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Crisis Averted! SERVPRO's Quick Commercial Water Removal Keeps Chicago Coffee Shop Opening on Schedule!

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remediate water damage quickly to keep the caffeine flowing in your coffee shop.

Fast Commercial Water Removal Saves Chicago Coffee Shop's Grand Opening 

When you are planning a grand opening for your new business, the last thing you want to deal with is water damage. Fast cleanup and disinfection of the premises are vital, primarily when the company serves food and drink to the public. 

When SERVPRO handles commercial water removal in Chicago businesses, our goal is to cause as little disruption as possible. In the case of a company that is getting ready to open, appearances are even more crucial to make an excellent first impression. 

When our technicians arrived at the job-site, the property owner explained she came into the building to do some preparatory set up before the grand opening the following week and discovered a supply line break in the kitchen area. Water sprayed out and ran under the cabinet area, covering the floor. 

We quickly removed the baseboards and extracted all the water from the floor and under the cabinet area with our portable pumps. We moved the boxes of cups and other necessities for serving coffee out of the way during cleanup. Very little loss occurred due to the owner catching the water spill early and fast action getting cleanup efforts started. 

Our goal was to get the property ready for the grand opening. After removal of the water and thorough drying of the property, our technicians scoped the room to ensure no excessive moisture remained. Common issues with inadequate water cleanup can be:

  • Foul, musty odors
  • Formation of mold colonies
  • The weakening of building materials
  • Delamination of floor tiles and damage to subflooring

The final stage of water cleanup is odor control to make sure when the coffee shop had its grand opening; it smelled fresh and clean.

When you need commercial water removal, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100. Our certified technicians can turn back the clock on water damage and make it "Like it never even happened." 

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We Get You Back To Business In Chicago After A Flood

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage can leave the site of the damage without power or without sufficient power to operate. Our team has the equipment to handle this.

Chicago Retail Flood Damage Risks Need Professional Attention

Every time meteorologists announce that a rainstorm battering Chicago approaches record-breaking status, you wonder if the next round of extreme weather will exceed the mark. Knowing that your store could be in the line of business-busting flooding after another storm is a scary proposition. We offer you an opportunity to plan for disaster and streamline recovery.

Operating a store on the Magnificent Mile means residents and visitors from around the world are in line to stroll into your high-end Chicago venue. Flood damage in Chicago impacts not only the customers who queued up to disappointment immediately after flood damages your premises, but also the friends and family to whom they express their frustration.

Business owners stand to lose more than inventory, equipment, and decor after a flood. Your reputation is also at stake. SERVPRO understands how essential a rapid and effective response is for the future of your store. We recommend working with us on an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) to prepare for a flooding crisis.  

An experienced SERVPRO manager inspects and assesses your store before any flood damage occurs. We do this for two reasons. First, to familiarize our team with the layout of your store and how you conduct your operations. Second, to note vulnerabilities on your retail floor, storage and inventory spaces, and offices or other areas. A thorough viewing allows us to plan the approach we need to respond to future flooding. It also permits us to make practical suggestions intended to minimize the probability of damage to the contents and structural components of your shop.

SERVPRO’s knowledge of the locations of utility shut-offs, drains, interior recesses, and other features unique to your store speeds our water removal and structural drying process. Understanding how you manage customer flow can help us prioritize and even plan with you strategies to keep a portion of your operations open during remediation.

Take advantage of our mobile app-driven Profile to designate SERVPRO as your mitigation and remediation contractor. Share the contact information of vendors and consultants who designed your spaces and systems if we have concerns or questions. Appoint trusted employees or other individuals to guide the recovery effort if you are unavailable or unable to do so yourself.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown knows the whole community benefits when you survive flooding events with your commercial property and customer base intact. Call us at (773) 434-9100 now for an ERP assessment.

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Our Experts Discuss How to Protect Your Chicago Home From Flood Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flooding take over your Chicago home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How Costly Flood Damage Can Be for Chicago Homes 

When disasters strike your Chicago home, especially natural disasters like flooding, there is no time to lose to correct the effect on your property. Saturation and potential contamination all play a role in how critical it is to act immediately when your home gets damaged by rising floodwater. Often these circumstances can be overwhelming, and it can be challenging to know what is the best solution and approach to restoring the property. 

Unfortunately, there is little that you can do initially to ward off flood damage in Chicago residences when these situations develop unexpectedly. The ideal approach in these situations is to determine the severity of the damage as safely as you can and determine your competency to restore, clean, and dry these affected areas. Often people reach out to the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO team when flooding occurs. 

Restoration costs considerably less when the symptoms of the damage are manageable. When our professionals can arrive and extract standing water or dry saturated elements fully without the need for demolition and later reconstruction, the overall costs of restoration and recovery stay as low as possible. When homeowners delay in reaching out to professional technicians like ours to help, or even wait to begin their own versions of recovery, damages can compound and increase exponentially in severity. 

Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to all storm relief and flood recovery situations, and we can mobilize our experienced team quickly with our fully-stocked ready trailers and service vehicles at our facility. This readiness combined with our trained Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can offer customers a confident and efficient restoration approach. 

No two flooding incidents are the same, and so our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown specialists must formulate a restoration and recovery plan tailored to your residence and its needs. We can help to save our customers money because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime you need us at (773) 434-9100.

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A Quick Response Is Crucial After A Flood In Your Chicago Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 for 24/7 service. We can meet all of your flood damage needs.

Flood Damage Chicago – Quick Response Reduces Losses

Storm systems moving quickly through a neighborhood can cause a great deal of damage in minutes. With heavy rain, creeks and rivers overflow, storm drains are overwhelmed, and many homeowners find their homes flooded within short time frames. The amount of destruction caused in these situations can be significant and only gets worse the longer your house remains filled with water. High moisture can cause the growth of mold if not dealt with quickly.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage in Chicago and surrounding areas. We provide water removal services, moisture removal, and drying services. Our crew is highly skilled in these areas in addition to providing restoration services to bring your home back to its original condition.

SERVPRO technicians follow a time tested process to ensure that we deliver the best service possible to our clients in the least amount of time. We aim to minimize the losses to your family and reduce the stress of these events.

The process we follow immediately after receiving a call from a customer in distress is first to scope out and evaluate the damage. We take the time to assess the issue and martial the equipment and team members needed to deal with damage to your home caused by disasters.

Next, we focus on protecting the structure and contents. We board up windows and doors if needed. A hole in the roof is covered to reduce the amount of additional water penetrating the home. It is also essential for the homeowner and our technicians to establish a safe environment. For example, We shut off electrical circuits and gas mains if needed. Next, we focus on extracting the water and drying the structure and contents.

Our team works with the homeowner to prioritize the drying and recovery of essential documents. Various items are often removed for further treatment. We dry the documents and restore these materials to the best condition possible. Restoration can begin as soon as drying and moisture removal is complete.

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 for 24/7 service. We can meet all of your flood damage needs. We serve Chicago, South Lawndale, Cicero, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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When A Disaster Strikes Your Chicago Property, You Need To Call The Crew At SERVPRO!

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (773) 434-9100 to level the playing field when water, fire, mold, or storms seem to have the upper hand.

Good Management And Great Customer Service: Why SERVPRO Stands Out For Disaster Recovery In Chicago

The restoration team from our family-owned and operated disaster recovery business is honored to assist with your Chicago water, fire, mold, or storm disaster. We bring the integrity, training, experience, and cutting-edge equipment necessary to restore your home fast and with compassion and adherence to the highest quality standards. Our communications with all customers are open and transparent, and we are committed to providing clear documentation for your insurance claims to limit the financial stress of your project.

Water Damage
When the toilet overflows or the washing machine spews soapy and dirty water across the floor, you need help with the water cleanup in Chicago. Our team of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained water removal specialist arrive as soon as possible after your call, ready to assist with the management of contaminated water damage in your home. Our employees are well-versed in the different categories of water and how to rid your home of them safely.

If water with urine or fecal matter invades your bathroom, you face the possibility of your family and friends coming in contact with dangerous pathogens. The crew we send knows how to contain and remove the overflow, disposing of fluids per local regulation. We use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered cleaners and antimicrobials to remove soiling and disinfect the space. Because the moisture and its contaminants can percolate through grout lines, we check for trapped water with thermal imaging and use moisture meters to ensure we extract all the offending liquid and apply the disinfectant as appropriate.

A toilet water overflow can rate as black or Category 3 water, but there are still concerns with the gray or Category 2 water your laundry appliance sends into a utility room or basement. The organic compounds in soap and dirty laundry provide nourishment for microbial infestations like mold and mildew. Our familiarity with categorizing and safely eliminating contaminated water is why SERVPRO has your back after a household appliance or fixture emergency.

Fire Damage
Chicago soot and smoke cleanup for both your home and its contents are only a phone call away. Our IICRC-trained Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are prepared for every aspect of mitigating and remediating the aftermath of a blaze in your house. We handle everything from removal of the firefighting water to cleaning of sooty residues to odor elimination. We also help arrange for any rebuilding or repairs needed after the fire damage cleanup.

Even a seemingly minor fire can spread soot and smoke throughout all the spaces of your home. If the HVAC system was engaged and operating at the time of the fire and its extinguishing, residues might have been vented into other living and storage areas far from the actual site of the fire. Our experience and training support us as we inspect every room inside your home, looking for evidence of damage. An untrained eye might not see the signs, exposing structures to progressive harm from corrosive fire residues, which is why SERVPRO’s assessment is vital.

The odors left by a fire can be particularly unpleasant and long-lasting. Our resources include technological advances in odor-fighting, including thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and other equipment. Strategies that work involve attaching the odor-bearing particles of soot at the molecular level, changing the chemical composition of the soot to neutralize not just cover up the stench.

Mold Remediation
Whenever we assess a home for water, fire, storm or other damage, our crews are vigilant to inspect for mold damage in Chicago. Anytime water intrudes into a home mold growth is likely, especially if any areas remain damp for more than 24 to 48 hours. Mold spores are always on-site, but they are cause for little concern unless they begin growth after they encounter moisture. When growing, they can eat into organic building materials and irritate susceptible individuals.

Hidden mold growth is not uncommon in attics along the roofline after a harsh winter. Ice dams that built up in the midwestern winter can allow water to seep into your upper levels during the thawing and freezing cycles. The colonies eventually move into living areas or at least share their unpleasant smell, so we come looking. Our remediation team can contain, remove, and disinfect the moldy areas without exposing the rest of your home to mold debris drift.

After the mold remediation, other members of the team can help arrange for roof repairs and inspection of the gutters and downspouts that might contribute to the development of ice dams. Our full-service restoration focus is why SERVPRO is the company to rely upon when mold remediation becomes needed. We can take care of the effect and the cause throughout the same project.

Storm Damage
The Chicago area is no stranger to severe weather every month of the year. Residents are aware of the possibility of tornadoes and torrential rains during the summer and heavy accumulations of snow, sleet, and ice during the colder months. Straight-line winds can be strong enough to tip semi-trailer trucks, winds gusting over 50 miles per hour coming across the flat landscape west of the metropolitan communities on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Homes in Chicago can experience storm damage that looks very different depending on the season. Spring and summer rain amounts have been recorded here that exceed an inch and a half an hour, resulting in flash flooding and seepage of significant amounts of water into the lower levels of area homes. Some areas of the city struggle with antiquated sanitary sewer systems that drain poorly with the added load, causing a backup of human waste into basements. Reliable, professional removal, containment, and disposal of contaminated flood water are why SERVPRO is your storm damage remediation choice.

The Windy City lives up to its title during snowstorms, roofs and other parts of home exteriors vulnerable to harm from the crushing of blowing snow or falling trees that allow water to force itself inside, an even more disturbing pattern as ice dams grow in damaged gutters. When you call for help because of winter snow damage we board up and tarp areas open to the elements and attend to water damage inside. Fast response is needed no matter the temperature as mold growth can occur even when the daily highs are frigid.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is up to the challenges posed by the change of seasons and disasters that follow their own timetables. Call us at (773) 434-9100 to level the playing field when water, fire, mold, or storms seem to have the upper hand.

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Restoring Fire Damaged Items in Your Chicago Home

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Rather severe or slight, SERVPRO will help you.

Let us get you back to the basics.

If your home experiences a fire damage incident, then the cabinets are part of the structures that are likely to experience some damage. No matter how small the fire is, efficient measures need to be taken to restore your property and prevent further deterioration. Usually, smoke travels around the building and can affect walls, furniture, ceilings, and other items that are far away from the point of combustion. We are going to look at some of the procedures we use to reface your Chicago home. 

The seriousness of the fire determines whether the fire damage outcomes in your Chicago home are severe or slight. There are instances where our SERVPRO technicians reface the cabinets by removing their exterior doors, removing the smoke damaged finishing, and make the needed repairs such as refinishing and repainting. However, replacing the cabinet’s is the best option when there is significant smoke permeation. 

When it is necessary to clean the cabinets, we have to choose a method that suits finished or unfinished surfaces. Most cabinet interiors are made of unfinished wood, so, our SERVPRO technicians may use a dry cleaning sponge to remove the residues. In some instances, we use the sanding technique to remove any remaining residues. 

Another challenging location that our SERVPRO technicians need to clean during the restoration process is the attic’s. They are hard to clean since they are porous, comprised of unfinished wood, and their shapes are irregular. If you had stored some contents in the attic, we need to first remove them before the cleaning can take place. Whenever we come across unexposed structure timber, we use a deodorizing pre-sealer or a duct sealer to do the sealing. 

Smoke may also change the appearance of your home's insulation. Our SERVPRO technicians usually replace the insulation as opposed to cleaning it. In some cases, we may remove and replace the top layer of the insulation when the lower section is free of smoke damage. 

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown follows the regulations of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) when attending to commercial and residential properties. Call (773) 434-9100 to learn more about the restoration and cleaning services that our experienced technicians offer. 

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Our Water Damage Professionals Will Save Your Chicago Pizzeria

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (773) 434-9100.

Restoration For Water Damaged Chicago Pizzerias

Water loss incidents can occur from multiple sources, and when you have a busy Chicago pizzeria to manage, you might not stay fixated on all of these potential problems. From plumbing breaches to fixture breaks like the supply line for the toilet in the customer bathroom, loss incidents can quickly get out of control if you do not seek out the professional assistance and expertise of qualified technicians. We have a full roster of restoration specialists accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

With our extensive experience with water loss recovery, we can quickly identify the severity of water damage to Chicago pizzerias like yours and establish a plan of action to address each of these concerns specifically. As challenging as it might be to keep your business open with widespread water loss effects, we can work with business owners like you to establish containment strategies that can keep you serving hungry customers despite the recovery efforts taking place within the establishment.

As this is a location affiliated with the food and beverage industry, it is even more critical to avoid costly and reputation-damaging scenarios like mold and microbial growth. Persistent moisture and dampness can facilitate the colonization of mold organisms from naturally occurring spores in the environment. As part of our containment and mitigation solutions, our SERVPRO team can set up air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to begin filtering out mold spores and other potential contaminants, debris, and dust from the environment.

We have multiple rapid drying solutions, and with hundreds of drying units in our inventory, we can handle even large loss situations with ease. Our SERVPRO professionals can identify the full spread of moisture and dampness and set up these drying units to maximize their effectiveness.

Our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team knows that closing your doors can be even more damaging to your business than any disaster, so we can work with property management to keep your business running through restoration when possible. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (773) 434-9100.

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Summer Storms Can Spell Big Trouble For Your Chicago Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is prepared to respond 24 hours a day to your request for flood damage assessment and remediation.

Summer Storms Bring Flood Damage To Chicago Residents

North Central Illinois to Lake Michigan can be a corridor for severe summer storms. Every time the skies lower and darken,  your home risks the devastation that tornadoes or straight-line winds and heavy rains can inflict on the Chicago area. Overtaxed sewer systems in some areas of the city also contribute to the possibility that your basement might soon be swimming in rain runoff. We are up to the challenge of remediating your flooding woes.

Flood damage in the greater Chicago area needs fast and professional attention. The combined load of overland and street flooding experienced from heavy rains plus the additional water pouring through holes into a wind-damaged home send significant quantities of water rising in the living, utility, and storage areas below your first floor. Our trained technicians offer customers well-honed skills in everything from tarping and boarding up exterior damage to water removal and drying to cleaning and disinfection of flood-affected areas.

SERVPRO crews arrive with all equipment needed for flood damage remediation packed into our signature green trucks. As our crew leader assesses the damage, members of the team begin securing any breaches in your roof, windows, or siding. Once the project plan finalizes, our crew immediately gets to work removing water, employing high-efficiency submersible pumps and extractors to evacuate the majority of the flooding. Since storms often cause electrical outages, SERVPRO ensures access to alternative power sources to avoid delays in our response. Our gas powered pumps and truck mounted extractors can operate using onboard fuels and generators we transport to your site.

Flood water contains contaminants including human waste from sewage backup, chemicals from roadways and the surrounding landscape, and decaying organic matter such as deceased animals. The levels of contamination require us to treat flood water as hazardous waste and SERVPRO follows local requirements by containing and properly disposing of the tainted fluids.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is prepared to respond 24 hours a day to your request for flood damage assessment and remediation. Call us at (773) 434-9100 to arrange for a consultation as soon as possible after the storm.

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Water in the Cellar? Not a Good Thing! Call SERVPRO to Come Out Quickly to Your Chicago Property

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

To Remove Lake Michigan from your Chicago Basement--Call SERVPRO--DON'T WAIT!

Is Your Chicago Basement Full of Water?

We usually think of basements as being protected from the elements. As homeowners, we worry about roof leaks, frozen pipes, and even tornadoes, but we do not consider that our basement may one day be ankle-deep in water due to a broken washing machine or faulty toilet. As you consider how to tackle this water cleanup project, you consider running to your local home improvement store for supplies, but this may not be the best route.
 
Water cleanup in Chicago is best addressed by a professional team such as SERVPRO. Our technicians hold an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to address situations just like yours. Combined with our field experience, we can be your best resource for achieving full restoration of your basement and avoiding future consequences. Since emergencies happen when you least expect them, our team is available 24/7 by merely calling our hotline. As soon as we arrive at your home, we assess the situation and draw up a plan that minimizes the impact on your life and to your wallet.
 
At SERVPRO, we use tools and equipment that are not typically available to the average homeowner. For example, we bring handheld water extraction wands for those hard to access nooks and crannies in your basement. For more significant needs, we may use our truck-mounted pumps to extract substantial amounts of water. As we carry on this process, our infrared moisture meters let us know whether we are reaching optimal humidity levels based on your home and its contents. For the most part, we can salvage much of your basement, including any wet carpets and furniture and we use specific equipment to dry these off. If there is a compelling reason to remove them from home, we take charge of this as well.

SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown is your best ally in restoring your basement. Call us at (773) 434-9100 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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If Your Chicago Home Experiences A Water Loss Event, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

You can count on our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team to arrive quickly with the equipment and experience to help.

Debris Removal For Water Loss Incidents In Chicago Homes

Once you have got the flow of water stopped through burst pipes in your Chicago home, you get your first look at the widespread damages and effects from the incident. It can surprise many homeowners how far water loss effects can move from the source to affect materials and areas of their house far from this plumbing break. Contending with moisture and dampness can prove problematic without understanding where these problems persist, and on top of this need for proper drying in your residence, you also have to begin debris removal and controlled demolition to prepare the property for reconstruction efforts to come.

There are many steps involved in water cleanup for your Chicago residence, but this process typically begins with a full assessment of the damage to your property using our sophisticated moisture detection tools and leak detection devices to determine the location of the ruptured plumbing within the walls. Our thermal imagery can often prove vital to determine which areas of your house have become severely affected by pooling water and saturation, which can help to direct drying efforts and to educate our SERVPRO professionals on irreparably damaged areas of your house’s construction.

Controlled demolition is a vital component to preparing your property for the work that is necessary to return it to preloss condition. In many cases with substantial loss incidents, flood cuts, and removals of entire drywall panels must occur to prevent secondary effects like mold and microbial growth from taking root on hosting materials like sheetrock. Instead, our thermal imagery and infrared cameras can identify moisture content and saturation and determine which portions of the wall must get removed and later replaced to make this water loss incident “Like it never even happened.”

Responding quickly to a water loss emergency is vital to protecting your property as much as possible from the spread of devastating effects. You can count on our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team to arrive quickly with the equipment and experience to help. Give our technicians a call anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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