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The Ultimate Guide To Our Mold Damage Remediation Process In Cicero

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Ultimate Guide To Our Mold Damage Remediation Process In Cicero If water remains in your business or home for 48 - 72 hours, then problems such as mold damage are likely to develop.

How To Safely Restore Your Cicero Property After Mold Damage

If water remains in your business or home for 48 - 72 hours, then problems such as mold damage are likely to develop. It means all plumbing or roofing leaks should be corrected as soon as they are noticed. Mold spores can quickly spread to other regions and cause some deterioration of your property and possible health effects. We advise you to let professionals inspect and assess your Cicero property whenever you suspect such a problem.

Mold damage in your Cicero property affects both porous and non-porous materials and surfaces. The cleaning and removal procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use when addressing either of the surfaces or items are different. When the interior walls or ceilings have the contamination, we have to remove the drywall and ceiling tiles. For buildings that have dry panel-type walls, we pull the bottom edge out and separate it from the studs. We can also remove the baseboard and drill homes when it is necessary to drain the walls. When removing soaked wallboard, we look at the watermark and remove an extra foot above that point.

After opening up the walls, our SERVPRO technicians remove the wet insulation to disinfect and dry the surface. While it is possible to clean and dry, rigid insulation, in most cases we discard other forms of insulation as per the state and local regulations. We can also vacuum, wet-wipe, rinse and dry the building's ductwork and other non-electrical equipment. Once we turn off the breaker and remove fuses, we can introduce a plastic wand and vacuum wiring boxes, light fixtures and other electrical appliances.

Another area that is likely to have the mold problem is your bathroom. Such a challenge usually occurs when the exhaust fans malfunction or when they are not used when bathing. We can check whether there is mold in the shower walls, in between ceramic tiles, soap scum, and fiberglass. If it is present, we can remove, clean, and disinfect such areas to reduce the chances of future contamination.

Our team at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown specializes in mold, fire, storm, and water damage restoration. Call us at (773) 434-9100 when you need to work with professionals with the proficiency to safely handle your commercial and residential needs.

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SERVPRO Rescues, with Great Aplomb, Chicago Historical Buildings from Water Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Rescues, with Great Aplomb, Chicago Historical Buildings from Water Damage SERVPRO Saves Chicago Buildings--Old or New, Tall or Small, from Water Damage

Preserving A Historical Chicago Office with Professional Water Removal

One of the most noteworthy observations about Chicago is all of the old buildings that have managed to survive for decades or even more than a century, defying modern construction techniques and the demand for progress. Many of these historical buildings are in use throughout the city, which makes it a more severe situation when something like a substantial water loss incident occurs.

To preserve your historic Chicago office building from water damage, you need to make sure that you react to the situation as quickly as possible. There is something to be said for the mitigation work being as important as the restoration process for professionals like our SERVPRO team. When we arrive at your office building following your initial phone call, our focus begins with limiting the spread of this water to allow for the restoration process to be smoother and easier to manage.

One of the first tasks that our professionals must do in this situation is to focus on extracting the water. The longer that pooling water sits in the affected area, the more it can saturate into the construction materials and become more challenging to remove. Our approach is always to restore before rebuilding, and this is especially the case when it comes to preserving the look and feel of historic properties throughout the area. Many of these buildings, if demolition is needed, must be restored to their preloss condition, a great challenge.

Water penetration into materials like wood flooring and the walls can quickly cause disastrous effects without the right approach. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize specialized equipment like large floor drying mats to penetrate not only the flooring material but to pull moisture and dampness from the subflooring material as well to prevent lingering effects from developing. Dehumidification equipment also gets set to gradually pull the moisture out to protect materials like plaster and wood framing in the walls from splintering or erosion as well. We can insert tubes into the wall cavities to force in heated air to increase the evaporation rate and the movement of moisture through baseboard level small exit holes.

Historical buildings require professionals to restore, especially when water removal is already a concern. The best decision that you can do for the property is to reach out to our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown restoration specialists as soon as the problem arises to allow us time to get to work and preserve the materials for continued use for years to come. Give us a call anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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How to Eliminate Mold Damage in Chicago

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Eliminate Mold Damage in Chicago A SERVPRO technician determines the source of moisture that could lead to mold damage.

How to Treat Mold Damage in Chicago and Prevent it Returning

Mold spores are a part of any home environment. These tiny fungi are relatively harmless, residing behind walls, in-between floorboards or hidden away in attics and crawlspaces. However, when they come into contact with moisture or damp spots they can proliferate rapidly and become a problem, affecting indoor air quality and, in when found in large quantities can cause health effects.

Homeowners with mold damage in Chicago may be tempted to carry out testing. However, testing can be expensive and time-consuming. Noticing a musty odor or the visible spread of mold growth is usually a sign of damp spots and should be enough to begin a remediation process.

Controlling the level of moisture in your home is crucial to reducing the impact of mold growth. At SERVPRO, we start a remediation process by scrubbing affected areas using chemicals that are designed to remove mold and protect the surface from future infection. We may need to cordon off affected areas and apply negative air pressure to reduce the risk of spores spreading around the home.

Where abrasive cleaning methods are necessary to remove buildup, we can repaint walls or ceilings using mildew retardant paints. These paints prevent mold from returning and act as a base coating to be painted over. SERVPRO understands the importance of indoor air quality. We use air-scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters to remove 99.7% of bacteria from the surrounding air.

SERVPRO can also remove any tainted materials and dispose of them properly. Once a trained mold technician is convinced that the affected surfaces and surrounding air is treated and remediated, we can begin the drying process which reduces the risk of mold returning.

Using a moisture meter, we can establish a natural dry level by testing rooms in your home that have not been affected. The measurement becomes our dry goal which we aim to achieve using the industrial-grade dehumidifying equipment. Dehumidifiers that use chemical components are especially useful as they have a low air output, thereby reducing the risk of spreading fungi around. At the end of service, we can thoroughly deodorize the affected area and explain to you the process and outcomes of the work carried out.

If you notice a musty odor in your home, call in the experts. SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has the experience and equipment to help. Call us at (773) 434-9100 now.

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Why SERVPRO's Water Cleanup Team in Chicago is Always Ready to Take Your Emergency Call

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why SERVPRO's Water Cleanup Team in Chicago is Always Ready to Take Your Emergency Call Should your office setting be facing flooding, call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

An Effective Action Plan for Commercial Water Removal in Chicago

Being prepared to face a flooded workplace is very important. Most incidents of flooding in Chicago happen when you least expect them, or when you are away from the property thus making it harder to respond appropriately. Having a response plan can help you deal with the situation if it ever arises allowing your business to bounce back stronger. We offer professional restoration services that can help you deal with the situation "Like it never even happened."
 
Any effective plan for commercial water removal in Chicago needs to address the speed of response. The obvious solution is to extract water from the premises as fast as possible. However, if the water source from outside the building, then extraction is not a practical approach. Such cases would require a transfer of free contents to areas not affected by the water. You can set some space in an elevated section of your property. This way, it is possible to move items from the flooded sections to this area thus minimizing damage caused by prolonged exposure to water. If you do not have such a space, our SERVPRO team can move out items to an offsite facility.
 
Most workplaces have physical documents, which either contain customer data or important business records. If such documents are saturated, the loss of information can be devastating. To avoid such loss, you should store documents in high places or invest in waterproof cabinets. If such measures are not in place when the loss happens, SERVPRO technicians can help limit the extent of damages. We utilize methods such as freeze drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal-drying or vacuum freeze-drying to remove the water without causing further damage.
 
The water that floods property also tends to deposit waste collected inside or outside the property including mud and other materials. Thorough cleaning is important to restore the property back to its preloss conditions, and also prevent problems such as bad odor, or microbial growth. It is expensive to invest in the necessary tools and workforce needed for proper cleanup. Our SERVPRO team has the necessary tools including power washers, and our staff is adequately trained to do a thorough cleaning.
 
Even if ill-prepared, working with a professional restorer can help. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to help restore your workplace.

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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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