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Commercial Water Damage Equipment Used In Chicago

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Equipment Used In Chicago If a pipe breaks inside your Chicago flower shop, products, and building materials are at risk.

Commercial Water Damage Equipment

If a pipe breaks inside your Chicago flower shop, products, and building materials are at risk. Excessive moisture can ruin flowers inside your store and cost you much money in inventory. It is possible though if dealt with quickly that contents can be saved with cleaning and drying.

Restoring contents and materials is always cheaper than removing and replacing them. When mitigating commercial water damage issues in Chicago, measures get taken to save as many materials as possible. Extraction and drying can prevent items from being ruined if completed promptly.

Whenever our SERVPRO restoration team works with businesses, we often complete the work differently than residential projects. We know that losing out on business can get expensive for you and your insurance company. We can change our processes so that our operations do not impede your business functions and cause you to lose out on revenue.

SERVPRO works hard to keep your business functioning as usual even if it requires completing the mitigation work when the business is closed. If mitigation procedures are urgent and must be completed during business hours, then we work in small sections at a type so parts of your flower store can stay open to customer traffic. We also can change the way we complete the drying process so that it helps remove moisture from your flower products.

When removing moisture from a structure, we start by extracting as much water as we can from the building. When there are more than two inches of standing water, then a sump pump gets used to suck up the water. Submersible pumps vary in strength and capacity based on which type is used. Whenever using pumps to remove water, we export the water into a sewer drain such as a toilet.

After the deep standing water gets removed, we use specialized extraction equipment to pull moisture out of the carpet, upholstery, and other materials. An extraction system consists of a vacuum pump, hoses, storage tanks and extraction tools. Extraction tools vary in size according to what type of materials are saturated.

Light extraction wands get used for delicate materials, whereas heavy-duty extractors get implemented to pull excess moisture out of thick carpet. If your business needs assistance with unwanted moisture, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 24 hours a day.

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You can breathe easier when you call SERVPRO after fire damage

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You can breathe easier when you call SERVPRO after fire damage SERVPRO removes odors that remain after a fire

SERVPRO is the only one to call after a fire

Your Chicago home never gets repaired for some of the disasters that it might get asked to face in its life. An occurrence like fire, even one that does not leave widespread damages, could prove difficult to live with over even a short time. Lingering effects like foul odors and soot or smoke damage might not impede your ability to remain in your home after a blaze, but it can make comfortable living impossible.

Foul odors are one of the most typical complaints that our SERVPRO professionals hear about in Chicago homes that have recently been affected by fire damages. These odors that hang around after a fire can get attributed to the charring of various contents in your house as well as the extinguishing efforts used to quell the flames. Whatever the primary cause of the scent, it is difficult to move on from the traumatic occurrence with this annoying reminder every time you get near the affected areas.

Our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home and immediately get to work on assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces, and drawing up a list of the necessary restoration processes that have to happen to bring your home back to pre loss condition. During this inspection, areas affected by a noxious odor get noted, and a plan gets devised to remedy this concern.

Cleaning the area from the soot and fire damages can help to limit these lingering scents, but they are often stubborn and challenging to get rid of by traditional means. Our team uses thermal foggers with a stable chemical compound that reacts with the molecules of the foul scent and neutralizes them on contact. This process is suitable for open areas as well as concentrated deodorizing on specific materials and contents within the affected areas.

Working to bring your home back from fire damages can be a challenge if you try it all on your own. Trust our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team of restoration specialists to help you restore your home back to the way it was while also helping to streamline this process with your respective insurance provider. Give us a call anytime you need us at (773) 337-3900.

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Commercial Water Removal is the First Step in Restoring Flooded-Out Chicago Bowling Lanes

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal is the First Step in Restoring Flooded-Out Chicago Bowling Lanes Chicago Bowling Alleys and Business Call SERVPRO When Water Leaks Strike

SERVPRO Spares No Efforts in Water Damage Restoration

Chicago residents love entertainment and keeping fit, making a bowling alley a perfect spot for many to enjoy their free time while socializing with friends. Mishaps with sprinkler systems or exterior weather can cause water to enter and threaten the finish on your otherwise perfect bowling lanes.
 
Chicago entertainment owners can rely on SERVPRO to act quickly with water removal equipment in such circumstances. Our pump trucks can remove gallons of water fast and efficiently so we can begin drying out the rest of your facility. Our Injectidry equipment can dry out floors, walls, and ceilings, wherever a problem exists. We can also feed the tubing into the tracks where balls return during a game of bowling.
 
The hardwood sections making up the lanes need specialized drying to prevent damage from happening. Replacing these can force substantial financial hardship on even the most popular bowling alleys. Restoring them instead can keep financial expenses manageable. At SERVPRO, we also know that the paperwork involved in such situations can help make insurance claims proceed more smoothly, so we can work with both you and your insurance adjuster.
 
When such events happen in a large facility, restoring normal levels of humidity throughout the building often plays a significant role in the overall outcome. We use desiccant machines and dehumidifiers along with air movers and heaters to dry everything out, from the floor to the ceiling, and everything in between.
 
Sprinkler problems saturate carpeting with clean water, making them cleanable, but flooding from rivers or streams nearby leaves them filthy and in need of replacements. We remove such carpeting before we begin drying out the building, as doing so also removes substantial amounts of water while allowing us to direct our efforts to the underlying floor.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City can help your bowling alley stay in business with minimal downtime with our expert water removal professionals. Call us at (773) 337-3900, so we can begin helping you get things back to normal once again.

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Fast Reactions Can Save Your Chicago Home From Substantial Water Damages

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fast Reactions Can Save Your Chicago Home From Substantial Water Damages Don't Let Your Belongings in Chicago Hang Around from Water Damage--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Provide Rapid Water Extraction to Mitigates Damages to Your Chicago Area Property

Owning your own home can be a bit of a headache at times. While you work hard to keep up with the ever-growing list of needs that your Chicago house requires to function as it should and to ultimately save you money, several potential problems can arise out of nowhere to make things significantly more difficult to manage. One of these would be an unexpected water emergency.  
 
The problem with water damage in your Chicago home is that you might not always be fully aware of where the issue is originating. While you hunt for the source of the problem that is allowing water to impact the floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces of your home, the damage is only getting worse. Your best solution, once you have the water shut off to the house (preventing it from continuing to flow unabated through the affected areas) is to contact professional restoration services to help you clean up and restore the damage that occurred.  
 
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we begin the assessment process to not only determine the full extent of the damage that you face but also to determine the source of this problem. Understanding what went wrong is a step towards repairing the issue for the future and potentially diagnosing a larger problem that could exist and allow the water emergency to happen again in a different area of your home.  
 
With substantial water damage, materials used in the construction of your home are often affected the worst by the pooling liquid. Often drywall, ceilings, and flooring materials take the brunt of the effects. While our professionals work to restore the damage to these areas as best as possible with drying mats and other equipment, there are several instances in which the only real solution is to remove the highly damaged flooring or walls to prepare them for remodeling or reconstruction efforts.  
 
Water damage in your home does not have to be overwhelming to face. You can trust in the professionals we have at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City to help you clean up the mess and to get your home back to the way it used to be. Give us a call today at (773) 337-3900.

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Remediating Flood Damage in Chicago Homes

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage in Chicago Homes SERVPRO draws out moisture under carpets and replaces carpet pads to reduce the risk of delamination.

SERVPRO Can Quickly Dry Out Your Flood Damaged Home to Prevent Further Damage

The current storm season in Chicago has hit our area with massive amounts of rainwater. Despite the millions of gallons of water that have fallen out of the sky, it is the hundreds of gallons from failed appliances and leaky pipes that cause the majority of damage to homes.

Flood damage to Chicago homes primarily affects the carpets and floors. SERVPRO technicians train to remove any standing water, draw it out of surfaces, and take quick action to prevent secondary damage.

We start with removing water. Depending on the depth, we begin with commercial grade pumps to draw out the majority of it and then switch to water extraction wands. These two devices help us to not only get the water out but to draw moisture out of carpets and floorboards carefully.

Drawing out moisture helps us lower the risk of delamination in carpets. It happens when the water softens the adhesive in the carpet which causes the layers to separate. That allows bubbles to form between the layers and carpet fibers to loosen and pull away when vacuumed. The risk of delamination is why we remove the pad from underneath every carpet. It is a source of water that soaks every inch of a carpet it touches.

Floorboards absorb standing water, and even pressure treated wood can start to twist and buckle after a single day under just an inch of it. The extraction wands allow SERVPRO restoration specialists to pull water from between the individual floorboards, reducing that risk of damage. Quickly removing the water also helps reduce the chance of mold infestation in floors and carpets. Spores cannot expand and grow without a source of moisture.

To speed along the drying process, we use air movers to force warm, dry air over and under the carpets and floors. Our specialists can adjust both the temperature and speed of the airflow to dry out both types of flooring without splintering the wood or heating carpet adhesive too quickly and forming air pockets.

If you have a leaking refrigerator, a rusted-out water heater, or a split water line leading to your clothes washer, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is here to help you restore your home to its original, dry condition. Call us at (773) 337-3900 today to schedule a visit.

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Mold Damage Treatment and Prevention in Chicago Homes

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Treatment and Prevention in Chicago Homes Mold can appear in plain sight or you can smell the musty presence of mold behind cabinets and walls. In either case, contact SERVPRO to investigate.

Team SERVPRO Understands Mold and Mold Remediation in Homes

Mold and mildew develop quickly and can become a nuisance to many homeowners. Since they thrive in humid conditions, they are often widespread during the cold and rainy seasons. While they are welcomed in nature for various benefits, they may cause health effects in the house.
 
If you notice signs of mold damage in your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO immediately. We are a trusted company in the restoration industry and can return your property to pre-damage conditions quickly and efficiently. Our experts are highly trained and certified by the IICRC to ensure a swift and seamless cleanup process.
 
One way to reduce the impact of mold damage is fixing plumbing problems and other water leaks as soon as possible. Indeed, it takes less than 48 hours for mold growth to take effect. It is important to keep all items completely dry, as moisture is one of the requirements for mold and mildew to thrive.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation experts may have to discard certain porous or absorbent materials such as carpet and ceiling tiles, if they become moldy. When this fungi grows on or fills in the crevices of porous materials, it can be difficult to remove completely. For protection purposes, technicians working on treating mold damage should wear personal protective gear in every cleanup job.
 
A general rule of thumb is to avoid painting or caulking surfaces with mold damage. SERVPRO technicians use effective mold removal techniques to eliminate the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Our staff can also help you determine whether it is better to replace or repair mold-damaged items such as art portraits, furniture, and carpeting.
 
Mold usually feeds on water and cellulose and can be difficult to spot. We use advanced tools to detect the spores and hidden water sources. To contain their growth, we use different procedures to seal off their habitats and can even isolate the contaminated area with negative air pressure and physical barriers during the cleanup process. It is equally important to turn off all fans and a/c units to prevent the spread of these microorganisms.

Mold growth can have an impact on you and your family, if left untreated. As a part of your community, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City offers 24/7 mold damage remediation services and can be on the site within a few hours. Call us anytime at (773) 337-3900.

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Understanding the Equipment That Professionals Use to Restore Water Damage to Your Chicago Home

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding the Equipment That Professionals Use to Restore Water Damage to Your Chicago Home Protect Your Chicago Property from Water Damage by Calling SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Top-Notch Gear and Cleaning Products for Cleanup and Restoration After Water Intrusion or Leaks

Water damage restoration can be frustrating and time consuming for a homeowner. Whether the damage is caused by a blocked drain, a busted pipe or any other reason, you often need professional help to tackle it.

When the restoration experts arrive at your water damaged home in Chicago, they can bring quite a few pieces of equipment to get the situation under control as soon as possible. SERVPRO professionals can use this equipment for a range of reasons including removing the stagnant water to eliminating the residual moisture. Let us take a closer look at some of this equipment and what role they play during the restoration process.

Moisture sensing  
Equipment such as Moisture sensors, Moisture meters, and Thermohygrometers are used to detect the level of moisture in your home after a water damage incidence. These devices are crucial for a restoration expert to devise a strategy to get your home in pre-damage conditions in no time. While moisture meters calculate accurate moisture readings, the thermohygrometers can help the SERVPRO experts to determine valuable parameters such as relative humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure.

Extraction  
The equipment in this category is used to extract or remove water from the premises. Extractors are used to eliminate standing water from your property after a water damage incidence. There are different types of extractors depending on the amount of water they can remove. Some are handheld while other are truck mounted as well.

The residual moisture remaining after the stagnant water is removed can be removed using dehumidifiers and air movers. The dehumidifiers can extract water vapor from the air and condense it into liquid water. It speeds up the drying process. The dehumidifiers can be either refrigerant or desiccant. While the earlier ones work on the same principle as an air conditioner, the later use special (silicone) chemicals called desiccants. The chemicals absorb the moisture from the air and absorb it.

Deodorization  
After the standing water and residual moisture has been eliminated, the next step is to deodorize your home. It can be done using the deodorizing equipment. Some of the most commonly used equipment to eliminate odors include thermal foggers and Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers. They are used to distribute chemicals to combat the odor producing molecules in the air.

Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City today at (773) 337-3900 to discuss your restoration needs.

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Responding To Fire Damage Throughout The Chicago Area

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Responding To Fire Damage Throughout The Chicago Area SERVPRO can provide you with all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to restore your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition.

Responding To Fire Damage

Should a fire disaster occur in your Chicago area home, it is important to remember that time plays a significant role in restoring your property to a quality pre-fire damage condition. You must act fast and make decisions that help control the level of damage you experience.

You want access to a company that offers 24-hour emergency response services addressing fire damage throughout the Chicago area. A trusted company that has employees with the experience and training to address damages to furniture and other household belongings to help you get things back to normal, fast.

There are plenty of calls to make after a fire occurs on your property, first to 911 for emergency assistance with dousing the flames, then to your insurance company to obtain the financial help you need to begin your home’s restoration. SERVPRO can provide you with all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to restore your damaged home to a quality pre-fire damage condition.

However, making the appropriate preparations can drastically reduce any losses you experience. Install safety devices and educate the entire family regarding a general escape plan, fire extinguisher locations, and what everyone’s immediate reaction to emergency situations should be. Nothing beats being proactive in your fight against fire damage on your property.

It helps to have a pre-existing relationship with your local SERVPRO. We can inspect your property for problems that already exist and help you determine which steps to take to deal with the situation you are currently facing. You gain the opportunity to share valuable information about your property while receiving the assistance you need to get ahead of situations that may spin out of control.

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC-industry certified and put an advanced cleaning, deodorization, and restoration technique to work for you. We tackle fire damage found on your property as quickly and efficiently as possible and work with your insurance company to make the entire process as stress-free as possible.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City provides fire damage solutions for Calumet City, Dolton, and Morgan Park, along with several other local communities that we call home (773) 337-3900.

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Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoration Tips to Help Protect Your Chicago Area Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoration Tips to Help Protect Your Chicago Area Home Overloading electrical outlets can often lead to electrical fires in your home.

Contacting SERVPRO Can Help Protect Your Home from Fire Damage

You can avoid fire damage in your Chicago area home by following a few fire prevention tips that most professionals highly recommend. Practicing proper fire safety etiquette and having a pre-existing relationship with your local restoration company can reduce your losses and recovery time drastically. 

Your actions and the choices you make have a direct impact on how susceptive your Chicago area home is to fire damage. Learning what to do or not to do during certain situations helps keep your family safe and prevents severe damage to the property that you call home.

SERVPRO technicians can help provide you with the answers you need to protect you and your family during emergency situations that might occur. You may even find us hosting fire safety events to help inform residents and property owners alike to the risks fire poses to your community. 

Consider implementing some simple, yet significant, precautionary measures that help prevent fires in your home. Never leave stoves unattended and always keep your countertops free of flammable cooking products, objects, or supplies. Remain as safe as possible, maintaining a clean, sanitary, and disaster-free cooking environment in your home.

Ask a qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, how to handle or store propane, coal, or accelerants used for grilling correctly. Getting advice specific to your situation can help you avoid injury, death, or extensive damage that can cause your family to lose more than their home.

Help avoid overloading electrical outlets that often lead to electrical fires in your home. Portable AC units, heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers can cause significant problems if misused. Also, remember to check each electronic device for frayed cords or cracked plugs to avoid additional problems.

SERVPRO can help homeowners located existing hazards, learn how to store boxes and cherished items correctly while also maintaining a fire-safe home. You should make an emergency plan that helps each member of your family remain safe, install the proper smoke detectors and fire extinguishing equipment and help everyone get used to implementing fire prevention tips in your home.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City serves the entire Dolton, Beverly, Morgan Park area, providing fire damage cleaning and restoration services throughout the area, call today. (773) 337-3900

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Exposed Indoor Plumbing Can Create Water Damage To Your Chicago Home

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Exposed Indoor Plumbing Can Create Water Damage To Your Chicago Home SERVPRO Tip for Chicago Winters--Protect Against Frozen Pipes Causing Water Damage

Busted Frozen Pipes, Damage from Ice and Water, and Help from SERVPRO

Chicago winters often get extremely cold. With lake effect weather pouring into the city and surrounding areas, most people find themselves ill-prepared for temperature drops. With a network of indoor plumbing spanning to the farthest reaches of your house, any pipe exposed to the elements can be a potential problem. 

Most of the indoor plumbing that people have in their homes get comprised of either lead or copper. While these were durable and sound materials to use, they are also incredible conductors for extremely low temperatures, making it very easy for the water inside of these pipes to freeze, expand, and ultimately rupture. Even with newer construction using plastic materials, prolonged exposure to these elements could cause the same rupturing, resulting in water damage to your Chicago home.  
 
The unfortunate aspect of this reality is that most people are not fully aware of what plumbing is susceptible to these harsh conditions and what is not. While you can have your home inspected and tested, most do not consider this possibility until after they have already experienced a water emergency. In these cases, you need to act quickly to prevent the damage from continually compounding and worsening, and our SERVPRO team can help you.  
 
Our priority is limiting the exposure of your home to this water damage by stopping the flow to the pipe that has burst. Repairs are a part of the restoration process, but even this is difficult to achieve if the feed to the damaged line does not get stopped. Once the source of the water emergency has gotten quelled, our SERVPRO technicians can begin assessing structural damages while extracting water and drying the affected area. To be clear, we are not a plumbing company, though we can stop a minor leak or isolate a busted pipe, large projects are not within our scope of service.
 
Our extraction process uses several pieces of equipment depending on the severity of the water damages. Most incidents can get resolved using a combination of wet vacuums and portable pumps, but more substantial volumes could require the use of a pump truck from our fleet. Drying is also a combination of equipment, typically air movers, some heated, and dehumidifiers. The completed restoration process involves necessary repairs to the plumbing and affected materials (like drywall).
 
Water damage to your home might seem overwhelming at first, but if you reach out to SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, you can entrust it to the hands of our experienced professionals. You can contact our emergency response team 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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