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Helping Chicago Pizzerias To Remove Water Damage

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Chicago Pizzerias To Remove Water Damage SERVPRO helps to remove water from pizzerias through hi-tech industrial machines and solutions, overcoming even the most severe damage there is.

Water Damage Removal

Large-scale flooding can seem like an imposing problem to many restaurant owners. Water of measurable depth in wide, open areas such as dining areas and some kitchens can seem like too big a task for anyone to handle quickly, making the whole situation seem much direr than it is. SERVPRO helps to remove water from Chicago pizzerias through hi-tech industrial machines and solutions, overcoming even the most severe damage there is. Here are a few of the ways our tech helps to give us an edge over the competition.

Water Extraction
For water removal jobs in Chicago pizzerias and other dining establishments, we typically use larger truck-mounted water extractors to remove standing water from the building at an unprecedented pace. These gasoline-powered machines pump water out of the store and into the street, where it can safely flow into gutters and sewer systems. In the event of catastrophic flooding, we also have access to more extractors so that we can remove the water before further damage has a chance to set in. Also, for deeper areas of the building or less demanding jobs, we also use small, portable water extractors to get a different reach.

Further Drying
Once the standing water has been safely pumped out, we can then start to dry the structure further. The next step is drying out soaked materials, which we accomplish via heavy duty air movers. These can remove moisture from carpets, wood, masonry, and any other materials in the building. Then, we bring in thermal and chemical dehumidifiers to take airborne water droplets out of the air and store them in containment tanks. SERVPRO treatments and techniques ensure that water is removed as quickly as possible and all damage that can be avoided has been avoided and that your business opens doors sooner.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a local provider of water removal and restoration services in the Chicago area. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

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Be Prepared for Flood Damage in Chicago This Winter

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Flood Damage in Chicago This Winter When snow melts it can make its way into your home causing flood damage.

Rely on SERVPRO if Your Home Experiences Flood Damage from Wintery Conditions

Predicting the weather months in advance is a process too complicated for even the most powerful modern supercomputers, but you should be prepared for winter flooding regardless. Flood damage can still happen in Chicago in the winter and early spring, even when the ground stays snowy and the precipitation remains frozen. Snow can melt, rainstorms can melt ice to create sudden flood incidents, and even some household water lines can freeze or break and create a big problem. SERVPRO is ready every hour of every day to respond to flood damage calls in the local area, so never hesitate to contact us in an emergency.

While flood damage in Chicago is most common in the later spring and summer months, it is still entirely possible in the coldest parts of the year. Any of the reasons mentioned above could cause flooding in your home, or other, less common issues could crop up. Regardless of the cause, we do not allow cold weather to get in the way of our service to the community. Any time and any day you have an issue, we should be available to respond.

Winter conditions can sometimes complicate flood damages in unusual ways. Water that is allowed to freeze and melt repeatedly can cause severe and lasting damage to a home's building materials. If snow manages to get into the home, it can melt into surprising volumes of water that can seep deep into carpets and flooring materials. Also, in the event of a major blizzard or snowstorm, snowpack may be so thick and heavy that it can cause significant water damage to the exterior of your home before the bulk of it ever gets a chance to melt. If you feel that any of these factors have managed to permanently damage your home, be sure to call SERVPRO to learn how we can help.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a locally owned home damage restoration company with the resources and backing of a national label. Contact us at (773) 434-9100.

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SERVPRO - Chicago Fire Damage - How it Forms

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Chicago Fire Damage - How it Forms We have proper tools and expertise to restore your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

How Fire Damage Forms in Chicago Homes 

Most of the fire restoration costs to a Chicago home comes from removing smoke and soot residues. Even in a small fire contained to one area, such as a kitchen, can leave a residue coating throughout multiple rooms.

SERVPRO is an expert in restoring the effects of Chicago home fire damage. We start by determining what burned and how the combustion of the material forms the different types of residue. Once our SERVPRO technicians understand that; it is easier for us to determine how to clean and restore everything from a single family home to an apartment complex.

Combustion needs three sources: Oxygen, heat, and fuel. When all three mix, property burns. When they burn poorly, residues form and settle on everything that the smoke reaches. We say poorly, but if all three sources were in a perfect mix, the fire would burn everything faster, causing more damage and replacement costs. The smoke moving throughout a home is composed of solid particles of carbon that did not burn completely, gases released from burning organic material, and tiny liquid particles called aerosols.

The aerosols and solid particles are what make smoke visible. If they are not present, then the gases are invisible. That is more dangerous since nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide comprise the gases and both are very hazardous to anyone near an active fire, and why every firefighter uses a breathing mask now. The aerosols and carbon particles are also what leave a visible residue after the smoke settles and absorb odors which provide the smells found in a structure after the fire has been put out.

That also means the smoke leaves a more heavy residue the cooler fire burns. A lower temperature heat source and less oxygen mean thicker smoke since the fire burns less clean. The smoke travels less distance, which means less property is affected the further away from the origin point of the fire.

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Determining what burned helps to us to plan how much labor is needed to clean and restore each home, regardless if it is a duplex, apartment building, or a one-family house. Understanding the speed at which the fire burned provides the information we need to decide which chemical cleaners and equipment are required. If you need our services, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today.

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Sources of Indoor Moisture That Can Cause Mold Damage in Chicago Apartments

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sources of Indoor Moisture That Can Cause Mold Damage in Chicago Apartments When you find mold in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for a thorough investigation and remediation of the infestation. Call today.

SERVPRO Tackles Mold By First Inspecting the Property and Determining the Cause

Indoor moisture problems are common in Chicago and usually, come with mold and mildew. Mold can become a concern when the contamination is severe. When mold spores and particles are present in large numbers, they may cause health effects if inhaled. Mold can also contribute to structural damage by weakening the wood frame. Additionally, when wood makes contact with water, it can warp and cause cracks on your walls.
The best way to protect your home from extensive mold damage is having a reputable restoration company inspect for mold growth. If you need quick and efficient mold remediation services, SERVPRO is locally based and has a long history of providing mold damage restoration services to the residents of Chicago. We have a wide range of industry-standard tools and techniques that can restore your property to preloss conditions in no time.
Water leaks are one of the most common causes of mold damage in the house. SERVPRO technicians can help assess plumbing leaks in the building and then devise the best course of action to repair the problem. It is important to grade driveways, walkways, and exterior soil away from the house to keep water from puddling near the foundation. Cleaning gutters can also go a long way towards preventing the formation of mud and ice dams.
High indoor humidity is also notorious for causing mold growth and mold damage. Common control methods include venting bathrooms, clothes dryers, kitchen stoves, and space heaters to the outdoors; maintaining dry crawlspaces and basements; removing un-vented gas or kerosene space heaters; and, keeping firewood outdoors. SERVPRO mold remediation experts often use exhaust fans to remove moisture from various spaces. A stand-alone dehumidifier or refrigerated air conditioning can also come in handy if increased ventilation is not possible or outdoor air is more humid than inside air.
A slight increase in indoor temperatures can help limit condensation on cold surfaces and subsequently minimize the risk of mold damage. SERVPRO professionals can do this by adding insulation in walls and ceilings, opening heating grilles in unoccupied rooms, opening closet doors on exterior walls, and turning up thermostats. Redirecting cold air away from walls and other areas during warm weather can also help minimize condensation.
If you detect the presence of mold on your property, you need to act fast to avoid extensive mold damage. SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is an experienced company in the restoration industry, and our technicians are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency. For any assistance, call us today at (773) 434-9100.

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Flood Damage Restoration and More Throughout the Chicago Area

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration and More Throughout the Chicago Area When you are facing flooding in your home, it's time to get to safety and call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our quick response will right after.

Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Tackle Your Flooding Disaster

Harsh weather conditions can take a severe toll on your property and even cause separation issues when things get too rough. If you find yourself facing significant flood damage to your Chicago area home, call us for help.

When overwhelmed or caught off-guard, it helps to know that professional help is available. We can help you return to your home safely and provide flood damage restoration services in Chicago needed to recover quickly. With qualified cleanup and restoration technicians available 24/7, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and have the personnel, equipment, and resources available to tackle any size job.

After you place a call to our office, it becomes our duty to make damages disappear. "Like it never even happened." We put all of our training and expertise to work, focusing on your home, family, and the situation you find yourselves experiencing. Our entire staff drives your restoration as quickly and efficiently as possible while producing the excellent results you deserve. SERVPRO staff works with you and your insurance company to make the process as stress-free as possible.

As fully IICRC-industry certified technicians, every SERVPRO team member makes every effort to limit your losses. We have access to advanced water extraction equipment, water detection devices, and drying equipment that makes getting water out faster. We help you return home safely and get the most out of a possibly devastating experience.

We provide technicians with several years of experience, who understand what it takes to save many of the items affected by a flood. Your furniture, carpeting, and personal items just might be salvageable; it just takes a professional to perform the right services to make it a reality. SERVPRO can help you get back on track, providing unique solutions tailored to fit your home’s specific conditions.

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for full-service solutions throughout Bucktown, Greektown, and more. We are ready whenever you need us and provide you with the understanding, caring, hardworking professionals that help make your house a home again call today. (773) 434-9100

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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.

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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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