Step 3: Water Removal / Water Extraction

The Initial Hurdles of Water Removal for Chicago Homes

When you head up the street here in Chicago a few blocks to see the Cubs take the field you cannot just stroll right into the stadium like you might have been able to back when the Curse of the Billy Goat first took hold of the area in the late 40s and 50s. Now, you have to find parking, pass through security, and jump several other hoops before you can even see the nosebleeds at Wrigley. You can find that this is how water loss restoration works as well.

We would love to be able to rush right to the ending - the part of turning your property back over to you when the process completes - but some essential steps must occur first. There might be even more steps involved in preparing your Chicago residence for full-scale restoration and potential reconstruction than there is to get into the stadium these days.

Some of these Potential Hurdles Include:

• Any present standing water in the home must get removed through the use of extraction tools.
• Any potential contaminants must get cleaned and removed from structural elements.
• Surfaces must get moisture content readings to determine their salvageability.
• Unrepairable areas of the residence must get carefully removed under the guidance of our experienced team of licensed in-house contractors.

Emergency services and mitigation like these tasks help us to begin the restoration work in your damaged house officially.

Move-Out / Pack-Out

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

  • Move-Out Service

Emergency Water Removal

Our highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, we may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. Removing most of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth.

  • Remove Excess Water
  • Use Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums

Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

We inspect the carpet and pad and determine if they should be removed to protect the subfloor.

  • Inspect Carpet Pad and Remove If Needed
  • Inspect Carpet and Remove If Needed

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Back to Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Forward to Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

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