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How Our Team Handles Smoke Odors When Your Chicago Home Experiences A Fire

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Team Handles Smoke Odors When Your Chicago Home Experiences A Fire Smoke can solidify in the form of soot residues and cause unappealing smells to become present inside your structure.

Fire Damage Teams In Chicago Talk About Dealing With Moderate Smoke Odors

Whenever dealing with fire damage, heat and smoke are both elements that can ruin items inside your home. Not all fires that burn on Chicago properties destroy the entire structure. Many times the burns are much more minor, but they still can cause many issues with your contents and building materials. Even the most minor burns can create many problems including smoke-related issues. Smoke can solidify in the form of soot residues and cause unappealing smells to become present inside your structure. When anything torches inside your living area you should call in a professional disaster restoration company like SERVPRO.

Even minor to moderate burns can cause heat and smoke related issues. During any fire damage project in Chicago, soot removal and deodorization are major parts of the process. If anything burns inside your home, our SERVPRO technicians start with removing all of the severely burnt materials. Next, we clean any soot residues that remain on the surface of your building materials or contents. If unpleasant, burnt aromas still exist after these first two steps, we can take further steps to get rid of these foul odors.

When dealing with different situations, our highly trained team at SERVPRO knows how to distinguish between minor, moderate, and heavy smoke odors. Moderate smoke odor situations exist when there are smoke residues present on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. In these cases, structural damage may be present, but it is confined to a single room or limited area of the home.

In these situations, vapor diffusers and crystals may get used including other odor control techniques like a thorough cleaning of your house's HVAC system. We may also apply vapor crystals to your attic's insulation and the forced air furnace systems. We then complete thermal fogging procedures if we deem it necessary. Whatever the case is, we strive to eliminate all odors, so its “Like it never even happened.” If you ever need help with smoke or fire-related problems call in SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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Our Professionals Have The Tools To Handle Your Bucktown Home Restoration

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Professionals Have The Tools To Handle Your Bucktown Home Restoration When these icicles melt they can cause water damage in the roof and our experts are here to help.

Why SERVPRO is Excellent for Water Damage to Your Bucktown Home

In the winter months in Bucktown, ice dams are just one of several natural occurrences which post a threat to the structure of your home. A buildup of ice from melted snow which has refrozen, an ice dam forms near the edge of your home, usually in the gutters. Then, melted snow cannot drain off your home to the ground, which creates a backup of liquid with nowhere else to go other than into your home.

Ice dams can form quickly on your Bucktown home and cause water damage. It is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO when you find an issue like this so the water inside can be cleaned up and your home can be restored. SERVPRO techs are adequately trained and equipped to handle any water damage to your home and do it promptly to avoid additional damage. Therefore, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is an excellent choice for water damage restoration.

When weather conditions mean there is repeated freezing and thawing your home can be prone to ice dams. When snow settles on your roof, some of it melts and goes down into the gutters. If your attic is poorly insulated, the heated air from inside your home and the lack of insulation melts snow rapidly, and this newly formed liquid goes down the slope of your roof. As the weather gets cold again, this water refreezes, creating a dam that snow which melts cannot get past. You then have that melted snow seeping into your home.

SERVPRO technicians have the tools to dry up the water damage which has come in, and since some might be hidden, we use moisture meters to find it, so nothing is left behind. Hidden water and moisture can easily create mold inside your walls and ceiling, so it is imperative that we find all the moisture and dry it out.

When ice dams have caused melted snow to invade your home in Pilsen, Wicker Park, or Chicago, reach out to SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown for assistance. We can be reached anytime you need us by dialing (773) 434-9100, so do not hesitate and we can restore your home to the way it was before the water intrusion.

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Storms Off of Lake Michigan Can Damage Roofs in Chicago--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Off of Lake Michigan Can Damage Roofs in Chicago--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Stormwater Leaks in a Chicago Attic Need a Fast Cleanup and Drying Before This Happens--Call SERVPRO

Flood Damage Technicians in Chicago Discuss Problems with Attics

One common place that can get negatively affected by a severe thunderstorm that comes into Chicago is your attic. The confined space above your living area is a common spot that can develop flood damage after severe weather strikes. The most frequent cause of problems with your attic is a leak in your roof. Excessive rain or hail can ruin your roof's shingles and allow moisture to get into your home. When mitigating flood damage after a storm, our SERVPRO technicians always inspect your roof and attic for issues.
 
Once moisture gets into confined spaces in your home the humidity level in the area can rise significantly. Elevated relative humidity levels can cause your building materials to get wet and create flood- damaging effects inside your Chicago residence. When the humidity rises inside your attic, it can start to ruin your structural components. Elevated humidity levels can also create an environment that is prime for mold growth. Attics are a common place for fungi to develop since there is a large number of organic substances and natural microbes present.
 
Whenever dealing with problems inside your attic structural materials such as your insulation can get ruined. When insulation gets wet, it lowers the R-value of the material. Some types of insulation must get removed when it gets wet. Other types of insulation such as fiberglass, can sometimes be saved with drying procedures. There is also the problem of personal possessions and contents being ruined from the water or moisture.
 
When drying out an attic, our SERVPRO technicians can contain the area with a plastic barrier to better control the environment. To do this, we seal off the entrances and any vents inside your attic. We then attach an air scrubber to the containment chamber to suck up any harmful particles that get caught in the machine's HEPA filter. Once the region is contained, we set up air movers to create a counterclockwise airflow within the affected area. The fans help water evaporate into the air as dehumidifiers work on removing moisture from the air and dispensing it in liquid form.
 
If you ever notice wet materials inside your attic after a storm, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 any day of the week.

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Leave Commercial Water Damage In Chicago To The Professionals At SERVPRO!

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Leave Commercial Water Damage In Chicago To The Professionals At SERVPRO! If your commercial property requires immediate attention, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

Maintaining A Safe Environment For Your Tenants With Commercial Water Extraction In Chicago

Property managers are expected to maintain a safe environment for their tenants at all times and are liable for any damages or injury caused by burst pipes, heavy rainfall, and flooding. In instances where water spills are concerned removing said water and rapidly drying the property are a priority. In these circumstances, professional help is a must.

As a leading provider of Commercial Water Extraction in Chicago, we offer a viable solution for your property. SERVPRO is a local company with national resources and has Large Loss teams that have traveled all over the country helping to restore damages. Not only do we have unrivaled experience in dealing with commercial properties, and their insurance adjusters, we also offer a unique service proposition.

We operate a 24-hour emergency call-line. On receiving your call, we can send a team of highly trained specialists to your property immediately on receiving notification of loss. Each team is lead by an IICRC qualified project manager who can liaise with you directly throughout service. Communication is essential to ensuring an efficient service, particularly in older commercial residences where builds may have pre-existing structural issues.

SERVPRO can mobilize a significant amount of equipment in a short amount of time. Our truck-mounted extraction units are capable of removing 750 gallons of water in one go. We can also provide portable extractors for use inside smaller areas where accessibility may be an issue- useful when damages occur in attics or on upper levels. Where there is standing water above two inches, fully submersible gas-powered pumps can be deployed to remove it rapidly.

SERVPRO has a national reputation which carries weight with insurance adjusters. Our experts also have experience in dealing with claims. If necessary, your project manager can act on your behalf when contacting your adjuster as well as providing a full itinerary of the service operation to make your claim as simple as possible.

If your commercial property requires immediate attention, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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SERVPRO Provides Cicero Customers with Mold Remediation

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Provides Cicero Customers with Mold Remediation SERVPRO Can Improve IAQ Indoor Air Quality with a Professional Mold Remediation Service for Your Cicero Home

Mold Removal Technicians In Cicero Talk About Indoor Air Quality

If a small water leak occurs in your home, there is a chance that a mold colony could develop. If you ever notice the presence of fungi, it is wise to call in a professional mold removal company like SERVPRO. Once microbes activate, structures called hyphae form that produce root-like anchors so that they adhere to the surfaces of organic substances. Once the hyphae start spreading around the surface of the material and the organisms expand, they start releasing microscopic seed-like structures called spores. These spores can then circulate and start more fungi issues in other areas of the house.

Once the spores are in the air they can get inside your home's ventilation system. As a part of the mold removal process in Cicero, our SERVPRO technicians take measure to remove harmful particles from the airflow and prevent more from getting released. Before we begin work in a contaminated area, we seal the affected region off with a thick plastic barrier. We then set up an air scrubber that cleans the contaminated air by pushing it past a HEPA filter that catches even the smallest microscopic particles. If the spores have been in the air for an extended amount of time, we can clean your heating and ventilation ducts with specially formulated chemicals, extension brushes and a powerful vacuum just for this purpose.
 
Any time mold exists there is a possibility that it can negatively affect the air you breathe. According to the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, the air inside buildings can be more contaminated than the air outdoors. Once spores are present in the air, your house can suffer from degraded indoor air quality or IAQ issues. IAQ is defined as the overall quality of the air you breathe when you are inside a building. Fungal contaminations are just one of the thousands of different types of pollutants that can exist in the air.
 
In some cases, we can leave the air scrubber in the affected area after the work is complete to remove further any harmful particles that remain. If you ever notice mold developing inside your house, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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Tips To Protect Your Home In Chicago From Being Destroyed By A Flood

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips To Protect Your Home In Chicago From Being Destroyed By A Flood SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown provides help with flood damage mitigation and restoration when worst comes to worst.

Fixes To Protect Against Flood Damage In Chicago And Improve Your Home

Although flood damage in Chicago is usually a rare event, it still holds the chance to cause you significant amounts of grief when you least expect it. With a few small steps, you can both help keep your home safer against flooding in the future and implement a few common-sense improvements to your daily life. Although you can never fully protect your home from the effects of storm flooding, these ideas may make its impact on you much smaller down the road.

Keep Valuables in Plastic Bins
Electronics, fabrics, and other items that could take permanent and severe flood damage in your Chicago home can all be placed in plastic bins for easy storage, organization, and protection against floodwater. Although a thin plastic barrier may not stop the most powerful of floods, they can protect your belongings from most floods we see, which are usually not powerful enough to topple bins over or rise above their brim.

Prioritize Storage on Upper Floors
Although basements and some ground-level floors may seem to be ideal places to store your belongings, almost all danger of flood damage to them can be avoided by instead storing these items in an attic or upper floor space. Consider also prioritizing the placement of expensive rooms, such as home offices, on upper floors as well to avoid losing valuable objects and sensitive information contained in them.

Seal Up Windows and Doors
Many older homes suffer from degrading windows and doors that fail to completely separate the inside of the home from the outside air. On top of adding to your risk of incurring flood damage from a storm, these cracks and openings can cost you a great bit of money in the winter months as your heating leaks out into the cold air. Protecting these spaces with new windows and doors or, at the very least, one of many available commercial sealing products can save on both your heating and potential flood damage restoration bills.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown provides help with flood damage mitigation and restoration when worst comes to worst. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100 for our help.

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How to Navigate Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire in Your Chicago Home

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How to Navigate Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire in Your Chicago Home Facing fire damage without a certified restoration company by your side can seem daunting. Contact SERVPRO to formulate a remediation plan.

Why Choosing SERVPRO for Fire Damage Mitigation in Chicago Gets Your Home Livable Faster

There are many reasons why SERVPRO should be your go-to mitigation and restoration partner after your Chicago home experiences the damaging effects of fire. Our training encompasses the full range of effects fire can bring about within a home, and the best methods to mitigate those effects. Bringing your home back to the same condition it was before the fire, “Like it never even happened,” is what we do best.
 
Residents whose home sustains fire damage in Chicago can rely on us to remove the charred areas, eliminate the soot, and deodorize your home. Other aspects of fire damage can make your home not only unsightly and ugly but also unsafe. We train our technicians to always keep their safety in mind and to examine the structure's level of safety before beginning any work.
 
During a fire, anything that becomes too hot can ignite and begin burning. Smoke permeates every inch of your home and leaves soot behind on all surfaces, including contents and structures. Odor-causing elements of fire include soot, burned plastics and synthetics, and in the fire damage involving a cooking fire, high-protein items, especially meat. Often, the water or foam used by homeowners during smaller fires or the much more considerable amount used by the fire department can also severely damage a home's interior.
 
SERVPRO gets to work on a home with fire damage by removing the water from the home. This process includes eliminating the high humidity often left behind after a fire. Saturated carpets need a proper and thorough examination to determine if we can save them or if we should instead replace them.
 
Cleaning surfaces until they are free of soot and removing any damaged materials and contents helps keep it from spreading and also decreases the odors. Soot can also cause health effects if not removed promptly, as well as dull the surfaces of shiny or glossy items throughout your house. To further improve the healthy condition of your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses special chemicals that bond at the molecular level with any soot particles it comes into contact with during thermal fogging. Like all our other techniques, this method produces highly effective results.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is Always Faster To Any Disaster in Wicker Park, Cicero, and Pilsen, including fire damage. Call us at (773) 434-9100 for competent professionals who understand how fire damage affects your home and your family.

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The Real Truth About Effective Water Damage Restoration in Chicago

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Real Truth About Effective Water Damage Restoration in Chicago When a water damage event occurs at your home, the best recourse is a fast response. Contact SERVPRO for efficient service.

Water Damage Restoration Services that Residents of Chicago can Trust

When a home experiences a water damage event and the problem is not fixed as soon as possible, it can quickly develop into a severe problem. Apart from the expected financial losses, there is a possibility of experiencing health effects when the water remains in the structure for 24 – 48 hours and molds grow. To avoid further damage and salvage as many items as possible, you have to act fast when you encounter such incidents in Chicago.
 
You can never tell when you are going to need water damage restoration services in Chicago. Your property might have been in perfect condition in the morning, and a few leaks from a faulty plumbing system may change everything. It is for that same reason that our SERVPRO technicians are always available to attend to any emergency at any time of the day. Our team is well-trained to deal with any size of emergency. When we are working for you, no incident is too big or too small; we always give every restoration work the seriousness it deserves. The use of specialized equipment such as moisture meters and sensors allows us to identify wet areas and items and come up with appropriate restoration procedures.
 
The fact that we are locally owned also gives us an upper hand when dealing with water damage events. We understand the region and its environs well, thereby putting us in a position where we can respond to emergencies quickly. Upon contacting our SERVPRO team, we carefully inspect and assess the damage caused and remove the water. We start by physically extracting the water by using pumps and portable extractors. Next, we can install air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the building properly. Dehumidifiers work by absorbing the moisture that gets added to the surrounding air as wet materials lose water. If necessary, we can perform deodorization to address odors that may have resulted from rotting organic materials.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop/ Bucktown/ Greektown works around the clock and can attend to any size disaster. Call (772) 434-9100 when your home or businesses need emergency services after experiencing any fire, storm, water, or mold damage incidents.

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After Your Water Heater Bursts In Your Chicago Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After Your Water Heater Bursts In Your Chicago Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO! Whether you have flooding in your home from a broken water heater, leaky window, plumbing pipes, or fixtures, SERVPRO can help.

What To Do When The Water Heater Bursts In Your Chicago Area Basement

Getting up in the morning every day is hard enough all on its own. You have to tear yourself out of your nice warm bed, wash up, get dressed and head to the kitchen to start your day. What happens when you go to turn on your faucet or shower they fail to produce any hot water?

You may think that your water heater isn’t working and that you might be facing flood damage in your Chicago area home this morning instead of going to work. Unfortunately, this is a scenario that homeowners face all too often, and it is something most of us dread. However, when you have a local restoration expert on speed-dial, things become a lot easier.

Whether you have flooding in your home from a broken water heater, leaky window, plumbing pipes, or fixtures, SERVPRO can help. Our technicians assist with shutting down the water source fast and limit the affected area to minimize damage. We also have access to a variety of extraction equipment that makes fast work of water removal after a flood.

Even if you already have a sump pump installed in your basement, SERVPRO can use emergency water extraction services to get the water out quicker. The longer you let water sit, the more damage you have to deal with in the long run. Standing water can ruin your carpeting, flooring, furniture, baseboards, drywall, and many other contents of your home.

Unless you have the equipment, training, and resources of a company, like SERVPRO, you should never attempt dealing with large amounts of water on your own. You could expose you and your family to a variety of biohazardous conditions that cause even more issues. Our company provides you with a quick, thorough solution to flood damage problems in your home and help you get back to normal in no time.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has technicians available 24/7, 365, always ready to respond quickly to your call for help. With extensive cleaning and restoration training, we work hard to make your property look its best. Call today (773) 434-9100.

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Getting Speedy Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Can Make All the Difference For Your Business

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Getting Speedy Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Can Make All the Difference For Your Business No matter how severe the fire damage may be, our technicians will take care of it and restore your commercial property.

Our Commercial Fire Damage Services Can Save Your Chicago Eatery

One of the most unsettling events for a business owner to experience is a fire. You can lose merchandise and revenue and may have to close down indefinitely. The effects of combustion can also be extensive, which is why contacting professionals like us makes perfect sense. Our techs can restore your business to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO commercial fire damage crews have the expertise and skills to do the job right and work fast to minimize costs and damages. Undoubtedly, smoke, soot, and dirt cover many of the items inside your eatery. Plus, there probably is a great deal of water left behind by the firefighters, which can lead to secondary damages like rot, bacteria and structural damage. Our technicians can handle the daunting task of removing, categorizing and tracking everything we remove from your restaurant. Plus, our teams can eliminate all moisture with portable or truck-mounted extractors so that you can get back in operation quickly.

One of the most crucial steps our SERVPRO technicians take after a fire in your business is sealing and containing the affected areas. Also, we can clean soot, and smoke residuals from materials and surfaces with dry sponges or we may need to use scraping or scrubbing tools. When fire burns, residue and vapors flow or drift through the atmosphere within your restaurant and cover various surfaces like walls, floors, windows, tables, chairs and soft materials like curtains, tablecloths, and carpeting. Soot can be difficult to remove because often layers of ash cover surfaces and contents. When we arrive at your property, you can trust us to get rid of the dirt, soot and smoke residues when possible.

Our team can reduce offensive smoke odors by removing burned and charred furniture and contents as well as any debris emitting strong odors. We also can remove and clean items that have not been ruined by the fire. Deodorization is also part of the restoration phase. We can use air scrubbers, ozone machines, high-velocity fans and thermal fogging equipment to push out smoke odors and drag in purifying air from outside the structure.

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SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown commercial fire damage services can restore your business. We work fast and efficiently. Contact us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100. Our crews are here to help and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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