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Downtown Chicago Water Damage Experts Repair Your Home after a Fire or Flood

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Professionals are Water Repair Experts

After devastating water damage occurs in a home due to a fire, natural flood, or defective plumbing, finding a professional water repair expert to restore a house as fast as possible is vital. An expert Downtown Chicago water damage repair company has technicians who understand what to do in a home to prevent additional problems caused by invading moisture, smoke, and soot. Water damage repair technicians have service trucks ready to arrive promptly with the tools and equipment required to remove moisture from floodwater or firefighter’s hoses as efficiently as possible. Restoration companies understand the specialized processes needed to correct problems in a structure after a flood or fire that can lead to crumbling or rotting drywall and wood floors.

Water Damage Experts Work as a Team

In addition to removing water damage in a Downtown Chicago home after firefighters leave or a flood recedes, a restoration team must prevent secondary damage caused by invading pathogens. Natural flood water contains mold spores and bacteria that can lead to a dangerous environment. In many cases, floodwater invading a home may have raw sewage that can cause health effects. The contamination left on surfaces can cause mildew odor and mold growth. An excellent way to ensure a home is cleaned efficiently is by having several technicians working at one time in different areas while performing various tasks. This professional fire and flood cleanup method helps prevent secondary damage to a home after the restoration team leaves.

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

Instead of using everyday household devices to remove moisture and debris from a home, professional restoration companies have industrial-strength equipment such as extraction machines. Technicians can install drying fans and dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and dry surfaces to prevent mold growth. Fast evaporation of moisture with air circulation makes the cleanup easier for technicians but also helps with preventing secondary damage. A sump pump powered by a generator is used to remove deep water from lower levels of buildings. At the same time, technicians begin to use extraction machines to suction moisture from wall-to-wall carpeting, tile floors, and drywall. As these areas of a home are dried thoroughly, technicians apply chemicals designed to destroy mold spores and mildew odor.

Water Damage Technicians are Specially Trained

Water damage IICRC certified technicians are trained to remediate different types of damage from sources such as sewer lines, lakes, or broken water pipes. When the damage in a home is from a combination of water, soot, and smoke, they are ready to use specialized methods to make repairs. A professional water and fire restoration business trains technicians in the most appropriate strategies. Technicians undergo rigorous training to receive certification in the skills of fire and water restoration.

How Water Damage Technicians Restore Homes

When water damage in Downtown Chicago occurs in a home due to a fire or flood, homeowners are often traumatized and do not know what to do. By calling a water restoration team immediately, a home is less likely to have permanent damage from floodwater, smoke, and soot because these items are removed quickly. The debris and moisture is suctioned into containers for removal to another site as other technicians work in a building to dry and decontaminate surfaces. After a water disaster, many home insurance providers reimburse the cost of restoration repairs. Homeowners needing to hire a restoration team can request a referral from an insurance agent. Never delay calling a restoration company after a fire or flood occurs to avoid additional damage as moisture or smoke seeps into surfaces.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City proudly serves Chicago, Downtown Chicago, South Side Chicago, Evergreen Park, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore water damage to your Downtown Chicago home or commercial structure. Call us today at (773) 337-3900.

What Challenges Do Water and Fire Damage Restorations Present for Downtown Chicago Commercial Property Contents?

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Invests in Fire and Smoke Damaged Contents Interventions for Downtown Chicago Businesses at Our State-Of-The-Art Production Facility

Worry and stress overwhelm business owners and managers when Downtown Chicago businesses experience fire and smoke damage. Although the focus of firefighters is saving a building's structure, failure to address the cleaning and restoration needs of your company's contents can derail business operations permanently. 

Why Is Fire and Smoke Damage to Your Business's Contents Devastating?

Although a commercial building fire clean-up's expense and inconvenience are substantial, arrangements for alternative space during remediation are possible. What is less easy to achieve is recovery from the destruction of inventory, documents, equipment, and other items housed within the damaged commercial space. You want to resume operations fast, even while restoration of the burned building proceeds. Your business's services and products must be available as soon as possible. SERVPRO can make this happen with a full or partial pack-out of a commercial building's contents to our production facility. 

How Does SERVPRO Manage Water and Fire Damage Restoration of Commercial Contents?

SERVPRO employs a detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to catalog all items removed from your Downtown Chicago premises for water and smoke remediation. Our spacious production facility features specialized cleaning and drying equipment and dedicated spaces for drying and deodorization. A scalable crew of trained technicians clean, dry, disinfect, and remove odors from your business's contents, using, for examples:

  • Freeze-drying technology for documents and paper
  • Climate and humidity-controlled compartments for electronics
  • Ultrasonic cleaning systems for non-porous items
  • Laundry and dry cleaning resources for textiles and soft items

As an Official Downtown Licensed Operator, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City takes the restoration of fire and smoke-damaged commercial contents seriously. Call (773) 337-3900 to arrange for a prompt assessment of your company's needs.

Expansion Leading to Greater Efficiency Supports the Restoration Options SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago Provides Customers

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO is growing, and adding production space improves project outcomes

Owners of SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago and six other Chicagoland SERVPRO franchises announce the purchase of a hard-to-find industrial property within the Chicago city limits and near Midway Airport for much-needed expansion. This 61,000-square-foot hub will support operations at their seven satellite Chicagoland locations, including two in the downtown area.  The annex will provide space for their large equipment inventory and storage of customer contents, as well as production areas for contents restoration. According to Pat Zubricki, co-owner, “As Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operators, we have a large equipment inventory on-hand to support multiple large commercial projects. We are also regularly travelling to assist with the recovery efforts at storm events around the US, so our fleet of trucks and equipment has continued to grow”. 

Pat owns SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago with her husband Frank. She emphasizes the purchase was essential., “Our business has tripled in size in the last four years, and we are bursting at the seams. We will be more efficient and have the space to continue to expand for at least several years.” 

Find details on the commercial property purchase at REjournal.com.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City awaits your call at (773) 337-3900 for evaluation of fire, water, storm, or mold disaster needs.

How Can Chicago Businesses and Residents Determine if a Restoration Company Has the Background to Handle Severe and Complex Disasters?

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City draws on its experience providing emergency response at Fort Polk in Louisiana to bring top-notch water mitigation and remediation to our region

Chicagoland businesses and individuals benefit in almost all cases when obtaining needed products and services from local companies like SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago. Although property owners value the local touch, they need assurance that the contractors engaged are up to the challenge of significant losses from natural and other disasters. A recent partnership with Corvias Property Management, a military contractor responding to the February 2021 Polar Vortex crisis at Louisiana's Fort Polk, demonstrates SERVPRO's ability to deliver fast and efficient disaster recovery services even 1000 miles south of the Chicago Loop.

Why Was SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City and Corvias Property Management a Good Fit?

As a long-time member of a regional SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we mobilize fast when catastrophic circumstances present anywhere around the country. When Corvias looked for collaborators when Fort Polk suffered a series of disasters culminating in unseasonable cold and its water damage consequences, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City was a natural choice. Our investments in a scalable workforce and a vast inventory of disaster recovery equipment find additional support from:

  • Exceptional project managers, well-seasoned in assessing and managing severe losses
  • Vehicles that transport and provide sleep quarters for our management and technicians 
  • Fully stocked service trucks and semi-trailers
  • Our reputation for honesty, integrity, preparedness, and perseverance

What Challenges Did SERVPRO Help Overcome During the Fort Polk Project?

Corvias has a 50-year partnership with Fort Polk in Vernon Parish, including the management of 3,661 military residences. February 2021's unexpectedly and unprecedented low temperatures caused days of power outages on the base, rendering many of the homes uninhabitable. Fort Polk military service members and families evacuated, and during their absences, frozen and then burst pipes caused severe wall deterioration and ceiling leaks. SERVPRO leveraged our considerable experience with cold weather emergency services as we assisted in mitigation and remediation tasks for the affected residences. Water damage linked to the tangle of cracked and broken plumbing required skills our technicians honed over countless successful restorations, including but surely not limited to:

  • Precise cutting out of damaged drywall
  • Location, exposure, and assessment of wet materials in preparation for water damage repairs 
  • Removal of wet insulation and other fixtures and structural components

How Does the Fort Polk Project Enhance SERVPRO's Standing as a Chicago Area Disaster Recovery Company?

Commercial and multiple-use properties need proven, reliable, and comprehensive water damage remediation and restoration services in Chicago. Successful subcontracting with Corvias reinforced by designation as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator solidifies our position as a reputable restoration leader for disasters large and small.

Place your confidence in SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for your property disaster needs. Call (773) 337-3900 to explore all our training and experience offers.

What Does Commercial Flood Damage in Downtown Chicago Entail?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm Storm damage can be overwhelming for any property owner. SERVPRO is here to help. Just call (773) 337-3900.

Flood Damage Needs to Be Quickly Dealt With to Prevent Resulting Hazards

Flood damage in Downtown Chicago can be one of the trickiest obstacles for any business. Flood damage is often thorough, impacting a wide area across a building and finding its way into dark and forgettable places. If given time, flood damage can later cause more types of damage through corrosion and mold growth if you are not careful. 

Who's at Risk? 

Any building could experience flooding, but locations near water or low-lying areas are particularly vulnerable. Never assume that your building is immune to flood damage near Downtown Chicago simply because it is on high ground; internal leaks or floods could strike unexpectedly. 

What Happens in Floods? 

Floodwaters tend to cover all or a vast part of a building, ruining, staining, and contaminating floors and low-lying objects. The waters are often loaded with dirt, grime, and biological or chemical hazards, making cleanup tricky and dangerous. Furthermore, floods often create ideal conditions for mold growth, which may cause health effects. 

How are Floods Cleaned Up? 

First, any remaining water is pumped out with heavy extractors, sometimes truck-mounted for more significant amounts of water. Then, air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry out the area and eliminate any remaining moisture. Finally, deodorization and cleanup can begin, with all affected areas and objects scrubbed and sanitized. During this phase, mold removal and restoration processes may also take place, depending on the situation. 

We are Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a Downtown Chicago flood damage restoration leader, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City has the specialized expertise, equipment, and training to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We offer 24/7 emergency service for Chicago, Downtown Chicago, and South Side Chicago. Call (773) 337-3900.

Downtown Chicago Water Damage Cleanup Where To Begin

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

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The Basics of Downtown Chicago Water Damage Cleanup

If your home has suffered water damage, then there are a few tips you can follow to help you stay safe and protect your home. The first step is to check for damage to your home's structure. Damage to the structure can cause dangerous gas leaks. If you smell gas, then immediately call 9-1-1 or the gas company's emergency line. Wait for the authorities, and move away from the area. If there doesn't appear to be structural damage or leaks, start throwing damaged items away, such as damaged foods, rugs, and other similar items. 

Call Your Downtown Chicago Insurance Agent

Once you are safe and secure, you should call your insurance agent to file a claim. You need your policy number to leave a message for a callback. If you have a smartphone with a camera, start photographing the water damage in your Downtown Chicago home. Providing evidence ensures your claim gets processed much faster. You should also make a list of lost or damaged items and their approximate value. A restoration service can help you with water damage cleanup, and you can save time.

How To Clean Up Your Water Damage Related Mold Damage

The main problem with water damage cleanup is that wet items can encourage mold and bacteria to grow. That's why it's important to start cleaning up right away. The entire area inside your home needs to be cleaned and disinfected. A professional restoration service can make this part extremely easy. If you decide to try to clean up on your own, you may want to rent a wet/dry vacuum with a lot of power. Photograph all damage, including floors, baseboards, roofs, and walls. You can have photographs and books restored by contacting a professional company.

Floods and Downtown Chicago water damage can seem overwhelming and devastating. However, a professional restoration company has years of experience dealing with this type of disaster. Choose a restoration company that has a good reputation. Google fire and water restoration companies. You may have seen advertisements for this type of company on television or in your local newspaper.

Downtown Chicago floods are particularly devastating since a portion of your home has been submerged in water. If this is the case, it is crucial that you hire a professional company. Ask your insurance agent if you have flood insurance that will cover the cost of hiring a restoration company. You can learn more information by visiting the National Flood Insurance Program's website.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City provides fire and water damage restoration services. We proudly serve Downtown Chicago and surrounding areas.  Water comes from everywhere, and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. (773) 337-3900 

Storm Damage Cleanup in Chicago Homes Must Be Done Promptly

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Saves Chicago Homes by Offering Quick and Efficient Storm Damage Cleanup 

If storm damage cleanup of your Chicago home does not happen fast, it can lead to potentially serious issues that can increase your repair and restoration cost. SERVPRO technicians work hard to prevent any long-term damage by ensuring that the water is removed and the structure is dried as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO technicians often create drying zones during the storm damage cleanup of your Chicago home, especially if the damage impacts only a part of the structure. The drying zone is created by sealing off any openings between the affected and unaffected areas of the structure. SERVPRO professionals use plastic sheeting barriers to create containments. The humidity, temperature, and airflow in the drying zone are carefully controlled to speed up evaporation. 

The Advantages of Creating a Drying Zone During Water Damage Restoration of Storm Affected Chicago Homes 

Drying zones established by SERVPRO techs at your Chicago home during flood restoration serve a couple of purposes-

  • Focus Air Movement to the Affected Area- Drying zones enable SERVPRO professionals to focus the dry air produced by drying equipment on the wet structure and material. The humid air from the unaffected area cannot enter the drying zone, and technicians can maintain drier conditions for faster evaporation during water damage restoration. 
  • Provide a Location for Drying Content- Moving content from structure to a warehouse is not always necessary during water cleanup. The wet contents can be dried more efficiently in a drying zone.

Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 for a fast and reliable storm damage cleanup service. 

Fire Damage Remediation: Leave it to the Pros

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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When Fire Damages Your Downtown Chicago Home Call SERVPRO

A house fire is a catastrophic event that can lead to emotional, structural, and financial devastation. Downtown Chicago fire damage remediation, the process of making your home livable again, is a complex undertaking that requires skill, knowledge, and unique resources. If you want to restore your home as quickly as possible and minimize costs, you should consult a fire damage remediation company.

Techniques

How does a remediation company restore your fire damaged home in Downtown Chicago? The four main techniques commonly used include thoroughly drying your home, cleaning the HVAC system, rebuilding damaged structural elements, and removing unusable debris.

Water Damage

In the days following a fire, water damage is your biggest threat. Secondary water damage is the single most significant source of additional damage—and increased costs—once a fire is out. Standing water plus soaked furniture and drywall equal a breeding ground for mold and mildew. While professional remediation specialists work to repair other types of damage, they use dehumidifiers and other air-moving machinery to dry your home as thoroughly as possible.

HVAC System

During a fire, HVAC filters and coils become clogged with soot and other debris. When this happens, these parts must be replaced. A remediation company can determine what types of repairs are necessary and do the work for you.

Structural Rebuild

Fire damaged structural elements in your home must be replaced or rebuilt. Granted, you could hire independent contractors to do the work, but that involves increased time and effort on your part. A fire damage remediation company can oversee this step for you.

Unsalvageable Debris

Fire destroys. Items in your home too damaged to be restored can potentially contaminate other areas of your home and should be removed, if at all possible. If you believe damaged possessions can be salvaged, check with the damage restoration company or a specialty repair store for advice or help.

Points to Consider

After fire damage, take time to conduct a complete damage inventory of your home. Note smoke-odor issues, structural problems, and potential water damage. Fire damage remediation involves these and a host of other factors. A professional restoration service with years of experience, professional knowledge, and the right equipment can significantly reduce the burden of a fire’s aftermath and streamline the restoration process to make it as painless as possible. All while protecting your home from further damage.

Furthermore, hiring a professional company just makes sense. A house fire disrupts your life in countless ways. The easier and more effective the remediation process, the sooner your life can return to normal. For more information about fire damage remediation, contact your local fire remediation company, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

Why You May Need Mold Removal Services in Your Downtown Chicago Business?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has the Experience to Identify and Remove Mold from Your Downtown Chicago Property

You need to hire the services of an experienced mold removal firm like SERVPRO when your Downtown Chicago shop suffers the effects of mold as a result of a leaking roof or a burst pipe. Mold spores are almost everywhere, and they only need to come into contact with water and the right temperature conditions for them to grow. We perfectly know that, which is why we immediately identify and stop the source of the water.

How Our SERVPRO Technicians Perform Mold Remediation in Downtown Chicago?

The mold remediation process in your Downtown Chicago property should start as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians have to determine the contaminated and uncontaminated areas and establish containment. The purpose of establishing containment is to prevent further contamination and protect occupants. Below are some of the containment measures we put in place at the site:

  • We seal HVAC vents as a way of protecting the duct system from contamination
  • We may set up a containment barrier - we use plastic sheeting to accomplish this
  • Establish decontamination zones for equipment and materials decontamination

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago offers a 24-Hour Emergency Service and can be relied on to perform commercial cleaning. Call (773) 337-3900 and speak to experienced technicians who are always ready to help.

Flood Damage In Downtown Chicago Requires Fast, Complete Attention To Detail

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help with Flood Damage Restoration

Water damage to your home is such that, without immediate attention, soaked drywall, carpets, and the possible infection of molds make your home an uncomfortable place to live very quickly. This is what makes it necessary to call for the flood damage cleanup that Downtown Chicago area homeowners appreciate.

What Is Critical To Understand About Flood Damage In Your Downtown Chicago Area Home? 

Flood damage in Downtown Chicago can happen at just about any time due to many factors, not the least of which are overflowing area basins and the storms that occur all too often. The flooding can come into your home through the basement due to faulty waterproofing and can get to work on destroying your home's foundation often before you are aware of it. 

That is why it is crucial to enlist the services of a flood damage restoration company.

Getting Back To A Healthy Home 

When you contact a flood damage restoration firm, they arrive to begin the process of a complete inspection while setting up large air movers. Thus begins the evacuation of the bad air that wet things throw off. The process of removing the water starts at the same time.

The removal of the water immediately assists in preventing as much additional damage as possible because the furniture, wallboard, and carpet become soaked even more and continue to break down as well as the molds that may be present take hold and are transported, by the water, into other areas.

This water removal process may involve submersible pumps and powerful commercial wet-vacs in all areas affected and on all surfaces. Nothing else can be attempted, nor should be, until the water has been removed and the air is a bit sweeter.  It is necessary to organize and carry out the removal of furniture and other items that must be done to accomplish the drying out of the premises.

Dehumidifiers are then placed to assist in getting all of the moisture out of your home. This moisture, if not removed, continues to help molds and mildew and their dangerous work in your home and everyone who occupies it. It continues to get into all spaces, such as the closets in which your delicate clothing is hanging. It also continues to affect the building materials negatively.

The Next Step In The Flood Damage Restoration Is The Cleaning 

Powerful sanitizing agents are used on all surfaces that can be cleaned. This occurs after everything that can not be wiped completely has been removed. This means a complete detailed cleaning of all rooms, spaces, and areas to ensure nothing, such as mold spores, germs, or other allergens, remains.

Restoring Your Home After This Flood Damage Cleanup In Downtown Chicago 

Restoration involves the finishing touches of repairing your carpets or doing some patch and paintwork. Water can damage hardwood floors and drywall. Some of the flooring or drywall may need to be removed and replaced.

There are so many things that need to go right, and we have it down to a science, so, as a family-owned and operated franchise, we at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City stand ready to help your family during this confusing time in your life. When a major flood makes your home uninhabitable, give us a call as we have the personnel, the equipment, and the experience for anything relating to this emergency. That number, at any time, is (773) 337-3900.