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Preventing Water Damage From Plumbing Fixtures And Appliances In Your Downtown Chicago Home

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

water on floor No matter how your property is impacted by water, you can call on our technicians day or night for help.

Why SERVPRO When Water Damage Occurs

Many water damage cases in homes involve inclement weather, but there are other common causes of water damage that can occur at any time. Your plumbing system is one potential source of water damage, including fixtures such as toilets and sinks leaking. Pipes can spring leaks, and several large appliances can leak, such as dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines.

It is simpler to prevent water damage in your Downtown Chicago home than to clean up the mess. If you regularly inspect your plumbing fixtures, appliances, and pipes for leaks or signs of damage, you can prevent water damage that becomes widespread and needs extensive restoration services.

When something does happen to one of your fixtures or appliances to cause a leak in your home, SERVPRO is the one that can help you clean up the water and repair the problem. As trained water damage remediation specialists, our staff is professional and caring.

Water Damage From Plumbing Fixtures 

Daily, water passes through your bathtub, toilets, sinks, and shower. If any are damaged or leaking, you may wind up with significant water damage. Regularly inspecting the plumbing in your home can help you find signs of leaks or damage before it becomes much worse.

Burst Pipes 

Pipes are running throughout your home, some of which are in inaccessible or hidden areas. Hundreds of gallons of water can spill into your home if one bursts or begins leaking, so it is imperative to check your pipes for loose connections, damage, and wear and tear.

Leaking Appliances Can Cause Water Damage

Your appliances also need to be routinely checked for leaks. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, and dishwashers are all vulnerable to significant leaks. Be sure to check the hoses on your dishwasher and washing machine. It is good to replace hoses about every three years to avoid damage from normal wear and tear.

Shut Off Valve 

As an owner, you should know the location of your emergency water shut-off valve. If a plumbing fixture or appliance suddenly breaks, shutting off the water is the best thing to do. If you are gone for a week or more, it is also a good idea to shut the water off.

Even with careful checking, accidents can happen, which is why at SERVPRO, we are always ready to help. We can remove the excess water quickly with special pumps, fix the problem that caused the water damage, and dry your home out thoroughly for you.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown has the experts you need when you are facing a water damage emergency. We move fast to restore your home when you get in touch with us at (773) 434-9100.

Do Locally-Owned Restoration Companies Deliver Outstanding Outcomes for Chicago Commercial and Residential Water Damage?

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Three photos of employees working on a black background SERVPRO traveled to help the community after a Polar Vortex in Louisiana.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown earned its reputation as a water remediation industry leader through both Chicago area and national disaster restoration successes

Downtown Chicago commercial and residential water damage pose challenges. Iconic skyscrapers, multi-use retail and residential buildings, restaurants, and sprawling museum campuses line the streets, lakefront, and city avenues. When bust pipes or leaking roofs from storms occur, damage spreads, rapidly involving additional spaces and levels of the often massive properties. Managing the destruction requires a scalable trained and certified workforce and immediate access to a vast inventory of commercial-grade equipment, proprietary EPA-registered cleaning and sanitizing products, and other resources.

Can SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown Provide the Fast and Wide-Ranging Help Needed in Chicagoland?

Commercial and residential building owners and managers can rest assured that SERVPRO is up to the task of mitigating and remediating even catastrophic water damage affecting Chicago's landmarks. We are among the elite contractors of the nationwide SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division. Because of this designation, when disasters in other areas of the country overwhelm those regions' restoration industry leaders, we are eager to answer the call. Transporting work crews and equipment hundreds or even thousands of miles away to join the effort to turn the tide after extreme weather threatens to destroy housing and businesses is part of our mission. We use the experience gained during these projects to hone our skills, benefiting our local customers.

How Did SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown Assist During the February 2021 Polar Vortex in Louisiana?

The company charged with the care of the military and family housing on the U.S. military base Fort Polk and its Joint Readiness Training Center subcontracted with our Chicago area SERVPROs in early 2021 for water removal and water damage remediation and mitigation. Corvias Property Management  maintains the on-post homes, 70 percent of which suffered water damage from burst pipes due to the extreme cold as well as closely associated natural disasters in the eight months preceding, including:

  • Two hurricanes
  • A tropical storm
  • An ice storm

Was SERVPRO Able to Help Corvias Immediately? 

The historic low temperatures dropped on Fort Polk are commonplace in our home communities. SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown stepped up with confidence because of our winter water damage background. Our managers and technicians understand the damage frozen water creates and the widespread destruction lingering after the thaw. Once we mobilized work crews and a substantial inventory of equipment 1000 miles to Vernon Parish, Louisiana, we were on the job:

  • Removing standing water
  • Tracing water migration with sensitive detection and metering tools
  • Performing skillful controlled demolition to open wet cavities and remove soaked insulation and building materials
  • Using specialized equipment to dry structural components rapidly

Understanding the complete resume of SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown makes entrusting your downtown water damage emergency to our team the savvy choice. Call (773) 434-9100 to schedule an assessment today.

How To Recover From Home Fire Damage in Downtown Chicago

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Burnt books on a shelf. Fire damage can come in hot before you know your property is in trouble. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to help simmer your property

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

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

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

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

Fire Damage Repair Services 

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

Obtain Professional Services Now 

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

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is locally owned and operated. We are close by and quickly respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. Call us at  (773) 434-9100

Who Delivers Positive Mold Remediation News in Chicago?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

wood ceiling with mold growing on it Spotted what looks like mold? Call our SERVPRO team right away to investigate and remediate the mold damage.

Research-based Strategies are Why SERVPRO Mold Abatement Works

Mold growth in your Chicago house is never a happy discovery. Consumer remedies tend to focus on a spray and wait approach, using a diluted chlorine bleach solution to “kill” an outbreak. Ironically, the water-heavy mixture often brings only temporary relief, and the mold growth roars back even more vigorously than before. Why does this happen?

  • Mold spores need moisture to awaken from their dormant state and grow.
  • Mold organisms consist of hyphae, rootlike filaments that infiltrate deeply into porous building materials such as drywall, grout, insulation, and more.
  • When a predominantly water-based solution soaks porous materials, it does not reach and kill the deepest hyphae, which “rebound” to create more mold colonies.
  • The staining mold deposits on surfaces might lighten with the application of bleach, but the excess water keeps the materials damp and feeds the mold below the surface.

What Is the Reason Why SERVPRO’s Remediation Works?

The EPA protocols used by SERVPRO for Chicago mold remediation do not rely on s surface spray to eradicate mold. We instead:

  • Locate the mold
  • Contain it with heavy-duty plastic and air scrubbing technology to prevent drift of moldy debris
  • Mechanically remove the mold with
  • Brushes
  • Scrapers
  • Controlled soda or dry ice blasting
  • Bag and dispose of mold material in line with local regulations
  • Spray with EPA-antimicrobials after clearing the mold to inhibit regrowth
  • Address the underlying moisture issues, including extracting water, planning plumbing or roof repairs, and using professional drying equipment to bring moisture levels to normal 

Emphasizing research and following best practices are why SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown resolves your mold remediation concerns. Call (773) 434-9100 for an evaluation and consultation.

How Can You Select Reliable Chicago Fire Damage Restoration?

3/7/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged washing machine with soot covering it What room in your home was affected by recent fire damage? Contact SERVPRO for information about remediation services.

Training, Tools are Why SERVPRO Excels at Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Although the Chicago Fire of 1871, perhaps better known as the Great Chicago Fire, was breathtaking in its destruction and loss of life, the disaster to some extent cleared the way for the building of the city we see today. Development of safer building codes and the modern firefighting model trace back to the devastation starting near the now-exonerated Mrs. O’Leary’s barn.

When and How Did the Great Chicago Fire Occur?

The blaze ignited on October 8 and burned until October 10, 1871. Tradition blames an ornery cow kicking a lantern for the cause, but Catherine O’Leary and her livestock were not the culprits. No specific reason for the fire has been proven, with human error likely, although one theory has a meteorite starting the fire. The dry fall weather and a housing and commercial building stock of primarily wooden buildings allowed the fire to rage out of control. At that time, even streets and sidewalks used wood as structural components, making Chicago extremely vulnerable to fire. Tragically, similar weather and building circumstances resulted in a fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, north of Chicago, just west of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay, with a death toll of 1,000.

What Were the Damage Totals from the Fire?

Regardless of the source of the Chicago Fire of 1871, the damage was catastrophic. When finally brought under control, the fire left devastation extending about four miles long and nearly a mile wide. The business district of the fledgling midwestern city was ruined, and many lives lost:

  • 17,000 structures burned to destruction
  • Damages estimated over 200 million dollars 
  • At least 300 people died 
  • 100,000 other people were left homeless

How Did Chicago Handle the Aftermath?

Although reconstruction efforts began quickly, the city initially suffered outbreaks of looting and lawlessness. Soldiers arrived, and Chicago was under martial law starting on October 11, 1871. Weeks later, martial law lifted, and economic development and population growth followed:

  • Chicagoans elected Joseph Medill as mayor on a platform of stricter fire and building codes.
  • Transportation systems and other infrastructure that remained provided the backbone of recovery.
  • Architects looked upward while laying Chicago’s modern foundation, building the world’s first skyscrapers. 
  • The population grew from 324,000 at the time of the fire to more than  500,000 in 10 years. 
  • Checking 1890 data, Chicago was an important economic and transportation center of more than 1 million people, second only to New York City.
  • Today’s Chicago Fire Department training academy sits on the O’Leary property site, where the Great Chicago Fire started.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Fire Devastation Recovery?

Residents of Chicago need fire damage restoration services delivered promptly and professionally. A steadfast commitment to training and equipping our workforce to provide mitigation, remediation, and restoration that meets or exceeds the industry’s best practice is why SERVPRO heads the list. Expect the following:

  • Rapid and accurate safety and damage assessment
  • Fully stocked service vehicles on the scene fast
  • Scalable crews to begin emergency tasks immediately
  • Effective research-driven interventions with proprietary cleaning and restoration products for outstanding results

A promise to support the needs of customers suffering from fire damage consequences is why SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown strives to make it “Like it never even happened,” 365 days a year. Call (773) 434-9100 round the clock for expert help.

Why Does the Right Equipment Matter after Chicago Water Damage?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has the tools to handle water damage

When it comes to water damage mitigation, the right equipment makes all the difference. Having the correct job tools means faster and better results and a more satisfactory long-term outcome.

If you need help with water damage in Chicago, SERVPRO is here. We equip our teams with the equipment they need:

  • A range of deep extractors, surface extractors, and pumps to remove as much water as possible from your home.
  • Water monitoring devices, including probes and thermo hygrometers, to accurately measure moisture levels.
  • A range of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your property.
  • Spot cleaners to tackle water stains on upholstery and textiles.
  • Heating and cooling equipment to keep internal areas at the correct temperature for drying.

Our well-trained teams know which equipment to use in each situation and how to combine tools for effective drying. Our techs will assess the water damage situation and figure out which tools are best for the job.

For a water damage mitigation service with all the right equipment, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown on (773) 434-9100

Water Damage Restoration Chicago

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO for Chicago Water Damage Restoration Services 

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown Now (773) 434-9100.

There is no mistaking Chicago's magnitude, as in 234 square miles, there are nearly 2.7 million residents. The third-largest city in the country has its tourism appeals and continues to be an attractive place for young and old alike to call home. Tourism is a massive part of the economy, and this continues to be a resounding positive, with Chicago being the second-most visited city in 2018 with 58 million. Both with its booming economic upturns and headquarters for multi-million and multi-billion dollar organizations like McDonald's, Walgreens, Boeing, and Sears, residents and business owners have come to expect a fast response to protect their properties when disasters strike. This could be heavy lake-effect snow that results in blizzards like in 2011, fierce windstorms, or polar vortexes saw most recently in 2019.

Chicago Area Emergency Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration

  • Large Loss Recovery Team with Multiple Sister Franchises 
  • Full Coverage of the Chicago Area
  • Locally Owned and Operated (773) 434-9100. 
  • Water Extraction, Drying, and Cleanup
  • Fire & Smoke Damage and Loss Prevention
  • Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Build Back
  • Commercial Post-Disaster Cleanup 
  • Storm Damage Repair and Restoration

Restoring Chicago Properties After Water Damages

Chicago is a city that had to rebuild itself from the ground up after a fire in 1871 leveled miles of structures. What started as a commitment to rebuild even better has not stopped. We see some of the most recognizable structures ever created, such as the iconic Sears Tower and one of the last remaining original baseball fields left in the country: Wrigley Field, home to our Chicago Cubs. Knowing that disasters can strike at any time emphasizes a fast response by competent and experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team.

Our city is also full of history as unique as our deep-dish pizza and notorious as Al Capone. As much as we can relive our sordid and incredible history in the museums of the city like the Museum of Science and Industry, we also look to the future with iconic structures like the Art Institute of Chicago and nationally recognized institutions like the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. From water damage in the dorms to roof damage following wintertime cyclones, our SERVPRO team is ready to return your property to preloss condition.

Emergency Water Damage Scenarios for the Chicago Area

  • Lake Effect Snow Damage 
  • Wind Damage / Wind-Driven Rain 
  • Frozen Pipe Bursts
  • Ice Damming Roof Leaks
  • Broken/Damaged Appliances and Plumbing Fixtures
  • Post-Fire Flooding from Extinguishment

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown?

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our speed and reliability when disaster strikes can be a crucial feature of saving our customers time and money on the restoration that their home or business requires.

Expertly Trained and Experienced Professionals

There are multiple niches of certification and accreditation related to water restoration, and we have a majority of our experienced roster educated in these areas, including water restoration (WRT), structural drying (ASD), and microbial remediation (AMRT.)

Advanced Water Restoration Tools and Technologies

More than ever, our success in the restoration industry hinges on our constant pursuit of the latest tools and technologies of the trade. From moisture meters to extraction and drying equipment, we can make losses, "Like it never even happened."

Questions or Concerns? We can help 24/7. Give SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown a call now at (773) 434-9100.

Also of Interest- Chicago Fire Cleanup      Water Extraction Services Chicago

Why Call in a Restoration Team to Help with Water Damage in Chicago?

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

water dripping from ceiling of living room with grey couch into black bucket Don’t panic when water damage affects your home. Contact our experienced team for service.

Easily Manage Cleanup in Chicago When You Hire SERVPRO for Water Restoration Service

There is never a good time to have a water emergency, but it is the action that you do immediately after you discover the water that counts most. While some people will try to remove water and clean up the damage on their own, calling in the assistance of trained water restoration technicians (WRT) ensures your Chicago property gets back to preloss condition faster. Not only that, but we work to restore and clean your structure and belongings whenever possible.

Why Does Drying Technique Matter?

When it comes to water restoration service in Chicago, the process depends on our team understanding the details of your restorative project as a whole. We consider a variety of factors that allow us to formulate the best plan of action, such as:

  • The amount of water within the loss zone
  • The airflow within the space
  • What the temperature is
  • All of the various structural components and contents affected

By using applied drying techniques while working to extract all standing water, we can salvage more than DIY methods allow. Our skilled technicians follow the rules of psychometry, understanding that airborne moisture or vapors, along with liquid water, can and will impact all materials they touch. This is water damage in Chicago that accumulates with time, so it is crucial that you act fast so that you have a better chance of salvaging your interior after a water incident.

What is Secondary Damage and Why Should I Worry About It?

The longer you wait to remove water and moisture, the more damage can set in. When this happens, it begins to complicate any of the necessary repairs. Our fully-trained IICRC-certified technicians have the knowledge and skill to handle any size or scope water restoration project. We know how to adjust our equipment and course direction at a moment’s notice to stay on track with our intended drying timeline. Each water incident we get called to we follow the HAT principle, which is:

  • Humidity – We determine the relative humidity in the air and how it must get lowered to keep vapor from causing secondary damage
  • Airflow – We strategically place industrial-strength fans and air movers to remove airborne vapors while bringing less humid air into the affected space
  • Temperature – Since warmer air is known for holding vapor, we carefully monitor temperatures within the loss zone

How Does Drying Play a Role in Restoration?

While extraction is taking place, drying systems help to regulate the air within the home. Simple removal may not be enough, as there could still be hidden moisture that can lead to potential mold growth. We use a range of powerful equipment that help us to create the perfect balance for the project:

  • Powerful dehumidifiers help to remove up to 30 gallons of water from the air over 24 hours
  • Truck-mounted extraction tools allow us to pull up thousands of gallons of water 
  • Why Can’t I Just Open Up My Doors and Windows?

There are some situations where our team will utilize the outdoor environment for what we call open drying. However, many instances call for more specific drying techniques and specialized equipment in order to achieve the best results. For open drying measures to work, the air outside must be a lot drier and warmer than the air inside your home.

When you contact SERVPRO to help with water restoration, you can count on:

  • Having a highly-trained team on the job
  • Fast service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Advanced technology and proven water removal and restoration methods
  • Locally owned and operated
  • Skilled building and reconstruction services

What if Water is Left Sitting Too Long?

It is imperative that you call for water restoration service right after you notice water intrusion. Prompt action facilitates smooth remediation. Failing to get started on the cleanup as soon as possible can lead to issues like:

  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Wooden flooring that will crack, swell, bubble, or split
  • Wooden furniture can start to absorb water, which may lead to deterioration or splitting
  • Rusting of your appliances or other metal furnishings
  • Total loss of your carpeting and the padding and subfloor below

Depending on the nature of your water incident, our team may have to perform deconstruction, otherwise known as controlled demolition. Some of these measures may include:

  • Dismantling of pantries, cupboards, hutches and other wood furnishings to replace materials beyond repair
  • Flood cuts can be done to remove saturated drywall – this helps to dry the area behind walls and also inhibits mold growth
  • Pulling up flooring that is too damaged or overly warped

At SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown, we have the water restoration and reconstruction services that you are looking for. We are available 24/7 by calling (773) 434-9100 to have a crew sent to your location.

What Surface Cleaning Approaches Are Best After a Fire in Chicago?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

house consumed in smoke and fire “Like it never even happened.”

When a fire damages your Chicago home with smoke residues, our SERVPRO team can employ multiple tactics to protect and preserve the underlying materials.

Surfaces and contents alike can become quickly damaged in wet smoke and furnace puff backs in Chicago homes. In particular, wet smoke residues can be a considerable challenge for professionals cleaning technicians of our SERVPRO team to remove. Surface cleaning is not a universal approach for different residues and soils. It leans heavily on pre-mitigation evaluations conducted by our professionals to determine the type of damage and its spread through the property.

Fire cleanup for Chicago homes or businesses is a blend of three specific cleaning approaches and strategies:

    •    Abrasive Cleaning – This general term describes multiple approaches for residue removal, but the most noteworthy of these would be vacuuming, brushing, steel wool, and other agitative cleaning techniques.
    •    Soda Blasting – The use of media on hard surfaces like concrete and brick, the typical interior design of loft apartments, can remove surface residues without allowing damage to the underlying substrate.
    •    Controlled Demolition – With a team of in-house contractors, we can offer area homes a definitive strategy for recovering widespread property loss through calculated material removal. Efficient material discarding can reduce the presence of odors and soot.

Can SERVPRO Perform Repairs and Reconstruction?

The same contractors that can arrive to begin controlled demolition on the property also work to rebuild and repair it when necessary. A seamless transition between the mitigation and the building stages help restoration as a whole to be smoother and less costly.

Water damage repairs can mean several tasks that must get completed before restoration completes, including the mending of water lines and controlled demolition. Give our experienced SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team a call to help at (773) 434-9100.

Chicago Properties Can Get Extra Protection Against Contamination

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

male wiping a cellphone with a white rag near a laptop They do their part. SERVPRO helps businesses maintain a healthy work environment.

Different Properties Require Specialized Treatment

There is a lot of disinformation spreading regarding the virus in the Chicago area. However, the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control CDC states that one of the best action plans includes cleaning and applying disinfectants to surfaces.

SERVPRO has decades of experience removing biohazards due to pathogens in Chicago properties. The technicians make safety a priority and use proper personal protective equipment (PPE). They also set up containments when necessary to reduce the potential for cross-contamination during cleanup, since the CDC theorizes that the virus also spreads via airborne droplets. 

The SERVPRO technicians have the equipment, training, and proper cleaning to perform deep cleaning on any surface. Counters, computer keypads, and doorknobs get wiped down with an EPA-registered cleaning solution. The technicians will specifically use certain equipment and treatments for differing surfaces. The chosen application is based on minimizing cost and applying our years of experience in providing decontamination services.

Get peace of mind about what you can do to reduce the chances of spreading the virus in your property by contacting SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Chicago, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown today at (773) 434-9100 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How to Avoid Further Damage from Water When Disaster Hits?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

overflowing faucet SERVPRO of West Loop Bucktown Greektown works around the clock and can attend to any size disaster. Call (772) 434-9100

When a home experiences a water damage event and the problem is not fixed as soon as possible, it can quickly develop into a severe problem. Apart from the expected financial losses, there is a possibility of experiencing health effects when the water remains in the structure for 24 – 48 hours and molds grow. To avoid further damage and salvage as many items as possible, you have to act fast when you encounter such incidents in Chicago.

Water Damage Restoration Services that Residents of Chicago can Trust

You can never tell when you are going to need water damage restoration services in Chicago. Your property might have been in perfect condition in the morning, and a few leaks from a faulty plumbing system may change everything. It is for that same reason that our SERVPRO technicians are always available to attend to any emergency at any time of the day. Our team is well-trained to deal with any size of emergency. When we are working for you, no incident is too big or too small; we always give every restoration work the seriousness it deserves. The use of specialized equipment such as moisture meters and sensors allow us to identify wet areas and items and come up with appropriate restoration procedures.
The fact that we are locally owned also gives us an upper hand when dealing with water damage events. We understand the region and its environs well, thereby putting us in a position where we can respond to emergencies quickly. Upon contacting our SERVPRO team, we carefully inspect and assess the damage caused and remove the water. We start by physically extracting the water by using pumps and portable extractors. Next, we can install air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the building properly. Dehumidifiers work by absorbing the moisture that gets added to the surrounding air as wet materials lose water. If necessary, we can perform deodorization to address odors that may have resulted from rotting organic materials.
SERVPRO of West Loop/ Bucktown/ Greektown works around the clock and can attend to any size disaster. Call (772) 434-9100 when your home or businesses need emergency services after experiencing any fire, storm, water, or mold damage incidents.

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What are Some of Dangers Caused by Fire Damage in a Chicago Property?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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The dangers of fire and smoke damage

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

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

Smoke is actually more dangerous than fire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

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

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

Using Borescopes and Cavity Drying Equipment to Correct Minor Water Damage in your Chicago Home

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Team has the Experience and Equipment to Help Reduce Chances of Water Loss in your Chicago Home.

Water Damage Chicago

Inside the walls of your home is a matrix of electrical cables, water-pipes, and drainage pipes. There may also be several microbial bacteria or mold spores which make up a natural part of any indoor environment. However, issues like a slow leak can begin to cause severe problems in your property. You may notice an area of your home begins to fade, yellow, or become odorous. Alternatively, the water pressure of your taps and shower may weaken. 

These are signs of a slow leak that could be causing water damage to your Chicago home. The longer that slow leaks go unnoticed, the more costly issues they create, which is why homeowners need to stay vigilant to the subtle changes in their home environment and amenities. Among some root causes of damage, mold growth as well as stagnation or rot occurring from inside wall cavities. For a homeowner, these areas may be tough to inspect regularly, which is why you can use SERVPRO to investigate and restore potential water loss.

One of the issues with water buildup in wall cavities is restrictive access. Demolishing or removing sections of drywall may be an unnecessarily aggressive response. SERVPRO technicians use Borescopes to check inside cavities without the need to remove them altogether. Where there are significant water issues, we can remove walls to gain drying access. But in many cases, we can use non-invasive equipment to achieve the same result. 

Examples of non-invasive structural cavity drying equipment may include injectidry systems, negative and positive air pressure machines. A negative air pressure machine uses a large exhaust that stretches outside the property. Smaller ducts can be fitted and attached to the wall. A SERVPRO technician can either drill holes beneath the baseboard or on the wall itself, filling it in again once the service is complete. 

Depending on the extent of damage, we may choose negative air pressure to remove contaminants from inside a wall or injectidry systems to circulate warm, dry air inside the cavity. Which option we want depends upon the results of the Borescope inspection. SERVPRO can help you to overcome minor water issues in restrictive areas of your home by using the right equipment at the right time. 

You can reach us anytime from our emergency operator. Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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Our Technicians Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Water Damage Disaster

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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DIY Cleanup vs. Professional Water Cleanup in Chicago

One mistake homeowners sometimes make taking on water cleanup in their homes after a plumbing disaster, appliance malfunction, or storm damage is self-cleaning. Sometimes the amount of water is more considerable than the home efforts can handle. 

One of the most significant differences between DIY and professional water cleanup in Chicago properties is the equipment. SERVPRO technicians have access to a vast array of advanced equipment designed specifically for different types of surfaces and situations. 


The training the technicians of SERVPRO undergo is extensive and ongoing. As new advancements happen in the restoration services industry, they stay on top of the latest technology to ensure each job they work on gets the best outcome from fire, mold or water damage.

Consumer vs. Professional Drying Equipment

Fans blowing on a wet surface tend only to dry the area the airflow hits. When SERVPRO deploys their air movers and dehumidification equipment, it works to not only dry surfaces but pulls embedded moisture out of the structure for complete drying. 

For particular situations such as wet wall cavities, there are specific pieces of equipment such as the Injecti-Dry system that directs concentrated airflow into tight spaces. Drying mats have the potential to make the difference in a hardwood floor that is a restorable rather than a loss. The careful monitoring during the drying phase ensures that the damaged area meets preset goals for air moisture levels.

Avoiding Water Odors

Often, after drying and wiping down the water loss area with antibacterial cleaning agents, it is enough to dispel residual odors. However, in some cases, the musty calling card of damage from water may require more robust treatments. The techs have access to numerous types of odor control equipment and choose the best method based on the level of scent removal required. 

When your home needs water cleanup, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100. The technicians arrive quickly and work to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."  

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Call Us Today To Make Your Chicago Water Loss "Like It Never Even Happened"

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Drying and Demolition Cleaning for Chicago Apartments

Water loss incidents can originate from many sources in Chicago apartments, and getting ahead of the spreading damage can help you to reduce the total losses you experience. As you might expect, water effects can migrate quickly through a property from the source outward, so within a short period, a broad area of your living space has become affected by this spreading threat. Drying up the damage is, unfortunately, only part of the equation, however.

While drying and even extraction are vital elements to the recovery of your apartment, water cleanup in Chicago properties plays an equally important role. In many situations involving category 2 or above water losses, the likelihood of controlled demolition and necessary reconstruction is high. Not only can intricate material removal eliminate overly damaged construction materials and contents, but it can make otherwise inaccessible areas of the building available for focused drying and cleanup.

Wet-vacuuming can remove pooling water damage from the flooring of your apartment. With the inclusion of wands and carpet extraction pads, we can more successfully remove moisture from flooring materials. With exposed elements like wood trim and drywall, however, there is little that can be done to protect these items if the exposure has persisted for longer than 24 hours. The only suitable solution to both reduce potential microbial growth and to most efficiently return the property to preloss condition is through controlled demolition and later reconstruction.

We have a full team of general contractors that can help both the demolition and the build back of damaged areas of your apartment. A prompt start to these definitive steps can reduce the possibility of damaging neighboring units through shared walls or the floors. Our SERVPRO contractors have more than 30 years of combined experience, ensuring that we can only remove what is necessary to maximize drying and recovery efforts.

Water loss incidents in an apartment can threaten much more than just your unit. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown team to limit the migration of these effects and provide practical strategies to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (773) 434-9100.

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We Provide Reliable Water Cleanup Services For Your Chicago Home

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Can Offer Reliable Water Cleanup in Chicago

In just one year, the amount of water leaked in water-related claims all over the US can amount to 1 trillion gallons. This consumption is more than the water usage of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined. Whether from a pipe leak, appliance failure, or flooding, many homeowners often need additional care to prevent mold growth and structural damage after water-related disasters affect their property.

If your Chicago residence needs water cleanup from disaster mitigation experts, SERVPRO can help you with jobs both big and small. Technicians and franchise owners alike are highly trained in disaster mitigation techniques with state-of-the-art techniques and EPA-registered, OSHA-approved cleaning products. SERVPRO's training program is both extensive and continuous and provides IICRC training, employee certification training, online learning options, continuing education courses, and much more.

Choose IICRC-Certified Experts
Why is IICRC certification training necessary? The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification sets the standard for what is expected from cleaning and restoration companies. Everything from carpet and upholstery cleaning practices, to fire and water cleanup standards, is set by the IICRC. The emphasis in SERVPRO's education materials is placed on adhering to these guidelines and providing consistent quality to homeowners who require disaster cleanup.

How SERVPRO Can Help
Even small punctures in appliance hoses, such as those required for dishwashers or washing machines, can cause extensive damage. Running faucets can wreak havoc on flooring and porous surfaces. When SERVPRO comes to your home, they can use state-of-the-art technologies to monitor the condition of your property and get to work extracting water. Cleanup specialists can use wet/dry vacuums on tile floors as well as rovers that suck moisture out of carpets with ease. After thorough extraction, technicians can set up centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to pull moisture off of surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air. These pros focus on restoration to lower insurance rates and save clients millions of dollars per year.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown knows the importance of being Faster to Any Size Disaster and is committed to bringing the community quality cleanup and restoration 24/7. Call (773) 434-9100 today to have a team at your home within hours.

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Some Effective Paths to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Chicago

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Protects Your Chicago Home After Flooding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get The Assistance You Deserve When Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen with white cabinets, table and floor burned and covered in soot damage Fire and smoke residues cover every item caught within the affected area.

Fire Damage In Your Home

You never wanted to have to deal with fire damage on your property, but accidents happen, and here you are. Several friends and co-workers give you unsolicited advice about how to handle your situation, each with ideas about what is important and whom you should contact for help.

When deciding on a fire damage restoration company in the Chicago area, consider someone who can deliver far more than essential services. You need a company that handles fire, water, storm, and mold issues on a daily basis, but you should also look for someone who wants to be there for you.

You want someone who can address each one of your concerns individually, tailoring their restoration process to fit your unique situation and provide you with services needed to get things back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, the entire restoration process should also be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, that company is SERVPRO.

If you want someone who has 24-hour emergency service, who responds to your request for help promptly and can provide you with useful tips to help prevent future events, call SERVPRO. We understand how devastating this type of incident can be and provide you with the caring expert solutions necessary to help guide you through the restoration process.

Think about it, a fire happening on your property involves drying the entire area, cleaning carpets, giving individual attention to each item to remove fire and smoke damage, cleaning and deodorization methods, water removal, as well as possible microbial remediation. Do you want to leave your home in the hands of someone inexperienced in any of these methods? No, you want to get the best help possible and get things back to normal as soon as possible. Never hesitate to call, waiting only makes things worse.

Fire and smoke residues cover every item caught within the affected area. Making it essential for professional restoration technicians to fully inspect each item individually, giving each of your belongings the attention they deserve to determine whether they are restorable or not. SERVPRO’s professional technicians utilize IICRC standards and best practices in water, fire, mold, carpet, and cleaning during your restoration process to help return your property to a quality pre-damage condition you can enjoy.

Make the call to SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to receive the help you deserve. Our staff eagerly awaits your call (773) 434-9100.

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Call A Specialist At The First Signs Of Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

mold damage covering a cream wall and white baseboard Mold often presents itself in areas of your home with constant water sources such as your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

Signs Of Mold Damage

Mold often presents itself in areas of your home with constant water sources such as your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. Your shower, sinks, toilets, faucets, and any other plumbing or appliance that uses water can eventually lead to the development of mold.

Finding small amounts of mold damage in your Chicago area home may not be so alarming. However, if the area is over 10-square feet, you should contact a professional for help. Cleaning up mold without solving your water problem invites mold to return, and it only takes a short time for it to cover extensive areas of your home.

Expertly trained SERVPRO technicians provide you with access to advanced containment, control, and cleaning methods while wearing the proper protection to prevent inhalation of mold spores. They utilize a restore versus replace mentality to handle your belongings and discard any severely damaged materials, finding hidden mold, and keeping it from returning later.

SERVPRO technicians clean and disinfect the contaminated area using EPA-registered disinfectants and specialized equipment to reach even the smallest areas. You should understand that if you intend on tackling mold growth in your home alone, most household cleaning solutions just do not do the job well enough to combat the problem.

You can avoid many of the problems that often accompany mold growth in your home by contacting a trained professional for help. SERVPRO can help you remove mold from clothing, shoes, and other personal belongings, this includes leather items, books, paper and even electronics.

Making the right choices at the first signs of mold damage on your property can limit the losses you experience. When there are professional services available in your area, there is no reason for you to take chances on your own. Professionals are waiting to assist you anytime you need them, benefit from what is available.

Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for additional information or to schedule an initial inspection of your property, today. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, call now (773) 434-9100.

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Our Professionals Have The Tools To Handle Your Bucktown Home Restoration

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

icicles on a metal roof of a concrete building When these icicles melt they can cause water damage in the roof and our experts are here to help.

Why SERVPRO is Excellent for Water Damage to Your Bucktown Home

In the winter months in Bucktown, ice dams are just one of several natural occurrences which post a threat to the structure of your home. A buildup of ice from melted snow which has refrozen, an ice dam forms near the edge of your home, usually in the gutters. Then, melted snow cannot drain off your home to the ground, which creates a backup of liquid with nowhere else to go other than into your home.

Ice dams can form quickly on your Bucktown home and cause water damage. It is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO when you find an issue like this so the water inside can be cleaned up and your home can be restored. SERVPRO techs are adequately trained and equipped to handle any water damage to your home and do it promptly to avoid additional damage. Therefore, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is an excellent choice for water damage restoration.

When weather conditions mean there is repeated freezing and thawing your home can be prone to ice dams. When snow settles on your roof, some of it melts and goes down into the gutters. If your attic is poorly insulated, the heated air from inside your home and the lack of insulation melts snow rapidly, and this newly formed liquid goes down the slope of your roof. As the weather gets cold again, this water refreezes, creating a dam that snow which melts cannot get past. You then have that melted snow seeping into your home.

SERVPRO technicians have the tools to dry up the water damage which has come in, and since some might be hidden, we use moisture meters to find it, so nothing is left behind. Hidden water and moisture can easily create mold inside your walls and ceiling, so it is imperative that we find all the moisture and dry it out.

When ice dams have caused melted snow to invade your home in Pilsen, Wicker Park, or Chicago, reach out to SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown for assistance. We can be reached anytime you need us by dialing (773) 434-9100, so do not hesitate and we can restore your home to the way it was before the water intrusion.

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How to Navigate Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire in Your Chicago Home

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

room with burned furniture and burned debris covering the floor Facing fire damage without a certified restoration company by your side can seem daunting. Contact SERVPRO to formulate a remediation plan.

Why Choosing SERVPRO for Fire Damage Mitigation in Chicago Gets Your Home Livable Faster

There are many reasons why SERVPRO should be your go-to mitigation and restoration partner after your Chicago home experiences the damaging effects of fire. Our training encompasses the full range of effects fire can bring about within a home, and the best methods to mitigate those effects. Bringing your home back to the same condition it was before the fire, “Like it never even happened,” is what we do best.
Residents whose home sustains fire damage in Chicago can rely on us to remove the charred areas, eliminate the soot, and deodorize your home. Other aspects of fire damage can make your home not only unsightly and ugly but also unsafe. We train our technicians to always keep their safety in mind and to examine the structure's level of safety before beginning any work.
During a fire, anything that becomes too hot can ignite and begin burning. Smoke permeates every inch of your home and leaves soot behind on all surfaces, including contents and structures. Odor-causing elements of fire include soot, burned plastics and synthetics, and in the fire damage involving a cooking fire, high-protein items, especially meat. Often, the water or foam used by homeowners during smaller fires or the much more considerable amount used by the fire department can also severely damage a home's interior.
SERVPRO gets to work on a home with fire damage by removing the water from the home. This process includes eliminating the high humidity often left behind after a fire. Saturated carpets need a proper and thorough examination to determine if we can save them or if we should instead replace them.
Cleaning surfaces until they are free of soot and removing any damaged materials and contents helps keep it from spreading and also decreases the odors. Soot can also cause health effects if not removed promptly, as well as dull the surfaces of shiny or glossy items throughout your house. To further improve the healthy condition of your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses special chemicals that bond at the molecular level with any soot particles it comes into contact with during thermal fogging. Like all our other techniques, this method produces highly effective results.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is Always Faster To Any Disaster in Wicker Park, Cicero, and Pilsen, including fire damage. Call us at (773) 434-9100 for competent professionals who understand how fire damage affects your home and your family.

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