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Which Air Mover to Use after West Loop Flood Damage?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a home Storm damage can be overwhelming, let SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown help you with your property storm damage.

Choosing the right air mover is important after flood damage

When there is flood damage in your home, it is tempting to try and sort it out yourself. It might seem that opening windows and perhaps running fans is enough.

However, after flood damage in West Loop, it is much better to call in the experts. SERVPRO has access to professional remediation equipment that you simply will not find in your basement or garage. One crucial bit of kit is air movers, which shift air across the surface of the floor, walls, or furniture and encourage water evaporation.

The three main types of air movers we use are:

  • Centrifugal air movers use centrifugal force to direct air to a specific area.
  • Axial air movers produce higher volumes of air at a lower pressure than centrifugal units, allowing them to cover a greater area.
  • Structural cavity drying equipment directs air into wall cavities to change the pressure and enhance evaporation.

Using the correct equipment means faster drying and less risk of fungal growth in damp materials.

Do not try to fix flood damage yourself. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown on (773) 434-9100

Why Does the Right Equipment Matter after Chicago Water Damage?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

A view of Chicago at night We know how busy life can get in a big city, especially with a water damage. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown today.

SERVPRO has the tools to handle water damage

When it comes to water damage mitigation, the right equipment makes all the difference. Having the correct job tools means faster and better results and a more satisfactory long-term outcome.

If you need help with water damage in Chicago, SERVPRO is here. We equip our teams with the equipment they need:

  • A range of deep extractors, surface extractors, and pumps to remove as much water as possible from your home.
  • Water monitoring devices, including probes and thermo hygrometers, to accurately measure moisture levels.
  • A range of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your property.
  • Spot cleaners to tackle water stains on upholstery and textiles.
  • Heating and cooling equipment to keep internal areas at the correct temperature for drying.

Our well-trained teams know which equipment to use in each situation and how to combine tools for effective drying. Our techs will assess the water damage situation and figure out which tools are best for the job.

For a water damage mitigation service with all the right equipment, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown on (773) 434-9100

Looking for Flooding Mitigation in Chicago?

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Skyline view of Chicago. If you are a food connoisseur, Chicago is the place to be.

Do not let risk of Chicago floods spoil your appetite

With a population of 2,693,976, Chicago is the most populous city in the United States' Midwestern region. Chicago is an iconic city famous for many things, including deep-dish pizza, jazz music, Al Capone, loyal sports fans, and a wide range of museums.

One of the things Chicago is most famous for is its rich culinary heritage, and any visitor to the city will be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a place to eat.

Chicago has a delicious culinary history

The city's ethnic and working-class roots have given rise to a wealth of different cuisines, and you will find everything from fine street fare to world-class restaurants here. Three of the most famous Chicago meals are: 

  • Deep dish pizza. Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza has a deep base with lashings of cheese and a chunky tomato sauce on top of the cheese instead of underneath it. If deep dish is not your favorite pizza, you will be glad to learn that Chicago is also famous for crispy thin crust pizza cut into squares.
  • The Italian beef. This curiously named dish is a sandwich – but it is not like any sandwich you have tasted before! The Italian beef features thin-sliced beef simmered in gravy and served with Italian seasonings, on a roll soaked in the meat juices.
  • Chicago-style hot dogs. Chicago dogs have an all-beef sausage on a poppy seed bun. A real dog has mustard, onion, tomato, peppers, dill pickle, sweet pickle relish, and celery salt – but never ketchup.

Chicago's food does not stop with these three popular dishes, however. Some lesser-known but still delicious dishes to look for include:

  • The Big Baby cheeseburger, with cheese tucked between two hamburger patties.
  • Pork chop sandwiches with a tender bone-in chop served with mustard and onions.
  • Breaded steak sandwiches featuring breaded steak fried Milanese-style and served in a roll with marinara sauce.
  • A gym shoe (sometimes known as Jim Shoo) sub sandwich with corned beef, gyros, and roast beef.

If you have a sweet tooth, you will love Chicago Brick. This ice cream dessert looks like traditional Neapolitan ice cream, but instead of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate flavors, it has orange sherbet, vanilla, and caramel.

Chicago also has a burgeoning farmer's market culture, and it is becoming more common for whole families to spend a morning shopping for local cuisine. There are currently more than 30 farmer's markets in Chicago, and many are run by the city.

SERVPRO offers help with flooding mitigation

Chicago's restaurants suffered a blow in 1992, when the Chicago Flood caused billions of dollars damage to homes, offices, and retail units. The flood was caused by the breaching of a disused utility tunnel, and remediation took weeks.

Natural causes can bring about severe flooding too. When you need flooding mitigation, call SERVPRO. Our teams arrive quickly to begin the remediation process:

  • First, we assess the situation and the extent of the damage.
  • We draw up a personalized drying plan.
  • We evacuate as much water as possible from your home.
  • We monitor moisture levels during drying for optimum results.

When remediation is complete, we deodorize your home to get rid of damp odors.

If you need help with flooding mitigation, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown on (773) 434-9100

Take an Opportunity to Lace Up Your Ice Skates in the West Loop Area

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A person with ice skates on. Get out and take part in the ice skating tradition in Lemont.

Have some family fun in nearby Lemont with weekend Ice Skating. 

Every weekend through April, The Forge in Lemont can send you back to growing up in the Chicago area with hours of ice skating fun. This is a long-standing tradition of the Windy City, and even with more significant regulations and rules, it is one that perseveres. You can reserve your spot on the ice on Fridays from 2 PM to 8 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 5 PM to 8 PM.

You don’t even need to own skates. You can rent some at The Forge. Call (630) 326-3301 to reserve your spot for this traditional winter fun.

When the fire you deal with is not how quickly you blaze a trail up the ice rink, you can count on SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to help with fire and smoke cleanup for West Loop homes and businesses. We have experienced professionals available 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

Protecting Chicago Landmarks and Cultural Centers After a Fire

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Different signs that say Chicago. Our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is ready and available for your fire damaged property always.

Fires can be devastating in Chicago, so our restoration technicians stay ready to help businesses and homes in a crisis.

As the third-largest city in the entire country,Chicago is home to close to 2.7 million people. This whole region has grown and developed as a result, becoming one of the cultural epicenters of the United States and one of the most heavily visited municipalities in the world every year. As a result of the dense population, certain disasters are inevitable. Fires are among the most common call-outs that our professionals must address and can quickly and thoroughly impact homes and apartments throughout the city. While none of these disasters has been quite as destructive as the Great Fire of 1871 that destroyed more than three square miles of the city, fires that happen today must get met with the same urgency. This need for experienced fire restoration is critical in cultural and historic centers across the city. 

Cultural Centers and Museums 

BecauseChicago is its own melting pot of cultures and backgrounds, it is no great surprise that education and acceptance are always key ingredients in helping the city grow positively. Many structures are designed to protect and preserve the history and heritage that make Chicago such a diverse location. For those visiting the city for the first time, a tour of some of the most famous museums and cultural centers can help to showcase everything that someone should know about this ever-changing city, including the highs and lows of its history. 

Field Museum

The Field Museum of Natural History is among the largest museums of its type throughout the world. Because of both its size and educational programs available, this has become one of the most respected structures in preserving and conserving our most treasured artifacts. This building and its purpose have been part of the Chicago area since 1921. As a renowned museum with more than 24 million specimens, its exhibits and programs receive more than a million and a half visitors every year.

Art Institute of Chicago

Much like the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago expects roughly 1.5 million visitors every year. There are classic works of art recognized by many across the globe permanently on display here in this renowned structure, including Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist and Grant Wood's American Gothic. Because it is one of the largest art museums on the planet, its permanent collection boasts almost 300,000 works. Several special exhibitions are happening annually that illuminate specific portions of this extensive collection or showcase traveling programs. It has been in this iconic building adorned with lion statues since 1893.

Chicago History Museum

Because the History Museum was established in 1856, it became part of one of Chicago's most notorious historic events with the Great Fire of 1871. Much of the artifacts and exhibits compiled for the structure at this time were destroyed during that disaster. However, they have since worked perilously to create a true spectrum of the city's history and its surrounding areas. Current collections date back even before settlers first began living near the Great Lakes when the indigenous people inhabited the land.

Museum of Science and Industry 

Since 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago has helped introduce many visitors to some of the most iconic and memorable exhibits that they will remember for a lifetime. Among the most popular of these, which has helped maintain the average of 1.5 million visitors every year, are items like a captured German submarine from World War II, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered stainless-steel passenger train. All in all, the museum has more than 2000 exhibits stretched over 75 halls.

American Writers Museum

While this museum has only been in operation since 2017, it quickly became a captivating attraction for both residents and tourists to Chicago. This entire cultural center is devoted to American literature and features many different exhibits to educate the viewer. From displays like American Voices and Readers Hall to the Children's Gallery and an area focused on Chicago's top writers of all time, this is a place that travelers will want to see if they enjoy a nice novel.

How SERVPRO Addresses Fire Damage in Chicago Homes 

While the city has been fortunate not to contend with the severity of the Great Fire of 1871 since this devastating event occurred, it is not to say that fires do not occur regularly in the city. Our fast response to these emergencies can directly affect the out-of-pocket expenses and time spent in restoration for area homes. Getting mitigation started as soon as possible is critical to lessening the impact of post-fire effects in the house, including harsh odors and soot damage.

Among the primary mitigation steps that our professionals can take, which is especially important with damaged properties like the museums mentioned before, is content cleaning and relocation. Our Content Claims and Inventory Service (CCIS) division works to evaluate individual items in your home to determine the best approach to restoring them entirely. these processes generally take one of three paths:

  • On-site cleaning
  • On-site relocation to a safe and unaffected area
  • Off-site relocation and cleaning at our SERVPRO facility

Because of how quickly fire losses can spread through a property and is vital to address circulating loss effects like soot and smoke particles. While air scrubbers and negative air chambers can affect preventing these carcinogenic particulates from moving around the house, it is often more beneficial to utilize tools like the hydroxyl generator that can also work to deodorize the property at the same time. Thermal fogging can also be instrumental in removing harsh odors after a fire gets extinguished. 

Fire losses can be devastating when customers have to wait for the response of experienced technicians to help. Our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team is available 24/7 to mobilize quickly when disaster strikes. Give us a call today at (773) 434-9100.

Ring in the New Year with a Close Penguin Encounter in Chicago

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Penguins in a habitat. What a special way to enjoy time with your family inside your Chicago home. Learn about the Shedd Aquarium penguins.

Virtually get up close and personal with the resident penguins of the Shedd Aquarium. 

On Friday, January 15th, 2021, wildlife fans can experience a once-in-a-lifetime event with the penguins of the Shedd Aquarium. This is one way the esteemed aquarium is still working to provide informative and educational experiences to Chicago residents. You can register today for your opportunity to see the penguin habitat that only the caretakers get to see.

With each penguin having its own personality, the experience is sure to be memorable for everyone. You can meet daredevil pair Edward and Annie, waddling Wellington, or explorers Izzy and Darwin. For more information, you can contact the Shedd Aquarium at (312) 939-2438.

While penguins might like a pool in their home, standing water removal in your Chicago condo should happen quickly when disasters strike. We have premier extraction equipment to eliminate surface water concerns and get to the essential drying stage. Give our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team a call today at (773) 434-9100.

Watch Live Stand-Up Comedy in Chicago’s East Lake View Neighborhood

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

stand up comedy sign SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing all of the talent at Laugh Factory Chicago!

Laugh Factory Chicago Invites Audiences to Enjoy Comedic Talent Safely

Renowned comedy club Laugh Factory Chicago is opening its doors once more to audiences looking for live laughs from the best that the comedy scene has to offer. The next showing takes place on Wednesday, December 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Laugh Factory Chicago near the intersection of North Broadway and West Belmont Avenue.

Laugh Factory Chicago is taking extensive precautions to ensure that audiences can enjoy live stand-up comedy as safely as possible:

  • Transactions and tickets are entirely paperless. Reservations are confirmed by pulling up the email you received on your phone
  • Staff hygiene and facility cleaning standards adhere to current Chicago guidelines
  • Disposable face masks are available upon request

This comedy event is available to persons over 18 years of age, with alcoholic drinks available to guests age 21 and older. There is a two-drink minimum per person regardless of whether beverages contain alcohol.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is among the premier water restoration companies in Chicago. Disaster mitigation is a phone call away at (773) 434-9100.

Enjoy a Tribute to a Holiday Classic in Chicago

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

a shot of a man holding a saxophone It will be exciting to see the community at the ZooLights Event!

Chicago’s Lincoln Park ZooLights Event Features Live Jazz

On Sunday, December 13, the Chris White Jazz Trio is performing Vince Guaraldi’s timeless score for A Charlie Brown Christmas starting at 7:00 p.m. In-person tickets are limited, but virtual tickets for this event are also available. General Admission tickets go on sale at the venue, which is Cafe Brauer on North Stockton Drive. In-person reservations include one complimentary drink per guest.

  • Virtual admission costs $15
  • General admission tickets cost $35
  • Admission is limited to stage events in accordance with Chicago public safety guidelines

Lincoln Park Zoo members are entitled to a 10% discount on their orders when they purchase tickets online. The promo code is the first three digits of your membership number.

The ZooLights event, presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ, continues from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on select evenings until January 3, 2021. Admission is $5, with free nights on December 9, 17, 21, and 29.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown provides rapid-response water removal for a Chicago condo when you call (773) 434-9100.

Chicago Residents Looking for Disaster Mitigation Receive 24/7 Assistance from SERVPRO

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on gray tile floor Water damage remediation needs to be handled efficiently and effectively. Contact team SERVPRO when your home sustains damage.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown Provides Chicago Properties with Cleanup Per IICRC Standards When Residents Call (773) 434-9100

Being one of the country’s largest cities (3RD), Chicago is a testament to American industry, culture, and work ethic. Its skyscrapers, historic buildings, and art installations create a unique vibrance and energy seldom found even among other cities. This sprawling urban center is home to 2.7 million residents as of 2018, dwarfing Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, and North Dakota combined.

Chicago’s art scene is second to none among major cities in both America and across the globe. It is also home to a swathe of art museums for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, such as:

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
  • The Smart Museum of Art
  • The National Museum of Mexican Art

The Windy City is also home to many other museums, one of the best being The Field Museum. This unique collection of archaeological and biological findings was initially intended for exhibition at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 before evolving into one of the country’s most acclaimed natural history museums. The museum’s collection features everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts and full-scale dinosaur skeletons to a beautiful and tranquil Chinese rock garden for guests to explore.

The Evolution of Chicago Pizza and Cuisine

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is by far the city’s most iconic dish. It comes from the wave of Italian immigration that started in the late 19th century and continued well into the 1900s. Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo formulated a unique dish that combined Italian sensibilities with hearty American cuisine and opened Pizzeria Uno and Due in the early 1940s. Pizzeria Uno has expanded to over 200 franchise locations across the United States today.

Another family lays claim to the original idea for Chicago pizza after working at Pizzeria Uno. They have since opened a competing restaurant, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, which serves a classic yet distinct take on deep-dish pizza.

Many other iconic Chicago eateries sprang from Pizzeria Uno’s original staff and cooks’ commercial efforts, including Louisa’s Pizza, Gino’s East, Pizano’s, and Delisi’s Pizza.

Many other dishes are associated with the Windy City’s culinary scene today, including:

Bing bread, an iconic potato, cheese, scallion, and bacon-stuffed sesame bread offered at the Korean eatery Parachute

Flaming saganaki, found at Greek restaurants all over the Midwest, is a Chicago creation. This novel dish’s beginnings date back to the 1960s in the now-defunct Parthenon restaurant. Traditionally, Saganaki is a fried sheep’s milk cheese set aflame while the server cries, “Opa!”

Chicago-style hot dogs, which feature a beef frank stuffed with toppings in a poppy seed bun covered in French fries, are a popular item at stands and restaurants all over the city. Gene & Jude’s “Depression Dogs” are among the most popular

The Chicago Art Scene

Mud City’s art offerings are diverse and blossoming, with a massive influx of innovative contemporary artists shaping the American art landscape as a whole. Many Chicago neighborhoods feature their own unique art culture, galleries, and preferred genres of creative media.

Some of the most notable neighborhoods for Chicago’s lively art scene include the following:

Hyde Park, as well as Bridgeport and Pilsen, is filled to the brim with art offerings, from artist-run galleries and showcases to sprawling warehouse venues for art exhibitions

West Loop, while more renowned for its “restaurant row,” is home to a budding contemporary art, street art, and photography scene in such galleries as the Kavi Gupta Gallery, Threewalls, and Vertical Gallery

Bucktown and Wicker Park have attracted outsider art and mixed media. This blend led to the opening of such galleries as Monique Meloche Gallery and Intuit. Many local artists live at and ply their trade at the Flatiron Arts Building on Milwaukee Avenue

Even the parks and streets of Chicago are filled to the brim with unique sculptures and art installations. Of particular note is a sculpture by Anish Kapoor referred to as “The Bean” in Millennium Park, Space Junction of Energy and the Eagle Columns of Lincoln Park, and the Batcolumn in West Loop.

How Does SERVPRO Air Movement Equipment Eliminate Water Damage from Chicago Properties?

SERVPRO offers Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited water damage restoration for Chicago residences 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. This firm’s commitment to availability seeks to minimize property and structural losses from water damage while maximizing homeowners’ savings.

One crucial element of the structural drying process is ensuring the proper air movement in the area after moisture has been extracted thoroughly from affected surfaces.

SERVPRO technicians carefully calculate the air movement and dehumidification needs of water-damaged properties by taking the following factors into account:

Humidity levels of surfaces and in the air factor into calculating how to safely implement air movement without adding the risk of secondary water damage

Scale and location of water damage present aids in determining the number of air movers needed for restoration

The status of interior structures, such as subfloors or wall and ceiling cavities, can affect the number and positioning of air movement equipment

Centrifugal air movers work in tandem with dehumidification units by pulling moist air off surfaces for dehumidifiers to absorb. The dehumidifiers then expel dry air while collecting air moisture as condensation. Air movement can also float carpet by positioning two- or three-speed air movers to blow underneath it. This process is crucial to preserving saturated carpet and pad in a water damage situation.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown supports the Windy City with Faster To Any Size Disaster service from certified professionals. Call (773) 434-9100 to begin the restoration process for your home.

Get into the Holiday Spirit, and Shopping, in Chicago

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of holiday lights Let us worry about fire damage so you can enjoy the holiday events!

Visit the Christkindlmarket at Two Chicago Locations 

Due to health concerns, the Christkindlmarket will host this year's event virtually. Visitors will be able to take part in an online marketplace and family-friendly activities. The event runs from November 1st-December 31st, 2020.

More Virtual Events This Year

Christkindlmarket increased the number of online events for customers concerned about their health and helped out with the already growing bad weather. Here are two to watch out for in November alone: 

  • 14th – It’s Beginning to Look Like a DIY Christmas! A digital course on creating decorations with what you already have around your home.
  • 21st – German Cooking – Learn how to make a traditional dish of Baked Apples with Vanilla Sauce! 

If you need fire damage cleanup in your Chicago home after the holidays, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100. We are here for you.