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Team Zubricki Responds in Chicagoland 24/7 to Any Kind of Disaster

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Streets and Traffic SERVPRO has been a major contributor to the recovery of Chicagoland homes and businesses during the recent flooding event.

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

As the city's 311 line began receiving thousands of calls about basement flooding, SERVPRO franchises joined Team Zubricki this week from across the country to help provide fast cleanup and restoration services in Chicagoland. Floodwaters have begun receding, but the city and surrounding suburban areas are still waterlogged. The seven Chicago franchises that makeup SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team Zubricki report that they remain in full response mode as the Memorial Day forecast calls for more rain.

"By working together, our franchise teams have handled more than 1,000 residential and commercial jobs this past week. As long as services are needed, whether it is for preventative coronavirus cleanup or addressing flooding emergencies, our Chicago crew will respond to calls from residents and businesses 24/7, throughout the holiday weekend," said Owner Patricia Zubricki of SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team Zubricki.

To restore properties to pre-damage conditions, SERVPRO technicians follow recommendations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) - the organization which sets the standards for flood restoration as well as other disasters. Technicians follow established procedures for decontamination of flooded properties.

"Our technicians take precautions to properly handle the cleanup of submerged properties because floodwaters often contain elevated levels of raw sewage, hazardous materials, and toxic substances," said Zubricki.

Once contaminated, porous materials such as flooring, drywall, and upholstered furnishings, cannot be restored. The typical residential or business restoration project involves removing building materials and contents, drying the structure, and then applying a disinfectant to affected areas before finish materials can be restored or replaced to preloss conditions."

"From handling personal belongings damaged by floodwaters, to proactive cleaning services in response to COVID-19, we are always mindful of how disasters and emergencies may affect our customers," said Zubricki.

To protect both the homeowner and the SERVPRO employees during the COVID-19 crisis, SERVPRO employees wear the proper PPE - N95 Mask, gloves, and safety glasses.

People are dealing with the unknowns of the Coronavirus, and unfortunately, this flood adds an additional level of stress to our community. Responding to disasters is what we do all year long, and serving customers in their time of need is always our focus. We want community members to know that Team Zubricki is a phone call away, no matter their emergency."

For service, contact your Team Zubricki SERVPRO:

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago
1750 E. 87th St. Suite #1, Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 337-3900
SERVPROevergreenparksouthchicagocity.com

Team Zubricki has been providing cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding services in the Chicago area since 2009. The franchises are locally owned and operated by Patricia, Frank, Stephanie, Amanda, and Anthony Zubricki. Ranked in the top 100 SERVPRO franchises of the year, Team Zubricki is committed to making a difference when it comes to helping communities and individuals overcome disasters.

SERVPRO is one of the largest property restoration and reconstruction providers in the world, with more than 1,700 locations internationally. Since 1967, SERVPRO has been planning, organizing, and implementing residential, commercial, and large loss projects throughout the United States and Canada. With the motto, Faster to Any Size Disaster, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with national resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

How Can I Get My Chicago House Cleaned Up After a Fire?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire Fires can be highly destructive to your home, especially surfaces battling the presence of soot and other residues.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Arrive Quickly to Chicago Residences for Cleaning and Restoration Following a Fire

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident in Chicago is one of the considerable challenges to making these disasters “Like it never even happened.” Without adequate and thorough cleaning and restoration practices implemented at the right times, surfaces and contents could suffer irreparable damages. Discarding materials and reinstalling them can be an unnecessary cost when our SERVPRO professionals can get to work quickly on the recovery steps required.

Effective cleaning and restoration after fire damage to Chicago homes begin with a fast and confident response. Because our technicians stay prepared to answer the call 24/7, we can often reach damaged addresses while there is still time and opportunity to protect many of the surfaces and exposed contents. Entrusting your home to responding technicians can often make the return to preloss condition more efficient and cost-effective.

What is Debris Removal?

Among the first steps in cleaning and restoring your fire-damaged home is debris removal. This process is one of the emergency services that our professionals offer and can help our technicians to gain control of an increasingly difficult situation. Shoveling out piles of ash and charred remnants of materials can help in many ways. Some advantages of beginning debris removal or muck-out for your home include:
    •    Reduces the concentration of soot
    •    Makes odors less intense
    •    Allows our professionals to inspect the property better

Is Soot Dangerous to Be Around?

Soot can be one of the most challenging obstacles for responding technicians, as this residue can react differently with each of the materials that it becomes exposed to after a fire. Also, the presence of soot can present health concerns for those in direct contact, which requires our professionals always to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. From Tyvek suits to gloves and respirators, we can protect our cleaning team and eliminate cross-contamination with other areas of your house. The primary concerns about soot include:

    •    Acidic Nature – Because soot has an acidic base to its composition, its presence in a layer resting on organic surfaces can have a destructive effect. When residue goes prolonged periods without getting removed, it can mar or stain surfaces underneath it.
    •    Microscopic Particles – the size of soot particles is also an alarming concern because these microscopic particulates can get easily inhaled and travel deep into the lungs.
    •    High Concentrations – Circulating soot in the environment can present hazards like unclean breathing air and more substantial concentrations of soot residues on exposed surfaces.

How Can Residues Like Soot Get Cleaned?

Removing soot and smoke residues from the house requires several approaches and potent cleaning products. The best approach and technique to remove soot damage in the house gets determined often during the initial assessment and evaluation of the property following a fire loss. Our project manager can walk through the damaged building to begin cataloging loss and noting wherever soot removal techniques are necessary. These might include:

    •    Chemical Solvents – Emulsification can be an excellent method for removing oily soils from surfaces, and many of our chemical solvents can also have a positive effect on present soot damage. Pretesting is a way to determine what potent products are the best choice for the affected material.
    •    Soda/Media Blasting – Using a high-pressure output, soda, and media blasting equipment can help to restore the surface of a damaged structural element by eliminating soot without destroying the construction material beneath it.
    •    Controlled Demolition – There are some situations where material removal might be the only suitable solution. If soot has stained or marred a surface or item, our in-house contractors can remove only the damaged portions to make build back and reconstruction as efficient as possible.

What If Contents in My House Get Soot-Damaged?

Your belongings are just as susceptible and sensitive to soot exposure and damage as the construction materials used in your home. While you might not have the time to relocate everything of value or significance, our SERVPRO professionals can work on content management beginning as soon as we arrive. From on-site cleaning and relocation efforts to more intricate cleaning practices that can happen in our nearby facility and warehouse, we can improve the look and feel of damaged items efficiently.

Fires can be highly destructive to your home, especially surfaces battling the presence of soot and other residues. Addressing these concerns can involve multiple strategies, including surface cleaning, media blasting, and controlled demolition. No matter what your home needs, you can count on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City to help by calling (773) 337-3900.

What Types of Water Emergency do I Have?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Emergencies Vary Depending on the Source of Intrusion; SERVPRO Restorers Identify Water Types Quickly to Provide Viable, Time-efficient Solutions

What are the categories of water intrusion?

Water intrusion has three distinct categories that can influence the method of water removal in your Chicago home. Clean water emergencies pose no threat to human health and have minimal impact on the home environment, while greywater emergencies have moderate contamination levels in the water and pose a minor risk to our health. These contaminants may include fungus and bacteria. Blackwater emergencies are the most contaminated type of water damage and pose a high-level threat to human health. These require significant removal and disposal of building materials that contacts blackwater. Water categories are fluid and can become increasingly severe over time- moving from clean water to blackwater in as little as seventy-two-hours.

How can I identify the water-threat level in my home?

  • Cleanwater usually comes from a clean source. These may come from sources like drinking water pipes and rainfall.
  • Greywater emergencies are most likely to occur from your plumbing system that transports wastewater from the property. These may include kitchen sinks, showers, or bathrooms. Greywater does not include sewer backups.
  • Blackwater emergencies come from exterior flooding, sewer backups, septic tanks, or when greywater emergencies degrade over-time. These require personal protective equipment (PPE) to restore safely.

Do I need qualifications to restore water spillage in my home?

In all but the most minor of water spills, having expert experience is helpful. Drying a property may take several days and involve complex equipment. During the drying procedure, maintaining the right atmospheric conditions is essential to prevent water degradation or secondary damage. SERVPRO achieves the right atmospheric conditions by measuring them consistently using a thermal hygrometer. We can use portable heaters, drying tents, dehumidifiers, and air-movers to maintain the ideal drying conditions, reducing the time it takes to restore your property to its original condition.

To identify and restore all types of a water emergency, contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Chicago, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City today at (773) 337-3900 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should You Do While Waiting for the Arrival of Chicago Water Extraction Specialists?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Floodwater surrounding Home The spring rain season is here. Don't go it alone! SERVPRO has what it takes to restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Give Water Damage Remediation Tips

As the seasons change and the weather transitions from winter to spring, the risk of flooding is significantly greater for homes in danger zones. For homeowners in Downtown Chicago, water damage should be prevented and avoided with careful maintenance. 

However, if the worst does happen and your home floods, either because of a burst pipe or changes within the surrounding environment, your first response should be to get on the phone to SERVPRO. Our expert team can be with you in a matter of hours, so that repairs can be started as soon as possible. 

We advise all homeowners to exercise caution both in and around water damaged buildings. If you have any doubts about the safety of the property, it is best to leave immediately and wait for the water damage restoration team to arrive. You should only stay and handle damaged items if you can do so with no risk of danger to yourself or others. 

Safe and Practical Steps to Take After Chicago Area Flooding

If the area is safe, there some things that you can do before the SERVPRO team arrives to start repairs. When dealing with water damage in Downtown Chicago, it’s a good idea to get fresh air circulating through the building as soon as possible. If you can, open up the windows and set up fans to push the clean air inside. 

You may also wish to disinfect the principal surfaces in your home (usually in the kitchen). If the building has been flooded with water from a river or external pipeline, this is an important safety precaution. The water may contain harmful bacteria, so don’t eat or work off the surfaces until you are confident that they are clean. 

You can also begin putting together an inventory of lost and damaged items. This is useful not only for your own records, but for your insurance claim. While many water damaged possessions can be saved, there could be items that are too ruined for even the SERVPRO restoration experts to rescue. They will discuss the extent of the damage inside the property once an initial inspection has taken place. 

Finding Help and Support in the Right Place When You Experience Flood Damage in Chicago

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City has all of the equipment and expertise needed to handle extensive water damage in and near the Downtown Chicago area. Let us help you get back to normal, by carrying out repairs with no fuss and no mess. Call us. (773) 337-3900.

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What are Some Common Causes of House Fires in Chicago?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Cords near outlet on fire Overloading power outlets can cause a fire to spark in your home.

SERVPRO Professionals Talk Chicago Fire Damage

Fires happen all the time in Chicago. When you are the one the fire is happening to, you want to figure out its cause and how to get back to the way things were before. Understanding some of the most common causes of small house fires is an excellent start to keeping yourself safer throughout the year. Overloaded power outlets provide a perfect storm for sparks or electrical arcs to catch nearby materials on fire. Stressed outlets are a primary cause of many household fires.

When your Chicago home is fire damaged, you need to find out why it happened. Our SERVPRO team can help you to clean up the mess and restore the damage, but also has the experience to help you determine where the fire originated from based on the severity of the damages. As common as overloaded electrical boxes are, it remains one of the leading causes of accidental house fires. You need to know how to operate your power outlets within safe parameters. This information can potentially save your house from damages, but more importantly, save your life.

People ask too much of their power outlets all the time, but this gets even worse around the holidays. When you combine indoor and outdoor lights, the tree, and other decorations in with already stressed power sources, you are brewing a recipe for disaster. To make matters worse, the spark of a fire can occur from this overloaded outlet at any time.

The sooner you respond to restoring your home after fire damages the better. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals can clean up the damages and bring the structure and contents of the room back to preloss conditions. The longer that you wait, the more likely that soot and smoke damages seat themselves into your furniture, flooring, and walls. This spells a higher insurance claim to cover the repair costs, or worse yet, more out-of-pocket expenses if you are underinsured.

The best thing to do is to call as soon as you can. Our professionals at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City rapidly respond 24/7, and you can reach us at (773) 337-3900.

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What are Some Ways Your Chicago Residence can Experience Water Damage?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

living room with standing water 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.

Restoring Water Damage from a Leaky Sink in Your Chicago Residence

While you might not put much stock in the potential hazards that a leaking sink could cause for your Chicago residence, persistent water sources like this could have widespread effects that you have not seen. Leaks underneath sinks, for instance, can appear to dry up when they have gotten absorbed by cabinetry, the walls, and the flooring material.

The obvious solution to a leaking fixture is to repair or replace it, but that does not make your Chicago home’s water damages go away. With water loss incidents, even a smaller scale occurrence like this, your property is on the clock to get the damages resolved as promptly as possible. The longer that you wait, the more damage that could occur.

After only a few minutes of exposure, everything within the water’s path can become saturated and absorb into nearby materials. In less than a day, drywall can swell and degrade, and wood flooring affected by the persistent leak can warp and swell within another day. After only two days of exposure, your home is now running a severe risk of biohazard contamination and mold growth. Our 24-hour SERVPRO emergency response team can help.

Our skilled SERVPRO technicians have ongoing training extending far beyond their IICRC certifications for water restoration. Through in-house continued educational programs and e-learning seminars and courses, our technicians can gain skills to make them more efficient with mitigation, advanced drying techniques, and mold remediation. We have sought to provide the industry-leading equipment to each of these experienced technicians to make water cleanup and restoration projects fast and effective.

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

Nature can also cause flooding in 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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What Restoration Services Do Your Fire Damaged Chicago Business Need?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Pan on fire on commercial stove Chicago Restaurant Fires Get Help from SERVPRO to Keep Customers Coming

SERVPRO Offers Full-Service Restoration to Fire Damaged Chicago Commercial Establishments

The majority of fires reported throughout the area involve faulty electrical systems, heating equipment, and cooking appliances. As a restaurant owner, it is easy to understand how some of the devices you utilize on a daily basis can cause significant damage without warning.

However, just because you can understand how something might happen, it does not mean that it is ever a good time to experience fire damage on your Chicago area property. Some fires destroy contents found on your property such as dining room furniture, serving areas, and kitchen equipment. Others go even further, attacking structural components, affecting the integrity of your building producing far more damaging results.  
 
SERVPRO provides restoration services for victims of fire and smoke damage for both structural and content-related fires. Usually, when fire harms a structure, customers look to many different parties to perform tasks involved in its restoration. However, we work with your insurance company, deliver desired results and manage the entire recovery process for you.  
 
SERVPRO handles everything, including all repairs and finishing touches that might be necessary to return business operations to normal. Our restoration services only involve a fraction of the costs of replacement, lowering many of the fees associated with your claim. We make it easier and less stressful to provide customers with detail-oriented services that address customer concerns and help return things to normal in a quick, efficient manner.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand how emergency situations take their toll emotionally. We discuss issues in a polite, professional manner and provide you with the solutions you need to understand your options better. Restoration work presents a variety of challenges that make working during the evening or weekend hours necessary. However, we put forth every effort to satisfy our customers, minimize your loss, and produce a quality restoration that saves time and prevents secondary damages from developing.  
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for access to an organized, professional team of expertly trained restoration specialists that give your business priority. We provide you with restoration, cleaning, deodorization, and repair services necessary to make your business operational again. (773) 337-3900

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Are You Worried About Weather Patterns That Cause More Flooding in Chicago?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Man sitting on sofa while water rises. Contact SERVPRO if your property suffers from flood damage.

SERVPRO’S Restoration Team can Relieve Storm Damage Stress in Chicago

In our metropolitan area, there is evidence that heavier rains and an aging sewer infrastructure are combining for some very challenging flooding situations. No matter how diligently a homeowner tries to limit the damage done by periodic flooding, when torrential rains drop many inches of water in one storm you need the help only SERVPRO provides when your basement floods.

Urban areas struggle with flood damage, and Chicago is no exception. The aging wastewater disposal systems fill up, overwhelmed by the amount of precipitation falling in a given area. Since it is likely that flooding continues to happen but impossible to tell which neighborhoods risk flooding next, the smartest thing to do within a homeowner’s grasp is to choose a well-prepared flood restoration company.

SERVPRO stands out from the many recovery firm options in the area because of well-trained staff and the ability to ramp up the scale of restoration efforts. We have a commitment to local homeowners and our shared community. Because we also live and work here, we understand the struggles you confront when our weather does not cooperate. Although we have a local focus, we are part of a larger, nationwide network of flooding and water damage restoration experts.

Should your neighborhood be one that suffers from heavy rains and compromised waste water disposal this summer, make sure you have SERVPRO on speed dial. We respond quickly when flooding threatens to damage your basement and its contents. Our staff uses submersible pumps and extractors to remove standing water, the equipment mounted on our service trucks. We evaluate the viability of any HVAC system, water heaters, and laundry appliances after we clear the water. Our staff uses industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to dry flooring, walls, and other structures.

Furnishings and bedding saturated with flood waters need assessment for the safety of restoration rather than disposal. Flood waters contain the potential for infectious waste and disinfecting porous articles like upholstery and mattresses is not always possible. We discuss this with you and your insurance company, making the best choice based upon your safety and welfare.

Flooding in your community needs the expert help of SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City. Gear up your response by calling our team at (773) 337-3900.

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Why is it Important to Completely Remediate Water Damage in Chicago Homes?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged ceiling; mold growing One of the reasons for this development is that mold feeds on damp materials.

SERVPRO can Help Prevent Mold Damage by Mitigating Chicago Area Water Damage

After finding some minor patches of mold in the basement of your Chicago home, you might have cleaned it up with bleach as a way to get rid of the microbial colony growing in your house. Not only is the goal of most homeowners to stop the colony from increasing in size but also to remove the mold's visible presence.

We often get calls from owners who tried to clean the mold themselves only to discover additional mold damage in their Chicago home later. Others find their walls now covered in rippled stains. One of the reasons for this development is that mold feeds on damp materials. The bleach available commercially to the general public contains a lot more water than it does sodium hypochlorite, the active component of household bleach.

Further dilution of this in preparation for using it for killing mold provides mold with copious amounts of water. Instead of killing mold, trying to kill it and remove it with this method often only slows it down temporarily, followed by a surge in growth once it reactivates.

Also, because water does nothing to change the color of mold's hyphae, the anchors used to hold mold particles to the surface of wherever it grows, these remain embedded in the drywall. They are very similar to roots. They act very similarly to when a plant is clipped at the surface of the soil. Because only the water in a bleach solution can penetrate into the drywall, any surviving mold now has a feast. The sodium hypochlorite molecules are too large to penetrate beyond the drywall's surface and never touch the hyphae. Left intact, they quickly reappear to leave a stained area.

SERVPRO is always ready to perform mold damage remediation services approved by the IICRC for homeowners. We understand your concerns about mold and its possible health effects. Regardless of the color of mold in your home, it is necessary to correctly remove damaged and moldy materials and clean other areas of mold and spores. Our specialists can provide you with specific information on how mold became a problem in your residence so you can more easily prevent its recurrence.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City covers the areas around Morgan Park, South Holland, and Riverdale. Call us for mold damage remediation services that rid your home of excessive old populations and correct the indoor environment, so reinfestation becomes less likely. Our 24-hour service number is (773) 337-3900.

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