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Storms Off of Lake Michigan Can Damage Roofs in Chicago--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Off of Lake Michigan Can Damage Roofs in Chicago--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Stormwater Leaks in a Chicago Attic Need a Fast Cleanup and Drying Before This Happens--Call SERVPRO

Flood Damage Technicians in Chicago Discuss Problems with Attics

One common place that can get negatively affected by a severe thunderstorm that comes into Chicago is your attic. The confined space above your living area is a common spot that can develop flood damage after severe weather strikes. The most frequent cause of problems with your attic is a leak in your roof. Excessive rain or hail can ruin your roof's shingles and allow moisture to get into your home. When mitigating flood damage after a storm, our SERVPRO technicians always inspect your roof and attic for issues.
Once moisture gets into confined spaces in your home the humidity level in the area can rise significantly. Elevated relative humidity levels can cause your building materials to get wet and create flood- damaging effects inside your Chicago residence. When the humidity rises inside your attic, it can start to ruin your structural components. Elevated humidity levels can also create an environment that is prime for mold growth. Attics are a common place for fungi to develop since there is a large number of organic substances and natural microbes present.
Whenever dealing with problems inside your attic structural materials such as your insulation can get ruined. When insulation gets wet, it lowers the R-value of the material. Some types of insulation must get removed when it gets wet. Other types of insulation such as fiberglass, can sometimes be saved with drying procedures. There is also the problem of personal possessions and contents being ruined from the water or moisture.
When drying out an attic, our SERVPRO technicians can contain the area with a plastic barrier to better control the environment. To do this, we seal off the entrances and any vents inside your attic. We then attach an air scrubber to the containment chamber to suck up any harmful particles that get caught in the machine's HEPA filter. Once the region is contained, we set up air movers to create a counterclockwise airflow within the affected area. The fans help water evaporate into the air as dehumidifiers work on removing moisture from the air and dispensing it in liquid form.
If you ever notice wet materials inside your attic after a storm, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 any day of the week.

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Tips To Protect Your Home In Chicago From Being Destroyed By A Flood

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips To Protect Your Home In Chicago From Being Destroyed By A Flood SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown provides help with flood damage mitigation and restoration when worst comes to worst.

Fixes To Protect Against Flood Damage In Chicago And Improve Your Home

Although flood damage in Chicago is usually a rare event, it still holds the chance to cause you significant amounts of grief when you least expect it. With a few small steps, you can both help keep your home safer against flooding in the future and implement a few common-sense improvements to your daily life. Although you can never fully protect your home from the effects of storm flooding, these ideas may make its impact on you much smaller down the road.

Keep Valuables in Plastic Bins
Electronics, fabrics, and other items that could take permanent and severe flood damage in your Chicago home can all be placed in plastic bins for easy storage, organization, and protection against floodwater. Although a thin plastic barrier may not stop the most powerful of floods, they can protect your belongings from most floods we see, which are usually not powerful enough to topple bins over or rise above their brim.

Prioritize Storage on Upper Floors
Although basements and some ground-level floors may seem to be ideal places to store your belongings, almost all danger of flood damage to them can be avoided by instead storing these items in an attic or upper floor space. Consider also prioritizing the placement of expensive rooms, such as home offices, on upper floors as well to avoid losing valuable objects and sensitive information contained in them.

Seal Up Windows and Doors
Many older homes suffer from degrading windows and doors that fail to completely separate the inside of the home from the outside air. On top of adding to your risk of incurring flood damage from a storm, these cracks and openings can cost you a great bit of money in the winter months as your heating leaks out into the cold air. Protecting these spaces with new windows and doors or, at the very least, one of many available commercial sealing products can save on both your heating and potential flood damage restoration bills.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown provides help with flood damage mitigation and restoration when worst comes to worst. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100 for our help.

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After Your Water Heater Bursts In Your Chicago Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After Your Water Heater Bursts In Your Chicago Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO! Whether you have flooding in your home from a broken water heater, leaky window, plumbing pipes, or fixtures, SERVPRO can help.

What To Do When The Water Heater Bursts In Your Chicago Area Basement

Getting up in the morning every day is hard enough all on its own. You have to tear yourself out of your nice warm bed, wash up, get dressed and head to the kitchen to start your day. What happens when you go to turn on your faucet or shower they fail to produce any hot water?

You may think that your water heater isn’t working and that you might be facing flood damage in your Chicago area home this morning instead of going to work. Unfortunately, this is a scenario that homeowners face all too often, and it is something most of us dread. However, when you have a local restoration expert on speed-dial, things become a lot easier.

Whether you have flooding in your home from a broken water heater, leaky window, plumbing pipes, or fixtures, SERVPRO can help. Our technicians assist with shutting down the water source fast and limit the affected area to minimize damage. We also have access to a variety of extraction equipment that makes fast work of water removal after a flood.

Even if you already have a sump pump installed in your basement, SERVPRO can use emergency water extraction services to get the water out quicker. The longer you let water sit, the more damage you have to deal with in the long run. Standing water can ruin your carpeting, flooring, furniture, baseboards, drywall, and many other contents of your home.

Unless you have the equipment, training, and resources of a company, like SERVPRO, you should never attempt dealing with large amounts of water on your own. You could expose you and your family to a variety of biohazardous conditions that cause even more issues. Our company provides you with a quick, thorough solution to flood damage problems in your home and help you get back to normal in no time.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has technicians available 24/7, 365, always ready to respond quickly to your call for help. With extensive cleaning and restoration training, we work hard to make your property look its best. Call today (773) 434-9100.

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How Our Specialists Tackle Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Specialists Tackle Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home Properties affected by flood damage in Chicago require a thorough inspection to establish the extent of the problem.

The Correct Approach Helps Deal With Flood Damage In Chicago Effectively

Floods can occur anywhere, but some people believe that since their Chicago property is outside known flood zones, there is no need to take precautions. Buying flood damage insurance is vital because the standard homeowner cover is not sufficient. Even with the right coverage, you still need to do a lot to restore the property after a flooding incident. We offer professional restoration services and help homeowners file proper claims with the insurer.

Properties affected by flood damage in Chicago require a thorough inspection to establish the extent of the problem. Such examination should reveal the kind of waste dumped in the affected area, the materials affected by the water and all the sections the water reaches. When our SERVPRO team carries out such inspection, we can identify the kind of equipment necessary for restoration.

In a case involving floodwater, there is more to worry about apart from the effects of excessive moisture, or microbial growth. This is because the water carries many contaminated wastes including sewage, silt, among other debris. The person handling the restoration must, therefore, follow the right procedures to decontaminate the structure. Our SERVPRO crew first sprays EPA-registered disinfectants into the affected areas before starting the recovery. We also have proper protective gear including rubber gloves, boots, and full body suits, so you do not have to expose yourself to contaminants.

Removal of porous materials from the affected areas is important because cleaning does not remove all traces of contamination. Our SERVPRO crew is well versed with carpet and pad removal as well as proper disposal since such material can be considered infectious waste. We always consult your adjuster before removing such materials to ensure we iron out the cost implications.

Although contamination might be a big concern after a flood, there is still need to dry the structure properly to prevent mold development and bad odor among other issues. We use various approaches to ensure the property dries to the correct levels. For example, where the conditions are right, we can ventilate the affected area by opening windows then use air movers to drive moist air out of the building. Another alternative is a closed drying system whereby we seal off the affected area, then use air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture.

Flooding incidents are very disruptive, but they are easier to deal with when you have a professional helping you. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage and Your Chicago Home's Floors

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Your Chicago Home's Floors Tiles and Parquet Floors, Stormwaters in Chicago, and SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Remove Moisture from Joists and Subfloors During Demolition of Damaged Floor Tile from a Flooding

When inclement weather comes indoors in a Chicago house, it can create some pretty bad conditions for homeowners. Dealing with such problems do not happen on a regular basis, but SERVPRO is always available to get your home back to how you want it, quickly and efficiently.
In Chicago, houses sometimes suffer flood damage because the water in nearby streets cannot drain rapidly enough because of debris covering the drains. When the water in affected streets rises high enough, the water can enter homes and apartments. SERVPRO can handle the messy cleanup work and flood damage mitigation needed so your family can reside in a clean and dry home free of potential adverse health effects.
The floors in a home with flood damage can easily retain water and become ruined because of the tight seal that adheres tile to the floor. What once kept the floor in pristine shape now can create a severe problem. Such tile can begin to break when some areas swell underneath and push upward under the tile. Once enough pieces become broken, restoring the floor can become highly tricky. Many insurance adjusters opt to replace the floor instead of funding restoration efforts that might result in long-term maintenance needs that fail to provide cost-effective benefits. SERVPRO can attempt to dry the underpinnings or use drying mats to salvage tile and vinyl flooring components.
To remove tile from a home can prove difficult without the right tools. We first seal off the area to prevent dust, broken tile pieces, and any other debris from affecting other areas of your home. When we keep the space involved in this stage as small as possible, cleanup can happen much more efficiently. We also wear protective gear as tile can easily cut exposed skin, and the process of breaking it up turns many pieces into dangerous mini-projectiles.
Once these pieces have been broken down, we use a bully tool to slide them away from their base. This process works well in small areas with a hand-held tool, but for larger ones, we often use a powered machine which quickly removes the loosened tile pieces. This method leaves the floor ready for the reinstallation of new tile or another flooring of your choice. Afterward, we remove these from your home and dispose of them. Older tiles can contain asbestos, so we want to assure you that we follow all applicable regulations regarding such materials.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is always ready to help the residents of Ukranian Village, Cicero, and Pilsen with expert guidance and professionalism in all stages of flood damage mitigation. Contacting us by calling us at (773) 434-9100 puts you in control of your home again.

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Monitoring the Progress of Flood Damage Mitigation in Chicago

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Monitoring the Progress of Flood Damage Mitigation in Chicago Flooding is something that can happen quickly after a storm. Should your home get flooded, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flooding to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Occurring

Residential properties in Chicago can end up with all sorts of problems because of our proximity to Lake Michigan. SERVPRO can help homeowners through these problematic situations so the damage sustained by their homes remains minimal. We handle situations every day of the year, making us a reliable and professional company you can depend on in emergencies.
One type of situation that often affects area homes involves flood damage in Chicago. Our skilled technicians can effectively mitigate this type of problem, restoring your home back to its previous state. Making everything inside your home “Like it never even happened” includes ensuring the safe conditions, as well as the visual aesthetics that made your house a home.
Making sure your home is completely dry again minimizes the risk of microbial infestations, damage from water, rust of electrical components (including any newly installed units), warping of wood trim throughout your home, and peeling of paint and wallpapers and trim. Water vapor left behind by flood damage can continue to affect your house in many ways long after we finalize the visual aspects of flood damage mitigation.
In a thoroughly saturated home, the process of taking moisture level readings is just as important as taking measurements within a home where the problem seems minimal. We gather this information so we can assist your insurance agency in understanding the gravity of the emergency situation. In less severe situations, these measurements help us detect hidden water that you may not know about before we arrive. We continually monitor the amount of moisture in your property at various locations for similar reasons.
We must replace any walls that became saturated for a different reason than what carpets require similar treatment. The materials that your walls are made of cannot withstand the forcefulness that floods often produce, nor can they become undamaged, no matter how dry they become. Once damage by water occurs, only replacing these affected sections suffice.
Because damp conditions can adversely affect replacement materials of any kind, the technicians at SERVPRO use state of the art technology and the latest equipment to restore your home's interior to normal humidity levels. Our equipment not only removes moisture but it also measures its presence and helps us find hidden pockets that we might otherwise miss.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can be contacted by calling our 24-hour emergency services number, (773) 434-9100 whenever you need us. Flood damage can affect your home and lead to long-term problems that early mitigation can prevent.

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Restoring Your Flood Damaged Chicago Area Home Does Not Have To Be Hard

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Flood Damaged Chicago Area Home Does Not Have To Be Hard The amount of water that entered your home can make restoring your home somewhat tricky to handle.

Restoring Your Flood Damaged Home

Many homeowners struggle with whether or not they should choose to hire an IICRC certified company to address flood damage on their property. Hopefully, today we can help you understand why it is so important to have a licensed professional with the proper equipment, training, and resources provide you with the help you need.

After experiencing flood damage in your Chicago home, you may wonder how long the restoration process is or how much it might cost, or even whether or not you can perform repairs yourself and save a couple of dollars along the way. Well, each restoration is different, depending on the amount of damage present in your home. It takes a trained expert to locate all of the damage and drastically reduces your long-term losses, further protecting your home and living environment.

The amount of water that entered your home can make restoring your home somewhat tricky to handle. With the right equipment, a few inches usually does not last long. However, if you are dealing with over 4-5ft of water, it can take hours, if not days to get things under control. SERVPRO technicians can put a variety of hand-held or truck-mounted units to work for you, making water removal and drying procedures faster than ever before.

Flood damage restoration services are also highly dependent on the water source that causes the event. Local rainfall, broken pipes, and sewer backups all require a specific response. SERVPRO’s fully-trained restoration experts can provide you with the services necessary to handle contaminations of hazardous products such as sewage, oil, and gasoline that clean and disinfect your entire home after a flood. Doing cleaning like this on your own can often lead to missed areas that develop corrosion, rot, or mold.

Handling damage to household goods can be overwhelming as well. Are you dealing with just a few pieces of hardwood furniture, a few rugs, and a small area or are you faced with an entire structure, filled with dozens of boxes, books, furniture, bedding, carpeting, clothing, appliances, and more? SERVPRO can perform services on all of these items, limit any losses you experience, and get things back to normal quickly.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown services the entire area, providing quality cleanup and restoration services you can trust, call today (773) 434-9100.

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Professional Flood Damage Crews In Chicago

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Flood Damage Crews In Chicago Whenever a window breaks during a rainstorm, water gets inside your house and causes damage.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration

Most of the time when a rainstorm hits the Windy City, high winds occur. Whenever it gets windy, things like rocks become airborne and possibly break windows inside your Chicago home. Whenever a window breaks during a rainstorm, water gets inside your house and causes damage.

Water that gets in from a broken window causes damage to contents and building materials inside your home. If you notice water damage from a broken window inside a room in your house, it is smart to call in SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Chicago. Rainwater that enters your home during a rainstorm potentially causes some significant issues.

Any time rainwater gets into your house, contents and building materials get wet. Even if the damaged area seems small, it is possible that there is damage you cannot see. SERVPRO's IICRC Certified team has experience in mitigating both small and large problems. In any rainwater damage scenario, our team first tests the water to see if it is contaminated. If the water coming in from the outside has high contamination level, then some items inside the home get removed. In some cases, all of the water gets dried out, and removal of things is not necessary.

If drying is possible, then our specialists come in and remove furniture or objects from the damaged area. The experts then set up specialized drying equipment to bring moisture levels back down to normal so that mold growth cannot occur. The number of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers set up depends on the extent of the water damage.

If the damage inside your dwelling is small, then the drying process will be quicker. For small areas, our team can set up a small number of air movers and possible one dehumidifier to keep the moisture level in the air low. If the wet area is large, then furniture gets set up on blocks, and more air movers get put into the region to dry out all building materials before fungi can grow.

Any water damage situation involving rainwater needs to get professional attention immediately. If you notice moisture inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 for assistance 24/7.

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How Flood Damage Gets Restored to Your Chicago Home

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flood Damage Gets Restored to Your Chicago Home Flooding can literally leave you under water. Contact SERVPRO after you and your family are safe to dry out and remediate your property.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Flooding Disaster

Natural disasters can occur with little warning. While local news teams work tirelessly to give you the latest information about developments and the possibilities of instances like flash flooding occurring, the warnings do not always happen in enough time to stop the damage. When your Chicago home falls victim to a flash flood or other circumstances that leave several inches of water in lower levels of your home, it might not always be clear how to clean up the mess and restore the damage.
Flood damage to your Chicago residence is something that everyone does not have to experience or deal with in their lifetime, but the possibility is always there. With even the most sound construction of homes, mortar joints in foundations crack and erode, leaving pathways for water penetration into your basement or lowest level of your home. Once a path is available, it only becomes more significant over time as more water can pass through unabated.
Resolving this issue might be a product of hindsight once you already have flooding in the lower levels of your residence. Our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and experience to extract the water quickly and restore the damage to your home. Additionally, our focus has to follow with preventing future flood damage by repairing the fractures and cracks in the foundation.
Repairing the damage to the foundation is often as simple as using hydraulic cement and applying it to cracks and missing mortar joints. To polish this look, sometimes mortar is reapplied over the hydraulic cement to give the appearance of natural blockwork again. Unless water is actively still pouring through these pathways, our SERVPRO technicians focus first on extracting the pooled water to prevent structural damages and other potential problems.
In most instances of flooding, our SERVPRO team utilizes pump trucks within our fleet to pull the water from the floors very quickly. With the use of this truck and spot extractions with a wet vac, the affected area is ready to be dried. With a combination of dehumidification equipment and our air movers, we can thoroughly dry the entire area.
Flood damage does not have to be a costly and traumatic event in your family’s home. Trust the experienced technicians at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to get the job done right. You can reach our emergency response team anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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Safety With Electricity After Flooding In Your Chicago Home

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety With Electricity After Flooding In Your Chicago Home If the weather and flooding have taken you by surprise in your Chicago home, the flood damage you are faced with can be very daunting.

Safety After Flooding

Disasters are bound to happen at some point. It is how life goes. Even in Chicago, you can be a victim of flood damage. You might not live in an area which is prone to heavy rains, but changing weather patterns can send surprises to people who thought they were safe. It's in your best interest to do all you can to prepare and prevent flood damage from heavy rains.

If the weather and flooding have taken you by surprise in your Chicago home, the flood damage you are faced with can be very daunting. It can come upon you quickly, as well, and before you know it your once dry home is under inches or feet of water. SERVPRO understands how stressful and overwhelming something like this can be, so that is why we are always available when you need us.

When we are faced with a flooding situation, environmental hazards are present. These include structural hazards, electrical hazards, and hazardous materials.

Water conducts electricity, and mixing the two can be disastrous. Flooding can cause water to enter the wiring system of your home. The first item we check is the power distribution box. All circuit breakers are turned off at the panel. Doing so is especially important if water got into electrical outlets or wall cavities, or when you have outlets on the floor.

Since SERVPRO’s equipment to remove the water from your home requires electricity, we must use ground fault circuit interrupters which cut the power if they detect too much current. We always check any tools, cords, and other accessories for damage before using them, and ensure the ground plugs are not broken, and the cords have no cuts, frays, or nicks.

Once we have made sure that no electrical dangers are present in the home, we can begin working safely to dry your home back out and restore your structure and possessions.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown takes pride in our safety procedures on every job to keep your family and our staff safe. Residents in the areas of Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, or Bucktown can rest easy when they call us at (773) 434-9100 to clean up flood damage.

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Be Prepared for Flood Damage in Chicago This Winter

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Flood Damage in Chicago This Winter When snow melts it can make its way into your home causing flood damage.

Rely on SERVPRO if Your Home Experiences Flood Damage from Wintery Conditions

Predicting the weather months in advance is a process too complicated for even the most powerful modern supercomputers, but you should be prepared for winter flooding regardless. Flood damage can still happen in Chicago in the winter and early spring, even when the ground stays snowy and the precipitation remains frozen. Snow can melt, rainstorms can melt ice to create sudden flood incidents, and even some household water lines can freeze or break and create a big problem. SERVPRO is ready every hour of every day to respond to flood damage calls in the local area, so never hesitate to contact us in an emergency.

While flood damage in Chicago is most common in the later spring and summer months, it is still entirely possible in the coldest parts of the year. Any of the reasons mentioned above could cause flooding in your home, or other, less common issues could crop up. Regardless of the cause, we do not allow cold weather to get in the way of our service to the community. Any time and any day you have an issue, we should be available to respond.

Winter conditions can sometimes complicate flood damages in unusual ways. Water that is allowed to freeze and melt repeatedly can cause severe and lasting damage to a home's building materials. If snow manages to get into the home, it can melt into surprising volumes of water that can seep deep into carpets and flooring materials. Also, in the event of a major blizzard or snowstorm, snowpack may be so thick and heavy that it can cause significant water damage to the exterior of your home before the bulk of it ever gets a chance to melt. If you feel that any of these factors have managed to permanently damage your home, be sure to call SERVPRO to learn how we can help.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a locally owned home damage restoration company with the resources and backing of a national label. Contact us at (773) 434-9100.

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Flood Damage Restoration and More Throughout the Chicago Area

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration and More Throughout the Chicago Area When you are facing flooding in your home, it's time to get to safety and call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our quick response will right after.

Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Tackle Your Flooding Disaster

Harsh weather conditions can take a severe toll on your property and even cause separation issues when things get too rough. If you find yourself facing significant flood damage to your Chicago area home, call us for help.

When overwhelmed or caught off-guard, it helps to know that professional help is available. We can help you return to your home safely and provide flood damage restoration services in Chicago needed to recover quickly. With qualified cleanup and restoration technicians available 24/7, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and have the personnel, equipment, and resources available to tackle any size job.

After you place a call to our office, it becomes our duty to make damages disappear. "Like it never even happened." We put all of our training and expertise to work, focusing on your home, family, and the situation you find yourselves experiencing. Our entire staff drives your restoration as quickly and efficiently as possible while producing the excellent results you deserve. SERVPRO staff works with you and your insurance company to make the process as stress-free as possible.

As fully IICRC-industry certified technicians, every SERVPRO team member makes every effort to limit your losses. We have access to advanced water extraction equipment, water detection devices, and drying equipment that makes getting water out faster. We help you return home safely and get the most out of a possibly devastating experience.

We provide technicians with several years of experience, who understand what it takes to save many of the items affected by a flood. Your furniture, carpeting, and personal items just might be salvageable; it just takes a professional to perform the right services to make it a reality. SERVPRO can help you get back on track, providing unique solutions tailored to fit your home’s specific conditions.

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for full-service solutions throughout Bucktown, Greektown, and more. We are ready whenever you need us and provide you with the understanding, caring, hardworking professionals that help make your house a home again call today. (773) 434-9100

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SERVPRO Flood Damage Bucktown

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Flood Damage Bucktown Trust SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown to restore your flood damage!

SERVPRO Bucktown Flood Damage 

Floodwaters in our area usually come from storms and when the North Branch of the Chicago River overflows its banks. It has been more common this winter because of the incredible rains we have had so far.

Flood damage to Bucktown homes is never a routine issue for residents, regardless of the source. Water not removed quickly enough damages walls in just a day or two which now must be demolished and replaced. SERVPRO has the trained personnel and the equipment needed to restore your home to its pre-flooded state.

Drywall is particularly vulnerable to absorbing water and begins crumbling right off of the wall frame or in the hands or a restoration crew, regardless of how careful they are with each panel. If removed successfully, the drying procedure still takes five to seven days before a single panel is safely re-hung in your home. This extended drying time costs almost as much as new panels.

Double layers of drywall require ten days to two weeks to completely dry out. These panels are not as common and are used to provide additional soundproofing where needed. Double layer drywall costs more obviously, but if a homeowner can wait, it is still cheaper than buying new panels.

However, if an insurance company is paying for alternate housing while we work to restore your home, the additional cost of new panels may be cheaper than an extended stay in a hotel or motel; especially for a large family. Our managers have extensive experience with the major insurance companies and do their best to keep you and your insurer happy with the process.

If an inspection shows the panels are not too soaked from the flood damage, there is the option of drying in-place. Our technicians use commercial air movers and specialized heaters to dry the panels and the air behind them The process is monitored from start to finish using a penetrating moisture tester. In-place drying is the only option available if a homeowner wants to save panels covered with wallpaper.


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There may be some rain later this week, but the temperatures stay above freezing till the weekend. It is the perfect time to call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to look at previous flood damage or to ask for an inspection and try to get ahead of the next foul weather. Contact us today at (773) 434-9100.

Flood Damage Services Offered To Chicago Homeowners

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Services Offered To Chicago Homeowners In some cases, the standing water in your home exceeds two inches in depth, making submersible pumps necessary to remove water in larger volumes.

SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Services to Homeowners in Chicago

Flooding issues can become a major problem in areas like your kitchen, bathroom, or basement that contain a constant water source, causing significant problems if not maintained correctly.

Whether it is the result of a broken pipe, faulty fixtures, or improper drainage, flood damage can endanger your Chicago home and create some serious health risks for you and your family.

SERVPRO technicians are flood damage restoration experts who come prepared to perform quick, efficient services, returning your home to a quality preloss condition with limited interruptions to your daily routine.

We offer 24-7 emergency services, providing customers with immediate attention and solutions that meet their schedule. We work quickly to help avoid additional losses from occurring and fast-growing fungus from thriving on your property.

SERVPRO has access to water extraction equipment of all sizes, from hand-held extractors that have a 5 to 12-gallon waste tank to truck mounted extractors with 60 to 100-gallon containers.

In some cases, the standing water in your home exceeds two inches in depth, making submersible pumps necessary to remove water in larger volumes. Our technicians have the right tools available to address your situation.

All of the water exposure causes problems with vulnerable items like photographs, paperwork, electronics, or expensive belongings that other companies may give up on saving.

SERVPRO technicians have experience in cleaning and restoring many damaged items and materials, delivering the appropriate antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments necessary to eliminate potential health risks that may exist.

If you are concerned about unpleasant odors that develop along the way, we offer services that involve the use of air scrubbers and fogging equipment that help remove even the most persistent odors caused by flooding.

Air scrubbers are a portable HEPA filtration system that uses filters to draw air in from the surrounding area, removing various particles, gasses, and chemical substances from the air within the affected areas of your home.

SERVPRO also safely disposes of materials and items that are beyond restoration and help with the repairs needed to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition that you and your family can enjoy.

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Even Minor Storm Damage can Affect Your Home for Months in West Loop if Left Unrepaired

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Even Minor Storm Damage can Affect Your Home for Months in West Loop if Left Unrepaired Because we are SERVPRO, we have extensive training in all aspects of storm damage repairs and restorations.

Storm Damage Getting the Best of Your West Loop Home?

Sometimes, a storm may not seem very powerful. Weaker storms can be deceiving, making you feel that there is little possibility of storm damage. Storm damage does not always mean that a tree has fallen down on your home, crushing the roof. Storm damage can be as minor as a few shingles that have blown off or twisted hinges on a screen door. Both of these situations, and others, require repairs. Left alone, they can be sources of additional damage. Preventing those situations from escalating can also prevent increasingly higher repair bills from becoming a reality for you.

West Loop area homeowners who do not repair minor storm damage often find themselves coping with even more damage that can be extremely extensive and expensive. We can help you avoid these additional problems. There is no reason to procrastinate on having repairs made, but there are many reasons to have restorative work done as soon as possible.

Because we are SERVPRO, we have extensive training in all aspects of repairs and restorations. We have completed many differently sized jobs over the years, and we can successfully handle any size disaster, including the one you are facing. Our certifications cover the many different cleaning and restorative types of work that storm damage can cause.

Having the training and certifications required to repair your home's siding, shingles and other components of your roof, gutters, windows and frames, screen doors, and much more shows we are ready to restore your home to its previous beautiful condition. When storm damage happens, these repairs are necessary to prevent additional damage from affecting your home. Repairs provide protection for your home and the contents inside.

If shingles have been torn off, or siding was peeled away, water and insect pests can enter at the first opportunity. Larger openings in your roof can permit rodents and birds to come in and make their homes in your attic space. Some rodents are more damaging than others and won't stay in the attic but will find their way into other areas of your home. If windows are damaged, this can put your home at increased risk for burglaries.


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To protect your home from unwanted visitors and rainwater that can cause substantial damage in the future, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 We can repair any damage caused by the latest storm, making sure that your home is as secure as it should be.

Storm Damage Issues in Chicago

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Issues in Chicago Storms can damage your home as they pass through. Call SERVPRO today to remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Assess and Tackle Storm Damage to Your Property

Although snow is only expected for two days over the next week, we all know that the forecast can change on a dime. With the threat of a new polar vortex coming our way, now is the time to consider what to do if your home suffers damage from the coming weather.

Storm damage to Chicago homes does not have to be a permanent problem. Roofs can be fixed or replaced, and outside walls can be repaired. SERVPRO does not do major construction, but we are one of the largest restoration companies in the State of Illinois when to comes to putting the interior of your back together after the snowstorms have passed.

First, our response team will remove any standing water or puddles that are in your home. As a company with a nationwide network available, we can use the exact size pumps needed to get the job done.

Next, we will use specialized vacuums and extractors to draw out the water from your carpets and floors. Technicians will then use heaters that are designed to touch and dry carpets without scorching the fibers or discoloring them. If the carpets have been under water for too long, the pads underneath may need to be removed and replaced.

As the carpets are dried out, commercial heaters and dehumidifiers will be used to dry out floors and walls. Besides the need to prevent wood floors from warping, returning your home to a normal level of moisture also helps to prevent the growth of mold.

If the water removed from your home has a large amount of dirt or other soil in it, you will need us to clean and sanitize the carpets and floors as well. We have a large inventory of cleaners and sanitization agents to accomplish this. If the water has been standing for too long, we may also need to apply deodorizing cleaners to furniture and walls to remove lingering odors.

Dealing with the aftermath of a severe storm is never simple. At this time of year, it can be a disaster. SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is here to help you restore your home to its original state and hopefully get you back in the holiday spirit. Call us today at (773) 434-9100 to get started.

Safety is Crucial During Flooding

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety is Crucial During Flooding Flooding can be devastating. Get to safety and then call SERVPRO to remediate your property!

SERVPRO Can Help You Recover from Flood Damage

If your home has been flooded, it is useless for us to offer you preventative advice -- the damage has been done. However, it is important to avoid being caught unaware after you have fallen victim to flooding in your home.
Flood damage in North Side Chicago can be a scary experience. Nobody wants to experience a devastating event like flooding, and many homeowners can find themselves at a loss of what to do after it has happened. SERVPRO takes pride in being a part of the incredible Chicago community, and our specialists are sympathetic and sensitive to your needs during a disaster.
What to Do After a Flood
After flooding has taken place in your home due to natural disaster or a burst pipe, it is important to make sure you make the right decisions during and after the event.
Turn Off the Electricity
First, if you are able to do so safely, turn off the electricity at the main breaker or fuse box. Even if the power is off in your community due to a natural disaster, shut down the power regardless. Once this is done, you can avoid electricity safety issues.
Get You and Your Family to Safety
The most important thing during a flood is your safety and the safety of your family and/or pets. If it is an in-home flood, take what you can on your way out (waterproof tub of important documents, cell phone, pets), but do not risk your life. During a natural event, it is of particular importance to get to higher ground and stay safe, even if you cannot grab anything on your way out.
Call Your Insurance Agent
Call your insurance agent once you and your family are safe. Make sure someone comes out to inspect the damage. It is always better to have your insurance company inspect the damage, even if you do not think they will cover it. Your policy may pay for it after all.
After a natural flooding event, if it is catastrophic, call FEMA, the Red Cross, or another federal/local government disaster agency if needed. If you need help with food, shelter, clothing, and more, do not be afraid to seek assistance to get what you need.
Contact Us Today
If you have run into an unfortunate flooding event, we are happy to take your call and get you on your way to recovery. Our Emergency Services line means you can call us 24/7 when disaster strikes. Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

Storm Damage Restoration Experts

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration Experts Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Storm Damage in Chicago

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Storm Damaged Property

Chicagoans are very familiar with Lake influenced snow storms, severe tornadoes and intense thunderstorm which can vastly disrupt homes and businesses. With these storms, water deluge, high winds and the possibility of a fire causes costly structural damage. This type of damage combination displaces families and businesses within our communities. Our full-service skills mean that one call will bring the scientific approach, heavy duty equipment, technical expertise, and experience that you need to restore your property quickly.
Storm damage in Chicago can also bring sewage problems and mold growth. Storm emergency damage occurs with little warning and can be devastating. When you call SERVPRO, we do everything that is needed to restore instead of to replace damaged property. Don't worry, if reconstruction is required, we can handle the entire process.
We begin with a thorough inspection and assessment. Our water removal and drying process include thermal scanning and the use of high-tech equipment and tools. With our IICRC certified technicians working on your behalf, they clean and sanitize your personal investments. Restoration can involve minor and major repairs which we are qualified to handle.
SERVPRO is as close as your nearest neighbor because we are locally and operated. We are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. Our experts take photos and provide documentation of each damaged area. With this action, we can provide a stress-free claims process, to help you manage the insurance paperwork that is needed. We are not an insurance company, but our vast experience coordinating storm damage restoration with you and your adjuster is a plus.
With fire damage to your property, we don't just show up and leave when everyone else has left. We go through the restoration and repair process with you. We'll bring your residential and commercial properties back to life. In no time, we can have it looking like it was never damaged, "Like it never even happened." We can empathetically give families and business owners the peace of mind they deserve.
Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown, today to see how our trained technicians can restore your property back from a damaged appearance. Our friendly customer service consultants are available to answer any questions you may have about our services. We are easy to reach for any emergency service 24/7,  just call (773) 434-9100.

How much snow on your roof is too much?

2/3/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How much snow on your roof is too much? Snow roof risks

Snow levels totaled over 19 inches in the Chicagoland area after the Superbowl Blizzard this weekend. When snow/ice on your roof exceeds 20-25 lbs. per square foot, your roof may be in the 'Danger Zone.' A roof rake can help to safely remove snow and prevent damage to your home. As the ice and snow begin to melt, it's the best time to check for leaks. Check for soft spots on your roof, ceilings, and walls. Look for signs of water around windows, showers, and toilets.

If you happen to have roof damage or water leaks from the snow, SERVPRO of West Loop/ Bucktown/ Greektown is here to help 24/7! We provide emergency board-ups, water mitigation services, and reconstruction including roof repairs. 


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