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Preventing Foundation Water Damage to Your Chicago Home

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Foundation Water Damage to Your Chicago Home Keeping gutters and downspouts clear of debris can help prevent water damage to your foundation.

Take Steps to Prevent Foundation Water Damage

The number one culprit which weakens the foundation of your home and the core which holds your house together is water damage. We have all heard about core strength for our bodies. Water damage hits the core strength of your home, creating serious structural damage. Damp wood invites carpenter ants and termites, plus causes mildew and mold. Preventing water damage is the key to protecting your home, and you can do so with three simple strategies.

Ensuring you have good drainage is the first step to preventing water damage to your Chicago home. Poor drainage causes cracks in your foundation, pathways for water to enter your home, and uneven settling. Cleaning your gutters on a regular basis and ensuring that your downspouts are directing water five to ten feet away from your home are needed steps. Making sure your yard slopes at least six inches over a ten-foot span away from your foundation is also something to make sure of.

Sump pumps should also be tested regularly. Check yours at least once per year and perform more checks during heavy storm seasons.

When water has seeped into your foundation, allowing water to enter your home, SERVPRO is the water damage remediation company to call. Our equipped technicians have the experience and expertise needed to quickly and efficiently dry your home back out.

Checking for water leaks and getting them fixed is also essential. Persistent leaks lead to mildew and mold, termites and carpenter ants, and rot. Look for dark spots inside sink cabinets, under pipes, toilets which rock, stains on ceilings, and drips. Get your roof inspected once per year and have any loose, missing, or damaged shingles repaired. Repair any caulking which is cracked and look for leaks around flashing.

Our SERVPRO technicians inspect any water damage to your foundation, draw up a plan for remediation, take you through it, and get your home back to its prior condition in a timely fashion.

Just give SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City a call as soon as you realize you have a water leak in your foundation. Reach us easily at all times by dialing (773) 337-3900, so do not delay when you find the problem.

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What Types Of Mold Damage Can Occur In Your Chicago Home?

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Types Of Mold Damage Can Occur In Your Chicago Home? There are several types of fungus which can cause mold damage to your Chicago home.

Types Of Mold Damage

There is a great deal in the media these days about mold. You have probably seen blog posts warning you about the dangers of mold in your home. SERVPRO is aware that fungus certainly can cause problems for homeowners, including unsightly mold growth, an unpleasant musty smell, and even potential health effects. Fungal growth might also decrease the value of your home.

“Mold” is a broad category. In fact, there are several types of fungus which can cause mold damage to your Chicago home. Some of the most common include:

Penicillium
Penicillium usually grows in carpets or wallpapers and can also be found in any decaying fabric. It is the same substance that is used to make the drug Penicillin – but of course, you do not want it in your home!

Alternaria
Alternaria is particularly fond of wet places such as bathrooms or around leaks, and also grows in carpets that have become damp. Alternaria spreads easily.

Aspergillus
Aspergillus is more common in warmer climates, and can also be found in building materials.

Cladosporium
Cladosporium can grow on either fabric or wood and is particularly common outside of the home, although it can enter your house through the HVAC system or on clothes and shoes.

Stachybotrys chartarum
Stachybotrys chartarum has a black appearance and grows in areas that have constant moisture such as bathrooms or around leaks, although it can easily spread to other regions.

We recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage in your house. We train our IICRC-certified experts to assess the extent of the mold damage and the type of mold present to draw up the best action plan for your home. We know that a visual inspection is not enough, which is why our teams have access to tools including moisture meters, penetrating moisture probes, and thermal hygrometers. We use tools to test for dampness and humidity. Our tools allow us to seek out patches of mold and see at-risk areas and ensure your home receives a thorough treatment.

Our professional technicians set up containment to help prevent the further spread of spores. We clean all visible mold and dry out damp carpets, furniture, and walls to reduce the risk of regrowth. Do not let mold harm your home. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 for help.

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Quality Flood Damage Assistance Available In The Chicago Area

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Quality Flood Damage Assistance Available In The Chicago Area After a flood, things may appear worse than they are, you can recover much of what you see by obtaining the services of a quality restoration company.

Flood Damage Assistance

After a flood, things may appear worse than they are, you can recover much of what you see by obtaining the services of a quality restoration company. These technicians clean, dry, and rebuild flooded homes all of the time, enabling homeowners just like you to return to their home sooner than you might think.

When dealing with flood damage in your Chicago area home, play it safe. Never enter your property to take a look around or assess the damages alone. Safety hazards are lingering in the rubble that put you and your family at severe risk, some that only a trained eye can spot quickly enough to avoid. Making it necessary for you to ask for help immediately.

Companies like SERVPRO assist homeowners with recovering from flood damage on their property while also providing recommendations to assist with limiting your losses during any future events. Using the right company can make the difference between preventing or limiting flood damage, or losing your home entirely to the next problem that occurs.

At SERVPRO you and your family come first. We want you to be safe, avoid stressful situations, and concentrate on a more important side of your restoration, your health. Flood situations take their toll on your family both physically and emotionally, once you have expressed your concerns and had your questions answered by our onsite supervisor, leave your restoration in our hands.

SERVPRO can help you floodproof your home as we perform your restoration. Our initial inspection outlines problems that exist providing you with a timeline for recovery and prevents you from being surprised by anything that might arise. We help you rescue your cherished items, restore your furniture, and protect the structural stability of your home.

Our services include the removal of any standing water, getting air moving to reduce moisture caused by condensation and humidity. We clean and disinfect everything found within the affected area, removing debris that makes its way inside. We check for broken or leaky pipes and perform any necessary repairs to help return things to normal, in the most efficient way possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for additional information or to begin your home’s restoration, today (773) 337-3900.

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Chicago Fires Have Degrees of Damage

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chicago Fires Have Degrees of Damage Smoke and Odor Cleanup in Chicago Requires Experts Like SERVPRO

Inspection and Planning by SERVPRO Can Mitigate Fire Damage

Every fire is different, depending on how fast the fire burns, property consumed, and many other factors. Once extinguished, we determine damage according to three levels: minor, medium, and major.

Each type of fire damage in Chicago homes requires special services. To restore homes to their preloss condition, SERVPRO provides an extensive group of services. Depending on the kind of destruction and to what degree, we develop a restoration plan from these categories.

Mitigation – This first service is to secure the home and prevent more destruction; boarding up windows and doors for example. In one case where there was primarily smoke and soot residue, a homeowner waited overnight to call us. By the time one of our work crews arrived, a raccoon had entered through a broken window in the kitchen and caused several thousand dollars in damage throughout the house. The owner also had to pay another company to trap and remove the raccoon.

Structural Cleaning – If the smoke penetrated through walls and into the crawlspaces, then the beams and framing in a home need cleaning as well. In cases where a company simply replaces drywall and ceiling tiles, smoke odors do return. We wipe down metal and wood frames by hand or use a fogger in places where we cannot physically enter.

Contents Cleaning – Personal property absorbs smoke residue quickly, but can often be cleaned on-site. It may not be possible if the structure is determined to be unsafe or we cannot secure it. If necessary, our technicians pack up property and bring it back to our facility for cleaning and storage until we complete work.

Specialty Restoration – This category covers dry cleaning, refinishing furniture and cleaning electronics and artwork. In one case, a client spent their budget to replace the roof and to contract out the restoration of a 1950s era, reel-to-reel, tape recording, sound system.

Reconstruction – In cases of major damage, structural components (beams, columns, and load bearing walls) become compromised. When this occurs, our technicians place temporary, additional support structures to remove the damaged pieces. If there is too much damage, we may need to subcontract the labor or have the client hire a general contractor.

Restoring a home after a fire can be a long and expensive process. The only way to make it work is to carefully inspect, determine services needed and use one of the most experienced companies in Cook County. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is here to help, so call us today at (773) 337-3900 to get started.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services That Your Chicago Area Business Deserves

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services That Your Chicago Area Business Deserves Chicago Restaurant Fires Get Help from SERVPRO to Keep Customers Coming

SERVPRO Offers Full Service Restoration to Commercial Establishments Post Fires

The majority of fires reported throughout the area involve faulty electrical systems, heating equipment, and cooking appliances. As a restaurant owner, it is easy to understand how some of the devices you utilize on a daily basis can cause significant damage without warning.

However, just because you can understand how something might happen, it does not mean that it is ever a good time to experience fire damage on your Chicago area property. Some fires destroy contents found on your property such as dining room furniture, serving areas, and kitchen equipment. Others go even further, attacking structural components, affecting the integrity of your building producing far more damaging results.  
 
SERVPRO provides restoration services for victims of fire and smoke damage for both structural and content-related fires. Usually, when fire harms a structure, customers look to many different parties to perform tasks involved in its restoration. However, we work with your insurance company, deliver desired results and manage the entire recovery process for you.  
 
SERVPRO handles everything, including all repairs and finishing touches that might be necessary to return business operations to normal. Our restoration services only involve a fraction of the costs of replacement, lowering many of the fees associated with your claim. We make it easier and less stressful to provide customers with detail-oriented services that address customer concerns and help return things to normal in a quick, efficient manner.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand how emergency situations take their toll emotionally. We discuss issues in a polite, professional manner and provide you with the solutions you need to understand your options better. Restoration work presents a variety of challenges that make working during the evening or weekend hours necessary. However, we put forth every effort to satisfy our customers, minimize your loss, and produce a quality restoration that saves time and prevents secondary damages from developing.  
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for access to an organized, professional team of expertly trained restoration specialists that give your business priority. We provide you with restoration, cleaning, deodorization, and repair services necessary to make your business operational again. (773) 337-3900

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Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On To Save Your Chicago Home

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On To Save Your Chicago Home Chicago House Fires Can Be Dangerous and Messy, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

SERVPRO Salvages Chicago Fire Damaged Homes Swiftly


A home fire can be one of the most damaging experiences a homeowner can face, something no one should ever face alone. Fire does not simply cause damage to your home; it ruins your life, destroys personal belongings, and often leads to loss of fond memories that you can never get back.
 
You can help prevent fire damage in your Chicago area home by learning more about various events that happen in your neighborhood. By discovering more about these incidents, you can eliminate common causes that affect you in your home. Remember, every home is susceptible to fire damage, making it necessary for you to understand how to protect yourself properly.
 
Having an experienced, licensed, and IICRC certified fire damage restoration technician on your side would not hurt, SERVPRO can help put the pieces back together after disaster strikes. We can fully manage your restoration process and provide you with any additional services required to return your property to normal working order after an event occurs.  
 
Consider this; fires cause much more than heat and smoke damage. You would need to include water extraction, various types of cleaning, sanitation, deodorization, and many repairs to that list to be more accurate in your evaluation. SERVPRO technicians can provide you with each of these services, including repairs that often include replacement of framing materials, drywall, painting, and finish work necessary to return your home to normal.   
 
It is a firefighter's job to put out fires and save lives, leaving additional damage and water in their wake, they are not concerned with saving the contents of your home. It simply is not in their job description. However, every SERVPRO technician takes the time to address items individually, taking a restore versus replace mentality that often returns damaged items to a quality condition you can enjoy for years to come.  
 
Making the call to SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City puts your home in expertly trained hands that you can count on to put every effort into restoring your home properly after a fire. Learn more about what our technicians can do for you, call our office and begin your homes recovery, today. (773) 337-3900


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Raccoons Cause Damage And Expose Your Evergreen Park Home To Biohazards

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Raccoons Cause Damage And Expose Your Evergreen Park Home To Biohazards SERVPRO Bags Biohazardous Attic Insulation in a Chicago Property's Attic

SERVPRO Treats Biohazardous Events in Your Attic Caused by Vermin


Raccoons can make their way into your attic, leaving behind a variety of damages including biohazard waste, making it critical for you to avoid handling materials such as insulation, drywall, or wood found in the area.  
 
Sadly, this wild creature is the primary host of a roundworm infection called, Baylisascaris Procyanidins, that is harmful to humans. If you discover raccoons living in or around your Evergreen Park area home, it is simple; biohazards exist that put you and your family at risk of infection.  
 
Raccoons living in your attic tend to leave fecal matter and urine in common areas, called latrines. However, there is far more damage (biohazardous) that a raccoon can do and the longer they inhabit the area, the more types of damages they are likely to cause.  
 
You should always consider these areas hazardous and obtain professional biohazard cleaning services from a company, like SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified technicians utilize full personal protective equipment and follow all safety protocols necessary to limit exposure and loss.
 
SERVPRO’s expertly trained staff understands how damaging this type of intrusion can be and have years of experience returning your attic space to a safe, healthy condition, helping you improve your living environment and remove biohazards from your home.  
 
SERVPRO performs all cleaning and repair services needed to return your attic space to normal. We start with removing contaminated insulation and then blow in new insulation after the area is clean and sanitized using fogging equipment with the appropriate antimicrobial agents.  
 
We help eliminate odors and unsanitary conditions related to raccoon infestations after pest control services successfully trap and remove the animal. Technicians locate entryways or openings made by raccoons to gain entry to your home and make repairs to your roof, flashing, or framing.  
 
In some cases, raccoons can also do damage to air ducts and contaminate ventilation systems where repairs become necessary as well. These pests also use pipe insulation, electrical wiring insulation, wood and other materials for creating nesting areas, promoting possible fire damage and other hazards that make your home unsafe.  
 
Our staff at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City provide you with expertly trained technicians that make hazards caused by raccoon intrusion a thing of the past, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today. (773) 337-3900

Finding Commercial Mold Damage In Chicago Diners Is More Common Than What You Might Think

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Finding Commercial Mold Damage In Chicago Diners Is More Common Than What You Might Think When businesses have walk-in patrons or use water in their establishment's daily activities, the risk of commercial mold damage increases.

Commercial Mold Damage In Diners


Mold only needs a few environmental factors to grow out of control. Mold is everywhere. However, mold usually grows very slowly, keeping it manageable and either easily cleaned away or hidden in locations that are rarely seen and hold all the three needed items for overgrowth simultaneously even more rarely.

When Chicago businesses have walk-in patrons or use water in their establishment's daily activities, the risk of commercial mold damage increases. When a business has both factors, the risk increases even more dramatically.

Patrons often bring in not only two things that mold needs to grow – moisture and cellulose, but also the mold itself. Cooking pasta, steaming seafood, and washing dishes with high-powered sprayers can all increase the level of moisture in the kitchen area. Contrary to what many people believe, combating mold growth does not mean that the air must be uncomfortably dry.

The moisture needed for mold to grow is the same moisture that makes the air comfortable to breathe. As people breathe in, the air in their lungs picks up moisture, and this moisture is also expelled when they breathe out. While this might be a small amount of moisture, it is felt on a personal basis. Drier air is noticeable because of the larger contrast between two different environments – moisture vs. drier.

When an area, such as a kitchen or bathroom area, is more humid than other sectors, like the dining or waiting areas are, a dehumidifier can decrease the amount of humidity that can linger in the air, without making the air uncomfortable to breathe. Other ventilation methods, including intake vents and ceiling fans, can help keep moisture from settling on surfaces. Having none of these measures can lead to mold damage throughout a restaurant. SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience and training to remediate mold disasters of any size. Proper remediation requires more than cleaning surfaces. Even cutting away and replacing materials heavily infested or destroyed by a mold infestation is not enough in most situations. Mold remediation, when conducted by SERVPRO, always includes preventative techniques.

These methods include cleaning or removal of anything affected by mold, but also include setting up HEPA-filter devices to clean the air of escaping mold particles and spores while we work. To continue filtering the air to help reduce the number of particulates, including mold-related ones, floating in the air, we can install an air filter that you can easily maintain. Along with air-filtration, we use sprays that encapsulate any mold found. As this sprayed-on liquid dries, it shrinks, crushing mold, spores, and any exposed hyphae. Hyphae are the root-like parts of mold that feed off materials and provide an anchor to the material – this is the part of the mold that leaves a stain behind when mold is cleaned away.

Situations involving commercial mold damage need the attention that the professionals at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City are accustomed to providing. Calling (773) 337-3900, at any hour of the day or night, can be the start of the end of your mold disaster.

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.