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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.

Mold Damage Cleanup in Chicago

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Provides Safety First Mold Remediation

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

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

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

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

Water Leaks? SERVPRO can clean and restore the mess! 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Protecting Precious Memories From A Fire In Your Downtown Chicago Home

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

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

Preserving Cherished Memories


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

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

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

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

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

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