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Is Smoke Remediation for Chicago Homes Expensive?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Operates in Chicago and Can Help you Reduce the Expense of House Fire Restoration

When a house fire erupts, soot, smoke, and particles settle on surfaces. At high temperatures or pressure, these particles can bond with the surfaces. The two factors that primarily influence the amount of harm your home sustains are the temperature of the smoke and the temperature of surfaces. SERVPRO has the expertise to mitigate against both factors and can help you with:

  • Fire damage restoration 
  • Smoke remediation
  • House fire cleanup

Temperature can affect house fire restoration in Chicago. The heat that fire produces rises in a process known as convection. This can affect ceilings, upper walls, light fittings, and upper floors even when the flames are contained on the lower levels. Migrating smoke from the source of a fire can leave deposits on cooler surfaces due to convection. 

  • We can dry, clean, and refinish interior cabinets, draws, and cupboards that may be adversely affected by smoke.
  • Using alkaline cleaning solution on appliance surfaces can help to remove residues without harming the finish.
  • Fogging equipment can often be used to reach odors trapped on ceilings, light fixtures, or upper walls. 

We can help you return your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for house fire restoration at (773) 337-3900 now.

Should Businesses in Chicago Use Professional Sewer Backup Cleaning?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition. Call us right away.

SERVPRO is an Expert in Water Cleanup with Experience Working for some of Chicago's Finest Businesses

Chicago is among the largest and most famous cities in the United States. Over the past four years, it has been voted as the number one city to reside in and has also set the record for tourism in 2018, with 58 million people visiting the windy city. One of the main attractions to Chicago is its iconic skyline which features skyscrapers over 1,500 feet tall. The rebuilding of Chicago as prime real estate for finance, technology, and healthcare industries came about following the great Chicago fire. Since then, it has become recognizable worldwide for its unique neo-gothic architecture, vibrant culture industry, and tourism. Music has also played a central role in Chicago's cultural development, with Jazz, Blues, Hip-hop and Trap music among some of its celebrated contemporary products.

The city of Chicago, based in Illinois, has a strong reputation for its nightlife. The Music Box theater is an excellent place to start, which shows a curated list of some of the best indie and foreign cinemas in the United States. Just around the corner is the Green Mill, a jazz and cocktail venue in operation since before the prohibition era. The venue fills up quickly as residents cram in each evening to watch some of the city's hottest jazz musicians in action. Despite its strong downtown and old town districts, Chicago retains a good reputation for walks and trails. Garfield park, the 606, and the Chicago Riverwalk are all popular destinations for cooling down during the morning and afternoon. 

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) features up-to-the-minute exhibitions from artists across the globe. With a rotating roster of shows and tours, the MCA promises an individual experience to visitors any time of year. 
  • The Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Museum of History provide an intimate perspective on the city's growth as a global economic hub. Featuring a collection of archived photography, interviews, and videos, the exhibitions are well-worth visiting for a taste of history.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre plot at the center of Lincoln State Park. The reservation has over 1,000 animal species with both indoor and outdoor areas. Early reservations are recommended during peak times and the current COVID pandemic.

SERVPRO Can Decontaminate your Business Premises with Expert Water Cleanup

A backed-up sewer can cause health and safety issues at your business and even result in temporary closure. SERVPRO provides: 

  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water damage remediation
  • Water damage repairs

Using our industry-leading training, the team can communicate with a premises manager directly throughout service. Handling and disposing of infectious waste is governed by state and federal laws. Our licensed technicians can help to ensure your business returns to a safe, sanitary standard following a sewer backup or other water emergency.

  • Self-priming trash pumps can pass solid waste while removing water from the premises quickly.
  • Our graded cleaning services use potent disinfectants and biocides to destroy potentially harmful organisms on the premises.
  • Advanced drying and deodorization systems ensure that your business returns to its normal condition quickly after cleanup.

Ensure a safe and sanitary working environment for your staff. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for water cleanup at (773) 337-3900.

Get Professional Mold Remediation in Chicago from SERVPRO

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room Regardless of the color of the mold found on your property, team SERVPRO has you covered. Call now for mold damage remediation services.

Local Chicago Residents Look to SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration

A common question about mold damage is the best type of removal method should get used. The two most frequently mentioned are dry ice blasting and sand or soda blasting; in truth, these have their place in the restoration process but, in some cases, are not needed at all.

When approaching mold remediation in Chicago properties, SERVPRO technicians take great care with the dried colonies' removal methods. This attention to detail prevents the spread of airborne spores. The dry ice used in dry blasting can be costly, and it only removes residues on the surface and does nothing about addressing mold that may be resident within porous materials. The advantage is that no demolition is required for restoration.

SERVPRO technicians perform deep cleaning when working on mold mitigation within a property. After setting up containment, they remove building materials and items beyond restoration with approval and then work on drying the existing mold to prep it for removal. Scoping for mold within a structure may include the following actions:

  • Use of moisture detection devices to find areas of coolness indicating water
  • Looking for signs of water damage
  • Opening a wall with a 2x4-inch hole in the wall to confirm the presence of mold visually
  • Borescope (snake-like camera) ti peer inside wall voids

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 supports the local Chicago area with mold remediation services available 24/7.

Trust SERVPRO for Water Removal in Chicago Properties

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on tile floor Excess water can damage both the structure and the contents of your home. Water removal and remediation is key. Call SERVPRO right away.

The Techs at SERVPRO are Available 24/7 for Water Removal in Chicago

Water damage cleanup brings with it the need for assessment of the situation. SERVPRO technicians have various methods to ascertain any hazards present at a job site.

Scoping before water removal in Chicago properties is vital. The technicians use both visual inspections and equipment to determine areas that threaten safety for both people and property. Common issues caused by water that technicians routinely deal with on-site are:

Sagging ceilings can get filled with water and collapse, causing injury or further damage to articles within the room. In cases where there is a threat of wall or ceiling failure, the techniques can perform a pack-out and remove presently undamaged items to a safe and secure area. Wet, deteriorated floors and subfloor can cause slipping or falling problems. The technicians can cordon off areas where it is unsafe for individuals to walk until repairs get made.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 brings professional equipment and years of experience to every water removal job in Chicago.

SERVPRO Brings Years of Expertise to Fire Damage Cleanup in Chicago

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle Has your property suffered from fire damage? Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Chicago Residents Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

There are numerous iconic structures in the city, but the destination that garners the most attention is not a building. Still, an outdoor collection of natural settings with interesting venues included. Millennium Park is one of the most famous landmarks in Chicago. This public park was built to celebrate the third millennium and continues to add features for public use. 

The area that hosts the park was once occupied by the Illinois Central Rail Yards and adjoining parking lot when the planning for this ambitious project began in 1997. Twenty years later, it was the number one tourist attraction in the city and the Midwest. Additionally, because the park is above a parking garage with 2218 parking spaces, it distinguishes itself as the largest rooftop garden globally.

The park started as a design to have an arch and a bandshell or an orchestra and a bridge for pedestrians to cross over Columbus Drive designed by architect Frank Gehry. Gehry wanted to propel Chicago into the future with his plan to include a park and venues for visitors to take in various engaging cultural spots.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

One of the most well-known structures within the park is Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This bandshell has 4,000 seats and an additional lawn seating area that can accommodate 7,000 people. The bandshell almost did not happen because there are historical limitations for buildings' height within the park. The city got around this by declaring the bandshell was a work of art. The pavilion's name comes from Jay Pritzker, whose family owned the Hyatt Hotel chain and were significant donors in creating the park. The pavilion is home to the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. The yearly Grant Park Music Festival gets held yearly and has the distinction of being the nation's last remaining free, municipally supported outdoor classical music series venue.

The area around Millennium Park has become one of the most fashionable residential addresses. The 60602 zip code was previously listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the hottest in terms of appreciation for housing prices, with the median sale price averaging around $700,000. The park has several upscale buildings such as: 

  • The Heritage at Millennium Park 
  • Waterview Tower
  • The Legacy 
  • Joffrey Tower

How Does SERVPRO Handle Fire Damage Cleanup on Appliances in Chicago Homes?

After electrical, protein fires are among the most common types of fire damage cleanup in Chicago properties. These fires are generally fast-moving, with high heat and heavy soot covering the surfaces in the room.

Appliance Finishes Need Careful Cleaning

While most common kitchen appliances' surface is nonabsorbent, the caustic nature of soot as a high-alkaline particle has the potential to mar surfaces and cause pitting or other problems on chrome or highly polished surfaces. An alkaline solvent assists in removing the grip these residues have upon the surfaces. SERVPRO techs can mix their own cleaning agents to meet the individual needs of specific surface challenges. Certain actions should be avoided, such as:

  • Using abrasive cleaners
  • Scrubbing residues can drive them deeper into surfaces
  • Using bleach on finishes yellowed by heat, SERVPRO has specific products for that problem

Suppose there are any concerns about electrical appliances working correctly after exposure to a fire in the home. In that case, SERVPRO can arrange for the machine to get inspected by an industry professional to confirm it is safe to use in the house.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 supports the local community with all fire damage cleanup needed in Chicago homes. 

Should You Wash the Walls after A Chicago Home Fire?

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Wait for SERVPRO to start fire and smoke cleanup

SERVPRO understands how distressing it is to see the walls and ceilings of your home blackened by smoke damage. We know our customers are eager to clean up and get back to everyday life.

However, it is better to wait for SERVPRO before attempting fire and smoke cleanup in your Chicago home. Depending on the strength and nature of the fire, your home might require different approaches such as:

  • HEPA vacuuming to get rid of dry, powdery soot residue.
  • Use of chemical cleaners or scrubbing to deal with more stubborn, sticky soot.
  • Spot cleaning to handle soot stains on delicate surfaces.
  • Soda blasting to polish exposed beams or brickwork.

We train our teams to carry out a thorough assessment of the situation and decide on the best course of action. You can rest assured that your home is in good hands – we aim to restore it “Like it never even happened.” We can even oversee the rebuilding and redecorating jobs if necessary.

For professional fire and smoke cleanup that gets the results you want, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

How does SERVPRO Prepare Your Home for Water Mitigation?

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

Helping Chicago homeowners get back to normal

If you see signs of water damage in your home, either because of weather or due to a plumbing problem, it is best to call SERVPRO quickly.

Water mitigation in Chicago requires a professional eye and proper preparation. It would be a mistake to rush in and start removing water without:

  • Undertaking a thorough assessment of the damage.
  • Making your home safe and dealing with immediate hazards.
  • Removing debris and water-damaged objects.

Our teams use monitoring tools such as probes and meters to assess the water damage in your house. We test inside walls, across ceilings and floors, and behind baseboards for a complete picture. We secure your home by covering roofs and windows with tarps if needed, and we remove any debris.

We also assess your belongings and let you know which we can salvage. We put those we can rescue aside to clean as soon as possible, or else we send them to a specialist facility. We dispose of anything we cannot salvage.

For a thorough water mitigation service, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

Flood Removal in the Magnificent Mile of Chicago

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Is your home or business flooded? Contact team SERVPRO for water removal and flood damage remediation services today.

SERVPRO helps keep Chicago dry

Chicago is one of the most iconic cities in the United States and is famous for many things, including jazz music, deep-dish pizza, tall buildings, a friendly but no-nonsense attitude, and, of course, the musical of the same name.

There is so much to see and do in Chicago that you might find yourself spoiled for choice. One excellent activity, if the weather permits, is a stroll along Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

A rich history

The magnificent mile dates back to the Burnham Plan of Chicago in 1909. Although the plan fell short of its intended aim to revitalize the city, planners carried out work on the Magnificent Mile as planned. By the 1920s, architects started work on the mile, using a wide range of architectural styles and reaching new heights, quite literally, with several tall buildings.

Today, the mile is one of the most luxurious retail districts in Chicago and one of the most expensive places to rent retail space in the United States. The street is home to many upscale shops and hotels, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany & Co, Max Mara, and Rolex. As well as multiple stores, you can also find three urban shopping centers.

The Magnificent Mile is not only about shopping, however. There are several landmarks along the way, including:

  • Chicago Water Tower dates from 1869 and is the second-oldest water tower in the United States. It has an unusual and intricate design that is more popular with some people than others, but one thing is for sure – it is very distinctive. The tower is now home to a museum where visitors can view art and sculpture by local artists.
  • The imposing Wrigley Building was the first office building north of the Chicago River and the first air-conditioned office building in the city. The building has featured in Lego builds, and even in the 1957 movie Beginning of the End, when giant grasshoppers attacked it! Today it is a luxury office complex.
  • The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower skyscraper is the result of a building design competition. In 1922, the Chicago Tribune offered a $100,000 prize to whoever designed the newspaper's perfect new office to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The building features intricately carved designs, buttresses, and an unusual crown-shaped top. The Tribune Tower is part of Chicago's open tours every year, giving visitors the chance to tour it for free.

The Magnificent Mile is also home to several famous luxury hotels, including the Drake Hotel, the Warwick Allerton, and the Intercontinental Chicago.

SERVPRO understands the needs of Chicago residents

Chicago residents know the city is no stranger to rain, winds, and floods. As recently as May 2020, the town suffered significant flooding after rain caused the Chicago River to swell.

It is vital to work with a restoration firm that understands the local area. SERVPRO franchises are locally owned and operated, so you can rest assured that our technicians understand the unique needs of the city:

  • We equip our teams with a range of pumps suitable for removing flood water from even the tallest skyscrapers.
  • We use monitoring equipment such as moisture probes and meters to examine adjoining walls between apartments and assess the damage.
  • We employ thermal imaging to examine high ceilings and hard to reach places.

For help with flood removal, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

Is Ice Damming Dangerous for Chicago Properties?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

crew placing poly isolation barriers SERVPRO crew mitigates Ice Dam created water damage to a Chicago Structure with containment barriers to reduce treatment volume during drying.

Freezing Pipes and Ice Dams from a Polar Vortex Cause Water Damage in Chicago

Ridges of ice forming along the edges of a roof can become a threatening scenario for your Chicago home or business. When thawing water cannot safely find its way off the roof via gutter channels, downspouts, and diversion installations, this ridge of ice grows in size and ponds water on the roof. This accumulating water can allow for seepage through the shingles, vents, wall systems, and into related areas of your home. This water damaging penetration can be costly and challenging to dry and restore, from the attic to the basement!

Effective Water Removal and Evaporative Drying

These freezing weather events cause extensive water damage in many Chicago properties. Because temperatures are expected in the single digits and wind chills even more severe, the threats of burst pipes require prompt action from our responding technicians. Damaged plumbing often involves the removal of standing water using advanced and efficient extractors. 

Can Loss Effects Get Reduced with Quick Actions?

As leading restoration professionals across multiple franchises locally, we can be a top choice for large-loss recovery and restoration during an emergency. Our SERVPRO team can begin establishing containment barriers by hanging poly-sheeting to isolate drying areas. These initial actions can ensure more efficient management of humidity, airflow, and temperature, thereby mitigating the water damage.

What Materials Require Repair and Replacement After Damming?

Whether it is one of the thousands of homes in the area or large commercial structures, ice damming can impact several building materials. Some of the most common areas that require our general contractor license for repairs and build back include:

  • Shingles
  • Roof supports
  • Underlayment
  • Flooring
  • Wall Systems
  • Insulation

Having sufficient insulation can often reduce the creation and sustaining of ice dams on your roof that can generate attic moisture. Whenever you contend with roof breaches that damage your home or business, you can count on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team to help when you call (773) 337-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Support Chicago’s Artistic Community by Enjoying a Virtual Production

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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The Chicago Shakespeare Theater Welcomes its Audience in 2021

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier is an award-winning theater production company celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy. Its work is notable from a performance point of view and from an outreach perspective. Not only does the company lead in Chicago, but it travels throughout the world, performing in some of the best stages.

As we adjust to a new normal, the Theater has made much of its programming available through streaming services right into your home. All you need is to access its website to get more details on upcoming performances, including It, Came from Outer Space, and Measure for Measure.  As you add this venue to your entertainment options, consider the following-

  • Some shows are available both at the Theater and by streaming.
  • Health precautions are in place for all in-person attendees.
  • Gift cards for The Chicago Shakespeare Theater make a great gift and allow for scheduling flexibility.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is here to support our community, and we do it in the best way we can. When you need a top-notch water restoration company, we are at your service with industry-grade equipment and the latest techniques in our field. A call to our hotline at (773) 337-3900 comes with the reassurance of a job well done. Like you, we want your home to look, “Like it never even happened.”