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After A Fire Damage Disaster In Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact Our Professionals!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After A Fire Damage Disaster In Your Chicago Home, You Need To Contact Our Professionals! For SERVPRO, the goal is to return each home to a clean, odor-free environment as quickly as possible.

Fire Damage Cleaning And Restoration For Chicago Homes

With a metropolitan area of over 10 million people, there are more residences at risk for fire in Chicago than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Each home and fire are a little different due what is consumed by the heat and flames, but certain areas, like ceilings, always require cleaning unless they were physically damaged.

Smoke generated by fires always leave some residue deposits on ceilings. If they are constructed of drywall or wood panels, and not drop-ceiling tiles, then cleaning them is far more cost-effective than replacing them. Cleaning ceiling panels after fire damage in Chicago homes fall into two categories for SERVPRO response teams: Clean For No Paint and Clean For Paint.

The first category is when the ceiling has a small, or light, amount of residues and does not require repainting afterward. In these homes, specially trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians or FSRTs use dry sponges to wipe the ceilings clean. For slightly stickier residues, they add water or a very mild cleaning agent to break them up for removal with the sponges. For high ceilings, FSRTs attach a long handle to a sponge mop-head for dry or wet cleaning.

The second, Clean For Paint, category requires the same actions as the first, but with additional work as well. For these moderate-to-heavy residues, the ceiling has to be more than clean to the naked eye. SERVPRO technicians have to deodorize the ceiling surfaces and neutralize the acids contained in ash and other residue deposits.

They can use a cleaner with both a deodorizing and neutralizing agent, but if the smoke penetrated deeply, FSRTs use a fogger that can get into the surfaces as far as it did. After that, technicians use a sealant such as a pigmented alcohol shellac which provides an excellent surface for paint.

For SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, the goal is to return each home in our area, Calumet City, Lansing, and West Englewood to a clean, odor-free environment as quickly as possible. To schedule a service call and begin the restoration process, call our office today at (773) 337-3900.

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Tips for Handling Water Damage in Your Chicago Home After a Pipe Bursts

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Tips for Handling Water Damage in Your Chicago Home After a Pipe Bursts We will help you with your water damage from every outlook.

Call SERVPRO for your water damage issues always. 

Plumbing mishaps like burst pipes usually leave a big mess. A skilled plumber can perform repairs to get the plumbing working properly again, but it is your responsibility to clean up your home after the water leak and dry it out. Water can damage your furnishings, walls, and floors, and so your cleanup efforts should begin as soon as possible after the incident.

If the leak has occurred in a single room, you can begin the cleanup work. To prevent further water damage in your Chicago home, remove soaked furniture, carpets, and other removable items from the flooded area. If the items did not absorb a lot of water, they may be salvageable. If there’s water on the floor, you can use a wet-dry shop vac to remove it. If the weather permits, open windows and doors in your house to bring in dry, fresh air. You can also bring in a fan into the affected area and turn it on to the highest setting. 

If the water loss has affected several rooms, traveling from an upper floor to a lower floor or it occurred when you were away and no one noticed it for over eight hours, it is necessary to use professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment. SERVPRO franchise professionals have the expertise and equipment required to dry your property to return it to its preloss condition. 

If water has seeped into the drywall and subflooring, our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) can help you remove it to prevent mold infestation. We use detection and monitoring devices like moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials. The sensor has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and pad to show how far the moisture has migrated. Moisture sensors only show if moisture is present; they do not measure the amount of moisture. That’s the reason our WRT use moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of materials. We use penetrating moisture meters to detect moisture within wall cavities and underneath wood flooring. 

Our SERVPRO crews use portable extractors to remove water from floors and clean carpets and upholstery. Portable extractors have a pump, a heater, and a vacuum system. The heater heats cleaning and rinsing solutions, making them more soluble so they can penetrate surfaces more easily. The pump generates pressure to spray cleaning solutions through the wand onto the carpet or fabric. The pressure of the solutions agitates the surface being cleaned. The vacuum removes moisture and soils from the surface and collects it in the waste recovery tank. We also use portable air movers, dehumidifiers and desiccant products to dry out the affected areas. 

When a plumbing leak has caused water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City can help you remove the water and dry the affected areas. Contact us today at (773) 337-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Wind Can Spell Big Flood Damage Trouble For Your Chicago Home

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind Can Spell Big Flood Damage Trouble For Your Chicago Home Our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City rapid response team is available anytime by calling (773) 337-3900.

Hard Wind Can Lead To Flood Damage In Your Chicago House

Everyone can recognize Chicago and its surrounding areas as a persistently windy location to live and work. Most of the residents here have grown accustomed to this steady presence, but when severe weather systems pass through the area, the steady breeze can turn into gale-force threats capable of doing substantial damage. From tearing off roof shingles and siding from your home to breaking windows and even doors with hurdling debris, a strong storm system can leave your house exposed to potential flood effects.

Many of the homes constructed in this area have gotten reinforced to reduce potential flood damage to Chicago residences, but even these precautionary measures can be insufficient in the right conditions. When storm damages occur, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals. With our central location, we can reach the entirety of Chicago and its suburbs in a short time, reducing the potential widespread effects of flooding as it occurs.

With many larger homes throughout Evergreen Park and other boroughs that we service, we have a Large Loss Recovery Team we can rely on when situations exceed the limitations of our specific team. We can join forces with other local branches serving the area for a significant roster of certified personnel, a nearly endless inventory of recovery tools and drying units, and a fleet of service vehicles capable of handling many restoration projects simultaneously as is often the case with severe weather.

With the damage that wind can do to the property, homeowners can also depend on our SERVPRO general contractors that can offer emergency construction solutions like board ups and tarping to eliminate further penetration of floodwater while mitigation continues.

We know how devastating floods can be for area homes, and we respond quickly to these storm emergencies with the full measure of our personnel and advanced recovery equipment. Our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City rapid response team is available anytime by calling (773) 337-3900. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Chicago After A Fire Emergency

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Chicago After A Fire Emergency A fire caused damage to this Downtown Chicago building in the stairwell. Dry-sponge cleaning of the soot prepared the walls for repainting.

Call For Help Immediately When Your Chiropractic Clinic Suffers Fire Damage

Facing fire damage is a challenge that no business owner wants to face. It is especially the case when your business is based on daily appointments, such as a chiropractic clinic. Whenever fire, water, mold, or storm damage breaks out on your property, it is essential for you to get help as soon as possible so that you can get your business schedule back on track swiftly.

A chiropractic clinic faced fire damage in Chicago after some faulty electrical wiring caused a blaze in the reception area. The desk, files, and computers all sustained damage as well as the carpet across the floor. While the situation may seem grim, getting experts to the scene as quickly as possible can help ensure that the remediation goes as smoothly as possible.

Here at SERVPRO, we model our business around your needs. We understand that the stress of canceling appointments is unpleasant, but we are always available to come to your property whenever you need us, to ensure that the job gets done as swiftly as possible. Midnight or midday, we can send a team of our highly trained SERVPRO techs to your clinic, equipped with advanced technology to fight the damage inside.

Our technicians can start the remediation with an investigation and taking inventory of everything that was lost to the damage. We can help you get your insurance claim rolling, taking one less factor of stress off of your shoulders. At SERVPRO, we want to make this process as easy as possible for you so that you can focus on rescheduling appointments and other needs of your business.

Our technicians can remove the fire damaged carpets and can send both the filing cabinets and the desk unit to be thoroughly cleaned at our facility, using a house-made cleaning solution. From there, SERVPRO can throw out anything that is unsalvageable, while cleaning the walls and the floor to remove soot stains. To finish things off, SERVPRO can use a thermal fogger to address the malodor from the fire and then return your filing cabinets as well as your desk unit.

Whenever your business suffers damage, call for help right away. Speak with SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City by phoning (773) 337-3900. Whenever you need us, we can be there.

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Why Handle Water Damage Remediation Alone in Your Chicago Business

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Handle Water Damage Remediation Alone in Your Chicago Business Don't let your Chicago business get taken over by water damage. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Efficient And Flexible Water Damage Mitigation In Chicago!

Leaks in business offices are likely more severe than you might think. A broken pipe left overnight can output hundreds of gallons of water into your real insurance office, forcing you to shut down the following morning. If left unaddressed, your office may sustain water damage, so it is important that you contact professionals as soon as possible.

SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are highly experienced in dealing with commercial water damage in Chicago businesses. Our techs are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and can work efficiently to get your office reopened.

The most important asset of insurance agencies is the clients. However, water from a burst pipe can quickly flood a waiting room, potentially causing permanent damage and stains. SERVPRO can help you maintain a professional appearance after a leak to help preserve your client-base. We can use industrial-grade wet vacs and pumps to remove standing water and then use carpet removal tools to peel off delaminated sections of your carpeting. When possible, we aim to dry commercial carpeting before discarding and replacing it.

Water can also seep into the furniture present in your waiting room. Wood sections of furniture can absorb and release moisture, sometimes leaving behind unsightly water lines. Additionally, the upholstery on chairs and sofas can easily absorb water. To combat these problems, SERVPRO professionals can wipe down wooden furniture to prevent water lines from forming and can remove upholstery to better facilitate drying with the assistance of air movers and dehumidifiers. Our team members can arrive at your business at times that work best for you so that we minimize interruptions to your work schedule.

If your office is facing a water damage emergency from an overnight leak, then call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900. We are available at any time, so call as soon as an emergency happens to begin speaking with one of our professionals.

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Our Professionals Explain Why It’s Important To Address Water Damage In Your Chicago Apartment

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Professionals Explain Why It’s Important To Address Water Damage In Your Chicago Apartment Give our professionals a call anytime at (773) 337-3900.

Addressing Spreading Water In A Chicago Apartment

While many might believe that water loss incidents can get easily remedied in your Chicago apartment, often conventional drying methods are not enough. From the moment that water damage occurs in the property, materials, and contents exposed begin to absorb this moisture. The best solution for apartment owners is to address these concerns with the expertise and advanced technology available to professional restoration specialists like our team.

As a contributor to a large loss recovery team, our professionals have the resources and the experience to handle a need for water removal in Chicago apartment buildings. With how quickly these situations can get out of control and affect more than the initial unit, it is vital to get mitigation and containment processes started right away. The more efficient the response of professional restorers, the better they can protect the building. That is one of the advantages of choosing our SERVPRO team, as we have a 24/7 response to water emergencies to get personnel and effective equipment on site as promptly as possible.

The most critical concern for restoration technicians responding to a water loss incident in an apartment building is the spread of the effects to different floors and units. During the initial inspection and damage assessment portion of our restoration process, our estimator and project management can utilize sophisticated tools like our moisture readers and thermal imagery cameras to get a better understanding of moisture pockets and dampness levels in areas that can be more challenging to access.

Our SERVPRO team arrives with industry-leading equipment that can quickly work to extract standing water and begin rapid drying solutions for the affected properties. For shared wall cavities and moisture trapped between floors, we have advanced machines like our Inject-Dry unit. This device can force heated air into these spaces to work on drying them out efficiently.

While many steps often come with water loss recovery in an apartment, time is never on the side of the property owner in these emergencies. You can count on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City professionals to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give our professionals a call anytime at (773) 337-3900.

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Chicago Stormwater Problems?? Don't Wait!! Call SERVPRO for Mitigation

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Chicago Stormwater Problems?? Don't Wait!! Call SERVPRO for Mitigation Flooded Home in Chicago? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flash Floods Bring Damage to Chicago Home

Flood damage is the most severe type of water loss a homeowner can experience. Storms with high winds are a common feature in the Windy City, and sometimes they result in water damage to residential properties. The faster mitigation begins limits the potential loss to both your home and its contents.

SERVPRO answered a call to clean up and assist with flood damage in a Chicago home. Flash floods from heavy storms in the area caused groundwater to enter a home and soaked the kitchen and living room. The homeowner used a mop and towels to remove as much water as possible and quickly realized he needed help. His insurance adjuster recommended professional mitigation for the situation to begin as fast as possible. Often SERVPRO is at the top of the preferred list of vendors for water loss restoration with many agencies.

Groundwater is sometimes referred to as "black water" and is considered a category three biohazard. This is one type of water loss event that should always have professional mitigation for both health and safety reasons. Our technicians arrived on site soon after the initial call and immediately extracted the visible water.
We scoped the affected rooms to locate every area the water may have migrated. The quick action by the homeowner stopped the absorption of water into the subfloor, but floodwater wicked into the sheetrock in the kitchen. Once exposed to water, sheetrock is not restorable, and we cut it away using a technique referred to as a "flood cut." This action allows for the removal of damaged sheetrock and lets airflow happen within the wall cavity for complete drying.

When SERVPRO technicians work on a site, along with restoring as much of the water loss contents as possible, we try to limit disruptions in the home and dry furnishings in place when possible. We removed a saturated area rug and placed the sofa and chairs up on blocks for drying as only the legs of the furnishings had been exposed to groundwater.

Our air movers blow high-velocity air that causes water vapor inside objects to rise to the surface. Once that happens, the dehumidifiers capture and port out the moisture. This method enables warm, dry air to bring down the moisture levels in the room and its contents in an expedient manner. Once confirmed dry though moisture readings, we clean and disinfect all surfaces affected by groundwater to ensure they are sanitary.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is available at (773) 337-3900 to mitigate flood damage in your home. No matter the time of day or night or how large or small the water loss, we can be onsite within hours and make it "Like it never even happened."

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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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