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For Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago, Professionals Are the Right Option

2/13/2023 (Permalink)

downtown chicago poster Count on your official Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator for water and mold cleanup. We keep your business in business!

SERVPRO Meets Commercial Water Cleanup Needs in Chicago Restaurants

For any business, the building is the biggest asset. This means that the discovery of any size or type of structural damage is sure to cause a lot of stress. You can take measures to prevent this damage from occurring in a restaurant, but water intrusion incidents can happen without notice.

The business owners who survive such incidents better understand how they might occur and have easy access to expert emergency water cleanup services in Chicago. You do not have much to worry about since SERVPRO, a DCLO (Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator), is competent in conducting water cleanup services for commercial and municipal projects.

The water might ruin the building, equipment, records, and food inventory. It is crucial to follow several procedures after water damage in a restaurant. One is to ensure the safety of the customers, employees, and restorers. Be ready to close off the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians usually wear personal protective equipment like gloves, eye protection, and rubber boots to ensure safety.

Mold growth has been known to start about 48 hours after a water intrusion, so immediate contact with us is beneficial. This fast response gives us room to start the water extraction and drying process in the shortest time possible.

At SERVPRO, our process can vary from one site to the other, but we have a general working process, which flows as shown below:

  • Securing the building and assessing the damage.
  • Extracting the standing water.
  • Prevention of mold growth.
  • Drying and dehumidification.
  • Decontamination of affected machinery and personal property.
  • Restoration and rebuilding of affected contents and structures.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville relies on introducing a stream of dry air over the water-damaged surfaces for a faster drying process. We use air-moving equipment, primarily the axial air movers, which can move larger air volumes. They work at lower pressures and high volumes to cover larger areas, which makes them the preferred method for commercial properties.

Helping Chicago Shops Through Fire Damage Restoration

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged store with soot covering the railings and debris littering the floor Whether your store has a little or a lot of fire damage, team SERVPRO can help. Our technicians have access to small scale and large scale equipment.

SERVPRO Helps You Understand Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire restoration services should begin in retail locations impacted by even minor flare-ups as soon as possible. Our prompt response can manage extinguisher residues, water damage, soot and smoke deposits, and other fire loss effects. Because our professionals are available 24/7, we can mobilize fast after the first notice of loss to get your doors back open quickly.

Helping You Understand the Work to Come

With fire damage to Chicago shops, business owners must know the work to be completed and when the regular operation can resume. Because of your vested interest in returning to full production and allowing traffic into the store again, we help address questions you might have, like:

  • Completion Timeline - Among the chief concerns for business owners is when their shop can reopen, so we provide a reasonable timeline to complete the expected restoration.
  • Addressing the Customer's Concerns - You have priorities that our mitigative IICRC-certified team might not recognize. We can listen to your concerns and integrate them into the restoration plan. 
  • Describing Restoration Steps - Restoration steps might seem invasive and disruptive until you fully understand their purpose and benefit. 

Once we have met your expectations and answered any questions that you might have about the work, we ask you to fill out an Authorization to Perform Services form. This document designates SERVPRO as the restoration provider you have selected to complete early mitigation actions and the restoration work to follow. 

Fire restoration and mitigation in shops and stores in the city should be completed as soon as possible. Post-fire effects and loss continue after extinguishment until direct action is taken to clean up the structure and its contents. Let our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team help make this disaster "Like it never even happened" by calling (312) 509-5000.

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

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a water damaged basement with puddles of water covering the concrete floor Water damage in the basement of your store can seem rather minor but affect the structure. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess and help restore.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration Plans for Chicago Businesses with SERVPRO

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

vehicle plus SERVPRO semi parked SERVPRO provides the heavy equipment and skilled techs to mitigate fire damage in Chicago area commercial fires.

Crucial Fire Restoration Steps in Chicago Premises

A fire in business premises can have devastating consequences, such as the inability to operate sufficiently. Even if your business is only partially affected, you may not be able to allow staff or customers back into the property until further assessment. Also, your operating equipment might be affected, and you may not be able to render services as you need to. Any downtime can impact revenue and time spent re-organizing how you resume operations.

Since it might not be easy to reverse all the negative effects of a fire on a business, timely support of a fire damage restoration company in Chicago is vital. In general, it helps minimize downtime and related losses. 

Professional assistance includes;

  • Determining professional solutions for cleaning
  • Taking inventory of lost property and belongings
  • Handling the negotiation & settlement process with the insurance company

One of SERVPRO's goals is to alleviate your stress during this anxiety-ridden process. There is a lot of paperwork to cover when submitting an insurance claim, which can be time-consuming and complex. Thus, we help with the negotiations for quick and suitable claim payments.

Identifying soot and smoke damage

Sometimes it may be challenging to know which restoration procedure to prioritize after a fire. A fire can result in conditions such as charring of surfaces, smoke, and soot damage. Smoke can go everywhere, settling on surfaces and creating additional damage to the structure and contents. Salvaged electronics and appliances are covered in soot, a byproduct of smoke, which is corrosive.

SERVPRO uses the most up-to-date technology and processes to remove soot from aluminum and chrome shelving, tiles, glass, and carpeting in your office.

Important steps to take

  • Content cleaning
  • Corrosion mitigation
  • Wall and ceiling cleaning
  • Deodorization

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville provides immediate fire damage restoration for businesses. Call us at (312) 509-5000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Removal Solution In Bridgeport

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

inside of warehouse; boxes stacked 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 preloss condition.

With a proactive 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 the proper removal of any moisture that may affect your stored merchandise 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 commercial flooding or water damage emergency. We work hard to mitigate the damage and manage your entire restoration process.

SERVPRO 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 completely understand the scope of restoration work needed. 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 at (312) 509-5000. Quality, expert services are only a phone call away.

Chicago Commercial and Industrial Water Damage Help

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

heavy duty shut off valve SERVPRO says--be prepared for water damage to your Chicago business--we are here to help--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Can Help Handle Your Chicago Business Emergency Water Damage

Most business owners plan and look for ways to avoid the possibility of water damage affecting their business. Learning how to prepare for water damage occurrence correctly will prevent further losses from happening during an event. You should perform the proper research and locate a trustworthy water damage restoration company that 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 Chicago water damage services we offer in Hyde Park. We are an Official Downtown Chicago Operator. 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. Ask us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan to prevent or mitigate unforeseen water damaging events.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

At SERVPRO, we recommend maintaining your plumbing properly to prevent bursting pipes from happening. Protecting your pipes from extreme weather conditions can stop them from being the source of a water damage disaster. We can teach you how to prepare your pipes and prevent these 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. Ensure 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 them 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 and before 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. Our goal is to keep your business in business, limit closures and lost revenue and products.

Contact us at SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville immediately for assistance. Contact us at (312) 509-5000.

Who Offers Commercial Chicago Smoke and Fire Damage Remediation?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

"Fire line do not cross" You want help from the professionals after a fire in your home or business.

SERVPRO’s Chicagoland Investment Supports Comprehensive Business Fire Damage Recovery

A wide range of challenges faces businesses suffering smoke and fire damage in Chicago. Managing the heat, soot, and fire extinguishing substances requires a comprehensive response under challenging conditions. Densely packed properties, often dozens of stories high, can house many different businesses and residences affected by the blaze. Dynamic and efficient fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup depend on scalable work crews and inventories of specialized equipment, tools, and products adequate to respond to large commercial fire disasters:

  • Removal of hundreds of thousands of gallons of contaminated firefighting water
  • Clearing of fire debris throughout several levels and spaces, including charred building materials and damaged fixtures, to facilitate efficient implementation of residue assessment and as an initial tactic to reduce malodors
  • Cleaning of a multitude of fire residue-soiled surfaces, matching soot deposits with water or oil-based cleaners for optimum results
  • Evaluation of lingering fire-related stenches, and design of a multi-step plan to eliminate the lingering smells, employing deep cleaning or neutralization strategies such as ozone treatments, thermal or ULV fogging, enzyme treatments, or hydroxyl generators, or a combination of the above

Does SERVPRO Have the Resources to Restore Large Chicago Commercial Fire Damage Losses?

Recognized as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator, SERVPRO strives to uphold the highest standards, ready 24/7 to manage significant damage suffered by businesses and multi-family residential buildings. We are one of several closely affiliated full-service SERVPRO operations in the Chicago area, instantly able to elevate our response when the need arises. Our capacious state-of-the-art production facility is just minutes away from the city’s center. It houses our fleet of fully equipped and stocked service vehicles and supports our crews of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians.

Count on SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville to deliver successful fire and smoke restoration for your commercial property. Call (312) 509-5000 to learn how we can make a fire disaster “Like it never even happened.”

What Can Chicago Businesses Do When Water Strikes?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

A burst water with a red wall Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today to get your ERP prepared. It is always good to stay prepared.

Chicago Building Owners should Always Keep Staff Updated on Protocols and Call SERVPRO.

When a water leak occurs in a commercial building in Chicago, it can be a devastating impact on the business, the employees, suppliers, and customers. There is immediate damage, repair to whatever caused the leak, water removal and drying, and then recovery of business operations. Many commercial buildings do not have emergency plans, leading to further delays and impacts on the business. An emergency response plan does not have to be complicated, but it can save a great deal of time.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation services to commercial customers in the Chicago area. In addition, they use their experience dealing with emergency water damage in commercial buildings to help their customers prepare emergency plans called a READY Profile. After helping clients for many years, we understand the issues that cause delays in dealing with emergencies.

Immediate water mitigation techniques can save thousands of dollars in damages and have your business back in business in record time. However, delays caused by lack of authorization of the work, knowing where shutoff valves are located, or which areas are high priority can significantly increase the dwell time for water in your building and cause further damage to finished and unfinished goods and structural components.

SERVPRO can be on-site in less than four hours from your call; however, if your team does not know who to call, where the main water shutoff valves are located, and who can authorize work to begin, the risk of damage increases exponentially.

SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile includes:

  • Free assessment of your facility
  • Concise documentation containing critical information
  • Guide for returning to normal business operations
  • Contact information for decision-makers concerning emergency water damage incidents
  • Commercial building details – the main shutoffs for water, electrical, and priority areas

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for water mitigation and preparation of your Emergency READY Profile in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Need Professional Mold Cleanup in Downtown Chicago Commercial Buildings – Call SERVPRO

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

mold on a white wall SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville will not play with mold issues. Give us a call as soon as you can.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Cleanup Services in Downtown Chicago for Commercial Properties

For many people and commercial property owners in downtown Chicago, a mold infestation is a scary prospect. Mold can cause health effects in employees and customers; it can damage finished and unfinished goods and supplies stored adjacent to the infestation and left in place long enough can damage structural components and spread throughout the building. Mold thrives in moist warm locations, and infestations can begin developing in 24 to 48 hours after a plumbing water leak or a leak in the roof.

SERVPRO provides commercial mold cleanup for office buildings, restaurants, and stores in downtown Chicago. We employ highly trained mold damage restoration specialists to help with mold cleanup and restoration. Our team also takes precautions to control the spread of mold spores to other parts of the building. It is extremely important to act quickly before the mold spores have a chance to spread.

The entire infestation is sealed, and a negative pressure area is set up to prevent mold spores from spreading to other places while cleaning and removing mold. We scrape and clean from top to bottom, disinfecting and washing to avoid the spread of mold spores to cleaned areas.

In serious infestations, damaged contents and structure is bagged and carefully removed for disposal following industry guidelines. Our specialists can discuss every step with you and explain the process. Our services include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Commercial mold cleanup, contents disposal, and reconstruction of a damaged structure

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

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

8/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

What Should Staff Do While Waiting For Office Mold Remediation?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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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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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How Can We Quickly Clean up a Grease Fire in My Chicago Restaurant?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Efficient Cleaning and Recovery Techniques for Soiled Surfaces in Chicago Restaurants.

Restaurants are fast-paced environments where the smallest lapse in judgment or mistake can mean substantial issues for your entire building. Such is the case with grease fires, as these often result from allowing oils to get too hot and set ablaze. The situation gets worse when employees panic and utilize water to attempt to put out the fire.

Fire damage in Chicago restaurants like yours can be devastating to a business and its customer base because restoration can become an intricate process. Grease fires often require a combination of trusted oil residue cleaning strategies and reconstruction. We have an in-house team of commercial contractors that can help with controlled demolition and build back as necessary.

    •    How Can I Remove Grease and Oils After a Fire?
    •    Efficient Cleaning Products
    •    Water-Based Chemical Agents
    •    Media Blasting
    •    Foam Cleaning

These strategies differ from one site to the next based on the residues present. Water-based chemical agents can often be beneficial for removing thick oil residue from surfaces after a fire as it can separate the oil from the affected surface for rinsing. Similarly, high pressured air or water combined with different media create abrasive cleaning techniques that can remove surface residues without damaging the underlying substrate.

Do Odors Clear Up on Their Own?
One of the misconceptions of all fires is that time always removes odors, but this is not always the case. Some odors can seem to disappear only to come back when temperatures rise in the kitchen again. With neutralizing equipment like thermal foggers and vaporizing machines, we can create a gaseous state for our deodorizing products so that they penetrate affected structural elements and neutralize trapped odors inside.

We focus on getting your doors back open as soon as possible after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team a call today at (312) 509-5000.

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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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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property The technicians at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville apply the most cutting edge procedures in fire damage restoration.

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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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Chicago Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A hardwood mat extractor sucking up water in the kitchen of a home Shown in the picture is a state-of-the-art hardwood mat extractor. It suctions water up from the floor.

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)

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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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Chicago Business

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

white PVD pipes leaking in a cabinet 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)

red brick building 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)

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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

close up of a bench in a salon with scissors and brushes in a cup 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)

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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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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How to Remove Water From Your Chicago Office

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

water pooling on a concrete floor next to exposed framing 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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.