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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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Our Professionals Discuss Tips For Managing Flood Damage In Your Chicago Retail Store

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

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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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Chicago Business 

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can appear from all sorts of places. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

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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Chicago Water Damage Remediation Can Be Tiresome If Dealt With Alone

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Chicago brick structure building can be detrimental. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Protect Your Chicago Area Restaurant From Water Damage

Not every water damage situation in your Chicago area business is going to be an emergency. As a water damage restoration technician (WRT), it is easy to say that some of the worst situations involve slow, methodical decay of the structural components of your building. If you find yourself dealing with regularly returning water stains, broken pipes, or malfunctioning appliances in your restaurant, you might benefit from calling a professional.

The majority of buildings in Chicago that experience water damage have a brick structure, which is excellent for maintaining a stable structure. However, whenever you experience water damage on your property, brick is also good at keeping water trapped inside. The longer any water sits on your property, the more damage it can do. So, it makes sense to have a professional inspect your property.

At SERVPRO, we use infrared moisture detectors, moisture meters, hygrometers, and a variety of techniques to locate and dispose of hidden pockets of moisture. Since water is such a sly beast, a trained technician, utilizing these devices, can make tracing a water problem to its source easier than attempting to do it yourself. 

It takes years of experience and training to become good at water damage restoration techniques, which means that your in-house maintenance crew likely doesn’t have the skills to do the job right. SERVPRO technicians eat, sleep, and live restoration. We take it upon ourselves to provide every unique situation we face with a valuable solution. 

SERVPRO has specialized teams of technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. So, if you notice a leak at closing time and need it repaired quickly, we can help. Want someone to give your building a thorough look? Our technicians perform a full inspection of your property, checking every nook and cranny for any signs of water damage. We can also offer a variety of ways to protect your dining guests and company assets from future water damage.

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for additional information about our services or to begin an initial inspection on your property, today. (312) 509-5000

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Quickly Restore Your Commercial Property In Chicago

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

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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When Water Damage in Your Hyde Park Salon Causes Bad Hair Days

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring your business with the least amount of disruption is our goal during water damage restoration.

Fast Water Removal and Restoration in Hyde Park Hair Salon Keeps Business Buzzing

Water damage is severe enough when it happens in a home; it can be twice as bad when it occurs in a brick and mortar business that delivers services to customers. The faster the cleanup happens, the more quickly you can get back to pampering and serving your clientele.  

The need for quick commercial water removal in a Hyde Park hair salon happened due to the extreme icy cold in the entire upper Illinois-area resulting in an unexpected pipe burst. Although catching the water intrusion relatively fast, standing pools of water spread to two adjacent rooms. The salon arranged for plumbing repair through their carrier and contacted SERVPRO to start the water cleanup process.  

SERVPRO technicians removed the standing water using multiple portable extractors with squeegee attachments for use on the tile flooring. A thorough water extraction requires less drying time. Upon inspection, the salon flooring was found to be asphalt tile. This type of tile usually maintains a good bond with concrete and responds well to cleaning which makes the restoration process faster.  

The pipe burst had happened behind a single work station with a vanity and mirror. The wood vanity needed weep holes drilled in the back for maximum air circulation. Air movers quickly died the salon, and when the probes showed the flooring and walls at optimum levels of dryness and low moisture readings, our technicians plugged the weep holes and began the cleaning phase of remediation. Floors, objects, and surfaces affected by the water are hand-wiped with our professional antifungal and antibacterial solutions to leave them disinfected, deodorized and ready for customers.  

Commercial water removal needs to happen as fast as possible to stop secondary damage from occurring to your business. The emergency services provided by SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville are available 24/7. Call us at (312) 509-5000, and our certified technicians can be on site within four hours to return your business to normal.

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

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

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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Avoid Delays When Facing Water Damage at Your Chicago Business Location

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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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How to Remove Water From Your Chicago Office

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water From a Hyde Park Business

Commercial Water Removal Chicago

There was a fairly significant leak in one of the sinks in the men’s bathroom of your dentist office. You need to call professionals like us to extract the standing water on your floor so you can re-open and service your many patients. Excess water can ruin your floors, lower walls and other areas inside the structure. Plus, allowing water to sit inside your business for more than two days can cause mold growth and health effects, so contacting us may help prevent further damages to your office.

Our Chicago commercial water removal SERVPRO restoration services can involve the use of various pieces of industrial equipment like portable extractors, wands, vacuums, and pumps. After the team inspects the area and removes excess water from inside the structure, they may employ air movers or axial fans to dry the affected areas. Our techs may also use dehumidifiers to speed up drying by increasing moisture evaporation. We understand that you must get back in operation as soon as possible. You can expect our trained crews to work fast to remove water from your office and to dry the affected areas quickly thoroughly.

It may be necessary for us to pack-up contents and to remove furniture from inside the structure such as chairs, tables and office equipment to prevent damages. You can trust us to itemize, categorize and store every item we remove from the premises. Plus, for safe keeping, we place those items in a safe and dry and place on or off-site until the job is complete. Our teams are very efficient and work quickly and set goals to get your dentist office back in operation as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville commercial water removal restoration services can restore your dentist office when possible. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000. We always here and ready to help in your time of need.

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A Damaged Roof Can Put Your Chicago Antique Store In Need Of Water Cleanup Services

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

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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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Chicago Discuss Dehumidification

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

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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SERVPRO Has the Flexibility for Water Damage Restorations in Chicago Gas Stations

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

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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Finding the Right Company to Locate and Address Mold Damage in Your Chicago Area Hotel

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

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 cruicial 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 hand-in-hand; 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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The Effect Of A Small Fire In Your Chicago Restaurant

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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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Donut Shops with Leaky Pipes and Worse Require Emergency Commercial Water Removal in Chicago

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

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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Restorations After Commercial Fire Damage Protect against Future Losses In Chicago Warehouses

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

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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The Right Way To Deal With Commercial Fire Damage In A Chicago Bar

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, bars and nightclubs are at a greater risk of fire damage than many other types of business.

Commercial Fire Damage In A Bar


There are hundreds of bars in Chicago. They cater to millions of tourists every year. In fact, the nightlife here is considered one of the main reasons to visit. Unfortunately, bars and nightclubs 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.

Commercial Water Damage Affecting Hyde Park

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Commercial Water Removal Solution In Bridgeport

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage Equates to Lost Money for a Business

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

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.