Get into the Holiday Spirit, and Shopping, in Chicago
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.
View Chicago's Memorable Skyline with a Skyline Cruise from November 21st.
Enjoy the water on a short cruise excusion while SERVPRO removes the water and damage from our Chicago property
Take a Cruise from DuSable Harbor and Enjoy Chicago's Skyline from Lake Michigan this Winter.
The Chicago skyline we know today erupted from a wellspring of manufacturing and design ingenuity that leads to the mass construction of 20th Century Skyscrapers. The Anita Dee is a cruise vessel with three stories that set sail on Lake Michigan this November, providing guests with unlimitable city views. The top deck is open-plan, with the remaining two a climate-controlled comfort cruise providing beer, wine, and cocktails to guests throughout. At over 140 feet long, there is enough room for all comers with safe social distancing. All guests and staff are following the "Be Safe Chicago" guidelines for dealing with Coronavirus.
- Boarding begins at 7:30 pm with QR tickets available through Eventbrite.
- Party booking discounts are on offer for groups of more than ten people.
- Enter the photo contest prize draw by uploading pictures onboard to Instagram using the hashtag #chicagopartyboat.
A roofing insufficiency or slow leak could cause extensive water damage to your home this winter. Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 now.
Does Water Intrusion Ruin Hardwood Floors in Chicago?
Hardwoods are often treatable, if not curable, after water exposure by using correct drying equipment and application of drying theory.
SERVPRO is a Specialist Water Removal Firm that Can Restore Hardwood Floors in your Chicago Home.
Does moisture harm wood?
Many Chicago properties have hardwood finishing on their floors. These are typically constructed from dense, valuable, and semi-porous materials. To correct and mitigate against losses to floor finishing, production technicians need to understand how water affects these materials. There are two influential variables when attempting to restore hardwoods: permeance, the amount of porosity of a material, and the length of exposure. Permeance is when water travels through the flooring, usually working into materials through capillary suction and wood grains. The size of exposure can often be mitigated by reaching out to a professional restorer as quickly as possible and putting in place the correct drying procedures. SERVPRO promises to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss to mitigate lengthy exposure times.
What happens when floors are exposed to moisture?
When water intrusion occurs, it is vital to enact water removal and hardwood floor specialists for your Chicago home. Natural materials have a moisture content level, usually around 12%, that allows them to retain their natural shape and structure. As exposure to moisture increases, laminates or varnishes can wear away, leading to direct exposure of non-protected wood grains to moisture. As these materials absorb moisture, they can begin to expand or change shape, putting extra pressure on joints, warping the floors, or leading to buckling, cupping, and crowning. The quicker we can remove moisture from your floor, the less harm occurs to natural materials. Some effects of water exposure, such as crowning, are considered non-restorable. Crowning can lead to the sourcing and replacing expensive hardwood floors.
How do restoration services return hardwoods to a preloss condition?
• Stripping the floor to ensure an even finish and drying it to its average moisture content level
• Sanding the floor to negate the effects of warping, buckling, or cupping
• Refinishing the floor with a varnish or polymer to return it to its normal, preloss condition.
When are wet hardwood floors repairable?
Providing that the hardwood floor's moisture content levels do not exceed 5% of its natural level, there is a strong chance of restoration. SERVPRO technicians can use truck-mounted equipment to extract water immediately from the hardwoods' surfaces and reduce exposure times. If there are carpets, we can remove these along with the carpet pad to allow the floorboards to air. Air-movers can be valuable equipment for the restoration of these materials. Our technicians may frequently adjust them to push air beneath the flooring, into crawlspaces and cavities, or run air over the surface level. In some situations, small holes may be drilled into the hardwood's surface to allow for additional equipment and drying. While these may cause light cosmetic harm, they are often essential to ensure that most structure is saved.
What are the useful techniques for drying hardwood floors?
• Do not sand floors until completely dry as these materials could continue to expand or contract under the influence of moisture.
• To measure the extent of water absorption, Teflon-coated moisture probes are used to read moisture migration through wood layers.
• Desiccant dehumidifiers use a silica gel to reduce relative humidity below 40GPP and assist in hardwood surfaces'drying process.
How are hardwood floors dried quickly?
It is not uncommon for woods to remain wet after the rest of the home's structure and contents are dry. One way to improve the drying times of hardwood surfaces is to erect a smaller drying chamber. SERVPRO technicians can place thick, poly sheeting over the surface using either sandbags or duct tape to seal the edges. An air-mover, dehumidifier, or portable heater can then be attached to the sheeting, inflating it and creating a drying tent. Drying tents allow for concentrate drying by providing a smaller cubic feet chamber. These drying tents often allow technicians to dry below the surface level and through the layers of woods. Ensuring that the wood flooring is completely dry before sanding and refinishing is an essential part of mitigating the wet hardwood floors' losses.
What mitigation strategies are used to prevent crowning, buckling, and warping?
• Immediately reducing the relative humidity to 30% to 45% using a drying chamber or desiccant dehumidifiers.
• As moisture content readings drop below 16%, use air-movers to increase the evaporation process.
• Finished flooring can inhibit water evaporation by creating a vapor barrier. Stripping a floor can help to increase drying times and provide an even surface for refinishing.
Hardwoods are often treatable, if not curable, after water exposure by using correct drying equipment and application of drying theory. Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.
What Should a Homeowner Do if a Fire Burns Their Ceiling and Leaves Behind Debris and Soot?
Fire Damage to Your Chicago Property? SERVPRO Can Remove the Debris and Place an Ozone Machine to Clean the of Odors and Particles
If You Ever Need Fire Cleanup Services After the Ceiling Inside Your Chicago Home Burns Call SERVPRO
If your furnace malfunctions or you have an electrical short in your attic inside your Chicago residence, heat can rise and cause your ceiling to burn. Once your ceiling starts to burn, debris can begin to fall and settle onto your floors. Soot residues can also accumulate on your walls and your contents from the smoke created and the fallen materials.
How can you safely remove burnt debris from floors?
As a part of fire cleanup inside your Chicago residence, our SERVPRO team can start by removing large burnt materials by putting them in sealed trash bags. We can also create a containment chamber around the affected areas of your home so that soot residues and dust cannot travel throughout your home during the debris removal process. We can then clean up the remaining soot and other small burnt particles using a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
How can you remove soot residues from my walls and contents?
- Vacuuming: At first, our SERVPRO technicians can use a HEPA vacuum to remove excess soot from your drywall, furniture, and other items.
- Dry Sponge Cleaning: Next, we can use dry sponges or other cleaning tools like rags or feather dusters to remove soot from porous materials such as drywall or unfinished wood.
- Wet Cleaning: For non-porous, hard surfaces like finished wooden surfaced items, we can utilize a cloth with a general surface cleaner.
What can you do if my house smells burnt?
- Fogging: We can use an ultra-low volume or a thermal fogger that breaks down deodorant chemicals to a size similar to the smoke particle size.
- Ozone Machine: We can also use an ozone generator to dispense unstable O3 particles that can oxide malodor molecules, under extreme cases.
If your ceiling burns after you have an electrical failure, it is wise to call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 as soon as possible.
Why Is The Choice Of Equipment A Crucial Consideration During Water Removal in Chicago?
Faster completion of water removal can allow a quicker resumption of your business activities.
SERVPRO Capitalizes On Equipment Choice to Fast-Track Water Damage Removal Restoring Services in Chicago Businesses Faster
You might panic if you find out that there is a water intrusion incident at your business premises. However, with a timely removal, you can overcome the implications such incidents usually have on daily operations. Dealing with water intrusion is easier when you have the right equipment. That is why SERVPRO steps in to provide Chicago businesses with the necessary resources.
Which equipment is vital for water removal?
For successful water damage removal at your Chicago business premises, there is a need to extract any pooling water and dry wet materials. Choosing extraction equipment is easier since most portable and truck-mounted units can move thousands of gallons within a short period and gravity flow also helps in water removal. Choosing drying equipment is a bit harder because the process requires a combination of three factors to work:
What factors determine the right drying equipment?
Drying requires dehumidifiers, air movers, and in some cases, heating equipment. Since the equipment works in tandem, the choice must factor in more than just the individual capacity of each type of equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians consider the ratings provided by the manufacturers to determine the right combination. For instance, when choosing air movers and dehumidifiers, we can consider three ratings:
• Cubic feet per minute
• Standard cubic feet per minute
• Feet per minute or feet per second
CFM is the general measure of airflow from the equipment. SCFM, on the other hand, indicates the airflow at a standard temperature of 70°F and relative humidity of 50%. When our SERVPRO technicians take readings at the loss site with moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers, we may require a more specific rating such as SCFM to ensure the equipment we use for drying matches up correctly with the prevailing conditions, thus boosting moisture removal.
Faster completion of water removal can allow a quicker resumption of your business activities. SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can help complete the process, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (773) 434-9100.
How is Structural Integrity Addressed After a House Fire?
Call SERVPRO today when it comes to your Chicago fire damage. We know what it takes.
SERVPRO Carefully Inspects Your Chicago Home for Structural Integrity While Handling Fire Damage Cleanup
Any building involved in a fire, big or small, could have some level of damage to the structural integrity. There are several factors that SERVPRO takes into consideration while assessing your Chicago property. When we get called in for cleanup and restoration after a fire, we use our specialized methods and planning to ensure no stone is left unturned. It is essential to our team that your family is safe and sound in your home once we complete the project. Once we get done, your structure and interior will be left "Like it never even happened."
What Can Happen to a Building's Structure During a Fire?
When handling fire damage cleanup in Chicago, we must look at everything from contents and building materials to structural elements. We must consider various things when determining the strength of structural details, such as:
- The duration of the fire
- The intensity of the fire
- The proximity of the flames
- Materials impacted, and more
Having direct flame or heat on materials such as wood, steel, and concrete can reduce overall strength. This then becomes an issue in terms of safety and why it is vital to have a full structural evaluation done post-fire. This helps determine the level of the damage and the need for repair or replacement moving forward.
What is a Post-Fire Structural Evaluation?
Whenever structural components seem to be compromised, the evaluation helps provide a clear picture of whether or not they can stand up to their design's original intent. Evaluations such as these will include non-destructive and destructive testing of wood, concrete, and steel. Depending on the fire's temperature and the damage, some of the components must get cleaned to remove any soot or other contaminants so that a full visual inspection may commence. Such cleaning may take place by:
- Abrasive blasting with sand or baking soda
- Pressure washing
- Chemical washing
SERVPRO will take a look at a variety of collateral items and learn more about the characteristics of the fire. We look at:
- Plumbing elements
- Door handles
- Lamps, and more
This part of the inspection sheds light on the fire's temperature and intensity so that we can make an educated determination of the potential damage to the structural items around these contents.
How Does Fire Impact Structural Components?
- Wood – When wood chars, it consumes the outer layers, and size gets reduced.
- Concrete – Exposed concrete may remain unaffected up to 500 degrees F of exposure. When exposure exceeds these temperatures, concrete begins to spall and crack.
- Steel – Intense heat can start to weaken steel to the point where it becomes deformed. The result may show the steel to be warped or buckled.
To facilitate efficient cleaning and restoration of your Chicago property, SERVPRO takes the time to address other structural components:
- Lighting fixtures
- Attics or crawl spaces
- Glass and windows
- Window treatments fixtures, and more
After a fire in your home, it is essential that you do not attempt to clean various surfaces or contents on your own. Using the wrong methods or the wrong cleaning agents could cause permanent damage. It is also best to limit movement throughout your home so that you can keep the amount of contamination tracked from one space to another to a minimum.
Will the Smoke Corrode Certain Surfaces?
When left to fester too long, smoke and soot can become corrosive to certain materials. We take the time to wipe down residue found on lightly-painted or plastic surfaces, fiberglass, finished furnishings, and countertops made of Formica. When handling some surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians may also use a pre-cleaning treatment using lubricants to help inhibit corrosion until the full restoration process commences. We also take the time to protect a range of metal surfaces that have iron or chrome, including:
- Door and cabinet hardware
- Window Frames, and more
What if There is Smoke Residue on Hardwood Floors?
Various hardwood flooring materials contain cellulose, which means that it can quickly absorb water. We have water damage restoration technicians on our team to ensure that we halt damage during the fire damage cleanup by adequately drying the floors. We can then remove lighter or moderate smoke residue with a mop and our Bright-N-Neutral Cleaner. If the smoke residue contains an aerosol that may have penetrated the floors' finish, our team will use more aggressive measures such as sanding, stripping, or refinishing.
Once your home gets overtaken by fire, you should never wait to begin fire damage cleanup. Call in the help of SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown right away, and we can send a crew out as soon as possible. We can be reached 24/7 for emergency service at (773) 434-9100.
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SERVPRO for Chicago Water Damage Restoration Services
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There is no mistaking Chicago's magnitude, as in 234 square miles, there are nearly 2.7 million residents. The third-largest city in the country has its tourism appeals and continues to be an attractive place for young and old alike to call home. Tourism is a massive part of the economy, and this continues to be a resounding positive, with Chicago being the second-most visited city in 2018 with 58 million. Both with its booming economic upturns and headquarters for multi-million and multi-billion dollar organizations like McDonald's, Walgreens, Boeing, and Sears, residents and business owners have come to expect a fast response to protect their properties when disasters strike. This could be heavy lake-effect snow that results in blizzards like in 2011, fierce windstorms, or polar vortexes saw most recently in 2019.
Chicago Area Emergency Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration
- Large Loss Recovery Team with Multiple Sister Franchises
- Full Coverage of the Chicago Area
- Locally Owned and Operated (773) 434-9100.
- Water Extraction, Drying, and Cleanup
- Fire & Smoke Damage and Loss Prevention
- Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Build Back
- Commercial Post-Disaster Cleanup
- Storm Damage Repair and Restoration
Restoring Chicago Properties After Water Damages
Chicago is a city that had to rebuild itself from the ground up after a fire in 1871 leveled miles of structures. What started as a commitment to rebuild even better has not stopped. We see some of the most recognizable structures ever created, such as the iconic Sears Tower and one of the last remaining original baseball fields left in the country: Wrigley Field, home to our Chicago Cubs. Knowing that disasters can strike at any time emphasizes a fast response by competent and experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team.
Our city is also full of history as unique as our deep-dish pizza and notorious as Al Capone. As much as we can relive our sordid and incredible history in the museums of the city like the Museum of Science and Industry, we also look to the future with iconic structures like the Art Institute of Chicago and nationally recognized institutions like the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. From water damage in the dorms to roof damage following wintertime cyclones, our SERVPRO team is ready to return your property to preloss condition.
Emergency Water Damage Scenarios for the Chicago Area
- Lake Effect Snow Damage
- Wind Damage / Wind-Driven Rain
- Frozen Pipe Bursts
- Ice Damming Roof Leaks
- Broken/Damaged Appliances and Plumbing Fixtures
- Post-Fire Flooding from Extinguishment
Why Choose SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown?
We're Faster To Any Size Disaster
Our speed and reliability when disaster strikes can be a crucial feature of saving our customers time and money on the restoration that their home or business requires.
Expertly Trained and Experienced Professionals
There are multiple niches of certification and accreditation related to water restoration, and we have a majority of our experienced roster educated in these areas, including water restoration (WRT), structural drying (ASD), and microbial remediation (AMRT.)
Advanced Water Restoration Tools and Technologies
More than ever, our success in the restoration industry hinges on our constant pursuit of the latest tools and technologies of the trade. From moisture meters to extraction and drying equipment, we can make losses, "Like it never even happened."
Questions or Concerns? We can help 24/7. Give SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown a call now at (773) 434-9100.
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Why Do I Still Smell Smoke After Cleaning My Chicago House?
If the odor in your house does not go away, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to help remove it.
SERVPRO Can Help You Get to the Root Cause of Fire Damage Odors in Your Chicago Home
As fire engulfs a section of your Chicago house, it spreads smoke deposits all over the structure and contents. Such deposits contain volatile compounds that evaporate into the air, and your nose picks them up as odor. Ideally, cleaning up your home should eliminate all the residues, and therefore the smoky smell should disappear. However, other factors can interfere, leading to long term odor issues.
What makes fire damage odors linger in Chicago properties?
• Residue remnants on some surfaces
• VOCs embedded in materials
• Smelt odors might be non-existent
Most of the cleaning efforts taken after a fire are directed towards areas with visible soiling, staining, or charring. However, since some of the fire residues spread thinly over surfaces or might be invisible to the eye, your cleaning efforts might ignore areas that should be cleaned, thus leaving a source of new odors.
Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to trace the spread of residues around a property, starting close to the seat of the fire. Alternatively, we clean the entire property to ensure we remove all traces of the residues that cause odors.
What are VOCs?
Volatile Organic Compounds can be described as chemicals that have high vapor pressure even at room temperature. Since such compounds are at a continuous state of evaporation, they supply a steady stream of bad odor even when absorbed deep within materials. There is a need to reach and neutralize such materials to eliminate the odor, yet regular clean cannot reach the areas where the compounds are embedded.
Our SERVPRO technicians rely on a range of sophisticated deodorization procedures to reach and neutralize the odors, including:
• Thermal fogging
• ULV fogging
• Use of Ozone generators or photocatalytic oxidizers
Fogging utilizes odor counteractants that neutralize the odor molecules. It also mimics the process that creates the odors by atomizing the deodorizers, thus reaching deeply embedded odor molecules.
If the odor in your house does not go away, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to help remove it. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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How Do I Get Mold Out of My Business?
Mold can multiply quickly and be off-putting to customers. SERVPRO knows how to remediate mold. Call us today!
For Professional Mold Removal in Chicago, Call SERVPRO
How Do I Get Rid of Mold and Keep It Out of My Boutique?
Remediating Chicago commercial mold damage takes more than a spray bottle of bleach, a hairdryer on an extension cord, and a paint scraper. SERVPRO specialists determine the extent of the mold growth, where it originated, and decide the best equipment needed to remove active spores and reduce the risk of future infestations.
Where Do Your Specialists Begin?
They start by inspecting the structure for visible mold and water. Mold spores are ordinarily inert and are as common in most buildings as airborne dust. They only become active when there is enough water to expand and extend eventually into hyphae seeking out a food source and more water.
Our specialists’ next step is to eliminate the source of water. They dry up any puddles and drips with sponges and cloths. For larger amounts, they use extraction wands. If the water soaked into wall framing and other structure, they set up dehumidifiers to carefully draw out the water without cracking or splitting the wood.
Finally, specialists remove the now inert spores using hand-scrapers and vacuums with HEPA filters designed to catch even individual spores too small to see unaided. If the hyphae dug into the support structure, they use power sanders to remove the wood's surface layers to get to the spores. The last step is to vacuum every affected surface once again.
What Kind of Health Problems Are There?
Mold may cause health effects in some people, but the vast majority of business problems are the damages mold growths cause to the structure. SERVPRO response teams work carefully and promptly to remove every threat to your business to reopen to support your customers.
To schedule an inspection or to begin immediate removal efforts, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today.
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Why Call in a Restoration Team to Help with Water Damage in Chicago?
Don’t panic when water damage affects your home. Contact our experienced team for service.
Easily Manage Cleanup in Chicago When You Hire SERVPRO for Water Restoration Service
There is never a good time to have a water emergency, but it is the action that you do immediately after you discover the water that counts most. While some people will try to remove water and clean up the damage on their own, calling in the assistance of trained water restoration technicians (WRT) ensures your Chicago property gets back to preloss condition faster. Not only that, but we work to restore and clean your structure and belongings whenever possible.
Why Does Drying Technique Matter?
When it comes to water restoration service in Chicago, the process depends on our team understanding the details of your restorative project as a whole. We consider a variety of factors that allow us to formulate the best plan of action, such as:
- The amount of water within the loss zone
- The airflow within the space
- What the temperature is
- All of the various structural components and contents affected
By using applied drying techniques while working to extract all standing water, we can salvage more than DIY methods allow. Our skilled technicians follow the rules of psychometry, understanding that airborne moisture or vapors, along with liquid water, can and will impact all materials they touch. This is water damage in Chicago that accumulates with time, so it is crucial that you act fast so that you have a better chance of salvaging your interior after a water incident.
What is Secondary Damage and Why Should I Worry About It?
The longer you wait to remove water and moisture, the more damage can set in. When this happens, it begins to complicate any of the necessary repairs. Our fully-trained IICRC-certified technicians have the knowledge and skill to handle any size or scope water restoration project. We know how to adjust our equipment and course direction at a moment’s notice to stay on track with our intended drying timeline. Each water incident we get called to we follow the HAT principle, which is:
- Humidity – We determine the relative humidity in the air and how it must get lowered to keep vapor from causing secondary damage
- Airflow – We strategically place industrial-strength fans and air movers to remove airborne vapors while bringing less humid air into the affected space
- Temperature – Since warmer air is known for holding vapor, we carefully monitor temperatures within the loss zone
How Does Drying Play a Role in Restoration?
While extraction is taking place, drying systems help to regulate the air within the home. Simple removal may not be enough, as there could still be hidden moisture that can lead to potential mold growth. We use a range of powerful equipment that help us to create the perfect balance for the project:
- Powerful dehumidifiers help to remove up to 30 gallons of water from the air over 24 hours
- Truck-mounted extraction tools allow us to pull up thousands of gallons of water
- Why Can’t I Just Open Up My Doors and Windows?
There are some situations where our team will utilize the outdoor environment for what we call open drying. However, many instances call for more specific drying techniques and specialized equipment in order to achieve the best results. For open drying measures to work, the air outside must be a lot drier and warmer than the air inside your home.
When you contact SERVPRO to help with water restoration, you can count on:
- Having a highly-trained team on the job
- Fast service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Advanced technology and proven water removal and restoration methods
- Locally owned and operated
- Skilled building and reconstruction services
What if Water is Left Sitting Too Long?
It is imperative that you call for water restoration service right after you notice water intrusion. Prompt action facilitates smooth remediation. Failing to get started on the cleanup as soon as possible can lead to issues like:
- Mold and mildew growth
- Wooden flooring that will crack, swell, bubble, or split
- Wooden furniture can start to absorb water, which may lead to deterioration or splitting
- Rusting of your appliances or other metal furnishings
- Total loss of your carpeting and the padding and subfloor below
Depending on the nature of your water incident, our team may have to perform deconstruction, otherwise known as controlled demolition. Some of these measures may include:
- Dismantling of pantries, cupboards, hutches and other wood furnishings to replace materials beyond repair
- Flood cuts can be done to remove saturated drywall – this helps to dry the area behind walls and also inhibits mold growth
- Pulling up flooring that is too damaged or overly warped
At SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown, we have the water restoration and reconstruction services that you are looking for. We are available 24/7 by calling (773) 434-9100 to have a crew sent to your location.