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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.

Why Hydroxyl Generators Take the Odor Out of Fire Damage in Evergreen Park Homes

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Hydroxyl Generators Take the Odor Out of Fire Damage in Evergreen Park Homes Our technicians use a combination of devices and machines to pluck smoke and soot particles from the atmosphere.

Find Out How SERVPRO Takes Odors out of Fire Damage Items


For many years, fire damage restorers have been using specialist equipment to deal with odor. It is because, after a domestic fire, lingering smells are one of the biggest frustrations. Fortunately, SERVPRO has access to odor busting foggers, masking agents, filters, and chemicals, and ozone generators.


Our technicians use a combination of these devices and machines to pluck smoke and soot particles from the atmosphere. They are highly effective when it comes to restoring fire damage in Evergreen Park homes. One of the most sophisticated tools that we use is called the hydroxyl generator, and we are going to tell you a little more about it.


Keep reading to find out how our SERVPRO hydroxyl generators differ from ozone generators and which approach is best for your home.


What Is Deodorization?


While they are different processes, ozone and hydroxyl generators work in a similar way. They produce particles which have odor eliminating properties. In the case of hydroxyl, these particles are created all the time naturally. They develop when ultraviolet light reacts with water and oxygen. All that we do is accelerate the process by introducing more UV light.


Why is Hydroxyl Important?


When created in an atmosphere where odor-causing chemicals are present, hydroxyl particles decompose them. They are often referred to as a ‘natural broom,’ because they ensure that indoor environments contain very low levels of these chemicals. Hydroxyl is particularly useful when dealing with unpleasant odors, due to its speed. It can break down as many as 5,000 different chemicals (including smoke).


Why Is Hydroxyl Different to Ozone?


For one thing, hydroxyl particles break down airborne chemicals around a million times faster than ozone. They are the second most powerful oxidant in existence (after fluorine). Interestingly, using ozone in very high concentrations can cause it to work faster than hydroxyl. The problem is that, in such quantities, it is toxic. If the SERVPRO technicians decide to use ozone in your business, you may have to vacate the premises.


 


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On the other hand, hydroxyl generators are much kinder to the environment. They do not pose a threat to humans or plant life and rarely require containment. For more information, get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City. Call us 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

Preventing Ice Maker Leaks in a Chicago Home

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Ice Maker Leaks in a Chicago Home Chicago Ice Maker Can Cause Extensive Water Damage

Inspect and Replace Defective Parts or Call SERVPRO for Help

Ice makers are a great convenience item to have in your home. You do not ever have to worry about those annoying ice trays again, or someone not refilling them and you running out of ice. When you add this device in your home, you need to be aware of some things first. The installer should use a small metal saddle, called an icemaker valve, that is attached to a cold-water pipe close to the refrigerator. The kits for icemakers usually include a clear plastic water pipe fitted to the valve and the water inlet on the fridge. This flexible piece of plastic tubing is the biggest culprit for a leak and water damage.

Miniscule holes in the tubing are unnoticeable during installation in your kitchen, and stay unnoticed for years, hidden behind your refrigerator. Over time, many gallons of water seeping out the tubing can cause serious structural water damage in Chicago to the floor systems and walls around the refrigerator. This water damage means you need professional help from SERVPRO, a water damage remediation company. Our experienced technicians have the tools and the knowledge to fix any water damage these types of leaks can cause.

Preventing Ice Maker Water Damage
There is usually a shut-off valve in modern homes that is installed inside a wall panel behind the refrigerator. Here, soft copper tubing is used to connect the valve to the icemaker. Fractures or pinhole leaks to the copper tubing are possible, however not as likely as with the plastic tubing. Two things to prevent water damage include using copper tubing for the connection and installing a battery-operated flood alarm. When positioned properly, the battery-operated alarm, which is inexpensive, reacts to a water pooling problem. This alarm can be used in a basement, kitchen, near water heaters, or any other appliance near a water source. These devices can be easily found and purchased.

When your ice maker does fail for any reason, SERVPRO can step in and help you right away. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City can respond to an emergency quickly and efficiently. We understand that water damage of any kind can halt the daily routines of your home. Just pick up your phone and dial (773) 337-3900 whenever you need us.

Free 3 Credit Hour Ethics CE Class for Illinois Insurance Professionals

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Community Free 3 Credit Hour Ethics CE Class for Illinois Insurance Professionals The Class will be held Friday, February 3 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills. Please arrive early for registration.

We will be holding a FREE 3hr ETHIC's CE Class on Feb 3, 2017, for all of Our Agents/Adjusters/Producers licensed in the state of ILLINOIS. Registration is 9:30 - 9:50 and the Class will start Promptly at 10 am. Lunch is Included. Call or Email me to reserve your seats: 

Phone: (708) 906-0708

Email: Patricia@SERVPROSouthChicago.com

How to Seal Up and Contain Mold Damage in Mount Greenwood Homes

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Seal Up and Contain Mold Damage in Mount Greenwood Homes Mold needs to be properly remediated. Call SERVPRO as soon as you see or smell any sign of mold.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified to Remediate Your Mold Damage Problem

The prospect of having mold remediation specialists enter your home and set up decontamination areas is the stuff of science fiction movies for the most part. If you have never experienced extensive mold damage before, it will be an entirely new process. And yes, it can look a little strange at first.

The reality, however, is that containment booths and decontamination areas are a lot less dramatic than they seem. They are very common, and they really are not designed to protect homeowners at all. The primary purpose of mold containment is to protect the property. Mold damage in Mount Greenwood homes can spread very quickly if left unchecked.

This guide to the containment procedures used by SERVPRO will tell you a little more about what to expect.

What Does Containment Look Like?

The level of containment will depend entirely on the extent of the problem. Usually, however, we only set up small areas and cause minimal disruption to daily routines. If the mold damage is spreading across a bedroom wall, for example, the SERVPRO team may need to establish a containment perimeter around the room.

While this does mean that you will not be able to enter, there is no danger to worry about. Containment prevents mold spores from being carried out of the space and into other areas of the home. The technicians will wear special PPE suits and footwear, which are treated to neutralize spores every time that they exit the perimeter.

There will be clear polyethylene sheets set up around the affected area. They may be hung over doorways, across carpets, and along ceilings in some cases. If items or materials are removed from the containment space, they will be wrapped in this plastic first. Once again, it can look a little strange, but the SERVPRO team will discuss any concerns that you might have.

What Happens Inside the Containment Area?

The processes carried out inside the containment area are no different to those that are used on any other mold remediation job. The use of polyethylene sheets simply helps to maintain certain drying conditions. The technicians will set up dehumidifiers, negative air movers, and possibly ozone generators to deal with the source of the damp.

It may be necessary to keep some of the machines (such as fans) running constantly over a period of days. You will be informed of this, and the experts will be on site regularly to check progress.

Don’t let mold and mold damage take over your home. Get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City. We are experienced, highly skilled, and provide excellent customers service. Call us 24/7 on (773) 337-3900.

Visual Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Morgan Park

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Visual Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Morgan Park A fire can engulf your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to help recover!

Your Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open.
 
Burn Marks
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Morgan Park, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
 
Smoke and Ash
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order.
 
Structural Damage
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City helps businesses to get back on track after a disaster. Give us a call at (773) 337-3900.

Water Damage in Beverly and the Need for Professional Help

11/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Beverly and the Need for Professional Help A Failed Coupling to a Water Drain Can Cause Havoc in a Chicago Home

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home After Water Has Caused Damage

Many pieces of equipment are needed for a water damage restoration job to be executed properly. This is a technically complex field which requires a lot of expertise and technology. Our workers at SERVPRO need to use special clothing to protect themselves (PPE) before entering a job site in some instances. Our technicians set up drying machines in the interior of your home for the removal of moisture from the air. Disinfectants and chemical cleaners are needed as well, plus moisture detection devices which are invaluable for finding problem areas. If your home has heavy damage, we store an array of demolition tools to rid these non-salvageable materials from your property.

Cleaning up water damage in Beverly can require full body protective clothing such as rubber boots, rubber gloves, safety glasses or goggles and a respirator. This PPE gear is especially important since it can prevent a SERVPRO technician from inhaling any contaminants that are airborne like fungi or microorganisms. Demolition tools such as axes or sledgehammers could be needed if there is extensive damage. Pressure washers also help to clear a water damaged area of debris and mud.

Before our technicians start work to repair your home, they will need to know where the worst damage is. The areas affected the worst are where liquid has totally penetrated materials. It is not possible to detect this by sight alone so that a moisture meter will be essential. These pieces of equipment will measure accurately the percentage of moisture in most materials. It is effective for determining possible hidden damage to wood, drywall and paper materials. Our technicians will be able to use the moisture meter to check the progress of a job as the property starts to dry out.

After the source of the standing water is stopped, and the technicians take stock of the damage, it will be time to dry the area out. There are several pieces of restoration equipment which are used to do this. Most of them include high-velocity fans which aid in increasing the evaporation rate so that dehumidifiers can capture the water molecules and expel them from the air. Wet vacuums which are industrial strength are expedient for getting rid of small patches of water.

If your home suffers water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City. By dialing (773) 337-3900, we will respond to gather your information and get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

Fire And Smoke Damage To Your Evergreen Park Home

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire And Smoke Damage To Your Evergreen Park Home Fire and the resulting smoke from such a destructive force can cause damage to all areas of your home, not just the ground zero location of the fire.

Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration

Fire and the resulting smoke from such a destructive force can cause damage to all areas of your home, not just the ground zero location of the fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the costs of direct property damage as a result of house fires has increased since 2011. 2015 saw $7 billion worth of damage.

Fire damage in Evergreen Park is stressful and can be a scary surprise for any homeowner. SERVPRO has seen firsthand what fire and smoke damage can do to a home and this is the reason why we work quickly and restore homes with the best methods and latest technology to get you and your family back in your beds, safe and sound.

Reasons To Never Extend The Cleaning Process Post-Fire
When a fire has occurred in your home, it is crucial to call a fire cleanup and restoration expert like SERVPRO right away to respond to your emergency. Extending the response time can have many consequences to the living spaces and structure of your home. Right after a fire, soot and ash begin to settle onto every surface in your home, from floor to ceiling. Porous materials may experience permanent discoloration, but many other surfaces in your home can be cleaned and saved if you take immediate action.

Within only a few hours, all of the surfaces in your home can be affected by the fire and smoke damage. Your furniture will likely need refinishing or heavy cleaning, the metals in your home begin to rust and corrode, your walls will start to discolor, and even far away from the fire, clothing in your closet and bedding will become affected. To avoid permanent staining from the acidic soot and smoke, take immediate action after a fire. Also, the longer your belongings and structure remain untreated after a fire, the longer the restoration process will be and could end up costing you more due to permanently damaged furniture and structural pieces.

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Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 anytime, day or night. Our specialists are standing by to take your call with our 24/7 Emergency Services.

Commercial Flood Damage To Your Chicago Property

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage To Your Chicago Property If you've had a flood in your office, warehouse, or other business, the damage caused by the water can seem to keep on mounting.

Restoring Instead Of Writing Off Your Losses

If you've had a flood in your office, warehouse, or other business, the damage caused by the water can seem to keep on mounting. When you look at it all as one big catastrophe, it can end up feeling like it's the end of your business. SERVPRO can help your business recover when we provide you and your business with some of the many different services.

SERVPRO can meet, and even exceed, your expectations for cleanup after you've had commercial flood damage in Chicago. We can help protect your business's financial health by undoing the damage caused by the water that invaded your property. This includes your inventory, the internal structure, and the furnishings. Many of these items may have had your business's trademark, logo, or other branding, increasing the cost of replacing them. We can decrease the cost of these replacements by restoring what may only seem irreparable. Because we are experts in restoring many different types of items, many insurance companies are willing to work with us in getting everything sorted out and back to normal for businesses who have had flooding and other disasters.

While paperboard items such as displays will need to be replaced, other advertising materials can often be saved. Inventory that is washable can always be restored, and with the Esporta system, we can regain a sanitary and cleanliness for clothing and many other items. We'll place your damaged but salvageable items in containers and take these to our site, then return them to you in better condition. Other items that are fixed in place, such as equipment, can be cleaned at your site, and then sanitized to ensure a healthy environment is restored.

Appearances are only on the surface; we want to restore your business to a healthy state. Another aspect of our cleaning is eliminating the odors that also come with flood damage. If odor remains, we know that there is something remaining that is causing it. We'll work to find the source of the odor, remove it, and if the odor remains, as it sometimes does, we'll deodorize, as well. For structural damage, we have professionals who can restore the interior areas that were damaged by the flood waters, such as drywall. Our technicians can decrease the drying time of other materials by increasing the ventilation in conjunction with raised temperatures.

When commercial flood damage is affecting your business, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900. We can have your business back to new in a short time, save your inventory and business materials, and much more. We are accessible 24/7 to answer your questions or begin cleaning up and restoring your business.