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Space Heaters Can Spell Major Fire Damage Trouble For Your Home In Chicago

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heaters Can Spell Major Fire Damage Trouble For Your Home In Chicago If you need our help cleaning up after a fire, call us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as the fire is out.

Preventing Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home From A Space Heater

Chicago can experience some frigid winters, and one of the favorite ways to heat homes here is with space heaters. They are especially popular because of their small and portable size, which makes them easy to reposition. However, this preferred method of keeping warm can put your home in danger of a fire if it is not safely used.

When you have had minor fire damage from a space heater in your Chicago home, you still need the assistance of a professional remediation company to help you clean and restore your home. SERVPRO is always ready to help you with our expertise and tools to get the job done thoroughly and quickly.

Even with a minor fire, smoke residues affect the immediate area, plus may have traveled to other rooms of the home. Even with a light to moderate amount of smoke, SERVPRO technicians need to restore your home with dry or wet cleaning methods, depending on the surface where the soot and smoke are. A few areas may even need repainting, and only minor items need replacement.

To help prevent space heater fires, start by choosing the right one for your home. These appliances run on electricity, natural gas, or kerosene, and each type is recommended for use in different settings. Newer models have more safety features, so stick to these. Among these features is a safety switch in case the unit tips over. It lets the space heater turn off automatically if it gets knocked over, which helps prevent a fire.

Treat space heaters like candles. They should never be left running while unattended. If you leave the room, turn them off and keep about three feet of space around them. Operate them on a stable, level surface so they won’t be apt to be knocked over by passing pets or people. You also want to avoid putting the heater near curtains, furniture, or anything else flammable. Nothing should be put on top of the heater, and do not hang clothing on it to dry.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown hopes that your home in Cicero, Pilsen, or South Lawndale stays safe in the winter, but accidents sometimes happen. If you need our help cleaning up after a fire, call us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as the fire is out.

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How Our Team Handles Smoke Odors When Your Chicago Home Experiences A Fire

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Team Handles Smoke Odors When Your Chicago Home Experiences A Fire Smoke can solidify in the form of soot residues and cause unappealing smells to become present inside your structure.

Fire Damage Teams In Chicago Talk About Dealing With Moderate Smoke Odors

Whenever dealing with fire damage, heat and smoke are both elements that can ruin items inside your home. Not all fires that burn on Chicago properties destroy the entire structure. Many times the burns are much more minor, but they still can cause many issues with your contents and building materials. Even the most minor burns can create many problems including smoke-related issues. Smoke can solidify in the form of soot residues and cause unappealing smells to become present inside your structure. When anything torches inside your living area you should call in a professional disaster restoration company like SERVPRO.

Even minor to moderate burns can cause heat and smoke related issues. During any fire damage project in Chicago, soot removal and deodorization are major parts of the process. If anything burns inside your home, our SERVPRO technicians start with removing all of the severely burnt materials. Next, we clean any soot residues that remain on the surface of your building materials or contents. If unpleasant, burnt aromas still exist after these first two steps, we can take further steps to get rid of these foul odors.

When dealing with different situations, our highly trained team at SERVPRO knows how to distinguish between minor, moderate, and heavy smoke odors. Moderate smoke odor situations exist when there are smoke residues present on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. In these cases, structural damage may be present, but it is confined to a single room or limited area of the home.

In these situations, vapor diffusers and crystals may get used including other odor control techniques like a thorough cleaning of your house's HVAC system. We may also apply vapor crystals to your attic's insulation and the forced air furnace systems. We then complete thermal fogging procedures if we deem it necessary. Whatever the case is, we strive to eliminate all odors, so its “Like it never even happened.” If you ever need help with smoke or fire-related problems call in SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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Fire Damage Effects and Efforts in Cicero

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Effects and Efforts in Cicero When any portion of your home has suffered from fire damage, it is time to contact SERVPRO for effective remediation and cleanup services.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Different Materials Burn and Create Residues During a Fire

No matter the level of destruction, Cicero home fires are difficult to clean and restore. Dozens of different types of material burn in every home, even it lasts for only a few minutes. Temperatures vary over the life of fire, which affects how quickly and cleanly it all burns.
 
Many factors affect Cicero fire damage. Understanding them allows SERVPRO restoration teams to tailor a cleanup and restoration plan for each home. Different items burn quickly or slowly based on moisture and temperature, so anything that can melt on the surface of something like a kitchen counter can affect how we can clean it or decide to dispose of it.
 
First, one of our technicians examines each surface to see if it is porous or non-porous. A porous surface like latex paint or plastics, lets particles penetrate them even under normal circumstances. When a fire heats them up, particles can penetrate even deeper which make them more difficult to clean. Non-porous surfaces like vinyl and enamel paint resist better, making them easier to clean, even when heated in a house fire.
 
At the same time, other team members look for sprinklers and ask about fire suppression efforts by firefighters. A large amount of moisture increases the risk of staining surfaces and sets residues in a tougher layer, making them more difficult to clean. That applies to not just horizontal surfaces, but walls as well. Higher temperatures can also work with moisture on many surfaces to give them a yellowed appearance.
 
Now, SERVPRO technicians determine what burned. Physical damage from the flames means that the item requires disposal, but its material content tells our restoration teams what type of residue is left after the fire ends. Plastic and rubber kitchenware, for example, leave wet residues that can smear across surfaces. Technicians either allow the residue to dry, or use a stronger cleaning agent to make it easier to wipe it off the surface. Natural materials like wood burn more evenly and usually leave a powdery, dry residue that technicians can wipe away with a sponge and perhaps a mild cleaner.
 
There are other factors like age of the item, and how long the fire burned which help determine our cleaning and restoration efforts, but material, type of surface, and moisture are the main concerns for SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown when it comes to helping our neighbors return to their homes. If you need our help, call (773) 434-9100 today to set up a visit and inspection.

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The Proper Way Of Cleaning Your Cicero Property After Experiencing A Fire Damage Disaster

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Proper Way Of Cleaning Your Cicero Property After Experiencing A Fire Damage Disaster Cleaning is an essential procedure during fire damage restoration.

The Proper Way Of Cleaning Your Property After A Fire

Cleaning is an essential procedure during fire damage restoration. Though it sounds a bit straightforward, it is challenging since there are instances when you have to deal with finished, unfinished, painted, or unpainted surfaces. That is why restorers pretest surfaces for cleanability and then come up with the most appropriate cleaning methods. We are going to look at some of the procedures we perform when addressing fire incidents in Cicero.

When our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning ceilings and walls in your Cicero property after a fire damage event, we organize the structure such that the falling soils do not cause resoiling. If the team is using dry cleaning as an option, we start by cleaning the ceilings before moving to the walls. We also dry clean the floors after dry cleaning the walls. By cleaning walls from top to bottom and wiping from the dirty regions to the clean places, we avoid resoiling.

During wet cleaning, our SERVPRO technicians clean walls first before moving to the ceiling area. We do that to prevent streaking the walls since there is a possibility of the cleaning solution dripping. The cleaning process also starts from the bottom to the top to ensure the dirty areas do not streak. In situations where the ceiling is so high, we can use an extension pole together with a spotting pad holder. Alternatively, we can reach 8-foot ceilings by using a 5-foot ladder.

If your property has an acoustical ceiling, our SERVPRO team uses a unique technique that preserves its sound-deadening properties. The method is known as peroxide active ceiling cleaning. It is also effective on porous surfaces as far as such areas do not deteriorate after exposure to water-based solutions. Since stabilized hydrogen peroxide is present in the product, we cover natural materials such as cotton, paper, and wool as a precautionary measure.

The goal of SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is to return your property to its earlier state after experiencing Any Size Disaster. You can get in touch with our specialists by calling (773) 434-9100 to learn more about the available options.

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Chicago's Fire Damage Technicians Explain Cleaning Soot Residues

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chicago's Fire Damage Technicians Explain Cleaning Soot Residues Smoke coming from a fire that burns a house in Chicago can leave behind soot residues and pungent, burnt odors.

Fire Damage Technicians Explain Cleaning Soot Residues

Smoke coming from a fire that burns a house in Chicago can leave behind soot residues and pungent, burnt odors. Soot residues have different chemical compositions based upon what fuels were burned in the blaze. Some soot adheres better to certain surfaces than others.

When cleaning smoke damage, different methods get utilized to clean the various types of soils. The method and chemicals used to clean soot created by fire damage in Chicago depend upon what type of surface got affected. Porous surfaces are cleaned best using dry cleaning methods so that wet chemicals to do not soak the soot into the material. Hard, non-porous surface materials usually get cleaned using a wet chemical that is made specially to clean the type of soot present.

Many homes have wallpaper or other types of wall coverings on top of the drywall. Depending on what the wallpaper is made from can change the type of methods and chemicals used during restoration. Paper wall coverings are porous, so they get cleaned with dry sponges whereas vinyl and foil wallpapers resist moisture making wet cleaning the best method.

Most foil wallpapers have a glossy, metallic finish that does a decent job of repelling moisture. If acidic soot residues stay on the foil surface for too long, they can eat away and fade the shiny finish. Our SERVPRO technicians know that the best way to clean foil wallpapers is to use a wet cleaning solution and gently wipe the affected walls so that scrubbing does not ruin the metallic finish.

Some walls are covered with grasscloth which is any covering that consists of natural dried fibers such as hemp or flax woven together. These types of wall coverings are porous and can only be cleaned using dry methods. If the smoke damage is severe, then the hemp or flax fibers may be uncleanable and require removal.

Another type of wallpaper called flocked wall coverings consist of design-shaped fibers applied to the paper surface. Flocked wall coverings can only be dry cleaned since they are made of porous paper and fiber materials. It is best to gently wipe the walls with a dry sponge so that the friction does not pull off the flocked fibers.

Knowing which methods work best for various kinds of damage situations requires experience and knowledge in the restoration industry. For professional help with smoke-related issues, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 seven days a week.

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Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire in Your Cicero Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire in Your Cicero Home Even a small fire can cause damage to your home. Call SERVPRO for assistance.

SERVPRO can help clean your kitchen after a fire

The kitchen is the center of most Cicero homes, with people walking in and out of it all day prepping meals or grabbing a snack. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also where a majority of home fires originate. Cooking is one of the top causes of house fires and can do devastating damage to your kitchen and home. Taking safety precautions while you are cooking is always essential, but sometimes accidents still happen.

A kitchen fire and fire damage in your Cicero home are undoubtedly overwhelming. Much damage can happen quickly, and your kitchen may be unrecognizable. Cleaning up and restoring the area afterward is a big task, so reaching out to our staff at SERVPRO is the best thing to do. We are specially trained to handle these situations, and we have the equipment needed to do the job thoroughly.

There are various structural components we have to clean after a fire in your kitchen. For cabinets, the cleaning method varies depending upon whether the surface is unfinished or finished. Knobs and other hardware are removed if needed so we can clean in crevices and recessed areas. The interiors of cabinets are usually unfinished wood. A dry cleaning sponge is used to remove residues, and denatured alcohol is used for any remaining residues to avoid setting the smoke residues into the pores of the wood. Sanding may be required if any residues remain.

SERVPRO technicians usually clean lighting fixtures when cleaning the ceiling. We ensure the power is shut off first before cleaning any electrical fixtures. Cleaning solutions are pretested to ensure they do not affect the finish on a fixture. We clean behind light fixtures as well, not just around them.

When cleaning windows, we not only clean the glass but the framework and any hardware which are part of the window construction as well. We use a low-alkaline glass cleaner to get rid of residues from the glass without streaking, using a spray bottle and squeegee. Drapery rods and fixtures are also cleaned.

SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown works to thoroughly clean your home in West Garfield, Bucktown, or Cicero after a kitchen fire. Do not hesitate to give us a call at (773) 434-9100 once the fire is out to avoid additional damage.

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Fire and Odor Damage Cleanup from an Electric Blanket in Your Chicago Bedroom

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Odor Damage Cleanup from an Electric Blanket in Your Chicago Bedroom SERVPRO Restores Smoke & Fire Damaged Properties in Chicago

SERVPRO Can Abate Smoke Odors After House Fires

For many people in Chicago on a freezing night, the warmth of an electric blanket is excellent. If you hate getting into a cold bed, then turning on your electric blanket and letting it make a comfy place for you is appealing. Most of the time these blankets are safe, however, things can sometimes go wrong. Electric blanket fires happen for two main reasons: The element overheating to the point that it combusts or a broken electrical conductor arcing.
 
It is a very frightening event to suddenly have your electric blanket burst into flames, especially when you are under it. Even if put out quickly, the fire damage left behind in your Chicago bedroom needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO are not only prompt in answering your call but also understand that times like these are stressful for anyone who has gone through them.
 
One challenge after a fire is removing the smoke odor after a portable heater or blanket fire. Though the fire is quickly extinguished, the odors are often a challenge. We have been trained to understand how odor molecules permeate a structure and how to use various methods for odor removal. We also know how to perceive odors. Whether an odor is pleasant or not is in the mind of individuals. Some odors are unpleasant to everyone, while others such as paint fumes or gasoline, could be thought of as good odors by some, but very offensive to others.
 
The deodorization techniques that SERVPRO staff use deal with both real odors and imagined scents. The real odor is the sensation of smell made by a substance. Odor molecules interact with olfactory nerve cells in our noses. These nerves send a message to our brains which is interpreted by the olfactory lobe. An imaginary odor is what people think they smell. They are stimulated by a set of circumstances and strong impressions from previous, similar circumstances. Some think they are smelling something because of these events, not because there is an odor present. We can explain this phenomenon to clients, but that is all.
 
Deodorizing unpleasant odors can be a challenge. Real odors must be neutralized by using hydroxyl generators, thermal fogging, air scrubbers, and sprays.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown understands that any fire in your home in Cicero, Wicker Park, or Greektown is stressful. When you call us at (773) 434-9100 for help, we want to make sure we do our job to your complete satisfaction.

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Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Cicero Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Cicero Home Excess power through power spikes or damaged cords can cause your laptop to overheat and result in an electrical fire in your home.

SERVPRO Knows the Proper Techniques to Restore Every Part of Your Home after Fire Damage

Your laptop is something you use every day in Cicero for work or fun. Excess power, whether it is provided through poorly regulated power flow or power spikes, causes heat damage to electronics. It includes wires in a damaged power cord, plus metal parts of your laptop which is connected to it. The chance for combustion grows as the heat in your device builds. When the heat gets to the flashpoint of nearby furniture or carpeting, it can set other materials ablaze.

An electrical fire leaves you with a lot of fire damage to clean up and repair, but knowing where to start can be daunting. Your Cicero home needs professional expertise to get it restored back to the way it was after a fire, so calling on our technicians at SERVPRO is the wisest thing you can do once the fire is out.

Our goal to is to clean your home to preloss condition, which involves removing the effects of the fire damage. We also remove smoke residues from surfaces of your home. The residues give off smoke odors as well, so we have to deodorize the affected areas to get rid of malodors. Fires can damage parts of your structure badly enough that they cannot be restored, so we need to dispose of these structural items.

Before SERVPRO techs start cleaning, we do testing to figure out the right cleaning method, which is one that effectively removes the residues from the material or surface without damaging it. We can wet clean washable materials; we apply a cleaning agent that is water-based to the surface that does not damage the material. Non-washable materials cannot be wet cleaned. Applying a water-based cleaning product could cause more damage, so we use a dry cleaning method instead.

The type of residues on a surface can also help us choose the method of cleaning. Residues that are oil or grease-based need a cleaning agent which is a dry solvent, even though products which are water-based would not harm the surface being cleaned.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown works efficiently and thoroughly to clean your home in Wicker Park, West Loop, or Bucktown after fire damage. Just reach out to us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as the fire is out so we can help get your home restored.

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SERVPRO - Chicago Fire Damage - How it Forms

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Chicago Fire Damage - How it Forms We have proper tools and expertise to restore your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

How Fire Damage Forms in Chicago Homes 

Most of the fire restoration costs to a Chicago home comes from removing smoke and soot residues. Even in a small fire contained to one area, such as a kitchen, can leave a residue coating throughout multiple rooms.

SERVPRO is an expert in restoring the effects of Chicago home fire damage. We start by determining what burned and how the combustion of the material forms the different types of residue. Once our SERVPRO technicians understand that; it is easier for us to determine how to clean and restore everything from a single family home to an apartment complex.

Combustion needs three sources: Oxygen, heat, and fuel. When all three mix, property burns. When they burn poorly, residues form and settle on everything that the smoke reaches. We say poorly, but if all three sources were in a perfect mix, the fire would burn everything faster, causing more damage and replacement costs. The smoke moving throughout a home is composed of solid particles of carbon that did not burn completely, gases released from burning organic material, and tiny liquid particles called aerosols.

The aerosols and solid particles are what make smoke visible. If they are not present, then the gases are invisible. That is more dangerous since nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide comprise the gases and both are very hazardous to anyone near an active fire, and why every firefighter uses a breathing mask now. The aerosols and carbon particles are also what leave a visible residue after the smoke settles and absorb odors which provide the smells found in a structure after the fire has been put out.

That also means the smoke leaves a more heavy residue the cooler fire burns. A lower temperature heat source and less oxygen mean thicker smoke since the fire burns less clean. The smoke travels less distance, which means less property is affected the further away from the origin point of the fire.

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Determining what burned helps to us to plan how much labor is needed to clean and restore each home, regardless if it is a duplex, apartment building, or a one-family house. Understanding the speed at which the fire burned provides the information we need to decide which chemical cleaners and equipment are required. If you need our services, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today.

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Checking For Fire Damage Hazards In Chicago Basements

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Checking For Fire Damage Hazards In Chicago Basements Basements are extremely vulnerable to fire disasters in Chicago, especially since this is where most of us store our heat generating equipment.

Checking For Fire Damage Hazards

Basements are extremely vulnerable to fire disasters in Chicago, especially since this is where most of us store our heat generating equipment. Putting out a fire in the basement is often times challenging, and the damage can extend to the rest of the house if not controlled. Having the fire fighters neutralize the situation can be helpful, but it is the aftermath that should actually worry you.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the seriousness of fire damage in Chicago. We have highly experienced, IICRC-trained technicians ready to respond to your emergency any time of the day. Our stock of tools and equipment is at your disposal, waiting to return your home to preloss conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."

A thorough inspection of your basement can help detect several fire damage hazards. The combination of electricity, combustibles, and heat generators that are unattended can be hazardous. As a general rule of thumb, always have emergency escape areas with clear paths leading to the exits.

Flammable liquids are one of the most dangerous causes of fire damage in the basement. They produce vapors that are denser than air, which may ignite from a small spark produced by a hot water heater or furnace. Ideally, flammable liquids should be kept outside, in a shed - away from open flames, sparks, and heat. If you have to keep them in the basement, maintain enough clearance (at least 3 feet) around such appliances as the hot water heater.

A considerably large amount of combustible materials can fuel a small fire. Minimize the amount of storage by cleaning yearly or having a yard sale. Avoid storing things such as propane cylinders, snow blowers, and lawn mowers indoors as they contain flammable liquids that present a serious fire hazard.

Over-fused electrical boxes can also lead to extensive fire damage. When a fuse overloads due to too many connected appliances or some defective device/wiring, it may blow and cause an electrical fire. Do not use extension cords for devices that require permanent electricity supply such as freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners. These items can overpower the cord, causing it to overheat and ignite.

All fixtures should be properly secured, with junction boxes covered and wires adequately insulated. If you use the basement for storage, do not allow kids to play in there. Additionally, avoid storing lighters and matches in the garage and, if possible, keep them out of the reach of children.

As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can respond quickly to your fire damage emergency. We have all the necessary resources to restore your property to its original state in no time. For any assistance, call us today at (773) 434-9100.

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Advanced Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Chicago

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Advanced Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout Chicago Whether it is damage from fire, soot, or smoke, the technicians at SERVPRO know how to handle it and achieve great results.

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.
 
In some situations, fire damage leads to problems that affect both the structure of your Chicago-area home, as well as any contents left inside. When restoration technicians address incidents that occur on your property, your contents get moved to a clean area, either on or off site, to receive the proper attention in a safe, quality environment.
 
With your belongings moved, SERVPRO technicians check each section of your home for 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 and bathroom fixtures, as well as a home ventilation system that count towards structural damages. Anything that is attached to your home falls into this category, presenting SERVPRO technicians with a variety of challenging situations to overcome.
 
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. 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 on materials 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. Take advantage of our experience and get started on your home’s recovery, today. (773) 434-9100

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How SERVPRO Assesses Clean Up After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Assesses Clean Up After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home The Results of Flames and Heat Have Varying Effects Upon a House in Chicago

Damage to Your Chicago House or Apartment by Fire Has Many Degrees of Harm

Fire damage can happen more easily than most people realize. An unattended candle, hot oil or a faulty appliance are all potential causes of a house fire. Facing the aftermath of a fire can be emotionally draining and upsetting. Cleaning and restoring your home is a vital part of getting back to normal life after a fire. SERVPRO is on hand to help clean up your property.

One of the biggest challenges after fire damage to your Chicago home is deciding how and what to clean. Some items cannot be cleaned and need to be discarded. Others can be cleaned and restored - “Like it never even happened.”
 
We train our IICRC-certified technicians to assess the cleanability of your home and belongings thoroughly. Some of the factors which affect how easily your home can be cleaned include:
 
Type Of Surface
Porous surfaces are harder to clean because soot particles penetrate deeper into them. Non-porous surfaces such as vinyl or enamel based paints are easier to clean.
 
Materials
Synthetic materials leave behind residue when they burn. Burning rubber or plastic create a more challenging cleanup task. Soot should not be confused with smoke particles. Natural materials such as wood do not leave the same residue and are easier to clean up. The heat and fuel dictate if an organically burned element is dry smoke (powdery) or a wet smoke.
 
Air Pressure
The greater the air pressure, the harder it is to clean up after a fire. As air pressure, because of the intense heat of the fire, increases the air expands and pushes soot particles into nooks and crannies.
 
Heat Levels
The hotter the temperature, the more the potential damage; this includes cracking, bubbling or melting of surfaces, and more soot being pushed into materials. The hotter the fire, the more difficult the cleanup job afterward.
 
Age Of Surfaces
Older surfaces are generally more difficult to clean. This is because they have more wear and tear which makes them less resistant to damage or dirt.
 
Moisture Presence
Moisture in the air sets residues and makes them harder to clean up. This happens in situations where a fire hose is used during the firefighting effort or sprinklers were activated.
 
Our trained SERVPRO technicians have the skills and equipment to evaluate the damage to your home and belongings. Assessing each surface and item helps us build a thorough picture of the extent of the damage. From there we put together a plan of which cleaning techniques should work best. Not everything can be saved after a fire, but our aim is to salvage whatever is possible so you can get back to your normal life.
 
Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today. Our teams are ready to assess your home.
 

Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home Smoke Odor Removal is Part of the Fire Damage Cleanup Service in Chicago

SERVPRO's Methodology and Equipment Restore Smoke Damaged Properties

When a fire occurs, the most vital thing is to get it under control. After this crucial factor has been achieved, the next stage is to restore your home and belongings to their pre-fire condition. However, even after the initial clean up has been completed, the smell of the fire can linger. Many homeowners find that even after all charred and damaged items are removed, and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned there is still a smoky smell in the air.
 
If you can still smell a burned or charred scent after fire damage to your Chicago home, further work may be needed to deodorize your house. SERVPRO technicians are trained to deal with lingering fire odors swiftly and efficiently. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC teams have the skill and equipment needed to deodorize your house and leave it smelling fresh once more –"Like it never even happened."
 
We train our IICRC certified technicians to assess what is causing lingering odors after a fire. Confined areas, attics, rafters, and the insulation in your home are all especially susceptible to odor entrapment after a fire has occurred. Each area needs to be treated carefully to ensure the odor is removed.
 
SERVPRO does arrive at your home equipped with deodorizing equipment. The first step is to assess what is causing the smell to linger. The next step is to tackle the smell at its source. We thoroughly vent the problem area, and clean surfaces to help scrub away the source of the smell. For some spaces, an odor counteractant can be used to clean away those odors. In some cases, placement of an activated charcoal unit overnight can absorb the smell. IF the home is vacant of the residents, live plants, and pets, we can set up ozone machines which chemically capture smoke particulates in the air. This process is typically used during the initial phases of fire and smoke cleanup. Hydroxyl generators are also very useful in purging the ambient air of unwanted particles, thus mitigating, and finally, eliminating the smoke odors.
 
If cleaning and ventilation do not succeed in tackling stubborn smoke smells after a fire, our technicians are equipped with thermal fog equipment. Thermal fogging equipment mimics the heat and pressure of the fire in a safe manner. Materials that picked up the smell of smoke from the fire now pick up the deodorization droplets from thermal fogging in the same manner. Thermal fogging is one of the most effective ways to tackle lingering odors after a fire.
 
Let SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greek Town remove lingering smoke odors after a fire. Call us at (773) 434-9100 today for assistance.
 

How We Handle The Effects Of Fire Damage in Chicago

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How We Handle The Effects Of Fire Damage in Chicago Once the flames have been extinguished, homeowners are often overwhelmed by the amount of damage that's left behind.

Effects Of Fire Damage

Once the flames have been extinguished, homeowners are often overwhelmed by the amount of damage that's left behind. It's not just ashes and smoke that result from fire damage, but a number of other surprising things ranging from flooding to lingering odors.

If you're a homeowner dealing with fire damage in Chicago, you know that fire emergencies can affect a home in many devastating ways. Here's how the experts at SERVPRO tackle these challenges to restore your home.

Smoke Particles
The big problem with remaining smoke particles caused by fire damage is that it's notorious for causing odors. It also severely affects indoor air quality by not only imparting off smells by making the air itself harder to breathe in. Our technicians are equipped with advanced professional tools that effectively eliminate these particles, so your home will feel much cleaner and fresher.

Soot Residue
It's typically easy to see soot that has settled on home surfaces after fire damage has occurred, but soot is more than just an eyesore. It can be corrosive, damage surfaces, stain fabrics, and will wear through paint over time. SERVPRO professionals don't just wipe and vacuum away soot; we work to obtain a deep clean to prevent future damage throughout your home.

Water From Fire Damage
Firefighting efforts inevitably deposit additional residue as well as large quantities of water. Though it's necessary to tame flames, this type of fire damage can also be destructive to a home's structure. We're careful to extract water to not only make your home fit for occupying again but to ward off mold and mildew growth down the road.

Damage To Possessions
Furniture, clothing, electronics and other items can be ruined as a result of fire damage, but we're often able to salvage certain possessions. Our industry leading techniques and equipment allow us to restore what others end up throwing away, which saves you time and money.

At SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown, our top priority is to mitigate the effects of fire damage in your home while keeping your family safe. We'll perform speedy and efficient restoration so you can start enjoying your home once again. To receive further information or for a quote about our fire damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

Fire and Smoke Damage Require Professional Cleanup

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage Require Professional Cleanup Smoke & Soot Do Great Harm to University Village Properties, Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Property After a Fire

Fire damage results in a home that is filled with the odors of smoke and fumes from various materials that have burned. The stench can be overwhelming, and it's 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 University Village, 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.

Addressing Chicago Fire Damage

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Addressing Chicago Fire Damage Fire can cause significant damage to your Chicago property.

Call SERVPRO to Treat Fire Damage in Chicago

Fire is a homeowner's worst nightmare. Even if lives are spared, a fire can destroy a lifetime of irreplaceable possessions and precious memories. Fire can happen to any home, no matter the condition or age. If steps are not quickly taken to minimize the damage, smoke and fire can be disastrous to structures and personal property. Quick action is necessary to reduce the effect of a fire. It is best to be prepared ahead of time for Chicago fire damage so that you are aware of what steps you can take to reduce the consequences of fire.

Do Not Enter Your Home Until Given Permission by the Fire Department
Your home may not be safe to enter after a fire depending upon the extent of damage to your home. There may be electrical hazards and other issues that pose a danger to you. It is important to wait until you have the go ahead by the fire department before you try to enter your home. Also, do not turn on utilities until the fire department says that it is safe to do so.

Contact Your Insurance Company
Homeowner's policies require that losses be reported as soon as possible. Do not expect that someone else will contact your insurance company after a fire. This is one of the first things that you need to do as the homeowner. Therefore, in the event of Chicago fire damage, contact your local agent right away.

Minimize Damage to Your Home
Typically, most insurance policies require that homeowners take immediate measures to mitigate damage to a home after an event. Sometimes, they will refuse the claim if appropriate steps are not taken to prevent further damage to your home. Therefore, cover doors, windows and other openings. Make sure that the smoldering has stopped. If it has not, then contact the fire department to help prevent a flare-up. It might also be a good idea to put up a temporary fence around your property to prevent theft and vandalism.

Contact a Professional Right Away to Handle Restoration
Timing is imperative when dealing with water and fire damage. Mildew and mold can begin growing within a day after a house fire as a result of water used to put out the fire. It is essential to commence the restoration process as soon as possible. Contact a company that specializes in fire restoration to begin the cleanup and renovation process.

If you have Chicago fire damage, it is important to act quickly to minimize damage to your home. The professionals at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown are committed to restoring your home to its previous condition as efficiently as possible. Call us today at (773) 434-9100 for help.

Fire Damage in Wicker Park - Basic Restoration Guidelines

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Wicker Park - Basic Restoration Guidelines Fire can destroy entire homes and businesses in minutes.

Wicker Park Fire Damage - Basic Restoration Guidelines

Fire can destroy entire homes and businesses in minutes. While fire damage is quick, damage restoration takes time to clean efficiently, repair and restore your home or business in Wicker Park.
 


Basic Restoration Guidelines
Fire damage restoration in Wicker Park depends on the type of materials that were damaged by the fire. They can be put into three categories. These categories determine the type or restoration response or action to treat, clean, or repair these surfaces or items. These divisions are soft materials, hard porous materials, and less porous hard materials.
 


Soft Materials
Carpets, upholstery, draperies, tapestries, are all soft materials. When cleaning objects or items in this category remember to start with the soot that remains. Use a strong vacuum cleaner at an angle to avoid trapping more soot in the fibers of the material.
 


In Wicker Park, when fire damages your carpets, consult a carpet cleaning company for the best results. Restoration companies can handle the job of cleaning fire and water damaged carpets with their specialized equipment better that you or I can.
Is is essential to remove smoke odors with a chemical deodorizer before cleaning it.
 


Porous Hard Materials
All painted surfaces, wallpaper, drywall, and exposed wood are considered hard porous materials. These can require extensive cleaning from fire damage to your Wicker Park home. Remove soot with a dry chemical sponge. Smoke odors can remain for a long time in soft materials like clothes and curtains. It is, therefore, a great idea to use chemicals to deodorize the fabric before cleaning it.
 


Once smoke and soot damage have been removed or cleaned, see if your walls need repainting. Further, remove damaged wallpaper quickly to save money on unnecessary expenses later.
Remove all damaged painted surfaces and ventilate the area for proper smoke odor removal.
 


Less Porous Hard Materials
For less porous hard materials such as glass, metal, vinyl, or counters use a sponge and chemical detergent solution. Remove all dangers of electric shock before beginning the cleaning process. In Wicker Park, your fire damage might need the help of a restoration professional.
 


When you need fire damage restoration in Wicker Park, call SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

How To Recover From Home Fire Damage in Chicago

8/24/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Recover From Home Fire Damage in Chicago Repair to this Roof is Paramount to Restoration

For Your Chicago Home, Call in the Pros for Fire Damage Restoration

While homeowners will encounter numerous challenges with their residential property, recovering from fire damage in Chicago can be particularly difficult. First of all, the damage done to the propery can total thousands of dollars. Additionally, the damage can incorporate the loss of personal possessions while also entailing emotional scars. Moreover, the fire damage recovery process can become stressful given that homeowners have to grapple with several issues at once. In attempting to work with one's insurance company, restore the home, and find a place to stay during the restoration process, homeowners can become extremely stressed and anxious. For these reasons, attaining assistance from a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is important and advantageous. These experts will handle the cleanup and repair effort, thereby enabling you to focus your energy on other issues. To learn why hiring a restoration company would be appropriate for you, review the short outline regarding the services offered by a fire restoration company in Chicago.

Cleaning Services

One of the most important and effective services provided by a professional restoration company is clearing the damage from your home. To get started, the contractor will complete a Chicago fire damage assessment.This inspection is a multi-faceted process that involves the use of special equipment. The job also requires that the contractor possess substantive industry experience to ensure that the job is accomplished with expedience and excellence. This assessment will help determine how much damage has been done to your property and a large emphasis is placed on what equipment will be required for the restoration process. Following the damage assessment, the contractor will air out your property and remove excess water to prevent the accumulation and spread of mildew and mold. This corrective work is important given that mold and mildew can begin to thrive in your living space within 24 hours. If left unchecked, the debris can cause serious health problems for you and your loved ones.

Repair Services 

Once SERVPRO technicians have cleared and cleaned your Chicago home, they will move forward by repairing the damages caused by the fire. This may include damage to plumbing, carpet, drywall, the structural integrity of your house, electrical and other damage that your home may have endured. Expedite and optimize the repair and restoration process by hiring a professional restoration service such as SERVPRO. It is critical to have the equipment, technical expertise and sense of urgency to rapidly take the necessary steps to complete the restoration process.

Obtain Professional Services Now 

If your home endures fire damage in Chicago, it is practical and advantageous to obtain restoration services from a professional company.  Consider SERVPRO. Our trained experts are passionate about providing precise, detail-oriented services that restore your home to its pre-fire condition. 

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown is locally owned and operated. We are close by and quickly respond to your smoke or fire emergency. Call us at  (773) 4434-9100

Cleaning Smoke Damage With A Cicero Professional

6/12/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Smoke Damage With A Cicero Professional Specialty equipment has to be used in order to clean smoke damage.

Cleaning Smoke Damage With A Professional 

It is best to live the job of cleaning Cicero smoke damage to a professional. Many business owners and homeowners have the tools that they need, it can be difficult to restore drapes, carpet and upholstery that have been blackened by the fumes of a fire. Many people believe that they can use basic and simple techniques to clean up Cicero smoke damage. However, if they make a mistake, then they may cause even more damage. As a result of this, the item may need to be replaced. Professionals, like SERVPRO, who have received training from the Institute Of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration can ensure that the job is properly done and has the best results.

A powerful vacuum is the first tool used to clean up smoke damage. Soot is the most important thing to remove from drapes, carpet and upholstery. Soot is oil-based, so it has to be removed as soon as possible. If it is not removed, then it may attract additional dirt. The proper methods have to be used in order to avoid pushing the soot deeper into the carpet and fabric. The furniture and carpet will likely be covered in order to keep it from getting soiled again.

Specialty equipment has to be used in order to clean smoke damage. Rotary devices that eject steam, wet cleaning tools and rotary scrubbers are examples of items that may be used. One advantage of using extractors is that there is minimal or no residue or detergent foam. This allows for deeper suction within the furniture or carpet. Two applications are often required regardless of the tools that are used.

Not protecting the carpet from the furniture, wetting the carpet and using too much shampoo are some of the mistakes people often make when people attempt to clean up Cicero smoke damage. A professional will use the proper methods in order to ensure that your furniture and carpet does not suffer any damage.

Furniture is one of the main factors that affects one's ability to clean Cicero smoke damage effectively. The dye from wooden furniture can cause the carpet to stain. Metal furniture may rust and cause the carpet to stain. Without protective squares and foam blocks, it is very hard to separate the carpet from the furniture until it is dry.

Not only do professionals, like SERVPRO, have the proper tools, but they can also resolve a dispute with the insurance adjuster. Homeowners insurance policies often cover this type of damage. However, adjusters often recommend replacing drapes, carpet and upholstery instead of repairing it. A certified professional, like SERVPRO, can help you decide which is the best option for you.

Professionals, like SERVPRO, will be able to convince the adjuster that items can be restored with the proper techniques and materials are used. Restoration costs may be covered by the policy.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

The Dangers of Wicker Park Fire and Smoke Damage

5/11/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Dangers of Wicker Park Fire and Smoke Damage Professional restoration is the only way to make sure that your home is completely safe after a fire or smoke emergency.

The dangers of fire and smoke damage

The dangers of Wicker Park fire damage last much longer than the initial blaze. Fire and smoke damage can be two of the most toxic kinds of damage that a house can take. Fire and smoke have the unique capacity to permeate the walls, ceiling, floor, internal plumbing and upholstery in your home, creating a completely untenable environment for years if it is not properly treated.

Even smoke on its own is a dangerous commodity to leave unchecked. Smoke acts as a vehicle to spread fire, creating a much more hazardous environment if there is any danger of a blaze at all. Here are some of the basic facts about smoke and fire that every homeowner should know.

Smoke is actually more dangerous than fire.
Smoke is nothing more than a collection of toxic gases. While fire takes much longer to move and can be exterminated relatively quickly if addressed, smoke can completely engulf a previously safe home in less than three minutes.

Smoke can act in one of two major ways - as a narcotic or as an irritant. The symptoms of smoke inhalation can vary according to the environment and the person. Some of the more dangerous symptoms can include euphoria, confusion, disorientation, rashness and even physical pain if the smoke comes into contact with the mucus membranes in your nose.

Exposure to smoke for more than three minutes in large quantities is often fatal.

It is not just fire and smoke that make a home unsafe; it is also the damage that fire and smoke leave behind.

Aside from the toxic fumes that smoke and fire leave, they can also cause deep set structural problems to the infrastructure of your real estate. Even if you believe a certain location to be safe because fire did not destroy it after a blaze, it may not be. The structural damage may cause the entire room to cave in on you if you are not careful.

Professional restoration is the only way to make sure that your home is completely safe after a fire or smoke emergency. Your next move after a fire emergency should be to contact a fire damage contractor immediately. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

If you suffer fire or smoke damage in Wicker Park, SERVPRO of West Loop-Bucktown-Greektown can help. They specialize in Wicker Park fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. Our Professional Technicians have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. Call us for your emergency 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.