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Water Damage Restoration In Chicago You Can Count On

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration In Chicago You Can Count On SERVPRO Says Be Prepared for Water Damage to Your Chicago Property

Prepare and Call Upon SERVPRO for Damaging Water Events in Chicago

Inclement weather or natural disasters are far less frequent than other incidents that can cause severe water damage in your home. Problems with your ventilation system, household appliances, basement, roof leaks, or plumbing problems including broken or leaky pipes, happen more often and cause even more damage.

 Consider everything that you have to lose when discussing the possibilities of water damage in your Chicago area home. While it is important to obtain the insurance coverage necessary to protect your investment should disaster strike, it is also imperative for you to start a relationship with your local restoration company.  
 
Think about it, whether you live in an area constantly plagued by flooding or not, water damage can come from a variety of sources. Having a relationship with a local restoration company, like SERVPRO can provide you with helpful tips that prevent severe damage, while also making the services available to help restore your home after an event occurs.  
 
Many homeowners make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to locate someone to assist with their restoration needs; when having a pre-inspection performed on your property by an IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians gives you an opportunity to avoid problems altogether.
 
Take the opportunity to prepare your home ahead of time; use SERVPRO’s readiness app to share information and keep complete records of damaged contents. Use it to maintain photo records of the condition of your home and your belongings before disaster strikes. The readiness app gives you a way to provide your insurance company with the information they need to get the ball rolling on your claim and correctly account for water damaged items in your home.  
 
Our technicians provide you with qualified personnel that manages the entire situation, giving you the services you need to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, and makes your restoration process as stress-free as possible. We are your one-stop source for all of your restoration needs and look forward to exceeding your expectations.  
 
Visit SERVPRO of Evergreen Park – South Chicago City today for additional information or valuable prevention tips to help you maintain your home. (773) 337-3900

Worried About Weather Patterns That Cause More Flooding In Chicago?

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Worried About Weather Patterns That Cause More Flooding In Chicago? Contact SERVPRO if your property suffers from flood damage.

Find A Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Company You Trust


In our metropolitan area, there is evidence that heavier rains and an aging sewer infrastructure are combining for some very challenging flooding situations. No matter how diligently a homeowner tries to limit the damage done by periodic flooding, when torrential rains drop many inches of water in one storm you need the help only SERVPRO provides when your basement floods.

Urban areas struggle with flood damage, and Chicago is no exception. The aging wastewater disposal systems fill up, overwhelmed by the amount of precipitation falling in a given area. Since it is likely that flooding continues to happen but impossible to tell which neighborhoods risk flooding next, the smartest thing to do within a homeowner’s grasp is to choose a well-prepared flood restoration company.

SERVPRO stands out from the many recovery firm options in the area because of well-trained staff and the ability to ramp up the scale of restoration efforts. We have a commitment to local homeowners and our shared community. Because we also live and work here, we understand the struggles you confront when our weather does not cooperate. Although we have a local focus, we are part of a larger, nationwide network of flooding and water damage restoration experts.

Should your neighborhood be one that suffers from heavy rains and compromised waste water disposal this summer, make sure you have SERVPRO on speed dial. We respond quickly when flooding threatens to damage your basement and its contents. Our staff uses submersible pumps and extractors to remove standing water, the equipment mounted on our service trucks. We evaluate the viability of any HVAC system, water heaters, and laundry appliances after we clear the water. Our staff uses industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to dry flooring, walls, and other structures.

Furnishings and bedding saturated with flood waters need assessment for the safety of restoration rather than disposal. Flood waters contain the potential for infectious waste, and disinfecting porous articles like upholstery and mattresses is not always possible. We discuss this with you and your insurance company, making the best choice based upon your safety and welfare.

Flooding in your community needs the expert help of SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City. Gear up your response by calling our team at (773) 337-3900.

Mold Damage Cleanup in Chicago

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup in Chicago Mold Spores that Develop in a Chicago Home Need Remediation by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Safety First Mold Remediation

Mold colonies are often unseen and can develop and grow inside crawlspaces, wall cavities, plants, and furnishings, plus just about any area of the home where there is moisture. Spores are in the air you breathe, and spores can also be absorbed by your nose, eyes, lungs and throat. About thirty percent of people are allergic to mold and suffer adverse health effects due to this.

Mold needs moisture and organic matter to feed on and grow. Relative humidity which is high in a home indicates a moisture level conducive to growth. Also, lower humidity usually decreases the release and growth of mold spores in your Chicago residence. Central air handling systems which are contaminated can fast become breeding grounds for fungi and spread mold damage throughout your home. SERVPRO can help you clean up the mold and damage created with our special training and tools.
 
Our treatment for mold goes beyond the testing phase. When we arrive in your home, we determine what is going on, and we then offer solutions to fix the problem. We talk to you and ask if you sense a strong, musty odor or if you are aware of any mold growth. Thermal imaging is done to scan for moisture behind your walls, moisture meter readings are taken, and a report is written to specify what processes are taking place.
 
We ensure that we go over everything with you first before beginning any work so you can feel comfortable and understand what actions we are performing on your home.
 
Safety is of great importance to our staff at SERVPRO, and we ensure that all of our technicians wear the proper protective gear whenever they are dealing with a mold situation. It includes a filter type respirator for spaces that are small and contained. A half-mask respirator with the right cartridges for larger contaminations, or a full-face respirator (HEPA filter) for some extensive growth areas.
If the contamination is quite extensive, full HAZMAT body suits may also be necessary, and we always wear chemical resistant gloves and eye protection.
 
If you suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City right away. We come quickly to inspect your home for mold and begin a process for remediation. (773) 337-3900

Tiny Leaks are Capable of Causing Thousands of Dollars Worth of Water Damage in Chicago

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tiny Leaks are Capable of Causing Thousands of Dollars Worth of Water Damage in Chicago When water damage has been building over time, secondary water damage should also be a concern.

Water Leaks? SERVPRO can clean and restore the mess! 


Many people expect all water damage to be the result of a water line breaking, or from flooding, or perhaps a bathtub overflowing. Not all water damage is the product of such dramatic events. Even a minuscule leak can cause as much damage as a larger one, simply because it either is not noticed or because it seems so insignificant.


Chicago homes need to be protected from even tiny leaks, as these can create water damage, also. Leaks can exist anywhere there are plumbing lines. These are not the only sources of minute amounts of water. SERVPRO has the technicians you need to repair water damage, of any type, and to stop the water from leaking again regardless of the water's source.


Faucets can leak under the sink they are situated on, allowing water to spread slowly under the cabinetry. Leaks under the sink can include where the water lines meet the faucet, and also where the drain pipe connects to the sink's drain. Water can slowly travel from small cracks in either location and create a mess that can take months to make.


When tubs and faucet are not matched, misalignment can happen. Water flowing from the faucet into the tub can flow over the overflow vents. Unless these are properly connected, water can pool inside the wall or under the tub.


Appliances that use water can also be the reason for water damage. Leaks, overflows, and other malfunctions can either, over time, or suddenly, cause water emergencies. When an incident like this occurs, extra caution is warranted so that electrical shock does not cause injury or death. Your safety needs to always be a priority in such events.


When water damage has been building over time, secondary water damage should also be a concern. Water affects different materials in various ways, and this can change over time. Even small amounts of water can allow pathogens to grow, provide incentives to pests, such as ants, to colonize inside your home, and weaken structures, such as the flooring under your tub or washing machine.


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For any degree of water damage in your home, call us, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900. We can start within an hour of your call.

Protecting Precious Memories From A Fire In Your Downtown Chicago Home

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Precious Memories From A Fire In Your Downtown Chicago Home Protecting your family memories from fire is something important to consider.

Preserving Cherished Memories


Most people do not like to think about the possibility of their home catching on fire, but, what if it did? Assuming your family and pets all get out safely, what would be the things you are most upset about losing? You may have little to nothing left that is salvageable after a fire. Even if you have a good homeowner’s policy, it cannot bring back your treasured items such as photographs, personal papers, relevant documents, children’s artwork and your computer files. While all these things would be a great loss, sentimental belongings like your family photographs are at the top of most people's lists.

A good place to start, a fire safe can prevent fire damage to your precious memories. Most residential safes in Downtown Chicago carry a two or three-hour rating, however, which means they protect the contents for just a few hours in case of a fire. An even better way of protecting your personal and legal documents and family memories is to store copies of them somewhere other than your home. Then, when you have a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO come to restore and repair your home, this is one less worry.

Scanning Your Documents
Begin scanning each item by taking a digital picture, using your home scanner, or, for high quality or fine art scanning, use a scanning service. After you have digital copies of your documents, you must determine how to store them.

Make CDs
Upload your digital image files to an online service, which lets you create shareable online photo albums or get CDs burned. Think about having CDs sent to friends and family as a backup copy. Many people enjoy storing images on the hard drive of their computer and backing the images up on a flash drive, the problem here is most people forget to back up their pictures and documents, risking their loss, even from general computer issues. If you remember to back up your computer regularly, a flash drive is an excellent way to save precious memories. However, this is only if you keep it in your possession or give it to a family member for safekeeping. In the case of a fire, the flash drive and computer are lost. Remember that after a fire, SERVPRO needs to be called right away so they can come and restore everything possible in your home, and repair any damage.

Go To The Cloud
You can upload images to Yahoo or Google, however, for the most secure storage off-site of your important photos you are better off using a backup service like Cloud. Using Cloud storage puts your images on a remote service, and the packages include backups for your computer. The services use the same technology for encryption that banks use, so your images are protected.

Protecting your family memories from fire is something important to consider. If your family does experience loss from fire, be sure to reach SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City immediately. We can help you to get your home back to normal as soon as possible when you call us at (773) 337-3900.

Why Hydroxyl Generators Take the Odor Out of Fire Damage in Evergreen Park Homes

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Hydroxyl Generators Take the Odor Out of Fire Damage in Evergreen Park Homes Our technicians use a combination of devices and machines to pluck smoke and soot particles from the atmosphere.

Find Out How SERVPRO Takes Odors out of Fire Damage Items


For many years, fire damage restorers have been using specialist equipment to deal with odor. It is because, after a domestic fire, lingering smells are one of the biggest frustrations. Fortunately, SERVPRO has access to odor busting foggers, masking agents, filters, and chemicals, and ozone generators.


Our technicians use a combination of these devices and machines to pluck smoke and soot particles from the atmosphere. They are highly effective when it comes to restoring fire damage in Evergreen Park homes. One of the most sophisticated tools that we use is called the hydroxyl generator, and we are going to tell you a little more about it.


Keep reading to find out how our SERVPRO hydroxyl generators differ from ozone generators and which approach is best for your home.


What Is Deodorization?


While they are different processes, ozone and hydroxyl generators work in a similar way. They produce particles which have odor eliminating properties. In the case of hydroxyl, these particles are created all the time naturally. They develop when ultraviolet light reacts with water and oxygen. All that we do is accelerate the process by introducing more UV light.


Why is Hydroxyl Important?


When created in an atmosphere where odor-causing chemicals are present, hydroxyl particles decompose them. They are often referred to as a ‘natural broom,’ because they ensure that indoor environments contain very low levels of these chemicals. Hydroxyl is particularly useful when dealing with unpleasant odors, due to its speed. It can break down as many as 5,000 different chemicals (including smoke).


Why Is Hydroxyl Different to Ozone?


For one thing, hydroxyl particles break down airborne chemicals around a million times faster than ozone. They are the second most powerful oxidant in existence (after fluorine). Interestingly, using ozone in very high concentrations can cause it to work faster than hydroxyl. The problem is that, in such quantities, it is toxic. If the SERVPRO technicians decide to use ozone in your business, you may have to vacate the premises.


 


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On the other hand, hydroxyl generators are much kinder to the environment. They do not pose a threat to humans or plant life and rarely require containment. For more information, get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City. Call us 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

Preventing Ice Maker Leaks in a Chicago Home

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Ice Maker Leaks in a Chicago Home Chicago Ice Maker Can Cause Extensive Water Damage

Inspect and Replace Defective Parts or Call SERVPRO for Help

Ice makers are a great convenience item to have in your home. You do not ever have to worry about those annoying ice trays again, or someone not refilling them and you running out of ice. When you add this device in your home, you need to be aware of some things first. The installer should use a small metal saddle, called an icemaker valve, that is attached to a cold-water pipe close to the refrigerator. The kits for icemakers usually include a clear plastic water pipe fitted to the valve and the water inlet on the fridge. This flexible piece of plastic tubing is the biggest culprit for a leak and water damage.

Miniscule holes in the tubing are unnoticeable during installation in your kitchen, and stay unnoticed for years, hidden behind your refrigerator. Over time, many gallons of water seeping out the tubing can cause serious structural water damage in Chicago to the floor systems and walls around the refrigerator. This water damage means you need professional help from SERVPRO, a water damage remediation company. Our experienced technicians have the tools and the knowledge to fix any water damage these types of leaks can cause.

Preventing Ice Maker Water Damage
There is usually a shut-off valve in modern homes that is installed inside a wall panel behind the refrigerator. Here, soft copper tubing is used to connect the valve to the icemaker. Fractures or pinhole leaks to the copper tubing are possible, however not as likely as with the plastic tubing. Two things to prevent water damage include using copper tubing for the connection and installing a battery-operated flood alarm. When positioned properly, the battery-operated alarm, which is inexpensive, reacts to a water pooling problem. This alarm can be used in a basement, kitchen, near water heaters, or any other appliance near a water source. These devices can be easily found and purchased.

When your ice maker does fail for any reason, SERVPRO can step in and help you right away. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City can respond to an emergency quickly and efficiently. We understand that water damage of any kind can halt the daily routines of your home. Just pick up your phone and dial (773) 337-3900 whenever you need us.

Free 3 Credit Hour Ethics CE Class for Illinois Insurance Professionals

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Community Free 3 Credit Hour Ethics CE Class for Illinois Insurance Professionals The Class will be held Friday, February 3 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. Please arrive early for registration.

We will be holding a FREE 3hr ETHIC's CE Class on Feb 3, 2017, for all of Our Agents/Adjusters/Producers licensed in the state of ILLINOIS. Registration is 9:30 - 9:50 and the Class will start Promptly at 10 am. Lunch is Included. Call or Email me to reserve your seats: 

Phone: (708) 906-0708

Email: Patricia@SERVPROSouthChicago.com

How to Seal Up and Contain Mold Damage in Mount Greenwood Homes

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Seal Up and Contain Mold Damage in Mount Greenwood Homes Mold needs to be properly remediated. Call SERVPRO as soon as you see or smell any sign of mold.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified to Remediate Your Mold Damage Problem

The prospect of having mold remediation specialists enter your home and set up decontamination areas is the stuff of science fiction movies for the most part. If you have never experienced extensive mold damage before, it will be an entirely new process. And yes, it can look a little strange at first.

The reality, however, is that containment booths and decontamination areas are a lot less dramatic than they seem. They are very common, and they really are not designed to protect homeowners at all. The primary purpose of mold containment is to protect the property. Mold damage in Mount Greenwood homes can spread very quickly if left unchecked.

This guide to the containment procedures used by SERVPRO will tell you a little more about what to expect.

What Does Containment Look Like?

The level of containment will depend entirely on the extent of the problem. Usually, however, we only set up small areas and cause minimal disruption to daily routines. If the mold damage is spreading across a bedroom wall, for example, the SERVPRO team may need to establish a containment perimeter around the room.

While this does mean that you will not be able to enter, there is no danger to worry about. Containment prevents mold spores from being carried out of the space and into other areas of the home. The technicians will wear special PPE suits and footwear, which are treated to neutralize spores every time that they exit the perimeter.

There will be clear polyethylene sheets set up around the affected area. They may be hung over doorways, across carpets, and along ceilings in some cases. If items or materials are removed from the containment space, they will be wrapped in this plastic first. Once again, it can look a little strange, but the SERVPRO team will discuss any concerns that you might have.

What Happens Inside the Containment Area?

The processes carried out inside the containment area are no different to those that are used on any other mold remediation job. The use of polyethylene sheets simply helps to maintain certain drying conditions. The technicians will set up dehumidifiers, negative air movers, and possibly ozone generators to deal with the source of the damp.

It may be necessary to keep some of the machines (such as fans) running constantly over a period of days. You will be informed of this, and the experts will be on site regularly to check progress.

Don’t let mold and mold damage take over your home. Get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City. We are experienced, highly skilled, and provide excellent customers service. Call us 24/7 on (773) 337-3900.

Visual Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Morgan Park

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Visual Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Morgan Park A fire can engulf your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to help recover!

Your Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open.
 
Burn Marks
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Morgan Park, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
 
Smoke and Ash
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order.
 
Structural Damage
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City helps businesses to get back on track after a disaster. Give us a call at (773) 337-3900.