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Smoke And Soot Restoration In Chicago

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Smoke and Soot Restoration After Fire Damage in Chicago

Fires bring on a copious amount of damage, especially when the fallout is not cleaned up quickly enough. To address the soot and smoke that penetrates all of the nooks and crannies throughout your home, calling in the professionals is the best course of action. The experts at SERVPRO have the experience and equipment to inspect, plan, and address various levels of damage to get you the results that you need.

When it comes to fire damage in Chicago, it is critical that you understand how soot and smoke impact your home. Hot smoke gets into all areas of your home, flowing through your walls, penetrating various materials, and leaving behind a harsh residue. The kind of smoke present will play a significant role in the measures taken to complete restoration.

Types of Smoke
Wet and dry smoke present different challenges after a fire in your home. There are also different degrees of soot residue that must be addressed. SERVPRO technicians test the soot throughout your home to determine the level of damage to ensure the best cleaning procedures follow suit.

Wet Smoke – This is smoke that develops with low heat, often stemming from rubber and plastic. The smoke webs, making it difficult to clean, creating a sticky, pungent residue that smears easily.

Dry Smoke – This is smoke created at high temperatures, fast-burning, and rises with the heat. The dry smoke often comes from paper and wood.

It is also essential that proper measures are implemented to address protein fire residue, which comes from material evaporation. This residue isn't visible to the naked eye but creates a pungent odor and discolors varnishes and pain.

Professional Fire Restoration
When you call SERVPRO, you know that you have smoke and fire damage professionals on the job. We craft solutions tailored to your unique needs based on the condition of your home post-fire. Our technicians arrive at your property with specialized equipment to remove the water that seeped into various surfaces from extinguishing the fire. We then work to remove all damaged materials for replacement, carefully inspecting to ensure no moisture is left behind.

We always respect your property with care, and you can trust that SERVPRO cleans all surfaces with disinfectants to ensure no smoke residue lingers once we are gone. Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City today at (773) 337-3900, and we will send a team of technicians out as quickly as possible.

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SERVPRO has the Equipment and Expertise to Remove Water From Your Chicago Home

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor Water loss events cause damage to all types of flooring in your home. We have the tools for fast water extraction and drying to minimize the damage.

Let Our Specialized Mitigation Services Help with Your Water Removal Needs in Chicago 

Having an appliance malfunction or a pipe burst within your home can leave you with significant water damage. The longer that water remains in your property, the more chances you have for extensive damage and the onset of dangerous mold and mildew growth. Calling our team of professionals at SERVPRO gets you the immediate action necessary to limit the amount of damage and water loss. 

When you need water removal in Chicago, we have the technicians that you want on your side to address the problem. When left unchecked stagnant water or hidden moisture brings on ideal conditions for structural issues, mildew, mold, and more. Our team at SERVPRO uses the latest technologies and proven methods that help you to lessen the damage and restore your home to like-new condition. By following the best practices of the IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, our team is spot-on with our efforts. 

Why SERVPRO? 

Whether you have a pipe that bursts on the second floor of your home or a washing machine that leaks throughout your basement, we show up with the right equipment to extract the water from your home. Concrete and tile flooring are sturdy, but excessive exposure to water can compromise their integrity. When your cleanup process lacks thorough drying, a chalky substance known as efflorescence can come back time and again. 

During the drying process, SERVPRO professionals use heavy-duty axial fans and centrifugal air movers that circulate the air, speeding the drying time. We also use specialized cleaning and disinfecting products to ensure a clean living space that is free of mold and foul odors that DIY cleaning often leaves behind. To wrap up the water removal process, SERVPRO technicians employ innovative water detection tools that use thermal imaging technology to ensure the removal of the moisture from every impacted area of your home. 

When it comes to water removal and restoration, you can always count on SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime for professional water cleanup services at (773) 337-3900. We always send a team of highly trained technicians out to your location as soon as possible. 

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We Get You Back In Business In Chicago After A Flood

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Cracked toilet in a bathroom If your business is affected by a broken pipe or faulty sprinkler system, call our experts right away, we are here to help day or night.

How SERVPRO Containment Systems Limit Flood Damage-Related Shutdowns to Your Chicago Business 

When we respond to a flooding situation at your Chicago business, we know how debilitating even temporary closure can be. Our experienced project managers work with you and your insurance company to devise a flood water removal and drying plan that permits at least a portion of your operations to continue during mitigation and remediation phases.

Hazardous Waste Needs Professional Containment after Flood Damage

All flood damage at your Chicago commercial building involves hazardous waste. Overland flooding picks up chemicals, debris, and organic materials, including fungi, dead animals, and sewage, when the sanitary systems become overwhelmed. Regardless of the line of business you pursue, health and safety regulations apply that make keeping infectious waste and other dangerous substances contained. The safety of not only your employees and customers, but also the general public, depends on our training and skills in hazardous waste containment and lawful disposal.

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Containment Levels

SERVPRO employees study the elements and requirements of ACGIH containment recommendations when designing an appropriate flood damage cleanup configuration. We look at the level of contamination and craft containment strategies accordingly. 

  • Source containment -- minimal contamination

Removing, wrapping, and properly disposing of materials is sufficient.

  • Local or mini containment -- moderate contamination

Constructing a small 6-mil polyethylene wrapped enclosure large enough for a worker to remove, wrap and bag, and pass contaminated items out for lawful disposal is appropriate and minimally disruptive.

  • Full scale containment -- extreme/extensive contamination 
  • Construct a 6-mil polyethylene wrapped and contained work area.
  • Add smaller spaces adjacent to the work area as decontamination area for workers, equipment, and bagged waste with a floor to ceiling polyethylene wrapped interior.
  • Add equipment rooms to store contaminated tools and workers’ clothing.
  • Add an uncontaminated room to clean contents. 
  • Add a clean room for uncontaminated items and clothing.
  • Add a load-out area where bagged waste can be stored until disposal. 

HEPA Air Filtration and Venting to Prevent Hazardous Waste Drift

Any of these systems can include one or more negative pressure air scrubbers to pass airborne particles through HEPA filters and vent to the outside. An airlock can be employed using negative air pressure equipment to permit movement between contaminated and uncontaminated areas while protecting spaces where your business operations continue during flood damage abatement.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is ready to manage flood damage for your business while permitting you to meet your customer base’s needs. Contact us at (773) 337-3900 to develop a plan with our talented crews.

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Artificial Air Movement Can Help Dry Your Water Damaged Chicago Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home Getting your property dry is essential to restoring it to a preloss condition and reducing secondary harm.

Artificial Air Movement can help to Dry your Chicago Home Faster after Water Damage

The central concern of a qualified water damage restoration technician (WRT) is to dry the affected area. While odors, as well as staining, may appear to be a priority concern, these can often dissipate or clear away once the affected area is adequately dried. To ensure processes are working effectively, a restorer may take readings from unaffected areas of the home using a thermal hygrometer. The relative humidity is a crucial indicator of how effective our drying procedure is, with the goal being to restore the area to a level similar to unaffected areas. We refer to this level as a dry goal.

Dealing with water damage in your Chicago home is a complicated process that requires professional equipment. However, the core principles of natural drying are the same. We need to use temperature, airflow, and humidity to encourage evaporation. SERVPRO technicians may decide to use a variety of different equipment to achieve this goal. In well-ventilated spaces opening windows can be an effective drying method. But most homeowners need professional assistance because open-system drying is not possible.

The process of evaporation relies on exchanging wet or moist air with dry air. Moisture naturally moves from wet to dry, so ensuring the surrounding air is warm and dry speeds up the evaporation process. Of course, drying a property can become complicated by contents, furnishings, and fittings, which make reaching the dry goal more challenging. SERVPRO has equipment specially designed to reach these areas and get your home back to its preloss condition.

Creating artificial air circulation requires powerful equipment. SERVPRO technicians may decide the best course of restoration is by deploying rapid air-movers. Air-movers are fitted with inlet and outlet screens and blast hot air into a room, exchanging moist air near surfaces with drier air. Fitting an air-mover with carpet clamps allows us to float a carpet. This process allows us to dry underneath carpets or fittings without requiring removal. Shrouds can be attached to concentrate air movement into wall cavities. SERVPRO favors using air-movers because they are adaptable to the home.

Getting your property dry is essential to restoring it to a preloss condition and reducing secondary harm. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

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Trust SERVPRO to Remediate the Water Damage in Your Chicago Bungalow

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

A man and woman holding buckets catching water falling from the ceiling. We know what it's like Chicago, let us be there to lift you above the water.

Chicago no fear SERVPRO will always be here for your water damage.

No matter how water damage could come to be inside of your Chicago home, the way that you handle the situation is essential to a successful remediation. From the moment that water begins to pour into your home, every moment counts. Quickly getting expert help could save your home from further damage and save your wallet from more expenses. 

To paint a clearer picture of how you could excellently handle the situation, imagine a scenario where your kitchen sink caused water damage to your Chicago bungalow. You come back from putting a load of laundry to wash and find that the water supply line broke. There is a puddle of water across your kitchen floor, and it is growing frighteningly fast. 

To start, shut off the water in your home to prevent even more damage. However, while you are doing that, you should reach out for professional services, like SERVPRO, to send representatives to your home. You may wonder why you should. After all, it's a puddle; you can clean it up with a mop and some towels, which, for the most part, is true. However, water has a habit of sneaking into every nook and cranny that it can. It is easy to miss out on pockets of water that could be hiding beneath the stove or the toe-kicks of your counter. Leaving excess moisture in your home could lead to mold damage, which can cause health effects. 

Here at SERVPRO, we have the equipment to find every pocket of water that may be hiding in your kitchen. Our water damage restoration technicians are highly qualified and are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Furthermore, they are trained to use advanced equipment that has been specifically designed to address the water damage inside your home. From heaters, air movers, dehumidifiers, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, we have the tools to find and remediate the water damage inside your home. Trust SERVPRO to help you, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

If water damage strikes your house, never wait to get help. Communicate with SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City by dialing (773) 337-3900. No matter the time or day of the week, we can help you. 

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We Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Flood

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

A tree fallen on a home after a storm This fallen tree limb from storm damage required removal of the debris, and then the placing of protective tarps on the damaged structure.

Flood Removal in the Basement of a Chicago Residence

Illinois homeowners may be well aware of the risks that a flood can pose, but may not necessarily be prepared for how disastrous it can be for the home. A sewer backup, clogged drain tile, or flash flood are all you need to have standing water in your basement that can damage the foundation of your home.

If your residence requires flood removal from its basement in Chicago, SERVPRO professionals can be at your home at any time of the day or night. This team knows that disasters do not happen on a 9-to-5 schedule, so technicians are always available to restore your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO uses scientific analysis, cutting-edge tools, and reliable cleanup methods to ensure that your basement is moisture-free once more.

Filing a Claim After a Basement Flood

  • Contact your homeowners' insurance provider right away. Set up a time for a claims adjuster to visit, as most policies have specific time limits on when you can file. It is also crucial for the adjuster to see your property before you get it cleaned and repaired.
  • Take inventory of losses. When you fill out your claim, describe the cause of the flood and what damage was incurred. Survey your basement and make a list of damages to appliances, furniture, and other valuables. Describe each item and include its value, brand, and model when you can. Take photographs and don't throw anything away until the insurance adjuster has seen it.
  • Know your policy in and out. Standard homeowners' insurance policies may not include natural disasters like flood damage. If you upgrade your plan with flood or disaster insurance, you can get the coverage you need to repair your basement and replace your possessions.

How SERVPRO Can Help

Depending on the amount of standing water that might be in your basement, technicians have a variety of extraction tools handy to dry your structures and clean them thoroughly. Back-mounted pumps are useful for small amounts of standing water. In cases where there are more than two inches of standing water, sump pumps and truck-mounted pumps can be used to remove water from the structure thoroughly. For spaces that are more difficult to access, technicians have extraction wands available to remove moisture from in and behind structures. 

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is committed to bringing the community service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (773) 337-3900 to get fast disaster cleanup 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Chicago Basements Present Special Post Water Loss Drying Issues--Call SERVPRO for a Professional Restoration

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Cinder Block and Exterior Wall Water Damage and Drying Challenges in Chicago

The extreme temperature swings experienced in the Chicago area during a year require specific building decisions to provide adequate shelter. Most residences are built above in-ground, cinder block foundations featuring full or walk-out basements. Exterior walls almost always contain significant quantities of loose or sheet insulation. Both of these building construction choices help moderate the effects of severe cold and heat, helping HVAC systems operate more efficiently.

Building Configurations Impact Extraction and Drying Efforts

Water damage in Chicago poses some unique challenges to straightforward loss recovery. Hollow construction materials like cinder blocks and methods like sandwiching a cavity between exterior and interior walls do insulate but also create spaces where water can hide. Difficulty in obtaining access to the cells in cinder blocks and building cavities also impairs professional drying efforts.

Basement “Improvements” Can Limit Moisture Transfer

If water from the stories above migrates down the walls into the block construction of your finished basement, complications can ensue. Gloss or semi-gloss paint applied to cinder blocks can act as a vapor barrier, preventing water release from the cells. To moderate the temperatures in what otherwise can be a cool space, vermiculite, cellulosic, fiberglass, and foam insulation can fill the hollow spaces. Intentional use of vapor barriers to prevent seepage inside can limit airflow during drying. SERVPRO crews often use holes drilled into mortar joints at floor level or higher to permit water to drain out.

Drying of Exterior Walls

Although choosing to remove and replace drywall is an option, SERVPRO’s attempts to dry the exterior walls are typically less disruptive to building occupants and more reasonably priced. Although the insulation in your home’s walls does slow down drying efforts, a successful outcome is possible. As long as the water is Category 1 and sheetrock is not backed with a vapor barrier, walls protected from uncomfortable temperatures with fiberglass insulation can be dried. We again use strategically spaced drilled holes to gain access for the warm, moving air needed for evaporation.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City has a broad range of solutions available when drying complications arise in cinder block or exterior wall applications. Call us round the clock at (773) 337-3900 for a rapid evaluation.

We Provide The Best Results In Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Agitation Used During Fire Debris Cleanup In Chicago

Structural burns that occur in Chicago can go from being minor to severe quickly if efforts do not get made to extinguish the flames and promptly mitigate the damage caused. Even smaller blazes can require fire debris cleanup conducted by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. The longer charred materials are left inside your home; the longer burnt odors can linger.

During every restoration project we conduct, our SERVPRO crew takes many measures to deodorize your home and return it to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened." In many situations, malodor particles get removed from your Chicago residence once fire debris cleanup gets conducted. When anything burns inside a building, the burnt particles and soot residues left behind by the smoke created can be a prime source for unpleasant aromas. In some cases, though, further deodorization procedures must be taken to rid the structure of all of the foul odors present.

During any fire-related restoration project, our SERVPRO technicians first work towards securing the building. We can inspect your property and look for any potential hazards. If we find things like broken light fixtures or burnt drywall that is hanging down, we quickly mitigate the potential safety issue.

Once we make the work area safe for all occupants, we start removing any severely burnt items from fire damage. Often times after a burn, many things will be charred to the point where they have to be removed and replaced. But, many times, we can save items by cleaning and refinishing them.

For example, if charring is only present less than a quarter-inch deep in your building materials like your wooden studs, then we can often remove the charred content, seal the item, and then refinish it if necessary. Agitation, in one way or another, can be one of the most effective methods to use when removing charred material.

In situations where the charred materials are in-depth, sanding can be used to remove it. In cases where the charring is not as deep, steel scrub brushes can be used to remove the burnt materials. In other situations, soda blasting or dry ice blasting can be useful when removing charred materials.

Our team of restoration experts knows the best ways to save your possessions and building materials by removing the charring, sealing, and refinishing the items. To receive the best results after suffering from a fire, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Will Address Water Damage In Your Chicago Home

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged floor in a home Our entire team stands ready to provide professional cleanup and restoration services day or night (773) 337-3900.

Addressing Water Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

Homeowners in Chicago face burst pipes, damaged or cluttered gutters, and flood-inducing rains regularly, it is easy to become complacent. However, you need to understand that any amount of water can put undue stress on your home, often leading to structural damage, loss of personal possessions, and even the threat of mold.

The severity of water damage found in your Chicago area home can worsen, depending on the type of water intrusion you face. Water issues generated by broken pipes or fixtures are easy to treat, whereas sewage or flooding often accompanies contaminants such as dirt, bacteria, and a variety of debris that cause additional threats.

At SERVPRO, it is our goal to provide you with complete water damage restoration services you can count on that cost a fraction of totally replacing damaged contents. We can help you tackle water problems occurring on your property and return your home to a quality preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technicians offer a variety of water damage restoration services, including:

    •    Immediate Response – Have professionals on your doorstep, ready to assess damages, and limit your losses.
    •    Water Removal – Experienced Technicians with access to the latest equipment, including both hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors.
    •    Dehumidification – We offer fast, efficient, drying solutions that often exceed homeowner expectations.
    •    Deodorization – Creative and time-tested methods used to eliminate odors and return your home to a clean, safe condition.
    •    Mold Remediation (if needed) – Gain access to qualified experts who recognize potential problems, eliminating the need for you to contact multiple companies to get your restoration done right.

SERVPRO teams are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, to provide quality emergency response services throughout the area. We have access to all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to tackle any size job. Our technicians can help make addressing water problems, with quality solutions, look effortless, restoring your property as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City to obtain more information about our services or to schedule your home’s initial inspection today. Our entire team stands ready to provide professional cleanup and restoration services day or night (773) 337-3900.

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We Discuss Cleaning Residues Left Behind After A Electrical Fire in Your Chicago Home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire in Home The certified technicians arrive quickly and make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Residues Left Behind After Electrical Fires in Chicago Properties

According to the Electrical Fire Safety Commission, Fire damage caused by residential electrical fires are the third most common type of residential fire and account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year and costing property owners more than $1 billion in property damage.

There are many issues left behind to address in a Chicago home with fire damage. Unfortunately, incorrect methods for cleanup has the potential to make matters worse. That is one of the most crucial reasons to bring in a professional restoration services company.

Testing of Smoke Residues
Electrical fires leave behind different types of smoke damage and all smoke residues bond with the surfaces they come into contact with. Determining the type of smoke residues left behind on surfaces is vital for choosing the right cleaning method. Fire loss cleanup is never a one-product-fits-all task. SERVPRO technicians have multiple products and processes involved in the removal of smoke residues, including bleaching agents and enzyme treatments.

Handling Dry Smoke Residues
SERVPRO technicians know using liquid cleaners on dry smoke has the potential to ruin surfaces and drive the deposits further into walls, ceilings, and countertops. They use hand vacuums to lift it away carefully and follow up with the use of dry cleaning sponges to pick up any remaining smoke damage.

Unique Methods for Wet Smoke Residues
When cleaning this type of loss away, the residue requires lifting from the surface. The technicians do testing to see if they need to use a water-soluble or solvent-based cleaner and wipe it away by hand using sponges. This is a prevalent type of damage left behind when rubber or plastic materials burn.

Cleaning and Deodorizing
In many cases, as technicians remove smoke damage from surfaces, odors also reduce within the property. This assists with lessening the time odor control techs spend neutralizing residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 is ready to clean up and restore properties with any size fire damage. The certified technicians arrive quickly and make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

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