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Fire and Odor Damage Cleanup from an Electric Blanket in Your Chicago Bedroom

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Odor Damage Cleanup from an Electric Blanket in Your Chicago Bedroom SERVPRO Restores Smoke & Fire Damaged Properties in Chicago

SERVPRO Can Abate Smoke Odors After House Fires

For many people in Chicago on a freezing night, the warmth of an electric blanket is excellent. If you hate getting into a cold bed, then turning on your electric blanket and letting it make a comfy place for you is appealing. Most of the time these blankets are safe, however, things can sometimes go wrong. Electric blanket fires happen for two main reasons: The element overheating to the point that it combusts or a broken electrical conductor arcing.
It is a very frightening event to suddenly have your electric blanket burst into flames, especially when you are under it. Even if put out quickly, the fire damage left behind in your Chicago bedroom needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO are not only prompt in answering your call but also understand that times like these are stressful for anyone who has gone through them.
One challenge after a fire is removing the smoke odor after a portable heater or blanket fire. Though the fire is quickly extinguished, the odors are often a challenge. We have been trained to understand how odor molecules permeate a structure and how to use various methods for odor removal. We also know how to perceive odors. Whether an odor is pleasant or not is in the mind of individuals. Some odors are unpleasant to everyone, while others such as paint fumes or gasoline, could be thought of as good odors by some, but very offensive to others.
The deodorization techniques that SERVPRO staff use deal with both real odors and imagined scents. The real odor is the sensation of smell made by a substance. Odor molecules interact with olfactory nerve cells in our noses. These nerves send a message to our brains which is interpreted by the olfactory lobe. An imaginary odor is what people think they smell. They are stimulated by a set of circumstances and strong impressions from previous, similar circumstances. Some think they are smelling something because of these events, not because there is an odor present. We can explain this phenomenon to clients, but that is all.
Deodorizing unpleasant odors can be a challenge. Real odors must be neutralized by using hydroxyl generators, thermal fogging, air scrubbers, and sprays.
SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown understands that any fire in your home in Cicero, Wicker Park, or Greektown is stressful. When you call us at (773) 434-9100 for help, we want to make sure we do our job to your complete satisfaction.

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Water Removal Services Can Make a Big Difference in Your Cicero Property

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services Can Make a Big Difference in Your Cicero Property Water damage from inside or outside of your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to send our team to dry out and remediate your property.

Team SERVPRO Detects Hidden Water on Your Property Using Specialized Equipment

If you do not go for immediate water removal services after a flood or water incursion on your property, your home may experience long-term damage. The risk is more if you are dealing with gray water. Delayed services may lead to mold proliferation in your Cicero property. Porous materials such as wallboards, carpets, ceilings, and insulations are more prone to microbial contamination.
Observing safety aspects is so essential when our SERVPRO technicians are offering water removal services in Cicero. We start by assessing the structural integrity, and during that step, we look for things like gas leaks, electrical shock. If the water category is black or gray, we never miss wearing Personal Protective Equipment. We also isolate the area by putting up warning signs and barriers.
Usually, when black water contaminates porous materials, they are not entirely safe to use even when they are dry, so discarding them is the best option. If our SERVPRO technicians have to remove any debris and excess water from hard surfaces, we perform wet vacuuming, and with a HEPA-filtered vacuum, we can clean dry your materials. To efficiently collect mold spores without dispersing them, we employ high filtration and after that dispose of the contaminants in sealable plastic bags.
Our SERVPRO team can also clean your furniture and any hard surfaces by using a detergent and water. After washing your contents, we dry them and monitor for fungal growth and odors. We also access hidden places such as crawl spaces, shafts, and ceilings and investigate any presence of damage. By using moisture meters, we can measure the moisture content in those areas. We remove any wet insulation and tiles and dispose of them when necessary. The hidden spaces might be the sources of odors, so we perform deodorization to neutralize the smells.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a trusted industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (773) 434-9100 at any time of the day, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Cicero Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Cicero Home Excess power through power spikes or damaged cords can cause your laptop to overheat and result in an electrical fire in your home.

SERVPRO Knows the Proper Techniques to Restore Every Part of Your Home after Fire Damage

Your laptop is something you use every day in Cicero for work or fun. Excess power, whether it is provided through poorly regulated power flow or power spikes, causes heat damage to electronics. It includes wires in a damaged power cord, plus metal parts of your laptop which is connected to it. The chance for combustion grows as the heat in your device builds. When the heat gets to the flashpoint of nearby furniture or carpeting, it can set other materials ablaze.

An electrical fire leaves you with a lot of fire damage to clean up and repair, but knowing where to start can be daunting. Your Cicero home needs professional expertise to get it restored back to the way it was after a fire, so calling on our technicians at SERVPRO is the wisest thing you can do once the fire is out.

Our goal to is to clean your home to preloss condition, which involves removing the effects of the fire damage. We also remove smoke residues from surfaces of your home. The residues give off smoke odors as well, so we have to deodorize the affected areas to get rid of malodors. Fires can damage parts of your structure badly enough that they cannot be restored, so we need to dispose of these structural items.

Before SERVPRO techs start cleaning, we do testing to figure out the right cleaning method, which is one that effectively removes the residues from the material or surface without damaging it. We can wet clean washable materials; we apply a cleaning agent that is water-based to the surface that does not damage the material. Non-washable materials cannot be wet cleaned. Applying a water-based cleaning product could cause more damage, so we use a dry cleaning method instead.

The type of residues on a surface can also help us choose the method of cleaning. Residues that are oil or grease-based need a cleaning agent which is a dry solvent, even though products which are water-based would not harm the surface being cleaned.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown works efficiently and thoroughly to clean your home in Wicker Park, West Loop, or Bucktown after fire damage. Just reach out to us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as the fire is out so we can help get your home restored.

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Restoring Your Flood Damaged Chicago Area Home Does Not Have To Be Hard

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Flood Damaged Chicago Area Home Does Not Have To Be Hard The amount of water that entered your home can make restoring your home somewhat tricky to handle.

Restoring Your Flood Damaged Home

Many homeowners struggle with whether or not they should choose to hire an IICRC certified company to address flood damage on their property. Hopefully, today we can help you understand why it is so important to have a licensed professional with the proper equipment, training, and resources provide you with the help you need.

After experiencing flood damage in your Chicago home, you may wonder how long the restoration process is or how much it might cost, or even whether or not you can perform repairs yourself and save a couple of dollars along the way. Well, each restoration is different, depending on the amount of damage present in your home. It takes a trained expert to locate all of the damage and drastically reduces your long-term losses, further protecting your home and living environment.

The amount of water that entered your home can make restoring your home somewhat tricky to handle. With the right equipment, a few inches usually does not last long. However, if you are dealing with over 4-5ft of water, it can take hours, if not days to get things under control. SERVPRO technicians can put a variety of hand-held or truck-mounted units to work for you, making water removal and drying procedures faster than ever before.

Flood damage restoration services are also highly dependent on the water source that causes the event. Local rainfall, broken pipes, and sewer backups all require a specific response. SERVPRO’s fully-trained restoration experts can provide you with the services necessary to handle contaminations of hazardous products such as sewage, oil, and gasoline that clean and disinfect your entire home after a flood. Doing cleaning like this on your own can often lead to missed areas that develop corrosion, rot, or mold.

Handling damage to household goods can be overwhelming as well. Are you dealing with just a few pieces of hardwood furniture, a few rugs, and a small area or are you faced with an entire structure, filled with dozens of boxes, books, furniture, bedding, carpeting, clothing, appliances, and more? SERVPRO can perform services on all of these items, limit any losses you experience, and get things back to normal quickly.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown services the entire area, providing quality cleanup and restoration services you can trust, call today (773) 434-9100.

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Professional Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Restaurant

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Restaurant Make sure that your restaurant kitchen gets thorough services after a mold infestation by contacting the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Remediate Your Commercial Mold Damage

With so many restaurants in Chicago, you have to stand out from the pack to make a substantially profitable mark on this landscape. While you might have all of the business models in place and the right dishes to prepare to wow the crowds that come in through your door, one thing that you cannot account for is the possibility of something unforeseen derailing your progress and setting you back.  
When it comes to hot kitchens that are not well ventilated, there is a lot of steam and moisture that cannot find a means of escaping the area. Mixed with the higher temperatures present in such a bustling area of your building, you have the right makings for mold to grow in areas that might not get as consistently cleaned as other regions of the kitchen. When you encounter mold damage in your Chicago restaurant kitchen area, the best thing that you can do for your business is contact certified mold remediation specialists.  
Our SERVPRO team gets expertly trained to the high standards set by the IICRC for mold remediation and removal strategies. We have a comprehensive and broad knowledge of various types of fungus and how best to remove each one. The presence of mold is a cause to immediately cease food preparation until the mold has gotten removed and remediation gets completed. This fact not only implies a loss of profit for you, but a potential loss in reputation as those that might have spoken highly of your establishment are forced to go elsewhere. That is why you need professional remediation specialists that have your business at heart and look to mitigate your losses in every capacity.  
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your restaurant, our specialists get to work assessing the extent of the damages and sectioning off the area using negative air chambers. This equipment prevents the spread of active mold spores to new surfaces while the affected areas are getting cleaned with our scrubbers. Air circulation is cut off throughout the building while the remediation process is ongoing to further prevent the new colonies from forming elsewhere.  
You cannot expect to handle mold damage in your restaurant alone. Trust our experienced team at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to get your doors open for business again quickly. You can call us anytime at (773) 434-9100.  

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Professional Flood Damage Crews In Chicago

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Flood Damage Crews In Chicago Whenever a window breaks during a rainstorm, water gets inside your house and causes damage.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration

Most of the time when a rainstorm hits the Windy City, high winds occur. Whenever it gets windy, things like rocks become airborne and possibly break windows inside your Chicago home. Whenever a window breaks during a rainstorm, water gets inside your house and causes damage.

Water that gets in from a broken window causes damage to contents and building materials inside your home. If you notice water damage from a broken window inside a room in your house, it is smart to call in SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Chicago. Rainwater that enters your home during a rainstorm potentially causes some significant issues.

Any time rainwater gets into your house, contents and building materials get wet. Even if the damaged area seems small, it is possible that there is damage you cannot see. SERVPRO's IICRC Certified team has experience in mitigating both small and large problems. In any rainwater damage scenario, our team first tests the water to see if it is contaminated. If the water coming in from the outside has high contamination level, then some items inside the home get removed. In some cases, all of the water gets dried out, and removal of things is not necessary.

If drying is possible, then our specialists come in and remove furniture or objects from the damaged area. The experts then set up specialized drying equipment to bring moisture levels back down to normal so that mold growth cannot occur. The number of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers set up depends on the extent of the water damage.

If the damage inside your dwelling is small, then the drying process will be quicker. For small areas, our team can set up a small number of air movers and possible one dehumidifier to keep the moisture level in the air low. If the wet area is large, then furniture gets set up on blocks, and more air movers get put into the region to dry out all building materials before fungi can grow.

Any water damage situation involving rainwater needs to get professional attention immediately. If you notice moisture inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 for assistance 24/7.

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Attic Moisture Can Cause Mold Damage In Chicago Homes

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Attic Moisture Can Cause Mold Damage In Chicago Homes Mold in Chicago Attics Is Remediated and Removed with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remediates Many Chicago Properties After Mold Infestations

Ice damming on the roof of your Chicago home might undoubtedly be a potential culprit for flooding upper levels of your house, but that is not the only threat that this phenomenon might allow occurring. There are many instances in which ice forms up along the edges of your roof, backing up the water from melting snow until it finds any access it can through your roof and into your home. Even with a well-constructed roof, small amounts of water can still get in, making attic spaces wet and damp.

As you might already be aware of, damp spaces with warm temperatures are a breeding ground for fungus and mold. Mold damage to your Chicago home is not likely to happen overnight, so you may not be aware that there is an issue until several colonies have sprouted along organic materials (like the drywall). It is crucial, especially during the winter months to regularly check your attic space for dampness and potential mold growth so that you can spot a problem well before the situation gets dire.
With any mold growth in your home, it is better to leave the removal of colonies and remediation efforts to the professionals. Our SERVPRO team has gotten thoroughly trained to high standards in remediation and restoration through the IICRC, and we have the necessary tools and expertise to handle any fungus or level of severity that we could encounter.
Our SERVPRO remediation specialists can isolate the affected area and prevent spores from spreading while we implement our scrubbing equipment to deeply clean surfaces (successfully uprooting and removing the entire hyphae of the fungi). Dehumidification equipment is also put to work in the area, pulling the moisture from the air so that naturally occurring spores do not have the opportunity to grow again.
Removal of the source of the moisture is an essential aspect of the remediation process, as our team aims at the assurance of preventing mold growth from happening again. In this instance, it might be merely removing the ice dams from your roof that were allowing the water to seep into the attic, but whatever is causing the moisture and dampness to any affected area of your home has to get resolved.
Mold damage might be something that most do not even consider, especially during the winter months. If you encounter it in your home though, give SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown a call. You can reach our experienced mold remediation specialists anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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How Flood Damage Gets Restored to Your Chicago Home

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flood Damage Gets Restored to Your Chicago Home Flooding can literally leave you under water. Contact SERVPRO after you and your family are safe to dry out and remediate your property.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Flooding Disaster

Natural disasters can occur with little warning. While local news teams work tirelessly to give you the latest information about developments and the possibilities of instances like flash flooding occurring, the warnings do not always happen in enough time to stop the damage. When your Chicago home falls victim to a flash flood or other circumstances that leave several inches of water in lower levels of your home, it might not always be clear how to clean up the mess and restore the damage.
Flood damage to your Chicago residence is something that everyone does not have to experience or deal with in their lifetime, but the possibility is always there. With even the most sound construction of homes, mortar joints in foundations crack and erode, leaving pathways for water penetration into your basement or lowest level of your home. Once a path is available, it only becomes more significant over time as more water can pass through unabated.
Resolving this issue might be a product of hindsight once you already have flooding in the lower levels of your residence. Our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and experience to extract the water quickly and restore the damage to your home. Additionally, our focus has to follow with preventing future flood damage by repairing the fractures and cracks in the foundation.
Repairing the damage to the foundation is often as simple as using hydraulic cement and applying it to cracks and missing mortar joints. To polish this look, sometimes mortar is reapplied over the hydraulic cement to give the appearance of natural blockwork again. Unless water is actively still pouring through these pathways, our SERVPRO technicians focus first on extracting the pooled water to prevent structural damages and other potential problems.
In most instances of flooding, our SERVPRO team utilizes pump trucks within our fleet to pull the water from the floors very quickly. With the use of this truck and spot extractions with a wet vac, the affected area is ready to be dried. With a combination of dehumidification equipment and our air movers, we can thoroughly dry the entire area.
Flood damage does not have to be a costly and traumatic event in your family’s home. Trust the experienced technicians at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to get the job done right. You can reach our emergency response team anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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Commercial Water Damage and the Musty Atmosphere in Your Chicago-area Used Bookstore

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage and the Musty Atmosphere in Your Chicago-area Used Bookstore Chicago Bookstore and Retail Shops Benefit from Water Damage Restoration by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water and Secondary Damages to Your Commercial Property in the Chicago Area

With easy access to the internet, few people in Chicago seem to read books the way they did only a generation ago. Nevertheless, many people still enjoy finding a classic that they once read as a child, and without such bookstores, this treasure would remain inaccessible.

Especially when it involves commercial water damage, Chicago, our Windy City on Lake Michigan, poses unique challenges to some business owners. Bookstores that sell only new volumes escape some of these problems merely because their merchandise never faced exposure to mold and mildew over the years from the buildup of moisture.

Bound in leather or heavy paper and cloth, books contain the perfect environment for microbes. Pages hold moisture, while at the same time provide the cellulose fibers these organisms need. The grooves between the pages at the top of the book provide the surface area that mold spores can easily land on while hiding them from feather dusters. Not washed with soap and water like many other items found in a typical home or workplace microbes can collect in staggering numbers, waiting for an elevation in humidity to trigger their growth.

Placing your inventory on the shelves of your store brings the mold spores from the past into one location. Keeping humidity low in such a situation is crucial to protecting not only your merchandise but also for protecting your entire building. In this kind of ongoing need, SERVPRO recommends the use of a dehumidifier, which we can install for your company. Water damage can severely impact your inventory by allowing microbes to grow wildly, making mitigation vital to your business' continued success.

Lyophilization, basically freeze drying documents and papers to mitigate damage as part of the restoration service, can help remove the mold present in your inventory, and it can also prevent any further deterioration of older volumes, as it also kills anything that may live inside books. While this process takes place, our crew can perform the necessary work in removing any water damage, removing any present mold from shelving, cleaning out storage areas, and repainting walls and ceilings, so both mold and its musty odor disappear.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown views each business in our area as an essential part of our community's fabric. Helping you continue providing your goods and services to the public gives us great satisfaction. Call us at (773) 434-9100 to reach our 24-hour service whenever you notice water damage and its effects on your bookstore or another place of commerce.

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Safety With Electricity After Flooding In Your Chicago Home

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety With Electricity After Flooding In Your Chicago Home If the weather and flooding have taken you by surprise in your Chicago home, the flood damage you are faced with can be very daunting.

Safety After Flooding

Disasters are bound to happen at some point. It is how life goes. Even in Chicago, you can be a victim of flood damage. You might not live in an area which is prone to heavy rains, but changing weather patterns can send surprises to people who thought they were safe. It's in your best interest to do all you can to prepare and prevent flood damage from heavy rains.

If the weather and flooding have taken you by surprise in your Chicago home, the flood damage you are faced with can be very daunting. It can come upon you quickly, as well, and before you know it your once dry home is under inches or feet of water. SERVPRO understands how stressful and overwhelming something like this can be, so that is why we are always available when you need us.

When we are faced with a flooding situation, environmental hazards are present. These include structural hazards, electrical hazards, and hazardous materials.

Water conducts electricity, and mixing the two can be disastrous. Flooding can cause water to enter the wiring system of your home. The first item we check is the power distribution box. All circuit breakers are turned off at the panel. Doing so is especially important if water got into electrical outlets or wall cavities, or when you have outlets on the floor.

Since SERVPRO’s equipment to remove the water from your home requires electricity, we must use ground fault circuit interrupters which cut the power if they detect too much current. We always check any tools, cords, and other accessories for damage before using them, and ensure the ground plugs are not broken, and the cords have no cuts, frays, or nicks.

Once we have made sure that no electrical dangers are present in the home, we can begin working safely to dry your home back out and restore your structure and possessions.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown takes pride in our safety procedures on every job to keep your family and our staff safe. Residents in the areas of Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, or Bucktown can rest easy when they call us at (773) 434-9100 to clean up flood damage.

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