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Water Removal Services That Help Protect Your Chicago Area Property

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services That Help Protect Your Chicago Area Property Water that enters your Chicago area property during a storm only takes an hour or two to spread throughout your home.

Water Removal Services

Water that enters your Chicago area property during a storm only takes an hour or two to spread throughout your home. This exposure can cause significant damages that hide within your walls, often leading to additional rot, corrosion, and even mold. Reduce the chances of being exposed to secondary damages by calling a professional.

Waking up to a broken window or standing water in your Chicago area home should make water removal flags go off in your mind. As you sleep, the raging storm outside produces a vast amount of water that can cause severe damage to unprotected areas of your home. You need professional help to determine the extent of exposure, limit secondary damages, and any losses you might experience.

SERVPRO’s team of IICRC-industry certified professionals are ready to respond to your emergency situation 24/7, 365, day or night. We train hard and work harder so that you never have to worry about environmental issues in your home again. A single call gives you full access to qualified technicians that understand how water behaves, staying on top of common problems that plague most homeowners. SERVPRO has industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment that makes recovering fast while helping you avoid the majority of guesswork, managing your entire process from beginning to end. You never have to battle water removal alone; we are here to help. Our knowledgeable staff even works with your insurance company to make the claims process as simple as possible.

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, making our company a valuable local resource that you can count on during an emergency. We are proud to serve other members of our local community, offering services that provide you with answers to dangerous situations and being a part of the solution that keeps you safe.

Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for full-service water removal solutions throughout Bucktown, Greektown, and Wicker Park, today. We are a part of the surrounding community, enabling us to respond, “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” Our team is ready to respond immediately, call now (773) 434-9100.

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Checking For Fire Damage Hazards In Chicago Basements

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Checking For Fire Damage Hazards In Chicago Basements Basements are extremely vulnerable to fire disasters in Chicago, especially since this is where most of us store our heat generating equipment.

Checking For Fire Damage Hazards

Basements are extremely vulnerable to fire disasters in Chicago, especially since this is where most of us store our heat generating equipment. Putting out a fire in the basement is often times challenging, and the damage can extend to the rest of the house if not controlled. Having the fire fighters neutralize the situation can be helpful, but it is the aftermath that should actually worry you.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the seriousness of fire damage in Chicago. We have highly experienced, IICRC-trained technicians ready to respond to your emergency any time of the day. Our stock of tools and equipment is at your disposal, waiting to return your home to preloss conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."

A thorough inspection of your basement can help detect several fire damage hazards. The combination of electricity, combustibles, and heat generators that are unattended can be hazardous. As a general rule of thumb, always have emergency escape areas with clear paths leading to the exits.

Flammable liquids are one of the most dangerous causes of fire damage in the basement. They produce vapors that are denser than air, which may ignite from a small spark produced by a hot water heater or furnace. Ideally, flammable liquids should be kept outside, in a shed - away from open flames, sparks, and heat. If you have to keep them in the basement, maintain enough clearance (at least 3 feet) around such appliances as the hot water heater.

A considerably large amount of combustible materials can fuel a small fire. Minimize the amount of storage by cleaning yearly or having a yard sale. Avoid storing things such as propane cylinders, snow blowers, and lawn mowers indoors as they contain flammable liquids that present a serious fire hazard.

Over-fused electrical boxes can also lead to extensive fire damage. When a fuse overloads due to too many connected appliances or some defective device/wiring, it may blow and cause an electrical fire. Do not use extension cords for devices that require permanent electricity supply such as freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners. These items can overpower the cord, causing it to overheat and ignite.

All fixtures should be properly secured, with junction boxes covered and wires adequately insulated. If you use the basement for storage, do not allow kids to play in there. Additionally, avoid storing lighters and matches in the garage and, if possible, keep them out of the reach of children.

As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can respond quickly to your fire damage emergency. We have all the necessary resources to restore your property to its original state in no time. For any assistance, call us today at (773) 434-9100.

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Preventing Water Damage from a Failing Dishwasher in Chicago

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage from a Failing Dishwasher in Chicago One way to prevent your dishwasher from failing is to not overload it.

Steps to keep your dishwasher working properly

One of the most common reasons for water damage in Chicago homes is dishwashers. There are several important steps you can take to help prevent your dishwasher from failing and causing havoc to your home.

If you have already had a water emergency from your dishwasher in your Chicago home, SERVPRO are the ones to reach out to. Our staff is specially trained and experienced to handle any water damage, and we move fast to get to your home, assess the harm, and come up with a plan to remove the water and dry your home out again.

You should also ensure your drain line is hooked up correctly to the sink. It needs to be tightly connected to the plumbing underneath your sink and not loose in any way. The natural pressure from the dishwasher wears at the connection between the two if it is loose at all, possibly dumping a full dishwasher’s worth of water into your kitchen. Only run your dishwasher while you are at home so you can shut it off if something happens.

Keep an eye out for buckling or warping on the area of the floor surrounding your dishwasher. It is a sure sign there is a leak, and you need to contact us at SERVPRO right away.

If you have a basement immediately below your kitchen, monitor the ceiling in that area for water stains or any other distress signs.

Lastly, make sure you are not overfilling your dishwasher, as it causes water during the cycle to move in ways it should not be moving, exacerbating small issues.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has the industrial equipment, such as truck mounted pumps, to remove any standing water in your home in West Loop, Chicago, or Bucktown after your dishwasher has failed. We also have large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it out completely again. Call us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as you recognize a problem, as more damage can occur if you leave the water for any length of time.

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Help Managing Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home is Closer Than You Might Think

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Help Managing Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home is Closer Than You Might Think When you see or smell mold on your property, call SERVPRO to prevent a full infestation from occurring. We are standing by for your call.

Our Certified Technicians Understand Mold Tendencies and Proactively Remediate the Damage

Mold damage on your property can get out of control pretty fast. Before you know what is happening, mold uses water to travel throughout your living environment, taking hold in hidden areas that cause significant problems.  
 
Remember when facing mold damage in your Chicago area home, you are not alone. Knowledgeable, helpful, experienced technicians can help you find the answers you need to get mold damage under control quickly. You should always avoid taking on remediation of areas larger than 10-square feet, alone. Without professional help, you can easily find yourself in way over your head.
 
When having continuous water issues under your kitchen sink, mold tends to make its way into your cupboards, cabinets, appliances, and even under your floor. Since mold needs water to grow, SERVPRO technicians use infrared moisture detectors to locate hidden areas regardless of how small. We make every effort to locate and remove water from the equation altogether.  
 
After accomplishing a water-free indoor environment, SERVPRO technicians use physical removal methods to control mold growth in your home. Using various containment methods, we prevent mold from entering other clean areas and introduce airborne spores to air scrubbers and HEPA filtered equipment. We capture spores that are invisible to the naked eye, controlling access to your property.
 
With contaminated materials bagged and disposed of properly, SERVPRO cleaning technicians use a combination of methods to restore various surfaces, contents, furniture, and many of your personal belongings that others might consider a loss. We follow strict EPA guidelines and disinfect the affected area with EPA-registered disinfectants.  
 
Our technicians are available anytime, day or night. When you find yourself facing unsuspected emergency situations, call us. We can provide you with a variety of services to help you return your home to a quality condition, making several problems disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for additional information or to begin your home’s remediation, today. Our expertly trained staff is ready and willing to take your call. (773) 434-9100

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The High Visibility of Water Damage in Chicago Apartments and Homes

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The High Visibility of Water Damage in Chicago Apartments and Homes SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is faster to any size disaster!

SERVPRO Can Clean and Restore Your Water Damage in Chicago

Many times, the damage a dwelling holds is known soon after an event by those who occupy the home. Damage often comes about as a result of the changes experienced at the molecular level. From the disintegration of normally solid materials to the staining of surfaces on walls and ceilings, evidence that these changes have taken place can sometimes be quite apparent.

Chicago homes can experience water damage and its effects in different ways. Either absorption and redistribution of substances that produce stains on walls and ceilings or expansion of the spacing between molecules before, during and after the presence of water in a sheet of drywall show how extreme water can affect these materials.

More durable surfaces, such as wood and metal can also exhibit signs that water has been present, even long after removal of any water. Wooden fixtures and floors can swell so much that they begin to buckle, warp, and even crack apart because their expansion forces them to become greater than the area they occupied. While floors have some small leeway for expansion and shrinkage, this is done only to allow for normal conditions. Other millwork falls into the same problem when faced with excess water.

Preventing the damage is always easier to do than it is to restore materials after the fact, making it crucial for residents with excess water to call as soon as possible. SERVPRO knows that preventing water damage is easier to do than restoring a home that has already begun to show signs of it within materials, both interior and exterior. Having received IICRC certifications in this and other related restorative methods ensure that our technicians are prepared to handle your home's disaster, regardless of difficulty or complicated nature.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Whichever stage your home or apartment is experiencing water damage, the time to call for assistance in mitigating any and all damage present and restoring your home is now. You can contact us, SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown by calling our local number, (773) 434-9100, on any day and at any hour. We are always here when you need us the most, and we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Call A Specialist At The First Signs Of Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call A Specialist At The First Signs Of Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Mold often presents itself in areas of your home with constant water sources such as your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

Signs Of Mold Damage

Mold often presents itself in areas of your home with constant water sources such as your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. Your shower, sinks, toilets, faucets, and any other plumbing or appliance that uses water can eventually lead to the development of mold.

Finding small amounts of mold damage in your Chicago area home may not be so alarming. However, if the area is over 10-square feet, you should contact a professional for help. Cleaning up mold without solving your water problem invites mold to return, and it only takes a short time for it to cover extensive areas of your home.

Expertly trained SERVPRO technicians provide you with access to advanced containment, control, and cleaning methods while wearing the proper protection to prevent inhalation of mold spores. They utilize a restore versus replace mentality to handle your belongings and discard any severely damaged materials, finding hidden mold, and keeping it from returning later.

SERVPRO technicians clean and disinfect the contaminated area using EPA-registered disinfectants and specialized equipment to reach even the smallest areas. You should understand that if you intend on tackling mold growth in your home alone, most household cleaning solutions just do not do the job well enough to combat the problem.

You can avoid many of the problems that often accompany mold growth in your home by contacting a trained professional for help. SERVPRO can help you remove mold from clothing, shoes, and other personal belongings, this includes leather items, books, paper and even electronics.

Making the right choices at the first signs of mold damage on your property can limit the losses you experience. When there are professional services available in your area, there is no reason for you to take chances on your own. Professionals are waiting to assist you anytime you need them, benefit from what is available.

Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for additional information or to schedule an initial inspection of your property, today. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, call now (773) 434-9100.

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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
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.

Appliances
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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