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Humidity Control During Recovery After A Flood In Chicago

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Humidity Control During Recovery for Flooded Chicago Residences

Addressing flooding in Chicago homes requires much more than efficient extraction practices. Professionals in the restoration industry like our SERVPRO team have an obligation to protect the home and its occupants from hazardous conditions, and the most practical way to offer this is through containment strategies. The maintenance of conditions within this barrier area is critical to offering efficient drying and prevent the increased production of microbial threats.

Controlling the humidity within a containment area helps to restore flood damage in Chicago homes efficiently. With these conditions regulated, we can dry out saturated structural elements and construction materials with the highest effectiveness. Also, our professionals can reduce the movement and migration of moisture and water damage, but also prevent any secondary damage that might result from prolonged exposure.

Many homeowners might believe that the maintenance of humidity levels within an established drying zone is a matter of using dehumidifiers and little else. These units do play a substantial role in the drying process and even regulating humidity, but there is more to the approach than these machines. Leveling off moisture content levels can increase the effectiveness of the restoration effort to come once the area has gotten decontaminated if necessary. We cannot attempt to use the heart of our drying process, air movers until the area has gotten thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.

The secret to effective humidity control in the drying zone is the creation of negative pressure. Units like the negative air chamber and the hydroxyl generator work to clean contaminants out of the environment with HEPA filters, exhausting and ventilating them outside the residence. Successfully running these units makes dehumidification and relative humidity (RH) levels stay manageable and within safe operating parameters to limit secondary effects and destructive consequences like mold growth.

We understand that flooding can be a costly and hazardous situation for homeowners, and that is why we stay ready to mobilize 24/7 whenever these disasters strike. We are here to make flood loss “Like it never even happened.” Trust our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team to help your home return to its original condition after flooding. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000.

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Our Flood Damage Experts Can Save Your Chicago Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Efficient Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Chicago Home

It takes a significant sum of money to buy and maintain a home. Unfortunately, flood damage can happen in different ways, even to the most prepared homeowner. The damage can come from a flash flood, a blizzard, a hurricane, or a tornado. When vast amounts of water hit your property, it can be a dangerous situation.

There are vital steps you need to take to stay safe and get your life back to normal after the floods. To handle flood damage in your Chicago home, you need to remove the water, sanitize the structures and dry the affected areas properly. SERVPRO is on call 24/7, and our trained and certified technicians are ready to help. We can clean and disinfect the surfaces ensuring no further damage is experienced. We can return your house to its preloss state quickly and efficiently.

If the floodwater sits in your property for a long time, it can cause severe primary and secondary destruction. Water can leak through the walls of your home and wreak havoc to building materials like drywall and your belongings. Mold can also grow if you take too long to remove the water and moisture. Calling for help minimizes further damage and maximizes the chances of making a full recovery of your property.

To ensure that microbes do not spread, we extract all the water using powerful portable or truck-mounted pumps. We also use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to remove moisture from all the affected areas. We check the levels of moisture in the walls of a house using moisture meters and moisture sensors. Our crew can also ventilate wet wall cavities by removing baseboards and drilling holes between each stud. We then force air through the holes into wall cavities to enhance evaporation. If we find much moisture, it may be necessary to remove areas of drywall.

We can also use disinfectant, antimicrobial, and antibacterial treatments to clean your home. As we clean the structure of the house, we also clean other items such as furniture and clothing that the flooding has ruined. After the aftermath of a flood, professional odor removal is necessary since the damp items in a house often emit foul scents. Our technicians can use specialized equipment to remove the bad odors from flood-damaged homes, including:

    •    Thermal foggers
    •    Industrial air scrubbers
    •    Hydroxyl generators

We can also rebuild the ruined structures of your home after flood remediation or mitigation. At SERVPRO, we offer high quality and quick restoration services. We have an efficient quality assurance system that enables us to deliver excellent customer satisfaction.

After experiencing flood damage in your Hyde Park, Bronzeville or Bridgeport home, you need speedy, professional aid. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help remove all the water and sanitize your home. Call us today at (312) 509-5000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Professionals Talk Emergency Floodwater Removal From Chicago Homes

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Here in the midwest, bad weather is frequent. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to handle all of your water damage emergency needs.

How SERVPRO Works Fast for Emergency Chicago Flood Removal Projects 

If you want to keep costs related to flood damage mitigation and repair to a minimum, you need to act fast in the aftermath of a disaster. Without a rapid response to the situation in the form of professional flood removal, reversible damages and minor issues can rapidly progress to require substantial restoration efforts and potentially induce safety hazards. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We make sure that the flood damage to your home avoids complications that can happen over time like mold growth or material erosion.  

How We Rapidly Remove Water  

Depending on the severity of the situation, our flood removal for your Chicago home may involve the use of one or more high-powered machine tools designed to remove different types of moisture very quickly. Standing water, which is any remaining water in your home that has measurable depth, can be almost impossible to remove without the aid of extraction pumps. These pumps can remove water from even the farthest-back corners of your home and pump it all outside. 

Once we can no longer extract any water from the premises, we then use a combination of powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture. Air movers create powerful directed air currents that pick up water droplets embedded into materials, allowing them to be collected into bins by dehumidifiers that attract airborne moisture. The combination of this technology allows us to accomplish days of drying under optimal conditions in just a few hours regardless of outside weather. 

Removing Other Signs of Damage 

Most floods leave behind visually apparent signs of damage even after drying the area. SERVPRO can help to reverse these effects through special restorative techniques we've learned through years of servicing similar problems across the country. We are also fully certified to handle mold and other types of damage that might happen as a result of the flooding. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville stays open 24/7 to respond to local calls for help with flood damage from storms and other water sources. Call us at (312) 509-5000 for our help or a quote.

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Our Quick Response Can Restore Your Chicago Home To Pre-Damage Condition After A Flood

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you need help with flood damage in your home.

Fast Extraction And Drying Limit Loss From Flood Damage In Chicago Homes

Three main factors determine how much flood damage occurs in a home from water intrusion events. Those factors are the amount of water, how long exposure has occurred and how quickly mitigation began.

When SERVPRO arrived on-site to mitigate flood damage in a Chicago home, most of the standing water had receded. We scoped the kitchen area around an entry doorway and determined backed up gutters were the cause of the water from heavy storms coming into the home. Rather than directing rainwater away from the house, the gutters overflowed and caused pooling that entered the kitchen.

Our technicians worked quickly to extract any remaining water from the kitchen flooring. Often, we do several passes with our portable pumps to pull as much water as possible from surfaces. These initial efforts help speed the drying phase along.

The vintage kitchen table had stainless steel legs that were unaffected by the water, and we placed it on blocks for drying in the area. Our technicians moved the chairs for drying in another area of the home. Our probes found moisture collected behind the baseboards under the cabinets. Technicians removed the baseboards and drilled weep holes in the wall to allow for adequate airflow during drying.

Air movers have blades much like a fan, but the similarities end there. These machines blow air at a high velocity across surfaces retaining moisture. This action causes water vapor to rise where dehumidifiers capture it and effectively removed from the area. We spend time setting up the air movers at specific angles unique to the room to direct moist air up and out.

Once confirmed dry through moisture readings, our technicians concentrated on final cleaning and disinfecting to leave the kitchen sanitized and inhibit mold growth. Due to the quick action of the owner calling SERVPRO and starting the mitigation process so soon after the initial water damage occurred, there was little water loss from this unfortunate event.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you need help with flood damage in your home. Our emergency response teams arrive within hours to mitigate your water loss and restore your home and possessions, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Can Assist When It Comes to Natural Disaster Flood Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can bring the thunder when it comes to storm damage restoration.

Getting Rid of Standing Water after Flood Damage to your Bridgeport Property

The primary concern for a homeowner after a natural disaster is to restore their property as quickly as possible. Flooding is not uncommon and can cause havoc in the lower levels of your property. Removing that water needs to be done quickly to limit losses. As a rule of thumb, the longer water is allowed to saturate structure, structural components or personal possessions the more likely permanent damage is to occur.

When flood damage in Bridgeport properties occurs, you need to know that your restoration provider can mobilize equipment quickly. SERVPRO uses local technicians and provides them with the tools from our nearby warehouse. As a company with access to national resources, our water extraction equipment is top of the range and capable of dealing with any size disaster.

The quickest way to remove standing water is by a gas-powered submersible pump. These are linked to an open sewer point which allows us to remove an unlimited amount of flood water. However, if your home relies on a septic tank, a gas-powered pump cannot be deployed. Your SERVPRO technician can quickly use other measures if this is the case.

A practical solution when pumps are not possible to deploy are extraction units. For large amounts of water, SERVPRO can bring in truck-mounted extractors. These industrial equipment are capable of removing more than 100 gallons of water before needing to be emptied and minimize the risk of damages to carpets, fittings or upholstery.

Where flooding is deemed as less severe, we use portable extractors. Fabrics can be up to 50% weaker when wet so a deft approach can be useful in mitigating loss, particularly on carpets. These are comprised of a vacuum element used in combination with heat. Your technician can repeatedly use an extractor over the surface without risking damages and ensuring your home dries quicker than with dehumidifiers or rapid air-movers.

For a fast response to a home emergency, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Discuss Safety And Damage Cleanup For Your Home In Chicago

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Cleanup And Flood Precautions For Your Chicago Home

Floods have been the most common and costly natural disasters amongst all weather-related incidents in the United States, with Chicago being no exception. Understanding the threats that floods can pose is essential to staying safe during one of these events as a homeowner. The dangers do not disappear once the water levels stop rising.

Besides needing help restoring your Chicago home from the flood damage created by the storm, there are some things to be aware of to keep you and your family safe. While SERVPRO can help you get rid of the water and dry your home back out, there are precautions you can take in the meantime.

While you wait for our SERVPRO technicians to help you, be aware of damaged utilities. Water might have damaged electrical power. Lower any fire hazards by shutting off these utilities if you safely can do so, especially if there is fraying wiring, an odor, or sparks present. Turn the power off only if you can do so from a location that is dry. If not, call an electrician for help.

Keep your contact with dirty water to a minimum. Any standing floodwater can pose different hazards. It can have mixed with sewage or other harmful substances like chemicals. It can even be hiding sharp objects or downed power lines. Also, avoid traveling through the water and do not walk to drive through any standing water since the road underneath could be blocked by debris or compromised. With moving water, try to get to high ground to get away from the flooding whenever you can.

Our first goal is to get the standing water safely out of your home, and we have the professional tools and gear to help us do this safely for all. We also want to do the job quickly and efficiently. The sooner we can get your home dry again, the less chance there is for mold growth. If mold is found, we also can clean and take care of that for you.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville understands that drying your home in Woodlawn, Kenwood, or South Shore out as quickly as possible after flooding is essential for the safety of your family and the structure itself. Reach out to us as soon as the storms subside by dialing (312) 509-5000, so we can help you.

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When A Flood Destroys Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact The Specialists At SERVPRO!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills.

Restoring Walls After Flood Damage Creates A Remodeled Look In Chicago

Many owners want to remodel their home but lack the resources or time to engage in such time-consuming projects. A disaster like flooding changes things drastically, but SERVPRO can help make changes that improve your home's interior in the long run.

When a residence in Chicago sustains flood damage, walls and floors become so saturated that we must remove the affected area and then several inches above the water line. Cutting this away and removing it allows us to air out the home's support beams inside the wall. These beams must reach standard moisture content before installation of new wall material can take place. We compare readings of moisture content to industry approved materials sheets to ensure proper drying occurs. Replacing ruined walls too soon can lead to mold infestation and wood rot. Both can cause wooden beams to loose strength. Any warping can also create a strain on the wall joints and lead to cracking and other structural problems.

We work with our customers to re-create as we restore their home by locating the materials needed. While not an exact remodeling job, a new look can appear when a customer chooses new paint colors, paneling, or textured coverings for reconstructed walls. Our experts work closely with every customer to ensure their satisfaction with the finished work.

Another step we take when dealing with flood damage is to carry out odor elimination. Flood damage includes the formation of new and highly offensive odors that can permeate a home, even after mitigation. Hydroxyl gas comes in a structure similar to H – O – H. The organic matter that creates these odors bonds with unstable hydrogen atoms, deodorizing your home at the molecular level. Hydroxyl also produces a fresh scent as it is working, is so safe we can use it while people are in the treated area and does not produce color changes in damp textiles like ozone can.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help take the sting out of unexpected and unwanted flood damage with our restoration skills. Our technicians also hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and also Applied Structural Drying (ASD) – crucial knowledge when dealing with flooded homes and businesses. Contact us at our 24-hour service lie by calling (312) 509-5000. Homeowners in or near Oakland, Douglas, and South Shore can also rely on our skilled employees when their residence faces a disaster.

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Storms, Winds, Tree Limbs in Your Chicago Home!! Call SERVPRO Fast!

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Stormwater from Broken Limbs Can Flood Chicago Area Homes, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Removal

We Offer Reliable Flood Damage Services in Chicago

A violent storm blew through the neighborhood yesterday, and high winds sent a sizable tree branch through your front window. Now, several inches of water stands in your living room. If you do not know whom to contact, we kindly suggest that you call us right away. When possible, our professional team can restore your home.
 
Our SERVPRO flood damage crew in Chicago can arrive at your residence fast to inspect the damages. Plus, they can secure the structure by covering the missing window with plywood or protective plastic sheeting. The techs can also check for additional breaches to the property such as a hole in the roof or a broken door and secure them as they did with the window. Securing your home helps prevent water from flowing into the house. Plus, it can protect against wildlife or unwanted visitors from entering the structure.
 
Next, our SERVPRO team can remove all excess water from the residence. This step helps to reduce further damages to your home. Quick water removal can also prevent wood rot and mold growth. When extracting water, the techs may employ truck-mounted, or portable extractors or commercial grade pumps to eliminate the water fast. The level of water inside the house helps determine what type of equipment the crew may utilize for the job.
 
Storm waters can also cause damages to the interior walls, floor tile, and ceilings. If this happens, our skilled technicians may have to remove various wet materials such as drywall or insulation. If the job requires further construction though we can do substantial rebuilds, our techs can assist you in getting in touch with a qualified contractor. Since flood water is contaminated, our crew must discard all wet carpeting and padding as well as any furnishings or contents that come in contact with the water. During the drying process, the team may employ air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the affected areas thoroughly. The crew can also use dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from inside the structure.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is close by and can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

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The Best Approach for a Stress-Free Flood Restoration Process in Chicago

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

When Your Chicago Home Needs Saving from a Flood--Call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flood Loss Mitigation and Restoration Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services

There are some factors we look at when restoring a property which has suffered flood damage. It all starts with understanding everything about the incident. Factors may include the time the standing water has spent on the structure, the contamination risks the source of water is likely to cause, the depth of the water, and the time that has elapsed since the event was reported in Chicago.

Before our SERVPRO technicians can start any flood damage remediation work in Chicago, we remove items such as draperies and furnishings from the site that are movable to mitigate continuing water loss. Salvageable contents can also be stored in a humidity-controlled area - preferably less than 60 % - to reduce chances of mold growth. If we have to store the cleaned contents on the site, then we introduce a positive pressure in the storage area to prevent a possible movement of contamination from the contaminated areas. We can use plastic sheeting to separate the two areas to minimize cross-contamination and moisture migration.
 
Disasterous flooding can be dealt with according to the inherent dangers to the structure and its contents. When removing, cleaning and treating contaminated surfaces and contents, we have to keep the site under negative pressure compared to other parts of the floor or structure. We achieve this by using an air mover or vacuum having HEPA filters. At the end of the process, we have to remove the filter and place them in plastic bags ready for disposal.
 
Our SERVPRO team also removes flood damaged porous materials that contain bacterial and mold since they can cause health effects. For instance, we remove and discard mold-contaminated porous items such as insulation, carpets, drywall, and carpet padding. The same may apply to wet ceiling tiles that has been exposed to wetness for 24 - 72 hours. It is difficult to clean mold damage if it has already developed within porous contents, and discarding such items is the workable option.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is always ready to respond to all restoration and cleaning needs irrespective of the time of the day. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 and allow us to perform a stress-free restoration process.

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SERVPRO Takes Care of Local Chicago Flood Damage Problems with Ease

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen unexpectedly and be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Drying Out Your Property After Flooding is Key to Preventing Secondary Damage

It may seem impossible to surmount the flood damage done to your Chicago home after a storm blows through the area, but no matter how severe the situation may seem, SERVPRO is available on a 24/7 basis to help out. Our tools and training enable us to provide full-featured flood mitigation and restoration services even for large office buildings and industrial centers, and we provide the same quality and level of care to residential zones in the community as well. Call us up after a disaster, and you might expect to see some or all of these features of our service put to work in your home.

Innovative Technology
SERVPRO works hard to stay on the cutting edge of restorations technology nationally, providing our technicians with some of the most advanced tools on the market to evaluate and combat flood damage in Chicago. From small digital tools like thermohygrometers that locate and identify spots of moisture deep within walls and materials, to large industrial machines such as air movers that create powerful, controlled wind currents within your home to whisk away moisture, our arsenal of equipment allows us to adapt to any situation and provide the care needed to get everything back to the way it was before the flood.

Rigorous Training
Every SERVPRO technician receives weeks of challenging certifications and job training before ever setting foot on a job site. However, even once an employee is accredited, their training is far from over. We structure our teams to make sure that no job site goes without veteran, experienced restoration professionals to oversee the situation and provide guidance through their years of experience and dozens of completed jobs. Through our combination of formal schooling and on-the-job experience gathering, every team we send to homes in the local area brings experience and accreditation with it.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville helps local homeowners to perk up and recover from the effects of flood damage with professionalism and quality of service honed through years of work in the community. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

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Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home From Snowmelt

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has been the victim of flood damage from snowmelt, it is something that you need to take care of right away with professional help.

Flood Damage From Snowmelt

If you are a homeowner in Chicago with a basement, you know that it is essential to prevent water from coming into your residence. Water intrusion can have a devastating effect on the integrity of your structure. With the spring here, you need to worry about snowmelt, which is water and runoff from the melting of fallen snow. When ice and packed snow are on the ground when the temperatures rise, the warmer temps create rapid melting of snow and ice, making excess water and runoff very quickly. It, in turn, causes flooding.

If your home in Chicago has been the victim of flood damage from snowmelt, it is something that you need to take care of right away with professional help. The longer the water sits, the more in danger you are for your structure to become weakened, or sustain additional damage, such as the growth of mold. Our SERVPRO staff have the experience and tools to help you out and to get the job done fast.

Once we have extracted the standing water in your basement, the primary equipment we use in drying your home are dehumidifiers and air movers. Two guidelines we use for placing air movers are maintaining a balance between the dehumidifiers and air movers and positioning enough air movers to make airflow across all wet surfaces.

Air movers raise the rate of evaporation. As moisture evaporates from wet surfaces, the layer of air next to it becomes saturated. The higher humidity at the surface then starts slowing down the evaporation of additional moisture. Air movers send airflow over wet surfaces, blowing the air layer that is saturated away and replacing it with drier air. The dehumidifiers SERVPRO techs use create warm, dry air, but we need the air movers for circulating the dry air across wet materials and your structure.

Since air movers evaporate moisture into the airspace and dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, we must keep the two in balance. Too few air movers in relation to dehumidifiers result in a drying process that is slower. Dehumidifiers extract more moisture when the air is holding a great deal of moisture.

Too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers result in secondary water damages. Too many air movers mean the dehumidifiers cannot extract moisture from the air as fast as air movers are evaporating it into the air.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has trained staff who can properly operate the equipment used in drying your home in Douglas, South Shore, or Kenwood. When your basement has flooded, call us right away at (312) 509-5000, so we can dry you back out.

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Chicago's Team of Flood Damage Experts

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's first step in their flood damage restoration process is to stop the water from entering your home.

Call on SERVPRO for Thorough Flood Damage Restoration

During a storm in Chicago, the wind is always a significant factor. During springtime, more rainstorms are bound to occur. The wind created from a storm can cause rocks or tree branches to fly into your home and cause damage.

If the wind blows an object into a window, there is a good chance that it breaks causing a hole in your house's structure. Anytime water has a chance to damage your home it is smart to call SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Chicago. Water damage from a storm is never fun, and it takes specialized equipment and procedures to mitigate correctly.

The first thing our SERVPRO restoration crew does in any water damage scenario is to keep water from entering the house once they arrive. Next, our team extracts any standing water found in the area of the damage. Once all water gets removed from the area's building materials, the drying process begins.

During any drying process, our technicians know that airflow is key to a job done right. Knowing how air flows inside a home helps our crew get the best results when drying out a structure. Drying structures effectively requires using proper airflow techniques.

Whenever drying occurs after water damage, air movers get placed strategically inside a dwelling to provide the most efficient airflow inside a damaged room. Our team places air movers so that air bounces off of walls at an angle and moves to other walls of the room. The air movers are all set up in a circular pattern so that air flows in a clockwise direction within the affected room. In most cases, our specialists remove your baseboard and drill holes into the drywall so that air can get up inside the walls and dry the wood studs.

Anytime rainwater gets into your house and ruins things it is best that you let professionals handle the situation. Our IICRC certified team always does what is best for you when you call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for help with flood-related issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Don't Tackle Light Flood Damage in Chicago On Your Own

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Unwanted Storm Water in Your Chicago Home? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Peace of Mind with Flood Mitigation

Even if flood damage to your Chicago home is relatively light, it might still pay off to hire a professional damage restoration and repair company to take care of cleanup. SERVPRO provides a number of services that are designed to keep time and restoration costs low for such situations, and we can help to return your home to the state it was in before the disaster with as little cost and headache as possible.
 
Ease of Service     
One of the most typical reasons people trust SERVPRO to handle light residential flood damage in Chicago is the ease and comfort of life associated with our service. Hiring us removes any responsibility and work you might otherwise have for cleanup and restoration work. While tasks such as mopping, repainting, and light repairs could perhaps be done by a practically-minded resident, it is just more comfortable and more efficient to allow our trained, seasoned technicians to handle such tasks instead. In addition to their expertise, our technicians also have access to industrial-strength tools and products.
 
A Professional Touch
When you allow SERVPRO to handle cleanup after a flood, you also obtain numerous bonuses and benefits from having a professional cleanup and restoration service going through the motions of each task. While conducting simple, routine work, our technicians may also identify and suggest opportunities for improvements and additional restoration work to improve your home even further. Also, you have our guarantee that all work completed is of high quality and not deficient in any aspect.
 
Keeping Costs Low
Depending on your insurance policy, hiring us to clean up the flood may be even less expensive than doing it yourself. Many insurers prefer our service because we include mold remediation, thorough drying, and damage analysis in our work to avoid costly future issues and circumstances. We also happily work with you and your insurance carrier with the claims process.
 
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is a local expert in flood damage cleanup, restorations, and repairs. Contact us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

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Flood Damage in Basement After Snow Melt in Chicago

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

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

How To Prevent Chicago Winter Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Handle Flood Damage After A Storm To Your Home In Chicago?

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storms can be devastating to your property.

How To Handle Flood Damage

Storms can be devastating to your property. Apart from the structural damage, storms can also cause severe flood damage as well. Acting promptly is the best way to minimize this damage. Seeking professional help to assess the damage is the first step toward the restoration of your Chicago home after flood damage.

Flood restoration of your Chicago home starts with surveying the extent and severity of the damage. However, surveying your property after a flood damage can be overwhelming and complicated if you do not have professional help. Here are several things that you should do in the unfortunate event of flood damage to your home after a storm.

Make Sure You Are Safe
The first and perhaps the most crucial thing is to be safe. Make sure that you are safe before even considering inspecting the damage on your property. Switch off all the power before you decide to step in your flooded house. Water soaked electric wires are dangerous.

Seek Professional Help
It can be tempting to assess the damage by yourself after the flood damage. However, here at SERVPRO, we strongly suggest our customers not to proceed on their own. We have a crew of professionals who have years of experience in dealing with such situations.

Make An Inventory Of Everything And Document The Damage
Although our team documents all the damage for you, you can keep a record of your own as well. Make sure that you are paying attention to every detail and every suggestion that the SERVPRO team makes.

After the inspection, the team sits with you to explain the extent of the damage and the strategy to restore it. During this stage of the process, make sure that you understand all the suggestions being made and take decisions accordingly.

Restoring a flood-damaged property is a time-consuming process. It takes time and patience to get the job done correctly. SERVPRO’s team of experts can help you get the situation under control.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000 to talk with one of our experts. Our team is there to guide you through the entire process of assessing, repairing and restoring the flood damage to your home.

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Outdoor Tasks That Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Chicago Home

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Prevent Flood Damage

Flood damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Water that enters your home can cause a broad range of harm, from water-logged furniture to wet and sagging ceilings or even damage to internal walls. Storms are a common cause of flood damage to a home, and it only takes one spell of severe weather to cause a multitude of problems.

Flood damage during a Chicago storm means that water enters your home from the outside. Did you know that there are common and easy outdoor tasks you can do that help prevent storm water entering your home? You can do most of these tasks in an afternoon or a weekend, so do not delay. Get started today and protect yourself from storms.

Divert The Water From Your Downspout
Most hardware stores sell simple corrugated tubes that you can use to divert the flow from your downspout and carry it away from your home. If you cannot buy one locally, you can find them easily online. Diverting your downspout removes a potential source of water from getting into your home.

Look At The Earth Around Your Home
Is it flat, or does it slope toward or away from your house? Land that slopes away from exterior walls protects a building from storm damage by draining water away. SERVPRO recommends you simply use soil from elsewhere on your property to build a gradual slope down from the walls of your house.

Maintain Your Roof And Windows
Damaged or worn rooftops and windows provide easy entry for rain. Check the outside of your home every year and deal with any problems as soon as you find them.

Expand Your Drains
If clogged drains and regular inclement weather are a problem, you might want to consider broadening the area of your drains. Expanded drains have a greater surface area which means they are much less likely to get clogged.

Sometimes no matter how well maintained the exterior of your home is, a storm can take you by surprise and damage your house. We recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you are able – our technicians are waiting to help you. Our teams have access to a range of pumps, including submersible pumps for deep water and truck-mounted pumps for when you need some extra power. Once the water is out of your home, we carry out a thorough assessment using a range of instruments to ascertain the extent of the flood damage. Finally, our IICRC-certified professionals set to work drying out your home with a range of dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans. For help restoring a water-logged home, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today.

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SERVPRO Storm Damage South Shore

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how severe the storm damage may be, our SERVPRO team will be there to lend out a hand.

SERVPRO Crews Can Help with South Shore Storm Damage


Dealing with the effects of thunderstorms and blizzards is a difficult task for homeowners and renters. The weather is looking better now, but there is still plenty of rain and even some snow expected in the next week. It is not the time to put your feet up and wait for the Spring Half Marathon in May before you get out of the house.


Storm damage in South Shore never happens at 2 pm on a Wednesday afternoon, and then the rain conveniently stops falling on your South Shore residence. The tree falls on your roof, or the wind blows out the kitchen windows at 1 am on a Sunday morning, and suddenly everything is an emergency. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience and trained, response team to deal with it.


There are some steps we take in an emergency, but the most important actions we take are to protect your home and its contents, establish a safe environment where our technicians can professionally dry your home and its contents.


We begin by securing your home against further damage, and we start at the top. If the tree that crashed your roof can be safely pulled down, we do that and then cover any damage with plastic sheeting or sheets of plywood. The plastic sheeting is preferred since it is easier to tack down, but plywood is necessary if the hole or holes are extensive and some of the support beams are damaged as well.


If it is unsafe to get on the roof, our SERVPRO technicians have to remove the unsafe portions before they can secure the rest. In case the roof is past saving, it may be necessary for our technicians to protect the attic and the floors underneath at points of entry (ceiling access, stairs, chimneys, etc.) to keep water damage from spreading further into the residence.


Next are the doors and windows. We board up broken windows using plywood in most cases but use plastic sheeting at the request of the resident to provide lighting. In case the doors are damaged, technicians either repair or replace the broken equipment such as hinges or board up the doorways completely.


Once securing is completed, the response team sets up pumps to remove any standing water. Technicians also now begin checking the rest of your home and help stop further damage.


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These emergency procedures are only the beginning of the restoration process to return your residence to its pre-disaster state. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is determined to help you put your life and home back together. Call us at (312) 509-5000 today to get started.

SERVPRO Storm Damage Bridgeport

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

If storm water does find a way in, it's going to be your floors that suffer the most.

SERVPRO Responds Bridgeport Storm Damage

Despite a recent break in the weather, more storms and a severe drop in temperature are expected next week. This is the perfect opportunity to examine and repair current damage and prepare your home for the next rain or snowfall.

Storm damage can happen to any home in Bridgeport. SERVPRO has the experience and education to help you to not just check for damage, but also to prevent damage from happening in the future.

Believe it or not, the most important thing to do is check the gutters. Even if you cleaned them thoroughly after most of the leaves fell in October, SERVPRO suggests checking your gutter due to late leaves and broken limbs can block drains and pull drainpipes away from the gutters to hang uselessly from the side of your home. In most cases, it's simply a matter of replacing the drainpipes and securing them to the exterior wall with additional screws or straps.

If storm water does find a way in, it's going to be your floors that suffer the most. Carpets, depending on the type, can begin to bleed color in a day or two which will stain walls and furniture very quickly. The same is true for the varnishes on wood flooring. Our SERVPRO response teams have an extensive inventory of vacuums, extractors and cleaning chemicals to prevent that from happening.

In addition to stopping color and varnish bleeding, it is also necessary to prevent wood flooring from warping and keep odors from developing in the carpet. Once the visible water has been removed, technicians use commercial contact heaters designed to draw out moisture without burning carpet fibers or stripping varnish and damaging the wood underneath. They also use space heaters and dehumidifiers to assist in drying out the entire room.

 

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As a locally owned franchise with a national network of support, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville brings all this and more to help you restore your home to its pre-storm state. It's our goal to make this happen as quickly and safely as possible. Call our office today at (312) 509-5000 for an inspection or to get the restoration process started.

Storm Damage In Chicago Homes: What Can You Salvage?

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

If the water intrusion is severe and rugs, carpets, sofas, or other soft furnishings have become completely saturated; they may need to be destroyed.

Storm Damage Restoration

When storms and heavy rains cause damage to properties, flooding becomes a significant risk. Leaking roofs, blocked gutters, cracked pipes, and downed trees can all cause major problems for homeowners. This is not like regular water damage either, as storms are categorized as severe and require urgent restoration work from the experts.

Category III water damage is potentially hazardous, as it contains dirt, debris, bacteria, and possibly chemicals. If a storm puts pressure on sewer lines, for example, they may back up and flood the house. If this happens bacteria, and other toxins will contaminate soft furnishings, walls, and ceilings. This is why storm damage in Chicago homes is such a stressful process. Sometimes, the only option is to destroy heavily soiled items. This is the last resort, however, and the experts at SERVPRO can use many different techniques to salvage your possessions. Keep reading to find out more about the items that we rescue on a regular basis.

Porous Materials
These are the hardest items to clean after storm damage has contaminated them. If the water intrusion is severe and rugs, carpets, sofas, or other soft furnishings have become completely saturated; they may need to be destroyed. If we cannot thoroughly dry and clean them, in a way which eliminates the bacteria, it is safer to remove them permanently.

There are numerous things that we can do before getting to this point. Most carpets can be ‘floated’ and dried, by lifting the material a few inches from the ground. High powered fans or air movers are then inserted beneath the carpet and used to circulate clean air. Often, curtains and drapes can be washed with biocides, so that the bacteria is killed off.

Structural Components/Décor
In very severe cases, when storm damage has caused extensive flooding, portions of the drywall and flooring may need to be discarded and replaced. The SERVPRO team can advise you on the next best steps if this is deemed necessary. Where storm water has intruded only moderately, there will be stains on the bottom of walls. These can usually be cleaned with detergents and biocides.

If strong chemicals are used as part of the storm damage restoration process, we will give you plenty of warning first. Industrial strength cleaning products and disinfectants are a good way to make sure that damp walls and ceilings don’t grow mold. If this happens, they’ll become a lot harder to salvage, as mold eats away at wood, drywall, and fabrics.

If you are dealing with the aftermath of storm damage and need urgent help, get in touch with the team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville. We understand that your home is precious and we’ll do everything that we can to minimize losses. Call 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

How Flood Damage Affects Indoor Air In Woodlawn

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Flood damage often strikes without warning, and it can leave a trail of devastation behind.

Flood Damage Can Affect Indoor Air Quality

Flood damage often strikes without warning, and it can leave a trail of devastation behind. Not only do floods pose a threat to the structure of houses and possessions, but it can also negatively impact the air inside of a home.

Homeowners with flood damage in Woodlawn often face indoor air quality that is significantly lower after a water emergency occurs. Here are some of the ways that flood damage lowers air quality and how the experts at SERVPRO can help.

Mildew
The biggest problem that homeowners typically cite about mildew is its smell -- it's very noticeable, unpleasant, and lingers for a long time. The key to getting rid of mildew smells is carefully sanitizing, deodorizing, and restoring items that have incurred flood damage. Our technicians are skilled at eliminating mildew smells and guarding against mildew formation.

Mold
Where there's excess moisture indoors, there's the threat that mold will eventually come along. This is one of the primary issues that results from flood damage, and it can also be a health threat. In addition to making it tougher to breathe, mold can destroy furniture, a house's structure, clothing, documents, and all manner of items. We'll carefully check your home for signs of mold and employ effective measures to keep spores from forming.

Excessive Humidity
Humidity is a tricky problem to resolve because there's no instant fix. A home that's too humid will be noticeably uncomfortable, and the extra moisture doesn't help when it comes to keeping mildew and mold at bay. Our high-tech equipment will normalize your home's humidity level and make your house a comfortable place to live again.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville knows how important it is to get your home back in great shape after a water emergency has occurred. Our industry leading services will combat the effects of flood damage and give you peace of mind. For a quote or to obtain more information about our flood damage services, call us at (312) 509-5000.