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Mold Remediation in Your Use Downtown Chicago Building

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling Mold remediation is a job for a professional outfit. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for the job.

Downtown Chicago Businesses Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Mold remediation at a commercial space in Downtown Chicago can be a difficult task to accomplish. Not only does it take time, resulting in loss of revenue, mold can also cause health effects. Addressing the damage promptly is the key to successful mold removal. SERVPRO mold specialists can help your business get back on track in no time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our team of IICRC certified technicians can help with mold inspections, remediations, and removal from your Downtown Chicago business. Advanced training enables our experienced mold specialists to:

  • Employ efficient containment techniques during a mold inspection
  • Implement standard practices approved by regulatory authorities for mold remediation
  • Ensure safety by taking appropriate measures during a mold inspection and mold removal process

SERVPRO can also help you deal with black mold damage repairs in your commercial property.

Dependable Mold Inspection and Remediation for Downtown Chicago Properties 

Safety is our top priority when dealing with mold inspection and mold removal. Our mold restoration experts use approved containment techniques to contain the spread of the mold damage. As mold thrives in a high moisture atmosphere, the next step is to dry the area affected using state-of-the-art equipment. Our mold specialists use cleaning systems, including vacuums fitted with special filtration units during the mold restoration process. 

Mold damage can cost your business dearly if not addressed promptly. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for effective mold remediation 24/7. Call us today at (312) 509-5000.

Water Damage Restoration in Chicago.

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leaking water Water damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. Call now for the professional help needed for your home.

Chicago Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration 

Chicago is the third-largest city in the US, with a population exceeding 2.7 million. Incorporated as a US city in 1837, it is one of the oldest cities in the country. Although the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed about one-third of the city, modern-day Chicago stands as majestic as ever.

The Undying Spirit of the Second City

The city of Chicago is blessed with a rich and colorful history. The city undertook a massive project in 1900 of reversing the direction of the Chicago River so that it would release into the Mississippi River and not Lake Michigan. It was done in response to the extreme weather event of 1885 that threatened the city's water supply. Still considered as one of the most ambitious civil engineering projects ever undertaken in modern America. The American Society of Civil Engineers named the river system a 'Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium' in 1999. Each year, the Local Plumber's Union dyes the river green on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day, a beloved tradition of the city for over 50 years.

Lots to do and see 

The Windy City, as it is lovingly called, offers many attractions and tourist spots that can keep you busy for weeks. Some of the most famous attractions of the city include:

  • Art Institute of Chicago is the city's grandest museum. The two bronze lion sculptures at the entrance as iconic as the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower
  • Lincoln Park Zoo is located in the heart of the city and offers year-long, family-friendly free events.
  • The Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile-long trail that circles lake Michigan and offers many activities along the shore.
  • The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a glimpse into the city's majestic architecture.
  • With its pagoda-style architecture and bamboo gardens, Ping Tom Memorial Park is a hidden gem that you can't miss.

SERVPRO Provides Full-service Water Damage Remediation Service to Chicago Residents 

Water damage to your Chicago home due to bust pipes, ceiling leaks, or any other reason can overwhelm any homeowner. In such an unfortunate situation, you need a team of experts that can perform water damage repairs and restoration efficiently and quickly.

SERVPRO water damage restoration (WRT) experts have years of experience mitigating all kinds of water damage, including ceiling repairs from water damages, basement flooding cleanup, and even flood restoration. Some of the steps our technicians can take in water damage remediation include the following:

  • Water removal using various kinds of pumps specifically designed for apartment complexes to skyscrapers
  • We understand the importance of the prevention of secondary damage due to residual moisture. We use moisture probes and thermal scanners to assess the level of impairment for efficient water damage restoration.
  • Whether it is basement flooding cleanup, flood restoration, or clean up after a sewer backup, our experienced technicians can handle anything and everything with ease

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for reliable and efficient water damage restoration services for your Chicago property.

Can SERVPRO Help Prevent Flood Damage Loss in Chicago?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

3 SERVPRO vehicles Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation.

We provide flood removal services that mitigate the damage and prevents secondary harm

Flood damage can be devastating and costly when it impacts a home. The water can enter quickly, flooding the residence, and recede just as quickly in many cases. The moisture seeps under flooring and wicks into walls making it crucial the cleanup and extraction process begins immediately. If it does not, you can end up with worse damage to the content and the structural elements.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Flood Restoration

As SERVPRO technicians provide flood removal services for Chicago homes, they do numerous things to reduce the damage, including:

  • Removal of baseboards and built-in structures such as cabinetry
  • Disposal of damaged carpet, padding, and insulation
  • Controlled demolition, which removes damaged building materials
  • Extracting water and drying the premises as quickly as possible

These are all done to stop further water damage to the structure. Floodwater is contaminated, and anything in contact with it needs to be handled correctly. Our technicians have the biohazard certifications required to mitigate flood damage

Train & Certified Technicians

Our technicians are not only biohazardous certified but carry certification and training in water, flood, and fire mitigation. They understand the best way to handle flood removal in your Chicago home. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for more information.

Restoring Water Damaged Ceilings in Chicago Homes

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom with water damage in ceiling You can trust that SERVPRO technicians will handle your water damage crisis effectively and efficiently. Call us today.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation to restore water damaged residences

Burst pipes, roof leaks, or overflowing sinks can cause water to travel to lower levels. This causes water damage to the ceiling below. Small amounts of moisture can cause discoloration and minor warping, but large amounts of water can cause complete deterioration. 

Immediate Water Mitigation Required

When left sitting, even minor moisture levels can cause mold to grow. This can happen fast, often in as little as 24 hours. You need professional water mitigation in your Chicago home to avoid secondary damage such as mold. Once we arrive at your home, we:

  • Take a moisture reading to determine the amount of moisture and damage
  • Tarp the roof, if the water is coming from there until it can get repaired
  • Remove all wet materials 
  • Use commercial equipment to dry materials
  • Restore your home to preloss condition
  • Check for hidden moisture with meters and probes

If you have ceiling tiles, it is often more cost-effective to replace them instead of restoring them. An eroding ceiling can be a safety issue, as well as unsightly. For professional water mitigation, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

What Should Homeowners Expect from a Fire Restoration Company?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO has helped many homeowners recover from the effects of fire damage and our highly experienced crews stand ready to respond 24/7.

Professional, experienced fire damage restoration just like SERVPRO offers 

Whether you love eating out or grabbing your take-out and heading home, great food is always enjoyable. Chicago is home to so many fantastic places to eat. The diversity of food cultures is a delight to explore. At SERVPRO, we love good food too. Here are some of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

The Chicago Diner

We enjoy diners. They are great for home cooked food in a cozy atmosphere. This diner is highly rated by Chicago folks. It is a favorite for vegans and vegetarians. They prove that healthy food can be delicious. The Chicago Diner offers seasonal dishes and cultural food such as Avocado Super Crunch Salad and a Cajun Burger. Other great choices include:

  •   Pierogi quesadilla
  •   Vegetarian meatloaf
  •   Buddha’s Karma Burger
  •   Yummy milkshakes

This diner has been serving up delicious meals since 1983, and if you haven’t tried it, you need to.

Wildberry Pancakes & Café

Pancake lovers everywhere should head out the door and straight for this café. Their portions are generous, and you can choose from a wonderful list of specialty pancakes. Their portions are so big you might want to consider sharing breakfast with someone. The omelets are light and fluffy and stuffed with scrumptious things like wild mushrooms. Friendly staff and excellent coffee round out the meals served there nicely.

The Purple Pig

With a name like The Purple Pig, who would not want to try it? The food is terrific. One of their specialties is bone marrow. Other specialty foods include beets with goat cheese, crispy pig’s ears, and a melt-in-your-mouth pork shoulder. Delightfully Mediterranean but much more than that. When folks come home to Chicago, this is where they head for good food and memories.

Nookies Wells

Located in the historic Old Town region, this is another excellent diner. It’s a family-owned Chicago chain where you can get breakfast all day long. A local favorite – the Monster Melt. Delicious grilled rye bread holds a thick hamburger smothered in cheddar cheese and grilled onions. The orange juice is phenomenal. Food is fresh, hot, and delivered promptly. You couldn’t ask for better service.

Batters & Berries

If you plan on visiting this eatery on the weekend, be prepared for a bit of a wait, it is that popular. You can call ahead and ask to be put on the waitlist. It is a homey, comfortable eatery serving piping hot food. The French toast is a favorite, and the crawfish benedict is a unique, tasty dish. 

SERVPRO Provides Chicago Professional Fire Damage Service

When a fire impacts your home, no matter the size, you want a company that understands fire damage cleanup and restoration. At SERVPRO, we understand how important your home is to you. That is why we deliver:

  •   Emergency services such as tarping, boarding up, and other safety measures
  •   Professional water extraction from firefighting efforts
  •   Removal of charred and unsalvageable items quickly
  •   Restoration instead of replacement whenever possible
  •   Odor removal that does not just mask smells but removes them
  •   Experienced fire damage technicians that assess your needs
  •   Your home back to you as soon as possible

Let SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville help you recover from fire damage. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 today.

Water Removal After Pipes Freeze in Chicago

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon figure heating a frozen pipe SERVPRO says to insulate your plumbing, don't use a hair dryer. Or, call us for freezing pipes causing water damage to your Chicago property.

A homeowner needs help with water removal in Chicago after water pipes freeze.

Cold weather can cause hardships for everyone, including our homes and commercial buildings. Freezing temperatures often cause water lines to freeze inside exterior walls that protect us from the low outdoor temperatures.

At this time of year, SERVPRO is helping clients with water removal in Chicago homes after water pipes thaw, spewing hundreds of gallons of water into living areas. Freezing pipes often cause the line to split, and the leak goes undetected for several hours or even days. We advise our neighbors to insulate any plumbing infrastructure exposed to the exterior or in a non-heated space.

What can you do until SERVPRO arrives?

When homeowners encounter this situation, there are several quick actions to take that can limit the amount of additional damage:

  • Turn off the main water intake valve to the building
  • Call SERVPRO for assistance
  • Avoid electrical hazards and slips and falls
  • Remove colored items from floors and furnishings to avoid color leaching out of the materials
  • Raise furniture off the floor by placing wood blocks under each leg
  • Gather and remove loose items from floors

Insulating exposed pipes can be beneficial in preventing frozen pipes. Our team can assist in removing excess water from floors and walls and drying all contents and structure. We can also help locate the source of the leak for your plumber to make repairs to the waterline, including thawing frozen pipes.

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

Fire and Smoke Restoration During Cold Weather in Chicago

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

art of chciago fire of 1871 Short of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871--SERVPRO Can Restore and Build Back Your Fire Damaged Home--even during the Freezing Winter Weather!

SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration teams respond during Chicago’s freezing temperatures

Even a small fire in cold weather can cause extensive damage. There is the damage from

  • The fire burning inside your home
  • Smoke and odors distributed throughout the building, and then there is damage from
  • Water and chemicals used to quell the fire are now frozen outside and inside of the house

Colder temperatures certainly present challenges to SERVPRO teams providing fire and smoke restorations to our Chicago customers. Our skilled professionals have dealt with these situations in the past and can help meet every need.

Skillfully Deployed Equipment and Products

Our team assesses the situation and the requirements before marshaling the tools, equipment, and staff to begin restoration. Freezing temperatures with the electricity turned off after a fire may present some unusual conditions. For example:

  • Windows, doors, and even the roof may need to be boarded up to retain heat and keep precipitation out
  • We can provide temporary heating to thaw the house, water, and contents

Once your home is thawed, SERVPRO can remove fire and smoke damaged structural components and content

  • Next, water removal and drying can commence
  • Removal of soot and smoke, cleaning and sanitizing
  • Repairs to doors, windows, the roof, and the heating system can proceed.

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

Mold Remediation Inside Buildings in Chicago

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

snow, condensation on window, mold growth in black Poor ventilation and heating can cause mold growth in Chicago properties--even in the winter? Just ask SERVPRO for remediation.

Why is mold remediation needed during cold Chicago winters?

Hyde Park, E. Bridgeport and Bronzeville are part of three community areas of Chicago. There are 77 such areas within the city of 2.7 million people and the metro statistical area with a population of over 10 million people. Over 58 million tourists visit every year, and many large companies are located in the city representing every part of the economy

In a city as large as Chicago, there are many exciting and entertaining things to do. However, our focus is on the three community areas served by our company. Our list includes nine activities that many people enjoy. We will cover a few in more detail that may be of interest to residents

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
  • Oriental Institute Museum
  • Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden
  • Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
  • Foster Avenue Beach
  • Chicago Maritime Museum
  • Palmisano Park
  • Victory Monument

Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden

The garden was established in 1893, over 120 years ago as the Japanese contribution to the Worlds Columbian Exposition and expanded several times. A 1992 revitalization project celebrated the relationship with Osaka, Japan, Chicago’s sister city. One of the popular features of the gardens is the spring blossoming of the cherry trees. Peak bloom is anticipated in late April and early May and lasts for 6 to 10 days.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is the ceremonial and spiritual center of the University of Chicago. Significant speakers and artists prize this medieval-looking cathedral as the desired event location. Over 220,000 visitors enjoy festivals and ceremonies every year.

Foster Avenue Beach

The Foster Avenue Beach is located, you guessed it, at Foster Avenue in Lincoln Park at 5200 N Lake Shore Drive. Amenities include food concessions, restrooms, bike rentals, and a beach house. The beach opens at 6 am; however, swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty. The beach is considered an excellent sandy patch for families.

There are many top-rated sites to visit in greater Chicago which many tourists, as well as residents, enjoy visiting:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck
  • Cloud Gate
  • Millennium Park
  • Wrigley Field
  • The Magnificent Mile.

Mold Remediation in Cold Weather Conditions

Many consumers believe that cold weather can kill mold. However, the reality is that mold spores are very hardy. During cold weather, the spores become dormant and respond when conditions improve. Once temperatures warm up, the spores reactivate and begin multiplying if moisture and food are available.

SERVPRO encounters numerous mold infestations requiring mold remediation in Chicago homes during the winter months. We maintain our homes and offices at temperatures suitable for mold growth during the winter and summer with the AC operating.

Clients can reduce mold infestations by:

  • Ensuring good air circulation
  • Repairing water leaks and keeping areas dry
  • Maintain humidity levels below 50%
  • Discard old materials exposed to moisture

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

Can One Chicago Water Removal Company Handle a Commercial Crisis?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line A pipe burst may cause major damage to your commercial property. Call SERVPRO who will be on-site within hours of the first call.

Trust SERVPRO to scale capacity for water cleanup at your site.

A burst supply pipe unattended over a weekend is a stressful, disruptive greeting to the first shift in your warehouse or production center. Getting back to work depends on a professional extraction and drying response geared to the size of the water incursion and your physical layout.

Which Chicago Water Mitigation and Remediation Firm Has the Resources Needed for Commercial Spaces?

Rapid water removal in Chicago businesses is a core service of SERVPRO. Our team and equipment inventory expands to reflect your need, regardless of disaster size.

  • 24/7-on-call, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-qualified crews of managers and technicians
  • Fully stocked water disaster-intervention service vehicles 
  • High-efficiency submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors
  • Mobile contaminated water high-capacity containment tanks (in excess of 100 gallons)
  • Pack-out capability to secure business equipment and contents, and specialized content processors to evaluate damage, plan restoration, and document for insurance claims

Business owners count on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for fast operations reboots after a water crisis. Call (312) 509-5000 day or night for prompt action.

Why Is Containment of Flooded Spaces Vital After Chicago Storms?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home SERVPRO has the trained technicians for any size disaster done to your home. With the experience and latest technology at their finger tips.

SERVPRO uses flooding mitigation strategies for Chicago homes 

The slushy snow and sleet mixtures typical of a late winter storm in Chicago demand flooding mitigation. As the melting mix seeps into your foundation or enters through exterior wind damage, fast action to halt creeping moisture is crucial. Containing the spread of contaminated water is particularly important to save furnishings and carpets that are difficult to disinfect.

What Are Methods SERVPRO Uses to Stop Flood Water Migration?

Mitigating the harm done by dirty water depends on proven strategies to stop the flooding into permeable building materials and fixtures. Expect the following responses by the SERVPRO crew:

  • Elevation of furnishings and household goods above the flood line
  • Pack-out of contents to
  • Move unaffected articles to a secure and dry space
  • Evaluate wet items for rapid restorative services
  • Clear the flooded spaces for unimpeded water extraction and cleaning
  • Use of squeegees and wanded extractors to move and suction water away from dry areas and fixtures
  • Containment of affected areas with 1.6 mil polyethylene barriers and floor level baffles or sandbags to keep unsanitary water manageable and safely removable 

Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule a flood mitigation assessment from SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. Our prompt response ensures effective interventions begin before irreparable damage occurs.

Who Can Homeowners Trust for Chicago Fire Cleanup?

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire and soot damage should be left to the professionals. Call SERVPRO with their IICRTC certified technicians for the job.

Chicago fire mitigation and remediation is a SERVPRO focus. 

Most people recognize references to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Many would be surprised to learn that other fires also had significant impacts on the Windy City area over the past 150 to 200 years. A noteworthy fire even took place at the site of the city's predecessor, Fort Dearborn, during the War of 1812. 

What Happened During the Great Chicago Fire?

Tradition blames a clumsy cow, which has since been exonerated, but the fire of 1871 did ignite on October 8 in a barn on Chicago's southwest side. The wooden structures making up the residential and commercial housing stock of the period burned swiftly. Flames also spread because of:

  • Recent drought conditions
  • Fierce fanning by southwest winds
  • Tired firefighters due to a significant blaze fought the previous day

The fire burned from Sunday night until Tuesday, causing roughly 300 deaths and razing 18,000 properties in the vicinity of the central business district.

How Did the People and Businesses of Chicago Respond After the Fire?

As happened many times over the decades, Chicago rebuilt. Changes in technologies support the construction of properties better able to withstand the heat, flames, and smoke. Unfortunately, advances in fire-proofing buildings proved not foolproof. On December 30, 1903, the Iroquois Theatre burned, killing more than 600 people during a well-attended performance of "Mr. Blue Beard." The fire started when a lighting fixture shorted, setting fire to a curtain. Tragically the configuration caused the most deaths ever of both a theater and any single building in United States history. Risks to theatergoers heightened for many reasons, including:

  • Building plans provided only one entrance and inadequate exits for the three viewing levels within
  • Failure to build an intake, or stage draft shaft
  • Exposed flammable reinforcement of the proscenium arch
  • Excessive use of wood trim on everything 
  • Complete lack of proactive protections, of note:
  • Lack of sprinklers
  • Zero alarms or telephones
  • No water connections

Are Any Other Chicago Fires in the History Books?

A heartbreaking incident occurred on December 1, 1958, in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. Before the end of the school day, a blaze trapped staff and students on Our Lady of the Angels School's stairway. Although the fire department responded swiftly, 92 children and three nuns lost their lives in the crisis. Others were injured as they jumped from windows to avoid the fire and smoke.

Where Can Current Chicago Homeowners Find Reputable Fire Recovery Services?

Obtaining reliable fire cleanup for Chicago residences today requires reaching out to our highly qualified team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT).

We offer customers:

  • Thorough safety hazard assessment and recommended controls
  • Emergency services, including
  • Firefighting water removal
  • Clearing of charred debris
  • Evaluation of residues followed by professional matching with effective products, tools, cleaning methods
  • Implementation of the residue removal plan
  • Deodorization, the ultimate fire aftermath cleaning

Rely on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for top-notch smoke and soot cleanup. Call (312) 509-5000 to set recovery in motion.

Enjoying Chicago Cultural Center Video Tours

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Chicago Cultural Center Fire damage is no laughing matter. Call the IICRC certified technicians of SERVPRO for the fire restoration you need.

Experience the Chicago Cultural Center from the Comfort of Home with Virtual Tours

The Chicago Cultural Center is a historic landmark building that is run by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Since the opening back in 1897, this center has been the hub of countless public events, fundraisers, and visitors throughout the years. Even though there is a need for safe social distancing, there is no reason why you cannot immerse yourself in the sights and history of this incredible Chicago attraction. This is your chance to go inside what is known as the “People’s Palace” for a virtual tour that is guided by cultural historian Tim Samuelson. These virtual tours are recurring daily until further notice.

  • Date: Monday, January 11th, 2021
  • Time: Recurring, time-dependent on login to the virtual video tour
  • Location: Online tour of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is proud to support the rich culture and history of Chicago, IL. Why call our team if you have a fire in your home? We offer detailed and prompt fire damage mitigation to help you restore your property so that your family can get back to your routine. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible to get started.

Experience the Chicago Let It Shine Lightshow

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Drive thru light shot show Mold remediation is no easy task. It is never a DIY. project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help with the know how.

This Drive-Thru Lightshow is Perfect for Chicago Families to Enjoy Holiday Festivities

Even with the need for social distancing practices, there are many ways that Chicago-area residents can get out to enjoy the holiday season. During December, you have the unique opportunity to experience the largest light show in the North Shore taking place at Northbrook Court. All of these incredible lights can be viewed from your vehicle as you take in the sights and synchronized sounds. This event will be recurring each day throughout the first week in January 2021. Ticket purchase is suggested in advance.

  • Date: Monday, December 21st, 2020
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Location: The West Lot of Northbrook Court at 1515 Lake Cook Road in Northbrook, IL
  • Cost: $29.99 per vehicle

In today’s world, caution is paramount—however, our team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville supports holiday gatherings that follow safe social distancing. If you are looking for dependable mold remediation companies, we have crews available 24/7 to get started. Once you call us at (312) 509-5000, we can send our Green Fleet to your location. All of our trucks are filled with the latest tools, equipment, and EPA-registered antimicrobial agents for cleaning and sanitizing your property.

DIY Methods Never Ensure Total Drying After a Water Emergency Within Your Chicago Property

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Chicago city limits sign If your property has water damage, do you know what to do? Call the certified technicians of SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Speed the Extraction and Drying Steps to Restore Your Chicago Home to Pre-Loss Condition

The city of Chicago has over 2.7 million residents, making it the third-most populous city within the United States. Additionally, it is the most populous city within the state of Illinois and the entire Midwest, resting on 234 square miles of land. Chicago is the county seat within Cook County, and the metropolitan area is often referred to by the name Chicagoland. Other notable nicknames include the Second City, the City That Works, the White City, the City of Big Shoulders, and The Windy City.

Taking a look at geography, Chicago is situated in northern Illinois at the southwestern end of Lake Michigan. It is also located on the Chicago Portage site and along the continental divide at the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The Portage has been a well-known trade route that helps connect the Great Lakes watersheds and the Mississippi River.

Not Only is Chicago a Sports Hub, but it is Also Rich with History

1837 is when Chicago, IL, was incorporated as a city; it increased from there throughout the mid-nineteenth century. Many streets throughout the city were raised by five to eight feet within the 1850s to help with installing the sewer system. Because many of the buildings, sidewalks, and streets here were made with wood, many of them burned entirely during the Great Chicago Fire of 1971. 

After the fire, Chicago rebuilt fast, and much of the leftover debris was disposed of in Lake Michigan as landfill material. In 1893, Chicago celebrated a remarkable comeback with the World's Columbian Exposition. One of the buildings of the exposition then became the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Over time, Chicago enjoyed several historical firsts, including the construction of the first skyscraper in the nation. This was the steel-framed, 10-story Home Insurance building that was built in 1884 at Adams and LaSalle Streets. It was later demolished in 1931. Chicago is also the start of the famous "Route 66" – beginning on Adams Street at Grant Park right in front of the building known as the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Along with those mentioned above first, Chicago is also the birthplace of:

  • Montgomery Ward and Sears, popular mail-order retailers
  • Swift, a refrigerated rail car
  • Motorola, car radio
  • Zenith, the television remote control
  • Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, is a 1,451-foot construction that remained to be the tallest building around the globe until 1998
  • The start of the Atomic Age with the first nuclear chain reaction that was self-sustaining, taking place in 1942 at the University of Chicago

Enjoying all of the Sights, Sounds, Tastes, and Entertainment Chicago, IL, Has to Offer

The city of Chicago is like no other and well-known for inspiring comebacks and resilient spirit. There are incredible places to see and things to do, including 77 neighborhoods, over 60 museums, and thousands of highly-acclaimed restaurants, breweries, and bars. Regardless of what you are looking for, you will find it in Chicago!

Some of the top attractions to experience when in the city of Chicago include:

  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise: This is your chance to experience breathtaking views of many of the famous buildings in Chicago while gaining inside information from an expert guide. You will take in views of the Sears Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Old Post Office, and the skyline along the Chicago River.
  • Gangsters and Ghost Tour in Chicago: One of the most popular attractions within the city, this tour combines supernatural tales and a unique history lesson, suitable for both kids and adults. This immerses you in Chicago's history during the Roaring 20s, including the days of bootleggers, speakeasies, and notorious gangsters like Chicago's own, Al Capone.
  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck at the Hancock Center: Here at the Hancock Center, you will find the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. This attraction puts you high above the world of the Windy City below, giving you stunning views 96 stories high. Travel up the lightning-fast elevator where you will ascend upon a deck to check out the lakefront shoreline, various landmarks, or have the opportunity to buy a ticket for TILT. This is a thrill ride at the top, where you see downward-facing views 1,030 feet below.

As mentioned, Chicago is a hotbed for some of the most world-renowned restaurants, bars, and cafes within the United States. Top options that you do not want to miss when in the area include:

  • Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken
  • Smoque BBQ
  • Oriole
  • Girl & The Goat
  • Baka Restaurant
  • STK
  • Benny's Chop House
  • Eleven City Diner
  • The Chicago Diner
  • Bongiorno's Italian Deli and Pizzeria

A Water Emergency in Chicago Calls for Top-Not Water Restoration Companies to Handle the Cleanup

When You Are Looking for Dependable Water Restoration Companies, SERVPRO has the Equipment and Manpower to Handle the Project in Your Chicago Home

Handling water damage may be a challenge for a property owner, regardless of your experience or the cleaning tools that you have. SERVPRO not only removes surface water, but we use proven methods for moisture detection to ensure no hotspots get left behind. When you need water restoration companies that understand the process, our team is number one for extraction, drying, controlled demolition, and sanitizing – all of this leaves your Chicago interior Certified: SERVPRO Clean.

Water restoration companies in Chicago must be available when you need them; otherwise, you could run into secondary damage that leads to immense costs. When you select SERVPRO for the job, you will enjoy numerous benefits, such as:

  • Rapid response
  • IICRC-certified technicians
  • Industrial-grade equipment and tools
  • Skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) to handle jobs of all sizes
  • Assistance with the execution of your insurance claim paperwork, and more

Water mitigation and rapid extraction get your home back to normal faster. We formulate and execute a plan of action using our proprietary process so that you get the results you need without any hassle. From start to end, you will have a crew chief available to detail each step so that you are fully informed.

Call on us at SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you are looking for trusted water restoration companies to handle your project. Once we receive your call, we send out a crew to get to work within a couple of hours to make your interior, "Like it never even happened."

Make a Visit to the Oriental Institute Museum in Hyde Park

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of buildings in Chicago We look forward to seeing you at the Oriental Institute Museum.

Spend Some Time at One of Hyde Park’s Best Museums 

Individuals, families, groups, and classes are welcome to tour the Oriental Institute Museum’s galleries. You can call (773) 702-9514 regarding specific hours, open galleries, virtual online tours, and other information. Admission is always free, but donations are still accepted and appreciated. 

Curating collections require knowledge in how to deal with damage caused by increased moisture after relocating artifacts to non-arid locations. Humidity initiates the decomposition of many materials. Learn more about ancient civilizations, including their religions, customs, and contributions that benefit us today. The following are only a few of the many cultures included in the Oriental Institute Museum: 

  • Egyptian,
  • Jewish,
  • Babylonian,
  • Mesopotamian, and
  • Several others that are not as widely known. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville uses high-tech equipment and science to regain control over situations involving both excess humidity and remediation required after flooding. Call (312) 509-5000 for effective management of your property’s restoration. 

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo has a Limited Supply of Free Tickets to ZooLights

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Headshot of large lion It’s no lion - SERVPRO is ready to go when storms strike!

Families in Chicago can Visit on Five Specific Nights for a Low-Cost Evening of Festive Fun 

While the pandemic has eliminated many events, the Lincoln Park Zoo decided that reduced-capacity events would benefit the zoo and its patrons the most. On five different evenings, November 24 and December 9, 17, 21, and 29, pre-registered individuals in groups of ten or fewer are invited. Other nights, between November 21, 2020, and January 3, 2021, are available for $5 a person, including infants. Call (312) 742-2000 to get tickets. 

  • Several million lights come together to create dazzling holiday decorations.
  • Low-cost tickets get you in the door at additional exhibits, including the Light Maze and the Enchanted Forest.
  • If you are already a Zoo member, you can pre-register for an additional night, exclusively for members, on the evening of December 1, 2020, from 4 PM until 10 PM. 

With the joyousness of the holiday season also comes severe storms. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always nearby and ready to help with water extraction and restoration after storm damage. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 for fast and professional service.

Chicago’s Many Museums Draw Visitors from Across the Nation

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

Ariel shot of the Field Museum Chicago has many attractions for all to enjoy!

Educators Are Not the Only People Who Enjoy the Exhibits and Galleries in Chicago’s Museums 

The current pandemic has caused the closure of many different businesses, as well as the cancellation of many events in not only Chicago but also all over the U.S. We want to assure you that several museums reopened, with additional ones opening soon.  

However, health measures require reduced-capacity to help us maintain social distancing. Calling ahead and confirming the entry information, such as reserving a time slot, mask-wearing, or early closure, minimizes any problems that might otherwise affect your visit.  

An unexpected benefit of the pandemic is free or significantly reduced admission for those with active EBT cards. An organization, Museums4All, has a list of over 500 museums admitting up to four people on one card at a time. Not all of the museums listed below are on this list, so please call about admission requirements. (A bonus is that both the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium are also on the list!) 

Piquing Your Interest and Curiosity 

Your interests, hobbies, or career can make some museums more attractive than other ones to you. You might want to visit one to open up a new world to your children or to see what your field discovered and built upon to grow into the industry as it is today. The areas covered by Chicago’s museums are far-ranging, including: 

  • Chicago’s topography, native citizens, and contributions,
  • Natural history, archeology, anthropology,
  • Medicine and healthcare, 
  • Politics and government, and
  • Technology, science, engineering. 

Visiting the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum gives patrons an inside look at Chicago’s unusual bridges. Our rivers, the Skokie, Chicago, and the Grand Calumet, in addition to several creeks, helped Chicago grow. This interesting topic is expanded beautifully for patrons. 

At the Bridgehouse, patrons can see how the gears work to move the bridges and get a panoramic view of the city. Call (312) 977-0227 for hours, tour information, and answers to your questions.  

The Field Museum is open to patrons and also participates in reduced admission through the Museums4All program. Covering an enormous number of topics, this museum has something for everyone. From ecology to architecture and dinosaur bones to ancient civilizations, the Field Museum satisfies the curious.  

Call (312) 922-9410 for information on entrance requirements, galleries, and scheduled activities and events.  

The International Museum of Surgical Science shows the twisted, bumpy trail of healthcare from ancient times to today. Even though the purpose has always been to alleviate pain and cure disease, finding the best approach to helping patients has not always been fruitful and without accidents.  

A quick call to (312) 642-6502 can tell you if any of the next few Tuesdays are free admission, if reservations are currently required, and other details that make a tour of the museum much more worthwhile. As a Museums4All member, presenting an EBT card results in free admission for up to four people. 

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center features an exhibit on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, including robes and jabots for patrons to wear. Many aspects of her life outside of the Court are also shown, making others, especially young women, see her achievements as something they can also accomplish.  

Notorious RBG’s exhibit, like many other exhibits, is only open during specific hours. You can reach the museum regarding hours, entrance fees, and additional pertinent information by calling (847) 967-4800. 

Visitors to the Museum of Science and Industry have an enormous number of exhibits to choose from, despite several remaining shut down to help us fight the pandemic. A hands-on approach plays a role in many areas of the museum and ranges from basics like chicks to the intensely complex robotics that plays a role in shaping our future. 

Another Museums4All museum, visitors presenting either an EBT card or a WIC card, plus photo ID, can enter free of charge, for two adults and six children. Call (773) 684-1414 for current information, including upcoming exhibits and requirements for entry. 

Unexpected Dangers Inside Chicago’s Fire-Damaged Buildings Pose Increased Risks to Human Safety 

Although many of the materials used in buildings were chosen to ensure safety, science discovered that some materials create health hazards. Asbestos, a fibrous mineral, comes to mind. While a completely natural material, it can cause serious health effects in those living or working in homes or buildings containing it.  

This insulating material can become exposed during a fire by charring and breaking wood or walls, ceilings, and floors. Special handling must occur during the removal of asbestos without extenuating circumstances that we see in fire damage mitigation and restoration. Things become much more complicated with asbestos. SERVPRO deals with asbestos and other hazardous materials, including lead paint, according to federal and local regulations. 

Fire restoration involves the removal of other toxic substances produced during the fire. Smoke, soot, and ash distribute odor throughout an entire building because of its presence in ventilation systems. Our HVAC technicians clean and seal ducts and vents to protect occupants from the damaging particles.  

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to help other businesses after a fire. Reopening requires the establishment of safe conditions, including an absence of odors. Our technicians are highly trained and always ready to minimize your downtime as much as possible. Call us at (312) 509-5000 to get started on fire damage restoration and mitigation

Have Fun Riding Bikes With Others in Chicago

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Man sitting on couch in flooded living room It will be exciting to see the community at the neighborhood biking event.

Chicago Residents and Tourists Can Enjoy a Mass Bike Tour

You do not have to wait for the holidays to have fun with your family and friends. Whether you reside in Chicago or are visiting the city for a few days, you can enjoy the Southside Critical mass ride, which is held on the 1st Friday of every month, apart from the winter months. The event will be on November 6 at 5:45 pm. You can join the bike ride from Nichols Park 1300 E. 55th Street, Chicago. The things to bring include:

Helmet

Mask

Bike lock

Water

Jacket

Bike lights

You do not have to pay anything to enjoy the ride, and it lasts up to about 6:15 pm. When participating in the mass ride, note that you are responsible for your safety, the condition of your bike, and your own fitness to ride. The goal of this monthly ride is to ensure that the neighborhoods are more livable and bike-able.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville affectionately welcomes you to the Southside Critical mass ride. If you need water removal for your Chicago home after a water intrusion incident, call us at (312) 509-5000 for effective restoration.

Can Professional Cleaning Reduce Water Losses in a Home?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor; furniture in background We are always on call to tackle the water damage in your home.

SERVPRO is a Water Damage Specialist that Can Help to Return your Property to a Pre-incident Condition.

Why do homeowners use professional services after water intrusion?

Water intrusion into your Chicago residence can cause extensive and lasting damage. While small amounts of water may be possible to clean using regular cleaners and methods, some areas could become moldy or permanently stained by a water-loss incident. Professional services can help to safeguard your content by using advanced cleaning equipment in combination with industry knowledge. Our training allows us to circumnavigate potential problems with unique textiles, materials, furnishings, and water exposure. By using a professional service, you can guard your home against secondary harms and get your contents back "Like it never even happened."

What Are truck-mounts, and how do they help with water restoration?

When a home suffers extensive water damage in Chicago, a truck-mount can help provide technicians with options for the restoration process. A truck-mount is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the restoration industry. SERVPRO uses truck-mounts for various tasks, including microbial growth control, water extraction, deodorization, and pressure washing. Central to the functionality of a truck-mount is the engine. A self-generating piece of equipment is valuable for water restoration because there may be a safety requirement to temporarily shut-off mainline electrics in the home. We can attach hoses of up to twenty-five feet to an extractor, which allows us to use these for most ground floors and some upper levels of your home. Truck-mounts also make sure that tasks can be completed with maximum efficiency and reduce interruption to a homeowner.

What makes truck-mounts so crucial for water restoration?

  • A vacuum component that can extract water, soils, as well as chemical cleaning solutions and solvents
  • Pumping systems that can disperse cleaning chemicals into an extraction wand using a meter to assure correct dilution
  • Water pumping modes which can help to clean the exterior walls of a property or pressure wash areas
  • A heating component that can be incredibly valuable for returning textiles to a preloss condition

Can water extraction clean materials?

Sometimes a water intrusion event can introduce contamination or soils to the home environment. A typical example could be a sewer backup that migrates water from the bathroom into hallways, an intrusion event that degrades over time, or heavy foot-traffic over a wet area, which can apply compressed mud and dirt to a fabric. Hot water extraction can help to restore a material with light to moderate soiling. This process involves spraying the affected area with a cleaning solution using the truck-mounted pumping system, then extracting both the soils and the solution using the vacuum component. By including these methods within one system, our technicians can increase their work efficiency, reducing time-consuming trips for equipment when focusing on a specific area of your home. Hot water extraction can help to save carpets or other textiles that may otherwise need replacing.

How are surfaces prepared for hot water extraction?

Using a pilating rake both before and during the cleaning process to consistently agitate the affected surface and dislodge soils

  • Vacuuming the area to move any disconnected soils from the pilating process
  • Pre-spotting areas of heavier staining using an
  • UltraLite sprayer or a pumping system
  • Scrub the carpets 6" from the baseboard using a coarse brush to loosen soils further.

When does water intrusion ruin textiles?

With light to moderate soiling, carpets are generally restorable to a good condition, providing that you use qualified technicians with the appropriate equipment. In circumstanes where there is a high water contamination presence, such as raw sewage, it is vital to replace the carpet, carpet pad and disinfect the subfloor to return the home to a sanitary state. Long-term water exposure can also lead to ruined carpets, which is why SERVPRO recommends that you contact us as quickly as possible after an intrusion event. Microbial organisms can increase rapidly, causing permanent harm to certain textiles and fabrics. Safeguard against secondary damages in your home by using a local water restoration service in Chicago

How are floors returned to a preloss condition after water intrusion?

  • Pilate the carpet in one direction to restore the dry fibers and allow air-flow on the surface
  • Apply any topical treatments such as an emulsifying powder, wood creme, or deluxe conditioner
  • Use traffic paper in areas where high foot traffic is likely to prevent floors from sustaining further soiling.
  • Industrial cleaning equipment can help speed up restoration, reduce losses, and secure your home after water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

Is It Possible To Remove All Traces Of Soot From Trusses?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flame inside home illustration You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

SERVPRO Understands the Unique Challenges of Cleaning Smoke Damage in Chicago Properties If It Involves Unfinished Wood.

As fire burns, smoke drifts upwards, depositing layers of soot and other smoke residues on elevated sections of your property such as the ceiling. Some smoke might also find a way into the ceiling void, thus soiling trusses and other structural supports. SERVPRO can help remove the soot and odor, restoring your Chicago property to its preloss state.

Why is it challenging to clean smoke damage affecting trusses in Chicago properties? 

  • Most trusses are made of unfinished wood
  • They are located in elevated and hard-to-reach areas
  • Cleaning must address odor

Cleaning smoke residues from surfaces requires various procedures such as chemical agents and thorough agitation of the surfaces. However, the effectiveness of these processes is affected by the state of the surface involved. Structural supports such as frames and trusses mostly involve rough, unfinished wood, making agitation less effective in loosening residues. The materials are also porous, so cleaning agents do not strip away soils as expected. However, our SERVPRO technicians have various resources that counter these problems.

Which resources help when cleaning smoke residue from trusses?

  • Specialized cleaning processes such as soda blasting
  • Cherry pickers to ease access
  • Sealing agents to manage odor

Since the difficulties in cleaning trusses and other structural support are multifaceted, the solutions must also tackle different angles. Our SERVPRO technicians look for ways to ease access to the affected surfaces. We bring cherry pickers or portable ladders to improve access. 

We also use advanced cleaning techniques that help strip away residues and manage odor. For instance, soda blasting, a cleaning technique in which sodium bicarbonate particles are blown onto a soiled surface using compressed air, is mildly abrasive, removing all traces of soot. It also has deodorizing properties. 

It is possible to remove smoke residues from unfinished surfaces with the right approaches. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How do Chicago Residents Deal with the Disruption and Property Damage of Storms?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor Using a professional restoration technician in an emergency can secure your home and return it to a preloss condition.

Storms Can Get Out of Control Leading to Flood Damage in your Chicago Home. SERVPRO Can Provide Urgent Emergency Services and Mitigation for your Property.

What is the impact of storm floods?
When a violent weather event occurs in Chicago, it can lead to millions of dollars worth of damage. Rooftops can be blown off or properties flooded by incoming rainwater, overflowing drainage systems, or flash flooding. A storm can have a massive impact on the lifestyle of residents- which is severely disrupted, but can also play havoc with your property. Indoor water intrusion can create health risks, while the water itself has a destructive outcome on building materials and possessions. Correctly drying and restoring a home relies on the correct training, expertise, and equipment. Without a proper resolution, water intrusion causes harm to structure and contents.

How do water technicians resolve property flooding?
- Providing conditions for workers and occupants that are safe
- Documenting and recording the requirements of a property as well as work procedures
- Mitigating losses, drying the property, and conducting cleaning or repair

How can a flooded property be made safe?
Before entering a home with flood damage in Chicago, professionals must assure you of its safety. Large amounts of water around the foundations of your home can cause joints to shift and, in the worse case, lead to building collapse. SERVPRO technicians follow the guidance of the S500. The S500 is a nationally recognized guidebook written by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications. These help ensure that our working methods remain up-to-date with the latest innovations in the restoration industry and ensure that we can provide the best care and repair for your home.

What safety hazards are there in a flooded property?
- Personal hazards like chemical safety, small spaces or slip, and trip hazards
- Environmental dangers which could include materials, electrics, or structural insecurity
- Biohazardous substances like infectious waste, raw sewage, or other contamination

Using a professional restoration technician in an emergency can secure your home and return it to a preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

What Should Staff Do While Waiting For Office Mold Remediation?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Don't let mold take control of your Chicago property. Call SERVPRO today!

The Latest Advice For Chicago Businesses That Need Mold Remediation.



Any Chicago business owner knows that you have to consider your staff when disaster strikes your business premises. Even if the disaster is not immediately dangerous, such as fungal growth, you will still find everyone wants to know what should be done next. And several people will have an opinion on how to handle the situation. Clear guidance is essential.

When you are waiting for mold remediation in your Chicago offices, you want to ensure your staff does not accidentally make the situation worse.

What should my staff do while waiting?

While you wait for SERVPRO to arrive, please ask your staff members to:

  • Stay away from the area that has mold
  • Switch off the HVAC system
  • Try to limit the amount they move around the office

What should I discourage my staff from doing?

Several things can make a mold infestation worse. Ask your people to avoid:

  • Touching or disturbing the mold in any way
  • Attempting to wipe, brush, or blow the mold away
  • Applying cleaning solutions or bleach

All these things can make the situation worse. Touching, brushing, or blowing the mold encourages spores to detach and look for another place in your office to set up camp. Applying cleaning solutions creates more moisture, which promotes fungal growth.

Our specialist technicians will set up containment so mold cannot escape, and use air scrubbers or negative air machines to pull spores from the air. We also have powerful HEPA vacuums and professional cleaning solutions on hand, which are more effective than any over the counter products.

How can SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile help?

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) helps businesses prepare for all kinds of disasters, including mold growth.

To use ERP, download the free app, and set up an account. The app will guide you on a walkthrough of your facility to capture essential information. You can also input emergency phone numbers, details of the chain of command, and a plan for getting your business back up and running.

Do not forget to add us as your preferred mold remediation specialist so that we can reach you even faster in an emergency.

Your ERP gives your staff clear directions to follow. They will know what to do, what to avoid, and who to call while waiting for us.

For help with mold in your offices, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

What Are the Common Water Restoration Obstacles for Chicago Apartments?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Apartments present unique challenges for professional water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team. 



With so many apartments throughout Chicago, having an effective strategy for water restoration in these residences is something that our SERVPRO team needs. While many of the restoration and recovery equipment and tools are the same between smaller units and large commercial structures like warehouses and hospitals, there are enough differences where thorough evaluations of the damaged areas by our project manager are necessary. These assessments ensure the right tools and products make it to the damaged sites. 

Water damage in your Chicago apartment is challenging, especially when the conditions are severe enough to require relocation. Because you are responsible for securing the restoration professionals necessary to recover this damage, you can depend on our technicians' fast response when you call. This situation differs from commercial damage or house flooding, and so we must prepare for variances in: 

  • Total Area Affected 
  • Sensitive Materials 
  • Water Migration 
  • Microbial Threats 

How Widespread Are Water Disasters? 

Perhaps one of the most significant variances to apartment water losses versus larger residences or commercial properties is the total area affected. A single loss incident could spread throughout the entire open floor plan of an apartment without much resistance, providing a much larger restoration area for our professionals responding to the emergency. Also, with many of the apartment buildings throughout the city several stories high, damages to upper floor units require unique extraction and drying solutions suitable for high-rise structures. For example, high-pressure pumps can help remove standing water over considerable distances when proper drainage is not possible in the unit. 

What Materials Experience the Most Direct Damages? 

While this is not the case for all apartment buildings in the city, not all of these structures were constructed with the highest quality materials. In many cases, these complexes get built with fixtures and materials that are quickly interchangeable when apartment units exchange hands and renovations and reconstruction is necessary to put the property back on the market for sale. Several specific materials and fixtures are often the hardest hit by standing water or oversaturation, based mostly on the length of exposure or these structural elements' porosity:

  • Engineered Wood – Many of the kitchen areas have been built with engineered wood flooring, which provides an improved aesthetic over linoleum, but a higher porosity and absorption rate. 
  • Wood Trim – The trim and baseboards are often the first materials in a wall system to directly contact standing water over prolonged periods. Usually, the exposure of these elements requires these trim sections to get removed entirely and later replaced. 
  • Drywall – Sheetrock and gypsum wallboard is highly porous and quickly absorbs moisture and standing water. This material's composition allows for wicking up the wall surface, affecting a much larger area than the actual depth of standing water concerns. 
  • Glue-Down Carpet – In spaces like bedrooms and the living room area, glue-down carpet is a low-cost flooring option. When this becomes wet, it is possible to remove moisture with carpet wands and air movers unless deterioration or mold growth has begun. 
  • Cabinetry – Kitchen fixture damage can lead to water disasters, and this can also directly impact elements like countertops and cabinets. Evaluating these fixtures can show when replacement is more advisable over restoration and drying. 

Can Water Damage Impact Other Units? 

Water movement to adjacent units can be more of a challenge than you might initially believe, especially in structures with limited materials in structural cavities. Pathways from your damaged apartment to new areas that might also require restoration and recovery include:

  • Wall Systems
  • Flooring
  • Ceiling

Is Mold Likely for Chicago Apartments? 

Mold is a hazardous situation that can develop after water damages exist. Even with efficient water removal and drying solutions, microbial threats can develop in as little as 48 hours. Evaluating the likelihood of these microbial threats for exposed materials during restoration can protect surfaces from facilitating this organism with mold inhibitors or show where remediation practices are necessary to restore the property. In many cases, the presence of fungal colonies can coincide with materials that required controlled demolition already, which can provide an efficient start to remediation of the apartment needs. 


Owning an apartment in the city is a common situation for thousands of residents, but these units can become more damaged when water disasters occur than single-family houses might. Whatever your residence needs in an emergency, you can count on our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help. Give us a call today at (312) 509-5000.

Where Can I Find Removers for Fire Debris?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer You may be tempted to DIY this damage. Don't go it alone. Call us today!

SERVPRO Offer Chicago Residents Fire Damage Cleanup for Disposal and Salvage of a Burnt Property

Are qualifications necessary for fire restoration?

At SERVPRO, our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration (IICRC) certifications. Our services assure that the cleanup of your Chicago home is professional, accountable, and expert. Typically, a house fire produces significant amounts of non-salvageable debris. Technicians can identify cleanable, disposable items as well as areas that may require additional inspection through demolition. Accurate assessments can reduce the overall cost of your claim by restoring things rather than resorting to replacements. The restoration process can involve cleaning items back to a usable state or mechanical Esporta washing.

What factors influence fire damage cleanup for Chicago residents?

  • Salvageable contents or structure
  • Non-salvageable contents or structure
  • Demolition to expose hidden areas

Is odor control a part of a restoration?

When we perform fire damage cleanup in your Chicago home, we take responsibility for contents, structure, and indoor air quality. Fire odors can be among the most challenging remnants of a property fire to remove without professional equipment. SERVPRO technicians can bring in portable air-scrubbers to the property to filter out dust or other odor-causing particles. This equipment can be especially in situations where demolition may be necessary to assess the home's inner cavities. If there are signs of smoke damage within the cavity, it may be required to remove porous materials such as insulation from the wall cavities. Equally, we may need to clean interior walls within cavities to ensure that odors do not last beyond the cleanup.

What can other methods be used to control fire odors?

  • Ventilation or air moving device
  • Negative air pressure or vacuuming using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters
  • Direct application of deodorant solvents

Bringing a home back to its preloss condition requires expertise and patience. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

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Can SERVPRO Rescue My Chicago Business Documents During Water Removal?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

interior of an office completely flooded If you are concerned about keeping your business papers safe, give SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call at (312) 509-5000.

Chicago Business Owners Want To Know Their Valuable Papers Are Safe

Anyone who owns a business in the Chicago area knows how frustrating it is when something goes wrong with their business premises. As well as worrying about getting things back to normal, there is the added stress of dealing with damaged business property, such as papers and records.

If your Chicago business needs water removal, you might be worrying about your business’ documents. After all, paper is particularly susceptible to water damage. Even a spilled glass of water or a cup of coffee can render a precious text unreadable. So what happens in the event of a flood or leak?

Which Papers Are In Danger During Water Removal?

Most businesses keep all kinds of paper records. There is a drive these days to save more and more information electronically. However, the average company still has plenty of paper stored in its offices.

Some of the papers that might sustain water damage include:

    •    Staff records such as contracts, HR files, benefits, wages, passport copies, and performance reviews
    •    Customer records such as purchase history, personal details, sale agreements, or even legal or medical records depending on the kind of business
    •    Organizational documents such as emergency plans, building maps, reference books, training manuals, and building maintenance records

Is there anything I can do ahead of time?

SERVPRO believes that prevention is better than cure when it comes to water removal and damage mitigation. In general, the more waterproof you can make your building, the better. That means both taking care of doors, windows, and gutters and making sure appliances and pipes are in good condition and not likely to leak.

There are also some things you can do ahead of time to protect valuable business papers.

Store as much as you can in watertight filing cabinets and file boxes – if you can buy models that are also fire-proof, that is even better. If you cannot store something in a watertight container, try to store it on the upper stories of the building, and at least six inches from the ground. If you must keep papers on the ground level, again, try to keep them six inches off the floor if possible.

It is also a good idea to use electronic records as much as possible. If you are concerned about losing or damaging thumb drives or external drives, you can look into Cloud storage. Plenty of companies offer Cloud storage with excellent backup options.

Can SERVPRO do anything for water damaged documents?

Yes – SERVPRO technicians can send water-damaged papers out for freeze-drying.

Freeze drying is a high-tech process during which documents are frozen quickly to prevent further damage. Once the records are frozen, they are placed in a freeze-drying chamber with a powerful vacuum that removes air. The moisture in the documents is converted to vapor instead of back to liquid. Then, the vapor is collected outside the chamber, to protect the paper from getting wet again.

We understand how tempting it is to try and rescue damaged records, perhaps with a hair-dryer or placing them near a heater (people have tried these things.) Trying to recover papers without an expert can be dangerous at worst and ineffective at best. That is why it is vital to call us as soon as you can – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Does freeze drying work for anything else?

Although freeze-drying is mostly used for papers, it can also be used for:

    •    Vellum, drafting linens, and leather
    •    Photographs, stamps, and paper money
    •    Watercolor or acrylic paintings
    •    Tapestries, embroidery, or silk paintings or stitching

What about business emergency plans?

It is good to draw up an emergency plan for your business, with details such as the chain of command, who to call, insurance adjuster details, and how to shut off the water main. Of course, if you keep these details in a physical document, they are also in danger of water damage.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville knows that in cases of water cleanup, time is of the essence. We suggest taking advantage of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, or ERP. ERP is easy to use, and it is free to get started. Sign up online to create your profile, and download the free app. The app will guide you through a walk-through of your building and encourage you to log all the essential information.

Because your ERP is stored electronically, you do not have to worry about it getting damaged if your business needs water removal.

If you are concerned about keeping your business papers safe, give SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville a call at (312) 509-5000.

What are the Best Ways to Deodorize After a Fire in Chicago?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

surge protector caught on fire Even a small fire in your home might need restoration services to fix some of the damage. Call SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Our Chicago-Based SERVPRO Team Effectively Removes Odors from Your Property

When dealing with the aftermath of a fire, no matter how big or small, it is overwhelming to any Chicago homeowner. After assessing the damage and removing dangerous hazards, one of the most challenging issues is the long-lasting odor. Simply turning on a fan or opening a window typically does not suffice in removing the offensive smells caused by smoke residue seeping into every nook and cranny of your house. Our team creates a mitigation plan which includes serious multi-step deodorization techniques.

What Should I Do if Odor is Extremely Offensive?

Fire Restoration Specialists Use Specialized Equipment, Techniques, and Products

In Chicago, fire damage restoration projects take patience and expertise. If the fire occurred during the harsh winter months, any open ventilation might be out of the question, mainly if you dwell within the property. In addition to closed ventilation, SERVPRO technicians use masking agents like deodorizing beads in conjunction with odor counteractants that absorb odors. However, some fires like a protein kitchen fire cause much more potent malodors requiring additional measures.

What Kinds of Heavy-Duty Equipment Do Technicians Use to Rid My Home of Strong Smoke Odors?

  • Thermal Foggers such as the Electro-Gen™ Thermal Fogger; These foggers apply dry fog at a rate of 1,000 cubic feet per minute and can reach and attack odors where less aggressive methods cannot. 
  • Air purifiers like the Titan Photocatalytic Hydroxyl Generator emit UVA rays to form electron-hole pairs, causing a reaction to the H2O and O2 present in the air. Hydroxyl radicals form, the fan disperses them, producing decomposition of the air pollution into carbon dioxide and water. 

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville (312) 509-5000. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

suited man using a fire extinguisher putting out a $ fire SERVPRO Says Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy--Prevent Fire Damage to Your Chicago Home--and Save Money!

Certified Mitigation Professionals Offer Fire Damage Cleanup Services to Restore Your Home

Kitchen fires make up an estimated half of home fires in the United States, but many of these incidents can go unreported., However, soot and residues can continue to cause property damage over time, which can affect appliances, kitchenware, and even your HVAC system.

Homeowners in need of Chicago kitchen fire damage cleanup can call SERVPRO to begin the restoration process in as little as several hours.

Quick Ways to Suppress Small Kitchen Fires

  • Baking soda or salt. Both of these can smother small, quick-burning flames in your kitchen without spreading damage. Sugar and flour may look similar, but both are more prone to burning instead of suppressing fires.
  • Limiting oxygen exposure. Something in your oven accidentally caught fire? Keep the oven door closed. Fires need oxygen as well as combustible material to keep spreading. A lack of oxygen and access to flammable material can put flames out quickly and limit the damage. Ovens are typically salvageable after such fires.
  • Kitchen fire extinguishers. There are many different kinds of kitchen fire suppression devices on the market today for homeowners, including Type B extinguishers for grease fires and magnetic range hood units designed to disperse extinguishing materials quickly in the event of a stovetop fire.

SERVPRO Restores Fire-Damaged Structures in Your Kitchen

SERVPRO’s fire damage cleanup approach starts with removing light soot deposits before moving on to heavy-duty cleaning methods. This approach is not only more efficient for cleanup, but it can minimize damage to your property that can otherwise come from the use of alkaline cleaners or abrasion cleaning methods designed for substantial damage and charring. Technicians also thoroughly clean vents with augers, whips, and brushes to remove soot deposits and soils that can spread odors throughout the home.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville supports the community with a cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (312) 509-5000 to have a team at your home within hours.

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How Can I Clean My Basement After Flooding?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

View of empty finished basement; carpeted and hardwood floors Basements are easy targets for flooding. SERVPRO know how to remediate water damage and restore your home.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Chicago Basement After a Flood

Storms in Chicago can be devastating to your home, even if they do not affect a broad area. They can cause destruction to the roof and windows or saturate the ground around your home. Under all circumstances, the entry of water into your home can be devastating if left unattended. Rather than relying on intuition, invite a professional service to assess the damage and develop a restoration plan.

For basement flooding in Chicago, SERVPRO is ready to help. Our team of experts can handle all magnitude of flooding needs. Upon arriving at your home, we thoroughly inspect all of it to determine the damage's extent. A professional team is especially valuable when you need to file an insurance claim for the loss. As we work in your home, we document each of our action steps, which could come in handy as you complete your case for insurance purposes.

What not to do after a flood in your basement

When water enters your home, quick remediation is essential. Regardless of how quickly you reach out to our SERVPRO team, you can do a few things to await our arrival. Taking swift action can help mitigate the damage to your house as well as your personal belongings. A simple way to apply the same principles that guide our work include:

  • Remove porous materials such as upholstery and fabric- storm waters invite bacteria into your home, and porous material can become a breeding ground for them.
  • Air out the area as much as possible- our team brings industrial-grade circulators, dehumidifiers, injectidry technology, and drying mats, among others. Still, your initial efforts in encouraging water evaporation can be beneficial.
  • Avoid cross-contamination- help protect other areas of your home by avoiding traffic within it. Our team sets up physical barriers with plastic sheeting to prevent debris and microbes from traveling through your home.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville is at your service when flooding happens. Call us at (312) 509-5000 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Does SERVPRO Deal with Fire Damage in My Chicago Home?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

    •    Emergency Services
    •    Demolition
    •    Mitigation
    •    Cleaning

What Emergency Services Happen Immediately After Fire Extinguishment?

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

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

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

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

What Does Mitigation Look Like?

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

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

How Can I Get My Home Cleaned Again?

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

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

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

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques to Mitigate Damage in Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Do Agitative Practices Help with Cleaning Fire Damage?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Among the most popular agitative cleaning steps are:

Is It Faster to Rebuild Than to Restore? 

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

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

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

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Why do floods lead to power outages?

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

How do you remove floodwater during a power outage?

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

What are the crucial early stages of flood recovery?

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

Are flooded properties dangerous?

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

How can you test for electrical hazards?

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

What tools should you use in restoration?

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

Is the exterior of my home included with flood restoration?

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

Is dehumidification the best method for drying a property?

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

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

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

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What can I expect from your services?

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

What Is Psychrometry?

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

What Is Needed for Drying to Occur?

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

When Does an Open System Work?

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

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

    •    A higher temperature
    •    Lower relative humidity

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

The disadvantages of an open system also include:

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

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

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

What Is Considered When Calculating Setup of Dehumidifiers?

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

What Is Meant by the Nature of the Environment?

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

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

How Do We Determine Water Damage Class?

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

What Delineates Dehumidifier Capacity?

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

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

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

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

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

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

Chicago Area Professional Cleanup to Slow Viral Spread

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

SERVPRO Helps Businesses Slow Viral Spread

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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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

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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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

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

Can Smoke Odors be Removed After Chicago Fires?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do You Need Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

Why SERVPRO Professional Chicago Water Removal Services Make A Difference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Did Your Chicago Bar Experience a Fire Loss?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Fire Damage in A Chicago Bar

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

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

The Furniture

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

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

The Soft Furnishings

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

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

The Glassware

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

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

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

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Have You Experienced Snowmelt Flooding in Chicago?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

How to Prevent Chicago Winter Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Count on SERVPRO for Cleanup of Chicago Fire Damage

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

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How Does SERVPRO Remediate Mold Damage on Fabrics in Chicago?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

close-up of mold spores 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?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

freshly made bed in 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?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

An open window in a home with condensation on the window. 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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How Do I Know if Attic Flooding Has Occurred in My Chicago Home?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Attic 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.

  • Storm Damage 

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.

  • Ice Damming

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. 

  • Wind Damage 

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:

  • Air Movers

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?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage Give our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team a call today at (312) 509-5000.

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?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

water overflowing in bathroom sink 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

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged apartment 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

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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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

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged floor 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

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

When You Call Us
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

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Cleaning 

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.

Refinishing 

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.

Reconstruction 

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

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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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

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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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

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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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
    •    Deodorizing

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

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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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

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

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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

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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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SERVPRO Says that Top-Tier Cleaning and Disinfecting Products Compliment our Advanced Equipment and Trained Technicians

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

Chicago skyline at night 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.

Another Chicago Fire? Yikes! Call SERVPRO for Recovery

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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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?

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us show you how we take care of your water damage in Chicago.

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.

Why SERVPRO?

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

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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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

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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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

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

clothing hanging on wood hangers on a silver bar If floodwater has entered your retail store, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for help.

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

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

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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

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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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!

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

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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

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

Water
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.

Mold
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.

Fire
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.

Storm
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.

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Stressed By Water Damage In Your Chicago Home? Call Us!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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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

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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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

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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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

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

24/7 SERVICE in white on a blue background Restoring rather than replacing items like carpets could keep your claim rates low, contact SERVPRO at (312) 509-5000 for assistance.

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

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

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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

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

living room with a white couch flooded with water 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

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

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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

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

cloths on wood hangers on a silver bar 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

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

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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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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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

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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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

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

firefighter spraying a home burned and covered in soot 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

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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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

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

flames rising up to the ceiling with a sprinkler 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

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

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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

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

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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 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

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

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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?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

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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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Let SERVPRO Experts Come to Your Rescue When Water Damage Strikes Your Chicago Business

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

water pouring out of pipes 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

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

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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!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

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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

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

attic with mold growing on the wood framing and yellow insulation 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!

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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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

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

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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

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

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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

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

mod damage on a white ceiling tearing and falling from water damage 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

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

white drop ceiling stained and leaking water 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

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

mold damage in the corner of a teal wall 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

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

room on fire with furniture burned 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

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

blue tinted water on a white background 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

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

close up of mold damage on a wall 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

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

white bathroom sink overflowing with water 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

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

living room with a white couch flooded with water 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.

Innovative Technology
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.

Rigorous Training
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

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

infrared scanner pointing at a wall showing infrared readings 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

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

RV home with white and wood cabinets and tan seats 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

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

warehouse shelving with boxes on the shelves 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

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

room with walls and furniture covered in soot damage 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

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

hallway and staircase with tan walls covered in soot damage 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

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

flooded street next to a gas station 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

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

ice melting and dripping water 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

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

plug on fire on a grey wall 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

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

water flooding a laundry room with a white washer 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

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

hand in a blue glove pointing at mold damage on a white wall 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

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

fire burning on the countertops and walls of a kitchen 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

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

flooded street in a neighborhood 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

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

mold damage in the corner of a white wall 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

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

white smoke alarm on a grey ceiling 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.
 
Electrical Fires
 
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.
 
Cooking Disasters
 
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.
 
Fireplaces
 
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

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

cityscape with a river between the buildings 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

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

flames on a black background 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

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

bell siting on a wood desk 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

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

white window and framing with mold damage in the corners 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

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

three vehicles submerged in flood waters near a bridge 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?

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

grey storm clouds over a neighborhood 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

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

cartoon of a police officer outside of a donut shop 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

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

mold damage on a white wall next to a white cabinet 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

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

close up of water droplets on a wood floor 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

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

child in a fireman costume holding a spoke detector 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.
 
Smoke Detectors
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.
 
Fire Extinguishers
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

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

water dripping from a white ceiling with yellow wall paper on the walls 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?

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

mold damage on a white wall and a red rug on the ground 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

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

female standing next to a sink overflowing with water and soap suds 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

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

street covered in flood waters near a white siding 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

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

white wall covered with mold damage 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.

Moisture
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.

Temperature
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.

Food Source
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

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

hand spraying a white can on a black background Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete.

Fire Cleanup

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

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

warehouse with blue and yellow shelving and cardboard boxes 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

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

concrete floor covered in insulation debris 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

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

blue and white home with flood waters rising up the 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

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

white walls covered in mold damage next to a window 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

SERVPRO Storm Damage South Shore

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

tan home with a broken roof and trees fallen 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

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

white walls covered in mold damage next to a closet with cloths 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

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

black roof of a home on fire 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

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

flyer for a Free Ethics Course on a yellow background 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

Email: Patricia@SERVPROSouthChicago.com

SERVPRO Storm Damage Bridgeport

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

hardwood with water droplets covering it 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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

hand turning the shutoff valve on black and blue pipes 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?

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

living room with a blue couch flooded with water 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.

Porous Materials
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.

Structural Components/Décor
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

11/30/2016 (Permalink)

white walls covered in mold damage next to a window 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

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

cardboard box sitting on a blue pallet jack in a warehouse 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.

The Water Removal Process In South Shore

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

large bathroom with tile floor covered in water 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

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

miniature blue and white house sitting on a paper that says Home Insurance 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

9/17/2016 (Permalink)

cartoon of three women sitting on a green couch with the message "Don't Wait. Communicate." 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

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

white wall covered with mold damage 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 Equates to Lost Money for a Business

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

silver faucet with blue water pouring out in the shape of a money sign 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

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

copper pipe with a crack in it 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.

Fire Damage Bridgeport - What Should I do after a fire?

3/17/2016 (Permalink)

two homes with white siding burned and covered in soot 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.

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