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Preventing Water Damage From Plumbing Fixtures And Appliances In Your Chicago Home

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage From Plumbing Fixtures And Appliances In Your Chicago Home Your plumbing system is one potential source of water damage.

Preventing Water Damage

Many water damage cases in homes involve inclement weather, but there are other common causes of water damage which can occur at any time. Your plumbing system is one potential source of water damage, including fixtures such as toilets and sinks leaking. Pipes can spring leaks as well, and several large appliances can leak such as dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines.

It is simpler to prevent water damage in your Chicago home than to clean up the mess. If you regularly inspect your plumbing fixtures, appliances, and pipes for leaks or signs of damage, you can prevent water damage that becomes widespread and needs extensive restoration services.

When something does happen to one of your fixtures or appliances to cause a leak in your home, SERVPRO is the one that can help you clean up the water and repair the problem. As trained water damage remediation specialists, our staff is professional and caring.

Plumbing Fixtures
On a daily basis, water passes through your bathtub, toilets, sinks, and shower. If any are damaged or leaking, you may wind up with major water damage. Regularly inspecting the plumbing in your home can help you find signs of leaks or damage before it becomes much worse.

Pipes are running all throughout your home, some which are in inaccessible or hidden areas. Hundreds of gallons of water can spill into your home if one bursts or begins leaking, so it is imperative to check your pipes for loose connections, damage, and wear and tear.

Your appliances also need to be routinely checked for leaks. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters and dishwashers are all vulnerable to major leaks. Be sure to check the hoses on your dishwasher and washing machine. It is a good idea to replace hoses about every three years to avoid damage from normal wear and tear.

Shut Off Valve
As an owner, you should know the location of your emergency water shut off valve. If a plumbing fixture or appliance suddenly break, shutting off the water is the best thing to do. If you are going to be gone for a week or more, it is also a good idea to shut the water off then.

Even with careful checking, accidents can happen, which is why at SERVPRO, we are always ready to help. We can remove the excess water quickly with special pumps, fix the problem that caused the water damage, and dry your home out thoroughly for you.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown are the experts you need when you are facing a water damage emergency. We move fast to restore your home when you get in touch with us at (773) 434-9100.

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Specialized Fire Damage Restoration Services Your Chicago Area Business Deserves

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Specialized Fire Damage Restoration Services Your Chicago Area Business Deserves It is crucial for you to receive fast, efficient restoration services when dealing with any disaster to your shop.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Running an antique shop gives you access to a wide range of customers, characters of all shapes and sizes. Some looking for a special gift, others adding to their collection, all seeking a product that adds quality or meaning to their lives. You take that to heart, providing everything you possibly can to your customers.  
When your Chicago area building becomes compromised by fire damage, you deserve access to someone who takes their job and their company as seriously as you do. With access to cutting-edge techniques, a variety of specialized equipment, and expertly trained technicians, we provide you with more than just a way to repair your building.
It is crucial for you to receive fast, efficient restoration services when dealing with any disaster. Time can be especially harmful to materials and contents affected by flames. Water, soot, and smoke residues continually damage everything they come into contact with even after the fire is out. Until someone takes the proper steps to eliminate the problem, damage continues that you simply cannot afford.
SERVPRO has several years experience helping customers just like you overcome problems caused by a fire on their property. Everything from minor content fires to full structure fires can cause a significant amount of damage. However, if given the right support, a company can easily recover with little to no losses, it just depends on the quality of the support you enlist.  
SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial-grade restoration equipment and cleaning techniques to save as much of your property as possible. Woodwork, walls, ceilings, carpeting, furniture items, artwork, electronics, and precious antiques receive careful attention, cleaning and deodorization methods that help return them to a quality condition that others can enjoy.  
SERVPRO puts every resource at your disposal to assist with your restoration, cut costs, and reduce any disruptions your business may experience. Your restoration becomes our only goal, providing you with the attention you deserve during an especially trying time.
Make the most of what is available to you, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to obtain the services you deserve (773) 434-9100.

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Advanced Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Chicago

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Advanced Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Chicago Whether it is damage from fire, soot, or smoke, the technicians at SERVPRO know how to handle it and achieve great results.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Methodically for Best Results

There are two very different types of fires that can occur on your property. Insurance companies separate structure from contents when determining compensation, causing restoration companies to perform services similarly.
In some situations, fire damage leads to problems that affect both the structure of your Chicago-area home, as well as any contents left inside. When restoration technicians address incidents that occur on your property, your contents get moved to a clean area, either on or off site, to receive the proper attention in a safe, quality environment.
With your belongings moved, SERVPRO technicians check each section of your home for damage, using superior cleaning and restoration methods to correct existing problems and prevent additional damage from forming. We focus on many structural components, including your walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows, ensuring to address all damage found in your home.  
Many homes also have attached floor coverings, cabinets, lighting and bathroom fixtures, as well as a home ventilation system that count towards structural damages. Anything that is attached to your home falls into this category, presenting SERVPRO technicians with a variety of challenging situations to overcome.
SERVPRO technicians work with you and your insurance company to get you the help you need to restore your home to a quality preloss condition that you and your family can enjoy. We eliminate soot, ash, and smoke residues that continue to cause severe damage long after the flames are under control and help identify items where restoration remains questionable.
Our restoration teams put years of experience, advanced training, and professional equipment to use to determine the appropriate cleaning methods to use as they address each damaged area of your home. Putting items into specific categories to receive the best results. We use water-based cleaning solutions on materials that resist water damage and use dry cleaning methods on materials where contact with water may lead to additional damage.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has technicians available 24/7, quickly responding to homeowners with situations just like yours. Take advantage of our experience and get started on your home’s recovery, today. (773) 434-9100

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Protect Your Chicago Area Pizzeria With Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Chicago Area Pizzeria With Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On Fire Damage in a Chicago Pizzeria Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Pizzerias to Working Condition After Fires

Taking the proper precautions to keep your pizzeria safe from fire takes some real effort on your part. You have to consider every circumstance and take the proper steps to ensure that your employees and guests remain safe from hazards that may exist.
Looking at the amount of equipment and services that your Chicago pizzeria likely has, fire damage can happen anywhere. Your entire serving station, kitchen, and even your preparation area makes fire inspectors cringe.  
These hazards make it necessary for you to have a pre-existing relationship with a fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO that you can count on to combat problems that have the potential to close you down for good.
You want to maintain your deep fryers properly, whether they are electric or gas. Sure they offer efficient heating and fast recovery between frying cycles, but they also expose workers to a variety of hazards that can quickly get out of control.  
While your dough preparation equipment poses few problems, your counters are full of dangers. The majority of machinery that you use implies risk including your pizza scales, cheese graters, and mixers.  
Filling them too much, cleaning them improperly, or failing to check for problems that may be present with feed lines or frayed cords can lead to catastrophic damage in your kitchen.  
All of these appliances can result in electrical hazards if not maintained or used properly by your staff. The fire hazards present due to pasta cookers, dough presses, and holding cabinets alone should cause red flags to fly.  
You may have deck ovens powered by natural gas or liquid propane, electric countertop ovens for breadsticks or other side dishes while using conveyor ovens to produce your pies and other main courses.  
SERVPRO technicians can help you limit risks and come up with a plan to help protect your business both before and after an incident occurs on your property. Take advantage of the expertly trained fire damage technicians available by having an initial inspection performed today.
At SERVPRO, we enjoy a good pizza, just like anyone else. However, we put our stock into helping business owners, just like you, remain in business, or successfully recover from disastrous events that may occur.
Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for more information or to take the first steps in protecting your business today. (773) 434-9100

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Get The Assistance You Deserve When Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get The Assistance You Deserve When Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Fire and smoke residues cover every item caught within the affected area.

Fire Damage In Your Home

You never wanted to have to deal with fire damage on your property, but accidents happen, and here you are. Several friends and co-workers give you unsolicited advice about how to handle your situation, each with ideas about what is important and whom you should contact for help.

When deciding on a fire damage restoration company in the Chicago area, consider someone who can deliver far more than essential services. You need a company that handles fire, water, storm, and mold issues on a daily basis, but you should also look for someone who wants to be there for you.

You want someone who can address each one of your concerns individually, tailoring their restoration process to fit your unique situation and provide you with services needed to get things back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, the entire restoration process should also be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, that company is SERVPRO.

If you want someone who has 24-hour emergency service, who responds to your request for help promptly and can provide you with useful tips to help prevent future events, call SERVPRO. We understand how devastating this type of incident can be and provide you with the caring expert solutions necessary to help guide you through the restoration process.

Think about it, a fire happening on your property involves drying the entire area, cleaning carpets, giving individual attention to each item to remove fire and smoke damage, cleaning and deodorization methods, water removal, as well as possible microbial remediation. Do you want to leave your home in the hands of someone inexperienced in any of these methods? No, you want to get the best help possible and get things back to normal as soon as possible. Never hesitate to call, waiting only makes things worse.

Fire and smoke residues cover every item caught within the affected area. Making it essential for professional restoration technicians to fully inspect each item individually, giving each of your belongings the attention they deserve to determine whether they are restorable or not. SERVPRO’s professional technicians utilize IICRC standards and best practices in water, fire, mold, carpet, and cleaning during your restoration process to help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition you can enjoy.

Make the call to SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to receive the help you deserve. Our staff eagerly awaits your call (773) 434-9100.

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When The Roof On Your Chicago Area Home Fails And Causes Water Damage In Your Home

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When The Roof On Your Chicago Area Home Fails And Causes Water Damage In Your Home SERVPRO TIp--Roof Repairs Prevent Water Damage to Chicago Properties

SERVPRO Offers Restoration and Repairs to Your Water Damaged Property

Do you find yourself constantly flipping channels to view hourly weather status updates? Have regular stations for drip bucket deployment in your home? Whether your roofing is two years old or twenty, a single leak can cause catastrophic damage to your property.  
To make it clear, we would like to help you prevent these types of incidents. There is no longer any reason for you to live with water damage in your Chicago area home. We cover everything from quick, simple repairs, to major remodels and renovations. Our restoration process makes damages disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
Roof Flashing -
Roof flashing consists of thin metal plates that get installed on joints under the shingles of your roof. Combined with a rubberized coating flashing helps create a water-resistant barrier, protecting the rest of your home from exposure to outdoor elements. Over time, this coating dries and cracks, giving various elements access to unprotected areas of your home.  
SERVPRO can send professional technicians in to locate the source of the leak, remove and replace old flashing if not too extensive, re-coat the area with roofing sealant and help return things to normal quickly. Roof Valley cracks are also common; our inspection catches these defects as well.
Broken Shingles -
As you examine the exterior layer of your roof, identify any cracked, discolored, or missing shingles. A single missing shingle may not be much of a problem. However, after inclement weather causes violent winds and torrential rainfall to scatter shingles throughout your yard, you may want to consider having someone out to perform an inspection. In the cold season, ice damming can also lead to interior and exterior water damage to your property.
SERVPRO technicians easily repair obvious issues, using a variety of moisture detectors, water extractors, and water removal methods to eliminate the problems plaguing your home. The sooner you call, the more likely you receive the results you are looking for, limited damage and exposure.
Roof Vent Issues -
Your roof may also contain pipe vents, which are used to expel excess moisture from various areas of your home. When the booting used to seal the area around the piping cracks, the excess moisture causes dark spots, musty odors, and possible mold contamination in your roof framing, or attic area.
All of these issues can result in major damage to the structure and indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home. Making it necessary to contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown as soon as possible to assist with correcting the issues you face. Call Today. (773) 434-9100

The Industrial Equipment SERVPRO Uses To Obliterate Residential Water Damage In Chicago

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Industrial Equipment SERVPRO Uses To Obliterate Residential Water Damage In Chicago There's a reason why SERVPRO brings its heaviest equipment to these jobs: they require the fast, firm capabilities of industrial machinery.

Equipment Used In The Water Damage Restoration Process

Removing all traces of water after a flood is a nightmare for most homeowners. Water soaks into everything in a home, from tile grout to wood paneling, creating an impossible scenario for people armed only with household cleaning products. There's a reason why SERVPRO brings its heaviest equipment to these jobs: they require the fast, firm capabilities of industrial machinery. Otherwise, water may remain on surfaces, in materials, and suspended in the air until proper cleanup can be done or the structure sustains severe damage. These are examples of a few super-heavy machines we use to remove water after a flood.

Extractors are the first key to Chicago water removal projects. These heavy pumps are what most people think of when they think 'industrial water removal' - they remove high volumes of water from the structure in as little time as possible. Getting these machines in help to prevent water from seeping deeper into the foundation and stop mold from growing.

Clothes Dryers
We have access to an array of super-heavy-duty clothing washers and dryers to get any clothing or smaller fabrics clean as soon as possible. An often overlooked part of the water removal process, clothing can be permanently destroyed if it is not cleaned quickly. With our machines, anything that doesn't require a dry clean typically gets cleaned within hours.

Air Movers
Along with extractors, these machines are the second key to removing water from the structure. SERVPRO trains every technician extensively in the proper setup and arrangement of air movers, so be careful not to move them from their original spots! These machines create powerful, directed air currents to whisk away moisture from surfaces and porous materials.

Moisture Detectors
Sometimes the little things count the most. Before, during, and after the main set of water removal tasks are completed, our inspectors carefully examine your home with high-tech moisture detectors to find the last vestiges of water and mold in your home. As a result, we can easily peer behind walls and under floors to find the fullest extent of water damage in the home.

We at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown bring our heaviest gear to every water removal job to make sure it is completed right, the first time. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

How SERVPRO Assesses Clean Up After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Assesses Clean Up After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home The Results of Flames and Heat Have Varying Effects Upon a House in Chicago

Damage to Your Chicago House or Apartment by Fire Has Many Degrees of Harm

Fire damage can happen more easily than most people realize. An unattended candle, hot oil or a faulty appliance are all potential causes of a house fire. Facing the aftermath of a fire can be emotionally draining and upsetting. Cleaning and restoring your home is a vital part of getting back to normal life after a fire. SERVPRO is on hand to help clean up your property.

One of the biggest challenges after fire damage to your Chicago home is deciding how and what to clean. Some items cannot be cleaned and need to be discarded. Others can be cleaned and restored - “Like it never even happened.”
We train our IICRC-certified technicians to assess the cleanability of your home and belongings thoroughly. Some of the factors which affect how easily your home can be cleaned include:
Type Of Surface
Porous surfaces are harder to clean because soot particles penetrate deeper into them. Non-porous surfaces such as vinyl or enamel based paints are easier to clean.
Synthetic materials leave behind residue when they burn. Burning rubber or plastic create a more challenging cleanup task. Soot should not be confused with smoke particles. Natural materials such as wood do not leave the same residue and are easier to clean up. The heat and fuel dictate if an organically burned element is dry smoke (powdery) or a wet smoke.
Air Pressure
The greater the air pressure, the harder it is to clean up after a fire. As air pressure, because of the intense heat of the fire, increases the air expands and pushes soot particles into nooks and crannies.
Heat Levels
The hotter the temperature, the more the potential damage; this includes cracking, bubbling or melting of surfaces, and more soot being pushed into materials. The hotter the fire, the more difficult the cleanup job afterward.
Age Of Surfaces
Older surfaces are generally more difficult to clean. This is because they have more wear and tear which makes them less resistant to damage or dirt.
Moisture Presence
Moisture in the air sets residues and makes them harder to clean up. This happens in situations where a fire hose is used during the firefighting effort or sprinklers were activated.
Our trained SERVPRO technicians have the skills and equipment to evaluate the damage to your home and belongings. Assessing each surface and item helps us build a thorough picture of the extent of the damage. From there we put together a plan of which cleaning techniques should work best. Not everything can be saved after a fire, but our aim is to salvage whatever is possible so you can get back to your normal life.
Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today. Our teams are ready to assess your home.

Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home Smoke Odor Removal is Part of the Fire Damage Cleanup Service in Chicago

SERVPRO's Methodology and Equipment Restore Smoke Damaged Properties

When a fire occurs, the most vital thing is to get it under control. After this crucial factor has been achieved, the next stage is to restore your home and belongings to their pre-fire condition. However, even after the initial clean up has been completed, the smell of the fire can linger. Many homeowners find that even after all charred and damaged items are removed, and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned there is still a smoky smell in the air.
If you can still smell a burned or charred scent after fire damage to your Chicago home, further work may be needed to deodorize your house. SERVPRO technicians are trained to deal with lingering fire odors swiftly and efficiently. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC teams have the skill and equipment needed to deodorize your house and leave it smelling fresh once more –"Like it never even happened."
We train our IICRC certified technicians to assess what is causing lingering odors after a fire. Confined areas, attics, rafters, and the insulation in your home are all especially susceptible to odor entrapment after a fire has occurred. Each area needs to be treated carefully to ensure the odor is removed.
SERVPRO does arrive at your home equipped with deodorizing equipment. The first step is to assess what is causing the smell to linger. The next step is to tackle the smell at its source. We thoroughly vent the problem area, and clean surfaces to help scrub away the source of the smell. For some spaces, an odor counteractant can be used to clean away those odors. In some cases, placement of an activated charcoal unit overnight can absorb the smell. IF the home is vacant of the residents, live plants, and pets, we can set up ozone machines which chemically capture smoke particulates in the air. This process is typically used during the initial phases of fire and smoke cleanup. Hydroxyl generators are also very useful in purging the ambient air of unwanted particles, thus mitigating, and finally, eliminating the smoke odors.
If cleaning and ventilation do not succeed in tackling stubborn smoke smells after a fire, our technicians are equipped with thermal fog equipment. Thermal fogging equipment mimics the heat and pressure of the fire in a safe manner. Materials that picked up the smell of smoke from the fire now pick up the deodorization droplets from thermal fogging in the same manner. Thermal fogging is one of the most effective ways to tackle lingering odors after a fire.
Let SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greek Town remove lingering smoke odors after a fire. Call us at (773) 434-9100 today for assistance.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Bucktown

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Flood Damage Bucktown Trust SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown to restore your flood damage!

SERVPRO Bucktown Flood Damage 

Floodwaters in our area usually come from storms and when the North Branch of the Chicago River overflows its banks. It has been more common this winter because of the incredible rains we have had so far.

Flood damage to Bucktown homes is never a routine issue for residents, regardless of the source. Water not removed quickly enough damages walls in just a day or two which now must be demolished and replaced. SERVPRO has the trained personnel and the equipment needed to restore your home to its pre-flooded state.

Drywall is particularly vulnerable to absorbing water and begins crumbling right off of the wall frame or in the hands or a restoration crew, regardless of how careful they are with each panel. If removed successfully, the drying procedure still takes five to seven days before a single panel is safely re-hung in your home. This extended drying time costs almost as much as new panels.

Double layers of drywall require ten days to two weeks to completely dry out. These panels are not as common and are used to provide additional soundproofing where needed. Double layer drywall costs more obviously, but if a homeowner can wait, it is still cheaper than buying new panels.

However, if an insurance company is paying for alternate housing while we work to restore your home, the additional cost of new panels may be cheaper than an extended stay in a hotel or motel; especially for a large family. Our managers have extensive experience with the major insurance companies and do their best to keep you and your insurer happy with the process.

If an inspection shows the panels are not too soaked from the flood damage, there is the option of drying in-place. Our technicians use commercial air movers and specialized heaters to dry the panels and the air behind them The process is monitored from start to finish using a penetrating moisture tester. In-place drying is the only option available if a homeowner wants to save panels covered with wallpaper.


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There may be some rain later this week, but the temperatures stay above freezing till the weekend. It is the perfect time to call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to look at previous flood damage or to ask for an inspection and try to get ahead of the next foul weather. Contact us today at (773) 434-9100.