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When It Comes To Dealing With Water Damage In Your Chicago Home, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When It Comes To Dealing With Water Damage In Your Chicago Home, Our Crew Is Here To Help! In case of a water spill, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to help clean up your home to sanitary levels.

Crucial Factors To Consider During Water Cleanup In Chicago

When water leaks and damages property, the main concern many Chicago homeowners have is to restore the property to its preloss state. However, it is crucial to follow the right steps when performing the restoration processes to achieve the intended goal. We offer professional restoration services and rely on advanced training as well as vast experience to deal with any loss “Like it never even happened.”

Speed is a vital aspect of any exercise involving water cleanup in Chicago. Some of the damages like staining or microbial growth that occur after a water spill incident can be tied to the time taken to extract the water. Using sophisticated equipment or advanced techniques are two ways to increase the speed of extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians combine both depending on the situation. For example, we use water extractors or the more specialized injectidry systems to remove water without tearing down the structure. In other cases, we cut vent holes or do a controlled demolition to remove water from concealed areas.

To a certain degree, the total area of the house that requires cleaning is determined by the level of water migration. As the water moves, it dissolves different materials including dust, pet wastes, and dyes among others, spreading the residue all over the property. Having a proper way of tracking water migration helps ensure the right outcome. Some typical ways of doing it include controlled teardown of suspect areas and using advanced equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras and moisture sensors to track affected areas conveniently.

The type of soiling and the materials in the affected areas influence the cleaning approaches chosen. It is easier to remove soils from hard surfaces such as wood compared to porous ones such as carpets. Cleaning should also include structural parts such as walls and subfloors for satisfactory results. Our SERVPRO technicians use pressure washers and professional cleaning agents to remove dirt and grime from hard surfaces. On carpets, we use approaches such as rotary jet or hot water extraction, shampooing and deluxe preconditioning.

In case of a water spill, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to help clean up your home to sanitary levels. You can reach us at (773) 434-9100 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Water Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Home In Chicago

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Home In Chicago Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (773) 434-9100.

Water Damage In Chicago Can Be Severe, But SERVPRO Can Help

Many people don't understand just how serious of a problem water damage in Chicago can be. When a part of your home takes on more water than it would typically be able to handle, it can begin to undergo changes and processes that leave permanent marks on the building that can take much more time and money to repair than a professional cleanup job. Our certified SERVPRO technicians respond quickly to any calls about water damage we receive to ensure that your home gets the fast and thorough treatment and care it deserves.

The Severity Of The Problem
Although all cases of water damage in Chicago are different, several broad categorizations help us to understand exactly how severe the matter is and what treatment techniques we can expect to use during the mitigation and restoration processes. Water color can tell us quite a bit about safety hazards and necessary precautionary measures, so be sure to say in your initial phone call whether the water in your home was clear, cloudy, or dark when you first saw it. Once we get an inspector to your home to analyze the situation with a professional eye, we can provide a more detailed assessment of how extensive the damage is and what we need to do to fix it.

What Comes Next?
More severe water damage situations such as floods can take several weeks to restore. These projects usually require more drying time and minor reconstruction efforts such as replacement or refinishing of floor materials. For smaller spills, our drying and restoration times can have much higher variance, but SERVPRO makes sure to approach every job with the best care we can provide to keep the impact on your life as low as possible.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown maintains readiness on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help with water, fire, and other types of damage. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (773) 434-9100.

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Get Your Life Back on Track with Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get Your Life Back on Track with Professional Water Removal Services in Chicago Water Damage in Chicago Dwellings Get Mitigated with SERVPRO's Fast Service

SERVPRO Advises Property Owners to Seek Professional Help for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Whether you want to take a shower, quench your thirst, clean your garments, or in some cases the house too, water should be a welcome sight. When uncontained, though, water can become a nuisance, at the very least leaving you with a challenging task when it comes to getting rid of it. In the extremes, however, water damage could threaten the health of anyone who occupies the building, be it your family, colleagues at your workplace, or even your pets. Besides, “hidden” water, being somewhat hard to find, could lead to unseen damages to your Chicago home or some other building that has been affected by any water damage or flooding.

DIY. Is it the right thing?
There is a group of Chicago homeowners who do not think that they need water removal services, so when faced by the situation, they opt for DIY solutions, unaware of the problems they create as a result. Someone may head over to a store, rent a wet vacuum so they can get rid of the water, then use different air drying methods to finalize the process. As much as the problem seems to have been solved, any case of “unseen” water could hit back in the form of mold attacks, moisture can be the cause and must be controlled.

Think professional
When faced with any water emergency, the best thing would be to act fast and make the right choice which is consulting water removal experts. At SERVPRO, we believe that any water emergency situation can be handled and the effects mitigated so you can enjoy your peace. When you think professional, think of our IICRC certified experts and the high-quality results they are capable of delivering.
 
Always prepared
Our team of able professionals can do whatever it takes to reverse the effects of an emergency situation or even a scheduled cleaning. We respond immediately with all the necessary water removal equipment to ensure that no more time is wasted for better chances of a complete recovery.
 
We are here for you
At SERVPRO of West Loop/ Bucktown/ Greektown, we are available to help  24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (773) 434-9100.

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Remediating Water Damage and Drying Property in Chicago Homes

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediating Water Damage and Drying Property in Chicago Homes Dealing with active water damage can be exhausting and frightening. Contact SERVPRO and we arrive on the scene quickly to help.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Four Factors to Focus on During the Water Damage Remediation Process

Removing water from Chicago homes after a flood is only the first step in restoring them to a clean, dry, and safe environment. To allow the owners and residents to resume their routine means getting every bit of excess moisture out of the home and carefully drying the interior and property.
 
SERVPRO restoration teams need to bring four different factors back to normal levels to reverse the effects of water damage in Chicago homes. Once accomplished, our technicians can restore most property if it wasn’t already, permanently damage by the water by adjusting the Humidity, Evaporation, Air Movement, and Temperature.
 
Relative Humidity is the level of moisture, or water vapor, in the air inside the home. If it is over 60 percent, then the air is considered saturated, and drying slows almost to a standstill. To lower it to an acceptable level of under 40 percent, our specialists install dehumidifiers to draw water directly from the air and nearby structural property like wall panels and ceiling tiles.
 
Reduced humidity ties directly into Evaporation. As the dehumidifiers lower the humidity, natural evaporation increases. Water trapped in personal property like furniture turns to vapor faster as the air dries. Evaporation starts after the amount of water in a home is reduced to less than two inches in depth, so removal is very important.
 
At the same time, SERVPRO specialists also increase Air Movement. At key points in the home, they install air movers to blow warm, dry air throughout the home and across the surface of the affected property. To assist in this, they also install fans at doors and windows to draw out the cool, damp air and force it outside the home. Both actions help speed up the overall drying process which prevents the property from absorbing too much moisture and causing permanent damage.
 
Finally, there is the Temperature of the home. Property dries faster in a range of 70 to 90 degrees. If the outside air is below that range, and the home HVAC is not usable, then our team can bring in portable heaters to raise the inside temperature. They do this carefully, since raising the temperature too quickly can raise the humidity level, counteracting the efforts of the dehumidifiers.
 
Restoring any home from the effects of water damage is not a simple process, but a professional restoration service can get you back to your home quickly and only when it is safe. If you need us, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 today. We are here for you.

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What You Should Do When a DIY Project Goes Wrong and Causes Water Damage

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Should Do When a DIY Project Goes Wrong and Causes Water Damage Sometimes a DIY project can turn disastrous and cause water damage to your home. Call SERVPRO right away after an incident.

Team  SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene With Advanced Tools to Properly Dry Out Your Home

Sometimes it can be tempting to fix an appliance or install a new faucet by yourself to save some money, however, should a part of the process go wrong, you could accidentally cause water damage in your home. There are endless tutorials online that can walk you through doing installations by yourself, but they do not always prepare you for when something goes wrong. More than likely, the restoration of the water damage can end up costing you even more money than you would have had to spend hiring a professional install the new faucet for you.
 
If you do not notice the leak underneath your sink for a few days while it slowly causes water damage to your Chicago home, the outcome can become even worse. All of the moisture that your kitchen cupboard is absorbing from the leak creates the perfect condition for the growth of mold. It is essential for you to have the leak fixed once you find it so that no further water damage can occur. As a general rule, if you find water damage in your home, calling a restoration company as soon as possible can help ensure a successful job; after all, the quicker the damage it dealt with, the better it is for the longevity of your home.
 
When you rely on SERVPRO, we strive to get a team of our IICRC-certified technicians to your home as quickly as possible. Our technicians can bring advanced technology to your home and start the job right away. Our SERVPRO techs can open up the cupboard underneath your sink and use tools like desiccant dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation fans to create an ideal a drying system that best fits the space.
 
If an accident in your home leads to water damage, do not delay. Phone the number (773) 434-9100 to reach out to SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown. We strive to swiftly remediate the damage in your home so you can get back to your everyday life.

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Water Damage Experts In Chicago Explain Final Cleaning

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Experts In Chicago Explain Final Cleaning Excessive moisture can also cause mildew-like odors to exist after it is removed.

Water Damage

If a pipe ever breaks inside your Chicago apartment, structural components and your possessions can get damaged. Excessive moisture can also cause mildew-like odors to exist after it is removed. The last steps of any restoration project are the cleaning and deodorization stages.

Before leaving any job site, our SERVPRO technicians make sure your home is as clean as it was before the loss. During any water damage scenario in Chicago, odor control is vital. In most cases, as long as moisture is removed within 48 hours, microbial growth does not take place, but some pungent aromas can still exist.

During the work process, it is possible that dust and debris get into your home. When our SERVPRO technicians complete the final cleaning process, any soils created by the work get removed. Structural items like floors and walls often get cleaned before we finish the job.

Whenever cleaning items inside your apartment we use IICRC certified methods and chemicals specifically made for the materials, we are cleaning. During the final clean, we shampoo and deodorize any carpeting or rugs that get affected by moisture. When cleaning carpets, we pick the best method based on how severely the carpets got soiled. Different methods get implemented if the soils are just on top of the carpet fibers or if they got deeply embedded into the fibers.

In some cases, if the soils are light but the source of the water was gray water, a more aggressive method must be used. For lightly soiled carpets we typically use hot water extraction or bonnet methods. If the carpet is a low pile carpet, then we can use shampoo during the cleaning phase.

For moderate soiling, we can also use hot water extraction methods and shampoo if it is a low pile carpet. Since the soil is a little more prevalent with moderate soils we also sometimes use the deluxe preconditioner and rinse method. We also can use the preconditioner and rinse method with heavy, deeper soiling. With deep soils, we also can implement showcase and rotary jet extraction methods.

When cleaning after a restoration project, we clean until your home looks as good as it did before the water damage if not better. For help with cleaning after water-related issues, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 24 hours a day.

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What to Do When Your Chicago Home Sustains Water Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When Your Chicago Home Sustains Water Damage Bathroom Leaks Can Lead to Major Water Damage in Chicago Homes--Contact SERVPRO for Cleanup, Drying, and Restoration

Call SERVPRO, of Course, for Swift Water Removal and Restoration

Coming home to water damage in your bathroom is a nightmare that most would not walk into willingly. Being away on a brief vacation and returning home to the piping under your bathroom sink leaking is just enough time for the problem to get out of hand. The water can pool and then slowly soaked into the floor and walls around it. Soon enough, the bathroom is in desperate need of professional services. Ignoring the problem would only allow the potential for mold growth or rot. Fortunately, professional help is not far.

Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians can inspect your Chicago bathroom for water damage and then pick the appropriate method to tackle it. The longer that water sits in your home untouched, the more damage it can do. We appreciate your time is limited and strive to arrive at your home as soon as possible so that we may begin the restoration process swiftly.
 
What is essential in water damage restoration is establishing the best method to create a dry environment. SERVPRO technicians can achieve this through the use of advanced technology, such as dehumidifiers to take the moisture content out of the air. There are several types of dehumidifiers that we can pick from based on the unique circumstances that the water damage in your bathroom has created. Desiccant trailer mounted are for large loss jobs, smaller desiccants with silicone-based gel for the interior of homes, and LGR low grain refrigerant ones that condense out moisture like an a/c unit. We can also use tools like air movers and axial fans to keep air moving and taking moisture off of wet surfaces for the capture of the water vapor.
 
While it does not happen often, sometimes water damage can lead to the loss of belongings. Should you lose anything to the damage in your bathroom, such as towels or cosmetics, SERVPRO can help you take inventory of what you lost and then assist you with making a claim to your insurance company. For structural damage of non-salvageable materials, we can use our CCIS claims form to itemize losses.
 
If a pipe should leak on your property and cause water damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100. We can take your call 24/7 and send our technicians to your home as soon as possible.

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Water Removal Services Can Make a Big Difference in Your Cicero Property

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services Can Make a Big Difference in Your Cicero Property Water damage from inside or outside of your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to send our team to dry out and remediate your property.

Team SERVPRO Detects Hidden Water on Your Property Using Specialized Equipment

If you do not go for immediate water removal services after a flood or water incursion on your property, your home may experience long-term damage. The risk is more if you are dealing with gray water. Delayed services may lead to mold proliferation in your Cicero property. Porous materials such as wallboards, carpets, ceilings, and insulations are more prone to microbial contamination.
 
Observing safety aspects is so essential when our SERVPRO technicians are offering water removal services in Cicero. We start by assessing the structural integrity, and during that step, we look for things like gas leaks, electrical shock. If the water category is black or gray, we never miss wearing Personal Protective Equipment. We also isolate the area by putting up warning signs and barriers.
 
Usually, when black water contaminates porous materials, they are not entirely safe to use even when they are dry, so discarding them is the best option. If our SERVPRO technicians have to remove any debris and excess water from hard surfaces, we perform wet vacuuming, and with a HEPA-filtered vacuum, we can clean dry your materials. To efficiently collect mold spores without dispersing them, we employ high filtration and after that dispose of the contaminants in sealable plastic bags.
 
Our SERVPRO team can also clean your furniture and any hard surfaces by using a detergent and water. After washing your contents, we dry them and monitor for fungal growth and odors. We also access hidden places such as crawl spaces, shafts, and ceilings and investigate any presence of damage. By using moisture meters, we can measure the moisture content in those areas. We remove any wet insulation and tiles and dispose of them when necessary. The hidden spaces might be the sources of odors, so we perform deodorization to neutralize the smells.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a trusted industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (773) 434-9100 at any time of the day, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Removal Services That Help Protect Your Chicago Area Property

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services That Help Protect Your Chicago Area Property Water that enters your Chicago area property during a storm only takes an hour or two to spread throughout your home.

Water Removal Services

Water that enters your Chicago area property during a storm only takes an hour or two to spread throughout your home. This exposure can cause significant damages that hide within your walls, often leading to additional rot, corrosion, and even mold. Reduce the chances of being exposed to secondary damages by calling a professional.

Waking up to a broken window or standing water in your Chicago area home should make water removal flags go off in your mind. As you sleep, the raging storm outside produces a vast amount of water that can cause severe damage to unprotected areas of your home. You need professional help to determine the extent of exposure, limit secondary damages, and any losses you might experience.

SERVPRO’s team of IICRC-industry certified professionals are ready to respond to your emergency situation 24/7, 365, day or night. We train hard and work harder so that you never have to worry about environmental issues in your home again. A single call gives you full access to qualified technicians that understand how water behaves, staying on top of common problems that plague most homeowners. SERVPRO has industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment that makes recovering fast while helping you avoid the majority of guesswork, managing your entire process from beginning to end. You never have to battle water removal alone; we are here to help. Our knowledgeable staff even works with your insurance company to make the claims process as simple as possible.

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, making our company a valuable local resource that you can count on during an emergency. We are proud to serve other members of our local community, offering services that provide you with answers to dangerous situations and being a part of the solution that keeps you safe.

Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for full-service water removal solutions throughout Bucktown, Greektown, and Wicker Park, today. We are a part of the surrounding community, enabling us to respond, “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” Our team is ready to respond immediately, call now (773) 434-9100.

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Preventing Water Damage from a Failing Dishwasher in Chicago

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage from a Failing Dishwasher in Chicago One way to prevent your dishwasher from failing is to not overload it.

Steps to keep your dishwasher working properly

One of the most common reasons for water damage in Chicago homes is dishwashers. There are several important steps you can take to help prevent your dishwasher from failing and causing havoc to your home.

If you have already had a water emergency from your dishwasher in your Chicago home, SERVPRO are the ones to reach out to. Our staff is specially trained and experienced to handle any water damage, and we move fast to get to your home, assess the harm, and come up with a plan to remove the water and dry your home out again.

You should also ensure your drain line is hooked up correctly to the sink. It needs to be tightly connected to the plumbing underneath your sink and not loose in any way. The natural pressure from the dishwasher wears at the connection between the two if it is loose at all, possibly dumping a full dishwasher’s worth of water into your kitchen. Only run your dishwasher while you are at home so you can shut it off if something happens.

Keep an eye out for buckling or warping on the area of the floor surrounding your dishwasher. It is a sure sign there is a leak, and you need to contact us at SERVPRO right away.

If you have a basement immediately below your kitchen, monitor the ceiling in that area for water stains or any other distress signs.

Lastly, make sure you are not overfilling your dishwasher, as it causes water during the cycle to move in ways it should not be moving, exacerbating small issues.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has the industrial equipment, such as truck mounted pumps, to remove any standing water in your home in West Loop, Chicago, or Bucktown after your dishwasher has failed. We also have large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it out completely again. Call us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as you recognize a problem, as more damage can occur if you leave the water for any length of time.

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The High Visibility of Water Damage in Chicago Apartments and Homes

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The High Visibility of Water Damage in Chicago Apartments and Homes SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is faster to any size disaster!

SERVPRO Can Clean and Restore Your Water Damage in Chicago

Many times, the damage a dwelling holds is known soon after an event by those who occupy the home. Damage often comes about as a result of the changes experienced at the molecular level. From the disintegration of normally solid materials to the staining of surfaces on walls and ceilings, evidence that these changes have taken place can sometimes be quite apparent.

Chicago homes can experience water damage and its effects in different ways. Either absorption and redistribution of substances that produce stains on walls and ceilings or expansion of the spacing between molecules before, during and after the presence of water in a sheet of drywall show how extreme water can affect these materials.

More durable surfaces, such as wood and metal can also exhibit signs that water has been present, even long after removal of any water. Wooden fixtures and floors can swell so much that they begin to buckle, warp, and even crack apart because their expansion forces them to become greater than the area they occupied. While floors have some small leeway for expansion and shrinkage, this is done only to allow for normal conditions. Other millwork falls into the same problem when faced with excess water.

Preventing the damage is always easier to do than it is to restore materials after the fact, making it crucial for residents with excess water to call as soon as possible. SERVPRO knows that preventing water damage is easier to do than restoring a home that has already begun to show signs of it within materials, both interior and exterior. Having received IICRC certifications in this and other related restorative methods ensure that our technicians are prepared to handle your home's disaster, regardless of difficulty or complicated nature.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Whichever stage your home or apartment is experiencing water damage, the time to call for assistance in mitigating any and all damage present and restoring your home is now. You can contact us, SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown by calling our local number, (773) 434-9100, on any day and at any hour. We are always here when you need us the most, and we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When The Roof On Your Chicago Area Home Fails And Causes Water Damage In Your Home

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When The Roof On Your Chicago Area Home Fails And Causes Water Damage In Your Home SERVPRO TIp--Roof Repairs Prevent Water Damage to Chicago Properties

SERVPRO Offers Restoration and Repairs to Your Water Damaged Property

Do you find yourself constantly flipping channels to view hourly weather status updates? Have regular stations for drip bucket deployment in your home? Whether your roofing is two years old or twenty, a single leak can cause catastrophic damage to your property.  
 
To make it clear, we would like to help you prevent these types of incidents. There is no longer any reason for you to live with water damage in your Chicago area home. We cover everything from quick, simple repairs, to major remodels and renovations. Our restoration process makes damages disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Roof Flashing -
Roof flashing consists of thin metal plates that get installed on joints under the shingles of your roof. Combined with a rubberized coating flashing helps create a water-resistant barrier, protecting the rest of your home from exposure to outdoor elements. Over time, this coating dries and cracks, giving various elements access to unprotected areas of your home.  
 
SERVPRO can send professional technicians in to locate the source of the leak, remove and replace old flashing if not too extensive, re-coat the area with roofing sealant and help return things to normal quickly. Roof Valley cracks are also common; our inspection catches these defects as well.
 
Broken Shingles -
As you examine the exterior layer of your roof, identify any cracked, discolored, or missing shingles. A single missing shingle may not be much of a problem. However, after inclement weather causes violent winds and torrential rainfall to scatter shingles throughout your yard, you may want to consider having someone out to perform an inspection. In the cold season, ice damming can also lead to interior and exterior water damage to your property.
 
SERVPRO technicians easily repair obvious issues, using a variety of moisture detectors, water extractors, and water removal methods to eliminate the problems plaguing your home. The sooner you call, the more likely you receive the results you are looking for, limited damage and exposure.
 
Roof Vent Issues -
Your roof may also contain pipe vents, which are used to expel excess moisture from various areas of your home. When the booting used to seal the area around the piping cracks, the excess moisture causes dark spots, musty odors, and possible mold contamination in your roof framing, or attic area.
 
All of these issues can result in major damage to the structure and indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home. Making it necessary to contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown as soon as possible to assist with correcting the issues you face. Call Today. (773) 434-9100

The Industrial Equipment SERVPRO Uses To Obliterate Residential Water Damage In Chicago

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Industrial Equipment SERVPRO Uses To Obliterate Residential Water Damage In Chicago There's a reason why SERVPRO brings its heaviest equipment to these jobs: they require the fast, firm capabilities of industrial machinery.

Equipment Used In The Water Damage Restoration Process


Removing all traces of water after a flood is a nightmare for most homeowners. Water soaks into everything in a home, from tile grout to wood paneling, creating an impossible scenario for people armed only with household cleaning products. There's a reason why SERVPRO brings its heaviest equipment to these jobs: they require the fast, firm capabilities of industrial machinery. Otherwise, water may remain on surfaces, in materials, and suspended in the air until proper cleanup can be done or the structure sustains severe damage. These are examples of a few super-heavy machines we use to remove water after a flood.

Extractors
Extractors are the first key to Chicago water removal projects. These heavy pumps are what most people think of when they think 'industrial water removal' - they remove high volumes of water from the structure in as little time as possible. Getting these machines in help to prevent water from seeping deeper into the foundation and stop mold from growing.

Clothes Dryers
We have access to an array of super-heavy-duty clothing washers and dryers to get any clothing or smaller fabrics clean as soon as possible. An often overlooked part of the water removal process, clothing can be permanently destroyed if it is not cleaned quickly. With our machines, anything that doesn't require a dry clean typically gets cleaned within hours.

Air Movers
Along with extractors, these machines are the second key to removing water from the structure. SERVPRO trains every technician extensively in the proper setup and arrangement of air movers, so be careful not to move them from their original spots! These machines create powerful, directed air currents to whisk away moisture from surfaces and porous materials.

Moisture Detectors
Sometimes the little things count the most. Before, during, and after the main set of water removal tasks are completed, our inspectors carefully examine your home with high-tech moisture detectors to find the last vestiges of water and mold in your home. As a result, we can easily peer behind walls and under floors to find the fullest extent of water damage in the home.

We at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown bring our heaviest gear to every water removal job to make sure it is completed right, the first time. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

Water Removal in the City

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in the City Water damage can occur anywhere in the house, call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPRO Takes Charge of the Situation to Prevent Further Damage

As Chicagoans, we are accustomed to floods, intense thunderstorms, the melting winter snow, and other destructive natural forces that can wreak havoc on our homes and businesses. In addition to natural disasters, busted or frozen pipes, leaking pipelines, and other in-home accidents can occur and ruin not only your day but compromise the interior of your home and your belongings.
 
The Importance of Water Removal  
 
If you have experienced Chicago water damage that requires water removal, we offer a range of services for both residential and commercial properties. It is important to remember that when you are left with standing water or the remains of receding water, the damage does last and must be addressed immediately.
 
Waterlogged furniture, flooring, drywall damage, the potential for mold growth, and other unsafe conditions remain. The effects of water damage require the work of professional water removal and restoration experts. This is where SERVPRO can help you!
 
Water Restoration Professionals
 
We proudly serve our customers with the goal of ensuring that your home or business receives the care and restoration that it needs.
 
Our Services include:
• Water Removal
• Storm Damage Cleaning and Restoration
• 24-Hour Emergency Services
• Locally Owned and Operated
• Professional Equipment and Restoration Services
• Mold Remediation
 
Water Removal, Damage Mitigation, and Cleanup

SERVPRO begins the process with an immediate and thorough assessment of the damage in order to meet your needs. From water removal, cleaning up damage, and inspecting the structure's integrity, our IICRC certified technicians will professionally clean and even replace damaged property.
 
Our process of water removal and drying include the use of thermal scanning and other high tech high tech equipment and tools for the best results.
 
Contact Us Today!
 
Chicago water removal can be stressful for personal residences and businesses alike -- but when it comes to water emergencies, there is no time to waste: call us at any time and let us take care of your water removal.
 
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is strategically located to respond quickly to your water emergency event. When water damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help with water removal. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100!

Water Damage 101

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage 101 Got water damage issues in your Wicker Park home? SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown has a solution!

101 Water Damage 

Any water damage can be devastating. It only takes a few inches of water to make a serious threat to building components, occupants, and interior furnishings. Water’s harmful effects can be lowered by the prompt and reliable water damage restoration services from our experts at SERVPRO, who will mitigate the damage for you quickly. 

Water Restoration Professionals 

Our water restoration team at SERVPRO are experts who are well-trained and knowledgeable. Every technician has gotten their Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, and will perform all water restoration services in compliance with the standards of IICRC for professional restoration water damage. Our vehicles are also totally equipped with professional drying, water extraction and moisture testing equipment for all kinds of problems with water. 

We have plenty of experience in water restoration problems in businesses and homes, and we have an excellent reputation for quality, fast service. Our professional team gives you Wicker Park water damage cleanup that is unparalleled, and we’ll also work alongside your insurance carrier so you will have one less thing to worry about. 

With SERVPRO, you will get the professional service you expect and deserve, which includes:  

  • Equipment that is state of the art
  • Emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • IICRC insured and certified
  • Direct billing to your insurance company

Emergency Water Extraction and Removal 

The key to controlling water damage and keeping your property protected is immediate action. You can count on our team at SERVPRO to help you at any hour on any day of the year. We can professionally clean up water from toilet and sewer line backups, water heater and sump pump failures, busted pipes, dishwasher and washing machine leaks, flooding from heavy rain, ice maker problems, natural disasters and ground water seeping into your basement. 

Extra moisture can hide in your foundation, floor coverings, walls and wood structures, which causes major damage to your property and makes the perfect environment for mold and other growth of fungi. It is important that water is removed, and the property is dried out, ventilated and disinfected as quickly as possible to stop the growth of fungi, bacteria, mildew and other microorganisms which are harmful. 

Advanced Equipment for Water Damage Restoration 

SERVPRO can handle any size commercial or residential water extraction job. With our processes that are state of the art, using both suction and compression and bringing water to the surface to suction it away, the water won’t be able to be re-absorbed into the carpeting or padding. We’ll also use the most efficient units for dehumidifying and air movers to get rid of moisture and stop secondary damage to walls, furniture, and flooring. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When water damage has threatened your home or business, give us a call at SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown by dialing (773) 434-9100. We’ll get out to your property quickly so we can avoid your property from getting damaged further and get your life back to normal as soon as possible

Alsip Water Damage--What to do About It

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Alsip Water Damage--What to do About It Alsip Water Damage From Ice Dams Needs Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Fixes Water Damaged Properties in Alsip

Water damage in Alsip is a problem which most property owners dread. When snow melts or heavy rains come down quickly, you can be at a higher risk for this type of damage. Thousands of dollars’ worth of damage can be caused by water by damaging upholstery, wood furniture, household appliances, electronics, and plumbing equipment. The chance of mold growth can also be increased from water intrusion, and is a problem which is highly expensive to fix. Hiring a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO is an efficient way to mitigate secondary water damage and to control costs. This company also has experienced workers who have received extensive training, adhering to the IICRC industry standards for water removal and restoration.

Water Damage Causes
There are various reasons for water damage. It can include clogged toilets, leaky dishwashers, overflowing washing machines, broken or frozen pipes, leaky roofs, broken dishwasher hoses, foundation cracks and plumbing leaks. Heavy snow, floods, and downpours can also cause this kind of damage, and can lead to water coming into your basement. Minor problems can be due to pooling or dripping water which can escalate into the destruction of businesses and homes. Once a building sustains water damage, start clean up right away. This is imperative, as it can increase the likelihood of salvaging items and possessions like water-soaked carpets, furniture, clothing, rugs, and momentoes.

Process of Restoration
The process of recovery after Alsip or Bucktown water damage has occurred is vital. Using the right materials and procedures will help you to save your cherished belongings and keep your home from being ravaged. Companies who specialize in water restoration can mitigate the effects of water, but the success of this restoration will depend on how severe the damage is, how much water has caused the damaged, and how quickly the intrusive water is extracted.

An experienced water damage restoration company like SERVPRO employs skilled technicians to assess a property and figure out a plan for water removal and restoration. This company has equipment that is high-tech, industry leading training, and also documents the procedures to help with any insurance claim you may have.

Hazard to Your Health
As mentioned above, you can be at risk for mold when you experience water damage. This makes it even more important to hire a professional water damage restoration company as soon as you can once you realize you have a problem. Moisture removal through the use of air movers and dehumidifiers help to lessen the chance of mold propagation. Mold can form because of moisture, and exposure to mold can cause health effects.

Should you experience any water damage in Alsip, contact SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown right away by calling them 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

Water Damage Bucktown-- Home and Apartment Dwellers Deserve the Best

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Bucktown-- Home and Apartment Dwellers Deserve the Best A Water Leak from a Burst Water Line in Bucktown Needs Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore a Water Damaged Unit in Bucktown

Your Bucktown water damage can be the result of many circumstances. It could be a water heater that has given out. It might be a pipe that has burst because of freezing. It might occur when a septic tank or sewer connection breaks or loosens up. It might also be a sustained level of rain that does get enough time to soak into the ground and finds it way into your basement. It might be as simple as a dishwasher or washing machine or bathtub overflowing, some of which might happen while you are out of the house for a while.

If more than a small puddle of water remains after the source of the water intrusion has been stopped, consider calling a professional company that offers water damage restoration in Bucktown. Make the call after you are safely out of your home or apartment. Be sure to call your insurance company for advice and a possible provider to restore your residence.

Conducting an inspection is a must. This inspector is looking for damage, such as water soaked building materials and stained ceiling tiles as well as warped floors and furniture that may have become de-laminated. The search for the presence of mold patches also is noted as well as water and moisture sources between the walls, above the ceiling and below the floors. During the inspection, the SERVPRO Professional will utilize a corporate software program--CCIS. This Contents Claim Inventory Service will list water damaged items and building materials on a room-by-room basis. They will be categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable. Your insurance adjuster, with your input, makes the decisions of what to discard and what to try to save. This CCIS report aids in securing your best case scenario for monetary reimbursement along with the restoration of your Bucktown Residence. Your insurance claim and the paperwork will be easier to complete with this detail-oriented report.

The final water damage restoration process is the repairing of everything that was torn out by the technicians. This would include the replacement of unsalvageable drywall, baseboards, and any wood flooring. Of course, first the water must be pumped or vacuumed out of the structure, dehumidifiers and air movers placed to enhance evaporation and moisture removal, cleaning all items, and sanitizing and disinfecting affected areas with antimicrobial and antifungal agents.
 
If you have water damage in your apartment or home, and you are not sure where to turn or what to do, give SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown a call at (773) 434-9100. They will respond 24/7 to all requests for help.

Bucktown Water Damage From Roof to Foundation

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bucktown Water Damage From Roof to Foundation SERVPRO Suggests a Sump Pump Installation in Your Bucktown Home Basement

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home in Bucktown

Water damage in Bucktown can be caused by the fickleness of Nature. Water may be a vital part of life, but it can also be destructive. For homeowners, too much water can cause significant problems. In wet weather, all of that excess liquid has to end up somewhere and, very often, that somewhere is around the foundations of your building. SERVPRO points out the following guidance to help prevent the unwanted effects of water damage to your property.

The Consequences of Bad Drainage

If your property does not have a robust drainage system, there could be consequences during wet weather. If you do not take action and successfully reroute runoff away from your home, you are at risk for severe water damage. Foundation weakness occurs when an inadequate drainage system cannot prevent water from accumulating around the foundation of the structure. Dry soil close to the surface enables water to percolate deep underground. The soil expands when the water interacts with it, and this can end up shifting the structure above. This kind of water damage is responsible for cracks in the concrete and loss of perpendicular structural stability.

Foundation collapse is the most serious effect of the conditions described above. While such incidents are rare, the cost of shoring up the base to limit upper level damages is expensive. Crawlspace foundations are easier to remedy by re-enforcing existing perimeter supports and floor joists. Still, expensive and inconvenient. Why not prevent this foundation erosion by eliminating the causes?

Persistent dampness is a less urgent, but no less negative result of poor drainage. Cracks in the foundation let moisture infiltrate the concrete. This moisture buildup in a basement area, probably already lacking in proper ventilation and heat, can lead to water damaged walls, powdering plaster, and peeling paint. Tack on to this conducive conditions for mold growth and remediation becomes more urgent than initially thought.

Tips for Successfully Rerouting Runoff
Clearly, these are serious issues which can threaten the structural integrity of a home. They need to be addressed as soon as they appear, preferably with the help of a reliable company like SERVPRO. These tips will help you reroute runoff water away from your home, but you will need to call in the experts if there is already extensive water damage.

Install Rain Gutters and Keep Them Clean: just one-half inch of water running off 1,000 square feet of roofing represents around 310 gallons, so it is imperative that all of this moisture is directedly away from the foundation. The downspouts should be unclogged and angled away from the house. Use leaf guards if necessary to maintain a gravitational flow of water from the gutters. In the winter be aware of ice dams that restrict melting ice or snow from being dispatched to the downspouts. If this is an issue, consider adding insulation inside the attic. This will reduce heat convecting through the roof sheathing which will liquefy snow leading to icing. Also, be alert to possible frozen pipes.

Finding Reliable Water Restoration Services
If water damage in Bucktown still occurs, the IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO can respond quickly, assess the problems, remove the water, and dry out and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has vast expertise, experience, and training that enables us to quickly return your Bucktown property to pre-loss condition. Call us 24/7 for help. (773) 434-9100

Chicago Water Damage Clean Up —Why is Fast Response So Important?

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago Water Damage Clean Up —Why is Fast Response So Important? Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase could indicate a leak.

Why is Fast Response So Important When It Comes to Water Damage Cleanup in Chicago

Water Damage Restoration: A Brief Overview

When your residential property is impacted by water damage in Chicago, experts encourage you to attain water damage remediation services within the first 24 to 48 hours. This course of action is important for numerous reasons, including that it prevents the growth of toxic microbial like mold. In a study on water damage, wet drywall that was not treated within a 48 hour period already indicated signs of microbial growth. Luckily, attaining excellent restoration services following water damage can prevent this type of unwanted activity from transpiring. Learn more about how industry professionals can assist you by reviewing the following outline:

 The Water Damage Remediation Process

 The first thing Chicago water damage contractors will do upon arriving at your property is to perform an assessment. The assessment will show the professionals the extent of the damages on your property. Once the assessment is complete, the contractors will put together a customized treatment plan that outlines how they are going to remove standing water and resolve all other damage-related issues.

 After the strategic plan is drafted, the contractors will move forward with the water extraction process. This part of the restoration work will involve discarding or removing wet materials like insulation, sheetrock, carpet pad, and carpet. After the contractors extract the standing water, they will use drying equipment like commercial air movers and high efficiency dehumidifiers to remove any moisture that remains in the air. Contractors work with speed to complete these processes to limit damage and ensure that you can return to peaceful living in a safe, sanitary home.

 Moisture Readings

 In addition to extracting water from your property, the Chicago water damage specialists will take moisture readings in affected regions of the home during the drying processes. This work will help ensure that all parts of the property are dry before the water damage repair process starts. Contractors will be sure to monitor moisture levels in hidden regions of the property such as behind cabinets and wall cavities. This prevents the growth of microbial organisms.

 If you find that your property has been impacted by water damage, there's only one company to call for fast, friendly service: SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will work with lightning speed to restore your property. Moreover, we offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that we can address your issue whenever it arises. Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (773) 434-9100

Reasons To Call a Water Remediation Specialist for Your Bucktown Home

9/22/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reasons To Call a Water Remediation Specialist for Your Bucktown Home Keep This DROP of Water Out of Your House

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Bucktown Property After Water Damage

These days, many residential property owners in Bucktown are interested in maintaining their homes in the best condition possible. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that Bucktown water damage can have a very adverse effect on the condition and appearance of your property. To ensure that your home is not negatively impacted by water damage, it's important to know when to call a water damage restoration company. Here are some good reasons to make that call.

1. Mold Issues
Individuals who have a mold problem in the home should call a mold remediation expert. In the event that you leave a mold issue unresolved, your property could be subjected to structural damage that requires thousands of dollars worth of repairs. 

2. Mold Detection
In some cases, you may be uncertain about whether you have a mold issue within the structure. Play it safe and call SERVPRO for a comprehensive home inspection. The highly trained professionals will be able to detect the presence of mold. Then the mold remediation can begin.

3. Water Removal
Individuals who have experienced a flood or a leak in their Bucktown home will be in need of water removal services. Water damage restoration specialists can provide you with a quick, efficient solution by utilizing state of the art equipment.

4. Drying
Once a flood or major leak has happened, you'll need to dry out the area that has been affected after the water has been removed. SERVPRO technicians make use of high power drying fans and several types of dehumidifiers for this task.

5. Deodorizing
A strange odor in your residential property may indicate mold growth or a decaying animal carcass. Bucktown water damage specialists will perform an assessment to determine the source of the problem and then eradicate it. ULV foggers are used to entrap and remove odors, masking an odor by simply deodorizing does not attack the source of the problem.

6. Restoration
If your home in Bucktown has been impacted by severe water intrusion,  structural damage may be the end product. Repair and restoration ( to minimize costs) are cornerstones of the SERVPRO work philosophy.

7. Sanitation Work
Our water remediation technicians are effective in handling your septic systems as well as water utility devices.

8. Assessing Damage
Irrespective of the effects you've endured due to water damage, a Bucktown water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can perform an assessment and then implement the restoration services necessary.

To maintain your Bucktown property in excellent condition, it's important to know that SERVPRO is local and will respond to your phone call within 5 minutes and arrive on the scene within one hour. From assessment to restoration we can fulfill all the duties required to get you back home ASAP.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Bucktown community and want to do our part in making our community the best it can be.

We are first to any water damage disaster. Call us for help. (773) 434-9100

When the pipes in your Bucktown home causes water damage

3/11/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage When the pipes in your Bucktown home causes water damage A slow leak under a sink can cause mold growth, rot flooring, and destroy items stored in the cabinet.

Generally, people think of natural disasters when Bucktown water damage comes to mind. However, the pipes in your home are responsible for water damage more often than mother nature. The source of the water doesn't make it any less destructive. After all, water damage of any size can be a homeowner's nightmare. Besides fixing the source of the problem, you'll also need to repair the actual damage itself. 

- Minor leaks

Almost every home has a small leak somewhere. This is because these tiny leaks are hard to find. Additionally, many homeowners assume that such small leaks can't cause big problems; this is a mistake. A slow leak under a sink can cause mold growth, rot flooring, and destroy items stored in the cabinet. If left unchecked long enough, the leak can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. To make matters worse, insurance companies can rule that the problem was due to owner neglect, and refuse to pick up the bill. To save yourself the headache, just make sure to fix even minor leaks right away.

Major leaks

Generally, major pluming water damage in Bucktown results from a burst line. For example, supply lines to appliances can break, and pipes can freeze solid on especially cold nights. To prevent this, professionals suggest that you replace water lines to appliances every few years. Additionally, make sure that all plumbing lines running through unheated portions of your house are either moved or thoroughly insulated.

What to look for in a repair professional

Before hiring a professional to repair the pluming Bucktown water damage, you'll first want to check with your homeowners insurance. It's possible that the entire bill could be covered by your policy.  

Once you've established if your insurance will pay for the cleanup or not, it's time to start whittling down your options for water damage Bucktown cleanup experts. While reading online reviews is good, you can't rely on them alone. First, make sure you check that the business has the required licenses with your city. Unfortunately, there are some dishonest professionals who will fraudulently claim to be licensed. Additionally, get all agreements in writing, make sure that they have the required equipment, and ask that all price quotes be guaranteed.

Chicago Water Damage Restoration How To Select A Restoration Company

2/26/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago Water Damage Restoration How To Select A Restoration Company Chicago Water Damage Restoration

What Is Required For Chicago Water Damage Restoration 

Water damage restoration is more than just mopping up spilt water with towels. After all, flood water will soak up walls, trickle in to the flooring, and seep into furniture. To ensure that the cleanup process is done properly and completely, several steps need to be followed, and professional equipment is needed. Otherwise, mold can grow, and the problem will only get worse.

- Ensure safety
Before any flood water can be entered, a homeowner or professional team needs to ensure safety. Power sources in the area should be turned off, the cleanliness of the water should be accessed, and protective gear needs to be worn.


- Find the source
Once the safety of the area has been accessed, the next step is to identify the source of the problem. This way the professional clean up team can make sure that water still isn't pouring in.

- Water removal
Next, it is time to remove the excess water. Depending on what caused the flood, this process can be greatly complicated. After all, debris can clog pumps and contaminated water will need to be handled safely. What many homeowners don't realize is that this step will include removing water from walls, furniture, and flooring. This can mean that industrial strength fans and dehumidifiers may need to be run for several days or even weeks after the flood.

- Mold damage
Water damage restoration is just as much about water removal as it is about mold control. In fact, mold damage is perhaps the biggest threat of Chicago water damage. After all, even a small leak under a sink can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage if mold is allowed to grow at an uncontrolled rate. Once excess water is removed, the humidity level will need to be lowered, and special chemicals will need to be sprayed. Otherwise, it's almost a certainty that mold will grow.

- Prevention
Now that the home is back to normal, the final step is prevention; otherwise, the problem may come back again. A professional will identify what could have stopped the problem in the first place. For example, if a frozen pipe burst, then the pipes in the home should be moved or insulated. If a backed up sewer flooded a basement, then a sump-pump might be installed. Only after this step has been done is the water damage restoration complete.

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SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of West Loop-Bucktown-Greektown proudly serves Chicago, Alsip, Riverdale, Calumet City, Dolton, Lansing, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, Flossmorre, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home orcommercial structure caused by:

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