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

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water
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.

Mold
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.

Fire
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.

Storm
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.

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Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Smoke Damage Recovery In Chicago: A SERVPRO Speciality 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)

Why SERVPRO Ways To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home 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  

Our Team Takes All The Right Steps To Restore Your Chicago Home

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Team Takes All The Right Steps To Restore Your Chicago Home Our experts 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 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. 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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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)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth when We Finish Water Removal Jobs in Chicago    Getting a Chicago residence restored after a disaster means an 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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You Can Count On Our Experts To Save Your Mold Damaged Fabrics In Chicago

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO You Can Count On Our Experts To Save Your Mold Damaged Fabrics In Chicago When mold strikes your property extensive damage can be caused to fabrics in and around the home.

Using 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 fairly 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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Why You Need Professional Remediation Services to Remove Water From Your Chicago Home

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why You Need Professional Remediation Services to Remove Water From Your Chicago Home Water can enter your home through unexpected places. The longer the water stays, the greater the damage.

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. 

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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