Flood Damage in Basement After Snow Melt in Chicago
How To Prevent Chicago Winter Damage
After a long winter, all that snow has to go somewhere. As temperatures rise in Chicago next spring, you should be prepared to handle all the extra water. By taking some steps before the snow melts, you can help prevent flooding in your home. Removing the snow accumulation from around your windows, foundation, and doors keep it from melting and leaking into your home. You should also check your gutters and roof, plus clear snow from drainage areas.
When melting snow has caused flooding and flood damage in your Chicago basement, you need to take fast action to get the water out and dry your home back out. SERVPRO can come to your aid in a situation like this, as we are professional and experienced flood damage remediation specialists.
The cleanup of a flooded basement is a multi-faceted process. We take each step carefully to help restore your basement to its former condition. Safety is our primary concern for everyone, so before we even enter the flooded basement, we ensure that all utilities are shut off at the source. Electricity and water are never good together.
Next, SERVPRO technicians determine the integrity of your structure. We do not enter if there is a chance of collapse. If you have not already done so, we then open any doors and windows possible to get the air circulating, as this facilitates the drying process.
We advise you to take plenty of photos as well if you have not by the time we get there for insurance purposes. If you need us to, we also speak with your insurance company to ensure you get the coverage you deserve.
We remove the excess water using a gas powered submersible pump. We are careful not to pump the water out too quickly, as sudden changes in pressure could cause the walls to collapse.
We also wear protective clothing, boots, gloves, and eyewear. It is essential for us to do so if we believe the water has been contaminated by toxins or sewage.
Walls are hosed down to loosen any debris or mud, and then we dry out your entire basement using industrial dehumidifiers and fans. We check to see if the flooring is cracked or warped.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville takes care of your flooded basement for you thoroughly and in a timely fashion. Residents in the areas of Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore just need to give us a call at (312) 509-5000.
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