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When Your Chicago Property Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster, Call Our Experts Right Away!

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Chicago Property Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster, Call Our Experts Right Away! You can depend on our technicians to be there any time you need us.

Window Damage That Can Allow Flooding In Chicago Apartments

With many high-rise apartments throughout Chicago, severe wind storms that come along with torrential rainfall could introduce many aging apartment complexes to widespread flooding. When windows break, you have a direct line of access for direct rainfall and runoff to access individual units in the apartment building. With the connection of units to one another, multiple properties could become affected simultaneously by both multiple points of entry and quickly spreading effects. Our professionals can help all property owners in this scenario to quickly dry up water damage and work to reduce the spread of these flood effects throughout the building.

No matter when flood damage occurs to Chicago apartments, people have come to depend on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO professionals in a crisis. We can arrive quickly with all of the tools to help address the spreading effects quickly and confidently. Before we can get to work on removing the water damage from the building, however, we have to address the broken windows to prevent further elemental effects from pouring into these vulnerabilities.

We have a contacting division with years of experience in the building trades to quickly address the structural damages that have occurred to the high-rise apartment building. We can quickly board up and tarp over penetration points to prevent further water flow, allowing our SERVPRO technicians to get to work in other areas of the building to dry up and extract any water damage encountered.

Once the mitigation phase has completed, our contractors can seamlessly transition into a full-scale repair and replacement of damaged or missing structural components. We can install new windows and help to rebuild or repair damaged elements like electrical systems and interior construction weakened by flooding.

Our specialists know how crucial it is to have every professional that your building needs respond to your emergency at once, and that is what makes the comprehensive restoration approach of our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team to effective. You can depend on our technicians to be there any time you need us. Give us a call 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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Our Professionals Are Your Best Option After A Fire In Your Chicago

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Professionals Are Your Best Option After A Fire In Your Chicago To ease restoration of your fire-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

Restoration Of Fire Damage In Chicago Is Easier With Professional Assistance

Homeowners leaving stoves unattended when cooking, and other simple oversights can lead to severe fire damage. The time it takes to mount a response determines the level of damage, so in many cases, such incidents only affect items in the vicinity. A delayed response can spread the damage to other parts of the house or even bring down the entire structure. Seeking professional help after extinguishing the fire presents a better chance of restoring the home to its preloss state.

Since the dynamics in each incidence of fire damage in Chicago differ, there is a need for a thorough evaluation before taking any steps to restore the affected property. Evaluation can help establish the percentage of the property affected, the types of residues left, and the kinds of debris left. We have IICRC certified technicians who can handle such evaluation with ease.

A thorough cleanup exercise is another crucial step in the restoration process. This step involves several processes including removal of debris for cleanup or disposal, removal of residues, and extraction of water or other firefighting agents. Our SERVPRO crew separates debris into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items thus removing everything from the affected area. We dispose of the unsalvageable items and set aside the others for cleanup or further evaluation. We use different drying equipment to remove any water remnants from the area affected by the incident.

Fires can be very destructive to the structure or fixtures such as cabinets especially when affected directly by the flames. Even when not completely burned, the flames can affect their structural integrity or finishes. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the level of damage and decide whether replacement, refinishing or restorative cleaning would fix the problem. Restorative cleaning reduces the overall cost of fixing the damage. We use various approaches including soda blasting and dry ice blasting during restorative cleaning exercises because such methods do not cause additional damages.

To ease restoration of your fire-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO, Fast Service, Storm Cleanup in Chicago, A Good Plan!!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO, Fast Service, Storm Cleanup in Chicago, A Good Plan!! Team SERVPRO Stands Behind Every Flood Loss Cleanup and Restoration in Chicago

Basements and Crawlspaces with Flood Damage in Chicago Alter the Rest of the Home's Condition

When water flows into your home in Chicago and makes it unlivable, you need a rapid response from a skilled team who can make things right again. SERVPRO says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, including the messier ones. We mitigate damage throughout your residence because we look at how one area can interact with and affect another location inside your home.
 
Restoring your Chicago home's condition to normal includes flood damage mitigation and ensures that it becomes dry again, as well as safe for your family. We know how to protect your home, so it also becomes safe for your entire family. When your property sits on a basement or crawlspace, flooding happens there, also. We use submersible extraction units attached to our truck-mounted pump to remove this water. Along with this water, a large portion of the silt and mud also gets removed.
 
Because evaporation of floodwater continually puts more moisture in the air, we immediately start the drying out process as soon as we have eliminated standing water in the dwelling. Just like we dry out the upper areas of your home with desiccant machines and air movers, we also use these in non-living areas to rid the area of water vapor. If we allowed this humidity to remain, this water vapor might cause future problems.
 
When water vapor remains present in a home, the home's environment can become uncomfortable to breathe. What makes occupants feel sticky in summer and clammy in winter also lets mold grow excessively. The moisture that flooding adds to a residence lasts indefinitely and does not disappear on its own. Getting it out as soon as possible after an event restores your home's natural feel, keeping you comfortable.  We can improve your indoor air quality.
 
Also, cleaning the surfaces in your home is another aspect that we carry out in making your home safe again for your family. The pathogens brought in by a flood are not the only dangers present. Chemicals can also cause health effects, making the removal of carpets and other ruined materials insufficient alone. Hard surfaces also require cleaning with a potent antimicrobial that gives your home an extra advantage in protective measures. Not only do we remove residues from automotive fluids that mix with floodwaters, but lawn care chemicals also get wiped away during cleaning.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City helps those residing in Calumet City and around Mount Greenwood. Call us at (773) 337-3900, so we can mitigate flood damage and prevent long-term problems from your home, including the basement and all other areas of your home.

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Your Chicago Pizzeria Can Be Restored After A Water Damage Disaster

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Chicago Pizzeria Can Be Restored After A Water Damage Disaster Water leaks can present quite a significant threat to your pizzeria in Chicago.

Commercial Water Removal Services For Your Chicago Pizzeria

Water leaks can present quite a significant threat to your pizzeria in Chicago. Since your business uses much more significant amounts of water daily than a residence would, leaks in your commercial building can lead to the waste of many hundreds of gallons of water each day. Not only would your water bills go up, but your building can suffer from a considerable amount of damage and expensive repairs. Therefore, keeping regular maintenance up on your building is essential.

When you do find a leak, water removal services in your Chicago business are needed right away before the problem gets larger. SERVPRO, a professional restoration company, is always standing by with highly trained staff and heavy-duty equipment. We work quickly but efficiently to get your business back in order as soon as possible.

Your public toilets in your business get much use. The parts on them wear out fast and can let water leaks happen. A flapper which no longer creates a reliable seal, for example, lets water leak from the toilet tank drain and then the fill valve does not shut off when the tank is refilled. A toilet leak is not a big deal if it is taken care of, but if it is neglected, it can lead to long-term, substantial water loss and damage.

No matter the reason you need us, SERVPRO techs assess the damage when they arrive at your pizzeria to see where the issue is located. We can then proceed to fix the issue and dry the affected areas. Once any standing water is removed, we use industrial fans and dehumidifiers to finish drying out the damaged areas.

Plumbing leaks, including deteriorated sewer lines and broken water supply pipes, are some of the most common causes of water damage to a building. Both of these issues can cause extensive water leaks and severe damage. To make things worse, piping and sewer lines are usually buried underground or found inside your walls, so the leaks are hard to detect. We use special meters to find any hidden moisture, however, so we make sure to find all moisture and repair the damage, not just the visible problems.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City can handle your water damage emergency in your business building in Riverdale, Dolton, or Morgan Park. Just call us at (773) 337-3900 anytime you need so we can restore your building before additional damage can be done.

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Are You an Evergreen Park Homeowner with a Water Damaging Odor Problem? Contact SERVPRO

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are You an Evergreen Park Homeowner with a Water Damaging Odor Problem? Contact SERVPRO Presenting in Evergreen Park The SERVPRO Green Team--Exceptional Water Removal Technicians

Water Damage Needs Attention on Many Levels in Evergreen Park Properties

Water damage may occur as a sudden event such as a sudden pipe break from the harsh sub-zero winter temperatures in Evergreen Park or an appliance like a dishwasher or washing machine dumping water mid-cycle all over the floor. Sometimes a slow leak has quietly been eroding drywall from the inside out and collecting moisture and inviting mold to the party for a long time before it was discovered. The key to turning around the damage is to begin cleaning and restoration as soon as it is seen.

Absorbing or Mopping Water Alone is Not the Answer

Using towels or a mop to pick up the water you can see, is a good start for eliminating the water you can see, but water cleanup should not stop there. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City technicians use those methods too when needed. However, moisture can remain, and water may have run under flooring, wet carpet padding and there can be vapor barriers inside drywall that need drying. That begins the part of recovery from a water loss where you need professional assistance.

Fast Extraction is the Keystone of Water Damage Restoration

The more water that can be removed on the front end, the faster the premises can dry. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City technicians get to work with portable wet vacs or in the case of large-size water removal needs or tight places such as an attic or crawlspace; we have truck mounted pumps with long hose attachments to get the job done.

Secondary damage from moisture can come in the form of mold, mildew and weakened building materials is a real concern and eliminating the water you can see is only half the issue. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive on site, they have several types of equipment that measure moisture in different ways to ensure nothing is missed.

Our water damage technicians utilize moisture probes to determine how far moisture has migrated into soft objects such as carpet and padding. Thermal imagery is useful for peering behind walls and hard surfaces to find hidden pockets of water vapor. The affected areas are noted so when the drying phase begins; they are correctly addressed.

Thorough Drying Techniques for Rooms and Contents

When SERVPRO technicians set up air movers to dry a room, it is much more than merely setting up fans and walking away until the room is dry. Our technicians are certified in the science of psychometrics, or the study of air, gas and water vapors. The air movers are only one part of the process used when lowering overall moisture in a room. The air movers are strategically placed to bank off walls and move air rapidly across the surfaces. This action causes moisture to rise, and the water vapor is captured by a dehumidifier. Heaters are also sometimes employed to speed the drying process along when needed.

Special Drying Situations SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City Handles

Certain things in the property need special attention to dry correctly. Just because the carpeting in the living room was drenched by a plumbing mishap does not mean it is an irretrievable loss. Our technicians can use a weighted extractor that pushes down as it is moved over the carpeting and effectively pushes out water from the padding. Rovers are particularly useful for this as the technician stands on the rover and the added weight pushes out water from the carpeting. Much like a small riding lawn mower.

Carpeting may be dried in place using methods such as "floating" where one side of the carpet is lifted, and air movers are directed underneath to dry out the padding and the carpeting from the bottom up at the same time. Our goal is to clean and restore as much as we can on site.

If water removal and drying begin quickly enough after a water loss event in the home, we can turn around damage to real hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring and composite boards often do not fare well when saturated. Hardwood boards that show signs of cupping and buckling may still be recoverable with a specialized drying technique our technicians use with drying mats. The mats have many hoses that direct air into the floor and are placed and moved strategically around affected areas as it dries. This method is also used on tile flooring. For larger areas affected by water penetration, we can rig a "tent," plastic sheeting, low to the floor, to decrease

SERVPRO technicians are specially trained to handle unique drying situations where the application of various techniques may be needed to ensure proper drying of both the structure and contents. That is Why so many property owners trust our brand, SERVPRO.

When it Cannot be Cleaned and Dried On-Site

There are times we cannot clean or restore water damaged items on-site. In those cases, with the permission of the property owner and adjuster, we offer a pack-out and move service to dry items in our facility using our proprietary methods. This can apply to anything from books, papers to carpeting, personal contents, and more on a case by case basis.

Avoiding Mold as Secondary Damage

Where there has been water, there could be mold at a later date. SERVPRO technicians confirm through meter readings that areas that could harbor mold have low moisture readings and follow up after drying by wiping down surfaces with professional-strength antifungal and antibacterials to inhibit mold growth.

What About That Smell?

Even a little water damage can leave a big smell if it not cleaned up correctly and all the excess moisture removed. Fortunately, thorough drying and the location and elimination of vapor barriers behind walls, for example, is often enough to neutralize unpleasant scents. In cases where a stronger application is needed to get rid of water odors, our odor control technicians (OCTs) come into play.

There are numerous methods of removing odors from both the property and contents. Dependent on the nature of the odor, our technicians may use multiple methods to ensure the scents are eradicated. Simple techniques such as time release pellets are an effective masking agent when there is a low amount of residual odor. For more intense concentrations of odor, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City OCTs may choose to use ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging. This equipment delivers an odor neutralizing solvent as a fog that changes the molecular structure of odor-molecules and makes that recognizable water odor a thing of the past.

If you suffer water damage in your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City immediately. We are proud to serve the Chicago area including the areas of 60805, 60617, and 60649. Water emergencies cannot be planned, and our certified technicians are available 24/7 to clean up and restore water damage to any size property, we have the equipment and expertise to do the job.

You Need Our Crew After A Fire Has Damaged Your Chicago Home

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Need Our Crew After A Fire Has Damaged Your Chicago Home SERVPRO brings friendly faces, years of experience, and affordable restoration services to your home when you need them the most.

Let SERVPRO Handle Exterior Fire Damage To Your Chicago Home

Sometimes, fire damage to your Chicago home may barely touch the interior but leave significant scars on the exterior of the building. When this happens, the restoration process may be less intrusive and more simple to go through, but a major amount of work remains to be done making sure that discoloration, smoke damage, and necessary reconstruction work all receive the attention they deserve. SERVPRO technicians can help you to handle all of these tasks and more and even take some steps to prevent against fire damages in the future.

Restoring Color
One of the most important ways our experts can help you to restore your home in Chicago after fire damage burns its exterior is to bring its color and appearance back to the way it was before the disaster. Thanks to efficient fire-specific cleaning methods and fast repainting efforts, we can remove any visual signs of damage your home may have received from the incident. If you feel uncomfortable with having our technicians work on your home, ask us to show you the extensive list of certifications that every SERVPRO employee receives.

Deep Cleaning
Our cleanup efforts extend well beyond the original sites of damage. Smoke odors and residues can travel quickly around and inside of your home, sometimes giving a section of the building interior a smoky odor despite there being no visual signs of damage. Our thorough cleaning regimens and smoke odor removal work can keep your home scrubbed free of even the smallest and most hard-to-handle fire and smoke residues.

Minor Reconstructive Efforts
Sometimes, some limited reconstruction may be necessary even when smoke and flame never touches the inside of your home. We can help you to make minor repairs such as patching up holes, replacing porch materials, and trimming trees to eliminate any sign of what might have happened before.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City brings friendly faces, years of experience, and affordable restoration services to your home when you need them the most. Call us 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Chicago Bakery

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Professionals Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Chicago Bakery While you cannot predict when a small fire might occur in your bakery, you can always trust in the response and expertise of our SERVPRO specialists.

Cleanup After A Small Fire In Your Chicago Bakery

Cleanup and recovery are two vital steps in restoring your Chicago bakery after a small fire. Often flare-ups can occur in the kitchen from mismanagement of the ovens, and while the fire did not get out of hand and structurally damage the bakery, you still have many effects that you must overcome before you can welcome customers back inside. Our professionals can arrive quickly, no matter what time disaster strikes, to offer effective mitigation and restoration tactics to get your doors back open fast.

Of all of the fire damage effects in your Chicago bakery, overcoming smoke damages like odors can be among the most challenging. While you might consider this to be as simple as treating the air throughout the building, scents can become embedded in surfaces and materials as the heat from the fire expands the pores within the material. Once the area cools again, these affected elements can trap the noxious odor inside as the pores shrink again.

Our SERVPRO professionals can understand the extent to which areas and materials can get adversely affected by odors, and have industry-leading equipment designed to take care of this problem quickly. Hydroxyl generators are a common choice for our team since they can work in two ways to improve the air quality of your bakery. These machines have an onboard HEPA filtration system which can trap soot, smoke, ash, debris, dust, and other contaminants within the air as well as substantially lessening the presence of odor.

To successfully remove the smoke odor permanently, our SERVPRO technicians also utilize equipment like our thermal fogger. This machine releases a dense chemical fog that can neutralize odor molecules on contact, leaving no scent behind. Additionally, this equipment is safe to use on soft materials like furniture and uniforms.

While you cannot predict when a small fire might occur in your bakery, you can always trust in the response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City fire restoration specialists. Give our team a call 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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How Thawing Snow and Ice Can Create Water Damage in Your Chicago Home

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Thawing Snow and Ice Can Create Water Damage in Your Chicago Home Icicles are often a sign of ice dams.

Ice Dams and Water Damage Restoration for Your South Chicago City Home

Snow covered roofs in South Chicago City can form ice dams as they melt and refreeze this winter. With the warmups that have occurred, water damage is a concern for many homes. Ice dams can cause water to back up and go under the shingles and into your home, causing damage to your drywall and ceilings. In these situations, prevention is critical to avoid costly repairs.  

If your South Chicago City home has already experienced water damage due to ice dams, you need the immediate help of our professional staff at SERVPRO. We are an experienced remediation company who can dry your home out and repair the damages that the ice dams have caused. The faster you pick up the phone and contact us the better, as the water leak continues to harm your home until it stops.  

In a case like this, you’ll likely have hidden water damage inside your walls and ceiling. Therefore, SERVPRO techs use special moisture sensors that can detect the hidden leaks, which allows us to restore your home thoroughly. If we did not do this and any water is left behind, it causes mold growth, making a big problem even more significant. Once we find where all the issues are, we can begin drying and restoring your home. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers help to dry your structure and the air and remove all the excess moisture.  

To prevent ice dams in the first place, begin by keeping your gutters clear of debris and leaves. Check and seal any areas that can allow warm air to leak from your home to the attic such as chimneys, exhaust fans, vent pipes, light fixtures, and attic hatches. You should also get your attic and roof inspected for insulation and proper ventilation. Inadequate signs of ventilation include rusty nails, rust spots, or mildew smell.  

Do not let snow accumulate on the lower three to six feet of your roof. For extra protection, you can install ice and snow slides to stop the ice and snow from bonding to the lower portion of your roof. Installing rubberized water and ice shields under the roof shingles for the first three to six feet, and heating cables along the eaves help to melt any ice.  

If your home in Riverdale, Morgan Park or South Deering has been the victim of ice dams creating water damage inside, SERVPRO of can Evergreen Park/South Chicago City help whenever you need us. Give us a call at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you realize there is an issue so we can take care of everything for you and prevent further damage.

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Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home After A Bathtub Overflow in Chicago

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home After A Bathtub Overflow in Chicago Chicago Water Damage is Mitigated with Rapid Removal by SERVPRO Technicians

Water Affects a Chicago Structure and Contents in Various Degrees

The most common claims on home insurance are related to water damage. There are several possible causes of water damage, and bathtub overflow accidents are amongst some of the most common. Several problems can come from your bathtub overflowing in your Chicago home, including the growth of bacteria, leaking ceilings under the tub, ruined flooring, wet plasterboard, and weak and unsafe subflooring.
 
It is easy to understand why quickly taking care of this type of water damage is essential. Your Chicago home can suffer from various damages, many of which can significantly affect the strength of the structure. It is precisely why SERVPRO is always standing by with professional and knowledgeable crews to help you in your time of need. Our staff has all been properly trained, and we have the right equipment needed to do the job correctly.
 
Once we have removed all the standing water from your home, we need to clean any areas which were affected. Structural items, like subfloors and walls, might need cleaning. We clean restorable materials with the right cleaning method for each type of material. We always use professional products and ensure that your home looks as good, if not better than before the water damage.
 
If the overflow leaked through the floor to another room downstairs, SERVPRO techs might need to clean things such as carpeting. Any of these areas not only get cleaned but deodorized as well. Our carpet cleaning methods can be grouped to how effective they are in different levels of soiling.
 
Any contents of your home which have been exposed to high humidity are evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture could require cleaning and polishing from the high humidity exposure. We also check any clothing, closets, or storage areas in the water damaged sections of the home for items that need cleaning and deodorizing. We check photographs and wall hangings as well, and electronics could need unique drying and cleaning services to restore them.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City does not overlook anything when restoring your home from water damage. Getting in contact with us right away at (773) 337-3900 when your home in Morgan Park, Beverly, or Hometown has experienced a water damage emergency is essential in preventing additional damages.

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Chicago Homes Are Susceptible To Attic Mold Damages

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Chicago Homes Are Susceptible To Attic Mold Damages Regularly check your attic as best as you can for the presence of mold damage.

Mold Damage In Attic

Chicago homes are known for their ability to withstand the harsh environments that come through the fall and winter every year. What you may not understand, is that a compromised roof could allow moisture to seep into the attic space from snow or ice on the shingles that have not melted away. When this new moisture is allowed to continue unchecked in your attic space, mold can find plenty of places to grow.

Since mold damage to your Chicago residence typically happens involving organic materials, you should appreciate the options available in your attic right now. Most construction uses plywood backing against the joists of your roof, and all of these components provide the right base for a mold colony to successfully feed and grow. It is a good idea to get in the habit of periodically checking up in your attic area for the presence or signs of molding, especially if you are not one to typically go into this area of your house.

While you should be able to smell the overwhelming musty scent of a thriving colony, sometimes this can be difficult to do if you have a decent ventilation system in place. Visual inspections can also be misleading at times, as newly forming colonies are not often overly noticeable to the naked eye, nor can you see the complete hyphae of the organism this way.

Our SERVPRO team of IICRC Certified technicians can provide inspections of your attic space to provide assurances that fungus is not currently present and that the conditions of your attic are not likely to create these organisms in the future. If something is found, our technicians begin their remediation work right away.

The process is all about preventing the spread of the fungus by neutralizing its spores in the air. The neutralization procedure uses a negative air chamber. Once these spores have been contained, thoroughly cleaning the area is the next step. This process changes based on the type of mold and how deeply it is rooted, but all of the colonies get removed at this time.

Regularly check your attic as best as you can for the presence of mold damage. If you smell or see anything that might indicate a fungus is present, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City anytime at (773) 337-3900.

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