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What Storm Damage Cleanup Can Chicago Homeowners Safely Perform?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

storm damage; tree and power line down in front of apartment building After a home incurs storm damage, SERVPRO technicians inspect the property to determine the problem areas that need attention.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle All Types of Chicago Storm and Flood Damage

Water damage in a Chicago home from the weather can come in many forms, such as wind damage allowing rainwater to enter, tree limbs damaging the structure, or floodwater in the house. 

Many Chicago homeowners attempt storm damage cleanup on their own. However, many actions can be dangerous. SERVPRO technicians have the training to deal with downed limbs and other hazards safely. In particular, when the water has entered the structure, as long as the electricity to the home is on, there can be a danger of electrical shock. 

Temporary Repairs are Part of the Service

After damage from a storm hits a home, SERVPRO technicians inspect the property to determine the problem areas that need attention. The techs have different types of equipment to locate areas of moisture behind walls and under flooring without the need to damage the structure by removing portions of a wall or lifting a tile on the floor. The probes and infrared cameras can give a good overview of the structure's water residues. Additionally, it is not uncommon for the techs to perform actions to stop water from entering the home due to wind or water damage. Typical provisional repairs such as:

  • Tarping over damaged roofing
  • Boarding up windows broken by winds or limbs
  • Placing barriers around doorways or entryways to stop water from entering

In cases where the electricity to the home is non-functioning or turned off for safety, the technicians can bring multiple generators to power their extraction and drying equipment. Other types of tools include saws for removing ruined drywall and vacuums with special attachments for safely pulling out wet insulation from the interior cavities of the walls can dry completely.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 brings professional storm damage cleanup to Chicago properties available around the clock 365 days a year.

Does SERVPRO Handle Smaller Water Damage Cleanup in Chicago?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood; planks cupping and warping A small plumbing issue may not seem like a big deal, but it only takes a small amount of water to cause a lot of damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle Large or Small Chicago Water Restoration Jobs 

A small amount of water removal in a Chicago property may not seem like a big deal. However, depending on the circumstances, a little water can incur a lot of expense to repair the house.

SERVPRO recommends that Chicago homeowners seek our water damage cleanup services, even when the water spill is situated in a single room in the home.  A supply line break from a washing machine, fridge, or dishwasher may be limited to an area within a house. However, that water has the potential to:

  • Seep under flooring causing warped boards or loosened tiles
  • Ruin walls by wicking into sheetrock
  • Run through floor joists and affect lower levels of the home

All these scenarios require professional attention for the best outcome. The cleanup starts with determining the migration path within the structure and if any contents have received the effects of the water. SERVPRO technicians remove items as needed to get them out of harm's way. 

The extraction phase of the mitigation is where the actual difference between DIY and professional restoration methods becomes apparent. SERVPRO technicians have access to a large assortment of water removal equipment. Most of the time, the techs rely on their portable pumps that pull up water off surfaces and allow the tech to move quickly around an area. This method is ideal for small-scale water damage situations. Another key to this extraction method is to remove as much moisture as possible using multiple wand passes. This action works to lessen the overall drying time needed. 

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 brings professional water damage cleanup to any size job in the Chicago area. The IICRC certified techs are available 24/7 to mitigate the damage in the home "Like it never even happened."

To Optimize Your Commercial Water Damage Restoration Process in Chicago - Choose SERVPRO

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Homes under water Get the Water Out and the Customers In
 

SERVPRO Is Fast to Open Your Doors After a Water Damaging Event in Chicago

When water damage impacts your commercial property in Chicago, addressing the issue immediately and effectively is imperative. As many business owners know, the time it takes to resolve water damage issues equals money. This is why it's important for you to hire effective, expedient water damage restoration services. If water damage issues are not resolved quickly and correctly, ongoing challenges translate into a loss of productivity and revenue. When you start the search for a great company that can expedite and optimize the restoration process, you should choose SERVPRO. Learn more about water damage and why our restoration services can assist you by reading the following outline:

Commercial Water Damage: A Brief Overview

Water damage can result from several factors, some of which include a leaky roof, burst pipe, or flooding. Regardless of the cause, there are several points you should consider once water damage has happened. Consider the health of your staff and customers. Depending on the source and extent of the damage, contamination could be an issue.

Another issue you must consider when it comes to commercial water damage is quick water extraction. Secondary water damage could result in the growth of mold. Moisture and humidity are conducive conditions for the proliferation of mold. If left unaddressed, mold can cause health effects.

What Should You Look For In A Water Damage Restoration Company? Use SERVPRO as a jumping off point.
• industry experience, training, and state of the art equipment
• proven track record, number one for a reason
• excellent customer service, coordination with insurance adjusters
• great Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and accreditation

The company's professionals should also possess training and efficiency in the following areas:

• identification of moisture sources
• evaluation of mold growth
• containment of damage
• removal of water, contaminations, and debris

Why Choose SERVPRO?

When you start your search for the ideal water damage restoration company for your business in Chicago, the search stops with SERVPRO. Following the above lists of professional grade aspects, we are an IICRC certified company that employs the most conscientious, professional technicians available. For your convenience, we're pleased to offer round the clock emergency services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters. At the ready.

Commercial water damage restoration presents unique challenges. (773) 337-3900

Flood Damage & Protecting Your Chicago Home

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Water to the front door When flood damage strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!
 

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Chicago Residence From Flood Damage 


Flooding can occur at any time of year; however, spring is an especially troublesome time when ice and snow melt and seasonal rains start. Flash flooding and flooding are leading causes of weather-related fatalities in the U.S. and the most common cause for property damages. Knowing your risk for a flood in the area you live in is the first step to protecting yourself from flooding. It is also a good idea to purchase additional flood insurance, as your regular home owner’s insurance likely does not cover flood damage.

To protect your Chicago home from flood damage, there are some steps you can take before heavy storms come. First, seal up any cracks and leaks. Cracks in your foundation or loose shingles on your roof create leaks inside your home. Leaks in the structure make breeding zones for dangerous molds as well, so get repairs done as soon as you see the damage.

If you did not realize you had the leaks and a storm caused flooding issues in your home, SERVPRO is here to assist you in cleaning up the mess and repairing the damages. We know that time is of the essence so that mold growth and additional damage does not occur.

You can also get a battery powered sump pump to actively pump out floodwater from your basement once the power goes out during an emergency. Having one of these can be quite detrimental when there are rising waters, and can help lower the amount of damage done while you wait for our professional technicians from SERVPRO to arrive.

Elevating and relocating is also a good idea. By putting valuables upstairs instead of in the basement, you can protect them from floodwaters. You should also elevate your water pump and furnace twelve inches above the record flood height for your area.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


Our staff at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City anytime you need our assistance to get standing floodwaters out of your home with industrial, truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, and fans. Just give us a call at (773) 337-3900, so we can get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

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What Do You Know About Water Damage Remediation In Chicago

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

white Pipe bursting with water Water damage from pipes bursting is a common occurrence in the city as well as the suburbs. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage.

SERVPRO Protects Your Wood Floors

Chicago is a city of contrasts.  The beautiful summers lead up to incredibly cold winter months, its architecture joins old structures with modern buildings, and even its people show a wide diversity in heritage.  Even though these differences enrich our lives, they can also pose some challenges. Take, for example, the impact of the weather on the plumbing system of an older home. As pipes freeze and thaw, there is a real possibility of them bursting somewhere along the process, leaving your home immersed in water and your belongings in peril.  Moments like this are the reason why having a reliable water cleanup service at your disposal is essential for homeowners in the Windy City.

When there is water damage to your home in Chicago, and you want to ensure its restoration with minimal disruption to your life, calling SERVPRO is the best decision you can make.  Our technicians train with experts in the field to recognize the peculiarities of each situation and develop an action plan accordingly.  In Chicago homes, there is a specific need to preserve construction elements that make them unique. A perfect example is the preservation of wood floors, which can damage severely after a water event.

All efforts need to concentrate on drying hardwood floors as soon as possible.  Although they contain some moisture, any excess humidity causes them to expand, which in turn causes buckling.  Alternatively, they could cup or crown, a condition that happens when the moisture at the edge of the wood planks differs from the level in the center.  Our SERVPRO crew utilizes specialized equipment to gauge the humidity in the wood and restore it to normal.  Laminate and engineered flooring can also fall victim to the water, so limiting the exposure time is crucial.  By calling our 24/7 hotline, you are well on your way to minimizing this time.

Living in Chicago makes you adaptable and resourceful.  SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is your top resource for water restoration services.  Just call us at (773) 337-3900 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Put the Flames of Worry Out In Chicago After A Fire

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door Fires are stressful SERVPRO can also assist you in the claims filing process by coordinating with both you and your insurance adjuster.

Fire and Smoke Cleanup at a Condo in Chicago

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

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

Common Pitfalls When Filling Out a Proof of Damage

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

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

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

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

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vehicles parked on street in front of businesses When you see our Green Fleet, you can rest assured that SERVPRO is on the job.

Commercial Water Damage in your Chicago Car Garage

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

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

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

Water Clean Up

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

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

Basements and Crawlspaces with Flood Damage in Chicago Alter the Rest of the Home's Condition

12/18/2021 (Permalink)

Three People and A Someone Dressed up as Star Wars Team SERVPRO Stands Behind Every Flood Loss Cleanup and Restoration in Chicago
 

When water flows into your home in Chicago and makes it unlivable, you need a rapid response from a skilled team who can make things right again. SERVPRO says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, including the messier ones. We mitigate damage throughout your residence because we look at how one area can interact with and affect another location inside your home.
 
Restoring your Chicago home's condition to normal includes flood damage mitigation and ensures that it becomes dry again, as well as safe for your family. We know how to protect your home, so it also becomes safe for your entire family. When your property sits on a basement or crawlspace, flooding happens there, also. We use submersible extraction units attached to our truck-mounted pump to remove this water. Along with this water, a large portion of the silt and mud also gets removed.
 
Because evaporation of floodwater continually puts more moisture in the air, we immediately start the drying out process as soon as we have eliminated standing water in the dwelling. Just like we dry out the upper areas of your home with desiccant machines and air movers, we also use these in non-living areas to rid the area of water vapor. If we allowed this humidity to remain, this water vapor might cause future problems.
 
When water vapor remains present in a home, the home's environment can become uncomfortable to breathe. What makes occupants feel sticky in summer and clammy in winter also lets mold grow excessively. The moisture that flooding adds to a residence lasts indefinitely and does not disappear on its own. Getting it out as soon as possible after an event restores your home's natural feel, keeping you comfortable.  We can improve your indoor air quality.
 
Also, cleaning the surfaces in your home is another aspect that we carry out in making your home safe again for your family. The pathogens brought in by a flood are not the only dangers present. Chemicals can also cause health effects, making the removal of carpets and other ruined materials insufficient alone. Hard surfaces also require cleaning with a potent antimicrobial that gives your home an extra advantage in protective measures. Not only do we remove residues from automotive fluids that mix with floodwaters, but lawn care chemicals also get wiped away during cleaning.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City helps those residing in Calumet City and around Mount Greenwood. Call us at (773) 337-3900, so we can mitigate flood damage and prevent long-term problems from your home, including the basement and all other areas of your home.

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Understanding Destructive Tendencies of Winter Weather on Chicago Homes

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

water frozen in gutter; icicles and ice on roof Winter weather brings the potential for frozen pipes and ice damming.

Preliminary Efforts can Prevent Costly Damage to Chicago Properties This Winter

Steep temperature drops and brutal winds are a staple of some of the city's worst winter days and nights. With these conditions comes the threat of damage to local homes and businesses, keeping our SERVPRO team on alert to respond fast to help. 

Preparing for Damaging Winter Conditions

During the harsh winter months, conditions like frozen pipes and ice damming in Chicago homes are more frequent than it might seem. Frozen pipes are among the primary causes of restoration and rebuilding in the winter months, making it a situation that needs attention throughout the entire season. Both freezing pipes and ice damming on the roof can be highly destructive to the property, making it essential to avoid these circumstances whenever possible. Here are some options available:

  • Circulate Warm Air – Cold snaps and harsh winter nights are not the time to limit warm air in the house. Ensure that you have pathways for warm air to reach all problem areas of your home where possible, like opening cabinets to exposed kitchen pipes. 
  • Better Insulate the House and Pipes – Insulation is always a good way to ward off winter's destructive touch on household plumbing. By directly insulating the pipe or improving the insulation of the entire house, cold air has less of an effect.
  • Install Heated Cables on Roof – To limit the growth and buildup of ice along the edge of roofs, installing heated cables early in the winter season keeps this area of the property too warm to support ice. 

Cleaning Up After Water Damage

One of the benefits of always having a team of experienced restoration professionals nearby is our ability to help when things get out of hand. While preventative measures can ward off some of the unfortunate circumstances your home might experience in its lifetime, we are always ready to help when necessary. After situations like frozen burst pipes, we mitigate losses with extraction tools and drying equipment. Additionally, we have a general contractor license to help when ice damming has compromised the roof. 

Winter weather can have extreme effects on homes and businesses. A cold snap could spell disaster, but our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team is Here to Help. Contact us anytime you need us at (773) 337-3900. 

Furnace Puffbacks And Restoration In Your Chicago Home

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

24/7 Sign Our SERVPRO response team is available 24/7 to help with emergencies like this to help you get back into your home quickly.
 

With the winter season setting in quickly for homeowners in Chicago, many are looking to begin bringing their oil burning furnaces back online to heat the property through the often steep temperature drops to come. A significant risk of running an oil-based burner within your home is the possibility of a phenomenon known as puff-backs. These circumstances cause explosions of the heating system at the combustion chamber, which can cause structural damages and fires.

To avoid fire damages in your Chicago home, you should always take the time to educate yourself about the proper function and maintenance required for oil-burning heating systems. Many of these unfortunate events occur from homeowners poorly educated in the operation of these heating appliances, and that lack of knowledge could have severe consequences. Our SERVPRO response team is available 24/7 to help with emergencies like this to help you get back into your home quickly.

The magnitude of this event depends on the amount of oil trapped within the combustion chamber and many other variables. Once a puff-back has occurred, homeowners often must contend with smoke, soot, and structural damages. Our highly-trained IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians have extensive knowledge of fire damage recovery and mitigation solutions, making us a wise choice for restoration.

Our SERVPRO franchise offers build back services to help reconstruct and rebuild your property should the puff-back cause structural damages too severe to repair or restore. With our advanced equipment, we can also offer a fast cleanup of soot damages throughout the affected area using high-powered vacuums and industrial-grade cleaning solvents to scrub the stains and loose soot from surfaces and materials. A phenomenon often called “tags” is a collection of electrically charged carbonized particulates found in ceiling corners and closets. They look like dirty, greasy spider webs. They are not. These cobweb-like accumulations of soot from puff-backs must be carefully vacuumed to prevent staining and smearing of the underlying surfaces.

While your heating system is critical through the harsh winter months to come, it is essential to understand the maintenance that it requires and how to operate it properly to avoid fire damages to your home or worse. For any emergency, you can depend on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City trained technicians to help. Contact us 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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