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Flood Damage and Your Chicago Home's Floors

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Your Chicago Home's Floors Tiles and Parquet Floors, Stormwaters in Chicago, and SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Remove Moisture from Joists and Subfloors During Demolition of Damaged Floor Tile from a Flooding

When inclement weather comes indoors in a Chicago house, it can create some pretty bad conditions for homeowners. Dealing with such problems do not happen on a regular basis, but SERVPRO is always available to get your home back to how you want it, quickly and efficiently.
 
In Chicago, houses sometimes suffer flood damage because the water in nearby streets cannot drain rapidly enough because of debris covering the drains. When the water in affected streets rises high enough, the water can enter homes and apartments. SERVPRO can handle the messy cleanup work and flood damage mitigation needed so your family can reside in a clean and dry home free of potential adverse health effects.
 
The floors in a home with flood damage can easily retain water and become ruined because of the tight seal that adheres tile to the floor. What once kept the floor in pristine shape now can create a severe problem. Such tile can begin to break when some areas swell underneath and push upward under the tile. Once enough pieces become broken, restoring the floor can become highly tricky. Many insurance adjusters opt to replace the floor instead of funding restoration efforts that might result in long-term maintenance needs that fail to provide cost-effective benefits. SERVPRO can attempt to dry the underpinnings or use drying mats to salvage tile and vinyl flooring components.
 
To remove tile from a home can prove difficult without the right tools. We first seal off the area to prevent dust, broken tile pieces, and any other debris from affecting other areas of your home. When we keep the space involved in this stage as small as possible, cleanup can happen much more efficiently. We also wear protective gear as tile can easily cut exposed skin, and the process of breaking it up turns many pieces into dangerous mini-projectiles.
 
Once these pieces have been broken down, we use a bully tool to slide them away from their base. This process works well in small areas with a hand-held tool, but for larger ones, we often use a powered machine which quickly removes the loosened tile pieces. This method leaves the floor ready for the reinstallation of new tile or another flooring of your choice. Afterward, we remove these from your home and dispose of them. Older tiles can contain asbestos, so we want to assure you that we follow all applicable regulations regarding such materials.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is always ready to help the residents of Ukranian Village, Cicero, and Pilsen with expert guidance and professionalism in all stages of flood damage mitigation. Contacting us by calling us at (773) 434-9100 puts you in control of your home again.

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Fire Damage Effects and Efforts in Cicero

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Effects and Efforts in Cicero When any portion of your home has suffered from fire damage, it is time to contact SERVPRO for effective remediation and cleanup services.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Different Materials Burn and Create Residues During a Fire

No matter the level of destruction, Cicero home fires are difficult to clean and restore. Dozens of different types of material burn in every home, even it lasts for only a few minutes. Temperatures vary over the life of fire, which affects how quickly and cleanly it all burns.
 
Many factors affect Cicero fire damage. Understanding them allows SERVPRO restoration teams to tailor a cleanup and restoration plan for each home. Different items burn quickly or slowly based on moisture and temperature, so anything that can melt on the surface of something like a kitchen counter can affect how we can clean it or decide to dispose of it.
 
First, one of our technicians examines each surface to see if it is porous or non-porous. A porous surface like latex paint or plastics, lets particles penetrate them even under normal circumstances. When a fire heats them up, particles can penetrate even deeper which make them more difficult to clean. Non-porous surfaces like vinyl and enamel paint resist better, making them easier to clean, even when heated in a house fire.
 
At the same time, other team members look for sprinklers and ask about fire suppression efforts by firefighters. A large amount of moisture increases the risk of staining surfaces and sets residues in a tougher layer, making them more difficult to clean. That applies to not just horizontal surfaces, but walls as well. Higher temperatures can also work with moisture on many surfaces to give them a yellowed appearance.
 
Now, SERVPRO technicians determine what burned. Physical damage from the flames means that the item requires disposal, but its material content tells our restoration teams what type of residue is left after the fire ends. Plastic and rubber kitchenware, for example, leave wet residues that can smear across surfaces. Technicians either allow the residue to dry, or use a stronger cleaning agent to make it easier to wipe it off the surface. Natural materials like wood burn more evenly and usually leave a powdery, dry residue that technicians can wipe away with a sponge and perhaps a mild cleaner.
 
There are other factors like age of the item, and how long the fire burned which help determine our cleaning and restoration efforts, but material, type of surface, and moisture are the main concerns for SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown when it comes to helping our neighbors return to their homes. If you need our help, call (773) 434-9100 today to set up a visit and inspection.

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Why A Detailed Mold Damage Remediation Process Can Salvage Your Chicago Property 

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why A Detailed Mold Damage Remediation Process Can Salvage Your Chicago Property  During mold damage remediation, we start by evaluating and determining whether the site is safe to enter.

Mold Damage Remediation Process

During mold damage remediation, we start by evaluating and determining whether the site is safe to enter. Damage to the load-bearing walls after a severe wood rot may lead to structural hazards. So, we check out for roofs that are sagging in the middle or towards the end, whether the exterior masonry has cracks, and if the walls are not straight or vertical. Also, we check whether there are live electrical lines in your Chicago property and turn off the mains.

Containment techniques are essential during mold damage remediation in Chicago. The primary goal of containment is to separate clean areas from the areas with the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians use plastic sheeting to create barriers separating the work areas from the non-contaminated areas. We can also put the site under negative pressure to prevent the movement of the mold spores to the clean sections of the structure. If we already turned off the electrical circuits, then we can provide portable lighting to prevent the possibility of the fall, slip, and trip hazards.

It can be challenging to clean crawl spaces since such areas have limited means of exit and entry. When working in such areas, we follow the safety standards outlined by OSHA. We usually come up with an appropriate safety plan during the inspection to safeguard our SERVPRO technicians during mold remediation in crawl spaces.

If your structure has painted cement or brick, we follow specific steps to remove the mold deposits. For instance, through HEPA vacuuming, we can remove the spores, and then use a detergent solution together with a wire brush to remove any form of discoloration. The cleaning detergent that we use has anti-microbial properties that sterilize the surfaces and prevent the chances of mold damage reoccurrence. It is the same solution we use to clean non-porous surfaces like ceramic tiles.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is locally operated and a trusted leader in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (773) 434-9100 when you need your home or commercial property to benefit from our 24-hour emergency services.

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Monitoring the Progress of Flood Damage Mitigation in Chicago

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Monitoring the Progress of Flood Damage Mitigation in Chicago Flooding is something that can happen quickly after a storm. Should your home get flooded, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flooding to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Occurring

Residential properties in Chicago can end up with all sorts of problems because of our proximity to Lake Michigan. SERVPRO can help homeowners through these problematic situations so the damage sustained by their homes remains minimal. We handle situations every day of the year, making us a reliable and professional company you can depend on in emergencies.
 
One type of situation that often affects area homes involves flood damage in Chicago. Our skilled technicians can effectively mitigate this type of problem, restoring your home back to its previous state. Making everything inside your home “Like it never even happened” includes ensuring the safe conditions, as well as the visual aesthetics that made your house a home.
 
Making sure your home is completely dry again minimizes the risk of microbial infestations, damage from water, rust of electrical components (including any newly installed units), warping of wood trim throughout your home, and peeling of paint and wallpapers and trim. Water vapor left behind by flood damage can continue to affect your house in many ways long after we finalize the visual aspects of flood damage mitigation.
 
In a thoroughly saturated home, the process of taking moisture level readings is just as important as taking measurements within a home where the problem seems minimal. We gather this information so we can assist your insurance agency in understanding the gravity of the emergency situation. In less severe situations, these measurements help us detect hidden water that you may not know about before we arrive. We continually monitor the amount of moisture in your property at various locations for similar reasons.
 
We must replace any walls that became saturated for a different reason than what carpets require similar treatment. The materials that your walls are made of cannot withstand the forcefulness that floods often produce, nor can they become undamaged, no matter how dry they become. Once damage by water occurs, only replacing these affected sections suffice.
 
Because damp conditions can adversely affect replacement materials of any kind, the technicians at SERVPRO use state of the art technology and the latest equipment to restore your home's interior to normal humidity levels. Our equipment not only removes moisture but it also measures its presence and helps us find hidden pockets that we might otherwise miss.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can be contacted by calling our 24-hour emergency services number, (773) 434-9100 whenever you need us. Flood damage can affect your home and lead to long-term problems that early mitigation can prevent.

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Get Your Life Back on Track with Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get Your Life Back on Track with Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago Water Damage in Chicago Dwellings Get Mitigated with SERVPRO's Fast Service

SERVPRO Advises Property Owners to Seek Professional Help for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Whether you want to take a shower, quench your thirst, clean your garments, or in some cases the house too, water should be a welcome sight. When uncontained, though, water can become a nuisance, at the very least leaving you with a challenging task when it comes to getting rid of it. In the extremes, however, water damage could threaten the health of anyone who occupies the building, be it your family, colleagues at your workplace, or even your pets. Besides, “hidden” water, being somewhat hard to find, could lead to unseen damages to your Chicago home or some other building that has been affected by any water damage or flooding.

DIY. Is it the right thing?
There is a group of Chicago homeowners who do not think that they need water removal services, so when faced by the situation, they opt for DIY solutions, unaware of the problems they create as a result. Someone may head over to a store, rent a wet vacuum so they can get rid of the water, then use different air drying methods to finalize the process. As much as the problem seems to have been solved, any case of “unseen” water could hit back in the form of mold attacks, moisture can be the cause and must be controlled.

Think professional
When faced with any water emergency, the best thing would be to act fast and make the right choice which is consulting water removal experts. At SERVPRO, we believe that any water emergency situation can be handled and the effects mitigated so you can enjoy your peace. When you think professional, think of our IICRC certified experts and the high-quality results they are capable of delivering.
 
Always prepared
Our team of able professionals can do whatever it takes to reverse the effects of an emergency situation or even a scheduled cleaning. We respond immediately with all the necessary water removal equipment to ensure that no more time is wasted for better chances of a complete recovery.
 
We are here for you
At SERVPRO of West Loop/ Bucktown/ Greektown, we are available to help  24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (773) 434-9100.

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The Proper Way Of Cleaning Your Cicero Property After Experiencing A Fire Damage Disaster

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Proper Way Of Cleaning Your Cicero Property After Experiencing A Fire Damage Disaster Cleaning is an essential procedure during fire damage restoration.

The Proper Way Of Cleaning Your Property After A Fire

Cleaning is an essential procedure during fire damage restoration. Though it sounds a bit straightforward, it is challenging since there are instances when you have to deal with finished, unfinished, painted, or unpainted surfaces. That is why restorers pretest surfaces for cleanability and then come up with the most appropriate cleaning methods. We are going to look at some of the procedures we perform when addressing fire incidents in Cicero.

When our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning ceilings and walls in your Cicero property after a fire damage event, we organize the structure such that the falling soils do not cause resoiling. If the team is using dry cleaning as an option, we start by cleaning the ceilings before moving to the walls. We also dry clean the floors after dry cleaning the walls. By cleaning walls from top to bottom and wiping from the dirty regions to the clean places, we avoid resoiling.

During wet cleaning, our SERVPRO technicians clean walls first before moving to the ceiling area. We do that to prevent streaking the walls since there is a possibility of the cleaning solution dripping. The cleaning process also starts from the bottom to the top to ensure the dirty areas do not streak. In situations where the ceiling is so high, we can use an extension pole together with a spotting pad holder. Alternatively, we can reach 8-foot ceilings by using a 5-foot ladder.

If your property has an acoustical ceiling, our SERVPRO team uses a unique technique that preserves its sound-deadening properties. The method is known as peroxide active ceiling cleaning. It is also effective on porous surfaces as far as such areas do not deteriorate after exposure to water-based solutions. Since stabilized hydrogen peroxide is present in the product, we cover natural materials such as cotton, paper, and wool as a precautionary measure.

The goal of SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is to return your property to its earlier state after experiencing Any Size Disaster. You can get in touch with our specialists by calling (773) 434-9100 to learn more about the available options.

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Remediating Water Damage and Drying Property in Chicago Homes

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediating Water Damage and Drying Property in Chicago Homes Dealing with active water damage can be exhausting and frightening. Contact SERVPRO and we arrive on the scene quickly to help.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Four Factors to Focus on During the Water Damage Remediation Process

Removing water from Chicago homes after a flood is only the first step in restoring them to a clean, dry, and safe environment. To allow the owners and residents to resume their routine means getting every bit of excess moisture out of the home and carefully drying the interior and property.
 
SERVPRO restoration teams need to bring four different factors back to normal levels to reverse the effects of water damage in Chicago homes. Once accomplished, our technicians can restore most property if it wasn’t already, permanently damage by the water by adjusting the Humidity, Evaporation, Air Movement, and Temperature.
 
Relative Humidity is the level of moisture, or water vapor, in the air inside the home. If it is over 60 percent, then the air is considered saturated, and drying slows almost to a standstill. To lower it to an acceptable level of under 40 percent, our specialists install dehumidifiers to draw water directly from the air and nearby structural property like wall panels and ceiling tiles.
 
Reduced humidity ties directly into Evaporation. As the dehumidifiers lower the humidity, natural evaporation increases. Water trapped in personal property like furniture turns to vapor faster as the air dries. Evaporation starts after the amount of water in a home is reduced to less than two inches in depth, so removal is very important.
 
At the same time, SERVPRO specialists also increase Air Movement. At key points in the home, they install air movers to blow warm, dry air throughout the home and across the surface of the affected property. To assist in this, they also install fans at doors and windows to draw out the cool, damp air and force it outside the home. Both actions help speed up the overall drying process which prevents the property from absorbing too much moisture and causing permanent damage.
 
Finally, there is the Temperature of the home. Property dries faster in a range of 70 to 90 degrees. If the outside air is below that range, and the home HVAC is not usable, then our team can bring in portable heaters to raise the inside temperature. They do this carefully, since raising the temperature too quickly can raise the humidity level, counteracting the efforts of the dehumidifiers.
 
Restoring any home from the effects of water damage is not a simple process, but a professional restoration service can get you back to your home quickly and only when it is safe. If you need us, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today. We are here for you.

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How Mold Damage Remediation Returns Your Chicago Property To Its Pre-loss State

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Damage Remediation Returns Your Chicago Property To Its Pre-loss State Finding mold in your home does not need to cause a panic. Contact SERVPRO right away for an investigation and remediation.

Team SERVPRO Follows Proven Protocol When Remediating a Mold Infestation in Your Home 

Mold damage remediation entails all the cleanup of both mold and moisture with the aim of returning the contaminated structure and materials to their pre-damaged condition. The degree of contamination and the extent of water damage usually determines the scope of the remediation process. Not only does remediation prevent further damage, but it also ensures that as a resident of Chicago you are not exposed to possible health effects.
 
We are looking at some of the procedures and strategies that our SERVPRO technicians use when performing mold damage remediation in Chicago. While no standard strategy provides a solution to all such incidents, there are accepted processes and principles that we follow when we are working on your property. The first step that we perform is to locate and eliminate the source of moisture. For instance, we can use moisture meters and sensors to detect any water intrusion and determine how far the water has traveled.
 
During the remediation, our SERVPRO technicians turn off ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems to prevent the mold spores from moving to clean areas. If we identify some contamination on the HVAC systems, we may change the filters and apply other professional remediation procedures to correct their condition.
 
Both contaminated and non-contaminated materials can either be porous, semi-porous and non-porous. If porous materials such as carpets, drywall, wallpapers, and ceiling tiles have some mold contamination, we remove and discard them; cleaning them is not sufficient. If there is mold growth on semi-porous materials such as wood, our SERVPRO technicians can clean surfaces by combining HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing and scraping. After that, we carefully inspect them before deciding whether they can still be operational or a replacement is necessary. We can also use the above methods when cleaning non-porous materials such as glass and tiles.
 
We wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to the mold contamination. For instance, when we are dealing with larger contaminations, we use half-mask respirators that have proper cat ridges, chemical resistant gloves, eye protection, and full body suits.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is devoted to solving all your mold damage concerns. Call us at (773) 434-9100 if you need our experienced technicians to return your property to its earlier state and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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What You Should Do When a DIY Project Goes Wrong and Causes Water Damage

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Should Do When a DIY Project Goes Wrong and Causes Water Damage Sometimes a DIY project can turn disastrous and cause water damage to your home. Call SERVPRO right away after an incident.

Team  SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene With Advanced Tools to Properly Dry Out Your Home

Sometimes it can be tempting to fix an appliance or install a new faucet by yourself to save some money, however, should a part of the process go wrong, you could accidentally cause water damage in your home. There are endless tutorials online that can walk you through doing installations by yourself, but they do not always prepare you for when something goes wrong. More than likely, the restoration of the water damage can end up costing you even more money than you would have had to spend hiring a professional install the new faucet for you.
 
If you do not notice the leak underneath your sink for a few days while it slowly causes water damage to your Chicago home, the outcome can become even worse. All of the moisture that your kitchen cupboard is absorbing from the leak creates the perfect condition for the growth of mold. It is essential for you to have the leak fixed once you find it so that no further water damage can occur. As a general rule, if you find water damage in your home, calling a restoration company as soon as possible can help ensure a successful job; after all, the quicker the damage it dealt with, the better it is for the longevity of your home.
 
When you rely on SERVPRO, we strive to get a team of our IICRC-certified technicians to your home as quickly as possible. Our technicians can bring advanced technology to your home and start the job right away. Our SERVPRO techs can open up the cupboard underneath your sink and use tools like desiccant dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation fans to create an ideal a drying system that best fits the space.
 
If an accident in your home leads to water damage, do not delay. Phone the number (773) 434-9100 to reach out to SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown. We strive to swiftly remediate the damage in your home so you can get back to your everyday life.

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Why Mold Damage To Upholstery In Chicago Homes Poses Such A Challenge

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage To Upholstery In Chicago Homes Poses Such A Challenge Mold can cause damage to your home.

Mold Damage To Upholstery

While mold damage in a Chicago home can work its way into almost any area of your home and the objects within it, one of the most costly places to incur damage from a fungal colony can often be in fabrics and upholstery around the house. Upholstery, the cushions, padding, and covers making up the bulk of most furniture pieces in the average Illinois home, is an easy target for hungry spores looking to settle down and grow outwards. However, you may ask, why does upholstery present so many problems for SERVPRO when dealing with mold damage?

An Easy Place to Grow
While mold damage thrives in Chicago homes' walls, floors, and other structural components when in contact with a source of water, it grows even more readily within most types of furniture. Cushions, sheets, and lining all create ideal growing places for mold, which seeks a warm, protected organic material with plenty of surface area to grow. By the time you recognize a problem, the colony may have already wholly overtaken the interior of that furniture piece and possibly spread to nearby objects as well.

Difficult to Restore
Even though SERVPRO brings industry-leading technology and versatility to the table when handling mold remediation work, we still find it difficult to reverse damage to many types of upholstery. Along with carpeting, furniture represents one of our most oft-incurred replacement expenses when we are forced to order a partial or full replacement for the affected object instead of restoring it to its prior condition.

Ease of Spread
While mold damage in walls, ceilings, and other structural components often must rely on air currents to spread to new areas of the home, spores growing in your furniture find a much more easily accessible way to move any time someone sits down on their home. Using mold damaged furniture as normal allows spores to puff up into the air, float to new surfaces, and even sometimes hitch a ride on your body to somewhere new. As a result, an isolated problem can quickly become a home-wide issue without any noticeable changes in the situation.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown helps local homeowners to remove mold from their homes and reverse the effects of damage without ordering replacements whenever possible. Call us at (773) 434-9100.

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