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We Discuss Measures To Prevent Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen floor covered in water after a flood “Like it never even happened.”

Actions to Prevent Flood Damage in Chicago Homes

People who reside in flood zones know to expect the area or occasionally flood, but the fact is that is can happen anywhere.

When flood damage occurs in Chicago, homes with some prior preparation have the potential to limit loss with actions such as possessing sandbags for use to create a barrier, having HVAC equipment raised off the floor, and the installation of sump pumps in basements.

Move Important Documents and Heirlooms Out of the Threatened Area
In the event, groundwater begins to enter your home. It is good to have a plan of action. Determine items that need to go to other areas of the house. Homeowners should turn off the gas and electricity if there is a danger of water coming into contact with wiring or outlets. Most importantly, have the phone number for both your insurance agent and a restoration services company in the event you find yourself dealing with floodwater in your house.

Actions to Limit Damage from Floodwater
Once groundwater is in the home, it is vital to engage a professional restoration services company. Until the water receives testing to determine the nature of any contaminants or sewage, residents and pets should avoid contact. SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site quickly and extract any remaining water.

Drying is Crucial
Running fans on wet furnishings or carpet does little to assist in the limiting of flood loss. In some cases, this action increases the damage. Carpeting compromised by groundwater has no restoration potential and requires disposal as a biohazard. After the elimination of saturated items and building materials, SERVPRO technicians use a combination of high-velocity centrifugal air movers and dehumidification equipment to capture and port away the moisture to quickly dry the property.

Odor Control Before Reconstruction
Post-flood loss cleanup, there are often repairs and rebuilding efforts needed. SERVPRO technicians use different applications to give homeowners a water-odor-free structure to build on, so there are not musty scents trapped anywhere in the home.

At the first sign of damage, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100. The certified technicians have both the experience and equipment to clean up and restore your home to its pre-flood condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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Got Stuck? Try These Tips to Streamline Your Commercial Flood Damage Situation in Chicago

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

dog getting shampooed at the groomers Finding that your grooming facility has suffered flood damage can cancel some much needed appointments. Keep your business opened with SERVPRO.

Special Needs of a Chicago Dog Groomer Facility with Commercial Flood Damage

Some businesses have their brand rooted in the look and feel of their establishment. Spas, hairstylists, and dog groomers are just three types of companies that come to mind. 

When a specific niche business such as a dog groomer facility in Chicago has commercial flood damage, the property needs restoration to sanitary levels for regular operations as fast as possible. Downtime means customers seek out other groomers, and loss of clientele is a possibility.

Preservation of Stock

In a service business that relies both on foot traffic and sales of a limited amount of stock such as dog shampoos, matted hair treatments, brushes, and other items for clients to purchase for home dog coat care, it is vital to remove those items to a safe area away from the flood loss area. 

Floor Extraction Methods

SERVPRO technicians test the water for the type if any contaminants they are dealing with in the cleanup and apply appropriate bactericide or antimicrobial solutions as a proactive treatment. They use portable pumps to remove the water with squeegees for use on tile flooring. Doing multiple passes ensures they lift the maximum amount of moisture, and this, in turn, lessens the drying time so the business owner can get back to providing services to human and canine clients.

Rechecking Before Drying

Technicians scope the water loss areas with their moisture detection equipment to confirm they did not miss any areas where water migrated during extraction. They use a combination of tools to ensure complete water removal and drying of the property.

Ensuring Cleanliness for Return to Daily Operations

After drying, the technicians disinfect the premises using antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners. Their exclusive SERVPRO Orange cleaner is suitable for most surfaces and leaves a pleasant citrus scent that is not overpowering to human or canine noses. 


Once the flood damage cleanup efforts complete, technicians move previously removed items back into the store so it can reopen ready to receive customers and sell products. 

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 is available to clean up and restore commercial flood damage with their vast array of equipment and experience to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Chicago Day Care Facility

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

day care play room Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to help keep your doors open.

Specialized Assistance Eases Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Chicago Day Care Facilities

With the flurry of activities in a daycare facility, a water loss incident is an unwelcome distraction. The incident can also cause damages and pose risks to the kids in your facility. Since your staff members have to perform their regular duties and keep an eye on the kids, there might be no one free to do the cleanup. Severe damages might also occur so help from professional water damage restorers is essential.

Improved Safety
Taking steps to improve safety for everyone is essential before taking other steps to deal with commercial water damage incidents in Chicago. Slip and fall accidents are common when surfaces are wet. The kids might also venture into the affected areas if the incident happens when they are in the facility. Our SERVPRO technicians take various actions to ensure everyone is safe, including posting warning signs to inform parents and other adults to keep away from affected areas. We also help move items that may pose risks to residents and create barriers to isolate affected areas from the rest of the facility.

Better Cleaning of Contents
Water spills affect different contents, including play toys, furniture, and appliances. Part of the restoration process should involve cleaning all affected items to sanitary levels so that they can be safe for the kids at your facility. Our SERVPRO technicians use environmental-friendly professional cleaning agents to clean contents. These agents bio-degrade rapidly ensuring that apart from removing soils and contaminants, they also leave no chemical traces that might be harmful, especially to young children using the items.

Ease of Dealing with Carpeted Areas
Carpeted areas in your daycare facility can be hard hit if there is a water spill. If the incident is significant, removing the affected carpet and pad is mandatory. Our SERVPRO technicians know various tricks that help when dealing with carpeted areas. For example, we use carpet awls and knee kickers for simpler detachment of the carpet from the pad. We also use extractors with shorter hoses to expedite the water removal since shorter hoses reduce resistance.

Closing your daycare due to water damage can have a significant spiral effect. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to help keep your doors open. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Flood

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying a floor damaged by flood water We have the equipment to remove the residual flood damage and moisture trapped in your walls and floors after a flood.

Enhanced Moisture Detection Equipment and Skills Needed to Map Out and Manage Flood Damage Perimeters in Chicago

Out of sight, out of mind is not a phrase that bears repeating when coping with flooding in Chicago. If you own one of the Arts and Crafts or Prairie Style homes our area is known for, be prepared for the possibility of significant water migration inside your home after a flood. An incredible amount of water can seep through and hide in, between, and under the hardwood floors and built-in cabinets, bookcases, and buffets these dwellings feature.

Water Sources

Chicago residents see flood damage during extreme late summer and early autumn weather patterns dumping many inches of rain over a short time. Significant water incursion occurs because of overland flash flooding, damage to your home exterior, and seepage that follows supersaturation of the ground around your home.

Obtaining Water Metering and Other Locating Skills

Our managers and technicians develop and hone their skills during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We know that substantial quantities of water hide in building cavities after flooding. Skill in using moisture meters and probes help us “see” water on the other side of building structures. Infrared imaging cameras use temperature fluctuations to locate larger caches of water. We map out the places where excess flood waters hide.

Considering Controlled Demolition Techniques to Reach Trapped Water

Water that flowed under your built-in kitchen cabinets or dining room buffet can release for extraction by removing kick plates. Drilling holes inside a set of drawers or through the faux floor of an under-counter pantry or corner lazy-susan are strategies. Our technicians might use negative pressure to suction the flood waters out and then switch to directing warm, moving air into a series of drilled holes to complete drying.

Negative Air Pressure Floor Drying Mats

Extracting flood water that drained below to the subfloor accomplishes by sealing mats to spaces identified as lying just above areas of subfloor saturation. Hoses attach to the mats, and the water pulls out after the conduits are connected to an extractor.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown employes trained employees and stocks sensitive detection tools to find hidden flood water before it damages structures and encourage mold growth. Call us at (773) 434-9100 to schedule an extraction evaluation and plan.

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Some Effective Paths to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Chicago

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded laundry room Don't let this happen to your Chicago laundry room. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

How SERVPRO Protects Your Chicago Home After Flooding

Saturation is one of the most pressing concerns for professional restorers responding to flooding and other substantial water loss scenarios in Chicago homes. The professionals of our team have years of hands-on experience in water recovery situations, and when combined with our training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and our cutting-edge flood recovery equipment, we provide a service that can exceed your expectations.

Some homeowners might believe that flood damage in Chicago properties can often get addressed by the property owner alone without the employment of professionals. The truth is, many homeowners lack the equipment and training to address the full spread of water damage, and only the damage on the visible surface can get dried and cleaned. Especially with substantial loss incidents like flooding, many areas you cannot immediately see can get equally damaged and saturated by the spreading effects.

The solution to this situation is to place your trust in the fast response and continually growing experience of our SERVPRO team. We seek to protect your property from the moment that we first arrive, including powerful mitigation practices designed to reduce out of pocket expenses. Many of our customers have not sought out flood insurance or do not have this coverage option for their homes, so cutting costs without cutting corners is a vital element to the work that we do.

Extraction can involve multiple units working simultaneously, especially if the flooding has affected an entire floor of your property. Water removal on the same level as our trailered equipment and the Green Fleet can put powerful tools like the truck-mounted pump into the arsenal. With a 300-psi efficiency, this pump can get your property prepared for drying almost immediately.

Because we want to help our customers through the trauma of this ordeal, we also set aside an entire division of our team to protect the belongings of our clients. We can remove them from the premises with pack-out procedures and provide these possessions with focused cleaning and drying efforts while restoration continues in the house.

These might only be a couple of the steps that our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown professionals take when addressing a flood loss situation, but we can help however your property and family needs. Give us a call anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Get You Back To Business In Chicago After A Flood

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

Chicago Retail Flood Damage Risks Need Professional Attention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

How Costly Flood Damage Can Be for Chicago Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage Chicago – Quick Response Reduces Losses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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