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Chicago Fires Generator Damage, Smoke, and Odors--Call Us, SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration
Get Help Removing Foul Odors after Fire Damage in Chicago
A fire in your Chicago home can bring on tremendous damage due to not only the flames but also the production of smoke and soot residue. Get in front of the fallout of fire damage; cleanup should start immediately to make sure that your property is free of foul odors from smoke and soot.
After fire damage in your Chicago home, foul odors are cause for contacting fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup. Smoke smells permeate building materials as well as carpeting, throw rugs, upholstered furnishings, clothing, and more. The following are the factors that determine smoke odor severity:
The Scale of the Fire – A more significant fire brings on more smoke, burning more materials than a much smaller fire. A hotter flame is superheated and propels the smoke plumes deeper into porous materials.
Home Size – Homes with smaller rooms often have a more potent smoke odor due to scent concentration.
Materials Burned – If materials like vinyl, clothing, wood, and plastics, or kitchen protein-based fires, the foul odors are much more pungent.
Our professionals at SERVPRO have the equipment and cleaning products necessary for the removal of odors and soot from your home. It is a crucial goal to improve indoor air quality. We can come in to assess the space and offer advice on the best course of action, including which items are fit for restoration and what should be replaced. Our team uses high-powered vacuum technology for soot removal from walls, furniture, carpeting, and other surfaces as the first step to remove combustible debris.
Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT)
SERVPRO can come in with counteractant chemicals that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The products that we use depend on the materials burned in the fire. Such counteractants may be applied to draperies, furnishings, and carpets as well as for laundering clothing. You should know that over-the-counter deodorizers can sometimes mask smoke odors or even interact to make the smoke stronger.
Advanced equipment like HEPA and charcoal filtered air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and in a more challenging situation, ozone machines can be deployed for physical and molecular alterations to subdue the smells.
Do you need smoke removal from the ductwork in your home? Chemical sealers can be used to keep the smoke secured to the duct interior, making for a more effective way to trap the odors.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is here for you whenever you need to remove unpleasant odors due to a fire. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 for efficient fire damage and smoke odor removal.
What to Expect During the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Your Chicago Home
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How SERVPRO Handles Smoke Residue Cleanup in Chicago Properties
Fire damage is one of the most devastating things a homeowner experiences. The charred items and loss, along with the lingering odor, make for an overwhelming situation.
There are many steps to handling fire damage in a Chicago home, among them, are the testing of the residues left behind, so technicians choose the correct cleaning methods without causing further damage. As a fire burns in a home, there are varying temperatures and combustible objects it consumes. This leaves behind various types of residues to remove from surfaces. Testing is an important way to discern the kind of deposit and the surface it resides upon so the technicians apply the correct cleaning products and methods.
Initial Inspection Actions
During the preliminary review of the property, SERVPRO does initial scoping for damage and testing of residues to evaluate the nature of the damage done to the property as well as the necessary actions to restore it to its preloss condition.
Elimination of Residues
The removal of smoke residues is a two-step process. For a removal to occur, the residues require capturing using different methods such as liquid cleaners, vacuuming light, powdery residues that contain small carbon particles. The use of wet cleaners on this type of deposit results in absorption more in-depth into the surface and exacerbating the issue.
Wet smoke results mostly from the burning of rubber and plastics and require dissolving before it loses adherence to the surface and then wiped away.
Dissolving is an exacting process that has three main steps — washing the surface which loosens the residue and holds it in suspension for removal. Rinsing to ensure removal occurs and finally drying to complete the cleaning process.
Unique Surface Qualities Must Be Considered
Some surfaces cannot tolerate the application of water, and others cannot tolerate any type of solvents. This is just one reason is why pretesting is vital to a good outcome for restoration services.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is available 24/7 to handle any size smoke and fire damage to your property. Contact our technicians at (312) 509-5000, and we arrive within an hour of your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Don't Let A Fire Destroy Your Chicago Home This Summer
If a sudden fire interrupts your summer, never hesitate to get help.
What You Can Do When Fire Damage Throws Off Your Summer Plans In Chicago
Summer is the time of year that families spend time with each other, and go on vacation, but those plans can be quickly interrupted when sudden fire damage breaks out on your property. In the case of your home, an electrical fire caused quite significant damage inside of your small upstairs half-bathroom. For any homeowner, this is a nightmare, but the situation becomes even more challenging for you.
It is never a fun time when the fire damage in your Chicago home makes it so you must cancel your plans. Sudden, and last minute, cancellations often have fees attached to them, so you are already stressed about the lost investments. However, now you must also reach out for help promptly, to ensure that the fire damage inside of your home can be remediated smoothly.
Here, at SERVPRO, we understand that you want the nightmare of the fire damage in your home to be over as fast as possible. For this reason, SERVPRO always gathers a team of highly trained technicians and sends them to your property swiftly as soon as we receive your call. Fire damage can be incredibly time sensitive, but we also understand that you, as a homeowner, can feel very anxious sitting on such intense damage inside of your home.
When SERVPRO gets to your home, we can take inventory of everything lost in the fire and help you with making an insurance claim. Furthermore, we can help you look into the possible coverage of your lost trip through your insurance agency, as the expenses were wasted by the sudden fire in your home. From there, SERVPRO can begin remediation by removing any damaged materials that are not salvageable.
SERVPRO can clean the soot caking your bathroom sink, toilet, and bathtub using a house-made chemical cleaner. The solution was designed with breaking down the chemical composition of the greasy soot in mind. Afterward, we can use the same process to clean the floors and remove soot from any surface that has been impacted. SERVPRO can also use a thermal fogger to address the malodor caused by fire. Moreover, finally, we can help you hire a contractor for the sections of drywall that were removed.
If a sudden fire interrupts your summer, never hesitate to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville by calling (312) 509-5000. Whenever you need us, we're here for you.
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We Can Restore Your Property In Chicago To Pre-Damage Condition
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How Different Levels Of Fire Damage In Chicago Affect Restoration
Cases where fire consumes everything in a Chicago property, are rare, and there are numerous reasons for this since even a small fire has the potential to turn into a massive blaze. One reason is the reaction time and effort put in extinguishing the fire. Another reason is what fuels the fire once it starts. There are several other reasons so, in the end, each incident results in different types of damages. The different levels of damage might necessitate unique restorative action so involving a professional is a good idea.
Cases of fire damage in Chicago fall into three levels – minor, medium and major damage. At the minor level, most of the loss is from smoke residue. The deposits are also light to moderate in nature, so restoration mostly involves cleaning the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can either use dry or wet cleaning techniques to get rid of the residues.
In medium level fire incidents, there is both smoke and heat damage on different surfaces and items, but it is moderate. Heat damage might affect cabinets, drywall, and other contents. Odors might also be more noticeable. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up and refinish surfaces. We clean contents at the job site too and carry out any necessary deodorization procedures eliminating traces of the fire “Like it never even happened.”
In fires categorized as major, heat damage is more severe especially in the areas close to the source. Such blazes leave some of parts of the structures such as framing charred, so part of the restoration process involves structural repairs. Smoke damage is also widespread reaching different sections of the property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. We also help board up the house or winterize it if the incident happens during the cold season. It is still possible to salvage some contents, but in most cases, they require extensive cleaning which we do offsite.
Proper restoration efforts can help restore your home to preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for assistance. You can reach us at (312) 509-5000 any time.
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Removing the Fire Odor From Your Chicago Home
SERVPRO has the technology to remove fire odors from many of your belongings.
Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Fire-Damaged Chicago Home
While fires in Chicago homes can present many effects and obstacles for homeowners looking to recover their properties quickly, indoor air quality concerns present a significant risk to the wellbeing of those entering the home after the disaster occurs. While much of these effects can get resolved with the advanced equipment available to our professionals, cleaning the air inside your house and deodorizing all affected areas, materials, and contents does not happen instantaneously.
While deodorization might be one of the final steps in the restoration process for your Chicago home, fire odors can begin to get addressed in other ways from the time that our professionals first arrive. Our SERVPRO team understands the potential risks of airborne threats including carcinogens, soot, smoke residue, ash, and debris. We have machines that can begin cleaning the environment throughout our mitigation process, including ozone machines and hydroxyl generators. Both of these machines have onboard filtration and an ability to reduce or even eliminate harsh odors present noticeably.
Deodorization is also a vital component of the pack-out process. When our SERVPRO technicians designate contents and belongings in your house for removal to our nearby facility, this happens to allow focused cleaning and odor removal for each item. In many cases, odor removal for removed items takes place in a sealed ozone chamber in our facility. This practice is unsafe for humans and pets to get directly exposed to, much like the use of the portable ozone generators for use inside your home, but both are effective in neutralizing harsh odor molecules.
For lingering fire odors in softer fabrics and surfaces, our professionals can also utilize our thermal foggers. These machines release a dense chemical compound that breaks odor molecules apart, rendering them inert.
There are many effects that a homeowner faces after a fire in their home. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team knows that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can arrive quickly with the experienced technicians and advanced equipment to get your home back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.
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Our Professionals Explain The Importance Of Safety After A Fire In Your Chicago Kitchen
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Fire Prevention Safety And Fire Damage In Your Chicago Kitchen
Kitchens in Chicago are the most common rooms in the home where fires begin. Whether prepping for a big dinner with your family or fixing a snack, knowing safe cooking behaviors can help in keeping everyone in your residence safe.
If you are unfortunate to experience a fire and fire damage in your Chicago kitchen, your home needs cleaning and restoration, no matter the size of the fire. Your best option is to contact the technicians at SERVPRO to help you, as we have the training and advanced equipment needed to restore your home as quickly as possible before more damage can be done from settled soot and smoke.
When cooking, do not leave your stove unattended. If you leave the area, turn off the burners you are using. Wear clothing that is close-fitting and short, or tightly roll up your sleeves. Clothing that is loose can hang low onto surfaces that are hot and then catch fire if it becomes in contact with an electric or gas burner.
The goal of structural cleaning after a fire means SERVPRO technicians remove the smoke residues from the structural components of your home and deodorize any odors given off by the residues. We consult and advise you as the property owner on which components of the structure can be cleaned, and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is needed for anything that does not respond well to cleaning.
When cooking, also make sure that the area you are working in is free of any materials that are combustible. Oven mitts, food wrappers or other materials left near the stove can catch fire. Be sure to clean up any splattered or spilled grease. Built-up grease can catch fire on the cooktop itself or inside your oven.
Don’t store things in your oven, including leftover food. It is easy to forget it is in there, and it may catch fire when you go to preheat the oven the next time. Also, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher available and nearby. Make certain you have the correct type and that you know how to use it properly.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that a fire of any size in your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore is scary and unsettling. We want to help you erase some of the memories of the event by restoring your residence when you call us at (312) 509-5000.
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Our Professionals Explain The Fundamental Steps In Our Fire Cleanup Process In Your Chicago Home
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Essential Steps In Fire Cleanup In Chicago
From casual observation, property fire is only a single event, but on evaluating the damages left for cleanup, a different picture emerges. You have to combine different skills and tools to clean the place thoroughly. We have certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians that can clean up your fire-damaged property removing all debris and residues “Like it never even happened.”
Evaluating the level of damage is essential before starting the process of fire cleanup in Chicago. When our SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property, we identify the best methods to use depending on the affected material, what caused the damage, and the level of deterioration. Fires cause damages through heat action, flames and accumulation of smoke residues. The harm caused by heat and smoke is easier to renovate through restorative cleaning unlike damage by the flames.
It is essential to remove any large debris from the house before doing a thorough cleanup. Debris can form from charred contents or parts of the structure. In case the smoke in the fire was too intense, it is possible to confuse soot-covered items with those charred by flames from the fire. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome this by separating debris into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This allows us to take additional measures such as removing questionable items to our offsite facility for thorough restorative cleaning.
In most properties affected by a fire, smoke residues spread all over the property because smoke moves through convection currents in which hot air displaces cool air. Smoke filters even through the small space left by closed doors or windows. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to remove smoke residues including applying professional cleaning agents that dissolve, disperse or suspend the residue. We also rely on mechanical agitation with brushes or use of power washers which helps quicken the process and remove any stubborn residues.
Restorative cleaning helps make properties habitable soon after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Let Our Team Help You After A Fire Destroys Your Chicago Home
Our fire damage restoration services can help restore your home.
Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago Can Restore Your Home
The fire in your basement fireplace did not destroy your property, but there are strong smoke odors and heavy soot residue on many furniture items as well as on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Contacting professionals for a job like this can help prevent further damage to your personal belongings and your home. We can restore your residence to its pre-fire state when possible.
SERVPRO fire damage services in Chicago are reliable. Our certified technicians can use dry sponges to remove soot and ash from tables and other surfaces in the affected areas in the basement. If necessary, we may use cleaning solutions to remove dirt and residue from various surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. Burned contents such as curtains, clothing, and throw rugs can cause odors, which is why we remove them from the structure. With your permission, the crew can throw away all burnt items. The team can clean and sanitize any items we save and pack-out, categorize, label and store them off-site until they finish the restoring your home.
Removing charred furniture and cleaning surfaces may not always eliminate smoke odors. The techs may also have to utilize industrial-strength odor removal deodorizers to get rid of pungent smells from soft materials such as drapes, carpet, and upholstery. We may also use air movers and air scrubbers to force out smoke odors and to enhance the air quality inside the structure. Thermal foggers can also be put to use to eradicate thick smoke aromas. It may become necessary to employ a portable ozone machine to neutralize and remove lingering smoke smells. If we use this piece of equipment, you must vacate the home until we complete the job. You can trust our crews to deem the air quality inside your property to be at a safe level before you return home.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help restore your fire damaged home. If you experience a fire emergency in the area, call us right away at (312) 509-5000. We are close by and are here to serve you in your time of need.
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Fire Damage Technicians From Chicago Talk About Communication And Reporting
After a fire starts on your property in Chicago the damage may seem overwhelming and devastating.
Communication And Reporting
After a fire starts on your property in Chicago the damage may seem overwhelming and devastating. Any time a disaster affects you, the entire process can be very stressful. The various types of work required can get confusing to keep track of and retain a good understanding of the situation.
Insurance companies can also sometimes be difficult to work with because agents and adjusters often have a heavy workload. From the time our SERVPRO technicians respond to fire damage call in Chicago, to the day we complete the project, we work hard to demonstrate good communication and reporting. We feel that the entire mitigation process goes more smoothly if we strive to communicate well on our end to both you and your insurance company.
After we do our initial inspection and before we start any work, we explain the process to you in detail. Within eight hours of beginning a project, we brief your insurance adjuster and inform them of the initial scope of the restoration process. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO estimators come up with a first rough draft estimate right away. This way your adjuster stays informed from the beginning of the project and gets more time to review the loss. These days, advances in technology have helped streamline our chain of communication with you and your insurance agent and adjuster. We can now prepare estimates easily and save them in digital form. This allows us to transfer the estimates and any updates made to them easily via e-mail.
As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence, we begin keeping a hard copy job file. The job file contains all of the important information regarding the project. Contact information and policy numbers are the first to get recorded followed by a job overview, crew instructions and physical evidence and documentation of the affected areas. Included in the file is a place for any subcontractor information and any adjuster verbal briefing notes.
The last important document kept by our crew is a job diary. The diary describes each work day and keeps track of the customers’ questions or concerns they expressed for each day. A job diary also outlines exactly what type of work was conducted every day our team was at your house. To get help from a company that stays organized throughout the remediation process, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 all hours of the day.
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Why You Should Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage In Chicago
After experiencing fire damage, there specific professional services which can help to lower the costs of a claim.
Never Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage
After experiencing fire damage, there specific professional services which can help to lower the costs of a claim. Restoration services work towards reducing the number of replacements which may be necessary after such incidents. If you live in Chicago, apart from being prepared to counter such situations, knowing your options counts and there is every reason to treat such issues with the urgency they deserve.
Let us begin by understanding the underlying cleaning principles that our SERVPRO technicians employ when dealing with fire damage in Chicago. When we are working for you, we always aim to return the materials to their preloss state, and we start off by inspecting the area and locating the smoke residues. When carrying out the inspection, we usually begin from the place where the fire originates from and analyze how far the smoke particles have moved.
After locating the smoke residues, it is time to identify the kind of smoke residues at the site. Given that fire consumes different types of materials, there is a possibility of finding a number of smoke particles within the same location. That helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose a suitable cleaning procedure. Before the cleaning process starts, it is equally important to identify the surface type. While some surfaces can allow abrasive cleaning methods, some area can deteriorate further if we subject them to such cleaning methods.
Certain restoration cases require move-outs before the restoration starts. Our SERVPRO team readily moves your items to a remote location if such a process is likely to protect your contents from further damage. On the same like, there are specific items such as guns, ammunition, and jewelry that we encourage owners to remove from the site before our team can start working.
Odors are a big challenge after a fire, and our team performs deodorization to neutralize the smells. To spread the deodorants, we may either use thermal foggers or ULV (Ultra Low Volume) Foggers. The equipment can also apply disinfectants and fungicides which help prevent chances of bacteria and fungi growth.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a proven leader in fire, mold, storm, and water damage restoration. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 when you need us to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Cleaning can make A Big Difference after Experiencing Fire Damage in Chicago
After a fire soot damage can remain throughout your home
Cleaning, a vital step after fire damage.
The steps you take after experiencing a fire damage incident have a direct impact on your property. Given that such events are traumatic, you need to seek for professional services if you need your concerns addressed in the right manner. There is a lot you can salvage in your Chicago property when the proper procedures are put in place to mitigate the damage.
Our SERVPRO technicians perform emergency services with the aim of limiting the secondary damages that your Chicago property is likely to suffer after a fire damage event. We start by pretesting and in the process find out the contents that you need to replace, items that do not require any form of cleaning and those to clean. Once we complete the pretest, we let you know the scope of the restoration process so that you know what to expect.
Let us discuss some of the cleaning techniques that our SERVPRO technicians use when restoring your property. When it is necessary, our team can employ immersion techniques when we need to apply the cleaning solution to all parts of the material. With this technique, we can control the quantity and temperature of the cleaning product as well as the time of exposure to the cleaning agent.
When we do not need the cleaning product to saturate the material and prevent overwetting, we can decide to use surface techniques. For instance, we can wipe after spraying the cleaning agent on hard surfaces such as furniture. It is also appropriate to use foam cleaning if excessive moisture is likely to damage the materials.
After cleaning all the surfaces, it is time to perform deodorization. This process improves the quality of air and sterilizes surfaces to lower the chances of bacteria and fungi growth that are likely to cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians always put on protective gear such as masks, gloves, and overalls as a safety measure during the restoration process.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville attends to all forms of storm, mold, fire, and water damage. Call us at (312) 509-5000 if you want to work with a proven industry leader, and we can make “Like it never even happened.”
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Levels Of Fire Damage Possible After An Electrical Fire In Your Chicago Home
Your home in Chicago is filled with electrical appliances and wires, but when they malfunction, they can create massive fires.
Fire Damage After An Electrical Fire
Your home in Chicago is filled with electrical appliances and wires, but when they malfunction, they can create massive fires. The worst part about this is that most electrical fires cannot be doused with water. They instead require special fire extinguishers that are water-free to fight them. To prevent these types of fires in the first place, make sure that you do not plug in an overabundance of appliances into the same outlet and fix any outlets or wiring which you think could be damaged.
If you have experienced an electrical fire, there is plenty of fire damage in your Chicago home which needs to be repaired and cleaned up. It can be an overwhelming thing to deal with, and that is why our staff at SERVPRO is ready to help you anytime you need. We are professionally trained to handle damage after a fire, and we work efficiently and promptly so that you can get back to your usual way of life.
Not every fire results in the same level of damage, and not all fires need the same kind of procedures for restoration. Any loss can have a range of damage from minor to major. Minor fire damage affects only specific areas or rooms. How much smoke residues are left behind is light to moderate. Restoration involves dry and wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, contents, and floors. Only minor items need replacing, and a few areas might need repainting.
The amount of smoke residues in medium fire damage is moderate. More materials require our SERVPRO team to wet clean them to remove residues. How many areas need repainting and replacement increase, and floors might need refinishing. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents might need more replacing. We can clean contents on the job site. Smoke odors are also more noticeable, so it may require additional deodorization after we finish cleaning.
Heat and fire damage is severe near the fire source with significant fire damage. There could be charring to structural finishes and framing, making a need for structural repairs. Smoke residues are spread throughout a significant portion of the home, and smoke odors are strong and maybe even pungent. Emergency services like boarding up the structure, establishing temporary electricity, and removing charred and smoke-filled debris could be necessary. Restoration involves extensive cleaning in this case, and multiple methods of deodorization are needed to get rid of smoke odors.
No matter the level of fire damage in your home in South Shore, Kenwood, or Douglas, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville works hard to get your home restored. Reach out to us at (312) 509-5000 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you.
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Fire Damage In Your Kitchen Should Never Stress You When In Chicago
No property owner loves to experience any fire damage since such incidents lead to massive losses.
Fire Damage In Your Kitchen
No property owner loves to experience any fire damage since such incidents lead to massive losses. That means it is vital to understand the various causes of fires and how to prevent them. Additionally, Chicago residents need to know the right actions to take to control the resulting effects. These are very stressing moments where a simple mistake will cause more destruction to what is salvageable.
Kitchens are the sources of most domestic fire damage incidents in Chicago. If your oven malfunctions or you use a stove that is not in a good working condition, there is a possibility of starting a fire. Before you know it, it has spread to the napkins or cooking tools, and soon everything gets out of control. That is why it is necessary to work with our SERVPRO technicians to mitigate the damage.
The first thing that we do when we arrive at our property is to assess the level of the damage. At this point, we examine whether your furniture, walls, and other areas need attention after getting into contact with the soot, smoke, and fire. The step is so essential since it helps us to plan and give our clients accurate quotes. During the planning process, we decide on the right tools and procedures to use when restoring your contents.
Remember, there is a lot of destruction that results during combustion. For instance, the fire can burn part of your roof and leave behind a hole. When it rains, things can get worse as the water mixes with the soot and other particles. Some of the residues decompose, and the result is unpleasant odors. Our SERVPRO team can clean the mess and perform deodorization to neutralize the odor-causing sources. Our technicians are certified by IICRC, and we follow all state regulations when restoring your property.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is an industry leader in mold, fire, water and storm damage restoration. Call us at (312) 509-5000 if you want to turn that incident to appear “Like it never even happened.”
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How Fire Damage in Chicago Happens in the Middle of Winter
Having a working smoke detector in the house is very important and can save lives. Should you have a fire in your home, contact SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage and Offer Preventative Tips
While hotter summer temperatures increase fire damage risk in Chicago homes relative to the other seasons, plenty can still go wrong around the home that might lead to a fire, even in the deepest winter months. With enough fuel and oxygen, fires can burn even in the coldest conditions, and even when the air is relatively humid. Here are a few typical ways fires may start in local homes this winter and early spring season.
In the 21st century, one of the most prominent sources of home damage is fire damage in Chicago from electrical mishaps. As our homes fill with ever-increasing numbers of gadgets, devices, and appliances, more and more electrical fires occur each year. Although newer electronics are usually safer and less fire-prone than older devices, the sheer number of them present in most modern households means that disaster of some sort can often be an inevitability. Water cannot often extinguish an electrical fire, and many electrical fires are in fact caused by contact with a water source. Always use a chemical or foam-based fire extinguisher in these emergencies.
American kitchens remain the most consistent points of origin of large house fires across the country. In the typical kitchen setting can be found multiple heating appliances, electronic devices, and sources of open flame. Any of these can be prone to malfunction or user error and start a fire. Be sure to equip your kitchen with at least one well-placed smoke detector and check its batteries on a semi-regular basis.
It is cold outside, and those with a hearth may be inclined to use it in the earliest and latest months of the year. While fireplaces can be a great addition to the room and source of extra warmth, they also carry a great deal of risk with them. Always treat a fireplace with caution, and consider adding a barrier of some sort in front of its flame for added safety.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is ready 24/7 to respond to calls of fire damage in the area. Contact us at (312) 509-5000.
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Stopping Kitchen Fire Damage Before it Happens in Chicago
Smoke Detectors Protect Children and Property from Chicago Fires--SERVPRO Tip
SERVPRO Advice to Prevent and Mitigate Fire Charring in Your Home
Kitchen fires consistently rank among the most prevalent and costly residential fires nationwide. Moreover, yet, at the same time, most Chicago kitchen fire damage can be prevented by watchful eyes and proper preparation. Keeping your kitchen and dining area safeguarded against fires is essential, as failing to do so may end up costing you thousands if a fire hits. Follow our advice, and the risk of your kitchen incurring fire damage in the future should sharply decline.
Positioning smoke detectors well and keeping them charged is the first step in mitigating fire damage in your Chicago kitchen. Smoke detectors are often the first thing in the room to notice when something is wrong, providing an unmistakable warning when something has overheated or caught fire. Ideally, smoke detectors should be linked to a sprinkler system, but these are uncommon in most homes. For most, smoke detectors only serve as an alert to the presence of fire.
To put out fires, you need something capable of smothering the flames. The best option for this is a modern fire extinguisher, which can put out a blaze without any risk of harming your home or appliances. Modern fire extinguishers do not use water as a smothering agent, instead opting for chemical mixtures or carbon dioxide foams to deny oxygen to the fire. Keep at least one in the kitchen and be sure to inspect it regularly. Typically, an ABC type extinguisher is handy to have in the kitchen. Also, keep a fire blanket nearby to smother a flaming frying pan.
Keep Appliances Clean
Upon inspection, SERVPRO technicians find dirty appliances as a probable cause for many of our fire damage cases. While many fires start with overcooked food, much more preventable disasters often arise from the presence of extra grime and grease on stovetops, ovens, and other heating devices. These films and organic materials can smoke or catch fire if they are allowed to build up, causing fire damage even to vigilant homeowners who never leave the kitchen unattended. Be sure to clean your cooking equipment to eliminate this threat from the kitchen entirely.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is there for you when a fire strikes your home. Call us at (312) 509-5000.
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Fire Cleanup Is A Job For Professionals In Chicago
Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete.
Many folks today take on tasks as do-it-yourself projects, learning from videos and classes at home improvement stores. Although a DIY approach works for many minor remodeling jobs, landscaping, and the like, fire damage recovery is a job for trained experts. The staff at SERVPRO have the education, experience, and equipment to restore your home safely and completely after a fire.
After a fire damages your Chicago home, it is crucial that all steps deemed necessary by the restoration industry be completed fast. The longer fire damage stands without abatement, the more likely it is that permanent harm to structures, contents, and air quality may make part or all of a home dangerous to inhabit. Our team trains to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, the benchmarks for safe and efficient procedures to return your home to preloss condition.
Our staff react within hours of your call and arrive with all equipment and specialized products necessary on board our full-service trucks. SERVPRO sends a crew large enough to begin and complete a full-scale fire damage cleanup swiftly before the acid residues of ashes and soot deteriorate building structures, fixtures, and your belongings. The technicians assess for safety first and then design a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning, sealing, and odor removal. Often both chemical and water damage from the firefighting efforts are part of the restoration package. Some structures may be too charred to be restored, and decisions to remove and replace need evidence transmitted to your insurance company to limit your out of pocket costs. We work with you and your insurer.
The technicians we send are proficient in the use of professional grade equipment, certified and experienced. A homeowner trying to accomplish the same with rental steamers or carpet cleaners risks making the situation even worse. SERVPRO employees also assess hidden areas, such as your HVAC system and recesses between and behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings for damage. Even small amounts of fire damage left unabated allow smells to linger and deteriorate the structures attached to them or items near them.
Odor elimination is a particularly complex skill set. Covering up with air fresheners is ineffective and deludes you temporarily that all necessary cleanup is complete. SERVPRO has odor elimination specialists on staff who use a range of strategies to neutralize odors for good.
A fresh smelling, restored home is the result when SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville takes on your fire damage restoration. Call (312) 509-5000 immediately after the firefighters leave to get the process started.
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Getting Help Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home
Smoke Detectors Can Prevent Fire Damage in Chicago and Save Lives
SERVPRO Tip: Install Smoke Detectors to Reduce Fire Damage
Looking on as firefighters busily address fire damage occurring on your property, you see flames billowing out of the window in the room where it all began and smoke everywhere else. When they get done putting this fire out, you hope that you have something left to call home.
Once out, firefighters leave, declaring the area safe and granting entry. However, having fire damage in your Chicago area home leads to a variety of hazards that you probably are not aware of, making it necessary for you to seek professional help from a restoration company you trust.
At SERVPRO, we find that the majority of home fires occur in the kitchen, where without the proper cleaning and maintenance, most appliances become dangerous over time. Other machines, such as crock pots, toasters, microwaves, and coffee pots pose an extreme risk to you and your family if not taken care of properly, leading to injury and even death under the most unfortunate circumstances.
SERVPRO can provide you with many helpful suggestions to prevent fire damage in your home. We can help address electrical distribution problems, where you have too many devices plugged into the same sockets, or teach you how to inspect these devices properly to avoid electrical fires.
SERVPRO technicians often find that debris buildup in ventilation systems, around water heaters, candles, or the use of smoking products cause severe problems that you can prevent by simply changing things up a bit to help protect your family from harm.
Smoking materials cause the most casualties out of any other home fire hazard, where smokers fall asleep or do not extinguish cigarettes properly, leading to catastrophic loss of life. Having the proper smoke alarms, detectors, or extinguishers available in your home can help get things under control quickly and reduce losses that you suffer.
However, when faced with larger situations, professional restoration services help return things to normal quickly and efficiently. We can help remove smoke and soot residues that fill your entire home after a fire. Using cleaning and deodorization methods to sanitize the entire area, returning your property to a quality pre-damage condition you can enjoy for years to come.
Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville before you re-enter your fire damaged property, receive the help you deserve and protect your family through quality service. Call today. (312) 509-5000
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Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration in Chicago Gets Help from SERVPRO
Count on SERVPRO for Cleanup of Fire Damage
Restoration companies provide you with many of the services you need to get damages under control and save furniture and other personal belongings caught up in a fire that occurs on your property. They manage your entire restoration process and make repairs on your property as stress-free as possible.
If fire damage happens in your Chicago area home, contacting a quality company with expertly trained technicians may be the answer, the right company can provide you with technicians that have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours.
A company, like SERVPRO, has IICRC certified professional fire damage restoration technicians. These technicians follow EPA and OSHA safety and restoration guidelines to protect your property and restore many of the contents of your home, including personal items that you may have thought were lost forever.
You should avoid touching anything on your property after being told it is safe to enter by local authorities. Contact SERVPRO and let our expertly trained technicians inspect your property for hazards and assess the damages that exist. Never count an item as lost before a restoration specialist has an opportunity to inspect it, we may be able to save things that you never thought possible.
SERVPRO technicians make every effort to restore items caught in a fire, rather than replacing them. We want to save you as much time and money as possible, while also returning your home to a quality pre-damage condition that is safe for you and our family.
Our technicians try to make the restoration process as bearable as possible. Promoting safety while on the job and protecting everyone involved. We manage your entire restoration process and keep you and your insurance company informed along the way.
We understand how devastating a fire incident in your home can be, so we treat you, your family, and your property with respect. While also providing you with the services you need to return things to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible, with the least amount of interruptions to your daily lives.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park – E. Bridgeport – Bronzeville can provide you with the fire damage restoration services you need to get things under control quickly and return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, call today. (312) 509-5000
What SERVPRO Looks For in Smoke Damaged HVAC Systems
In many cases, SERVPRO employees can identify problems in ventilation by the smell alone.
Smoke Damaged HVAC system? Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Assist!
Smoke is one of the most common, pervasive, and challenging parts of most fires to remove. It works its way through cracks, holes, and especially ventilation systems to cause damage throughout the home. SERVPRO takes care to inspect and properly treat ventilation to keep the spread of smoke, and its odors to a minimum, as without careful attention vents may spread smoke particles back out across the home after restorations have been completed. Here's a brief overview of what our inspectors look for when evaluating damage in and potential cleaning techniques for ventilation in your home.
Visible Smoke Residue
When our technicians can see smoke residue smeared, coated, or piled in a ventilation system, this is a sign of extensive smoke and fire damage in Hyde Park homes. If there is no visible residue, this usually indicates that the vents are mostly free from damage and require little to no treatment. However, if the inspector does find visible residue, he or she takes note of its color, composition, volume, and extent throughout the ventilation system. Depending on the smoke's specific characteristics, an action plan is then developed to remove it in a timely fashion.
Obvious Smoke Smells
In many cases, SERVPRO employees can identify problems in ventilation by the smell alone. Smoke usually creates heavy odors in a home and is thus easy to detect by smell. If smoke can be smelled inside a vent but not seen, this may be a sign of damage in an out-of-sight location or perhaps more extensive damage to the ventilation system.
Sometimes, filters in the vent system may collect smoke and debris in obvious volumes. Typically, these are replaced after a fire no matter their condition, but it is worth inspecting them to determine the extent of damage to the ventilation system. In some instances, filters may even catch smoke particles that would have otherwise caused problems inside the vents, acting as effective barriers to further damage.
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SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local branch of a national restoration company that helps homeowners to overcome fire, water, and mold damage to their homes. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.
7 Helpful Tips In Avoiding Fire Damage Caused By Portable Electric Heaters In Bronzeville
Fire damage from your portable electric heater can be devastating.
Fire Damage And Portable Electric Heaters
You settle yourselves in for the night, lights-out and all is well. At 1 a.m. you are roused by the smell of smoke. While making your way to safety, you gather your family. Glancing back, you notice the flames coming from where you usually keep your electric heater. Thinking that your home in Bronzeville is immune to fire damage can cost you dearly. Take it from professionals that deal with these kinds of situations on a near daily basis; every home is susceptible to these kinds of situations, you will be happier taking the proper precautions to protect your family.
Electric heaters offer homeowners a portable, efficient, inexpensive way to heat specific areas, without requiring any added maintenance. However, SERVPRO receives quite a few calls every year from homes that have received fire damage due to the improper use of portable electric heaters. At SERVPRO, we would like to offer some helpful hints for those of you who own and operate these types of heaters:
1.) Only purchase heaters that are properly tested and certified for safety. Search for heaters with unique features, such as automatic shutoff when the unit becomes unlevel, timed shutoff, or specific heat setting adjustments.
2.) Read any warning labels and the manufacturer's instruction booklet carefully before you use your heater.
3.) Always inspect your heater for damages before use each year. Loose connections, cracked casing, and broken or frayed cords are red flags. Do not use the heater if these or other hazards exist.
4.) Turn your heater off or unplug it when leaving the room or going to sleep. Taking the time to store your heater properly when you are away for extended periods.
5.) Keep a close eye on the proper placement of your space heater. You should maintain at least three feet of space between the unit and anything that can catch fire.
6.) Never place a heater in high traffic areas, or in any location where children or pets often play, both can trip and tip over the heater, without realizing the hazard they just created.
7.) Always plug your heater into a wall socket directly. Extension cords or power strips can overheat and cause a fire. If you cannot find a unit with a long enough cord, several professional electricians can assist you with installing a longer one safely.
In most of the cases, we experience at SERVPRO; our clients neglect to place their heater on a smooth solid surface. Remember, heat rises; you will want it close to the floor to get the most efficient use out of it. If your home has full wall-to-wall carpeting, stop by a local hardware store and purchase a flat, stable, fire resistant base big enough to set your heater on when in use. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville today, for more helpful tips (312) 509-5000.
Review Your Home Insurance Coverage Yearly
Homeowner's insurance can pay for your home restoration after damage. SERVPRO will deal directly with insurance on your behalf.
Illinois Offers Unique Home Insurance Options to its Residents
When a disaster strikes, like a fire, your homeowner's policy provides support to rebuild or repair your home. If you have an “actual cash value” policy, you are entitled to the amount of money it will take to restore your home or its contents to a pre-fire market value. If you have “replacement cost” coverage, then you are entitled to the cost that it would take to replace your home or its contents, up to a limit that is specified in your policy.
Illinois is a state that offers its property owners who have experienced fire damage in Douglas or other communities, an extended coverage called “guaranteed replacement” coverage. Guaranteed replacement coverage states that if the damage exceeds the limits on your policy, the insurance company is required to fully replace or rebuild your property without any deduction for depreciation.
Replacement coverage in your policy offers other benefits. For instance, if you want to rebuild your home in a different location, you can do so. However, the small print states that if you move to a location where it will cost you more to build, you will pay the difference. Another benefit involves your use of the money for something else. If you want to use your replacement insurance money to start a business, your policy will change to an “actual cash value” policy which means that you will get about 15% less.
For either type of coverage, you will need an estimate of the prior market value or what it will cost to replace your damaged area or items. Your insurance company will offer its own estimates based on their adjusters. If you feel their numbers are too low, hire your own independent adjuster. Also, choose SERVPRO who is experienced in restoration and repair of buildings, as well as with claim insurance paperwork.
Fire disasters also involve water damage, smoke and soot damage and possibly mold growth. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has professional technicians who specialize in fire and water damage restoration. As a leader in the restoration industry, we use specialized equipment, and we have specific IICRC training and certifications, that allow us to restore your home to a pre-fire condition.
Restorations from fire, water, mold or storm disasters are the cornerstone of our business. We are locally owned and operated with 24-hour damage relief services. Call us before something happens to your property and let us explain our services. In this way, if a disaster occurs, you will know who to call – (312) 509-5000.
Call The Best In Residential Fire Damage Restoration
Fire Damaged Home Covered With Soot
SERVPRO Can Get You Back into a Clean House Quickly After a Fire
Residential fires are a devastating event for all members of the family. They can cause significant losses and damage to a highly valued property. The end results of a fire are just as damaging as the fire itself. There is damage from water which is used to fight the fire; mold can appear, and there is penetrating smoke, soot, and odors.
Due to the many factors involved in Chicago residential fire damage, homeowners will require quality and experienced restoration experts. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day. Our IICRC certified technicians are highly trained to help restore families back to their pre-loss condition. We believe in a motto of cleaning and restoring your property quickly to help you get back to a normal life.
SERVPRO skilled technicians will arrive at your property to make the necessary assessments. We remain with you even after the fire trucks have departed. Not only do we remove standing water, but we also have the skills to tarp and board-up if needed. Our specialized equipment and training enable us to sanitize and deodorize your property.
If your residential fire damage is slight, we believe in saving as much of your property as possible. We can clean, repair, and restore as much of your valuable property and belongings as is required. Our compassionate Contents Claim Inventory Service specialists will also provide a detailed and accurate list of your belongings for insurance adjusters.
As your professional restoration company, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is locally owned and operated. This means that we are able to arrive at your home within a short period of time. We are happy to be a part of our Chicago communities. If you have the misfortune of having fire damage to your property, call us quickly at (312) 509-5000 to help you begin to restore your life.
Fire Damage Bridgeport - What Should I do after a fire?
According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
What Should I Do After A Bridgeport Residential Fire?
A Devastating Situation
A Fire in Bridgeport can be devastating. You may have lost possessions, property, pets, or even loved ones. This can be a difficult and trying time for you and your family. The last thing that you want to do is to create more damage or make your situation worse by using amateur cleaning and restoring methods. Though well-meaning, these solutions are temporary fixes and may make the damage worse.
Steps to Take after a Fire
1. After your fire damage in Bridgeport call your insurance company right away.
2. Call a fire damage restoration company
3. Try to ventilate the building as much as possible
4. Remain outside of the building or at a safe location if possible
5. Develop a plan of action for moving forward
6. Stay in contact with the company you hired
A Quick Response
When you have big or small fire damage in Bridgeport, call a highly trained professional company that responds day or night quickly. From small fires to major blazes, a fire damage restoration company can remediate all of your fire damage problems and restore your home or business safely and efficiently.
Can smoke odors be removed?
You can become sickened by smoke and soot odors if they are left untreated. Only commercial treatment products by trained experts should be used to treat and remove smoke and smoke odor damage. Don't try to remove it with a home method. These methods could make the damage worse. It may cost you additional later to pay for a professional to undo the damage you caused by trying to clean it up.
What about water damage?
Fire damage can lead to water damage. After the extinguishing efforts, water damage can be left behind. Experts in fire damage restoration know that water damage must be remediated quickly. For your fire damage needs in Bridgeport, you need a trusted reliable company that can address this damage immediately.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
When fire damage occurs in Bridgeport, South Shore, or Lake Park, we have the personnel and resources to help. Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000.