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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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How Our Specialists Tackle Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Specialists Tackle Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home Properties affected by flood damage in Chicago require a thorough inspection to establish the extent of the problem.

The Correct Approach Helps Deal With Flood Damage In Chicago Effectively

Floods can occur anywhere, but some people believe that since their Chicago property is outside known flood zones, there is no need to take precautions. Buying flood damage insurance is vital because the standard homeowner cover is not sufficient. Even with the right coverage, you still need to do a lot to restore the property after a flooding incident. We offer professional restoration services and help homeowners file proper claims with the insurer.

Properties affected by flood damage in Chicago require a thorough inspection to establish the extent of the problem. Such examination should reveal the kind of waste dumped in the affected area, the materials affected by the water and all the sections the water reaches. When our SERVPRO team carries out such inspection, we can identify the kind of equipment necessary for restoration.

In a case involving floodwater, there is more to worry about apart from the effects of excessive moisture, or microbial growth. This is because the water carries many contaminated wastes including sewage, silt, among other debris. The person handling the restoration must, therefore, follow the right procedures to decontaminate the structure. Our SERVPRO crew first sprays EPA-registered disinfectants into the affected areas before starting the recovery. We also have proper protective gear including rubber gloves, boots, and full body suits, so you do not have to expose yourself to contaminants.

Removal of porous materials from the affected areas is important because cleaning does not remove all traces of contamination. Our SERVPRO crew is well versed with carpet and pad removal as well as proper disposal since such material can be considered infectious waste. We always consult your adjuster before removing such materials to ensure we iron out the cost implications.

Although contamination might be a big concern after a flood, there is still need to dry the structure properly to prevent mold development and bad odor among other issues. We use various approaches to ensure the property dries to the correct levels. For example, where the conditions are right, we can ventilate the affected area by opening windows then use air movers to drive moist air out of the building. Another alternative is a closed drying system whereby we seal off the affected area, then use air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture.

Flooding incidents are very disruptive, but they are easier to deal with when you have a professional helping you. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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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