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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.

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.

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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Professionals Address Mold Damage in Chicago Area Homes

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professionals Address Mold Damage in Chicago Area Homes SERVPRO uses containment and control methods to keep the mold from spreading while checking your crawlspace or basement for damage.

Rely on the Professionals at SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage

Having mold in the crawl space under your Chicago area home usually means you are dealing with two problems at once: the mold itself, and the source – which means that you have a moisture issue to deal with as well. Both problems need to be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid causing considerable damage to your home.

Like many homeowners throughout Chicago, you probably avoid checking for mold damage or spending much time in your crawl space at all. We all do it, so you should not feel ashamed, even as someone in the remediation industry, it can be hard to keep a close eye out for mold in our own homes.

If you find mold on your property, the first thing you should do is determine whether or not to call in a professional. Areas over 10 square feet or larger are considered a significant outbreak and are likely too much for you to handle alone. SERVPRO has trained professionals, the right equipment, and protective clothing. So, consider avoiding taking chances with spreading the problem further or personal exposure and call for help to eliminate the problem.

Most homes have a crawl space or basement underneath, basements themselves often lead to mold problems all of their own, but have more space to work with while crawl spaces are smaller and harder to manage without the proper experience, tools, and resources. However, SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians can help you locate any problems that already exist and help you decide which steps can help you protect your property from mold issues in the future. 

SERVPRO can check every inch of your crawl space for mold while using containment and control methods to help avoid spreading mold spores to additional areas of your home. We have foggers, negative air-flow machines, air-movers, and use a controlled environment to cordon-off the affected areas; cleaning or disposing of contaminated materials according to local, state, and federal guidelines.

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

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How Do Professionals Get Rid of The Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Chicago Restaurant?

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Do Professionals Get Rid of The Odor After Commercial Water Damage to Your Chicago Restaurant? After Water Damage, Call SERVPRO to Keep Your Chicago Area Restaurant Fresh Smelling and Open

SERVPRO Supports Water Removal and Odor Control in Many Types of Retail Trades

Water damage to your restaurant is the last thing you want to deal with, but the truth is, it is almost inevitable. Many of the vast numbers of Chicago eateries suffer this problem. Whether it is a busted pipe, a clogged drain or a broken dishwasher, water damage can cripple your business if not promptly handled.

One of the worst outcomes after water damage to your Chicago restaurant is having to deal with the odor. If the smells are not eliminated, they can drive your customers right out of your restaurant. Thankfully, professional water damage restoration technicians can help you eliminate your odor problems in no time. SERVPRO technicians use various deodorizing techniques to eliminate the damp and musky odor that is characteristically present after a water damage incidence.

Here are some of the procedures that professionals can use while combating the odor after water damage.

Carpets are notorious for holding on to the moisture and being difficult to dry. They can quickly develop an odor that can linger on for a long time in your establishment. SERVPRO technicians can get rid of carpet odors by applying EPA-registered disinfectant after the water extraction. The area can then be fogged using either an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) fogger or a Thermal fogger to reconstitute the chemical makeup of the odor. Small hand sprayers can also mask unwanted scents until the more robust treatments kick-in.

If water damages the upholstery, it can develop an odor as well. Our technicians use a multi-step cleaning and deodorizing process to eliminate such odors. Once the upholstery is cleaned and the residual moisture is eliminated, the technicians can spray a deodorizing agent to mask any remaining odor. SERVPRO technicians are well-versed in cleaning and sanitizing booths and soft fabric covered chairs.

Hard surface floors  
Technicians deodorize these surfaces by applying deodorizing agent during and after the mopping process. Hydroxyl generators can change the chemical makeup of odor molecules that may once again settle on these surfaces.

Walls and ceilings  
If the water damages walls and ceilings, the first thing that SERVPRO professionals can do is to eliminate any residual moisture from these structures. Once the surfaces are dry, ULV and thermal foggers can be used to eliminate any significant odors. If ceiling tiles made of porous materials are water-logged, they are discarded, and the above void is dried with dehumidifiers that also mitigate and prevent moisture from causing new odors.

Our IICRC certified professionals have the necessary experience and expertise to get rid of that odor after water damage. Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/ South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 today to discuss your restoration needs.

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Preparing For Floods Can Help Minimize Flood Damage to Chicago Homes

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing For Floods Can Help Minimize Flood Damage to Chicago Homes Floods can damage your home, but our SERVPRO team can help restore it.

Prepare Your Chicago Home For Flood Disasters 

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017 was a painful reminder of the fury of Mother Nature and the consequence of playing ignorant in the wake of such a disaster. Chicago, which got its fair share of the calamity, is naturally chilly and prone to torrential downpours, as you are probably aware, but the resultant water damage led to thousands of dollars of losses. Of course, you may not always be in control of such a situation, so it is important to plan ahead. This means having a flood damage restoration company at speed dial to deal with the outcome of the disaster.

At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly skilled, highly motivated flood damage restoration experts for dealing with flood disasters in Chicago. Our tools and techniques are in line with IICRC guidelines to ensure a seamless restoration process. Every action we take is designed to restore your property to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”
Controlling flood damage from natural disasters begins by understanding the risk of flooding in your area.

According to NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the four different flood alerts are flood advisory, flood watch, flood warning, and flash flood warning. Any warning means that you should respond at once.

Flood damage can include blocked roads, power outages, polluted water, and debris. Extreme conditions may hinder SERVPRO technicians from accessing the site and initiating the water removal and cleanup process. A general rule of thumb is to always have sufficient food and water in the house to feed your family and animals for at least three days.

SERVPRO has an efficient response system for controlling flood damage. Once we arrive, our water damage restoration experts proceed to restrain any hazards in the area and then remove the excess water using truck mounted or portable extractors. During the water removal process, we apply a moisture meter to find out how far water has traveled within the walls, ceilings, floors, and carpets.

Before drying, our experts check the flooring and carpets to determine the extent of flood damage. If these have not sustained severe damage, we treat them with an appropriate deodorizer and then position air movers to dry the wet surfaces. Every job ends by cleaning all debris from the structure.

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If your home, unfortunately, sustains flood damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City to restore your property. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, thanks to our strategic position that allows us to respond quickly to local emergencies. For any assistance, call us today at (773) 337-3900

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New Years Resolutions To Avert Fire Damage In Chicago

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage New Years Resolutions To Avert Fire Damage In Chicago Open flames of all sizes can directly lead to significant fire damage in your Chicago home.

Fire Damage

New Years' resolutions are a staple of many Americans' holiday seasons when decisions are made to fundamentally change the lives of those making them for the better. While we often struggle to maintain and meet up to our expectations, these resolutions can be very beneficial and impactful if heeded at all. In the interest of your home and family, we recommend adding in a few changes to reduce your risk of incurring fire damage in Chicago. Make these alterations to your lifestyle and home, and you should not need the help of SERVPRO for a long time.

Being Careful With Flame
Open flames of all sizes can directly lead to significant fire damage in your Chicago home. From candles to stovetops to hearths, anything in your home that produces an open flame could represent an enormous fire hazard. In general, we recommend keeping the use of these devices to a minimum, but instead of giving up your habits entirely, consider making them more safe and well-contained. Make sure the fireplace has a suitable barrier, preferably of glass, that prevents stray flames and embers from reaching out. Never let candles and kitchen appliances run without your presence in the room. Little changes like these can make a big difference in the future.

Cleaning Up Around The Home
Keeping your home neat and clean not only makes it look better and more livable but also reduces your risk of fire damage. Many fires start because of excess dirt and clutter in a home, and can easily be averted with a reduction to these factors. Keep the home clean for added safety in 2018.

Perform Monthly Maintenance
Conducting monthly maintenance checks and runs could be the key to keeping your home safe and free from the effects of fire and other damage. Every month or two, inspect essential safety devices such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and any relevant escape routes to make sure they are ready and able to react to disaster. Just thirty minutes per year could avert a disaster that might otherwise cost thousands to clean up.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is a local expert in fire damage mitigation and restoration. When things go wrong, call us at (773) 337-3900.

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