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Long-Term Mold Remediation for Chicago Homes

4/15/2023 (Permalink)

mold under leaking sink vanity What! You found mold under your bathroom sink!! SERVPRO provides rapid mold remediation for our Chicago neighbors.

Helpful Mold Remediation Solutions

The discovery of mold in your home might prompt you to contact remediation professionals and get the cleanup started quickly. Our comprehensive service ensures this remediation is thorough, including long-term solutions for preventing recurrences and protecting the structure.

Where Is Mold Likely to Be?

Despite the effective mold remediation for Chicago properties we provide, the first obstacle in restoring your home is locating the full scope of microbial growth. What you see on the surface is rarely the full extent of the damage, making a thorough assessment and inspection Vital in learning the measure of removal and remediation services required. Areas likely to be impacted by mold growth include:

  • Bathroom – The bathroom has many plumbing lines and drains for direct water damage, while this room might also be a victim of poor ventilation.
  • Basement – Many area homes already deal with consistently wet basements from bad drainage or groundwater infiltration. Damp basements can make many surfaces favorable for mold growth.
  • Kitchen – With steam and many water lines converging in the kitchen, moisture is a consistent threat. Surface mold can easily indicate growth beyond what you can see with so much plumbing hidden in the walls.

Post-Mold Repair Solutions

Removing the active mold is rarely enough to resolve its impact on your home. Our general contractor license allows us to complete needed build-back services to overcome controlled demolition and required repairs following mold deterioration. We can assess impacted materials for their salvage ability early in the remediation process to know where these remodeling needs might exist.

The possibility of mold growth in your home should not be ignored. We offer effective remediation solutions that can address active mold organisms compromising rooms in your home. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / Bridgeport / Bronzeville can help wherever mold forms. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

Mold Damage Cleanup by Skilled Technicians in Chicago

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

employees in PPE setting up a containment barrier When mold damage occurs in your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO for fast results.

Learn Why SERVPRO Is Best in Chicago for All Mold Damage Restorations

There are a lot of common myths, misunderstandings, and confusion regarding black mold development and best practices for cleaning. You should never trust any company claiming they can complete mold removal at your Chicago property because mold ‘removal’ is impossible. There is a lot about mold that calls for specialized care and cleanup to ensure you and your family are safe throughout – this is where SERVPRO comes in.

With proven methods and a highly-trained team ready to address mold damage in Chicago, we can freshen your interior and allow you to enjoy your home again. But why call professionals? We can explain!

What Everyone Should Know About Mold Damage and Remediation

There are not only hundreds of kinds of mold, but microscopic mold spores are all around us, indoors and outdoors. These tiny mold spores travel through the air and come into our homes and businesses through the HVAC system, windows, and on people or pets. These are some helpful things to remember when you are curious about mold:

  • Mold thrives on moisture and begins colonizing fast when given the right environment. If you have a moisture problem or poor ventilation, you could have mold festering under cabinets, behind furnishings, and cracks around your tubs and showers.
  • Are you noticing a strong, musty odor but not sure where it is coming from? This is usually a telltale sign that mold is present, and you should have someone come in for a full inspection.
  • Before starting any mold remediation, our SERVPRO crew will address any known water or moisture problem to fix it. Failing to do so before mold cleanup begins leaves the possibility that the mold issue will come back.

Can SERVPRO Handle a Large-scale Commercial Mold Restoration Project?

SERVPRO is locally-owned and operated with extensive warehouse facilities that house an immense inventory of tools and equipment. Once you make initial contact with our customer care team, we gather information on your project to help determine the scope. From there, we mobilize our team to load up our Green Fleet with all the best equipment for the job and head to your door so that we can begin the assessment.

  • Infrared cameras allow us to identify areas where moisture is hidden from the naked eye.
  • Professional moisture detectors, meters, sensors, and hygrometers allow us to measure moisture saturation.
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help us to pull water vapors from the air
  • Air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration allow us to pull out particulates from the air.
  • Specialized vacuums help pull up and trap mold spores while keeping them from dispersing into the air.

What You Can Do Before We Arrive

We get ready and get to your door within a few hours of your call so we can get started. Until then, we suggest you:

  • Stay clear of any areas with suspected mold growth
  • Shut off any fans and your HVAC system
  • Never spray or wipe any visible mold on any surfaces
  • Do not attempt drying the area yourself

With any mold remediation, odor control is paramount. SERVPRO’s Odor Control Technicians (OCT) work to eliminate odors using the best products for deodorizing and sanitizing. This includes EPA-registered antimicrobials, odor counteractant beads, thermal fogging equipment, etc. We never mask odors with sprays, and everything is left clean with surfaces sanitized – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Mold damage is not a do-it-yourself project. Contacting SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville gets you the detailed restoration you deserve. Call us at (312) 509-5000!

Mold Damage Remediation and Containment in Chicago – Call SERVPRO

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Hidden mold Mold remediation for your home is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO’s Mold Damage Remediation Processes Protect Your Home in Chicago

Consumers in Chicago homes are naturally concerned whenever they notice mold colony formation or smell a strong, musty odor in their homes. The odor may lead them to a seldom-used area of the house or under a sink where moisture has accumulated, causing a mold colony to grow. Water leaks and moisture left in place for significant periods can cause extensive mold infestations, damaging structures and contents.

SERVPRO provides mold damage remediation services in Chicago. Our teams can be onsite in less than four hours, offering advice and plans to homeowners and business customers on managing and removing mold. Mold left in place can damage contents and structure, which must be carefully removed to prevent mold particles and spores from spreading to uncontaminated areas of the building.

Our team takes every precaution to protect the occupants and other areas of the structure by applying the following techniques:

  • Install containment barriers utilizing plastic sheeting
  • Establishing negative air pressure in the contaminated area
  • We seal HVAC vents to avoid contaminating the duct system
  • We use clean rooms to transition people, equipment, and materials from contaminated areas
  • Remove and dispose of contaminated porous materials
  • Clean and disinfect non-porous materials
  • Bag and seal in place contaminated materials before removing
  • Controlled demolition of severely contaminated structures 

We also utilize PPE to protect our employees entering the contaminated area. Our clients can continue to live or work in non-contaminated areas with containment properly installed. SERVPRO offers the following services to our clients dealing with mold infestations:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Basement and bathroom mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for mold remediation and restoration services. We provide service to Chicago and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

SERVPRO's Annual Convention "Brand Partnership Panel"

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

head shots of presenters for the panel "Brand Partnership Panel" presentation by SERVPRO owner/operator and VP of Operations at the annual Convention--2022.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville

The SERVPRO Industries LLC annual convention for 2022 is being held in Dallas, TX. This major event assembles more than 2000 individually owned and operated network franchises to showcase our experiences in the cleanup and restoration industry. What more can we do to broaden our footprint?

The Brand Partnership Panel is a key element of the convention's goal of expanding the SERVPRO impression. Frank Zubricki, owner/operator, and David Mason, VP of Operations for the SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, will present. They will share successful experiences in expanding localized branding in three enterprises.


Insurance agents and adjusters enjoy playing a round of golf. We maintain close association with local agencies both on the golf course and by providing franchise-offered classroom education on the fundamental aspects of cleanup and restoration services. Frank understands that establishing insurance-driven claims enriches the revenue stream greatly.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Our sponsorship of this annual ESPN-owned post-season college football bowl game provides nationally televised exposure. We proudly support all First Responders who put their lives on the line every day. We often send brave individuals to the football game as a statement of our commitment to helping our communities.

The First Responders Children's Foundation

We recognize the commitment and the benefits of supporting all families of the fire, police, EMS, and other First Responders. SERVPRO franchise owners volunteer in many worthwhile charitable programs to help these children.

Frank and David have many years of experience operating multiple SERVPRO franchises. Growing the brand in each market with practical events and programs for communities and national regions makes sound business sense. By partnering with outside agencies, we can make our mark.

Chicago Training for Team Zubricki’s Chicago and Florida Teams

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Training When we train together, we work better together.

Patricia Zubricki and David Mason of Team Zubricki are always looking for ways to unite staff while keeping everyone up on the latest techniques and trends in the industry. This gets done through team building and learning events such as the recent training in Chicago. The educational and bonding event included SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville and other Chicago-area and Florida Team Zubricki franchises.

Where it all took place

The training took place at our recently constructed Chicago warehouse to accommodate all those in attendance. The warehouse offers everything we need to facilitate centralized execution and storage for all of our equipment. Due to the size of the warehouse, it is also suitable for housing these training sessions.

We were happy to have members of our Florida teams in attendance. Those who were unable to attend utilized Microsoft teams to participate in the training. This training got broken down into sales, office, and construction staff segments.

Why regular training is important

SERVPRO is known for IICRC-certified technicians, but training and team building also occur within each franchise. Team Zubricki believes that participation in ongoing learning helps enhance skills and brings us together for healthier company culture.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 when you require assistance with emergency fire, water, and mold cleanup and restoration.

How to Fight Mold Damage in Chicago

5/14/2022 (Permalink)

mold stains above window Mold remediation includes the removal of visible damage and the application of an antifungal agent to protect Chicago homes from future infestations.

Mold Remediation for Chicago Structures

The discoloration and unusual smells associated with increasing mold growth are some of the more common visible signs that mold spores are gaining the upper hand on your property. There are a large variety of mold species that are prevalent everywhere within the atmosphere that we exist in on a daily basis. The mold itself may not be a cause for concern; our ecosystem relies on the mold to thrive. It's when mold growth gets out of control and begins encroaching on areas where it doesn't belong that we have an issue.

Our mold damage remediation services in Chicago assist you with the ever-changing conditions of your home. Make the call to our offices and give our expertly trained technicians the opportunity to explain the characteristics and behavior behind your extensive mold growth and instruct you on how to prevent future infestations.

The services that our SERVPRO technicians perform serve as a way to stop the spread of additional mold spores and clean up any existing colonies that are attempting to multiply out of control. Quickly removing mold spores from the air and surrounding surfaces while using specialized equipment designed to address the immediate concerns. SERVPRO mold damage restoration services involve using the latest techniques to isolate an affected area and remove any microscopic spores found in the air or materials to prevent new colonies from forming. Removal and replacement of certain porous materials such as drywall, carpeting, padding, or materials where heavy mold growth has occurred may be required to contain the situation fully.

With the infestation source identified, SERVPRO technicians inspect the entire surrounding area; eliminate possible growths on furniture, curtains, and clothing by using a variety of cleaning techniques available to us to disinfect your belongings. We're also well versed in odor and deodorization techniques using fogging equipment to remove the musty, humid smells associated with mold contamination.

While it is impossible to eliminate every instance of mold growth entirely, we can help you take control of your mold damage remediation services and limit any exposure that may exist. Put our highly trained mold damage remediation technicians to the test today.

Call our offices at SERVPRO of Hyde Park - E. Bridgeport - Bronzeville and get the quality services that you deserve. We're available 24/7 - (312) 509-5000.

Honoring Exceptional Service with White Coat Awards

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

4 employess wearing white coats in a training room Congratulations to the team members awarded the White Coats

As a franchise serving one of the largest cities in the country, it was likely that we would become a nationally recognized Large Loss provider. These accolades would make us a sought-after disaster relief team following some of the country’s most traumatic and severe weather events in the past few years. Our experienced team has worked all over the country, including recent recovery projects for:

  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Massachusetts 
  • Arizona

Selfless service for these events of our trained professionals has shown owner Patricia Zubricki and other upper management where acknowledgment is necessary. With this, the inaugural class of White Coats was selected. With the full measure of our team in attendance from Chicago down to Florida, a portion of our training program was devoted to acknowledging the selfless service, commitment, and compassion of five team members. The first class of White Coats for Team Zubricki consisted of:

  • Randall Roach
  • Nick Laughlin
  • Patrick Houlihan - Senior Project Manager 
  • Eduardo Gomez - Restoration Project Manager
  • Anthony Zubricki - Owner 

Tony Dantonio, Vice President of National Accounts at Team Zubricki, shares his thoughts on the team members awarded the White Coats: "The team members that were recognized with the White Coats have gone above and beyond to help make Team Zubricki successful.  The White Coats are intended to stand out just as these folks have done. They are true team players, and were caught in the act of doing things right."

Our Chicagoland franchisees understand the substantial commitment that Large Loss recovery requires, often causing employees, management, and experts to be away from their homes and families for weeks. They drop everything and mobilize with a fleet of service vehicles, trailers, and box trucks. This rapid response was even utilized during our recent training event, where planned programs were scrapped to allow our SERVPRO professionals to rapidly get to our franchise warehouse and head off to a manufacturing facility damaged by a fire out of state.

This year’s honorees stood out from the group in Large Loss settings, much like their white coats draw attention amongst the typical restoration employee attire. Those awarded as this year’s ‘Top Guns’ have endured long hours at remote locations, missed out on family events and holidays, and given up personal time to personally ensure customers are satisfied.

Chicago Mold Remediation Is Best Left to Professionals

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on corners of walls Let SERVPRO remediate and restore your mold damaged Chicago home--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Remediates Chicago Homes with Mold Growth

Mold loves to grow in places with high moisture content. A home or business with a water source from a leak, a crack, or a flood disaster is susceptible to mold infestation. Whether the mold is found in a Chicago basement, a bathroom, or anywhere else, it is a sign that will quickly multiply because mold spores are airborne, and they will attach to anything and start spreading. If you see mold, address it immediately so that it does not cause any health effects.

Mold is a natural existing fungus that is used beneficially and is one of the largest destroyers of organic surfaces anywhere. Taking immediate action to control Chicago mold damage can be done by using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are often used to eliminate musty smells that often occur in the basement. They are very successful in removing excess moisture from the air to keep mold and mildew at bay.

SERVPRO provides mold damage remediation in Chicago, including restoring humidity control. No need for our customers to seek to purchase their own equipment. The key to using the right dehumidifier is to purchase one that will maintain the humidity level at less than 50% in residential homes and between 60% to 70% in commercial buildings. Also, find a dehumidifier with a filter design to trap harmful bacteria and mold spores, thus limiting potential growth. Dehumidifiers help to lower a room's temperature and decrease the temperature of the materials in the walls, floors, and ceilings of the home.

A lower relative humidity, RH, means that the potential for excess moisture to form condensation on these furniture and other items is removed; thus, the ability for mold to grow. There are varying-sized dehumidifiers. Some dehumidifying devices will cover a single room, but other dehumidifiers have a higher capacity to reduce the moisture content in an entire house. Special equipment can also treat large industrial structures.

Many Chicago homeowners who see mold in their abode feel embarrassed and ashamed. Please don't feel that way because mold is all around us, both indoors and outdoors. To take the stress out of dealing with mold or mildew fungi, contact SERVPRO. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and mold remediation. Let us inspect, assess and remediate your property.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is locally owned and operated. We are available with 24-hour emergency service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us today at (312) 509-5000. 

Can SERVPRO Perform an Efficient Fire Cleanup in Downtown Chicago Properties?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from closed door Hiring the proper cleaning and restoration service after a fire incident can significantly reduce repair costs.

With an Experienced Crew and Fast Service, SERVPRO is One of the Best Choices for Fire Cleanup in Downtown Chicago

Hiring the proper cleaning and restoration service after a fire incident can significantly reduce repair costs. You need a company like SERVPRO with a proven track record of handling fire cleanup projects in Downtown Chicago.

SERVPRO professionals can begin the fire cleanup of your Downtown Chicago home within minutes after receiving your call. After scoping the property for the extent of damage, the technicians prepare a plan to restore the materials to preloss condition as quickly as possible. SERVPRO techs employ several cleaning techniques to remove residue left behind by fire and smoke damage.   

Can SERVPRO techs remove oily residues from fire-damaged homes in Downtown Chicago? 

SERVPRO techs take some innovative approaches to tackle oily residues on various surfaces of your Downtown Chicago home. Depending on whether the residues are light or heavy, SERVPRO technicians apply either of the following techniques:

  • Emulsification: If the residues are light, the techs use water-based detergents to pull the oily soils away from the surfaces and form an emulsion that can be washed away. 
  • Dissolution: If the residues are too heavy for the detergents, techs use oil-based solvents to dissolve them before removing them. 

What kind of oil-soluble solvents do SERVPRO techs use during fire cleanup? 

SERVPRO only uses solvents that meet the toxicity and flammability standards set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We also ensure that the area is well ventilated and take all safety precautions while using oil-based solvents. 

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 to talk to our experts about your restoration needs.  

Need Mold Remediation in Chicago? Call SERVPRO

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

mold stains on walls and ceiling SERVPRO's skilled AMRT technicians follow IICRC S520 guidelines for removing mold in Chicago properties

What makes SERVPRO the mold remediation expert in Chicago?

Discovering mold in your home can be quite an unsettling experience, and if you don't act fast, it can spread quickly, causing extensive damage to your property. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO for mold remediation of your Chicago home can help you prevent such damage. 

The IICRC S520 guidelines are followed by SERVPRO during mold remediation in Chicago homes, ensuring a safe and efficient restoration process. We take several precautionary steps to prevent the spread of airborne spores from spreading to the unaffected areas of the building by establishing containment zones with negative air pressure.  

How do SERVPRO mold specialists determine the restorability of contents of your Chicago home?

The SERVPRO experts categorize the contents based on their composition and condition for effective remediation of contents from your mold-contaminated Chicago home. The goal of the restoration process is to eliminate the mold as completely as possible. The restorability of the contents depends on the following factors-

  • The condition of the contents
  • Basic material and composition of the contents
  • Financial value or cost of replacement

The type of restoration service required for each content item may be categorized in one of the following three ways-

  • Restore: SERVPRO techs clean the items in this category and return them to the customer in a decontaminated state.
  • Dispose: If the item's value does not outweigh the remediation cost, the techs dispose of it following the standard protocol.

SERVPRO takes the assistance of Indoor Environment Professionals (IEPs) to ascertain the restorability of the contents in a mold-damaged home in grossly contaminated homes. IH Industrial Hygienists often begin the process with mold testing and a treatment plan in large commercial or municipal buildings.

For any questions regarding mold damage to your property, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000.

Flood Removal from Chicago Properties Happens Fast with SERVPRO In-charge

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

clock-like hygrometer SERVPRO utilizes the laws of thermodynamics when drying flooded Chicago area homes and buildings. We place equipment to minimize drying times

What makes SERVPRO one of the premier flood removal companies in Chicago?

Restoring your home after a flooding incident is a complex process involving several critical steps. Professionals like SERVPRO can help you minimize the damage by carrying out flood removal from your Chicago home quickly and efficiently. Not only is SERVPRO an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator, but we are also part of the National Disaster Recovery Teams. However, we still manage to accommodate all local cleanups and restorations. 

SERVPRO technicians create conditions that allow speeding up of the drying process and prevent damage to materials during flood removal from your Chicago home. By carefully controlling the properties of the air in contact with the wet surfaces, the technicians can reduce the dwell time of moisture and prevent any lasting damage.

How do SERVPRO restorers use psychrometry during water damage restoration of flooded Chicago homes?

Psychrometry is the scientific study of air and its properties. Restorers use it to their advantage during flood restoration of your Chicago home. The IICRC certified SERVPRO techs understand the thermodynamics of air and its influence on the drying process. Some of the factors that the restorers manipulate to speed up drying include-

  • The temperature of the air
  • Humidity
  • Vapor pressure
  • Dew point

However, the most influential factor for drying the structure is the humidity or amount of moisture present in the air. Dry air is perhaps one of the most important tools SERVPRO techs use during water restoration. The lower the humidity of the air, the faster the drying process.

Low humidity is achieved either using dehumidifying equipment or by ventilation. SERVPRO techs use relative humidity RH as well as humidity ratio to determine the perfect conditions for drying.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for a 24/7 service.

What Can the Chicago Area SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team Do?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

collage of servpro crews and stuff Our team, an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago and National Disaster Recovery unit, provides leadership and equipment to mitigate damages

Natural Disasters and Common Emergencies are No Match for Our Team

If your home or business has been impacted by flooding, wind damage, or fire, you deserve to have a rapid response to get you back on track. Hiring a locally-owned and operated restoration franchise is the perfect way to get the services necessary to bring you peace of mind. Not only is our team available with the Disaster Recovery Team to handle nationwide restoration needs, but we also have local personnel ready to dispatch whenever you call us. This means we never miss a beat and ensure we have the resources at home while our response crews are helping others across the country. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Bring Skill and Convenience to Each Job

Whenever there is a national disaster such as Hurricane Irma, Harvey, or Hurricane Ida, residents and business owners in the area require assistance fast. Amidst the chaos at ground zero for these catastrophic events, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville arrives with conveniences that are needed most. We bring

• Semi-trailers loaded with generators to bring power to areas without while restoration takes place

• Towed large desiccant dehumidifiers to address relative humidity within the properties we assist

• RV for lodging onsite when local accommodations may already be at capacity for those in need

• Green Fleet vehicles with all of the industrial-grade equipment and products to help us achieve our restoration goals

Commercial Large Loss Division

To handle the capacity necessary for disasters and local restoration needs, it calls for highly-trained project managers, skilled IICRC-certified technicians, and a copious amount of equipment. Our immense warehouse location not only helps us to house all of the equipment we need for various jobs, but we also can store customer content during their restoration projects.

From natural disasters to local water removal services, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation, SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is the team to call. We are your Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator, and you can reach us 24/7 for emergency response at (312) 509-5000. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Hyde Park Receives the SERVPRO 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award at The 2021 Convention

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Five people posing after accepting a sales award The Zubricki Family Accepts the Bronze Sales Award on Behalf of Our SERVPRO team. From left: Anthony, Amanda, Frank, Pat, and Stephanie.

The Power Behind Our SERVPRO Team

The Zubricki family owns and operates the local Hyde Park SERVPRO location. The family members of the team are shown in this photo. Frank and Patricia Zubricki are flanked by their three children Anthony and Amanda, on the left, and Stephanie, on the right. The family works alongside their highly trained crew of technicians, office staff, and sales reps to deliver excellent service to the community they serve, and while not pictured here, they earned this award with their commitment to customer service and the quality of their work.

About the SERVPRO 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award

Each SERVPRO franchise location delivers top-notch service to their clients; the locales that go above and beyond when working with customers get recognized. This commitment to a standard of detailed, excellent service when handling water, fire, mold, or biohazard restoration jobs for the Hyde Park area. At the Annual SERVPRO Convention, held at Disney World in Orlando, FL, our team was awarded the Bronze Icon Award for Outstanding Sales and Service and commended for ranking in the top 15 national franchises out of a total of 1850. Since 2012, the Zubricki's SERVPRO locations have performed in the top 100 consistently.

Volunteering and Supporting Charities in the Hyde Park Area

When the Zubricki's are not handling restoration services in residential and commercial properties, they work hard in the community to donate time and monetary support to charitable causes. Whether it is helping the American Red Cross with a blood drive or raising awareness of the Salvation Army's good for the community, the Zubrickis are proud to serve the local Hyde Park area. Another venue they support is the Children's Museum in Oaklawn, where Pat Zubricki serves on the Board.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville
P: (312) 509-5000 brings years of comprehensive training and experience to local Hyde Park properties needing professional restoration services.

Where Can Commercial and Residential Property Owners in Chicago Find Large Loss Water Restoration Experts?

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Three photos of employees working on a black background SERVPRO responded to a Severe Weather Event in Louisiana.

Look no further than the local professionals at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for the highest quality emergency services and water damage repairs

Sometimes the help you need is right in your own backyard, and that applies even in the densely populated Chicago Loop. Seeking out high-quality water damage remediation for the buildings of the Windy City skyline need not require imported technicians or high-profile out-of-town companies. The destruction occasioned by basement flooding and leaking roofs from year-round storm activity cannot wait, making a competent and comprehensive local response essential. 

Does SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville Rank Highly for Commercial and Residential Water Damage Repairs in the Heart of Chicago? 

One of a select group of Official Downtown Licensed Operators, our SERVPRO earned this designation through investment in a trained and experienced team, an impressive inventory of state-of-the-art equipment, and a work ethic like no other. We dispatch both crews and needed hardware resources fast, using an extensive fleet of service and support vehicles to streamline the work at any site. Stressed and overwhelmed customers dealing with disaster soon relax, seeing the spoken assurances made during initial contact becoming a reality, our people expediting water cleanup and damage mitigation and remediation in Chicago.

What Was the Role of SERVPRO During the February Ice Storms and Plunging Temperatures at Fort Polk, Louisiana?

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville sent a generous contingent of professionally prepared water clean up crews along with equipment and other resources to southwest-central Louisiana in February 2021. That region suffered from a bout of devastating winter weather more commonly seen in Chicago, including:

  • Sub-freezing temperatures
  • Icy precipitation
  • Winds and power outages

Our crews were familiar with solutions for ice-storm consequences, even those that seemed insurmountable to local responders. We eagerly and professionally took on the challenge: 

  • Tracing water migration routes linked to leaking roofs from the storm
  • Opening wet building cavities using precise and controlled demolition, including drywall cuts
  • Removing soaked materials such as insulation
  • Extracting water and dried out structures so displaced military families could return home quickly

How Does SERVPRO’s Fort Polk Experience Translate to Better Outcomes for Downtown Chicago Property Owners?

Fort Polk military housing, managed by Corvias for both service members and their families, was extremely vulnerable to the unanticipated effects of the weather system. In subcontracting to our SERVPRO family some of the post-disaster emergency services, Corvias leveraged our knowledge of the catastrophic damage frozen water and thawing cycles can inflict on the base homes. Practice makes our technicians proficient, and the Fort Polk project drove that home. Our team gained personal and team confidence during the job and returned with that renewed energy and advancement in water damage mitigation and remediation skills to benefit members of our Chicago community.

We welcome the opportunity to illuminate what our hometown SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can deliver when water damage disasters strike. Give us a call at (312) 509-5000 to explore all your options.

The Importance of Professional Mold Removal in Downtown Chicago

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

a man finding mold under a cabinet Finding mold in your home can really cause you to panic! Contact our certified team for effective mold damage remediation services.

Call SERVPRO for Mold Removal in Downtown Chicago

The detection of mold in your home can strike you with dread. Various types of mold can grow in your home, and all can spread quickly throughout the space and cause a considerable amount of damage. Keep in mind that mold can grow on a vast range of surfaces, including everything from carpeting to the support beams inside the walls of your home. You may have mold growth in visible areas and areas where you do not have a line of sight, so the damage may be far more widespread than you might think. You must set up service for professional Downtown Chicago mold removal as soon as you discover patches of black in your home.

How Mold Can Spread Throughout the Home

You may think that mold growth is slow and that you have plenty of time to respond to the situation, but this is not necessarily the case. When mold spores become airborne, they can land in various other locations and begin to grow within 48 hours. Some mold spores may make their way into the HVAC system and spread into every room of the home. Some homeowners who attempt Downtown Chicago mold removal on their own may unintentionally dislodge the spores in their scrubbing efforts, so any attempt to remove the mold may make the problem worse than it was. With this in mind, professional services are the best answer to a problem with mold growth in the home.

How Professional Mold Removal Works

First, the professionals ascertain the extent of the growth issue through mold testing. Then, they seal off the contaminated areas, including the HVAC vents, to prevent the area of growth from spreading throughout the home. Next, they will carefully remove the contaminated area and will restore any areas of damage. Anti-fungal treatments may also be applied to the surfaces and surrounding areas. Your mold removal specialist can answer additional questions about the removal process for you to be informed.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville can provide you with professional Downtown Chicago mold removal services. We understand the importance of delivering superior results, so we are dedicated to working hard for you. To request more information about mold remediation services, call us at (312) 509-5000.

Can SERVPRO Help Prevent Flood Damage Loss in Chicago?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

3 SERVPRO vehicles Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation.

We provide flood removal services that mitigate the damage and prevents secondary harm

Flood damage can be devastating and costly when it impacts a home. The water can enter quickly, flooding the residence, and recede just as quickly in many cases. The moisture seeps under flooring and wicks into walls making it crucial the cleanup and extraction process begins immediately. If it does not, you can end up with worse damage to the content and the structural elements.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Flood Restoration

As SERVPRO technicians provide flood removal services for Chicago homes, they do numerous things to reduce the damage, including:

  • Removal of baseboards and built-in structures such as cabinetry
  • Disposal of damaged carpet, padding, and insulation
  • Controlled demolition, which removes damaged building materials
  • Extracting water and drying the premises as quickly as possible

These are all done to stop further water damage to the structure. Floodwater is contaminated, and anything in contact with it needs to be handled correctly. Our technicians have the biohazard certifications required to mitigate flood damage

Train & Certified Technicians

Our technicians are not only biohazardous certified but carry certification and training in water, flood, and fire mitigation. They understand the best way to handle flood removal in your Chicago home. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 for more information.

What Should Homeowners Expect from a Fire Restoration Company?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO has helped many homeowners recover from the effects of fire damage and our highly experienced crews stand ready to respond 24/7.

Professional, experienced fire damage restoration just like SERVPRO offers 

Whether you love eating out or grabbing your take-out and heading home, great food is always enjoyable. Chicago is home to so many fantastic places to eat. The diversity of food cultures is a delight to explore. At SERVPRO, we love good food too. Here are some of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

The Chicago Diner

We enjoy diners. They are great for home cooked food in a cozy atmosphere. This diner is highly rated by Chicago folks. It is a favorite for vegans and vegetarians. They prove that healthy food can be delicious. The Chicago Diner offers seasonal dishes and cultural food such as Avocado Super Crunch Salad and a Cajun Burger. Other great choices include:

  •   Pierogi quesadilla
  •   Vegetarian meatloaf
  •   Buddha’s Karma Burger
  •   Yummy milkshakes

This diner has been serving up delicious meals since 1983, and if you haven’t tried it, you need to.

Wildberry Pancakes & Café

Pancake lovers everywhere should head out the door and straight for this café. Their portions are generous, and you can choose from a wonderful list of specialty pancakes. Their portions are so big you might want to consider sharing breakfast with someone. The omelets are light and fluffy and stuffed with scrumptious things like wild mushrooms. Friendly staff and excellent coffee round out the meals served there nicely.

The Purple Pig

With a name like The Purple Pig, who would not want to try it? The food is terrific. One of their specialties is bone marrow. Other specialty foods include beets with goat cheese, crispy pig’s ears, and a melt-in-your-mouth pork shoulder. Delightfully Mediterranean but much more than that. When folks come home to Chicago, this is where they head for good food and memories.

Nookies Wells

Located in the historic Old Town region, this is another excellent diner. It’s a family-owned Chicago chain where you can get breakfast all day long. A local favorite – the Monster Melt. Delicious grilled rye bread holds a thick hamburger smothered in cheddar cheese and grilled onions. The orange juice is phenomenal. Food is fresh, hot, and delivered promptly. You couldn’t ask for better service.

Batters & Berries

If you plan on visiting this eatery on the weekend, be prepared for a bit of a wait, it is that popular. You can call ahead and ask to be put on the waitlist. It is a homey, comfortable eatery serving piping hot food. The French toast is a favorite, and the crawfish benedict is a unique, tasty dish. 

SERVPRO Provides Chicago Professional Fire Damage Service

When a fire impacts your home, no matter the size, you want a company that understands fire damage cleanup and restoration. At SERVPRO, we understand how important your home is to you. That is why we deliver:

  •   Emergency services such as tarping, boarding up, and other safety measures
  •   Professional water extraction from firefighting efforts
  •   Removal of charred and unsalvageable items quickly
  •   Restoration instead of replacement whenever possible
  •   Odor removal that does not just mask smells but removes them
  •   Experienced fire damage technicians that assess your needs
  •   Your home back to you as soon as possible

Let SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville help you recover from fire damage. Contact us at (312) 509-5000 today.

Water Removal After Pipes Freeze in Chicago

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon figure heating a frozen pipe SERVPRO says to insulate your plumbing, don't use a hair dryer. Or, call us for freezing pipes causing water damage to your Chicago property.

A homeowner needs help with water removal in Chicago after water pipes freeze.

Cold weather can cause hardships for everyone, including our homes and commercial buildings. Freezing temperatures often cause water lines to freeze inside exterior walls that protect us from the low outdoor temperatures.

At this time of year, SERVPRO is helping clients with water removal in Chicago homes after water pipes thaw, spewing hundreds of gallons of water into living areas. Freezing pipes often cause the line to split, and the leak goes undetected for several hours or even days. We advise our neighbors to insulate any plumbing infrastructure exposed to the exterior or in a non-heated space.

What can you do until SERVPRO arrives?

When homeowners encounter this situation, there are several quick actions to take that can limit the amount of additional damage:

  • Turn off the main water intake valve to the building
  • Call SERVPRO for assistance
  • Avoid electrical hazards and slips and falls
  • Remove colored items from floors and furnishings to avoid color leaching out of the materials
  • Raise furniture off the floor by placing wood blocks under each leg
  • Gather and remove loose items from floors

Insulating exposed pipes can be beneficial in preventing frozen pipes. Our team can assist in removing excess water from floors and walls and drying all contents and structure. We can also help locate the source of the leak for your plumber to make repairs to the waterline, including thawing frozen pipes.

Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for water removal services in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Mold Remediation Inside Buildings in Chicago

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

snow, condensation on window, mold growth in black Poor ventilation and heating can cause mold growth in Chicago properties--even in the winter? Just ask SERVPRO for remediation.

Why is mold remediation needed during cold Chicago winters?

Hyde Park, E. Bridgeport and Bronzeville are part of three community areas of Chicago. There are 77 such areas within the city of 2.7 million people and the metro statistical area with a population of over 10 million people. Over 58 million tourists visit every year, and many large companies are located in the city representing every part of the economy

In a city as large as Chicago, there are many exciting and entertaining things to do. However, our focus is on the three community areas served by our company. Our list includes nine activities that many people enjoy. We will cover a few in more detail that may be of interest to residents

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
  • Oriental Institute Museum
  • Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden
  • Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
  • Foster Avenue Beach
  • Chicago Maritime Museum
  • Palmisano Park
  • Victory Monument

Jackson Park’s Japanese Garden

The garden was established in 1893, over 120 years ago as the Japanese contribution to the Worlds Columbian Exposition and expanded several times. A 1992 revitalization project celebrated the relationship with Osaka, Japan, Chicago’s sister city. One of the popular features of the gardens is the spring blossoming of the cherry trees. Peak bloom is anticipated in late April and early May and lasts for 6 to 10 days.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is the ceremonial and spiritual center of the University of Chicago. Significant speakers and artists prize this medieval-looking cathedral as the desired event location. Over 220,000 visitors enjoy festivals and ceremonies every year.

Foster Avenue Beach

The Foster Avenue Beach is located, you guessed it, at Foster Avenue in Lincoln Park at 5200 N Lake Shore Drive. Amenities include food concessions, restrooms, bike rentals, and a beach house. The beach opens at 6 am; however, swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty. The beach is considered an excellent sandy patch for families.

There are many top-rated sites to visit in greater Chicago which many tourists, as well as residents, enjoy visiting:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck
  • Cloud Gate
  • Millennium Park
  • Wrigley Field
  • The Magnificent Mile.

Mold Remediation in Cold Weather Conditions

Many consumers believe that cold weather can kill mold. However, the reality is that mold spores are very hardy. During cold weather, the spores become dormant and respond when conditions improve. Once temperatures warm up, the spores reactivate and begin multiplying if moisture and food are available.

SERVPRO encounters numerous mold infestations requiring mold remediation in Chicago homes during the winter months. We maintain our homes and offices at temperatures suitable for mold growth during the winter and summer with the AC operating.

Clients can reduce mold infestations by:

  • Ensuring good air circulation
  • Repairing water leaks and keeping areas dry
  • Maintain humidity levels below 50%
  • Discard old materials exposed to moisture

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

Enjoying Chicago Cultural Center Video Tours

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Chicago Cultural Center Fire damage is no laughing matter. Call the IICRC certified technicians of SERVPRO for the fire restoration you need.

Experience the Chicago Cultural Center from the Comfort of Home with Virtual Tours

The Chicago Cultural Center is a historic landmark building that is run by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Since the opening back in 1897, this center has been the hub of countless public events, fundraisers, and visitors throughout the years. Even though there is a need for safe social distancing, there is no reason why you cannot immerse yourself in the sights and history of this incredible Chicago attraction. This is your chance to go inside what is known as the “People’s Palace” for a virtual tour that is guided by cultural historian Tim Samuelson. These virtual tours are recurring daily until further notice.

  • Date: Monday, January 11th, 2021
  • Time: Recurring, time-dependent on login to the virtual video tour
  • Location: Online tour of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is proud to support the rich culture and history of Chicago, IL. Why call our team if you have a fire in your home? We offer detailed and prompt fire damage mitigation to help you restore your property so that your family can get back to your routine. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible to get started.

How Does SERVPRO Deal with Fire Damage in My Chicago Home?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage Despite a pressing timeline, our SERVPRO team can help through mitigation, cleaning, and even reconstruction.

There are many phases of fire recovery, and with a complete team of restorers and contractors, we can help you through post-fire recovery in your Chicago property.

Many look to our SERVPRO team to provide fast and reliable restoration recovery for fire-damaged Chicago homes and businesses. With many years serving the city and its surrounding areas, we have seen hundreds of fire losses. We have helped many property owners to discover the most efficient pathways to restoring their structures to preloss condition. Understanding the restoration process can help you to appreciate the need for professional technicians like ours when disaster strikes.

Many aspects must get considered regarding fire damage cleanup, odors, and demolition for Chicago residences after a fire. Each emergency is different, so the methods intended to restore and recover your home vary as well. Some houses are near total losses, with much of the recovery happening with our contractors rebuilding significant portions. Other fires stay primarily in areas like the kitchen, offering challenges like protein residues that must get cleaned from surfaces and appropriately deodorized. While many of the specifics might change from one site to the next, the essential functions of fire restoration include:

    •    Emergency Services
    •    Demolition
    •    Mitigation
    •    Cleaning

What Emergency Services Happen Immediately After Fire Extinguishment?

There is a grouping of actions that can occur before mitigation that are explicitly designed to limit the total loss that your home experiences. Each of the steps within this heading serves a unique purpose towards improving the conditions within the house before more permanent restoration solutions take place. Much of these actions taken pre-mitigation involve the expertise of our qualified and licensed contractors. These professionals have experience in many of the building trades, allowing us to deal quickly with repairs and temporary construction solutions necessary to protect the property throughout the mitigation phase to come. Some of the emergency services expected after we arrive include:

    •    Fire Debris Removal
    •    Board Up
    •    Tarping
    •    Content Management

What Are the Benefits of Controlled Demolition for a Fire-Damaged Home?

One of the advantages of having a team of contractors available alongside our responding technicians is the work they can do to protect your home's structural integrity after a fire occurs. One of the most direct paths to help in this regard is controlled demolition. This approach removes overly damaged portions of construction materials from where they get installed to prevent potential collapses and to prepare the area for later needed reconstruction. Controlled demolition is beneficial to the property in many ways, beyond removing damaged portions of wall systems, flooring, and ceiling systems. Material removal also provides access to damaged areas beyond the surface and can reduce the severity of secondary effects like lingering odors.

What Does Mitigation Look Like?

Much like every type of loss incident that could impact your property, the mitigation steps necessary to restore your residence changes from one disaster to the next. With fires, multiple layers of effects must get addressed in a short period. The look and execution of mitigation are not universal. Depending on individual situations, mitigation could involve multiple strategies, methods, and techniques to reduce the loss you experience after these disasters. While the details of these general actions might change, you can expect mitigation after a fire to involve:

    •    Extraction
    •    Surface Cleaning
    •    Content Cleaning
    •    Controlled Demolition
    •    Air Quality Control

How Can I Get My Home Cleaned Again?

The cleaning phases of restoration often happen after both mitigation, and the necessary reconstruction takes place. While surface cleaning, like removing residues from exposed materials, might occur before restoration phases, much of the overall cleaning required to put the final touches on the property cannot happen until nearly all of the steps for recovery have taken place. This is also the case for efforts like deodorization. While many of the mitigation tasks can reduce the severity of smoke and burning odors throughout the property, the final neutralization and elimination of these lingering scents occur during this final cleaning phase. Removing odors involves several sophisticated tools and devices within our inventory, including thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines.

Understanding fire restoration is not something that many homeowners have taken the time to do until they face substantial structural damage after a house fire. Despite a pressing timeline, our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help through mitigation, cleaning, and even reconstruction. We are available 24/7 at (312) 509-5000.

Team SERVPRO is Ready to Help Businesses in Chicago With Virus Cleaning During the Pandemic

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

arms of a person wearing blue gloves and a white protective suit SERVPRO technicians wear different kinds of gloves depending on the type of biohazardous cleaning and disinfection required.

Chicago Area Professional Cleanup to Slow Viral Spread

How are you managing the opportunity to deep clean your Chicago business during the “stay at home” directive in Illinois? Need help? Your local SERVPRO is available to assess your commercial space and develop a plan to clean and apply an appropriate disinfectant treatment.

SERVPRO Helps Businesses Slow Viral Spread

Whether your staff is working on location, from home, or temporarily idled until officials okay a return to standard on-site work, we can plan a project to proactively clean your offices, retail areas, storage, or any other spaces. SERVPRO follows directives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and uses products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean and apply disinfectants.

According to a collaborative study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), CDC and Princeton University published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the current virus causing the pandemic is stable for several hours to several days on surfaces and in aerosols. Scientists say viral pathogens are detectable:

  • In aerosols (airborne) up to three hours
  • On copper up to four hours
  • On cardboard up to 24 hours
  • On stainless steel and plastic up to two or three days

Get ahead of potential contamination of surfaces by calling our team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We stand to help ready 24/7. 

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Should I Seek Professional Help for Water Cleanup When All I Notice Is a Small Leak Under My Chicago Kitchen Sink?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

A mother giving a child a bath in a sink. SERVPRO knows how precious your family moments are, let us help.

Creation of a Proper Water Cleanup Plan for Your Chicago Home Is Why SERVPRO Persistently Seeks Evidence of Long-Term Moisture Issues

Some water damage arrives swiftly and decisively -- a ruptured water heater, a burst supply pipe, a backed-up toilet. Other damage sneaks up on you, perhaps seepage occurring in a faulty connection in the freshwater line snaking through the walls to the ice maker in the refrigerator, or drip by drip in the P-trap assembly under the sink. 

Do I Need Water Cleanup for a Slow Leak?

Just because the damage is incremental does not mean you can take a hard pass on water cleanup in Chicago. Putting a bucket under a leak or mopping up periodically under the refrigerator is not a solution, and it exposes your home to permanent damage including but not limited to:

  • Deterioration of drywall, requiring removal and replacement
  • Loss of the protective characteristics of now wet and packed down insulation
  • Weakened and warped subfloors
  • Rotting of cabinet bottoms (toe kicks)
  • Mold growth and damage, possible unseen in building cavities

What Steps Can I Expect During Cleanup of Neglected Water Damage?

Our crew members check for signs of previous, unresolved water issues, not pulling up short with the currently wet materials. We look for clues that lead us to damage that needs addressing like staining, musty smells, blistered paint, and peeling wall coverings. Failing to check for lingering moisture, trapped water, and crumbling building materials allows the destructive cycle to continue, why SERVPRO steps in and thoroughly investigates. We follow restoration industry best practices to make it “Like it never even happened,” ensuring that your home remains sound and a safe and healthy place for you and your loved ones.

Why trust SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville with your water cleanup needs? We are available 24/7 at (312) 509-5000, ready to discover, mitigate, and remediate the full extent of your water loss.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Chicago, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Do You Need Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged floor Our experts have the right equipment to restore water damage in your home.

Why SERVPRO Professional Chicago Water Removal Services Make A Difference

If you are skeptical that hiring a reputable restoration company is necessary when your Chicago home suffers water incursion, consider the following. Water damage is a severe and rapidly progressive destructive force. Building materials and fixtures swiftly deteriorate when water intrudes. A team of trained water restoration technicians halts the damage and can reverse harm if brought on the scene as soon as possible. 

Certified water removal specialists in Chicago prepare a home soaked by natural disasters, malfunctioning appliances, or negligence for the structural drying needed to return a property to preloss condition. Why professional help is preferable to going it alone relates to the speed and capacity challenges of moisture mitigation. 

SERVPRO has access to a scalable workforce of water removal technicians trained in the restoration industry’s best practices. Because mold and other microbial growth is a risk within 24 to 48 hours after a water event, removal must proceed quickly and efficiently. High-efficiency pumps and water extractors are not ordinary consumer goods, expensive to buy and difficult to operate correctly without training. Our preference for training our employees through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards. 

Crews consisting of several IICRC-trained water removal specialists move through your home much faster than an individual could, operating multiple pumps and extractors simultaneously to speed the water evacuation. Immediately after water removal concludes, our crews begin drying strategies that restore the typical moisture levels to building materials and contents. Appropriate adherence to the progression of steps needed to return your home to “Like it never even happened,” is another reason why SERVPRO is a preferred provider. 

Homeowners’ insurance often covers water loss restoration. The professionalism of our approach is why SERVPRO can help homeowners make successful claims to carriers. We offer a systematic protocol that delivers successful results. Our technicians use detailed inventories to provide evidence of possessions and building materials damaged by the water and then demonstrate how our water removal expertise starts the restoration process for a broad range of structural components and personal possessions. 

Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago

Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means another family can move forward and forget about the stress and hardship caused by a terrible event. At SERVPRO, we treat all our customers like family, so knowing we can help make things right again means a lot to us. We use our specialized training to give those relying on us the best possible service when they need to restore their home. 

This is why SERVPRO specialists go one extra step when working on a house in Chicago that requires water damage removal services. Some areas of a home can become havens for microbial infestations after being damp for only a short period. Concrete and brick are notorious for sweating, especially after a period of saturation from water loss incidents.

We do everything possible to get your home dry after an incident involving broken pipes using our drying equipment, but ever-present microbes can latch onto moisture and then begin growing. To stop this, an antimicrobial agent that encapsulates any microscopic organisms and then crushes them as it dries takes care of any possible infestations.

Our IICRC training stresses prevention whenever possible, as this helps save our customers money in the long run. Water in a home, even slight dampness, almost always leads to mold and mildew problems, which can cause health effects in addition to property damage, including loss of keepsakes and other precious belongings. Instead of leaving things merely dry, we prevent against the most common problem that might arise out of the situations we just mitigated.

While we remove all the water we can, microbes only require a minuscule amount. A few drops spread out can seem almost imperceptible to someone. When this amount rests in the pores of brick and concrete, which also happen to provide microbes a perfect little home, treating with a fast-drying anti-fungal agent becomes an effective an cost-effective way to add significant protection to a property.

We love the opportunity to show why SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville offers homeowners premium water removal and top-notch customer service. Call us at (312) 509-5000 round the clock to get the process started.

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How Does SERVPRO Remediate Mold Damage on Fabrics in Chicago?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

close-up of mold spores When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home

SERVPRO Technicians Use Esporta Washing Machines to Save Fabrics Affected By Mold Damage In Chicago

When mold strikes your property, extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home. The reason fabrics are so vulnerable is that they are naturally porous, allowing mold to establish itself beneath the surface. Unlike walls, ceilings or floors, abrasive cleaning methods can be less useful on fabric, especially when they are high-quality or hold significant personal value. In these situations, you need professional services to help remediate your possessions.

Wet conditions are ideal for mold spores to proliferate in, making mold damage in Chicago properties reasonably common. Sometimes these damages can go unnoticed for several months. If you have valuable materials stored away in an attic or garage for example, then mold damage can become severe, especially if there are gaps in the structure that might let water in.

SERVPRO operates on a restore over replace mentality. That means that we are committed to salvaging items rather than just disposing of them. This commitment usually results in a higher workload for us, but a happier homeowner. We work this way because we understand that some items are irreplaceable, so we always do our utmost to restore them where possible.

One of the things that make SERVPRO a top restoration provider is our equipment. Our technicians are not only trained in mold assessment and remediation, but they are also equipped with some of the very best restoration technology on offer right now. We use Esporta washing machines that can remove over 95% of soiling to restore valuable fabrics for our customers.

Using advanced equipment is one of the things that make us stand out as a specialist provider of restoration services for mold assessment and remediation. We have also built close ties with local and national insurance adjusters offering all our customers the option of acting on your behalf when making a claim.

For a service that always does what is right by the customer, contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 now.

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Our Crew Can Save Your Flood Damaged Chicago Apartment

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.

Emergency Services We Offer Flooded Chicago Apartments

Protecting a Chicago apartment building after a flood means that we have more than just one family and property to consider. With some substantial buildings offering more than a dozen units on the ground floor alone, fast and confident response by our SERVPRO team can help to reduce the irreparable damage and loss to these residences. Roof damages and other structural breaches can affect units on every level of the building, making the emergency services we provide vital to containing flood damages and the severity of this situation.

As you might expect with any severe storm system that could impact the area, flood damage in Chicago homes and apartments must get addressed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. We know that you do not have the time to hunt down several subcontractors for every individual need your apartment has after a loss, and that is why we have become a comprehensive unit for flood and water recovery. We have skilled structural drying technicians, as well as in-house contractors that can oversee controlled demolition, temporary construction solutions, and full-scale build back as necessary.

From the time that our emergency response team first arrives, water could be pouring in through structural breaches that must get addressed by our contractors. We can begin with damaged properties inside of the structure to remove at-risk contents from the unit to a safer location within the apartment or our nearby SERVPRO facility. Because we might help out more than one resident in the building simultaneously, we can meticulously catalog and label contents to ensure that they get stored appropriately in our warehouse.

Extraction is also one of the pressing needs of your apartment under certain conditions, and this can sometimes happen before the rest of the mitigation is set to begin. Given the severity of potential flooding, allowing standing water or excessive moisture could lead to further complications, material deterioration, or the production of mold colonies.

We always seek to keep costs low and restoration times to a minimum for our customers. With an emergency response to flooding in your apartment, our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team can help to reduce what irreparable damage might otherwise result. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.

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We Offer Time And Great Care In Chicago When You Face Water Damage

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

A wet hardwood floor in a room of a house after water damage struck We are locally owned and operated, available 24/7, and Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Trust Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors to SERVPRO

Buildings in Chicago tend to show off their character in each of the details built into them. Architectural features are prominent in new construction as well as older structures, and homeowners take great pride in showcasing them. However, weather elements and routine wear and tear can occasionally pose a threat to your home, especially if it falls victim to excess water caused by a ruptured pipe or a leaky window. The longer a surface is vulnerable to excess humidity, the higher the damage can be, which is why calling a professional service to help you restore your home is extremely important.

When water damage affects your Chicago home, SERVPRO technicians become the differentiator when repairing the damage. Our specially trained water restoration technicians (WRT) know how to restore the balance in your home while being mindful of the history and peculiarities of the architecture of your home. When our team is in your house, you can rest knowing that the water damage can soon be a thing of the past.

Our SERVPRO crew often finds property owners in a frenzy when a pipe bursts, and their hardwood floors are completely soaked. They worry about protecting the floor itself and about the potential replacement cost, which can be quite significant. When we arrive, we make every effort to avoid warping, cupping, or buckling, all of which can happen if the extraction and drying are careless. Many think that drying is the answer to all hardwood water damage issues, but in reality, the process is more complicated. Our technicians consistently employ industry tools to measure moisture levels and adjust their actions accordingly. The end goal is to achieve the natural balance in your environment that allows the floors to settle once again. It may take a few weeks for hardwood to acclimate again and allow for any necessary sanding or refinishing, but we guide this whole process with you until we complete the job.

Do not let water damage destroy your beautiful Chicago home. Instead, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park/ E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 and let us be your restoration partners. With time and great care, we can leave your floors and home, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Says that Top-Tier Cleaning and Disinfecting Products Compliment our Advanced Equipment and Trained Technicians

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

Chicago skyline at night Why Is SERVPRO a Premier Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Company? Just Ask Chicago!

Chicago's Water Damage Experts Spell Out The Active Ingredients Inside Professional Products

The pipes running inside your Chicago area home can leak due to normal wear and tear over time. Once your plumbing system fails, water damage can occur within minutes. Building materials inside your house, such as your carpet and drywall can get ruined. Excessive moisture can also cause problems with your contents, such as furniture and appliances. If anything ever gets wet inside your structure, it is sensible to the professionals at SERVPRO.

Once items inside your building get wet, there is a chance that mold can form if the moisture is not removed promptly. Whenever our SERVPRO team mitigates water damage in Chicago, we arrive immediately after your emergency call for help. We are located in the area, and we can provide fast 24/7 services. As soon as we receive authorization to begin work from you, we quickly start mitigating problems so that secondary issues like mold do not occur.

Our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC program. We have the training and experience to utilize industrially approved methods, equipment, and other products to remove moisture quickly. One major quality that sets us apart from other restoration companies is the variety of chemicals at our disposal to help us during the restoration process.

Our team always tries to use the most advanced technology when working on your restoration project. Many products we can use during the mitigation of moisture-related issues contain ingredients that are proven to be effective during specific procedures. For example, phenolics are disinfectants and are good to use to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Sporicidin is one type of phenolic that is designed to kill spores that the mold creates to reproduce. Other disinfectants include chlorine-based products. Chlorine is proven to be an effective disinfectant, but it can dull finished surfaces and stain fabrics.

Quaternary compounds are the most common type of disinfectants used in the industry. These chemicals can counteract foul odors without leaving any additional fragrance. Other disinfectants often used in the restoration industry are botanicals, and they include Benefect and Concrobium. As we like to say, Think Green.

When your moisture-related problem requires professional attention, call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000. We are available any time you suffer from a plumbing failure, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage in Chicago?

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

Puddle of water on a surface. SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your Chicago water damage.

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Homeowners are no stranger to water damage. Whether a pipe bursts behind a wall or rain creates roof leaks that need fast resolution, the technicians at SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment and years of expertise in the field. Emphasis is placed on effective mitigation to preserve property, assets, and structural integrity for homeowners.

Water-related disasters do not operate on a regular 9-to-5 schedule, and neither does SERVPRO. If you have water damage in Chicago occur late at night, on the weekends, or even during the holidays, you can expect swift service that addresses your needs thoroughly. Immediate response to disasters ensures that further damage is mitigated through tried-and-true methods and the use of advanced equipment.


Fast response and excellence in service are just the tip of the iceberg when a SERVPRO team comes to your home. Fully-certified disaster cleanup professionals can restore structures and property with the help of equipment and materials that can prevent warping, buckling, and cupping of sheetrock, drywall, and hardwood flooring. The team also handles charity work, aiding such organizations as the Sertoma Centre and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn. 

Top-of-the-Line Techniques & Tools

Because water damage is fast-acting and invasive, extraction starts when the SERVPRO team reaches your property. Technicians use a variety of industrial-grade tools to maximize precision and safety in ways that consumer fans, spray cleaners, and wet/dry vacuums cannot. These items include:

Advanced water detection methods, including the use of infrared cameras, hygrometers, and moisture sensors, to ensure thorough removal of moisture. These tools even allow technicians to evaluate damage behind walls and ceilings, or under floors.

Portable and truck-mounted extraction pumps to handle both small and large-scale disasters and facilitate faster drying.

Commercial-grade drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. These items work together to pull moisture off of surfaces and into the air. Moisture is then absorbed so it can be replaced with warm, dry air.

Tools for deodorizing and cleaning the air in your property, including thermal foggers and OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaning agents that are designed to address odors and contaminants caused by water damage.

The team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is dedicated to bringing you reliable service all year round. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster so your home can be restored to its preloss condition. If you need emergency service, call (312) 509-5000 today.

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Meet Our Vice President of Operations, David Mason

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of SERVPRO team member David Mason--a Difference Maker as SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville Vice President of Operations

David Mason is Why SERVPRO Excels as a Property Recovery Company in Chicago

Restoration Services to handle properties in the Windy City area are quite numerous. So Why does one, SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville excel? With personnel like David Mason!

High Caliber Personnel
Few companies can perform up to customer expectations without the right chemistry of personnel, leadership, and equipment. Chicago and Hyde Park residential and commercial property owners benefit from the expertise provided by David Mason, our promoted Vice President of Operations. His extensive experience and interpersonal relationships with office staff, crews, and clients provide the perfect formula for success.

SERVPRO and David are like family and go back together since 2006. David has accumulated many awards over the years, like Outstanding Service and Extra Mile recognition. His hard work has increased our well-earned presence in the community, along with our profits. From the BDP Business Development Program specialist at SERVPRO Corporate that assisted over 90 SERVPRO franchises to thrive, he nurtured business relationships with leaders in the restoration industry from coast to coast. This is the dynamic that entends our brand into the local communities. We are family, united with a heartfelt desire to provide our customers with the best service possible.

Our SERVPRO franchise is a vital part of the National Storm Team that travels to other areas of the country to help with recoveries after natural disasters like floods and hurricanes strike. Our Commercial Large Loss Team has been spearheaded by David Mason since 2014. Far afield or next door, we provide a stress-free cleanup and restoration service.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville franchise is run like a large family business. We are thankful that David Mason is part of the family. You can rely upon us for cleanup and restoration services. (312) 509-5000

Chicago Property Woes from Storms or Fires? Maybe Mold or Water Leak Damage? SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Chicago skyline with a lake in the foreground Big or Small Chicago Buildings SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Restoration Services

How Local SERVPRO Technicians in Chicago Are Leading the Way in Home Restoration Services

Local restoration services are a godsend when it comes to emergency water, fire, mold, or storm-related issues. Our technicians live and work in this community, which reduce call out times and, in doing so, help to prevent permanent damages. Our customer service team is available twenty-four hours a day to arrange for a technician to visit your property in Hyde Park, Chicago, Kenwood, Oakland, East Bridgeport, Bronzeville, and the surrounding area. During service, our technicians can inventory works carried out or work with general contractors and third-parties on your behalf. This allows you to deal with only one company during what can be a debilitating and stressful time.

Properties with water damage in Chicago rely on local technicians to perform a vital assessment, remediation, and restoration services. Contents and structure that suffers prolonged exposure to moisture can cause a chain of events which could result in permanent damages. SERVPRO has technicians with qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC), an internationally recognized awarding body.

Certification from the IICRC means SERVPRO technicians can make professional, informed assessments of property damages. To make those evaluations, your technician can use a variety of moisture measuring equipment to get a full picture of the extent of the issue. By measuring the scale of damage, we can ensure our work is as efficient as possible and that they prevent secondary issues from arising after treatment.

Moisture meters use sharp prongs to penetrate surfaces and assess how high saturation levels are, which is exceptionally useful if the property has been exposed to moisture for several hours or longer. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared to allow a restorer to spot moisture that may have migrated into wall cavities or crawlspaces. Thermal Hygrometers measure relative humidity and can help ensure microbial growth is kept under control throughout the service.

SERVPRO makes scientific assessments to ensure your property restoration in Chicago is tailored to your needs. Our structural cavity drying equipment is essential to preventing mold growth while portable extraction units can be deployed to remove large quantities of water in a short space of time. An inventory of all work carried out is recorded throughout the service and can be passed on to your insurance adjuster to process your claim.

It is not uncommon for properties that have suffered previous water issues to require remediation of mold damage in Chicago. Mold spores exist in every property and are generally not considered a problem. However, moisture that may have seeped into cavities around the home can become a breeding ground for mold spores which spread out in the form of colonies.

Chicago has a wet, windy climate throughout the fall and winter months. Any leaks in roofing or internal plumbing can result in a mold issue. The symptoms of mold include a musty odor or visible signs of growth in walls, ceilings, or behind fittings. Laboratory tests can be expensive and unnecessary in the assessment of a mold issue. Noticing the visible signs of mold growth is enough to justify a professional assessment and remediation from SERVPRO.

Mold spores can become airborne during agitative cleaning of surfaces, or removal of colonies. To combat the spread of airborne mold, spores SERVPRO can set up physical barriers or apply negative air pressure. In doing so, we can prevent a contained issue from spreading into unaffected areas of your Chicago home. At the end of service, our technicians can apply anti-microbial treatments to all necessary surfaces, the underside of carpets as well as disinfecting the source of the mold to guard against future damages.

We have extensive experience providing the community with restoration services. These services could include restoring fire damage in Hyde Park and Chicago residences and the surrounding area. In performing these services, our focus and attention are on removing charred materials, cleaning soot or smoke residues and fumigating the full property to combat malodors. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) are local to the area, and a visit can be arranged by phoning our twenty four hour emergency line.

The proper removal of soiling from smoke and fire can sometimes be completed by using disinfectants and wet cleaning methods. In other cases, we may need to bring in more powerful cleaning agents that use corrosive chemicals to clear heavy soiling. The type of materials that have burned in a fire could cause dry or wet smoke. With wet smoke, we typically use more powerful cleaning agents.

During a restoration service of your Chicago home, you may notice the presence of strong odors. This odor can either be a result of smoke or from cleaning agents. Our odor control technicians (OCT) are adept at removing unwanted odors. Thermal fogging equipment can be deployed by SERVPRO to fumigate large sections of the home, neutralizing odors and returning it to a preloss condition.

Extreme weather conditions from high winds to heavy rainfall could hurt your personal property. We offer an emergency restoration service for storm damage in Chicago and the nearby community. Acting quickly can help to prevent permanent issues in your property, and our highly trained restorers are adept at safety checking, restoring power and mitigating losses.

One vital way of preventing properties from sustaining permanent harm is by performing mitigating procedures promptly. Prolonged exposure to large quantities of moisture, for example, can damage the possessions or structure of your Chicago home. SERVPRO can deploy portable water extraction equipment as well as drying equipment like rapid air movers to prevent moisture damages from occurring.

In high winds, there is a chance of debris damaging structural components in your Chicago property. This debris could include tree branches, broken glass, or other safety hazards. Our restoration service can remove debris and dispose of it on your behalf. Where necessary, we can also perform emergency board ups to maintain the integrity and security of your property.

For property damages of any scale, our professional restoration services can help to assess, mitigate, and manage losses. Contact SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville at (312) 509-5000 today to arrange a service.

Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

firefighter spraying a home burned and covered in soot Smoldering fire damage spreads everywhere in your Chicago apartment complex.

Smoke Damage Recovery

So-called “wet” fire damage is a different and difficult type of challenge. Although the charring and ashes of a hotter fire present many issues, a slow, flameless burn produces significant amounts of dense and tacky smoke. Abatement of this tenacious coating is a task SERVPRO technicians train for continuously.
Smoldering fire damage spreads everywhere in your Chicago apartment complex. From its start in the tenant’s laundry room, the thick smoke from a full ashtray full of damp lint and a neglected cigarette stub moves up and out of the basement. Your commercial building equipped with active HVAC systems, elevators, and stairways, allows the smoke's rise, eventually reaching tenant and common areas far from the source.
Our SERVPRO workers need both to locate all places coated with the heavy, sticky substance and to eliminate continuing damage by attending to pathways by which the smoke moved throughout the building. The residue adheres to surfaces tightly, not amenable to simple dry cleaning techniques. We take great care not to smear or work the smoky substances into fabrics, padding, carpeting, or even porous wood structures.
Special industrial vacuums assist in removing residue from fibers without spreading. Solid surfaces receive a wet spray and wipe treatment with appropriate cleaning agents. Particularly tough to clean areas have abrasive tools and cleaners added to the mix, both requiring the experience and training our technicians bring to the job. SERVPRO also offers immersion and ultrasonic cleaning options, and certified crews to complete these advanced fire damage remediation strategies.
The HVAC system needs a complete cleaning and perhaps sealing to ensure lingering smoke does not damage areas of your apartment complex. Our HVAC specialists use up to date technology to inspect and clean the ductwork. These steps are essential to limit persistent odor issues. Deodorization is a final task, completed by SERVPRO after the physical cleanup wraps up. Retaining the smoky smell makes it very hard to convince current and future tenants that the fire damage is truly repaired. A combination of spraying and thermal fogging techniques combine with a painstaking commitment to remove all offending smoke-infiltrated articles to eliminate the odors.
SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville employs the trained technicians and professional equipment to restore your fire-damaged apartment complex to preloss condition. Call (312) 509-5000 to schedule an assessment with one of our project managers.

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Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

concrete slab broken off exposing gravel and pipes Chicago Area Flooded Property Owners Call Upon SERVPRO for Cleanup of Contaminated Water

Prepare for Chicago Flooding with Advice from SERVPRO

Flooding incidents happen far more than you might think and all too often, homeowners find themselves facing the simple fact that they failed to acquire the proper insurance to address the costs associated with this kind of event. Avoid making the same mistake, spend the necessary time evaluating your plan and consider making changes to obtain the proper coverage for common occurrences that plague your area.  
Even if you have never had a flood damage incident in your Chicago area home, it is important to ensure that when things get out of control, you have the protection in place to help you recover from this kind of situation properly. Insurance is not just another bill you pay; it is something that can save the entire investment you have made in your home. It can make the difference in having a home to return to or being homeless.
Consider that the most common flooding issue that homeowners face every year involves basement flooding. Every basement in every home is susceptible to flooding; your home is no different. All leaks, big or small, run from high to low ground. Meaning that, under the right circumstances, everything ends up in your basement.  
Rainfall – Excessive rain can overload your drainage system, especially when improperly or inadequately installed. Often leading to foundation cracks and mold issues that develop in places you rarely visit.

Clogs – Sewer backups often happen at entirely the wrong time. Leading to sanitary issues as well as repairs that you simply are not prepared to handle on your own.

Drainage – The spot where your house sits on your property may not settle correctly over time. Adjustments to your yards grading and installation of various products help eliminate problems that cause excessive moisture.
If your basement is consistently wet, basement windows have condensation all of the time, or you have standing water, you need help. SERVPRO offers services to waterproof your basement properly. Using tar sealant on both the inside and outside of foundation walls, installing weeping tile, drains, and vents to prevent these issues from becoming a bigger issue. In some cases, sump pumps, additional drainages such as perimeter tiles, backflow valves, and grading issues can correct these problems easy enough. SERVPRO technicians receive expert training and licensing to provide you with these services, making your choice easy.  

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville works with your insurance company to keep the costs associated with your restoration to a minimum while providing you with the services you deserve. Call today for more information. (312) 509-5000  

Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means an

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

hardwood floor with a drying mat setup Our certified professionals have the right equipment to restore water damage in your home.

Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago

Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means another family can move forward and forget about the stress and hardship caused by a terrible event. At SERVPRO, we treat all our customers like family, so knowing we can help make things right again means a lot to us. We use our specialized training to give those relying on us the best possible service when they need to restore their home.

This is why SERVPRO specialists go one extra step when working on a house in Chicago that requires water removal services. Some areas of a home can become havens for microbial infestations after being damp for only a short period. Concrete and brick are notorious for sweating, especially after a period of saturation from water loss incidents.

We do everything possible to get your home dry after an incident involving broken pipes using our drying equipment, but ever-present microbes can latch onto moisture and then begin growing. To stop this, an antimicrobial agent that encapsulates any microscopic organisms and then crushes them as it dries takes care of any possible infestations.

Our IICRC training stresses prevention whenever possible, as this helps save our customers money in the long run. Water in a home, even slight dampness, almost always leads to mold and mildew problems. Either can cause health effects in addition to property damage, including loss of keepsakes and other precious belongings. Instead of leaving things merely dry, we prevent against the most common problem that might arise out of the situations we just mitigated.

While we remove all of the water we can, microbes only require a minuscule amount. A few drops spread out can seem almost imperceptible to someone. When this amount rests in the pores of brick and concrete, which also happen to provide microbes a perfect little home, treating with a fast-drying anti-fungal agent becomes an effective an cost-effective way to add significant protection to a property.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville, open 24/7, year-round, can help you protect your home with every stage of water removal services and beyond. We do more than mitigate damage; we help prevent it with effective measures that save you money. If you reside in Woodlawn, Kenwood, of Oakland, call us at (312) 509-5000, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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