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I Need to Remove Water and Moisture from My Chicago Property. Who Can I Rely On?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

EPA- stamp of approval SERVPRO uses EPA-registered biocides for all water damage restoration services. Let us have your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

You Can Rely on Restoration Experts from SERVPRO to Perform Water Removal in Your Chicago Home 

Whether a faulty appliance or burst pipe causes it, a water incident takes a relatively brief time to ruin a home’s building materials and valuable items. After a water emergency in your Chicago home, you need to act fast to stop further leaks and save property. You should also seek professional help from SERVPRO technicians who can protect as many valuables as possible and dry the affected areas fast to prevent mold growth. 

Why should I involve professionals?

Professionals can promptly reduce the harmful effects of a water damage incident since we have access to advanced water removal equipment and use groundbreaking techniques. We have a team of experienced and certified technicians who can perform water removal in your Chicago property to prevent costly damages. We use an approved process that protects the property owner against germs, mold, and odors. We not only extract water but also clean and deodorize the property safely and efficiently.

What can I do to help with the water removal process?

Depending on the level of water present, you can start extracting the water before our response team gets to your property. The steps to take include:

  • Find the source of the water intrusion and stop it. 
  • Wear personal protective gear like gloves and rubber boots before entering the water-damaged area.
  • Remove any furniture or belongings from the affected area.
  • Remove debris
  • Extract as much water as you can by using a wet-dry vacuum. 

If the water levels are high for your water extraction equipment to handle, wait for the SERVPRO team of technicians to arrive. If the water is two inches deep or more profound, our team can use an electric submersible pump to remove it. If your carpet has absorbed water, we can use a carpet wand to extract it. For hard surface flooring, our technicians can use a squeegee wand. 

How do you dry a property?

The drying process is an essential step in restoration. Our team of professionals can use specialized equipment such as centrifugal air movers and refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry the affected area.

How can you remove the foul odor?

Water can cause a poor odor in your home, and it can persist even after effective drying. We can use air filtration devices with multiple filters to eliminate the odor. The devices have numerous high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that remove airborne particles from the air by trapping them. They also capture gases and odors and then exhaust clean air back to the environment.

For effective water removal in your property, contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Flames are Gone, but Fire and Smoke Cleanup Continues in a Chicago Home

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire and smoke damage restoration for your home isn't a DIY project. Call SERVPRO to have your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

Chicago Property Owners can Rely on SERVPRO for the Most Up-to-Date Techniques in Fire Damage Restoration.

Hearing about a fire in a Chicago home is not an odd occurrence. Human error or overloaded circuits can cause a spark that escalates quickly into a full house fire. Once the flames are gone, the need for fire restoration becomes evident, and knowing who to turn to can be difficult. Instead of attempting to unravel the process of fire damage and repair, reach out to a specialized team for help.

SERVPRO is a premier fire and smoke cleanup team in Chicago, and we are ready to clean your home, including the air within it, until the fire becomes a memory. Our experience as a professional remediation crew prepares us to handle the toughest cleanup following the settlement of soot and ashes around your home. Call our office and invite our expert crew and advanced equipment into your home.

Fire damage restoration is not a linear process. Several concurrent processes are happening at the same time. For example-

  • Agitation through mechanical means helps dislodge residue from each surface, making it easier for us to remove it.
  • Move-out services to remove undamaged items and house them off-site while our SERVPRO team restores your place. The removal of items prevents further damage and improves access to affected areas.
  • Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, which are designed to neutralize odor particles in large spaces. They help eliminate smells, dust, and lingering particles in the air.

Whatever your fire and smoke cleanup needs are, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is ready to help. Call us at (773) 337-3900 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.” 

Whom Can I Call to Extract Water from My Chicago Shop?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

looking down at the fronts of a strip mall A water leak in the store next door can impact your business. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage for fast remediation.

Store Owners in Chicago can call SERVPRO to Extract Water from Their Store and Leave it in Mint Condition

Water can come into your shop for many different reasons. A pipe that bursts in your shop or an adjacent storefront can be the culprit, or a leaky window allows rain to come inside and seep into your walls and carpet. Regardless of the source, controlling the damage is crucial in preventing loss of revenue.

Can't I Just Let my Dehumidifier do the Work?

Dehumidifiers greatly help in evaporating the water damage in your Chicago store, but it may not be sufficient. On the one hand, your household dehumidifier may not be strong enough to extract water at the speed necessary to avoid an escalation of damages. Along the same lines, it may not reach all the cavities in which water may collect. Failure to restore moisture levels can set the stage for complications later, including mold and other bacteria growth. When our SERVPRO team comes into your store, we bring industry-grade equipment to extract water, including the following:

  • Truck-mounted pumps- we choose to use this type of equipment for large volumes of water. We can connect with municipal sewers by local rules and regulations as needed.
  • Submersible pumps- this type of pump handles less volume than truck-mounted but is still a powerful extractor.
  • Extractor wands- the wands help us reach corners and crevices that are otherwise out of reach for other pumps.
  • Air movers also aid the evaporation process, as do dehumidifiers. Having a choice of water extraction techniques at our disposal makes the process more efficient for you, translating into mitigating the time in which closes your business to customers.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is your ally when water comes into your commercial establishment. Contact us at (773) 337-3900 and let us show you how we can leave your shop, "Like it never even happened."

Steps to Recover from Flood Damage in Chicago

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

floodwater on street; 'road closed' sign Unfortunately, flooding can happen without warning. When water enters your home, call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Property After a Flood

Water tamed into taps and pipes is necessary for cleanliness and drinking. Water raging because of storms or infrastructure failures is one of the most destructive forces, including the effects of flood damage to Chicago homes. Professional assistance when floodwaters invade your home makes a tremendous positive difference, guiding to a successful restoration.

Illinois experienced both drought and heavy rains that caused Chicago flood damage within the same season. Homeowners need to be alert to the possibility of pop-up thunderstorms that dump vast amounts of water on the parts of the state in a short period. Sections of Chicago, like any other established urban area, struggle with adequate storm sewer drainage during this type of downpour. Many residences experience a degree of basement flooding during torrential rains, and the challenges of removing the water from and drying out the underground spaces require the expert services we offer.

Do Not Delay a Call to SERVPRO When Water Floods your Lower Levels

The faster the floodwaters exit, the more likely your home’s structure and contents survive the deluge with minor lasting damage. Because the water building up in your basement is probably a combination of backed-up sewer flow and rainwater seeping through foundation walls, contamination is an immediate concern. Our crews receive advanced training in identifying and remediating gray and black water and ensure we extract the possibly hazardous and infectious mixture, then contain and discard it according to local codes.

Truck mounted pumps and extractors tackle the task of removing the flooding efficiently, even during power outages. Our crews then carefully inspect for hidden water in cinder block foundations or behind paneling or drywall, drilling through mortar joints or removing sections of wallcoverings to release the water. SERVPRO technicians place air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry the basement thoroughly, using moisture meters to set and monitor drying goals.

The contaminated water leaves lingering hazards that our team attacks through the use of proven cleaning products and antimicrobials. We arrange an evaluation of any damage done to the mechanical systems and appliances that suffered from the incursion of floodwaters and recommend they be put back into use only after it is certain their operation cannot result in safety concerns.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is your full-service partner when floodwaters threaten your residence. Call (773) 337-3900 for a 24-hour response, with crews dispatched as soon as possible to get the restoration on track.

Need Fire Damage Restoration in Downtown Chicago? Think SERVPRO

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom; charred wall; debris on floow Although the blaze was limited to the bedroom, smoke and soot traveled throughout the home. SERVPRO knows how to restore fire damage.

What Makes SERVPRO One of the Most Dependable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Downtown Chicago? 

Fire damage restoration of residential and commercial spaces in busy Downtown Chicago requires prompt action. SERVPRO, being the Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator, has the means and preparedness to start the restoration within hours of the disaster.

SERVPRO techs can handle the different aspects of the fire damage restoration process in Downtown Chicago. From smoke and soot removal to odor elimination, the IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians could take care of it all.

What Makes Odor Elimination Such a Big Challenge During House Fire Cleanup?

Smoke odor particles are tiny, even microscopic in some cases, and can penetrate deep within the surfaces. To combat these, the deodorant particles that SERVPRO techs use must also be small enough to penetrate where the odor particles are to neutralize them.

The situation worsens due to the heat from the fire. High temperatures allow the odor-causing particles to move deeper by providing them with thermal energy. Furthermore, the heat can expand the pores of the surfaces, making them larger. When the heat is no longer present, the pores can contract, trapping the particles in them.

SERVPRO techs recreate the conditions that allowed the odor particles to penetrate the surfaces to neutralize them effectively. One essential piece of equipment that restorers use to do this is the thermal fogger.

Thermal foggers vaporize solvent-based deodorizing agents and create a fog consisting of tiny particles that behave similarly to smoke particles. The deodorant particles interact with the invisible odor-causing particles and neutralize them.   

Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900, and our technicians are available 24/7 to take your call.   

Team Zubricki Arrives to Support Louisiana Community After Hurricane Ida Devastation

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

montage of SERVPRO STORM RESPONSE SERVPRO's Heroes in Green from Team Zubricki from Chicago ranged far to assist Louisiana with Hurricane Ida cleanup

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is Ready to Help Cleanup Whenever Necessary

Hurricane Ida hit towns as a category four with a strong storm surge along the Louisiana coast. The resulting winds and flooding left most of the city of New Orleans without electricity and several areas needed help for the water cleanup. The Disaster Recovery Team is a group of elite SERVPRO franchise owners that have the equipment and personnel to help communities in distress. There are four regions that cover the entire continental United States.

Anthony Zubricki, co-owner of the franchise, left the Evergreen Park area and arrived in Louisiana the day before Ida hit and brought along a 53-foot trailer with water cleanup equipment. Team Zubricki VP David Mason left on Monday with a second 53-foot trailer loaded with equipment, and franchise owner Frank Zubricki will arrive this week. The first 24-hours after a disaster like Hurricane Ida are the most crucial for preventing or limiting secondary or permanent damage to the residential or business property. SERVPRO brought along an RV for sleeping, resting, and serving as a central headquarters during the disaster restoration service. In anticipation of the electricity being out, the trailers included multiple generators to power the extraction and drying equipment necessary. The estimated time SERVPRO will be present for cleanup and demolition support is roughly two weeks. Most residents evacuated the area before Ida struck and only got to view their properties after the storm passed to ascertain the damage done and found SERVPRO was already on-site assisting with the cleanup.

How SERVPRO Helps After Disaster Strikes

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park's Disaster Recovery Team will lend a hand to the community for cleanup with actions such as:

  • Assisting residents moving items out of homes
  • Handling controlled demolition of structures as needed
  • Water removal and drying

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 supports areas that need disaster response with a large-scale cleanup. Team Zubricki is ready 24/7 to help communities in need.

Are You Worried About Weather Patterns That Cause Flooding in Downtown Chicago?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

SUB PUMP WITH HOSE When Downtown Chicago flooding surprises you, call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO’S Restoration Team can Relieve Storm Damage Stress

There is evidence that heavier rains and aging sewer infrastructure are combining for some very challenging flooding situations in our metropolitan area. 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 Downtown 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 it is 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.

SERVPRO Helps with Summer Flood Damage in Downtown Chicago

Should your neighborhood be one that suffers from heavy rains and compromised wastewater 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 floodwaters need assessment for the safety of restoration rather than disposal. Floodwaters 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.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City’s Team Zubricki Accepts 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Five people posing after accepting a sales award The Zubricki Family Accepts the Bronze Sales Award on Behalf of Team Zubricki. From left: Anthony, Amanda, Frank, Pat, and Stephanie.

Who are the Zubrickis?

In this lovely family portrait Patricia and Frank Zubricki are flanked by their three children Anthony and Amanda, on the left, and Stephanie, on the right. The Zubrickis are very proud of Team Zubricki for achieving the 2020 Bronze Sales Award. From Pat Zubricki: “Our team is the linchpin that got us to where we are now and forges our path forward. We humbly accept this Award on their behalf--The Power Behind Team Zubricki.”

The 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award

The detailed work and successful restorations of local properties post-water, fire, or mold damage have resulted in Team Zubricki being recognized by their parent company SERVPRO Industries LLC at the Annual Convention held this year at Disney World in Orlando, FL. The team was honored with the Bronze Icon Award for Outstanding Sales and Service, ranking in the top 15 out of over 1850 franchises. This SERVPRO franchise has been acknowledged as a top 100 franchise every year since 2012.

Helping the Community

The Zubricki’s support Chicagoland properties to overcome all types of disasters by using their professional restoration, remediation, reconstruction, and other cleanup efforts. Team Zubricki works hard for both homes and businesses, with their highly trained staff. When this SERVPRO location is not handling restoration services, the organization also supports the community by volunteering and donating to local charities and causes such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and NAIFA Chicago Southland. Pat Zubricki is also on the Board of the Children’s Museum in Oaklawn. Their goal is to assist people whenever possible and better the community because they are neighbors too.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 proudly serves the local community for all sizes and types of restoration services.

We Get You Back in Business in Downtown Chicago After Flood Damage

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

stop sign, flooding area Stop flood damage fast in Downtown Chicago by calling SERVPRO

How SERVPRO Containment Systems Limit Flood Damage Related Shutdowns

When we respond to a flooding situation at your Downtown 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 Downtown 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 a 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.

Fire Damage in Downtown Chicago? SERVPRO is Here to Help

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

container with dry ice pellets SERVPRO can provide dry ice blasting to help clean and restore fire damaged Downtown Chicago homes and businesses

SERVPRO Specializes in Fire Damage Restoration of Properties in Downtown Chicago

Fire damage in densely populated Downtown Chicago requires remediation by professionals equipped to handle such situations. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/ South Chicago City is an Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator having trained technicians with experience facing unique challenges of the area.

One of the biggest tasks of SERVPRO restorers after fire damage to the Downtown Chicago building is the cleanup of smoke and soot residue. Our restorers apply scientific principles and elements of cleaning to restore materials to a preloss condition as quickly as possible. Mechanical agitation is often required if the residue is bonded tightly with the surfaces. SERVPRO techs use several tools for mechanical agitation, including sandpapers, steel wool, roto pads, and blast cleaning.

What is Blast Cleaning That SERVPRO Techs Use During House Fire Cleanup in Downtown Chicago?

SERVPRO techs use blast cleaning in case of heavy soot and residue buildup after extensive smoke damage to your Downtown Chicago property. The process involves using compressed air or rotary blasting equipment to blast (strike with force) some media against the soiled surface. Dry ice pellet blasting has the added benefit of not introducing more water during the cleanup stage. Soda blasting with sodium bicarbonate also can help to deodorize the fire damaged area.

We use several blasting media, including baking soda, dry ice, and even ground corn cobs. The amount of agitation produced depends on many factors including-

  • shape and size of the blast media, and
  • the speed at which it is blasted against the surface

If you need fire damage restoration in the Downtown Chicago area, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 for fast service.