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Chicago's Commercial Water Damage Experts Discuss Primary And Secondary Problems

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Chicago's Commercial Water Damage Experts Discuss Primary And Secondary Problems If large amounts of moisture remain present inside organic materials microbes can form into a mold.

Commercial Water Damage

If a water leak ever takes place at your Chicago company's storage warehouse, several problems can arise. Excessive moisture inside a building can cause structural components to weaken. Elevated humidity levels can make materials outside of the affected area wet. If large amounts of moisture remain present inside organic materials microbes can form into a mold.

If water gets into your storage facility, it can ruin your building materials and supplies stored inside there. Any time our SERVPRO technicians mitigate a commercial water damage incident in Chicago, we conduct our operations in ways that minimize strain on your company's daily functions. The longer moisture stays inside a structure; the worse problems can get. As soon as we get a call that there is a problem with your business we arrive promptly and begin remediation.

Any time something happens that causes water to spill into your warehouse, primary and secondary damage can result. Primary damage occurs when contents or building materials come into direct contact with water. Secondary damage takes place when materials get damaged by water vapor. As soon as an issue related to moisture comes up, our SERVPRO team begins restoring the primary damage to minimize the amount of secondary damage that occurs.

For example, the primary damage would be the carpet in your warehouse office getting wet due to a pipe break. If the office carpet got delaminated due to saturation, it would be considered a primary problem. Any hardwood floors that are present in the storage unit can swell and buckle as a result of having direct contact with water. When water gets onto metal surfaces, rusting can occur.

An example of secondary damage is if the drywall inside your warehouse gets elevated moisture content due to high relative humidity numbers. When water vapor gets into ceiling tiles, they can crumble and fall. Water vapor can also cause wallpaper to soften and fall off the walls. Mold and mildew growth can also occur as secondary damage.

In many cases, if the primary issues are treated promptly and correctly, secondary problems do not take place. As soon as an issue with water happens, extraction and rapid structural drying can reduce the chances of secondary damage developing. If you ever need help with excessive moisture in your storage warehouse, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Mold Damage Remediation Steps That Chicago Residents Should Know

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Steps That Chicago Residents Should Know SERVPRO Setting Up a Containment Barrier During an Evergreen Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Follows Protocols and Informs Customers Concerning Mold Cleanup and Restoration

When performing mold damage remediation, the initial assessment goes typically beyond the growth that is visible on the walls or floors. Mold can grow in hidden areas, and that is where professional skills come in handy to deal with such situations. Mold spores usually grow when there is a moisture or water problem, and it is essential to identify the source of the water. The moisture source can help in locating the hidden mold in your Chicago property.
 
When our SERVPRO team arrives at your Chicago property to perform mold damage remediation, creating a remediation plan usually comes first. We do this by documenting the situation through writing, taking videos and photos. It clarifies everything about the remediation - including when the work is to start, the duration it takes, and the procedures to use. If necessary, we can advise occupants to temporarily halt their operation in the building until it is safe.
 
It is possible to contaminate clean areas by disturbing the affected areas. That is because the mold spores are very light and air can readily carry them around. Our SERVPRO technicians always ensure air is not flowing from the contaminated area to other areas. We achieve this by setting up negative air pressure at the site. We can also establish decontamination rooms where we can enter when it is necessary to decontaminate materials and equipment. Misting the contaminated regions can also help in suppressing the dust. Sealing of HVAC vents and installation of plastic sheeting to act as containment barriers is part of the effort.
 
By using a wire brush, we can scrape off surface mold and then wipe with disposable wipes. To entrap the spores, dust, and pollen, we use air scrubbers that are fitted with HEPA filters. During the cleaning process, our SERVPRO technicians remove all mold-damaged and wet porous materials and place them in plastic bags - which should be at least 6-mil thick.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City offers 24-hour emergency services to help any residential or commercial property after water, fire, mold, or storm damage event. Call us at (773) 337-3900 if you want your property to appear “Like it never even happened.”

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Saving the Contents of Your Chicago Home Amid a Flood

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving the Contents of Your Chicago Home Amid a Flood Finding your home under a few inches or even feet of water is a reason to immediately contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

Our Certified Technicians Respond Quickly to Your Flooding Emergency

As many homeowners in the Chicago area know, the weather can be a little unpredictable. While the moniker of the Windy City has stuck around for decades, homes here have to contend with a lot more than high paced breezes. With roaring storms that can roll off of the Great Lakes and cause much damage to the area, homes often find themselves contending with natural disasters like flash floods and traditional flooding scenarios with little warning.

Knowing that your house is at the mercy of rising waters can be a little unnerving, and also leave you overwhelmed at the thought of preserving what can get saved and restoring the damage once it is said and done. Flood damages to your Chicago home often come on quickly, leaving you little time to formulate a plan. The best thing you can do is to plan on what professional restoration team can help you amid the crisis to save your home and ultimately return it to its former condition.

Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to the flooding and help you to seal off the vulnerable areas and assess the damage that your home faces. Items and contents within these affected areas get removed from harm's way as part of our pack-out service. This process ensures that these items do not suffer irreparable damage being left in the damaged areas for too long.

Also, this process ensures that our SERVPRO professionals have room to work. By removing the contents of your home from these affected areas, we have the space to bring in larger pieces of equipment that can make shorter work of the damage you face. Once the restoration is complete, these items get returned to their original locations.

Flooding in your home is often a difficult thing to have to witness. Fortunately, you are never asked to deal with the damage that it causes alone.

You can rely on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team of experienced technicians to quickly clean up the mess and remove the water. Give us a call 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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Lightning Can Strike Your South Chicago City Property and Wreak Havoc—Call SERVPRO for Emergency Cleanup

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lightning Can Strike Your South Chicago City Property and Wreak Havoc—Call SERVPRO for Emergency Cleanup SERVPRO Strikes As Fast As Lightning for South Chicago City Cleanup and Restoration

Trust SERVPRO to Secure and Cleanup Your House after a Lightning Strike

A South Chicago City family experienced a "bolt out of the blue" during a recent thunderstorm, their home suffering significant physical and fire damage in an instant. Lightning struck right through the roof, the electrical force and subsequent fire destroying both the roof and the ceiling of an interior room, exposing the attic and the living area to the elements. Within the hour Ed Kowalski, our Business Development Manager, arrived on the scene to arrange for emergency fire and storm damage recovery. The accompanying photo depicted the damaged and exposed exterior requiring securing with tarps and boards. The hanging debris and possessions within the structure need careful removal to ensure a safer working environment for our SERVPRO crew.

Storm damage this extreme in South Chicago City might be rare, but when it happens to your family's residence swift and sure action on the part of a reliable restoration company is exactly what is needed. The tasks are many -- securing the areas blasted and burned openings, assessing the extent of the fire and water damage, developing a comprehensive remediation plan, and setting the plan in motion. We wasted no time moving on this project, proving We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
Our high-qualified crews use their training and experience to complete a controlled demolition of the devastated area, followed by a thorough cleanup of all related damage. The combination of the violent, almost explosive action of the lightning, fire, and firefighting efforts challenge the SERVPRO team to bring their very best to this catastrophe. We remove water and debris, dry out the affected spaces, and employ appropriate cleaning tools, products, and techniques to clear the smoke and soot residues.
 
We reduce the potential for secondary microbial damage through treatment with EPA registered disinfectants. Lingering odors from the fire and water damage require elimination, any residual unpleasant smells preventing homeowners from putting the shocking and destructive events behind them. SERVPRO technicians choose from an array of strategies to rid a storm-damaged home from malodors. If deep cleaning and sealing of surfaces do not eradicate the smell, we employ technological advances to deodorize. Thermal fogging or oxygenation delivered via hydroxyl generators seeks out the odor-carrying particles and alters their chemical composition on a molecular level, neutralizing the stench permanently.
 
Protected, clean, sanitized, and deodorized, SERVPRO leaves your storm-damaged home ready for repairs and restoration from the general contractor of your choice. Move on with your rebuild confident that all preliminary preparations are in place courtesy of our expert disaster response team.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City shows its commitment to our promise to make it "Like it never even happened" with every job we complete. Call us any time of the day or night at (773) 337-3900 to schedule a speedy and proficient evaluation of your emergency scenario.

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Chicago's Water Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Wet Carpet

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago's Water Damage Technicians Discuss Problems With Wet Carpet To remove moisture from the subfloor sections of carpeting may be lifted to ensure complete removal of water damage.

How SERVPRO technicians dry wet carpeting after water damage

If a pipe ever breaks inside your Chicago apartment complex, water will follow gravity as it flows into your home. Whenever moisture gets into a structure, the carpet can get damaged. Carpet fibers are porous so water can soak into the material and hold moisture. If carpeting gets saturated, glues can weaken causing the backing to peel away from the fibers.

Carpet can also hold in moisture causing microbes to develop on the surface of the subfloor underneath. When mitigating water damage in Chicago, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to save carpeting materials. When the padding underneath the carpet gets wet, it can disintegrate and fall apart. Pad often gets removed and replaced since it is rather inexpensive to install.

The first step in removing moisture from carpet is to extract it using specialized equipment. Either a portable or truck-mounted extractor gets used to pull water into a disposal tank. If the carpet has a high level of saturation, heavy-duty weighted extraction tools get used to suck up the moisture. Weighted extraction tools use the weight of the operator that stands on top of the unit and rides it across the carpet. The weight of the operator compresses the carpet allowing more moisture to get pulled out.

After extraction is completed, drying equipment gets set up to dry out the carpet inside your apartment. Air movers push air in a circular motion speeding up the evaporation process. Dehumidifiers then get utilized to pull moisture out of the environment and lower the building's relative humidity.

In some cases, the carpet gets extremely wet and the subfloor underneath also gets affected by moisture. In situations like these, our SERVPRO technicians pull up the carpet and place an air mover underneath it to float the flooring material drying the floor covering from underneath while drying the wooden subfloor at the same time. Once moisture levels in both affected elements return to what they were before the loss occurred, the air movers get removed.

Before we finalize the project we use carpet tools to put the material back into the same condition, it was before drying procedures took place. The last step usually involves cleaning the carpeting with disinfectant solutions. If you ever need help dealing with wet floors, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 24 hours a day.

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Lingering Moisture Can Lead To Mold Damage In Your Chicago Home

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Lingering Moisture Can Lead To Mold Damage In Your Chicago Home When your home does not get adequately dried after a water incident, you open the door for mold damage in your residence.

Lingering Moisture Can Lead To Mold Damage

Many Chicago homeowners have a mindset that when something threatens their home or requires immediate cleaning/restoring attention, this is a task that they are suited to do on their own. While there are undoubtedly many scenarios where this is the case, cleaning up after a water loss incident is not one of them. Failure to completely restore the area can lead to symptoms far worse than a damp area of your home.

When your home does not get adequately dried after a water incident (regardless of its size or severity), you open the door for mold damage in your Chicago residence. Much like the cause above, mold and microbial growth are usually out of the wheelhouse of the average homeowner to contend with as well. Conventional cleaning methods are often ineffective against a growing colony and fail to remove the entire organism. Professional mold remediation, like what our certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO provide, is a wise choice for this hazardous condition.

Our technicians can help to isolate the area where mold is growing and prevent these active spores from spreading throughout the house. To aid this isolation of the colony, your circulating air appliances like your AC or furnace get shut off during the remediation process.

When you consider the cause of the mold damage in your home, our SERVPRO technicians have to allow time towards removing the lingering effects from your water loss incident to remove the food source for the mold spores. A visual inspection can also indicate if other areas of your home are at risk for developing colonies based on present moisture.

Finding mold in your home is nothing that any homeowner wants to discover, but it also does not have to be something that you feel inclined to tackle on your own. At SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, our certified mold remediation specialists are always ready and prepared to help you overcome any hurdle that mold growth has placed in the path to restoring your home. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3900.

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Return Your Property to Its Pre-loss State after Fire Damage in Chicago

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Return Your Property to Its Pre-loss State after Fire Damage in Chicago House fires can leave a big part of your home unrecognizable. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services to get the house looking great.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Training and Equipment to Tackle the Damage Left by a Fire

According to the National Fire Protection Association, around 1,342,000 fires were reported in the US back in 2016, and 475,500 were structural fires. That shows how severe fire damage is and the need to have working options if you ever experience such incidents. Professionals in the industry offer critical restoration services which can help you return your Chicago home to its preloss state if you ever go through such experiences.
 
If you decide to work with SERVPRO as your restoration service provider once you experience fire damage in your Chicago property, there are certain things you should expect. The moment we arrive at your home, we first find and identify the type of residues, and this helps us to determine the most suitable cleaning process to use. Dissolving and vacuuming are the most common techniques we use to capture and remove smoke particles from the site.
 
There are certain aspects we look at before we decide on vacuuming as a technique. For instance, the residues need to be dry and loosely attached to the surfaces for the method to be efficient. When there is moisture, there is a possibility of the surfaces absorbing the particles, hence making it difficult to remove.
 
Before our SERVPRO technicians remove soils and residues that are firmly attached to the surfaces, there is a need to perform dissolving. When we dissolve them, we weaken the bond connecting the particles to the area, and that makes it possible for a cleaning product to flush away the dirt. We are careful when choosing the solvents we use since we understand that some of them can react with surfaces and lead to further damage.
 
Once we capture the residues, our SERVPRO technicians follow the local regulations and dispose of the particles. When then perform deodorization to neutralize the odors and improve the quality of air in the building. Deodorants also have antimicrobial properties that prevent the possibility of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City offers proven mold, storm, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (773) 337-3900 when you need services from a trusted industry leader, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
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Restoring A Flood Damaged Home In Chicago Removes Microscopic Dangers

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring A Flood Damaged Home In Chicago Removes Microscopic Dangers The weather around Chicago sometimes causes flood damage to local homes and businesses.

Restoring A Flood Damaged Home

Sitting next to Lake Michigan and receiving a steady and robust air current helped Chicago earn its nickname as the Windy City. This same lake also gives area residents plenty to do year-round. Making great memories by boating, fishing, and gathering together for beach picnics remains a positive part of life here for many families.

The weather around Chicago sometimes causes flood damage to local homes and businesses. While the lake can swell and rarely cause problems, smaller streams overflow much more rapidly. Flooding in a neighborhood can happen because of this, or when curbside drains become clogged, and water from rainy weather cannot drain away safely.

Technicians at SERVPRO earn certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) after learning the intricacies of removing water, reducing moisture, and treating various materials correctly to achieve the desired results. Other certificates from the IICRC focus on remediation of microbial infestations and caring for damaged flooring types, furniture, and other furnishings. We offer our customers an integrated service, making it possible to quickly restore your home, so it looks "Like it never even happened" once more.

We know that after a flood, stress levels soar, and the constant reminders that things in your daily lives have changed only makes things worse. SERVPRO wants your family to feel safe again, and able to live in their own house with the belongings in place that make it 'home.' We start as quickly as possible and start with our Green Fleet's pump trucks. Our highly efficient pumps can remove thousands of gallons of water quickly.

Once the water no longer covers your floors, we can safely begin working to clear away the debris. While the flood dumped copious amounts of muck inside at one time, we work methodically, so we remove the most massive pieces of debris first, always working down to the next smaller size.

We keep air circulation a constant aspect in your home. Even though your home's air contains substantial amounts of moisture, microbes, including mold, bacteria, and viruses, stay suspended in the air. To clean the air and prevent these microorganisms from landing and causing problems for you, we use air scrubbers that filter out any particles. Because these no longer exist in the air, odor control becomes much easier to accomplish.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City's flood damage mitigation professionals is always ready. If the Little Calumet crests and causes flood damage to your Riverdale or Dolton home, call us at (773) 337-3900 so we can mitigate the destruction created during the event and remove the risks left behind.

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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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