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How Can Chicago Homeowners Quickly Find Storm Damage Mitigation Services?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

a tree that has fallen onto the roof of a house A damaged roof can let in water and debris from outside into your home after a storm. Contacting SERVPRO can quickly start the damage remediation.

Chicago Storm Damage Mitigation from SERVPRO Provides Emergency-Response Disaster Cleanup

While Chicago homeowners are accustomed to stormy weather, the damage that these weather events leave behind is not always preventable. However, one of the most effective ways to minimize damage and repair needs after a storm is to call licensed professionals to clean up as soon as possible.

SERVPRO storm damage mitigation technicians provide Chicago homeowners fast relief from flooding, roof damage, and other storm-related concerns. SERVPRO staff, technicians, and franchise owners alike receive flood damage cleanup training and education that complies with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

Storm Damage Inspection and Cleanup

Before SERVPRO can get to cleaning, sanitizing, and drying stormwater damage, technicians need to inspect the affected property. This can entail:

  • Taking inventory of affected structures and contents, which can include taking pictures or videos of the damage
  • Using penetrating moisture evaluation tools to test interior moisture levels
  • Applying calibrated non-penetrating moisture sensors or meters to determine surface-level
  • Determining ambient temperature and relative humidity levels to use as variables for calculating drying goals
  • Using thermal imaging cameras to detect potential moisture inside wall and ceiling cavities or underneath floors

All of these calculations are necessary for formulating and implementing an effective structural drying plan that returns structural materials and contents in your home to a pre-disaster condition with appropriate moisture levels for each affected surface. Inspections are performed throughout the cleaning and drying process to ensure that drying goals are met on time.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is available for cleanup 24/7. Call (773) 434-9100 for a crew that can show you how We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Does Chicago Kitchen Flood Water Removal Entail?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water covering the tile floors Finding flooding in your kitchen can certainly cause some panic. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess your situation and formulate a removal plan.

SERVPRO Professionals Render Flood Water Removal Services in Chicago

Even small amounts of ground flooding seeping into a property’s kitchen can have wide-reaching effects on everything from drywall and wall cavities to cabinets, flooring, and subfloors. The potential for mold, which can cause health effects, and other contaminants to permeate possessions can make DIY cleanup solutions inadvisable for homeowners.

Chicago flood water removal technicians at SERVPRO can perform emergency-response cleanup and build-back services 24/7, including weekends and holidays. This team’s commitment to comprehensive training for staff and technicians ensures that restoration professionals are well-equipped to restore flood-affected structures and contents.

Caring for Kitchen Walls, Floors, and Cabinets After Flooding

  • Floodwater creeps up drywall as it saturates the gypsum and paperboard sheets, which can cause them to warp and eventually deteriorate. SERVPRO professionals address waterlogged sheetrock segments by cutting them away and prepping the wall cavities for extraction, drying, cleaning, and other restoration tasks as needed before implementing repairs
  • Floorcare varies depending on the materials affected. Ceramic tiles, for example, can often be cleaned, dried, and reinstalled. Vinyl sheets and tiles, on the other hand, lose adhesion to the floor and may require a partial or full replacement, depending on the extent of the flooding
  • Cabinets, especially those mounted directly onto exterior walls, require meticulous care to dry completely. Cabinets fixed to interior walls, meanwhile, are easier to access. SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs can cut away sheetrock on the other side of the wall, leaving an open cavity to force air through to dry the interior of the cabinet

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can restore residential space so that they look and feel “Like it never even happened.” Homeowners can call (773) 434-9100 for fast-acting remediation.

Advanced Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Chicago

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the cabinets Team SERVPRO arrives on the fire damage scene with certified technicians and the professional equipment necessary for fire damage remediation job.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Methodically for Best Results

There are two very different types of fires that can occur on your property. Insurance companies separate structure from contents when determining compensation, causing restoration companies to perform services similarly.

Fire damage to your Chicago home can lead to problems that affect both the structure of your home, as well as contents. When restoration technicians address incidents on your property, your contents get moved to a clean area, either on or off-site, to receive the proper attention in a safe environment.

With your belongings moved, SERVPRO technicians check each section of your home for fire damage, using superior cleaning and restoration methods to correct existing problems and prevent additional damage from forming. We focus on many structural components, including your walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows, ensuring to address all damage found in your home. 

Many homes also have attached floor coverings, cabinets, lighting, bathroom fixtures, and a home ventilation system that count towards structural damages. Anything connected to your home falls into this category, presenting SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians with various challenging situations to overcome.

House Fire Clean Up

SERVPRO technicians work with you and your insurance company to get you the help you need to restore your home to a quality preloss condition that you and your family can enjoy. We eliminate soot, ash, and smoke residues that continue to cause severe damage long after the flames are under control and help identify items where restoration remains questionable.

Our restoration teams put years of experience, advanced training, and professional equipment to use to determine the appropriate cleaning methods to use as they address each damaged area of your home. We are putting items into specific categories to receive the best results. We use water-based cleaning solutions on materials that resist water damage and use dry cleaning methods where contact with water may lead to additional damage.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has technicians available 24/7, quickly responding to homeowners with situations just like yours. Please take advantage of our experience and get started on your home’s recovery today. (773) 434-9100

Mitigation and Restoration with Team Zubricki – Locally and Nationwide

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

collage of SERVPRO crews and stuff When You Need Restoration and Recovery for Your Chicago Area Home or Emergency Nationwide Help--Count on Team Zubicki from SERVPRO

SERVPRO’s Team Zubricki Handles Large and Small Commercial and Residential Restoration When You Need It Most

Whether you are a business owner or a homeowner, a disaster can be devastating. Whether you have a water or fire emergency, having a team you can trust to handle mitigation and restoration means everything. SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown is your designated restoration team for local projects and nationwide natural disaster relief. Team Zubricki is part of an extensive network across the United States of professional restorers ready to travel at a moment’s notice to help those in need.

How Does the Disaster Recovery Team Work?

SERVPRO features select franchises that can deploy as needed with the transportation of extensive equipment and well-trained crews. We range far and wide to cover mitigation and restoration for catastrophic events, all while having enough personnel at home to handle all Chicago-area calls.

Team Zubricki’s Green Fleet of Vehicle Includes:

• Industrial-grade pumps and extractors

• Generators that come on semi-trailers

• Tow-behind desiccant dehumidifiers

• RVs to handle lodging on-site wherever we get dispatched

Each project our Disaster Recovery Team gets called to has many elements. Some areas we may address include:

• Emergency Power

• Contingency Planning

• Rapid Mitigation Services

• Board-Up and Tarping

• Water Removal Services

• Drying, Dehumidification and Moisture Detection

Supplies, restoration services, and a kind face are some of the things people need most in a natural disaster. SERVPRO features caring, skilled professionals to handle any size project, big or small. Our goal is always to ensure we make the storm or hurricane damage “Like it never even happened,” so that impacted residents and business owners can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Rapid action and extensive training for restoration projects help to limit damage, cutting loss and costs. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is who you want in your corner when you experience flooding, a leaking roof from storms, and all associated restoration needs. Call SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to learn more about the services we offer. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Storm Damage Restoration Experts in Downtown Chicago

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

a tree that has fallen over on a house Affected by a recent storm? Our technicians are standing by for your emergency call. We have the equipment necessary to complete the remediation.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Storm Damaged Property

Chicagoans are very familiar with Lake-influenced snowstorms, severe tornadoes, and intense thunderstorms that vastly disrupt homes and businesses. These storms, water deluge, high winds, and the possibility of fire cause costly structural damage. This type of damage combination displaces families and businesses within our communities. Our full-service skills mean that one call can bring the scientific approach, heavy-duty equipment, technical expertise, and experience that you need to restore your property quickly.

Storm damage in Downtown Chicago can also bring sewage problems and mold growth. Storm emergency damage occurs with little warning and can be devastating. When you call SERVPRO, we do everything needed to restore instead of replacing damaged property. Don't worry; if reconstruction is required, we can handle the entire process.

Water Removal Services

We begin with a thorough inspection and assessment. Our water removal and drying process includes thermal scanning and the use of high-tech equipment and tools. With our IICRC certified technicians working on your behalf, they clean and sanitize your personal investments. Restoration can involve minor and major repairs, which we are qualified to handle.

SERVPRO is as close as your nearest neighbor because we are locally owned and operated. We are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. Our experts take photos and provide documentation of each damaged area. We can offer a stress-free claims process to help you manage the needed insurance paperwork with this action. We are not an insurance company, but our vast experience coordinating storm damage restoration with you and your adjuster is a plus.

With fire damage to your property, we don't just show up and leave when everyone else has left. We go through the restoration and repair process with you. We bring your residential and commercial properties back to life. In no time, we can have it looking "Like it never even happened." We can empathetically give families and business owners the peace of mind they deserve.

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown, to see how our trained technicians can restore your property. Our friendly customer service consultants are available to answer any questions you may have about our services. We are easy to reach for any emergency service 24/7; call (773) 434-9100.

What Are Signs a Chicago Home Needs Water Damage Restoration?

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

a bucket in a living room catching water falling from the ceiling Regardless whether the water leak is visible or hidden behind walls, team SERVPRO can help. Call us 24/7 for your water damage emergency.

SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training For Handling Chicago Water Cleanup

Right now, a Chicago home has a water leak that is not getting taken care of and progressively causing more damage to the house. Slow leaks can do massive amounts of damage when they are behind a large appliance or wall until the signs of a problem become noticeable.

SERVPRO puts together the top ways to know when a Chicago home needs water damage restoration services. Here are some of the early warning signs that there is a moisture problem within the structure: 

  • Musty odor
  • Visible water spots or stains on walls or floors
  • Paint bubbles
  • Presence of mold colonies
  • Loose tiles
  • Buckled wood floorboards

Musty odors are one of the ways many homeowners discover they have an excess moisture issue in their homes. As excess moisture wicks into sheetrock or migrates under flooring, a distinctive odor is present.

Visible signs of water damage in a home are many. Stains appearing on walls or ceilings can show where problem areas are within the structure. Also, there may be missing floor tiles that delaminated due to moisture or signs of a mold infestation. SERVPRO technicians have the training and equipment to easily handle all these scenarios that can occur during a mitigation service. As sheetrock collects moisture, it begins to buckle and warp; this level of damage normally requires removal.

Another sign of water damage that shows on walls and ceilings is known as a paint bubble. While these side effects of water damage are another visual sign but are less common. As water collects within the walls, the paint will stretch and bubble outward.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 brings professional water damage restoration to Chicago properties and is available 24/7.

What Few People Know About Fire Damage Remediation Strategies in Chicago

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

picture Pinocchio with soot cleaning SERVPRO can clean the soot from a fire-damaged Pinocchio in your Chicago home--no lie!! "Like it never even happened."

Various Strategies Used to Deal with Fire Damage in Chicago Homes

After a fire in your residence, the best chance of recovering your property and possessions is to call SERVPRO franchise professionals. It is daunting to deal with fire damage, and it is not a job that anyone can complete. A fire emits soot and various chemicals that create challenges for cleaning and decontamination.

The fire damage in your Chicago property requires a prompt response. It is essential to treat the affected areas promptly and effectively with specialized equipment and skills. We have the resources needed to restore your home to its original condition. We face various challenges when restoring homes, but we overcome them by using multiple strategies.

Treating Different Materials

After a fire, we can salvage some materials in your home. Different materials require different cleaning procedures. Our technicians can determine if the various materials in your home are salvageable and clean them properly.

  • Drywall – When cleaning up drywall, our technicians determine if smoke residues have seeped behind it. In that case, it may be necessary to replace the drywall.
  • Tile Counters – We can clean tile counters. Tiled surfaces comprise the tile itself and the grouting. Tile varies in porosity based on how it was constructed, while grouting varies in porosity based on how well it is sealed. If the tile grouting is not well sealed, it can absorb smoke residues. We can use a strong acid cleaner, like one containing muriatic acid, phosphoric acid, or a stabilized acid, to clean grouting stains.
  • Granite and Solid Formica counters – If counters remain exposed to smoke for lengthy periods, permanent discoloration can occur. We can use general surface cleaners to clean your countertops.
  • Carpets – If your carpets have light smoke, we can clean and restore them to their pre-damaged state by using the right cleaning solutions and equipment.
  • Laminate Flooring – There is a layer of absorbent foam under laminate floors. If the smoke seeped beneath the floor, removing it is necessary to allow for the replacement of the porous foam.
  • Salvageable surfaces – Our technicians can seal smoke-damaged surfaces that need not be removed so that smoke odors do not escape.

Removing Chemical Residues

Our SERVPRO crew removes not only smoke particulate materials like char, ash, and soot from affected surfaces. We also remove chemical components like semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds that can cause long-term contamination. Our restores inspect the affected areas, searching for particulates and chemical residues. The inspection also enables us to know which materials burned during the fire so that we can identify the smoke residues present. We then use the most effective cleaning techniques to eliminate the particulates and chemical residues.

Some challenges are involved when restoring fire-damaged houses. Fortunately, the technicians at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown have the experience and sophisticated equipment required to restore your property effectively. Contact us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100 for immediate help.

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

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon flooding in a basement Contact SERVPRO for water extraction and damage mitigation to your Chicago area basement

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 may 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 on your wallet.

Water Removal Services

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. Concrete can absorb water and weaken. We have the skills for a slow and controlled drying process using our advanced equipment.

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."

SERVPRO Offers Premier Water Damage Cleanup to Chicago Homes

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

two servpro service vans parked at site With our Green Fleet available 24/7, SERVPRO techs offer excellent water damage cleanup services for the Chicago area

How can SERVPRO Help You with Water Damage Cleanup of Your Chicago Home?   

Water damage cleanup of your Chicago home can be a complex process depending on the extent and type of the damage. One of the biggest challenges for SERVPRO restorers is to control the contamination that might accompany certain water damage situations.

Since water promotes and sustains microbial growth, the primary mitigation steps that SERVPRO techs take during water damage cleanup of your Chicago home include-

  • Drying the structure as soon as possible
  • Removing any contaminated material from the premises

In certain situations, however, SERVPRO water restoration experts might need to use products that may help slow or control microbial contamination growth.

How do SERVPRO Techs Use Professional Decontamination Products During Water Damage Repairs of Your Chicago Home?

SERVPRO techs use appropriate methods and precautions while using decontamination products during the water cleanup of your Chicago home. We only use EPA registered broad-spectrum disinfectants if water damage presents a potential for microbial contamination. SERVPRO techs use the product according to the product labeling and follow application methods specified on the label of the product.

Once the techs apply the disinfecting product, it needs to have a sufficient dwell time to be effective. The technicians also ensure temperature and pH are maintained so that the disinfectant remains effective throughout the application time.

Disinfectants generally are applied on the subfloor, tack strips, walls, and wall bottom plates. Such organic materials encourage microbial growth and the development of odors associated with microbes. Restores also apply deodorizers to help with the odor issues, if any, after the decontamination process is completed.

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100; Our technicians are available round-the-clock to assist you with water damage issues.

Can SERVPRO Remove Lingering Odors After Fire Damage in Downtown Chicago?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Smoke and soot travel far from the blaze and deposit residues throughout your home.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Property After Fire Damage

Fire damage results in a home filled with the odors of smoke and fumes from various burned materials. The stench can be overwhelming, and it is difficult to remove. Additional complications arise from water damage left by emergency fire crews. The situation may seem overpowering. Your possessions are no longer usable, and many surfaces in the home are layered with soot and smoke residue. Displacement is traumatic, but there is something that you can do. Get professional help from a fire damage restoration company.

For fire damage in Downtown Chicago, SERVPRO is fast to respond. Conscientious and skilled technicians understand the need to move quickly to restore homes and possessions to their pre-fire and water-damaged condition. In many cases, furnishings can be restored, saving replacement costs. Soot is cleaned from every surface; any remaining water is removed, and the home is thoroughly dried. Smoke and other odors caused by the fire are removed with state of the art equipment like ozone machines, thermal foggers, cleaning products, and techniques to leave the home in excellent condition for occupancy.

Benefits of SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Services

Professional and caring staff are fast responders who are committed to working hard to get families back into their homes. Years of experience combine with IICRC and franchise training to make each crew member aware of the urgency that is involved in completing fire damage restoration. Whenever possible, personal possessions are cleaned and restored rather than discarded. Rescuing belongings helps homeowners to retain a sense of familiarity and contributes to a reduction in trauma and stress. The house is cleaned and deodorized in its entirety by professionals who can work with fast precision because of the specialized equipment that reduces the amount of time involved in cleaning and restoration.

If you're dealing with residential or commercial fire damage, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.