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

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in this kitchen has destroyed the microwave We have the equipment and training needed to restore your home to pre-damage condition. We are available 24/7 to respond to your fire damage.

Fire and Smoke Cleanup at a Condo in Chicago 

No matter how a fire starts, it can be stressful for any homeowner to endure, especially in a condominium. Your real estate being attached to your neighbors' properties places additional pressure on you to mitigate damage quickly and restore your home when a disaster occurs. Without fast action, not only can soot corrode surfaces in your home, but you can miss out on the compensation you need from your insurer to repair damages.

If you need fire and smoke damage cleanup for a condo in Chicago, the team at SERVPRO is always ready to assist you. These highly-trained technicians receive a comprehensive education on fire damage cleanup and restoration so that your condo can be returned to a preloss condition. SERVPRO can also assist you in the claims filing process by coordinating with both you and your insurance adjuster, taking detailed inventories, and emphasizing restoration over disposal when it is safe and feasible to do so.

Common Pitfalls When Filling Out a Proof of Loss

  • Not knowing your policy. Make a note of the "Duties After a Loss" section, in particular, to understand what your insurer expects of you. 
  • Missing deadlines. In many cases, you need to file your claim within a specific time frame to get compensated without delays or denied outright. 
  • Not notarizing signatures. This step is crucial to making your Proof of Loss form into a sworn legal statement from you about the condition of your home.
  • Not requesting extensions. If you need it, you can generally ask for an extension for filing your Proof of Loss.
  • Missing much-needed proof. Include everything possible to prove your claim, including photos, receipts, inventories, and estimates.

SERVPRO's Air Purification Equipment

Preserving indoor air quality is crucial, especially when your HVAC system has fire damage residue inside of it. 

Technicians can protect IAQ with HEPA-filter air scrubbers that pull in particles as small as 0.3 microns, specially-designed agitation and cleanup tools for your vents, and OSHA-approved antimicrobials that are designed to eliminate soot deposits and restore surfaces to a clean and safe condition.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City offers 24/7 service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need mitigation services quickly, you can call (773) 337-3900.

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How SERVPRO Handles Storm Damage in Chicago

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

high water on flooded street Storms are frequent in Chicago and flooding happens. We are always on call.

Wind, Flood, Storm? Call Us for Help After Devastating Conditions Damage Your Chicago House 

As the weather changes from snow to the heavy rains of spring in Chicago, your house is at risk of significant damage from high winds. The stormy conditions can bring flooding to residences in northeastern Illinois, both overland and from the roof and exterior damage. Our highly-qualified team of supervisors and technicians have training and experience addressing the devastation spring storms bring to our area. 

Fast and More than Adequate Response 

When a storm features fierce winds and flood risk, your Chicago house needs professional assessment and assistance for a full recovery. A fast and scalable response is essential, exactly what we prepare for as local restoration industry leaders. We are familiar with previous years’ weather patterns and the challenges other customers faced, providing data that improves our response for your emergency. 

Securing the Site and Assessing for Safety 

Upon arrival, a crew from the SERVPRO team boards and tarps up holes caused by wind and falling poles, trees, or branches. Meanwhile, project managers evaluate the flood damage to the interior of the house, also noting and planning accommodations for safety concerns. Electrical hazards, slip and fall issues, and contaminated fluids are frequently seen and need managing. 

Avoiding Delays and Professional Handling of Contaminants 

If we face utility outages, our SERVPRO service vehicle provides onboard power generation for our commercial-grade extraction equipment. Submersible pumps operate with gas motors, and truck-mounted and powered extractors suction massive quantities of contaminated water into holding tanks. We are familiar with local regulations concerning hazardous waste disposal, and follow them when discarding flood water appropriately. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting 

After we extract the bulk of the water that entered overland or from exterior breaches, SERVPRO crews clean surfaces with proprietary products, our goal is to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens such as mold and mildew that swept in or developed as the waters rose. Our crew ensures hidden moisture exits as well, using controlled demolition techniques and aggressive drying strategies. To prevent any lingering biohazards, we apply EPA-registered antimicrobial products, inhibiting the drift of contamination as air movers work to evaporate water lodged in structures.     

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City offers a trained and experienced workforce and a vast inventory of products and equipment to counteract the effects of wind storms and floods. Call (773) 337-3900 to get the recovery process going. 

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We Get You Back In Business In Chicago After A Water Damage Disaster

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial grade air mover Here is a commercial air mover, which our experts often use to help with water clean up projects. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Damage in your Chicago Car Garage

As an automotive mechanic, it is vital to be open throughout the year for car owners in an emergency. Most mechanics utilize garages with light, if any, insulation. These can expose your garage to several outdoor elements, including rainwater. Coming into work and discovering a water emergency is never helpful, but as a mechanic, you need to act quickly to prevent tools and equipment from rusting. Our restoration company operates locally and understands the importance of keeping the doors open for small, independent businesses. You can contact our urgent response team twenty four hours a day.

Water interacts quickly with particles that it comes into contact with, and a malfunctioning water pipe could likely interact with oils, enamels or acrylics. Contacting a professional commercial water damage service in Chicago can help to restore your working environment to a preloss condition. SERVPRO offers business communities highly trained technicians with access to biohazardous substance removal equipment as well as industrial water removal.

Given that garages tend to have inferior insulation mechanisms to houses, there is a real risk of microbial growth occurring. Microbial growth not only affects cosmetic areas but can also cause havoc wooden tools, shelving, or offices. In combination with rust, these two outcomes of water damage can cause significant harm to your business equipment. SERVPRO is capable of sending crew chiefs directly to your garage and begin mitigation to prevent mold and rust.

One advantage of water damage present in a garage is the ease of ventilation. Creating an open system drying zone is relatively quick and easy. SERVPRO can place industrial venting fans to encourage the exchange of air in the affected area and avoid rising humidity levels. Our hydroxyl generators can remove odor-causing particles while any tools or items can be treated using rusticide to prevent long-term damage.

We understand that as a mechanic, your reliability is essential to your reputation in this community. We respond and work quickly to get you back in business sooner rather than later. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

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Water Damage Restoration In Chicago

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water covering floor “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Restoration in Chicago Often Requires The Use Of Disinfectants

Any time your plumbing system fails, and you notice a leak inside your Chicago apartment, the problems can vary in severity depending on the source of the moisture. When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive at your residence after you suffer from water damage, we first take steps to find where the moisture originated. For example, problems caused by a leak in a clean water pipe gets treated differently than if your sewage backs up.

Every water damage scenario in Chicago always gets classified based on the source of the leak. When dealing with moisture-related problems, they are classified as either category 1 (clean), category 2 (grey), or category 3 (black). Category one situations involve a leak from something that uses clean, fresh H2O. Since the moisture is coming from a fresh source, there is virtually no chance that it will contain harmful microorganisms.

Category two issues are considered "grey" because there is a chance the water affecting your contents and building materials is contaminated. When dealing with grey situations, our SERVPRO team takes extra measures to make sure your home does not get contaminated. Category two problems occur when a sink or bathtub drain leaks or overflows, or if rainwater gets into your structure.

Category three or black water problems are handled differently than the other two because the moisture is more than likely contaminated by harmful bacteria and parasites. In these situations, porous materials get disposed of, and your structural components get sanitized. Examples of category three damage include when a sewer backs up, or muddy water from the outside gets into your dwelling.

When mitigating category two and three scenarios, our SERVPRO crew can use a variety of disinfectants to help rid your home of any harmful microorganisms. Disinfectants are also known as germicides, and they are antimicrobial chemicals that can kill about 99% of organisms on surfaces where they are applied. However, in some cases, certain disinfectants may or may not be useful when attempting to kill mold spores. Examples of this type of chemical are phenols, quarternaries, alcohols, formaldehydes, and chlorines. Disinfectant products we often use include Sporicidin, Vanquish, and Microban.

If your apartment ever suffers from a water leak, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 24/7. Our crew can help you return your home to the way it was before, “Like it never even happened.”

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Smoke And Soot Restoration In Chicago

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property 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.

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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