. Removal and replacement of certain porous materials such as drywall, carpeting, padding or materials where heavy mold growth has occurred may be required to contain the situation fully.
With the infestation source identified, SERVPRO technicians inspect the entire surrounding area; eliminate possible infections on furniture, curtains, and clothing by using a variety of cleaning techniques available to us to disinfect your belongings. We're also well versed in odor and deodorization techniques using fogging equipment to remove the musty, humid smells associated with mold contamination.
While it is impossible to eliminate every instance of mold growth entirely, we can help you take control of your mold damage remediation services and limit any exposure that may exist. Put our highly trained mold damage remediation technicians to the test today.
Call our offices at SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville and get the quality services that you deserve. We're available 24/7 - (312) 509-5000.
Commercial Water Removal Solution In Bridgeport
Take the proper steps in removing water from your storage warehouse by trusting SERVPRO to perform the water extraction process.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Take the proper steps in removing water from your storage warehouse by trusting a locally owned and operated industry leader to perform the water extraction process. We have the equipment and experience available to do the job right the first time and return your property to a quality pre-damage condition.
With a pro-active approach to commercial water removal in your Bridgeport business, our technicians can efficiently remove water caused by floods or leaks on your property. We'll go out of our way to ensure proper removal of any moisture that may affect your merchandise that is stored by responding quickly and assisting you with getting operations back to normal as fast as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians have the training and experience needed to put our quality equipment to work immediately to tackle your large commercial flooding or water damage emergency. We work hard to mitigate the damage and manage your entire restoration process.
SERVPRO highly recommends that you remain safe while waiting for our expertly trained staff to arrive. Pay specific attention to possible electrical, or slip & fall hazards that may be present at the site. Never perform any activities that may be unsafe, wet materials are far heavier than you think they are; be careful.
The faster SERVPRO receives a call from you, the better chances we'll have to mitigate the damages to your commercial property and any stock that you may have on hand. We use specialized equipment to find hidden water and advanced drying techniques to ensure everything receives the proper drying time. We also use air moving equipment to help reduce drying time and eliminate moisture from the air with dehumidifiers. These processes assist with removing and absorbing moisture from wet materials and enhance evaporation at the surface levels.
Within eight hours of our onsite arrival, you will have a complete understanding of the scope of work that is required to restore your property and we'll have started to regain control of your property efficiently. We always provide you with a complete final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction with the job performed. Give our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call today (312) 509-5000. Quality, expert services are only a phone call away.
How Flood Damage Affects Indoor Air In Woodlawn
Flood damage often strikes without warning, and it can leave a trail of devastation behind.
Flood Damage Can Affect Indoor Air Quality
Flood damage often strikes without warning, and it can leave a trail of devastation behind. Not only do floods pose a threat to the structure of houses and possessions, but it can also negatively impact the air inside of a home.
Homeowners with flood damage in Woodlawn often face indoor air quality that is significantly lower after a water emergency occurs. Here are some of the ways that flood damage lowers air quality and how the experts at SERVPRO can help.
The biggest problem that homeowners typically cite about mildew is its smell -- it's very noticeable, unpleasant, and lingers for a long time. The key to getting rid of mildew smells is carefully sanitizing, deodorizing, and restoring items that have incurred flood damage. Our technicians are skilled at eliminating mildew smells and guarding against mildew formation.
Where there's excess moisture indoors, there's the threat that mold will eventually come along. This is one of the primary issues that results from flood damage, and it can also be a health threat. In addition to making it tougher to breathe, mold can destroy furniture, a house's structure, clothing, documents, and all manner of items. We'll carefully check your home for signs of mold and employ effective measures to keep spores from forming.
Humidity is a tricky problem to resolve because there's no instant fix. A home that's too humid will be noticeably uncomfortable, and the extra moisture doesn't help when it comes to keeping mildew and mold at bay. Our high-tech equipment will normalize your home's humidity level and make your house a comfortable place to live again.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville knows how important it is to get your home back in great shape after a water emergency has occurred. Our industry leading services will combat the effects of flood damage and give you peace of mind. For a quote or to obtain more information about our flood damage services, call us at (312) 509-5000.
The Water Removal Process In South Shore
When there is a loss due to water damage, professional restoration services quickly begin their water removal process by using advanced equipment.
Truck Mount Vacuums And The Water Damage Removal Process
When there is a loss due to water damage, professional restoration services quickly begin their water removal process by using advanced industry equipment, like a truck mount extractor. A truck mount extractor can be used solely or with other water extraction tools. A truck mount extractor helps to pump out the water in damaged homes or commercial establishments.
Truck mounts are large, powerful extracting machines whose power comes from sucking water through a hose that has a wand at its end which is used to skim the surface of your wet flooring. The water removal process in South Shore structures when damage occurs is powerfully extracted by a truck mount vacuum removal process. As water removal equipment, a truck mount is available in two different types.
There is the slide-in truck mounts and the van-powered truck mounts. Slide-in truck mount systems are easily transferable from one vehicle to another. The van-powered truck mounts are very compact for easier use by remediation experts. The van-powered systems that arrive on a water removal site are limited in transferable vehicle options. Both truck mount systems are necessary for water removal environments.
Water damage is one of the main contributors to property loss. No matter how water damage occurs, its quick removal is necessary. SERVPRO uses powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units. These systems can extract hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. We also use infrared cameras to find hidden water spots, hygrometers, powerful pumps, and more to help restore your home or business.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a locally owned and operated business. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. Call us anytime; we are accessible 24 hours a day to help our community. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 when you need the best in restoration and remediation services from water, fire, mold, or storm damages.
Review Your Home Insurance Coverage Yearly
Homeowner's insurance can pay for your home restoration after damage. SERVPRO will deal directly with insurance on your behalf.
Illinois Offers Unique Home Insurance Options to its Residents
When a disaster strikes, like a fire, your homeowner's policy provides support to rebuild or repair your home. If you have an “actual cash value” policy, you are entitled to the amount of money it will take to restore your home or its contents to a pre-fire market value. If you have “replacement cost” coverage, then you are entitled to the cost that it would take to replace your home or its contents, up to a limit that is specified in your policy.
Illinois is a state that offers its property owners who have experienced fire damage in Douglas or other communities, an extended coverage called “guaranteed replacement” coverage. Guaranteed replacement coverage states that if the damage exceeds the limits on your policy, the insurance company is required to fully replace or rebuild your property without any deduction for depreciation.
Replacement coverage in your policy offers other benefits. For instance, if you want to rebuild your home in a different location, you can do so. However, the small print states that if you move to a location where it will cost you more to build, you will pay the difference. Another benefit involves your use of the money for something else. If you want to use your replacement insurance money to start a business, your policy will change to an “actual cash value” policy which means that you will get about 15% less.
For either type of coverage, you will need an estimate of the prior market value or what it will cost to replace your damaged area or items. Your insurance company will offer its own estimates based on their adjusters. If you feel their numbers are too low, hire your own independent adjuster. Also, choose SERVPRO who is experienced in restoration and repair of buildings, as well as with claim insurance paperwork.
Fire disasters also involve water damage, smoke and soot damage and possibly mold growth. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has professional technicians who specialize in fire and water damage restoration. As a leader in the restoration industry, we use specialized equipment, and we have specific IICRC training and certifications, that allow us to restore your home to a pre-fire condition.
Restorations from fire, water, mold or storm disasters are the cornerstone of our business. We are locally owned and operated with 24-hour damage relief services. Call us before something happens to your property and let us explain our services. In this way, if a disaster occurs, you will know who to call – (312) 509-5000.
FEMA's September National Preparedness Month Advises on Advance Planning for Disaster Recovery
The SERVPRO READY App Helps Protect Families in Hyde Park
SERVPRO Offers to Our Communities a No-Cost Mobile App to Prepare for Natural Disasters
This is the month--http://www.ready.gov/September) -- that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shouts out to everyone to be ready for any and all possible weather emergencies and man-made catastrophes. Typically, most home and business owners prepare and fortify their properties against harm, but many fail to react in the first "Golden Moments" to mitigate the ensuing physical damage and mental anguish. In this Information Age, there are mobile apps that can assist you in providing our first responders with the necessary information to deal quickly and efficiently with your urgent situation. Here is one.
"The SERVPRO READY app is a free download available upon request," states Patricia Zubricki, the owner of SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. This mobile tool program allows you to input critical information that you can access immediately to help expedite the efficacy of the first responders, whether the fire department, the police or the EMS. By them knowing the utility cut-off points of the infrastructure, water damage in Hyde Park, electrical hazards, and fires can be mitigated or averted. When we are under stress from an emergency or extreme events, this SERVPRO READY app helps you to control the situation. The faster the response to, and the faster that corrective measures are taken, the less will be the adverse effects of the emergency.
Since fire and water damage restoration are the cornerstones of SERVPRO's services, we also provide to our commercial customers a more detailed oriented software program. We call this the Emergency READY Profile® (ERP); this is a comprehensive workup that is completed by us with the assistance of an on-site business supervisor after we assess the facility. The list includes information about fire suppressant systems, exit signs, the positioning of equipment, stored chemicals and flammables, and more. Emergency contact numbers are also included. The ERP report is updated yearly since we are the Professional Franchise designated disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
Mrs. Zubricki believes that the faster the response time to an urgent call, the less the fire, wind, or water damage will be. By providing these mobile apps to both our clients and the general public, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is doing its part to provide a safer environment for all our local communities. Reach out to us 24/7 by calling (312) 509-5000.
Mold Damage Is Mitigated with Lower Relative Humidity
Humidity and Moisture Can Produce Mold Growth in Bridgeport
SERVPRO Remediates Homes with Mold Growth
Mold loves to grow in places with high moisture content. A home or business that has a water source from a leak, a crack, or a flood disaster is susceptible to mold infestation. No matter whether the mold is found in a basement, a bathroom or anywhere else, it is a sign that will quickly multiply because mold spores are airborne, and they will attach to anything and start spreading. If you see mold, address it immediately so that it does not cause any health effects.
Mold is a natural existing fungus that is used beneficially and is one of the largest destroyer of organic surfaces anywhere. To take immediate action to control Bridgeport mold damage can be done by using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are often used to get rid of musty smells that often occurs in the basement or to give people relief with breathing problems. They are very successful in removing excess moisture from the air to keep mold and mildew at bay.
The key to using the right dehumidifier is to purchase one that will maintain the humidity level at less than 50% in residential homes and between 60% to 70% in commercial buildings. Also find a dehumidifier with a filter design to trap harmful bacteria and mold spores thus limiting potential growth. Dehumidifiers help to lower a room's temperature and decreases the temperature of the materials in the walls, floors, and ceilings of the home.
A lower relative humidity, RH, means that the potential for excess moisture to form condensation on these furniture and other items are removed, thus so is the ability for mold to grow. There are varying sized dehumidifiers. Some dehumidifying devices will cover a single room, but there are other dehumidifiers that have a higher capacity to reduce the moisture content in an entire house. Special equipment can also treat large industrial structures.
Many Chicago homeowners who see mold in their abode feel embarrassed and ashamed. Don't feel that way, because mold is all around us, both indoors and outdoors. To take the stress out of dealing with mold or mildew fungi, contact SERVPRO. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and mold remediation. Let us inspect, assess and remediate your property.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is locally owned and operated. We are available with 24-hour emergency service. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call us today at (312) 509-5000 and let us help give you back a healthy breathing environment and to remove mold growth to protect all of your valuable property.
Water Damage Professionals for Residents
Flooding Has Devastated this Area - Call SERVPRO!
SERVPRO is Certified to Help With Any Kind of Water Damage
Lawrence County, Illinois is in the southeastern part of the state and its residents have experienced years of flooding. Levee's have broken and heavy rainfall has inundated the area, along with the Wabash River over- running its banks. Homes and businesses experience devastating damages during the rushing waters of a flood.
Water damage in Bridgeport has a helping hand with locally owned and operated SERVPRO. In addition to flooding, we can address any type of damage inflicted by water. If your water heater leaked, if there is a sewage back-up problem, if your appliances fail or your HVAC system malfunctions, we are here to help you re-establish your property to a pre-loss condition.
We are a company with fully trained and IICRC certified technicians. We can handle your water damage restoration needs quickly and professionally. If standing water is not removed immediately, mold spores can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours. Don't be concerned about mold infestation on your property; we can provide complete mold detection and removal services.
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 so that we have a solid plan on how to proceed. Following this, our water extraction process starts with a removal of the majority 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.
With the SERVPRO drying and dehumidification process, we use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to dry-out your home or office. We don't stop there, our next step to help restore you to normal is our cleaning and repair process. Your property structure like a ceiling, flooring and walls will require professional cleaning, as well as your furnishings and other restorable belongings. Cleaning also involves our professional odor removal and deodorization process.
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/or 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 a compassionate and caring specialists. Call us at (312) 509-5000 so that we can bring your building to full functionality.
Call The Best In Residential Fire Damage Restoration
Fire Damaged Home Covered With Soot
SERVPRO Can Get You Back into a Clean House Quickly After a Fire
Residential fires are a devastating event for all members of the family. They can cause significant losses and damage to a highly valued property. The end results of a fire are just as damaging as the fire itself. There is damage from water which is used to fight the fire; mold can appear, and there is penetrating smoke, soot, and odors.
Due to the many factors involved in Chicago residential fire damage, homeowners will require quality and experienced restoration experts. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day. Our IICRC certified technicians are highly trained to help restore families back to their pre-loss condition. We believe in a motto of cleaning and restoring your property quickly to help you get back to a normal life.
SERVPRO skilled technicians will 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 will 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 are able to arrive at your home within a short period of time. We are happy to be a part of our 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.
Water Damage Equates to Lost Money for a Business
Don't Let A Leak Close Your Business Down Because of Water Damage in Your Bridgeport Shop.
Don't Let Your Commercial Enterprise Be Closed Up Because of Water Damage
When a commercial property suffers from a flooding issue, the business loss isn't just measured in how much water is standing in a manager's office or covering a showroom floor. Every minute that the doors aren't open for customers is lost income and opportunity to grow that business.
Today, as the economy still recovers at one of the slowest paces ever, a business that closes its doors for even just a few days risks closing them permanently. Businesses in Bridgeport with water damage rely on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to get their doors back open as quickly as possible.
Consider this; flooding on a commercial property usually happens (and isn't noticed) overnight. When your manager or employees arrive to open up, that's when they find the problem. This day and its profits are already lost. To even have a chance to reopen the next day or the one after that, you need to get a professional from SERVPRO in your workplace immediately to find and close off the source of the damage. If you have done so, that will mitigate secondary water damage and increase the speed of drying out the business.
Our team of trained, IICRC certified technicians begins clean-up within the quickest time possible, often within the hour.
Many state and local laws require that walking areas affected be completely dried off before allowing employees and customers to return. It's a matter of both health and safety issues. If your business can show that there is no other damage that puts either group at risk, then an inspector will gladly allow you to start serving and supporting customers again.
Getting the doors quickly reopened, even if the water damage is minor, can mean the difference between life and death for a business today. If a disaster or a broken pipe has closed your shop or offices down, call our technicians here at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at 312-509-5000 today to get you cleaned up and open again.
Bronzeville Water Damage - Water damage in Bronzeville Caused by a Burst Pipe
One of the most expensive restoration projects for a property owner in Bronzeville with water damage can be the water damage from burst pipes.
Burst Pipes Can Cause Water Damage in Bronzeville
Pipes which have burst could have several reasons for doing so, which include high water pressure, pipes freezing, or damaged and degraded materials. One of the most expensive restoration projects for a property owner in Bronzeville with water damage can be the water damage from burst pipes.
Prevention and Preparation
A lot of property owners want to know how to avoid this costly occurrence and how to be prepared for it in case it does happen to them. The first step to take is to find a trustworthy water damage restoration company who will be able to help you in an emergency should one arise. It is much easier to have one on hand then to be scrambling to find one if something happens.
You will then want to maintain your pipes as best as you can throughout the year. The number one reason for burst pipes is frozen pipes, so make sure that all pipes, particularly those outdoors, are insulated properly. If it is a property that you leave for an extended time frame, make sure to leave the faucets in the home on at a trickle to keep the pipes from freezing. Opening a faucet up will relieve any extra pressure inside the piping. Remember that a dripping faucet will waste water, so you should only do this with pipes that are vulnerable to freezing.
The temperature on the inside of the house shouldn’t drop below fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit at any time. Even though water freezes at 36 degrees Fahrenheit, the probability of the pipes freezing are higher the colder it gets.
Find Your Water Main
Knowing where the water main is to your property is important in preventing any water damage that is catastrophic in the event of burst pipes. Make sure, as well that everyone in the home is familiar where the water main can be found in case of an emergency.
Turning Off Electric
Ensure the safety of your family and the restoration crew which you will need to call in the event of Bronzeville water damage by turning off any electricity running to the area which is affected. This will prevent dangerous situations, such as electrocution and fire.
Get Debris Out of Drains
If there are any drains by the affected area, make sure they do not have any blockage or debris in them. This will help the water damage technicians from SERVPRO while they are restoring the damage done by the burst pipes.
If you do experience a burst pipe, leave the faucets open until the repairs have been finished. Don’t try to thaw the pipes on your own, but rather wait for SERVPRO to help you. We’ll also look for mold as well, as it is very dangerous to let any mold remain in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville right away if you have experienced a burst pipe so that it can be taken care of as soon as possible. We can be reached at (312) 509-5000.
Kenwood Mold Removal - The Importance of Professional Kenwood Mold Removal
There are various types of mold that can grow in your home, and all can spread quickly throughout the space and cause a considerable amount of damage.
Mold Removal Kenwood - The Importance of Professional Kenwood Mold Removal
Call SERVPRO for Mold Removal in Kenwood
The detection of mold in your home can strike you with dread. There are various types of mold that can grow in your home, and all can spread quickly throughout the space and cause a considerable amount of damage. Keep in mind that mold can grow on a vast range of surfaces, including everything from carpeting to the support beams inside the walls of your home. You may have mold growth in visible areas as well as areas where you do not have a line of sight, so the damage may be far more widespread than you might think. It is important that you set up service for professional Kenwood mold removal as soon as you discover patches of black in your home.
How Mold Impacts Your Health
It is important to understand how exposure to some types of mold can impact your health and the health of your loved ones. Mold spores can be inhaled when they are airborne or when you touch them, and they can cause a number of health effects for some individuals. Even if you do not touch the mold directly, it can become airborne and can be inhaled in any location in the home. Because of this, simply leaving the mold alone is not a feasible solution.
How Mold Can Spread Throughout the Home
You may think that mold growth is slow and that you have plenty of time to respond to the situation, but this is not necessarily the case. When mold spores become airborne, they can land in various other locations and begin to grow there within 48 hours. Some mold spores may make their way into the HVAC system and spread into every room of the home. Some homeowners who attempt Kenwood mold removal on their own may unintentionally dislodge the spores in their scrubbing efforts, so an attempt to remove the mold may make the problem worse than it was. With this in mind, professional services are the best answer to a problem with mold growth in the home.
How Professional Mold Removal Works
First, the professionals will ascertain the extent of the growth issue through mold testing. Then, they will seal off the contaminated areas, including the HVAC vents, to prevent the area of growth from spreading throughout the home. Next, they will carefully remove the contaminated area and will restore any areas of damage. Anti-fungal treatments may also be applied to the surfaces and surrounding areas. Your mold removal specialist can answer additional questions about the removal process for you so that you are informed.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can provide you with professional Kenwood mold removal services. We understand the importance of delivering superior results, so we are dedicated to working hard for you. To request more information about mold remediation services, call us at (312) 509-5000.
Fire Damage Bridgeport - What Should I do after a fire?
According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
What Should I Do After A Bridgeport Residential Fire?
A Devastating Situation
A Fire in Bridgeport can be devastating. You may have lost possessions, property, pets, or even loved ones. This can be a difficult and trying time for you and your family. The last thing that you want to do is to create more damage or make your situation worse by using amateur cleaning and restoring methods. Though well-meaning, these solutions are temporary fixes and may make the damage worse.
Steps to Take after a Fire
1. After your fire damage in Bridgeport call your insurance company right away.
2. Call a fire damage restoration company
3. Try to ventilate the building as much as possible
4. Remain outside of the building or at a safe location if possible
5. Develop a plan of action for moving forward
6. Stay in contact with the company you hired
A Quick Response
When you have big or small fire damage in Bridgeport, call a highly trained professional company that responds day or night quickly. From small fires to major blazes, a fire damage restoration company can remediate all of your fire damage problems and restore your home or business safely and efficiently.
Can smoke odors be removed?
You can become sickened by smoke and soot odors if they are left untreated. Only commercial treatment products by trained experts should be used to treat and remove smoke and smoke odor damage. Don't try to remove it with a home method. These methods could make the damage worse. It may cost you additional later to pay for a professional to undo the damage you caused by trying to clean it up.
What about water damage?
Fire damage can lead to water damage. After the extinguishing efforts, water damage can be left behind. Experts in fire damage restoration know that water damage must be remediated quickly. For your fire damage needs in Bridgeport, you need a trusted reliable company that can address this damage immediately.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
When fire damage occurs in Bridgeport, South Shore, or Lake Park, we have the personnel and resources to help. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000.
Hyde Park Water Damage--Tips
Keep Your Rain Gutters in Good Repair or Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration
Signs That You Need New Gutters to Prevent Water Damage in Hyde Park
One of the most frequent mistakes made by homeowners is to take the work of their rain gutters for granted. Hyde Park water damage can be the unhappy result. Sure, they’re not very exciting. They are hardly going to inspire awe or inspiration. But, the truth is that they’re essential to the smooth running of a house.
Without efficient and effective guttering, rainwater cannot be carried safely away from the building. And if groundwater is allowed to accumulate, it will make its way downwards; right through to the foundations of your home.
To protect your property from water damage, you need to keep gutters clean and to function smoothly. If you have not inspected your guttering in recent years, it is time to do so now.
Here are the five signs that will tell you it is time to replace your gutters.
Sagging and Bowing
If your gutters sag or pull away from the building, they are in need of a careful inspection. This condition is one of the clearest indications that you need replacement gutters, so do not ignore the warning signs. It may be that the gutters are sagging because they are filled with stagnant water and have stopped draining properly. In the winter months, ice damming can occur if the drainage is clogged.
Cracks and Fractures
It is a mistake to believe that small fractures do not require attention. They will inevitably turn into bigger problems, so why not fix them while they only need minor repairs? If you catch cracks in gutters early, you might be able to fix them with something as simple as gutter repair tape or caulk. If they get too extensive, however, replacement gutters are the only option.
Rust Spots and Patches
If you can, climb a ladder to get a good look at the state of your gutters. If you see any red rusting spots, you know that an overhaul is needed, because these areas will eventually wear through and create holes. It may be worth considering a rust resistant material like aluminium in future.
Interior Water Damage
Nobody wants to be dealing with flooding in their basement or downstairs utility room. At the very least, however, you can be sure of the solution. The most frequent cause of subterranean flooding is dysfunctional drainage systems. If the gutters do not function properly, or the downspouts are clogged, the water will just seep into the ground by the foundation if the gradient does not allow gravity to transport the water away.
External Water Damage
Signs of non-working gutters should be addressed immediately to prevent Hyde Park water damage. To identify drainage problems, take a walk around the building and keep an eye out for evidence of moisture. For example, slimy patches on exterior walls, mold patches, water stains, and peeling paint are indicators of a water problem. If a problem occurs, or you would like a complimentary inspection of your property for fire, mold, or water damage, call SERVPRO to help you out. Our experienced IICRC trained technicians can return your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."
We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We respond promptly to all fire, mold, and water damage emergencies in Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Kenwood. Call us 24/7 for help. (312) 509-5000