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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Chicago Bakery

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

Cleanup After A Small Fire In Your Chicago Bakery

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home After A Bathtub Overflow in Chicago

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Affects a Chicago Structure and Contents in Various Degrees

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

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Chicago Homes Are Susceptible To Attic Mold Damages

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage In Attic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call Us When Your Chicago Apartment Has Suffered Flood Damage

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Us When Your Chicago Apartment Has Suffered Flood Damage Our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City emergency response team is standing by 24/7 to help at (773) 337-3900.

Roof Damage On Chicago Apartments Can Lead To Flooding

Many of the apartment buildings in Chicago are among the oldest structures in the city. While this adds some historical value to the skyline, it does not always mean that the buildings get as maintained as they should. While you might not be responsible for the upkeep of the structural integrity of the apartment building, damage to the roof could allow flooding to occur in your apartment below, which requires fast and immediate response on your end to protect your belongings and property as much as possible.

While someone owns the building you purchased your Chicago apartment from, their failure to upkeep on potential risks to the roof can create breaches in the material that allows runoff and rainfall to penetrate directly into the ceiling area of your apartment beneath. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to flooding situations in Chicago, working to avert a further crisis with the emergency board up or tarping services for the penetration points and offering effective mitigation strategies to protect the things you value most in your apartment.

Many apartment owners do not add in coverage for flooding to their property primarily because of their residence being so far above potential flood zones. In situations like this where flooding can occur, it is vital then for mitigation to begin as quickly as possible to limit your out of pocket expenses to restore the damage to your unit.

Our SERVPRO estimator can work quickly to determine the full scope of the damage and communicate what your property needs after this emergency. We can work quickly to begin extraction of floodwater and dry up damaged elements with our initial visit, beginning the process of restoring the unit completely.

While you cannot account for the possibility of flooding in your apartment building, knowing whom to call when disaster strikes can save you time and money. Our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City emergency response team is standing by 24/7 to help at (773) 337-3900.

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Our Experts Explain How Mold Can Be Prevented By Your Exhaust System In Your Chicago Bathroom

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Experts Explain How Mold Can Be Prevented By Your Exhaust System In Your Chicago Bathroom Call us, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, at (773) 337-3900, so we can help you prevent microbial-related situations from escalating.

How Your Bathroom Exhaust System Helps Prevent Mold Damage In Your Chicago Home

Taking a hot shower not only gets you clean but also relaxes your body and can help relieve stress. Steam that builds up in the bathroom can cause damage, just like a leaky pipe can cause. Microbes in your Chicago residence do not care where their water comes from or if it comes in the form of liquid or water vapor.

When an exhaust fan and correctly installed ducts carry steam out of your bathroom and keep moisture from entering the rest of your living space, mold damage in your Chicago home becomes much less likely. Once you turn off the shower, letting the exhaust fan run for a few more minutes makes sure that all of the moisture in the air gets pulled out of not only the bathroom but also the length of the ducts. When the interior of a duct regularly stays damp because of stagnant steam, mold can grow.

If any cracks exist that allow steam to escape along the way to the outside of your home, that area can become saturated after every shower. This can cause not only mold damage, but also dry rot, water damage, and compromise any insulation. It can also create electrical hazards. We can check to ensure that moisture does not accumulate inside your home where it should always remain dry when we use our moisture detecting equipment.

When looking for mold activity, we use infrared thermal imaging cameras. These detect the cooler temperatures associated with relatively damp materials. This is an effective method because microbes cannot grow in arid conditions. Concentrating on the areas with the most microbe-friendly conditions saves time, ensuring we search in the most likely locations. We then seal any leaks, effectively starving microbes.

After all of the sources of moisture that fed microbes no longer provide them sustenance, our team of mold remediation specialists can begin restoring your home. In an attic, we can use blasting methods, using either dry ice pellets or baking soda, that otherwise leave structures intact. Abrading any contaminated wood beams leaves them structurally sound. We can then treat them with antimicrobial liquids that keep any newly deposited spores from starting new colonies.

When your Beverly, Lansing, or Dolton home's exhaust systems work as they should, your property stays protected from mold damage. Call us, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, at (773) 337-3900, so we can help you prevent microbial-related situations from escalating.

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Water Damage Can Add To Your Heating Costs This Winter In Calumet City

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Add To Your Heating Costs This Winter In Calumet City Water that enters your attic because of ice dams or torn shingles from storms earlier in the year can increase the rate that heat leave your home.

Attics With Water Damage Raise Winter Heating Costs In Calumet City

Water that enters your Calumet City's attic because of ice dams or torn shingles from storms earlier in the year can increase the rate that heat leaves your home. This can cause you to spend more on heating costs than you might otherwise need to do to keep your family comfortable during the colder season.

Your home might seem colder than others, and this can be an indication of water damage in your Calumet City attic has spread to exterior walls. SERVPRO specialists use imaging devices with infrared technology to locate the areas through which lost or invasive water traveled. Once we know the location of these affected areas, we can perform the mitigation work to get the moisture removed.

Clearing away water damage from a property includes not only drying things out but also removing damaged materials. This can include insulation that has become compressed after water saturated it. This often happens in attics that lie under ice dams, or wherever openings in the roof allowed snow or rain to come inside. When we search for sources of water, we can mark areas that require other professionals like roofe rs or plumbers. Such simple markings can help them carry out their work faster after you have contacted them.

We can remove the insulation in the attic, but you should wait to bring in new insulation until after the completion of any necessary roof repairs. Sometimes, repairing damage from ice dams only requires some minor patching with roofing compound to keep water from re-entering. Ice dams are less likely to reoccur once new insulation prevents heat from escaping too rapidly. A little bit of work can make a huge difference in the way your house's living space feels to you and your family.

When walls lose heat to the outside because of moisture ruining the insulation's ability to retain heat and prevent its loss, re-insulating walls becomes a priority. Our experts can discuss your options with you and help your chosen contractor with different stages of the process, including cleanup.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, always Faster to Any Size Disaster, including those involving hidden water damage that makes your Riverdale, Dolton, or Lansing residence chillier than usual. Call us at (773) 337-3900 to get things straightened out and warmed up.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Chicago Home!

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Chicago Home! Once your home in Chicago sustains fire damage, the smell of smoke and soot can linger.

Getting Odors Caused By Fire Damage Under Control In A Chicago Residence

Most disasters that harm a house also create odor-causing particles to form. When your Chicago home becomes inundated with these particles, sharp and unpleasant odors begin to get more pronounced.

Once your home in Chicago sustains fire damage, the smell of smoke and soot can linger. These odors only slightly improve when the air becomes less moist or when the temperature decreases, but never truly disappears. Structural mitigation and restoration does very little, and sometimes nothing at all, to alleviate an odor problem that can make your family miserable.

Heavy odors like the ones that come from soot particles left behind by burning plastics and other synthetics can make food taste bad, your clothing smell, and even cause health effects in some individuals. SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician (OCT) can eliminate the odors ruining your enjoyment of your home.

As we carry out fire damage mitigation, we eliminate most of the smoke residue. Some areas remain inaccessible, and these are all over your home's interior. If your ventilation system was running during the fire (heating, cooling, bathroom or kitchen exhaust), soot could have found its way inside and into adjacent areas. Hollow areas behind cabinets, above ceilings, and inside walls hide continually disintegrating soot particles.

Our OCT uses a technique to get to these particles wherever they might hide. Instead of removing them manually, thermal fogging eliminates their ability to return to your home's air. The forced mist spreads out in the same way the smoke did, and while still hot, its components chemically bond with any loose soot particles encountered. The added weight makes it impossible for the soot to get lifted back into the air currents that travel through your home, keeping your family and guests from smelling them again.

Other areas that might hold onto odors include carpeting. While soot can remain trapped here and thermal fogging might not reach all of the residue hiding in the backing and pad underneath, we can still treat the area with potent and long-lasting liquid deodorizers. We can inject these directly into the absorbent padding. Other areas that continue to harbor odor sources often respond well to hidden gel packs, of which we have several different scents. These also last a significant amount of time.

We always discuss the needs of our customers, and adequate control of odors related to smoke and soot is no different. Our experts want to make sure you're completely satisfied with our services. Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 to make sure that every aspect of your home's fire damage mitigation, including the elimination of odors, is handled professionally and by skilled specialists.

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When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Chicago Home You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Chicago Home You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company We know that an emergency like this is stressful, so be sure to reach out to us at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you have a flooding problem.

Why SERVPRO Is The Best Choice To Clean Up The Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home

Natural occurrences where ordinarily dry land is abruptly submerged in water, floods affecting your Chicago home can cause much destruction quickly. Flooding can happen in several ways because of rivers, streams, lakes or oceans overflowing, or as a result of excessive rain.

Whenever flooding occurs in your Chicago residence, there is a possibility of flood damage including extensive damage to your property and loss of personal possessions. SERVPRO is always standing by to help with our expertise and professional grade tools to get your back up and running as fast as possible. It is a simple decision as to why SERVPRO are the ones to call for help with flood damage.

Rain is the most significant contributor to most of the cases of flooding that we see. An excessive amount of rain causes water to overflow onto land. It is mainly due to high rainfall intensity over a more extended period. SERVPRO techs are prepared to help you after such a disaster with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry your business out again.

The banks of streams or rivers can overflow. It can happen when these bodies of water hold more water upstream than is normal and it flows downstream to nearby low-lying areas. Because of this, sudden discharge of water occurs in the adjacent lands, which leads to flooding.

Coastal and lake flooding happens when massive storms cause the water body to surge onto the land. Overflows like this have destructive power since they can destroy structures which are not well-equipped to withstand the strength of the water like houses, bridges, and cars.

Flooding can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt runoff can’t be channeled correctly into the drainage systems, which forces the water to flow onto land. The lack of a proper drainage system or clogged drainage usually causes this kind of flooding.

With any kind of groundwater flooding, there are dangers of contaminated water which can possibly contain sewage, viruses, pathogens, bacteria, debris, or dead animals, among other things. Part of our job when cleaning your home from flooding is to disinfect the areas affected. Doing so ensures your home is not only dry again, but safe as well from any contaminants.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City works quickly and efficiently to get your home in Riverdale, Dolton, or Calumet City dry again. We know that an emergency like this is stressful, so be sure to reach out to us at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you have a flooding problem.

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Don't Fret After A Fire In Your Chicago Home Call Our Team At SERVPRO

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Fret After A Fire In Your Chicago Home Call Our Team At SERVPRO Call us when you need help getting your home back in shape after such a disaster.

Clean Up Tasks Related To A House Fire In Chicago Can Become A Messy Chore

One of the most terrifying disasters that can happen at home involves fire. Even small fires in a Chicago home that remain contained can make a terrible mess – large fires can create severe hazards and contamination risks that make clean-up difficult.

Homeowners want to get things cleaned up as fast as possible after a fire in Chicago. Smoke deposited everywhere in the home becomes easily spread from one location to another with the slightest touch. Sooty grime can ruin the luster on portrait frames, gradually becoming more embedded in grooves and creases.

Not only does the soot create a severe odor problem in the home, but it steadily dries, making it more difficult to remove. SERVPRO works to rid your home of this and get things bright and beautiful again, “Like it never even happened.” Other aspects that we remedy include the water used to put the fire out in your home.

Water left behind by the fire department can cause rusting of metal hinges on your doors. This water can also cause wooden pieces in your home to swell and crack. We use specialized drying equipment to ensure your home becomes dry as well as clean again. We remove moisture from walls, ceilings, floors, and the air. Personal belongings can also hold onto water that condensed and then seeped into their surfaces. We can dry these in special chambers designed to get them dry quickly. We also remove soot from these items and make them usable again.

Odor control can become a crucial comfort issue for your family after a fire. The odor comes from the soot particles. Even after we clean up the visible soot, much soot remains hidden and out of sight. Air currents still lift these small particles up and into the air. When you breathe these in, you detect them as an odor. Thermal fogging carried out by our IICRC certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can rid your home of these odors relatively quickly.

Cleaning up everything after a fire is much more than removing the soot from your soot-covered belongings and removing charred and burned sections of your home. SERVPRO provides our customers with services that help make their property livable again, safe, and comfortable. This helps families move forward and forget about the tragedy of a fire.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City helps those in Dolton, Mount Greenwood, and Beverly with clean up services after a fire. Call us at (773) 337-3900 when you need help getting your home back in shape after such a disaster.

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